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Prague: The City of Kafka

“Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”

Franz Kafka

Bird's-eye view of Prague

Breathtaking view over Prague from Petřín Hill Observation Tower, it is a small tribute to the Eiffel Tower

Prague

Two backpackers kissing in Prague

Love in Prague

Street artists at Prague Castle

Street performance at Prague Castle

Hand made 3D stereo postcards

Hand made 3D stereo postcards, based on the concept of a binocle

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

High Cathedral walls

Stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral

Amazing stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castel's walls

Prague Castel’s walls

Peaceful Prague

Funny magnets

Colorful small buildings in miniature

These colorful souvenirs reminded me about Wroclaw

Czech angels

Czech angels

Prague

Me and my best friend in Prague

Discovering Prague together with my best friend

 Vltava River in Prague

Vltava River in Prague

Prague by night

Amazing Prague by night

Nice la Belle

Bonjour, mes amis! It’s been a while without a single post on the blog. France left me no time for writing, but gave me a lot of inspiration instead. I’ve taken a lot of pictures during my holiday on Côte d’Azur.  I would like to show you some stunning panoramic views of Nice coastline, caught up from 90 meters height. The place that gives you some of the most spectacular views in the world is “Colline du Chateau”. On the top of the hill used to be a castle, but nowadays there are just ruins that are making the history, some archeological works are still running. It is worth climbing up the stairs for the great views over the city, over the Mediterranean Sea and also over the port. Up there is a waterfall called “Baie des Anges”. I really liked the park located on the top, a peaceful space for families and for tourists as well, with a playground for kids, a sports field and simple, clean places for lying on the grass in shadow, under the trees.

The symbol of the city is “Promenade des Anglais”, the central street in Nice. You can rent a bike right in the street and ride it along the beach. I didn’t have time for this, but next time when I’ll visit Nice I am going to ride one of those blue bicycles. In this season the city is overcrowded, so the “promenade” through the old city was quite short.

I visited Nice for the first time two years ago. By that time I was working as a columnist for the cultural magazine “15 minute” from my country- Moldova. I was responsible for the travel category, so I used to share my holiday experiences with my readers. The articles I wrote are in Romanian language, more impressions about Nice you can find here.

Panoramic view over Nice

Panoramic view over Nice

With my beautiful mom

With my beautiful mom

Seize the day in Antibes

Antibes

This is the best summer of my entire life. I always believed that “the best thing”, no matter what, is about to come in the future. I was so wrong. During the last year I have learnt a very important lesson- to enjoy the things that are happening now, in the present, considering every experience a valuable one. So, the best is happening today.

The last year brought a wind of change in my life. I changed my way of thinking and my life priorities, quitted my job, moved to another country, enrolled in a master program and became a full time student, after a long period of hard working. I did many other little changes, that taken together reframed my whole life. All these “metamorphoses” taught me to appreciate the moment, now and here. Nothing is going to repeat and be the same, although you are a time traveler, as the protagonist of the book I`m reading now, “The time traveler`s wife”, by Audrey Niffenegger. I`ll tell you about this great book in another post.

So, you may ask, why is it the best summer? Just because this summer is almost a three-months long holiday, like it used to be in my childhood. I have plenty of time to read, to discover new things, to take care about my thoughts, to clear up my mind and listen to my heart.

I almost forgot, this summer I have the possibility to travel a lot, as I always dreamed. Now I`m in Antibes, a beloved place on Côte d’Azur. I`ve been here several times, but every time I find it different. Still it reveals the same state of freedom and inner calm. Antibes impressed me by its narrow and cosy streets, peaceful shore, people`s colorful lifestyle. This particular journey is a special one, because I spend it together with my mother.

Enjoy your summer, my friends, and be happy day by day!

Surprise party in the mountains

The Alps

I spent a great weekend with a big part of my family. In the city the temperature was almost 40 degrees, so we decided to run away from the warmth. The mountains seemed to be the best destination. It took us about 2 hours to get to a peaceful place near Asiago, the most extensive area of high plateau on Alps, situated in the northeastern Italy.

We arrived on midday, so we had a picnic lunch, right on the grass close to the forest. When it came to desert time our picnic transformed into a surprise party. My aunt baked a very special cake for me, my smallest cousin took care about my wishes and lit a birthday candle on the cake and my dearest uncle picked me a lovely bunch of flowers. In that very moment my birthday started on Sunday, on a day earlier than it really is. We had a great time together.

I laid down on the grass, looked at the clear blue sky and asked myself “what else could I wish?”, well, I wish just to see us happy, healthy and close to each other. For my mom this day was even more important than it was for me. We didn’t celebrate my birthday together for about 6 years, so she was happy to have me close and I was happy to walk arm in arm with her.

Mountains give me a great feeling of release. The atmosphere up there refreshes not only my body, but also my mind and soul. When I get closer to the sun I let myself dream and believe I can fly. I don’t need wings for that; I have my thoughts, my ideas, my hopes and my dreams.

I believe I can fly

Street art in Rome

No future without culture

This picture I took some weeks ago near the students’ campus of the Milan Polytechnic University. On the wall is written “Non c’e futuro senza cultura” which means “There is no future without culture”. I find myself through the believers of this assumption.

Have you ever tried to define “the culture”? I’ve just tried and it was quite difficult for me, because it covers a huge dimension, it is more complex than art, literature, traditions. Culture is about ideas and attitudes. The easiest way to let it become a part of our lives is to be open-minded, to stop judging and to be empathic.

I would like to share with you a part of a street art exhibition I’ve seen in Rome, last week. Unfortunately, the artist was in a hurry and didn’t have the chance to speak to him. I don’t even know his name. His works were pun on a fence along the Ara Pacis Augustae Museum from Rome. I suppose he used for this exhibition things that he found on the streets, like a glove, a broken umbrella, a broken plate. There were also some of his paintings. Every piece had a comment; I really liked the artist’s sense of humor.

There was also a big old shopping bag on wheels, very popular in Italy, with the comment “Property of the author”, near it was a box for donations. I don’t usually give money, neither to beggars, nor to street artists. So, I decided to share with him my lunch and put a banana into his violet bag.

The idea is that we can find culture in simple things.

P.S. If you recognize the artist, please tell me his name in a comment. Thank you!

 

Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Rome is an amazing place for dreamers. I’ve spent there just 4 days, but it was enough to enrich my life experience. The city is quite easy to discover, everywhere you turn around you can see the beauties of Rome. Even if you have no maps, no city books or guides, you shouldn’t be afraid to get lost. It happened to us on our first evening in Rome, when we went out for a walk and we bumped into the the Trajan’s Column having a great night view of the Coliseum. As we sat there on a huge rock, enjoying the sight, the clock struck midnight and I started to sing a “happy birthday” song to my friend. I would like to thank her for this special moment.
with my friend Tania in the Coliseum

The next day started with a traditional Italian breakfast and the big plan of visiting Coliseum. The imposing symbol of Rome impressed me a lot. It was worth staying in a two hours cue, for a one hour walk. At the Coliseum you can take a proper guide, an audio guide or a video guide. The ticket you buy at the Coliseum is valid 2 days and you can visit also Palatine and the Roman Forum. There were some groups of children sightseeing the antique Rome,I belive this is the most efficient way to learn history. I wish my kids will have the opportunity to learn history in this way.

Coliseum The Coliseum from inside

The Roman Forum Another view of the Roman Forum

In the evening we experienced Dolce far niente -the traditional Italian mood. We had a delicious gelato in Piazza Navona, a great dinner in Campo di Fiori and a spectacular walk down the Tevere river, with live music in the moon light. There is a little island on the river, between the bridge Garibaldi and the bridge Palatino, called Isola Tiberiana, where people gather to watch movies at an open air cinema.

View over the Tevere river

When you visit Vatican dress appropriately, no shorts or mini skirts are permitted; you should also cover your shoulders. The same rule applies for the Sistine Chapel from the Museum of Vatican.

Museum of Vatican San Pietro

Our roman weekend was exhausting. We walked a lot, trying to enjoy everything Rome can offer. I’m sure we haven’t seen not even a half of the places, still we tried. I would have to tell you a lot about Rome, but let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Morcheeba was right, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Enjoy!