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

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

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

Magic Christmas around Europe

Zurich, Swarovski Christmas Tree

I had a short Christmas vacation but I’m back now with a few words about Christmas. Christmas may be a family holiday, but the way people celebrate it, as well as where, has changed slightly over time.

Celebrating with family is still one of my favorite ways of spending Christmas, but once in a while this magic day catches me somewhere else, far from some of my dear ones but closer to some others 🙂

Christmas is a happy holiday and therefore I enjoy it most. No matter one’s mood, we are all filled with happiness when we see Christmas lights and Christmas decorations everywhere.

I find it easier to describe the magic of Christmas in pictures rather than in words, so here are a few photos from some places I’ve been around Christmas. I’ll update this post with photos from a new place each year, and the post will Continue reading

Slovenia

This small country is bursting with natural wonders. When visiting Slovenia, I was impressed by its diverse landscape. There is a sea coast, there are mountains, lakes, rivers, caves, underground rivers, and the country is almost entirely covered by forests.

This green land is simply surprising. You can get from an Alpine landscape to a coastal scenery with the Adriatic see on one side and cliffs on another in just a few kilometers.

I decided on visiting Slovenia when I saw an aerial photo of a tiny island housing a church amongst green trees, and surrounded by a lake with the bluest water. Beyond the lake, there was a castle raising in the backdrop of snowy mountains peaks. At first, I thought that the surreal photo had been taken in Switzerland, but it was actually in Slovenia at Lake Bled. So on our next vacation, we jumped at the opportunity Continue reading

Norway

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Norway is an amazing, vast country with breathtaking landscapes: fjords, seas, huge cliffs, mountains and countless islands. A few trips are needed in order to be able to experience everything this amazing country has to offer.

Norway is quite impressive with its unbelievable scenery. The only down side is the weather, and the lack of light which didn’t help in truly representing the country’s beauty in photos. We were there for a few days at the beginning of July and got a single sunny day, while the rest of the time it was raining or cloudy, the temperature varying between 10 – 22 degrees depending on how far North we went. Even so, with the bad weather, I couldn’t stop myself from repeating how beautiful the view was, every ten minutes or so, as we went across a mountain pass a lake, a fjord or past an ordinary wooden house. Continue reading