Italy roadtrip: Part 3- Cinque Terre

🇮🇹💚🙋🏻‍♀️Cinque Terre is mostly known for the perfect insta pics but what is it really like? I went and found out for myself. Sadly, I have to admit, it is a bit overcrowded and quite expensive but I still enjoyed seing it:).img_4471Cinque Terre is actually a national park and consists of 5 lovely seaside villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Monterosso and Corniglia. We only managed to see 2 of them because of the ridiculous parking and lack of time. img_4467Seing Liguria had been my dream for a few years and I couldn´t wait to visit this place. Unfortunately, when you are too excited about something, it never ends up well. img_4466What you see on Instagram is probably just a photoshop or very old pictures from the times when it was not popular but reality is a bit different. img_4470img_4474Do not come with a car, chance to park is almost impossible so it is better to take a train or just walk from one village to another. Also, do not come in the summer, there is way too much people and the experience is definitely not the same when you have to fight for a seat in a restaurant or beach or simply take a nice picture. img_4478For those of you who know me, I have an obsession with colorful houses so I enjoyed that part a lot:).img_4541Pink ones are the best of course…img_4518img_4547Most of them look old but it only adds to the magic of this place.img_4468Italy is a religious country so church in every village is inevitable.img_4479Streets are full of tourists since early morning (locals must be very excited about that:D).img_4485img_4544You can try a delicious tiramisu or even fish and chips like we did. Prices aredefinitely  higher than in the other parts of Italy but one must eat, I suppose…img_4469Gardens, vineyards and these views…img_4551Vernazzaimg_4490Not very sandy beaches…img_4494Manarolaimg_4493One insta pic… @bylesileeimg_4491img_4507Looking like a pink candy cotton:Dimg_4548img_4487This cat really got me.img_4506Hair in the air…img_4502My favourite view…img_4490Overall, I am very glad I could visit Cinque Terre and tick off my bucket list. Despite of all the tourists, there is still some magic left. Italy is a wonderful country and this is one of the must-see places. Just not in the summer… img_4494I am planning to publish much more from our trip so stay tuned if you like it, alright? Thank you so much for reading and until next time: take care, enjoy your daily adventures and…

xxx Lots of Love xxx

💗🙋🏻‍♀️💕By Lesi Lee

 


Evian

🙋🏻‍♀️😘Hello my beautiful friends,

(Just a quick post from 🇫🇷France…)

Last weekend, we spent in Evian which is a little village opposite Lausanne (where I live now). You can get a ferry from Ouchy (it only takes 35 mins) and spend the whole day strolling around. Evian is not big at all but there are few lovely places worth to see.The first stop was a shop right next to the natural Evian spring called Cachat. They do personalized bottles and have a big variety of Evian and different flavours. I did a little shopping as well 😍😃 (obviously)…Happy and hydrated, we went to see the spring. You can see the original one on the picture below (it is closed at the moment due to renovation works being done). But you can still see the beautiful light pink fountain and the spring just at the other side of the square. 💕💕💕Yeeeah, it is all pastel pink!!!This fountaine is so pretty (the female represents a typical Evian logo).The original spring inside a bar.The main street is full of cafés, restaurants and I can definitely recommend a lovely bakery (don’t remember the name) near the pharmacy. We had a little snack there and dinner a bit later at one of the local restaurants. There is one thing Italy, Spain and France have in common. Colourful houses!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜Obviously, I wanted to buy Evian with my name on it but it would take couple of days for the customised order to arrive into the store so I just got this one that says the most beautiful thing:For all the insta queens, Evian has its own hashtag #evian❤️ (this is right next to the lake promenade)It probably takes a while to get from the port to the end of the village through this beautiful romantic promenade so we only walked a bit. And took some original pics on the way…Every little corner looks so aesthetically pleasing… The French really take care of the area.My favourite building in the town: Ancient spa.After a little walk, it is time for a drink…Pink spring! You can come here and get as much water as you want, it tastes sooo good and it is free! Evian 4eveeeer! (The picture below: Evian logo)Ancient spa with 4 different natural springs. It looks stunning and this place is used as a beautiful gallery now. We did not have time to go inside but I think the entrance was fascinating enough.One romantic mirror selfie at the end💑… (Evian ancient spa)

Thank you so much for stopping by and I really hope you enjoyed reading about my experience in Evian.

Until next time,

Lots of love,

By Lesi Lee💗


48 hours in Madrid

Ola ola from Madrid🇪🇸❤️🙋🏻‍♀️😍!

Before I start with the usual stuff like: how lovely this city is and how many pink houses there are, I have to tell you that I live in Switzerland (Lausanne) at the moment. It is just a temporary work solution but travelling became a bit more complicated for me. You probably know that Swiss is not a cheap country to live in and also flying from and to Geneva might get quite expensive. Anyway, because I am here and my beloved one is not, we had to come up with a way how to see each other and do not bankrupt. So here we are! Madrid, Spain, not even 48 hours, no stress… (We decided to meet every 2 weeks and always somewhere else. It is romantic and hectic at the same time!)

24/08/19 Somewhere over Swiss: ✈️Flying with Iberia for the first time! Had a lovely flight, no sickness, and the view😍❤️! Airport Madrid: I bought Evian right after the arrival and what really made my day was this limited edition bottle. I come from Slovakia🇸🇰🇸🇰🇸🇰 but they only had Czech, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus. Czech has always been very close to my heart🇨🇿🇨🇿🇨🇿 so I got this one😍. Let´s talk about Madrid finally!El Retiro park: After getting to the city centre (30 mins by bus and metro), we saw this stunning fountain and reflection of the cathedral in it. First stop was obvious then…Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of it which is sad but I know it is right next to El Retiro park.This Roman catholic church seemed even more beautiful from the inside.We came just before the end of the mass so we sat still for a bit and admired the beauty.There is actually a wide road between El Retiro park and the mentioned cathedral. (The arc in the end reminds me of Champs- Elyseés.)El Retiro park is much more fun than Hyde park! Lots of hidden corners, cafés, lakes and what I loved the most was Monumento a Alfonso XII (pictures below). I just wanted to stroll between the arches and take a gazillion pics of course.I will rather not go into the details of me climbing up (footage was destroyed right after the act:D).We only waited like 30 mins to take a great photo without any people. So worth it!Such a majestic place!View from the other side of the park.Later, we discovered another beautiful part of the park, Crystal palace with its mesmerizing white sculptures. (And I was wondering why my boyfriend stared at this one for such a long time…)It was actually boiling hot inside (greenhouse effect).Masses of tourists everywhere… Impossible to take a nice shot:( but at least the sculptures posed well.We got a bit tired after seeing the palace so just chilled and watched the turtles for a while. Can you spot any?Crystal palace from the outside.When I get Mojito– thirsty, I just have to have it right away! It is my new summer addiction, wheeey! (Actually, I ordered many of them in Italy but none of them was so nice and sweet like this one. Spanish can do it better!)We stayed in Hotel Ganivet, had a quick shower, changed clothes and chop chop to explore Madrid!I have a special 6th sense for pink houses, that is why I found some right after leaving the hotel:).We strayed into a´this nice street with Tapas restaurants and had a lovely dinner & mojitos of course.Veggie yummy for my tummy:)To be honest, Madrid is not that big. Two days are absolutely fine to see all the important places.Catedral de Santa MariaPalacio Real de MadridAtmosphere here around 7pm on Saturday was simply magical. Song Lost on you by LP performed by amazing local artists, sunset, these beautiful historical buildings, 2 mojitos in the belly and love of your love holding your hand… What else can you ask for?Inside the cathedralHuge, gothic and majestic!Of course I had to have a photo on the stairs.Plaza de Espaňa: the tallest building in Madrid, famous luxurious hotel but only a house for us passing by and looking at a very long que to get upstairs.Receptionist at the hotel recommended us to go to the Temple and see the view and sunset but because of my slow walking and ice cream shop on the way, we came late and this is the best shot I´ve got:/.25/08/19 Hotel Ganivet: Delicious breakfast, full belly and so ready for our Sunday in Madrid:).So many cute streets everywhere…Lovin this one too much…Rockin it in my new green dress from Mulaya with the cutest pom poms!!!Discovering amazing Sunday markets:).Where you can buy probably anything…These flamenco dresses!Beautiful desings…This wall art!And this dress!!!Spanish vibes everywhere…Hand made summer clothes…Pretty pink door covers…It all felt like a Latin dream. After recovering from a shopaholic extasy, Plaza de Mayor (and the ice cream) awaits…These buildings remind me of other European capitals like Paris, Vienna or even London.But that exotic Spanish air (40 degrees and boiling I mean) is unmistakable.And we are slowly going back to the place where we started this little big journey.Last Spanish MOJITO in El Retiro park…Just before going to the airport, I wanted to see my fave place again and pose in the new snake print skirt by Mulaya.Thinking about how lucky I am to see so many beautiful places.Tired but happy face.Just a random pic from the park at the end…

TO SUM UP: Honestly, I fell in love with Madrid very quickly… I cannot wait to go back to Spain later this month for Santiago de Compostella walk |more about that later|. Its colours, taste and life truly inspires and I finally get what Hemingway meant by: I have never been to a city where there is less reason to go to bed and if I did go to bed, to sleep… E.H. about Madrid

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed it and will come back for more soon…

xxx Lots of love xxx

By Lesi Lee


Italy roadtrip: Part 2- Amalfi coast, Salerno, Positano

And the adventure continues… I must admit that the west coast of Italy is like a dream. My dream… The sea views, colourful houses, lots of ice cream. What else could I ask for?

Day 3 of our Italy road trip: After a long journey throughout the outback, we arrived to a beautiful city of Salerno in the evening. We stayed in B&B near the sea which was super cute and affordable (14 Leoni).We went for a night stroll later, had some pizza or pasta (can´t remember) on the main promenade and enjoyed a romantic walk next to the sea.

You would never believe that this city was founded many years BC. Salerno seems like a modern touristy place. It has a vibrant centre, lots of restaurants and cafes, beautiful long beaches and primarily amazing ceramics factories. img_3862img_3854Tyrrhenian sea and the port in Salerno.img_3833Picturesque tiles everywhere… So pretty!img_3784I have to buy a magnet everywhere I go as a souvenir. And these ones are all handmade in the local factory.img_3837When life gives you lemons… Especially the Italian ones:)img_3835Make a lemonade or just eat them! The quality and taste is incomparably better, all fresh and local fruit and veggies. It is also super affordable, this is what I call: My kind of paradise:)img_4033When speaking about paradise… (Day 4: Amalfi and Positano)img_3863Amalfi and Positano are towns right next to each other, quite similar actually… img_4026But I chose to see Positano because it had been on my bucket list (thanks to Instagram) for a while. We came around lunch time and it was already packed with tourists which is kind of obvious but I was still hoping it would not be that bad. You need to leave a car quite far from the beach and then take loooots of stairs to get to the bottom where all the narrow streets, shops and restaurants are.img_3954We found this amazing spot by an accident, but I could not be happier. Perfect for seing all in once (sea, town, beach, everything).img_3974The houses are built on the reefs which creates a beautiful view. But I guess, I would not want to go up and down every day:D…img_4004I found this insta-pinky corner for a photo in my new dress from Salerno.img_4019And also a pink house… Obviously…img_3963And some pink ibiscus:)img_3982And this sleeping cutie on the stairs:)img_3951img_3993The beach was overcrowded so we only stayed there for an hour or so and had some snack. I wanted to see the typical shops and buy a magnet, of course.img_3985And when I saw all of this beautiful ceramics with lemon deco, I wanted to buy a house and decorate it straight away:D. img_3988img_3984img_3990img_3999This table was simply love at the first sight… I am planning to buy it one day and put it in my dining room.

Overall, Positano was amazing and I am really glad we had a chance to see it. The prices are much higher than in Salerno of course but place as such is definitely worth it. If you want to know more about our road trip and where we went next, stay tuned for another blog post…

Thanks a lot for reading and once again,

xxx Lots of Love xxx

By Lesi Lee


Italy roadtrip: Part 1- Bologna, Rimini, Pescara

Buongiorno everyone!

I cannot believe the summer is already over… Holidays always pass quicker than any other part of the year, that is life I guess. But I do not want to complain at all! I enjoyed this summer a looot, first Sardinia, then this amazing roadtrip through Italy and where I went after that, you will see in another blog post.

BOLOGNA

But first things first… It all started on 31/07 in Bologna… Do you want to know why we chose this city? Well, I have to admit that Ryanair surprised with the cheapest flight again and it only cost 10 euros (Bratislava- Bologna). I reunited with my beloved one there and we rent a car at the airport (which is btw much more expensive than a flight to New York, I suppose). We stayed in a nice hotel- 20 mins from the city centre (which we booked via booking.com) and next day, the adventure started. Bologna is a historic capital of northern Italy for sure. Its centre with arched colonnades, cafes, renaissance buildings will definitely charm all the visitors. It took us just a couple of hours to walk through the city and we saw all the most important parts of this beauty. Honestly, I could not be more happier about the starting point. Add Bologna to your bucket list, guys!img_3517This fountaine with the beautiful stairs seemed like an entrance to the historic centre. It fascinated us so badly that we took a gazillion pictures and just sat and chilled there for a little bit. (featured image taken there as well)Lots of orange and yellow buildings…Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Bologna.We threw some coins into the Fountain of Neptune for luck and continued to the beautiful Basilica di San Petronio.I have this thing with the door entrances… So pretty!Shame, we could not stay till the evening open air cinema.But we climbed up the tower of Basilica and the view was so beautiful! Look at these red roofs! Italy is known for the big amount of fountains and I am sure I saw at least 5 in Bologna.Let´s take a moment and appreciate beauty of these arches. I fell in love. Honestly, never seen anything like this before.These details… They always look a bit different in each arch.I´ve got like 6 videos from here (dancing/walking/spinning in the skirt:D).You can also find some religious motifs on the walls.My favourite part of Bologna is this typical Italian street. It doesn´t seem like much but its cuteness totally got me. (I have this thing with the Italian streets as well:D)We also found an amazing spot to eat. I highly recommend this Pasticceria.All fresh and yummy! And that Bio Cola was (how to describe it) simply indescribable. It had nothing to do with the usual Coke, we know.There are two of them, actually. Asinelli towers or Le due Torri are the symbol of Bologna. They are located in the wider centre and you can climb up if you want (which we did not know:D and it was too hot anyway:D).I had to take a pic of these beauties. Found a cute little shop with handmade jewellery  under the towers (but the prices were ouuch!).Matching with the yellow wall:)We tried pasta, tiramisu and ice cream the first day and all of it was typically Italian delicious.We continued to Rimini so we could swim in the sea after a tasty lunch and the water was just yummy/ warm/ clean/ want to stay there forever:D It was not busy at the beach either which is unexpected for the longest one in Europe.Some poses with the attractions in the back.After a nice relax at the beach, evening stroll in the centre of Rimini, Very quiet, small and cute town.I really like this tower with 2 clocks.And the castle at night…We arrived to Pescara very late that night so just slept a bit and woke up early to enjoy a nice swimming in the warm sea again. It started raining suddenly so we just had breakfast and hit the road once again. The worst part was to get from the east coast to the west coast of Italy… Hours and hours in the car, some sickness on the way but it was all worth it. You will see it very soon…

Our adventure continues…

xxx Lots of love xxx

By Lesi Lee