All posts tagged: mare

Martinica, l’isola dei fiori (Italian only)

L’estate oramai iniziata e la voglia di mare e’ scoppiata! Ed e’ per questo che ho chiesto la collaborazione dell’amica blogger Sabrina di Appunti di Viaggio by Seven Days di farci conoscere un posto nuovo, lontano, incantevole, da sogno: la Martinica! Ci sarei dovuta andare con una cara amica tanti anni fa’ per fare un corso di francese, almeno questa era la scusa eheh, ma poi ahime’ cambiammo idea. Per fortuna che c’e’ Sabrina che ci raccontera’ la meraviglia di questo luogo. Buona lettura! ———- // ———- Uno dei miei ultimi viaggi è stato a Martinica, un’isola meravigliosa delle Antille Francesi, nei Caraibi. Quest’isola è la meta ideale per rilassarsi e vivere a contatto con la natura. Non a caso è conosciuta come l’isola dei fiori ed ha una temperatura media di 26° tutto l’anno! Il mio viaggio a Martinica  inizia all’aereoporto nazionale di Lamentin, dove affitto una macchina per potermi dirigere a sud dell’isola. A mio parere l’auto è il miglior mezzo per muoversi su quest’isola. La mia prima tappa è Saint-Luce, un caratteristico …

Idee d’evasione al caldo

Ritornando alla mia voglia d’estate, di cui vi parlavo nello scorso post, devo dirvi che non si e’ ancora placata. Certo il clima mite di questo inverno e il sole di questi giorni l’hanno tamponata, ma una cosa e’ andare in giro senza guanti e magari senza sciarpa e concedersi un caffe’ seduti a un tavolino fuori al sole e un’altra e’ bersi un bello smoothie di frutta fresca, magari pure tropicale, seduti su una sdraio e con la sabbia calda sotto ai piedi, non trovate?! Beh, non so se vi sia rimedio immediato pero’ non fa’ mai male guardarsi in giro e vedere se c’e’ qualche last minute interessante o semplicemente decidere di prendersi 10 giorni e scappare al caldo proprio nel mezzo dell’inverno o in primavera, quando ancora mancano 2 o 3 mesi alle vacanze estive. Ovviamente quando e’ piu’ propizio per la destinazione che sceglierete. Dopo 3 anni di Australia ed aver bazzicato “Downunder” e i paesi asiatici piu’ “vicini” all’Australia, ci starebbe decisamente un cambio! C’e’ cosi’ tanto da vedere e …

Which are the 2015 TOp 20 islands by Conde Nast Traveler? // Quali sono le 20 isole piu’ belle al mondo secondo Traveler di Conde Nast nel 2015?

Well, today I just want to show you the 2015 Top 20 islands as defined by Conde’ Nast Traveler readers because you’ll just go wow and you’ll probably be going to start planning, once you mange to close your jaw. Well, Christmas is not far away although it might be too late in terms of prices for most of these destinations or maybe it’s not the best season to go. Another thing that you might realise, although you consider yourself as “well-travelled”, you’ll reach a mere 4 or 5 out of 20 and you’ll see there’s still lot to see out there. But don’t feel frustrated, first it means there a lot of amazing places to visit and trips to plan, secondly most probably you’re lucky if you’ve been even to one these awesome islands. Although some FOMO might take over you, but I guess it’s normal. If you don’t know what FOMO is, read my previous post here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/whats-fomo-how-to-cope-with-it-fomo-uma-vida-correndo-come-fare/  Anyhow, let’s just go to the meaty part, click on this link and you’ll be …

At least 6 things to absolutely do in Samoa // Almeno 6 cose da fare a Samoa

Welcome to one of the still quite unspoilt paradise of the South Pacific! 1. Lalomanu Beach – spend there at least half a day to bathe in the turquoise water, lay on the white sand and just admire the amazing panorama either from the sand itself or from the rustic restaurant on the beach. There are at least two accommodation options “fale” style, the typical Samoan hut, either as it is in complete touch with nature covered by just a cloth or in a closed one to give you some more privacy. 2. 1 day Tour of Upolu island – you can rent a car and do it yourself which is probably much easier or pay a taxi driver for the day. They usually will charge around 300 Samoan dollars. A small / old car will cost roughly half, while a new one will cost you roughly the same as a taxi ride, but experiencing the island by yourself is just priceless. 3. Snorkelling – as my husband was saying, the reef is easily reachable …

At least 7 things to do in Phillip Island on a day trip // Almeno 7 cose da fare a Phillip Island

Phillip Island is definitely an option for a day trip, although I’d recommend not to leave this trip as the last one around Victoria or you risk being disappointed, at least by the towns on the island. The nature, as always in Australia, is just amazing. A good plan, if you don’t want to just enjoy the beach, is to start with a quick visit to (1) Churchill Island Farmers Market, on in the morning every 4th Saturday of the month until 1pm. You can find the usual: flowers, fruit & veg, jams, some meats, homemade sweets, sauces and pasta and also nuts for example. We bought some granola and honey crunch macadamia from Twins Pantry. Then we went to (2) Cowes for a brunch at Madcowes. Don’t expect the typical Melbourne “designer/hipster” type of place, but the food is good. Our choice, eggs benedict with spinach for me and with baked beans for Carlo. There are a couple of other options that look inviting at the entrance of Cowes and on the main street …

Cote D’Azur or South Pacific Paradise? Try New Caledonia! // Costa Azzurra o paradiso tropicale? Provate la Nuova Caledonia!

New Caledonia is a great holiday option if you have already visited most of Australia, you do not want to travel far from it (assuming you’re living here) and you want to explore the Pacific Islands, with a French twist! Just northeast of Brisbane, less than 4hrs from Melbourne, with a direct flight not available every day. Our flight option: Qantas flight Melbourne-Brisbane (1h 40) + Brisbane-Noumea (1h 40) Most people will only speak French, although very close to Australia, and you’ll see many French chains like Simply Market, Decathlon, … It feels like being in Europe, thousands of Kms away from it, a tropical France! Destination Ile des Pins. Our flight got postponed to the afternoon, apparently it happens quite often. This gave us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community, having breakfast at the Noumea Sunday local market and visit the Cathedral and the city. Followed by the Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, whose building has been built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The centre gives you an insight on Kanak culture …

Mediterraneamente, cuando llega el veranito? / When is Summer Coming? / Quando arriva l’estate?

Well, this time I need to start in Spanish, you’ll find the English and Italian version below. Esta mañana me he levantado, con el sol, desde la ventana una gran vista del centro de Melbourne, o Melbourne CBD, y estaba contenta! Pero algo faltaba… Y como es Abril, para mì serìa normal que fuera primavera y que dentro de un par de meses llegara el verano, aquì en Australia es Otoño aunque un Otoño caliente de momento, necesitaba algo de musica. Me acordè de un video de Estrella Damm, ‘Mediterraneamente’, él de Formentera 2009, que un compañero de trabajo, que ahora considero un amigo, me habìa enseñado casi recièn llegada a Madrid. La mùsica es espectacular y las imagenes, bueno, ni comentarlo. Este video es una recarga de buena energia y es la receta para el bueno humor, para despertar ideas, soños y cuantas mas cosas positivas. Y bueno, como soy sentimental, no podìa que volver atràs y pensar a mis Amigos, a mì Madrid y a mì Espana. Bueno, todo esto tiene un rinconcito …