Hi there darlings! I hope you’ve discovered two of my posts on Jajce (Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nr. 1 & Nr. 2), which was selected by Mastercard as one of the “Top Hidden Treasures” you should explore this year. What does that mean? Well, the “hidden treasures” are beautiful touristic destinations and true secret gems all around the Europe, which deserve so much more attention. When in Greece – you don’t need to see only Athens. When in Italy – why does it have to be Rome every time? Make sure you don’t just put those destinations on your bucket list, but actually take the time and visit them this Summer.
As I promised in the first part of my travelogue from Jajce as one o the Mastercard Top Hidden Treasures, (if you haven’t yet, you need to check it out ;-)) in this post I intend to show you many beautiful sights apart from the Pliva Waterfalls, which this city has to offer and that you shouldn’t miss in any case during your visit. Did you know that Jajce is often referred to as “a museum under the open sky”? Lovely, right?
My first memory of Jajce – one of this year’s Mastercard’s Top Hidden Treasures – goes back to the early 80s. I remember going on a trip with my parents. Where to exactly – I really don’t know. I recall that we took a bus. Why the bus and not our car – I can’t recall either. The only thing I do remember, is my mother waking me up from my sleep, while my father was holding me in his arms and her saying: “Look down munchkin.”. And there it was… right under our feet and in all of its glory – the Pliva waterfall. To me, the water falling down looked just like a long and shining girls’ hair.
Here we are darlings – after the last post on the island of Capri, we’ve arrived to the third and the last part of my little travelogue from the South of Italy. My story on the town of Pompeii. Then, the mighty and unpredictable Vesuvius – the only volcano in the continetal part of Europe that has been active in the last 100 years, lies only some 9 km away from Naples. In other words, the inhabitants of this city and the surrounding towns in the region Campania (including the crowds of tourists such as myself ;-)) are living on the edge of potential danger every single day. However, it seems to me that, despite the resting threat that this volcano represents, the Vesuvius gives the people living in this area also a lot of positive things.
Not that long ago, only the ones who were a bit adventurous choose to plan their trips and holidays all by themselves and didn’t entrust specialized travel agencies to do that for them. But those days are over, the world is a “global village” and the internet (no matter how much we criticize it for many reasons) puts in our hands almost an endless number of tools for organizing our dream travels and save money along the way.
What I’m about to tell you, is an “old” travel story. Well… maybe not that “old” darlings – a bit more than two years. But it’s a very special story, about a trip to a very special destination, which started in a rather unusual way. Yet, first of all, it’s a story a wanted to write about, since I’ve begun writing this blog. And now… somehow and finally – the timing is right for this Wanderlust post: The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were just concluded and after more than two weeks of enjoying in the achievements of the world’s top athletes, I’ve decided to keep you a while in this city and show you at least a tiny piece of it through my eyes. Which was also partially in an athletic manner, but… keep on reading darlings and it will all become clear. Bem vindo ao Brasil! :-)
How do you plan your weekends during the Summer darlings, when the days of your beach holiday are already behind you? Or how do you spend your Summer holiday at home, if you didn’t make any big traveling plans? For me, the weekends from May until the end of August have a special charm then each of them offers a tons of possibilities. Whether or not you’re on a vacation, you can always use those two days to make a short trip, not far away from your home and still see, experience and learn wonderful things and spend time surrounded by nature, culture or history. You can basically dive into a whole new world and this is what I did last weekend. And I’m not keeping this experience to myself– let’s go together to the Nature park “Hutovo blato”.
After the introductory post on my journey to Paris, today I’m continuing with the second day of my „French travel adventure“. This city has so much to offer darlings, that it’s really hard to choose a starting point but also the path for its exploration. However, the most difficult thing is, not to start straying from that path at least dozens of times, because Paris will constantly try to seduce you and distract you with it’s hidden corners, unexpected treasures and elegant beauty as you go along. :-) In this post I will share with you my experience of some of the museums and sights I’ve visited, discover a secret or to on how to skip long waiting lines and show you my first Parisian outfit.:-)