Valencia was first mentioned in the 2nd Century BC as a roman colony. Its name actually comes from the latin Valentia which means “strength” or “valour”, a Roman practice of recognising the valour of former Roman soldiers after a war. With 2000 years of history, 45 museums, 30 parks, gardens and 16 theatres Valencia makes the ideal destination for holidays, cultural breaks, family travel, romantic escapades and solo trips. Valencia has two official languages: Spanish and Valenciano which is a dialect of Catalan. If you want to sound more like a local (even though the backpack and camera will shout “hey I am a tourist”) say “Bon dia!” instead of “Buenos Dias” and then mix and match with phrases from that “Learn Spanish in 6 Weeks” booklet you carry with you. Continue reading “15 Things to do in Valencia”
Maybe you are reading this blog post bundled up on your way to class or to work or maybe you are reading it after you have been shoving snow all morning. Or maybe winter is your favourite season and you hate me for talking about spring already *eyes roll*. In any case, while we are still in the middle of winter (sorry to remind you) and I had to pay a fortune on a new pair of winter boots *£15* (I could have just saved that for travel purposes you know) I will tell you something my friend. Spring will be upon us eventually and now is a good time to make plans for March, April and May and see if that’s going to warm you up a little.
When you think about visiting Romania you should think about diversity. This is because different regions of the country have different types of natural treasures, from lakes and the Black Sea, to mountains covered in snow and forever green forests and more. Continue reading “The Danube Boilers: Infinity Pools, Iron Gates and Mysterious Caves. The Place to Be”
Did you know that Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States after New York and Los Angeles?
It has a population of 2,719 million and enough attractions to satisfy the 50.2 million tourists who come here every year.
If you will soon be one of those tourists bear in mind that when travelling to the Windy City, there are certain things you are not allowed to miss. Here are some of the things you must do if you are around: Continue reading “Chicago. The ultimate guide to the Windy City”
Chicago museums have a lot to show and I strongly recommend to dedicate a whole day for certain museums. The Art Institute hosts a generous collection of art works from famous artists from around the world, like Hopper, Monet, Picasso and Rembrandt. It covers a variety of themes: American, arms and armor, modern , African, ancient, architecture and design, Asian, contemporary, European decorative arts, European painting and sculpture, Indian art of the Americans, Medieval and Renaissance, photography, print and drawings, textiles and not to mention the temporary exhibitions. Continue reading “Paradise for Artists: The Art Institute of Chicago”
At The Field Museum you can learn about 4,6 billion years of natural history and see fascinating exhibitions which cover various themes: dinosaurs, Ancient Americans, Ancient Egypt, gems, plants, animals, Africa, Asia and more. Continue reading “See the biggest T-Rex skeleton ever found. Getting around The Field Museum, Chicago.”
I decided to make it official: 2016 was an amazing year for Holiday on my Mind. The blog was launched on 7 September and it already reached over 4000 readers from across the globe – that means around 1000 views per month (if you are a blogger yourself you know this is a big deal for a new blog). It is an honor knowing that 4000 people chose to read MY blog when there are millions, millions of other travel blogs out there. I remember I felt drunk when I reached over 100 shares for the first time, when my Switzerland’s Top Christmas Markets blog post was repined 600 times, or when my Facbeook and Twitter pages got 1000 followers each. This wouldn’t have been possible without your help – yes the reader’s help because when you love writing, the only thing that will give you more satisfaction than writing itself is knowing that other people enjoy reading your work and find it helpful. Before I get too emotional, I would like to share my top 10 pieces of the year (judged after the amount of views they received). Continue reading “Your Favorites. Best Travel Destinations of 2016”
Christmas markets are an old tradition in Austria. They can be traced back to the Middle Ages. In 1298 Albrecht I allowed the citizens of Vienna to hold a Krippenmarkt (December Market). Even if the market has changed over the years, traditions have been adapted to fit modern days but they still occupy a very special place in the heart of every Austrian and not only. Visitors from all over the world come to Austria every year to enjoy the festive season at some of the country’s most magical Christmas Markets.
Bucovina has a rich history and it is the land of monasteries. It is a great destination to go all year round because there are plenty of amazing things to see in this region. For example…