From Valencia to Costa Blanca

You know that feeling when you just decide to pick up a flight from your nearest airport, rent a car and go with the flow? Well I don’t do it often but last May it all added up for a week escape to sunny Spain. We chose the direct flight with Ryanair from Trieste to Valencia and decided to drive along the South East coast towards Benidorm. It turned out that a road trip from Valencia to Costa Blanca is a perfect getaway for everyone in search of endless sandy beaches, tasteful cuisine, liveable night life and impressive historic monuments. Located at the Mediterranean Sea, Valencia and Benidorm are popular destinations for tourists of all ages. With a pleasant climate tourism […]

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A Weekend in Rome

I saw Rome many times from a bird’s eye view, usually on my way across the Atlantic. There was also one attempt a few years ago when we were supposed to land in Rome, rent a car there and drive to Amalfi coast. Only that time we missed the plane and drove directly from Trieste airport to Naples, without stopping in Rome. So there I was, in my late thirties, having visited 46 states, climbed the pyramids, cuddled with tigers, swam with sharks… but never spent a single day in the eternal city. Until this weekend in November. When everything was absolutely perfect. Getting there and around Getting to Rome from Slovenia is easy and relatively cheap. Alitalia flies from […]

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Charming Barcelona

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe, taking each other’s hands and reaching for the sky in the open air concert back in 1988. Barcelona – Such a beautiful horizon. Barcelona – Like a jewel in the sun. The song gives me the shiver every time I hear it. And I just can’t keep my mouth shut. Can anyone? I have visited Barcelona three times. First back in the 90’s when I was a student on a budget. The only thing I remember from the trip was sangria and a blur of Sagrada Familia. Second time was some kind of a team building trip with a company I used to work in. My memories from that visit upgrade to sangria on a lovely […]

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North Atlantic coast with a spice of Canada

Let me start by saying “Kids, don’t try this at home”. Do your homework. Plan. Calculate. Re-calculate. And plan again. Because we didn’t. All we knew was that I wanted Boston, Vermont, Maine, Nova Scotia and shopping. And that he wanted Ottawa, Quebec and some peace on Earth. I would do the planning and he would be the driver. Sitting on the couch and looking at Google maps, the plan seemed doable but on a very tight schedule. So finally we agreed to skip Nova Scotia, add Cape Cod and to improvise in between. Well, in reality this improvisation made our summer 2016 statistics brutal: 14 days, 13 hotels, 4 countries and 7.200 km. And yes, we stuck to the original […]

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The gem of Indian ocean: Mahe island, Seychelles

I still remember Miss World contest in 1998, when everyone was staring at gorgeous women, striving for peace on Earth, while my eyes were glued on those magnificent rounded rocks, white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean in behind. Since then Seychelles had been somewhere on my mind but yet far enough to be saved for this special occasion. Meanwhile I was lucky enough to visit Dominican Republic, Cuba, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Maldives and some other beautiful beach destinations, but when looking back it seems to me those were only small steps to reach the “grand finale”. Don’t get me wrong – all previously mentioned destinations are fantastic and I know there are many more ocean pearls to be […]

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Heaven has different names (Alaska, USA)

Never ever in my life have I wanted or imagined myself to visit Alaska – this boring desert of ice and snow storms, to end up running in front of a grizzly, falling into a dead cold river and sadly drown in the middle of nowhere. Until my boyfriend cunningly wrapped up our summer vacation plan around visiting Hawaii with a “short stopover” at a place he had always dreamed about. I knew that dream of his will have to come true one day, I just didn’t know it would happen so soon. So there I was, miserable and depressed, imagining myself freezing in the middle of summer, while all of my friends would sweat on the beach, drink cocktails […]

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Las Vegas, Nevada (USA)

If Paris is the city of lights, New York the Big Apple and Dubai the city of gold … well, Vegas is all in one. From Ancient Rome and Egypt Pyramids, through the magic of fairytales and science fiction, all the way to Eiffel tower, Brooklyn Bridge and London Eye: Vegas has it all. And honestly, they are doing a pretty good job there in the middle of the desert. I have been in Las Vegas twice: the first time just for two days, on our way from Los Angeles to San Francisco (yes, we made a “small” detour on our road trip), and the second time on business, when I visited Supply Side West trade show in November 2015. […]

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