Venice ... Just Venice

miercuri, 8 septembrie 2010

I know ... I am terribly late with this post, but I didn't finished it till now so here it is: the story of our trip to Venice.

In January we thought: "Why not go to Venice in April after Easter?"... Hmm... Yeah ... why not? So we bought plane tickets and did reservations to a hotel. And it was the four of us (me, Cosmin, Ramonici and Raul) who were getting on a Wizz plane on 7th of april and were flying to ... Venice.
The weather was just lovely. The flight was ok. We arrived in Treviso Airport after 1 hour and 45 minutes. The bus to Venice was waiting for us. We arrived in Venice after a 30 minutes trip with the bus.
The Venice is just lovely in april. No smell, not so hot ... just perfect for 4 days of rambling around the city on water. And just like a little english boy said one day on the boat: "Venice is about water, and buildings, and narrow streets, and water". I don't want to bore you with words so I will show you some pictures from our journey.
We spent the fist day on Venice main island searching for narrow streets and quite places. The second day was on the Murano island  wandering through the glass shops. The third day was dedicated to the little Burano island - very beautiful place, very quite, collored and unique I would say. The fourth day was biking around Lido di Venezia island.












A day in Istanbul

luni, 15 februarie 2010

Sunday, 8 AM. I wake up, wash my teeth and go on beach. Lovely ... the sun was up in the sky already and the sea had some waves. I walked along the sunny beach for half an hour and then I head back to the hotel for the breakfast.

After the breakfast me and my colleague Feri planed a trip to Istanbul, so around 11:30 we were already in the big  city. We parked the car in a parking lot near Bosporus and our next target was Hagia Sophia. To get there we passed through a nice park:

 

After a 10 minute walk we got to our first visiting point - Hagia Sophia
 
The entrance fee is 20 Lira which is around 10 euros, but the experience is worth the price. It's amazing how two cultures met in the same church. There are orthodox images as well as muslim.

 
  
After Hagia Sophia, next stop was the blue mosque which is face to face with the first one.
We could not get in in this one because it was closed for praying. So we continued our way to the Grand Bazaar.
Most of the stores in Bazaar were closed, but where it was opened it was very crowded and noisy. I liked the part with the stores with turkish delight and condiments. I even bought some to have home. I was happy to find mint since in Romania is very hard to find. It was nice that the salesmen even gave us some turkish delight to taste.
It was late so we went to a restaurant to eat. After we payed 8 lira extra for bread that we did not ate and water that we did not drink and service ... we got back home.
It was a nice way to spend our sunday but it was also a very tiring one.

Kumburgaz beach

luni, 8 februarie 2010

Because it's the cold season for most of my readers, I thought why not make you jealous ?! Well, here it's also the cold season, it's raining, it's foggy, it also snowed, but ... it was a beautiful Saturday morning on 6th of February 2010. I waked up at 7 AM, as I usually do here because the breakfast is served at that hour. And, for my surprise, the sun was rising up on  the sky. So, after the breakfast, I took my camera and went on the beach. The view is not so spectacular, but I like how the light lights the still water. So, ladies and gentlemen, may I present you the Marmara Sea ...
This morning I realized that if the horizon is clear of clouds you can see the mountains on the other part of the sea ... simply beautiful. I think I am lucky that I am here in a business trip and I live in a hotel at the sea ... it's really  nice and relaxing to hear the sea every night and every morning. To bad that the beach is not so clean of garbage.