Travel romance movies shot at bucket list locations

Travel romance movies

At the occasion of Saint Valentine’s day, I would like to list 10 of the best romance movies shot at amazing bucket list locations. Some of the travel romance movies I’ve selected are based on books that I am going to mention for all the book lovers as well. However, if you already have met your travel mate and you share the same passion for movies and travelling, just get yourself comfortable and enjoy my list.

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Museum of Glass and Submarine “Slava” in Beloslav

Museum of Glass and Submarine Slava in Beloslav

2021 has arrived and it’s time to hit the road again. I made a list of few places near Varna that I would like to visit this year and I started with the first one – the Museum of Glass and Submarine “Slava” (which means “glory” in Bulgarian) in Beloslav near Varna, Bulgaria. Both museums are located close to each in the little town of Beloslav in Varna region.

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Interesting facts about The Palace of Euxinograd

Bulgarian Versailles, Residence Euxinograd

It’s always a good idea to spend a day like a tourist in Varna (where I live) and to discover places you’ve never been to before. Summer 2020 brought me to the Palace of Euxinograd and I was delighted to spend a day in Bulgarian Versailles. Euxinograd is a former royal summer residence and is one of the few well-preserved buildings that remind us of the Bulgarian royal family. Residence Euxinograd has gained popularity among the public since it opened its doors and gardens to visitors a few years ago.It’s always a good idea to spend a day like a tourist in Varna (where I live) and to discover places you’ve never been to before. Summer 2020 brought me to the Palace of Euxinograd and I was delighted to spend a day in Bulgarian Versailles. Euxinograd is a former royal summer residence and is one of the few well-preserved buildings that remind us of the Bulgarian royal family. Residence Euxinograd has gained popularity among the public since it opened its doors and gardens to visitors a few years ago.

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Four movies that describe the best “Russian soul”

Four movies that describe the best Russian soul

Are you fascinated by Russia? I am definitely in love with Russia. Born in Western Siberia, in the city of Surgut, and raised by a Russian mother I am always in owe by this immense and diverse country. However, before talking about the country Russia as a destination, there is something intangible called “Russian soul”. This is something Russian people are born with and they cultivate their whole life. As half Russian, I am proud to announce that I have it myself too.

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What to offer as a present to a friend who loves travelling?

What to offer as a present to a friend who loves travelling is a question that resonates over and over again when it comes to my friends’ birthdays. People who collect moments and not things are difficult to be surprised especially when you want to offer them a practical travel present. As a result, inspired by all the presents for travellers I’ve already got, I decided to make a post about what to offer as a present to a traveller. I called my selection “The world is mine”. Keep reading to know why?

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Things to do to immerse yourself in festive Montreal

I have to describe Montreal in one word I would say “festive”. I was in Montreal for a training and I spent 3 weeks there. My brightest memory, however, is of how we immersed ourselves in the festive atmosphere of the city. There are festivals and things to do in Montreal every day, especially in the summer. Here is my list of things to do to immerse yourself in festive Montreal.

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20 interesting attractions in Varna and the region

attractions in Varna and the region

Varna is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the Black Sea capital of Bulgaria. There is an airport and many low-cost airlines provide direct flights to Varna, especially in the summer. To make it easy, I selected 20 interesting attractions to visit in Varna and the region. As a bonus, I listed a few amazing places to eat and taste the local cuisine.

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Hiking the heavenly beautiful 7 Rila Lakes in Bulgaria

The time has come to put in writing one of the best trips in my life – from Sofia to Sofia hiking through the heavenly beautiful Rila 7 Lakes, tasting wine in Melnik and hang out in Blagoevgrad. I made the 7 Rila Lakes trip just before moving to the Netherlands to remind me how beautiful Bulgaria is. I treated myself to a unique hiking experience exploring the 7 Rila Lakes and the great scenery you can admire from the Melnik cliffs.

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Five movies with Will Smith that are worth watching on Netflix

Netflix

In a time of physical distancing and staying at home, all of us, we have enough time to watch movies. I am sure that movies nights are exploding and you cannot be more thankful to have Netflix at home right now. I love Netflix and the whole idea of choosing what I want to watch, when I want to watch it and to be able to stop and continue whenever I want to. At some point it became hard to find “the movie”, but, fortunatelly there are new releases all the time. Thus, I selected five amazing movies with Will Smith, that are really worth watching.

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My bucket list and things to do before you die

My bucket list

I am a big fan of all kind of Bucket lists, books about challenges to tick and you name it. Thus, I also have a lot of notebooks where I write down things to do, goals to achieve, places to visit before I die. Most of all, these tools motivate me and make me happy every time I tick one of the things I’ve written down. However, one of the best “things to try” tools for me remains the book ”203 Challenges – travel the world and explore your inner self” by Maria Angelova and Ivalina Nenova. This is a pocket, travel size book that can be your travel mate on the road. It will boost you to go out and explore the world by just opening it on a random page.

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Fresh ideas to reinvent your wardrobe with accessories

I am not a fashion victim and I don’t follow the trends but the accessories, especially the necklaces, are my secret weapon to embellish every boring outfit. I am fond of the Scandinavian style – white shirts and T-shirts, black turtlenecks, unicolour outfits, and my ”signature spice” that I add to this ”basic colour dish” are the necklaces. When I am travelling I enjoy checking small design shops and local handmade markets and buy unique accessories to reinvent my wardrobe.

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Souvenirs – memories to bring back home from your next trip

Souvenirs - memories to bring back home from your next trip - cover picture

Do you bring souvenirs from your travels or you make pictures and prefer to capture the moments in your mind? Magnets were very popular at some point, but the problem is that they are almost ”useless”….That’s why, if I find something nice and original while I travel, I buy it to remind me of the city or the country I’ve visited. Here is my selection of souvenirs that I brought home from some of my trips.

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In search of Thracian sanctuaries and stone mushrooms

As there was no snow in Varna this winter, I decided to go to the Rhodopes to enjoy the snow in search of Thracian sanctuaries and Stone Mushrooms. The route included the Historical Museum of Kardzhali – Thracian sanctuaries Harman Kaya and Tatul – Zlatograd – The Stone Mushrooms close to Beli Plast village and Haskovo.

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Five books for real-world explorers

The five books I am going to list below will keep you reading all night long without stopping for a second. All these five books for real world explorers are very interesting and will give you more insight into countries that are not so popular among global trotters.

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What experiences did the second six months of 2019 bring into my life?

It’s been almost 2 months that I haven’t written in my blog and I am excited to restart with new fresh ideas. Well, it’s already February, however, I would like to go back and list what experiences did the second six months of 2019 bring into my life?

Well, it’s already February, but still, I would like to go back and list some nice memories of the second six months of 2019.

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Belgian fairy tale with a taste of waffles, chocolate, and beer

Belgium is a tiny, young European country, situated between The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Luxembourg what makes it multicultural and multilingual as French and Flemish are the official languages. Although, Belgian biggest cities have a lot to offer in terms of attractions, chocolate, and beer. Belgium is proud to produce more than 1000 beer brands and 600,000 tons of chocolate every year!!! That’s what I am calling achievements!!! I selected 4 Belgium cities to visit on my Belgian fairy tale itinerary with a taste of waffles, chocolate and beer.

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The oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria, Shabla lakes and the sea

The only thing I knew about Shabla before visiting it was that the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria is located there. For me, the Shabla Lighthouse was the guardian of the Black Sea and the easternmost point of our homeland. We headed to Shabla spontaneously as the weather was very warm for October and that what we actually discovered there – the oldest lighthouse in Bulgaria, Shabla lakes and the Sea!

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City walk in Dobrich Old Town

There is one city in Bulgaria which is, according to me, very underrated. However, in my opinion, every place has its hidden gems if we are looking for them. This is the reason why I decided to head to Dobrich and to prove that there is a lot to see in the capital of the Dobrudzha region. Follow me on my city walk in Dobrich Old Town.

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Nestled in the Pirin mountain – a city walk in Blagoevgrad

Blagoevgrad reminds me of my last trip in Bulgaria before starting my new life in the Netherlands. With a French friend of mine, we visited the Rila Monastery, hiked the 7 Rila Lakes, made a stop in Melnik for some more hike and wine and ended our trip in Blagoevgrad where she lived back at this time. That why I can’t wait to go on a city walk in Blagoevgrad – the city that is nestled in the Pirin mountain.

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Hidden paths for one weekend in Bulgaria

en we came back to Bulgaria, I decided to travel more in my homeland and I take every opportunity to accomplish my goal. Last weekend, I headed on an organized trip to Prohodna cave and Krushuna waterfalls, but on our way, I learned there will be more surprises than I expected!!! We actually visited 7 gorgeous spots!!! Keep reading….

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4 days itinerary in the city of Gaudi

I was so excited to visit Barcelona – the City of the genius Gaudi, so I prepared my 4-days itinerary meticulously. My boarding passes printed out, my Airbnb booked in the heart of the city, all my entrance tickets for all the sights I wanted to see prepared, I headed to the City of Gaudi –  Barcelona with a 4 days itinerary.

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France is always a good idea – 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris

I speak French, I love French culture, language and literature and I lived in France for a while. Wherever you go in France you will have an amazing experience no matter if you like sightseeing, food or just having a great time with friends. Here is my selection of 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris as France is always a good idea for a city escape. I am sure anyone and everyone will enjoy these 5 French cities to visit outside of Paris no matter the purpose of the trip.

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Three books about love in time of war

It’s a pure coincidence that I was reading simultaneously three books at the same time which depicts stories about love in the time of war. ”My children” by Guzel Yakhina followed ”Zuleikha opens her eyes”, the first book I’ve read by the same author. ”The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris ”found me” after my visit to the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau and I was captivated by all the details I saw with my eyes there. The third book about lovve in time of war is the Bulgarian novel ”The Peach Thief” by Emilian Stanev.

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Czech wedding in Hradec nad Moravici Castle

I was invited to a wedding of a Czech friend of mine this summer. The wedding was planned to take place in Hradec nad Moravici – a castle nearby Opava (Eastern Czech Republic). So, I decided to accept the invitation, booked few days in Prague, found a hotel in between Opava and Hradec nad Moravici and bought a nice dress for the occasion and got ready for a Czech wedding in Hradec nad Moravici.

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10 things to do to enjoy Prague at the fullest

Prague was not on my list, but I was invited to a wedding in Opava (Eastern Czech Republic), so had to pass by Prague. I decided not to document myself in advance on what to do and where to go as there are tons of guides written about Prague and to discover the city at my pace. The only museum I really wanted to visit was the Museum of Communism.

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The magic of Zheravna

Whoever you ask about Zheravna Festival of the National Costume, will tell you ”Zheravna is magic”. Zheravna is magic because everybody wears a traditional Bulgarian ”nosia” and the usage of contemporary objects like plastic bottles and electronic devices is strictly forbidden. In addition, everything is authentic – the costumes, the music, the dances, the food and the joy of gathering together. Let’s immerse ourselves in the magic of Zheravna.

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Hidden gems in Amsterdam

Every time I visited Amsterdam, I fell in love with this vibrant city over and over again. I couldn’t get enough of it. Every time I went there, I  discovered a new part of this magnet for wanderlusts like me. So, I would like to share with you my favourite hidden gems in Amsterdam out of the beaten path.

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Documentaries about five influential women of our time

Documentaries about five influential women of our time

I started to watch autobiographical documentaries on Netflix after I saw the movie about the iconic singer of our time – Whitney Houston ”Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)”. I love her voice and was curious to see the person behind that monumental voice. I decided to continue and watched the movies ”The Story of Diana”, ”Gaga: Five foot two” and, ”Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (2016)” and was inspired to smile, to work hard, to listen carefully, to love deeply and to use words as these women did.

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Three great movies about three rap superstars of the 90s

Three great movies about three rap superstars of the 90s

When I was in high school it was a trend to listen to rap music, especially Cypress Hill, 2PAC, Notorious B.I.G, Dr DRE and you name it. My favourite one was 2PAC and I still have some of his albums on cassette records. I am not going to reveal that my husband has a collection of his albums. This era has gone, but these rap superstars are legends and their music is timeless. For those who miss this time, I would like to recommend you three great movies about three rap superstars of the 90s – 2PAC, Notorious BIG and Dr DRE.

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Bulgarian Summer Refreshing Dishes

Bulgarian summer dishes

The best season to visit Bulgaria is with no doubts the summer. An abundance of fruit and vegetables, endless beaches, bars, festivals, good vibes and the blue sky. Thus, food is one of the must-try things I would recommend to anyone who visits Bulgaria to not miss out. Also, Bulgarian food is seasonal, traditional, local and super delicious. Here is my selection of Bulgarian summer refreshing dishes absolutely to try in Bulgaria.

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Books that will fuel you with wanderlust

I love reading. While I am travelling I always take a book with me. Very often I read books about people and places that just fuel me with wanderlust. I would like to share with you my last list of books that will definitely make you look for a purpose while you head to your next destination.

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Wanna explore the world differently? – these five movies will boost you up

Travel is not only about the places you visit and souvenirs you bring back home. It’s also a pursuit of a bigger purpose and meaning. Very often, one travels to seek an answer to an important question, to find ”The truth” or to re-gain ”the appetite for life” as Elizabeth Gilbert says in her best-selling novel ”Eat, pry, love”. I selected 5 great movies that will make you wanna explore the world differently and boost you up.

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Do you remember your childhood?

Do you remember your childhood?

The spring is the best season in Bulgaria (at least for me) and there are many public holidays at this period of the year. That why, me and my husband, we decided to visit the region where he grew up and to see his former house, the woods he played with his friends back at the days and to immerse ourselves in his childhood for a weekend. We combined the trip with a stay in the mountains at a country house with relatives of ours.

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Discover Koprivshtitsa – travel back in time and explore Bulgarian Revival

Discover Koprivshtitsa – travel back in time and explore Bulgarian Revival

Koprivshtitsa in Bulgaria is an emblematic town for the Bulgarians because back at the days it was the centre of the Bulgarian Revival. Also, the Liberation of the country from the Ottoman empire started there. The town is located in 1.5 hours drive from Sofia and as locals say ”The summer lasts only 3 days there; if you get drunk you might miss it”. So what to discover in Koprivshtitsa and how to travel back in time and explore Bulgarian Revival?

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Souvenirs to bring from your first trip to Bulgaria

Souvenirs to bring from your first trip to Bulgaria

I never check what to visit in a place I am about to travel, but I always know what I am going to bring as a souvenir from there. Magnets, postcards, and other little souvenirs are dust-collectors for me, that why I always check out typical local products like shirts or T-shirts with traditional embroidery, for example, skin products or cookbooks. I bought a shirt with typical Belarusian embroidery when I visited Minsk and babouches from Dubai – things that I can use in my daily life.

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Mind-blowing canyon of Petra, baptism in Jordan river and Israel itinerary

Jordan and Israel itinerary

When I booked my trip to Jordan and Israel I DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE TWO COUNTRIES! I was sure my trip is going to be horrible and boring and I would be disappointed about signing up for an organized trip. Guess what? None of the above. Visiting the mind-blowing canyon of Petra, having a baptism in Jordan river and exploring Terrae Sanctae itinerary was amazingly rich in experiences and super fun.

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Chase the evil in Kukerlandia 2019 festival, Bulgaria

Visit a Kukeri festival was a must-do on my bucket list for years and I was very disappointed that I missed Surva festival in Pernik this year. But as everything happens at the right moment, one day I saw an advertisement for a day trip from Varna to Kukerlandia 2019. Here we go, I signed up and took the road to chase the evil in Kukerlandia 2019!v

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Bulgarian breakfast – a real feast for the eyes and the palate

When I travel I always book accommodation with breakfast included in order not to waste time in the morning. I would recommend you to do so but not in Bulgaria. Why? Because if you book a hotel in Bulgaria with a continental breakfast included you will miss out a big and an important part of discovering the country – the Bulgarian breakfast. If you book a guesthouse in the mountains or the villages you will be offered a homemade breakfast/ and food every day, but this is only valid in the small family owned guesthouses. However, if you prefer to book a room in a luxurious hotel, don’t ask for breakfast, otherwise, your experience won’t be authentic and you won’t have the chance to taste Bulgarian pastries. If you visit Bulgaria for the first time (and not only!!!) have a breakfast from the local bakeries (закусвални). In order to introduce you to the Bulgarian breakfast, I’ve chosen five different Bulgarian typical pastries full of calories and easy to find almost everywhere that you absolutely should try.

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Soak in a hot spring, eat the biggest ”mekitza” in the world and have a ride in the Rhodope Narrow Gauge in Bansko region

Soak in a hot spring, eat the biggest ''mekitza'' in the world and had a ride in the Rhodope Narrow Gauge in Bansko region

This year we decided to go on a winter vacation to Bansko, Bulgaria. Bansko is one of the most famous ski resorts in Bulgaria located 150 km from Sofia and literally at the foot of the Pirin National Park. As we are not really into winter sports, my review will only cover things you can do, eat and see outside of the ski slopes ):

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Weekend destinations: 4 cities to visit in Germany

Weekend destinations: 4 cities to visit in Germany

What do you think about when you hear ”Let’s go to Germany!” Berlin at the first place, Oktoberfest, Christmas markets, Heidelberg, Burg Eltz – all these places are great and are worth to be visited at least once in a lifetime, but as I live in the Netherlands and Germany is just around the corner, I would like to share with you some weekend destinations – 4 cities to visit in Germany.

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When the Frenchie in me is reading book selection

When the Frenchie in me is reading book selection

I speak French and decided to make a when Frenchie in me is reading book selection. I worked in Alliance francaise in Varna, Bulgaria in the past and there was a big library with plenty of classic and modern French and Francophone literature. As Alliance francaise organized a lot of cultural events, we also invited many famous writers and authors to be our guests and make workshops around their books. I met some of the people mentioned below like Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt and Frederic Beigbeder in person and had copies of their books autographed specially for me! What an honour!

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3 books that stand out of my list – ”Eat, pray, love”, ”The Virgin Way”and ”How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”

3 books that stand out of my list Eat, pray, love The Virgin Way and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

I love reading and I always have a book in my bag just in case. However, three books stand out of my list not because they are classics or bestsellers, they certainly are, but because there is so much wisdom, hidden answers and concentrated knowledge on some interesting (at least for me) topics like depression and happiness, leadership and business, peace of mind and good will.

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Detailed review of the second part of 2018 from July to December

Detailed review of the second part of 2018 from July to December

I am very excited when I make a detailed review of a past period as it makes me think about all the new experiences and the journey I’ve walked through. Thus, I’ve done so many nice things from January to June 2018 and accomplished goals I’ve been chasing for a while. Now it’s time to turn back and review in details all the beautiful moments I had from July to December 2018.

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Let’s celebrate Christmas a la Dutch

Let's celebrate Christmas a la Dutch - ice skating at Museumplein in Amsterdam

Winter season in Western Europe is celebrated with Christmas markets, ice skating, Gluhwein and Oliebollen. The best of the Christmas season in the Netherlands, however, is not the eve of 24th of December as this day is specially reserved for a traditional family dinner but the arrival of Sinterklaas before the 5th of December! Let’s celebrate Christmas a la Dutch!

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Let’s talk about Dutch food

Dutch cheese is an absolute must-try when you visit the country of the tulips, especially on the city food markets. There is a massive variety of young and old cheese; cheese with spices, lavender, weed and so on and so on. And wherever you go, you will be able to try for free the cheese of your choice before proceeding on the purchase. Cheese is also one of the best souvenirs you can bring back home from your trip! Give it a try!

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My first book club: 5 ladies, 5 books and one tiramisu

My first book club: 5 ladies, 5 books and one tiramisu

I am a big fan of all sort of ”Book challenges”, ”Read-the-world lists” and ”Absolutely must-read lists” and one day while listing different ”pins” on Pinterest in the train, I got the idea to host a Bookclub at my place and invite one representative of a different country which literature and classics I don’t really know and never heard of. I work in an international company and have colleagues from all around the globe, so having books from the four corners of the world was not an issue at all ):

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Boat trip in Giethoorn – enjoy the Dutch Venice for a day

Boat trip in Giethoorn - enjoy the Dutch Venice for a day

As challenge 57 from the book ”203 challenges – Travel the World. Explore your Inner Self” says ”Go for a gondola ride in Venice or for a boat trip in little France – Strasburg, in Giethoorn – the Dutch Venice for a day or in Saint Petersburg – Russia”, I decided to accept the challenge and took the road for a boat trip in Giethoorn and enjoy the Dutch Venice for a day.

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34 life-changing lessons I learned for 34 years

34 life-changing lessons I learned for 34 years

Last Monday was my birthday. I turned 34! I am no longer in my early thirties nor am I in my late thirties. I am just 34 years old, I love reading, writing, travelling, eating, meeting with friends, cooking, exercising (that’s new), laughing, people with a sense of humour, people who don’t take themselves seriously (what’s the point?) and I cannot live without keeping my notebook of wisdom alive every day! To celebrate my birthday, I decided to write down 34 life-changing lessons I learned for 34 years! 

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Depression – a journey to change and turn your life upside down

Some people would think ” well, quite pretentious to write about depression and explain it to others”, others would say ” I experienced exactly the same”. First, I would like to say that I am not a doctor, I am not a scientist, I am not a psychotherapist, I am not a psychologist. I am a person who did suffer from depression more than once but hope the last time will remain my last time. I decided to write and share my experience of depression inspired by the book of Matt Haig ”Reasons to stay alive”.

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A culinary adventure in Bulgaria: what absolutely not miss out to try

Food is one of the best ways to discover a country and its culture. It’s also a great way to reunite people from different horizons and break the ice between them. I think that one of the best things about Bulgaria is that wherever you go – to the seaside, to the mountains, to the Rose Valley, to the villages or the big cities, you will find seasonal food for all the tastes (vegetarian, vegan, meat lovers). Bulgarian dishes are simple and seasonal thanks to the climate and the abundance of fruit and vegetables.

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Rose Festival and Valley of the Thracian Kings itinerary

One of the things I wanted to tick in my Bucket list was to visit the Rose Valley (in Kazanlak, Bulgaria) and to participate in all the festivities around the Rose Festival. And finally, this year the time has come to take the road. I was targeting the Rose Valley, but the more I was digging what to do and where to go in the region, the more places I was adding to my list…At the end, and to my surprise, I saw much more than I expected and realized that it’s a very ambitious task to explore the region in only one long weekend! Make yourself comfortable and continue reading my Rose Festival and Valley of the Thracian Kings itinerary!

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The ancient city of Pliska, the Rider of Madara and Bolata Cove round trip

Round trip in Varna region - the ancient city of Pliska, the Rider of Madara and Bolata Cove

I have a Bucket list (general) and a list of all the places I would like to visit in Bulgaria. During summer 2018 I managed to make a round trip in Varna region and to tick the ancient city of Pliska, the Rider of Madara and Bolata Cove. Two of these sites are located not far away from Varna – the first spot is the first capital of Bulgaria – the ancient city of Pliska (located in 80 km western of Varna) and the second place is one of the most photogenic beaches in Bulgaria – Bolata cove (80 km north of Varna). Continue to read my round trip in Varna region review and check the ancient city of Pliska, the Rider of Madara and Bolata Cove.

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Sun, cypresses, and wine tasting in Romantique Firenze

Sun, cypresses, and wine tasting in Romantique Firenze

I am a big fan of the Italian language and really really hope to learn it one day. I was looking for a budget escape in Italy…I started with Rome, but found it way too expensive for a long weekend, then Venice, but could not find a good deal and decided to head to Pisa and Florence. Who hasn’t seen ”Under the Tuscan sun” and hasn’t dreamt of sun, cypresses, and wine tasting in Romantique Firenze?

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The Circle by Dave Eggers book review

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Have you ever thought what’s going to happen if our world becomes more connected and more transparent than right now? With the web, social media, drones and all kind of ratings, our lives can be exposed and shown every single minute and every single step can be commented, liked or disliked. That’s what Mae Holland experiences in “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. 

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Legend of the First Kuker Warrior by Dimitar Petrov

Legend of the First Kuker Warrior by Dimitar Petrov

Recently I read the article ”22 Ambassadors Recommend the One Book to Read Before Visiting Their Country”, the list being very interesting and offering interesting books from countries like Azerbaijan and Bhutan among others. So I was thinking ”Which book would I recommend to somebody planning to visit Bulgaria?”. There are emblematic Bulgarian classics translated worldwide, but a big part of them talk about Bulgaria under the Ottoman occupation which is an interesting part of Bulgarian history and past, but it’s not really a suitable reading for somebody looking to discover Bulgarian traditions, beauty, and culture as a tourist.

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The Great Bulgarian Wall – Fortress of Ovech and Shashkanite Rock Monastery near Provadia, Bulgaria

The Great Bulgarian Wall - Fortress of Ovech and Shashkanite Rock Monastery near Provadia, Bulgaria

I’ve never heard of the Fortress of Ovech, neither the Shashkanite Rock Monastery near Provadia in Bulgaria, or the Great Bulgarian wall as I call it until I started seeing great pictures on social media. That’s the reason why I decided to visit these places and was overwhelmed by The Fortress of Ovech and Shashkanite Rock Monastery near Provadia. It looks as mind-blowing as in all the photos I’ve ever seen no matter the camera and the photographer!

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Book review of ”Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina

Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes by Guzel Yakhina - book review

Have anybody ever thought that life in a Gulag in Siberia could be much better than in your own home with your own family? Sounds unimaginable, but the novel ”Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina describes how Zuleikha’s reality changes for the better when she is brought far away from her homeland the Tatar village of Ulbash. Continue to read my book review of ”Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes” by Guzel Yakhina, one of the best contemporary novels I’ve read so far.

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10 reasons to explore a Dutch food market

Wondering what else to do while in the Netherlands apart from all the main tourist attractions? Want to experience a local atmosphere with delicious food and buy presents for your family and friends they will absolutely love? I selected 10 reasons to explore Dutch a food market in the Nethelrands. Moreover, visiting a Dutch food market is your chance to experience a unique immersion in Dutch culture, food and ambiance!

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Tick all ”203 Challenges – travel the world and explore your inner self”

Last summer I was looking for travel books to buy and my eyes crossed an interesting title ”203 challenges – Travel the World. Explore Your Inner Self”. I opened the book and started to turn the pages. I was intrigued straight away and after 2 minutes I was seating at the coffee corner of the bookstore reading all the 203 challenges. That’s what I am calling love at first sight! “203 Travel Challenges” is an amazing book full of inspiration, ideas and challenges that will urge you to call your friends and embark on an unforgettable adventure. This book is not only for people who are all the time on the road but also for everyone who is willing to explore one’s inner adventurous self.

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5 things to do in Zeeland, the Netherlands out of the season

Have you ever heard about Zeeland in the Netherlands? Do you have an idea where it is on the map? It looks like Zeeland is a well-known region located between The Netherlands and Belgium where people go on vacation during the summer period ??? Even though it’s in the middle of nowhere and nobody knows about that, it looks like I could select 5 authentic things to do in Zeeland, the Netherlands out of the season. The region has his beauty and charm and a lot to offer for one’s curious eyes and soul.

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Read a quote every day

Read a quote every day

Quote are powerful messages and very often they cross our eyes or our eyes cross them at the very right moment. That happened to me while I was procrastinating to start my blog. One day I just read the following quote: “Start now. Where you are and with fear and pain. With doubt, hands shaking and the voice trembling. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start.”
― Ijeoma Umebinyuo

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Movies about the Great Masters of la Haute Couture

The true cost

It’s autumn, the wheater is getting colder and colder and it’s time for movie nights. Today, I would like to offer you a selection of movies about the Great Masters of the Haute Couture. I am not so much into fashion, but the creative world behind the podiums has always impressed me. For me, fashion is more than clothes – it’s about art, history, colourful vision, hard work, precision and great dedication.

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Is it possible for you to accomplish a goal every month?

I haven’t updated my Bucket list column for a while and took the time to investigate among my friends if they can accomplish a goal every month. “Wow, that’s kinda tough”, a lot of them said…A month goes so fast…”What do you mean to achieve a goal every month”? What kind of goals? So instead of giving me enough insight of yes or no to achieve a goal every month, everybody was bombarding me with questions????

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Three great books “Time of Violence”, “War and Peace” and “I am Malala”

Three great books review Time of Violence by Anton Donchev, War and Peace by Tolstoy and I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I am fluent in four languages and I would like to introduce you to a three great books review of “Time of Violence” by Anton Donchev, “War and Peace” by Tolstoy and “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai. I cannot imagine my life without reading, it’s just vital. I read everything that crosses my way from serious world literature to summer holidays novels. No favourite style or authors just the curiosity to explore a whole new world in one of the languages I master.

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Rebuild yourself or how to handle your own bullshit?

The answer to the question How to achieve your goals

Self-development, positive thinking books, movies, podcasts, coaches and all kind of gurus and tips are blooming nowadays. A lot of people even go further and quit their jobs and lives and decide to run away to find themselves….. Feeling bad or anxious is baned and considered as something that one should not talk about and just avoid the subject. But the reality is that not everything and every day is roses and unicorns. I do not pretend to know all about it, not at all, I even struggle to take care of myself sometimes, but in order to find the best possible way to handle my own shit, I am going to put in writing all my thoughts on how to re-build yourself and how to handle your own bullshit. Am I on the right path or all I am saying is a complete bullshit…It’s up to you to decide…

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The answer to the question “How to achieve your goals”?

The answer to the question How to achieve your goals

Hi there!!!! I am very into goals setting, goals achieving, goals writing and so on. It all started in 2014 when I moved to the Netherlands and had a lot of time to read, think, look for a new job and learn English….During this period I bought a notebook that I still keep and where I write recipes, tips for how to find a job, or just noted quotes of the books I was reading.

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Paris, je t’aime – itinerary for one Parisian weekend

Paris is the city of love, to find love, to fall in love or just to be there with your beloved ones. I travelled to Paris many times and every time is like I am for the first time there. There are many books, movies, songs, paintings inspired by the sublime city of Paris. Making an itinerary for a Parisian weekend is easy nowadays as It’s the must-do destination for everyone once in a lifetime.

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Things to do and discover in Silistra – the apricot paradise of Bulgaria

Things to do and discover Silistra - the apricot paradise of Bulgaria - cover picture

Despite the low-cost airlines’ invasion, Bulgaria remains quite unexplored, especially the Northeastern region. I currently live in the Netherlands, but originally come from Silistra – a small city on the Danube river. Northeastern Bulgaria or as I call it, the apricot paradise has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, food, and tips to have a good time. And it’s definitely out of the beaten tourist path.

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Canals in Utrecht, what else?

Canals in Utrecht what else

Everybody knows Amsterdam, everybody wants to be there at least once, this is an absolute must-see-place-before-I-die in every bucket list. However, there is another place in the Netherlands as beautiful as Amsterdam and as vibrant as the Dutch capital. And…. this is Utrecht with its unique canals.

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6 days itinerary to have fun in fancy Dubai

Dubai has never been on my bucket list and to go there was a very spontaneous decision. I just came back from my summer vacation in Bulgaria and immediately started thinking about where to go next…One of my best friends lives in Dubai and I decided that it was time to visit this fancy place and have fun with her.

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