Ski Holiday in Austria – Budget Planner

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EN  Hello again, dear friends! I have just come back from a perfect ski holiday in Austria and thought to myself – why not give you a small guide on how to replicate my perfect holiday, in case you’re a ski fan. So here it goes, some tips and some information about how much money you need to spend:

I always rented an apartment with family and friends. We believe it’s easier to have an apartment and cook your own food. Being on the ski slopes all day, you usually have 2 main meals and you never know what time you’ll be back. This way you don’t depend on anyone and you make your own schedule. Renting an apartment varies, but you can find good places with €150-€200 per couple, per week. Best place to book a place is Interchalet.

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RO  Saluut! Am lipsit putin ce-i drept, insa am avut motive serioase: am petrecut un concediu tare placut in Austria la ski. Si cum imi place mie de obicei, am ales sa va fac un mic rezumat cu ce trebuie sa stiti daca va organizati si voi sa mergeti si cam cat va costa un astfel de concediu. 

In primul rand, cazarea: noi mereu am mers pe principiul de a inchiria un apartament pe familie/prieteni. Asa nu ne constrange nimic, ne gatim noi singuri si e mai usor. Fiind toata ziua la ski, organizam de obicei doua mese mari si la ore total diferite. Uneori suntem mai obositi, alteori mai matinali…asa ca e mai bine sa nu depinzi de vreun program la hotel. E si cel mai avantajos din punct de vedere financiar: in medie e undeva pe la €150 – €200 de cuplu pe o saptamana. Cel mai bun site de cazare, din punctul nostru de vedere, e Interchalet.

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EN  Food there is similar with UK prices so you can buy there all your stuff. If you decide to eat on top of the mountains, you’ll pay around €15-€20 per person. They serve good quality food in those cottages with superb views, they also have great beer and mulled wine at very good prices.

The ski passes can be a bit pricey, but the more days you buy them for, the cheaper they get. It’s around €200 per person for a 5 day season. But you can pay slightly less or more, depending on the area you’re going to. All ski areas are beautiful and worth visiting, in my opinion. However, because it’s quite warm these days, choose something at a higher altitude just to make sure the snow is plenty. Details about prices, ski slopes and everything around Kitzbuhel – are all here.

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RO  Mancarea e significant mai scumpa decat in Romania. Din Romania e usor, te urci in masina si incarci bagajele cu cateva cumparaturi. Asa e cel mai bine, macar alimente de baza pentru primele mese. Daca alegi sa mananci in oras, e plin de cabane in varful muntilor cu peisaje deosebite. O masa e in jur de €15-€20 de persoana, iar calitatea mancarii e foarte buna. Berea si vinul fiert se gasesc la orice loc la preturi okay. 

Cel mai mare cost e accesul la partii. Un bilet pe un sezon de 5 zile e undeva la €200, depinde de zona pe care o alegeti, adica numarul de partii. Toate partiile pe care le-am vazut m-au impresionat. Insa pentru ca e tot mai cald iernile, va sugerez undeva la altitudini mai mari. Asa va asigurati ca partia e okay, altfel skiati mai mult pe zapada artificiala sau moale. De data asta noi am fost in zona Kitzbuhel, o zona foarte intinsa. Detalii cu partii, preturi, altitudini etc – le aflati aici

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EN  You’ll find loads of buses that offer free transportation to different ski areas. So look for this when booking your accommodation, if you don’t have a car. You’ll need some sort of transportation, unless you live just next to a base.

Bring some FastumGel or any other type of pain killer remover for your muscles. If you are not in the greatest shape, you can pull your muscles easily – depending on how much you ski. Don’t overdo it from the first day! It’s a holiday, but it is an intense work out.

ski holiday austriaRO  Transportul la partii e foarte important. De cele mai multe ori aveti de mers si cel mai comod e sa aveti o masina. Insa daca nu aveti, e plin de autobuze care va transporta gratuit doar cu ski pass-ul pe care oricum l-ati luat. La casa de bilete va pot oferi informatii cu statii, orar, tot ce trebuie.

Desi e un concediu, poate fi obositor mai ales daca nu sunteti in cea mai buna conditie fizica. Nu exagerati din prima zi si va recomand sa luati cu voi creme de tip Fastum Gel pentru musculatura. Pentru mine cel putin a fost destul de obositor, dar poate si pentru ca am incercat sa ma tin dupa Dan – n-am cazut decat zilnic. 

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EN   And last but not least, go at least one day to a spa! You need it, and there are some beautiful ones. You can go to local ones for about €15/person. You’ll get some warm water and saunas. But if you’re after those fancy places with hot jacuzzis outside, you’ll have to pay €30 or more. Overall, a ski trip can cost you minimum €500 per person, with all reduced to the bone. If you want to relax a bit, €700 is more of a real number.

RO   Si cel mai important, nu uitati de spa! Mergeti cel putin o zi (sau o dupa masa) la un spa, sa va relaxati si sa va bucurati de un tratament. Sunt multe bazine in diverse localitati la preturi in jur de €15 de persoana cu sauna inclusa. Iar daca vreti ceva in stilul pozelor faimoase cu jacuzzi in aer liber, printre munti va costa aproximativ dublu. Iar per total o vacanta la ski in Austria va poate costa minim €500 de persoana, cu economii la sange. Insa vreo €700 e un numar mai real zic eu. 

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The Victorian House

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EN  Let’s be honest, if you want to travel the world, finding cheap accommodation is a must. That’s unless you’re a millionaire. And even if I believe that spending your money on traveling is the best way to spend your money, I still want to save some when I can. This weekend I planned a secret trip for Dan and because I already spoiled him with goodies for his birthday, I wanted to look for some affordable accommodation around Bath, UK. And I was surprised to find an old Victorian family house, turned into a guesthouse. The owner tried to keep as many original pieces as possible and it all made it magical, like we were part of the history of this area. So I decided to take some pictures in the house, while we were enjoying some nice books at the sunset.

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RO   Hai sa fim seriosi, daca vrei sa calatoresti prin lume, e necesar sa gasesti cazare ieftina, e cel mai usor mod de-a economisi. Si chiar daca sunt de parere ca cel mai mult se merita sa-ti cheltui banii pe calatorit, nu am degand sa imi cheltui toti banii pe calatorit. Iar cazare buna si ieftina e greu de gasit, din pacate… insa weekendul trecut am avut mare noroc. Am planificat o excursie surpriza pentru Dan in zona Bath, o statiune cu singurele bai termale din Anglia. Bath a fost o asezare romana cu o istorie si cladiri pastrate foarte bine. M-am simtit ca intr-o poveste de-a scriitoarei Jane Austen, inconjurata de cladiri cu arhitectura romantica si incheiand ziua cu o plimbare la muzeul de moda, unde la final Dan si cu mine am avut ocazia sa probam niste haine mai vechi. Cazarea am gasit-o undeva la o ora de oras intr-o casa veche, din epoca Victoriana – o casa care a apartinut unei famillii iar proprietarul a pastrat cat mai multe elemente originale. Asa ca am hotarat sa facem cateva poze prin casa, ca tot mergea cu tinuta. 

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Shirt – Primark

Skirts and Boots – H&M

 

♥ Andra

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Oldie but Goldie

ted baker santorini summer love story EN    I bought this dress a while ago and I wore it a couple of times already. However, I just can’t get enough of it. I keep finding the perfect moment to wear it – or maybe the dress is perfect for any moment…I don’t know. Last time I wore it when watching the sunset with Dan, in Santorini. On our way we found a local church, with the gates open – so we decided to pop in and take some photos. I already know that I’ll be keeping this dress in my closet for my daughter to wear one day. And yes, I’ve got some more items on the list starting with a top that my grand grandmother made. Now I just need to have a daughter and I’m all sorted! Do you girls do the same, or is it just me?

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RO    Am cumparat rochia asta acu’ mult timp pentru o ocazie speciala. Insa in final am ajuns sa o port foarte des. Am avut parte de multe evenimente perfecte pentru rochia asta – sau poate rochia e perfecta pentru orice eveniment. Ultima data am purtat rochia in Santorini, la o plimbare pentru a vedea apusul. Pe drum am dat de o biserica ce intamplator avea portile deschise, asa ca am hotarat sa facem cateva poze. Si am hotarat deja ca rochia asta merge la colectie – colectia de haine pe care le pastrez pentru viitoarea fiica. Am inceput colectia cand am gasit o bluza facuta de strabunica mea. Atunci am realizat ce valoare pot avea unele haine si am hotarat sa pastrez si eu cateva. Oare sunt singura, voi ati pastrat ceva de ani de zile?

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Dress – Ted Baker

Dan wore: Shirt – Tommy Hilfiger; Trousers – zara; Shoes – Primark; Hat – Local shop in Ibiza

♥ Andra

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Comfortable won’t take you anywhere

H&M conscious shirt santorini holiday boyfriend hatEN     If you wonder whether I finished showing you all the Holiday outfits, the answer is no. You see, when you’re on holiday you’ve got plenty of time to dress nice and take photos. At least that’s what I think. But then, if you’re on a holiday and it’s extremely hot outside, then your options are limited. The photos that you see today were from a day trip that was truly amazing. However, it was so hot outside that I started having a headache. And because the sun was burning like hell I had to wear a long sleeve top (I am a bit allergic to sun). I even took the hat from Dan because I thought I can’t handle it anymore. This is the most comfortable outfit I wore in Santorini. For the rest of the days I chose to wear dresses, I chose to pack with me a nicer dress just for the dinner, I chose to put more effort even though the easier way would have been shorts and a loose top all day long. I chose to do this because every holiday that we take is a chance for us to rediscover ourselves. It’s when we both have a lot of free time to talk about our lives, to talk about our dreams and about our relationship. And for this I had to look good, I had to remind Dan why he proposed and I had to remind myself that I always need to take care of how I look. It’s just something that we both believe in – looks. I’m not saying that’s all that matters, I’m just saying that a little extra effort into looking better is important in a relationship, especially in one that’s supposed to last forever. And I know how easy it can be to get comfortable. I used to fall for that a couple of times. However, comfortable won’t take you anywhere, never.

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RO    Daca va-ntrebati daca mai sunt multe poze cu tinute din Santorini, raspunsul e da. Stiti si voi cum e… cand esti in concediu ai timp mai mult sa-ti alegi tinutele si sa faci poze. Doar ca eu am simtit exact opusul in Santorini. Cu 20 de grade mai cald decat eram noi obisnuiti, am avut momente in care simteam ca nu mai pot. Ba era pielea care nu rezista soarelui puternic, ba era capul care simteam ca ma anunta ca se apropie o insolatie, ba era gatul uscat desi beam apa non stop. Asa ca am stiut ca trebuie sa port ceva cat mai comod in ziua in care am ales sa facem o excursie de o zi, departe de cazare. A trebuit sa iau o camasa cu maneca lunga pentru ca deja ma ardeau mainile si pieptul. Dar cred ca n-are rost sa va spun cum m-au ars picioarele dupa… (haha).

In bagaj nu prea am pus haine lejere de plimbari, ci mai degraba am incarcat o sumedenie de rochii si sandale. Stiam ca in Santorini nu avem nevoie de exchipament nu stiu cat de sportiv. Iar apoi am vrut sa ma asigur ca arat cat mai feminina in excursie. De ce depunem noi atata efort cand mergem intr-o excursie? De ce ne alegem atent tinutele, aproape de fiecare data trebuie sa ne cumparam ceva nou, pentru excursia respectiva.. fetele merg la manichiura si pedichiura.. si multe alte pregatiri. Nu stiu voi, dar eu simt nevoia sa fac asta pentru ca eu vad o excursie ca o sansa de a ma redescoperi. Am mai spus asta pe blog, insa intr-o excursie avem destul timp sa vorbim despre noi, sa ne gandim la planurile de viitor, sa visam si sa nu fim prea influentati sau intrerupti de nimeni. Si pentru ca a fost o excursie cu Dan, am vazut-o si ca pe o sansa de a ne redescoperi ca si cuplu, de a ne face planuri impreuna. Iar asta inseamna ca a trebuit sa depun mai mult efort cand vine vorba de tinute. Nu de alta, dar sa-i reamintesc de ce m-a cerut acum un an. Pentru ca eu chiar cred in importanta aspectului fizic si in efortul de a arata mai aranjat, mai bine. Mai ales cand alegi sa-ti petreci viata cu cineva. Vrei sa te asiguri ca ramai ‘frumoasa’ pentru perechea ta pana la adanci batraneti. Si am cazut cam tare in capcana comoditatii, insa e pacat. Sa fii comod nu te duce nicaieri, niciodata.

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H&M conscious shirt santorini holiday boyfriend hat

H&M conscious shirt santorini holiday boyfriend hat

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H&M conscious shirt santorini holiday boyfriend hat

Top – H&M

Shorts – Topshop

Sandals – Kurt Keiger

Hat – Ibiza

Sunglasses – Ray Ban

♥ Andra

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Santorini: Budget Planner

Santorini on a budgetEN    Budget is very important when planning a holiday. That’s why we don’t always choose to go to Australia or New York, because our budget is often limited. It’s easy when choosing an all inclusive package – this way you know how much it will cost you so you can decide straight away. However, I am a fan of the bed and breakfast. If I go somewhere I want to see as much as possible. This means I want to travel around, so I will miss all those all inclusive drinks (and meals). And Santorini is definitely a place where you do not want to go on a all inclusive package. It’s a place with small islands, various beaches hidden in the cliffs, with something different to do and see every single day. To make it easier for you, I made a table with average prices for basic things. We bought our own flight tickets and found the accommodation on booking.com based on the feedback and the view. I also want to say that we went there in June. If you want to go there in July or August it might cost you slightly more. Another thing that we heard is that by August it gets very busy, a bit too annoying busy, so we recommend to avoid that period. Overall Santorini was to die for and I totally recommend it to you!

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RO   Bugetul e foarte important atunci cand ne planificam o vacanta. Poate am alege mereu locuri gen Australia si New York, insa din pacate bugetul ne e limitat. Cel mai usor e atunci cand alegem un pachet all inclusive. Stim de la inceput cat ne costa si putem hotari imediat. Insa eu personal prefer excursiile cu doar mic dejun. Imi place sa calatoresc prin zona pe care o vizitez si asta inseamna ca as rata toate mesele si bauturile platite la hotel. Si mai ales Santorini e o locatie care nu prea merge pe principiul all inclusive. Plajele sunt departe, localitatile sunt multe si e pacat sa tot fugi la cazare la masa. Si e plin de restaurante faine, cu mese la pret avantajos si cu privelisti de vis. Asa ca, sa va fie mai usor, am facut un mic tabel cu preturile de baza. Noi am luat biletele de avion individual si am ales cazarea de pe Booking.com in functie de feedback si priveliste. Vreau sa mai mentionez faptul ca noi am fost in Iunie. In lunile Iulie-August preturile mai cresc usor. Am aflat ca in August e cel mai aglomerat, insa prea aglomerat si nu se recomanda sa mergeti atunci. Per total, insula Santorini a fost fenomenala si va recomand cu caldura sa mergeti!

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Santorini budget planner

Santorini budget planner

Santorini on a Budget

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Santorini Budget Planner

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♥  Andra

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Santorini Lookbook 1

Santorini lookbook pink dress Eros beachEN   I haven’t realised how much I missed the sea, until I arrived in Santorini. I missed the way your hair gets after the salted water, how the fresh tan makes your eyes shine, how relaxing it is to lay on the beach and just enjoy the breeze, to spend the nights outside without being too cold or too tired… oh, the lovely summer days!

I want to tell you all you need to know about Santorini, in case you want to go there as well. Dan and I tried to see and try almost everything that the island has to offer. And it has a lot to offer! I will share with you some things we saw, some beaches we visited and, of course, some details about the budget you need.

But for now I will share with you one of the looks I had for going to the beach. I look at the photos while enjoying a hot tea at my desk in Manchester. Outside it’s quite windy and 20 Degrees less than yesterday in Greece. Oh, good to be back home I guess…

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RO   Nu am realizat ca de mult mi-a lipsit marea pana cand am ajuns in Santorini. Mi-a fost dor de felul in care parul imi arata dupa o baie cu apa sarata, mi-a fost dor de bronzul proaspat care-mi face ochii mai deschisi si zambetul mai fresh, mi-a fost dor sa aud marea si de briza ei, mi-a fost dor sa imi petrec noptile in aer liber fara sa-mi fie prea frig, sau prea somn… mi-a fost dor de zilele adevarate de vara!

Vreau sa va spun pe indelete cum am ajuns in Santorini, ce am vizitat, ce am mancat si, cel mai important, cam cat ne-a costat. Insa deocamdata va impartasesc poze cu una dintre tinutele pe care le-am avut la plaja. In timp ce scriu articolul si sortez printre poze savurez un ceai fierbinte la birou, in Manchester. Afara e usor innorat si cu 20 de grade in minus fata de ziua de ieri, in Grecia. Cineva nu e prea incantata ca vacanta e gata… 

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Skirt – Topshop

Top – Vintage store

Sunglasses – no brand, random store

Beach – Eros, Santorini

 

♥ Andra

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We Ride

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EN    It’s finally time to show you one of my favourite outfits lately – the motorbike outfit. It’s something that Dan always wanted to have and we thought that now is a good time to buy a motorbike. I personally wasn’t very excited about it until I was shopping in the Northern Quarter in Manchester in a vintage store. Dan called me to tell me he bought one. I was like – okay, nice.. And then there they were – THE trousers. The perfect pair of motorbike trousers. And that’s when I started to get excited. So excited that I actually had the entire outfit before Dan did. And no, I can’t drive a motorbike. I already thought of the Lana del Rey clip of  Ride (maybe a bit less weird), already imagining myself with the wind in my hair. And the reality is a bit different from the expectations. I never thought it can be this cool! And to prove it to you, I’m going to share a couple of photos from our recent trip, I hope you’ll enjoy!

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RO    In sfarsit va arat una din tinutele mele preferate din ultima vreme – costumul de motociclist. E ceva ce Dan si-a dorit de foarte mult timp si ne-am gandit ca acum ar fi ocazia perfecta sa isi cumpere o motocicleta. Eu sincer n-am fost prea entuziasmata de idee. Pana cand, intr-o zi, eram la shopping intr-o zona celebra din Manchester, plina de haine autentice noi si second, cand Dan ma suna sa imi spuna ca gata, a luat o motocicleta. Nici nu inchisesem bine telefonul ca deja i-am vazut, parca ma asteptau sa-i iau – pantalonii perfecti de motociclist, sau mai bine zis motociclista. Si de-atunci am inceput sa ma entuziasmez mai tare, atat de tare incat eu am avut mai repede echipamentul complet decat Dan. Iar eu nici macar nu conduc motocicleta, ca nu am carnet de tip A. Deja ma imaginam in videoclipul lui Lana del Rey (o varianta mai putin ciudata), cu pletele-n vant, afara soare si cald. Si sincer in realitate e putin mai diferit, e mult mai interesant decat mi-am imaginat! Si ca sa va conving asa putin, am pus cateva poze din excursia cea mai recenta, sper sa va placa!

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motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

motorcycle leather outfit yamaha virago 535

Both of our jackets – Cow, Manchester | My trousers – Cow, Manchester | Dan’s trousers – Afflecks, Manchester   Both of our helmets – Arai | Our shoes – All Shoes, Baia Mare, Romania | Motorbike – Yamaha Virago 535

 

♥ Andra

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Paris Day Three: Louvre, Pont des Arts and a Ring

Paris Louvre Engagement storyLike every day there, we woke up early and went to enjoy my favourite breakfast: fresh bread and croissants with Nutella and a fresh coffee with milk. Today was time to go and visit the Louvre Museum. We arrived quite early in order to avoid the queues. The entrance was free as we’re under 26 and from the UE. I advise you to always bring your passport/ID with you as you’ll see many offers like this. The only thing we paid for was an audio guide which I totally recommend. It’s like a mini laptop with touch screen, with a map and it can tell you everything about anything. We chose to make the route of the masterpieces of the museum. We stayed there half a day.

In the meantime I was carrying with me a padlock, already with our initials written and I wanted to put it on the Pont des Arts (the famous bridge), like many other lovers do. I know it’s just a symbolic thing, but I like these things. Last time I did something similar was when I was in Rome. I threw a coin in Fontana di Trevi and my wish was to be with Dan. We weren’t together at the moment. And that was 6 years ago.

It was already late afternoon, we were a bit tired and we were constantly looking for a quiet place. Yes, a quiet place in the busy Paris. No, it wasn’t easy to find. That’s when we tought: a park! let’s go to Parc du Luxembourg! It looked so big on the map, we were sure we’ll find a quiet place there, just for the two of us. As we entered everyone was everywhere. But we didn’t give up. We walked and walked and walked so far, until we found a small garden. We took two chairs and put them in the middle of the grass.

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Ca de obicei, ne-am trezit devreme si ne-am dus jos la micul dejun: paine proaspata (usor calda) si croissante crocante cu Nutella si cafea cu lapte. N-am zabovit prea mult ca sa putem ajunge la Muzeul Louvre drevreme. Nu am stat mult la coada si deja eram la casa de bilete. Pentru ca avem sub 26 ani si suntem din UE, nu trebuie sa platim intrarea. Va sugerez sa purtati cu voi pasaportul sau buletinul pentru ca trebuie sa dovediti asta. Singurul lucru pentru care am platit a fost ghidul audio care a fost foarte bun. Am avut fiecare un mini laptop, cu ecran touch screen si cu casti. aveam o mapa GPS si puteam vedea mereu unde suntem. Puteam sa alegem ce vrem sa ascultam si cat. Noi ne-am ales traseul capodoperelor de arta, pentru ca stiam ca nu vrem sa stam toata ziua. Asa ne-a luat o jumatate de zi.

Dupa asta am vrut sa ne oprim la Pont des Arts (faimosul pod), unde aveam in gand sa pun un lacat adus de-acasa, gata ‘gravat’ cu initialele noastre. Stiu ca e doar asa simbolic, insa imi plac lucrurile de genul. Am mai facut ceva asemanator cand am fost in Roma. Am aruncat o moneda in Fontana di Trevi cu dorinta de a fi cu Dan. Asta s-a intamplat acum 6 ani.

Deja era foarte tarziu si amandoi eram putin obositi. Cautam un loc mai linistit, unde sa putem fi doar noi. Dar sa gasesti un loc linistit in Paris e ca si cum ai cauta acul in carul cu fan. Probabil or fi, dar nu asa vizible pentru un turist.. Am luat harta si-am vazut ca suntem aproape de Parc du Luxembourg. Era mare si ne-am gandit ca trebuie sa gasim acolo un locsor mai intim, de unde sa luam o pauza de la atatia turisti, atatia vanzatori ambulanti si aparate foto. Cand am intrat in parc am fost dezamagiti… lume peste tot… Dar pentru ca stiam ca e mare parcul, am zis sa ne plimbam pana gasim ceva. Si-am gasit. Locul perfect: umbra, totul verde in jurul nostru, liniste, doar noi doi.

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When I was in high school I was reading an Elle magazine, with Jennifer Lopez on the cover. I was flipping through the first pages when I stumbled upon a picture of a ring. Then it hit me: this is the ring! There I was, I had no idea who I am going to marry with, where, when…but I knew: I want to have this ring. Since then, I always knew I want that ring… it is a classic design.. and I liked it. Okay, maybe I loved it! So of course, when things got a bit serious with Dan I said to him (more as a joke): ‘If you ever plan to buy me a ring, I want one like this!’. I didn’t have the magazine with me, but I showed him one from the Tiffany’s website. You see, that was a while ago. But he remembered.

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Eram prin liceu si rasfoiam revista Elle cu Jennifer Lopez pe coperta. Eram la primele pagini cand brusc m-am oprit la o reclama pe toata pagina cu un inel. Si-atunci m-a lovit: asta e inelul! Pe vremea aia nu aveam prieten, nu stiam cu cine ma voi casatori, cand, cum… dar stiam sigur: vreau inelul asta! E un model clasic si ma reprezinta in totalitate. Asa ca, dupa ce relatia cu Dan a devenit mai serioasa i-am spus mai in gluma, mai in serios (mai mult in gluma), ca daca e sa-mi ia vreodata inel, pe asta-l vreau! Tin minte ca nu aveam revista la mine, dar repede am intrat pe site la Tiffany’s sa-i arat modelul. Asta a fost mai demult… dar el si-a amintit.

Paris Louvre Engagement story

After the visit to the Louvre, we were both feeling very inspired. We were talking about making a change in the future, about making something great. Maybe not as great as Da Vinci or Michelangelo, but something that matters. We were both talking about wanting to have a big garden and a big house with a big swimming pool. It was not the first time we were talking about the future. But this time it was different. This time Dan told me he can’t wait any longer…. The rest is just too hard to put it in writing.. but yes, he had the ring and I said yes. More than once.

The rest of the night was just about us. Every sentence started or eneded with the word ‘fiance’ or ‘fiancee’. We headed towards the Latin Quarter and then we took a long walk in search for the perfect restaurant with a view over the Eiffel tower, for our dinner.

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Dupa vizita la muzeul Louvre amandoi ne simteam foarte inspirati. Stateam in parc si vorbeam despre cum vom face si noi ceva deosebit in viata asta. Poate nu asa deosebit ca Da Vinci sau Michelangelo, dar ceva ce sa conteze. Vorbeam cum vom avea si noi o gradina mare, verde, o casa cu piscina si cateva animalute. Nu era prima data cand vorbeam despre asta. Doar ca de data asta a fost altfel. De data asta Dan mi-a spus ca nu mai are rabdare… restul ramane intre noi, e prea greu de pus pe hartie… Dar da, a avut inelul pe care mi l-am dorit… iar eu am spus da. De mai multe ori.

Restul serii a fost o continua celebrare a logodnei. Fiecare propozitie incepea sau se termina cu ‘logodnicul meu’, ‘logodnica mea’. Ne-am plimbat prin cartierul latin iar apoi am inceput sa cautam un restaurant cu vedere spre Turnul Eiffel, pentru a lua cina.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Paris Day Two: Eiffel Tower, Great food, Great weather

Paris Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Holiday, Summer, Romantic tripGet ready to be bombarded with loads of photos in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s just the best background. It automatically makes every single picture look more awesome. Anyway, let’s get back to our journey: We woke up early in order to get at the Eiffel Tower in time, to avoid the queues. However, they opened the lifts to go to the top after 12pm. So My advice: if you do want to go to the top (which I recommend), go there at around 11 pm so you don’t have to wait too much to see everything. Prices to go up: 9€ / adult – middle. 15€ / adult – top. Waiting in the queues can’t be avoided.. there’s just too many tourists. Just bare that in mind and try not to be bothered by it. We spent there around 3 hours (or more). After that we stayed in the park nearby to enjoy our fresh sandwiches. There was a huge projector with the French Open Final with Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. We stayed there a bit just because we are great supporters of Simona, as she represents the country we’re from.

After staring at the Eiffel Tower from all possible angles and gardens and places.. we went further to Montmartre. This place was full of interesting shops, beautiful cafes and, the main attraction: Sacre-Coeur. The shops are a bit expensive as they have exclusive products, the cafes and restaurants are comparable to the UK and the entrance to Sacre-Coeur is free.

The final stop was Moulin-Rouge. After that we walked around the city for a bit. It was almost 11 pm and it was still nice and warm. It reminded me of the summers at home. It seemed like the city came to live. More locals were out, drinking on a terrace, talking in their beautiful french and laughing. A lot of laughing. I didn’t want to go back to our hotel. But we were tired.. and I wanted to rest for the next day. We were planning to go to the Louvre. But in the end it turned out to be much more…. to be continued..

Paris Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Holiday, Summer, Romantic trip

Asteptati-va sa fiti bombardati cu o sumedenie de poze cu Turnul Eiffel. Degeaba, orice poza arata bine cu el in cadru. A fost si primul lucru pe care l-am vizitat in a doua zi, asa ca am fost fresh si dornici de pozat. Ne-am trezit devreme tocmai ca sa evitam cozile. Dar degeaba am ajuns noi mai devreme, ca au deschis lifturile pentru a urca in varf doar dupa ora 12pm. De aceea va recomand sa mergeti in jurul orei 11, ca sa nu asteptati prea mult pentru a urca in varf (asta daca vreti). sunt doua optiuni: va opriti la mijloc (9€ / adult) Sau continuati pana in varf (inca 6 €, in total 15). Dupa vizita, ne-am pus in parc de unde puteam sa admiram frumosul turn, in timp ce am mancat putin. Intre timp am observat ca au pus un ecran imens pe care era proiectata finala de tenis intre Sharapova si Simona Halep. Plin de romani mandri, plini de steaguri tricolore.. a fost un sentiment frumos! 

Urmatoarea oprire a fost cartierul Montmartre. Un loc cu stradute inguste, cladiri cu arhitecturi deosebite..si lucrul meu preferat: multe flori. Am pierdut vremea plimbandu-ne printre stradute, uitandu-ne la cateva magazine cu produse speciale iar in final am ajuns la Sacre-Couer. Desi nu era voie sa faci poze, toata lumea isi ascundea aparatul sau telefonul pe sub mana si pozau non stop. De ce? Nu stiu. Noi am ales in schimb sa admiram arhitectura, sa ascultam corul care tocmai incepuse si sa ne bucuram de moment, pe moment. Intrarea a fost gratuita.

Ne-am odihnit apoi savurand o masa copioasa la un restaurant local, cu mancaruri bio. Din pacate n-am retinut numele localului si nu l-am gasit online, insa oriunde am mancat in Paris mi-a placut enorm. E adevarat, am si cautat localuri aglomerate, cu mancaruri gatite, terase aranjate. In medie plateam aproximativ 30 € / persoana mancare si bautura. 

Cu burta plina ne-am indreptat inspre Moulin Rouge unde Dan ar fi stat la un show (sau doua) dar cineva n-a fost de acord. Deja se facuse ora 11 seara si parca orasul se trezea la viata. Multi localnici erau afara, pe terase, eram inconjurata de o armoa de parfumuri de la fetele gatite de iesit in oras. Franceza lor dadea impresia ca aveau cele mai intereante discutii. Doar ca tot ce intelegeam eu era ‘Qui Qui’. Era perfect, cald dar nu prea cald, imi aducea aminte de serile cu colegii de liceu in centrul vechi in Baia Mare, cum stateam noptile afara si povesteam. Era vremea perfecta si compania perfecta. N-as fi vrut sa plec la hotel insa eram amandoi prea obositi. Si planuisem o gramada de lucruri pentru urmatoarea zi.. iar Dan mai planuise ceva ce aveam sa aflu abia spre finalul zilei… 

 

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Montmartre and Sacre Coeur

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Moulin Rouge
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Next: Luvru, Pont des Arts, The Latin Quarter and Our Engagement Story…

❤  Andra

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Paris Day One: Exploring the city

Paris Visit holiday Champs Elysees Arc de Triomph Exploring the city3 am. The alarm goes on: it’s time to wake up, it’s time for our holiday! We quickly wake up and get ready for the flight. We arrive in the train station, as we need to take a train to the Airport. Dan goes and asks someone when is the next train. He tells us to go to the wrong platform. Did we miss the train? Of course we did! Was I angry? A little bit. So here we are, running like crazy at 4:30 am in the morning. We finally get to the airport (in time). Once on the plane, we take out our guide book and start planning our first day in Paris. For the first day we chose to explore. We chose to walk around the city, stare at the beautiful architecture and tick off some of the main attractions from the list. This was our journey:

We took the metro to Champs-Elysees Clemenceau and walked around until we reached the Arc de Triomphe. After that we took a boat trip around the Eiffel tower and the two islands: Ile de Cite and Ile St Louis. On our way we stopped at Notre Dame, but it was too busy so we didn’t go in. Our evening ended with a great feast from Laduree, a popular location for those who love desserts. I’ll show you now some photos of our journey and some ideas and tips about the things we’ve seen.

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3 dimineata. Alarma suna: e timpul sa ne trezim, a sosit ziua cea mare, mergem la Paris! Repede ne ridicam din pat, ne pregatim si suntem gata de mers la gara. Trebuia sa luam un tren pana la aeroport. Ajungem la gara si tipul de la informatii ne trimite la platforma gresita. Fugim repede sa realizam ca nu suntem unde trebuie. No hai, fuga inapoi la platforma care trebuie. Trenul deja pornise. Normal ca l-am pierdut! Asa ca asteptam urmatorul tren… Se putea sa nu fie cu peripetii? Nu, asa e mai interesant! Amandoi am rasulftat usurati odata ce-am ajuns in avion si repede ne-am luat cartea cu Paris, sa ne planificam ce vom face odata ce ajungem in oras. Pentru prima zi am ales sa ne plimbam mai mult, sa vizitam cateva obiective la care nu trebuie sa stam la coada. Aceasta a fost ruta noastra: Am luat metroul pana la Champs-Elysees Clemenceau. De-acolo ne-am plimbat pana am ajuns la Arcul de Triumf. Dupa am facut o excursie cu barca pe langa turnul Eiffel si cele doua insule: Ile de Cite si Ile St Louis. Pe traseu ne-am oprit si la Notre Dame insa era prea aglomerat si nu am intrat. Iar ziua s-a terminat cu un ospat de la Laduree, o cofetarie populara pentru iubitorii de deserturi. Urmeaza sa va arat traseul parcurs in poze, iar apoi sa va impartasesc cateva idei si sfaturi despre ceea ce-am vazut. 

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The boat trip is a must do! You get a guide who tells you a bit of information about the surroundings. It took approx one hour. It was a great way to enjoy the city while relaxing a bit, or sleeping (in Dan’s case). But don’t worry, he didn’t miss much. I quickly woke him up with my constant enthusiasm: “look there, and there, and there!”. Price: 15 € / person. 

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Recomand cu tarie excursia cu barca. Dureaza aproximativ o ora, are un ghid care descrie in cateva cuvinte importantele cladiri pe langa care trecem. Interesant si interactiv! E o ocazie perfecta de-a vedea mai mult din Paris si e foarte relaxant in acelasi timp. Iar in cazul lui Dan, e o ocazie perfecta de-a trage un pui de somn. Dar stati linistiti, ca n-a apucat sa doarma mult cu mine langa el, extrem de entuziasmata: ” Oa, uita-te la aia! Si la aia! Vai, ai vazut aia?”. Pretul excursiei: 15 € / persoana. 
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It’s no wonder why Laduree is so popular. They are extremely delicious! And yes, perhaps their marketing strategy has something to do with it as well. Their packaging is amazing. Every single detail, every single piece of macaroon looks flawless. There are more Laduree shops in the city, but my favourite location is the one on Champs Elysees.

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Nu degeaba sunt populare deserturile Laduree. Sunt dementiale! Si da, poate si marketingul are de-a face putin (mai mult) cu asta. Accentul pe care-l pun pe ambalaj e incredibil.  Am vazut mai multe locatii insa preferata mea e cea de pe Champs Elysees: totul e…intr-un cuvant: grandios! Pretul e si el… grandios! Dar sunt delicioase. 
Paris Laduree dessert

Next: Paris Day Two: The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre-Coeur, Moulin Rouge.

♥ Andra

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