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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

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

My Bratislava Trip in Photos

After Prague, I went to Bratislava. I stayed there 3 days and was planning to go on a day trip to Vienna from there because it is only an hour – an hour and half distance. So if you want to enjoy relaxed atmosphere in Bratislava I suggest 2 days.

The charm of Bratislava is all concentrated into the old part of the city – Stare Mesto. Paved small streets with crowded coffee shops and restaurants, amazing old buildings, a lot of churches and interesting statues.

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P.S: Have you been in Bratislava? What is your favourite place?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

 

 

Prague Travel Guide

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This was my first solo trip so it was very exciting for me. I traveled from Sofia to Prague by bus and it was a really long ride. I got to the Central Bus Station Florenc in Prague very early in the morning. I had time for a coffee in a small coffee shop near by where I was surprised other people were already having a beer!

The bus station is very close to the city centre you can take the subway or a bus from there. I took tram and after 10 minutes I reached the place where I was staying. Tickets for the public transportation you can buy from small kiosks or directly inside the tram/bus but you will need to pay by card.

I spent in Prague only three days and I can say it wasn’t enough! Prague will impress you with its cultural heritage, 1100 years history, night-life and busy streets.

So here are my must-sees in Prague:

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The Vltava river and 17 bridges over it

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My favourite area is definitely the river side. Vltava goes through Prague and separates it into two areas which are connected by 17 bridges. There are situated close to each other and each one is unique.   So I spent half a day walking and enjoying the beautiful view .

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The most famous one and my favourite is Charles bridge ( Karluv Most) and its 30 statues. It is very busy place so if you want to be able to enjoy it better go early in the morning.

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Old Town (Stare Mesto) & Prague Castle

You can’t miss the old part of the city with all small beautiful streets and colourful buildings. There you can also see Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral. From Prague Castle you can enjoy an amazing view. It is very busy area after 10 a.m gets really crowded.

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Vysehrad

From the opposite side of the river and Prague Castle is Vysehrad which I recommend visiting! From there you can also enjoy the view above the river.

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The Modern View

Dancing House ( Tancici Dum) is one of the modern symbols of Prague. It is close to Jiraskuv Most and it is a good option if you want to run away from those crowded streets.

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Frantz Kafka`s Head – the statue is made of mirror blocks which are moving around. It is very interesting and definitely worth seeing.

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The Petrin Lookout Tower

or like they said “Prague`s Eiffel Tower”.

Shopping

In the city centre – Wenceslass Square you can find a lot of shops of the most famous brands like H&M, Zara, Sephora and etc.

Charles Square (Karlovo Namesti)

It is a square in the new town of Prague and it is one of the worlds largest squares.  There you can see The Town Hall of the New Town and Church of St.Ignatius.

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Prague is just an amazing place, it is not a coincidence it is one of the world`s most beautiful cities! So either you choose to go with the crowd or walk through some small streets you will enjoy the beauty of it because it has a its own charm.

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P.S: Have you been in Prague? Let me know your favourite spots in this wonderful city?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

 

New York Minute – Travel Guide I

“One belongs to New York instantly. One belong to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Thomas Wolfe

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There must be something in New York`s air… It is one of a kind place which can`t be explained but has to be felt.

I was in New York a couple of years ago but still remember it like it was yesterday.  New York is one of the most famous cities in the world for a reason and sure a favourite one to a lot of people too.  And of course it is an inspiration for so many movies and songs. New York is the most populous city in the USA and yes it is sooooo crowded.

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Transportation

So depending from where you want to travel, it is pretty easy to find a way to get there. The adventure just started when you are already in New York.

New York City Subway connects all the parts of the city and it can looks a little bit confusing but once you get you will not going to have any problems. And it is the best way to explore the city.

There are of course some tourist buses who can offer you a ride to the most famous touristic spots. But I am not really a fan so I always prefer to go by myself. And New York`s taxis are pretty expensive so you may not want to try.. also because of the traffic it can take forever to reach your destination.

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If you are not going too far just walk.. New York is really a walking city. I feel like it is one of those places ..always can impress you and surprise you.  Even when we were walking on some small streets I still was amazed it is just so much beauty everywhere. So if you choose to go by walking you will have more time to experience this one of a kind city!

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Where to stay

There are so many places which can suit your preferences and budget. First when me and my friend arrived we had a booking for some hotel in Brooklyn. But we didn’t actually like it there.. it wasn’t very tourists friendly and it was way too far from everything.

So we moved to a nice small hotel in Manhattan. I definitely recommend staying at some hotel in Manhattan because it is so lovely there and it is very close to everything you want to see.  A lot of people everywhere because it is the heart of New York! Also from there you can easily go to every other place.

The hotel we stayed in was very close to Central Park and Hudson River – very nice location and still quite and cozy. And like I said there are so many hotels so you can easily find the perfect one for you!

 

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Don`t miss

Must see places are difficult to define.. because there is so much to see in city big and unique as New York. No matter if you have one week or one month there will be still something you missed…

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P.S: Have you been in New York City? Which is your favourite spot?

xoxo,

Gabrielle