Thalassea, Greece
Spring – Summer 2019
“Hellenic Seaways” onboard magazine

Another Day in Paradise
Elena Zournatzi’s piece of heaven

The first time I visited Santorini, I was eight.
 I can’t say that I remember much or that it enchanted me. I remember a terrifying, in my eyes, uphill dirt road from the port to the main part of the island, a black, very windy beach and a magical breakfast buffet, which I learned recently, had a view to the caldera, but I don’t remember it… I just remember the breakfast!
Μy next visit to the island was in the summer
of 1999. It was then, that my mother and I discovered the traditional settlement of Emporio, one of the fortresses of the island, as during medieval times, houses were built adjacent to each other, so the inhabitants would be protected from pirates.
The village bewitched me! This is my own small paradise. An extremely non-touristic village. Forgotten by time… Here, in the narrow alleys, the stone houses, is the door that leads to my home’s courtyard. This is where I find my own serenity. In the high ceiling with the cross in relief at the centre, the natural coolness of the stone walls, the harmony of white and blue. I choose to photograph the Grecian Chic scarves on the terrace of this house every year, even if it doesn’t have a view of the famous caldera… It does have the dome of the neighbourhood church, the walls of the fortress, the unique 16th century belfry of Virgin Mary Mesani, the unique blue of our sky! No one can dispute the unique beauty of Santorini. The lunar landscape with the deep blue waters, that leaves you breathless when you’re standing on the caldera and lose your gaze in the horizon. This view attracts and captures people from all over the planet. After fifteen years, I return to the island, to follow the path along the caldera from Oia to Firostefani and enjoy the view on this morning walk. I return to swim in the crystal waters bellow St Nicholas of Oia, even if I’m scared by the idea of the bottomless depth. I return to eat fava and tomato balls in my favourite small taverna, by the sea and “steal” figs from the trees in abandoned fields. This island, with its wild beauty, the otherworldly landscape, the black beaches, is something worth seeing at least once in your life. I count the days every year until I visit it again and I’m always consumed by a sweet sorrow, when the time comes to cover the furniture with white sheets and close the door behind me….

who is who
Born in Chalkis, Evia, she is a graduate of Kingston University Graphic Design while she has completed a Post Graduate Course, MA 2D Character Animation at Central Saint Martins, London. She has collaborated with the French house of Hermes, while in 2009 she was chosen to design the Acropolis Museum staff’s silk scarves along with a motive line for the Museum’s merchandise department. Since 2011 till now she has ongoing collaborations with the Athens concert Hall (Megaron), the Goulandris Natural History Museum, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, the Cyprus Museum, and with the sales and the training departments for all the children programs of the Acropolis Museum. In 2013 she presented her own brand “Grecian Chic”, a recurrent collection of silk scarves for sale, also with exclusive collaborations with Greek designers and with the Danish Airline Global Reach Aviations. For the summer 2019 she has 5 new silk designs and one silk pareo -all available for sale in her e-shop, grecianchic.gr

Photos: Ioanna Roufopoulou

Right page – featured: «Grecian Blossom» silk scarf

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