Bergamo and Como Lake, Italy

A quick weekend in November in the Como lake area was enough to understand the peacefullness of the area and to regret not seeing the beauty of the coast in spring, when flowers bloom. Renting a car was the best thing to do here, as you have interesting landscapes to see on the roads that circle the Como lake in Italy.

Unfortunately, while we visited Milan it was raining heavily, so we could only see the most important attractions : the impressive Dome, the galleries next to it and the Sforza Castle. Bergamo, on the other hand, was a bit more inviting in regards to the weather, so we could experience the old citadel a bit more. We were impressed by the way the buildings were preserved, making you feel like you were still part of those medieval times. The citadel also offers a beautiful view on the surrounding areas of Bergamo.

Another beautiful surprise was Bellagio, a small town on the Como lake’s coast, with impressive villas and gardens. As we were lucky to go there during extra season, the town was very quiet so the 3 hour walk there was extremely enjoyable for me. I prefer seeing all bits and pieces of a beautiful place without a huge crowd of other tourists around me.

I would definitely recommend seeing this area, however, during spring, preferably on a sunny weekend in March or April. November was a bit too rainy for us, but I’d definitely like to return here and admire the beauty of the scenery enriched by the spring’s colours.

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Istanbul, Turkey

I wanted to go to this city for a long long time. It’s so close to where I live, but still, I have never had the chance to travel there. So I got to spend 3 days in the wonderful Istanbul, but unfortunately, they weren’t enough. This city is so large and vast you must dedicate it at least a week in order to explore it properly.

The first that come into my mind when I think about this place are the sweets! They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen or tasted. They’re incredible! It’s a miracle how I didn’t gain more than 5 kilograms while I was there. Everything was so tempting I could not resist to try each day something new. Another thing that I’ll also remember is the kindness of all the Turkish people. They all look like great salesmen and try to talk you into buying anything, anywhere, but they would never mind if you said ‘no’. I loved that I could negotiate buying a wonderful cashmere scarf and I got it at almost half the price he initially proposed. This is a great culture and it got me to realize the numerous similarities it has with my country and especially with the south east region where I’m from. It’s no surprise as it has been for more than 3 centuries under the Ottoman power inheriting words, customs and most importantly, recipes!

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