Bel paese (meaning beautiful country in Italian) is definitely a great term for Italy. While most of the people visit Venice or Florence or Rome, I doubt that many have ventured to historical port city of Genoa. Perhaps you went on a cruise along the Mediterranean and you embarked on your cruise ship in Genoa? But did you roam its gritty streets and have you seen its baroque palaces and lively squares? Did you know that Genoa is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and that it once was a powerful merchant republic just like Venice? It even shares its flag with England ( St. George’s flag). A part of the old town of Genoa is inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) which is just another reason you should visit Genoa one day. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post 🙂 I dare you to give Genoa a chance.
Are you passionate about travel? Have you got your travel blog? Would you like to write a guest post for the Red Phone Box travels?
I have only a few conditions for my potential guest blogger:
- Write about TRAVEL ( travel story, travel tips, review of a destination or write about your hometown-if I haven’t visited it! ) but I don’t need hotel or restaurant reviews
- Please write about a destination I haven’t written about 🙂 you could write about anywhere outside Europe but if you want to write about an European country please check my Categories or Places I’ve visited page so that you don’t submit a post about a topic I already covered
- Your post should contain at least 4 good-quality photos (your photographs!) and be at least 400 words long
I don’t think that I’m too difficult to please, so if you’re interested let me know!
May. So we didn’t go to Munich, Germany last month. I explained why here and shared with you my big happy news of being pregnant! 🙂 However, I did manage a rather tasty day trip to Trieste, Italy with my best friend ( blogged about it too). What else did I do in May? Attended a few birthdays, played some board games as usually, went on walks, etc. My hometown’s football team won the national championship finally so there was a huge party in the town 🙂 and they’ve won the coup as well so they have two trophies now!
On another note, my mum had a heart surgery. She’s recovering now in hospital. She’s a tough cookie, so I now she’ll be okay, especially after all she’s been through last year.
Also, my heart goes out to all the victims & their families of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and in other places around the world.
What’s your news? How did you spend May? Any summer plans?
Published posts in May
Home is where the cat is
Very true, right? At least all the cat owners know this very well. I got a cat named Timmy when I was 15. Then my home was my parents’ home in my hometown. Briefly I considered England my home too but when I got back my cat was furious and ignored me for days. Then, when I moved in with my future husband I decided to convince him to get a cat to make our home a real home. Even though he never had a pet previously, apart from a turtle, he agreed and now our cat Munchkin loves him to death. Not me, him. Injustice! But ginger cats have a mind of their own, as really all cats do.
As every traveller I quickly feel at home in most of the places I visit. As soon as I unpack my suitcase in a hostel/hotel room I feel at home. At least for the duration of the trip that place is my temporary home even though my cat isn’t there. Although my real home is in Croatia I consider England and London my soul home. A place where I feel at ease, a place where I feel I belong, a place where rules are obeyed and where everything stops when you have a cup of tea. Of course, my family and friends make a place truly my home. But you can feel at home at another place too, can’t you?
What better way to spend Sunday than by eating cakes in some of Trieste’s oldest cafes? My best friend M. and I went on a day trip to Trieste, Italy with the sole purpose of enjoying ourselves. There was no fixed agenda apart from our wish to visit several traditional cafes/ patisseries. It’s been a long time since I had fun in Trieste because I usually just use it for flights/ train connections. When I was a child we used to regularly go to Trieste.
Anyway, it was nice to just wander around the city center leisurely and to take in the beautiful architecture of Trieste. Very much like my hometown Trieste has more of a feel of a Central European city than a Mediterranean city. Trieste is an important Italian port and a significant university center (especially for languages) but it’s also the oldest town in Italy by the age of its inhabitants. It’s seen better days and a vivid memorial of that is its grand main square Piazza Unità d’Italia. But there are other beautiful buildings and squares too.
So close, no matter how far…the lyrics of Metallica’s song Nothing else matters relate to my wish to visit Germany. I’d really like to go to Munich but somehow there’s always something that gets in the way whether it’s another trip or something completely different. I booked the hotel for Munich finally and planned our Bavarian trip for March. But then I had to change our plans because of two reasons and I’ve decided to postpone our Munich trip for May. The first reason was that I’d have my tourist guide exams in the first week of April just after a few days of our planned trip. The second reason was.. well, it’d be really early to travel in March because.. I’M PREGNANT! 🙂