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Paris – architecture, food, fashion …. I want to go there one more time!

Paris is absolutely stunning – yes, It’s crowded, yes, there is lots of tourists but! It’s also beautiful, full of amazing architecture, great restaurants, museums and many many more.

Couple of days in Paris is pretty enough to have fun and come again to see more. 😉

THE SIGHTSEEING

Well The Eiffel Tower is a must and in my opinion it is worth to stand in a queue for 4 hours. The view over the city is mesmerizing.

We didn’t have much time so we decided not to visit Louvre but to go to Pompidou Centre which has the best gift shop ever. I would buy everything there! Also the collection of art there is also great – It’s not that crowded and you can Really Enjoy walking around the centre.

Next stop is Notre-Dame which we admired only from outside. This is truly a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. If you want to learn more about the monument, visit its page Official website of Notre-Dame.

Pompidou Centre
Louvre

Notre Dame


THE FOOD

For the first time in my life I tried snails – Well they didn’t taste anything specific but where to Try them if not in Paris ;).

Creme brulee and coffee in some small coffee shop was a must for me.

Mules at Leon de Bruxelles were very tasty.

But there was one thing I came to Paris to try! Eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie.

It was ma birthday so they were my birthday cake. 🤗🤗🤗 The most delicious dessert I ever tasted!


THE SHOPPING 

On the outskirts of Paris there is an outlet shopping centre La Vallee Village – with brands like Furla, Tissot, Chloe, Burberry, Celine, Jimmy Choo and many more. Prices are very attractive. I paid only 120€ for my Furla bag. To check the Best way to get there check their page.

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Typical French experience for me was to have a picnic. We bought cheese, wine, grapes and many more and went to the nearest park and just enjoyed ourselves. Like many other people around us. 🙂

By accident we came Across open Air cinema at La Villette Park. Hundreds of people with blankets, wine, food. Huge screen. Loved it!

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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. 😉 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 – Tony’s Taverna – 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 – halloumi. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 😀

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. 😀

 

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 rent 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 Girão

Cabo Girão 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 1.5€ – yes exactly!

More details at the official website of Porto Moniz.

Ponta de São Lourenço

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 😀

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 course poncha de Madeira –  traditional alcoholic drink made with aguardente 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. 🙂 When it came to breakfast we did it like locals – cafezinho (small coffee) with pastel.

 Levadas

levada is an irrigation channel or aqueduct and  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.

Simple bread with sourdough starter – always perfectly baked

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

  1. It’s simple – really simple 😉
  2. Always perfect – I dare to say every next loaf is better then the previous one 👌🏻


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 🙂

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

Bon apetit!

Coconut and chia seed pudding. It’s just too easy not to do it ;)

I usually prepare this pudding in the evening so It’s ready for breakfast. 10 minutes and It’s ready. 🙂

You will need:

  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 100 ml soya milk
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp agawa


Whisk all the ingredients, put them into jars or glasses and let rest in the fridge for couple of hours.
Serve with favourite fruits – I chose mango. 


Source – Jadłonomia blog

Weekend in Madrid – including the best club I’ve ever been to abroad!

 

Madrid is a perfect place to spend a city break. I went there on Friday afternoon and got back on Sunday evening. We got some cheap tickets and rented a small flat in the city center – we got everywhere we wanted to on foot.

Here are some nice spots and activities I would strongly recommend 🙂

1. For art lovers – Del Prado and Reina Sofia Museums

I liked the Reina Sofia Museum – lots of paintings by Salvador Dali and Picasso – including famous “The great masturbator” by Dali. There is also really cool gift shop – I got a mug and bookmark with the painting – you can also check what they have online  – Reina Sofia gift shop.

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The great masturbator by Salvador Dali.

 

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The installation in front of the Reine Sofia Museum.

When it comes to Del Prado – it is huge. Prepare to choose artists or art works you want to see. Unless you have the whole day. I didn’t. Good news is that there is a free admission from Monday to Saturday 6 pm – 8 pm and Sundays and holidays 5 pm – 7 pm. There is a line but don’t worry it goes super fast.

2. Chill out in Retiro Park

The park is a complex of gardens, fountains and buildings located at the edge of the city center. There is an artificial pond where people can rents kayaks and canoes.

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Inside the park there is a beautiful palace called The Crystal Palace.

 

3. Walk around

As we stayed in the city center we  just wandered around. Without the travel guide. We saw so many murals and other street art. Spanish people are very creative when it comes to decorating buildings.

 

4. Eat classic Spanish breakfast

Order coffee with milk – café con leche and bread with crushed tomatoes and olive oli – tostada con tomate y aceite.

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5. Try tapas and cocktails at El Viajero

Bartenders are very generous when pouring drinks, food was delicious, the interior modern and interesting.

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#ramboiage last night #discotizer #MarulaCafé #Madrid #clubbing #allnightlong – vía @ramboiage

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Great music, no tourists – we finished at 5 in the morning. One of the best parties I’ve been to abroad. Loved it!!

 

The day that probably changed my life – totally :D

When I got back from my holidays – about two months ago – I was so unhappy. I really thought I hate my work and I have to do something about it. My contract was valid for 3 more months and I thought – oh well let it finish, I don’t want to exceed it, I don’t care I will do for living something which is more satisfying.But than started hesitations – what if I will not manage, maybe I should stay, do not rush anything, etc. etc. etc. 

So I stayed and became even more stressed, angry and unsatisfied.

But life had its own scenario for me.

Imagine that, I am sitting at my desk looking for some yoga teacher courses when I found one starting on the 1st of February… I felt like this is something I should do… but still had a lot of doubts about it.

and it happened..

I was called to my boss and she told me that unfortunately they can not prolong my contract.

and you know what?! I felt so relieved and happy!

I have cable TV which expires on February, my cell phone contract also. Everything was telling me that February is the time something new will happen for me, and it really did!

I strongly believe in this.

If it’s true, we will see in the nearest future 😀

Now I got back to my hometown and start new life, I believe better one 🙂

Sometimes you are not brave enough to make THAT DECISION but the universe helps you! 

Listen to the universe 🙂