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Letters from Cyprus: Everyone needs a little Vitamin Sea

Dear travellers, I hope you are doing well and you are ready for a new adventure! You’re used to almost all of my travel posts are titled with famous first words “Letters” or “Postcards” from a particular destination and I’m very glad that a lot of people who read my cheerful travel adventures regularly know that it’s time for a new travel adventure on Mr.M. Today I have prepared for you the first post from an island in Europe with one of the most beautiful, and at the same time one of the richest island countries in Europe – Cyprus.

After my exciting adventure in Morocco in May this year, I received an email from the National Tourism Organization of the Republic of Cyprus with an offer for potential collaboration if I am interested to visit Cyprus in November of this year. At first sight, I thought November is to far from now, but with great pleasure I accepted their invitation to visit this lovely county and to present to you, through a couple of special posts, on Mr.M blog.

I always easily will be deceived when it comes about the time… From May to November there may be many months to count when we look at it from some rational mathematical point of view, but life is quite another matter. Every day, people are preoccupied with daily activities, little joys and problems that fill their days, weeks and months. You do not notice it easily and time just do it’s thing – flies so fast, just like the sand in hourglass. That’s how it happened to me this time, so the days, weeks and months passed and this famous first part of November has came to mark the beginning of my new adventure.

Winter in Belgrade did her own thing. I got the fear, so I did not even know what to bring to my “winter” holiday in Cyprus, and in the end, like every average guy, I carried almost everything with me! With the full suitcase of medicines which I need for my cold, little Marko has officially started his adventure!

Maybe we were little exhausted, because we came in some early morning hours, but little Marko could not sleep. I drank all the possible medicines that could be drunk, imagined that I did not feel cold because of a my illness and dressed like all the normal world that morning. I did not miss anythings this time, I was really happy because I had the opportunity to experience the magic of the winter “summer” in Cyprus.

Republic of Cyprus has two airports: Larnaca Airport and the airport near Paphos city. When you come from Serbia, air carriers use the airport in Larnaca. Life on the island is interesting because of one very simple fact – each city is relatively close to another one. Whether you use: bus services or you want to rent a car or a car with a driver, believe me, everything is close.

I just want to mention for all those adventurers who want to rent a car in Cyprus and to explore the island independently, keep in mind the fact that in Cyprus the rules of driving apply as in the United Kingdom. Driving on the opposite side of road, than we used to be used in the other part of Europe, I just wanted to warn you about that fact. I’m sure you will have a quite adventure there!

Larnaca – Pearl of Cyprus on the sea coast

Larnaca with over 70,000 inhabitants is the third largest city in Cyprus. It is located in the southeast of the island and Larnaca is the oldest city in Cyprus, the legend says that it was built in the year 4000 BC. In ancient times, the city was named Kition. Due to its unusual geographical location and as a city at the crossroads of civilizations, the city had a quite exciting history. In the pictures above, you can see the Old Square in Larnaca, a square which today is the heart of Larnaca and the center of culture, where many cultural events are held every year.

One of the most important era that marked the history of this city was the Byzantine period due to the church of Saint Lazarus founded by the emperor of Constantinople, Zenon The Wise. In the basement of the church was one grave with sign “Lazarus, a friend of Christ” people believe that Lazarus (St. Lazarus) was the best friend of Jesus. Today the church of St. Lazarus is one of the most important sights of the city. There is an interesting tradition in Larnaca. On Lazarus Saturday, eight days before Easter, the icon of Saint Lazarus is taken in procession through the streets of Larnaca.

Orthodox Church of Sv. Lazarus is located in the old part of the city, closed to the Promenade of the city. St. Lazarus, who is considered to be the best friend of Jesus. Jesus resurrected him and sent him to Cyprus. If we just think about the period when the church was built, its architecture is impressive.

In the center of the church there is an iconostasis, which captivates all visitors with its beauty. I had the opportunity to see how the elderly people of Larnaca pray in the church and some of their daily customs when visiting this holy place. Maybe the way is a little different from ours in Serbia, but the same religion making us spiritual connected. The Orthodox Church in Cyprus is independent financially or in any other way dependent on another churches. On this trip I had the opportunity to visit many holly places on the Cyprus and I hope that I able to present you in some of the following posts.

What you should visit in Larnaca:

 

Cape Greco and Ayia Napa

After the sightseeing of Larnaca and some of its main attractions, we headed for the nearby town of Agia Napa. During our journey to Agia Napa we had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this natural stone bridge – Gefyri tou Koraka which is belonging to the national park Cape Greco. Nature is a miracle, somehow it can always obscure all the magnificent buildings that the human hand has made. We made a small break to enjoy the beauty of nature and this absolutely unreal color of water. I have to admit that the weather has served us excellently on our trip this time in Cyprus.

The time in this beautiful national park has just flied so fast and it was time to continue our journey to the final destination for today – Ayia Napa. I hope that at least you enjoyed the beauty of this beautiful view of the crystal clear sea.

Slowly, the time for the famous cypriot fish lunch was approaching, and we did not pass the halfway! It’s time to hurry up Ayia Napa is waiting for us! I was so excited because it was planned in our itinerary to visit another holly place in Cyprus – first female monastery in Ayia Napa.

This monastery was built around 15th century in the heart of the Ammochostos district in Agia Napa village by an extremely brave and courageous woman. A young woman who was a daughter of the famous Venetian aristocrat decided to run away from her home because she realized that she would never be able to marry someone she really loved, except for the members of the aristocratic society. This female monastery was built as in one type of medieval castles. One part of the monastery was built underground, but this has not yet been explored enough and that part of this monastery is not open to the public. The turbulent history is connected to this monastery, but despite everything that happened, it managed to resist the fortune of time.

This monastery was a shelter for all women who were rejected by their families and society. People usually think that persons who come from very wealthy families are selfish and only think about themselves, but this is one example that shows that it is not always the case. One woman who wanted to be loved did not succeed and she resolved to become an exile and find her refuge in a foreign country. She tried to help other women fighting for their own desires, imagine how it was then inconceivable and very difficult during the 15th century, when in the 21st century we continue to allow women to fight for their rights equality that should be acquired by birth. I really admire that woman how she managed to do everything and to help other women to realize their dreams.

Potamos Liopetriou – Natural fishing shelter

After we had the opportunity to hear something more about this brave young woman and to get to know a little better the history of this first female monastery, the guide has told us that there is an interesting surprise for the end of this day and if we are in the mood it will be great to visit it before the dinner which was planned by our friends from the National Tourism Organization of Cyprus. Of course, we accepted and after a few minutes we reached Potamos Liopetriou – which is known as a natural fishing shelter.

Thalia, our guide is who told us very interesting facts and stories about rich history of Cyprus during this one of our first day in Cyprus was absolutely right and this time! This is wonderful place! Here you have a unique opportunity to see how fishermen in Cyprus live and work. In this unusual fishermen’s heaven there is also a lovely fish tavern that is very good and where you can enjoy in fish specialties without spending a lot of money.

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of our travel adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Cyprus.

At the end of the post, I would like to thank the friendly staff from Frangiorgio Hotel that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

How do you like this post? Have you ever visited Cyprus? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Larnaca? I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

This post is sponsored by National Tourist Board of Cyprus, Frangiorgio Hotel and others partners of Cyprus Tourist Board which kindly help this project. I will mention all of them in some of the next posts.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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Letters from Finland: Korkeasaari, Animal Kingdom

Hello everyone! My dear adventurers, how are you today? It’s time to introduce you to the most unusual zoo in the world, it’s not an ordinary zoo, it’s a real animal kingdom. Korkeasaari, a word that I still do not know how to say, but I was happy to read it on a little board of bus no 16 that can take you directly from the central train station – the heart of the city of Helsinki to the island where the zoo is located .

I think that morning at the station I was the oldest child on the bus, I honestly did not care about that, I just wanted to get to my goal. Sometimes is very hard to think almost about everything, but this time I forgot that the zoo was on the island, I completely distracted myself from the mind that it was windy there and that I should take my cap that I forgot in the apartment. My friends from My Helsinki were so good and they gave me an interesting brown cap as a gift, but I just forgot this time to bring it with me!

The Helsinki Zoo is located around 30 minutes of drive from the centre of the city and in a just 30 minutes you can leave the urban part of Helsinki and enjoy the beauty of the natural and wildlife. Due to the strength of the wind I was not able to take some photos of the approach to the island, the view was absolutely amazing. The picture above was created when we crossed the bridge, at the very entrance to the zoo. The view is enchanting, I was totally speechless!

This island paradise is home to more than 150 animal species and a rich vegetation world that has over 1000 species of plants. There are only few zoo’s on the world that are located on the islands, which is why the zoo in Helsinki is special. It is also one of the oldest zoos in the world, opened its doors in 1889. The zoo works all year round, only the approach of the island depending on the season and weather conditions is different. During the spring, summer and early autumn you can reach the Korkeasaari Zoo with special ferries, while during the late autumn and winter period you arrive by bus number 16, as we did this time.

The Korkeasaari Zoo is divided into several parts. Each part is a special story for itself and it is not important whether you are a child or a child “trapped” in the body of an adult man I am convinced that you will enjoy. There are special facilities throughout the zoo where you can feel the way of life in Finland. Wooden huts by the water, a camp fireplace and facilities built for the purpose of educating children and adults makes this zoo unique in Europe and the world as well.

It was a little harder to get to the monkeys this time because the children of school and preschool age were simply fascinated by the charisma and positivity of these pretty animals. In those days when we were in Helsinki, there was a special holiday for children in Finland that lasted for a week and is special because it is an active holiday for children. Children have planned activities every day, to get to know the world around them much better and learn something new. I really think that we need something similar to do in Serbian education system for preschool and elementary school age children.

This zoo is a great place for all lovers of nature, except that you will be able to spend time and see some of your favorite animals, you can also enjoy in all beauties of the nature. Fashion experts have said that the gold color is in the trend this season, it seems that nature in Finland follows the latest trends! 😉

It was interesting to see how trainers and people who care about animal feeding animals. The bears were not in the mood for some photo shooting, since we came to them when it was time for the afternoon nap, so maybe they did not want to cooperate with us this time… Well that is one of the reason why I should come back to Helsinki again!

The reason I wanted to visit this zoo is White Owl. The White Winter Owl always appealed to the famous Hollywood films about the boy wizard Harry Potter. I do not know how familiar you are with this unusual movie hero, but I’m sure that you at least hear about him or some of your younger members of family are usually people who love this magical hero.

Since the main topic in Harry Potter movies are related to paranormal things like magic, they do not use “normal” mail services. All shipments – letters and parcels are sent with the help of white big owls. In Europe I have not noticed that zoos have theses species of owl, but when I saw a white owl on an advertising flyer of Helsinki Zoo, I had to go and see it. If they had let me take her home, I would gladly have it and imagine that I was Harry Potter every day! 🙂

Due to weather conditions that are slightly colder than in other parts of Europe, the Zoo in Helsinki has made efforts to have only animals that can live in these conditions in their small animal kingdom, there are not many tropical animals here, maybe a small number of bird species from Africa, but they are located in separate indoor buildings that are adapted to their special needs.

In this small animal kingdom you can find various polar mammals that are characteristic of this part of Europe. Deers, Reindeers and other species are the inhabitants of this unusual zoo. I was fascinated by the natural beauty of this paradise. My heart was full, because I had the opportunity to feel at least a couple of hours of all the natural beauty and magic of this natural oasis located not so far from the center of Helsinki.

This guy was not in the mood for photo shooting, but we tried to “capture” him in the best possible pose since we waited him almost 15 minutes to turn! He’s very stubborn! In the end, we somehow managed to capture this beauty on the photo. 🙂

On the other hand, we have this interesting gentle lady, which all those years could not do anything to her, so she is quite fast and very active for her age. In less than 10 minutes, she made full 3 laps without pausing, she greeted us and continued her daily activities.

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of this second special travel post from Helsinki. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure.

At the end of the post, I would like to thank the friendly staff from Aallonkotti Hotel Apartmentsthat made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home. The concept of hotel is to stay in apartments of different sizes. The size of apartments depends on your needs. The apartment in which we had the opportunity to stay was specially decorated by the well-known Finnish brand Marimekko, which besides its basic activity – making clothes has its own special line for home decoration.

How do you like this post? Have you ever visited Finland? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Helsinki? I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Tourist Board of Helsinki – My Helsinki, Korkeasaari ZooAallonkoti Hotel Apartments, Marimekko company and others partners of My Helsinki organisation which kindly help this #MyHelsinkiResidence project. I will mention all of them in some of the next posts. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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Letters from Finland: Winter Fairy Tale in Helsinki

Dear my travellers, I hope that you have wisely used this little break and that you prepared for new adventures. Today I’m taking you to the country where is living the most beloved grandpa on the world, a place where the finest chocolates are made from sea salt. Welcome to Finland!

Whoever was able to visit this magical country, will understand love with this amazing city at the first sight! Finnish people are otherwise known for their kindness and the famous role of good hosts. They always try to approach you with a smile on the face and to help you though you may not speak English or Finnish language.

Before I start with today’s post, I would like to thank the Helsinki Tourist Board and Convention BureauMy Helsinki for this exceptional opportunity to feel the beauty of the capital of Finland. Also, I would like to thank all the other partners who have given their unselfish support to this project #MyHelsinkiResidence.

Once again, thanks from the heart! Before this journey, I tried to learn more about this unusual country of Northern Europe, as well as some basic information about the city itself. The only associations that were in my mind before this trip were: Santa Claus and the famous cold weather…

Finland was also my first “station” in Northern Europe, so I did not know exactly what I can expect there. With the help of my colleagues and good friend, famous Croatian blogger Suzana Sab and Serbian Youtuber star Tamara Pavičević, who usually spend a lot of time there because her father – basketball player and coach Mihailo Pavičević – has taken Finlands basketball team to the world championship! These two golden girls were very helpful and only had the patience to answer all my “boring” questions!

The first day was quite exciting because the trip lasted for several hours, because, unfortunately, there are no direct flights between Serbia and Finland. Somehow, little Marko managed to sleep a little on the flights, so I did not immediately get tired of knowing how it would otherwise be on my trips before. We quickly saw the lights of Helsinki, the main capital of Finland.

We just came in our special apartment in Aallonkoti Hotel, we slept very fast as we came, because we knew that next day will be an exciting day. In the morning I got up much earlier than I’m doing it when I’m on the road, so I started to annoy my photographer in the early morning… It was around 5 am in the morning!

As soon as I saw the first rays of the sun, I waited for some appropriate time to go outside to explore Helsinki. First Station – Cathedral of Helsinki (Lutheran Cathedral). That is the famous white building that you can see on almost every postcard from Helsinki and Finland as well. When you search for basic information about Helsinki on the Internet, the first image you will have the opportunity to see is a picture of the Helsinki Cathedral.

My first mission at a very first day here was to visit the sight that marks Helsinki the best. The walking around the city was short, the kind and smiling faces of Finns that morning told me just to follow the tram tracks and at one moment I will see the famous white cathedral. As you can see on the pictures above, we were not the only one that morning we wanted to visit a place that attracted a large number of tourists in Helsinki throughout the year.

The streets of this city are unusual, facades are made partly in a red brick, of course a certain building adorns details that you can just stop for a moment and you will have a feeling like you are in another European country. Ok, the first mission was accomplished, but we also had to rest a bit and we made a little sweet break at the  Karl Frazer café. One of the oldest cafes in Helsinki. Their sweet products are sold all over Finland and their chocolates are well known for their unusual flavours have conquered my heart. If your way leads you to Helsinki, you just must visit this little sweet hedonistic paradise.

After a short and sweet break, it was time for little Marko to make one quick cultural rise, so I decided to visit the Ateneum National Gallery. Many tourists call it “Finnish Louvre”, but I think this museum is a little different. The museum itself is much smaller, but the space is greatly used and has some logical schedule, because it is constantly happening in Louvre to get lost and not to see the specific works of art I came for.

The story of how this museum formed is quite interesting. The Ateneum Museum was opened to the public in 1888, under one roof there were two art schools. One school was a fine arts school, while the other was a school of applied arts.

When the museum was opened, many people felt that it was too far from the center of the city and they did not like it. I think that today everyone is happy with the location of the museum itself because it is located in the centre of the city. Who knows maybe art eventually decided where the “heart” of the today’s Helsinki will be!

Ateneum Museum is an important sight in Helsinki which you should pay a visit. You will spend a wonderful time there maybe few hours and you will not notify how time just flies. The most important part of the museum exhibition is the famous Finnish artist who made this fairy-tale country in the north of Europe famous for.

The picture above is a famous work by a Finnish – Swedish painter Ferdinand von Wright. He was known to the audience for his over-love of birds and landscapes, and he always showed the state of society, through the bird characters. His most famous work titled “The Fighting Capercaillies” can be seen in the picture above. There are several theories that try to explain the plot story of this amazing work, one of the most beautiful stories of great love. As you can see in the picture, there are two capercaillies males who fight for the love of a female… I’m sure that you all heard the phrase “You are like a Capercaillie in love!”. This is a true picture of that expression.

This real little treasury of art in the very heart of Helsinki will change your view of life. The people of Finland are, in fact, quite tied to nature and the cult of nature is very important in their lives. They are trying to live a healthy lifestyle, they are almost not using the cars at all… So, when you are in Finland you will find bicycles on the street, so do not be lazy, get bike and explore Helsinki!

After my cultural blast in Ateneum, I had a chance to see the beauty of the wonderful view from the main hall where artworks of modern art are exhibited. I have to admit that this view on Helsinki is magnificent, we managed to find our place on the bench while my photographer tried to move the bench in the middle of hall… My photographer was annoyed with the asymmetry of location of that bench, so we spent an extra hour time until we could put things in the right place… I do not want to talk about it anymore! 😀 I’ll just let the picture speak for itself this time!

The time in the museum just flew, I did not want to mention the details about photographing the artwork with Capercaillies because it was impossible to come closer to artwork because of the great interest of visitors. What is “Mona Lisa” in Louvre that are these “The Fighting Capercaillies” in Ateneum. Our first official day in Helsinki ended with the visit to this museum. 🙂

The next day, we wanted to check all those powerful myths about the magical city on the water, so we headed to the other part of the center that looks directly to the Baltic Sea. Since the previous day’s tiredness, the second day in Helsinki was not started so early for us, but the kind Elisabeth from My Helsinki, told us that it was always the right time to go to the coast of Helsinki.

I must admit she was absolutely right, because we captured the photo above almost in 1 or 2 pm and it look fantastic. We waved back to the tourists on the cruises, while they were trying hard to salute to Finns, maybe I was not a Finn, but those tourist do not know that fact. I think it meant more to them that people from the shore share the same love for them.

We thought that we were the only one who waved to them, but when we turned back, we had realised that my photographer and I were not alone at all, there were children and adults, which in Serbia is said to be “a crew of 7 to 77 years old.” It was interesting to see those people from the countries of northern Europe are warm and with the open hearts and minds as well.

In the picture above, you have the opportunity to see the Uspenski Cathedral, which dates back to the end of the 19th century and represents the most important Orthodox temple in Finland. The church is located on a small hill, access to the church is extremely simple.

The view point in front of the temple is magnificent and now I have the opportunity to share it with all of you. Helsinki is one true gem of Finland, which every year receives an increasing number of tourists from Europe and other parts of the world as well.

Whether you decide to explore the shores, docks and vibrant markets where you can enjoy in special food which is made from fresh fish or simply want to stay in the city center, Helsinki is there to welcome you with open hands and heart.

The capital of the country from which the world’s most beloved grandpa is coming – Santa Claus and the famous White Nordic Nights, which you may not have the opportunity to see completely because of light on the streets and sky must be very clear, that is much more pronounced in rural, more natural parts of Finland, like Lapland. The Helsinki Region is a little different. 🙂

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of this first special travel post from Helsinki. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Finland and Italy as well.

At the end of the post, I would like to thank the friendly staff from Aallonkotti Hotel Apartments that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home. The concept of hotel is to stay in apartments of different sizes. The size of apartments depends on your needs. The apartment in which we had the opportunity to stay was specially decorated by the well-known Finnish brand Marimekko, which besides its basic activity – making clothes has its own special line for home decoration.

How do you like this post? Have you ever visited Finland? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Helsinki? I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

P.S. Finally, I decided to share with you a picture of a special fashion post that I made in collaboration with the famous Finnish brand TURO. More information in one of the following posts.

This post is sponsored by Tourist Board of Helsinki – My Helsinki, Aallonkoti Hotel Apartments, Marimekko company and others partners of My Helsinki organisation which kindly help this #MyHelsinkiResidence project. I will mention all of them in some of the next posts. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.

 

 

 

 

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My travel (fashionable) memories…

Hello everyone! My dear ones, how are you today? I must admit that this little fresh time in Helsinki has prompted me to write this post. I’m just looking at my suitcase and asking myself, why I didn’t bring with me gloves which I need so much now here in Helsinki… After almost every special travel – fashion outfit post, you have asked me how I can be so “perfect dressed” for the trip and how much of clothing I bring with me on the trips. I decided to finally answer some questions. 🙂

I am just like any other ordinary person, I had a lot of downs and ups and at the very beginning of my blogging career I made many mistakes. The blog has taught me that I need to be practical and wear as less clothing as possible, to be carefully chosen and not to overload my suitcase. Sometimes, I repeat my old mistakes…

When I went to India, it was in February this year, I had no idea what exactly I should carry there, so I took it “elegantly” with nothing less than 30 kilograms of luggage because there was a crossover weather time. My luggage included 5 fashion outfit combinations and 4 pairs of shoes. Result: FAIL! From all those clothes I wore only two dress combinations and three pairs of sneakers/shoes. People mostly miss out on a traveling when they pack the travel bag when it comes to that famous crossover period between “winter and spring” and “autumn and winter”… You never know when it will fall some rain or simply get cold, whether there will be stronger winds and other weather disasters.

So in the far, far India, I took almost clothes for all 4 seasons, under the parole much is better than nothing! I did that because I don’t even want to imagine that I will get sick on the trip, this is most honestly my biggest nightmare, I believe as most people also do not like that. Flu can ruin the mood on the road and slow down the person, and as a blogger, it would be an additional obstacle for the successful completion of everyday work on the trip and that would affect on the quality of my content for blog and social media as well. 

My first and the most important advice: When traveling to some far destinations during crossover weather season period, it is best to bring some thinner sweaters, which are made of thicker cotton and you should bring a thinner jacket which is good for windy time. In this way, you will avoid the famous “boiling” effect and you will not have a problem with sweating. As soon as I get a little sweaty with open jacket, I’m getting the first symptoms of a cold…


“Life in suitcases” can sometimes be very stressful and unpredictable, but a person gets used to it very fast. It’s not easy for an organism to get used to great climatic variations, so you should give your body an adequate one and pay attention to immunity. The body needs an extra energy intake to “break through” the day on the trip, especially when you are eager to see everything in a shorter period of time.

That is why it is necessary to rest as much as possible and there is not a lot of parties on the trips. You lose your energy unnecessarily and the next day you will not be able to start your day normally. A minimum of 9 to 10 hours of sleep is needed to bring your body in the best shape for the exploring the world. I’m sorry, my dear “party maniacs”, but that’s right! Fortunately, I do not have a problem with that, but I noticed that some of my colleagues bloggers like to spend the nights out on the trips, so they are not sure where they are when they wake up in the morning, because they are so tired.

Let’s go back to the main topic of this post: How to dress up well in difficult times of seasons during the year. The worst is when you travel to exotic areas during the winter period, because in Serbia and Europe it’s still very cold at the time, and no one can’t just easily judge what can be expected there at the final tourist destination.

Germany, for example, is a bit colder than Serbia, weather conditions in Berlin are often more difficult than in Belgrade. There are similar temperatures, there are sometimes larger differences in the same but subjective sense of wind is incomparable.

For example, last winter 2017/18 in Germany was colder than it was in Serbia. I only remember how my visit to Dresden was stiff with cold and I barely did shooting in the city. Regardless of all weather conditions, Dresden stayed in a beautiful memory and I would like to visit it again in the near future. In winter, it is much more difficult for a person, regardless of gender, that women and men are very hard to pack their winter things for the trip, because things are big and fluffy, so jackets can’t just fit in the suitcase properly.

My most honest advice is that you always have two winter jackets for the trip, one thick in which you will travel and another light one which you can pack and “compress” in a suitcase. Just one sweater of neutral color is enough, two pairs of pants are desirable to be one of the jeans, the less chance you will need to iron them and we all know that we are sometimes not very able to iron on travel.

I must admit that my trip to Sri Lanka in April this year was one of the most challenging trips in my blogging career. When you go there in Spring time, temperatures can range from 10 to 30 degrees depending on which part of the island you are going. One day I collected shells on the beach to enjoy the sun and warm Indian Ocean, the next day I’m in a jacket on tea fields…

Then it finally came spring mood, the time when you can wear short sleeves with thinner classic jacket, my favourite fashion piece. Spring and early autumn are the best periods of the year because it is neither too hot nor too cold so that it is much easier for a person to choose clothing.

Spring came with me in Salzburg this year, the city of Mozart, a music prodigy who was a real legend. Just imagine one young man who just conquered the world with his music. People of Salzburg are very proud, because he was born in Salzburg and now he is a symbol of their city. That is a huge privilege! It was a huge honour for me to visit his city and to present Salzburg on my blog.

To be honest, I did not feel the change of spring into the summer this year, there were no such sudden temperature differences, but I felt the real summer in Morocco in early May this year. An interesting trip, I met some new people and I make some new friendships there. There was an unusual friendship in Marrakech, so I would like to use this occasion to remind you on the beautiful young camel Melek, who was very kind and polite so my friend and photographer Saul captured begging of our friendship.

Melek is one beautiful angel, which is also the true meaning of her name. Morocco is a wonderful country and it was a great pleasure for me to have a chance to visit this Kingdom. The rest of the summer was exciting, so I took the opportunity to rest a bit, but I also continued to work, so this year I also had a working summer and I must confess I really enjoyed it.

You’ve been asking me for a lot of things that I did not go somewhere on vacation, so did I lose my desire and the will to write posts? My job is my little satisfaction, of course the blogger’s job can sometimes be very tough, especially when you write and edit images for hours for a couple of days in the row to get the content for the blog as expected in high-quality as always. I love my job and I didn’t regret for one second for choosing this career instead of my career of economist.

Writing is my first passion, something that relaxes me, pictures are just an add-on, and while I describe my experiences and adventures from the trip, I’m always reminded by some new details and it always finish good for me. Because of all these beautiful moments, I admit I love my job. I like to meet the world and when we are talking about traveling then I am completely tireless, although at the end my body sends me a warning message that it is time for a break, so suddenly I get sick for 2,3 days as a forced break. After that I continue on, as if there was nothing, because life is short, and we need to experience all these great adventures that each of us is waiting for!

My dear ones, once again we have come to the end of this special post. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will explore one of the shopping spots in Italy. I just can’t wait to show you what my friends from McArthurGlen Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet and I have prepared for you guys. I promised that i will write a similar post like this this winter and I will make a new summary with all your guys and I will start with my favourite month in the year – September. I’m sure you know why that month is so important to me, but I will remind you again… Because it’s my birthday! 🙂

 

How do you like this post? Have you prepared everything for this Fall? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

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Let’s talk about Munich…

Hello everyone! My dear travellers it’s time for a new post! I’m sure that you missed my travel stories a bit, so I prepared one for you today. An interesting story about the city of the pretzels (and a good beer) that I’m sure you’ve all heard. Welcome to Munich! Munich is the capital of the federal state of Bavaria. After Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is the third largest city in Germany. What do you think the number of inhabitants enjoy daily in delicious deacons such as pretzels and a beer? You do not know? You are not sure? Think about it… Well, I gave you the chance to guess, now be honest to say if you were close – 1.45, let’s answer the answer of 1.5 million, but if we include the outside area of the city, Munich counts nearly 2 million souls.

 

 

Who are the inhabitants of Munich? Some statistics say that a third of the population is made up of foreigners, some statistics on the other side show that half of the population of this lovely city in Bavaria are foreigners. You do not have to think a lot about the structure of the population because most of them are Turks, Yugoslavs and Italians. A similar structure is in Berlin, but the only difference people from Yugoslavia is much, much less.

I had the opportunity to enjoy this city with my friends from the Munich Tourist Board and the German National Railway – Deutche Bahn, who helped to transport little Marko from Zurich back to Germany, so he just paid a visit to Munich before returning home. Thank you, my dear friends, from my heart and also big thank you to my guides who have taken all my questions, I hope that I was not too boring for you! 🙂

 

 

Munich is an ideal city for exploring if you are a great fan of the city’s on foot tour because most of the city is turned into a pedestrian zone. I was there in August and there were very hot and you can feel the heat and of course even higher final sales in the stores so my photographer constantly complained about outdoor working conditions and “abuse” at Zara’s stores. Dear photographer, thank you for the patience and I must admit that I am happy to have you on board! 😀

Munich is the real city of hedonism, you are surely wondering why? I just mentioned you the structure of the population, on the one hand we have people from Germany who conquer tourists with the famous Bavarian pastry, either salty or sweet, you will eat all of them with the delicious smile on your face! On the other hand, we have many people from Turkey who brought with them the baklavas, borek and other Turkish specialties. If you love all these specialties, you can freely say goodbye to nice slim-fit jeans, you will gain few pounds here in Munich. Believe me!

 

 

For the first time I found inspiration in accidental passers-by tourists sitting on stairs and resting their tired adventurous soul. I understand them completely and I also have a picture from these stairs, but I was so beautiful at 37 degrees, wet and fresh that it was not really representative, so we did not even try to edit that picture! 😀

At the time of my visit to Munich, the city was renovated because they were preparing for a new tourist season. The city was not empty, on the contrary it was full of adventurers who used their vacation to visit this unusual German city.

 

 

If you have the opportunity to visit Munich, do not hesitate to do this, because I am sure this city will fulfill all your expectations. The true fans of architecture will enjoy in beauty of the magnificent facades and perfectly adapted tones of the facades complemented by cobblestones. If you are a huge fan of food and sweet treats like me, this is the perfect city for you! The food is at every step, you may be spending some euro more, but you will remember the sweet little pretzel that you ate on the main square in Munich. I was almost attacked by hungry pigeons, I really love animals and I want to feed them, but that hungry blogger in me activate it’s much better for them not to fight with me! Just kidding! 😀 I shared with them my pastry.

 

 

As far for shopping, it’s easy to find all the shops just because I was not very lucky, so some shops closed or moved them because of renovation the facades of the buildings in which the shops were currently located. Since I was miserable throughout this summer, I desperately spent time in all Zara stores across Germany and I bought a lot of things on the amazing final sales, the photographer obviously read me the map wrong on purpose, so we went on some “special” roads to Zara’s shops and passed along almost all the sights in the city, so we only found one ONE Zara store in Munich. Now when I start a new season of travelling, I think the photographer will first run into the shops to warm up. Now finally I can shop, that why I love winter! 😀

 

 

Munich is also known for its famous Oktoberfest festival, which traditionally begins at the end of September and lasts until the end of the first week of October. I did not have the opportunity to visit this event, but I heard the experiences of other people who are delighted with the spirit of the event itself. One of the legends say that these days instead of water, the beer flows through the streets of Munich and that all the buildings in this city become tasty like a pretzel! I wish someone would confirm me this myth! Who experienced the Oktoberfest in Munich should share own experience in the comments. I would like to hear everything about the magic of this event!

 

 

My dear fashionistas once again we have come to the end of this special travel post from Munich. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will explore one of the shopping spots in Italy. I just can’t wait to show you what my friends from McArthurGlen Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet and I have prepared for you guys.

At the end of this post, I would like to thank you for following my blog for whole summer season, this is officially the last post for this summer season. Next post will be the begging of new season on my blog, so I really hope that you will like it. 🙂

How do you like this post? Have you ever visited Munich? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Oktoberfest? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

This post is sponsored by Tourist Board of Munich and Deutche Bahn.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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Postcard from Linz: Art will save the World!

Dear my travellers, Welcome to my new post! A couple of days I got few messages with the same question “When you’re planning to write the new post about your adventure in Linz?!”. I think today is the perfect time to write the last post from this special series of posts from Linz. I will dedicate today’s post to people who live in this beautiful city and the arts surrounding them daily. From the previous posts you learned something new about this city, which you may not have had the opportunity to read by now, but today’s post will be a little different. Before I start I would like to thank you for the support of the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus which helped me to meet this beautiful city.

 

 

The city that has succeeded in a very short time to unite the beauty of art with the beauty of a fast life is precisely Linz itself. The great flourishing of art and the development of culture have helped to raise the city itself in socio-political scales and the city of Linz is in second place after Vienna by the number of all the most important cultural and artistic events taking place in Austria and the high place in Europe as well. In one of the previous posts, you had the opportunity to read that Linz was the European capital of culture a couple of years ago.

 

 

I do not know if you have ever had the opportunity to read, hear from someone, or even see for yourself an special action called “Open Piano”. It is a special action that has been carried out across Europe and the world, when in the heart of the city you will find a piano that is accessible to everyone. The aim of this action is to collect help to all refugees who need help for their basic human needs. Medicine has proven that music has a positive impact on health and can help a lot in treating various types of illness. Here, music has received a portable role of savior, which can help the powerless to come to the fulfillment of basic human rights that would otherwise have to be a guarantee for everyone on this planet.

How is this action working? The slogan of this action all over the world is: “Everyone is welcome to play, everyone is welcome to listen, every donation from the heart was more than welcome!”. Everyone who wants to play can play piano, knowledge is not crucial, only good will and strong desire are important here. During this visit, at least two hours a day, the photographer and I spent on the bench just to enjoy the performances.

There were extremely talented people who, beside talent for playing, showed their incredible vocal abilities. One girl was so talented that I thought I was at the music concert of Adele or Celine Dion. An interesting concept that has recaptured some of my childhood memories when I learned to play the piano. I maybe wasn’t talented kid, but I was extremely persistent and hard worker… I did not finish elementary music school, but I carry in the heart of a nice memory on those times.

 

 

Linz is a city whose streets are delighted with art and some special elegance. Tourists come from various parts of Europe and the world to explore this gem in the north of Austria. Everyone will bring home some of the story of Linz, a city inspired by many famous historical figures and some personalities that are the inspiration of this 21st century.

This city just “fell for me” for the heart, I do not know if it is because of the exceptional beauty and charm, either because of the close distance of the Danube or the beautiful summer weather that I managed to capture for a moment in this Austrian town. I’m not sure, I do not have a concrete answer! Perhaps this is a combination of all of the above, but I will leave it to you to judge. Would you like to tell me your opinion about Linz? How did you experience it through my stories? Especially I would like to hear the opinions of people who already had the opportunity to visit this city. Simply, I always like to hear the impressions of other people just to know how successful I was in presenting of some city.

 

 

Linz is also known as the “City of Peace”. In 1986, the City Council proclaimed the capital of Upper Austria as the “City of Peace of Linz”. The aim of this provision was exclusively to raise social responsibility whose main role was to maintain peace. With the proclamation of the City of Peace in October 1986, the city of Linz undertook to maintain “the longing for peace and commitment to the peace of the people in the city, and that the basic principle of the future of local politics and the stability of community relations is maintained”.

 

 

In a conversation with a couple of people who are already the fourth or fifth generation who grew up in Linz, I learned a few interesting things about the way of life in the local community of Linz. Linz is in itself an innovative center of Upper Austria and represents a city of new opportunities.

The quality of life in all spheres of life and a wide range of services make the capital of Upper Austria a perfect place for living. Now, there are over 100,000 apartments available in Linz – a supply of flats that is constantly growing. The primary goal is to create as many people as possible an optimal residential and living environment at affordable prices. Extreme care is taken of people living with minimum income and they are always provided with a basic social assistance and protection package every month.

 

 

Their health care system is very well organized and all costs of health services are covered depending on the health fund you choose: state or the private one. It is similar to the health system of Germany, but it is slightly more flexible and has more benefits. It was fun for me to talk to people who live and work in this city and when they heard that I was a blogger who will present Linz on the blog, they wanted to answer on all the questions. I was glad to have had the opportunity to meet wonderful people who showed that Linz was an open heart city. A truly wonderful experience, which I will remember for a long time.

 

 

We almost miss the plane, thank God that I always have a responsible person beside myself, since I could listen to the stories for hours. I just love to talk with people. The sun slowly went down, and our visit to this interesting town ended. It was a short but sweet journey. Linz will always have a special place in my heart and I sincerely hope that I will return soon to continue my adventure.

 

 

In the end, we had to do a little faster last shooting of the city and run or otherwise we would miss our airport carpool! My photographer has found the right moment to make the perfect last photo in Linz… I do not like separations, it’s hard for me to say goodbye to some city, but I said, “Hi, my dear Linz, I’ll see you again soon!” With these words, I gave my promise to Linz and entered the car. The ride to the airport was much shorter than when we came. I guess there was too much fatigue present and time just flew.

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of post from Linz. Unfortunately this is the last post from this special series of posts about Linz. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling. Who didn’t read my previous post about Linz, you can read it here.

I would like to say once again thank you to the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus for the wonderful experience and the hotel Schwärzer Bar for hospitality. It was a journey to remember, and I hope that I showed you this little Austrian adventure in the best possible way. Sometimes the words are just not enough, so I’ll tell you to look at the last photo in this post and my smile will tell you all those words that I have not been able to write in posts about this lovely city.

How do you like this story about Linz?  I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus and Schwarzer Bär Hotel from Linz.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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Story from Zurich: My Definition of Happiness…

My dear adventurers, how are you today? I sincerely hope that you are good and that you are ready for a new adventure. Today I am taking you to Zurich, a heavenly city where the pure hedonism is preserved. Travel is there to fulfill our lives and to give us the chance to explore the world and meet some new cultures. Switzerland is the best example where we have the opportunity to discover, in a relatively small area, the differences between the most famous languages ​​of the world, such as German, Italian and French. Each canton in Switzerland is unique, each of them possesses something special that separates it from others. I had the opportunity to visit this summer a socio-political and economic center of the German canton in Switzerland – Zurich.

Before I start with the post, I would like to thank for unselfish support to my friends from the Zurich Tourist Board. It was an interesting trip and I refreshed some childhood memories which I’ve almost forgot.

When we think about of Zurich, the first association is the Zurich Lake and the white swans that sunbathe on the grass. Of course, some of us think of those beautiful villas that are located on the shores of the lake. Those villas are just a dream for me now so it remains to me to enjoy the beauty of the lake as just a visitor for now. 

On the other hand, you never know what you can expect in life, I am from those people who believe in dreams which are absolutely impossible, and then I’m not surprised if one thing I’ve long dreamed of is simply accomplished. This is a positive thing for us with bigger dreamers, we don’t lose hope, and therefore we never fall into depression. 

If I have the chance to live in this city, I’m sure that I will enjoy the morning walk around t he lake and feeding swans every morning before work. As I said in one of the previous posts, there is some special connection between water and me, although to my regret I can not swim. It’s some special love that I just couldn’t explain.


The paths that surround the lake are very arranged so you can safely enjoy in the beauty of the lake and do not worry if a biker will “hook you up”. Particularly delightful are the stone benches which are positioned beside the lake and you have the feeling that you will at any moment just go into the lake. How scary it is, on the other hand it’s so much adrenaline does its own, and only excitement grows. All of this experience is enhanced by interesting crystal white swans and beautiful flowers and plants located along the lake itself, making this lake a real oasis.

I spent two hours in the special walk around the lake. It was so relaxing and nice, I’m sure that is because of the influence of water on my mind. Right now, while I’m writing this post and watching these pictures, I remember the smell of water and that wonderful colour of the lake. I know that I have been too long there, so I made myself to move on. Zurich is calling to discover all the beauties of the city!

As I returned to the heart of the city, I noticed people on bicycles who are in hurry to get on time on work. This is the a real Swiss organising skills we are constantly listening to! I’m sure that you have somewhere to read the phrase: “You’re like a Swiss Watch!”. The people who passed in front of me on bicycles in suits reminded me of the meaning of this expression and with a gentle smile on my face I continued my research of the city.

I’m entering the city core, the main street, the shops displays that just invite you to take a look into the latest collections of world famous fashion designers and brands that simply radiate luxury, but as I’ve just written our average Balkan pocket is not getting up this mission. Bu with a smile on my face I enjoy in the latest trends.

According to some research, Banhöfstrasse is one of the most beautiful and the most expensive streets in the world. Zurich is a smaller city, and if we look at the city as it is, this street is long and beautiful due to the architecture of the buildings that adorn this street of luxury. Since I was tired, I sat in front of a store, took the croissant which I bought at the store and watched people around me.

The average Swiss woman stopped in front of Hermes shop window, took a deep breath and blinked a couple of times while excusing her overpriced Hermes bag in the shop window. With a lower dose of sadness in the eyes, that woman continue her own way and she just started to run to grab the tram so she doesn’t get late for work.

On the other hand, another women who is very well dressed, happy, have some recognizable luxury symbols, luxurious Chanel suit, beautiful shoes, a perfume that feels at least two hundred meters down the street and with a completely different smile is looking at that same expensive bag. Her friend had even in the hand the same bag, but in another color and her gaze simply said: “I will buy it tomorrow and in this color, it’s good to have this bag in more shades!”. This is Zurich, a city of contrast! 

Since I analyzed almost all passers-by, I forgot to finish my meal, so I pack it again and  I was looking for my camera. Honestly to be that I wanted to lose myself in Zurich, I would not be able to find this sympathetic floral square with interesting shops. Down the street there is a street with restaurants that is similar to one street in Serbia which we call Skadarlija, the only thing that distinguishes us is the price. 🙂

When someone wants to compare Zurich with another European city, they still can not decide whether Zurich is a Swiss version of Venice or a Swiss version of Amsterdam. True to my will, I do not even know which comparison would suit this city more, but one thing is certain – this city lives on the water! The picturesque streets, architecture, cobblestones, bridges all kind of resemble something, and on the other hand it looks like something completely new and original. And now, there’s a real little treat for a real fashionistas! Do you recognize the sign on the right from the photo above? I think those high heels are recognisable absolutely everywhere! I’m sure you know that fashion label very well… It’s Christian Louboutin flagship store in Zurich! 🙂


Zurich is a city that has a lot to offer and a city in which hedonism is concerned. Various international cuisine, gourmet specialties, interesting sweet treats and beautiful landscapes are sufficient reasons to visit Zurich. I’m sure Zurich has something for everyone to offer. You will find everything what you’re searching for!

I had to fresh myself a little, so I bought some chocolate ice cream which was on some special sale and I can tell you it was great! 🙂 After finishing with my delicacy, I rested a little in the shade, I continued my adventure in this Swiss city. 

I wandered around the city and found a church of St. Peter with a clock tower. My mum always led me the other way, even when I was a kid it looked much different and much bigger. Now maybe I’m grown up, but this clock tower will be very special to me. Memories, memories, memories…

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of this special post from Zurich. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling. Next week I will refresh some of my memories from Italy, it will be with some summer vibes.

 

 

I would like to say once again thank you to the Zurich Tourist Board for the wonderful experience. It was a journey to remember, and I hope that I showed you this little Swiss adventure in the best possible way. Sometimes the words are just not enough, so I’ll tell you to look at the last photo in this post and my smile will tell you all those words that I have not been able to write in posts about this lovely city.

How do you like this story about Switzerland?  I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

This post is sponsored by Zurich Tourist Board.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.

 

 

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Story from Linz: Piece of Heaven on the banks of the Danube

My dear travellers, welcome to a new adventure! Today we continue our adventure through Linz. “Small city, with big ideas and huge opportunities” are words that can briefly describe this lovely city in Austria. The city which is a representative of the new multimedia arts and in 2009, was also proclaimed the European Capital of Culture. In the past 15 years, Linz has slowly but surely developed and became one of the more developed centers of culture in Europe.

Before I start with today’s post, I would like to thank my friends from the Linz Tourist BoardLinz Tourismus. It was a beautiful experience, a wonderful summer weekend that I will remember for a long time!

 

 

Linz is the third largest city in Austria, which represents the main social, political and administrative center of the Upper Austria region. Belgrade and Linz have something in common, surely you would never have thought it, but both cities are located on a beautiful blue Danube. The Danube, flows to the heart of the city and makes life more interesting, but we will talk about it later. That was an interesting fact which connected me to this city because I love that river so much. In Belgrade is similar situation, people just love to do some of their favourite activities on the banks of Danube.

 

 

Before I start with some of the interesting things that are related to today’s life of this city, I’m sure you would love to find out how this city was created. Historians believe that in the prehistory the Celts they inhabited the area of today’s city and called it Lentos, after which they were settled by the ancient Romans and the city got a new name – Lentia. During the old Romans, Linz was first mentioned as the city in 799, when Bavaria expanded to the south. Because of its geographical location, Linz was the most important trade center during the Emperor Friedrich III. After the death of the emperor, the significance of the city declines in favor of Vienna. In the early Middle Ages Germanic tribes inhabited the city. Then the city got the name Linz, the name which we know today very well. 🙂

 

 

How did Linz become the most important city of culture in Europe? After the Second World War, Linz began to develop as a cultural centre in the halfway between Vienna and Salzburg. In the past few years, Linz has built many buildings of exceptional cultural significance, such as the modern Lentos Museum and the Brucknerhaus Concert Hall.

Donaulände is a park next to the Danube, where festivals and cultural events are held (Ars Electronica Festival is significant). Also in Linz is opened a museum of modern music art – Ars Electronica Center.

There is a castle of Emperor Friedrich III in the city. and the oldest Austrian church of St. Martin. Also very significant church is the neo-Gothic church Mariendom.

 

 

Linz was known before as the “City of Steel”, due to the very strong former metalworking industry, which besides the textile was very developed in this Austrian town. Today, this has been suppressed by various cultural programs and developed river tourism on the Danube. The image of this city has changed and as I mentioned a few years ago, together with Vilnius, Linz became the European capital of culture in 2009.

 

 

Linz is a city which you need to explore! The thing I liked most was how the city developed and at the same time developed new opportunities, such as river tourism on the Danube. Life by the river of the mind is very interesting. I noticed that the color of the Danube is not the same in Linz and Belgrade. I’m sure you yourself know the answer to this question. The waste that is piled on the banks of the river in Serbia needs to be removed as soon as possible, but this is only the current solution.

The most important thing for us is that, as residents of the Serbia, we simply keep in mind that if we keep our environment clean, life will be much easier for everyone. Cans, bottles and other waste floating by the Danube and the Save river is not a beautiful picture that can be sent to the world, so we should as soon as possible analyse ourselves and start changing ourselves as soon as possible.

 

 

The city is small and well organized, if by any chance you can not explore the city by foot, you have excellent trams, there are a couple of lines. We had a little fun and only after a couple of rides we realized that Linz is not a very small city that at first sight can look like to somebody. Prices compared to other cities in Europe are almost the same.

 

 

Since we were able to spend the weekend in Linz, We visited the market that is being held on the main square. It’s a real little paradise for people who want to buy some interesting things for gift or for personal use. At the marketplace you can find everything and I will say at this interesting marketplace you can find interesting books, cloths and silk Persian carpets … This market you will find almost every weekend in the heart of the city. If you have the opportunity to visit this city on weekends, leave your Saturday free and get ready for the crowd! 🙂 You will have a nice shopping spree, I’m sure!

 

 

If you have already arrived in Linz, do not forget to visit Mariendom (New Cathedral). The new cathedral is the largest cathedral in Austria and architecture is absolutely amazing. You can sit down and enjoy the beauty of this space. One evening we were able to listen to the concert in front of the church, were very interesting performers.

I would never say that it can be such interesting music at a church music festival. Linz is a city that celebrates diversity and where everything is possible. In the next post I will reveal to you some interesting places in Linz that you must visit.

 

 

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of second post from Linz. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Austria. I know that you loved the travel posts from July and now I will show you all the beauties of Linz! We will together explore the City of Media Arts! Who didn’t read my previous post about Linz, you can read it here.

How do you like this story about Linz? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera
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Little Red Postcard from Linz

Hello my dear travellers! How are you today? Today, I came back to Serbia after a long trip to Europe and it’s time to share with you my travel adventures. Last week you had the opportunity to enjoy the beauties of Salzburg, today you will have the chance to read something new about the Austrian city called Linz.

Before I start with today’s post, I would like to thank the Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus on this adventure.  Thanks from the depth of this blogger’s heart! This journey was incredible for me!

 

 

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Linz, the third largest city in Austria. When I received an invitation from Linz Tourism Organization to visit their city, my first association was Lindt Chocolate. What to do, I’m always thinking about candies, at least I can imagine them when I can not eat them because of my sensitive skin…

Of course, that was just my first thought, but I remembered that these chocolates did not come from Austria. Well, what a man can do is sometimes wrong! I did not want to be a lazy person, I take the computer into my hands and I ask Mr. Google: “Are Lindt chocolates maybe from Linz?!” It’s a joke! I just simply typed: “Linz, Austria” and click that famous enter button. Man, how many pages, and so little time. After a couple pages of texts with a large smile on my face, I sent an email to the team from the Linz tourist organisation that I will  accept the invitation and I will come to Linz.

 

 

Before I start with my adventure, I would like to share with you few information about this lovely city.

Linz is located in the northern part of Austria and it represents the economic, political and cultural center of the province of Upper Austria. The city is famous for its very preserved and beautiful city center and the largest cathedral in Austria, which they are kindly call the Mariendom (New Cathedral). In 2009, Linz was the European Capital of Culture. Only the origin of the city’s name dates back to the prehistory when the Celts settled the area of today’s city and called it Lentos, after which the area was inhabited by the ancient Romans and the city was given a new name – Lentia. In the Middle Ages, the Germanic tribes simplified the name and the city was named Linz, the name which we know today.

I was very excited about this trip so I counted many times every day and my photographer every day repeated with me how many day still left to our trip to Linz. The night before the excitement was so high that I could not sleep! I called my mom to see what she was doing and woman could not sleep because of some her reasons, and after our conversation I just wanted to fall asleep but the alarm woke me up!

Since I am from those people who tide and iron all of their clothing before the trip and hang them all over the house, the apartment where I was staying looked like street sales of a clothing. Something hangs on the door, something on chairs. Little Marko thought about everything, except for the weather forecast in Linz…

 

 

As we landed at the airport in Linz, my dreams of taking of photos just fell apart! The sun is nowhere, it was little colder, windy, people in long sleeves shirts and outside was around 15 degrees. The only thing I could do at that moment was to sit on the sidewalk and cry because in my suitcase was a real summer, cheerful summer collection of clothing…

It could also be noticed on the streets that it was such a surprise that the people from Linz were surprised, and some of them went in short sleeves while some were dressed in long sleeves shirts and light jackets. Since we saw that weather forecast throughout our entire stay will be not so good, we decided to buy new clothes. And here begins the story of a happy red t-shirt from this post! My photographer normally bought a jacket, I came to the cash desk with this shirt with the smile on my face because I found this great t-sheart… Photographer’s silence was a sign of my current insanity. I just said that tomorrow will surely be a better weather with sun much much warmer, what the weather forecast knows, it simply has to be better! Just think positive and everything will be alright!

 

 

After a few minutes, I found a “more normal” solution for the current “cold” situation, so I bought a red sweater whose image you saw, if you followed my adventure from Linz on Instagram. Whoever didn’t see it, the picture of the sweater you can see it HERE. We survived somehow this very first day, we made a beautiful picture in a sweater, as I expected it to be, it was so great!

The next day was like I said, “What does this weather forecast knows?!”. It was a nice and sunny weather, while the weather forecast was completely different and it was written that we could expect wind, rain all day… I did not see any drop of rain and that day we made pictures for this post. My red t-shirt brought me luck.

 

 

This post is a clear evidence that once in life for certain things it is necessary to believe that everything will be better and a lot of people claim that it has helped them a lot in some situations in life. That is the power of positive thinking, which has never left me for my 26 years.

OUTFIT

T-ShirtZara

Trousers: Zara

Sneakers: Moncler

Camera: Sony Alpha Mark II

 

My dear fashionistas and travellers once again we have come to the end of first post from Linz. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Austria. I know that you loved the travel posts from July and now I will show you all the beauties of Linz! We will together explore the City of Media Arts!

How do you like this story about Linz? How do you like my “happy” red t-shirt? Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Linz Tourist Board – Linz Tourismus and Schwarzer Bär Hotel from Linz. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera

 

 

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Salzburg: The eternal classic in the heart of Austria

Hi everyone, how are you today? Dear travellers, are you ready for a new adventure? It’s time to pack our online “luggage” and we will visit one of Europe’s most famous cities of culture. Not far away, it is located in Austria.

At the very beginning, I would like to thank the Salzburg Tourist Board for this lovely collaboration. This trip was really amazing, a journey that expanded my knowledge about Austria and Salzburg as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

 

Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria. A city that hosts all major cultural events in Austria and Europe as well. An interesting fact is that there are 3000 people living in the city center, while the surrounding city of Salzburg has almost 160,000 inhabitants. Regardless of the number of inhabitants and the area of Salzburg is a city that attracts an increasing number of lovers of real art and cultural events every year. Who has not been able to read my previous post about Salzburg, you can read it on this LINK.

 

 

The architecture of the city is simply enchanting. Centuries just can not destroy this beauty, and details that adorn the street fountains in which once upon a time had enjoyed and the famous music genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart… It is simply a city that you can not describe in few words, it takes real long essays to describe it in the right way this beauty with which this city is constantly radiating.

 

 

As a blogger who traveled a large part of Europe and the world, when I pick the destination the most important thing is that the destination has a soul, then everything is much easier. You must be wondering what I am talking about now, how can the city have a soul ?! Believe me it can, every city has its own story, it’s just a question of whether someone will have a little more time to listen. The city is also made up of its inhabitants, the city’s residents who are the main representatives of that city.

In Salzburg I had the opportunity to meet people who are 4th or 5th generation who was born in Salzburg. They are very proud that they come from Salzburg and to their long tradition and specific folk costumes. I do not know how familiar you are with their customs and their traditional costumes, but Austria has different kinds of folk costumes in every part of the country. Most of them are leather wardrobe, leather trousers and leather shirts for men and leather skirts and leather dresses for women.

 

 

These garments are not cheap and when talking about that part of their culture, it is very important to note that it is very important that these pieces have been in the family for a long time and that the age of these items is appreciated, which are leather pants older, inherited from someone they are having a higher value. After a couple of years, leather changes color and, accordingly, most likely recognizes the true value of the heritage.

Some people faithfully follow and nurture that way of life, so they go to work dressed in their folk costume or do their daily activities. Some people like to combine traditional and modern, so I noticed a lady with a leather dress, modern shoes, a wicker basket and modern sunglasses that made her a modern woman who went out for Saturday’s market. She was so nice to me, even I asked her to take picture of her and explained that I am a writer/blogger and I’m writing about Salzburg and that I would like to make photo of her for a blog, but she culturally refused and told me a couple of interesting things about their culture.

 

 

She showed me a few shops in Salzburg that sell these clothes and told me that she inherited that dress from her grandmother who escaped from her own wedding after she “got out” of the wedding dress.

My photographer and I were so sympathetic to her, that she insisted on taking us to tea and to the famous strudel, and for almost an hour we talked about everyday life in Salzburg. To my question, if she moved to Vienna, she just sighed and said: “Maybe if I crash down my house I’m going to live in Vienna, it’s very noisy there, and people themselves can not hear their own thoughts in such a crowd!” Of course, after she learned that I was from Serbia, she said that her three best friends with whom she knows more than 20 years, also from Serbia… She had only good words for people from our country.

 

 

After a nice and warm conversation with this cute lady, my photographer and I continued with our adventure. We walked around for some time in the city until we got to a building where the sign of an electric lift was drawn, we were sure that the view from the surrounding hill was fantastic and we took advantage of the special Salzburg card for tourists, with certain attractions being completely free. Traveling with a cable railway otherwise costs about 15 euros, but as I mentioned in the previous sentence with a special Salzburg card, one round trip with a cable car is free. Whoever visits this beautiful city should benefit from the many benefits of this card.

 

 

You can buy a Salzburg Card for a period of 24, 48 or 72 hours, depending on how long you plan to stay in this city. The benefits of this card are exceptional and certain sights such as:

DomQuartier (Museum of Art), the cable railway we used to the fortress, Mozart’s birthplace (more precisely – the apartment) where he spent his first years of his life, as well as his residence house where he lived before he went to Vienna. You can also visit the Rupertinum Museum of Modern Art, the Hellbrunn Palace, the Zoo within the Hellbrunn Palace and many other attractions you can visit completely free once, while public transport can be used during the period for which you purchased the card: 24, 48 or 72 hours completely free. For certain attractions, you have a special discount and you can find the list on the link.

At the end, when you see all the benefits that this card provides, you will understand how much this card actually means and pay for its purchase because the individual ticket price for some of the sights is not below 10 euros. For example, the Mozart birthplace, the price of the ticket is 15 euros, the cable railway is 15 euros, the ticket for the DomQuartier museum is between 10 and 15 euros. I’m not sure about the price of transportation, but I’m sure that one ride is not below 1 – 1.50 euros, and with this card you have free use of transportation so you can also visit the McArthur Outlet Center. You can reach the outlet by public transportation and reach it very easily. Outlet has a very rich offer and I am sure you will find the brands that you love.

 

 

Salzburg is an exceptional city, a real gem of Austria that you should visit. A city that has a rich history and stories about legends that will delight you. The city is ideal for people who are looking a destination for a peaceful holiday, enjoying art, good food and not forgetting the famous Mozartkugeln because this candy is famous all over the world, but in Salzburg there is a shop that makes this treat according to the original recipe. You must try it! It’s delicious!

 

 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Sheraton Grand Salzburg Hotel for hospitality. The staff was lovely, the girls from the reception were always there to help me, the food was exquisite. As I always remember destinations and hotels by sweets, Sheraton Grand Salzburg I will remember plums filled with walnuts and spilled with chocolate that always waiting me on the pillow when I’m back to the room after a busy day. My smile in the picture below confirms it! 🙂

 

 

My dear travellers once again we have come to the end of post. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and we will continue our adventure in Europe. I know that you loved the travel posts from July and now I will show you all the beauties of Linz! See you next time in Austria!

How do you like this story about Salzburg? I would like to hear your opinion! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

As I promised we’ll see again in a couple of days, so if something new and interesting happens to me, I promise, I will write to you!

Best,

Mr.M

 

 

This post is sponsored by Salzburg Tourist Board and Sheraton Grand Salzburg Hotel from Marriott International hotel chain. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II.

 

 

 

 

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