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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?




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.

sicily_xoxogabrielle5Photo: Mount Etna

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.

sicily_xoxogabriellePhoto: Enna

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.

sicily_xoxogabrielle2Photo: Southern beach

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.


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.

sicily_xoxogabrielle3Photo: Ragusa Ibla

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.

sicily_xoxogabrielle6Photo: Siracuse

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.


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 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!

ripe-grapes-in-vineyard-picjumbo-comPhoto: Vineyard

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.


P.S: Let`s meet in Sicily!


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.


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:










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.


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


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.



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? 



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:


  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?


Здравейте! Моето име е Габриела и аз съм пристрастена.. към това да пътувам.. Моят списък с мечтани дестинации и безкраен, за това в този пост избрах да ви представя 10 от тях:

  1. Париж, Франция – може би няма човек, който първосигнално да не го свързва с романтика, мода, архитектура и т.н. Париж е дестинация съчетаваща всичко в едно, за това и започвам моя списък с него!
  2. Лисабон, Португалия – шарени къщи, тесни улички, вкусна храна, гостоприемни хора, луд нощен живот и безкрайни плажове.. така си представям аз португалската столица. Лисабон, също както Париж, е едно от местата, които искам да посетя от много време. Надявам се 2017 да сбъдне тази моя мечта!
  3. Гръцките острови – райски кътчета, смайващи с прекрасни плажове и тюркоазени води. Гъция има какво да предложи на посетителите си – история, архитектура, места за почивка..
  4. Амстердам, Холандия – една от най-известните туристически дестинации, предлагаща различни гледки – канали, музеи, паркове. Можете да се насладите на нощния живот, културно-историческите турове или разходките с велосипеди. Освен това, доста известни са кафенетата и интересните ястия.
  5. Петра, Йордания – “изгубеният град” се намира в каньон в пустинята. Великолепните смайващи постройки са наполовина издълбани в розово-оранжевите скали.
  6. Абу Даби, ОАЕ – ако трябва да избера само една дестинация от този списък, ето това ще бъде тя. Абу Даби предлага микс от модерно и традиционно.. от луксозни места, красиви сгради до сафари приключения и традиционна кухня. #vacationgoals!
  7. Куала Лумпур, Малайзия – един от градовете, които само за 150 години се е променил неузнаваемо. Модерният град предлага гледки от съвременни небостъргачи, скъпи ресторанти и хотели, увеселителни паркове и молове. А ако искате да научите повече за културата и начина на живот, имате възможност да посетите много музеи, арт галерии и карнавали. Нека незбравяме и всички паркове, най-големият аквариум в света и дивата природа.
  8. Сеул, Корея – известен с това, че е център на технологичните иновации. Градът предлага на посетителите си богата култура, разнообразие от улична храна и възможности за шопинг. Най-добрият период за посещение е по време на цъфтенето на черешовите дръвчета – февруари – март.
  9. Рабат, Мароко – слънце, палми, разходка с камила през пустинята, един различен свят, интересни традиции и култура, улични музиканти и пазари, из които се носи аромат на подправки и масла.
  10. Рио де Жанейро, Бразилия – спомням си, когато бях в училище и трябваше да напишем есе на тема “Къде мечтая да отида?”, моят отговор беше Рио! .. Сигурна съм, че знаете защо.. карнавалът, плажовете, начинът на живот..



    P.S: Кои са дестинациите от вашия списък?