Monday, 16 December 2013
I love how you can never be bored in London. There's so many different and interesting people strolling around that sometime all you can do is sit back and observe the mixture of cultures and personalities. The dreamy promenader, the amazing musician, the lively choir, the contemplative old man, the hyperactive children... there's so much to see and feel in London!
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Nothing much to say really, I'll let the photos speak for themselves this time! Apart from the obvious - lots of Christmas decorations all around, which made my visit to London even more special; I really loved the relaxed atmosphere all over London - pubs always full of cheerful crowds, delicious cuisines from every corner of the world on just about every corner in London, live music and special events at almost every hour of the day - these are probably the things I loved most in London (apart from the squirrels in Hyde park - they really stole my heart, but more on that in one of the next posts).
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Long story short: I had tremendously huge expectations and they were more or less fulfilled. Honestly, London couldn't possibly turn out to be anything less than I expected, because I travelled in great company and met with lots of dear friends, whom I hadn't seen for a very long time.
Although London can be quite difficult this time of the year with Christmas just around the corner and tourists from all over the world flowing into the city to see it in all it's holiday glory (who would blame them; the film Love Actually can make one pretty excited to be in London around holidays), we managed to keep our nerves calm when hustling through crowds of people on the streets. Luckily, some restaurants, pubs and museums turned out to be quite the peaceful oases. But that is also the charm of London I guess - its hustle and bustle, busy streets and chaotic traffic.
Below you will find some of my tips on where to go, what to see, where to eat in London. And have no fear - this is just the first in the line of my London posts, I have a lot of photos to share with you!
What to see in London?
The (mainstream) classics: good old West End, crowdy as usually, offers a nice evening walk, especially when you escape the lively Piccadilly for a walk to the Buckingham Palace and then back to the Waterloo Bridge along the Thames. It's almost like you're not in London, so peaceful in the evening hours. Not to mention the magnificent night view from Waterloo bridge! You can stop in Porterhouse for a beer on your way back, great and huge pub!
Science Museum (quite basic, but lots of stuff to play with!), Natural History Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum (for all Sherlock & Baker St 221b fans!).
Greenwich. Probably my favourite part of London. With its narrow streets, beautiful never-ending parks and breath-taking views of the City, this must be a winner. There's also the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, but don't expect too much in terms of nautical sciences - it's mostly about naval warfare. Still pretty interesting though. Oh, the Royal Observatory isn't bad either!
Portobello Road Market. Again, very crowdy, but after you've had enough of all the buzz, you can escape to one of the many pubs for delicious black tea or beer.
Where to eat in London?
Jamie's Italian in Covent Garden (or elsewhere in London) - cool atmosphere and tasty food for decent prices.
Pizza Pilgrims in Soho - probably the best pizza I ever ate. And I am a HUGE pizza fan.
Wasabi - great sushi.
Camden, where you'll find probably all the cuisines of the world.
Whether in Soho, Camden or anywhere in London really, with a couple of pounds in your pocket, you're always in for a delicious meal.
My travel companion. ;-)
Left: Tamara, my twin-from-another-mother. :-) I was so happy to see her and Jan after such a long time, they were the perfect company!
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
As you may have seen on my Facebook or Twitter page, Slovenian magazine "Dom in Stil" (Home & Style in English) published an interview with me. Unfortunately it's in Slovene, but happy reading to everyone who understands it (or uses Google Translate)!
I am currently on my way to London so if any of you have any suggestions as to what I should see / visit / eat / etc., please leave a comment or an e-mail! Thanks a lot!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
(That's not me in the pic, just random tourists enjoying the view :-)
Yesterday there was an excellent conference held at our faculty, it was an opportunity for academics, members of civil society and practitioners from the post-Yugoslav space to talk about European integration. Anyway, this reminded me that I still haven't shared the photos from my summer roadtrip to Sarajevo.
We went there with a couple of friends to visit the Sarajevo Film Festival and absorb the fantastic city. It was my third time there and it was especially magical because of the film festival atmosphere and beautiful summer weather. Not to mention our amazing friends from Sarajevo (Muamer, Fethi) who took us to all the right places to make our Sarajevo experience even better. Thank you so much guys!
Anyway, if you get a chance to visit Sarajevo, don't hesitate for a second! As a historical meeting point of so many cultures, it has a lot to offer. Although there a lot of painful reminders of human cruelty that the war brings, the whole city is also a reminder of human courage and solidarity.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Every time of the year is nice, but for me there's something special about autumn. To cut it short, here are some my favourite things about it:
* Crispy air
* Misty and foggy days that were made for reading with a hot cup of tea in your hand
* Sunny and warm days that were made for infinite walks in the colour-changing woods
* Digging your feet in the leaves (so much more fun than digging them in the sand in the summer!)
* Colours, the breathtaking views of colourful canvases of nature. Isn't nature the greatest artwork ever, I mean really?
* Autumn desserts. Plum pies, apple pies, everything with cinnamon, you name it!
* Drinking tea isn't strange anymore (as I get weird looks everytime I order tea in the summer...)
* Autumn fruits (everything from chestnuts, to apples, plums and mushrooms)
What about you? What is your favourite time of the year? And what are your favourite things about it?
Sunday, 29 September 2013
Cerkno is one of the most underrated places in Slovenia - at least in the summer. As it's a popular skiing destination, it can get quite deserted in the summer. But it has so much to offer - lots of hiking and cycling possibilites with amazing views, good food and friendly people. (Maybe I'm a little biased because I usually prefer a place out of its most popular season - for example, winter destinations are much more appealing to me in the summer and it goes vice versa for the seaside - I think it's the most magical in autumn and winter).
Due to its location - it's hidden in the arms of numerous hills and mountains, Cerkno makes you feel like you're on the other side of the world, completely disconnected from the everyday reality. All that just an hour and a half of drive from our capital, Ljubljana.
P.S.: My talented friend, Sofija Urumović, got to the finale of the MUUSE X VOGUE Talents competition. Please show your support by voting for her HERE. It would mean a lot to her and to me. Thank you!