I am going to admit this: I like food and I like it a lot! And what other better way to immerse yourself in a culture, than sampling what it has to offer from a culinary point of view. With heavy Mediterranean influences, Catalan cuisine is characterized by fresh ingredients, vegetables, pork, seafood, lots of olive oil and spices.
Brussels is the capital of Belgium and home to the headquarters of Europe and NATO. It is a cosmopolitan city, chock full with beautiful museums, lush green parks, quaint little streets with amazing architecture, and probably the best beer and chocolate you have ever tried. Walking through this amazing city was one of the highlights of my winter. Read on for my favorite attractions in Brussels and for a giveaway to make you enjoy your next walking tour in the city of your choice!
Oh Greece, beautiful Greece! Most Romanians have been to Greece at least once in their lives, as this is an easy and affordable destination for us. There are countless offers, charters, buses and travel agencies eager to show us the Greek Islands and the beauties of Ancient Elada. Even so, I've only made it to Greece in May, 2015 for the first time in my life, after one failed attempt to travel to Thassos for a week in the previous year (I'm not letting go of that dream!).
Still under the influence of my most recent trip to Barcelona, here are my top 10 favorite attractions from the city of Gaudi. The order is totally random, because everything impressed me in a different way and enriched my experience in this amazing city.
Sadly, our beautiful trip to Barcelona came to an end. I say sadly, because I would have stayed there all my life. The city has everything one may wish for: stunning architecture, beautiful landscape (Mount Tibidabo and Montjuic), lovely beaches bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, amazing food, great public transportation system (the metro covers the entire city and is supplemented by lots of clean buses, trams and funiculars), it is very bike friendly and focused on sustainability.
From historical riches to architectural gems, Belgium has it all - but if you're not interested in any of them, the foods & drinks will make you change your mind about this destination. It is said that Belgian food is served in the quantity of German dishes (true), but with the quality of French cuisine (also true). Be warned though, food in Belgium is the nemesis of all diets - think fries, fresh seafood, puffy waffles, velvety chocolate goodness and probably the best beer in the world.
Who doesn't like to travel and pay as little as possible for a flight to a dreamy destination? With the abundance of low budget carriers nowadays, everyone can become a globetrotter. Plus, if you've been bitten by the travel bug, there is no cheaper way to satisfy your wanderlust.
Bruges is the quintessential Belgian experience and must not be missed if you ever find yourself in this corner of the world. A fairy tale town, lined with buildings that seem made out of gingerbread, richly adorned facades and glistening canals, it is a northern alternative to the overly saturated Venice. Bruges is an amazing city, capital of West Flanders province, in the northwest of Belgium.
January blues are a real thing, so in order to avoid them, we had planned a nice city break to Brussels in the middle of the coldest month of the year. I always felt that winter trips to cold destinations are a Russian roulette, because you never know if you're going to get stranded or have an awful time due to the horrid weather, but on the upside there are way fewer tourists and better prices everywhere.
I will be the first to admit that I do not like winter. If it was up to me I would move to the land of endless summer and never look back (#lifegoals)! But since this is not possible (for the moment), I decided to make the best of what I have and to explore the nooks and crannies of my hometown, which, back in the days used to be called Le Petit Paris de'l Est.
Zarnesti Canyon (Prapastiile Zarnestilor) - Trekking in Romania
When you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, and all you want is some peace, quiet and fresh air, you can always turn to the mountains. Among Romania's most appreciated features are the Carpathians, a gorgeous mountain chain, with a variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife, one of the largest remaining areas of pristine forest in Europe.
So yay, September is finally here - which for me means one thing: my long time expected trip to Barcelona is going to happen in one week! I'm looking forward to strolling around this beautiful city that seems out of a fairytale, to dipping my toes in the Mediterranean Sea, and to climbing up Montjuic and Tibidabo. I cannot wait to see Gaudi's masterpieces - Casa Batlo, Casa Milla and Parc Guell, to walk around La Rambla and Cartiero Gotico, and to lose myself in Raval.