Polignano a mare is one of my favorite places in Puglia. Enjoy skimming through the pictures 🙂
Ciao a tutti! Hello to everyone!
Each one of you knows how much I love and adore Italy. I miss it the day I leave from there and try to travel at any opportunity I get. To satiate my wanderlust, I try to return to the country every year. I’m so excited and elated to share it with you all that my dream of visiting Italy in 2016 has finally become a reality….I’m visiting the Bel Paese again:D
*does a little dance*
In the hope of practicing a little Italian and explore new places, I move this time to a region of the country that I know very little about.
The excitement is uncanny. It is slowly sinking in. Everything is done and planned. Now only a few sleeps separate me and Italy.
I can’t wait to be united with my Italy, to feel most at home, to enjoy a passeggiata (evening walk), to eat fresh gelato, to visit an ornate café for a caffe, to meet more locals, to buy books on Italian literature, to devour fresh tagliatelle. Ah the list goes on!
Here I come once again Italy- to meet you, greet you, love you, explore you. I can’t wait to touch down and experience the goosebumps of hearing Italian around me. I can’t wait to be near the country I love so much. A presto, Italia ❤
Meanwhile, stay tuned for many lovely adventures and keep following me on my social media pages (on your right side).
I have a special something to the first person who guesses where I am heading to. Tell me the name of the region/regions that you think I am going to 😉 The first person to answer will win! Waiting!
I remember going through pictures of Slovenia before visiting it this summer. Lake Bled, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country, evoked a sense of fantasy- as if it was a place right out of a Grimms’ fairy tale.
Located in the town of Bled, the Lake is only an hour and a half drive’s from the capital city of Ljubljana and a very easy day trip.
My journey started quite early and I reached the town of Bled to use the entire day to my advantage. The views were breathtaking! I was astounded by the emerald green colour of the lake and the small island in the middle. Lake Bled really looked right out of a fairy tale with stunning views of the Julian Alps.
I hovered around the area, clicked probably a hundred pictures of Bled and later relaxed myself on a bench. It was truly a sight to behold and one that ignites inspiration, romanticism and creativity.
The entire area of the lake is laden with caffes and tourist activities not to forget a casino, a mini train for the kids and an Irish pub. I sat in one of the caffes and had the very popular Bled Cream Cake- a slice of heaven and then continued walking along the course of the lake. Bled also houses a medieval Castle which is perched on a hilltop ( I told you it was like a fairy tale).
Although almost every other person hikes to the castle, I chose to give it a miss and instead just wandered around the circumference of the lake. It turned out to be the best and most ideal way to see the lake and also quiet simple.
Only a 5 km walk gave me the best views of Bled. If one is spending a day in Lake Bled, it is good to see the better of Bled with a traditional “pletna” ride (maximum of 8 people for EUR 12 each) and visit the Church of Assumption which is right in the centre of the lake.
The Church of Assumption is very charismatic with 14th century frescoes along with a very famous “wishing bell”. According to a legend, anyone who rings the bell gets their wishes fulfilled. Worth a shot, I’d say!
Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a beautiful Italian region that touches the borders of Slovenia and Austria. However, it is often overlooked by the regular traveler to Italy. I wonder why….. Friuli’s capital city is Trieste and while I was in Trieste, I made a trip to see the lone castle on a cliff –Castello di Miramare.
Castello di Miramare
Castello di Miramare and it’s history
Overlooking the stark waters of the Adriatic, Castello di Miramare is on the edge of a cliff and is really a sight to behold! Castello di Miramare was built by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilan in 1860 for his wife, Charlotte of Belgium. To declare his love for her and make it a quiet retreat in the summer, he built 20 odd rooms. But like many historic places, Miramare has a tragedy attached to it. The Archduke died at an early age of 34 and after his death Charlotte went insane and spent her days in the castle pining for her lost love. Many people believe that spending a night in this castle could lead to a person’s death a.k.a. castle is cursed.
Castello di Miramare
Miramare may have a tragedy attached to it but it is absolutely safe to spend the day here.Now with an entry of EUR 6, the grounds of the castle are free to explore and there are beautiful gardens, ponds and bubbling fountains! It gives a beautiful backdrop of Trieste and an expanse of Adriatic Sea.
Castello di Miramare
Castello di Miramare
If you are in Trieste and haven’t taken a ride on its famous Opicina Tramway then you missed something historic! The Opicina is a Tram+Funicular Railway that links the city to Villa Opicina. It was started in 1902 and runs from Piazza Oberdan to Opicina, a hill top town 5 km away. Tickets to the tram can be bought from a Tabaccheria or tabacchi which in simple terms is a shop with all kinds of things including bus/tram tickets. #OnlyInItaly
The tram crosses the city’s many streets and houses, the tyres screeching several times as the tram gets pushed uphill and back hill to change tracks (the tram to furnicular track). A lady I befriended in the tram told me she regularly took this tram and advised me to sit on the other side of the window for a view.
I was blown away! Trieste is unbelievably gorgeous and as the tram keeps moving up the views get better. The last stop is The Obelisk from where Trieste and its panoramic splendor can be seen. The minuscule red houses and expansive Bay are so picturesque.
-One way cost of the tram is EUR 1.1.
-Tram runs from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-Best time to go is early morning or late evenings.
-Pack a picnic and relax at Obelisk.
UPDATE: As of October 2017, The Opicina Tram is no longer in operation. Instead, take Bus 2 for a scenic journey to Opicina.