Natali Lekka

Natali Lekka

Travel, food & languages

Travel, food, culture, languages writer based in Newcastle. I specialise in Mediterranean destinations and esp. Greece. I speak French, Italian. Spanish, fluent Greek and a bit of German too.

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Newcastle article

Where to Eat Like a Local in Newcastle upon Tyne

One may not immediately associate England’s North East region with exotic food, but the area’s specialities are some of the United Kingdom’s best kept secrets, from unique baked goods to world-renowned seafood. Today, restaurants in Newcastle upon Tyne bring a contemporary spin to classic North Eastern fare. Here’s where the locals go to feast upon the very best of it.

Weekend article

The Greek islands (Weekend Away)

With 2,000 islands scattered across the Greek archipelago, lovers of the sun and the deep blue sea will be spoilt for choice.

Eikones article
baltic outlook

The Taste of legends

Baltic Outlook journalists Natali
Lekka and Chris Yeomans visit
Nottinghamshire in search of history, legend and culinary delights.

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Sea, Sand and Film Stars, Baltic Outlook (Air Baltic)

A film buff’s guide to holidaying in Malta.

Mushrooms article

7 Greek Food Festivals to Whet Your Appetite | BootsnAll

Such is the love for food among Mediterranean countries that after a joint petition, put forward by Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco, UNESCO decided to include the Mediterranean diet in the World Heritage list, in the 5th session of the UNESCO Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage, in Nairobi, Kenya, last November.

Turtle article

Heroes in a Half Shell

Zante’s Laganas Bay is home to its most celebrated resident: the loggerhead
sea turtle. But even this thick-skinned survivor needs a little looking after.

Crete article
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Holding the Secret to Longevity

Located in the southernmost part of Europe, the Greek island of Crete has been blessed with a temperate climate that provides the optimal conditions for cultivating high-quality produce. The Cretan diet, which dates back to the Minoan Age, is widely believed to promote longer and healthier lives.

Cake pop article
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Pop goes the cake!

Small, portable and with fewer calories, it is not hard to see why cake pops are becoming the latest culinary craze in London.

Greek article

21 English Words That Are Actually Greek (And The Stories Behind Them)

I challenge you to spend a day of your life without coming across words of Greek origin.

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Pearls of the Aegean, Morning Calm Magazine (Korean Airlines)

Named after the circle they form around the sacred island of Delos, the Cyclades (or circular islands) have long captivated the imagination of visitors...

Spanish article

The Art Of Swearing In Spanish — 7 Very Creative Insults That Actually Teach You Grammar

Swearing is a great way to learn a foreign language and even achieve fluency. If you ever wanted to swear like a Spanish master, I've got you covered with this mini-guide to Spanish swearing.

Greek islands article
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A trip to paradise

With some 6,000 sun havens scattered across the Mediterranean Sea, the Greek islands are an earthly paradise of sugar-white sandy beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, where time stands still and sweltering, and hazy afternoons are punctuated by the chirping of cicadas. Here is a guide to four of the best Greek islands to visit.

Greek key article

Bent But Not Broken

The meander is an Ancient Greek art motif that is recognizable to most everyone, although few know about its origins. A visit to Athens helps uncover its history.

Barter books article
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Keep Calm and Fly Away

Little did Mary and Stuart Manley, the owners of Barter Books – a second-hand bookstore in northeastern England – know that a poster they discovered in a box of old books would become a global phenomenon.

Magio article
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When life is a beach

Bright colours, vibrant ethnic floral patterns and nautical stripes with a splash of vintage make up Paolita's exotic world. This luxur swimwear brand, which marks its second birthday this month is the brainchild of Anna Paola Papaconstantinou, a designer who is not afraid to bring back retro to celebrate and complement the female figure.