bye bye..

After visiting various villages and cities on the way, stopping off in Lisboa and spending two weeks at the Algarve coast, for our last stop we chose Porto, an iconic and one of the most popular places in Portugal among the travelers. As we were expected to be, we were happy to be there and had great time spending long hours sipping lemonade, iced tea and coffee in some modern and terrific-looking spots hid in the pedestrian area. What a fantastic ending of our beautiful, family, summertime vacation..

coffee break

As it was once said,

Coffee is a language in itself.
~ Jackie Chan

and as Portuguese may not be the easiest to learn,
the best way to discover that culturally fascinating country might be through the taste.
One of the things of the Portuguese cuisine that appealed to me the most,  along with white wine made of unripe grapes called vinho verde, was rich in aroma  coffee with a delicious aftertaste. Surprisingly, there is the whole other heritage and history of the beans, prepared in a specific way, brewed differently from the well-known Italian method.
If you love coffee as much as I do, I highly encourage you to try Portuguese galão, if you’re up for a caffè latte, cafe com leite, which would be something between cappuccino and flat white, or cafe com nata which is an espresso-like coffee served with sweetened whipped cream on top, all so tasty and so tasteful! I assure you, you won’t regret, such a delicious experience!

Portugal

Life is filled with tragedy, with long patches of struggle and with, I think, beautiful bursts of joy and accomplishment. Blessed with those moments, you just try to relax as much as possible and focus on the little things, like the joy of changing your baby’s diaper.

~ David Dastmalchian

 

Once you get to that point when you can just be yourself and relax, I just think that you’re so much happier in general.
~ Jacqueline Emerson
..recalling the very last glow of summer sun rays.. on the way, the splendid way, for our family vacation :))

 

France and Spain

France x Spain

As the 2017 has begun, you might be strarting looking for a holiday destination for the next summer. Basically, that’s why I decided to finally upload some pictures from my ‘France x Spain’ trip.

Half a year ago, in the end of September my friends and I went on a trip across France ending in Spain, Barcelona. Surprisingly, our first stop was in Lichtenstein, which is a little country in between Switzerland, Austria and Germany. We saw a munumental, but in the same time beautiful castle of Hohenzollern, which looks exactly like as it was caught up in a Disney movie.
The very next place we visited and stopped off in was Strasbourg, le petite France as they call it that way. I liked this place to much, it really appealed to me. After that we’ve seen Clermont Ferrand with its stunning architecture with the amazing cathedral in the forefront. Then as a final stop, we stayed in Barcelona for a couple days. On the way back we’ve visited Narbonne and Avignon, which were just gorgeous in its beauty.

Italy – Elba

Elba

We came to Elba after eight years, when we first visited the island.

Meanwhile, during the time between our trips to Elba, we’ve visited quite a few places inclueding some islands such as Šolta (Croacia) and Malta. Even though we’ve seen a lot, Elba amazed us and we found it really fascinating.

The experience of rediscovering all the places we’ve visited 8 years ago was fantastic. There were a few sea spots which we loved before and found them great this time either, such as ‘Best Beach’ and the black sand beach, which’s name I still can not remember, but yes, it was literally BLACK! According to the topic of beaches, my absolute favorite was the seaside in Chiesi. Such a beautiful area with a few gelateria’s and with the unbelievably aquamarine color of water, warm stones to lie on and relax while sunbathing. Outstanding, what’s more to say. There are also some view terraces, where you can see wonderful landscapes, beautiful mountains, gorgeous sea, deep green forests and stunning red, yellow and purple stones.

Not only was it a sentimental journey, but also a giant blast of visiting such a paradise. This time we’ve spent our vacation on the west side of the island and as it turned out it was even more beautiful than the one we’d already known.

Elba, by local people is called ‘L’Isola dei Colori’ and I can’t disagree, it’s like a drop of rainbow situated on the globe. Plum and lavender colred stones, blue: from deep dark blue to very light turquise tone of sea water, green trees and mint seledine stone which is a fundament of a few mountains, yellow, what to say, sand: from white through yellow and ohra to this previously mentioned black, then orange, red and even pink, colors of all the gorgeous flowers, for instance my favorite bouganvilla and oleander.

All in one word – the actual island of color.