Cyprus or “Aphrodite’s Island”

Cyprus or "Aphrodite's Island", Greek mythology claims that this is the place where the goddess was born. I don't like the cold weather at all.  I mean I support it during the winter holidays, for a trip to the mountain and a sky session, but otherwise, I love the heat.  So, in winter, if you want to take an accessible break from the cold, Cyprus is a very good idea.  We were in Larnaca in the middle of January.  We had temperatures around 16-18 degrees and sun (but also clouds).  It wasn't beach time, but we took our vitamin D needs. I didn't go for the holiday, I had a tour with a show, but everything was so beautiful that I felt exactly as I was on vacation.  It's great to combine the job with pleasure. I think it is an ideal destination for relaxation, that is, it is best to go when the temperatures allow you to take a beach and swim in the sea.  There are not many to visit, so it is best to go and relax in the sun. Between the rehearsals and the show, here's what we managed to explore: The main beach named Finikoudes Beach. The cliff of this beach is full of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious food and admire the sea.  The prices are very affordable.   At the southern end of Finikoudes beach is the Medieval Fort. It houses a small Museum of the Middle Ages, which exhibits some collections...

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Meteora, Greece! Suspended in the air!

This week we are thinking about Meteora, Greece. What place! What a marvel of nature! It leaves you breathless, opens your thoughts and fills your soul with positive energy and light. This year we chose Greece again as a holiday destination and decided to stop at this legendary place. Meteora (Greek Μετέωρα, ad literally "the middle of the sky", "suspended in the air" or "up in the sky" - etymologically referring to "meteorite") is one of the largest and most important Orthodox monastery complexes in Greece, the second after Mount Athos. A place that seems unreal, considering both the unique relief forms in the respective geographical area, as well as the location of the 6 monasteries on the peaks of the mountainous formations. At this moment the Meteora complex consists of 6 monasteries, one more beautiful than the other. The writings mention that initially there were 24 monasteries, but half were destroyed by the Turks, and the rest, up to 6, were destroyed during the Second World War. Some of them were abandoned and later reoccupied, now in Unesco heritage. The rocks on the top of which the monasteries are built are, according to ancient writings, rocks sent to earth from heaven, hence the name of meteors, to allow the ascetics to retreat and pray. Monastic life began at Meteora around the 9th century. Saint Athanasius being forced to leave Mount Athos, he comes here in 1334 with other monks and begins to raise on a rock at 613 m altitude a...

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Walking Through Vienna

This week we arrive in Vienna, the capital of Austria. What a wonderful place! For Vienna, you definitely have to prepare your feet to go a long way because there are so many to see, both indoors, museums, galleries, exhibitions, churches, but also outside, so if you want to admire as much of this architecture as possible imperial city, the best option is to take a walk on the streets. As I mentioned in other articles, I like to explore every time I visit, so I prefer to walk or scooter / bike from one location to another. Vienna is a place of great political and cultural importance. Vienna's old town and the Schonbrunn Palace have been listed by UNESCO on the list of World Heritage monuments. This great city boasts of culture and art, a place that has a peaceful air despite the thousands of tourists and crowds. A place where things are in a well-established order and common sense prevails. What I noticed the first time I arrived in Vienna was peace. This place seems to have its peace of mind, even if it is crowded, each person has an intimacy to speak so as not to disturb the others, even if the cars make less noise there. I was surprised that I could hear my thoughts. After we landed, from the airport we bought City Cards that I had read so much about before. I opted for the valid 72 hours and paid 30 euros per person. Depending on what you choose...

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Walking through Istanbul

Savory, color, diversity, crowds, Bosphorus, sun, warm, joy. A few words that come to mind when I think of our trip to Istanbul or Constantinople as it was called until 1930. I could hardly wait to discover the culture, life and being of a people who conquered the world, to explore the capital of the Empire Byzantine. Istanbul is the only megalopolis in the world on two continents, a wonderful amalgam that will surely leave you a pleasant impression. It covers more than 100 km and has a population of 18.8 million inhabitants, it is the largest human agglomeration in Europe. Truly impressive! At such a population and the very large number of tourists you will immediately notice the crowding, even if the city enjoys the freeway in the heart of the city if you drive by car you will be caught in traffic, so I recommend you to take the subway or just walk from one side to the other. Personally I really like to take it step by step when I visit because it fascinates me with everything around me and I don't want to miss anything. In addition, you have the opportunity to discover all kinds of places that are not found on tourist maps. This city is so diverse, so if you go from one neighborhood to another you will see huge differences in the architecture of buildings, culture and people. We went during the election, so the city was very busy because everyone stayed in the city over...

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Walking around the wonders of the ancient world (Cairo, Egypt)

The long-awaited trip to Cairo. Cairo (in Arabic القاهرة, Al-Qāhirah, meaning "the triumphant", "the overwhelming"). I have always wondered how it is to walk on that ground and to be in front of the wonders of the ancient world. Here's how I finally found the answer. As I wrote in the previous article about Egypt, we stayed in Hurghada, where we enjoyed the sea and the golden sand, but most of all we wanted to visit the pyramids and as much as possible the fascinating universe of Egypt that was once upon a time. The road from Hurghada to Cairo was about 8 hours. We left at 1 o'clock at night, and caught the sunrise on the road, and in the first hour of the morning we broke into the chaos of Cairo. I want to confess that I did not expect it to be the way I saw it, I did not look for information before because I wanted to be surprised and the truth is that I was. Until we arrived to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx we crossed the city. The capital of Egypt is a place filled with the history of mankind, where you are fascinated and shocked at the same time, where you have to deal with the chaos that surrounds you. There are no traffic lights or traffic rules, you have the impression that the cars will always trample, but the pedestrians have no fear. You'll meet in the traffic with donkeys who struggle to shoot a bitter...

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