Wednesday, 15 October 2014

That time in Dubrovnik

Travelling by bus might not be the best idea, but it’s by far the best way to see a lot of stuff in a couple of days, without having to be over tired with driving and of course, you can also enjoy the scenery and in my case sleep in the bus! Yes, I know… it’s extremely annoying to people, when someone is at the back of the bus growling when someone is talking, but  sometimes you cannot help it. Your body’s got to do what your body’s got to do! LOL
This time I decided to travel to Croatia and visit Dubrovnik. I can only yarn when I think of it and it might be a little bit crazy to say this, but is goddamn beautiful! The city is made of stone and bricks placed in an organized and well thought way and it’s surrounded by the beautiful Adriatic Sea. It actually makes you think of how mankind can be so inventive and creative when it comes to building cities.

I arrived Dubrovnik by bus during the night, the immensity and dimension of the walls of Dubrovnik made me realize its greatness. Seeing a city by night is as amazing and wonderful as seeing the city during the day. You have to walk through the small streets and look at the surroundings. The next day, pass through those streets again and you will be amazed by the things you saw and the things you didn't see during the night. You definitely have to be prepared to walk during your visit in Dubrovnik, so don’t forget to pack your trainers or your most comfortable shoes, because the walls of Dubrovnik are quite massive and extensive. Take time to walk the walls, because there are a lot of historical sites you can identify from the top of the walls. You can even brag a little bit, if you are a Game of Thrones enthusiast like me, but don’t get too cocky! A boat ride is also always a good idea to see the city from another point of view, just don’t forget that it might be a bit chilly!
By the end of the day, you can relax and enjoy the sun set by the sea, take it in and give your senses a moment to embrace the beauty!

Thanks and Happy Travels!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The amazing view from the Mourish Castle in Portugal (Castelo dos Mouros)

The Mourish Castle is just the best place to visit if you’re ever in the Lisbon area. It’s in Sintra. A wonderful and romantic town, filled with narrow little streets and shops, were it is best appreciated when you go walking. To get to the Castle you can go walking up the hill, catch the bus or by car. This time I went by car and it was quite a challenge, because the road is very narrow and curvy! LOL But I can guarantee than whatever way you decide to take, the reward is breath taking and amazing. From a far, the walls of the Castle can not be seen, it was built in such a way, that you can see far away into the Atlantic Ocean and into the city of Lisbon, the perfect way to be prepared from enemy attacks.

Well, I am not the most fit person or do I go to the fitness center or gym to do a full workout session of 3h, like most people do, so walking up the narrow stairs made of stones can be quite tiring and if you are a bit like me after climbing a few steps you will be out of breath. But don’t worry, I have the perfect solution for that. You can just stop when you feel tired, take a deep breath of that purified wave of fresh air coming from the Ocean, relax and enjoy the view. When you are ready, you can continue your journey up the stairs.

If you are the kind that likes nature you would definitely enjoy the visit and even if you are not a nature kind of person, I can assure you that the view from above is magnificent! As geeky as I am I borrowed some binoculars and from the top I could see Lisbon all the way to the river Tagus and the bridge- Ponte 25 de Abril. The weather was great, sunny and no clouds were on sight, it was just the perfect day!  

You can also enjoy the beautiful wild flora that surrounds the Castle and if you are a plant enthusiast you will find plants that are not found that often. After this spectacular visit around the Castle and Sintra you can finally enjoy a visit to Piriquita. An amazing coffee shop, where you can put your taste buds into a challenge and eat some of that delicious Travesseiro, a sweet pastry made by the gods! That will definitely kill your diet, but after all that walking and climbing it is well worth! It is so good that you will not be able to eat just one, so order double for each person and everyone will be satisfied.

Thanks a lot and happy travels!