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Moscow: Russia’s Marvellous Capital of Fashion and Love…

Good morning, my dear traveling fashionistas, how are you today? Today I will share with you my last story from Russia, a country that is very close to my heart. In previous posts, I wrote to you about the reasons why I am emotionally attached to Moscow and the reason for my visit to this amazing city… Before I start today, I would like to thank Red Wings airline company and the hotel chain Marriott for collaboration, without their help, this adventure it wouldn’t be possible. I hope we will work again in the future!

Moscow, which is home to more than 20 million people with its beauty and elegance, attracts thousands and thousands of new passengers every day and of course returnees who are always happy to visit again this lovely city when they have time.

Moscow is one of those “eternal” classic cities in which nothing changes, but is jealously kept so that it is always authentic and traditional, always consistent with itself and its citizens. Usually people say that the Russians are extremely reserved people and that they are not very keen to help tourists, but the truth is totally different.

For example my photographer and I decided to visit the periphery for the purchase of some gifts, imagine when we were driving over 20 metro stations and still used and the bus people around us were eager to help us and to chit chat. The younger generations wanted to answer my questions about the stations where we should get off, if by chance they do not know the right information they will ask some unknown person next to them. On the other hand, the elderly generation of people had a little more free time, so they even entered into a more detailed conversation, and they were glad when they heard that I was from Serbia.

Many of them had some association with Serbia; some of their first neighbors are from Serbia, some of them were even in Serbia, but even though we are significantly smaller than Russia, they heard about us and do not have any prejudice about our country, it is maybe because we may a bit and similar nations.

During this trip I had the opportunity to see in live the class differences that you can notice in public, in which the middle class almost extinct, so other people from the working class who are looking for the small coins for a metro ticket in front of the machine for the metro ticket just looking for the 2 or 3 missing Russian Rubles to buy a ticket for the ride and people who do not know what will with the money and they’re buying diamonds and other expensive luxury premium items.

So I decided to use one sunny morning in Moscow before all my duties which I had to do and to make some nice photos of this outfit. In the background you can see the beautiful building and also one of the oldest hotels which I mentioned to you in the previous post – Hotel National. There I made those beautiful photos with a mirror for which I got a lot of questions last few days.

I would like to answer some of the questions that you have sent to me, it is not possible first to take the photo with a mirror because it is located in one of the hotel rooms. You can visit the hotel, there is a beautiful Cafe, you do not have to be a guest of the hotel, you can just enjoy the beauty of the interior of this historic place and drink coffee and enjoy some cake, or just visit, everyone is welcome to see and enjoy in the beauty of this hotel.

I think that the picture above is legendary, you are sure to wonder why? I’m just going to say this is one of the few photos where you can see my whole figure and even my shadow. Excuse me on my hairstyle “A La Nest”, I did not manage to fix my hair during this photoshoot, it was little windy! 🙂

The St.Basil’s Cathedral will forever remain in my memory as a memorial of a two-year-old little Marko who believed that it was an ice cream factory. It was probably the last hope of a mother who was convinced that such a little lie would calm her child at least a few minutes so that a woman would rest a little her mind. Sometimes it’s very hard to be a parent! 😀

My dear ones 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 the post, I would like to thank my friends from Red Wings for this incredible adventure and the friendly staff from Marriott chain hotels: St.Regis Nikolskaya and Hotel National that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

How do you like this post about Moscow? Have you ever visited Russia? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Russian culture and maybe to buy some interesting Matryoshka doll? I would like to share with me your experience!

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Shearling leather coat: Burberry

Trousers: Loro Piana

Backpack: Louis Vuitton

Sneakers: Loro Piana

In a couple of days we will continue our adventure across Europe, you will find out more about the Principality of Monaco and the cities I had the opportunity to visit on the French Riviera! I can’t wait to share all those beautiful landscapes 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

P.S. If you want to remind a little or you have not been able to read any of the previous stories about Moscow on my blog, you can do it now. I hope you like it! Links:

  1. Postcard from Russia: From Moscow with Love
  2. It was one Fashionable Week in Moscow
  3. Hotel National Moscow: Revealing the Secrets in room 101

This post was sponsored by Red Wings  Russian Airline company and St. Regis Nikolskaya and Hotel National who is the member of the Marriott chain of hotels. I also thank my friends from Burberry and Loro Piana on amazing outfits and Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the camera Alpha 7r Mark II.

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Hotel National Moscow: Revealing the Secrets in Room 101

My dear travellers, how are you today? I hope that you’re doing good! Finally it’s time for the weekend and a right time to share with you my new story from Moscow. I am always looking forward to sharing an interesting stories and I am quite sure that today’s story from Russia will be interesting to you. In previous posts you had the opportunity to get know better the rise and shine of the Russian capital and read my little fashion story. It’s time to tell you an intriguing story about a hotel that is at the same time one of the oldest hotels in Moscow.

Hotel National is located in the very heart of the city, right next to the famous Red Square and the political center itself – the Kremlin. Due to its location, the hotel was at the center of the battles during the October Revolution. The hotel officially opened the door to its guests in 1903 and at the very beginning it has gained the status of luxury and prestige hotel. Despite the high prices, the hotel was always reserved a few months in advance. Famous actors, politicians, traders, artists and diplomats were the dear guests of this hotel.

It all changed with the October Revolution and the National Hotel became a main station for the great revolutionaries. After the Bolshevik’s victory, all hotels in Moscow were nationalized. Hotel National also became the First Counsel house in 1918, members of the new government stayed in the rooms of this hotel.

Hotel National was the residence of the Central Executive Committee of the Russian Federation for a long period of time. In the 1930s was decided to return the former functions of the hotel. The hotel building was reconstructed, the ground floor was tiled with granite. After the reconstruction, the hotel looked a bit like a museum because of the furniture which was brought from the palace of Anichkov and the Kremlin Grand Palace, which also affected the price of services. Accommodation at that time was extremely expensive even for foreigners. The hotel worked with great losses, but in the 1960s the first stage of the reconstruction of the hotel was successfully completed and the hotel lost its fame which was gained at the very beginning.

In 1985, the main board of the hotel decided to restore the Hotel National completely. Part of the old furniture was sent to museums, the rest of the furniture was restored. The goals of this reconstruction of the hotel were to upgrade the hotel building, modernize the building, renovate the hotel’s interior. The health center, the attic with twenty additional rooms, a winter garden cafe are located on the north side of the Hotel National.

Ten years later, the hotel was completely renovated and it was ready to welcome its first guests. A new period of his history began. The hotel was awarded the category of a five star hotel. The present and the past have been successfully connected in the interiors of the National Hotel. In 2000, the hotel celebrated its 100th anniversary!

This hotel welcomed many celebrities such as the famous French diva Catherine Deneuve, renowned world fashion designer Pierre Cardin, current US President Donald Tramp, Kofi Annan, famous actor Alain Delon, Jack Nicholson and many others.

One thing is certain that Hotel National has survived everything in its existence, there are the scars may not be seen easily, but the turbulent history left a trail. Today it is a magnificent hotel that radiates elegance and its architecture shows the luxury of the Russian Empire.

Since the end of March is the beginning of the tourist season in Moscow, add to everything a fact that Fashion Week begins, it is very difficult to find accommodation in Moscow. Otherwise, I am very connected to Moscow because it is a city that has also marked my childhood. I remember how I made my first steps on Red Square and my mom could not stop me when I was trying to chase pigeons while we were waiting for Dad to finish with his business meetings.

Hotel National remembered me for a pastry shop which was near the hotel that always had beautiful, colorful cakes. They were nice moments when I got nice big fruit cakes and of course I get dirty, my mother was always crazy about my passion for cakes and my “lovely” behaviour to get dirty my new clothes. Okay, at least I was eating. After all, my Dad was my hero, my rescuer always comes to take me to the famous fairy-tale fountains, so much so that my mom can rest a little and go to do some shopping. Oh, memories!

Staying at this hotel was wonderful! The outside may have been cold, but the welcome was warm enough to warm my heart… It was strange how the gentleman on the entrance of the hotel knew my name and welcomed me to the hotel National.

Mr. Viktor is not just an ordinary doorman who has been working in this hotel for almost 20 years, he is a real living legend. Victor is the first smiling face that will welcome you to this famous hotel and will be happy to tell you the history of this hotel as he did in less than 20 minutes to tell the exciting story about this hotel.

After routine check-in process, I received information that we will get the most interesting room in the hotel. In the meantime I checked my email, admired the speed of the Wi-Fi and the lovely lady from the reception told me: “Sir, we have prepared for you room 101, we wish you a pleasant stay in our hotel!”. All right, I’m thinking of course the room must be beautiful when it’s in this hotel.

We get to the elevator and I still do not understand why we have a special escort to the room, the photographer makes me laugh that I have become a blogger huge star and I must be more careful now when I going out maybe paparazzi will wait for me in front of the hotel. It’s easy to make some jokes with me, I’m always a great inspiration to my team for making some “lovely” jokes…

It is because in our team we have a relationship built like a small family that is always there to help its members. Together we celebrate our successes of Mr.M blog, we are having fun together and of course we share all those less beautiful moments when we cry sometimes when things do not go exactly the way we planned.

We got directions and in a few minutes we found out that the original agreement was changed and that we got a presidential suite. I could not listen to the whole story because of lack dose of shock, I just remembered that we must be careful when it comes about the mirror… The person who brought us into the room went and left us in shock. At first I thought that they might have mixed up at the reception, but it is impossible that there are actually two reservations with the same surname.

We wanted to use this sunshine morning light to shoot phots for the blog, because who knows is it going to be still sunny whole day. Of course, I opened all the gifts and I got the famous Matryoshka doll.

The most interesting gift was a book in the leather band and a little letter. Since I have received few letters, you can assume that I have opened everything immediately because I am very curious person. It was strange that I got a small envelope, but I opened it. A note with a message: “If you want to find out why I’m special, open the page 101!”. The first thing you noticed on the indicated page is the image of the mirror. It was the story of room 101 and this unusual mirror.

There are two such mirrors in the world, one in Venice, and the second is in the room of this legendary hotel. There is not much information about the mirror, but it is considered it is old as hotel maybe even older than itself.

Our photo session interrupted the knocking of a butler that reminded us that the breakfast will be end in less than half an hour and it would be good to go to the breakfast room. As soon as I tell my photographer about food, then every work stops. Luckily, we had enough photos for the blog.

For the first time in my life, I made a photo in the dining room. You must be wondering why? I wanted to make a photo of young couple who seriously understood the term “Breakfast and Champagne”. She was absolutely amazing dressed, it seems that the dress is a handmade work with pearls and crystals. After a couple of minutes I felt more comfortable while I went to take a dessert, I met a young lady and I asked for a brand of dress. I’ve been struggling to remember the name of the designer until I get to ask the photographer for the price so that I forgot to take a chocolate cake.

Photographer told me it’s better to go back to take a chocolate cake because that designer has a really expensive dress so for me it will be better to get something to eat before I hear the price… I just back again to the dessert table and with the smile on my face come back to our table with the chocolate cake. We didn’t talk about the price after, I just wanted to enjoy in my cake.

Finally, after breakfast, we had a few hours to visit the city a little before the beginning of the fashion shows where we were supposed to attend that day. My fairy-tale fountains didn’t work, it was maybe still cold weather for the fountains. As you can see, the weather was wonderful, so we used to make another fashion outfit post. You will see more pictures of this outfit next week.

We spent this day wisely to visit the sights. First I wanted to visit the St. Basil’s Cathedral, who remained in my memory as a child of 3 or 4 years as one big ice cream factory. You can not possibly explain to the child that it is a religious object, but my mom has decided that the easiest way is to calm me down when I was a bad boy if it presents me the object in my eyes as an ice cream factory.

Moscow has changed a bit, of course, as a child I couldn’t understand that Moscow is one big metropolis that now has more than 20 million people. One city has almost 3 times more people than my entire country – Serbia. That is really impressive fact!

Moscow is one exceptional city and I’m always very happy to hear when someone is going to visit this magnificent city. In April 2019, it was my turn to feel the magic and beauty of this city, but I hope that one of you will soon visit the Russian capital and you will have your own opportunity to write down your story.

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 the post, I would like to thank my friends from Red Wings for this incredible adventure and the friendly staff from Hotel National that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

How do you like this post about Moscow? Have you ever visited Russia? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Russian culture and maybe to buy some interesting matryoshka doll? I showed your mine in this post and I would like to share with me your experience!

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,

Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Red Wings  Russian Airline company and Hotel National who is the member of the Marriott chain of hotels. I also thank my friends from Loro Piana on amazing outfits and Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the camera Alpha 7r Mark II.

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Postcard from Russia: From Moscow with Love

Good morning, my dear travellers, how are you today? Last week we finished our adventure in Eastern Turkey and it’s time for little Marko to move on. The same day, just a few hours after returning from Istanbul, I returned to the airport again and headed to the capital of Russia – Moscow. The reason for my visit was Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Moscow, which every year gathers the greatest fashion lovers because Russia is known as the best and also the largest market in Eastern Europe.

This trip wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the airline company Red Wings, a Russian airline that has recently started to operate direct flights to Moscow from Belgrade (Serbia). Red Wings was established in 1999 in Moscow with the intention of connecting cities from Central Russia with interesting tourist destinations in Russia and abroad as well.

Red Wings currently has 12 airplanes in their fleet, they expect to extend their “flying family” with 4 new members this year. All planes have only an economic class, there is no business class. The company’s basic goals are passenger comfort and prices that are affordable to most passengers who want to discover some new destinations. When you’re purchasing tickets, you can choose one of three offered tariffs, one of them is LIGHT where you have the option of traveling only with hand luggage.

Route Belgrade – Moscow is something new, the company Red Wings is operating less than a year, which is a novelty in Serbian market. From now on, you can fly four times a week from Nikola Tesla Airport to Domodedovo airport and in about 3 hours you will arrive in the main capital of the modern Russian Empire.

Catering on the flight is exceptional, the choice of meals is great, portions are more than enough, believe me, I did not feel the need to have dinner after the flight. I can say all the best for the crew, for the first time in my blogger life, I was personally greeted by the pilots and the whole crew, which was an extraordinary experience for me. It was a great pleasure for me to work with a company like Red Wings and I hope that we will cooperate in the future and I will discover some other interesting cities in Russia. Who knows?! Everything is possible!

I just want to share with you one interesting fact, this summer Red Wings airline will celebrate 20th anniversary, so I’m sure they prepared some interesting gifts, so watch out carefully maybe you will catch some interesting offers and buy flight tickets for Moscow or some other interesting destination, check out their routes I’m sure you will find some interesting destination. It would be a nice gift for you or for your beloved ones. But you must promise me this will be our little secret!

This is my first photo from Moscow, I must admit that it was cold if you know the fact that the officially spring was already started, but in Moscow everything is different as you see… Different! It was was amazing night, those light decorations like in fairy tale, but my photographer wants to give me some lessons about my “traveling behaviour” with suitcases, but also trying hard to pull them like it’s nothing special hard… The photographer convinced me that I took along in Moscow with my “blogger diamonds” as the suitcase was so heavy that we could not find a better excuse for my crazy packing… Just imagine how I managed to pack all those things in only two hours… Do not mess with blogger who is going on Fashion Week… Never!

As you can see the decorations in Moscow are still on the streets and I can tell you it’s really great because you have the feeling that a million stars from the sky show you the right way. Tired of the previous adventure and another flight, somehow I reached the hotel…

Next morning, alarm on the telephone woke up me and officially the 30th of March was started, my first day in Moscow and the first day of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Moscow. Honestly, I didn’t sleep so much, maybe 2,3 hours, I spent almost all the night reading the instructions and schedule of all my duties… I did not even know where to go… As I finished with reading I just tried to calm down myself a little with the fact that I would probably not be the only one who lost in a metropolis like Moscow, otherwise known as a city with over 20 million people… Oh, Man three times bigger than my whole country Serbia!

Of course, it would not be me if I did not open all the packages I got, so I had to try all the things I got from various brands so I could go as all fashion blogger well dressed to the shows. Frankly, when I received the email from my PR agency that Loro Piana, one of the most famous Italian brands, showed an interest in cooperating with my blog, I could not simply believe that I would finally feel the softness of their famous cashmere and special Loro Piana wool. I was trying all those beautiful clothes in 4 am, so you can see the level of my great excitement!

I tried to copy some of the world’s famous bloggers, like “what a fashionable chaos is in my room, please do not disturb me”. The task failed, but we got a nice picture where I finally do not have a huge thighs when I’m sitting, but that’s why I make so many wrinkles my pants during this shooting. I thought that I need to iron them after breakfast, but I noticed that they were “corrected” after some time, so there was no need to iron them. Thanks God! Finally, I found the perfect trousers!

The photographer reminded me of my a long time unfulfilled wish, as I constantly talked about films and series where the main actors literally “glide” down the stairs and some bloggers have great photos like in the “Welcome to my beautiful home!”. This picture is very dear to me for a simple reason – finally people can see that I have eyes, since many people asked me where are my eyes when I’m smiling… Maybe on this photo my head is round and wide like the sun here, but it does not matter because my greatest critic (mom) gave me some powerful compliments for this picture and even ended up on the background of her phone… The sister was jealous for couple of days, I do not know if she has overcome this so far.

OUTFIT

Leather Shearling: Loro Piana

Turtleneck sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

Moscow is a huge city and I know how difficult it is to find an ideal hotel in the city center, even if you consider the fact that you have come to the city on the list of cities that are the most expensive in the world then you understand that Moscow is all about nice and luxury things including all luxury premium fashion brands, amazing hotels and international restaurant with many different cuisines.

The first hotel in which I had the opportunity to stay on this trip was St. Regis Nikolskaya, a hotel located on the Lubyanka square few minutes from the famous Red Square. This 5-star hotel offers special personalised service as personal butler. All rooms in the hotel are decorated in the style of baroque with added stylish shades of brown tones that emphasize the elegance of this sumptuous paradise in the heart of Moscow.

This hotel is ideal for all travelers whose interests are related to culture, theater and history because Tverskoy part of the city is known as the main cultural core of the city where various cultural events are held. Also, this hotel is ideal for parents with children as it is also rated with the highest grade as the best family hotel for all those families who are looking for outstanding vacation in Moscow.


Now, the part that most of us adore, food! Breakfast is served daily in the Italian restaurant A Tavola located within the hotel. International cuisine, adapted to everyone… I have to admit that I was stick to this table those days with fresh fruit with croissants since I ate in Turkey as if it were not there tomorrow for me! In Moscow, I was on a diet, where I managed to lose 4 kilograms in 6 days with my diet “Now my dear Marko you will have some fun with fruit when you didn’t know to stop on time!”.

There’s a one interesting secret place – closed garden! On the picture from the hotel lobby which you saw few moments ago, you might have noticed a beautiful glass cupola. I’ve seen some pictures of the hotel’s beautiful yard, the first two days I tried to find it myself, but of course it was unsuccessful… My photographer came to the information, because I was embarrassed to ask because of my stubbornness because I was convinced that The yard must be somewhere… Of course, a visit to this yard must be announced because access is possible only with the personal butler. Interesting, we succeeded one morning to visit and see what is being hiding in that courtyard located somewhere in St. Regis Nikolskaya hotel…

I had a wonderful stay at this hotel, even I showed my admiration and I asked is there some possibility to be an inventory in this hotel, I would volunteer to sleep in the hotel hallway in a sleeping bag with a fruit breakfast… My suggestion was charming to the management of the St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel, who knows I may one day succeed! This photo just screams: “Hello, I live here!”.

My staying at this hotel I will remember for the wonderful staff, even better candy on the pillow I ate to convince myself that black chocolate is not going to gain some weight… Marko, my dear child chocolate of course will help you to gain some weight, but if you walk 20 kilometers a day, you’re not going to get them so fast. As always, I’m just talking about weight! 😀

Since I could not find my photographer, who knows where he was lost in Moscow, I asked a maid if she was willing to help me, so the picture is above the masterpiece of a woman who does not normally take photos, but a two-minute course was enough for this lady to make this picture. I wanted to show you what the carpet looks like on my floor, so it’s good that I wanted to get one for my room. Everything is so classy and elegant!

I was simply delighted with this street lighting, I had the feeling because of the temperature that every evening the New Year’s Eve was there! It is not naive when you go out of the hall where the fashion shows and after you go out to minus 2 degrees outside or some degree that has crossed the zero a little… I really want to get some tips from Russians, their immunity is the best in the world. I want to have immunity system like that!

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 the post, I would like to thank my friends from Red Wings for this incredible adventure and the friendly staff from St. Regis Nikolskaya hotel that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

How do you like this post about Moscow? Have you ever visited Russia? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Russian culture and maybe to buy some interesting matryoshka doll? I will show your mine in the next post, so stay tuned! I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,

Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Red Wings  Russian Airline company and St. Regis Nikolskaya Hotel Moscow who is the member of the Marriott chain of hotels. I also thank my friends from Loro Piana on amazing outfits and Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the camera Alpha 7r Mark II.

 

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Turkey in my Eyes: Let The Distance Keep us Together

My dear travellers, how are today? I hope you’re doing just fine because it’s time to continue our adventure in Eastern Turkey! At the very beginning, I would like to thank everyone on the wonderful messages you sent me through social networks and via e-mail. Your support and your comments really mean a lot to me, because they help me to write the right content for my blog which will fulfill all your needs and wishes.

Today we are continuing our adventure and in our previous story we came to Kars… Dogu Express helped us get to Kars, and from Kars we had to unfortunately to continue our journey on foot… Of course, it’s a joke!

Who has not been able to read my previous post from Turkey or someone just wants to remind a little, you can read the post on this link. According to the plan and program which Turkish Airlines had made for us the next important sights were the ruins of Ani.

Ani city was formerly a symbol of luxury and wealth, famous for its large number of imposing buildings and luxurious architecture, a city inhabited by famous merchants, rich people – crème de la crème kind of people… What happened? As in every story, there is always a word BUT, so in this case I can only say that it is the place where only ruins are left, which are also the only witnesses of the golden era of one of the largest and richest cities in the world.

Today, instead of splendid city, there are still ruins in the area of ​​the former city of Ani, and for this reason it received the nickname “the City of Ghosts.” The ruins are located at the border of Turkey and Armenia. I sincerely hope that with the help of archaeologists, little luck, careful and dedicated work Ani city will slightly regain its old glory and shine, it really deserves and just awaits the perfect moment to shine again!

Ani was also known as the city of the 1001 churches, and it is assumed that during the golden age in the city lived over 100,000 inhabitants. The nickname “the city of 1001 churches” may have been more than overly, but historians and archaeologists have so far found little less than 100 religious objects, so this evidence suggests that the Armenian monarchists were very religious and were dedicated to the construction of the sanctuaries (holy objects).

Today, at this site you can find the Cathedral of Ani, more precisely its ruins. Built from red brick, a religious building located on a special hill and today attracts the attention of visitors. The Cathedral’s dome was largely destroyed during a major earthquake in the 14th century, which was not unfortunately an end because after that, the other part of the cathedral was destroyed, but there remained a ruin that could still show the real beauty of this incredible temple.

According to some books, the Cathedral of Ani was built in the period when the city of Ani was at the golden age of its rise, during the 11th Century. There is also the church of St. George, which is still in the ravine on the border between Turkey and Armenia today. St. George’s Church is considered one of the best preserved objects in the area of ​​the former city of Ani. Everyone thinks buildings, are just empty, have no soul, but they are witness of various great same things that have changed the course of history.

After a good hiking, believe me that I was a bit ill and that this walk through Ani was pleasant, maybe the temperature was below zero, but the mood and beauty of the landscape made me feel cold at all, but the feeling of unusual happiness and pride because I had the opportunity to visit such an unusual place as the city of Ani.

Slowly, our small blogging group was gathering and it was time to move on… We were a bit hungry, which is normal after a couple of hours of walking and exploring sites like Ruins of Ani. Before entering the bus, I turned around again, for the last time to greet the city of Ani, because I truly enjoyed the story of a golden city: “Bye Ani, maybe we’ll see another way, See you!”

Bloggers continued their journey, with a great excitement we showed pictures to each other, everyone in his own way showed the old glory of Ani and our friends from Turkish Airlines took us to Lake Cildir, where was organized lunch.

The scene was like a fairy tale, many bloggers went with fishermen to see how they are fishing in a frozen lake, but my fear of water, and that the ice will break under my feet, so I was a bit brave and went to some parts of the lake that I considered it will be safe for me. This time luck was not enough to provoke my courage! 🙂

The time for lunch was just flied so fast, so we had to hurry up to the mountains, so little Marko step suddenly on the snowboard on this journey… It’s good that I still stayed in a good shape… and also in one piece! 😀

Sarikamis! The Mountain Heaven for real lovers of winter sports, if I remember well the price of a ski pass for a lift for an entire day is about 5 euros, if in any case you also rent ski and snowboard equipment, I think that together with the ski pass the pass is less than 20 euros, which is extremely cheap compared to some European ski resorts.

We were stayed in Sarikamis Kayi Hotel, I would like to share with you one interesting fact about this lovely hotel. Hotel has got a cute epithet from its guests as the “Snow Palace of Sarikamis Mountain” because of perfect location. We had time to rest a bit, so the next day we began with our activities much later than usual.

After breakfast, just as I have planned to the room to pack my things, our friends from Turkish Airlines told us that if by any chance in the group there are winter sports lovers, they have a real treat for us and that we have 5,6 hours free to enjoy a little on the snow.

I was lucky enough to forget the keys of the room and the phone so my colleagues searched for me in the hotel because I was faster than wind when it comes to winter magic! When I finished dressing for snow, a guy who was renting equipment asked me: “Do you want skis or snowboard? “. I thought, life goes on and on this mountain are not sharp paths, I could ski on Divcibare mountain, but my father is always scared when he sees me on the snowboard…

I just pointed with my finger on the snowboard and after a few minutes little Marko found himself on the ski lift after a long time! First of all, I thought I was crazy, but I’m going to do this! So in that moment I just thought about the landscape, it’s a beautiful and sunny day that’s not going to go anything wrong today!

It was great, I must admit that I spent less time on the snow than I know it when I go to Divcibare mountain, maybe I was tired because of the trip, who knows… After a few hours, the bloggers get together again and we were ready to go for Erzurum, also the last city that was planned to visit during our adventure in Eastern Turkey.

Erzurum is one of the largest cities in this part of Turkey, the largest university center and city that is considered the “cradle of” good kebab. I tried their kebab, I can not tell you how much I have eaten… I’m embarrassed when I remember those beautiful buns, my heart is playing, the pressure is growing! 😀

I’m just saying that all myths are true! Kebab is really fantastic! There are numerous ski resorts around the city and also winter Olympic Games are organized there, so what you are waiting for?

These fantastic 7 days have passed sooo fast, it’s time for us to go back… We caught the evening flight to Istanbul and on the plane we shared our impressions from this trip with a smile on our face. We asked Turkish Airlines team few times about some new adventures, their response were positive so who knows maybe we will see again soon!

Tired, but satisfied I was on my flight to Belgrade, I managed to get a little nap, but also to read the Turkish Airlines magazine where I saw the photo of the Cathedral of Ani and below which was written “Visit Kars!”. I smiled and thought: “Marko, you were there, you will go there again!”. Stewardess brought me breakfast and you know how that classical story goes on the plane.

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! This post is last one from our Turkish adventure with Turkish Airlines. At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from Turkish Airlines for this incredible adventure and the friendly staff from Crown Plaza Harbiye and Sarikamis Kayi Otel hotels that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

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

Best,

Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Turkish Airlines. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the camera Alpha 7r Mark II.
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Turkey in my Eyes: Dogu Ekspresi, Adventure of a Lifetime

Good morning, my dear travellers! How are you doing this morning?! I sincerely hope that you have slept well and that you are ready to start this weekend with me and I will take you to new exciting adventure in Eastern Turkey. Before I start, I would like to thank you for the wonderful messages you wrote to me in the past few days and I can not describe my happiness right now! In the previous post, I’ve described my short, but lovely adventure in London, but now it’s time to start a story from beginning!

At the end of March this year I received an interesting email from the Turkish Airlines representative office in Serbia where I received a invitation to feel the charm of Eastern Turkey. When I saw that I would be able to visit Cappadocia, which is otherwise the dream of every blogger to have some photos with legendary balloons, I did not wait for a second, but I replied briefly and clearly: YES!

Because of the excitement I did not know what to do next, in my mind I was already in Cappadocia imagined those beautiful, large, colorful balloons and my new adventure has already started. After a couple of hours, I decided to read the itinerary program for this trip, and then I realized that will be one hard, but very interesting adventure. My blogger’s eye was attracted by the word Dogu Ekspresi, I immediately realized that it was some train, so I dropped into a little research where I read that I was going on a journey by train that was otherwise so popular that people are waiting for months to get their tickets for a train that received a grand epithet of Turkish Orient Express.

Otherwise, before I started blogging and during my work on the blog, I often traveled with this airline and every time I was overwhelmed with the service and what the most important flights were always on time and for my hungry soul catering service was always excellent. I remember when I went to Helsinki last year, the stewardess was so nice that she saw that I’m dying hungry, so I got two portions of beef and I was the happiest person on this planet called Earth.

By the time for a flight (thank God and never check out all those details on tickets) I did not even know which class I fly. As always, I arrived 3 hours earlier on the flight. It was so crowded, so I waited my turn. The lady at the check-in counter says: “Sir, you are at the wrong counter now my colleague will help you!” I’m in shock, as I thought I’m on the wrong place, but I have Turkish Airlines tickets…

After her colleague ended up with a passenger, she asked me to go to her counter in order to check in on the flight. I take my suitcase and I get a little out of the way just to read the little boards to know where I am going to, when I read “business class” I was already in heaven. I got my ticket, there really says business class 4F seat, PERFECT! As an international blogger, I traveled several times with the first and the business class, but I never got something like a domestic blogger and I was proud of myself that someone on our Balkan market supported the work on my blog in such a sophisticated way.

The flight to Istanbul this time lasted in my head much shorter, as you see I had enough time to make nice photos and by the way I had fun with the new romance movie of my favorite Turkish actors, who watched the Turkish TV-show “Rented Love” (Turkish: Kiralik Ask) will understand what I’m talking about!

I landed in my beloved Istanbul, I think that Ataturk airport was wondering why I have not been there for so long, but here I’m in my beloved Istanbul – a city on two continents. After I finished all activities such as passport control and luggage, the hardest part came, which I loved less when I travel: searching for my name on one million boards, but well this time I found my hosts in a record-breaking short time! By the way, I met my colleagues bloggers and members of the media from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Of course, little Marko is immediately started to talk and after five minutes I find the ideal chit-chat company.

The first day in Istanbul literally AMAZING, we were on lunch at Nusret. If there are people who are like me and did not know who Nusret is… He is a famous Turkish cook who has become a living legend and has restaurants all over the world. It is recognizable for its movements during cooking, I am sure that you have seen somewhere in the media a guy with sunglasses and in a very unusual way, spice, sew meat and make a show. Let’s not explain further and I’m not blaming myself anymore, here you can check out on this link. 😉

Food brings people together, so I managed to get to know my colleagues and a team from Turkish Airlines who made this dream come true. According to the plan, we had to go back to the hotel after lunch, but we changed a little so we included Taksim square in our program! Little Marko warmed up an initiative to go to Galata Tower and some bloggers were first in Istanbul and also they wanted to see some sights. What about me? I just supported them! 😀

People from the Turkish Airlines team have mentioned to us several times that we will our program starts tomorrow at at 4 am and they tried to explain this to us many times but, the next scene… Four bloggers and one member of the team of the THY team are going to Taksim, there’s really no time for sleeping anyway…

Thank God, so we came back to the hotel a little after midnight, I did not sleep, I watched the Turkish series that I usually follow up, so it came as a great way to fill the time while waiting to leave the hotel. It was 4 am in the morning, all the bloggers had gathered and so sleepy were ready for Cappadocia. This was my second time in life that I used local flights in Turkey and I was just thinking about balloons which are waiting for me in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia is a very unusual place, full of valleys and everything looks like a fairy tale. Whole Cappadocia is shaped by nature, and it only shows how nature can itself create the outstanding works of art without any impact of the human hand. Really amazing! My admiration was interrupted by the words of our guide who told us that due to the strong wind there will be no balloons in the valleys of Cappadocia…

You know those scenes in the Mexican series when the major actor finds out some shocking news, so they put the sound effect of broken glass… That’s how it was in my head at that moment! There was no balloons, that I was not ashamed of my 27 years I would start to cry like a little child… The plan was changed for us, so we went for breakfast, then on ATV Tour, and our day was more than fulfilled. Maybe I did not see the famous balloons in Cappadocia, but I met a new furry friend – Mert.

In Cappadocia we visited two important and very interesting museums: Goreme, open air museum and Gurey, the first underground museum of ceramics and pottery!

Gurey, an unusual newly opened museum of ceramics and pottery, is located in the cave below the Gurey ceramics showroom. This museum has exhibited a private collection of ceramic art that has been collecting for years, and the ancient ceramic hall contains pieces from the prehistoric age.

The open-air museum of Goreme resembles a huge monastery complex consisting of many smaller monasteries located next to each other. Usually tourists when they arrive in Cappadocia, this is the first “station” in Cappadocia. I had the opportunity to enjoy the incredible landscape, and my colleagues made great pictures on the stones. I did not have the courage to climb, but I helped them to make some amazing memories from this wonderful place. 🙂

The second day of this trip was approaching the end, we left Cappadocia and headed for Kayseri because it was our station for boarding the Dogu Ekspresi train. I thought to myself: “Marko, this will be another looong night!” But I managed somehow to sleep a little, it was quite interesting!

The program of our trip was detailed and the timetable was precisely stated, when I first read the program in Belgrade, I realized that we would be traveling by train for 18 hours in one direction and I was afraid that I would succeed, but only I remembered India and said to myself that I can do it. The reality was a bit different, we spent almost twenty hours in the train, we made incredible pictures, some new friendships were made on this train.

What should you need to know about this train? Dogu Ekspresi, known as the “Eastern Express”, is a nightly passenger train operated by the Turkish state railway. The length of the route is 1310 km long, from the railway station in Ankara to the railway station in Kars. The interesting fact is that this is the first night train running east of Ankara. If you want to feel the real adventure, you can buy tickets for this train on this link. I just want to warn you that you must to book the tickets for this train couple months in advance if you want to feel the beauty of this amazing landscape, because this train is very popular attraction in Turkey.

After a long train ride, we reached our goal: Kars! It was time for dinner, so our hosts take this hungry group to restaurant. I have to admit the one thing I love most in Turkish culture: food! In Turkey you will never be hungry and their portions are so big (at least for me) that they really need to be proud of and will use this opportunity to give them the title of the best hosts ever.

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! This post is just a start of our Turkish adventure with Turkish Airlines and next week we will continue our journey and you will find out something about Kars and Ani Ruins.

At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from Turkish Airlines for this incredible adventure and the friendly staff from Crown Plaza Harbiye and Radisson Blu Kayseri hotels that made our stay pleasant and we felt like we were at home.

How do you like this post about Eastern Tukey? Have you ever visited Turkey? Did you have chance to enjoy in the magic of the Turkish culture and of course their sweet Turkish delights like halva or my favourite baklava? I would like to share with me your experience! If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

 

Best,

Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Dogu Ekspresi, with the unselfish support of other partners of this project, such as Hotel Crown Plaza Harbiye and Hotel Radisson Blu Kayseri. I also thank my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Alpha 7r Mark II.
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Another Letter from London: Somewhere Between Rain and Wind…

My dear travellers, how are you today? I really hope that you’re doing great, because today I have a special post about London! I have not written posts on the blog for almost a month and I have to admit that this was hard time for me. Before I start with today’s post, I would like to take the opportunity to apologize for the unexpected break due to health problems and press trips where I was further “exhausted” so I failed to recover. For a month, I almost have a cold that I have not managed to heal completely because I was so active, instead of sleeping at my home and drinking some warm drinks like tea… Well, in the end, you never know why it’s good!

Many of you wrote to me on social networks and on the email when I will publish new posts and why I’m not active on the blog? All of you who follow my work know how much I love my blog, but sometimes some unexpected situations happen and I can not achieve everything at once. I promise that we will be hanging out more often this month, and believe me this pause on the blog may be good because you don’t know how amazing new interesting  posts I’ve prepared just for you guys!

Why did I get sick (again)?! Because in the past few weeks, I changed few countries, few totally different climate and time zones so I lost many hours of healthy “beauty” sleep and believe me it’s not good at all! Turkey, Russia, and England totally three different climates, time zones that it’s completely normal that if you’re getting sick on this trip, you just need to start praying to God that you can not return to even more sickness… What happened to me, of course, while I’m writing this post the best friends of mine today are the drops of nose, wipes and a tea. Great!

London was the last stop on this special European “cruise”, you are wondering why I did not start in chronological order like any normal blogger usually do… I think this time has won this little love for the English capital which I had the opportunity to visit in January of this year and I already knew that I’m going to visit again this year, but I did not know exactly when…

This time I had a little more time, full three days, so it’s much better than 48 hours! Believe me when you’re sick, 72 hours looks like an eternity to you. The worst thing that can happen to you when traveling is to GET SICK! The biggest damage is that you came to enjoy and discover something new, but your organism obviously has some other plans for you… Finally, my crazy personality won, so I cried in the room at night with the high temperature, and during the day I was playing a role of the real “Londoner”.

Now I have one “serious” question for you guys, listen up! When you are traveling, do you like to “put in” your schedule and Sunday as well or do you like to avoid this day? Usually people when they plan to travel, they tend to be from Wednesday to Sunday or Thursday to Sunday. Simply, just to have little time to get ready for a new working week. In my case, when I have possibility to arrange my trip, I like to spend that famous day in a certain destination.

Of course, for some it is not interesting at all, but a big metropolis like London, central core on Sunday is almost empty, I know it well because the true British people love to spend their free time at fairs, which are related to the lifestyle itself (food, sweets, teas and other deacons).

I spent this beautiful Sunday on the streets in the heart of London because I like to see nice things, no matter that in 90% of cases I have no financial opportunities to follow these trends, but I always like to see beautiful things and get some inspiration.  Sunday is my favorite day for me in London, because I have all the streets for myself, there is no crowd and I can pretty much look around the shop windows… Lucky me! 🙂

London is a city that is famous for its climate because of the rain and probably you will have more chances to see the Queen in the supermarket buying a bread, rather than a beautiful and sunny day. London as a city is very beautiful and does not bother me personally when it’s cold, rainy and even foggy because in London you can always do something interesting. The only thing I do not like is their obsession for renovating of the building, so every time I visit London always, but literally I always find some London symbol covered as it is being renovated, as you can see in the picture above… Thank God and the Germans do not like so much to renovate , otherwise I would be crazy already…

In the picture above, you can see the most visited place and best spot for the photos if you want to show people that you finally visited London! Who was not in London before, has the feeling that the Picardy Circus Square is so big and reminds a little of New York, but after that same person come to London and realize that this is a big misconception and that Piccadilly Circus such a small square, but that does not mean that it is not beautiful… You should not be blind and to believe to the pictures at IG, because you can disappoint yourself later.

Let me now return to the beginning of this adventure of my travels which started with a trip to Turkey where I had the opportunity to work with the world airline company Turkish Airlines where I met the culture of Eastern Turkey, once again I had an amazing ride with the train after the adventure in India, with a famous train in Turkey that received the label “Turkish Orient Express” – Dogu Express, I meet new colleagues, made some new friends from the Balkan and Eastern Europe region. After this adventure I went to Russia, and as you see, Turkish Airlines has followed me everywhere. I can not wait to share with you all my impressions from Turkey!

Well, I know well that I turned off the topic again, but what to do when I am too much creative and childish and always I want to share with you as much as I can, so I love to write! I like this part of London because I know that I’m getting closer to my most favorite building in London, located in Regent Street at No. 121… That’s the biggest Burberry shop, I like to say the biggest Burberry department store in the world!

The most famous British fashion brand Burberry has captured the hearts of their loyal fans around the world with their eternal elegance and classic trenches and coats, but also Burberry print also became synonym of England and the United Kingdom in general. A fashion story lasting more than 150 years continues to intrigue the world. That’s why, a few years ago, they opened a unique Regent 121 store where literally they have everything, but EVERYTHING! You need some runway model of trench? limited collection of scarves? This is the place for you! Each time I visit this store, my heart just wants to jump out because it would like to take everything home, but of course we come to the real border of reality and the dreams where you realize that if you succeed to buy just one thing, you will bring with you Part of England.

As far as I’m concerned, they could lock me up here to sleep, I would not be upset at all, I do not think I would sleep at all and I would suffer from chronic insomnia because of such nice things here… I think Burberry should consider my proposal to be the part of ” live “inventory of their fashion family and that would be my happy end for me!

During this visit to London, I thought at least a million times: “God, why my photographer doesn’t apply for a visa of UK!”. All this because of these almost half-empty streets that would be ideal for making some photos, but I didn’t have anyone to take some photos of me. On the other hand, how I was ill maybe at least I hid a little my “perfect” look at the moment because of huge fatigue and exhaustion.

The photo which you see above came from the need to try to take the photo of a gentleman who you can see on the other side of the street with red jacket because I liked the jacket very much and I was convinced that it was the same red jacket that I saw on the previous day at a sale in a department store, but it was not my size… Of course, when it was on 70% discount and when I wasn’t the lucky one to get it, but at least this picture turned out fantastic! As I wrote at the beginning of this post: “I believe that everything in life happens for a reason!”.

This building called Liberty House will always remain in my memory when I once was with a friend in London and when we found ourselves near this unusual department store I said that it would be good to check if they have the jacket from the brand that was on some big discount in another shop, she was so horrified and she just had strength to answer: “Marko, how can you look for a jacket in the museum, do you see that is a house in a famous tudor style ?! You’re crazy! “. A few minutes later she was convinced that it was an unusual department store so she did not want to talk to me for a couple of hours because she felt some sort of a shame. 😀

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! This post will be my first for this month and there are lot posts to come soon. See you next week, with some new interesting stories!

At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from the London City Tourism Board, my friends from Sony who have challenged me again to use new little monster Xperia XZ3, new member of Sony Xperia family. All the pictures that you saw today in this post were created with the help of my new little friend Sony Xperia XZ3 and I began to think that I no longer need to carry the camera on the trip with me. This was a unique opportunity to introduce you a little better with a lifestyle of the city like London and I hope I’m going to visit soon one of my favorite cities in Europe.

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

This post is sponsored by the London Tourism Board, with the unselfish support of other partners of the tourist organization. I also thank Sony for this challenge and I’ve made some amazing pictures with their new Xperia XZ3. I also thank Burberry Limited, in following posts you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of their interesting creations.
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Letters from Finland: Last Call for Helsinki

My dear travellers and fashionistas, today I have prepared for you a special treat, because I realized that I missed to share with you one fashion-travel story from Finland. This post will also be the real ending of my incredible adventure that I experienced in the capital of Finland – Helsinki. For those who first read my blog and want to learn more about Helsinki, read the previous posts on this link, I’m sure you will love this lovely city in Northern Europe and will dissolve your heart.

Some people say that memories are not so important and after some time they will disappear from our memory… I disagree with this because I am sure that all the beautiful things that happened to us, all journeys and important memories remain in our subconscious and only is the question of the moment when our mind will again decide to remind us of those same nice moments! 🙂 Since my adventure in Finland, it’s been a couple of months ago, but I still remember the crazy wind that was blowing during our last day in Helsinki.

I would like to back again there, before I start with today’s post I would like to say huge thank you to wonderful Elisabeth from My Helsinki and that I was the part of amazing #MyHelsinkiResidence project. Also, I would like to say thank you to all partners of this project and I hope we will work again soon!

I remember well that we took photos of this same outfit for two days because of the wind and I managed to make some nice pictures for this post, but I completely forgot about these pictures because after Finland I quickly got sick, and the trip to Cyprus followed up after and I completely has forgotten about these pictures. A couple of days ago, a boy from Bosnia and Herzegovina sent me an e-mail that he saw a nice black jacket in the first post from Helsinki, but he did not find a fashion post from Finland with that same jacket and he sent my picture in that black jacket as attachment.

After reading the email, I was not lazy, so I opened my blog and started looking for a post with this black jacket, so I realized that I actually forgot to post these pictures… Helsinki, a cold city with a warm heart was the perfect city for taking pictures of this fashion combination.

I am from those people who think that black colour looks much better on other persons than me and I have always tried to avoid black and grey colours. My mom who always had a great influence on my fashion taste and style always said one and the same sentence: “Marko, my dear child black is not the right colour for you… You are guy with the darker shade of hair, the black colour looks much better on blond person. Simply black on black, it doesn’t go so easily! “. That’s why I’ve always tried to not wear black clothes, maybe I used to have some black trousers, but I was trying to make clothes which going closer to my face to be brighter and cheerful colors, just to look more refreshing.

My best friends from Burberry wanted to send us blogger early gifts for Christmas so I got this jacket at my home address, which I really did not hope for because they wanted to surprise us with a gift for the holidays, and we had the opportunity to complete the outfit after with some other stuff. Since I picked out these gray pants that you see on the pictures and one sweeter orange color, I realized that I made a big contrast, so I decided to take the photos of a sweater another time, so I did not carry it on a trip to Finland.

Honestly, I was planning to shoot this outfit with one turtleneck sweater, which I bought in Zara, so I took it on the trip with me. Like everything else in my life, everything is so complicated, so I managed to burn my favourite roll neck sweater with the help of iron machine that I did not obviously knew to use it properly, because it was totally different with a bunch of options, I hoped that I managed to fit everything nicely, but the wool that sticked to the plate of the iron, so the sweater was burned there…

I was wrong, it was my favorite a piece in the wardrobe, since my skin is very sensitive to the wool, it’s easy to notice an allergic reaction on my skin somehow I succeeded with the softener after a couple of washes to make it good for my skin. Now that same sweater was destroyed, after 3 years of careful using and storage…

After half an hour of criticising myself and few chocolate bites, the photographer told me that he noticed in the past days that there was some special sale note in the window of the Zara, so we went out of the apartment without breakfast and went to Zara. There I found this sweater that fit perfectly and for 12 euros I got a new favourite fashion piece from Zara. Someone will say that the sweater may be a bit “old” for me, but I liked it at first sight and I think it can be combined easily because of these pastel colours stripes.

The last day in Helsinki ended, little Marko almost late for his flight, because the last train with which I could get on time went, luckily the tourist board had an understanding for me, so they helped me with the transport and everything was better than what I could imagine would ever be in my life. Sometimes people are needed for true happiness much less than some people think. I wanted to make nice photos, but I did not think about the time as always…

My dear ones, once again we have come to the end of this special fashion outfit post from Helsinki. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! Don’t worry in a couple of days I will publish a new post where we will continue together to enjoy the charms of traveling and soon I will start collaboration with one worldwide airline and this year will be full of adventures and excitements, so be prepared!

Last day in Helsinki was so sad because we left our Aallonkoti apartment where we had feeling like we are at our home. Thank you for having us for a wonderful week, I hope we will see again!

OUTFIT

Jacket: Burberry

Sweater: Zara

Trousers: Burberry

Boots: Makia

Camera: Sony Alpha 7r Mark II

 

At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from the Burberry and Makia who made my day with these nice clothes and I hope that I have succeeded to show you this elegant black combination.

How do you like this outfit? Have you prepared your closet for spring maybe? 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! Now I will leave you just to enjoy in this beautiful landscape and of course the symbol of Helsinki – Helsinki Cathedral.

Best,

Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Tourist Board of Helsinki – My Helsinki, Aallonkoti Hotel Apartments, Makia brand, Burberry Limited and others partners of My Helsinki organisation which kindly help this #MyHelsinkiResidence project.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera.
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From Picard with Love…

Hi everyone, how are you today? It’s time to do some final preparations for the weekend. Friday is a magical day, there is no person on the world, who does not like this day. Maybe some people are more looking forward expecting this day than holidays, I have to admit that I understand them… Everyone needs some time to rest, but the daily duties and everyday life do not give us much free time and maybe it’s just Friday, a symbol of freedom that we expect every week with with a smile on our face.

Since I had to get out of my “cave” (house) to pay some bills and to attend on some business meetings for potential collaborations with my blog in the future, I decided it’s maybe a perfect time to make the new photos for a new post. I called the photographer and we “occupied” the most Instagramous spotlight in Belgrade (the most famous place where people are most photographed for Instagram when they are in Belgrade) – the crossroads of Uzun Mirkova and Kralja Petra streets. This crossroads has been on the photos so many times and there are no influencers who did not make some fashionable post here. I decided to see what is so special at that crossroads, will this place help me make some new beautiful and fashionable photos for the blog.

Okay, I have to admit the location itself is very photogenic, but avoid shootings during weekdays in the middle of a city crowd. Well, it was not bad, but on the other hand, I wanted something a little different. The photographer gave me the idea that since we do not have much time for making photos we should move to a little less noisy street in the city center to make pictures for this post. I listened that advice and we started to take pictures of the Belgrade streets that make Belgrade’s heart so unique and so original.

New Year’s decorations are still on the streets, maybe the authorities are afraid that the people will “enter” in the massive epidemic of “post-holiday” depression, and they are trying to keep the decorations and lights on the streets of Belgrade as long as possible (I heard that the situation is similar in other cities in Serbia and some other countries in Balkan region) .

I decided to ignore winter temperatures, so I replaced the winter jacket with a trench and I brought a little color into my monotone beige-gray combination with a red bag. When I was at Picard, I noticed a nice red leather skins during the tour, but I did not see what a product looks like in that colour. On my question whether they made a bag or some of the leather goods in this unusual red color, they showed me the model of the backpack you saw in one of the previous posts – LINK and this business bag, which is usually intended to carry a laptop.

Since I already picked a same model of backpack in brown colour, I was a bit strange to take the same model of backpack in red, but on the other hand what would I gonna do with a business bag ?! My dilemma was solved by the girl who made me company during the tour and gave me a couple of main key reasons why I should have one business bag in my wardrobe.

For a long time, this bag was waiting for its “special occasion” to be carried, but finally it saw the light of the day when little Marko realized that it was not serious to carry folders and important papers that were uncomfortable in the backpack and that this business bag was ideal for little Marko to step into the business world. Meetings passed in the best possible order, even this red beauty got a lot of compliments, precisely because of its unusual color.

So another Friday has passed, the bag had its first official appearance on the streets of Belgrade, and Marko, after completing his duties and shooting for this post, honored himself with several hundred grams of dry biscuits in his favourite bakery and shared with his photographer. Of course, the beautiful sunny Friday is used in the best possible way – in a good mood, with smile on the face and walking the streets that make this city so special.

Are you ready for upcoming weekend, my dear Belgrade? Surely, as always, I’m sure that you’re interested to know what I’ve put on this time, so I’ll leave you a little hint, but do not tell anyone, give me your word that you will not reveal my little fashion secret! Ok, ok I believe in your word!

OUTFIT

Trench: Burberry

Sweater: Turo x Ikla

Bag: Picard

Trousers: Dsquared2

Boots: Makia

Camera: Sony Alpha 7r Mark II

How do you like this outfit? How do you like this interesting red detail – The BAG? 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 ME 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 Finnish fashion street style brand  Makia, fashion house Turo and German leather garments brand Picard.
For all these beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II.
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Letter from London: Centre of Hedonism in 48 Hours

Hi everyone, how are you today? Have you finished all the preparations for the weekend? As I promised you last week, today I will show you all the beauties of the capital of England – London. A couple of days ago, with the help of my friends from the London City Tourism Board, I was able to visit London and to spend an unforgettable 48 hours in the capital of Europe that never sleeps.

When someone mentions you a word – London , what is your first association? For me it’s raining, misty weather, beautiful architecture and, of course, iconic coats and umbrellas from the British brand that I really adore – Burberry. London is a city for hedonists, a place where it is simply impossible to be dissatisfied with the service or selection of brands or shops, because London is itself a center of true hedonism.

I visited London for the first time as a kid whom my parents made to go with them and I would rather stay in Belgrade to play with my “squad” from the neighbourhood. Tt was winter time, December just before the Christmas holiday. I cried all the time, until my parents took me to see the famous Harrods department store that you can not simply skip easily when you come to London.

When you’re in London for holidays it’s just not important, do you had the money to buy something, or just come as tourists to enjoy in the Christmas spirit. That department store was incredible, especially for a kid who no longer wanted to return home. New Year’s magic made irreparable “damage” in the heart of a little Marko.

I’m sure that you know that well-know fact that the symbols of the London city are famous callbox and red dabldeker buses and every time you meet one of these two symbols on the street, you know that you have come to the capital of England. The English people and all the other nations that are part of the United Kingdom are completely different from the rest of Europe. Mentality, the way of life, and even humor is completely different, and who has not spent time with them can not understand some of their actions, behaviour and ways of life for a long time. Their humor on the first sight is not recognizable, their jokes make no sense to us, but if you spend time with them realize that they are completely different and their jokes are one big true.

Walking along the banks of Thames is always relaxing, whenever I get to this city I have to walk around this river and visit the Hyde Park for unusual furry friends – squirrels that are just so big and adorable, because they are all fed by people, but they are so funny and sweet. Since this time I was not able to visit everything in 48 hours which I had available in London, I decided to visit my sweet furry friends next time.

London is a city which welcome all of its visitors with open heart, it is not important whether you are a traveler with a limited budget or a wealthier traveler who has dropping diamonds out of the pocket, London is always here to welcome you. The only thing that is a bit harder for some countries, for example for Serbia and the surrounding countries of the region is Visa! Getting a visa for England is once an impossible mission, my friends have been denied twice, they simply do not know why, but they got a visa for the third time …

Not even today, none of us can understand why. The other thing is the price of a visa that changes from time to time, I did not pay the visa this time, so I do not know what its current price is now, but I know that the cheapest price is always over 100 British Pounds (B. Pound is significantly stronger than the Euro) .

What shouldn’t miss in London? My top 10 sights which you just can’t not miss!

  1. Big Ben Tower Clock
  2. Buckingham Palace
  3. London Eye
  4. Tower Bridge
  5. Trafalgar Square
  6. The oldest public opened museum on the world – British Museum
  7. National Gallery of London
  8. Hyde Park
  9. Walking around the Thames river
  10. St. Paul Cathedral

If you decide to buy a flight ticket from low-cost companies on time (2.3 or more months in advance) or take advantage of the action with low-cost airlines Wizzair, Easy Jet or some other low-cost airline company you can visit London for some really small amount of the money like 30-50 euros for return flight tickets per person. The only thing you should pay attention to is the location of the Luton Airport (where the Wizzair company operates) or other airports like Stansted, Gatwick, so you have to calculate that you will have to travel around approximately additional one to two hours, sometimes more to reach the London city. This is a little advice for all adventurers who choose this way of coming to London.

Is it possible to visit all the major attractions in London for 48 hours? It depends on you, primarily what you want to visit in London. For all the famous attractions in the city, sometimes there is a big line, and if you have only two days available to see the city, then it’s better to choose one or two attractive sights and come early in the morning to stand in line and pray to God as soon as you get to your goal.

London is an imposing city by itself. There has always been some sort of rivalry between Paris or London, which city is more beautiful, which city is more interesting… I can say that every city is beautiful in its own way, Paris is more charming and melodic harmony, on the other hand London is an urban centre and modern with completely different culture of life.

Cities such as Rome, Paris or London do not change at all, they are only maintained and slightly improved; these are cities that do not change their appearance and perhaps it is precisely in this interesting fact hides the magic of their popularity that simply does not turn off with time. London is the center of culture, art and all possible and impossible major events. It’s simply a city that does not sleep and where everything is possible.

London is also a great center for all gastronomy fans. Whoever likes and knows how to enjoy this kind of art, food for me is a pure art. Of course, we all have to cook something on a daily basis, but when we go to a special restaurant or want to feel the magic of some new cuisine or exotic tastes then each one of us likes to go to enjoy and the food then comes out of standard frame of everyday life and turns into a new dimension of art. If you want to enjoy the kingdom of countless unusual kitchens, London is the perfect place for you.

Of course, whoever loves shopping must immediately know that you have come to a real little paradise for shopaholics. Depending on your budget, London can offer you products from just a 2 pounds to some of the prices that normal people can just imagine about. That is London and in this city it’s just impossible to be dissatisfied with the choice, but you can always find nice things depending on your options. Of course it would not be bad if you go to see what the famous Bond Street and New Bond street which are just a real delight in luxury fashion world.

Of course, around London there are outlet villages, whole small towns where you can buy things at discounted prices. I would just like to mention that for this satisfaction you need a little more than two days stay in London, because in these outlet villages there you will spend almost one full day, and on the other hand, the offer of brands is mostly middle class and luxury premium brands that can be bought at reduced prices. There are also a handful of cheaper street brands in their offer, but it’s not really worth paying you 20 pounds for the bus shuttle ticket to the outlets to save 15 pounds for a thing you would normally buy in the city. If you are planning some nice shopping it is really worth to go there and I’m sure you will definitely find something nice for yourself.

London is a well-known fashion center, and Fashion Week – London Fashion Week is held every year, and separate collections for men and women are distributed all year round (4 fashion events for 2 fashionable seasons). Then on the streets you can see real fashionistas and London becomes one big catwalk. It’s pretty interesting to see, but as a blogger I have not yet had the opportunity to go to this unique event, I think that my time is coming soon!

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! This post will be my first post this February and there are lot posts to come soon. See you next week, with some new interesting story!

At the end of the post, I would like to thank my friends from the London City Tourism Board, my friends from Sony who have challenged me to test the possibilities of the new Xperia XZ3, new Sony family member. All the pictures that you saw today in this post were created with the help of my new little friend Sony Xperia XZ3 and I began to think that I no longer need to carry the camera on the trip with me. This was a unique opportunity to get to know you a little better with a city like London and to visit again one of my favorite cities in Europe.

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

This post is sponsored by the London Tourism Board, with the unselfish support of other partners of the tourist organization. I also thank Sony for this challenge and I’ve made some amazing pictures with their new Xperia XZ3. I also thank Burberry Limited, in following posts you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of their interesting creations.
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Dear Belgrade, Everything I hide from you…

My dear Belgrade, I have not written you for a long time, I hope you will not be angry on me, because everyday life and duties did not allow me to write you earlier, so I took this morning off to write to you. How are you? What are you doing? Is there anything new in your life? Did anything change until I was gone?

I hope you will have some nice news for me! The newspapers report that the biggest Serbian friend comes to visit us, so if I grab some free time, maybe I will come to see you, and by the way to say hello our great friend. I heard that people is very happy because of him, they are sure that much of things in Serbia will change, maybe the salaries and pensions will finally increase slightly, so the people will at least will have the real feeling that they are actually alive…

My mother wrote couple days ago has wrote me that our lovely elderly neighbour  which we call Aunt Mica is especially feeling happy, telling everyone how she prepared the most beautiful dress and coat she wore at her wedding and kept those things for almost 50 years in her closet because of some special occasion which will happen. When our great friend appears on our TV screens, Aunt Mica does not blink at all, there is no power from too much excitement to do such a thing. I’m glad that at least she will fulfill her great wish, since many of us have not succeeded – Dreaming the dreams with the open eyes.

It’s not bad here abroad, You’ve been working from morning until you see that the sun has gone down, just behind of the buildings that you do not need to search for it. You live somehow, what our people would say: “Life goes on, I will go with it because that’s how it must to be!”. People here don’t know what it means when your salary is delayed, because here everything is well known and when the salary will be paid, all the bills will be directly paid from your account, there is no exception or some delay!

How am I? It’s not bad I’m not complaining, just trying my best to live nicely, I’ve finished various schools and my sister too, because of something, you will feel strange because you’re still away from home. In the first month, you will be caught by depression and nostalgia, but when your new salary transfers on your bank account, you will remember why you left your country. Believe me, my Belgrade, here abroad you live like at the airport, it’s still a free zone, but you are not with them and also you are not with your people. We, Serbs are not a bad people at all, we have not been ever something like that, just our life was something that was not perfect.

Everyone heard about us, books are being written, movies are being made, foreign bloggers come to Serbia… Not everything is so bad in the country of Serbia. It will be all right, but it still has something to change for us. My dear Belgrade, I’m sure you’re wondering what I am doing right now? I’m happy! I’m happy that I will come home, just to see you, by the way and to say hello to a great friend of Serbia who knows maybe he also follows world online trends and he will come out of the car to make some selfies with us who are looking forward to it, I hope it will be! Maybe it will not, but hope dies last!

Tell me as soon as possible if some of our friends are coming soon in Serbia, I will buy a flight ticket on time while these incredible sales of air tickets are on! Ideas I can come to see you for 20, 30 euros! It’s just Incredible!

I have to tell you that I am glad we will soon see each other again, right now I am packing a new white Zara coat, which I bought at the final sales, it was not easy to get it, but it was worth it, believe me! My dream was to welcome our great friend in crystal white coat, which is otherwise a symbol of peace and friendship.

I also bought a nice red sweater at Zara that “survived” even last year’s sale so I bought it for only 4 euros my dear Belgrade. I told myself, “Marko, you need to buy this red sweater just to feel happiness!” So that was my last words, before I heard famous beep which means that my credit card is accepted and I had enough money to buy this amazing sweater.

Are you ready for the guests my dear Belgrade? I am writing to you this letter from the metro, I have to drive precisely 32 stations to the airport and here I come to see you. As always, you wonder what I will wear and I will give you a little hint, but do not tell anyone, give me your word that nobody will know my little fashion secret! All right, here it is!

OUTFIT

Coat: Zara

Sweater: Zara

Backpack: Louis Vuitton

Jeans: Makia

Jeans: Makia

Camera: Sony Alpha 7r Mark II

Dear Belgrade, please tell me how do you like this outfit? See you soon!

Best regards,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by the Finnish fashion brand Makia. The purpose of this post is not to disparage or insult anyone, but entertainment! Mr.M said his opinion, if someone does not like it, please forgive him, he is just a human! The special guest who was mentioned in the text was the President of Russia. He visited Serbia in January 2019.
For all those beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II.
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