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.
I was traveling to Iceland in autumn, right after my birthday, for seven days. Holidays are the presents you can make to yourself and this one was just perfect. My best travel companion was up for a new adventure when she sent me the offer for this trip and asked twice maybe three or four times. How could I have resisted it?
Play some Sigur Rós in the background and get in the mood for Icelandic sounds. You can add some videos for the perfect experience, as they`ve promoted the country on certain cases. Heima (EN: At home) is a documentary about the band’s tour around Iceland in the summer of 2006. Gusgus, Bjórk, or Monsters and Men may work also.
If you like arts in any form or small historic cities, this one is for you. If you’d rather wander hours on narrow streets and cross tiny bridges over the canals in a constant curiosity, here you’ll feel more than fine. I’ll add that this is a city you’d probably fall in love with. This is Venice. First of all, I’m talking about a city in Italy and this says a lot. I don’t know what kind of spell is on that ground, but everything I’ve seen in Italy was picturesque. It’s in the romantic air, in the buildings’ architecture, the tasteful food, and that addictive Italian gelato! My personal history with Venice starts at a film festival, where I’ve seen the “Venice Syndrome” documentary. And it’s not only about the fact the city is really sinking. But it’s more about the phenomenon of depopulation, with more tourists than inhabitants.…
It’s the beginning of spring here and I’ve planned a weekend away from Bucharest, in the heart of the country, in Poiana Brasov, the mountain resort, and Brasov city. Brasov is a wonderful city in Transylvania, surrounded by the mountains with Saxon influences in art and cuisine. We spent most of the time outside, for sightseeing and hiking, so this kind of escape is suitable especially for nature lovers. How to get there: Brasov is just 170 km away – this means three hours by car from Bucharest (take route E60), in good traffic conditions and also about three hours by train. Tip: Valea Prahovei is very beautiful, with inspiring mountain landscapes and hiking routes, historic castles and with a lot of tourists in the weekends. So I recommend taking the train to Brasov, during season it’s the best way to avoid traffic jams. The train stops also in other mountains…