Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Cyclades Greek Islands


It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but only an instant to fall in love with it !



The Route we took to explore the beautiful country was 2 days in Athens and then 8 days visiting the islands.




Santorini, or Thera, is a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea and part of a group of islands which are called Cyclades. Its major feature is the volcano that played an important role as it formed the island and offered it its unique terrain morphology.

We stayed at Ira Hotel & Spa in Santorini. Situated on a cliff, overlooking the beautiful blue Aegean Sea, this property is known for its great facilities, exquisite views and impeccable service.

Imerovigli literally means ‘vigil of the day’ and once served as the island’s lookout spot for pirates, due to its strategic setting. One lovely spot in Imerovigli is Skaros Rock, on which there are remains of a thirteenth-century Venetian castle.



The beaches are extraordinary with surprising colors, formations and crystal-clear refreshing waters


During sunset, the Oia village can get very crowded so make sure you head to your viewing spot or sea-facing restaurant early. You will remember the beautiful sunsets here your whole life. A yacht cruise will take you to the beaches that are colorful with red and black volcanic pebbles.

Mykonos island, known also as the jewel of Cyclades, has an international fame over its stunning beaches , the breathtaking landscapes and the traditional whitewashed buildings, be it windmills, churches or houses.


A huge beach with white sand and great water, although a little bit far from the main town of Mykonos. It has a beach bar which holds some of the best parties on the island every day.





Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets. 







Syros  Lovers of the elusive 'real Greece' pretty much all agree that the island of Syros is a special place. It is also one of the most cosmopolitan towns in the Greek islands. Seaside villages like Kini offer low-key holidays on beautiful beaches without the lines of beach chairs and umbrellas, nor the throbbing endless disco beat you will find blasting at the over-exploited beaches on some of the more popular islands





The charm of Syros island is mainly due to the Venetian and Neoclassical architecture of the capital town, Ermoupolis. With picturesque spots and impressive buildings, Ermoupolis is a very interesting place to walk around.






Cyclades is interwoven with the parties, serenity, delicious food and sunset, this magical hour of the day when the light makes everything look more beautiful. The sunset are considered one of the most famous sunsets worldwide and people from all over the world visit these in order to photograph it and, most of all, cherish it







Sunday, October 9, 2016

An Autumn Wonder : Schwarzwald (Black Forest)

Let the adventure begin. Stunning, unique wonders of nature scattered across triangle delimited by the lively university city of Frieburg ; Triberg, cuckoo clock capital in the north; and the charming river-valley city of St Blasien in the southeast.

The varied views of boundless expanses evoke a sense of freedom that photos and words are unable to reproduce.



The Schwarzwald (Black Forest) gets its name from its dark, slightly sinister canopy of evergreens: this is where Hansel and Gretel encountered the wicked witch





I didn’t manage to see all of it since the scenery is simply too impressive to be rushed through. 

If you’re looking to be amazed by your surroundings, and also interested in seeing something that not all tourists know about, head on to the forest and camp there for a night.




and it certainly might cross your mind that this is a place that you will never want to leave.



The summer crowds have thinned by then, and the spectacle of fall color that began in late September is still in full swing. As the red leaves and the rusts and yellows of maple turn the park into a cornucopia of color. Autumn leaves start falling like rain.










In fall there's only one word needed to describe the landscape - yellow. Bright golden aspens contrast starkly with evergreens, causing many to flock to the area in September, earlier than usual due to high elevations.



Oh look what I spotted, Birds frolicking against the beautiful fall backdrop.





And this one was chirping cheerfully and setting up postcard goals.










When the larch trees’ needles turn amber, you know that fall is almost through and to quote the Starks of Winterfell " Winter Is Coming." !!



Friday, January 22, 2016

Portuguese Corridor !!


Only reason we chose to visit Lisbon and stay at nearby Beach town was our temptation and urge to get some sunshine in March, but believe me we got plenty of add-ons.





Relaxing beaches, ancient castles and delicious wines, are just a few of the added delights of this trip to Portugal.




The capital of Portugal offers visitors a good combination of cultural landmarks steeped in history blended with contemporary landscapes and open spaces





These narrow streets are where you’ll find the beating heart of the city.  







The city juggles the relaxed feel of southern Europe with a weightier history and heritage, but it also has a youthful energy that seems to stem from the light.





The Bairro Alto area has the best nightlife because the streets in this quarter buzz from early afternoon to early morning.




If you visit Lisbon’s largest fresh food market – Mercado da Ribeira – you’ll discover there’s much more to the city’s cuisine than tinned sardines and custard tarts.




The best thing to do in Lisbon is to sit at the waterfront of Praça do Comercio,  enjoy the sun and watch the boats go by.



Estoril - Cascias




Once a residence to royal family of King Luis in 18th century , these town are now colorful, refined and home to luxurious villas and golf courses .

The town has a famous casino, named as the largest in Europe.




You can step directly onto a beach, the seafood tastes ocean fresh and the sun shines for 300 days of the year. 



Sintra

Today it attracts visitors from all over the world and should be ticked off your Lisbon to-do list.

It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is known to be Romanticist place holding 9 castle.



Pena National Palace that stands on the top of a hill , is a flamboyant complex that was commissioned by an artistic king who wished the building to represent that of an opera.


Each section of the exterior is individually styled with vivid colors and fine stone carvings.


Cafe de Paris is the iconic restaurant set in tourist location since 1920s.
Michelin guide has nominated this cafe , so you can imagine the star credentials it has got.






Sit back, order a glass of Porto wine and enjoy the dinner at Cascias harbor. If you want to go out later, visit one of the many bars or show up at casino Estoril before you head back to the hotel. Who knows you could win your next trip to Portugal !!