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Every Thursday

18 Sep
God doesn’t want me to blog. or sleep. or stop catching colds on airplanes, there’s no other explanation for all that been going on lately.

But, in general, I’m good, going home for a visit in a few days, haven’t been there in a few months and I can’t wait to catch up with some great friends…

I’ve uploaded, finally, all the pics from my card, it’s funny to look at it together and to see where I’ve been and all the things I did.
So, here is a photo (or 2) from each thursday, just a small taste of my summer.
Emma (who is going to actually reply to comments one of this days).
20.7.12 – Road trip in Romania
27.7.12 – Nice
3.8.12 – Had a small get-together with friends on the seine and got photographed by many tourists on cruises.
10.8.12 – Stumbled across this sign in the street, took it as a sign, literally: planning a long trip to AU
17.8.12 – Talked on the phone for 2 hours about work, got bored and started taking pictures and abusing filters…
24.8.12 – My friend got dumped, we gained 5 pounds each.
31.8.12 – Had the best Italian food I had ever eaten.
7.9.12 – Went to Italy, again, maybe I should just move there?
14.9.12 – Watched “Cleopatra” with my neighbours outside on the street.
18.9.12 – (today) It got colder here in paris during the last 2 weeks, wore a coat for the first time this season and bought amazing sweaters and boots – ready for winter.
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Nice, France

19 Aug

Travel theme: Signs

12 Aug

The “Tongariro Crossing” is one of the more famous and hardest day walks in NZ.
It’s the most commonly walked part of a largest Trek named the “Tongariro Northern Circuit”, which takes about 3-4 days.

I did the whole circuit and it was breathtaking (literally, it’s quite steep at some points). After 3 days, and the beautiful lakes, all of a sudden, the scenery changed and was a bit boring for me, so when I saw this sign at the parking lot (which meant that it was over) –  I was a tad relieved.

Oh DOC signs… I miss you so much.

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Munich, Germany

10 Jul

First of all, I think that living in Paris kind of changed my perspective, because everything is so expensive here, everywhere else looks really cheap to me, even though my friends kept complaining about the cost of food and drinks.
Anyway, after we arrived I needed a snack, so 1.80 euro went towards my pretzel, and it was worth it: cut in the middle and stuffed with cream cheese and chives – YUMMY

After I was done we walked around the streets at the city center to get the feel of the place, and ended up at a brewery, unexpected, right?

Fun fact to know about the lions at Odeonsplatz (a really nice local guy told us the story):
There are 2 lions, one on the left, closer to city hall, with its mouth open, and the second, closer to the church is with its mouth closed. Apparently, at earlier times, this square was used by the people to gather and protest. The lions symbolized that you are allowed to speak against the city hall (hence the open mouth) and not against the church (here goes the closed mouth). Hitler was the first one ever to stand there and protest against both of them together.

Can’t really say what I thought about the city because I didn’t have much time, I added it to my “to do list”.

Any recommendation for the next time?

Travel theme: Night

6 Jul

I have tons of photos of Paris at night, it’s beautiful and inspiring, but I thought of something totally different for this week entry when I saw its title.
Not exactly night, more like “Dark”.

 Waitomo caves in NZ.

Went caving there 2 years ago, mainly, because it’s full of glow worms.
During the whole time in the cave you don’t really see them, just the strings, but the second you turn off your lights, everything goes dark and you see their blue light everywhere.

For other entries, click here,

Emma.

Stresa and Isola-Bella, Italy

29 Jun

I had a crazy week, so I’m just now uploading pics from my small trip..

Stresa is a town is on the shores of the Lago (Lake) Maggiore in northern Italy, from there a regular ferry service takes you to Isola Bella.

Even though these small towns are really touristy, I recommend spending a day here just walking around the small streets, eating good Italian food, walking around the palace and the gardens and basically just enjoying the view…

Isola-Bella as viewed from the ferry.

Milan, Italy

25 Jun

I’m in love with italy.

I was there for the first time this year, and I keep coming back, so for time number 3 I went to the north again. Had a great time, it’s so warm compared with my rainy paris that I was actually able to catch some sun.

So to sum it up: after the view, the coffee, the italian guys, the italian language, all the great pasta and ice cream; now I can die happy.

If you plan on visiting italy here’s a tip: italy railway is really cheap, and it gets everywhere. It makes traveling so easy (no cars and gas, no hitch hiking…)

In this post are the photos from Milan, it’s a bit boring to my taste, but it has its charm…
The next post will be about Stresa, a beutiful little town at Lake Maggiore..

How very “NY in the 80’s” is to see the graffiti on the metro carts..

This is the essence of Italy for me: guys in suits, a girl on a vespa and cheap amazing coffee