Saturday, 30 July 2016

Sicilian adventures: Day 2 - Syracuse, Ortigia & Noto

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“The idea is not to live forever, it is to create something that will.” 
Andy Warhol

Our second day in Sicily was a full one! My uncle made this genius schedule- one full day when we would arrive at the hotel late at night, always followed by a lighter day when we'd arrive at the hotel at 5 PM and have some time for the pool ( I still miss the pool so much, it was the best!).

We started with the historical Syracusa. I'm sure you've heard about Syracuse from Ancient Greek tales, and it is also the birth town of Archimedes, the brilliant mathematician. The amazing part about Syracuse is that it has an astonishing archaeological Park (it's an UNESCO heritage site) where you can see the Ancient ruins - you can't imagine how big it actually is, and it was particularly hard for us to visit it because we went to Syracuse on our hottest day in Sicily and at some point when we ran out of water I was getting kind of dizzy. Thank God for my straw hat, I don't know what I would have done without it in Sicily! I loved the Greek and Roman theatre in Syracuse but I was most impressed by the Ear of Dionysius (photos after the break)- it's an unique cave, I was amazed about its shape and size.

The old town of Syracuse is called Ortigia and to me it was like a totally different town, tourists usually say it's the most magical part of Syracuse and I agree! The residents of Syracuse usually take their passeggiata in Ortigia and who wouldn't, considering the fact there is a breathtaking Piazza del Duomo (I couldn't stop taking photos of the Duomo, it's an exemple of brilliant architecture) ,the Fountain of Arethusa and some unique views over the sea. I also ate the best Nutella ice cream in Ortigia- ever since I came home from Sicily I couldn't bring myself to buy Nutella ice cream because I'd rather remember that taste!

After Ortigia, we went to a beautiful town called Noto - it resembled with Ortigia, especially the style of the churces but it had a certain air, I could walk for days on its cobbled streets! I also had my first cannoli in Noto and I have to say I prefer a ricotta cannoli over a chocolate or vanilla one, to my surprise. But what left me speechless was how lucky we were- there was a pop-up exhibition in Noto of one of my favorite artists -ANDY WARHOL (Andy Warhol e Noto- il barocco immaginario) . Three years ago I started to be really into pop art and I read a lot about his work, but what ultimately made me a fan of Andy Warhol the man, artist part aside, was the book he wrote - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. I was a teenager, and you know how certain books shape your future adulthood? This book was it for me! It was so profound yet written in a light way, with a genius sense of humour. I was like a kid in the candy store, I couldn't stop looking of Andy's sketches dedicated to the legendary Cecil Beaton, that Mick Jagger Interview cover, the Velvet Underground cover and all Marilyns and Campbell soups! I honestly never wanted to leave the exhibition, having so many of his famous works in one place made me ecstatic!

I usually mix photos up in travelling posts, but I chose to place them cronologically this time, so I could write notes on what can you see in each town.


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

THat Part

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♪ ScHoolboy Q, Kanye West - THat Part ♪

I got back from Sicily last week and it took me a while to get all my photos in order and decide how to write about this incredible experience. I decided to make my first post about the hotel we stayed in, because I truly believe the whole experience wouldn't have been the same without the hotel of my dreams, as I call it now.  Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) is an astonishing island, full of ancient history, breathtaking architecture and unique gastronomy (so many famous Italian dishes have been invented in Sicily like arancini, cannoli, granita- I'll make sure to post about the food in the near future).

I usually don't blog about the places I stay in, I use TripAdvisor to leave reviews, but I loved the place we stayed so much! My aunt and uncle read about agriturisimo (agritourism) being all the rage in Sicily lately and they found La Terra dei Sogni. Located in Fiumefreddo, it's a really cosy and intimate place to spend your holiday because there aren't so many rooms. The hotel is placed in the middle of citrus groves, hence the fresh orange and red orange juice at every single breakfast and the possibility to eat fresh orange or tangerine from the trees whenever you feel like. The room was so spacious, but what we ultimately loved most was the pool area. It was the best pool I've ever swum in, the water was so clean and warm and you could easily view Mount Etna. I need to set one thing straight- location wise, it's the perfect one as long as you have a car. We read a lot about Sicily before going there, and I strongly believe you can't visit the whole island without one (there were days when we'd go 400 km, it's a really big island) and I also heard the bus schedule can be unreliable in Sicily. Fiumefreddo is right next to Giardini Naxos ( the ultimate golden sand beach Sicily has) and Taormina- the best thing there is to visit in Sicily, in my opinion.

Outfit wise, I'm wearing my Zara bodysuit I blogged about in my last post. The shorts are from H&M, two days before leaving for Sicily I realized I didn't have any shorts so I went to my local store and found two perfect pairs for the holiday. I really love their print, they're so fun to wear! All the photos from this post were taken at the hotel.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Polka dots & Palazzo Pants

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♪ Pop Style - Drake & The Throne (a.k.a Jay Z & Kanye) ♪

We took these photos after my Microbiology exam. It was the 1st of June, International Children's Day and although I had only slept 3 hours prior to the exam, I couldn't help it...I had to take a photo with this funny garden gnome, because Drake's verse "All I do is hang with the young and heartless" kept popping into my mind. Still, I had 3% battery and no space in my Iphone, so my cousin Ioana had to work her magic with 10 shots before my phone refused to collaborate.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you must be familiar with one of my style obsessions: palazzo pants. I got most of them from Zara, and this polka dotted pair has earned its place in my heart. I'm one of those women who love to wear long skirts/dresses/pants in summer and I actually don't find it uncomfortable at all because I only buy them in light and breezy fabrics.

The second item in my outfit I would like to discuss today- it's been a big trend this spring in all the high street shops - THE BODYSUIT. Did Beyonce started the frenzy with her IVY PARK sold-out bodysuits or it was just high time for the bodysuits to make a comeback  and Beyonce just followed the trend set by the big fashion houses? The fact is, that every season I would complain to my mom and my friends "There are no bodysuits this season either!". My obsession with them came from the fact I love to wear skirts a lot, and some of them...well, tank tops don't always cut it, because they don't quite stay in place. But I kept faith..I knew there would be a day when Zara and H&M would be filled with them haha...Imagine my shock in April when I found them at Zara TRF in all the shapes and colors! The one I'm wearing in these photos has the best fabric I've come across so far, and I'm so sad it didn't come in more colors. It's so great on your skin and I love the fact it's like a backless top. 

I only bought three bodysuits so far, because I wanted to get a bigger picture of my closet- "What would I wear the pink one with? " "What about the tangerine orange? You never wear this shade"- but now that the sales have started I've come to the realization my beloved bodysuits are leaving forever (okay, for a few seasons, I have to stop being so melodramatic). Therefore, I'm going to stock up on bodysuits.  Tangerine orange, black lace, navy striped bodysuits, here I come!!