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Hiking the oldest Mountains in Romania, Macin Mountains

At the beginning of autumn, we decided to do an easy hike, together with our eight friends, in the north of Dobrogea, in the Macin Mountains. These are the oldest mountains in Romania and were formed about 300 million years ago. In the area there are quite few things that you can do, but of course the most important thing here is the National Park of Macin Mountains. You can hike, bike or have a fantastic wine tasting but we chose to take one of the many mountain trails. You don’t have to be in a spectacular physical shape because Macin mountain are old and easy to walk. The slopes are small and the paths are easy. The only thing you have to do is to have enough water with you, because there are not too many sources of water, and you also need to watch out for vipers. Everything…

Aegina Island

Only 20km away from Athens lies one of the most beautiful islands of Saronic archipelago. After a 40 minutes ride by fast ferry, you can step on Aegina island. It is perfect for a day-trip or weekend getaway destination from Athens. Once in the port, you will understand why Aegina Island is the pistachio island. The islanders use it for everything: simple pistachios, pistachios with salt or lemon, pistachios, pistachio ice cream, pistachios, caramelized pistachios, pistachios, pistachios and just about any other combination goes through your mind. The island is small and doesn’t have so many attractions but the real reason you should come here is for enjoying the view and the good food. The best way to explore the island is on foot, by bicycle or scooter. This is what we did as soon as we reached the island, but not before enjoying a perfect Frappe and the Greek…

Experiencing a real oasis in Huacachina

After the beautiful and wild Paracas we went dipper in the desert arriving to Huacachina. Huacachina is a real desert oasis and the first that I m seeing ever. It is the only natural desert oasis and has the largest sand dunes in South America. How to get Public busses The public busses won’t take you directly to Huacachina. You will have buses almost from each town: from Lima, Cusco, Paracas but it will take only to Ica and from here take a taxi till the oasis. Of couse, it will be more difficult if you do the steps separately, but it will be cheaper. Bus from Lima to Ica is 10-15 usd taxi from Ica to Huacachina is 1 usd, entrance fee in Huacachina is 3 usd. PeruHop Is another option that we tried. The Peru bus took us from Paracas directly to Huacachina, and this was part of…

Going crazy with a “Mad Max” experience in Paracas desert

Paracas represents the coastal desert region famous for Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve. Paracas national Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; desert and ocean. It covers more than 3,000 kilometers of which 65% of it is sea and 35% is dry land and islands. It is considered one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world, but the attraction is not only its wildlife but also the beauty of the ocean and desert landscapes. We spent a day and a night here and we had the chance to experience a glimpse of what it can offer. After lunch, we rented some buggies and we started our mad driving adventure in the desert. We drove for 10 min to the Paracas National Reserve from our hotel, paid an entrance fee and started discovering the desert along the Paracas coast which was thrilling. We…

Belogradchik fortress in Bulgaria

It was a spontaneous decision to take a road trip to Bulgaria before New Year’s eve. We entered Bulgaria from Ruse and drove for about 2 hours to our first stop: Prohodna Cave. And after that, another two hours to Belogradchik village, to see the famous rocks. However, we didn’t quite realize what an amazing destination we’d chosen. As we turned off the main road, bizarre rock formations started to appear and following the tourist signs was no longer needed as we drive through winding roads and closer to a mystical wonderland. Huge rocks colored in a mix of reds, oranges and yellows topple more than 200 meters high above and all around us. Spread over 30 kilometers in length and three kilometers wide, they dominate the scenery with their strange shapes. We were just blown away! Before we visited it , we had this idea that the rocks can only be seen inside…

Bioparc I A piece of Africa in Valencia

One of my favorite things in Valencia is the Bioparc. So with our recent visit in Valencia we couldn’t miss strolling among these amazing jewels of Africa. Normally I don’t visit zoos, because I don’t like the idea of animals to be kept in cages for our amusement, but this Bioparc in Valencia is different, so maybe this is the reason why I like it so much. It was opened in 2008 and the park is creating a very true and accurate reconstruction of Africa’s wild life. Located in the Valencian ‘Cabecera’ park this Zoo was created based on a new technique that tries to introduce people to the natural habits of the wild animals. The animals live here as they would live in the wild, in groups of the same species in the same natural habitat, which is separated by natural barriers of rocks, rivers and bridges. I love that Bioparc has respect for…

Staying at Valencia Sol Sun in Spain

I have to admit that this was my first Airbnb experience and it didn’t disappoint at all. Valencia Sol Sun apartment is nested in the center of a fantastic city, the third largest in Spain, a great combination of sun, beach, old and futuristic architecture, amazing Mediterranean food and plenty of cool things to choose form. Thanks to its location, Valencia Sol Sun has very easy access to the City Of Arts and Sciences, just few meters away. Actually you can see the Opera from the window of the apartment. Getting there The Apartment is located near the City of Arts and Sciences and just a few minutes from downtown. By plane Manises International Airport is just a few minutes from Valencia, 8 km from the city center. The expansion of runways and terminals, together with increased operating airlines, places this airport among the first in Spain in number of passengers and…

Stand up paddle boarding in Alanya

It was a chill morning, when I stepped on the wet, cold sand. The sky was cloudy between the clouds you could see the sun rising. The effect was spectacular. Rays of sunlight and an orange glow created a magical aura of celestial beauty around the horizon while the clouds above me blotted out the brightness of the sun. The sea was calm, it was just perfect for a morning Stand up paddle boarding, aka SUP. Basically, SUP uses a surf style board and a long paddle. In that regard, it is a cross between canoeing and surfing. It has its roots where all board sports have their beginnings, in Hawaii. Even if you’ve never tried it, many of you have probably seen stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, over the past few years—it’s one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. Stand up paddling can be done in a variety of forms such as on flat…

15 days in China

We have just returned from China, after a two weeks adventure in which we traveled over 4,000 kilometers from North to South, explored cities of 20 million people or picturesque villages lost in rice, we went with all possible means of transport , bicycle, scooter, boat, cable car or high-speed trains. We were surprised to find a country not only immense in size and population, but also an organized and modern nation, from infrastructure to education. We believe that the 21st century will indeed be the century of China. China is, after all, the only great civilization to carry on continuously its traditions and cultural heritage for more than 4000 years. China’s huge territory and rich culture leaves a lot to discover and come up with. Be it natural beauty, food, architecture or civilization. We tried to discover as much as possible in our 15 day touring China. Below we…

Hiking the Avatar Mountains

There is a unique place in China like no other seen before: The Zhangjiajie Mountains aka The Avatar Mountains. These amazing pillar-like formations are a distinct hallmark of Chinese landscape, and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings. Beauty and unusual nature of the park are incredible. Mountain peaks and caves, streams waterfalls, rare plants and animals. There is no photo that could show splendor and grandeur of this place. Experience your get in the place is much better than you can imagine. This is a place of wow.Zhangjiajie came into foreigner travelers’ eyes after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired by Southern Sky Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It is easy to see the comparison between Zhangjiajie’s mountains and those of the mythical Pandora. So you, see. While in China, we couldn’t miss this amazing place. The only regret is that we had…

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