Live simply, travel lightly, love passionately & don't forget to breathe

I Choose To Collect Memories Instead Of Things

Under The Tuscan Rain

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After my life as an Italian, it was time for Tuscany…

However, what was supposed to be a marvelous time Under The Tuscan Sun, turned into an unforgettable time Under The Tuscan Rain.

Most of Italy was hit with rain for weeks. Even though its late Spring, Italy had Winter temperatures almost everywhere.

You see, I do bring rain everywhere…

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Food Love Barcelona

8 months later,  Mr Bond and I, are back in our favorite city! Only this time, we agreed to just BE in Barcelona. No sightseeing & no running around. Welcome to my Catalonian life…

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Be Italian

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To be able to taste and understand the real Italian life, one needs to get away, as far as possible, from the hustle and bustle of the over-exposed cities such as Rome, where you are offered guide books and menu’s in 10 languages.

Why the hell do all roads lead to Rome?! In my opinion, they should lead about 40 kilometers south of Rome…

To the beautiful peacefulness that is CORI and to all its surrounding beauty, that is Latina.

To those who don’t know, Cori is even older than Rome.

For 5 days, I have lived, laughed, ate and breathed like a true Italian, in my very own

La Dolce Vita…

( all photos of me are taken by Luana Thomas © DesignmediaSpa )

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Trains, Caves & Olive Oil

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Roller-coaster Trains, Caveman-like Caves and Orgasmic Olive Oil…

This is Italy ~ Off The Beaten Path…

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The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Greek

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Proud, passionate, honest & free…

welcome to the Greek Soul…

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Russian Extreme

In one of the msot coldest Russian winters in 50 years... 2.485 miles above ground... My first jump in my life out of the perfectly good airplane...

Russian Soul would not be complete without the Russian Extreme. They are like Yin and Yang.

Welcome to Russia ~ The Land Of Extremes…

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Russian Soul

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I’m a hot-blooded, métis woman of uncertain age.

Who is a nomadic, chaotic and at times dysfunctional home, to a fragile, Russian Soul ~ Full of flaws, absurdities, contradictions, insecurities and vulnerability. Brave, honest, compassionate and all or nothing. Often disagreeable, sometimes selfish and incredibly stubborn. But above all, it’s a soul that will never have a price and the one, a Foreigner will never fully understand.

In my opinion, the above paragraph summarizes The Great Russian Soul to a T. However, being Russian, myself, I would like to take you on a little journey…

A journey, into the core of this mysterious soul. One, that often hides, behind the curtains of obvious …

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Catalonia, Te Adoro

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Before Mr. Bond and I decided that we want to stay in Barcelona for 10 days, our friend said “Are you crazy? 10 days is too much time for Barcelona, all you need is 2-3 days! oh and make sure you use one of those cool tour buses that take you to all must see places!”

Thanks Ron!

Obviously, he has no idea what he’s talking about! You simply cannot see the real Barcelona with its local secrets and surrounding beauty in only 3 days!

I wasn’t even able to do that! But was lucky enough to dance with it for those beautiful, unforgettable 10 days…

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Sheltering Sky

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 Two shared taxis and a couple of hours later, me and Lisa finally arrived in Tangier.

She was just passing through it, but I was going to stay for another 2 days.

Lisa booked her overnight train ride and we got a cab to take us to my Riad.

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Maya

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Maya ~ The supernatural power wielded by gods and demons to produce illusions.

To me, that’s what Chefchaouen is…

It’s a place with no time, it’s a place where your imagination gets to run free.

A place where nothing is what it seems.

Like a chameleon…

Walls of this city changes colors, as morning turns into day and day dissolves into night…

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