If utopia exists, I am hoping that it bears resemblance to Meteora: Karsts reaching up to the heavens. Silhouettes of jagged giants at night. A calming view of villages from the summit. Red-roofed monasteries that seem to float above the clouds. Silence only broken by the sweet melody of chirping birds and occasional winds. A non-fictional world carved out from an animated film.
I never expected Turin to be tur-rific (sorry for the bad pun ;-P ). In my mind, it was just the cheapest option for transit from Madrid to Venezia. But after spending 25 hours in this laid-back city, I realized that Torino is not just a stop-off, it is an alluring sojourn that should be explored longer.
Maybe I got tired of crowded attractions in Spain. And to tour a beautiful city with 0 queues and only few annoying tourists was refreshing.
Here are some of the reasons why I loved Torino so much that I regretted not staying here for a long time:
I tried gelato and chocolates from La Bottega Guido Gobino and gelato from Gelateria Alberto Marchetti. I'm still drooling whenever I think of Turin's sweet desserts. <3
Known as the birthplace of pizza, Naples is the place to be if you're searching for the best pizza in the world.
Museums abound in Europe but the Museo Nazionale del Cinema surprisingly stood out for me.
The "City of Lights" was never part of my bucket list. I thought that it was just a typical big city packed with tourists (and pickpockets). But I was wrong! Despite getting lost a couple of times and enduring a mean stomachache here, this lovely metropolis managed to capture my heart.
Frenchies might appear as snobs and Paris might seem 'dangerous' after all those terror attacks and snatching incidents. But this city is beyond all those horror stories and stinky train stations combined. It is teeming with art, culture, history, nature, and bright lights--- making it perfect for solo travelers like me.
If you're planning on traveling here, here's my list of fun things to do in Paris:
1. Marvel at Eiffel Tower's majesty.
As they say, Eiffel is the heart and soul of Paris and one must not skip this landmark if you're in Paris.
I have never been to a place so magical that it made me wish that I did not travel alone… until I visited Venice, Italy.
I have survived a lot of things ALONE and actually enjoyed it ALONE; but I guess Venezia squeezed out the weak emotions hiding underneath my superficially courageous heart.
Granada’s my favorite city in Spain mainly because of the majestic Alhambra.
It is beyond spectacular— from its intriguing history and breathtaking views to its ingenious and incredible architecture.
I do not know how to perfectly describe this fortress and palatial city in one post so I will just share with you my list of reasons on why I fell in love with this magical place:
The Alcazaba (fortress) is the oldest part of the Alhambra. It was built in the mid-13th century by Sultan Alhamar, the founder of the Nasrid dynasty. He established the last Moorish stronghold against the Christian crusaders.
Palacio de Carlos Quinto looks like a ‘lost’ palace in the middle of Alhambra.
It’s so different from the usual Moorish architecture of its neighboring structures that it looks like it’s a separate attraction. Part of Alhambra was actually demolished in order to build a palace after the name of Spain’s king.
Named after "Jardines del Alarife” or “Garden of the Architect,” Palacio de Generalife was built between the 12th and the 14th century.
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