This summer I had visited one of the most beautiful, historic and romantic cities in the world - Saint Petersburg, Russia. The city that is home to the most famous Russian authors, and the city that hosted the Romanovs, also known as the window to Europe and is simply full of inspiration and culture. Having visited St. Petersburg, I now fully understand, where Aleksandr Pushkin found his inspiration and wish I could have lived at that time just to experience the life of 19th century in St Petersburg.
An interesting thing that I found out is that while you are only 4 hours (by train) away from Moscow, being in St Petersburg did not feel like being in Russia and here's why:
Discover St Petersburg by water: take a boat ride during the day to discover the city while traveling though Neva river and smaller canals. I have to say that the boat ride gives you a different look on the city as well as a different perspective. The excisions are also available on boats. St Petersburg by night is also best seen on a boat ride as around midnight the bridges part and this is definitely a sight to see. The parting bridges were created to allow for cargo ships to pass at night, as the bridges are built rather low. The parting bridges are the signature sight of St Petersburg.
Here are a few suggestions of where to stay and where to wine & dine:
I just realised that I do not have a post on Zurich yet, even though Zurich has become one my favourite cities here in Switzerland! Inexcusable mistake on my end - for which I do apologise.
Zurich is a sophisticated and yet a very young and dynamic city. The city is very welcoming and literally anyone could find a perfect spot for them: whether it is a quiet hipster coffee shop, or a trendy lunch café, or maybe even a street food bistro - you will not be disappointed. My favourite part of the city is by the Limmat river though. The setting is very romantic and has a very cozy flare to it. The shopping are, unlike the one in Geneva, is spread from the train station to the lake and yet it is not hurting your eyes when you walk down the streets, and you still have some space to walk around, as it is not super crowded. I cannot comment on the quality of shopping, as whether you believe it not, I have not been there for shopping.
What I can recommend though are places for wine and dine, here are a few:
Bubbles: I visited Bubbles for a Sunday brunch -a very cozy place for brunch, English speaking and friendly staff and the prices do not bite. You can also stay in a bit later after your meal to work on a project or read a book.
Website Link: http://www.cafe-bubbles.ch/Speisekarte/
Bindella: This is a fancy restaurant, slightly pricier than one would hope for, but the food is delicious and the selection of wine is amazing. It is a perfect place for a date, if you are willing to impress your better half - and it is better to reserve in advance, the restaurant can get very crowded.
Website Link: www.bindella.ch/de/bindella-zuerich.html
Last October when I was in Zurich, I went on a date and we ended up in the weirdest bar ever that was part of a theatre. Despite its particular setting, the bar was perfect - it had the atmosphere, the music and the culture aspect to it. Turns out ins summer there is also a terrasse that you can enjoy - so the bar is called: Kosmos and here is the link: kosmos.ch/kosmos/lala-bar
I would also recommend, in summer, going by the lake and taking an Apérol Spritz or getting an ice-cream and walking around exploring the city.
Zurich, also has a lot to offer in terms of shows, musicals, entertainment, exhibitions etc. I often find myself in Zurich during the seasons when there are many various shows: Dirty Dancing musical, Cirque du Soleil and many other performances are available to the public. Just make sure to check that the language that show is in, is actually English, unless you speak German and it does not matter to you.
I hope that one day you will have a chance to visit Zurich and you will fall in love it - just like I have.
As some of you may know, Moscow is my home city, where I spent 13 years of my life. However, each year when I visit this beautiful city, I feel more and more like a tourist, a guest passing through the city. I often go back for Christmas and New Years and very rarely in summer, so apologies for the winter pictures only. I am always swept off my feet by the breathtaking and amazing decorations that the city is dressed in over the winter holidays. An interesting fact, New Years is a more important celebration for most families in Russia, partially for historical reasons and partially out of this notion that New Years Eve is the most magical night of the year. It is the night that most wishes are made, a few proposals of marriage are in planning and the champagne keeps flowing - well you get the picture.
Moscow, is not the most romantic city in the world, nor the most hospitable - and this is simply because of the attitude that some people have. To be honest though, I can't blame them. The rhythm of life is super fast paced with little room for leisure and spare time. The destinations between offices, flats, restaurants are quite long and a lot of the time people end up spending most of their time in traffic. Nonetheless, I love the city for its beauty, charm and its edge. You can find anything and everything in Moscow. If you are a tourist, you would probably find the prices in Moscow relatively cheap, though if you are earning in roubles, you might find it tough to make the ends meet.
Moscow is the city of contrasts and that is part of its charm.
So, if you are ever in Moscow, here are a few of my recommendations:
For any further specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Stockholm - my favorite place in the entire world. I have fallen in love with its beautiful architecture and its beauty has no limits. When you walk by the Royal Palace and approach the breathtaking seaside, it seems like nothing in this world matters. The people are really friendly and so beautiful as well, you feel like being in the city of angels. Aside from breathtaking sites, there are so many things to do and see, here are my recommendations:
1. Take the hop on hop off bus/boat -> I would personally recommend the boat tour as it is more exciting and it stops at the best sightseeing places.
a. the Vaasa Museum - the story of the battleship that drowned almost immediately after taking off and being found centuries later. It is very impressive and it is not a site to be missed.
b. the ABBA museum - an interactive way to re-discover ABBA. You can sing, you can dance and have the best time of your life. Truly a fun experience.
c. Grona Lund adventure park - if you are a fan of rollercoasters that is the place to be for you. A fan fact: sometimes the famous bands are invited to play at the park at no extra charge for the visitors. So, you only pay the entrance fee to the park. We were quite lucky to see Johnny Depp's performance as part of the Hollywood Vampires group. Attention: some of the rides can be quite tricky, so be careful.
2. Visit Astrid Lindgren museum - this is a miss on my part but I would highly recommend this if you enjoy fairy tales and her work.
3. Food and Beverage: it is hard to name only a few good places in Stockholm. Every two steps you come across some very nice places where you can get healthy food and a nice drink.
4. Walk the city. There is no better way to discover this beautiful city than getting lost and explore the little roads, getting an ice-cream on the way and enjoy the beautiful views. You can also take a boat and explore the Royal Canal and the nearby islands.
Stockholm is very rich in its culture and has a lot to offer. If you have not yet, I'd highly recommend a visit!
Lake Garda:b is a beautiful destination for couples and also for families. Here is a list of things you should definitely try and visit during your stay.
In my 25 years I have travelled a lot. When I was younger I travelled with my family, our friends, etc. With time, I also started traveling with my own friends and then as well traveling alone. Today, I want to talk about traveling alone and share my experience with you. For starters, solo travel is not easy for some people as they have to spend over 24 hours with themselves. For some of us this can be stressful because most of the time we are scared to face our thoughts and our fears. It is a good exercise though to get to know yourself and to learn to enjoy your own company. How do you expect people to enjoy being around you when you, yourself cannot do that? It can also be the time that you need for yourself but never have the space in your agenda to accommodated for it. Take some time off and walk around the unknown city and for a second put your worries on a bookshelf far away. For a second, the rest of the world doesn’t exist. It is a feeling of relief, a feeling of finally being able to let go of any pressure and be free. Do something that you have never done before but always wanted to do. For once, do something for you.
Yvoire, France. A beautiful little town full of character and history. The whole town is like a castle with a breathtaking lakeside. There’s nothing better than walking around this beautiful town with some ice cream. French hospitality welcomes you from the minute you enter the town. An important note: please make sure to book your restaurant in advance espcially if you are traveling there for lunch on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Cute little shops everywhere and a lot of opportunities for you to take some photos. Again, as it is just a boat ride away, I took the boat and absolutely enjoyed the travel. Yvoire is not too far from Evian, if you are traveling by car.
Evian, little town on the lakeside of Lac Léman. Beautiful and full of character, walking the streets you can recognize the french charm. It reminded me of the setting of the Beauty and the Beast cartoon, which indeed if not mistaken, it was indeed drawn from one of the little French towns. For a moment there, it felt like being part of a fairytale.
The tourists that daily come to visit the source of fresh water and visit the most well known spa. The town is filled with little boutiques and to my great surprise many libraries and bookshops. Those of you know me will know why I have immediately fallen in love with this place. Love it.
Travelled to Evian by boat from Lausanne and have absolutely enjoyed the journey. The 30 minutes where you are in between two countries, completely free of any worries or daily troubles, and with a breathtaking view - were the best. Highly recommend taking the boat.
Here are a few pictures to give you a better idea!
As much as I love to travel, I think that the place that I call #home deserves a post in my blog. #Lausanne is a city of ups and downs, unpredictable weather, very limited entertainment and an amazingly beautiful lakeside. The city is inhibited with international population and you can spot people with very interesting backgrounds all around. If I were to recommend any places to visit, this would be my list:
Wine & Dine
Verona, is the city of love. It is the home of the most famous and tragic love story of Romeo & Juliette and daily tourists come to visit La Casa di Guillietta secretly asking for luck in love for themselves. Verona is also a very artistic city, full of inspiration for young writers, musicians, actors, etc. Arena di Verona annually welcomes worldwide musicians and also hosts an Opera festival in mid-July to mid-August. Being in Verona and not falling in love with the city is impossible. Looking around and seeing young couples by the river on a romantic date by the Castle Vecchio is by itself an inspiring sight.