Travel

Capturing and sharing the moments, thoughts and tips during my trips

Me & My Beau, Travel

Another manic Monday (everyone now listen to this song by The Bangles). BUT this week, unlike others, will end with a bag packing and preparing for a winter break!! YUPIII!!! can’t wait for the weekend to arrive and finish wrapping up the last Christmas gifts and writing last cards to my beloved ones with warm winter wishes and of course pack my bags to take off. 

The secret of a every well packed bag, especially in winter, is preparation. As a pro-packer (can wake me up in a middle of night and will be ready to catch the plane in 20 min.) and traveler than have already worked out my handbag essentials till the last detail and that’s why I wish to share such with you too guys. Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel

Every time I go back home to Latvia I am trying to get my hands on all the good and delicious local foods that you just cannot access to living in Italy like: sea buckthorn, wild cranberries, black bread, curd, power milk*, chanterelles, apples from my garden and so on and on.  I always try to incorporate them in my diet while I am there as well as try to bring back with me as much as possible. So needless to say that my getaway has a particular diet while I am here. 

BUT that doesn’t mean that I am not following what I am putting on my plate. I still stick to my diet, but just trying to freshen it up with a local super foods. Here are some of my recommendations to stay in shape (and even improve it), that you just MUST try, while you are in Latvia (or any other North European country for that matter). Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • How to eat healthy at London Gatwick airport
  • How to eat healthy at London Gatwick airport
  • How to eat healthy at London Gatwick airport
  • How to eat healthy at London Gatwick airport

How to eat healthy at London Gatwick airport

We all have been there- fighting with boredom before or between flights( also me last week in London). Some goes around exploring shopping area if there is any, some surfs Internet  if found a free Wi-Fi that works well, but the biggest part, I have noticed, are hitting g food courts and cafeterias to feed their emotional or real hunger.

As for me, as I believe being a professional jet setter hopping on and off flights every week or every second week (this year been running around the world like crazy) than I can say I have learned quite a lot and have already made my way around airports and finding out where is the best smoothies and nicest salad and prefect snacks for a quick bite.

This time about London Gatwick airport and where I am finding my healthy meals. Read More

Travel

It’s been just 3 weeks since I came back from my Japan trip, but feels like a year ago as my life has been a roller coaster since because been running and rushing all the time to manage everything but despite the madness succeeded even to squeezed in Octoberfest  in Munich. 

I am not saying that my Japan trip was less hectic and peaceful but the weekend spent in Beppu (Beppu prefecture of Japan, best known for their hot springs. People have them at homes, can you imagine the luxury? )was definitely less busy than other days and could enjoy the wonderful Beppu at Kyushu island and it’s onsen – hot springs.

Honestly speaking one weekend is not enough to enjoy them properly especially if want to go to some special recreation places and do the sightseeing. You have to choose. Our choice was sightseeing – next time will be the recreation part. Read More

Travel
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo
  • A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo

A glimpse of amazing and kawaii Tokyo

Even a huge metropolitan city like Tokyo kawaii*  (meaning “cute or lovable” ) is on every corner, style and attitude and it just keeps on impressing and baffling you how such a modern, hi-tech and serious city can have so many sweet expressions everywhere. 

Last year was my first time I visited Tokyo and got a small taste of and a general feeling of it. This time returning in this far, far away country drew my attention to details, feelings and contrasts. Of course as it was a work trip than did not have time to be a tourist nor take my usually quantity of pictures so this will be glimpse of Tokyo on-the-go with a kawaii twist. Read More

Travel, Workout

In a days like these, when it’s raining cats and dogs all I want to do is to stay in and crawl up on a couch with a hot cup of good tea and read some good book. As I am not on holiday, but on a business trip in Tokyo with one hell of a full agenda than it is not possible. Therefore I have not left choice but to be super active, energized and loaded to manage to make the best out of my trip and overcome the jet lag and be efficient and productive and the best medicine for adopting to the new rhythm is a workout to get you going.

Tip number 1 – You should always check out your destinations fitness center/ gym possibilities in hotel or near distance”.

Luckily for me I am staying in this wonderful, luxury hotel at the heart of Shibuya – Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. It offers a wonderful facilities and one of them is (quite) fully equipped fitness center, such as: Treadmills × 5, Exercise bikes × 6, Smith machine, weights, leg extension, and more, to ensure you a possibility to maintain your fitness level like a pro.  Read More

Travel
  • A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures
  • A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures
  • A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures
  • A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures
  • A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures

A day at Garda lake or Sirmione in pictures

Usually Sundays are the days when I am writing about my travels but as yesterday was traveling than decided to make an exception of the rule and share my weekend’s getaway to a lovely, stone age dated city – Sirmione today. This small town is located and North of Italy and is located on the southern shores of lake Garda and are famous with its Grottoes of Catullus (Grotte di Catullo), the most striking example of a Roman private edifice discovered in northern Italty also it is famous for it’s thermal springs, but that I am planning to explore next time as this story is about exploring Sirmione on foot and catching first impressions. Read More

Travel
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure
  • A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure

A day getaway to Coast of the Dolphins – Santa Margherita Ligure

Have you ever had a feeling just that you are having overwhelmed by everything that you just feel like running away even if for a day, to relax and just get out of the city and change the air? Well I had this feeling and I knew I have to get away and these times the first destination that pops in m head is – beach! Because for me nothing is better than running away to a place where sand is under your feet and salt in your hair.. and as I have an explorer spirit who loves to try new things, see new places and have different experiences than chose to go to some Ligurian beach near Genoa.

Santa Margherita actually was visited by an accident as it was suggested by a kind man on the street when asked for directions to the beach at Rapallo. The place is really beautiful and definitely one of the pearls of Liguria. (Some more information about the city, attractions ,sport activities, accommodation, etc. can find in their tourism homepage).

But here are my day at Coast of Dolphins in pictures. Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily
  • Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily

Restaurant review: Alle Terrazze – a gem of Sicily

Time has come to take out my last card up from my sleeve at share the last part if my Sicilian adventure – the Historical Bathing Establishment of Mondello beach or nowadays restaurant Alle Terrazze.

The place historically had been established 103 years ago as a bathing establishment of royalty and elevated social class allowing them to spend their summers enjoying the sunshine on the terrace stretching out over the clear blue water and having a fine dining experience in beautiful saloons or sipping coffee overlooking the sea.

The place nowadays has kept the same values and beauty and offers a wonderful lunch and dining experience in this majestic historical building.

As a new experience and local food seeker that loves to try new things, tastes and enjoys wonderful view, especially sea view, than having a wild caught sea fish for a lunch was more than just “good idea!”.  Read More

Fit food & Drinks, Travel
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach
  • Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach

Travel: Exploring Sicily – Mondello beach

Happy midsummer everyone! Today is Sunday, midsummer and also my name day therefore triple reason to make this day special. (Already started with some fit pancakes and homemade frozen yogurt (recipe soon will follow) ice cream). Also Sunday is about traveling and sharing my stories and tips and today is not an exception – I will share my second part of my Sicily getaway – exploring Palermo beach – Mondello.

Mondello is a beach for people in Palermo that can be reached in 20 min from Palermo with car or  25 min with a public bus nr. 806 from Palermo – stop Piazza Don Sturzo. (Time table you can find on AMAT homepage and ticket costs 1,4 eur (absolutely mandatory), the bus goes every 15 minutes, so no really need to rush.)

As our main objective of this short weekend break was to hit the beach and get some tan than that was exactly we did our second morning right after waking up.  Read More

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