Where do you live?
I would honestly say that I live in paradise. A house right next to the sea, with a garden gate that faces the water in one swing! The house is located in Pervolia, Larnaca in a house complex, named Paradise Gardens (coincidence?). I live there with SPOT, my adorable dog.
Best childhood memory?
Spending the summer holidays at my grandparents’ house in Kazafani, a half Greek and half Turkish village 15 minutes away from Kyrenia and riding to the beach on my grandparents’ donkey! Unforgettable!
Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What food would you really turn your nose up to?
Two of my most favourite restaurants are both fish taverns, Demetrion at Potamos tou Liopetriou, and Heracles tavern at Zygi.
I would definitely turn my nose up to any meat dishes.
What did you have for breakfast?
A fresh orange juice at 7am, a fresh orange juice at 9am and another fresh orange juice at 11am.
Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What’s your idea of the perfect night/day out?
I definitely consider myself to be a day person, though when provided with the correct stimuli, I wouldn’t say “no” to a fun night out, every now and then (mostly then). My perfect day would be on my boat, water skiing with my daughters; it’s a small boat and we are all licensed to drive it. Swimmers watch out!
Best book ever read?
Of course the best book ever is… none other than… my latest book that has just come out called 33X10 secrets to a happier life. A 386-page book written in Greek that has already been greatly loved by its readers.
On a more serious note, the best book I’ve ever read up to now, has been Papillon by Henri Charriere, an odyssey of the human spirit. A true story of a man imprisoned for a murder he did not commit on Devil’s Island, an island surrounded by sharks, from which no one had managed to escape. I read this book when I was very young. Knowing that it was a true story, I am still inspired by the man’s guts for escaping and for managing to challenge the injustice of such a dehumanised establishment.
Favourite film of all time?
Pollyanna, a sweet family movie based on the novels of Eleanor Porter. I was, and still am, inspired by the little girl’s ability to only see the bright side of, basically, everything!
Best holiday ever taken?
Swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii, while attending the Life Mastery Seminar of my favourite motivator Anthony Robbins, in 2001.
What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I have been listening to the same CD for the past six months, (unbelievable for a Gemini who adores change!), the one of Marios Frangoulis with excellent songs of M Hadjidakis.
What is always in your fridge?
All sorts of nuts and dried fruits, oranges (for an occasional orange juice!) and fresh vegetables.
Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
The one I live in now. I wouldn’t change it for anything! I love its simplicity, its open plan with the huge windows facing the sea, day and night, winter and summer and its minimalistic style, which I find very unpretentious and welcoming.
If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
Christophoros Papakaliatis, the young Greek producer, director, actor and script writer. I would pick him because I admire people who, like me, are not afraid to be who they are and to express their ideas freely without having the need to please others. I find Papakaliatis’ ideas very refreshing and inspiring.
If the world is ending in 24 hours what would you do?
Spend some quality, but fun, time with my daughters – Karolina, Maria and Chara.
What is your greatest fear?
Tell me a joke…
A man is about to put his T shirt in the washing machine. He calls his wife and asks her what machine setting to put it on. She asks him: “What does it say on the label?” He replies. “Oklahoma University!”
All my life I’ve been saying that men and women are different! What more proof do we need?