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Pisa you so fine | OOTD & Travel diaries

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Even though I've already been in Pisa and got to know it pretty well, I included this city in this summer's Europe trip, so, yes, I was able to say hi to Pisa tower once again! šŸ˜Š The reason why I chose to include this city in our itinerary was because my boyfriend had not seen it yet, otherwise I probably would have chosen another city in Tuscany that I hadn't seen before. Our visit to Pisa was brief - only an hour ~ an hour and a half as we saw the main places (of course, Pisa tower was a must) and decided that we would actually like to spend the rest of the day in a beautiful city by Liguria sea - Sestri Levante. Ahh, I so fell in love with this city! For me it definitely was one of the highlights of our. The beach was fantastic, the water super warm and the all around surroundings made me think of Canary islands which I love dearly.
I think that any coastline village or city at left side of Italy would have been a great choice. I personally really want to see the small villages of Cinque Terre, but we didn't include them in this trip since we were traveling with car, which as I read in the forums for sure is not the best mean of transport (a lot of cities deny entrance with cars and the parking is very limited). I already know that I will visit those small villages like Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Manarola, Vernazza by train or ferry which would also would be a great experience as a whole.

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Kaut arÄ« Pizā jau vienreiz esmu bijusi un arÄ«dzan krustu Ŕķērsu izstaigājusi pilsētiņu, to apmeklēju vēlreiz, lai pamātu iemīļotajam Pizas tornim šŸ˜Š Iespējams Å”o pilsētu nebÅ«tu izvēlējusies kā vienu no pieturas punktiem, jo to jau esmu vienreiz apmeklējusi, bet tā kā draugs vēl nebija stutējis torni šŸ˜Š, tad nu iekļāvām arÄ« Å”o pilsētu mÅ«su must see sarakstā. Pizā uzkavējāmies vien stundu~ pusotru, jo pēc pieredzes zināju, ka vairāk laika mums nebÅ«s nepiecieÅ”ams, respektÄ«vi apskatÄ«jām galvenos objektus un devāmies tālāk uz Sestri Levante – vienkārÅ”i burvÄ«gu LigÅ«rijas jÅ«ras piekrastes pilsētiņu, kurā pavadÄ«jām atlikuÅ”o saulaino dienas daļu. RespektÄ«vi tā vietā, lai vairāk stumdÄ«tos cauri tÅ«ristu pilnajai Pizai, mēs nolēmām paņemt nelielu atpÅ«tas pauzi Sestri Levante pilsētiņas pludmalē. Å Ä« pilsēta mani pilnÄ«bā apbÅ«ra - ļoti jauka pludmale, silts Å«dens un apkārtējā vide ļoti atgādināja Kanāriju salas, kas, protams, man ir ļoti mīļas.
Principā man liekas, ka jebkuru no Itālijas kreisā krasta piejÅ«ras pilsētiņām ir vērts redzēt. Manā wish listā neapÅ”aubāmi ir Činkve Terres mazās pilsētiņas, kuras Å”ajā ceļojumā neiekļāvām, jo ceļojām ar maŔīnu. Par cik Å”ajās mazajās pilsētiņās (piemēram, Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Manarola, Vernazza) automaŔīnu satiksme ir vai nu ierobežota vai pat aizliegta, tad man ir plāns kaut kad nākotnē Ŕīs pilsētiņas apskatÄ«t ar vilciena vai kuģīŔa palÄ«dzÄ«bu.
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Feeling romantic in Verona | OOTD & Travel diaries

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Verona for sure is a city for romantics and little lovebirds. In the three hours we spent at this beautiful, beautiful Italian city I did catch the romantic feeling as you can feel in it the air all around the city. The must see place we really wanted to visit was the Verona Arena as it is the third largest amphitheatre in the whole world, but sadly for us they were preparing for a musical that was scheduled for the evening and we weren't allowed to visit it in the day šŸ˜•
Of course, a visit to Verona would be incomplete if we didn't visit the Juliet's balcony, but as lovely as it was. we did kind of ended up feeling a bit disappointed as in order to get there you have to stomp in a line filled with tourists from all around the world. So nothing really that romantic. But despite everything I did quite enjoy the city and lovely squares it has. I maybe would advise visiting Verona in spring or fall when it's less crowded, but all in all it I do not regret visiting it even in the summer heat.
I quickly want to mention my outfit as I am wearing one of my this summer's favorite dresses - a leaf print dress from Sammydress. The dress was perfect for the romantic city and I loved how easy-breezy it felt on a really hot summer day.  The back detailing must be my favorite!

LV
Verona noteikti ir vieta, kas bÅ«s ideāli piemērota romantiÄ·iem, jo kaut arÄ« tajā pavadÄ«jām vien trÄ«s stundas, man noteikti izdevās notvert pilsētas romantisko burvÄ«bu. Viena no galvenajām vietām, kuru viennozÄ«mÄ«gi vēlējāmies apskatÄ«t izlēmām apskatÄ«t bija Veronas Arēna, jo tas ir treÅ”ais lielākais amfiteātris visā pasaulē. Bet, diemžēl, par cik tajā vakarā amfiteātrÄ« bija paredzēts mÅ«zikls, ieeja pa dienu bija jau slēgta šŸ˜•
Protams, Veronas apmeklējums nebÅ«tu pilnÄ«gs, ja mēs nebÅ«tu devuÅ”ies apskatÄ«t slaveno Å ekspÄ«ra Džuljetas balkoniņu. Bet, lai arÄ« cik jauki tas izskatÄ«jās, romantisko sajÅ«tu Å”eit sajust neizdevās, jo, lai apskatÄ«tu balkoniņu tev ir jāizstāv tÅ«ristu piedrÅ«zmēts tunelÄ«tis, kura galā caur daudz tÅ«ristu galvām varēsi saskatÄ«t balkoniņu. Nekā romantiska tajā noteikti nav. Bet neskatoties uz visu Å”o, man personÄ«gi izdevās sajust Ŕīs pilsētas Å”armu tās ielās un laukumiņos. Bet, lai Veronu izbaudÄ«tu pilnÄ«bā, es ieteiktu tās apmeklējumu ieplānot pavasarÄ« vai rudenÄ«, kad tā nav tik tÅ«ristu pārpildÄ«ta kā tā ir vasarā.
Vēlējos vēl pieminēt manu tērpu, jo man mugurā ir viena no manām Ŕīs vasaras mīļākajām kleitām - lapu raksta kleita no Sammydress. Å Ä« kleita, manuprāt, bija ideāli piemērota romantiskajai pilsētai un mani sajÅ«smināja arÄ« tas cik tā viegli nēsājās karstajā Itālijas pēcpusdienā. Un, protams, mugurpuse ir mana absolÅ«tā favorÄ«te!
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My favorite place in Venice | OOTD & Travel diaries

Scala Contarini del Bovolo
I just had to write a separate article for my favorite place in Venice – Scala Contarini del Bovolo. I accidentally found this place when I was preparing for our Europe trip and I put it in my must see list almost immediately. Not only the architecture of the building is beautiful and super romantic – the staircase, columns…, but also the view from the top was incredibly beautiful! This place is not (yet) overcrowded or touristy mainly because it’s away from the main tourist attractions and finding it can be quite challenging. If we wouldn’t have Google Maps I doubt we would have found it.
When I was preparing for our trip I included the Campanile di San Marco tower as the place in which we would look at Venice from above, but when I found the Scala Contarini del Bovolo I thought that it is way cooler not to look from them main tourist sight, but to actually look at them. Another reason why I chose this location was simple – the price is cheaper. Entrance for Scala Contarini del Bovolo costs 7 euros, whereas for the Campanile di San Marco – 11 euros. And, thirdly, I loved the fact that this place isn’t overcrowded and you can see Venice from above without waiting in lines for a limited period of time. So I definitely took the chance and also took some lovely photos while there.

So if you are planning on visiting Venice, do include this place in your list as I personally loved it!

LV
Man bija jāuzraksta atseviŔķs bloga ieraksts Å”ai burvÄ«gajai vieta – Scala Contarini del Bovolo, jo Ŕī vieta bija mana absolÅ«tā Venēcijas favorÄ«te. Gatavojoties ceļojumam nejauŔām uzdÅ«ros Å”ai vietai un uzreiz ieliku to savā must see sarakstā ne vien tāpēc, ka ēkai ir ļoti skaists arhitektÅ«ras izpildÄ«jums – spirālveida kāpnes un daudzās kolonnas, bet arÄ« dēļ burvÄ«gā skata, kas paveras no augŔējā skatu laukumiņa. Å Ä« vieta nav (vēl) ļoti populāra un tÅ«ristu iecienÄ«ta, manuprāt, tāpēc, ka tā atrodas nost no galvenajiem tÅ«ristu apskates objektiem un tāpēc, ka, lai uz to nokļūtu ir jāiziet cauri mazām, necilām ieliņām, kas nemaz neliecina, par to, ka Ŕāda vieta Å”eit atradÄ«sies. Bez Google Maps mēs Å”o vietu atraduÅ”i nebÅ«tu nekādÄ«gi.
Tad kad gatavojos ceļojumam, biju iekļāvusi Venēcijas apskati no augÅ”puses Campanile di San Marco tornÄ«, bet, manuprāt, daudz reiz forŔāk ir apskatÄ«t Venēcijas galvenos apskates objektus nevis no tiem, bet tieÅ”i pretēji – ar skatu uz tiem. Otrais iemesls kāpēc izvēlējāmies apmeklēt Scala Contarini del Bovolo bija cena, jo ieejas maksa Å”eit ir 7 EUR, savukārt Campanile di San Marco – 11 EUR. Un treÅ”ais iemesls, protams, bija tas, ka Ŕī vieta nav super populāra lÄ«dz ar to ir iespējams izbaudÄ«t skatu bez drÅ«zmÄ“Å”anās, gaidÄ«Å”anas utt. Kā arÄ«, protams, izdevās arÄ« uzņemt bildes ar skaisto Venēciju fonā.

Ja plāno ceļojumu uz Venēciju, noteikti iekļauj Å”o kā vienu no apskates objektiem – mums patika, ļoti.
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10 tips for visiting Venice for the first time | OOTD & Travel Diaries

Tips for visiting Venice
The last two weeks on my blog have been really quiet and even though I planned a few articles while I was away in Europe, I thought that right after I get home I would get back on the blogging track, but the week of silence has proven that it didn't exactly happen as I planned. Firstly, I caught a nasty cold right at the end of the trip and only recently I finally feel like myself again. And, secondly, as I still had one week left of vacation I decided to spend it with my family in our summer house which led me to decide to take a little break from both - blogging and social media. So, even though, I was half sick, I still managed to have a really great time with my closest ones and relax! šŸ˜Š
Today I wanted to start a two week article series in which I will share with you pictures and impressions from my amazing nine day trip around the beautiful Italy! A short intro about the trip:
  • We decided to go everywhere by our car, so it was a pretty long road trip across countries like Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Altogether we stayed at 8 different hotels or apartments. So basically we spent almost every evening in a different location.
  • The first destination was Vienna and we drove around 18h non stop from Riga. The road works in Poland will for sure still haunt us in our nightmares as we lost around 2 hours in them.
  • Afterward we went to Venice - Verona - countryside house in Tuscany - Pisa - Sestri Levante - Genoa - Swiss Alps - Europa park theme park - Frankfurt am Main - Berlin
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Pēdējās divas nedēļas blogā ir bijuÅ”as klusas, klusas un kaut arÄ« biju ieplānojusi pāris bloga ierakstus laikā, kad esmu ceļojumā Eiropā, man likās, ka pēc atgrieÅ”anās mājās, atlikuÅ”ajā atvaļinājuma nedēļā ieieÅ”u atpakaļ ierastajās blogoÅ”anas sliedēs, bet klusums blogā jau vairāk kā nedēļu pierāda pretējo. Pirmkārt, paÅ”a ceļojuma beigās, diemžēl apaukstējos un labā paÅ”sajÅ«ta atgriezusies ir vien tikai nesen un, otrkārt, izlēmu paņemt nelielu pauzi gan no bloga, gan arÄ« no soc. tÄ«kliem, lai pa Ä«stam atpÅ«stos vasaras mājā Saulkrastos. Rezultātā kaut arÄ« biju pa pusei slima, mērÄ·i man izdevās sasniegt un es jÅ«tos atpÅ«tusies! šŸ˜Š
Å odien aizsāku divu nedēļu bloga ierakstu sēriju, kurā dalÄ«Å”os ar bildēm un iespaidiem no patieŔām fantastiska deviņu dienu ceļojuma pa skaisto Itāliju! ÄŖsumā ieskicÄ“Å”u paÅ”u ceļojumu:
  • Devāmies ceļojumā ar maŔīnu un kopā rezervējām 8 viesnÄ«cas/dzÄ«vokļus (praktiski katru vakaru pavadÄ«jām citā gala mērÄ·Ä«). Ceļojuma laikā Ŕķērsojām tādas valstis kā Lietuva, Polija, Čehija, Austrija, Itālija, Å veice un Vācija.
  • Pirmais gala mērÄ·is bija VÄ«ne un ceļā lÄ«dz tai pavadÄ«jām ~18h (Polijā ir ļooooti daudzi ceļu remontdarbi ar kuriem nebijām rēķinājuÅ”ies un tur pazaudējām aptuveni 2h)
  • Pēc tam sekoja Venēcija – Verona – lauku māja Toskānā – Piza – Sestri Levante – Dženova – Å veices alpi – Europa park atrakciju parks – Frankfurte pie Mainas – BerlÄ«ne
Tips for visiting Venice
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What to do in Venice
In the first article from my trip I wanted to share with you Venice through my eyes and mention 10 tips that you might find useful if you are planning on visiting this beautiful and romantic Italian city in the future.

1. Visit at least one of the close by islands, for example, Burano
I so wish we would have had at least half a day which we could spend in the island of Burano as I've heard so, so many great reviews and seen so many gorgeous pictures from the island. If buildings in Venice are in more or less in grounded colours (browns, beiges for the most part), then you'll be amazed to see the colourful houses in Burano.

2. Don't buy souvenirs at the main tourist attractions as the price differs up to fives times from souvenirs shops anywhere further from the centre/main tourist sights.

3. If you are planning on staying in Venice for a night or more and you are not particularly keen on spending a fortune for all meals in cafes, restaurants, think of buying food outside Venice (for example, on the mainland). We really struggled to find a grocery store in Venice and the one we found was half sold out and there were lines all to the back wall of the store. So even getting a bottle of water was a real challenge.

4. If you are planning on staying in Venice (the island), then I suggest you start looking for a flat or hotel very early, especially if you are vacationing in summer. My suggestion would be to look for a place to stay at least three months before your arrival. Also another suggestion would be to choose a place that is further from the main tourist sights as that way you'll be able enjoy the real beauty of Venice and not get frustrated in overcrowded streets, cafes and restaurants. You even will be able to take beautiful pictures in the streets and bridges without being interrupted. And I cannot even express how lovely are evening walks in the almost empty streets of Venice + don't forget to have a nice picnic or a glass (or a bottle for that matter šŸ˜Š) of wine on the little piers, bridges or stairs.

5. Maybe a cheaper alternative, but not as romantic is to stay on the mainland, the small, close by islands or peninsula of Cavallino and travel to Venice either by bus, train or boat. Remember that you cannot drive around with a car in the island of Venice as there are roads only at the beginning of the island - to the port and parking lot, which is quite expensive - around 30 EUR for one day.

6. Do buy gelato! There are plenty of gelato places to choose from, but I can suggest Stickhouse and Gelatoteca Suso.

7. A great budget alternative for a tasty meal in Venice is to have a takeaway pizza. There are pizzerias around almost every corner and they for sure a way cheaper alternative to the expensive restaurants!

8. Let Venice lure you into the small narrow streets and enjoy getting lost in them. Really, the true beauty of Venice can be found in those small streets or even bridges that lead to nowhere. We managed to see how local gondoliers dry their clothes (just like in the movies - from one window to the other šŸ˜Š) or see how locals are coming home from work by their boats (I for sure sure saw some really interesting/animated moments! šŸ˜Š)

9. Don't forget about GPS/navigation. If you are not particularly keen on getting lost or wandering Venice like I mentioned in my previous tip, don't forget about technology! Google Maps for sure saved us some time as we managed to get from point A to point B with getting lost only a couple of times instead of dozen šŸ˜Š

10. If you are a romantic and want to take a ride in the charming Venetian gondola I suggest to do it in the day as the price for 30 min ride is 80 euros, whereas after 6 p.m. the cost for the same ride is from 100 euros and above. We decided not to splurge on a gondola ride since I kind of don't think it is really worth that much money as it for sure doesn't look half as romantic as it does in the movies šŸ˜Š
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
What to do in Venice
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
Pirmajā ierakstā no Ŕī ceļojuma vēlējos parādÄ«t Venēciju caur manām acÄ«m, kā arÄ« pieminēt dažādus 10 ieteikumus, kuri iespējams Tev bÅ«s noderÄ«gi, ja nākotnē plāno apmeklēt Å”o valdzinoÅ”o Itālijas pilsētu.

1. Apmeklē kādu no mazajām Venēcijas saliņām, piemēram, Burano
Es vēlos kaut mums bÅ«tu bijusi vēl pus diena, kuru veltÄ«t netālu esoÅ”ajā Burano saliņā, jo esmu redzējusi tik daudz fantastisku bilžu un iespaidu no Ŕīs salas! Ja arhitektÅ«ra Venēcija ir ieturēta +/- piezemētos, brÅ«nganos toņos, tad Å”ajā salā redzēsi visas iespējamās varavÄ«ksnes krāsas.

2. Nepērc suvenÄ«rus pie paÅ”iem galvenajiem tÅ«ristu apskates objektiem
, jo cenas par vienu un to paÅ”u lietu atŔķirsies lÄ«dz pat piecām reizēm!


3. Ja Venēcijā nakŔņo vienu vai vairākas naktis un nav plānots visas ēdienreizes ieturēt ārpus viesnÄ«cas/dzÄ«vokļa, iepriekÅ” apdomā pārtikas iegādi ārpus Venēcijas, jo paŔā Venēcijā pārtikas veikalu ir ļoti maz. Mēs ar pÅ«lēm atradām vienu mazu veikaliņu, kas bija pa pusei izpirkts (knapi dabÅ«jām pudeli Å«dens) un rindas pie kasēm bija lÄ«dz veikala otram galam.

4. Ja plāno nakŔņot paŔā Venēcijas salā tad iesaku skatÄ«ties viesnÄ«cu dzÄ«vokli ļoti laicÄ«gi vismaz 3 mēneÅ”us pirms palikÅ”anas (vasaras mēneÅ”os), kā arÄ« iesaku izvēlēties naktsvietu tālāk no Venēcijas centra, jo tādā veidā izdosies izbaudÄ«t Ä«sto Venēcijas burvÄ«bu – nepārdrÅ«zmētas, lētākas kafejnÄ«cas un restorānus; tukŔākas ieliņas un tiltus – varēsi uztaisÄ«t skaistas bildes, kurās bÅ«si tikai viens pats, bez ierastajām tÅ«ristu masām šŸ˜Š un izbaudÄ«t jaukas, vakara pastaigas pa mierÄ«go Venēciju un, piemēram, ieturēt mazu pikniku pie kādas no laivu piestātnÄ«tēm vai tiltiņiem.

5. Iespējams lētāks risinājums bÅ«tu palikt Venēcijā Itālijas daļā (mainland), kādā no mazajām Venēcijai tuvumā esoÅ”ajām salām, vai arÄ« pussalā Cavallini un uz paÅ”u Venēcijas sirdi doties ar autobusu, vilcienu vai kuģīti, jo Venēcijā ar maŔīnu iebraukt var ļoti minimāli un stāvvietas maksa, ja nemaldos bija tuvu pie 30 EUR par diennakti.

6. Noteikti nopērc saldējumu – gelato vietas bija gandrÄ«z uz katra stÅ«ra, bet ieteikt varu Stickhouse un Gelatoteca Suso.

7. Lielisks budžeta risinājums vakariņām (maltīte Venēcijas restorānā būs diezgan sālīta, pat tādos, kas atrodas tālāk no Venēcijas centra) ir takeaway picas, jo picērijas arī ir gandrīz uz katra stūra.

8. Ä»aujies Venēcijas Å”auro ielu burvÄ«bai un nebaidies arÄ« apmaldÄ«ties. Piemēram, Ŕādā veidā iemaldÄ«jāmies kādā ieliņā, kurā redzēju kā gondolieri žāvē savu veļu (tieÅ”i kā rāda filmās – no viena loga lÄ«dz otram šŸ˜Š), vai arÄ« kā vietējie iedzÄ«votāji vakaros brauc mājās ar savām laivām (dažbrÄ«d redzami bija visai kolorÄ«ti skati).

9. Neaizmirsti par GPS/navigāciju. Venēcijā ir ļoti, ļoti daudz mazu ieliņu, bet, ja Tev tomēr negribas apmaldÄ«ties tajās (kā rakstÄ«ju iepriekŔējā punktā), tad noteikti iesaku izmantot kādu no navigācijas ierÄ«cēm/aplikācijām. Par cik EEZ valstÄ«s interneta lietoÅ”anas nosacÄ«jumiem tagad ir daudz reiz draudzÄ«gāks tarifs, tad Google Maps noteikti ļoti nāca talkā.

10. Ja nu Tev gribas izbraukt ar gondolu, tad iesaku to darÄ«t dienas pirmajā pusē, jo tad to ir iespējams izdarÄ«t lētāk. Cik ievēroju tad vakaros 30 minÅ«Å”u brauciens izmaksā 100 EUR, savukārt pa dienu lÄ«dz plkst. seÅ”iem tie bija 80 EUR. Mani personÄ«gi Ŕāds izbrauciens Ä«sti nevilināja, jo, no romantikas un Venēcijas Å”arma tur ir diezgan tālu, un, manuprāt, Ŕī summa nav Ä«sti adekvāta piedāvājumam.

Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
Visiting Venice for the first time
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
10 tips for visiting Venice
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Dress - H&M 
Espadrilles - Zara
Bag - c/o Zaful
Necklace - Lovelywholesale
Watch - Daniel Wellington
Bracelet - Sensonel

~With love~
Maddie