Our holiday in Madeira

We had an absolute blast in Madeira for our one week stay. Same as last year, we took a parents holidays, while Luca stayed with my parents in Romania. It works out very well for our family since Luca gets to bond more with his grandparents and we get to enjoy some much needed time alone.

Madeira is just breathtaking, with the ocean on one side and the green hills on the other. It is not your typical beach holiday since there is less sand and more rocks. For us this was not an issue, we do love laying on the beach, no doubt about it, but we prefer to sightsee, to walk around and to stay by the pool for a day or two. The infinity pool was not too big, but it offered the perfect view of the ocean.

The hotel was really nice. It was probably one of the best choices in hotels we did in a while. Thanks to Travelettes for recommending it, it was the best!

To move around the island, we rented a car via the hotel. The roads are mostly hills so you need a car with something of an engine to be able to get by without having a nervous breakdown.

We had the best meals at the following restaurants that were recommended by a local.

Santo Antonio, for the best meat

Polo Norte for the best fish

La Planka, stunning view and very good food

Snack Bar A Pipa, Porto da Cruz, ate the best fish here as well

We did a hike one of the days to Vereda dos Balcoes and since it was morning and in the woods, it was a bit chilli so I put on all the summer clothes I had with me and ended up looking like a crazy person. We met the sweetest old lady that was knitting hats and I got one for Luca.

The natural pools that are built with water from the ocean are a great experience. Spent a few hours there enjoying the sun and the water.

Cabo Girao had the most spectacular view

xox,

Andreea

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Trip to New York City

We are back from our 2 weeks holiday. It was intense to say the least. For the first week Luca stayed with my parents at their house in the country side, and we took off to NYC for 6 days. It was pleasant to have the time to enjoy a new city, to get to spend time with my husband, to have a few cocktails on the amazing rooftops of NYC and eat out. We missed the little one so much but still I am glad that we did it. He is happiest with us around I have no doubt about it, but he enjoyed his time with his grandparents a lot. He was outdoors a lot, got to feed the chickens and he had my parents dog as his pet plus he got to bond with the rest of my family there. Overall a great experience for us all that I hope we can repeat in the following years.

Nyc for us was amazing. We got to do pretty much all that was on our list: museums and sightseeing, shopping and see a Broadway show. NYC is incredible and you feel it just takes you in. I sometimes think I was in dream because Nyc is such an iconic city especially if you grew up watching american movies and TV series. Being in the city felt like going back to a movie set sometimes, since the city has been featured in so many shows. Also it is so different for any European city that I am used to. Too crowded and dirty for my taste,  full of life, restaurants, cool spots to hang out and take in the life as a New Yorker or at least pretend for a few days that you are able to channel the NYC state of mind.

In summary here are the main things we got to do:

We took the hop-on hop-off bus that gave us the opportunity to cruise the city and see all the major attraction points. Also because you have a tour guide you get to find out things that normally you would miss about the city.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must see. We took a quick tour, had lunch at the café inside and I got to sit on the stairs at the MET like they do in the movies.

MOMA was another cultural stop and we spend a couple of hours there as well. I loved the garden outside.

We managed to get tickets to see The book of Mormon on Broadway and it was the best experience from NYC for me. It’s a must see if you get a chance, funny, witty and it translates very well into what we are living nowadays worldwide with religion.

If you are in NYC and are not afraid of heights then you will most likely go up on a skyscraper. I would have been happy with seeing only one since we already were living at the 36th floor on Wall Street but hubby wanted to take pics from other rooftops as well. The One Tower that was built after nine eleven, it’s the highest building in the world currently. The view is indeed spectacular and they have a restaurant and bar there as well. Then there is the iconic Observation Center at the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building, both spectacular.

Central Park, Times Square, 5th Avenue, Chelsea and the Village were perfect for walking and taking in the pulse and atmosphere of the city. We went to Times Square first at 7 am since we were up really early the first few days (thanks to jet lag) and it was great since there were barely a few people.

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Cuban holiday

I am so excited to finally share with you a few pictures from our magnificent Cuban holiday. Because we didn’t plan this through very well and we kind of did everything last minute, we didn’t manage to book a holiday in Havana since nearly everything there was already booked, so we decided to go to Holguin area.

As I am sure you all know that Cuba is one of the few communist countries left in the world, I strongly believe that things will change soon para los Cubanos. Maybe the embargo will be lifted and they will have access to outside technology and all other things that we take for granted every day.

We took a ride from our resort to the city centre of Holguin (the 3rd biggest city in Cuba) in an old American Chevrolet 50. Thank God, it had air conditioning otherwise I would be a baked human now :)). The city was hot and dusty, the unbearable heat made everyone feel powerless. The Cubans are nice people and we didn’t feel unsafe for a second. The streets are narrow and everywhere you look you see old-school Buicks, Pontiacs and Ford cars, colourful town houses and Spanish colonial buildings. After strolling around the city and doing a bit of shopping in a local market we decided it was time to have a Cuban coffee and try one of their well known cigars.

Travelling to Cuba was like travelling back in time, the roads are like a rolling car museum, the colonial houses are even older than the cars and you can hear cha-cha music everywhere. My advice to you: Step back in time before it’s too late!DSC_0084 DSC_0110 DSC_0139 DSC_0162 DSC_0174 DSC_0198 DSC_0215 File 20-06-2016, 19 15 56 File 20-06-2016, 19 21 38

I am wearing: Zara dress, old but similar here 

Castaner shoes 

Prada byo bag, old but similar here

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Travel – Catalina Island

I woke up today a bit later than usual and had the nostalgia of sunny days. I was daydreaming about the warm summer days and the feeling of walking on a sandy beach. Normally this would have left me feeling sad. but when I think of how much our life and holidays are going to change, I just feel excited and happy. So what if now is November and is cloudy and dark outside?! We still have the memories from our last June beach gateway. I did some digging and found some pictures from our one day trip to Catalina Island from the Dominican Republic. It was one of those days that started with some clouds and then it turned into this beautiful sunny day. Kinda like November days where we live now, foggy most mornings, but by noon the sun shows up, just to remind you that he is there and that he has not forgot you.

A selection of a few pictures from Catalina island. Daydreaming Monday it is!

Cloudy morning in the harbor.

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And then the sky cleared and the Caribbean waters were in full color

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I wish you a great week! Smile and the sun will shine no matter what!

xo, Andreea!

 

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Travels – Punta Cana

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I don’t know when we got to Friday and how this week went by. I actually have a hard time figuring out how we managed to come back from our holiday and get back to normal life in less than 2 days. Maybe the flight back, the jet lag and the return to work had something to do with it. But nevertheless I miss the beautiful beach, the white sand and the palm tress so much. I love being home as well, because I am a creature that loves her comfort zone and routine but still…at least now I know what my daydreaming will be about in the next few months. Punta Cana was nice and the fact that we knew it was our last holiday before the baby comes ( see our news) made the time spent there even more special. You could call it a baby moon or just a second honeymoon since we stayed at an adults only resort. I am going to share each week bits and pieces from the time spent there. Maybe it gives you an idea for your next escape.

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Besides the beach, we had a very nice pool area with a lot of trees. Green green green…

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