Iceland & Friends. Everything you need to know

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Am avut o lista luunga cu tot ce ne doream sa vedem si sa vizitam in saptamana petrecuta la Reykjavik. Am pornit din Bucuresti alaturi de inca 4 prieteni. Pentru ca am avut escala la Basel 16 ORE am profitat de minunata ocazie si de timpul suficent pe care il aveam la dispozitie ca sa vizitam orasul. Ne-am lasat bagajele la gara si am pornit pe jos, incet, sa exploram.

Spre dimineata am luat urmatorul zbor, spre aeroportul Keflavik din Islanda. Cand porniseram din Basel in jurul orei 6, soarele aproape rasarise iar cerul se lumina incet incet. In schimb , in Islanda era bezna cand am ajun, 4 ore mai tarziu.

Am hotarat sa inchiriem o masina pe toata durata vacantei din cauza frigului si pentru ca se merita avand in vedere ca eram 6 persoane. Ne-am facut un calcul si am decis sa facem si turul Golden Circle cu masina. Am avut o mica supriza cand am ajuns la reprezentata celor de la SIXT de unde urma sa inchiriem masina – nu aveau masina pe care noi o rezervasem online ūüôā Dupa atatea ore pe drum nu ne doream decat sa ajungem la cazare. Totusi, situatia s-a rezolvat pana la urma in favoarea noastra. Am primit o masina mult mai faina, 4×4 cu 7 locuri si la un pret mai bun.

Am inchiriat un apartament (defapt era o casa) pe Airbnb. Apartamentul il gasiti aici este potrivit pentru 6 persoane: 3 dormitoare cu pat dublu, un living cu bucatarie deschisa, foarte fain, si priveliste spre ocean. Singurul dezavantaj – o singura baie. Dar ne-am descurcat mai bine decat credeam.

Ce trebuie neaparat sa vizitati daca mergeti in Islanda?

1.¬†Blue Lagoon: Sunt sigura ca ati auzit de Blue Lagoon daca v-ati documentat putin despre¬†Islanda. Intr-adevar este foarte frumos si merita. Trebuie neaparat sa va rezervati din timp biletele. Se pot face rezervari foarte simplu direct la ei pe site si tot de acolo va puteti lua si bilet de autobuz daca nu aveti masina. O zi la Blue Lagoon e undeva in jur de 50 de Euro. Ah, si sa nu uitati sa nu luati pietricele din Islanda ca amintire pentru ca veti avea ghinion. Islandezii iau foarte in serios treaba asta cu elfii si trolii. Se pare ca au si in guvern un “Elf Whisperer” care dupa o lunga discutie cu elfii a interzis ca Ikea sa isi mareasca parcarea.

Blue Lagoon Iceland

2. Golden Circle Tour: Este un tur renumit care in general se face cu autocarul cu ghid. Noi am decis sa il facem cu masina, mult mai comod, mai ieftin si fara sa depinzi de alte persoane. Turul are aproximativ 300 km si include cascada Gullfoss, Geysir-ul si Parcul National Thingvellir (unde sunt multe obiective pe care nu ai timp sa le vizitezi daca alegi optiunea de tur cu autocarul. Cascada Oxalandfoss a fost una din preferatele noastre. Tot aici, in Parcul National se poate vedea locul unde se intalnesc placile tectonice ale Americii cu cele ale Eruoasiei sau craterul vulcanic Kerio.)

Gullfoss Waterfall

3. Cascada Seljalandsfoss: Una dintre cele mai spectacuoase cascade pe care le-am vazut in viata mea. Este speciala datorita faptului ca poti sa mergi in spatele ei si apa curge de deasupra ta, esti ca intr-o pestera.

4. Cascada Skofgafoss: este spectauloase tot din datorita unghiului din care se poate vedea- de sus.

5. Plaja cu nisip negru Reynisfjarda: Din pacate a plouat cand am ajuns noi acolo dar e spectaculoasa. Dupa cum se vede si in video este un peisaj superb cu stanci negre inscarite. Mi-ar placea sa o vad si pe timpul verii.

Reynisfjarda Black Sand Beach

6. Aurora Boreala: Am cautat-o in fiecare seara pe Aurica. Exista tururi organizate dar daca prinzi vreme poasta (cer innorat sau ploaie) nu poate nimeni sa iti garanteze ca se vede chiar daca platesti tur organizat. Noi am reusit sa o vedem insa destul de vag. Din pacate nu am vazut-o asa spectaculoasa ca in poze.

7. Kirkjufell: Este un munte tuguiat cu o cascada langa. Arata mai bine in poze decat in realitate mai ales in cele in care se vede si aurora boreala in jurul muntelui.

Si in Reykjavik exista unele locuri care merita vizitate:

  1. Hallgrimskirkja: Biserica din fiecare poza din Reyljsavik. Are o arhitectura interesanta inspirata din cascada Seljalandsfoss. Mie mi s-a parut ca seamana si cu forma stancilor de pe plaja cu nisip negru. Se poate urca in turn de unde se vede orasul 360 grade si de unde aveti o priveliste frumoasa asupra faimoasei intersectii din fata bisericii. Dar sa nu va asteptati la ceva spectaculor, nu e foarte intalt turnul. Biletul e in jur de 7 euro.
  2. Sala de concerte Harpa: Este o cladire din sticla pe malul oceanului care are o arhitectura interesanta, e luminata frumos noaptea.
  3. The Sun Voyager: Este o sculptura pe malul oceanului, un “dreamboat”, oda pentru soare. Apusul se vede foarte frumos de aici. (cel putin asa am auzit¬†:)) daca aveti noroc si nu ploua)
  4. Perlan: Este un restaurant, un dom de sticla sus pe deal. Se vede foarte frumos orasul.

Reykjavik – Hallgrimskirkja Tower View

Ne-am oprit si la faimosul Hot Dog Stand. Nu va pot zice cum au fost pentru ca nu am mancat dar Bush zice ca sunt cei mai grozavi din lume. Daca aveti incredere in Bush merita incercat.  In schimb am mancat peste la Messinn si a fost incredibil de bun, recomand cu drag. Preturile sunt bune pentru islanda si totul a fost delicios!

Daca as fi avut mai multi timp la dispozitie mi-ar fi placut sa vad si Laguna Glaciara. E cam la 4 ore distanta de Reykjavik si din pacate nu am avut timp sa o vizitam.

P.S Monedele si bancnotele lor sunt foarte faine. Monedele au pesti de toate felurile pe ele, parca sunt dintr-o poveste.

The Sun Voyager

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We had a very looong bucket list with everything we wanted to see and do during the week we spent in Reykjavik. We took the plane from Bucharest to Basel with 4 other friends. We had to wait 16 HOURS in Basel for our next flight to Iceland. Of course, we took advantage of this opportunity and the more than sufficient time available to visit the city. We left our luggage at the train station and started walking slowly to explore.

The next¬†morning we had our flight to Keflavik airport. It was about 6 o’clock when we took off¬†in Basel. The sun almost rose and the sky slowly brightened. 4 hours after we landed in Iceland, it was already as dark as it gets. The sun rises late October around 9:30 in the morning.


We decided to rent a car throughout the week not only because of the weather but also because that‚Äôs a great deal for 6 people. We also¬†decided to go on the Golden Circle tour by car. A¬†little surprise was waiting for us when we arrived at the Rent a Car bureau – they had no car with 6 seats which we had reserved online ūüôā After so many hours on the road we just wanted to get to our Airbnb as fast as possible. However, the problem was solved in our favor in the end. We received a better car, a 4×4, 7 seater and at an even better price.

What should you definitely visit if you travel to Iceland?

1. Blue Lagoon: I’m sure you’ve already heard of it in case you considered going on a trip to Iceland. Indeed, it is very nice and worth it. You need to book the tickets in advance. You can make reservations very easily directly on their website and from there you can also buy a bus ticket if you haven‚Äôt rented a car. A day at the Blue Lagoon is somewhere around 50 Euro. Ah, and don‚Äôt forget not to pick any rocks as a souvenir. It is considered bad luck because the Icelandic people take this Elves-thing very seriously

Blue Lagoon Iceland

2. Golden Circle Tour: The tour is generally made by bus and with a guide. We decided to go on the tour by car. It was more convenient for us. The tour takes about 300 km and include Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir and the National Park Thingvellir (there are many things we wouldn’t have visited if we went on the tour by bus, such as the Oxalandfoss Waterfall Р one of our favorites. Here in the National Park you can see where the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia meet. Also you can visit the crater Kerio.)

Oxalandfoss Waterfall

3. Waterfall Seljalandsfoss: One of the most spectacular waterfalls I’ve ever seen in my life. It is special because it‚Äôs the only known waterfall of its kind, where it is possible to walk behind it. You have to see the pictures or in my video to get a better idea.

4. Waterfall Skogafoss: it is spectacular too because of the different angle you can view it from Рfrom above. There are staircases leading up to the top of the waterfall. From there you can look down at this breathtaking waterfall.

5. Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara: Unfortunately it rained when we got there but it was amazing nonetheless. As seen in the video it is breathtaking. I would love to see it during the summer ūüôā

6. The Northern Lights: We searched every night for them. If it’s cloudy or rainy nobody can guarantee you that you‚Äôll get to see the northern lights even if you go on an organized tour. We managed to see it very vaguely. Unfortunately we have not seen it exactly as in pictures.

7. Kirkjufell: is a mountain tapering to a near waterfall. Looks better in photos than in reality especially with the northern lights around the mountain.

Kirkjufell

There are also a few nice places in Reykjavik that you should visit if going to Iceland:

Hallgrimskirkja

  1. Hallgrimskirkja Church – I’m sure you’ve seen it in pictures. It has an interesting architecture inspired by the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. To me it seemed to resemble the rocks we’ve seen¬†on the black sand beach. You can climb the tower where you have a¬†360 degrees city view. But do not expect something extraordinary, as the tower is not very tall. The ticket costs around 7 euros.
  2. Harpa Concert Hall: It’s a glass building near the¬†ocean and with an intriguing architecture, which is beautifully lit at night.
  3. The Sun Voyager: an oceanfront sculpture of a dreamboat which stands as an ode to the sun. I heard the sunset looks pretty from there, with a bit of luck and no rain.
  4. Perlan: It is a restaurant, a glass dome above the hill. It shows the city very beautifully.
    We stopped at the famous Hot Dog Stand. I can‚Äôt say how they were because I didn‚Äôt have any, but Bush says they are the best hotdogs in the world. If you believe him it’s¬†worth trying. Instead I ate icelandic fish at a restaurant called Messinn and it was incredibly good. The prices are good and everything tastes delicious! If we had more time to spend in Iceland I would have liked to also see the glacial lagoon. It’s about 4 hours away from Reykjavik, but unfortunately we didn‚Äôt get to see it.

Harpa Concert Hall

P.S. They have the coolest money I have ever seen. The coins have fish of all kinds on them and they seem like they originate from a fairytale.

 

I fell in love with Lisbon

 

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Sunt -12 grade afara is eu la ce ma gandesc? La vara, evident.  Din lipsa de timp nu am apucat sa postez pozele facute in august in Portugalia. Daca va planuiti vacanta de vara pentru 2017 am o propunere: Lisabona. Eu una m-am indragostit de acest oras cu miros de mare.

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Am petrecut cinci zile in Lisabona in Bairro Alto, un cartier central in care nu se doarme niciodata :). Plin de taverne, terase si baruri cu muzica buna si lume multa care mananca si dupa ora 22 (yey). Pentru ca localurile sunt foarte mici lumea danseaza afara, pe stradutele inguste ale cartierului. Ziua e exact opusul, liniste si pace.

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Unde am stat? Am inchiriat un apartament pe airbnb. Imi place mult sa stau in regim hotelier. Am tot confortul si in plus am impresia ca traiesc ca un localnic pentru cateva zile.

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Dupa cele cinci zile in care am vizitat Lisabona si imprejurimile, am inchiriat o masina si am pornit spre Monte Gordo, o localitate micuta din sudul Portugaliei unde am petrecut inca o saptamana la doi pasi de plaja.

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[EN]

Currently, there are -12 degrees Celsius outside. Guess what I’m thinking about? Summer, obviously. I didn’t get to post the pictures I took in Portugal last August. In case you are planning your summer vacation for 2017, here is what I recommend: Lisbon. Last year I fell in love with this city.

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We spent five days in Lisbon in Bairro Alto, a central neighbourhood that never sleeps. It’s full of taverns and pubs with good music and a lot of people who eat even after 22 pm (thumbs up). Everybody dances outside on the narrow streets, because the pubs are very small. During the day, the neighbourhood is the exact opposite: tranquil and peaceful.

Where did we stay? We rented an apartment on Airbnb. I love renting apartments when traveling, because I get to live like a local for a few days.

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After five days of visiting Lisbon and its surroundings, we rented a car and left for Monte Gordo, a small southern village where we spent another week just a few steps away from the beach.

Plansa senzoriala | Mini Sensory Play Mat

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Plansa senzoriala Owlipop il va tine pe micutul tau ocupat si amuzat o perioada indelungata de timp. Plansa este confectionata din bumbac si fetru si este foarte usor de transportat. Se ruleaza usor si se inchide cu scai. Plansa este prevazuta manere de transport si cu un buzunar special pentru figurine. Aceasta poate fi folosita in timpul calatoriilor sau cu orice alta ocazie in care copilasul tau se plictiseste. Plansa senzoriala Owlipop se face la comanda iar activitatiile din interior pot fi modificate. Pentru mai multe detalii va asteptam sa ne contactati pe facebook sau pe mail: contact@owlipop.com

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The Owlipop sensory board will keep your baby busy and amused for a long period of time. The sensory play mat is made out of cotton and felt and can be easily transported. It closes easily with Velcro. This play mat is provided with handles and a special pocket for the small figurines. It can be helpful when traveling or in any other situation when your child gets bored. The colours and activities included may vary. For more informations please contact us on facebook or by email: contact@owlipop.com

Ce le mai citim copiilor?

Cu totii stim cat de importanta este rutina in viata unui copil. Un program stabilit ii ofera¬†copilului siguranta si il pregateste pentru activitatile de zi cu zi. Una dintre cele mai inportante rutine de seara este¬†povestea citita copiilor √ģnainte de culcare. Acesta este cel mai pretios timp pe care il poti petrece cu copilul tau, oferindu-i confort si consolidand relatia parinte-copil.¬†Ascultarea povestilor √ģmbunatateste capacitatile lingvistice ale copiilor, contribuie la dezvoltarea inteligentei emotionale, favorizeazńÉ dezvoltarea unei imaginatii bogate, contribuie la dezvoltarea memoriei, imbunatateste concentrarea iar beneficiile continua.

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Dar cum alegem cartea potrivita pentru copilul nostru?

Pe baza principiilor montessoriene¬†selec»õia titlurilor se face √ģn func»õie de etapele de dezvoltare psiho-emo»õionalńÉ a copilului. Pentru copii sub 3 ani este recomandata nonfictiunea, ilustratiile simple si realiste.
Cartile cu inser»õii de materiale, cele cu elemente mobile, cu elemente ascunse sau cu ilustratii 3D nu trebuie sńÉ lipseascńÉ din biblioteca anteprescolarului. Aceste car»õi antreneaza capacitatea de concentrare a copilului.
Volumele care con»õin exclusiv poze stimuleazńÉ limbajul »ôi imagina»õia copilului.¬†Prescolarul are nevoie »ôi de carti despre diferite relatii de prietenie, inclusiv carti care vorbesc despre neintelegerile »ôi certurile dintre prieteni.

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Este important sa luam in cosiderare nu doar varsta copilului ci si preferintele acestuia cand alegem o carte. Cumparaturile online sunt cu siguranta una dintre metodele de shopping preferate de catre mamici. Este rapid, usor si nu trebuie sa te deplasezi de acasa. Pentru ca nu avem mereu posibilitatea sa rasfoim o carte inainte sa o cumparam, va recomand cu caldura www.filedevis.ro. Aici gasiti review-uri la cartile pentru copii. Astfel va puteti da mai usor seama ce merita cumparat, citit, dar mai ales, ce ii va placea copilului tau. Veti gasi aici recomandari organizate pe grupe de varste, tipuri de ilustratii sau teme precum agresivitatea, tristetea etc. File de vis este cu siguranta site-ul care va va ajuta sa alegeti mai usor povestea de citit inainte de culcare.

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Arrived in Prague

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Am ajuns in Praga marti, la o ora tarzie. Ne era foame asa ca am pornit direct spre centru unde dupa multe incercari am gasit in final un restaurant deschis si dupa ora 23.  A doua zi am pornit la drum sa vizitam orasul. Aveam doar 24h la dispozitie dar daca esti cat de cat organizat poti vedea multe din Praga intr-o singura zi.

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Nu am fost pregatiti pentru iarna de sfarsit de aprilie din Praga. In Cluj erau peste 20 de grade cand am plecat.

Ce merita vizitat?

  • Castelul (Prague Castle)
  • Catedrala St. Vitus
  • Zidul lui John Lennon
  • Ceasul astronomic
  • Centrul vechi
  • Podul Carol

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Alte recomandari:

  • Vytopna Railway Restaurant – dupa cum se vede si in video, berea vine cu trenuletul ūüôā
  • Nu merita sa va complicati cu masina prin oras. Un bilet pentru transport in comun valabil 24 h e in jur de 4 euro (110 coroane)

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We arrived in Prague Tuesday evening. We were hungry, so we went straight to the city center. It was tricky finding an open restaurant after 23 pm, but after many attepmts, we succeeded. The next day we set off to visit the city. We only had 24 hours  but if you are somewhat organized you can visit most of Prague in one day.

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¬†I was not prepared for an¬†“april winter” in Prague. In Cluj were over 20 degrees when we left.

What is worth visiting?

  • Prague Castle
  • ¬†St. Vitus¬†Cathedral
  • John Lennon’s Wall
  • The¬†Astronomical Clock
  • Prague Old Town
  • Charles Bridge

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Other recommendations:

  • Vytopna Railway Restaurant – as seen in the video, the beer is delivered to you by train¬†ūüôā
  • Not worth bothering driving by car in town. A public transport ticket available for 24 hours costs around 4 euros (110 koruna).

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