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Adventures of a petite woman in the big, big world!

#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!

#TravelPost – Cappadocia, the realm of hot air balloons


RO: Sa ajung in Cappadocia, Turcia a fost una dintre rezolutiile pe 2019. S-a implinit, asa cum s-au intamplat multe experiente asemantoare din ultimii ani… fara prea multe si detaliate planuri, la cel mai mic imbold am cumparat biletele de avion. In acest caz le-am luat cu aproximativ doua luni inainte de decolare (Pegasus Airlines – economy class – Bucuresti Kayseri, dus- intors ~ 180 euro).

EN: Traveling to Cappadocia, Turkey was one of my 2019’s resolutions. So, it happened like many other similar experiences in the recent years … without too many and too detailed plans, at the slightest impulse I bought the airplane tickets. In this case I both them with about two months before take-off (Pegasus Airlines, economy class, round trip – Bucharest Kayseri, ~ 180 euro).

RO: Se zboara cu escala in Istanbul; o ora zborul Bucuresti – Istanbul, apoi o escala de 5 ore pentru un alt zbor de o ora Istanbul – Kayseri. Da, nu e cel mai placut, dar am avut cardul de debit Idea::platinum, care iti permite accesul gratuit in aproape orice lounge din lume, prin programul LoungeKey.

Cazarea am ales-o prin Booking.com, special pentru balconul cu view spre oras – Goreme Cave Rooms – 140 euro/4 nopti camera 2 pers).

Daca v-ati decis sa va aventurati in Cappadocia, luati in considerare doua zile pentru drum (cel putin din Romania). Am plecat intr-o miercuri si am stat pana duminica. Au fost 3 zile complete in care m-am bucurat de aceasta destinatie si credeti-ma cand va zic, nu au fost suficiente.

EN: The flight is with stop in Istanbul; one hour flight Bucharest – Istanbul, then a 5 hour stop for another one hour flight Istanbul – Kayseri. Yes, it’s not the best, but I had my Idea::platinum card that offers free access in almost every lounge in the world, through the program LoungeKey.

I chose the accommodation on Booking.com, especially for the special view balcony – Goreme Cave Rooms – 140 euro / 4 nights room for 2 persons).

If you have decided to travel to Cappadocia, take into account two days only for the way there (at least from Romania). I left on a Wednesday and stayed there until Sunday. There were 3 full days to enjoy this destination and believe me when I say they were not enough.

RO: Zborul cu balonul cu aer cald in Cappadocia

Din pacate, in zilele in care am fost acolo, din cauza vantului zborurile au fost anulate. Dar, in prima dimineata, dupa 4 ore de somn, mai exact la 4:30, am fost cocotata pe cel mai inalt deal si am urmarit spectacolul baloanelor cu aer cald 😉 

Recomandarea localnicilor este sa vizitezi Cappadocia in luna iulie, atunci sunt cele mai mici sanse sa se anuleze zborurile.

EN: Flying with hot air balloon in Cappadocia

Unfortunately, during the days that I was there, all flights were canceled due to wind. But on the first morning, after 4 hours of sleep, exactly at 4:30 AM I was on the highest hill watching the hot air balloons show  😉

Local people recommend to visit Cappadocia in July, during that period you will have the lowest chances of flight cancellations.

RO: Ce poti vizita in Cappadocia? Fiind un oras pregatit pentru turisti, de la rasarit pana la apus poti alege dintr-o multitudine de activitati speciale: excursii de o zi cu ghid in regiunea Goreme, tur cu ATV-ul sau tur cu caii, zbor cu parapanta, plimbare cu masini de epoca, petrecere turceasca sau hammam – baie turceasca. Fiecare cazare iti pune la dispozitie aceste activitati sau la fiecare colt de strada gasesti o agentie turistica care te poate ajuta.

EN: What can you visit in Cappadocia? Being a city ready for tourists, from sunrise to sunset you can choose from so many special activities: daily colored guided tours in the Goreme region, ATV tour or horseback riding, paragliding, strolling with epoch cars, Turkish party or Turkish bath – hammam. Each accommodation provides you with these activities, or you will find at every corner of the street a tourist agency ready to help you.

RO: Red tour, 28 euro (plecarea de la hotel, intre orele 9 si aprox. 17): Muzeul National in aer liber Göreme; panorama Love valley; demonstratie de olarit in Avanos; valea Pasabag cu formatiuni din cenusa sau “calugarii impietriti”; valea Devrent (Imagination valley).

EN: Red tour, 28 euro (starting point the hotel, from 9 AM to about 5 PM): Uçhisar panorama; Göreme Open Air Museum; Love valley view point; Avanos traditional handicrafts demonstration; Paşabağ fairy chimney rock formations; Devrent valley (Imagination valley).

RO: Green tour, 30 euro – orasul subteran Derinkuyu, valea Ihlara, manastirea Selime, demonstratie atelier onyx, vizita la un centru de covoare lucrate manual, panorama Pigeon Valley.

EN: Green tour, 30 euro – Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley, Lunch, Selime Monastery, Onyx Demonstration, visit handmade carpet center, Pigeon Valley vista point.

RO: Mancarea turceasca inseamna proteine si zahar 😀 pot kebap,  kunefe, baclava, dulciuri cu foarte mult zahar. Sa nu va abtineti cat sunteti in concediu, nu exagerati, dar incercati ce va face cu ochiul.

EN: For me Turkish food means proteins and sugar: D pot kebap, kunefe, baclava, sweets with a lot of sugar. Don’t restrict yourselves on vacation, just don’t exaggerate, but try what you feel like.

RO: Fiecare oras, destinatie inseamna un amalgam de amintiri si trairi pe care le pastrezi, le aduci cu tine acasa si iti alimenteaza starea de reverie mult dupa ce calatoria s-a incheiat… prin aceste #travelposts incerc sa pastrez cat mai vii, mai prezente descoperirile mele din lumea mare.

Pastrez in bucket list aceasta destinatie… in una dintre lunile iulie din viitorul apropiat o sa va salut din balonul cu aer cald, de deasupra Cappadociei!

EN: Every city, destination gives a mix of memories and experiences that you can bring home with you, they are the ones that feed your spirit long after the journey has ended … through these #travelposts I try to keep alive as long as I can my discoveries from the big world.

I will keep this destination on my bucket list, and in one of the July months in the near future I will wave to you from the hot air balloon above Cappadocia!

Kisses and please go discover the world!

#TravelPost: Bali the greenest Island of the Gods


RO: Daca v-ati propus sa descoperiti Asia, va pot povesti despre o tara insulara cu nu mai putin de 17.508 insule, Indonezia. Am ajuns doar in una dintre aceste insule, Bali pentru ca este printre cele mai cunoscute si cu siguranta una dintre cele mai cautate si fotografiate destinatii turistice din lume. Sunt asa de multe de povestit, dar am sa incerc sa ma rezum la informatiile cele mai folositoare (transport, cazare si obiective de vizitate).

 ENG: If you wanted to discover Asia, I can tell you about an island country with no less than 17,508 islands, Indonesia. I visited one of these islands, Bali, mainly because it’s one of the most known and certainly one of the most sought-after and photographed tourist destinations in the world. There is so much to talk about, but I will try to summarize the most useful information (transport, accommodation and sightseeing).
Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall

RO: Insula Bali este locul ideal atat pentru cei pasionati de munte, drumetii, cat si pentru cei dornici sa se relaxeze pe plaja, la soare sau surfing. Acesta este motivul pentru care timp de 8 zile si 7 nopti am strabatut insula in sus si in jos pentru a trai ambele experiente: am stat 3 nopti in Ubud, zona cu paduri tropicale, cu deja cunoscutele terase cu orez sau plantatii de cafea si 4 nopti in Kuta, zona cu plaje umbrite de palmieri, ape albastre si multi autralieni 😛

 ENG: Bali is ideal both for those passionate about mountains, hikers and also for those who like to relax on the beach or surf. This is why for 8 days and 7 nights we crossed the island up and down to experience both sides: I spent 3 nights in Ubud, in the rain forests area, with already known rice terraces  or coffee plantations and 4 nights in Kuta, the area with palm trees beaches, blue water and lots of Australians.

RO: Cum ajungi din Romania in Indonezia? Am zburat cu Swissair, Bucuresti – Singapore (economy class 433 Euro, dus-intors; daca va intereseaza preturile pentru iunie 2019 sunt tot la acelasi nivel) si din Singapore am luat Scoop (o companie aeriana low cost – 150 euro dus/intors sau 242 dolari singaporeeni), pana in Denpansar, capitala sau orasul-resedinta a insulei Bali.

 ENG: How to get from Romania to Indonesia? I flew with Swissair, Bucharest – Singapore (round trip, economy class = 433 Euro; if you are interested prices for June 2019 are still at the same level) and in Singapore I took Scoop (a low cost airline – round trip 150 euro or 242 in Singapore dollars), to Denpansar, capital city of Bali.

RO: Cu ce te plimbi prin Ubud si Kuta? De la aeroport am plecat spre nord, in Ubud. Detaliile transferului cu masina le-am aranjat cu cei de la cazare. Masina sau motocicleta sunt principalele mijloace de transport pentru turisti/localnici. Transportul in comun este aproape inexistent… Din Ubud in Kuta am aranjat tot cu cei de cazare, iar in Kuta ne-am deplasat cu taxiul de la o plaja la alta.

 ENG: Accommodation in Ubud and Kuta? From the airport we went directly in North to Ubud by car. We set transfer details with the help of our accommodation.  Car or motorcycle are the main means of transportation for tourists/locals. Public transportation is almost non-existent… From Ubud to Kuta we arranged transportation with the help of the hotel and in Kuta we moved from one beach to another by taxi.

RO: Cazarea in Ubud si Kuta? Am folosit Booking.com. Am ales optiuni medii dpdv cost. In Ubud am avut o fixatie sa stam intr-o pensiune cu piscina, multa vegetatie in jur si aproape de zona centrala, iar in Kuta am cautat o varianta cat mai aproape de plaja.

  • Ubud, Adi Bisma Inn, o camera pentru 2 persoane pentru 3 nopti a fost 142 euro, adica 2.295.000 rupii indonezieni;
  • Kuta, Grand Pudjawan Hotel, o camera pentru 2 persoane pentru 4 nopti = 96 euro, respectiv Rp 1.548.000 rupii indonezieni;
 ENG: Accommodation in Ubud and Kuta? Talking about accommodation, from Booking.com we chose middle cost options. In Ubud we had a fixation to stay in a guesthouse with pool, lots of vegetation and close to the central area, and in Kuta we looked for something closer to the beach.

  • Ubud, Adi Bisma Inn, one room for 2 people, 3 nights was 142 euro (2,295,000 Indonesian rupees)
  • Kuta, Grand Pudjawan Hotel, one room for 2 people, 4 nights = 96 euro (1,548,000 Indonesian rupees).

Adi Bisma Inn

RO: Ce poti face in Ubud? Am apelat la serviciile unui ghid pe care l-am gasit online si cu care am discutat pe Facebook inainte de a pleca in calatorie. Ne-a ajutat timp de 2 zile in care am vizitat unele dintre cele mai frumoase locuri din Ubud – Wayan Sukarta.

Ziua 1: Cascada Tegenungan, Templul Tirta Empul (adica “izvor de apa sfanta”, in care se realizeaza un ritual de purificare cu apa); Goa Gajah (Pestera Elefantului), Tegalalang terasa orez, Bali swing (unde am facut si degustare de cafea; am incercat 12 sortimente, printre care si cea mai cunoscuta Kopi Luwak – va las pe voi sa va documentati despre aceasta cafea).

 ENG: What can you do in Ubud? We used the services of a guide found online with whom we discussed on Facebook before going on a journey. He helped us for 2 days visiting some of the most beautiful places in Ubud – Wayan Sukarta.

Day 1: Tegenungan Waterfall, Tirta Empul Temple (meaning “holy water spring” where a water purification ritual is performed); Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Tegalalang rice terrace, Bali swing (where you can also taste some special coffee, 12 assortments, among which the most famous Kopi Luwak – I’ll let you find out more about this coffee).

RO: Ziua 2: Pura Ulun Danu Batur (al II-lea cel mai cunoscut templu din Bali);  Pura Taman Ayun (templul fostei dinastii Mengwi), templul Tanah Lot (“Tanah Lot” in limba balineza “pamant pe mare”).

Fiecare tur a fost intre 9 – 10 ore, cu plecarea la 8:30 – 9:00 dimineata de la hotel = 40 euro sau aprox. 45 dolari americani/zi)

 ENG: Day 2: Pura Ulun Danu Batur (the second most famous temple in Bali); Pura Taman Ayun (Mengwi Royal Family Temple), Tanah Lot temple (“Tanah Lot” in Balinese language “land at sea”).

Each day tour was 9 to 10 hours tour with departure at 8:30 – 9 morning from hotel = 40 euros or approx. 45 American dollars/day)

RO: Cum te relaxezi in Kuta? Aici ne-am descurcat singuri, am comandat taxi de la receptie si ne-am deplasat de la o plaja la alta: Kuta Beach, Deamland Beach, Balangan Beach… relaxare totala!

 ENG: How do you relax in Kuta? Here we managed on our own, we ordered taxi from reception and took it from one beach to another: Kuta Beach, Deamland Beach, Balangan Beach… total relaxation!

 

RO: Ziua 2: Dar mancarea, cum a fost mancarea? Preferata mea a fost friptura de ton. In plus, nici o dimineata fara fructe (fructul sarpelui, fructul dragonului, fructul pasiunii, mangosteen, banane mici, mango, pepene rosu, pepe galben, ananas) si nici o masa fara fresh de mango. In rest, am incercat specialitati locale, foarte mult orez… un desert interesant a fost orez negru cu lapte de cocos.

 ENG: But the food, how was the food? My favorite was tuna steak. In addition, no morning without fruits (the fruit of the snake, the fruit of the dragon, the passion of passion, mangosteen, small bananas, mango, red melon, yellow pepper, pineapple) and no meal without mango fresh. Otherwise, I tried local specialties, a lot of rice … an interesting dessert was black rice with coconut milk.

RO: Alte informatii: turismul este probabil cea mai importanta sursa de venit a tarii, de aceea gasiti spatii speciale pentru fotografii si tarabe cu suveniruri la fiecare pas.

Nu ratati un spectacol de dans balinez care e o combinatie unica de teatru, dans si muzica (in centrul Ubud la Pura Taman Saraswati sunt spectacole seara – o experienta aparte).

Daca iubiti sa calatoriti va recomand sa aplicati pentru un card de debit platinum de la Idea::Bank, aveti acces gratuit in loungeurile din aeroporturile din toata lumea prin programul LoungeKey.

 ENG: Other information: tourism is maybe the country’s most important sources of income, so you can find special spaces for photos and souvenirs stands at every step.

Do not miss Balinese dance performance, an unique combination of theater, dance and music (in center of Ubud at Taman Saraswati Temple cache an evening performances – a special experience).

If you love to travel I recommend you to apply for a platinum debit card from Idea::Bank, you have free access in airport lounges from all over the world through LoungeKey.

❤ Kisses darlings and hope you have the chance to travel the world!