Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lisbon: VIEW OF TAGUS TO WAKE UP TO (3)
Lisbon: VIEW OF TAGUS TO WAKE UP TO (3)

One more thing I forgot to mention when it comes to first impressions… It was easy to find the hotel when I arrived to Lisbon, was not far from Praca do Rossio. The building was charming, even though old and somewhat “neglected”. Lovely walk (upwards though) towards Largo do Chiado with that thrilling feeling of finally coming to the city. (Didn’t even feel the pain after that “crashing” into the lamppost, luckily! More about it in the first Glimpse of Lisbon.) (more…)

Lisbon: LEGACY OF WORLD DISCOVERIES (2)
Lisbon: LEGACY OF WORLD DISCOVERIES (2)

One of the things I was excited about when planning to come to Lisbon was the history of discoveries. Famous explorers took off to the unknown seas and lands, some of them starting their journeys from Portugal and Spain. (more…)

Lisbon: LOSING YOUR HEAD OVER THE CITY! (1)
Lisbon: LOSING YOUR HEAD OVER THE CITY! (1)

Finally reached Lisbon. Wanted to see the city for so long and when have landed, couldn’t stop looking out of the window! Took the bus from the airport, it seemed like a good idea, since there was a stop at Praca do Rossio, and my hotel was not very far from there. (more…)

Barcelona: THE CITY NAMED BY HANNIBAL (10)
Barcelona: THE CITY NAMED BY HANNIBAL (10)

Took my small suitcase the next day and went to the airport. I am going to leave Barcelona for five days or so, and then come back, to spend few more nights here and catch the flight home. (more…)

Barcelona: ACHING FROM FLAMENCO… AND MY SHOES (9)
Barcelona: ACHING FROM FLAMENCO… AND MY SHOES (9)

Had one more day to spend in the city, visited everything I planned to, and so, I was going to take it easy now. The whole day ahead of me to stroll, take few more pictures. It was still rushing through my head that I should “go there”, or “visit that”, but that pain in my feet didn’t go away. So, did go to see few more Barcelona landmarks (more about it in tomorrow’s follow up!), but went there by metro or a bus – not by foot. (more…)

Barcelona: THE WHOLE OF SPAIN IN ONE VILLAGE (8)
Barcelona: THE WHOLE OF SPAIN IN ONE VILLAGE (8)

Was so excited to go to the Montjuic mountain! Had a great day ahead of me, and have decided to begin my wanders from the beach! (more…)

Barcelona: STEPPING ON JOAN MIRO (7)
Barcelona: STEPPING ON JOAN MIRO (7)

Back from Figueres, time to look for that Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but also to chase the landmarks of the city which were actually the legacy of the great artist Joan Miro. (more…)

Barcelona: OFF TO FIGUERES TO DREAM WITH DALI (6)
Barcelona: OFF TO FIGUERES TO DREAM WITH DALI (6)

Another beautiful morning. Late November, but sunny, around 17 degrees, just perfect for an excursion out of the city. And what an excursion that is going to be! (more…)

Barcelona: THERE’S PICASSO, JUST AROUND THE CORNER! (5)
Barcelona: THERE’S PICASSO, JUST AROUND THE CORNER! (5)

One of the districts not to be missed in the city is certainly Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. It stretches along La Rambla Street and it radiates its own charm. There is nothing you can compare to a walk along those too narrow streets, among building walls so high and thick with just a hint of daily light coming from above – up there, where those walls end. Numerous lanterns or shop signs sticking out of those walls covered in dark bricks. (more…)

Barcelona: CASA BATLLO AND SAGRADA FAMILIA (4)
Barcelona: CASA BATLLO AND SAGRADA FAMILIA (4)

My favorite spot in Barcelona is probably Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo building. Just couldn’t wait to get there, to look at it up close. Could not even believe that it actually is that colorful in person. And it was more than I could have ever expected! (more…)

Barcelona: CHIQUITA IN LA RAMBLA (3)
Barcelona: CHIQUITA IN LA RAMBLA (3)

Promised myself not to rush that afternoon, but to take nice stroll down Barcelona’s La Rambla Street. Charming pedestrian path that connects Placa de Catalunya to Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Recognized all those Barcelona landmarks from photos I have seen before I came here – flowers stand on one side, on the other street mimes amusing passers by. Here is the theater – went in to buy tickets for a flamenco show. Can wait to see it! (more…)

Barcelona: FACING THE DRAGON IN PARK GUELL (2)
Barcelona: FACING THE DRAGON IN PARK GUELL (2)

My first day in Barcelona! Took a long breath and glanced through the window, rushed down for breakfast, then back up to my room to take the camera and the book I bought the night before. Gaudi, here I come! (more…)

Barcelona: DRAGGING SMALL SUITCASE UPWARDS (1)
Barcelona: DRAGGING SMALL SUITCASE UPWARDS (1)

When traveling to European countries, I often go as I would if strolling the streets of my own home town, since nothing is that far, the flights are not long, don’t have to carry a lot of luggage etc. (That is the advantage of living in Serbia – it will take you somewhat more then two and a half hours to fly to Istanbul, and about the same to go to Lisbon.) Also, even though I have never been to the place (I mean… come on, it’s Europe, right?), have never booked an agency to check in with at the airport in order to drive me to the hotel (as I did when traveled to Bali or Cuba), but rather took a bus or other public transportation which was, of course, well scheduled, fast and clean. (more…)

Hopping to the other side of EUROPE!

 

Have a cup of tea and enjoy reading about the journey, since we’ll be hopping from one side of the Old Continent (where we were during the last series), to the opposite one! Barcelona and Lisbon, here we come!

To tell you the truth, wasn’t sure how to write the Barcelona/Lisbon trip experiences of mine, since we all know everything there is to know about these two European cities, right? All of us have those photos from Park Guell or Sagrada Familia, and we all cruised the streets of Lisbon in that yellow tram car. But then again – Gaudi was one of the main reasons I even went to Barcelona! And the charm of those narrow, steep, cobblestone streets of Lisbon is something I will always remember! (more…)

Cappadocia: JOSTLING FOR A BALLOON SEAT (17)
Cappadocia: JOSTLING FOR A BALLOON SEAT (17)

One of the top tourist attractions in Cappadocia Turkey is by far a hot air balloon ride over this magical place. It gives the unforgettable view towards the whole region of Cappadocia. As you take off for sunrise, you will be hypnotized by that astonishing landscape below – fairy chimneys, orchards and vineyards. Standard flight lasts for an hour or so and you’ll have a buffet breakfast and a toast on landing. It costs around 120 euros, and it’s worth every cent! (more…)

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