Thursday, December 13, 2018

Exploring Salamanca


Hello there, everyone! How's your week going? Mine has been quite turbulent due to some changes at work, but hey, everything happens for a reason and there are always good things to come. 
I finally have a bit more time now to focus more on my blog again and post some pics of my 2018 travels. I'm not gonna be able to publish them all before Christmas though, so the posts are not gonna be in a chronological order but you guys hopefully don't mind. It was simply impossible for me to publish them at the right moment so I hope you understand.

Salamanca


Today's post is about my trip to Salamanca in June. My family and I visited the family of my sister's boyfriend in Nuñomoral, a lovely little village in the middle of some lush mountains in Spain's Extremadura. We had a wonderful, fun weekend at his hometown and also went on a day trip to Salamanca. It's a beautiful medium-sized town in the northwest of Spain that is famous for its stunning cathedral, the lively Plaza Mayor and its great university. We spent an entire day there exploring the narrow alleys, having lunch and coffee, meeting more family members of my sister's boyfriend and admiring the city from above from the rooftop of its cathedral. Since it was more a relaxed family trip I can't really give you any great sightseeing tips because we just strolled around and enjoyed being all together in a new city. However, you should definitely go up the cathedral if you're not afraid of heights. The views are so worth it! I hope you like the pics and wish you a wonderful rest of the week.














Thursday, November 29, 2018

Escape to Menorca


Oh summer! How much I miss the scent of sun protection cream, the salt in my hair making it so fuzzy, afternoons at the beach, the endless meaningful talks and sunset picnics with my friends… If only it could be summer all year long. Actually, for us people living here on the beautiful island of Mallorca it seems to be a bit like that. With over 300 sunny days, we get to see the sun all year long, what a luxury. Sun simply sets me in a great mood. It makes me want to be super active and spend the days out instead of the office. No that winter has arrived it feels more like autumn or spring here on the island. It just never gets as cold as in Germany or other countries.

Menorca Trip


Looking at these photos of our weekend escape to Menorca at the end of September, it feels like it hasn't been too long that we were chilling at the beach and exploring our neighbour island. My boyfriend and I try to visit Menorca at least once a year. I actually went twice in 2018. One time in May with my girls and now in September with my boyfriend. We had such a great time again. On our first day we visited the Monte Toro near Es Mercadal. It's Menorca's highest point so have stunning views of the sea and surrounding landscape from there. After that we headed to the stunning Cala Mitjana where we climbed the coast a bit and jumped from about 8 meter high cliffs, such an unforgettable adventure! The cove is simply breathtaking with its soft sandy beach, turquoise clear waters and stunning views. In September it also wasn't too crowded and we could still go swimming. By the time we got to our friend's house we were quite exhausted from a hot adventurous day. Thus, we decided to just head for a shandy (beer mixed with lemon) at a local bar in Es Mercadal and get a good night's sleep.








Exploring Cales Coves


On Sunday, our second and last day in Menorca, we chose Cales Coves as our next place to explore. We weren't disappointed! After parking and walking for about 25 minutes we finally arrived at this natural paradise. Cales Coves is made up of two stunning coves, one with more seaweed, another one more sandy and rocky. You can walk along the coast from one cove to the other admiring the fabulous views of the deep blue sea. What I most loved about this place was its untouched nature. No garbage, no sunbeds, no tourists. We spotted many animals including little shrimps picking on my feet and a big octopus hiding under the rocks. We had our own little place on the rocks with a comfy hammock that seems to always hang there. The cove was visited by some families but mostly couples, many of them nudists. I absolutely loved it! It gave the whole place an even more natural touch seeing all these people running and swimming freely. I would have totally gotten naked myself if my boyfriend's friend hadn't been with us (haha am I allowed to say that here?!). Anyway, we adored Cales Coves and I hope it will always stay the small, untouched natural paradise it is now.










Evening Walk in Ciutadella


Later in the evening we walked around Ciutadella a bit before taking the ferry back to Mallorca. I always love coming here, the town is so beautiful with its colorful buildings, busy harbour and small winding alleys. Before heading home we went to the fortress near the harbour to watch the sunset, a perfect end to a very relaxing weekend escape!








Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hello beautiful Colonia Sant Jordi


Hey guys, I guess summer on Mallorca is officially over. Stores and restaurants are closing, the beaches are almost empty and the worst thing... it's raining non-stop! The photos of this post were taken at the beginning of October when it was still hot and beautiful outside. I already miss salty hair and the smell of sun lotion on my skin. I also feel like I couldn't even really enjoy this summer because I was working so much and was so busy with other things that I didn't make it to the beach as often as I wanted. Summer just goes by so fast!

Colonia Sant Jordi


To get us back in the mood a bit I'm posting some of my last summer photos for this year (more summery pics of Menorca are coming soon). My friend Mariella and I went to the beautiful sleepy town of Colonia Sant Jordi in the south of Mallorca to spend a relaxed Saturday there at the beginning of the month. I love that little town, it has a few nice cafés and bars and not too many big hotels. Not to mention the stunning beaches you can find there!
We started our day at Cassai Beach House, a lovely restaurant right by the sea that offers all kinds of food and drinks. We ordered a rosé sangria, super yummy and refreshing! Right next to the beautiful restaurant you will find the Cassai Interior Store that is home to lots of unique furniture, clothes, decór and other little treasures. Later we had a quick sandwich for lunch and went off to the beach. The sandy beach at the end of Colonia Sant Jordi is beautiful but was still a bit too crowded at that time so we started walking towards the beach of Es Trenc and found a nice little spot. Nobody there (except for some nudists here and there), crystal clear shallow water and beautiful natural surroundings. A small piece of heaven that was just perfect for a relaxing break. I mean look at this water, how can one not love Colonia Sant Jordi?
















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