Sunday Exploration

Wonderful readers,

Here we are again, yet another beautiful Sunday. Time does fly! Last Sunday, I wrote a post about my healthy orange smoothie and how I spent a lazy day indoors with tv shows and things like that. This Sunday I decided to do something different.

Today was beautiful weather, with blue sky, sun and 13 plus degrees celsius. Therefore, I decided to take a long walk to the places I have never been before. With other words – explore the city!

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Exploration OOTD.

I have to tell you, it was so much fun. I discovered some pretty amazing places, where I could see part of panorama view of the city, also some smaller streets with old houses and really loud and beautiful waterfall. Also instead of smoothie I drank a bit too much delicious latte at my brothers place. No regrets!

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I definitely recommend to explore the unknown streets, because it is the best way to find beautiful spots and places that should be visited by You! So let`s go!

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Sunday Funday – Unexpected Trip

Wonderful readers,

What did You do this Sunday? I had a very unexpected and fun Sunday, so why not share it with you?

Me and my guy, we were talking about going for our typical Sunday walk the day before. We have a tradition, to take walks together on Sundays, if he is not at work. So we headed out the door. We walked and enjoyed the city life, grabbed Chai Latte (because Sunday date without it, is not quite the same)… 😀 And then he suggested something unusual – to take a boat to one of the islands. How fun, I thought! So we took one of the ferries (we didn’t even look where the ferry was going) and headed for adventure!

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Unexpected trips are the best, even those that take place very close by. It was so much fun to see where we arrived, to walk around and enjoy colourful autumn leaves and beautiful sunset. Therefore, If you had a quiet day at home this Sunday, I suggest you to take an adventurous tour around your city next Sunday! Enjoy Life!

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Let`s inspire each other!

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Active Sunday

Wonderful readers,

Better late than never right? So, on Sunday, we finally managed to take our bicycles out for a ride! Why it took so long? Well, my tires were out of air and the pump didn’t fit my bicycle. Excuses, I know.

However, I am very happy that Sunday was the day! It took some effort to get those tires fixed, but when you really want something, you do everything to achieve it.

Such a good feeling when you feel the wind in your hair and sun on your face while you fly through the city. Oslo has some wonderful bicycle paths. We took one by the sea, that goes all the way to the island. The weather was beautiful and mood on top! It was quite hard to keep my eyes on the road, since the nature views were amazing, with the sea in the horizon and many many yachts in front.

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Walking in sync with each other.

Beautiful people, stay active, or start being more active. Walk when you can, take bike rides, take stairs, put on some medium loud music and simply dance at home! And you know what, you will feel much better. So, better late than never! 🙂 Choose to be active today!

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Game of Thrones Travel Destinations

Wonderful readers,

Do we have any Game of Thrones fans here? I bet we have! As the season finale has passed our windows, I thought it would be awesome to look at some beautiful real life destinations all fans should visit. And not only fans, as these locations are very beautiful, even without seeing them in sentimental filming location spotlight.

I am actually not a big Game of Thrones fan, but I find it very fascinating and beautifully made both story and screening wise. Also around two years ago, I wrote an exam about one of the episodes at my University. I had to analyse it deeply and I still remember this experience as one of the most interesting and exciting. This show really has very special and epic vibe.

So let`s get inspired by these beautiful destinations! If you are currently planning your next trip, you should definitely look closer at this!

Split, Croatia   

Try to trace the filming locations in Split, Croatia, while taking long walks in those narrow streets.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

It should be easier to trace the locations in Dubrovnik, since many scenes were filmed there. Here you can see King`s Landing, Old Town, Outside the Walls of Old Town and Baroque Stairs.

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Northern Ireland

Take a walk in this beautiful path and feel the aura. This place is recognisable as the Kings Road.

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Castle Ward was used for various of scenes featuring Stark Family. Castle Ward`s historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell in the series.

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Azure Window, Malta

This beautiful Limestone rock formation arch is one of Malta`s most famous on the island of Gozo. It got even more famous after Game of Thrones used it as one of their filming locations. It was featured in season 1, episode 1.

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Essaouira, Morocco

Season 3 was filmed in this historical coastal town, located two hours west of Marrakech. Sunny and sandy town of North Africa is definitely worth a visit.

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Iceland

Extreme cold and spectacular landscapes were filmed in Iceland throughout all of their seasons. Iceland represents snow covered regions North of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Which of these places would you like to visit?

Personally, I would like to explore those streets in Split, Croatia the most. ❤ All of these photos were taken from Google.

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Creating Memories

Hello readers,

I just realised I haven’t posted the video of me and my friend having fun in June, when she was visiting me for a couple of days.

It is so wonderful to have friendships that you know will last. Friendships where you can be completely yourself and simply get yourself loose having fun in your way. This video is about nothing, and at the same time about everything that friendship gives to you. Also we were exploring Oslo while taking breaks on the benches, having ice coffee and doing other things. We were also lucky enough to grab one of those sightseeing trains completely for free. Therefore, sightseeing views are included!

In the video you see famous places in Oslo, such as Ekeberg Park, The Royal Palace, Palace Park, Aker Brygge, City Hall, Panorama view of Oslo and different sculptures and flowers.

We didn’t film that much since it is easy to forget in the process. However, I always try to think how much fun I will have creating, putting together these clips and looking back at them.  Therefore, make yourself memories that will last. Photos, videos, letters, things you will look at and remember that exact moment which will bring out a smile. Choose one of the following or create something else valuable for you and make it a tradition! 🙂

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Over the horizon. 
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Palace Park.
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Cute summer nails.
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Panorama View.

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Let`s go hiking!

Mountains are very beautiful with views that take your breath away. However, as I am a city girl, I have never been a fan of mountains or hiking. But when you live in Norway, you simply have to try it!

So we hiked for about 3 hours to a mountain called Gaustatoppen (1883 metres), situated near the city called Rjukan in Norway. This mountain is considered as the highest mountain in the area Telemark. The way up was covered in stones as it made the way up quite unstable. We took a family path up, but you can also take more advanced and extreme one, if you are an enthusiast and well experienced in hiking. The views were of course magnificent and many people were hiking in front of us and behind us. There is also a cable car (Gaustabanen) which can take you to the top!

At times it seemed a bit tough on the legs, but other than that it wasn’t that bad. Mostly it was really really cold. Especially on the top. So be sure to bring some warm clothes. It depends on the day of course, but we hiked in July and it was still really cold.

To summarise it all, it was a different, beautiful and fun experience which I will remember for life! Enjoy the photos. 🙂

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The top of the mountain still far away in front of us.
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Look at all those people hiking, they look so small.
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The path.
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Look who joined us to the mountains – Teddy!

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Finally!
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Why not wear some bright pink to the mountains! And do not forget your smile!

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Flower Bouquet

When you get a beautiful flower bouquet even on vacation. ❤ This is the story about it…

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That day in the beginning of July, we decided to go kart racing in Klaipeda (gokartas.lt). We`ve been planning to do it for a long time. Finally, we arrived at the place and excitement was slowly rising. The woman who worked there told us to wait for the next round. She told us to come in, as I say, their little house, where you suppose to pay, register your name, put your purse into the locker and pick up a helmet. So we sat outside, watching other people riding both fast and slow, listened to the sounds karting cars were making and we were widely smiling while waiting for our turn.

Then suddenly the lady told us to come inside to register our names and pay for the ride. We realised that we didn’t have any more cash, only money on the card. Most places take cards nowadays, but unfortunately that wasn’t that kind of place. She told us that they only take cash. Well, that was a bit disappointing, but luckily a food store with a mini bank was situated close by. So no worries, we went there.

On the way to the minibank, near the store, we saw some elders selling their garden goodies to the people passing by. An old lady looked at us and said that she only got one bouquet left that she wanted to sell that day. She looked at my guy and ask if he wanted to buy those flowers for me. Beautiful wild flowers looked and smelled simply heavenly. He looked at me and smiled, handed the lady a couple of euros that she asked for the flowers and with that simple action made two women really happy that evening! 😀 The old woman immediately started packing and could finally go home. And me, well, I couldn’t stop smiling and took a bunch of photos!

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After kart racing we were full of adrenaline and decided to buy a take away pizza. And tell me, what could be better than eating pizza on the beach by a beautiful Baltic Sea. The sea water was quite still which is rare and the sunset we got to see was shiny and beautiful.

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This story just once again reminds us that everything happens for a reason! Leave me a comment, I would love to read your thoughts and stories!

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Meet&Greet with Baby Tigers in Klaipeda

So where should I start this fun adventure? I never thought I would do this. I didn’t have a single thought about this particular meet in my head. Especially I couldn’t imagine Lithuania as a place where you can greet baby tigers. But as I once wrote a song “Unexpected Things Happen”. Indeed, that is the truth. When you least expect it, then you get it. These things make life exciting!

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Look at those eyes!

The day started with us deciding where we wanted to go. Klaipeda Zoo is 10 kilometres from Klaipeda and that didn’t seem far away or uncomfortable to get to, because we had a car. We didn’t have high expectations for the place. This Zoo was started by one man called Edvardas Legeckas, already in 2001. But only in 2014, the place got the Zoo status and changed its name. However, we were nicely surprised when we entered the Zoo area, since it looked quite big, with lots of people visiting.

The first thing that caught my eyes on the way to the ticket office, was people touching and enjoying the company of small baby tigers, inside a building, with windows all around. It was a unique sight. Then I understood – I wanted to have this experience in my life. We payed 15 euros each, to be able to meet the tigers for 10 minutes and patiently waited for our turn.

When our time came, it was impossible to hide the excitement and happiness. You could instantly notice different personalities and moods of the tigers. There was one white tiger, obviously tired, chilling on the blanket in the corner. Another white tiger seemed to attack my leg, but the lady who took care of them said that he was just being playful and handed me a toy to play with him. So there I was, playing with a tiger for the first time in my life!

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Another thing I wanted to do in those 10 minutes we got there, was to pick one tiger up and hold him in my hands for the picture and simply see how it felt like. To be honest, I tried to pick the tiger up probably around 5 times, if not more. Every time I got scared because they were quite heavy and the second I tried to lift one up, he made a weird noise. I noticed one man lifting tigers up and down with no fear, even though they made the same sounds. After that, I thought that I can do it as well. And voíla, I did it! My facial expression and huge smile says it all. I didn’t know my smile could get this wide before this meet&greet happened! It was totally worth it!

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Adorable babies! ❤

I hope you enjoyed reading this story and will look forward for more! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Lithuanian Sea Coast: NIDA video

The last video of my Lithuanian Sea Coast series is here. I hope you enjoyed these videos and you are looking forward for what is here to follow! ❤

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Personally, I have really enjoyed making these videos and sharing them with you guys, because I got a chance to relive these beautiful moments. Making this kind of travel videos in general is a big passion of mine. And I know for sure that it will be so amazing to watch these summer vacation videos in winter time and see how beautiful my home country is, if you look at it in the right angle. When sad thoughts come into your head, when you simply cannot wait for the warmth, sun, vacation and summer activities, memory videos like these help a lot. Also for inspiration, happiness and beautiful views. You simply get reminded of blessings in your life.

Enough of the sentimental thoughts. I guess, I am missing this vacation already. 🙂 Let`s talk a bit about this vacation resort town called Nida. This town is indeed really beautiful with its own charm and relaxing vibe, situated in the centre of Neringa municipality. As you can see in the video, it is way smaller than Klaipeda and Palanga, and we only stayed there for half a day. We took a ferry from Klaipeda to Smiltyne, which took us only 5 minutes. It is really fast. And then, if you go by car, it takes around half an hour to drive from the ferry to Nida. You also drive past Juodkrante, which is also a small, nice and cozy resort. There are beautiful bike paths from Smiltyne to Nida. If you are a sporty person and bike enthusiast, try biking both ways!

You will find one main path by the sea, both for pedestrians and bikes in Nida, which leads you to the beautiful dunes (kopos in Lithuanian, as I am saying in the video, since I really didn’t know the word dunes then). Dunes is such an unusual landscape created by the sea and wind. When you get up the stairs, you get to see a breathtaking view, which you have to experience yourself! Only there and then you understand how fragile and at the same time mighty this landscape is. Behind the scenes were us, simply sitting on the sand, enjoying the view and eating fresh strawberries from the garden.

There is a feeling of slow life in Nida. As you can spot in the video below, while we walked besides, an old woman was slowly hanging her newly washed clothes on the wire for them to dry outside. Around two hours later, when we walked back to the car, the woman was still slowly hanging the clothes and talking to her neighbour. How cute is that? This shows that you have to really slow down in Nida and truly relax.

What is a bit sad about this resort is the fact that it`s quite expensive. However, it is totally understandable why. The climate of Lithuania won’t let the tourists enjoy Nida in any other season, except of summer. Restaurants, hotels and other businesses only have three short months to do their thing. It is natural that they have to increase their prices in order to survive. Also you have to pay 20 euros in order to be able to drive into this beautiful town with a car. And you know what, there wasn’t a second that we doubted whether we should go to Nida or not. It is totally worth it!

Enjoy the video in HD and I hope you will visit Nida some day! Also check out my Palanga and Klaipeda videos in my previous posts, if you haven’t done it yet, and feel free to tell me what you think! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Lithuanian Sea Coast: PALANGA video

The time has come for my second Travel with Rūta video, this time from a city called Palanga. A vacation resort well known for the Lithuanians as well as some foreigners. A city of romance!

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When I was still living in Lithuania, this town was our family number one vacation spot in summer time. I didn’t use to care about the cold sea water, since the Baltic Sea doesn’t really get warmer than 18 degrees. However, saying that you get use to good things fast is  very true. As fast as you get to know a truly warm sea, you just don’t feel the need to go into cold sea. There is good enough to only feel the water with your feet. That is what I did and I feel very content about it. No regrets about not swimming in the Baltic Sea this time!

A long beach stretches out far far away, to other small town called Šventoji and has in all a seafront of 25 kilometres! Light and pleasant sand, soughing waves and special dunes. The combination of these things will give you peace of mind and sense of harmony. If you decide to go far by the sea, you can try to find some amber or pretty shells.

Unique dunes is an ideal place to hide yourself from the wind or to find a more comfortable, intimate and warmer corner. The beach in Palanga is very crowded on a warmer day, especially in the weekends in summer time. Therefore, the dunes are the place to be for the people who like a more quiet and private relaxation.

If you ever go to this city, do not forget to visit famous Palanga bridge (Palangos tiltas), where people gather together to watch remarkable sunsets. We were lucky enough to experience an outstanding sunset while visiting Palanga. It is hard to describe it. You will see it in my video which is in the bottom of this post. To see it in video is of course not the same as being in the moment, but you will get an idea of how perfect it was. And yes, I really think it was perfect. ❤

Some other famous places are the famous Basanavicius street, is where all the fun is situated – different bars, cafes, clubs, attractions and activities, where different music is being played and performed live on the evenings. Also Tiškevičiai Palace and Amber Museum, Birutė Park and Musical Fountain. These are the places shown in the video that are worth a visit or two!

I hope you will enjoy the video and catch a happy inspiration! Don’t forget to watch it in HD! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana