Gran Canaria Island, probably one of the most spectacular Canary Islands

Another day, anther epic road on this stunning island

My second day on Gran Canaria Island begins early in the morning while sipping my coffee on the terrace. Our small casita rural was placed in Barranco Saint Bartolome the Tirajana 7 km from Maspalomas. It was rented with Airbnb and by far the best choice. I liked it more than a 4 stars hotel. Cosy and surrounded by silence gave me the perfect environment to enjoy my morning coffee. The air was crisp and I was drinking my coffee while Carlos Mendes the cat was still trying to jump on my lap. Since I did not want to accept downloading fleas from him I tried to ignore his cute glance that was following my moves. Somewhere, in the distance, a parrot was annoyingly trying to show that he can sing. I bet none told him that he should stick to his day job. Every sip of coffee was sending waves of heat through my body. I was waking up little by little. There was no wifi, therefore, I was disconnected from the rest of the world. The cup of coffee and I were sharing a moment…It was divine!

It was the second day and after doing the exploring in the first day we were thinking to hit the beach. The pleasures of the ocean were one of the reasons I came here in the middle of Winter after all.

The search for the less windy beach that day took us to the North of Gran Canaria Island, to Puerto de las Nieves.

Gran Canaria Island, probably one of the most spectacular Canary Islands

Epic trail. Masca Gorge, Tenerife Island

Rough, spectacular, wild…only a few attributes of this exhilarating  Pirates trail

I did some travelling since my visit to Tenerife and although I saw some beautiful places, Tenerife remains one of my favourite places. Sure, Portugal is also running for this place but Tenerife and Portugal are two different experiences…

There were many things which made me adore Tenerife but this time I will talk about the most spectacular trail I EVER DONE, Masca Gorge.

Masca Gorge is part of Teno Rural Park placed on the west of the island. It is one of the most sensational parts of the islands and if you happen to land at Tenerife Sur airport during the day you cant miss it. When approached  by car is not less spectacular, the road is winding through some scenic landscape. Indulge yourself with some adrenalin by crossing the park taking the road from Santiago del Teide to Buenavista del Nte. It will be worth it. If you add some fog , wind and twilight the fun is guaranteed. Proceed with cautious, though. The road is appealingly beautiful but none the less dangerous.

Epic trail. Masca Gorge, Tenerife Island

Lefkada again. Greece on the road.

Lefkada, a unique beauty with mesmerising blue waters washing its shores

It was those incredible blue waters that made me return to Lefkada. I could not stay away nor miss it. I could not have a road trip through Greece without going to Lefkada. I just couldn`t.

I left Corfu with no regrets. Two days are not enough for an island to visit, but it was enough for me. In my mind, I could already see myself wandering on the west coast Lefkada. From Igoumenitsa where the ferry left us after crossing the sea we took, the road E55. 135 km road to Lefkada is passing through some scenic landscape. Lefkada is an island connected to the mainland by a mobile bridge so it does not involve crossing the sea with a ferry. Be aware, thou, after you cross the mobile bridge you might encounter the “greeting committee“. This “greeting committee“ has the sole purpose to collect money for the budget so you might find yourself being fined without knowing why. Don`t worry they will find a reason. I am saying this because we had  the “pleasure “ of meeting this committee and our contribution to the budget was 40 euros.  The irony of the situation was that they accused Crina of speeding when she definitely was not. Don`t get me wrong, she is far from being a saint, speeding is her middle name. But that particularly moment she was not speeding at all.

Lefkada again. Greece on the road.

Greece on the Road. Parga

“There is a path in my garden which leads to my hidden place.
There is a place in my garden which is my secret space.
There is a space in my garden which is my little Heaven..Parga, Greece“  The Lonely Traveler

Parga…Parga, it is indeed my little piece of heaven…But wait…I forgot an essential thing.,What the hell is Parga!? I know. There aren`t may of you who know what Parga is so I should clarify this mystery.

Parga is a small town on the north-west coast of Greece in the region of Epirus. It is famous for its scenic beauty and the architectural style has French and Venetian influences. It was the only free village under the Ottoman Occupation and they fought along with the Venetians from Corfu Island against the Turks.

Greece on the Road. Parga

Greece. On the road series

Crossing Greece from Kavala on the East coast to Parga on the West coast. 495 km on Egnatia Odos Highway through mountainous regions of  Thrace and Epirus

Greece! YES!!! This time was going to happen and I could not wait to be again on the road. Packed as always more than I need it and we hit the road…If in Montenegro were three of us, this time, it was just Crina and I. Me as always being in charge of the navigation.

From Bucharest to Kavala are 569 km and to get there we had to cross Bulgaria where I discovered that besides navigation I had to do some camera spotting and traffic police spotting too in order to avoid getting any fine for speeding. This spotting business kept me alert and I did not realise when we crossed the border with  Greece at Makaza.

Greece. On the road series

Road trip to Portugal. Exploring Algarve

Driving 575 km from Porto to Lagos in Algarve. 575 km of pure delight for the sight, driving mostly on the coastal roads passing by such breathtaking and wild shoreline

The second stage of my trip took me from Porto to Lagos in Algarve or should I say south of the country.  Since I have done the 575 km in one day it felt like an intensive course about Portugal`s coastal area. It was not a trip carefully planned. All I knew were the hotels I was supposed to stay at and the dates, therefore, all the places I saw were just randomly picked following my inner compass. Needless to say that I am quite satisfied with it. I  love the ocean. All I wanted was to drive as much as possible on the coastal roads and to catch the sunset on my way to Algarve. Which…I did. Road trip to Portugal. Exploring Algarve

The road trip through Portugal. Porto

Three days of wandering on the roads of North of Portugal starting from Porto,  going along the Atlantic coastline, browsing Douro riverbanks and deepening  in the surprisingly beautiful and picturesque countryside

It is already a tradition for me to find a place where to escape  the winter. One of the main conditions is  the sea proximity. If last year I chose Tenerife, this year I was again at the Atlantic but, this time, I was watching it from the Portuguese shores. Exactly!!! Portugal was my playing ground this winter and I loved it! Every minute of it! Every mile of almost 3000km driven through this surprisingly beautiful country. Because I am telling you this, I was not expecting to be so impressed by its natural beauty!!!!

The road trip through Portugal. Porto

Tenerife, in my books, is number one travel destination for 2016

The forces of nature had to collide in order to bring to the surface this wonder of nature, Tenerife…

I have to admit, I had Tenerife in my mind for a while now. Most of been the Winter or maybe the fact that last year I was packing my bags, destination..Tenerifeee!!!

The general impression is that Tenerife is an island where one can sit on the beach and enjoy the holiday in some resort. For most people it probably is, but for me, Tenerife represents a fantastic island with the most stunning landscape I ever saw.

Might be its volcanic nature which make it so dangerously attractive to me, or maybe the fact that even while up in the air the volcano Pico del Teide looks like a lighthouse in a sea of clouds letting me know that there, in the vastness of Atlantic Ocean there is an island which has so much to reveal to me. Well.. I can continue blabbering and bore you to death, or I can go straight to the point.

Tenerife, in my books, is number one travel destination for 2016

Kotor and Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, a jewel hidden in the fjord-like bay of Kotor

Although I covered Kotor in another article of mine “Roadtrip to Montenegro. Day 3“, I decided that since Kotor was named by the Lonely Planet as nr.1 on Top cities to travel in 2016 I should write a more detailed article about this fascinating place I loved the first moment I laid my eyes on it. I thought about how should I begin my article about this magnificent place and then it hit me… Kotor and Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

Traveling, Flowering and Photographing in Israel

A new travel and a new story which begins with a sunrise…

6 AM. I am in the North of Israel, sitting on a terrace of a small little cottage in Kinneret, close to the Sea of Galilee and the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in Jordan River waters. Mush the dog is sitting next to me watching my moves while another 4 cats are looking at me impatient waiting to be fed. The sun is revealing itself from behind the hills climbing slowly on the sky. I am holding a steamy cup of coffee in my hand, but my eyes are caught by the miracle of the sunrise. Traveling, Flowering and Photographing in Israel