Saturday, November 03, 2012

Amalfi, Italy

When my mom and I landed in Pescara (east coast), the first thing we did, after picking up our hired car, was going to Auchan. Was surprised to see that there! (afterwards also saw it in Pompeii and Naples). Then we hit the road, heading to Amalfi (west coast), so we basically crossed the county.

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The road trip normally takes about 3 hours (if you drive like a true Italian!!), but it took us 5 hours! We had to go through mountains (covered in snow!), we had to find the right way (got lost in Pagani...), and we had to drive carefully on the small road from Salerno to Amalfi. It's a very famous road due to it being beautiful.

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^our hotel: Il Nido
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^view from the balcony
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^the beautiful weather, look at that wave...
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but the weather got better!
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The next day, Tuesday, we went to Pompeii. We wandered around for about 2 hours. I found it quite spectacular to see bodies of people who lived more than 2000 years ago! 
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So my mom wanted to see a certain house with beautiful murals, but unfortunately the house was locked up. My mom asked one of the fifteen security guards why so, and he said that there weren't enough guards to guard all the places. But the lovely guard said then that we could visit another house which was locked up! So he took his keys, opened the small gate and we entered. Quite cool that we were the only ones to see that house then :) haha (below is that house, it was pretty big!)

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It's weird to see how much is left of Pompeii actually. But after 2 hours I had quite enough of all the walking around, and so we left and had a bite to eat - pizza.
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^Vesuvius

The third day, Wednesday, we went to Vietri Sul Mare. We walked through some small streets, bought some souvenirs. Afterwards we went to Salerno, where we also walked through some streets and had lunch in a small restaurant, we ate pizza.
Thursday we had to leave our hotel room, and go to Pescara (again the long road trip!). We stopped in Naples/Napoli and went to Da Michele! It's the oldest/most famous pizzeria in the world. We had to wait ±30 minutes to get a place, which wasn't even that much! There are two pizzas on the menu, Margarita and Marina, both in 3 sizes, but when we wanted to order, no one came, we just got our pizzas without ordering... I guess that's what you get when your business is very very good! The pizza was absolutely delicious though! Divine! (click!)

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We arrived in Pescara after a 3.5 hour trip, went a lot faster then the other trip! (well 3.5 when we don't count the time driving around Pescara trying to find our B&B!) In the evening we went to see the city, and we came across a cioccolato market! Sadly I didn't bring my camera... But there was so. much. chocolate. We bought this chocolate key, and it was delicious, real chocolate!
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All in all, the trip was really nice, but the weather could have been better and a navigator would've been very useful! Now being home I really miss the pizzas! I ate a pizza (and pasta! only had 1 gelato) everyday for 4 days, and now...

Hope you all have a great weekend, arrivederci! xo

Friday, July 27, 2012

Algarve, Portugal!

Unpack and pack again! I arrived back in Luxembourg at 1am today and tomorrow I'm going to Holland again. I had the absolute best time ever in Portugal. It was the first time going on holidays with a friend, so it was amazing going to Portugal with my best friend Charlotte!

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Charlotte in front, me in the back
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SAGRES
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PONTA DE PIEDADE
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MEXILHOEIRA GRANDE
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So it all started off with big stress, panic and disasters. It might sound a bit exaggerated but it sure felt that way. First problem, we couldn't enter the parking lot but that problem was over quite soon. Second problem, since we had to wait 20 minutes for the bus, we were too late to check in our luggage so we had to leave it behind. Luckily we had only 1 big bag, the rest was our hand luggage. Third problem, when we finally arrived in our hotel, we weren't able to open our doors, my sister and mom were locked in their room for an hour! 
And that was day 1. It felt like the whole holiday was going to be a complete disaster! But luckily all the other days were perfect!
The first 4 days we were in Albufeira. We relaxed on the beach, swam in the sea, swam in the pool, did some sightseeing, and made a boat trip. We wanted to go on a boat trip to go in the caves, but it turns out that that boat didn't go in the caves, even though the leaflet said so...
The other 5 days we spent in and near Mexilhoeira Grande, which is more in the country side (and which is impossible to pronounce!). We spent a day in Sagres, were we stood on the most SW-ern point of Europe and afterwards went to Ponta de Piedade, were we did another boat trip, with a smaller boat which actually went in the caves!
We also went to Portimão, Lagos, Monchique and other small cities. 
This all summarizes more or less our trip to Algarve, Portugal! I had a really great time and I reaaallly can't wait till next year, will plan another holiday with Charlotte! Bom Dia!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

South Africa

Sunday the 1st of April I left Luxembourg and drove to Holland, where I stayed one night at my grandparents' place. The next day was my flight. From Amsterdam to Paris and from Paris Johannesburg, South Africa. At first I had a flight to East London shortly after landing in Johannesburg, but since it got cancelled I had to spend the night there and could only go to East London the morning after.
So having a day in Johannesburg, I went to a Lion park. Right at the entrance there was a giraffe, you were allowed to open your car window, so I did, and was able to stroke him. And then there was all saliva on my window...

As I said, Tuesday we finally left to East London. While in the hired car, getting lost in Cinsta, suddenly I saw my sister in a pick up truck driving the other way. She was busy feeding the horses. We got out of the cars and hugged each other on the middle of the road. Hadn't seen her for more than 2 months!
Saturday we went to a national elephant park called Addo. 
On the way we passed Areena, which is another park with Abby. the tame giraffe standing next to the road.

The drive was supposed to take 3 and a half hours but we drove 7 hours! We took small roads instead of the highway. On the map they seemed like a short cut...
The roads were TERRIBLE! Unbelievable. Then it started raining and there was thunder and lighting. Also the fuel was nearly finished...
 Hakuna matata

The second day we went on a game drive, with a guide who explained us a lot and who took us as well off the roads! Because it was an open bus, and it was raining and the wind was so cold, we were all freezing...
 We then went back to East London and this time we took the highway! We stopped in Grahamstown to spend the night.

The next day we went to Inkwenkwezie: