While I am preparing to say goodbye to 2015, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I am counting my blessing and wishing you more. Cheers to the New Year! May it be a memorable one. What do you wish for in the coming year? Love, Adriana Advertisements
With my future posts I will try to focus more on showing you some hidden gems in the Balkans, as I believe, they deserve a lot more attention than currently attracted. I hope that you will agree with me. Today I take you to the Devetashka cave, situated in a beautiful mountainous region in Bulgaria. You have probably seen The Expendables 2, but do you know that the movie was shot in this beautiful location? Not only the bats in the cave were disturbed by Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, so were the environmentalists. There was even a court ruling, which found some of the filmed scenes to be in breach of environmental regulations (as a jurist, I had to mention this part especially:)). However, this impressive cave has been inhabited thousands of years before Hollywood discovered it. It impressed me with its walls and ceiling from which you can see the sky. The cave is incredibly beautiful when the sun shines through its openings with reflections in the water beneath. If …
As this year is coming to an end, some of us are starting to think of resolutions. We rush in with grand plans, neatly writing them all down, sticking notes as reminders – you name it. The days go by and most of us start to feel discouraged and it becomes harder and harder to keep up with our goals. One by one, sudden events in our lives slow us down and we become discouraged in the challenge to reach the desired outcome. We need to work longer hours or have to take care of more things than expected. Where does this end? We must realize that there are always going to be setbacks along the way. We succeed by overcoming those obstacles. People often blame someone else for their situation. This never leads to positive results. Of course, setting practical goals is crucial, goals that are realistic, and sticking to them when it gets tough. But this is only one part of it. We should try to understand our setbacks and think of what we can change to …
If you are into hiking and climbing you will definitely love Bulgaria. ‘Huh? What?’ ‘Where was that again?’ Bulgaria is not the most popular tourist destination but you’ll be surprised to find out how much this small country can offer. The country side is absolutely gorgeous! Another plus – it’s incredibly cheap. Today I take you with me to the top of Vihren – the highest peak of Bulgaria’s Pirin Mountains, reaching 2,914 meters. It is also Bulgaria’s second and the Balkans’ third highest peak. I’m lucky to be from a town surrounded by mountains and very close to Vihren. It took me about three hours to get to the top with lots of stops along the way to admire the beauty of the mountains. For the more unexperienced I recommend climbing in the summer, as the weather conditions can be a problem during other times of the year. It’s also quite steep and with lots of stones along the way. Make sure you take a good pair of shoes with you.
I was recently asked to be a bridesmaid at the wedding of one of my best friends. It’s such a lovely and meaningful tribute! Of course lets not forget that with such great honour, comes great responsibility. I enjoyed every moment of it! It’s only unfortunate that we now live far away from each other, in different countries actually. The planning, the laughs, the memories…it’s great to be part of it all. Since most of my friends live abroad, this is not so easy. Nevertheless, I do my best and try to be there on every such occasion. Below I am sharing some photos from the wedding. Isn’t she gorgeous? Blue was not the first colour that came to my mind when we were discussing the bridesmaids’ dresses but I really like the ones we chose in the end.
I know it is still December but I am already starting to think of where I want to spend my summer vacation. I miss the sunny beaches soooo much! I even started taking vitamin D. Seriously, I pretty much see the sunshine only on TV. So while thinking of all this, I thought I’ll show you the place where I’ve been spending some time during the last couple of summers. It is not the most popular destination but for me it was love from first sight. If you know me, you’d know that I love Greece. I like the food, the people, the islands, the beaches…just the way I feel when I’m there. It feels like home. I even started learning the language. A year cannot go by without going back a few times. Sooo…this is not the only post you’ll get about Greece. Today I take you to Parga. It is a small town, a village even, on the West coast of Greece. Parga may be small but it does have a castle (watch your step …
The Netherlands is not only about canals, bicycles and pretty flowers. Medieval castles are probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of it. Well, there are some worth a shot. I recently visited Muiderslot castle located very close to Amsterdam. It is ideal for a day trip if you are around and wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. The castle is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and it is used as a museum today. There are tours in English and in Dutch. Muiderslot’s history begins in the Middle Ages. Today it is one of the most beautiful and well preserved castles in The Netherlands.
Just taking a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. I hope all of you will get a chance to celebrate with your loved ones this season. Be kind and appreciate all the blessings in your life. xx Adriana
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Christopher Columbus
My love for coffee started way back and a day does not go by without a cup (at least). My favourite moment of the day is when I have my first coffee early in the morning as the world slowly wakes up around me. It has turned into a ritual and an addiction that I very much enjoy. I’m definitely an Espresso girl, although I tend to switch to Americano every now and then. What’s your favourite?