#TravelPost – Enjoying Venice and the Carnival of Venice

EN: Visiting Venice was on my list for some time now and I’m happy I got there this February! I wanted to see the city during the Carnival of Venice, to feel the energy and admire the amazing, colorful and mesmerizing Venetian carnival masks & costumes. RO: Sa vizitez Venetiei a fost pe lista mea de ceva timp si sunt bucuroasa ca am ajuns acolo in luna februarie! Am vrut sa vad acest oras in timpul Carnavalului de la Venetia, sa simt energia si sa admir mastile si costumele uimitoare, colorate si fascinante ale carnavalului venetian.

EN: Bucharest to Venice on a budget

Search a low-cost flight from Wizz Air. This is what I did and got a good price. I bought my ticket shortly before leaving and was less that 50 EUR round trip. Low-cost carriers land on Treviso Airport which is located 40 km north of Venice.

RO: Bucuresti – Venetia cu buget redus

Cauta un zbor low-cost prin Wizz Air. Eu asa am facut si am gasit un pret bun. Am cumparat biletul cu putin timp inainte de calatorie, a fost sub 50 euro dus-intors. Companiile low-cost aterizeaza pe aeroportul Treviso, la 40 km nord de Venetia.

EN: The best way to get from Treviso airport to Venice is by bus ATVO. You can buy the ticket from the bus drive or online (12 EUR one way ticket). A 45 minutes ride will get you directly to Piazzale Roma, to the entrance of the city on the Ponte della Costituzione. For sure you can take a taxi or train from Treviso, but the bus has by far the best price-time ratio. RO: Cel mai convenabil mod de a ajunge de la Treviso in Venetia este cu autobuzul ATVO. Cumparati biletul direct de la sofer sau online (12 euro biletul). O plimbare de 45 de minute si ajungeti direct la Piazzale Roma, adica la intrarea in oras pe Ponte della Costituzione. Bineinteles, puteti lua taxiul sau trenul din Treviso, dar autobuzul are de departe cel mai bun raport pret-timp.

EN: Accomodation in Venice

Venice is the capital island of Veneto region formed by a group of 118 small islands. Look for accomodation on Venice island because from there it is easy to go visit other amazing islands, like Burano, Murano, Lido etc.

I used Booking.com and found a great Bed & Breakfast on the island (~ 160 EUR/4 nights/person). Once there you can go to all Venice’s attractions by foot. No need for transportation. But in case you want to use public transportation you will see that cars, buses and roads are in fact boats/vaporetto, gondolas and canals conected by 400-plus bridges.

RO: Cazarea in Venetia

Venetia este insula capitala a regiunii Veneto, formata dintr-un grup de 118 insule mici. Cautati cazare pe insula Venetia, de acolo este mult mai usor sa vizitati alte insule uimitoare, cum ar fi Burano, Murano, Lido etc.

Am folosit Booking.com si am stat la un B&B (~ 160 EUR / 4 nopti / persoana). Odata ajunsi la cazare puteti explora toate atractiile Venetiei pe jos. Nu aveti nevoie de transport. Dar, daca vreti sa incercati transportul public, o sa vedeti ca masinile, autobuzele si drumurile sunt de fapt barci/vaporetto, gondole si canale conectate de poduri cu 400 de plus.

EN: What to visit in Venice? Canals and bridges of Venice

Venice has hundreds of canals and 400-plus bridges. The larges canal is Canal Grande and it devides the island into two sides. You cannot miss it on the map, it is shaped like a large reverse-S. So, even if you get to Venice without setting certain attractions to visit, just walk on the streets and you will stumble upon beautifull little bridges and one of the four bridges that cross the Grand Canal: Ponte dell’Accademia, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte della Costituzione and Ponte di Rialto.

RO: Ce poti vizita in Venetia? Canalele si podurile Venetiei

Venetia are sute de canale si peste 400 de poduri. Cel mai mare canal este Canal Grande, care imparte insula in doua. Se poate observa pe orice harta, are forma unui S invers. Deci, chiar daca ajungeti in Venetia fara niciun plan, trebuie doar sa va plimbati pe stradute si veti descoperi poduri micute, frumoase, dar si cel putin unul dintre cele patru poduri care traverseaza Canal Grande: Ponte dell’Accademia, Ponte degli Scalzi, Ponte della Costituzione și Ponte di Rialto.

EN: Piazza San Marco

For sure, during your walks you will get to the city’s main public square, Piazza San Marco. Here are famous buildings such as Basilica di San Marco and Campanie the bell tower, also the tallest building in Venice, Torre dell’Orologio or Clock Tower in Venice, Museo Correr one of the most renowned museums in Venice or Palazzo Ducale, used as a fortress and prison or the Doge’s Palace.

RO: Piazza San Marco

In plimbarea voastra pe stradute veti ajunge in piata principala, Piazza San Marco. Aici sunt cladiri celebre precum Basilica di San Marco si clopotnita Campanie, cea mai inalta cladire din Venetia, Torre dell’Orologio sau Turnul cu Ceas din Venetia, Museo Correr unul dintre cele mai renumite muzee din oras sau Palazzo Ducale, folosit ca fortareata si inchisoare sau Palatul Dogilor.

EN: Churches of Venice

You will notice that there are so many churches, according to Wikipedia 139 churches located within Venice and its Lagoon. Why? Well, when the area was first populated there were no bridges between the small islands formed by the canals. Each small green patch of land was an individual village, so each island community in the city built its own church.

Being funded by wealthy merchants families who wanted to display their wealth, the churches are really beautifull, with amazing paitings and art.

RO: Bisericile din Venetia

Inevitabil, veti observa ca sunt foarte multe biserici. Wikipedia ne spune ca sunt 139 biserici in Venetia si in laguna. De ce? Ei bine, atunci cand zona a fost populata initial, nu existau poduri intre micutele insule formate de canale. Fiecare petic mic de iarba era un sat individual, iar fiecare comunitate insulara din oras si-a construit propria biserica.

Fiind finantate de familiile instarite de comercianti, care voiau sa-si etaleze averea, bisericile sunt cu adevarat majestoase, cu picturi impresionante.

EN: T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi

When you get to Ponte di Rialto you must go to T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, it is a retail chain offering duty-free goods such as handbags, fragrances & more, but besides shopping its terrace offers the best view of the Grand Canal. You just have to book online your visit in advanced otherwise you will not be allowed to go on the terrace.

RO: T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi

Cand ajungeti la Ponte di Rialto nu uitati sa vizitati T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi, un magazin cu produse fara taxe, genti parfumuri si altele, dar, pe langa shopping, aici descoperti o terasa care va ofera cea mai faina vedere deasupra Grand Canal. Trebuie doar sa faceti rezervare online, altfel nu va este permis accesul pe terasa.

EN: Carnevale di Venezia

If you have the opportunity to visit Venice during the carnaval, do it. All the public celebrations, parades, masks, and costumes add a special vibe to the city. The origin of Venice Carnaval is not clearly defined, but I like this explanaition it creates a climate of anonymity ideal to remove social differences, everybody enjoys the same party.

RO: Carnavalul din Venetia

Daca aveti ocazia sa ajungeti in Veneta in timpul carnavalului, faceti-o! Sarbatorile publice, paradele, mastile si costumele adauga un vibe aparte orasului. Originea Carnavalului de la Venetia nu este clar definita, dar mie imi place aceasta explicatie: creeaza o atmosfera de anonimat care inlatura diferentele sociale, cu totii se bucura de aceeasi petrecere.

Spring wish list 2020 – Flats vs Heels

EN: Spring is almost here, at least the weather outside says-so… That’s why I started thinking of changing my winter shoes and made a shopping list inspired by HUMANIC PRE-COLLECTION SPRING/SUMMER 2020. RO: Primavara este aproape aici, cel putin asta spune vremea de afara… Asa ca ma gandesc deja sa-mi schimb incaltamintea de iarna si am facut o lista inspirata din PRE-COLECTIA PRIMAVARA / VARA 2020 HUMANIC.


EN: High heels give a feminine note to an outfit, they lengthen the foot and outline a slim figure. However, in the race for a comfortable option for long days at the office, “ballerinas” with sharp tip are a viable solution. Even for us, petite ladies.

1.LAZZARINI-D’Orsay suede ballerinas 299 lei
2.KATE GRAY-Suede loafers 249 lei
3.LAZZARINI-Smooth leather ballerinas 449 lei

RO: Tocurile inalte ofera tinutei o nota feminina, lungesc piciorul si contureaza o silueta zvelta. Cu toate acestea, in cursa pentru o optiune confortabila pentru zilele lungi la birou, „balerinii” cu varf ascutit sunt o solutie viabila. Chiar si pentru noi, minionele.

1.LAZZARINI-D’Orsay balerini piele intoarsa 299 lei
2.KATE GRAY-Mocasini piele intoarsa 249 lei
3.LAZZARINI-Balerini piele neteda 449 lei

EN: But I always come back to the lovely high heels. Pastel shades from cream to beige are my favourite. They always give the impression of long legs and thin ankle.

1. LAZZARINI – Suede heels 299 RON
2. LAZZARINI – Smooth leather heels 349 RON
3. KATE GRAY – Textile heels 299 RON

What do you prefer, heels of flats?

RO: Insa, revin mereu la tocuri inalte. Nuantele pastelate, crem, bej sunt preferatele mele. Reusesc sa creeze impresia de picioare lungi si glezna subtire.

1. LAZZARINI-Pumps piele intoarsa 299 lei
2. LAZZARINI-Pumps piele neteda 349 lei
3. KATE GRAY-Pumps material textil 299 lei

Tu ce alegi, toc sau fara toc?

#TravelPost – Polignano a Mare, on the cliffs over the Adriatic Sea

EN: Especially on a warm summer’s day Polignano a Mare is an amazing place to visit, if you adore the seaside and cannot live without the captivating power of the water.

From Bucharest you have direct flight to Bari (see here) and then you are only one train away to Polignano a Mare (2.5 euro ticket, one way).

RO: In special intr-o zi calduta de vara Polignano a Mare este un oras minunat de vizitat, daca adori malul marii si nu poti rezista puterii captivante a apei.

Din Bucuresti ai zbor direct catre Bari (detalii aici), iar de acolo esti la distanta de 30 de minute cu trenul de Polignano a Mare (2,5 euro biletul, dus).

EN: Main attractions in Polignano a Mare – For sure the pictures speak for themselves, but here are some highlights of what you can visit in Polignano a Mare:

1. Cala Porto (also known as Lama Monachile). It is one of the most photographed beaches on the coast. A little small white pebbles beach and crystal clear waters. Surrounded by cliffs with houses build right up to the edge, form a bay.

RO: Principalele atractii din Polignano a Mare – Cu siguranta imaginile vorbesc de la sine, dar iata cateva locuri pe care le poti vizita in Polignano a Mare:

1. Cala Porto (cunoscut si sub numele de Lama Monachile). Este una dintre cele mai fotografiate plaje de pe costa. Are o micuta plaja acorperita cu pietricele albe si apa curata ca lacrima. Stancile de jur imprejur, cu cladiri construite chiar pana in margini, formeaza un mic golfulet.

EN: You have an amazing view of this small  bay from the old Roman bridge near by.

RO: In apropierea micutului golf este un vechi pod roman, de pe care ai o priveliste incredibila.

EN: 2. Statue of Domenico Modugno

Maybe the name of the artist is not very familiar, but the song “Nel blu dipinto di blu – Volare” for sure is. Domenico Modugno was a famous Italian singer, songwriter, actor, guitarist, and even a member of the Italian Parliament, born in Polignano. The statue has a special something that makes you sing instantly Vooolare 😉

RO: 2. Statuia lui Domenico Modugno

Poate numele artistului nu va spune nimic, dar cantecul “Nel blu dipinto di blu – Volare” sigur va suna cunoscut. Domenico Modugno a fost un faimos artist italian, cantaret, compozitor, actor, chitarist si chiar membru al Parlamentului italian, nascut in Polignano. Statuia are ceva special, care te face instantaneu sa canti Vooolare 😉

EN: 3. Grotta Palazzese, the famous cave restaurant

For the gourmets among you looking for an amazing dining experience you could try Grotta Palazzese. Hidden within the cliffs, the restaurant is openend since the 1700s and has a spectacular terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea. But is not for those on budget, so I had an octopus burger at a seafood restaurant Pescaria.

RO: 3. Grotta Palazzese, faimosul restaurant in grota 

Pentru cei gurnamzi, in cautarea unei experiente unice puteti incerca Grotta Palazzese. Ascuns intre stanci, restaurantul este deschis din anii 1700 si are o terasa senzationala cu vedere unica spre marea Adriatica. Dar nu este pentru cei care calatoresc low cost, asa ca eu am ales un burger cu caracatita la un restaurant cu fructe de mare, Pescaria.

EN: 4. Centro Storico Polignano a Mare

Stunningly beautiful, just stroll and explore the streets, walls, doors and windows of Polignano’s centro storico, they are pure poetry.

RO: 4. Centrul istoric Polignano a Mare

Uluitor si cuceritor. Trebuie doar sa te plimbi, sa descoperi stradutele, peretii, fiecare usa si fereastra din centrul vechi, sunt pura poezie.

Go discover the world! Kisses, Migdelia.

#Travel post – Bari, Italy, thank you for you!

EN: My Facebook reminded me that in 2014 I was in Bari, Italy. Since then I’ve been one more time in 2018, and I’m sure that I will travel there again in the near future…. maybe this year. That’s how much I loved it!

So, if you are planning a little escape in Italy, do consider Bari, you won’t regret it. Besides that amazing food, landscapes, and history, you will meet amazing and friendly people.

RO: Facebook mi-a amintit ca in 2014 eram in Bari, Italia. De atunci, am mai fost in 2018 si sunt convinsa ca voi ajunge din nou in viitorul apropiat… poate chiar anul acesta. M-a cucerit!

Asa ca, daca iti planuiesti o mica escapada, ia in considerare Bari si nu vei regreta. Pe langa mancarea delicioasa, peisaje frumoase si multa istorie, vei cunoaste oameni minunati.

EN: How to get to Bari from Bucharest?

Bari is a port city on the Adriatic Sea, the second largest city of Southern Italy and the capital of Apulia (or Puglia) region.  From Bucharest you have direct flights, low cost (ie. Wizzair) or business/first class.

Once you landed at Bari Karol Wojtyla International Airport you have direct bus to the central station in Bari, Stazione Bari Centrale (ticket 4 euro). From the central station you are at a 15 – 20 min walking distance from many accommodation options, look on Booking.com. I recommend this area because you will be very close to the main areas you can visit, like the gorgeous Old Town, some of the best beaches or the port.

RO: Cum ajungi din Bucuresti in Bari?

Bari este un oras-port la Marea Adriatica, al doilea cel mai mare oras din Sudul Italiei si capitala regiunii Apulia (sau Puglia). Din Bucuresti ai zboruri directe, low cost (ex. Wizzair) sau business/first class.

O data ce ai aterizat pe aeroportul international Bari Karol Wojtyla ai la dispozitie autobuz pana la gara centrala din Bari, Stazione Bari Centrale (bilet 4 euro). De la gara, la distanta de 15 – 20 de minute de mers pe jos ai multe optiuni pentru cazare, cauta pe Booking.com. Iti recomand sa alegi aceasta zona, pentru ca esti foarte aproape de principalele obiective turistice, precum minunatul oras vechi, plaje si portul.

EN: What to visit in Bari?

Bari Vecchio, the amazing Old Town will give you the feeling of stepping back in time and wander through the old amazing streets. It is a labyrinth of twisting alleys, cobbled streets with small stores and piazzas. Within the thick stone walls you’ll find churches, a cathedral and the Basilica di San Nicola, a centerpiece of Bari Vecchio.

RO: Ce poti vizita in Bari?

Bari Vecchio, centrul vechi al orasului iti da senzatia ca ai calatorit in trecut si te plimbi pe vechile strazi, asa cum erau de demult. Intri intr-un labirint cu alei stramte, pietruite, cu mici magazine si pizzerii. Printre stradutele inguste vei descoperi bisericute, o catedrala si Basilica di San Nicola, una dintre piesele centrale ale Bari Vecchio.

EN: Have a cappuccino in Piazza del Ferrarese, one of the access points to the Old Town with a view to the port, or maybe have a delicouse ice cream in Piazza Mercantile, whose abundant cafes and restaurants are popular local meeting places.

RO: Stai la un cappuccino in Piazza del Ferrarese, una dintre zonele de acces in orasul vechi cu vedere la port sau rasfata-te cu o inghetata in Piazza Mercantile, care abunda de cafenele si restaurante, locul in care localnicii si nu numai isi dau intalnire.

EN: Go look for a prince or princess in Svevo Castle, an important landmark of the historic center, you can find there a small museum and changing special exhibits.

RO: Poti cauta un print sau o printesa in Svevo Castle, un punct important din centrul istoric, in incinta caruia vei descoperi un micut muzeu si expozitii speciale.

EN: Walk along the Lungomare, the seaside promenade between the walls of the Old Town and the sea. It’s a good place to stroll in the evening and see the sunset.

RO: Iesi la plimbare de-a lungul Lungomare, zona de promenada intre peretii orasului vechi si mare. Un loc deosebit in care te poti plimba seara pentru a prinde apusul.

EN: The Old Town is still very much lived in, so you can have a sneak pick inside the windows to have a glance of people lifes. In front of the windows you can often see orecchiette – Pugliese pasta shaped like small ears. But, if we talk about food, you have to try buratta, a fresh cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream. You can find the best at La Uascezze 😉

For those of you looking for shopping you can find all the major brands in the modern area of the city, called “quarters”. It is right before entering the old city, you can not miss it.

RO: Orasul vechi este inca plin de viata si locuit, ai posibilitatea de a trage cu ochiul in casele localnicilor. In fata ferestrelor vei vedea adesea tavi cu orecchiette – paste puglieze in forma de ureche. Dar, daca am adus vorba despre mancare, trebuie sa incerci buratta, o branza proaspata din lapte de vaca facuta din mozzarella si smantana. Cea mai buna o gasesti la La Uascezze 😉

Pentru cei pasionati de shopping, aveti toate brandurile mari in partea moderna a orasului, numita “quarters”. Treci prin aceasta zona chiar inainte de a intra in orasul veche.

EN: HINT – Get a tour with bikes: it will take you through the streets of the Old Town and into local neighborhoods that tourists rarely see. Along with visiting the major sights, you will have different stops to taste local goodies as you learn more about Bari’s history and culture. I recommend Velo Service you will find them near Piazza Mercantile

RO: PONT – Ia-ti un tur cu bicicleta: te vei plimba pe stradutele din centru vechi si in cartiere in care turistii nu ajung in mod obisnuit. Pe langa vizitatul celor mai importante atractii, vei avea diverse opriri in care vei putea degusta bunatati locale, pe masura ce vei invata mai multe despre istoria si cultura din Bari. Recomand Velo Service , aproape de Piazza Mercantile.

Kisses and please go discover the world!