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How to organize your trip to Puglia

You probably know already that Italy’s map has the funny shape of a boot, right? Well then, it means you can easily locate Puglia (also known as Apuglia), because it stretches on the heel and the high-heel of this boot. Being one of the less touristy regions of Italy, it is not that crowded and has many more affordable options for tickets, accommodation and food. So you’d better rush and visit it before all the others learn about it and it becomes the New Tuscany of Italy:)  Continue reading “How to organize your trip to Puglia”

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a character from Brothers Grimm tales

We all know The Brothers Grimm since our childhood years. In early 19th century, they transformed folklore stories into a collection of over 200 children tales. “Hänsel and Grethel” was their most famous one that I know about, but have any of you heard about the Pied Piper of Hamelin? Continue reading “The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a character from Brothers Grimm tales”

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New York, New York – the places you never forget

There are some cities that become engraved in one’s memory and New York is certainly one of them.

I still remember so well this trip, almost 4 years ago. First time on a long-flight trip, first time to another continent, and finally, first time getting to the Big Apple! So much excitement before visiting it, so much planning.  You want to see everything, to experience everything in the limited time you have!

And then you’re finally there.

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Visit Bergamo – architecture and nature wonderland

The foggy and cold and too early morning of a late November, revealed to us right after landing at Orio Al Serio Airport, a beautiful and charming city from the north of Italy. Fading like a ghost in the milky horizon, with the Alps raising from behind, Bergamo conquered me right from the start. I knew I was gonna love it!

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Why Plovdiv should be your next travel destination

I had this image about Bulgaria, that only small towns and ethnic villages – Veliko Tarnovo, Balcic, Sozopol, Nesebar, Arbanasi – or the natural sites scattered all over the country are worth visiting.

I was never keen on visiting any big city because I had traveled for work in Sofia twice, and I did not like it too much. What would a big city bring other than ugly communist buildings?

But Plovdiv, the second largest Bulgarian city, is a whole different world.

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Marienburg – A castle for a birthday

Marienburg, this beautiful Gothic Castle, located 30km away from Hanover, was erected in the 19th century by King George V of Hanover as a present to his wife Marie, hence the name Marienburg or “The castle of Mary”.  It clearly had no military or defense purpose, and was used as the Summer residence of the ruling family.

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My European travel bucket list for 2018

Another year has gone by in what feels like the blink of an eye! Merciless time, why are you always rushing? Yesterday it was summer, now we are waiting for Santa Clause, and tomorrow we start again to plan the mid-year vacations.

My oh my, nostalgia strikes again! Let’s get away from that, to the practical things and focus on the mighty travel bucket list for 2018! Or perhaps not so mighty as many of you may think, because there aren’t any major breakaways to other continents but only European trips that I thirst for quite some time:

Get to a Greek Island for once!

Yes, I’m a millennial, from Romania, where everybody goes to Greece for the summer holidays, excepting ME. I know, it’s like I have been living under a rock, but hey, I’ll fix this in the year to come. I have received the advice to NOT start with Santorini, because all the other islands will be no match afterwards, so maybe Lefkada? What do you think?

Santorini – Inspired by the travels of: Jurnalul Alinutei

Andalucia, the South of Spain.

I am sure I will love this place! There are so many astonishing things to visit and to enjoy in this part of Spain, that I think we will not be able to see all of it in one trip only. The countless cities – Sevilla, Granada, Malaga, Ronda, Cadiz just to name a few, and then Caminito del Rey and the White Villages(“Pueblos Blancos”),  the Moorish culture and the tasty food!

Alhambra – Inspired by the travels of: Calatorii de Weekend

Amsterdam

Wait, don’t judge just yet! We have been here before, but a long time ago, over 8 years ago, and in Spring time when the weather was still very unfriendly: it rained all 3 days and it was so windy and cold that my partner doesn’t have any good memory of the place. The plan is to get to Amsterdam in warmer months, maybe middle summer, just to be sure to get some rays of sun:). I’m sure we’ll appreciate this time how beautiful and cosmopolitan it is.

Amsterdam Canals  – Inspired by the travels of  Hai Hui Story

Warsaw and Krakow in Poland.

Ever considered visiting this two beautiful Polish cities? Because I’m very very curious about them. Warsaw,  one of the most affected cities by the WW2, almost razed to the grounds by the bombings, has since made huge efforts to rebuild some of the historic parts and to transform into a very beautiful and proud capital city. And Krakow, also a capital city of the Polish Kingdom, some 400 years ago, holds many beautiful sites.

Wawel Castle in Krakaw – Inspired by the travels of  Jouneys of Len

A Scandinavian country. 

I was always skeptical to plan a trip here, because of the high prices, but we have survived a trip to Switzerland some years ago, so I think we can sort out a reasonable budget.

Copenhagen – Inspired by the travels of  Valiza cu Calatorii

The Danube Delta

It would have been so disrespectful towards my country not to include at least a Romanian place in the list. And I have yet to visit so many beautiful places at home too.  I have never been to the Danube Delta, the 2nd largest in Europe, although I have it in my thoughts for a couple of years already.

Danube Delta, a natural paradise – Inspired by the travels of Travel Girls

That’s a wrap for this bucket list!  Let me know what are your travel plans in the year to come because I would love to see that. My travels can change based on your travel stories also, who knows for sure where we’ll actually end up travelling?! We can only be certain of the past, right? But if there is one precious thing I have learned from the past two years, is that health is our greatest possession.

So, to end this last article of 2017, I wish you all to be healthy and to travel the world!

Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.

Quote by Publilius Syrus

See you in 2018!

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Follow the Red Thread in Hanover – a self guided tour

Whenever we combine travel and holidays with visiting good old friends I’m the happiest! Needless to say that we had the best of time in Lower Saxony, at the invite of our dearest friends who live here for many years already.

We discovered another beautiful part of Germany, that we had never explored before. Here is the preview of the entire trip: Four days in Lower Saxony.

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