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.

Italy – on my way

Italy - on my way

On the way to Elba, which was pretty long (about 1500 kilometers), we’ve visited a few cities in Italy.

When we were going to Elba, we visited Florence, which was just as beautiful as I remembered it from the last years’ trip which took place in september/october. Also we stopped off in Siena. I have never been there before and I was so surprised that it actually looks like a cinnamon city with the only one white building – the cathedral. The area I liked the most in Siena, was the old town if I can call it this way. It is basically the part of the city where the oldest buildings are.

When we were staying in Siena, if were 2 nights I suppose, we lived in a beautiful B&B guest house named ‘Villa Veronica’. Wonderful place, I’m telling you. The house was situate nearby the main part of the city. The room we got was really pretty with terracse-door, with which we could go out directly from our bedroom to the beautiful garden. There was a nice place to sit and have a cuppa’ coffee, a table with a few garden-armchairs. Then, if you keep walking through the garden space, you’ll find a swimming pool with clear, warm water and a bunch of deckchairs perfect to sunbathe on them. What’s amazing , while relaxing in a pool you’ll be able to see fields and meadows of the tuscanian Italy. Stunning view.

Breakfasts were served in a porche, actually on the veranda there was a buffet and the tables were on a terrace. For breakfast, as the Italians eat, you could have a piece of delicious cake, Mulino Bianco biscuit, some orange juice, but also something salty like for instance a slice of a good quality bread with prosciutto crudo and cream cheese. To drink you could have a cup of tea or great coffee served by the host, who is so kind by the way.

So basically, what’s not to love

From Siena we went directly to Elba, and after a week and a half spent on the island we started our way back to our home in Poland. We had only one big stop and a few gus station ones in Italy, then we stayed in a hotel in Austria and then we got to go to Poland. The big two-hour-lasting stop I mentioned before was in Pisa. I’ve seen the famous tower of Pisa for the very first time and I quite enjoyed our little walk there in the city. We had some delicious gelato, meant ice cream, and we strolled a little around the well known buildings, which were close to the tower .

I am so happy I had opportunity to see so much on the way to the gorgeus island of Elba. All these stops made our route a bit more interesting, hahaha. I hope you’ll like the pictures I took during our trip. Here, I attach photographs from the way to and from Elba. Stay tuned for the next dose of photos made in Italy, next time: Elba!

 

Italy

Milan

Let’s begin from saying that I love Italy. I love italian language, Italian people, Italian coffee and of course Italian food.
We went on a Italy Tour and we’ve visited many places around northern Italy.
Starting from Venice, living on Lido di Jesolo we moved to Cinque Terre and  Genua, then we stayed in Milan. After that we went to Verona an Florence. Finally, on the way home we stopped in Bologna for a while.

Venice.
I found Venice as a wonderful, mystic place. I’ve beed there once before and I need to say that it looks exactly how I remembered it. It’s an old city, full of narrow streets, bridges and beautiful nooks. Romantic alleys and cul-de-sac’s. I am totally in love with this place.
My friends and I had great time strolling through the heart of Venice. However we’ve visited plenty of landmarks, we took some time just to taste the city. We went for long walks with fresh cappuccini and croissants in hand.
Venice left us a feeling that we have to come back to spend another Italian vacation there, to feel the atmosphere of the city one more time.

Milan.
Milan, absolute love of my life. Big modern city, where you can easily notice that it’s a city of fashion, design and architecture.
The city definitely showed off it’s beauty. As we spent a day walking through wide well designed streets and gorgeous pedestrian zone full of coffee shops and designer clothing stores. To crown our day we went to see Milan from the top of the cathedral. We went on a roof and admired the view, which was really impressive.
After the day in Milan I must admit that I have absolutely fallen in love with the city. And what’s more, I’ve started considering connecting my future life to this city.

Florence
City of renaissance. Artists’ and art lovers’ favorite. The city is really pretty, as you walk down the streets of Florence you can feel history of the place. There are some great museums to visit such as Uffizi museum and Galeria dell’Academia, where we can see masterpieces of Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio and many others.

To sum up, I’d like to say that I love Italy to the moon and back and possibility to visit all these wonderful places was something very special to me. During our travel I had innumerable situations as I came across random acts of kindness, which were for instance a question, asked whenever I ordered a coffee, if I’d like some cinnamon and cacao in it. These melted my heart and with my love to this country I need to say that I could spend my whole life right there, in the country of Italy.

Berlin

Detail of a landmark

My friends and I went to Berlin to get out of everyday clamour. Obviously, we’ve been to some famous museums and we have seen the world-renowned landmarks. We’ve visited places as Berlin Wall Memorial or Jewish Museum, but the most of our trip was basesd on our needs, temptations and willingness. As the trip was in December, you can easly guess that we’ve spent a lot of time (and money) on christmas shopping! Also, because it was winter and it was really cold outside, we just had to shelter from the chill in a cafe, get some coffee, hot chocolate or tea. One of our preferred spots was Dunkin’ Donuts. We’ve come there every single day, as for lunch, dessert or evening snack. We have also tried some specialities form the Berlin Christmas Market like holiday treats, sweets, candies and partries. The trip was so successful and I undoubtedly loved it! Just to sum up, I’ll tell you that a trip to the modern city was so nice and if I had to describe it just in three words, it would be Christmas, shopping and donuts.

 

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