San Marino

Am ajuns la poalele muntelui din San Marino, am parcat masina pentru vreo 3 ore si am urcat cu telecabina pana in varf. Apoi…la picior – urcusuri multe, caldura mare. Dar a fost frumusel.

We reached the foot of the San Marino mountain, parked the car for about 3 hours and climbed to the top with the cable car. Then … by foot a lot of climbing, in the biggest heat. But it was beautiful.

Rimini, Italy

Am stat 3 zile in Rimini, in luna iulie, am inchiriat un apartament fix langa plaja si am fost placut surprinsa. Imi imaginam aglomeratie si galagie, dar am gasit plaje largi, foarte bine organizate. liniste, nu foarte aglomerat, preturi rezonabile (mult mai mici comparand cu Belgia). Fiecare bucata de plaja are sezlongurile ei, o zona pentru mancat cu mese si restaurant si cate o zona imensa de joaca pentru copii. Apa nu este adanca, era calda, fiind perfecta pentru copii.

Chiar m-am relaxat!

I spent 3 days in Rimini in July,  in an apartment right next to the beach and I was pleasantly surprised. I imagined crowds and noise, but I found large, well-organized beaches, quiet, not very crowded, reasonable prices (much lower compared to Belgium). Each piece of beach has its own sun loungers, a dining area with tables and restaurants and a huge playground for children. The water is not deep, it was warm, being perfect for children.

I really relaxed!

Ravenna, Italy

Let’s continue the Italian photographic trip with Ravenna. We spent a night in the center of town at a beautiful house with a large garden (perfect for a hyperactive toddler). We quickly visited the city and, because it was very hot and the day was long, we decided to go to the beach which is 10 minutes drive away.

Continuam calatoria fotografica din Italia cu orasul Ravenna. Am stat o noapte in centrul orasului la o casa frumoasa, cu gradina mare (perfecta pentru un toddler hiperactiv). Am vizitat rapid orasul si, pentru ca era foarte cald si ziua lunga, ne-am decis sa dam o fuga pana la plaja care se afla la 10 minute de condus.

Modena, Italy

I really like Italy. This was the fourth time I visited and I still have so much more to see …

It seems to me a beautiful, civilized country with the most beautiful language on earth. This time we have traveled to the Emilia-Romagna region, in places less visited by tourists: Modena, Ravenna, San Marino, at sea in Ravenna and Rimini, and ended up relaxing in the countryside next to Forli.

Let’s start with the beginning. First destination Modena. I wanted to get there after watching the 2nd season of “Master of None” (BTW, brilliant series). I’m leaving you with some pictures of the city.

Imi place mult Italia. Aceasta a fost a patra oara cand am vizitat-o si inca mai am inca atatea de vazut…

Mi se pare o tara frumoasa, civilizata, cu cea mai frumoasa limba de pe pamant. De data asta am fost in regiunea Emilia-Romagna, in locuri mai putin batute de turisti. Am vazut Modena, Ravenna, San Marino, am fost la mare in Ravenna si Rimini, si am terminat saptamana cu relaxare in rural langa Forli.

Sa incep cu inceputul. Prima destinatie Modena. Mi-am dorit sa ajung acolo dupa ce am vazut sezonul 2 din “Master of None” (btw, genial serialul). Va las cu cateva poze din oras.

His first icecream / Prima inghetata

Cinque Terre, Italy

united_kingdomCinque Terre means that there are 5 lands/cities in this UNESCO World Heritage site on the Italy coast. The 5 cities are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. In one day you can visit them all. We took the ferry from Porto Venere which stops in all, except Corniglia.

Each of these 5 cities has a train-station, so you can also take the train from La Spezia. Or, if your housing is actually in Cinque Terre, you can hike between the 5 cities (it’s a 6-7 hour walk).

romania_flag“Cinque Terre” inseamna “5 teritorii” – adica sunt 5 orasele protejate UNESCO, pe coasta Italiei, construite in nivele pe stanca, direct la malul marii. Aceste 5 orase sunt: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza si Monterosso.

Noi le-am vazut pe toate intr-o singura zi. Am luat vaporul din Porto Venere, care te duce in toate orasele in afara de Corniglia. Iata cateva poze din fiecare orasel. Este impresionant!


on the ferry to cinque Terre
On the ferry towards Cinque Terre / In Vapor spre Cinque Terre




Riomaggiore. Cinque Terre, Italia

Riomaggiore, 5 Terre

Riomaggiore, Italy





Cinque Terre, Manarola, postcard view with colored houses
This is the most FAMOUS view from Cinque Terre / Manarola este faimoasa locatie din Cinque Terre, cea mai fotografiata!

View in Manarola, 5 Terre


Cinque Terre, Blue sea

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola, cactus, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre Manarola, Best view
In Manarola we stopped twice, we really loved it! / In Manarola ne-am oprit de 2 ori, dimineata si dupa amiaza, pentru ca ne-a placut prea mult. E vis!




Corniglia, Cinque Terre, Italy
The ferry doesn’t stop in Corniglia / Poza facuta din vapor, pt. ca nu opreste in Corniglia




Vernazza Port in Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Italy




Monterosso, Cinque Terre
In Monterosso is a beach and the train goes over it / In Monterosso e o mica plaja, iar trenul trece chiar prin ea

Monterosso cactus
I really like cactuses / In caz ca nu v-ati prins deja, sunt mare iubitoare de cactusi 😉

Monterosso, Italy

Monterosso - good restaurant

united_kingdomI wasn’t sure that I wanted to see Cinque Terre because I saw Positano a few years back which was quite impressive and not so touristic (the same style colored houses at the edge of the sea) and I thought nothing can beat that. But I am glad I came to Cinque Terre eventually, the ferry ride was relaxing and it was impressive to see the houses at the edge of the sea, even though it can get quite expensive here: because it’s such a popular location they tend to rip tourists off. For example a simple pancake with Nutella costs 4 euro (FOUR) and plain pasta with sauce around 12-13 Euros!

On top of this, in Italy they add “Coperto” on the bill in restaurants – which can be 1, 2 or 3 Euros per person at the table. ?! It’s a little bothering to tell you the truth. I would expect these charges to be covered by the prices in the menu…

But if you keep away from the center of these cities and find local restaurants, the prices are more reasonable (as you can see in the last photo).

romania_flagNu prea eram convinsa ca vreau sa vad Cinque Terre pentru ca vazusem Positano cu cativa ani in urma (care e impresionant si nu atat de turistic, in acelasi stil de case colorate pe nivele, la tarmul marii). De fapt am ajuns la Cinque Terre ca sa evitam Milano pe care ni-l propusesem la sfarsitul vacantei si buna alegere am facut! Plimbarea cu vaporul de la un oras la altul a fost foarte placuta, in soare (ne-am bronzat!), iar peisajele au fost de vis! Mi s-a parut totusi cam scump, vor sa profite cu preturi mari, fiind foarte vizitat de turisti. O simpla clatita cu Nutella costa 4 euro (adica 17 lei) ceea ce mi s-a parut exagerat, iar o simpla portie de paste (fara carne) in jur de 12-13 euro (adica mult prea mult! sunt totusi DOAR paste). Plus ca in Italia au un stil de a umfla nota de plata adaugand in functie de cat e  de fitzos restaurantul, cate 1, 2 sau 3 euro pentru fiecare persoana care sta la masa (se numeste “coperto” chestia asta).

Dar exista si strazi laturalnice, printre localnici, cu mancare buna la preturi rezonabile, ca in ultima poza.

Porto Venere, Italy

united_kingdomChoosing La Spezia region instead of Milano for the last two days of our Italy trip was the best decision we could make.

At 13 km from La Spezia town is Porto Venere – a port with colorful buildings, pretty boats and a church which seems that rises directly from the sea! And from Porto Venere you can take boat trips to Cinque Terre (but about this in the next post).

 romania_flagCe bine ca am ales regiumea La Spezia in loc sa mergem la Milano pentru ultimele 2 zile din calatoria noastra prin Italia. Langa orasul La Spezia, unde am avut hotelul, se afla Porto Venere – un port cu blocuri colorate, barci multe si o biserica ce parca rasare din mare!

Din acest port poti merge cu vaporul spre Cinque Terre (despre asta voi povesti in postarea urmatoare).

Porto Venere houses in port, Italy

St Peter Church in Porto Venere, Italy
The Church of St Peter / Biserica Sf Petru care parca rasare direct din mare

Porto Venere - Boats

Porto Venere in Italy

Magnets of Cinque Terre

Sailing in Porto Venere

Sea shell ornament in Porto Venere

Boat in Porto Venere

Porto Venere

Saint Peter Church in Porto Venere

Florence, Italy

united_kingdomI wanted to go to Florence because it was supposed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the capital of Italian Renaissance. Little did I know how crowded it can be. Florence is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, so that means it’s flooded with tourists. I don’t know about you, but I prefer less beaten paths. It’s easily understood that because of the thousands of tourists, I didn’t like Florence very much.

The Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo di Firenze) is the main sight in Florence. It’s impressive because it’s huge and the facade is rich in details and decorations. I couldn’t admire it in peace because it was surrounded by hundreds of people and illegal sellers. In contrast, the interior of the church is plain and simple.

We also visited Boboli Gardens for the ridiculous price of 10 Euros, including also a hat and ceramic exhibition. Maybe I would have liked the garden more if it were sunny and the entrance wouldn’t cost so much for what it had to offer.

There is also Ponte Vecchio over Arno River (a brownish-greenish river, uglier than the river Thames). The bridge was packed with tourists. Why is it so popular? It has little houses built on its walls.

The history and beauty of Florence is fading under the bustle of today. The city is tourist trap and overpriced. I did not fell in love with Florence.

 romania_flagDe ce am vizitat Florenta? Pentru ca se spune ca e unul din cele mai frumoase orase din lume si pentru ca nu mi-am imaginat ca poate fi atat de aglomerat. Florenta e unul din cele mai populare orase din Italia, drept pentru care e si foarte vizitat de turisti. Nu stiu voi cum sunteti, dar eu prefer cararile mai putin batatorite. E lesne de inteles ca din cauza miilor de turisti, Florenta nu mi-a placut foarte mult.

Catedrala Santa Maria del Fiore este simbolul orasului Florenta si este impresionanta prin marimea si detaliile exterioare, dar nu am putut-o admira in pace pentru ca era inconjurata de sute de oameni si vanzatori ambulanti. In interior e un contrast enorm cu exteriorul, in sensul ca este foarte simpla, fara detaliile, ornamentele si picturile prezente in alte catedrale  de acest fel.

In afara de catedrala am mai vizitat Gradina Boboli pentru ridicolul pret de 10 euro, in acest pret intrand la pachet si o expozitie de palarii si ceramica. Poate gradina mi-ar fi placut mai mult daca era soare si daca nu costa atat de mult pentru ceea ce ofera.

Am  trecut si pe la Ponte Vecchio (Podul Vechi) peste raul Arno (un rau verde maro, mai dezgustator ca Tamisa din Londra). Podul era arhiplin si toata lumea se poza cu el. De ce e asa faimos? Are casute construite pe peretii sai.

Istoria orasului Florenta piere sub vacarmul si aglomeratia din ziua de azi. A devenit o capcana turistica cu preturi umflate artificial.  Nu m-am indragostit de Florence.


houses, river, florence

Ponte Vecchio firenze italia

Boboli garden and Pitti Palace
Boboli Garden

Basilica Santa Maria del Fiore, Italy, Florence
Santa Maria del Fiore Basilica

Santa maria del fiore (duomo di firenze)

Duomo Firenze, bell tower, florence Dome

boboli garden florence peonies
Peonies in Boboli Garden / Bujori in Gradina Boboli

Palazzo Pitti Florence

heads in water florence boboli

Firenze, scooters, statue

Boboli garden, Florence

Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Piazza della Signoria, Neptune Statue
Piazza della Signoria and Neptune Statue / Piazza primariei si statuia lui Neptun

Have you been to Florence? How did you like it?

Lake Garda, Italy

united_kingdomLake Garda is a popular tourist destination in Italy and is located close to Verona (15 minutes drive). The beauty of this lake is the blue color and transparency of the water (unlike other lakes that have a brownish color). Around Lake Garda there are many resorts, Bardolino being one of the most famous and prettiest, from which you will see the following photos.

romania_flagLacul Garda se afla langa Verona asa ca am dat o fuga cu masina (in 15 minute am ajuns). Lacul e albastru si transparent ceea ce-l face o populara destinatie turistica (erau foarte multi turisti varstnici, dar si familii cu copii, majoritatea nemti sau rusi). De-a lungul lacului Garda sunt multe orasele-statiune, noi ne-am dus in Bardolino, unul din cele mai cunoscute si mai dragute.

Lake Garda, Bardolino in Italy

Bardolino, Lake Garda, Italy

Ceramic drawings on a wall in Bardolino

Clock in Bardolino, Italy

Italy - Bardolino

Boats in Bardolino, Lake Garda

Bardolino, Italia

Ducks on Lake Garda in Bardolino, Italy

Lake Garda, Bardolino

Italy, Lake Garda, Bradolino

Church Tower in Bardolino

Bardolino - flowers

On the shore of Lake Garda

Bardolino - Italy

Bardolino in Italy

Bardolino, Italia

Bardolino floor tiles
There were many colored tiles scattered on cobbled street / Pe o straduta in Bardolino erau multe pietre cubice pictate cu diverse desene

Tower of Pisa, Italy

united_kingdomWe visited Lucca and Pisa in the same day. While Lucca is quiet and not too crowded, Pisa tower is visited  by thousands of people every day, of which hundreds of them struggling to push with hands or carry the tower on their backs, just for a good photo.

The tower of Pisa is actually the bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral. Its construction started in the 12th century and took 199 years. During construction, the tower started to lean on one side due to inadequate foundation on soft grounds. Throughout the years it continued to lean, so straightening and stabilizing works were performed. The last stabilization happened in May 2008 and engineers stated that the tower stopped moving for the first time in its history and it should be stable for the next 200 years.

romania_flagLucca si Pisa le-am vazut in aceeasi zi, in drumul din Bologna spre Cinque Terre.

La turnul din Pisa vin zilnic mii de turisti, iar sute dintre ei fac poze in care se chinuie sa impinga ori sa care in spate turnul.

Turnul din Pisa e de fapt clopotnita catedralei in curtea careia se afla.Constructia sa a inceput in sec 12 si a durat 199 de ani. Inclinarea s-a produs in timpul constructiei datorita fundatiei inadecvate pe un teren mult prea moale. De-a lungul anilor unghiul de inclinare s-a accentuat de aceea a fost indreptat si stabilizat, ultima stabilizare s-a efectuat in mai 2008, iar inginerii au anuntat ca pentru prima oara in istoria sa turnul a incetat sa se incline si e in siguranta pentru urmatorii 200 de ani.

On the grass at Pisa Tower and Cathedral

Tower Pisa in Italy

Leaning tower of Pisa, Italy

people photo Pisa Tower
People taking photos while “pushing” the tower / Turistii care fac poze cu mainile in aer incercand sa impinga turnul din Pisa

Pushing the Tower of Pisa in Italy

The Tower of Pisa view from the back

Pisa cathedral in Italy

Pisa Cathedral, grass

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Lucca, Italy

united_kingdomLucca is a medieval city often forgotten by tourists in Italy. The old city walls that surround the city are now used as promenade and the main sights in Lucca are Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Duomo San Michelle and Duomo San Martino.

romania_flagLucca e un orasel medieval “uitat” de turistii ce viziteaza Italia. E inconjurat de ziduri de caramida, iar printre atractiile principale se numara Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Domul Sf. Mihail si Domul Sf. Martin, pe care le puteti vedea in pozele de mai jos.

Anfiteatro Square Piazza in Lucca, Italy
Piazza Anfiteatro

Piazza San Martino, Lucca
San Martino Duomo

Catedrale San Martino, Lucca

Restaurant in Lucca, Italy

in Lucca, Italy

Duomo San Michele, Lucca, Italy
Duomo San Michelle

roof of Duomo San Michele in Lucca Italy
Roof of Duomo San Michelle / Acoperisului bisercii Sf. Michelle (Mihail)

Doors, bike, houses in Lucca

laundry window Italy Lucca

building amfiteatro square Lucca

in Lucca

Piazza anfiteatro amfiteatre square Lucca Italy

Piazza San Martino

Piazza Napoleone, Lucca, Italy

window shades in Italy

buildings in Lucca, Italy

in Lucca, italy

Bologna, Italy

united_kingdomWhat a beautiful city, with old and huge buildings and with lots of young people (students) walking up and down the streets.

In Bologna there is something I’ve never seen in any other city so far: each building has columns and arches around it, this being the sidewalk for pedestrians. It looks fancy and is impressive!

romania_flagCe oras frumos, cu cladiri vechi si imense, cu multi tineri ce forfotesc in scuaruri si pe strazi.

In Bologna exista ceva ce nu am mai vazut in niciun alt oras vizitat pana acum: fiecare cladire are pe margine coloane si arcade ce sunt trotuarele pentru pietoni (au un aspect impresionant).

colums and arches on the sidewalks of Bologna

sidewalks in Bologna
Sidewalks in Bologna / Trotuarele in Bologna

Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, Italy
Piazza Maggiore

Bologna Piazza Maggiore
In Piazza Maggiore

pigeons and street in Bologna

Beggar in Bologna

young people in the sun in Bologna

Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio (Library) in Bologna
The hallways of The Library / Holurile Bibliotecii din Bologna

People in Corte Isolani

arches Corte Isolani in Bologna

windows, Bologna, Italy

Piazza Santo Stefano and Corte Isolani, Bologna, Italia

windows in Corte Isolano, Bologna

Piazza San Stefano and Corte Isolani, Bologna

Corte Isolani Bologna, Italy
Corte Isolani / Curtea Isolani

Bologna street

arches on every building in Bologna

one of the two towers (Garisenda and Asinelli) in Bologna
One of the two towers in Bologna / Unul din cele doua turnuri inalte din Bologna

sidewalk columns in Bologna
Sidewalk / Trotuar

Bologna Sun

Verona, Italy

united_kingdomAfter a long 12 hour drive, from which 2 of them were through the Italian Alps, we finally arrived to Verona. The city is exactly how I imagined and expected to be. A city how only in Italy you can find, with a lovely language and a warm, pleasant architecture. The weather is warm and sunny and there are many tourists, but Verona has also charming quiet streets away from the noisy groups.

Here are a few photos from today!

romania_flagDupa un drum interminabil de 12 ore cu masina, din care vreo doua ore prin Alpii Italieni, am ajuns in sfarsit in Verona, care este exact asa cum am visat cu ochii deschisi. Un oras cum numai in Italia poti sa gasesti, cu o limba pe care nu ma mai satur sa o ascult si  cu o arhitectura ce imi umple sufletul de bucurie si de culoare. Pe langa toate astea, apartamentul in care stam e super, intr-o vila cu 3 etaje si obloane la geamuri si balcon.

Vremea e insorita si calda, turisti sunt destul de multi, dar am gasit strazi mai linistite si pline de farmec.

Iata cateva poze de astazi:

in Verona
In Piazza Abra

Piazza Abra

Piazza delle Erbe, Verona, Madonna Fountain
In Piazza delle Erbe & Madona Fountain

windows, Verona
Arhitectura in Verona

window shades in Italy
Sun on the window shades in Verona/ Soare si obloane!

Italian architecture
Architecture in Italy

Cakes in Verona
Super good cakes in Verona / Niste prajituri foarte gustoase

san fermo Verona church
At San Fermo Church / Biserica San Fermo

Ponte Navi in Verona, Italy
Ponte Navi / Podul Navi din Verona

Verona, houses on river Adige
Houses along Adige River / Case de-a lungul raului Adige – o oaza de liniste departe de turisti

sunny days in Verona
Enjoying the sun in Verona / Bucurandu-ne de soare si vremea placuta in Verona

Houses on Adige River in Verona

yellow wall
Houses in Italy are painted in warm colors / Casele din Italia sunt vopsite in culori calde

on the streets of Verona
On the streets of Verona / Pe strazile din Verona

Via Sottoriva in Verona
Via Sottoriva

Spritz in Verona
Spritz in Verona / Spritz Veronez, o bautura foarte populara (fara economie la alcool)

windows in Verona

Piazza Duomo in Verona, Italy
Piazza Duomo

around Piazza Erbe, Verona
Piazza delle Erbe

Lamberti tower in Verona, Stairs
Lamberti Tower / Turnul Lamberti in care am urcat sute de scari (liftul nu functiona!) Urmatoarele poze sunt facute din turn

Verona panorama

Verona seen from above

Piazza Erbe and View from Lamberti tower, Verona

Piazza dei Signori, Verona
Piazza dei Signori

Castelvecchio, Verona

Piazza Abra, Verona
in Piazza Abra

restaurants in Piazza Abra in Verona

Casa di Julietta with her Balcony and writings on the walls
Juliet’s Wall & Juliet’s Balcony (It has nothing to do with Shakespeare’s play, it’s just a trap tourist attraction) / Balconul Julietei (Se spune ca este faimosul balcon din scena de dragoste a lui Shakespeare din “Romeo si Julieta”) si peretele pe care toata lumea scrie declaratii de dragoste. O capcana turistica ce nu are absolut nimic de a face cu piesa “Romeo si Julieta”.

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