Visit a Christmas market –enjoy the atmosphere of hundreds smiling people walking around looking for the Christmas spirit. Eat a churro or buy a mulled wine to warm your soul. Start with local and later you may visit some in foreign country.
Send a Christmas cards – even if you don’t receive any back, just send some nice words packed in colorful envelope and bring joy to people far away. You can do the same for a friend that stays the same building – happiness received.
Make Christmas cookies. Doesn’t matter if they aren’t looking great or are not edible. I am sure you will have fun doing this. For better results try with a friend, a sister, a colleague, a mom or grandmother…
Listen Christmas songs– a list with the Christmas songs for the cold season brings so much joy and warm in the heart. It`s part of the Christmas atmosphere and we need it.
Spend time with family and relatives– the most important of all.
Watch Christmas movies – these movies are so sweet. Isn`t it wonderful to stay in a warm fluffy bed drinking tea and enjoy a love store on the screen during hard snowing outside?Last times I check this are the best:
Have a Christmas tree– start from choosing the perfect one, decorate it the way you like. Add the Christmas gifts under the tree .
Put some Christmas decoration – I know some people are crazy about it, getting obsessed WOWW creepy. But I really love to put some sparkling magic decorations in the house. Try the Christmas It`s relaxing .
Get warm accessories – a hat, scarf, gloves, sweater, vest or whatever you like.
Enjoy a homemade hot chocolate –or latte, coffee or caramel milk. Check here for receipts :
Make a snowman – playing out on the snow is so much fun. Enjoy the winter season like a little child. Who said the snow man is only for kids. Make an angel in the snow. Playing out can be very cold and wet but also is healthy to breath fresh air and stay far from the laptop and the phone.
And finally make your own tradition – find something that you like around Christmas and keep doing it every year.
I’m going to share with you my top hotels in Bucharest, Romania.
Here we go:
Rin Grand Hotel – it is very luxury and cozy hotel. There are all type of rooms. You can enjoy the beautiful view of ….. a wildlife sanctuary. You can enjoy the sunrise during a morning jogging (usually it is not allowed to go there, but I saw people running there, so… ).You can arrive in 5 minutes walking to Carrefour and Praktiker. But wait a minute, actually who needs this when you have shops in the hotel – supermarket ,fitness center, beauty studio, wellness center, dental center, restaurant, bar, pool and so on… It is a 4* hotel so of course you have to pay for everything. In the price of a night stay you have included huge bed, safe parking on 11 floors, warm breakfast. The hotel offers you the opportunity to celebrate your bachelor party here and even your wedding. I saw nice offers for Christmas and New year with live music. Rin chain has two more hotels in Bucharest – RIN Central Hotel and RIN Airport Hotel.
NH Hotel – it is nice place to stay. Very modern hotel with central location (just 15 minutes walking from Palace of Parliament, one of the main attractions in Bucharest. It is small hotel, but nice and quiet and you have parking lot, wich is hard in the center area.
Ramada Hotel – I love to stay here in the winter, because there is a nice view to the mountain –covered with snow. You have nice choice of 2 restaurants in the property – Romanian and Italian (the food is tasty ). You have no troubles with parking there. You can enjoy free of charge wellness center.
.Hotel Royal – I believe this hotel is one class down in competition with the rest we saw. But still the locations is the best to the city center – Old town (restaurants and clubs). The rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast is poor. There are parking lots in front of the hotel, but just few.
Crazy duck – It is small family hostel, but has 3* and I have to tell you we love it. It is great if you are on a budget. There are just a few rooms and parking places available .The owners are nice people, very helpful.
Hello, friends it`s time to show you my favorite products .I tried all of it, as I promised and now it’s time for the results .
Here we go…
First I like my skin always to be clean and fresh. I get it with this sweet bottles
1.Neutrogena smoothing scrub– it`s so easy to use it- just apply all over your face and rub.It only takes me 3-4 minutes and smells nice. The skin is very clean and soft. I use it 3-4 times per week. The smoothing scrub is not harsh and rough towards the skin. Cost only 5 euro,150ml
2.Neutrogena pink grapefruit facial wash– if I want to use a gel this is the best. It helps eliminate spots with a fresh clean feel. This product can be used daily .Your face will smell so fresh you wish to bite it. Price 6 euro , 200 ml
3.Bioderma purifying cleaning bar – if my skin is more oily than usual I grab this one.Helps a lot to control the oily skin. Apply to wet skin morning and or evening. Close your eyes when you apply it!Cost 6 euro 100g
4.Garnier tissue mask– super hydrating . I tried this new face mask, after a long summers day, my face was slightly sun burnt and felt tight and very dry. The mask was exactly what I needed. My face now feels smooth and hydrated. The cool serum was so relaxing on my skin. I was pleasantly surprised, the mask was so easy to apply. I did need to re adjust a few times but no more than you would any other Face mask, wiping away excess etc. There was just the right amount of serum, not too little or too much.I’m so impressed, it’s a top reccomendation from me.Price – 2euro
5.La Roche -Posay Micellar Water Sensitive Skin – this is my favorite micellar water of all . It`s strong , takes off the make up so easy and let the skin nice and clean .Smells fresh.i used the bottle from 750 ml for a long time and cost me 17 euro
6.Bioderma Sebium H20 [green cap, coloured liquid]– For oil-prone skin or dilated pores. This H20 purifies and regulate your sebum production without drying your skin. It is also colourant-free, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic. Use it as a daily cleanser. 4euro,100 ml/9euro,250ml/12euro,500ml
7.Vichy aqua thermal rich cream – It is rich cream , I think it is very good choice for a young skin. I like to use it after bath.Apply face moisturizer morning and evening to cleansed skin by spreading a touch of cream all over the face.Spread with outward movements from the middle of the face, without applying too much pressure Its only 17 euro,50ml
9.Estee lauder Double wear– This is the best foundation I have ever tried . If you want full coverage and shining control this is what you need. It lasts more than 12 hours. Very good product for the hot summer days .Has SPF 10. FINISH-MATTE,OIL-FREE,OIL-CONTROLLING,DERMATOLOGIST-TESTED,NON-ACNEGENIC,FRAGRANCE-FREE. Cost about 33 euro,30ml
10.Maybellin New York Affiniton Concealer – without feeling heavy or looking cakey ,skin appears brighter and awakened. It instantly conceals to help reduce appearance of skin imperfections. Coverage the way it was meant to be… even, natural and breathable. Cost 5 euro
12.Freedom Makeup London Pro Shade & Brighten– Stunning Rose Kit – it`s a kit with basic nude colors .I like to use it daily or when I travel because it is small and comfortable. Has good coverage and shine .cost about 5 euro.
13.Urben decay No vice eye shadow box – it`s my luxury kit with 20 incredible colors. Include double brush for apply and blend and has a big mirror. The kit comes with comfortable case perfect for travel. Absolutely my number one. It cost around 40 euro
16.Maybelin Eye studio eyeliner – if you need a black line to stay forever this is what you need ! Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black Will Put the Wind Beneath Your Winged Liner and Keep It There for Hours. It comes with brush. Cost 6 euro
22.SEPHORA COLLECTION Color Lip Last Lipstick – COLOR: 21 Meet My Pink – purple-pink satin – semi-matte. I use it when I go out, because lasts all night and looks great. I will try the other colors too. Sephora definitely knows how to make liquid lipsticks, that’s for sure! Cost 6 euro
23.EOS Crystal lip balm – why not ? They made crystal iphone, now is time for the new Crystal lip balm. Aloe vera, coconut oil, avocado oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, castor seed oil are the ingredients that makes it so special . Smells great, feels awesome. Cost 5 euro
25.Eveline cosmetics nail therapy – 8 in 1 total action intensive nail conditioner. This Swiss recipe is my number one for the winter. Gives natural look and its great for basic care. I love it because make my nails stronger in 10 days. Cost 4 euro
27.Argan oil of Morocco OgX – all hair types . This is my favorite product for hair protection . It`s very easy to work with – just put a little bit of it on the hair tips on wet hair and then dry it as usual. You will fill how soft and silky you hair is going to be .Cost about 6 euro,100 ml
28.The body shop Coconut body butter– this is one of the most incredible body butters I have ever tried. Makes your skin so nice , so soft and smells absolutely great. I got also the hand cream same flavor , small and I always have it in my bag with me. Cost about 5 euro,50 ml body butter and 2 euro,30 ml the hand cream
29.Sabon Hand cream-Lavender Apple. Actually this was part of a gift pack that my husband received. It was for men ?? I have it now and use it and I have to tell you its super. Has shea butter and aloe vera and God know what other miracle ingredients that makes it number one. It is like Christmas on your hands. Cost 10 euro,150 ml
30.Bath and Body Works – my other love is everything in this shop. My last acquisitions are French Lavender and honey , Wild Madagascar Vanilla . I love Vanilla! You must try those if you like sweet like me .Cost small one – 4 euro , big one – 7 euro.
VENICE – it is one of a kind .We were to many destinations, but this place is absolutely unique .The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals.
How to get there – we chose WIZZ AIR company from Sofia to Bologna .It`s about 2 hours. We slept one night in Bologna and the next day we took the train to Venice, about 1 hour and 30 minutes and it cost around 25 € two-way ticket . It is very fast and comfortable train. You can purchase tickets from the link below .
Piazza San Marco – The Basilica of San Marco overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the world, a real marble salon, the city center for centuries. Next to both the Basilica and the Doge’s Palace, all the most important religious and civil ceremonies have always been held there and now the Piazza San Marco is considered the city’s main symbol and tourist attraction. We enjoyed the view and took beautiful pictures at San Marco.
Tour on Canal Grande – it’s the most beautiful view in Venice. You can take
aBus-1,50 € – ORDINARY 75-MINUTE BUS/LAND TICKETGondola-The city of Venice sets official rates for gondola rides, which started at €80 for 40 minutes the last time we checked. Additional 20-minute increments are €40. After 7 p.m., the base rate climbs to €100, with €50 for an additional 20 minutes. Up to six people can share a gondola.
or just walk through the bridges for free.
Allows travel on Lido and Mestre urban networks up to Piazza le Roma, excluding trips/journeys to and from the Marco Polo Airport. Travel is permitted for 75 minutes from the moment of validation, even with possibility to change the means.
Taxy-Standard taxi fares in Venice. The flag fall—the initial charge for merely stepping aboard the taxi boat—is €13, plus another €1.80 for each minute of travel (€1.20 per minute of sitting around idling). Up to five passengers, the fare remains unchanged. Six or more people pay an additional €10 per person.
Rialto Bridge -The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. A view from the bridge.
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Spritz -The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy.
Ingredients:2 oz Prosecco, 1 1/4 oz Aperol, Splash of Soda
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
Drinkware: Old Fashioned glas
Standard garnish: Orange Wedge
Preparation: Build into glass over ice, garnish and serve.
Main alcohol: Prosecco
The ice cream –one of the best I ever tried.There are so many different flavors you can choose from.
Pizza by slice– just like that on the street –you can found in every corner very fresh and tasty.
A combo –combo is always good idea. We had great lunch in one of the local restaurants. It was salad/soup + pasta +chicken breast = 20 €
BOLOGNA – this is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy.
Housing –Casa di Ettore was a great choice. Very clean place, amazing host, who wait for late check in for us because the late flight we had. He let us to use his kitchen and to eat what we like for breakfast.The main train and bus station was 15 min walking from the housing.I highly recommend this place .
THE COFFEE -I m a huge coffe fan ( i will write a separate post about the coffe ).Basickly you MUST try the italian coffe – it is strong and amazing.Try to drink it like the Italians do – like a shot.Spend some time in a special shop for coffe – enjoy the atmosphere and the smell of fresh coffe.LOVELY ♥
Towers of Bologna –The two most prominent ones, known as the Two Towers, are the landmark of the city .At the time we visited Bologna it was closed for visiting, hope you friends have more luck and can see the view from 97 meters.
How I said it was BOUAR `s family honeymoon in this amazing city-DUBAI.
Dubai Has A Crime Rate of 0%
Dubai’s Population is 83% Immigrants
Dubai is the Fastest Growing City on Earth
Dubai Hosts Robot Camel Racing
Language – English –every single person speaks fluently English ,Arabian- the local people (just 19 % from the population of Dubai) and some people who lives there for a long time .
Temperature – about 20 degrees (January).About 41 degrees (August).The rain is something very rare for Dubai.
Money -AED – Emirati Dirham -0.27 USD We did not have any troubles to found it in a large Change chain .You can pay with credit or debit card as well.
When you are outside in Dubai you MUST have
Water- the temperatures are very high so you have to stay hydrated
Hat- doesn`t matter what type just take one with you. It`s important to protect the head.
Sun cream- I recommend this because the sun is burning there and it’s something you may need if you have lighter skin type, like mine .
Camera- there are so many great places that you will wish to capture.
AIRPORT– we took a flight from Sofia to Dubai with Wizzair company https://wizzair.com/bg-bg/main-page#/ . We arrived at Al Maktoum International Airport. It’s a new airport about 14 km far from the city. It was very quiet ,super clean and nice. The reason was that is super new and there were just a few flights .If you take a look on the other airport in Dubai – Dubai World Central – there is a plane every 20 seconds landing or taking off .WOW.
THE HOTEL – I wrote THE hotel because was like a jackpot .
We have visited several hotels so far ,but this one was amazing.
Two large buildings with 828 rooms in total .
We paid 550 euro for 2 persons,7 nights for BB packet (bed and breakfast).Reach choose of intercontinental and Arabian breakfast . The room in the hotel was large and super clean.You do have access to outdoor swimming pool ,sauna (you don’t rely need one ,but still… ),gym , parking .A big plus is the free shuttle bus dropping you to one of the most popular destination You have a large variety of paid services such as massages ,private fitness instructor ,beauty salon, rent a car, two restaurants , pool bar, shisha lounge and many others.We tried the Swedish neck and head massage , was very relaxing .The staff was very helpful and always smiling .
I do recommend the place because is very luxury and makes you feel like home. We definitely enjoyed the time we spent there.
The entertainer book Dubai
These books are very popular with visitors and residents because they provide 2 for 1 vouchers, (sometimes more than 1 voucher per book for certain things) for restaurants, cafes, attractions and activities in Dubai. It also contains other offers like a free dessert with a main course etc.
There are 4 books
1.The main Entertainer book
This is of use to holidaymakers who intend to visit a few attractions and eat meals out, especially if you have children. You will find vouchers for ice cream parlours, coffee shops, bistros in the malls etc
2.The Fine Dining entertainer book
This book is good for holidaymakers who want to sample some of Dubai’s excellent restaurants and will usually be a 2 for 1 voucher and/or a free bottle of wine with your meal
3.The Kids Entertainer book
In my opinion this book is the best for families who live in Dubai as many of the vouchers are for things like karate lessons or regular kids things, where you would only get the full benefit if you live there BUT depending on what you and your kids want to do in Dubai it may be worth buying the book.
4.The Body Entertainer book
Again perhaps better for the residents spa junkie or for you if you intend to spend a lot of time in spas on your holiday
You can also purchase and use it through the app from here
It was the best way to save money and it was fun as well.
You can take a taxi from every location in Dubai .It is with air conditioner and all the drivers speak English .From Al Maktoum International Airport to the city center is around 100 AED.You can also use the subway. It is automatic ( no driver ) .It’s very fast and with good AC inside.
It costs from 3 to 7 AED per ride, depends on the location of the stations. You need to buy a card from the subway office and put some money inside to be able to use it and travel .You use the same card if you use the bus and it is 3 AED per ride .
If you like to walk you can make it in the night when it is not so hot but even this way there are no sidewalks everywhere so it is hard sometimes to reach your location .Everywhere on the ground is full with sand so you will have some in your shoes for sure.
Dear friends in Dubai you can found all different type of food, anything that you want they have it. Me and my husband love trying different food so I will make a list with the restaurants we visited. Here we go;
1.Hard Rock Café –we have a tradition to visit all Hard Rocck Cafe restaurants we find on our trips .It is one of my favorite places because of the food and the atmosphere. The menu is the same does not matter the location and the prices too just in different currencies .We used a voucher for main course .
Rainforest Café-amazing atmosphere ,it is like you are in the jungle, it is full with monkeys big enough to scare you, elephants ,birds and so on. From your table you have a view to Dubai aquarium Try the mixed fajitas .We used voucher for main course.
5.Seasons restaurant –it is one of the restaurants in Pullman Hotel. We had a great dinner there. It is very luxury buffet with all from salads to deserts plus soft drinks. The price is just 145 AED and because we used the voucher ,we paid this price for 2 persons .Nice deal, isn`t it ?
8.Denny`s-it is an American type of restaurant .If you miss the American taste like me ,do not skip this place. The place reminds me of the one where we met with my husband so it is very special for us. We use the voucher for main course.
9.365 restaurant- it is fancy buffet located in Novotel hotel .It is buffet from A to Z. We choose to go when was the meat night. They cook in front of you the exact piece of meat you choose ,the way you like it. We use the voucher and pay the price of 150 AED for 2 people with soft drinks .
You can buy food and drinks with good price from Carrefour in Dubai.
TO DO,TO SEE ,TO BE
I will not tell you ,friends, what to do in Dubai .I will just show you the places we visited and we loved.
1.Dubai mall- you all probably know if not you can google it how HUGE it is and how many stores there are. It is beautiful and shining from up till down. We spent all day there- shopping , eating , visiting.
2.Dubai aquarium – it is located in Dubai mall.IT IS ABSOLUTELY the best aquarium I have ever seen. So many types of fishes and sharks .You can also visit the underwater zoo – beautiful – penguins , alligators , owls .They have different packages that you can choose .We took the researcher and paid 120 AED for 2 persons because of the voucher. We took an album with pictures in the end for 200 AED more .
3.Dubai Dolphinarium – this was amazing show with dolphins and new born baby dolphin . You will love it doesn’t matter if you are child or grown up .The price we paid was 120 AED for VIP tickets and this was the price for 2 people because of the voucher.
4.Desert Safari –this was our number 1 to do in Dubai. I totally recommend this adventure with Arabian Nights company .Will be 6 hours that will just pass like 6 minutes . We chose the night tour so at 16.00 o’clock our driver – Mohamed pick us up from the hotel with nice white jeep .We traveled to the desert close to the border with Oman . We had 20 minutes for pictures in the desert on sunset . Then we start driving wild with all the other cars from the different companies .Was amazing ,we made angles on 120 degrees with the car. Mohamed had big professional experience so we felt save . He told us a lot of interesting stories about Dubai. We arrived in camp where we had dinner – Arabian style buffet plus soft drinks .We made the national tattoo with kana. We rode a camel. Then we enjoyed a special program with professional dancers ,traditional Arabic dance. All of this was just for 300 AED for 2 persons with the voucher. They brought us back to the hotel.
Burj Khalifa – The highest building we have ever visited . The elevator takes 125 floors for the incredible 60 seconds . The view from the top is one time a life , or may be more . If you are up between 17.30-18.30 you will enjoy the sunset and the musical fountains –GORGEOUS. It is a good idea to buy the tickets earlier to make sure you will be there on the hour you would like.
6.Yellow Boat Tour – This tour shows you everything! Start your trip around the stunning vista of Dubai Marina and then into the open water where you will cruise around the amazing Palm Jumeirah and pause for a perfect photo opportunity . Here comes the stories about the most expensive hotels in Dubai and most expensive cocktails and pizza in the world .Advice –bring your sunglasses because it was so much sun right in my eyes … let`s just say that I look like sad ,mad person on most of the pictures there . Girls, make your hair on ponytail, it was very windy as well. We paid 280 AED for 2 persons with the voucher for the 90 minutes tour.
7.Luxury show cruise dinner -Enjoy an evening tour of Dubai Creek on board a traditional Arabian show. Try a sumptuous feast of Arabic and international cuisine while gliding past illuminated souks and palaces. The chef will make you taste pasta in front of your eyes. Great buffet dinner ,show program , incredible view .We paid 260 AED for 2 persons with the voucher.
Dubai marina walk -a beachfront paved walkway with 305 outlets and 69 restaurants to keep you entertained — not to mention active, as walking the whole area will take you a full day! We went for a night walk and was magical and finally not so hot. You can do this free of charge .
10.Aatlantis – Book suites and rooms in this 5 star Dubai hotel, visit aventure watermark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium & eat in award winnig Dubai restaurants. You have the chance to swim with dolphins and to feel like a part of the royal family .Or just go to visit this huge palace .
My name is Yoana Bouar and this is the book of my life.I will share with you my travel destinations because I LOVE to travel.I will give you guys some tips about good hotels to stay, restaurants with tasty food ,transportation roads.Basically everything you wish to know before to hit the road.
My other passion is to cook, so I will share with you my favorite ,easy recipes . I love to make sweets.
My wedding day was just a month ago so I m still super exited about it and I m going to show you some great tips about it as well.
It is the book of my life so I m going to show you all kind of products that I used ,tried or made.(yes I like to made handmade staff time by time)