A WEEKEND IN SLOVENIA

Hello dear readers!

Today I’d like to share with you one of our last short trips. With a long weekend ahead and wonderlust in our souls, we wanted to take a trip somewhere but without spending a fortune. But where could it be? After doing a bit of research, Ljubljana became our firm option. From Vienna it’s a 4-5 hour bus drive and a round trip costs around 60 Eur with Flixbus, very tempting for our budget so we booked an Airbnb and off we went!

DAY 1

We began our day at the Old Town, specifically at Preseren Square:

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From there, we walked towards the Triple Bridge and explored the little streets and pretty shops. This part of the city is full of charming details!

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Even though we are not fans of visiting all the churches on our way, we were surprised by the interior of St Nicolas Church:

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Afterwards, we walked along the river towards the Dragon Bridge and then the other way. There are nice Restaurants to grab a bite and the good thing is that we found them way cheaper than in Vienna 🙂

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Our favourite place for a treat was LOCKAL. Try their Milkshakes, they are the best I’ve ever had AND they come with a Donut!

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In the afternoon we visited the Tivoli Park, which is a gorgeous public park to take endless walks. Countless fountains and numerous statues are part of its charm. It’s funny that it reminded us of France and we later understood why: the park had been conceived by a French designer:

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To watch the Sunset, nothing better that climbing up to the Castle for the most spectacular view of the city:

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DAY 2

Lake Bled is something not to be missed, we took a bus from the station which brought us to this wonderful little town:

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We took the 90- minute walk around the lake and we absolutely recommend it since you get to see different perspectives of the Pilgrimage Church:

We found out later about Ojstrica (the viewpoint from above) so we have a reason to come back. Hopefully soon! 🙂

All pictures by Lucila Romero and Gabriel Kmenta.

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ROAD TRIPPING : USA WEST COAST

There are no words to describe how much fun we had on our last family road trip. Great music, amazing landscapes and the best company!

I wanted to share our 14-day itinerary in case you are planning a trip of your own, or if you want to travel through pictures… HERE WE GO!

DAY 1 : LOS ANGELES

On our first day we took it easy. My family and I were meeting again after months apart, and we were all coming from different cities.  So we decided to spend a relaxed morning  strolling by Santa Monica’s Pier, a classic LA postcard:

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The icing of the cake for such a perfect first day of holidays was the delicious Argentinian asado grilled at my cousin’s:

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DAY 2: LOS ANGELES

We began our day like Hollywood stars in Beverly Hills, where we did some window shopping over the famous Rodeo Drive. I’m sure you’ve seen this street in films such as Pretty Woman and it was very fancy of course…

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Afterwards we drove to Hollywood and the Walk of Fame, where we compared our feet against Jane Fonda’s 😉 An hour was enough to explore this part of the city, and it was in fact perfect to be on time for our Warner Bros Studio visit. I must admit I was a bit sceptical about it, but in the end it was amazing! We hopped on a golf cart and travelled around this mini city, where got to see filming sets from our favourite tv shows (e.g Friends, of course!) and learnt more about film production. The tour lasted 3 hours but we enjoyed it so much that time flew!

Here we are at the Lalaland set:

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And we visited Central Perk too !!

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We watched the sunset at the unique Venice Beach, surrounded by street performers and surfers. An unforgettable experience!

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DAY 3: FLAGSTAFF

A driving day towards the Grand Canyon. There wasn’t much to see on the way, so take some good music for the long trip and maybe some snacks like we did 😉

DAY 4: GRAND CANYON

We had done a bit of research regarding what entrance would be best, and we would definitely recommend the East Rim entrance. It’s not only less crowded but also you get to see the Desert view that otherwise you wouldn’t. Once you arrive at the visitor’s center there are free Shuttles to take you through the park, which we found very convenient and eco friendly! We spent the whole day exploring the gorgeous national park and stopping at the viewing points:

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DAY 5: PAGE

This was one of my favourite days. I know, Page? Maybe you are not familiar with it, but it’s absolutely stunning. First of all, the Horseshoe Bend and then the Antelope Canyon. Two absolute must-sees for a west coast trip. Both are absolutely breath-taking and different to everything I had ever seen. Have a look yourself!

This is the Horseshoe Bend:

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And this is the Antelope Canyon:

DAY 6 AND 7: LAS VEGAS

Even though one day would be enough to get a taste of the magestic Las Vegas, we decided to stay a day longer to go to the outlet stores and weren’t disappointed 🙂 We spent the first night walking around the different hotels and attractions on the Strip and the second one watching street performances at the Fremont St.

DAY 8 : DEATH VALLEY

We drove from Las Vegas through Death Valley while making some stops on the way, but honestly I would have stayed longer: it’s so beautiful there! The countless landscapes are a delight to the eyes… and we only saw just a tiny part of it. Our highlights were the Salt Flats and Zabriskie Point. Next time we will make sure to spend some time at the Sand Dunes !

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DAY 9: ROUTE 395 : MAMMOTH LAKES, MONO LAKE, LAKE TAHOE

A very scenic route fulled with spectacular views. For example Mammoth Lakes, a little sky town where we made our first stop:

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Then we continued north till Lake Tahoe. Our original plan was to drive to Yosemite, but as we made our trip during April, the road was still closed for winter. I guess we’ll have to come back 🙂

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DAY 10 AND 11 : SAN FRANCISCO

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My favourite city on this trip! My top spots to visit were:

-The vista points around the Golden Gate bridge, especially the one going up the hill

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-The Golden Gate park (it’s HUGE!)

-Lombard Street

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-The painted ladies

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-Fischerman’s Wharf

-Baker beach

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-Chinatown

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-Land’s End (to watch the sunset)

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DAY 12 AND 13:  PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY

The longest state route in California with amazing postcards on its way. This is where we made stops:

Carmel by the Sea, a fancy and elegant little town:

 

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Monterey:

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Big Sur:

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Santa Barbara:

 

And our last stop before ending our road trip, Malibu:

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures and maybe you have found some inspiration for your next adventure, let me know on the comments 😉

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BLOSSOMS IN VIENNA

Hello, hello dear readers!

I’m back from the holidays with lots of energy (and jet lag!). I won’t deny I wanted to stay in California, but when I saw the Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom my heart jumped with joy!  Continue reading “BLOSSOMS IN VIENNA”

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VIENNA IN 2 DAYS

So you are travelling to Vienna and you only have 2 days to explore this amazing city? Well, good news! I have made this guide with the absolute must-do’s for 48 hours. This was made bearing in mind it’s your first time visiting the capital of Austria… Let’s begin! Continue reading “VIENNA IN 2 DAYS”