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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!


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…



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.


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!




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.


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!


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.
    Actually Dancing house is a “free” viewing place! With elevator to 7th floor, order tea, coffee, beer and enjoy morning Prague.6Q5A00256Q5A00366Q5A0055
  • 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.


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.


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.



✓ 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.


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!


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.


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!


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.


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




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.


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).


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




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.


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.


Day and midnight in Torino

I am always saying that i don’t like to make photos of people. Humans are definitely small creatures, but someone of us create big things. If to start to think about that a lot, it becomes too scary, of what is capable humans mind! And that is what i love to capture – infinite potential of us.  It fascinates me of how from stone people come up with architecture. From huge and powerful to graceful and exquisite.

But what humans will never be able to tame is day coming and going, even in magic Turin.



Being here, in Italy, many times I received  a question: “How do you see US Italians?”, and I was lost in conjecture.  It was only 10 days of my journey, but I already think that it would be more difficult to understand their mentality and culture.

The first words I associate with Italian people are: expressiveness with kindness, generosity, naivety, measured pace and national pride! And also what scares me , while I still learn language, is that they easily start conversation with a stranger. But if you ask for help, after a while around you will be a council which will try to solve your problem. That is amazing!

I also asked them how do you see “Russian language and Russians?”. The answers fascinated me: rough, hard, evil… the most interesting was to see how Italians try to show Russian accent. It really remind me of Hitlers speech! I think i should make more notes about that, it can become a great story.

But article should be about my trip to Milan. Some Italians say they love that place, someone hate it and lose they self there. I am more closer to the second opinion…

img_5944Of course everything started in Duomo di Milano. Even in February there was a very long line to get on the roof. img_5979They say there are more statues on this gothic-style cathedral than any other building in the world. There are 3,400 statues that decorate Milan Duomo!img_5999

Ti voglio bene!

img_5955Spare money? Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

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Caffè Al Bicerin

When You are 1.741,03 km far away from home on San Valentino You have two opportunities: to stay at home, watching Facebook page, disliking all romantic posts, or enjoy the Life!

In my opinion – love and chocolate always go hand in hand, so I decided to go in the most famous place in Torino “Caffè Al Bicerin”,  glorious place and full of history.  It is on  Piazza della Consolata (street) since 1763!!!

I was dreaming to try the the highly recommended drink  – Bicerin. Cold cream on the top, coffee and really hot and dark chocolate (drink it slowly and don’t mix it –  the most strict rule!). Top note of the drink was like a paradise, but the conclusion was cloying even for me, as a dark chocolate lover. I still don’t know was it worth 6€, but once in a lifetime you should try it!

So the secret of amazing  day – meeting new friends and sharing chocolate!

Hungary+Germany+Latvia = surviving in Italy
img_5935Santuario della Consolata