This post is about little things that I found Paris consisting of. Call it a recipe for a great time in the city, you can check the places we’ve visited or find your own, just promise yourself to not stick to conventional routes from tourist guides too much. Get lost in the streets, explore, surprise yourself!
I love travelling and I hate being a tourist. Hate being that kind of tourist who just tick places off the must-see list that can be found on the first page of Google search, that is. I am all for finding unique, non-trivial places to explore, and actually trying to understand and feel the city, rather than jumping from one tourist attraction to another. Although, we all do need to see these must-see places, don’t we?
If you love travelling, you’ll definitely have your bucket list of places you want to go to. Venice was never on mine. Naturally, I heard stories of how romantic it was, and how scenic and unique the city was, but something kept telling me it was all overestimated; I imagined it to be a stage setting for a crowd of street sellers and a touristic honeytrap. I am still not sure whether I would have stuck with this opinion had we come here in summer when the streets are flooded with visitors and it’s almost hard to breathe. Thankfully, we arrived in November and found the city in its quiet, romantic charm, almost empty, to the extent that some streets and plazas looked at times haunted.
This trip was already hectic enough, with only few hours in Milan, and even fewer in Florence, which we left the next morning to catch the first train to Venice.
We did a typical touristic quick march: Piazza del Duomo – Ponte Vecchio – Piazzale Michelangelo. After that we only had powers for 1 glass of aperitif wine, and went straight to bed, seeing the rest of Florence in our dreams.
Ok guys, this post is about my major life addiction, and I’m not talking about food now!
Rome has stolen my heart the first time I came here with my parents back in 2008, and has never ever yielded, regardless of the number of other incredible places I’ve visited since then. Eternal city, city of gods, a centre of the greatest historical empire, charming, touristy, loud, romantic, boiling hot and surprisingly snowy sometimes (oh I wish to witness it one day!), terracotta-coloured, welcoming and full of little secrets. All that is about him, HIM, and I can say a lot more, but let’s take it slowly.
Last November we came to Rome for 3 days as a part of our Italian demi-season trip; we did not know what to expect, it always seemed to me that you either go there in spring to enjoy the blooms and nice weather, or in summer to steam in its hot air and shamelessly eating up gelato of all imaginable flavours in hope that it will cool you down a little. It was my 3d time there, and it was the hardest as we were under a horrendous jet lag that time, but it was also the trip that opened up a whole new side of Rome to us, for what we’re extremely thankful.
Let’s talk stopovers. Do you find them attractive or more of a time waste? Exciting opportunity to discover something new or tiring hours of waiting for your final destination?
I happen to be one of these rare people who think stopovers are awesome. So when last year we were planning a short getaway to Italy, and found a ridiculously cheap tickets to Stockholm instead, we thought “Why not?” Why not flying to Stockholm for a day, on our way to Milan? ? Can you believe it! I could not for a long time either, even having the tickets at hand, but 12 hours after the take-off from Bangkok , we landed at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It 4 pm and already past sunset, it was cold, it was raining, but I remember thinking to myself “Wow, it’s so refreshing and beautiful!”, and it was love at the first sight.