Crete is an island full of surprises. From cliffs, to white sand beaches, volcanic mountains to palm beaches— if you are looking for a laid-back island in Europe, where you can enjoy the nature and authentic towns of the Greek island— you’ll lose yourself, where time seems to stand still.
The south coast of Crete, is less filled with tourism than the northern part of the island. A visit to villages is where you can sense an older, truer, more timeless Crete.
After five wonderful sunny days in Lisbon, my friend Maria and I checked-in Villa Epicurea. This villa is a small eco-lodge, located in the middle of nature and with breathtaking ocean views from all rooms and terraces. Inspired by Epicurus “garden” philosophy, the Villa Epicurea’s nature retreat in Serra d’Arrábida, was designed for overall well-being and relaxing the mind. It is a 40 km drive from Lisbon, and you are totally in sync with nature and endless ocean views.
Where to stay, eat, drink, shop and swim at Portugal’s vibrant capital city
It’s a gloomy and rainy afternoon in Vienna, while I am uploading the images of my Lisbon trip. Never have I thought that Lisbon would take my breath away the moment I arrived in this beautiful coastal capital.
With approximately 4.5 million annual visitors, Lisbon has a lot of international fans who visit the city for its historic ruins, music, strolling around the old town, trams, great food and of course– pasteis de nata.
Our journey started from Vienna to Lisbon, followed by a short trip to the Sesimbra region. Today, I want to share some of my personal tips and suggestions by the locals who have recommended new places where to eat, drink and what to see.
*NOTE:Unfortunately we are still in unusual times, and the COVID-19 regulations change rapidly. Please check here the latest information before making your journey to Portugal.
Another check off my bucket list! Over the past decade since I have started my blog, I was mostly focused on travelling within central Europe. Although Portugal was always on my wish-list, somehow I never made it. However as we know, for everything there is a season, a reason and time.
Thanks to my longtime friend and colleague Maria Ratzinger who had a brilliant idea to visit Lisbon in September, this trip was the best thing we have planned to start the fall season. Our journey started from Vienna to Lisbon, followed with a short trip to Sesimbra region.
Where to stay, eat, drink, shop and relax at hot springs in Iceland’s beautiful capital city
*NOTE:Unfortunately we are still in unusual times, and the COVID-19 regulations change rapidly. Please check here the latest information before making your journey to Iceland.
I already knew that September will start with a lot of work appointments, new projects and a travel destination that I have planned for the end of the month. But I would have never thought, that I would travel to Iceland on September 4th so spontaneously. My Icelandic friend and business partner, who lives in Vienna, asked me two days before the flight— if I can travel with her and her twins to Iceland for personal reasons. Without even thinking, I said “Yes, I will come and help you!”, and after a few minutes I realized “OMG, I am going to my dream island on Saturday, holy moly!”
Surely, I knew that this is not a typical work trip, nor a vacation—so I couldn’t plan too much. However, my friend was so kind to think about me and connect me with her Icelandic friends, who could give me tips on where to stay or where to go while I am in Reykjavik. So, the tips I am sharing with you here, are my personal as well as tips from the local insiders.
In May 2019, together with a group of German and Swiss influencers, I was invited by Lošinj Hotels & Villas, to visit Lošinj Islands. Those who follow me on Instagram have seen the IG Stories, and numerous posts on my feed from the dreamy islands of Lošinj.
Since 2019 was a year of a lot of non-stop travels and events, now I am realizing— how many beautiful places I have visited, but didn’t have time to share my experience here with you.
Today, I want to share everything you need to know about Lošinj Islands, before you start to plan your post-pandemic travel to the most beautiful Croatian islands.
Wondering where to go for a short trip or to spend holidays without COVID-19 restrictions? Austria has a lot to offer— from pristine nature to various breathtaking regions, not only for summer but all-year-around. Whether you like active holidays, or just relaxing by the lake, there is so much to see and experience in Austria.
If you are not sure where to go alone or with your family— these are my top favorite locations and regions to visit this year: