27 September 2013

La Dolce Vita... indeed!

Coming to Rome wasn't actually on my roster, wasn't a plan for September, however, there's a great possibility to swap your flights for other ones, that's how my plan suddenly changed and there I was...
In the middle of Eternal city...
Everyone can guess why they call it like that, but being there and seeing it with your own eyes changes the prespective, it becomes more real that this place exsits for more than 2000 years!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Rome :)

Perfect 25C outside for exploring it! Half of the day in the company of my colleagues and a few hours just for me myself and I :) Couldn't have been more better than it was! :)

Stories about ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt are my favorite, history of that period is so rich, interesting and complex which amazes me over and over again. 
So being there, among all these ruins and remembering all those facts I learned and read about made me wanted to just go back a few thousand years back and live it, feel it, experience it, for real!
When my brain screamed at me - 'ain't gonna happen, wake up!' I just walked around and with every step imagined how it was back then...

Since Rome wasn't built in a day, one day as well, is not enough to see or do anything properly, but on the other hand one second is enough to fall in love with it! It has everything for everyone!

I don't want to bother you with all those history lessons and legends today (some of those you should all know anyway), and don't wanna write as much as I do every other time, only from one reason - I'm affraid to ruin this experience with lots of bla bla :) 
But it is so hard not to try to express yourself with words, specially when you love them as much as I do :)
...I'll try not to 'talk' too much :) and let you enjoy the photos I made, a small part of one of the World's amazing cities that kept its soul and magnificence for so long, a small part of those instant moments you try to capture with your camera excatly the way you see it with your own eyes which is impossible no matter what kind of camera you have just because that camera doesn't have a brain and heart that sees things and places in its own personal unique kind of way...like you do...

The bus left us in front of Teatro Marcello, on the Palatine hill, ono of the 7 hills on which Rome was founded 753 B.C. by one of twin brothers Romulus, as the story goes...and where the most of the ruins are saved for so long...

Senātus Populusque Rōmānus = The Senate and people of Rome

The great Colosseum!

Living the history for a few seconds (and 10euros!!!)


Marvelous Fontana di Trevi
...can you guess how much money is thrown every day into it?! Aproximately 3000 euros! Yes 3000! All that money goes to charity and renovation...

...as the legend says, if you throw the coin in the fountain you'll come back to Rome...

When in Rome... eat a gelato! :D
When left alone I walked to the Spanish steps, climbed up and found this beautiful park with even nicer view of Rome which left me speechless!

Breathtaking! With this signore playing old canzoni taking you back in the 60ies right in the middle of La Dolce Vita making it much more special :D  


(this is how my house would look like if I lived then and there...there's a bookstore right next door - perfect scenario) :)


Soaking up every feeling and impression which made my heart grow a little bit, cementing every image deep in my brain to never forget it and loving every single second of it made this big and great city one more top favorite destination to come back to! (and I don't need a coin in the Fontana di Trevi to tell me that) :) 

Hope you'll all have the oportunity to visit Rome one day, and when you do hope you'll experience the same good atmosphere and vibe I did...

Ciao ragazzi! Lots of baccioni! :)

10 September 2013

Wars + Sawa = Warsaw :)

When inspiration hits you just before you jump in bed, turn off the lights and try to fall asleep, your brain just goes wild but you are to lazy and tired to turn the lights back on, take a pen and paper and write down all the ideas that pop up in your mind in those few minutes... 
That's what happened yesterday, once again, plus I was too excited about the column I started to write for a Croatian online portal, released yesterday and every Monday from now on (just have to brag here a little bit as well :p cause I'm so happy about it :)) so now I'm sitting here at Adri's place while she's packing for a Colombo flight, looking at the screen, typing this nonsense and trying to remember all those super extra funny and smart things I thought about writing last night :))

Anyway... Last 10 days were pretty hectic, flight here, flight there, run back home for 2 days, come back just in time for another flight or two...and now I finally have 2 days off before the next one so I'll give my best to describe to you one more layover, one more new destination - Warsaw!

(FREE HUUUUGS!!!) :)))

Short flight from Dubai in a small Airbus 330-200, maximum of 184 pax in economy with 5 amazing crew :) and at noon we were already at the hotel. Standard procedure, get the room key, get the allowance, set the meeting time, shower and change of clothes and we are more than ready to visit the city on the warm September weekend afternoon...
Europeans discovering Europe :)

 (nowhere without it) :))

Everywhere you can you appreciate the chance to WALK around the city so we did. Since I didn't have enough time to make some sightseeing plan for the day we just went out clueless :)
Map in one hand as always, camera in the other one as always and hungry like crazy AS ALWAYS we walked to the Warsaw's historic Old Town that was inscribed onto UNESCO's World Heritage list 33 years ago.

(this girl just caught my eye...)

Warsaw - the capital and largest city of Poland, it is an Alpha – global city, a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central Europe.
It is also known as the "phoenix city" - because it has survived so many wars throughout its history, the city had to be thoroughly rebuilt after the extensive damage it suffered in World War II, during which 85% of its buildings were destroyed.
In 1945, after the bombing, the revolts, the fighting, and the demolition had ended, most of Warsaw lay in ruins. After the war, under a Communist regime set up by the conquering Soviets, the "Bricks for Warsaw" campaign was initiated - many of the historic streets, buildings, and churches were restored to their original form.

Warsaw's name in the Polish language is Warszawa, means "belonging to Warsz".
Folk etymology attributes the city name to a fisherman Wars and his wife Sawa. According to legend, Sawa was a mermaid living in the Vistula River with whom Wars fell in love...

(waiting for his bride...)

It was a hot and sunny day in the city full of tourists exploring the streets, locals enjoying their day off or working for ones or the others, street performers entertaining everyone around... Lots of happenings everywhere! People spending these last weekends of summer outside soaking up the sun and good vibes, or simply sharing them for an upcoming winter :)

After some wandering around we finally had lunch, a big portion of food that reminds you of the one your mom or grandma would put on the table in front of you, homemade kinda looking meal, very tasty and cheap too... ;)

(it's obvious who's the most excited about the food) :D

Tired as hell, sleepy and with our feet in pain, but with some icecream in hand to cool us down we came back to the hotel, I fell asleep before my head even hit the pillow...

Same thing's gonna happen right now as well since I woke up early, went for some aerobic class (yeees I did, for real this time :p), spent a day in Dubai mall and now writing this simultaneously while watching some movie about Danish court in 18th century, which is totally irrelevant piece of information for this post but my brain is starting to skip from one thought to another in a split of a second once again and that's a sign for me that is time to publish this and go to bed :)

Have a good night everyone and sweet dreams...
I know I will... :)