Just added Seville to Travels / Destinations! Go have a look if you like the place or wanna see some pics of it ;) We just came back from a nice little walk around the house, up the hills and small mountains, with fantastic views, taking photos, - and back! Tomorrow will try to edit and post here. Felt very nice and breezy, plus we've witnessed the sunset with pinky-blueish-purple skies, dramatic clouds and a bit of rain - all possible weather changes (except only snow perhaps)) including some heat, and just within an hour =) Now light salad for dinner, wine and a nice movie - perfect Sunday evening... Love and hugs to you all <3
The third and the last - for now - part of the Moscow trip this August. This is more about my family. I miss them so much... hope they'll come visit to Tenerife some time soon! <3
One of the mornings we went with my brother to Novokuznetskaya metro station to try 'One of the best coffees I've ever had' as per his own words (I still can't get used to the thought he's so grown up that he can drink coffee already, lol!!). The cafeteria was called 'Bonjour cafe' or something like that (Pyatnitskiy pereulok, 8, next to Medea Hotel and a flower shop) and had indeed a nice selection of coffees and sweets! It also has a free Wi-Fi which doesn't require Russian mobile number (in my case was just perfect and sought-after as I don't have one).
After coffees we picked up our mum and decided to visit Kolomenskoe museum-park (link to Wiki here), - a place that associates with childhood, happy times and friendship for me. We used to go there with friends & classmates to have great laughs, relax and - at that time - to smoke a cig and drink a beer without anyone watching, hehe..))
This time the place looked much more crowded than back then.
The place I used to remember as 'our spot' was occupied.., so we've found another - better one! - to have a small cozy picnic with mum & bro.
While my brother was reading a book, I was busy demolishing 'pirozhki' (a Russian version of pies or patties, but with no meat inside), carefully cooked by my mum and that tasted like HEAVEN... =)
My beautiful mum <3 . She loves yoga and tries to do it everywhere possible bless her!
My brother doesn't like being photographed... ;)
...which we have absolutely nothing against with my mum, lol
Time flew by.. The tranquil feeling of happiness and calmness was something I'd always remember when leaving that place, whether it was back in school / university days, or this time in August.
Beautiful, old buildings from 16th century - typical Russian churches & cathedrals. Some are still operating. I'm not religious but I was happy to see it's still 'alive' and well taken care of.
Then there was Gorkiy Park where I rollerbladed and fell quite badly on my coccyx; then there was yoga where I defo shouldn't have gone to due to the bad fall onto the coccyx but still went, and spent the whole next day in bed not being able to walk, lol; there was this beautiful sunset over the Moscow river; and many more precious moments to remember or to laugh about.
Great trip, best company, fantastic flying experience with Aeroflot airlines, and I just couldn't be happier to recognize my home city from a completely different, new point of view. Now it's time to bring Edu, - my Tenerife part of the family, - to Moscow and to show him the best sides of it!
See you soon and hope you're having a fantastic weekend guys x
Hey everyone!!! We're back from a crazy 5-day vacation in Santa Pola and just said Good-bye to Edu's family that was visiting Tenerife for a week, so now back to routine and work... We're missing the little ones (and all the rest!) a lot, suddenly the house feels super empty and quiet..., but at least the cats are happy & not hiding from the little boys as they always wanted to chase poor cats to show them some 'love', hehe)))
Now we're getting ready for another adventure (FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT IT!!!), meantime here's another part of my Moscow trip in August. Some moments in Sokolniki park (map):
Every time I am browsing through these images, my heart sinks a little and I feel that I miss the place and my family so, SO MUCH. I'm hoping that my brother will visit us in January, while we're also planning on going to Moscow for a few days some time either December or May when it's the best, - events & beauty wise.
Running barefoot chasing butterflies... felt like I was a child again <3
We've had about half-day walking in that beautiful park, talking about everything (and everyone lol)), having coffees, buying souvenirs, almost getting a stray cat for my mum & bro, - and lotsa more things that I can't even remember but that were substantial in that particular moment of the day...
Then we went down to the subway and were on the way home... Part 3 is next up!! There will be some more of my family and myself, but - sorry! - same amount of nature and greens as we don't have it a lot in Tenerife, so I kept the camera working all the time :) Now it's so nice to go through all of them again as those captured moments mean the world to me <3
Hope you're having a great week and see ya'll soon !!! X
Hello guys! I just came back from Moscow after 7 (!!!) years, and that was.. just great. The city has changed so much (I guess thanks to the WorldCap), the streets and parks were so clean, people become more friendly and even the weather was fantastic! What was initially a quite spontaneous decision, came out one of the best things I've done recently - both for me and for my beloved family.
The trees became taller)); my small brother became bigger than me; my mom didn't change at all :) and I felt totally over the moon to be able to hug them again and walk the places where I grew up...
This is the building where I studied theatre and painting for example. Sadly, since it's the state building, there's 'no money' to take care of it, if you know what I mean. It was pity to see it being destroyed by the hands-of-time..
Little streets between Paveletskaya and Novokuznetskaya are my favorite, with lots of memories and stories from the previous life.. Will always feel very fond of them <3
Was happy to see old buildings are still there and haven't been completely replaced with the new ones, full of glass & concrete and without a character. These old 'monuments' are the real heart of Moscow centre, imo.
Paveletskaya metro station / Novokuznetskaya street
Moving up to Pyatnitskaya street...
After a long walk we had coffee's at cafeteria 'Double B' (the one on Tatarskaya street)
In all honesty I think it was rather a misunderstanding but we didn't like the service there. The coffees were good though, which is most important :) But keep in mind that they charge if you want to choose soya milk, and they don't have milk without lactose nor brown sugar. Also, they confuse the sizes of the cups. Not a biggie but it felt a bit strange..
After coffees we decided to check out the Sokolniki park as it held an Indian fest (Russia and India are friends lately ;). We took subway in order to get there.
Between Paveletskaya, Novokuznetskaya and Tretyakovskaya metro stations
Moscow subway is one of the deepest in the world, and most popular (each day around 3 mio people using it, can you imagine!?)
And we are in Sokolniki park :)
Mum checking the map and market' stalls; group of Indians taking photos durung the Indian fest :)
Then we just kept walking, talking, laughing, taking photos of everything and of each other, resting on benches and overall enjoying the day. It felt so good and happy I remember.. :)
Obviously the more coffee the better (there's no such thing as 'Too Much Coffee' in my whole life haha!). It gives me motivation and kick in the
ass brain to get up and start the day; it gives me inspiration, make me working more efficient, - and how nice it is just to 'Have a coffee break' in general, no matter what time of the day it is? ;)
That's it for now! Edu and I are already packing for the next trip, so you can check Instagram for updates if you wanna see where we're headed to (@miaphotoscom or @miathemia - this is a personal one, sorry I only add friends&family in there!). Next - Moscow trip part 2 and some of the trip we're going to shortly! And soon after I'll reveal something ABSOLUTELY fantastic that we are planning now and kinda keeping as a secret!!! We are both freaking out already and cannot believe it, - so stay tuned not to miss it ;) Hugs to you all xxx
Good morning guys! I am back from my trip and so happy to be doing some routine now that I decided to work on and publish this post literally few hours after landing in Tenerife South airport - this is the second part of our El Hierro amazing camping / cruising experience - the second and partly third days of our adventure =)
So the next day we woke up with that fantastic view, in a silence only interrupted by a peaceful sough of ocean waves somewhere down the cliff, and had the.most.delicious brekkie ever - with coffee, bananas, toasts with jam &butter, - and more coffee =) Then we decided to go to the pools, spend there some time and pack up for another place as we've only discovered one part of the island, and I was super curious to see the rest!
After such beautiful, fresh morning with a swim and healthy breakfast, we moved up to Jinama to go for a cool run in clouds.
And that's when I really felt the creepiness and somewhat unworldly.. First of all, because we were surrounded by thickest fog, we didn't see the 1,1km abyss on one side on the top of El Hierro's crag, - but both knew IT WAS THERE... Also the place is popular among crows, lots of crows in fact, that we saw flying around and looking ready to attack / protect their nests (not that anyone wanted to hurt them at all!); and the whole place seemed just abandoned, with lots of low stone fences that look easy to climb over, but a bit difficult after 30-40 mins of running and conquering 20 ish of them!!
So we ran, and ran, and ran until we realized that we got lost in the middle of no_where, with not a one soul in sight! Then we had to continue the run until we saw the road (crinkle and half way broken up but concrete!). We turned there and ran more towards our car as we thought and hoped, through spider nets woven between big, wild dandelions; together with zillions of grasshoppers jumping around when you touch the ground near them; ran till we saw herds of cows, lonely horses, two curious donkeys (obviously thinking who the ef we are and if we're there, - were we gonna feed them??))) and countless rabbits - and finally till we found our way back to the car! That was def a happy moment for us hehe :)
Didn't take the cam or phones with us when we went running, but once came back to the car, had to take these pics as literally felt (me at least))) as survivors from a horror movie / mission accomplished' victorians =) And because it was unusually beautiful of course, too!
Then we headed up to the campground Hoya del Morcillo (map), where intended to have a very needed hot shower, good dinner and quality sleep under the pine trees... Well I've never felt so cold in my life haha!!! The only way to keep warm after the effect of hot shower had disappeared, was hotttt wine and tons of hoodies that we had to put on ourselves in order to simply not to freeze to death!!! See for yourselves:
... to this :) Considering that we we're in a daylight with some sun and still freezing with all these clothes!
So literally in the middle of the night around 4am we took a decision to move direction El Charco Azul = Warmth and coziness :)
And it was a good decision since we were literally few meters away fro THIS!
That's it for El Charco Azul :) Then we went for a good brunch that looked more like a pre-lunch)), and to Puerto de la Estaca in order to catch the ferry back home :)
Below are some views of the magnificent El Golfo valley we passed by on our way.
Next post: my trip to Moscow that I was holding as a secret! :) Hope you enjoyed this post and feeling adventurous)))) You can take 5-10 mins of your time and read much more about the beautiful, unique island of El Hierro here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Hierro
Hugs and have a great weekend folks x
Good Day !!! Here's the trip we did to El Hierro island recently :) I've never been there before and it was in our plans with Edu for quite a long time, so we were super happy and excited to finally go there! Even more so - we decided to camp near one of the most beautiful natural pools you'll see in Canaries, called Tacorón, as camping, I believe, is one of the best ways apart from walking, to truly discover places.
Had to wake SUPER early (for freelancers!)) at a ridiculous 5am in the morning, in order to drive from Santa Cruz to catch a ferry from Los Cristianos. Hence such bitter, unenthusiastic faces here, haha!
Los Cristianos beach and montaña Chayofita from Armas ferry
Titanic moment, lol
Arriving to El Hierro after 3h ish of boating and trying to catch up on sleep..
Local marine at Estaca doesn't look too popular for private boats!
Like a mirror.. <3
And we arrived to the Villa de Valverde in order to stock up with groceries for our camping. Maaaaan that was cold up there..)))
Beautiful landscapes, [mostly] accurately painted houses scattered around the island, - the whole picture of El Hierro gives an impression of a place with a lot of care and love. Well and magic also, you'll see why...)
Our cozy, reliable casita for the next 2 days :)
The more we were coming up, the more changing landscapes we passed by: from a dry serpentine roads with scanty vegetation to foggy valleys with blossoming flowers, greens and spooky pine forests :)
And we're back to light and sun)))
Was actually quite happy to see the sun and feel the warmth when approaching to our planned camping spot!
The town became famous because of underwater volcanic eruptions, occured back in 2011-2012 (when I just arrived to the Canaries, lol), literally off the shore of La Restinga! you can read more about it on Wiki here (will open in a new window).
Weather permitted, we sat outside on the promenade with the views over marina and the ocean... Beautiful!
Then we hit the road again direction Tacorón, where the road gets really high & narrow, but oh so beautiful..!
...Because we were absolutely alone in these goooorgeous surroundings! Was worth the drive and time spent looking for this gem, as you can see <3
Soon - part 2 / day 2 of this trip when we went up in the mountains and nearly froze to death in the pine forest..)) Right now I am going to pack the suitcase to a place that I'd like to keep as a secret for now, but you'll definitely know more about it in a couple of days ;) Love and peace guys xx
Left sunny, warm Santa Cruz and faced fog and cold in the north!! Typical Tenerife, lol..
The road between Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo offers great views
Road to the sea. Arrived to Punta del Hidalgo
The lighthouse that looks a little like from Soviet times..
Arriving to our camping spot :)
Parked the van literally in a few meters from this breathtaking, dark beauty!..
The sound of the ocean was so incredibly wild and loud that we actually struggled to fall asleep at night! But so worth it anyway, just look at this view!!.
We had some beers at the ocean and then decided to go for a walk to see what's there before it gets dark, and to take long exposure shots (good that I took my tripod in the last minute before we left the house!)
Next morning we decided to go for a walk instead of running, and also it was a good idea since I'd never take a camera with me on a run, therefore would not have taken photos of all the beautiful views and details we saw on our way!.
The place is full of slopes and cliffs with little paths between the cactuses. I think I've never seen so many spikes in my life haha!!
Yup, don't forget to take your garbage ;)
On the way to that beach we saw some surfers, ready to ride the waves with super strong currents that are kinda famous here (hope those surfers are OK!)
Cactuses, cactuses everywhere
Fluffy (and not) yellow flowers with spikes - dare to touch them? :)
And we're down on the beach! Strong ocean's smell, big splashy waves, majestic cliffs above our heads.. all that wilderness and nobody in sight! Rare moment for Tenerife these days with all tourists and visitors coming to the island.
Cute little house on our way back to the van. Lucky those whoever live there, having such fantastic views everyday!
So how's your Sunday going? Here's a bit hot with calima and cloudless sky today, I've been editing last pics pretty much all day long with some breaks for lunch / snacks, now all done and we're planning to go running as today is the training day (ok twas yesterday but we were both a little dead tired after coming back from the camping in El Hierro and catching up with daily stuff, so decided to skip it hehe). If we survive the heat and come back, soon there'll be a post about the island of El Hierro. How beautiful and different from all the Canary islands it is! So tiny yet so diverse, cannot WAIT to share our experience with you guys! Hope you're having a great and relaxed Sunday evening, hugs xx