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“Traveling.. leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”

Ibn Battuta

Old Town of Chora Naxos, Greece

Naxos is the biggest of the Cycled islands and one of the most underestimated Greek islands. It is not that famous like Mykonos, Santorini or Rhodes so that makes it perfect for a relaxed vacation. Naxos has its own beauty – sandy beaches, small villages and mountain hills.

Chora (also known as Naxos City) is the biggest city on the island, it is situated on the west coast of Naxos. The Old Town of Chora is located in the city centre, close to the harbour and it is the most visited place on the island. The tiny streets are hiding a lot of picturesque spots and breathtaking panoramic views.

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My two favourite places in Chora are the streets of The Old Market, following them you will get to  The Castle.

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The Old Market is the perfect walking area, with its narrow streets and nice shops where you can find unique handmade souvenirs, jewels, clothes. There are also a couple of good restaurants and coffee shops where you can try some of the greek dishes and drinks.

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naxos_xoxogabrielle7The Castle (Kastro) was built in 1207, when Marco Sanudo conquered Naxos and established the Duchy of Naxos (also known as The Duchy of  the Aegean). The Castle had three gates – but only two exist today – The Strong Gate (Trani Porta) and Paraporti. While walking through the streets of the Castle area you can visit  the Venetian museum, Tower of Crispi, the Catholic Cathedral, the School of Commerce, the Archaeological Museum.  For me It is one of the most relaxing and charming places, it amazed me with its tranquility and atmosphere. A part from the most popular touristic sights I found my own favourite spots.

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xoxo,

Gabrielle

One afternoon in Apollonas Naxos

Apollonas is an old pretty small fishermen`s village located on the northeastern coast. The distance from the capital is around 35 km and on the way from Hora to this picturesque village you will enjoy  beautiful landscapes and view over the sea.

 

 

Apollonas is very relaxing place and it has its own charm. You can enjoy the beach or just go for a walk around the costal area. There are also a couple of restaurants and cafeterias where you can take a rest and enjoy some of the local dishes and drinks.

Very close by is also the 10-metre tall statue of Dionysus which is worth the visit. It is impressive huge piece of art of its time. While you are there you can also enjoy the gorgeous view over the village.

 

 

P.S: There is nothing better than exploring new places! Have you been to Greece?

 

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Sunday Afternoon – Aktaion in Naxos

I have found Aktaion Pastry Boutique two weeks ago when I went out for a walk. This is one of the cutest and most Instagram-ish places in Naxos.

There are two Aktaion Pastry Boutiques under the same name in the city. But the one I recommend is in the city centre close to the harbour because it is easier to be found. And also the view is very beautiful, you can take a sit outside and just enjoy the sea and the ships going in and out of the harbour.

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Photo Credit : Facebook

Address:
Ππεριφερειακός, Νάξος 843 00
84300 Náxos
Phone: (0030) 2285 026111

You can have a coffee as well as some other hot drink. But of course don’t skip those heavenly sweet treats. My favourite ice-cream is the Macaron one which you can see on the photo below.

https://www.facebook.com/aktaionaxos/2Photo Credit : Facebook

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You can also choose from a huge selection of French Macarons. Not only a pleasure for the eyes but also super delicious 🙂

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More Info: Aktaion Official Site

P.S: Do you like Macarons? Which one is your favourite?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Why you should visit Sicily next?

Since it is almost spring.. oh finally! I can’t wait to put away all those winter clothes.. Isn’t it the best time to plan next trip or summer vacation? When it is warm and sunny,  when I close my eyes I see a beautiful island, endless beach, palm trees and turquoise water.

One of the most gorgeous islands in Europe is Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean sea and it is the southern part of Italy.

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Amazing Landscapes

Sicily can offer to its guests different landscapes – from agriculture, through beautiful beaches to mount Etna. Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe and it is located on the east coast of Sicily, close to Taormina and Catania. Etna is also one of the most active volcanos in the world which makes the visit unique and interesting experience.

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Sicilian Beaches 

Here the beaches are over 280 and they are very different – from rocky coasts to soft shinny sands, from dark blue to clean turquoise waters. One of the most popular beaches are San Vito lo Capo in Trapani, Mondello beach in Palermo, Taormina`s beach and Scala dei Turchi but of course you can always find a hidden spot and be far from the crowd.

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Sicily is different than Northern Italy

in many ways.. From the food to the lifestyle everything is quite different and not in a bad way. Sicily enjoys the life calm, quite and with no stress which makes it a good place for vacation.

History

Sicily have been influenced by so many cultures because of its central location and natural recourses. The island was colonised by Greeks, then it was a part of Romans Empire but also it was influenced by spanish, arabs and etc.  While in Sicily you can’t miss visiting Agrigento – Valley of Temples, Siracuse, Taormina,Catania and Ragusa.

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Cultural events & traditions

In Sicily you can experience different celebrations – from traditional celebration in connection to the church to celebrations for arts and local foods. Sicilians have a lot of traditions they still follow , they are very religious and close to their families.

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Sicilians are very friendly and warm-welcoming

I can’t skip the fact that Sicilians are so warm-hearted people. They are kind and very polite. if you need something, they definitely will try to help you. Only difficulty you may face is that most of the people don’t speak English.

 Food 

In Sicily you can try all Italian favourites – pizza, pasta and etc. But try also some of the Sicilian specialties like the sweet cannoli – a fried tubular shell stuffed with a sweet ricotta, tasty arancini – stuffed rice balls or refreshing granita – shredded ice with different flavours.

Wine 

Wine culture in Sicily dates from thousands of years, the myths tells how god Dionysos brought the grapes to the island himself. Sicily is famous with its wines – home land of Marsala wine – dry or sweet red, Nero d`Avola – strong red and others, so try them out. Cheers!

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Coffee culture

Not much of a surprise here.. For all Italians coffee is very important part of the day, it is not only a drink but it is time to socialise, to meet friends and to discuss some news and passions. Sicilians drink a lot of coffee – from early morning till late after they have dinner.

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P.S: Let`s meet in Sicily!

xoxo,
Gabrielle

Norway – Ice, Beauty and Happiness

My second trip in 2017, was to Norway. I had the amazing chance to spend one week in this amazing place. I flight from Bucharest to Oslo, the flight took about two and half hours.

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When I arrived in Oslo, the very first thing I noticed was the smell of pine trees. Since it was end of February, I was expecting to be much colder. It wasn’t that bad but my suggestion is to try to visit Norway during warmer months.

All the people I met in Norway were very helpful and friendly. So no surprise Norway is one of the happiest countries.

I got a couple of hours in Oslo, and here is what I saw:

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Then I continued my trip by train from Oslo to Lillehammer, which is small city situated northern than the capital. Lillehammer is located near lake Mjøsa, all surrounded by mountains. The city centre is full of shops, warm coffee shops and beautiful wooden houses.

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Close to Lillehammer is the famous Lysgårdsbakken Ski Jumping Arena. Norway is of course the perfect place for skiing and other winter sports.

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Norway is so beautiful – white snow and  threes peeking out, pretty houses with huge windows and tiny paths to the street. Norway is coziness – a fireplace, warm blankets and some cappuccino. Norway is calmness – piece and quiet.

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And the only thing I was sorry about was the fact I haven’t got the chance to see the breathtaking Northern lights even after a couple go tries – freezing and impatiently waiting far from the city lights…  but of course it is a good reason to go back again!

P.S: Have you been in Norway? 

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Sunday Afternoon in Caffe Pascucci Rimini

Sunday is relax and coziness.. Sunday is comfy clothes and big sunglasses… Sunday is a good coffee and something sweet.. Sunday is a nice walk on the beach with a good friend.

This Sunday I will take you on a walk, we will see one of the most beautiful italian beaches

….and after we will grab a coffee at the most famous cafeteria in Rimini – Caffe Pascucci.

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Address: Viale Amerigo Vespucci, 47921 Rimini, Italy

Phone: 0039 0541 709165

More information on www.pascucci.it

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The coffee shop is pretty big and if the weather is nice also there are tables outside with а view over the main boulevard from where you can spy the tourists browsing around. You can sit with a friends and enjoy the nice company, or hide in some of the small tables inside and just have a relaxing time and do some work.

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I like the interior, it is very simple with mainly black, white and dark brown. There are some little pretty details like pictures on the walls. It is cozy but still modern and stylish.

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The atmosphere is very nice, the buzzing around people, the conversations and the warm welcoming from the staff, who works there make your experience even more interesting.

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They offer pretty big selection of cold and hot drinks. My favourite are cappuccino and tea. Also with the drinks they give you some sweets as a compliment.

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As it comes to the price range, I can say it is higher than average in Rimini. But once in a while it is worth the splurge to spoil yourself.

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P.S: Do you have any favourite spots? How do you spend your Sundays?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Coffee in Rimini – Borgo San Giuliano

Rimini is one of the most famous tourist seaside destinations in Europe. It is located in the Northern  part of Italy, on the beautiful Adriatic sea. Rimini is famous with the endless beaches, nice restaurants and a huge number of clubs, bars and cafeterias.

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But a part of that there are a lot of things more to catch your attention. One of the prettiest and picturesque places in Rimini is a neighbourhood called Borgo San Giuliano. It will surprise you with its narrow streets, colourful small houses on which you can see beautiful frescoes representing Frederico Fellini`s movies. Walking through the streets will take you away from the noisy and busy main touristic points.

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You can get there from the historical city centre, it is only 10-minutes walk. On your way you need to pass through The Bridge of Tiberius (Ponte di Tiberio) which is also very beautiful place, with a view over Marecchia river. When you cross the bridge you can also enjoy a nice walk in Parco XXV Aprile.

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I personally really enjoy this part of the city, it is very beautiful and peaceful. Also I happened to find a small coffee shop, right after the bridge in the beginning of  Borgo San Giuliano, called
Pasticceria Vecchi Rimini.

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Location: Viale Tiberio 7, tel: (0039) 541 25821

I definitely recommend you to give a try because it is very close to the city centre and in the same time is far from the over-craziness of the main tourist street. It is one of my favourite places in Rimini!

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I really enjoy the atmosphere there. You can sit inside and enjoy the interior with the small cute tables, the aroma of fresh coffee and the passionate italian conversations happening on the tables around you! Or you can choose a table outside from where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the park and the bridge.

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You can pick from their coffee drinks and super delicious sweets which are fresh and prepared there.

I enjoyed my super extra creamy cappuccino and a red sweet dessert with a cream inside!

P.S: I hope you will like it too! Let me know if you have another favourite spots in Rimini!

xoxo,

Gabrielle

My Travel Bucket List

I am one of those people who are constantly wondering where to go next and are ready for a new trip 24/7/365. So when it comes to bucket lists with travel destinations… well, mine is endless! And I would love to see every place possible, to get to know more about new cultures, to try new food. I share very little part of my travel bucket list, so here are 10 of my dream destinations:

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  1. Paris, France – Paris is love, fashion, art, architecture ..all in one. So no wonders why I start my bucket list with it!
  2. Lisbon, Portugal – colourful  small houses, tiny streets, delicious food, friendly people, crazy nightlife and endless beaches.. oh, isn’t it just like a paradise.. Lisbon has been on my list for quite a long time now. But after one planned but then cancelled trip, in 2017 I  hope I will finally make it.
  3. Greek islands – one of the most beautiful islands in the world, sandy beaches and the turquoise waters – just a breathtaking view. Greece is an amazing place to visit – all the history, myths and art.
  4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Amsterdam is one of the most famous travel destinations. Barely you can meet a true traveller who hasn’t been there. And of course the city has a lot to offer canals, museums, bikes, parks, coffee shops, cuisine, night life….petra
  5. Petra, Jordan – it is just one of a kind place, located in a mountain canyons and a desert. The Rose city is half built and half carved into the rose-coloured stones.
  6. Abu Dhabi, UAE – if I had to choose only one place from this list ..here it is! My absolute dream.. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Qasr Al Hosn, Al Ain Zoo, beaches, safaris, amazing culture, food and lifestyle.kualalumpur
  7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – is one of the cities that grew in just 150 years. Kuala Lumpur is a modern place offering amazing views from new skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and restaurants, entertainment parks and shopping centres. In the same time you can visit a lot of museums and art shows, go to carnivals and learn more about the Malaysian culture. And lets not left out all the parks, the biggest aquarium and the wildlife!
  8. Seoul, South Korea – a-must-see, the culture is unique,  the lifestyle is very interesting and Korean traditions are  still respected. Seoul is very safe and affordable destination. There is ancient history all around the city. Seoul is famous for being the centre of the tech innovations. Last but not least, the food and the endless shopping! And the best time to go is during the cherry blossom season 🙂
  9. Rabat, Morocco – sun and palm trees. Riding a camila in the desert and exploring fascinating new world, interesting culture, street musicians and markets with smell of oils and spices.
  10. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – I remember when I was 12 and I had to write an essay about where do I dream to go, so my answer was Rio! And I am sure you know why.. The carnival, the most famous beach in the world – Copacabana, the Christ the Redeemer, the lifestyle, the landscape…

P.S: Is some of those places on your bucket list too? What is on your bucket list?

xoxo,

Gabrielle