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St Ives of my life

St. Ives, Cornwall, England Probabil ati auzit diverse povesti legate de Cornwall sau aveti povestea voastra… Astazi, eu m-am hotarat sa pun in scris povestea mea legata de trairi, experimente, simtiri neintelese, legaturi cu locuri care ne atrag si ne fac sa revenim, sa retraim, cel putin din amintirile ramase intiparite adanc in minte, momente UNICE. Ce spun eu aici?!… haideti sa inchidem putin ochii, suficient cat se ne imaginam ceva minunat care sa ne scoata din realitatea noastra prezenta si sa ne proiecteze locul unde sufletul se regaseste. Da, se poate numi dragoste, in toata puterea cuvantului. Si, fiindca se intampla sa cred ca avem legaturi speciale cu unele locuri pe care le vizitam pe parcursul vietii, sau mai bine… as folosi expresia “nimic nu este intamplator”, atunci cand ma gandesc la St. Ives. toata experienta spirituala traita in acest minunat colt de rai. O simpla plimbare pe plaja, pescarusii, artistii asezati in locuri “strategice” cautand inspiratie pentru un alt si alt tablou. Adaug farmecul pescaresc, exprimat in toata splendoarea de barcile aliniate langa tarm, pregatite pentru …

Street Art in London

London is more than the great tourist attractions we find on all travel sites. London is one of those cities to be exploited step by step, in a normal day with cloudy sky. Just walking down the narrow streets you can discover the true treasures of the city. Among these, the Shoreditch area, and many other streets in London’s East End, can take you to a wonderful world of street art through the drawings of great artists such as Eine, Banksy, Roa, Connor Harrington, Paul Don Smith, Stik and many more. Specialized tours are being organized in London to present these hidden works. By E. Londra este mai mult decat marile puncte de atractie turistica pe care le gasim pe toate site-urile de travel. Londra este unul dintre acele orase care trebuie exploatat la pas, intr-o zi obisnuita cu cer noros. Doar plimbandu-te pe stradutele inguste poti sa descoperi adevaratele comori ale orasului. Printre acestea, zona Shoreditch , cat si multe alte stradute din zona de Est a Londrei, te pot duce intr-o lume minunata …

A different world: Bongeunsa Temple, Seoul

My story today takes place in Seoul. More precisely in Gangnam, but I will not talk about the luxury shops or the famous restaurants of the area, but about a totally different place: the Bongeunsa Temple. This is one of the most beautiful places in Seoul, hiding a history of more than 1000 years. From the moment I entered the courtyard of the temple, I heard a fascinating traditional music and quickly went to the place where the sound came from. There, beside a huge statue that seemed to watch over the whole city, I watched a dance show performed by a lovely girl dressed in the traditional hanbok costume. I continued walking on an alley full of white lanterns marked with hope messages of those visiting the temple. The alley led me to the main temple where I felt I had entered another world. The sky was made up of white lanterns or different colors, in different areas, hundreds of messages hanging overhead, rising to the sky. The monk’s voice was heard from the …

Lost in Cuba’s flavor

Am ajuns in Cuba dupa un zbor lung cu tot cu escale de vreo 33 – 35 de ore Bucuresti – Moscova, Moscova – Havana. Am stat aproape doua saptamani , 12 zile. Am optat sa vizitez/vizitam cat am putut din tara, fiind un loc unde nu prea urma sa ne intoarcem de curand, am incercat sa facem cat mai multe cu timpul pe care il aveam la dispozitie. Am avut un “ghid” roman (Dimitri) care locuieste in Havana de aproape 20 de ani. El ne-a propus multe dintre locurile si activitatile pe care le-am vizitat si facut in Cuba. Am preferat sa inchiriem masina cu sofer si nu doar masina deoarece diferenta de pret era insesizabila si nu am avut riscul de a fi amendati de politia Cubaneza in cazul in care nu respectam intocmai regulile de circulatie. Un turist in Cuba nu poate conduce un autovechicul cu numere cubaneze, doar cu numere de turist (masina speciala de turist) care e o porcarie chinezeasca “geely”, nu exista masini americane vechi disponibile de condus pentru …

India – O nebunie frumoasa

Am ales-o pentru contrastele ei, pentru ca ma fascina ideea de a o descoperi, pentru ca parea un vis indepartat care s-a transformat in realitate cand am decis, impreuna cu colega mea, sa ne luam bilete. Am plecat la sfarsitul iernii la noi, in plin sezon la ei, am strabatut 7 orase in 3 saptamani, am stat alaturi de cei bogati  in apartamente imense cu servitori, am pasit si in casa foarte mica a celor mai putin norocosi care aveau vesela din inox, de teama sa nu sparga portelan sau macar faianta, am mancat picant si foarte picant, ne-am imbatat de arome, am stat desculte la temple, am schimbat n avioane si doua trenuri, ne-am facut prieteni, am inotat in cea mai calda apa printre palmieri, am stat pe un nisip mai fin decat matasea esarfelor pe care le-am cumparat de la negustorii locali, am ras din suflet si ne-am conectat cu adevarat cu tot ce vibra acolo. Se spune ca e o tara pe care ori o iubesti, ori o urasti, nu exista cale …

The Greek Odyssey

Can you imagine living in your dream place? Our adventure begins, when we decided to give up on our rented apartment and our jobs, so we can move for 3 months, in Greece. We managed to clean the 1-bedroom apartment, where we lived and to be on our way to Corfu, with a packed car, including a TV, frying pan, pots and not to forget, Yoji, our bonsai tree. After an exhausting 18h drive, we managed to arrive, late in the night, at 11 pm, to our destination, Acharavi. The guest house where we stayed, had a very beautiful rose garden and it was located on the beach, from where you could enjoy the sunsets. Acharavi had everything you wanted, from a bakery, fish store, market, restaurants, bars, etc. We started most of the days, with a small walk, down to the village centre, passing by the stores for fresh fish or sea food, for warm bread and for everything that was needed to cook our lunch. After getting back, we used to serve breakfast on the terrace …

A coffee in London

I have been in London many times and each time I felt like home. Each time I discover new places, hidden places and yet every time I have a ritual that I gladly respect. A route. It all starts with a Mocha coffee from Starbucks in St. Katharine Docks and music in my headphones. After a few quiet moments to one of the tables, I start slowly on Tower Bridge among tourists concerned by selfies and landscape. I pass between them remembering my first ride on that bridge and I turn to City Hall. I stop on the Potters Fields Park, where I spend the most of the time with lost thoughts and flavor of coffee with me. In all the excitement around, is just me, London, coffee and music in headphones. My favorite place worldwide. by E.