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Hi and welcome to my little Bali insight. After infinite flight hours, for sure it felt like I’m gonna spent my life in that plane :), I was so relieved when I saw how beautiful this place truly is. This trip was arranged together with my babe and we planed almost nothing, the best way to travel if somebody ask me. We had only one hotel booked in advance and pretty much everything else was planned on the way. Obviously, some research at home is unavoidable but it was mostly for opening our minds and ability to choose regarding our current mood while thinking and planning our activities. Accommodation that we booked was five star hotel INAYA Putri Bali and everything was amazing there, everything. While booking and compering prices, the cheapest way for this hotel in particular, was through Agoda.com since it offered the best price compered to (for example) Booking.com. Oh what a joy, everything around me looked so different in the best possible way and felt like I could stay here and drink coconut water forever.
There is a city which makes me feel a certain way with all of its palaces, churches, museums, villas, and gardens that are just magical in their own way. Florence warms my heart for so many reasons in which the hilltop towns of Tuscany are probably the most breathtaking since, for example San Gimignano dates back to the mid 14th century but the people are still living there as if buildings are built recently and you can just feel the atmosphere and of course cherish it for a moment. People who are living in Tuscany seem to live their lives very proudly with a great respect for the history. The overwhelming filing that holds me when walking through this old structures and monuments is the reason why I am so happy to be here. Oh, Tuscany is truly a beautiful region in Italy, and as if that’s not enough, for them making extra virgin olive oil is a lifestyle which I truly admire and the wine sorts are exceptional, Tuscany is well known for their famous Chianti wine produced in the Chianti region. Yes, I enjoyed it very much at lunch and dinner. Nothing should qualified for a bigger enjoyment :). Needless to say, the food looks and tastes absolutely beautiful and delicious. I always try and be positive and open minded when it comes to trying new things especially if it’s about food and trying new flavours. These particular area in Italy demonstrates healthy and sustainable forward lifestyle in which I felt nothing but a refreshing pleasure.
I was so excited just to enjoy some time in Florence and to pass through this open air museum, because that’s what it is.. with all its towers, bridges, squares, fountains, statues. All I needed is to wander around maybe grab some gelato. Probably the best gelato in Florence is Vivoli gelateria and maybe just to mention best tip when choosing gelaterias is to pay attention the pistachio flavour. It should look dirty olivey green which means it’s probably homemade and if gelato looks pretty green, well pretty in this case means going to the next gelateria.
A peaceful town of opera and olive oil with its romantic churches and hidden gardens is the place we spend couple of days and didn’t regret one bit. Lucca is one of the hilltop towns of Tuscany mentioned above which took my breath away on first sight, mainly because of the place where my bf and I stayed and truly feel in love with. This five star hotel in the top of the Tuscan hill was in fact Church of Mammoli (monastery) now transformed into a beautiful little heaven with amazing suits and rooms with the pool access up in a hill with a gorgeous landscape located on the top, the best spot to feel the breeze and all those herbs growing around the hills surrounded by olives trees. I honestly felt such a warm atmosphere.
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The Village of Corleone
I figure that the one place I shouldn’t pass while visiting Sicily is The Village of Corleone, approximately 60 kilometers south of Palermo. Place where Vito Corleone was born and raised. Since I absolutely love The Godfather Trilogy, I couldn’t help my self from having a moment there and enjoy looking at village elders while they are sitting in the park and oversee everything that happens there. And while I set there on the terrace of a cafe, boys were playing football at the center surrounded by the rest of the village, putting on knowledge to everyone what football means to them. Not to mention, but this little cafe had only one man working and he is most certainly not going to serve you. So, I set there for a while until it was quite clear “I better go grab my drink”. The next moment I was choosing among only 3 or 4 types of drinks. You can’t drink whatever comes to your mind because they only have few choices like water, orange juice, coke, beer, coffee and maybe some granita which is semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and all kind of flavors, originally from Sicily. Granita is so refreshing and delicious. Of course, I didn’t mind it one bit, because the way they live, seem they want to preserve their tradition and the way they’re used to do things. In the best possible way I felt like as if time has stood still in Corleone. I cannot wait when I will come back again and visit this little place full of great particularities.
The Valley of the Temples is one of Sicily’s most beautiful and historical must see. This rewarding temple ruins gives you such a thrill if you enjoy testimonies of antiquity dating from ancient times.Even though Agrigento is quite a modern town with with lots to offer, The Valley of the Temples is what took my breath away. I absolutely love visiting such places and what amuses me the most is imagining what it looked like before when it was in its glory, every step of the way.