Roswell, you have big competition!

Well hello my lovely readers! Wondering probably why the title of this post started with Roswell. Its not off the topic, this i promise. This weekend i had an escape in Romania and did a road trip from the capital Bucharest to the mountain in Brasov.

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On our way, we thought to make a stop for refreshments at an autogrill called ETU, who just blow our expectations.

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My friends told me in April, when this place opened, that i have to see it since is “something else” and “Roswell is in Romania too”.

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We joked about it for some time now, until this weekend when i saw my self. Its awsome! I love the details those people put in this place, from aliens bigger then you, to colors and lunch design. Is so american and so Roswell like.

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Mr UTer and i had such a great time here, i loved the food and the staff is amazing.

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Everything here makes you feel over the ocean, even if its only 4 hours from home. Simply great!

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Hello Paris!

Hello from Paris! We are back to Paris and God i missed it.

We’ve been gone for some time now and let me tell you how much i missed my mornings here. And is not because is Paris, it has nothing to do. Just that Mr UTer and i have some spots we love here.

Yesterday we went early in the morning to Montmartre at Sacre Coeur and the top view was amazing. I love going there early in the morning when people aren’t much.

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In evening we had for dinner ravioli. The best place to have a great ravioli is at Bir-Hakeim metro station at Le Bistrot de la Tour.

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Today we started the day with a power walk. Is such a nice day today!

We go around Seine because i love wondering around the boats and having coffee at Pont d’Alma.

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Now we enjoy breakfast at Ralph’s with the most tasty pancakes. You must try it, they are delicious.

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I wonder, if you are in Paris, what are your favorite things to do, where to go and eat. I would love to know it!

XOXO

Turkey – Spices over Mediterana

Hello from Mediterranean coast! Summer, blue waves, colored drinks and lots of spices and aromas! Love all of it!

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We’re in Turkey from over a week now and i’m mesmerized with all i saw and tasted! I’ve seen palms like in Caraibe, blue sea and white sand as Bali, all the aromas and spices you can get as in India. This place has it all and more.

We are booked on a hotel in a true tropical place, between mountain, the greeny palms, white sand and blue sea. What could we want more? Wake up with such view took our breath away.

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Also we spent so much time on the sea, being lucky to lunch with the best mediteranean chef in Turkey and taste the most delicious turkish dinner on the antalyan coast.

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We totally love our time here so far, everything is so beautiful, amazing us on each step we take.

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We would like to know what are your travel destinations for this summer, where will you escape the hot summer and who knows, maybe we could share some tips together.

XOXO

One day in Monaco

Hello everyone! We’ve been on Cotè de Azur for the last weeks and we’ve had captured some great views of Monaco and discovered a great place where to enjoy a lovely day, that we wish to share with you too.

So here we go! Early in the mornings Mr UpTer and I went for a power walk and then reward ourselfs with a great french coffee with view over riviera.

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We lunched mostly at the most beautiful situated restaurant in Monaco, with an amazing view. Colors of the restaurant design so perfectly matched with an exceptional service.

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Even if you are only passing through Monaco, please make a stop at Elsa restaurant (Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco). Its a great spot to enjoy a great meal, colored cocktails, quiet and relaxing with a view of millions.

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XOXO

Last week through Instagram

Hello everyone!

How was your weekend? We were traveling for the last week and couldn’t post. We were in Paris and we’re about to show you our last week through Instagram.

We had some cloudy days but sun came out at last, that gave us even more beautiful places to capture.

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Rainy days in Paris at Arc du Triomphe
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Sun is about to come out from the heavy clouds. Where to go next?
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Paris is even more beautiful when is sunny!
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Another sunny day in Paris
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We were going to enjoy out morning coffee, but i had to stop and show you Tour Eiffel in the morning
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Starting a beautiful morning with Angelina’s coffee
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When in Paris we always stop at LADUREE for delights
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Wintery evening with amazing views

We wish you a lovely week ahead!

XOXO

History And Traditions Of Valentine’s Day Around The World

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today you don’t say those words just to your life partener, but to all the special people in your life.

This romantic celebration has deep roots in our history and many different traditions and customs around the world. So we thought it would be fun to go back in time and see where it all started. Well now, we all know that on February 14 we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, but have you ever wondered who is this mysterious saint and how old is this celebration now?

This is a centuries-old celebration

We’ll start with the fact that this is a centuries-old celebration, by some back in the Middle Ages – where was a popular belief in France and England that birds began to mate in the middle of February – or back in the ancient Roman time, where rituals where taken place.

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It is belived that this is a pagan celebration of Lupercalia, a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus (Roman God of Agriculture) and to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. The Luperci members, an order of Roman priests, where gathering during this festival in a sacared cave, where was belived that infants Romulus and Remus have been cared by a she-wolf or lupa. Here were performing sacrifice rituals for fertility and purification, where the Roman woman welcomed the touch of the sacrified goat hides. Also according to the legend young woman were placing their names in a big urn, from where the Roman bachelors would choose a name to become paired with for a year, often ending in marriage.

Otherwise, there are many legends about Saint Valentine, but one recognized by the Catholic Curch contends that a priest named Valentine, serving in the third century in Rome, was outlawing marriages for young lovers in secret, despite the decision of Emperor Claudius II that single man made better choises then those with wifes. Discovering the actions of Valentine, the Emperor Claudius II ordered his death. From here the celebration in the middle of February, to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death, that occured around a.d. 270.

Cartes d’amities in France

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Today, Valentine’s Day is a festival of love. All around the world on this day people exchange love. In France we exchange greetings by an old custom through elegant cards with tender messages that are called “cartes d’amities” with fresh flowers, heart chocolate and love gifts.

Same now in Britain, where young woman used to wake up before sunrise of Valentine’s Day, beliving that the first man they see will be their husband.

In the nordic countries the Love Day is celebrated with red roses, love card and candle light dinners as a part of ancient culture.

In USA this is the most popular festival of love, even if this is a celebration imported from England in the 19th century. The americans not only exchange greetings and gifts with the partner, but also with all the closed people. The greeting cards sold on Valentine’s Day are on the second place after Christmas cards.

Giri-choco in Japan

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In Japan there is a custom of men receiving two types of chocolate gifts from woman. First type called “giri-choco” is for friends and close male with no romantic obligation and second, “honmei-choco”, made by girls themselfs for their love partner, as a statement of true love.

Honmei-choco in Japan

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Of course there are many more countries that celebrate this day and we could tell about many other customs, but now is time to create our own traditions on this lovely day and spend it with the one we love.

XOXO

 

Christmas Markets in Paris

Believe it or not, winter is the most visited time in Europe! Can you imagine why?

Well i couldn’t really at first, but then it hit me … of course … it was THE HOLIDAYS!!!

Even Mr UTer and I have been visiting Europe every year for the holidays, looking for the best Christmas presents, surrounded of the lovely sound of Christmas carols and the smell of a Christmas treat, clearly the best destination for perfect Christmas holidays.

As every year now, we ended up this year in Paris and it was amazing! Trust me when i say that the name City of Lights comes from this time of the year which is simply wonderful.

So please bear some moments with us and lets dive into what we think are the best Christmas Markets in Paris.

First of all you need to know that even if the Christmas Markets are opened during mid November to the first days of January, Paris has much more to offer.

In Paris, as in the rest of France, the New Year, or “Saint Sylvestre” of the french, begins on January 1st and ends February 1st, another winter holiday we’ll explore soon.

Christmas Village on La Defense Esplanade

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In front of La Defense Arch every year is the biggest Christmas Village, who’s extending on over 10,000 m². This Christmas Village is filled with over 300 chalets displaying crafts and hundreds of square meters of festive decorations.

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It is to remind the huge variety of stalls selling mouth-watering Christmas treats and delights you have to try.

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Champs-Elysees Christmas Market

As i was saying before the so called City of Lights comes from the stunning illuminations on the world’s most beautiful avenue Champs-Elysees.

Here, between the Rond-point and Place de la Concorde, extends the most sparkle Christmas Market.

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If you love the Christmas carols and want to enjoy the taste of some mulled wine among the best treats and delights from the regional products like foie gras, ham, french sausages and fromage, champagne and so on, this is the place for you.

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Even the little folks will have plenty of things to do and games to play during the grown ups delights tasting and shopping breaks.

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We hope you enjoyed exploring these Christmas Markets with us and look forward in hearing your best places to visit during winter holidays.

XOXO, from Paris