15 Things to do in Valencia

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”

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5 Places that will change your perspective on life

1. Monaco – An insight to the life of the rich and famous.

The proper name is The Principate of Monaco because it is actually an independent state located between France and the Mediterranean Sea and it is the second smallest country in the world, after the Vatican. Located on one of the most beautiful coasts in the world, the French Riviera, Monaco is called Europe’s Playground for the Richfor a reason. The principate is famous mainly for its touristic zone, Monte Carlo where nothing seems too expensive for its residents. Continue reading “5 Places that will change your perspective on life”

Paradise for Artists: The Art Institute of Chicago

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”

See the biggest T-Rex skeleton ever found. Getting around The Field Museum, 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.”

Your Favorites. Best Travel Destinations of 2016

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”

8 Reasons to visit Paris. The City of Love

Paris, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world, and it is also said to be the city of light and the city of love. Paris is the capital of France and the largest city of the country.

It is known for its charming streets, for the museums, for the cathedrals, for the good food, art, architecture, music and more. For example… Continue reading “8 Reasons to visit Paris. The City of Love”