Travel

Diena Turkijoje.

Kelionė į Turkiją buvo mano pati pirmoji kelionė į užsienį prieš dvylika metų ir savarankiško gyvenimo pradžioje, ji atverė dar nematytas ir nepatirtas, įspūdžių pilnas galimybes. Pakeliavusi Turkijoje įgavau žinių ir drąsos pradėti keliauti į kitas šalis, sudėtingesnes keliones ir netgi keliauti viena. Tai buvo tikrai neįtikėtinos kelionės, kurių laukdavau bemaž metus laiko!

Nebuvo tekę keliauti “viskas įskaičiuota” principu, atvirkščiai- per 6 kelionės dienas suplanuodavau 7 pažintines ekskursijas. Taigi, mėgstu tyrinėti pasaulį, o ne tingiai gulinėti prie baseino. Tačiau reikia gyvenime išbandyti įvairius dalykus, ir ilsėjimasis dėl poilsio turi būti neatsiejama mūsų dabartinio gyvenimo tempo dalis.

Po dvylikos metų grižusi į Turkiją supratau, kad laikas čia buvo sustojęs 🙂 Realiai niekas nepasikeitę- vis dar šnekinama gatvėje, parduotuvėse ramiai nepasivaikščiosi, o kasdien sutinkami viso ko reklamuotojai jau po dienos sveikinasi ir vadina tave vardu. Turkų suktumas, priekabiavimas ir prisiekinėjimai meile iš pirmo žvilgsnio taip pat niekur nedingo 😀 Matyt tai vis dar atneša jiems neblogos naudos 😉

Anyways, be pasyvaus poilsio ir masažų kiekvieną dieną, nutarėme “susipažinti” su Turkija, pakeliauti Alanijos mieste ir pasižvalgyti, kaip žmonės čia gyvena. Tiesiog nuo medžių jie raško bananus ir kitus nokstančius vaisius, apelsinmedžių plantacijos pašonėje, visiškame žvyre augantys avokadai, ananasai ir kitos gėrybės- pavydėtina mums europiečiams.

Akį patraukia piratų laivai, kadaise švartuodavosi “verslo reikalais” prie Turkijos pakrančių, dabar tapo turistų mėgstamiausia vakarėlių ant vandens pramoga, o plaukiodami palei pakrantes sukuria neįtikėtinai fotogeniško vaizdo foną. Nemažai turistų keliauja ne tik pasižiūrėti laivų iš vidaus ir susipažinti su piratų laivų istorija, tačiau vos saulei nusileidus, juose sušvinta disko šviesos, pasigirsta muzika ir atsipalaiduoti atvykę užsieniečiai neria į vakarėlių liūną būtent juose 😉

Milijonieriais tapusių pensininkų namukai buvo paversti į vilas turistams, besidriekiančias kalno šlaitais ir viliojančias visus pasigrožėti šiais vaizdais. Dažniausiai panoraminis vaizdas per langus džiugina tik pirmas kelias savaites, prie jo priprantama ir daugiau “keliai nebelinksta” nuo vaizdų grožio. Bet fantazuoti apie rytinį kavos puodelį šiame balkone tikrai galima…

Kai kurie vietiniai gyvenę tokiuose namukuose, juos lengvai pardavė investuotojams, kurie šias vietas pavertė prabangiomis vilomis, kiti- įrengė autentiškus muziejus, kuriuose lankosi begalės turistų. O mus pasitikusi vietinė moteris mojavo kartodama “Trakai festival”! Taigi ne tik mes važiuojame į Turkiją, turkai atvažiuoja ir pas mus 😉

Po apsilankymo Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dabyje, vietinės turkiškos mečetės gerokai nublanksta, tačiau dar nebuvo tekę lankytis nei vienoje iš jų, o arabiška patirtis mane visuomet žavi. Maldos penkis kartus per dieną nurodytu laiku, visuotinis apsiprausimas prieš kiekvieną jų ir griežtas taisyklių laikymasis- atrodo, visiškai priešingas turistų teritorijose “siautėjantiems” turkams lovelasams 😀

Žinoma, mečetėse viskas autentiška, o senovinė arabiška architektūra savo puošnumu tiesiog žavi.

Galiausiai, užkilus į bene aukščiausią kalną Alanijoje ir iki soties atsigrožėjus serpantinų vedamais keliukais atsiduriame prie stalaktitų urvų. Dar viena vieta savo baimėms išbandyti. Nueiti trys šimtai metrų prilygo bent trims kilometrams, o galo, atrodė, vis nėra. Vistik, prieitas finišas- ežeras oloje- skelbė baimių pabaigą ir galima buvo grįžti atgal.

Turbūt vieni gražiausių vaizdų atsiveria nuo aukščiausių kalnų. Čia į abi puses driekiasi kalnų ir jūros peizažai- galima valandų valandas daryti nuotraukas, tačiau didybės ir jausmo, apimančio žiūrint į tolius, jokia nuotrauka perteikti negali 🙂

Alberobello, Italy. OOTD.

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Oh happy days!! Sunny vs cloudy- italian weather in the middle of February. Temperature raises to +17•C and after the moment can drop to +10•C, so wearing a coat in  Italy is a must.

Alberobello city was in my bucket list- fashion bloggers really likes this place, but not only for that. Those beautiful white heritage homes takes me to completely different place, it seems like no Italy anymore. More like a Greece! Anyways, these beautiful and tidy white little houses like a small villages surrounded by churches and new buildings. But still there are some people living, some museums and souvenier shops. Love, love, love! 🧡

My look of the day is quite feminine and italian 😉 I am wearing polka dot blouse from Shein, Zara wide pants, H&M beige coat and Bershka silver boots, Reserved greyish backpack, and very cool Shein sunglasses. There are so many great polka dot items at very reasonable prices in Shein, like this blouse with open shoulders or very sexy asymmetric dress.

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Monopoli, Italy. OOTD.

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Last week I have visited one of the most beautiful Italian city- Monopoli. Most beautiful homes, sea, white surroundings, romantic boats on the sea shore, calm and peacefull place, and best pizza ever in one of the small family restaurants!

I was wearing quite matching romantic and fresh outfit: H&M beige coat was my favourite outerwear piece for the whole trip, couldn’t think of the more comfortable grey backpack from Reserved, Lindex silver grey pleated skirt and romantic blouse with the bow from Shein.

Marrakech museum and look of the day.

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Marrakech museum was on my bucket list, especially after pictures in google.. it looks very sophisticated and raw in Morrocan culture. Well, I think it depends on the pictures and how you make it. What surprised me that it is quite small compared to exhibitions in some gardens. Well, but the atmosphere doesn not lie.

Most beautiful Morrocan decorations, fountains and terraces gives this unique feeling of extremely exquisite history of this country. Is it worth visiting? I think yes, while you in Marrakech 😉

I was wearing this beautiful poplin stripy blouse from Zara, I don’t know if it is a tan orI look so “espaniol” in this blouse because people in streets were asking: “Spain?” 😂 In combination with Dior So Real sunglasses it makes such an amazing look, right? Karen Millen floral beach bag and wide Zara trousers. To look more traditional I was wearing pair of several morrocan shoes, I got in the market Jemaa El Fna.

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Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech.

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The first day I got to Marrakech, I was passing Le Jardin Secret while mingeling in the souk and thought ‘wow this looks inviting and so fancy’! After googling it, is it worth to go there and see it closer, it quikly became my must see garden. And here it comes! 😍

Before I came here I had different plan of things I will do in Marrakech, but that changed a little bit while resting, anyways I will need to come back here, I always wanted to travel in Morroco for several weeks. And, of course, I will come back to Marrakech, at least for shopping!

Le Jardin Secret is all about differences, this sophisticated and fancy garden is in the middle of souk, where shoes cost 10€ and people sleep on the piece of paper on the floor. Anyways, there are several of buildings, beauty of Morrocan architecture and heritage pieces, and tower to climb on the roof and see the panorama.

I couldn’t resist not to take pictures at the bathroom which has stunning pieces I would like to have in my home. For sure, Morroco is the best place to get statement interior decorations!

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YSL boutique and gallery in Marrakech.

YSL boutique. All items are made from Morrocan leather by YSL designs, I especially fell in live with those embroided blue shoes- I got familiar in the souk. This blue color is very popular in Morroco and no wonder that Yves Saint Laurent was using this indigo color in his fashion design collections. I guess he got quite inspired by Morrocan culture and heritage, invented this beautiful garden with the house, painted that house in blue color, of course. And now it became very popular tourists attraction.

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YSL Love Gallery.

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Heritage Museum.

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It is not allowed to take pictures in this museum, but it teaches people about very old traditions in Marrocan style and fashion. How people were crafting, decorating and wearing clothes, handmade home textiles and other stuff. And we use so many ideas and inspirations in fashion right now: embroideries, accessorising, carpeting, layering, patterns, etc.

I think in Morroco designers can get so many inspiring ideas for home decor, fashion design or even photography. I always wanted to visit Morroco for this inspiration, souks, camel rides, Shahrezad stories, architecture and unexpected adventures!

Regular day in Morroco. Wanderlust.

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Well, Morroco was on my wishlist to visit for quite some time, as I remember for at least 12 years now. At lastly I got a chance to visit one of the main cultural and heritage capital Marrakech. Just because Marrakech doesn’t have a sea shore doesn’t mean you cannot have a great vacation here.

Weather in June is just perfect, especially when we missed the summer in Lithuania so much, in a middle of the day temperature rises up to 34degrees. Sunny with some breeze- great for suntanning on the rooftop.

In the afternoon when sun turns so hot it is great to visit some cafes or restaurants, have some mint tea or just rest in some parks. If you don’t want to mingle in the sun use this beautiful horse carriage. Of course, there are so many taxis stopping in the street offering a ride, help or anything…😂

One of the gratest things in Marrakech- never know whats around the corner, so try to not follow the native people or those who offers to guide – you will miss this surprising opportunity to really explore! Wanderlust.

Green Bali. Indonesian stories.

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LT: Indonezija. Jau praėjo savaitė po kelionės, atrodo, lyg visa amžinybė. Balis, žinoma, visai kita Indonezijos pusė – turistinė- vietiniai pripratę prie didelio svetimšalių antplūdžio. Čia vietiniai nepuola fotografuotis kartu, kaip Javoje, Indonezijos pagrindinėje saloje. Tačiau gamta, ypač salos rytuose,  tikrai pritrenkiančio grožio.

Ruošiama valtis kelionei į Gili salą, žinoma, susilaukiu pasiūlymo ir aš, bet iškankinta “besisupančių” lėktuvų, tą galimybę tądien atmetu.

EN: Indonesia. After a week at work, I need to check my photo library to assure I have been on vacation, otherwise, I feel this didn’t even happen. After visiting Bali island, I wish I had more days to come back to Java, I feel I have left there so many things unnoticed. In Bali people are so OK to this huge flow of tourists every day, they do not even taking pictures together, like in Yogyakarta 🙂 Anyways, nature is so amazing in here, I haven’t seen that much greenery anywhere else. Especially in east of the island, I had a luxury to look around while driving.

These boats above are prepared to float to Gili islands, of course, I got an invitation to get there. Maybe next time, I was swinging enough in planes 🙂

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Saloje dauguma vietinių verčiasi žemdirbyste- augina ryžius tiesiog plantacijomis, kaip vienoje iš jų man teko pereiti visus “kryžiaus” kelius, šlapia, katik po lietaus žole, numindžiotais takais ir laipteliais iš purvo- vietomis nuo slydimo žymių jų net nelikę. 🙂 Linksmiausia tai, jog ši “treniruotė” baigiasi aukštai aukštai kitąpus, kur gali atsipalaiduoti besimėgaujant jaunų kokosų sultimis. Apsišarvavusi sportbačiais įveikiau visus kalnelius ir nuolydžius, buvau purve iki kelių, mažiausiai, bet juk tokios ir turi būti atostogos! Tiesa? 🙂

Atgaudama kvapą pačiame kalno viršuje sveikinu vietinį, nešiną žolės pilnais nasčiais, basomis įveikusį “mano kryžiaus kelą”… Aš apšalusi, o jis man šypsosi 🙂

People living from agriculture and, of course, tourism. But anyways, rice fields stretching all over the island, like this I was “working” at 🙂 On the other side rice fields finish with young coconut juice, that is why I must have to get there! Wet grass, not many of the stairs left, climbing by hands, all in dirt, but I made it! Happy to be on top, and local worker smiles to me- he climb bare foot and with full of grass bamboo yoke on his shoulders. Oh well..

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Tirta Gangga, Bali. Indonesian stories.

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Yes, that is the most beautiful place I have ever seen 😉 Tirta Gangga was on my list while visiting Bali, even know it was quite far away to get to. It is opposite site of other places I wanted to see, so I am glad Golden Tours have aggreed to get me there. And it was so worth it!

Tirta Gangga means water pallace for Gangga, who is one of hindu gods. On the hill there is a temple and fresh spring water pool, where people comes to wash their sins.

Beautiful pools with fishes looks amazing. Standing on the stones made me feel like godess walking on the water. Such a pleasure to spend time there, swiming in fresh waters, meditate or feed fishes. Especially, traveling to that side of Bali made me see completely different side of the island. There are beautiful beaches with Gili island on horizon, palm trees and rice fields on the hills, temples on the highest mountains, much less tourists and beautiful panoramic views. Everything you need for a different day in Bali. 😌

My look of the day: Missguided maxi shirt dress, Dior So Real sunglasses, Kenzo wallet on chain, Lindex golden sandals.

Indonesian temples and living in them.

 

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Prambanan temple. One of the most famous temple in Indonesia, between Yogyakarta and  central Java. Hindu temple complex builded for God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva).

Indonesia has many different religions ‘under one roof’- three of them are most popular: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Hinduism and Buddhism was merged through the years in all Indonesia, until muslims came and started to destroy Buddhism religion signs. Now biggest part of Java has Islam belief, those who didn’t change religion have mooved to Bali island to keep Hinduism religion alive.

Borobudur temple- Buddhism religion. Buddhism was also one of the first religions in Indonesia, as time went both religions merged and become common. This temple is build from vulcano stones, so very strong and unique. There wouldn’t be enough of earthquakes and vulcano erruptions to destroy it, but terrorists also had attempted some attacks. This temple was rebuilt several of times.

Maybe because it is so strong building you feel so special inside. Even known when you enter the top of the temple- you enter the eternal life. So if you want to live forever- go on the very top of it 😉

Also in every bell on this temple there is sitting budda what makes this building even more grandeur! And on the walls there is whole story of good and bad karma, things that you need to do more and how to behave and also stories what will happen if you behave badly.

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Tanah Lot temple. Bali. People of Indonesia has very strong religion belief and ceremonies. Especially in Bali, they have so many religion signs, statues in every entrance, sacrifying animals for good home aura, going to temples for pray and etc. They believe in good karma, what I agree is the most important thing in any religion. Tanah Lot temple is not only well known and famous in advertising. That is real Hindu temple on the sea shore, as people laugh here- “they have builded temples in places so hard to get, so you it will be so hard to go there”.

If they choose Tanah Lot temple for pray, in every village they have 3 big temples they can choose to go, they need to be very carefull and early in the morning, when there is no flood yet. After 12 o’clock it will not be possible to walk, everything is under the water.

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When I was searching living options there were some offers to live in the temples (or maybe temple area) which would be very interesting and maybe with possibility to improve on meditations. There are so many great things to learn, starting with cooking classes, bahasa indonesia language, yoga schools, surfing schools, national batik and many more.

Maybe if I travel next time that would be my priority. And talking about where I lived, it totally look like temples, because every house in Bali need to have small temple for praying. Staying in home stays are crucial if you want to experience the real life of Indonesia. People are very welcoming, they treated me as a part of the family, even those people who do not speak english- we were great at understanding each other just smiling 🙂

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