Spanish food

We were in Spain few weeks ago and Madrid was Reina(queen) of Spanish food for sure. But try to be peeky  because there are many tourist traps. Our recommendation is go local you will not regret any bite of it.

Here comes our first Reina we just found it around one of the corners of Madrid.

This is called spanish generosity they almost-always serve you something free but most delicat thing they have.

And this is our second Reina most delicious food with tones of smiling chef Alvaro!!!

Vinci 66 rooftop bar the best view and cocktails and drinks also the service by Sergio is fantastic experience you must try it!!!!!! Especially the coconut cocktail (look at our Instagram for more details  please)

Have some snacks in museu thuyssen cafe they have just just delicious food…

This is gourme side of the Spanish dishes amazingcious!

While you get hot in siesta time….having some fries and salad is not bad idea😋

And this is how you start your breakfast in Spain with Cava of course….cause they know you don’t have to wait for somethings in life to celebrate so celebrate while you are in the moment and while still you are breathing….. Whishing you a week and whole life better than the champagne dears!!!!

For sake of travel

Art of traveling corner for this weekend-share.

Travel with style beauty creativity and uniqueness from place to place all decades with different ways and different lives sometimes to find your self or lose sometimes to go deeper and meditate or just to forget about all life and happenings or sometimes just to find happiness and stillness and peace sometimes to go away with no reason  just to be away. no meaning and not living. just feeling and being where you are. who you are. as you are. excepting. no judging. no hating. forgiving. healing. just loving.

Finally still traveling or just traveling  in your mind deeply until no longer you travel but find somewhere to settle in travel. maybe in your heart maybe in this world. maybe eternal. maybe internal or external. maybe here or there. wherever you are what ever you are just travel with all your heart and being.IMG_1255[1]

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We made it to Male!

20140526-125843.jpgWe can relax now, until tomorrow when we catch our flight to the first island. This is our first time in Maldives and we are beyond excited.

Journey to Paradise
No journey to paradise would be easy and we did not expect it so. Here is how things went down:

First leg of flight to Istanbul – upgrading to business class was on of the smartest decision I have made in a while 😉 made the flight easier on the body.

Second leg of flight from Istanbul to Male – the overlay was long but very worth it.

So we selected Turkish Airlines for this journey. After a few hick ups early on things did straighten out. For example using their app is useless – found a price there and they would not match it and they claimed it could not be true – despite screenshots I took. Not evoking trust. And yes, I am writing them a letter of complaint after the trip. The desktop version is ok, but to make sure we were booking things correctly we did call their call center. The call center is a hit or miss – you might luck out and get an awesome person like we did, but given their denial of the app issues, we were timid about calling. Anyhow… they were be best and shortest option for our destination, also we know once on board we would be well taken care of.

From Male we will have a 20 min seaplane ride tomorrow – but today we discover Male. We are ready for it, is it ready for us ?!!

Countdown starts today: T-5 to mystery destination!

Yes indeed, you guessed it we have been planning a trip. Took a while to plan this one – rather remote location we have not been to before. Super excited and now officially counting the days down!

So why a mystery?
Why not! You know we love surprises – did you notice the name of our blog 😉

No major hints… we when we get there we will blog and share photos for sure.

Prep is underway – ‘editing down‘ is our theme. If you have followed our previous trips we strive for minimalism and take stuff we will actually wear rather than excess.

1. Packing
We are truly doing light this time. 2.5 weeks out of small carry on bag. Will see if we can survive it. Also too many bags will be a burden as we move between destination(s).

2. Staying fashionable
We did not say we would live in tees and shorts, in fact we are packing none of that. This will be on trend.. lots of fun evenings call for great dresses (Alice + Olivia, Dolce Vita, Zimmerman, DVF… and still debating the Herve Leger and Rochas – take or leave, take or leave…).

3. Staying healthy
Packing sunscreen, aloe, and coconut oil is a must! Not sure how I will deal with withdrawal from my Vitamix smoothie habit — hope they will have some equivalent so I can get my fix. I was a fruit lover but now I am officially a fruit addict. We hope the food will be to our liking and we will get to discover new tastes along the way!

4. Culture
You know we will dive right into the culture… we love people and learning their way of life. So we have been even learning the language 😉 at least a few words so we can get by. So exciting to think about connecting with new people, making friends, get off the beaten path when possible. Yes, we will be shopping – not excessively but let’s get real it will happen – so we will #ownit #yolo !!

5. Nature
Mother nature will be a strong theme… this will be a part meditative trip. We both need to detox and re- energize re-calibrate our mind/body. So we picked a setting that will help provide the ambiance for this healing to take place.

We can hardly wait…
Can you guess where we are going?

UPDATE: 5/20
Things are heating up – final checklists being checked. Techie gadgets will be left behind besides the phone. We are going ‘off the grid‘. Hoping we will have some coverage so we can blog every few days 🙂 Books you say? we love books but on this trip we probably won’t want to look down from the scenery and waste a perfectly good view!

What’s your new vacation destination?

If you have been following our blog you know we are crazy about a few things… and one is definitely traveling. As we are getting ready for an upcoming trip (wooooo!!!) we wondered about what our readers are up to.

So tell us…. where are you headed next? and why? we would love to hear your stories.

An old and wise saying goes something like this: a man who has traveled knows more than a man who has only read books.

And we say — a man who has travelled definitely has more fun than one who has not traveled !!!

Chora (Mykonos)

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Here we are in Mykonos!

From Thera to Chora with flying Cat ferry in 2 or 4 hours took to go to Chora Island.

It’s not as Santorini it’s different but another beauty of Greece.

This cafe in Mykonos has great view of famous windmills and sea it’s very nice! and many other cute cafes as well.

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Mykonos view from top of the road.

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When you don’t use the map you can find some very special places like this Virgin Mary’s dormitory Monastery at Ano Mera village we didn’t heard about it before but we did heard about famous Panagia Tourtulani monastery a lot and would like to visit it but very luck find this cute monastery before. I was admire the only small nun by herself keeping all the monastery very clean and tidy and well-kept as she explained when we asked her how? She answered Virgin Mary strengthening her. I hope she is still doing well.

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Blue door siesta for cute cat! at Mykonos town it’s very nice & relaxing to walk around this beautiful streets.

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Chora door collection  I had more but I think it will be endless.

Local cafe in front of the Ornos beach octopus mazza and delicious tomato feta salad was delicious! How can I forget the name of this wonderful cafe ohh :((

At the same cafe I had best cafe latte ever it was really super!

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Artichoke salad was delicious at Nikos restaurant.

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Ornos beach

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Finally local bazaar.

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Takuapa Afternoon Market

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You can’t visit Thailand and not check out the local markets. We have specifically found out the area local markets to get a better flavor of how people live, eat, and shop here.

Half an hour from our resort, Takuapa market beckoned… The main street is converted to a local market, lined by stands on both sides. The market is visited by as many locals as tourists. The entrance is dominated by fruit and food stands….

Locals helped us decipher some of the food — they are really gracious and kind. However some of the foods still remained a mystery such as the ‘angry birds’ skewers.
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We don’t know the name of this amazing desert but we decided to call it ‘fluffy coconut pillows’ after eating 3 plates of it. Watching how they were made was as good as eating them, a must have!
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Another coconut desert:
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Grape like fruits, perfect for the hot weather:
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There was some serious deep frying action of pork, duck, and chicken — the chicken was delicious.
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These large terra-cotta jars held some type of a drink. And people drank them with the cups shown in front or in nylon bags. Our regret is that we did not try it. Don’t do what we did – go for it.
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Latter part of the market is stalls, stands and little shops for all sorts of clothing. Majority of which I geared towards locals, but you might surprise yourself and find something as well. G and I found fisherman’s cotton pants at a stall for 100 baht; delighted to find something cultural that we can wear too.

Bargaining Tips: paying the first price will ensure you overpaying. So even if you are not the bargaining type, offer a lesser price. Do not insult the merchant by offering a ridiculous price e.g. for 400 baht do not offer 100, starting at 250 is a better route. And keep remembering that what you are paying is a fraction of your currency, you are still saving a lot.

Local markets are a delight and a great way to see and learn about the culture. Get out there and explore!

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The Journey Starts: all 26+ hours of it

Time flies and I found my self on the bus to O’Hare already. My sisters will be on their flights as well, in about 14hrs. Destination mystery! surprise! but you can tell it is far, will take 3 flights to get me there. For long flights like this having a mini carry on is a must with an extra change of clothes – just in case you feel like jumping out of your skin, you can jump into another outfit. My backup is ready – Lululemon yoga pants for comfort and support and a relaxed Splendid top.

Already figured out what our first act will be: drop the bags and head to the ocean!!

For now I stare out of the bus window to white snow flakes lazily floating down… and I feel grateful.

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First leg is a direct flight to Istanbul. Long hours of reading, napping, reading, eating, stretching….

Then it will be on to another approx. 10hr. flight and another one… See you all at the beach!!

My travel partner for first flight: my trusted awesome Marc Jacobs bag that holds it all!! Lots of compartments and very practical while still fashionable 🙂
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T-8 days to vacation!

We are super excited about our trip. Packing and planning is mixed in with our expectations about all the amazing seafood we want to eat, visiting temples, and snorkeling we might do. None of us speak the language where we are going – so exciting. Can you guess our destination yet??

Travel packing is an art; we have travelled a lot and still trying to get it right. So here is our breakdown and tips:

B @USA: limiting shoes to 3 is my personal goal. Sticking to it!! taking 2 small suitcases (one is a cabin size). My packing obsession is ‘rolling’ – yes I roll everything, it has transformed how I pack. Less wrinkles and makes better use of space. Still trying to decide: 1 or 2 bikinis??

Y @SWEDEN: Every where is white in snow and no sun. We have just few days left to our trip to the sun. This is a “must have” when you live in such a climate. Just now excited, nervous, and very busy with my studies. Can’t wait to de-stress with my sisters on the beach.

Girls, to tell the truth I haven´t started packing yet but in a little side of my mind I´ve packed everything. I love your packing style “rolling” its just perfect… and definitely two bikinis.

Excited about what we might find at our destination; organic lotions, hand crafted fabrics, who knows what else. Last requests please! I can bring some snow if you didn´t get any this winter.

G @TURKEY: I try to be very minimalist when it comes to pack for beach vacation; for this beach and relaxation vacation my goal is traveling with cabin size suitcase and big handbag only. I just bring my fancy Tory Burch flip flops, my bikini and 3 casual dresses 1 cover up for beach,1 t-shirt and short, my sunglasses <– this is very important!

For the long flights, I will wear my Keen sandals and leggings t-shirt and cardigan and 1 shawl which I can re-use when we visit the temples. I only need a big handbag to put all of these clothes in and few gifts for my sisters in my cabin size lagguage. Since I learned from my sister to roll the clothes I can’t stop, it’s very useful – I swear by it.

Almost all rolled up…
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Surprise… T-15 days to our trip!

We are super excited and packing for our surprise vacation destination. Countdown started today!

We love traveling, adventure and making memories together. So we picked a country none of us had been to before. This is a lovely destination; we can’t wait to explore it and share it with you. Here are a few clues…

packing sunglasses,
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colorful easy to wear jewelry,
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shoes – our travel rule is no more than 2 pairs (and a pair of Keens for hikes),
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… and a few beach necessities. Flights will be long but all will be well worth it. Started researching and making a list of things we want to see, places to explore, and street vendors to eat at…

Any guesses about where we are going? Don’t fret.. more clues are on the way.

Sunglasses – Athropologie
Shoes – Loefler Randall wedge, Avec Moderation flats
Jewelry – Kenneth Lane necklace