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I feel that so much has already been said about Venice that I am somewhat lost for words. It is also very difficult to describe a feeling a city invokes in a person. How do you describe that warm sensation, like you are constantly being caressed  by the person you are in love with it?  This is Venice to me – perfect, warm, enigmatic and full of untold stories. You can experience Venice in many different shapes or forms. For example, going at 12 pm in Piazza San Marco is probably not the same as going at 7. Walking through…

As much as I did not appreciate Budapest, a much as I was pleasantly surprised by Zagreb. What an authentic place, right in the centre of Europe. There are very few tourists, at least this time of year, and you know what? I really enjoyed it. Listening to locals, blending in and not having someone with a Nikon every 2 meters. Also, given that I am Bulgarian, I kind of understand a good chunk of what is going on around me given the similar languages. Zagreb is cheap. Literally everything is cheap and you will feel like you are getting…

OK, OK… before you start wondering what is wrong with me, hear me out. I just did not click with the town, ad I think there are plenty of reasons for that. I rarely am unimpressed with the places I visit but Budapest was one of those places. I think the hype around it has probably elevated it to an extent, and the reality was a bit more flat in comparison.  Especially given my overall trip together with Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste and Venice.  I will do a proper comparison post but let’s concentrate on Budapest here. The city’s Parliament, Buda…

I had my brief trip to Toronto some time ago, and a smart guy recommended that I should visit Toronto island on the weekend. I now recommend that to you, if you visit Toronto, hop on the ferry and go to the island for a day trip. It is gorgeous. The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (the ferry docks) is located between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay. The ferries are ongoing, so pretty much just pop to the terminal, buy your ticket there and get on the next ferry. I believe you can buy tickets online and you…

I recently visited Toronto and one of my first stops on the list was Allan Gardens. I have had massive Instagram FOMO, following Toronto based Instagrammers and their snaps of this gem. It probably resembles the Sky Garden in London but it is quieter and more intimate. The area in which Allan Gardens are located is what I would call up and coming. It is probably something like Brixton 6-7 years ago. The garden is more than a 100 years old and is open to the public, drum roll – free of charge. It is full of gorgeous tropical plants,…

One cannot go to Santa Monica and not visit The Ivy at the shore. Well, you can but you at least need to take a picture with it. Why? Because it probably is the prettiest facade in all of LA. I am kind of assuming it is inspired by our Chelsea favourite – The Ivy on King’s Road. The Ivy at the shore in located right on Ocean Avenue and next to the Santa Monica pier. Ivy at the shore Santa Monica Anyway, we went for full on brunch and here is what I think. Before I start though, I…

OK, those of you who follow me on Instagram know I was in Lisbon back in spring. This post is really (like really) delayed. However, in the meantime life happened and I just had no time to write my destination posts. Those are the ones that take me the longest, as I try to make them as useful as possible and give you a glimpse of travel through my lens. Back on topic – Lisbon. It was my first time in Portugal. I think what surprised me is that the mentality and culture are quiet different to Spain. I found…

This post has been a long time coming. Yes, I fear flying. I also know that a lot of people do. I thought it would be beneficial to share my experience and coping techniques, if you are like me. Before we start, I just want to say that fear is not rational. Do not give me stats and case studies – it does not matter. I have probably read more on aerodynamics than the average human, and I can possibly sit an exam soon. I get it,  it is safe (kind of). But do I? Myth: you have not travelled…

I am a sun lover and I suffer from sun allergy – talk to me about mixed feelings. I am writing this for my fellow travellers, who are affected by this condition but like me, still love the sun and are always looking for ideas on how to battle this. This article is about what works for me. I am not a licensed doctor (I wish I was), so please read this anecdotally and not as medical advice. Finding out you have sun allergy: The dreadful day I stayed at the beach all day and my skin went crazy bumpy,…

Have you heard of Cortona? Neither had I, until I saw a beautiful picture while I was doing some Tuscany research. I was planning my trip to Florence, for the last May Bank holiday and spotted Cortona. Where is it? 1.5 hour train journey from Florence and you are left off in a small station called Camucia. It is not the cheapest of train journeys, about 50 euro return. Cortona is an ancient village nestled on a hill above Camucia. You need a taxi to get up there or a car. A taxi is 10 Euro. The road weaves upwards and…