Just a Snow White thought…

And here I am

At this point

Where I ask myself 

Who am I

And I stare

In the mirror

And though

It’s not broken

Or even shattered, 

There are cracks. 

And amongst the 

Little broken

Pieces of glass

I see

Different parts of

Me

Staring back, 

Sometimes confused, 

Sometimes amazed, 

Mainly bewildered. 

And in the shadows, 

In the very

Corners of the mirror, 

The wooden edges 

Become

A forest

I get lost into 

Twisting

The essence

Of my life,

While half eaten 

Apples

Lay rotting

In possibly

A sort of poison.

And I wonder 

Whether it’s a 

Fairytale

Or a jungle

What I’m living,

And whether

I can hear

Drums beating

Or it’s just 

My heart 

Waiting

To explode. 

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Take it from a sweet child of Milan: just when you think going to Milan is a cliché… reconsider!

Yes, I am subjective! Milano is my second home. But in this case, subjective is good if you want to see a place through “almost local” passionate eyes.

Let me give you a bit of a background story: Milano and I share a special connection. I regard this city as a sort of…mentor :). I moved to Milano 12 years ago with a university scholarship and my life took an amazing turn and totally changed from that moment on. I come from this medium size – small town in the north of Romania (a.k.a. Transylvania) called Baia Mare (yes, you may have never heard about it), and before Milan I cannot say I had any clue of real style, fashion, design or anything related to these areas. But I was 19 and open, receptive, so I let Milan shape my education, sense of style, taste (including food) and life perspective. So I am forever grateful… and hooked for that matter! 🙂

I moved out 6 years ago, but somehow, years later, the roads keep on taking me to Milan, more often than not, and honestly, I rediscover it every time: new places, new feelings, new people. So here I am sharing the excitement!

This is meant to be just one article of a few I may write about Milan, pointing out some of my favorite places to go (even if you go there for the first time or you are a regular visitor). Be ready to eat, drink, socialize, walk, shop (of course) and enjoy life – this is in a nutshell what Milano is about. For history lessons, there are a dozen of other cities in Italy, but save this one for living beautifully the Italian way.

I have tried a share of hotels in Milan, but my personal favorite is Principe di Savoia: the service, the breakfast, the people, the building – ahhhhh! I simply feel like a princess every time I step foot in this hotel. Another amazing one is Palazzo Parigi, but more on the pricey side. If you look for a modern stay, close to the city center, Boscolo is also a good option. Fifty House Hotel is a another good option if you are into boutique hotels, close to Piazza Cinque Giornate. But… really try Principe, you will not regret it!

Below there are 10 places I decided to recommend in this blog post (others will come in future ones):

  1. Café Napoli: One of my favorite cafes, on Via Turati 40, at walking distance from the hotel, on your way to the city center, if you want to have your second coffee in the morning (and I am the kind of little monster that needs it ). My boyfriend found it, exploring the area and maybe ways of making me happy – he loves me particularly after I drink coffee, and even more at my second one :)). Café Napoli is a small place, but with exquisite coffee really, and the design of the place takes you directly to Napoli… you should really see it!
  2. Motta Bar –  if you plan to take the city center shopping, and at some point in the hectic shop hopping you need a coffee, Motta Bar at the Vittorio Emmanuelle Galleries is the perfect choice: amazing coffee, great location, yummy snacks and you don’t pay over 5 euros for a coffee as in most of the tourist traps around. Save the rest for gelato or….and this takes me to the next place to MUST-GO….
  3. Luini Panzerotti – this is a must in Milano, it is very close to Duomo and the galleries, and you just cannot go to Milan and not eat a panzerotto. Order the tomato mozzarella one, and yes, the line you see in front of the place is totally worth it! Chill & Wait! Post some instaStories, leave your veganism or raw-veganism at the door in case you practice those and try one! Your body will greatly appreciated it…with a ridiculous smile after!​
  4. Tre Gazzelle – while there are hundreds of gelaterias in Milan, this one is my personal favorite and it is right across of Zara in Corso Vittorio Emmanuelle. Don’t go necessarily for Grom or Ciocolatti Italiani – everyone does that! They became too commercial. Try this place and you will not regret. It’s something really!
  5. Nobu & the black code – while you may think this is such a cliché – it is not. Besides the fact that it is a very nice restaurant, do try the Black code! Nowhere in the world you will eat a better one than in Nobu. Just try it! My boyfriend still thinks he can replicate it. I tell him I believe him. This is love :). Also try the scallops and the spinach salad! Particularly tasty! Try to book a table 2-3 days before going there.
  6. Langosteria – a friend of mine recommended this place and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Milan now. Amazing fish restaurant, romantic atmosphere, high end service, the music is just wow and the best oysters I ate. Take anything on that menu, it’s just amazing.  And of course you need to book in advance!
  7. Terazza Aperol – if you want great cocktails, a wonderful view of the Duomo, you must wait 10-15 min in line to get a spot on this terrace – it is in the Vittorio Emmanuelle Galleries and though it is overly touristic, it is worth it, especially towards the sunset. Go there, fall in love, and of course try the original Aperol Spritz!​
  8. LuBar – this is a cosy breakfast or brunch place. It is perfect for a date with the girls, while its location is really particular and architecturally worth to see.
  9. Straf Bar – if you are around the central area and you want to have a fast drink, Italian way, most locals go to Straf, right next to Rinascente. You avoid touristic traps, you have great cocktails and you get to actually experiment the Italian way of socializing and drinking in the street or on small low stools.
  10. Rinascente – 7th floor: Go til the end of the floor, until you see a terrace and exit. You will have a small “awww” moment, then look for a table and have a coffee or a glass (or bottle) of prosecco and just enjoy life and a wonderful scenery of the Duomo from above. This is one of my favorite places since I was studying in Milan, So trust my subjectivity and drop by! Judge me afterwards!

So… provided that you already think this blog post is really long, I will stop here and use another post somewhere in the future (I will be in Milan end of October again) to recommend you more things to do and try in Milan. I have soooo many more! I could write pages about the city, but I am sure I already over did it :).

 

Original Sin

I don’t know how or why,

But I was tempted

To sip a delicious time

From a glass of sin.

I obeyed.

I tasted in reluctance.

And I was shuddered

As it was bitter sweet.

I did not expect to like it.

But since that day I remained with silent lips…

And I kept silent

As I was wondering:

“What would have happened if during that sip

I would have tasted the flavor of his soul?”

Save September for a trip to Capri… and stay there!

If you are an incurable romantic, fool for beautiful sceneries, good food & wine, amazing people and in-need for sea, to die for sunsets and relaxation, you must find time for Capri!

I have been travelling quite a lot and I have seen amazing places, however, this island managed to win my heart from the start. It has this amazing vibe, good energy and simply awe-moments views. If you are with your loved one, you may fall in love over and over again at every corner. Oh well, I may be slightly subjective, as I also took part in a wedding at sunset over there, and I am dating a romantic soul myself, but still, it is a Lovers’ Paradise.

If you fully want to enjoy the beauty of this island, do the following two things any Italian resident person would recommend you:

  1. Do not go to Capri in mid summer. Try to do it in May or best, the second part of September. The weather is mild and amazing, and you avoid the touristic uber-crowded period…believe me! You want to enjoy your ice-cream strolling on the street, holding hands without bumping into herds of people 😀
  2. Stay on the island, as in sleep there! You make no justice to the island if you just drop by for a short visit…you do not get to feel it, enjoy it at its true worth… just saying :). I personally recommend the following options for staying: Tiberio Palace – if you want the full 5star experience; Hotel Luna – if you want an amazing view experience, Hotel Weber Ambassador – if you want a 4star with beach access, and waking up with the most amazing sunrise; or gather a gang of friends and take an Airbnb house with a terrace :).

I am a hopeless romantic, so for me this island was just a reason to feel butterflies at every corner. You don’t need a car there – the taxis or scooters are the way to go. And walk, as much as you can in Capri, Anacapri, every where!

Coming from a bohemian souls as myself, here are a few must-do things or must-go places (the rest you find on tripadvisor):

  1. Capri Rooftop – amazing cocktails and a to die for view over the Faraglioni :D. We got here by chance at our first bottle of Prosecco…we ended up drinking 3 of them, and ending the night on a high loving note!
  2. La Fontelina &  Faraglioni – La Fontelina is one of the best fish restaurants in the world at the bottom of Faraglioni. Take the boat from Marina Piccola, kiss at the Faraglioni (yes, that eternal love kinda blabla thing, even if you don’t believe it, fairytales are nice to live, and all girls dig it, let’s be honest!), and then drop by at the La Fontelina. Reserve a table first and choose whatever makes your heart tick as everything is delicious!
  3. The Blue grotto – I haven’t personally been, but a few friends have and I was so damn jealous of their videos, so don’t miss it! You get to go inside this grotto, swim and the scenery is just amazing – Google it if you don’t believe me! You’ll make your heart cry :)))
  4. Buonacore Gelateria – yup! Amazing artisanal ice-cream! They bake the cones there too, and if you want a proper Italian snack or breakfast and real, no-overpriced coffee – this is the place! You easily recognize it, as people cue over there during the day, so either go before 11am or after 5pm :). Get a Cannolli also – they have different types…yeah…I start drooling just thinking about them….and when I think I went there with a doctor’s recommendation not to touch carbs or sugar….but I could not refuse those! I like to believe Italian sweets are actually good for anyone’s health :)))
  5. Villa Margherita – for a nice romantic dinner and amazing food – the set-up in a villa with a garden overlooking the sea is amazing! The owner is so kind and the food simply perfect! I think I ate the best grilled octopus ever over there!
  6. Anacapri – get up the mountain in Monte Solaro and have a drink up there with the best view – besides the fact that going up is fun, you can also enjoy a great Aperol up there. Breath in and let the beauty take over!
  7. Villa San Michele –  I had no time to go there, but it is a must see I have heard for a brunch, just a perfect reason besides the rest to go back to Capri for me.
  8. Catch a sunset at the Faro – totally worth it…there is also a cosy bar with nice music there so you can stop for drinks and enjoy the wonders of nature 🙂

There are other cool places and amazing restaurants to visit. Google a bit so that you do not go to the tourist traps. As in any place, there are some of those too :).

If you have a late plane arrival or you need to stay one night in Napoli before getting to Capri, do it….for the food!!! Really! You can eat the best pizza ever (I mean they are the creators of it) at Gino Sorbillo – famous place in the world and then enter a traditional trattoria Napoletana and you will not regret. As for the best gelato I ever ate, try Casa Infante! I mean, I had a sweet heart attack! It’s like Disneyland…for unicorns! 🙂

So here it is, my little guide to Capri. I hope it helps…at least to those that asked! And, yes, I insist you do plan a trip there! For me, it is on my top 10 favorite places I have been to!

Airport: Napoli

Way to get to Capri from Napoli: Ferry from Napoli’s ports: Check http://www.capri.net/en/ferry-schedule

Getting around Capri: taxi or rent a scooter if you can ride it. It’s fun too!

For anything else: Google 🙂

P.S. If you are looking for the perfect wedding location, this may be one of them! 🙂

 

For the Love of Sun…

Sometimes I feel so close to the Sun…

It must be because my love for you is so incandescent.

My soul is longing for an eternal happiness

And only you can calm it down.

So I wait with a trembling heart for the consuming moment…

The one where you unite me with your soul,

The one when before bed I put my head on your chest

And on your warm heart.

Words can no longer be handcuffed and the poems flow between us

Giving birth to rain, stars, sunsets, color…

Everything becomes so small, insignificant.

Only our wings start to grow bigger.

And they keep on lifting us towards the sky, to the moon,

While we carry with us all the sun rays our love creates.

Yes, I am close to the Sun – I am close to You.

 

Dance your troubles into Love

You did not teach me
how to tame the storm.
But you taught me
I can always dance
in the rain.
As if it were
always spring,
walking among flowers,
stepping on fresh grass
and cold soil,
hugging an old tree,
feeling the heart of
nature as it beats.
And as her pulse
merges with mine,
my love breaks away
from my arteries,
pumping feelings,
spilling out
in shape of words.
My thoughts are settling,
catching color and form
like a rainbow
over the cloudy skies.
The sun finally 
rises on the peaks
at the same height
with my dreams…
And so, my heart is awaken
by rays of life,
reborn from its own pain.
And it’s ready
to meet your heart
in a sort of waltz,
slipping on the edge of time.
And you ask me
with warm loving eyes,
while I abandon myself
in your embrace
and unmistakable scent:
Would you take this
leap of dance with me?
To ourselves,
to our love,
to US?

Let the Unexpected take over… at least once in your life

I had a small epiphany when I was in Annecy, France yesterday. The combination of perfect blue water (Lake Annecy has this mesmerizing blue color), beach (yup, there is an actual sandy beach by the lake), and sun (in the Alps, contrary of what you might think) have this magical way of inspiring me. And there is this French like romance in the air that makes you loose yourself into the blues and… simply dream. So, I was thinking of how I’ve had my share of loves, dissapointments, amazing moments and less great ones. I have made mistakes but also made people happy. The circle of… love life, I guess, what can I say? 🙂 But what I’ve discovered is that the best kind of love is the unexpected one. You don’t just pick someone and hope it works out. No, this is different. You meet by chance, and there’s an instant connection and the chemistry between you is way above your head – there’s nothing you can do about it. And you just talk and notice the way their lips curve when they smile or the color of their eyes and all at once you know you’re either lucky or screwed. Or at least, that’s what I’ve learned in the last 30 years. 

So cherish it if it happens to you for as long as it lasts. It doesn’t have to be forever because all that matters is that you live it, feel it to the fullest. Let go of the rules, of what you think it is expected from you… just let it take over you. You will always regret the things you did not do, more than the things you’ve done. And… from what I’ve seen, despite what most people think, life can bless you more than once with this kind of love. You just have to surrender to it, not fight it. Act hopeless, and let it be magical. Never Settle until you feel that! It’s just an advice from a unicornian optimistic over the top romantic person that I am :). If you love yourself as you should, you owe it to yourself against all odds!