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Ayia Napa (Cyprus) – to go or not to go?

Ayia Napa is full of drunk teenagers and Russian tourist – not always polite (just stating the fact, almost everyone was rude). I don’t want to give you the wrong impression – I once was a teenager and drank a lot, I’m just not a big fan of watching them when I’m on vacation and tolerating rude people around me.

Ayia Napa is a typical tourist spot in Cyprus. But! if you try not to go when everyone else is going you will discover the other Ayia Napa and you will love it! And you will forget the things you don’t like.

Here are some rules to like this place. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Okay let’s start.

Rule no 1

Go on your own and book some hotel in the city (by the beach will be crowdy and loud ;p)

Rule no 2

You will see lots of fast food restaurants – KFC, etc. Many people go there and this is good for you – you know why? Because you will be one of just a few guests in the best Greek restaurant –ย Tony’s Taverna –ย a place with lemon trees inside, a place where the owner thanks you for visit and as a thank you gift gives you flowers – and these flowers are fresh basil leaves. Do I have to say more? I love such places!!!

Rule no 3

Go on a tour!

Cape Greco

There is a public bus going there, from the bus stop you need to walk a little but the view is just stunning. Just look.

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Paralimni

The nearest city with huge supermarket where you can do some shopping. We bought lots of food there, which we had for breakfast and took some home. If you like cheese you need to try my favourite cheese –ย halloumi.ย I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ayia Napa architecture

Not much to see but worth it. Just walk around the city.

 

Cyprus is perfect for relaxing at the beach. Nissi beach is crowded but sooo beautiful, go to Makronissos Beach and other near Nissi. Sun is really strong there – sunscreen 50 SPF unless you want to get burn on a very first day!

Rule no 4

Drink ice coffee – locals do not drink beer in that heat, it’s ice coffee. And it’s delicious. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Only one sandy beach and you still want to go there – Madeira!

Madeira is a small Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean, also called Island of Eternal Spring or Pearl of the Atlantic.

Madeira is situated north of Canary Islands, it’s of volcanic origin with great climate which enables you to go there the whole year round.

Getting around – in almost every travel guide or a blog you will read that you will definitely need to rentย a car. Well I have to disagree, not only because I don’t like people telling me what to do ;p but also because the public transport is cheap and you can get anywhere you want. Not to mention those hairpin bends all over the island which made me dizzy just in a bus – I don’t think I would feel good driving a car on these roads. ;p

Cabo Girรฃo

Cabo Girรฃo is famous for 580 meter cliff with a glass floor. Standing there is one thing but the other is riding a bus there – I couldn’t sit by the window!

 

Porto Moniz

Absolutely amazing natural lava pools! oSoo cool and if I remember correctly it cost only 1.5โ‚ฌ – yes exactly!

More details at the official website ofย Porto Moniz.

Ponta de Sรฃo Lourenรงo

I know I often use the word amazing in this post by seriously – Madeira is amazing! Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a walking trail. There are some steep inclinations and no shade so a cup and proper walking shoes required. This is a challenging walk but totally worth it! The views of blue ocean, brown soil and black cliffs make something truly beautiful. You can get to the beginning of a walking trail by bus.

Eat and drink local ๐Ÿ˜€

I had my favourite place in Funchal with nice service and delicious food and drinks – Madeira Tapas & Wine. I recommend you the octopus sandwich and of courseย ponchaย de Madeira –ย ย traditional alcoholic drink made withย aguardenteย de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind and with different fruit juices according to the version of poncha. With less % I drank local beer – Coral. ๐Ÿ™‚ When it came to breakfast we did it like locals – cafezinho (small coffee) with pastel.

ย Levadas

Aย levadaย is anย irrigationย channel orย aqueductย and ย in Madeira. There are more than 2,000 km of levadas and they provide a network of walking paths. I walked one – 11 km – check the views.

 

At the end I will add some more picture which may convince you to visit this gorgeous island.

My favourite spots in Gdynia

I’ve been to Gdynia many times for Opener Festival, but last year for the first time I was there for a long weekend and could do some sightseeing and get to know the city a little more.

I really liked what I saw. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe if you have some time during this weekend or any other time you could check mine top spots/activities in Gdynia. ๐Ÿ™‚

1.Walking around and admiring the street art

There are so many murals around the city. My guest house for example was just cross this one, which I think is super cool.

Ludwik turysta #streetart #mural #gdynia

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Most of them are around the city center so just by walking you will definitely see them.

2. Awesome food

I had the best breakfast at Chwila Moment. It was “pain perdu” – a brioche coated with egg and fried, served with fruits, maple syrup and sour cream. It cost only 16 PLN!!!

OMG #sniadaniowelove #gdynia #mistrz #brioche

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Another nice breakfast was at Gล‚รณwna Osobowa. Reasonable prices, tasty food, nice place.

Cytrusowe aioli ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #sniadaniowelove

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3. The Torpedo House at Babie Doล‚y

Nice clean beach and beautiful view? Visit Babie Doล‚y. The Torpedo House is situated 300m from shore and looks like a ruined castle. Link to the place.

Torpedownia w Gdyni

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4. Kamienna Gรณra

If you want nice view over the city and the sea go there, but not the view point near the cross, but at the parking just ahead of restaurant “Panorama”.

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5. Cliff at the Orล‚owo district

Can be pretty crowdy but if you like walking by the sea – why not ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ludwik i klif #gdynia #orlowo

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#klif #orlowo #gdynia

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DIY string art

Two years ago I saw an amazing sign and wanted to have the same. Yeah I know – two years ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well it took me this long but I finally did it. 


I used some old window – needed just the frame so I broke the glass ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ you can can cut some plywood and nail it to the frame.

I cut the word ‘dream’ Out of paper and place it on the plywood. Than nails – I think I used 500 or so. 


Now the most creative part – coil the nails with  colorful strings. 

Looks absolutely amazing if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Simple bread with sourdough starter – always perfectly baked

This bread is my favourite – Why? Well 2 reasons: 

  1. It’s simple – really simple ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. Always perfect – I dare to say every next loaf is better then the previous one ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป


Here is the recipe. First ingredients:

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 50g wheat flour
  • 250g oat flour
  • 200g rye flour
  • Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Stir all the ingredients – if necessary add more water. 

Grease the loaf pan and dust it with oatmeal. Put the dough in it and let it rest for couple of hours – it should rise.

Ready to bake ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 20 minutes 200 degrees Celsius
  • 60 minutes 180 degrees Celsius 

Bon apetit!

Best chocolate and peanut butter cookies ever! :)

I have to eat healthy now so yes I still crave  something sweet but I am looking for healthier alternatives for the food I ate. 

Here is one – Cookies! But this version is simple and healthy. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 can cheakpeas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 chopped dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp xylitol 
  • 2 tsp black seasame
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder 

Blend cheakpeas and peanut butter. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir it well. 

Prepare a baking tray. On a baking paper put the portions of the dough and flaten them. 


Bake about 15 minutes – 180  degrees Celcius. 


I cannot stop eating them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sourdough starter simpler than you think :)

I had to change my diet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Well It’s not sad news – I will be eating healthier but new diet means pretty much I need to avoid almost all already prepared food and cook everything for myself. I cannot eat anything that contains sugar, yeast, vinegar or wheat flour. 

So I decided I will bake my own bread but with sourdough starter – NO YEAST
How to make a sourdough starter? Easy peasy, check the instructions below ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Day One

Scald a big glass jar – 1l / 0,5l capacity. Mix well just two ingredients and put them into the jar:

  • 125 ml cup rye flour
  • 125 ml warm filtered water

Cover it with linen tea towel, put in a warm place. I usually do that in the morning, in the evening I stir the dough again. 


      2. Day Two

In the morning I add to the jar the same amount of the flour and water as yesterday and mix it Well. Set aside. Stir again in the evening or earlier it the dough is running away from the jar. ๐Ÿ˜‰


      3. Day Three

Feed the dough same way as on the day two. After three hours it’s ready for baking! ๐Ÿ™‚ Notice: only when there are air bubbles in!