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!

Andreea – portrait 2017

I’m glad to show you the photos of Andreea that I took a few days ago. She is a wonderful girl with big green eyes (you may remember her from here).
We took photos in the garden, among apples and pumpkins, then we went to the nearby abandoned railroad track. We had a great time on the streets with a wooden suitcase, almost a century old. These are the photos:

“Tu ai spus aseara / C-ai sa vii in gara

Dupa cum se vede / De mine ai uitat

Nu stiu daca-i farsa / Dragostea e arsa

De la tine asta / Eu nu m-am asteptat

Vad ca-ti arde-a glume / Eu ma duc in lume

Am crezut in tine /Da’ mai mult nu cred”

(cantecul Tuc-Tuc-Tuc – de Nelu Stratan)
Lasand gluma cantecul la o parte ma bucur sa va arat pozele pe care i le-am facut acum cateva zile Andreei, un suflet minunat cu ochii mari, verzi. Am facut poze in gradina, printre meri si dovleci, apoi ne-am dus spre calea ferata abandonata. Ne-am distrat grozav carand pe stradute valiza de lemn veche de aproape un secol si parasolarul din masina pe post de reflector. Cam asta a iesit:

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

Lommel Sahara, Belgium

Friday was a day off in Belgium (July 21, the National Day) and (OMG!) the sky was clear and the temperature was about 22 degrees, so we made a trip to a beautiful place (which I happened to read about in a magazine in the dentist’s waiting room) :)) Lommelse Sahara. I do not understand how I have not heard of this place in my six years of living in Belgium. It is about an hour and a half drive from Brussels and is perfect for a day trip in the nature. The entrance is free, the relaxation is maximum.

I’ll leave you with the pictures and if (inspired by my post: D) you visit the place, tell me how you liked it. I liked it a lot.

This is the address of the place: De Soeverein, Sportveldenstraat 10, 3920 Lommel


Vineri a fost zi libera in Belgia (21 iulie, ziua nationala) si (MINUNE!) a fost senin si temperatura sa fi fost vreo 22 de grade, asa ca am facut o excursie intr-un loc frumos, de care am aflat intamplator rasfoind o revista asteptand la dentist :)) Sahara Belgiei. Nu inteleg cum in cei 6 ani de cand locuiesc in Belgia nu am mai auzit de locul asta pana acum. Se afla la vreo ora si jumatate de condus din Bruxelles si este perfect pentru o excursie de o zi in natura. Intrarea este libera, relaxarea este maxima.

Va las cu pozele si daca (inspirati de postarea mea 😀 ) ajungeti pe acolo sa imi spuneti cum vi s-a parut, ca mi-e tare mult mi-a placut.

Asta este adresa parcarii de acolo: De Soeverein, Sportveldenstraat 10, 3920 Lommel

It smells like pine trees and there is sand on the ground. I wonder what comes next 🙂 / Miroase a conifere si e nisip pe jos

And them comes THIS view! / Apoi urmeaza asta!

Blackberries!/ MURE!

Fes, Morocco

Fes was the last destination of our week in Morocco. We’ve stayed for 3 nights at a Riad near the Blue Gate in the Medina. We had 2 full days to visit everything we wanted.

The amazing part is that the Medina in Fes is a super maze of hundreds of narrow streets, full of shops, people, animals.

Some of the alleys in the Medina have a roof, and the light shines through the cracks creating a magical light effect.

You will deffinetly get lost if you venture yourself without a paid guide or a gps.

 


Fes a fost ultima destinatie din saptamana petrecuta in Maroc. Am stat in Medina, la un Riad aproape de Poarta Albastra.

Medina din Fes este un labirint de alei inguste, pline cu magazine, oameni sau animale. Unele alei au acoperis prin crapaturile caruia trec razele soarelui, creand un efect  luminos foarte frumos.

Ca sa nu te ratacesti pe stradutele din Medina ai doua variante: platesti un ghid pentru cateva ore sau stai cu GPS-ul in mana (am downloadat pe telefon harta orasului Fes, pentru offline ca nu aveam internet pe strada, si cu gps-ul ne-am ghidat prin sutele de stradute din Medina).

In Cele 3 nopti in Fes, adica 2 zile pline am avut timp suficient ca sa vedem tot ce era de vazut.

 

Mosaic in the Riad

Medina in Fes

Enjoying a mint tea and moroccan sweets on the rooftop of our Riad

Breastfeeding in Morocco

Merenid tombs

Rabat, Morocco

We’ve spent one night in Rabat, on the way from Marrakech to Fes. The time was enough to see some of the most important attractions (we had some time in the evening a a bit in the next morning)


Am stat in Rabat o singura noapte, in drumul din Marrakech spre Fes. Timpul a fost suficient ca sa vizitam obiectivele turistice seara si un pic a doua zi de dimineata.

Medina

The room in our riad / Camera din riadul la care am stat
Cat in the riad / pisica la riad

Breakfast at our riad / Micul dejun in Riad

Oudayas Kasbah

Cats in Oudayas Kasbah / Pisici in orasul fortificat Oudayas Kasbah

The sea, view from Oudayas Kasbah / Marea – vedere din Oudayas Kasbah
Evening in the Medina / Seara in Medina

Hassan tower / Turnul Hassan

Mohammed V Mausoleum

Rabat Train Station / Gara din Rabat

In Rabat trainstation, waiting for the train to Fes / In gara din Rabat, asteptand trenul catre Fes

Un suflet de catel

Cine nu a crescut un animal in casa probabil judeca vazand pe “nebuna aia care isi pupa catelul pe bot si vorbeste cu el ca si cu un om”. Cine a crescut catel/pisica in casa intelege. Sunt suflete iubitoare, fac parte din familie si aduc multa multa iubire.

Miki. Mikiduța. Puiuța mea. Suflețelul meu. Iepuraaaș. Asa o alintam. A fost cu noi 16 ani. Am cumparat-o pe 7 iulie 2001 (fix dupa ce am dat ultima proba la BAC) de la un nene din piata care o vindea alaturi de doi frati ai ei, intr-un cosulet de bicicleta. Fiecare cu 75000 lei. Eu am vrut-o pe ea. Era fetita. Era alba cu o ureche maro.

Avea nasul negru si ochii rotunzi si negri ca doua masline.

Cat a fost pui mic rodea pantofi si picioarele de lemn ale scaunelor. Mai dadea iama prin cosul de gunoi si rodea hartii. Sau ne fura sosetele si le ascundea sub pat, iar daca incercam sa i le luam, maraia si ne arata dintii mici si albi precum orezul. Ne intampina sarind si latrand de bucurie cate 10 minute dupa ce intram in casa. Latra vehement la orice vizitator care ne intra in casa, si tacea doar cand persoana respectiva pleca. Era foarte mofturoasa la mancare, uneori treceau si cate 2-3 zile si abia ciugulea cate ceva; totul trebuia sa fie invelit in carne, ca altfel nu se atingea.

Cu cat a inaintat in varsta a devenit mai calma. Blanita era alba cu multi pistrui maro. Manca mai mult. Statea lipita de picioarele noastre cand ne lungeam in pat. Dadea ture prin casa, alergand, in special dupa ce ii faceam baie. Se ascundea sub pat cand auzea dusul pornind. Ziua ii placea sa doarma in locuri inghesuite si intunecate. Era timida cand ieseam afara si nu voia sa ne plimbam decat prin fata usii de la bloc. Nu ii placea orasul. Era mereu stresata de oameni, de masini.

Dar in shimb ii placea cand mergeam in drumetii pe munte. Alerga de la unul la altul sa ne adune, era in largul ei si zburda vesela, tinea coada sus si era linistita.

Ii placea sa stea la geam si sa priveasca afara.

Ii placea sa ia ostatice hainele noastre purtate si sa doarma pe ele.

Astazi ne-a parasit. Datorita ei viata mea a fost mai frumoasa. A fost catelul perfect. Am iubit-o nespus. Si da, am fost una din multele “nebune” care isi pupau catelul pe bot si vorbeau cu ea ca si cu un om.

Va las cu pozele din care sper sa simtiti cat de mult a insemnat ea pentru mine. Mi-a fost greu sa aleg doar cateva din sutele de fotografii pe care i le-am facut.

Floralia 2017, Brussels

  • when: One month each year (mid april till mid may)
  • where: Kasteel VAN GROOT-BIJGAARDEN Isidoor Van Beverenstraat 5, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden, België
  • price: Adults: 12 euros, kids 6-14years: 5 euros, under 6years: free.

Is pretty, oh so pretty.


De la mijlocul lunii aprilie pana la mijlocul lunii mai la castelul VAN GROOT-BIJGAARDEN, 12 euro adulti. E frumos, pe cuvant!

 

Marrakech, Morocco

A trip planned two years ago and abandoned at the last moment due to pregnancy nausea, but resumed this year on my birthday, this time in 3. First stop: Marrakech. We stayed in the Medina (the old town) in an extraordinarily beautiful Riad. I will not give you details about the city and Morocco, there is plenty of info on the internet. Instead I will share a few of my impressions and obviously plenty of pictures.

  • What impressed me most were the loudspeakers on the four sides of all the mosque towers, which at certain hours they called to prayer – 4-5 in the morning, 8, 12, etc. … when you least expected (e.g. at baby’s nap time).
  • In the Medina there are many narrow, dusty, crowded streets (pedestrians and motorbikes). The interesting part is that all week while I was in Morocco, although I was going through crowds, nobody hit me by mistake.
  • People seemed very nice and servile. I did not feel assaulted, aggrieved, cheated.
  • The services we had in the Riads (the homes we stayed with) exceeded my expectations. The staff took care of everything, they were doing their best to help us with whatever we wanted.
  • Moroccan food – I did not particularly like. I ate in many places and all my meals seemed extremely oily
  • They have many (MANY) cats: both on the streets and in the Riads

I’m leaving you with the pictures, for I’m better with pictures than with words. I hope you will enjoy and get inspire to travel 🙂


Calatorie planificata acum doi ani, dar abandonata in ultima clipa datorita greturilor de sarcina, dar reluata anul acesta de ziua mea, de data asta in 3. Prima oprire: Marrakech. Am stat in Medina (orasul vechi) intr-un Riad extraordinar de frumos. Nu va dau detalii despre oras si Maroc, gasiti destule informatii pe net. In schimb va spun cateva din impresiile mele si evident o multime de poze.

  • Ce m-a impresionat cel mai tare erau difuzoarele pe cele patru laturi la turnurile de moschei, din care la ore fixe rasuna in toata medina chemarea la rugaciune – la 4-5 dimineata, la 8, la 12 etc….cand ti-era lumea mai draga (si somnul mai dulce, sau in sfarsit dormea si copilul).
  • In Medina sunt multe stradute inguste, prafuite, aglomerate (pietoni si motociclete). Culmea este ca toata saptamana cat am stat in Maroc, desi mergeam prin inghesuiala si aglomeratie, nu m-a lovit/atins nimeni din greseala.
  • Oamenii mi s-au parut extrem de draguti si serviabili. Nu m-am simtit asaltata, agasata, inselata.
  • Serviciile de care am avut parte in Riaduri (casele in care am stat) au intrecut asteptarile. Personalul se ocupa de tot, se dadeau peste cap sa ne ajute cu orice doream.
  • Mancarea marocana nu mi-a placut in mod deosebit. Am mancat in multe locuri si toate mancarurile mi s-au parut extrem de uleioase
  • Au multe (MULTE) pisici: si pe strazi si in Riaduri

Va las cu pozele, ca ma pricep mai bine la imagini decat la cuvinte. Sper sa va placa si sa va inspire sa calatoriti 🙂

Our Riad in Marrakech/ Riadul in care am stat in Marrakech

The Riads have an indoor courtyard with a small pool / Riadurile au curte interioara si o mica piscina

Breakfast at Riad/ Micul dejun in Riad

The Riad’s rooftop/ Pe acoperisul Riadului

Rooftop view in Marrakech / Vedere asupra acoperisurilor din Marrakech

Street in Medina / Straduta in medina

Koutubia Mosque/ Turnul Moscheei Koutubia

ceramic and Tajine pots/ ceramica si oale pentru Tajine

Ben Youssef Medresa / Fosta universitate (medresa) Ben Youssef

In Majorelle Gardens/ in gradina Majorelle

Outside the Medina/ In afara medinei (aici e orasul nou)

The trainstation in Marrakech/ Gara din Marrakech

Waiting for the train for Rabat/ In gara din Marrakech

Train Marrakech-Rabat/ In tren din Marrakech spre Rabat

 

 

Tenerife, Jan. 2017

united_kingdomI admit, I was a bit stressed about the vacation in Tenerife with our 14 month toddler, for the first time flying with him (4 and half hour one), and also about how will we manage with the food for him (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between). But all turned out to be just fine: the flight was ok and the hotel offered All Inclusive, so there were plenty of options for baby to eat, including snacks and drinks all day long.

We were spending the days being outdoors a lot, at the beach or taking long walks. The baby would waste his energy exploring and investigating every single thing and we were running after him.

The thing I liked the most in Tenerife was the Teide Volcano National Parc. It was so quiet there that you could hear your own heartbeat, the landscape was dry and surrounded by giant rocks.

Enjoy the photos!


romania_flagAm plecat cu ceva emotii in vacanta spre Tenerife: am zburat pentru prima oara cu avionul cu cel mic in varsta de 14 luni (zbor de 4 ore si jumatate); imi faceam putine griji cu mancarea pentru el in cele 8 zile de vacanta: dimineata la pranz si seara, plus gustarile intre mese, insa totul a fost perfect – zborul lin si la hotel cu All inclusive cel mic avea mancare variata la dispozitie oricand.

Zilele le-am petrecut stand mai mult pe afara, la plaja sau la plimbare, el isi consuma energia si noi alergam dupa el facand cu schimbul.

Cel mai mult mi-a placut Parcul National al Vulcanului Teide: era o liniste din aceea in care iti auzi inima batand, peisaje cu vegetatie mai mult uscata, si multe stanci imense in jur.

Va las cu pozele.

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One year after

romania_flagFix acum un an postam poze cu burtica de 38 de saptamani, in peisaj de toamna in Bois de la Cambre din Bruxelles. Acum ne-am reintors in exact acelasi loc sa repetam sedinta foto, dar de data asta in formula de “trei”.

Iata pozele de atunci si de acum. Mie imi sunt foarte dragi, sper sa va placa. Primele 5 sunt colaje cu “Inainte si Dupa”


united_kingdomExactly one year ago I posted photos of me pregnant, in Bois de la Cambre in Bruxelles. This year we came back to the same place and repeated the photo-shoot, but this time in “Three”.

Enjoy these photos that are very dear to me. I hope you like them. The first ones are the “Before and After”

 

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romania_flagSi acum urmeaza pozele de anul acesta. StefAlex a facut primii sai pasi chiar in timpul pozelor, deci va dati seama cate emotii si cat de dragi imi vom ramane in amintire aceste poze


united_kingdomThe following photos are from this year only. The baby took his first steps for the first time ever, so you can imagine the emotions and what lovely memories these photos are for me

 

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