Europe as a destination

Europe is one of 7 continents in the world. According to the UN, it consists of 44 countries. I’m sure these facts can be debated, but if it’s one thing I’ve learned is that sometimes you just have to draw a line when it comes to facts- as generally most things can be debated- of course!

What’s interesting though is that some categorise European languages into living and dead languages. Some of these dead languages are the Classical Greek and Latin ones.

When I travel to a country, I always find that it helps if you can understand a little bit of the language that is spoken. And ideally if you can speak it, that’s even better! If not I think it’s great if you at the very least can say the very basic such as hello and thank you.

Right now on my list my list, I need to be able to say: yasu, sas exfaristo and adio.

A good App I just stumbled upon is: nemo Greek. I will let you know if I can recommend it!

Ray of sunshine

What are good qualities in a person? Recently I have made an effort in being positive. To help me achieve this, I’m doing more yoga, trying to meditate and trying to find and see the good in people. I am saying “trying” to meditate because I do believe that it is a skill that you have to practice consistently in order for it to give true results.

I really do believe that being positive is contagious. But for some people it is not a trait that is their “default trait”. It is something that you have to train and actively work on. Life is more fun though if you are a genuinely happy and a nice person. Don’t you think?

That is one thing I’d like to achieve with my writing: to inspire, to make you feel good and that you leave this blog feeling motivated and inspired. I also want this to be a ray of sunshine in the blogosphere!

Vista Palazzo Lago di Como

This is a recent opened 5-star hotel in Como we were recommended and accompanied to for an aperitivo by a close friend, who generally has excellent taste in most things in life. And this recommendation did not disappoint. It has a boutique feel to it and an amazing terrace with, most likely, one of the best views over Lago di Como. Go there for nice drinks- the bar manager just moved back from London and makes great cocktails (non- and alcoholic ones)!!!

Nature and plastic straws reflections

There are so many stunning places in the world. It would be nice if it stays that way I think. Some people might think that what they do, doesn’t matter. It won’t make a difference. I beg to differ. I think that it is the small things we do daily that actually make a change. Plastic straws for example, I’m noticing more and more how restaurants and bars are replacing these with metal, paper or reconstituted wood or bamboo. That’s great. Hopefully this will be implemented more and more across the world. I recommend to use alternatives to plastic straws!

Amazing Italian lakes: Garda, Maggiore and Como

There are actually over 1,500 lakes in Italy. The more famous and largest ones are Garda, Maggiore and Como in the North.

* Lake Garda is the largest one in Italy and known for its crystal clear water.

* Lake Maggiore is both Swiss and Italian and also has one inhabited island.

* Lake Como is 420-450m deep and one of the deepest lakes in Europe due to its glacial origin.

The area has actually been a tourist destination for a very long time. Around 1700, European nobles and intellectuals created what’s called “Grand Tour”, a trip around Europe that was meant to increase their knowledge. Como and the villas around the lake were some of their favourite destinations, so this is when “local tourism” first started.

To get to the area, you could use these three airports: Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo.

Just be prepared for some spectacular scenery if you go here. You will be exposed to delicious food, pretty towns and a lot of culture and history. It’s easy to see why so many people decide to visit!

The lakes in Northern Italy

The lakes have a spectacular emerald green shimmering colour to them. I’ll imagine they are rather deep and wonder what they might be hiding. It’s fascinating and breathtaking driving around on the sometimes small, windy and steep roads that dwindle in between the smaller mountain peaks. Not even sure all of them can be called roads!

There are many cities around the lakes to name and highlight such as Como, Bellagio, Menaggio Lecco and Brienno to name a few historical and spectacular ones. So much history and wilderness blending in with the modern life.

I truly recommend.