I was sure I’d love Ålesund as soon as I saw the vivid architecture. Buildings details and colorful ornaments draw a lot of attention. Actually, this is how Alesund is known: the Art Nouveau town, which was destroyed by a fire in 1904.
We reached Norway through Ålesund and this is a good starting point to see the Sunnmøre area and Geirangerfjord, the Unesco site.
West Norway is about unique landscapes that can take your breath away and I totally recommend to visit. The ocean, the fjords, the hills and mountains that surround low land villages and the mirror effect of the water will make every photographer envy your spot. This is what I imagine when I think about this Nordic country.
Ski in the Dolomites area in the Italian Alps was on my bucket list since previous years, so nothing could have stopped me to go there. Not even a bad knee, a hard to manage luggage or a long way back.
My most vivid memories about Tel Aviv were the smell of the food, spices and striking different views in the streets. It is a contrast among noisy, busy markets and messy streets opposite to Bauhaus neighborhoods, promenade along the beachside and skyscrapers. In Tel Aviv, you will set eyes on beautiful architecture and modern museums and plenty of art galleries, but you will encounter the oriental on many corners.
My first hour in Israel was actually a true Tel Aviv tour by night. Although it sounds like a touristic route, it was only a wrong bus that led to this adventure. From the airport, we took the train, and immediately after I’ve left the train station I saw the local bus arriving. I desperately ran to catch it and my friends had to follow me closely. It didn’t cross my mind to check the destination once I stepped in the bus. We bought the tickets and then I realized our destination was the other way around!
It was April when I saw the Alps for the first time, in Val Thorens, France. Also, it was the first time skiing or better say, learning the basics.
Never ever before had I put the boots on, so imagine I didn’t know how to ski, to snowplow or just to stay up with the ski on. I was pretty excited and in 4 days I was trying the red slopes.
Winter is coming, some may say, and I’m dreaming of white powder, high mountains, cool ski resorts, and large slopes.
I am not that winter fanatic as you may think. I’m not ashamed to admit, I don’t like winter and cold. I’d go for a sweltering day than a freezing cold winter. But the mountains landscape and the adrenaline rush you get on the slope it’s different. We have a few options for skiing in Romania, but in Europe, nothing compares to the Alps.
You fancy modern art? Then I don’t need to tell you that Barcelona is the city of great artists. Gaudi, Dali, Picasso and Miro worked here and you’ll be amazed to see their works even in public spaces.
A city-break in Barcelona is enough for a few inspiring visits in different quarters of the city. Nowadays you can sense the artsy style in many corners, on buildings architecture, public sculptures or on the streets walls.
Warsaw, Poland is more than just a historic city. Second World War was harsh to them and the communist regime that came afterward is not an easy one to handle. Although scattered from the foundation, now Warsaw is a vivid and modern city. For a good background, check this documentary website. However, if you’re in Warsaw during summer time, go out of the Old Town and experience the usual city life. Polish people have a thing for deckchairs, ice-cream and beer, so my personal recommendation is to lie down and enjoy the life.
Ready for more waterfalls, green fields, glacier landscapes and black sand beaches in Iceland?
I’ve arranged the second part of my week in Iceland for the South Coast, Glymur waterfall, and Reykjavik. Read about the first 3 days in Iceland here!