Rome – The Eternal City

Rome

The City of Rome is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe if not in the entire world. Strolling through the Roman streets between its old ruins and impressive monuments feels like nowhere else. The entire city of Rome feels like an open air museum, where you can explore ruins, historical buildings and cathedrals at every turn. This city is even more beautiful in the night when the ruins are almost mystically lit, giving the impression that what you’re visiting not a real-life city, but the setting of a historical movie scene.

Rome

If you haven’t been to Rome before, when you’ll go there for the first time you’ll feel that you can finally get a grasp on your knowledge of the ancient world. This trip felt overwhelming because of the multitude of well-known historical facts and settings that I had the chance to refresh my memory about, or Continue reading

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Millennium Series – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Some time ago, I used to avoid reading specific books or authors just because everyone around me would read them. It was the same with Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. Not until a few years ago did I realize that there’s a particular satisfaction in reading a book and then being able to discuss and share your thoughts about it with other people, so my idea of not reading popular titles was, of course, completely wrong from this perspective 🙂

So after hearing so much about this book series, I finally decided to give it a try. I’m almost through the third book now, and I’m happy I decided to read them. I’ve also seen the movie made after Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first in the series, and I definitely think the book is somewhat darker than the movie.

I also have a bit of context Continue reading

Sardinia

La Pelosa

Only a couple of weeks ago, we returned from the wonderful island of Sardinia. Sardinia is an Italian island located in the Mediterranean sea. Any Mediterranean island is an ideal location for an amazing, carefree summer vacation! All the islands there are similar in terms of nature and climate, but what makes them stand out is the specifics of the country they belong to: a slightly different architecture, culture and cuisine. I’m always excited to explore these differences while at the same time enjoying the comfort of knowing what to expect.

In Sardinia, I discovered a rocky mass of land strewn with more than 7000 Nuraghi, houses painted in bright colors, rocky castles and breathtaking beaches. A Nuraghi is a tower built from stone by the Nuragic people, a civilization that lived on this island between 1800 – 500 BC. I was impressed by these towers when I first read Continue reading

A day in Venice

There is nothing more exciting than going on a short vacation in the middle of the week, especially if it is your birthday next day and you know you will wake up in one of the most romantic places in the world: Venice. For sure this is going to be one of those birthdays that I’ll always remember and talk about, but what was most exciting about this day was that it was very intense, full of fun activities :).

Venice is a top tourist destination, but this time we were lucky because there weren’t as many tourists as a couple of years ago when we visited Venice for the first time. So this time around it was possible for us to finally see some of the main attractions. We managed to visit the Doge’s palace, Saint Mark’s basilica and San Marco Campanile. Continue reading

Spring in Dragør

It’s been a while since I posted anything on Vacation Reads, partly because I have been travelling more than usual the last few weeks and couldn’t find a spare moment to complete one of the many posts I have in progress. My most recent trip was a one day trip to the old Danish town of Dragør.

Dragør is a town located on the island of Amager, only 12 km south of Copenhagen city center. It is one of the most charming and special towns in Danemark because of its cobbled, narrow streets and its traditional yellow houses that are hundreds of years old. Not very crowded, with houses seemingly taken out of The Hobbit movie, it makes for an attractive destination to all those who are visiting Copenhagen and would like to see something different.

Dragør also features a cozy, lovely beach, though when we visited at the beginning Continue reading

Iceland

Northern Lights

A couple of posts ago, in the post about Norway, I was saying that this winter, I am going to see the northern lights. Instead of Norway, we went to see the aurora borealis in Iceland. So we checked off two items from my to-do list in one go: finally visiting Iceland and also catching a glimpse of the northern lights.

We only stayed in Iceland for five days, but it was enough to be positively impressed by this amazing country and to start making plans for our next visit.

Iceland offers experiences and sceneries that we haven’t seen before. Northern lights, lava fields, volcanos, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, the ocean, and continental drift are not just words taken out of a geography book, they are the norm in Iceland. It is simply impressive how many natural wonders you can experience in one single place. This makes Iceland a must-see and a unique place.

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Reykjavik – the northernmost capital in the world!

Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital city and the entrance point to this fascinating country. We had already visited the Scandinavian capitals and expected that Reykjavik will be similar. However, we were surprised to discover that it is not. It has its own charm and doesn’t look like any other capital that we’ve seen so far.

Reykjavik

This unparalleled city glowing with lights and covered in snow, surrounded by lava fields and backed by the Atlantic Ocean and rocky mountains made me think of winter holidays. The overall atmosphere was like that of a ski resort or of a mountain town. Maybe it reminded me of a ski resort also because many of the tourists were wearing ski/snow gear. It was easy to distinguish the true Icelandic residents from the visitors who were there only for a couple of days simply by looking at their clothes. The holiday atmosphere was emphasized by the knitted hats and pullovers that were on display in Continue reading

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

For those of you who frequently read my blog, it might seem strange to find this title among reviews for books written by award-winning authors like Marquez, Swift or McEwan, however, I enjoy reading all kinds of books! It’s more a matter of coming across different titles: some books never reach me because of my long reading list, which is keeping me from actively looking for newly published books.

Having received this book as a gift, I was intrigued just by reading the title: Moldovans and tennis in a single sentence didn’t make much sense to me. As far as I knew, Moldova didn’t have a strong tennis culture like other countries. So I googled some facts about Moldova’s results in tennis: their best tennis player is ranked as number 124 in the ATP list at the moment. I, thus, figured out that the book won’t be based on Moldova’s Continue reading

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the most charming cities I have ever seen, and in my opinion, it truly stands out. A green capital with relaxed, cheerful inhabitants who actively engage in work that sustains the environment, who lead a healthy lifestyle and generally focus on their wellbeing. The Danes have a specific word that expresses the happy, comfy, cozy atmosphere of their country and capital city: hygge. Copenhagen is definitely the most hygge capital on Earth 🙂

It is one of those capitals where many things happen, yet without leaving the impression of a busy, exhausting city. Copenhagen is quite small, therefore a few days might be enough to see its main tourist attractions. I plan to write more posts about Denmark in the future, since there are many interesting places to see in this small part of the world.

Experiencing Copenhagen as a tourist can be very exciting and Continue reading

Atonement

I’ve had a hard time deciding how I should start this year’s blog post series, and which book to choose as the first to review in 2016. After pondering different arguments and looking back a few times over the list of books that I plan to review, I finally decided to go with the novel that I was reading at this same time a year ago. Last New Year’s found me reading Atonement by Ian McEwan.

When I discovered McEwan’s literary work, I read four of his book one after another. I enjoyed all of them, but there were two in particular that I liked most and I couldn’t decide on a favorite. Both were very interesting yet completely different. Atonement was the last out of the four that I read because it was slightly longer than the others and also because I’ve seen the movie and I knew the Continue reading