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My Side of the World: Sonja Lapatanov

My dear adventurers, how are you today? After the first special blog post – an interview with Ms. Vesna Jugović de Vinca, I received a lot of emails and messages on social networks with suggestions whose “side of the world” you would like to see on my blog. I admit that I received a lot of interesting proposals, but one name stood out in particular – Sonja Lapatanov.

Sonja Lapatanov

She is one of the most famous ballet artist, choreographer and adventurer. Sonja Lapatanov, a world traveler who has traveled over 100 countries around the world. She has written several exceptional travel books (In Serbian language, these titles are just translated): In the lap of the Himalayas, Paradise Islands, Mama Africa, Mundo Maya, The Milky Way of the Ocean, The Green Continent. This tireless creative and adventurous soul took advantage of the days of quarantine and is just finishing her new book, which should soon be on our favourite shelves in bookstores all over Serbia and Balkan.

Algeria: Miraculous formations in the Sahara

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Sonja for her time and for being able to share with us the memories of her amazing journeys. This interview will be really special and will be divided into two parts. Let’s go on a trip around the world with our famous world traveler Sonja Lapatanov!

Algeria: Among carpets and pillows

1. You are raised in a medical family and I’m sure you’ve been surrounded by white coats since childhood. How did you resist that phenomenon and become a ballerina?

Sonja Lapatanov: Medicine and white coats were a family tradition and an integral part of my life. I was surrounded by doctors, books in the field of medicine, stethoscopes, pressure gauges, beakers, surgical instruments, various bottles and patients, because my grandfather had an office in the house, until the then government banned private practice. It was logical for me to continue the family tradition and for dermatovenerology to be my specialty.

Southern Ethiopia: In the village of Konso people

In the house where we lived, Russian emigrants gathered. Among them was Mr. Bogdanovski. I was a restless child, so he suggested to my parents that he take me to the ballet school “Lujo Davičo”, where my indomitable temperament would be curbed through physical engagement. That’s how it started!

Pakistan: Famous Pakistani trucks

2. You have an interesting combination of Russian-German origin. What led you more in life: Russian poetics or German pragmatism?

Sonja Lapatanov: It depended on the situation. But it was not always easy to choose the east, or the west, which constantly intersect in my being. In childhood and early youth, the Russian soul was more dominant, and as life inevitably progressed, the German Prussian heritage prevailed.

Libya, Sahara: the magical desert Mandara lakes

3. What was your first association with Belgrade in the late fifties and sixties of the 20th century? Can you make a parallel between Belgrade then and now?

Sonja Lapatanov: In the “Age of the Crown”, when nature may have warned humanity for the last time that it has had enough of oppression over our planet, my Belgrade from the years you mention has returned to me. Unfortunately, only briefly. As soon as the state of emergency was lifted, hygienic and sanitary measures gave way, and ugly habits took over the city again. Traces of negligence and arrogance are already visible in some parts of the city; discarded protective masks and gloves and various waste.

South Africa: Cape of Good Hope

At the moment, at least in my area, Belgrade is beautiful, peaceful, quiet, safe, dignified, educated, full of greenery and birds that sing and chirp again. The streets are clean for now, spared thousands of thrown cigarette butts rolling down the street, chewing gum stuck to the sidewalk, body secretions from the nose and throat, trampled dog feces… Belgrade was like that until the end of the eighties, and then everything went down the hill. Since then, I have not made any kind of parallels!

Guatemala: Tikal, archaeological site

4. You were educated in Moscow and New York. What made a bigger impression on you as a ballerina, and what as a girl who comes from Eastern Europe, towards whom there are still numerous prejudices?

Sonja Lapatanov: Common to both metropolises was and is, the supreme art of the game; classical ballet on one side and musical, jazz and modern ballet on the other. Both sides left strong impressions, because it could not have been otherwise. After gaining impressive knowledge and vast experience and an internship at the Bolshoi Theater, I achieved my goal; to professionally improve and be the best.

Galapagos, Isabella Island: A little gossip with a sea lioness

As for prejudices, they are not in the art. We speak a universal body language, which everyone understands, and as a worldly woman, who does not have two relatives of the same nationality, I belong to the East and the West, as well as the North and the South.

Guatemala: Life in Chichiikastenango

5. You are considered to have set new standards in the field of choreography and stage movement. Were you aware of that then or did it become clear to you much later?

Sonja Lapatanov: Everything was clear to me from the beginning! After professional training, in the Russia and the USA, I dedicated myself to pedagogical and choreographic work, as well as the stage movement, developing into a creator of a special and original style, recognisable in countless theater performances and other types of stage performances.

Zimbabwe: Knox dance in front of the Queen and the King

I expertly incorporated steps and dance into the fabric of the play, contributing to the fact that in contemporary theater, stage movement and choreography become an important element of the director’s concept and the plays themselves. Based on my work in 1996, the Sterija Award for Choreography and Stage Movement was established, which I am especially proud of. For my creative work, I have received excellent feedback from the audience and critics, and I have won numerous significant professional and social recognitions and awards.

Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls

6. You are one of the first, if not the first, choreographer who went beyond the strict boundaries of theater and collaborated with the great music stars of the former Yugoslavia. Such a move is not always viewed favorably by your colleagues. How did that collaboration come about and how did you experience it?

Sonja Lapatanov: Older colleagues also collaborated with the music stars of Yugoslavia before me, and that was then called show business. At the time when it was called a spotlight stage, I got into that story, at the invitation of the manager, or the artists themselves. The mention of the star stage is mostly identified with the gallery of all kinds of naked singers on the front pages of the “yellow press magazines”, which unhappily defined the show business as something that implies vulgarity.

Ladakh: Little break on Pangong Lake

Many of them didn’t like those words, while the “show business” expression is much more acceptable. People from cultural circles are especially sensitive to the star stage, who perceive the term as something third-class, as evil and upside down. In essence, pop and show business have the same meaning and identical frameworks in which they operate. My collaboration with pop artists has always been at an enviable level, because how could it be otherwise with Zdravko Colic, Bebi Dol, Brena, Ana Bekuta, Dragana Mirkovic, Rambo Amadeus, Goran Bregovic, Alen Islamovic, Zorica Kondza, Biljana Ristic, Suzana Mancic , Bane Mojicevic, Stevan Andjelkovic, Marija Serifovic…

Ladakh: On the Changla pass

There were some people who were not kind to me because they could not enter to my team of players, those who accompanied the singers and some colleagues who later reluctantly accepted to do choreographies with newly arrived singers and future stars of the same “stage”. For my players, that cooperation was a solid source of income, they had a long service and health insurance. We were all satisfied with that cooperation.

Grenada island: Spice and fruit sellers

7. Due to the nature of their work, ballerinas “retire” extremely early by the usual standards. How did you experience that? Did traveling serve you as a new life challenge?

Sonja Lapatanov: I was not very shaken, because even then I was actively involved in pedagogical work, choreography and stage movement for theater performances in Belgrade and throughout Yugoslavia. I worked a lot, as many as 12 shows a year, sometimes two at the same time, say; one in Subotica and the other in Nis. Home in Belgrade, I just came to change my wardrobe! There was work, creativity was at its peak, as was inflation! From signing a contract, to paying a fee, hyperinflation would eat everything up! It was the highest inflation recorded in Serbia and one of the highest in the history of mankind.

Cambodia: Fields of Death

Product prices grew very fast, even in just a few hours the Yugoslavian Dinar (currency which was used in those times) became just a piece of paper. The exchange rate of the brand jumped every day. More and more money was printed and the new banknotes had more and more zeros. The shops were empty, and for a jar of cucumbers, 2,100 dinars had to be set aside, and for two liters of milk, or 200 grams of mustard, as much as 500 billion dinars! Terrible!

Southern Ethiopia: Members of the Mursi tribe

Thanatos and Eros, those compounds of opposites in life, life and death, happiness and sorrow, pain and enjoyment… destruction and creativity, which sustained me then and thank him! Traveling is my eternal life challenge. My ancestors migrated from one end of the world to the other, which is characteristic of the human race, including me.

Libya: Qasr Al-Haj

8. When did you feel that travel had become more than an adventure and had become your second occupation?

Sonja Lapatanov: From the moment when I started with writing books.

Libya, Sahara: The Finger of Allah

9. You have visited almost all countries of the world. What encouraged you to visit countries that go beyond the tourist framework and which most people never intend to visit?

Sonja Lapatanov: There is an answer in your question. I was encouraged by the fact that the countries I like to visit go beyond the tourist framework and that a small number of people intend to remind them!

Southern Ethiopia: Houses of the Dorze people

10. You say for yourself that you are an adrenaline addict and that your favorite destinations are in Asia and Africa. Which trip caused the greatest adrenaline?

Sonja Lapatanov: That’s right, I am a curious, adrenaline junkie and adventurer eager for knowledge. I constantly need to improve my being spiritually and intellectually. In that sense, I need changes. And it doesn’t hold my place! Many situations caused euphoria, some brought tears, some fear, some sighs and admiration… in Africa Sudan, Tanzania and Namibia, in Asia Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan…

Oman: In a desert oasis

My dear travellers, I hope you like my new post in column on the blog “My side of the world” and that you enjoyed it with my guest today. We will continue our trip around the world in a few days with our Sonja Lapatanov.

I would recommend you to take a look at the other pictures that dear Sonja set aside in the gallery especially for us to see what kind of beauties our earth hides.

French Polynesia, Tahiti: In the company of a tattoo artist

 If you have a suggestion when you would like to see and whose side of the world you would like to discover, you can write to me below in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page. See you soon with another interesting story!

Best,
Mr.M

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Mr.M Travel Diary: How Traveling Can Change Your Life?

My dear travellers, how are you today? I really hope you are in the perfect mood and you’re ready for a new post. In the previous post, I asked you for advice about blog content, as we will have little difficulty doing business in the tourism industry. Due to the spread of the Corona virus, world-class tourism will have great consequences as well as other services. For today, I have prepared for you a special post in which I will compare 4 destinations that are somehow “related”.

Travel is itself a great gift that life gives us and when we have the opportunity to explore new cultures and connect with other people. Whether it is a classic tourist trip or a business trip, the journey itself provides an opportunity to expand our knowledge and perspectives that will allow us to more easily to accept some of the new changes that are being imposed on us over time. Man is a social being who tries his best to feed his curious side, and scientists have confirmed that travel is the best “soul food”.

When it comes to travel, it is not the destination that matters, but the company you choose as your travel companions, because you mostly do not go alone. The destination is completely irrelevant, it can also be something in your immediate vicinity of where you live, to some of the farthest points on Earth. The possibilities are great, the question is what are your personal interests.

INDIA

The first destination I decided to write you some of my impressions on today is far away country called India. I had the opportunity to visit this unusual and populous country in Asia two years ago, in 2018, when I was selected by thousands of bloggers from all over the world to visit this amazing country. At that moment, I was really excited and fulfilled with both business and emotional sides. Firstly, it was a great honor for me to be selected from so many bloggers in the world and to organize my trip in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of India. On the other hand, I fulfilled my biggest childhood dream and I visited the country about I heard the stories of my father who visited India many times.

I always dreamed of visiting the famous Taj Mahal and seeing the “River of Life” – the Ganges River flowing through the most famous historical city – Varanasi. As financial situation in the Balkan region is on average, poor level, most people only dream of going to India once for the lifetime or stay dreaming visiting this country. I was fortunate enough to fulfill my dream and embark on an incredible journey that I am sure would honestly not be able to raise money on my own and provide this kind of adventure which worth few thousands of dollars.

This trip was special because I was able to discover all the beauties of the Golden Triangle in India, thanks to the National Railways of the Republic of India, which helped me get in touch with the management of the Maharaja’s Express, a train everyone says is a “5 stars hotel on the wheels ”. Their team was carefully listening to my ideas and they were fulfilled my wishes so we made an unusual trip where we added a little more cities in their itinerary and I’ve got an unusual and magical trip through India.

It was my first long distance trip where I had the opportunity to get to know a whole new culture and to get to know the beauties of one of the most populous countries in the world – India. For 12 days of unusual train journey, we toured the quaint cities in the heart of India every day, and on this occasion I made a lot of interesting stories which I shared with you on the blog in 2018. It was a journey that fulfilled my childhood dreams, on the other hand I was extremely proud because I came to India for my dedicated blog work.

I think that everyone should visit India at least once in your lifetime just to see the beauty of the diversity of cultures and that Hindu culture may be far away to us, but at heart we will understand each others. Of course, it is necessary to save enough money to be able to feel the magic of this country and I think that for 1200 to 1500 euros you can buy plane tickets when airlines have some special fare sales and for that budget you can also provide decent accommodation and visit some of the most famous sights in India.

With pocket money you will need about 1800 to 2000 euros for a trip like this. When it comes to far distant destinations, most of the budget is spent on airline tickets while accommodation, food and basic necessities are not that expensive. That is why it is important to take advantage of the special actions that airlines occasionally carry out and by buying tickets to distant destinations like India.

At the very end of this remarkable adventure, I had the opportunity to visit the city of Varanasi, through which passes the “river of life” – the Ganges, which is of great mythical importance to the Indians. This is not an ordinary city, this is a place where the deity Shiva meets the Mother of Ganges daily. Hundreds of dead people are being burned here every day, who in this way get rid of the classical cycle of life and go to a holy place. It may be a bit morbid for our European understanding and way of life, but for Hindu culture this is acceptable as a cult that have some special order of process of life in their country.

If you want to understand Hindu culture, it is necessary to go there without any prejudice. If you go with some initial negative attitude, you will not be able to understand and see the contrast and all the beauty and diversity of this unusual country. My advice is to book your ticket and when you have the ideal opportunity not to think too much and enjoy the beauty of this far away country.

Posts I wrote about India:

  1. India: Land of Smile and Happiness
  2. India: When Dreams Come True!
  3. India: Last Call For Varanasi
  4. India: Red is the Color of Joy (special fashion outfit post)

LAOS

A country that can be compared to India in some ways, not only do they share a place in Asia, but in both countries it is natural and their cultures are so unreal and different. When it comes to the size of these countries, it is impossible to compare, because Laos is one of the smallest countries in this part of the world.

No matter the size, this tiny green emerald of Asia can, due to its turbulent history and unusual culture, is great “rival” to India. This trip is a little fresher for me because this adventure was realised at the end of last year, in November 2019.

First when someone mentions Southeast Asia, the first associations are long and exhausting flights. Yes it is true, especially since you have to change several airports and flights to get to Laos, but when you step on the soil of this paradise of greenery you realize that it was all worth it. This is a land where you can rest all your senses. Unlike in India, Laos is for all lovers of nature and more peaceful tourism. Here you can come to really rest and learn something new about Lao culture and Buddhism in a completely different way.

It was a great honour for me to be one of the first bloggers in the world to have a chance to visit Laos in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. The main goal of my visit was to promote Lao culture, traditions and their customs. I wanted to attend on their most important Buddhist religious festival, and a ministry team led by a minister made it a point to experience the beauty of sharing joy with others in mid-November when That Luang Festival is usually held.

In addition to the capital of Laos – Vientiane, I also had the opportunity to visit Luang Prabang, a city of great historical importance to the Lao people. It was once the “cradle” of the Lao kings and from there the influence spread to the rest of the country, until the role of the capital after the kingdom collapsed was officially assigned to Vientiane.

Laos is a country where you can explore the beauties and charms of untouched nature and learn some new historical facts about this part of the world. Believe me, no matter the size of this small country, it is all disproportionate to the injustice and fate of the Lao people throughout history.

In addition, you will learn more about their culture, traditions and religion. After this visit, I got a whole different view of the world with the help of the prism of truth that Buddhism gives you.

If you find the right guides to explain the essence of Buddhism and some of the basics of the rules and principles of this religion, you will understand some of life’s truths and injustices in life. Perhaps this will help you see your life problems from a whole new angle.

Posts I’ve shared with you about this beautiful country:

  1. Letters from Laos: Vientiane, the Lost Treasure of the Riverside of Mekong…
  2. Letters from Laos: That Luang – The Festival of Love and Sharing…
  3. Letters from Laos: Luang Prabang, a magical fairy tale about the land of 1000 elephants…
  4. Letters from Laos: Luang Prabang, the Historical Cradle of Lao Kings…
  5. Letters from Laos: Buddhism is the Heart, where all People can find Peace…

MOROCCO

Morocco is one of those countries in Africa that you fantasize about after seeing a movie or your favorite series. So it was the case with me when I dreamed about this country after I met her “cinematically” after I “saw” as a child in the last scenes of the famous movie “Original Sin” with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas and the series “Forbidden Love”. Where, in addition to Marrakesh, who played the leading role, was somewhere between the city walls and forbidden the love of the beautiful Moroccan girl Jade and Lucas, the love of two young people who defied all laws.

According to my social channels, Morocco is the destination that has caused the most emotion in most of my readers. Honestly, the same was the case with me. For a while, I dreamed of visiting Morocco and feeling that mixture of Africa and Europe in French language. Morocco is a country that you cannot describe in just three words. It is a country of contrast and to which I have given the epithet “Sand Fairy Tale”.

Marrakech is a dream city and it was a cradle of inspiration from one of the greatest fashion virtuosos, who certainly marked the 20th century fashion and made a real way for French design and creation.

In addition to Marrakesh, the serenity of blue azure shades of blue brings an unusual city on the Atlantic coast. Esauira is a picturesque fishing town. Due to the climatic conditions, he was given the sympathetic nickname “Town of the Winds”.

There is a very interesting festival that is organized every year in the fall and is dedicated to all dragon lovers. I may not have had the opportunity to feel that adrenaline, but I did enjoy the beautiful pictures shown by the guides from the Tourist Organization of this incredible city.

I found out a few more interesting things about this quaint town. Did you know that this city used to be known as the Portuguese name Mogador, which in Berber means a wall, because Portuguese Mogador was strongly fortified. It was because of these walls that Esauira was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Africa in 2001.

The reason for my visit to this unusual country was the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which is a musical treasure trove of elements of jazz, pop and rock music, and trying in every way to explore some new musical directions. An interesting event that brings together artists from all over the world with famous artists who are members of the Moroccan ethnic group of peoples better known as Gnaoua or Gnawa.

I will remember this trip for the incredible blue and sandy scenery and smiling faces of Moroccans. It is the people that sets each country apart, many people think it is irrelevant, but it is the people who help differentiate a particular country from the rest. Collective behavior depends on whether the state will receive a positive or negative “rating”.

I hope to have the opportunity to visit Morocco soon again and to continue my adventure where I left off. Morocco is one exceptional country that gives us a lot of opportunities and it has been a great pleasure for me to feature it on my blog.

Posts from Morocco that I shared with you during 2018:

  1. Letters from Morocco: My Incredible Adventure in Marrakesh
  2. Letters from Morocco: Essaouira, the Blue Diamond of Atlantic Ocean
  3. Letters from Morocco: Little Piece of Heaven in the Heart of Marrakesh
  4. Letters from Morocco: One Fashion Story from Essaouira

EGYPT

A country with a long and fascinating history that marked human existence. The cradle of a civilization dating back a little over 4500 years, whose history we had the opportunity to learn in primary and secondary schools. When you mention Egypt, the first association with this ancient civilization is the “eternal” monuments that are one of the seven wonders of the world – the pyramids.

As we approached Cairo, I couldn’t even imagine that I would get a chance to see those incredible sights located not far from Cairo on the Giza Plateau. Only when you land in Cairo and head to Giza do you realize how small a man is, but with great effort he can do great things. The pyramids are the result of human efforts to work a miracle for the “gods on earth” as the rulers and pharaohs enjoyed the reputation of mythical beings at that time.

In October 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the center of Hellenistic culture, Alexandria and the jewel of the Red Sea – Hurghada, in addition to Cairo and Giza. It was my honor and great pleasure to be the Destination Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt this year at the Belgrade International Tourism Fair held a few days ago in Belgrade.

42nd Belgrade Tourism Fair marked this year and I am glad that for the first time in many years, Egypt was the partner country of such a significant event in Serbia and the Balkan region as well.

I hope that after resolving this current situation with the Corona virus, it will bring things back to normal and that at least towards the end of this year, tourism will be a bit lively. Tourists have always been dear and welcome guests to this country in Africa, and I’m sure the Egyptians welcome us this year with open arms.

In addition to exceptional resorts and landscaped beaches, Egypt is also known for its many cultural monuments and archeological sites. If you have the time, make some plan to visit Alexandria, a city named after Alexander the Great, the greatest conqueror. An interesting anecdote is that Alexander never actually saw the city but continued his march, but was buried in Alexandria after his death.

Maybe Alexander the Great did not have the opportunity to see Alexandria, but he tried to arrange it in his own way, so he hired urban planners and architects who, based on his ideas, edited Alexandria.

Posts about Egypt I shared with you in 2019:

  1. Letters from Egypt: Story about Golden time of the Pharaoh’s Empire…
  2. Letters from Egypt: Lost Kingdom somewhere between priceless Treasures of Egyptian Museum in Cairo…
  3. Letters from Egypt: Alexandria, the City of the great Charm…
  4. Letters from Egypt: Hurghada, heaven Saphir of Red Sea…

My dear adventurers, once again we have come to the end of our first special post where I will share with you some of my personal experiences which I forgot to write you during posting regular blog posts. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from airline companies and Tourism boards for all those incredible adventures. I hope we will continue our new adventures soon!

How do you like this post? Do you have some ideas? Would you like to see some other interesting reviews about destinations which I’ve already visited? Now is the perfect time to tell me and I will do my best to tell you everything about some destinations what I forgot to tell you before! 🙂

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.

Best,
Mr.M

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Letters from Egypt: Hurghada, heaven Saphir of Red Sea…

My dear travellers, how are you today? I’m sure these cold last days of November didn’t spoil your mood. Slowly but surely we are entering the festive month and starting to count down the last days of 2019. It is strange that at the beginning of each year, those 365 days seem too long, but as we can see time is flying so fast.

Today is the time to write my last post, the last letter from Egypt. We will end this special series of posts from Egypt at an Egyptian resort that is well known to all of us – Hurghada. Yes, it is one of the destinations that you can always find in the offers of almost all travel agencies, because a lot of people from Europe, especially from Germany are flying to the beaches of the Red Sea in Hurghada.

When the team of the Egyptian Tourism Authority organized our trip and the whole program was done literally today for the next day, I received an e-mail, do I want to go to the Valley of the Kings or do I want to go on a mini vacation in Hurghada? After a brief “constructive talk” with my photographer, we decided that perhaps because of the variety of content, I would also visit a well-known resort not to be a full educational trip.

When I told my mom that I was traveling to Hurghada, she said that I was a real Serb, because every Serb in his life had to visit Hurghada at least once… Mom is always ready for a joke, even if it is especially inspired by me.

The Egyptian Tourism Authority made sure that my mini vacation was organized in the best possible way, so my photographer and I had the opportunity to spend some time relaxing at one of the most beautiful hotels in Hurghada – Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel.

This hotel is a true “haven” of sophisticated luxury located in the center of the new part of Hurghada on the shores of the Red Sea. A hedonistic paradise that will satisfy the demands of even the most demanding visitors pervades this one, located on the azure blue shore of the Red Sea. My mind finally rested a bit in the greenery of landscaped gardens, the Red Sea Aqua Marine and the red coral reefs. This award-winning hotel combines high-end luxury with superior service.

Within the Steigenberger hotel chain in addition to the ALDAU Beach Hotel, there are three other hotels in the immediate vicinity, namely Steigenberger Aqua Magic, Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle and Steigenberger Makadi hotels.

The Aldau Beach Hotel where I stayed, Aqua Magic and Pure Lifestyle hotels are reserved for all water sports enthusiasts, while Makadi is a golf hotel. My vacation was filled with many adventures and as a person who has traveled half the world I can say that the Steigenberger Aldau hotel has fulfilled all my expectations. Although I was not demanding, neither did the person who requested anything on the trips, the staff at the hotel did some additional things that I really did not expect.

Upon arrival, we were hungry, so my photographer and I went out for lunch and when we came to the room we had something to see. All the clothes were refreshed, ironed, the shoes polished and everything was in place… Even the suitcases were taken care of, I think my poor suitcase finally got polished and looked even better than when I took it out of the store. An hour before dinner ends, we get a call that dinner time is ending and we can dine in the room or choose from a couple of restaurants located within the resort, depending on the cuisine we like.

I have to admit that I got lost in the list of the mentioned international cuisines and that, as boisterous as it was, I chose the first restaurant I saw from the terrace, since my brain could not understand all the above options in an hour…

The hotel staff will make you feel at home, honestly at home I have to iron and to take care of myself so that I would easily move to Hurghada to live in this resort because each of us would love to be so beautifully pampered and attentive and not to worry about the little things that otherwise preoccupy our daily lives.

When you are finished resting from your leisure time ie. reluctant or what some would say from a vacation getaway you can enjoy some interesting activities within the hotel such as scuba diving, water scooter rides, fitness, or you can take a stroll through the Promenade which houses countless souvenir shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and other shops that can make your holiday easier.

Since I am a devilish person, I used to stroll at the time of day when all normal people are on the beach or having an afternoon break, I earned a sunstroke so almost all the time I was partly in a wobbly mood somewhere between a female PMS time and a period cold, so because I managed to cut out the best holiday scenarios for myself but i managed to relieve it for a while because i was taking pain pills purely so that i don’t miss such a nice vacation.

I am one of those people who do not know how to act on vacation because I sleep with the camera and constantly have the need to take pictures and write and record audios so that I have a reminder of what to write afterwards.

How to manage in Hurghada? You have two options: crazy and normal one. The crazy option is to walk to the center 10 to 15 kilometers away or to be guided by reason and to choose the normal option and take a taxi to the center. You must always do your best to develop the bargaining skill and bargain, otherwise taxi drivers will, as in other countries, will sweep you of your feet. The first and basic rule is to first make the deal about the price of the ride and then to accept the ride. I say this as a note because many tourists just say the destination without first being informed about the price of the trip…

I tested my physical limits, so in the evening I walked about 4-5 kilometers and back to the hotel and was a regular visitor to the Promenade because I found new companions – Camels that their owners brought to the Promenade for tourists (they charge for making photos with them, no camel riding). Some would say that pure exploitation of living beings in this case are the camels, but this is a little different. Camels are clean and healthy, beautifully nourished, well-groomed and are used only for making photos and do not use them as a transportation. In a way this is kind of in my opinion a symbiosis and everyone has some benefit so it is a mutual pleasure.

My dear adventurers, once again we have come to the end of our fourth special post and at the same time last post from series of post from my Egyptian adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Egyptian Tourism Authority for this incredible adventure and Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel their huge efforts to make our stay unforgettable and I felt like at home.

How do you like this story about Hurghada? Have you maybe had a chance to visit Egypt? I would like to share with me your experience! See you soon on some other interesting destination!

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.

Best,
Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Egyptian Tourism Authority. I would like to say thank you to Steigenberger ALDAU Beach Hotel for having us. The flights were like on the magic carpet thanks to Austrian Airlines and EgyptAir. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera with Sony FE 24-70 mm lense from special G Master series of professional lenses.
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Letters from Egypt: Lost Kingdom somewhere between priceless Treasures of Egyptian Museum in Cairo…

My dear travellers, how are you today? I sincerely hope you are well and ready for another new story from far away Africa. In a previous post, you had the opportunity to get to know the capital of Egypt – Cairo and the suburbs of Giza, where the only remaining world wonders of the ancient world are located – The Pyramids.

If you have not been able to read my previous post from Egypt, now is the perfect moment just to take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of Cairo and the Pyramids as today’s post will be a continuation of my previous story from Cairo. Specifically, when I saw that according to the plan and program of visits to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, I thought it would be enough to round out with one post just to make the full story of Cairo.

Before I begin my today’s post, I would like to thank the Egyptian Tourism Authority once again for their cordial invitation. It was a great pleasure for me to get to know Egypt and to get the opportunity to bring the cradle of civilization to all my dear readers and adventurers who love to read my travel stories.

After visiting the museum, my photographer and I realized that there would be a lot more material and we decided that it might be best to dedicate a special post to this treasury. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is located in the heart of the city close to famous hotel chains. A person from the Egyptian Tourism Authority told us that due to the crowds, we could see if there was a possibility of early entry into the museum.

When we came to the museum, I could see for myself the river of people waiting to buy tickets and enter the museum. I must admit that I was pleased to see people interested in the history of the ancient great Egyptian Kingdom.

The exhibition of the museum is divided into several epochs and from the very entrance to the museum your story through history begins with the oldest royal dynasties that ruled Egypt during their history dating back to just over 4500 years BC.

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known as the Egyptian Museum or Museum in Cairo, is home to one of the largest collections of ancient Egyptian antiquities. Under one roof you can find about 120,000 items, most of the items are on display, while a smaller part is kept in special sections of the museum, which is closed to the public. The museum building was built in 1901 by the Italian construction company Garozzo-Zaffarani according to the design of French architect Marcel Dourgnon.

This museum is one of the largest museums in Africa. It is believed that with the opening of the new Grand Egyptian Museum in 2020, the new museum will be the largest museum in the world. If I’m lucky enough, we may be reading some news about Cairo’s new museum next year at this time on Mr.M blog, wish me luck! 🙂

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains many important parts of the history of ancient Egypt. It houses the world’s largest collection of ancient pharaohs. The Egyptian government established a museum that was built long ago in 1835 near the Ezbekeyah Garden and later moved to the Cairo Citadel. A little later in 1855, the Egyptian government donated all the artifacts to Duke Maximilian of Austria. These objects are currently in the Museum of the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna.

When I captured this photo above, the first thing on my mind was: “Sorry Klimt, but the first Kiss was made in Egypt!”. Let’s continue with our story… The new museum was founded on Boulaq in 1858 in a former warehouse, following the founding of the new Department of Antiquities under the administration of Auguste Mariette. The building was located on the bank of the Nile River, and in 1878 suffered significant damage during the Nile flood. In 1891, all collections of objects were moved to the former royal palace, in the Giza Cairo district.

There, all the exhibits remained there until 1902, when they were last moved to the present museum in Tahrir Square, built by the Italian company Giuseppe Garozzo and Francesco Zaffrani according to the project of French architect Marcel Dourgnon.

15 years ago, the museum received the first female general director of Egyptian Museum – Wafaa El Saddik. During the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the museum was demolished and two mummies destroyed. After repairing the damage, the workers at the museum realized that several important artifacts were damaged during the invasion of the museum. When they completed the final list of items, about 50 objects were missing. Fortunately, so far, in cooperation with the authorities, the museum has been able to locate and reclaim 25 items. The museum and certain items were restored and were set up in 2013 in an exhibition titled Damaged and Renovated.

Among the exhibited artifacts are two statues of King Tutankhamun, made of cedar wood with gilding, a statue of King Akhenaten, a statue of Ushabti belonging to Nubian kings, a mummy of a child and a small polychrome glass vase.

During this visit I learned a lot of interesting things and memorized some interesting stories that I will share with you today. For example, in the previous picture and in the picture before it, you see statues with a male character. It was women! In ancient Egypt, women who claimed to be rulers had to prove to the people that they were strong enough and able to carry out politics and govern Egypt in a wise way. The sculptures you see are related to an earlier period of the great Egyptian Empire, long before the Cleopatra we all know a lot about.

Its predecessors had to pave the way for women in politics and it was much more difficult because their sculptures initially had a male character to be respected and appreciated by the people and recognised as powerful rulers.

Do you remember the Great Cheops Pyramid from your previous post? It is the largest pyramid in Giza built for himself for the afterlife by the famous Pharaoh Khufu, who was the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty of the old kingdom.

My guide, who helped me better understand the history of ancient Egypt, asked: “Marko, are you ready to see the largest statue of Pharaoh of Cheops ?!”. I briefly answered “yes” and nodded significantly and wondered if I would be able to make a good photo as some statues were so large that I struggled to capture them… However, we came into the room and the guide showed with a smile a statue of the great King of Khufu that can fit in a slightly larger pocket of a jacket or coat… This is for now the only and largest figure of Pharaoh of Cheops that archaeologists have been able to find. (picture above)

This statue showed that over time the position of women in the society of ancient Egypt changed. The woman has become a strong and stable pillar of the family! Here is a slim and healthy woman who, despite everything, stayed with her husband.

There are various interpretations of the male figure, perhaps the husband was ill from birth or was injured and he is smaller than the woman. If you look a little better, he has two children instead of legs, which in some way completely compensate for his lack, and with a strong wife, their life goes on without any problems. After a long period, this is the first figure where the female character is smiling and firmly holding the man with much love. Such figures have not been made before in ancient Egypt…

Family happiness was also recorded in the royal family. You can see here one Pharaoh spending time with his wife and children. Usually in royal portraits spouses are not close and showed not the slightest kind of affection and kindness. This was the first portrait of the royal family where all members in everyday life can be seen. The direction of the history of Ancient Egypt is changing and we are slowly coming to the new dynasties that ruled Egypt.

Now we come to an interesting part of the exibition of this museum. I’m sure we all remembered some details about the history of Egypt and how the Egyptians were devout had their gods and believed in the afterlife. Since then, social classes were expressed, depending on which one you belong to depend on your ability to adequately prepare for life after death.

Let’s start with the richer ones. The couple from the court who were otherwise ancestors of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun, more precisely Yuya was his great-grandfather, while Thuya was his great-grandmother. They lived during the period of the 18th New Kingdom dynasty. At the Egyptian Museum in Cairo you can see their remains, as well as the remains of other pharaohs whose tombs were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Until the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, Yuya’s and Thuya’s tomb was one of the most spectacular ever found in the Valley of the Kings, despite Iuia not even being a Pharaoh. Although the burial place was looted in ancient times, many items that were not considered worthy of looting by the robbers remained. Both mummies are largely intact and were in amazing and preserved condition. Their faces have been particularly distorted by the process of mummification and provide remarkable insight into the real and natural appearance of the deceased while alive.

Yuya and his wife were buried in the Valley of the Kings, where James Kuibell discovered their tomb in 1905. Although robbers broke into the tomb, perhaps upset because Kuibell had already found most of the funeral equipment and two mummies that were virtually untouched. As Egyptologist Cyril Aldred noted: Although the tomb was ruptured in ancient times, the funeral repository was largely intact, there was no doubt about the identity of the pair found among the cut canvases inside their tombs.

As they were a couple who lived in the court and the ancestors of the famous Tutankhamun, they are the best example of what the preparation of the wealthier social class in Egypt looked like. Due to administrative problems and the large crowds in the museum, it was necessary to vacate the room in order to make the photos of Tutankhamun’s treasures, but because of the large number of visitors it was not possible at that moment with all the goodwill of the Ministry of Antiquities and the Ministry of Tourism of which I was a guest. and because of our plan and program, I was unable to return before the museum closed and failed to make the photos.

The problem is that otherwise Tutankhamun’s treasure should not be photographed, except for special media delegations when the room is vacated because of the value of the items, it is not possible to make photos in groups, but solely individually and under supervision.

A statue that was found in the Tutankhamun tomb that was a form of protection for the tomb itself. Just over 5,000 items were found in the tomb, including a solid gold casket, an obituary face mask weighing about 11 pounds, thrones, archery bows, trumpets, a lotus chalice, food, wine, sandals and linen linen.

Recent analysis shows that the dagger found in the tomb had an iron blade made of meteorite. The study of artifacts of the time, including other artifacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb, could provide valuable information on metalworking technology throughout the Mediterranean at that time.

The history of ancient Egypt was turbulent and was marked by many personalities who made their stories to keep the stories of Egypt alive and to be the works that the world will forever talk about. They were advanced in their time, they had faith and their beliefs that led them to the goal.

Today, all these exhibits are part of history and have their own story and attract people all over the world to come to Cairo. The “star of the day” was the God of the underworld and the mummification of Anubis. It was hard to come by, you can see for yourself how many people were waiting just to be able to make photo of Anubis. I’m also sure you may have remembered that all the people who were mummifying wore the Anubis mask on their face during the process.

In the picture above you can see what a mummy of a young female person looked like during the Roman Empire time in Egypt. New details are present and pictures of the deceased are inserted. The mummification technique and the making of the casket have changed significantly. It is believed that this young woman was from a wealthy family by the way the coffin was made.

An example of a New Kingdom death mask in Egypt. It is made for a young male person.

My dear adventurers, once again we have come to the end of our special post from series of post from my Egyptian adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Egyptian Tourism Authority for this incredible adventure and Conrad Cairo Hotel and Marriott Mena House Hotel for their huge efforts to make our stay unforgettable and I felt like at home.

I also would like to say huge thank you to employees of the Egyptian Museum and my wonderful guide who did his best to make story about Egyptian history more closer to my readers.

How do you like this story about Egypt? Have you maybe had a chance to visit Cairo and Giza and to enjoy in the beauty of the incredible pyramids? I would like to share with me your experience! See you soon on some other interesting destination!

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.

Best,
Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Egyptian Tourism Authority. I would like to say thank you to Conrad Cairo Hotel by Hilton and Marriott Mena House for having us. The flights were like on the magic carpet thanks to Austrian Airlines. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera with Sony FE 24-70 mm lense from special G Master series of professional lenses.
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Letters from Egypt: Story about Golden time of the Pharaoh’s Empire…

My dear travellers welcome to the Mr.M blog! I have to announce that this is my first blog post in the new season and I am very excited about it. Many of you have asked me when new letters will “arrive” from some interesting destinations. I think today is the right time to send you a new letter, right from the cradle of civilization – the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Just couple days ago, I received an invitation from the Ministry of Tourism and the Egyptian Tourism Authority to come and visit their wonderful country. Since until now I have not had the opportunity to visit Egypt and fulfill my dream of seeing the pyramids, one of the important sights on the UNESCO list one of 7 wonders of the world I just had to find free time and visit a country that is considered to be the cradle of a civilization whose history is longer than 4500 years…

After receiving an invitation from the Ministry of Tourism and Egyptian Tourism Authority, I was contacted by His Excellency, Mr. Aljowaily Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Belgrade, who set aside his free time and was kind enough to introduce me with basic information about Egypt as well as about the trip itself. I would like to thank him for his time and all the useful information and tips.

After a couple of days, I don’t think it’s been 5 days since everything happened in a fast track, little Marko and his photographer found themselves on flights by Austrian Airlines, where we came to Cairo like on a magic carpet. My excitement peaked when a photographer scrambled me from my dream to show me the pyramids in Giza that can be seen from the plane, if you are one of the lucky ones! The feeling was amazing and it was the first time that I actually realized that I had arrived at my final destination…

After landing and paperwork we had a warm welcome from our hosts – Egyptian Tourism Authority and they helped us with our luggage and equipment to make our way to hotel in Cairo easier. Africa is maybe a far distant continent for us, their culture is unusual and exotic to us, but the most interesting fact is that Cairo is one of the largest cities in Africa with over 25 million inhabitants. If I had to choose only 3 words to describe Cairo, I would say – SANDY MODERN CROWD! The city where so many millions of people live never sleeps and count on it to take you a lot longer to reach your destination, so you should always leave at least an hour and a half or two early to arrive at your desired destination on time.

Cairo is located on the banks and islands of the Nile in the northern part of Egypt, a little south of where the river leaves its desert valley and where a three-arm branch begins at the Nile Delta.

The oldest part of the city is located on the east side of the river, while the New modern part gradually extends west, surrounding the green areas of the Nile Valley. The new western part of the city was built in the time of Ismail the Magnificent, inspired by architecture of Paris, with wide boulevards, parks and open spaces. As for the old part of the city, the eastern part is the totally opposite. It has grown randomly through the centuries and is full of narrow, clogged streets. While western Cairo is dominated by government and state-of-the-art buildings, the eastern part is filled with hundreds of old mosques that serve as landmarks.

The abundant use of Nile water allowed the city to expand eastward further into the desert. The bridges connect Cairo to the islands of Gezira and Rhoda, which house state government offices. Bridges across the Nile, the capital connects to the suburbs of Giza and Imbabah. One interesting fact for all of you, the longest bridge in Cairo, but also across Africa, is the October 6th bridge, which is nearly 22 kilometers long, which connects the city center with the airport.

The first day in Cairo went by so fast and we only had time to stay at the hotel with the hope that the next day would be full of excitement. Due to the expedited process of organizing this media trip, I got the plan for the next day in the evening, which was quite exciting for me. On the second day we visited the Egyptian Museum where we took more pictures than we expected, so I decided that it would be better to show you the historical treasury in a few days in a special post where we will discover the history of ancient civilization together, meet some Pharaohs and of course see part of Tutankhamun’s treasure. I’m sure you’ll love it!

As a surprise for the end of the second day in Cairo, the Egyptian Tourism Authority decided to show us what Cairo looks like at night, so we went on an interesting cruise where we enjoyed a dervish dance and a rich cultural program.

Whoever followed my adventure in Egypt through my Instagram stories you could see the most interesting parts of this Nile cruise, it was very exciting and I was glad to be able to feel the magic of nightlife in the capital of Egypt. If your way sometimes leads you to Cairo, I think you should visit this waterfront restaurant and experience the beauty of Cairo with oriental vibe cultural program.

One of the most memorable sights of the program was the dance of the dervishes. For all those who are not familiar with the meaning of the dervish dance, I will try to explain as quickly as possible the meaning of the dance ritual itself. The cradle of the dervishes is located in Turkey, the founder of the Mevlevi order was Jalaluddin Rumi Mevlane in Konya (Turkey). A large number of branches, “monasteries” of the Dervish order, have been established in Syria, Egypt and Algeria as well.

The dance of the Dervishes consists of well-defined movements, where the gentle rotation becomes more dynamic as each dervish reaches a state similar to a trance. The music that accompanies these turns also changes the rhythm and speed, giving everything a hypnotic impression as you watch it from the sidelines, and helping the dervishes themselves reach ecstasy. Another name for this dance is “heavenly dance” because it is thought that they are so easily approaching and opening their path to God.

Those two hours which I spent on this amazing cruise will be truly remembered as the most extraordinary night in my life, since on most trips, little Marko gets into bed in that time and charges for the next day. For a wonderful miracle, I was not tired at all the next day.

Day number 3 – Pyramids of Giza, the most important part of this incredible journey! Because of the excitement I didn’t sleep at all that night, after the fun I got on a cruise and when I saw that I was going to Giza I couldn’t close my eyes. I was too happy to go to bed, so I was looking at the stars and imagined how Giza looks like, one more time before our real “meeting”!

Giza is best known as the archeological site of some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world, including the tomb complex of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and temples, consisting of the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid (the Cheops Pyramid) and numerous other pyramids and temples.

Giza was once a zero meridian, a reference point for determining longitude, and certain archaeologists claim that it was located in the Great Pyramid – the Cheops Pyramid.

Giza’s most famous archeological site – the Giza Plateau contains some of the greatest monuments of ancient Egyptian history. The area was formerly a true oasis thanks to the Nile that directly irrigated the plateau, so the pyramids of Giza were built so from the top of pyramids you could see the ancient Egyptian capital Memphis, which was near present-day Cairo at the time of their construction.

Giza has changed a lot over its long history. The greatest changes to the infrastructure itself were recorded during the reigns of the Old Empire dynasties that ruled Egypt and during the occupation of Great Britain in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which built a large number of streets and buildings in the surrounding area. It is often mistakenly thought that Giza is anything but a desert. However, Giza has become the center of Egypt’s culture and is densely populated, so there are many buildings and city services in it.

Giza has received a lot of attention because of the large number of ancient Egyptian monuments in the Giza Plateau, as well as the millions of tourists who come here every year. That is why the British authorities invested in the Giza infrastructure until the Egyptian Revolution, after that period the Egyptian government continued to invest considering its cultural and historical value.

Thanks to the numerous temples and cultural monuments of Ancient Egypt, millions of tourists come to Giza every year. The most important tourist destination is certainly the Pyramids of Giza, a complex of three tombs of Egyptian rulers – pharaohs. Giza, with Sharm el-Sheikh and Cairo, is the most famous tourist destination in Egypt.

The Giza Pyramids are among the most famous and oldest structures in the world. They are located on the western edge of the Nile Valley, about eight kilometers southwest of the city of Giza. They are about 15 kilometers from the center of Cairo. They are the only ones left of the Seven Worlds of Ancient Wonders.

The largest and most famous pyramid is the Pyramid of Cheops, which belongs to the ancient Pharaoh Keops, who was the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty of the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Close to this pyramid you will find the Great Sphinx and the Khafre Pyramid. The third, and at the same time the smallest, is Pyramid of Mikerin (Menkaure).

The Cheops Pyramid is about 140 meters high and covers an area of 5.3 hectares and is the only pyramid that has both ascending and descending corridors. When built it was about 150 meters high, but over the years the top collapsed by about 10 m. According to the writings of Herodotus, the preparation for the construction and construction of the Pyramid of Cheops itself took more than twenty years. 100,000 people worked there, twenty years at three months a year, at the time of the Nile flood when land could not be cultivated.

For this reason, in 1979, they were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Africa, along with the nearby ancient city of Memphis and the necropolises (“cities of the dead”) in Abusir, Dahshur and Sakara.

In addition to Cheops Pyramid, on the Giza plateau there are pyramids of Pharaohs Khafren and Mikerin (Khafren’s successor). The Khafren Pyramid is the second largest, but raised on higher ground, so it looks larger, though ten feet lower than Cheops Pyramid.

The third Pyramid of Giza, erected by Mikerin, was originally 65 meters high, but today it is about 60 meters high. It is built of limestone and granite.

My dear adventurers, once again we have come to the end of our first special post from series of post from my Egyptian adventure. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Egyptian Tourism Authority for this incredible adventure and Conrad Cairo Hotel and Marriott Mena House Hotel for their huge efforts to make our stay unforgettable and I felt like at home.

How do you like this story about Egypt? Have you maybe had a chance to visit Cairo and Giza and to enjoy in the beauty of the incredible pyramids? I would like to share with me your experience! See you soon on some other interesting destination!

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.

Best,
Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Egyptian Tourism Authority. I would like to say thank you to Conrad Cairo Hotel by Hilton and Marriott Mena House for having us. The flights were like on the magic carpet thanks to Austrian Airlines. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera with Sony FE 24-70 mm lense from special G Master series of professional lenses.
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Letters from Malta: The Mediterranean Love at First Sight…

My dear travellers, how are you today? Finally, these sun rays today proved that for us in Serbia finally begins June and summer is officially ON. I honestly do not remember when was the bad weather condition of the previous years, but this year is obviously full of surprises.

It’s still strange to me, and I can not get used to these changes in time, so I’m sorry that my adventure in Malta did not last for at least few more days… Okay, maybe this new series of posts from Malta will help me just to remember how nice it was there. I’m writing to you today my first post about Malta. This series of posts about Malta will be a little longer because there will be a little more travel posts, and of course, as you have been used to, and special fashion posts where I will tell you about my adventures. So let’s start!

The Republic of Malta is a small, but densely populated island country made up of an archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea in the south of Europe. Malta, otherwise geophysically, forms part of North Africa, but this country is geopolitically located in southern Europe. It has an important geographical position on an important road to the central part of Sicily and Italy as well. Malta is a Mediterranean pearl located somewhere between Europe and Africa.

The climate is Mediterranean with extremely mild winters, which is one of the main benefits for a pleasant holiday for most of the year. The culture of Malta is a blend of many cultures that have been in contact with the island for centuries, which makes my trip an interesting adventure.

This spring I received a kind invitation from the National Tourism Organization of the Republic of Malta to come to Malta and visit their biggest fashion event – Malta Fashion Week. Since I have been planning to come to Malta for a long time because I heard it was a land of knights and lost dreams, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to explore Malta and finally to check out all those legends about knights.

At the end of May this year, little Marko and his photographer headed to this Mediterranean paradise. I have to admit after the cold of Russia, Malta was the perfect next fashion station for Mr.M, but this adventure is a little bit warmer, because of the Mediterranean climate which I really love.

In collaboration with the Tourist Organization of Malta, I visited the capital of Malta – Valletta, Sliema, Birgu, Mdina, Marsaxlokk and, of course, the sister’s island of Malta – Gozo. This incredible adventure lasted for 6 days and I think that for 7 to 10 days it is quite enough to explore this island without any rush.

According to the plan and program, the first stop was: Sliema. The city is located on the northern coast of the island and is not to far from the capital city, about ten kilometers away. Otherwise, Sliema is known as a major residential and commercial area and a centre for shopping, bars, dining, and café life. There is the largest shopping mall and retail complex – The Point Shopping Center. Since I was able to visit a couple of stores, I can tell you that as far as prices are concerned, almost as much as in other parts of Europe, such as Italy and France. It was time to find my car and to go to my next destination – Birgu.

P.S. For all lovers of Zara, the prices of products of this famous street style brand are the lowest in Greece and Malta, so now you will know where you can buy some of the fashion pieces of your favorite brand. I believe that some of you will say after this: “Thank you Marko!”, I will only say, “No worries!”.

Birgu or Vittoriosa is one of the official 11 cities in Malta. Have you heard the famous legend of the “Three Cities” in Malta? The three cities represent a collective description of the three fortified cities of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua in Malta. The oldest of these cities is Birgu, which exists since the Middle Ages. The other two cities, Senglea and Cospicua, were founded by the Knights of St. John in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Birgu is a very old locality with its origins reaching back to medieval times. Prior to the establishment of Vallettaas capital and main city of Malta, military powers that wanted to rule the Maltese islands would need to obtain control of Birgu due to its significant position in the Grand Harbour. In fact, it served as the base of the Order of Saint John and de facto capital city of Malta from 1530 to 1571.

When the Order of Saint John first settled in Malta in 1530, all of their administrative divisions were based in Birgu, so the Church of Saint Lawrence was used as the Order’s first conventual church in Malta. It served this purpose for 41 years from 1530 to 1571 until the Knights were transferred to the new capital city Valletta. The foundation stone of the present church was laid in May 1681 by Bishop Molina, it was completed in 1696. The church was inaugurated by Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri on the feast of St Lawrence, August 10, 1697.

In January, 1941 the church was bombed. Both the sacristy and the chapter hall were destroyed. They were both re-built in 1949. In March of the same year the chapel of the blessed Sacrament was destroyed and in April, 1942 the dome of the church was destroyed. The chapel was re-built in 1951 and the dome was re-built in 1952.

The architecture of this church is incredible and I must be honest that I did not expect something like this in Malta. After this visit to this lovely island country, the picture of Malta in my head is totally different. Of course, due to the legend of the “Table of Knights” and the Knight orders of Malta I imagined completely different. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to visit this country.

Birgu is still rich “in heart” just because of beautiful facades, whose architecture shows historical heritage, despite the damage that it suffered during the bombing during World War II. His other name Vittoriosa was awarded as a result of its winning position in the Great Siege of 1565.

After this wonderful walk around the streets of Birgu, my photographer and I were headed to another important city in Malta – Mdina.

Mdina is a fortified city in the northern part of the island, which served as the island’s capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The city is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just under 300, but it is contiguous with the town of Rabat, which takes its name from the Arabic word for suburb, and has a population of over 10,000 people.

Its mixture of medieval and baroque architecture, the fortifications walls and its position make it one of the most beautiful cities on the Malta.

Today, Mdina is one of Malta’s major tourist attractions, hosting about a million tourists a year. There are no cars (other than a limited number of residents, emergency vehicles, wedding cars and horses) are allowed in Mdina, partly why it has earned the nickname “the Silent City”. The city displays an unusual mix of Norman and Baroque architecture, including several palaces, most of which serve as private homes.

Mdina is on the list of the most expensive cities in Europe at the price of a square of real estate, so if you want to have the “smallest palace” in this city you must be ready to pay at least 5 million euros, while for the magnificent palaces you have to pay more than 50 million euros. I promise you in the next post I will dedicate to this unusual town where you will be able to enjoy the architecture of this most expensive “village” in the world.

Bye, bye my dear Mdina, for now see you again next week! Now I just want to warn you to prepare on time for the most colourful village on the Malta. Welcome to Marsaxlokk! Marsaxlokk is a small, traditional fishing village in the southeastern part of the island. It has a harbor and tourist attraction famous for its incredible landscapes, fishing and history. In March 2014, the village had around 4,000 inhabitants. The village is also known for the famous Marsaxlokk market, which is mainly a large fish market, which is held almost every Sunday along the whole coast.

This colourful and lovely village is still inhabited and known since antiquity. Marsaxlokk had an important role even with the ancient Phoenicians and Cartagines making business with local harbour, and also has the remains of the harbour from the Roman era. It is known for its traditional and colorful ships “Luzzus”. The village is also popular among locals and tourists for walking around the coast and the harbor, restaurants, as well as because of its large areas which are reserved for swimming.

The Blue Grotto represents a number of sea caverns on the south east coast of Malta, a short distance off the fishermen’s harbour of Wied iz-Zurrieq. The location of the caves, combined with the rays of sunlight, lead to the seawater mirroring and showing numerous shades of blue on the cave walls and ceilings. Several caverns also mirror the brilliant colours of the underwater flora and fauna, whilst other caverns show a deep dark shade of blue.

Underwater, different colors of red, green, orange and yellow give an impressive and most beautiful photo to its visitors. The Blue Grotto is a popular destination for tourists with boat trips visiting the caves running almost all days of the year, depends on weather condition. Scuba diving and snorkeling on the coastline walls, together with rock climbing, are the most popular activities practiced in this area.

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! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Malta Tourism Authority for this incredible adventure and for their huge efforts to make my stay unforgettable and I felt like at home.

How do you like this post about Malta? Have you ever visited this island? Did you enjoy in the story of the interesting Mediterranean pearl of Europe? I would like to share with me your opinion!

In a couple of days we will continue our adventure in Malta, you will find out more about this island and amazing city Mdina! I can’t wait to share all those beautiful photos with you.

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.

Best,

Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera with Sony FE 24-70 mm lense from special G Master series of professional lenses…
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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

 

 

This post is not sponsored.



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Letters from Morocco: Little Piece of Heaven in the Heart of Marrakech

My dear adventurers (and for all those who feel that way) welcome to my new post! Today I have some strange feeling where joy and sadness are mixed. Joy because I share something new with you from the country that left on me such a significant impression. On the other hand, there is a sense of sadness, because this post is also the last post from this special series of posts from Morocco.

Today I am leading you to an unusual paradise of the forgotten fashion virtuoso – Yves Saint Laurent. Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, better known as Yves Saint Laurent, was the famous French fashion designer born in Algeria, which is today considered one of the greatest names in fashion history. His reputation in the world is enormous, and at the same time many believe that he is actually responsible for the revival of high fashion from the “ashes of the sixties” and is attributed to the introduction of suits for women. Some people thought  that he was crazy, some challenged him, but Saint Laurent was the man who always went ahead of his time. Huge support in his work were provided by famous ladies, singers and actresses and one of them was Catherine Deneuve.

Before I “get lost” in my blogging enthusiasm, I would like to sincerely thank to the National Moroccan Tourism Office for this exceptional experience that I will remember for a lifetime. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

 

Okay, you’re surely now wondering what the famous French designer like Saint-Laurent have some relations with Marrakech? Not far from the center of Marrakech, there is a street dedicated to this famous fashion designer, on one side are residential buildings, on the other side is Jardin Majorelle (botanical garden designed by painter Jacques Majorelle). A little far away from the classic Moroccan walls, on the other part of the city in nature and colorful heaven, there was second home of Yves Saint Laurent with his longtime partner Pierre Berge.

 

 

The house of unusually blue colour with bright shades of yellow was the home of a well-known fashion designer. The villa is surrounded by unusual African plants, but it was also the symbol of Saint Laurent and his eccentricity.

The villa that used for escaping from the real world, today attracts several hundred thousand people a year. All the adventurers who finds their way to Marrakech, just can’t skip this little paradise. Thanks to Berger, this site became available to the public after the death of the fashion designer so that all lovers of the work of Saint Laurent could enjoy the beauty of this garden.

 

 

Majorelle Garden, a botanical garden, covers an area of nearly ten thousand square meters and is a true artwork in the heart of Marrakech. The garden was designed by a French artist, painter Jacques Majorelle. How the garden looks today, it took almost 40 years. Everything started in 1923 with the planning the appearance of the garden itself, so that only seven years later a villa was built in the heart of the garden, the home of Saint Laurent and Berger, they were home a totally new look in the 1980s and rescued it from decay. Today, the villa and the garden are open to the public.

 

 

In addition to the garden and villa in this complex, there is also the Museum of Islamic Art, which offers an interesting selection of exhibits. Samples of textiles from the almost all regions of Africa, as well as samples of textiles from the special collections of Saint Laurent, can be found in this museum. In addition to the textiles in the museum are exhibited objects of ceramics, paintings by Majorelle and other artists.

 

 

Just a 2-minute of walking from this extraordinary paradise, in the same street with the is a newly opened museum dedicated to the life and work of the French designer Yves Saint-Laurent. Who would say that during the first Saint Laurent’s visit to Morocco in 1996, Marrakech would leave such a strong impression on the designer that he would then build his home in Marrakech and after his death that Government of Morocco will create a modern museum that would preserve his brilliant work in the fashion world.

 

 

A multimedia museum featuring thousands of books and videos, as well as special creations that marked the career of this celebrated designer. For those who are not familiar with his work and life, the fashion house “Yves Saint Laurent” officially closed its doors in 2002 and therefore the YSL brand has officially not exist. The designer withdrew due to illness and went for treatment. The brand has been redeemed, it has remained part of the brand name, and now the brand is called “Saint Laurent,” all sales revenue from the Yves Saint Laurent brand is located in a special foundation that is based on two museums: one in Paris and the other in Marrakech, financed and thus saved the designer’s work from oblivion.

Saint Laurent died in 2008 of brain tumors, but many believe he died of a broken heart because he was no longer able to create his real small art works that he was known to. His ashes were lit in Jardin Majorella because his desire was to enjoy in his garden and after his death. I think that he is very happy now in his small sunny paradise where the bloom of blue and greenery of African plants are running.

 

 

The museum is incredible and sincere to be you do not have to be some “blind” fashion lover to understand the work of this fashion genius. The man was unusual, his story in the fashion world will intrigue you and I believe that you, like me in one breath, will read those text lines that are written on the walls of the museum rooms.

He knew everything, his ups and downs, his friendship with Ketrin Denev – the famous French actress who was his best friend for the rest of his life. She was also the only brave to help him with his “crazy” and unusual ideas and together they made many successful campaigns. Yves Saint Laurent, besides the incredible gift for creating clothes and understanding of a woman, was an incredible photographer. The whole room is dedicated to the photos he made with Katherine Denev for his campaigns. On the photo above, I sincerely hope that you can, as much as you can, see the photos that Saint Laurent did with Katherine in Marrakech on the famous Souk.

 

 

In the museum there is a small cinema hall where you can comfortably accommodate and look at the recapitulation of this designer’s work and some interesting facts about his life. To visit this museum and botanical garden peacefully, and if you want to sit a little in the garden and feel the peace and beauty of nature, you should spend at least 2 to 3 hours. After that, you can continue to explore the heart of Morocco – Marrakech.

 

 

My blog day continued at the Palais Namascar Hotel where we had a small break and a nice brunch. The hotel is exceptional, I’m sure you will open the link to check it out and believe me it’s divine! Morocco’s Tourist Organisation has tried to show us the best that can be found in Marrakech.

Palais Namascar is a true paradise on earth and those who have the opportunity to visit Marrakech will not regret it because it is a combination of paradise surrounded by sun and hedonism garden where all your senses will enjoy.

 

 

My dear travelers 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. If you need more information about address and work time of Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech please visit this LINK.

How do you like this story about Marrakech? Did you like feel the fashion energy of Saint Laurent’s garden?  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

 

 

The post is sponsored by the Moroccan National Tourism Office – Visit Morocco, Yves Saint Laurent Museum Marrakech and Palais Namascar Hotel Marrakech. For these beautiful photos I used the Sony Alpha 7r  and Sony RX100 Mark V camera.
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Letters from Morocco: Essaouira, Blue Diamond of Atlantic Ocean

Hello, my dear adventurers, how are you today? I sincerely hope that you are all good and that you have found a way to relax and find some nice and cool solution to defeat this boring heat. Last week, I promised you the continuation of adventure in Morocco. Today I am continuing the story about Essaouira, an interesting and lovely fishing town on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Are you ready for a new adventure? If your answer is YES! This is the right way to say bye to this very warm July and refresh yourself with this blue refreshing city known as the Essaouira.

 

 

Who had the opportunity to read my previous story from Morocco – LINK, you probably read the story about this interesting city. It’s not a problem I will repeat it again. ?

Essaouira is a lovely fishing town. Due to climatic conditions, Essaouira received a nice nickname “The City of the Winds”. There is a very interesting festival that is organized every year in autumn and is dedicated to all kites lovers. This time I did not have the opportunity to feel that adrenaline, but I enjoyed the beautiful pictures shown by our guides from the Tourist Organization of Essaouira.

I learned a few more interesting things about this unusual city. Did you know that this city was previously named by the Portuguese name Mogador, which in the Berber language means THE WALL, because the Portuguese Mogador was strongly fortified. Just because of these walls, Essaouira has been listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Africa in 2001. I would like to say thank you again to my friends from the National Tourist office of the Kingdom of Morocco on this wonderful journey and an adventure that I will remember for a long time!

 

 

This “Blue” city attracts an increasing number of tourists each year with its unusual beauty and history. We spent a couple of days in this city and I have to admit that I loved Morocco because of people and their interesting stories. Not only that, but also their cordiality. Most people, vendors on the streets, fishermen when they heard that we came to the Morocco because  the Tourist Organization of the Kingdom of Morocco has invited us, immediately they offered to help us in any way and of course to try their nice products.

If I had accepted all those who offered me their products, I really do not know how to get back to Serbia. That number of suitcases would exceed all expectations, but thanks to God, I managed to explain to them that I do not have the place to carry those things and I left them to run their little interesting open-air shops.

 

 

 

I couldn’t refuse two people in this city. The first one was an elderly experienced fisherman who gave us fish, it’s a great gift. Thanks to Saul’s knowledge of French, besides the gift, we learned a few interesting things about fishing and about the history of Essaouira. The other person was a kind woman, who sold tea that spotted us in the main street while we were making the photos, she asked us what we were doing and whether if we were in the mood for tea, we could come to visit her lovely shop.

Of course, again, Saul was a life saver, because I understand the French language a little, I remember a bit of what I learned in my childhood, but of course not enough. After a couple of cups of tea and good stories, we continued the exploration of this Moroccan city.

 

 

The walls of this city are incredible, they hide some interesting stories that only wait patient adventurers, eager adventures to “hear” all of them. It’s hard to say that the view from the main wall is absolutely divine, there is the biggest blow of the wind and after that walk for 3 hours I tried to come to myself, but it was definitely worth it. If I need to go there again, I would definitely do that!

 

 

 

This view is absolutely priceless, if you come to Essaouira you must pay a visit there, especially in the morning. The sound of the ocean that passes through clay vases is a magical, unusual melody, a real symphony. After a walk we decided to go back to the hotel and fill our “batteries”.

After a good rest, as you can see, the smile returned to my face. I would like to thank the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Hotel for hospitality and they were so nice and kind to answer any of my boring questions. Of course, people took my love for pizza seriously, so they made me a special Moroccan Happy Pizza! Happiness, happiness! An experience to remember! Thank you guys, you are the best!

 

 

After relaxing and cheerful time in the hotel our guides decided to take us back to the city to visit one interesting music festival. Gnaoua World Music Festival presents a music treasure that contains elements of jazz, pop and rock music and continues to explore some new music genres. An interesting event that brings together artists from around the world with famous artists who are members of the Moroccan ethnic group of people known as Gnaou or Gnawa. We had amazing time there and we had chance to hear a real music fusion!

 

 

When I got the invitation for this magical journey to Morocco and they also told me that I will have the opportunity to attend one such event where the pure and clean arts are only preserved, where other elements are not involved, which can otherwise spoil the beauty of art, as it is sometimes done by politics. I have to admit that I am not otherwise an expert in music art, but I just wanted to discover something new and to hear those exotic sounds, because I imagined it in my mind in a completely different way.

The Gnaoua Music Festival definitely changed my mind and solved all my concerns about this kind of music. Morocco is a country that has remained faithful to tradition, but with the advent of a new era, they have simply accepted the new things with a smile on their face and with an open heart, and now they successfully interact with their traditional culture and beliefs.

 

Ph. by Saul Aguilar – Instagram: @saaggo

 

 

These unusual sounds made me happy for two nights that I spent in this unusual city of Morocco. Otherwise I have trouble with insomnia when I’m on the trip, but I admit that this time it was not the case and that I slept nicely. Finally, on this trip I didn’t have those dark circles below the eyes, which worry the people around you, so everybody asks you a few times if you’re okay.

In Morocco I also had a nice tan, a good dream, and in one of the hotels I had a phenomenal face cream, imagine when I asked at the reception which cream is that as a simple question, as response I got supplies for a long time. Argan oil is really helpful, it is not some fairy tale story for young children! ?

 

 

The last day in Essaouira was fantastic, after a delicious breakfast, Saul and I decided to say nice Bye to this lovely city and we wanted to use the morning sun, photographers would always suggest that the best pictures are made between 7am and 9am in the morning, if we are talking about summer time and after five o’clock in the afternoon. Whoever did not know, just try the legend that the shadows are in the right place and that the photos are the best. Is there anything else that you can learn useful in my posts? ?

 

 

The soul of this city are small streets that you can notice from the main streets, where you can see that true everyday life in Morocco. This cheerful small street gave some special inspiration to me and this lady asked us to publish pictures where her face is not visible because her dress was very interesting to us. She was very nice and kind woman who wanted to help us and she posed for us for a few minutes and Saul even made a picture in the nearby store that she will have for a memory. I think those tears of joy and happiness were the best indicator how she liked her photo.

 

 

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 Morocco.

How do you like this story about Essaouira? 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

Photographer: Saul AguilarInstagram: @saaggo
Cameras: Sony Alpha 7r i Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Ph. by Saul Aguilar – Instagram: @saaggo

 

This post is sponsored by National Tourist Office of Kingdom of Morocco, Tourism Board of city of Essaouira, Gnaoua World Music Festival and Sofitel Magador Essaouira Hotel from Accor Hotels chain. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r and Saul used Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
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Letters from Morocco: One Fashion Story from Essaouira

Hi everyone, how are you today? Are you ready for a new story from Morocco? Today, I will present you the second city I visited in this beautiful country. Welcome to Essaouira! Essaouira is one interesting and lovely fishing town. Due to climatic conditions, he received a nice nickname “City of the Winds”. There is a very interesting festival that is organized every year in autumn and is dedicated to all kites lovers. This time I did not have the opportunity to feel that adrenaline, but I enjoyed the beautiful pictures shown by our guides from the Tourist Office of Essaouira.

I learned a few more interesting things about this unusual city. Did you know that this city was previously called by the Portuguese name Mogador, which in the Berber language means the Wall, because the Portuguese Mogador was strongly fortified. Just because of these walls, Essaouira has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Africa since 2001 year.

At the beginning of this post, I would like to thank my friends from the Moroccan National Tourist Office on this wonderful trip and the adventure I will remember!

Our trip from Marrakech to this seaside city was very interesting for me… I’ll just say “The Goat’s Trees” in the next post you will have the opportunity to see how it really looks. It’s really fascinating when you see the Atlantic Ocean suddenly after the sand and the desert. Landscape which you just want to keep for yourself and to memorise for the whole lifetime!

Saul and I were a little tired because of the trip, but it took us twenty minutes to “reset” everything and get ready for a new adventure. When I saw that morning sun, I just had to change my outfit, I knew that I would surely make new photos for a fashion outfit post.

The facades of the buildings are in blue classic coastal shades and I have met a lot of four-legged friends and a huge fish lovers – the cats. Cats enjoy great privilege in this place. The inhabitants of this city simply adore animals, and even every street seller has his own cat that makes him a company, even at high temperatures. These are the real friendships!

I successfully managed to match my outfit with the coastal spirit of this Moroccan city. As you can see, I even walked around a market that was closed because we had come too early and started with our activities. Smile is the best way to start a new day! ?

Essaouira is an unusual city, the streets are similar, and I had the feeling that I was spinning in the circle until I again used my ability to navigate in space, and with the small help of cats that made company to their owners, street vendors on the street. So, again I managed to enjoy the streets of this unusual city.

The man, which you have opportunity to see beside me was our guide for that day in Essaouira, he was born here, and he even showed us the street in which he was born and told a short story in his childhood and how it looks like growing up in Essaouira. A very interesting story, a little unusual for us from Europe, but very instructive and educational with emotions. Since that day, it was a decisive game for Argentina to represent on the World Cup, so they thought our guide was cheering for Argentina. Moroccans are otherwise very communicative and cheerful people. They always will spend a few minutes talking to you on the street (if you know French or if you find a person who knows English).

This is the street where our guide grew up, he showed me where the special rooms were where their mothers and grandmothers prepared the bread after they had no kitchen in their small apartments. They had special space where they made and baked bread, and special laundry rooms. Everybody had their own day reserved, and each family from the neighbourhood always respected that. Together in one neighborhood lived Jewish and Muslim families and their religion did not bother them to have good relations and good friendships.

After we finished with our city tour, we were able to visit the surrounding vineyards. It was very interesting and little Marko finally learned a little about wine. If the smile is going on the wrong side, please forgive me a glass of wine has fallen, and I’m not used to drink! ? I used the opportunity and take some photos of my details from this outfit in this beautiful vineyard.

I have to admit that I enjoyed and I would like to thank VAL D’ARGAN Winery for hospitality and I have learned a lot of new and useful things about wine production, which I will share with you in the next post. Believe me you will be surprised!

OUTFIT

T-Shirt: Zara

Trousers: Dolce & Gabbana

Backpack: Louis Vuitton

Loafers: Tod’s for Ferrari 

Photographer: Saul AguilarInstagram: @saaggo

Cameras: Sony Alpha 7r i Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

 

My dear fashionistas 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 Morocco.

How do you like this fashionable story about Essaouira? How do you like my summer blue marine outfit? 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 National Tourist Office of Kingdom of Morocco, Tourism Board of city of Essaouira, Winery VAL D’ARGAN and Tod’s Group S.p.A company. For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r and Saul used Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
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