This post is for Chevvy! I can’t do the 3-day challenge but I’ll post 3 quotes today. Check out her blog chevvy8.com and you’ll enjoy her posts! Thank you so much for this.
I hope I can visit Greece sometime in the future. For now, I have to contend myself with these lovely photos from a very dear friend Ioli Apostolou. I met her while we were travelling in Isle of Skye (Scotland) way back 2014. We continued exchanging emails with details (photos) of our own travels and discussions about life. I admire and love this Athen’s beauty who never fails to remind me to continue chasing and living happiness. Maybe someday, I’ll take up her offer to backpack Greece. Who knows.
Mt. Olympus? One word. Majestic.
Aiko Marie Araneta shares her fun experience in visiting one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Boracay is known for its white sands, turquoise water and night life. Dubbed as a perfect paradise by most travellers, Aiko remembers her vacation as,
Though I’ve only been there twice, Boracay will always have a special place in my heart. There’s this unexplainable feeling of being at peace and at home every time my bare feet touch its fine white sands.
All photos belong to this beautiful person.
Aiko Marie Araneta shares her travels and life tidbits on her instagram account aixaraneta and blog aixaraneta.blogspot.com. Follow her for more interesting and beautiful snapshots of life.
Caesar Cyril Tablante treats Japan like a 30-minute taxi ride. He was there again last December to spend winter holidays. He used the hashtag #JaFUN (witty!) and looks like he had really some fun.
This guy is horribly busy that I thought he’ll never find time to answer my question what makes Japan a fun experience. Here’s what he has to say:
Japan is a great country to immerse yourself in the unique cultural mix of Shintoism and Buddhism while unraveling yourself in the latest technological innovations of the 21st century.
All photos belong to Cyril. You can follow him or just browse for more photos on his instagram account largecaesarsalad. You can also leave a comment and ask him to chill! 🙂
I featured some of his Japan photos on another post last year – Cyril in Tokyo, Japan. Check it out.
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Don Rodney Junio who currently lives in Kyoto, Japan travelled to Russia and brought home beautiful photos. Here is what he says when I ask him what makes Moscow a fun experience.
“It’s a city with many cultural and historical sights and over the top architecture being once a showcase city of the former USSR. Good food, great culture.”
I am not allowed to reblog my article in acrosscities.com so I’ll just post the link here.
It’s very helpful for those planning to travel across Europe. It has tips whether to buy train pass or point-to-point tickets, to reserve seat or not and what is/are the coverage of a train pass. I think it’s comprehensive enough for train travellers.
Please read (and share) the article and tell me what’s on your mind. Thanks!
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To live is to take chances, to hold on to new beginnings.
No matter how many times life tests your strength.
The city of Toledo is a postcard backdrop best loved by cameras. Unlike other Spanish cities that are swallowed by too much commercialization and modernity, Toledo is all about history and culture. Its odd charm lies on having this medieval feel with old walls, cobblestones and archaic city outlook. It’s like a cut out of a fairy tale book that makes you swoon on your feet. It’s differently beautiful. I like it!
Middle Age Appeal
It is located on a steep hill surrounded by high walls and a river gorge. These make the city prominent effectively separating it from other towns. Its entrance is a wide bridge with a tower gate at the other end. So, even before setting foot on its soil, you feel you’re being transformed back into history. These are architectural characteristics of the medieval age. It’s not as majestic as one would describe but I really love the appeal.
The roads and alleys are paved with cobblestones so be prepared with good shoes. You can get lost while navigating its winding, maze-like passages but it’s a small city, you’ll always find a way to go back to touristy areas. When walking around the alleys, be careful because cars would usually pass by even if the lanes are too narrow. I got honked many times because I wasn’t aware that a car is behind me.
The old buildings are still well-preserved. I recommend visiting the St Mary Cathedral, the seat of the City, to explore its French-Spanish Gothic style and white limestone structure. You’d be amazed with the tapestries, paintings, stained glass, intricate column designs and of course, the impressive church vaults. Admission is free every Sunday afternoon!
City of Three Cultures
Toledo is called the “City of three cultures” and once called Spain’s Imperial City. Jews, Muslims and Christians co-existed such that these three distinct cultures can be observed on their influences on the city’s architecture, traditions and history.
You can find Catholic churches, Arab mosques and Jewish synagogues. Experience the three cultures on samples of pottery/ceramics, handicrafts, wood and leather products, and traditional cuisines. It’s like a melting pot of different cultures. Also, you’d be surprised that there is a Jewish quarter with a wall that separates it from the main city occupied by the Christians.
The city is a 30-minute train ride from Madrid’s Atocha central station. Unfortunately, I don’t know how much it cost because I had a train pass (can board any Spanish train) but the seat reservation is 4 euros. The downside is if you’re going south of Spain after Toledo (via train), you have to go back to Madrid because there is no direct line. This is an additional (unnecessary) cost unless you take the bus from Plaza Zocodover (Toledo).
By the way, El Greco (the famous painter) lived and died in Toledo. His great works are displayed on the museum. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do an El Greco exploration. Maybe, next time. My ankle was a little bit twisted (too much walking) so I have to go back to the hostel and rest.
Drop me a message if you have questions about the city. 🙂
Do not be afraid to aim high. Aim for the best because you deserve the best. The higher you aim, the harder you fall, the higher you bounce. Take chances and turn it around.
Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany
“Sometimes, travel is about the difficulties of arriving at a destination changing the constancy of a supposedly ordinary journey. ”
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The most memorable moments in life are the ones that seem impossible to achieve.
Prague, Czech Republic
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