All posts tagged: explore

LAST MINUTE BEACH HOLIDAY IN SEPTEMBER

Summer is slowly coming to an end and want it or not, sooner than you think, you will be pulling out the sweaters out of your closet. If you love the beach as much as I do and don’t want summer to be over just yet, here is an idea for you – go to Algarve, Portugal. This is the South part of the country, full of amazing beaches. And chances are that even end of September will have perfect weather for the beach 🙂 I landed in Faro and stayed in Pine Cliffs Resort, which is a short drive away from Albufeira. Its breath-taking beach location offers you unique views over the ocean. I fell in love with the interior of the place. The resort also has a great bar with a lovely view over the ocean. Don’t miss the sunset there. Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets behind the cliffs. Since I was only there for four days and with so many things to do and lovely places to see, the …

A DAY AT THE BEACH

Living in a city that has a beach makes such a big difference, even though The Hague is far from being the first place that comes to your mind when you think of it. This year has been pretty cold and I am really looking forward to those warm sunny days. Despite the cold and gloomy weather, I often go to the beach on weekends. The sea and the relaxing atmosphere calms me down, and whenever I am there it feels as if I am on vacation. Today I discovered that the beach bars are welcoming their first visitors, so I officially opened the season! 🙂 There was even some live music at the pier.    

SPRING IN DEN HAAG

We’ve been getting so much sunshine the past week here in the Netherlands. Even though it is still not as warm as I like it, I’ve slowly started to pull out my summer clothes and I’ve left all sweaters behind. Making sure not to miss the sunny weather, I headed to Scheveningen on Sunday. I planned a lovely lunch at The Harbour Club and took a walk around the area. I highly recommend this restaurant – incredible food and amazing view of the boats in front!

TIME FOR ADVENTURE

A recent conversation that I had got me thinking – it is so easy to get caught up in routine, work, and deadlines that our lives become boring and monotonous. Whenever I try to see someone just for coffee, it usually happens at least a week or two after we’ve talked. But can we escape habit for a little and be more spontaneous? I need adventure and sparkle in my life – be it taking a last minute trip somewhere warm or exploring a new part of the city. My curiosity and hunger for adventure never leaves me. I think we all need to take the time to try new things, things that excite us and make us feel alive. Are you spontaneous? When was the last time you did something adventurous and unexpected?

TOKYO IN FEBRUARY

It’s been a whole year since my trip to the land of the rising sun. Where did the time go? So to celebrate my one year anniversary, I am writing a post to share my Japanese moments and buying some sushi later today 🙂 Even the jetlag could not stop me from exploring vibrant Tokyo on my first day there. It is a huge city and there are tons of fun things that you can do, all depends on what you like most. So where do I start? Ginza: The area offers luxury shopping, fine dining, and great bars. The stores of leading fashion houses are located in the district. I liked it most at night with all its lights. Shibuya: You have probably seen the Shibuya crossing in the movie Fast and Furious, well, do not miss it when in Tokyo – action in all directions! The area is covered with lights, advertisements, and…PEOPLE! The first time there I crossed this intersection multiple times just for the fun of it 🙂 The area is also very lively, filled with …

DEVETASHKA CAVE

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 …

GREECE <3

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 …

10 REASONS TO TRAVEL IN THE OFF SEASON

1    Everything is much cheaper. Between November-April you can usually find the cheapest flights and hotels to most places (not counting Christmas and New Years). 2   It’s less crowded. This year I visited Japan in February. In no time I could get into all the famous attractions in Tokyo (it can be mission impossible in peak seasons). 3   Stunning photos. This relates to the previous point.  Fallen leafs, nature in the spring, mountains covered in snow – all visions you can get to see in the off season. Less crowds = photos free from people in front of major sites. 4   Great atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, I love sunshine and warm weather but winter has its charm too. Imagine snowflakes falling in front of the lit up and sparkling Eiffel tower, nice cozy cafes where you sip your favourite hot drink, fireplaces, cashmere sweaters…Not so bad, right? With the big crowds eliminated, you’ll be experiencing less frustration exploring the place. Also, public transport is congestion free. 5   Great time for shopping. In many European cities, sales start January …