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Karlovy Vary

City of sugary architecture and salty curative water! Everything there is so quiet and slow. I even felt weird. And we went in to the park to sit under the tree and that how we spent two hours. I love nature and it’s appeasement, but in Karlovy Vary I felt future pension comming and started to think about health, sleeping mode… By the way, during these five day trip to Czech Republic, the only place where we got healthy and comfortable sleep was in flixbys. I was speaking about these bus company so much, that I think it is time for them to take me as a commercial specialist!

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But don’t listen to me You have to go there at least once in a life time! My goal is to visit as much as possible. And the reason is – to have my own opinion.

So revel in…

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What i do recommend to buy is the real Karlovy Vary bath salt and in the cold autumn weather to finally open it and enjoy the time only for yourself.

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In new cities it is always the best decision not to go where everyone is going, You will think silly, but go where heart is leading You and you will find best places. At least it works for me…but You can try!

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Prague

We had a plan to visit Prague five years ago, but another opportunities have led us aside.

After we had longest trip in my life, by bus to Paris, I hoped that we won’t ever travel long distances by bus in such a short time that we got.

But we did it again!

And I certainly recommend to try at least once in a life time.

At firs 6 hours driving you can have fun watching bus passengers, after 9th hour you start to hate your travel guide Alexander because all the time we are out of time and your boyfriend starts to pretend sleeping. On the way back home you are terribly tired and start to argue even about nonsense (but that was mostly our fault because we were waking up too early because of our travel plan and walking all day long with no rest).

But if You don’t like to settle down somewhere for a long time as me You will love it. Because life is a big and exciting adventure, which we created for ourselves.

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In Prague we would recommend to buy an 24h ticket for all transports. Trams are going through all of the city and it is very easy to use metro. Station Náměsti Míru is the deepest station in Europe. Down to the earth on 53 meters doesn’t inspired a confidence in me, but Czech people in hurry were running up and down on escalator. Meanwhile I was holding strong to the handrail which was going faster then stairs . But then You quickly adapt! And do it better than local!

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The best places to drink amazing Czech beer and eat real traditional food:

  • U Dvou koček ( the dark beer is the best one).
  • U Medvidku-brewery ( In the past century the original brewery. Also they have great soups).
  • Pivovar u Fleku (better to go there at evening and to sit outside).
  • Výtopna (but only to get a beer drived by train to the table and get ready to pay extra for that).

Don’t:  in our black list where we don’t recommend to spend unclearly big amount of money is Letná Beer Garden.

Am sure there are more places to visit, but we had only two days in Prague.

Life hack:

  • After drinking real Italian wine don’t drag 5 bottles of Czech wine at home.
  • Swiss chocolate there is cheaper. I bought for myself  10 chocolate bars. But don’t buy Czech chocolate. Or recommend me the good one.
  • Czech ice cream is not Italian, even they are not so far away from each other. But if You still want to try go to Angelato. 6Q5A9989.jpgWe knew where we are going, but still I got groggy feeling from architecture like that. The name for such style – deconstruction! It symbolize dancing man and woman… In my opinion its copy of me dancing.
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  • Very popular in Prague is to have a dinner on Vlatava boat, we din’t used that opportunity, but heard that is amazing plan for a family evening. 6Q5A03176Q5A0304

The best time is early morning, only time when streets are almost empty from tourists.

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All old cities are unique with their occulty, but Prague is full of stories about alchemists, astronomers, magicians, ghosts. It took almost all our road to Czech Republit to get initiated to these legends.

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Souvenirs are crazy expensive in the city! I had a plan to buy an Krtek for my goddaughter ( Krtek is an animated character in a series of cartoon of Czech Republic)

Lifehack: Find simple toy store, there will be at least 10 euros cheaper.

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✓ Check! We seen famous Prague astronomical clock, or Prague orloj.

The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world . And now we dream of having arm clock like that.

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Never stop wondering and cherish Your time! 

Sacra di San Michele

Realizing that my journey in Italy soon will end, leaded me to do the thing i wanted to accomplish from the beginning of my adventure.

I fell in love with mountains first when I saw them in Slovakia, it was winter and foggy weather. So we couldn’t see them sharp. All I was asking my boyfriend, are these mountains or just clouds, because i newer seen them before in my life. Since then I want a little house near mountains! But that is just a dream… Which one day will become an goal!

So going in, I decided to concur  the Sacra of San Michele in the first day of summer! This monument is a symbol of Piedmont Region . But the most what was sparking in me was the way up!

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I got the train from Torino to S.Ambrogio, it took less than half an hour to get there. I was not even looking at the map to find where i should go.

My reference point was waiting for me! And it to be true, scaring me. How im gonna get there? And dark clouds were coming.

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Very fast i found the road through the forest which leaded to the top. I was moving fast without a stop. I was so excited to get to the destination! But in the middle I started to realize what i signed up for an amazing view. Tiredness and not seeing the end of the road puzzled me. But still i was enjoying that i didn’t met nobody on my way up!

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After hour and the half of running up I was proud and happy! And trying not to think about the way back, but only enjoying the moment and life!  The spiritual value and the landscape that sorrounds it trasform the Sacra in is a special destination for special desires for loneliness.

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Well, the road back was not so bad and even more faster than up!

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Genova

Im not the lover of resort places, that is why city like Genova wasn’t in first place of my bucket-list.  But on weekend my best friend, obsessed with seasides, was visiting me in Torino and we decided to make a little one day trip.

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The great thing about arriving at a destination early is the fact that you have almost the entire day ahead of you and streets are empty from tourists. We had 7 hours to see as much as possible. I was expecting only to have a walk in a long promenade Corso Italia ( about 3 km along the sea) and to have a sunbath on crowded beach. But my expectations changed after we went out from city center of Torino, by bus ( I definitely suggest to use Flixbus).  Almost 3h long trip from Torino was full of breathtaking landscapes of mountains, forests, hills, beautiful roads.

First expectation of Genova was that I immediately saw the difference from what i had seen before. Super narrow and endless streets in city haunted me to feel like im in 17th century and plague is somewhere near! dirty… i thought. But of course i didn’t captured the mess.  Also I had feeling of amazement how architecture withstand the ravages of time.

But it took only some minutes and city changed completely.

And of course the seaside. It was quite difficult to find a place where to lay on, because almost all beach was a property of  hotels.  But we found a place and  we were the only ones who were swimming (for us, as a Baltic people, water was quite warm).

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And again after we left a seaside in another direction, Genova surprised me again.

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Torino – Parco Colletta

Today my little childhood dream came true! I felt like in a adventure film “Lassie”.  If to be true I don’t really remember the plot of that movie, but the feeling of country life is associated to me with collie Lassie.

After lessons I went to a Parco Colletta in Torino to enjoy the spring weather and to read a book under the shadows of  trees. Suddenly out of nowhere park was occupied by sheeps! The old Italian cattleman with collie, came to me just to talk, because he saw the camera in my hands. Of course our conversation wasn’t long (because of my Italian knowledge), but he made a photo of me, what was really lovely, because I think he never held a camera before. But i never petted a sheep before.

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Avigliana

Avigliana lies in the Susa valley and it is located about 25 kilometers west of Torino. Only 30 minutes by train and you are in quiet, little city. No tourists, no clutter, no rush. City center streets are narrow and cosy. We even had to huddle to the house walls to give way for Fiat cars. But before a long walk we had an Italian brunch.IMG_6805IMG_6788IMG_6792IMG_6797IMG_6801

We vent to the ruins of castle, destroyed in the 17th century by the French. And that place was unsustainable. Hot sun, refreshing spring wind, and the gentle smell of wild peppermint which grows on that hill.

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I could sit there and watch mountains endlessly, but we still had to see the Natural Park of the Lakes of Avigliana. We spent there a lot of time just lying on rocks near to the transparent, clear water enjoying spring vibes and views on hills.

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Superga

Basilica of Superga was built more than 300 years ago for Victor Amadeus II of Savoy, designed by Filippo Juvarra, at the top of the hill of Superga.

That was spontaneous decision get to Superga there by legs trough forest! Two hours up with the first day of  real spring in Torino +18.  Highly recomanded place for escape.

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Torino street Nicolo Machiavelli

Yesterday was my month in Italy! And now i have two favorite places where i really enjoy to be and where my heart smiles like never. The first one is – Porta Palazzo market. I love the mix of  smell of strawberries, mint, lemons, herbs, which names i don’t know, cheese and all local colors! Love to get lost there and to have difficulties with pronouncing the Italian names for all that variety. That is where meet the smell, the sound and the visualization hedonism. I will definitely capture that place, but waiting for summer fruits.

The second place i found, on the first week of my straggling around the city, was – Nicolo Machiavelli street. That is the place in which i get lost in reverie and i really don’t know why, but that became a special spring spot for me. Sitting near to river Po and looking around. I am very surprised by fact how Torino citizens love dogs so much. They are everywhere! The place where i was born dogs and  their owners are not so blithe. I feel like a little girl siting on swing and everyone who is passing by smiles to me.

 

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Wish you heart full of spring feelings.