Beautiful Places -> My Bucket List

Todays blog post is all about the Dream Destinations. Don’t you agree that we all should dream about the topic? Eventually take actions into our hands and make dreams into reality? Do your dreams look like they will only stay as dreams, so you almost want to give up dreaming completely?

There are so many beautiful corners of the world I would like to visit, probably many I don’t even know about. And I can say that sometimes those places look so far away, as I would never reach them. But I don’t like to think in that way. It is much better to think that one day you will be there, only looking back at yourself daydreaming and wishing to be at that place you see in front of you right now. Thinking positively will only increase your chances of making your dream destination into a reality! So maybe it is actually better to call it a plan and not a dream?

When you finally reach your dream place, it is important to remember not to rush through the experience, but rather feel every moment with your body and heart. It is important to collect those memories and experiences, as they give you some valuable life lessons you will appreciate today, tomorrow or after a while.

It is actually hard to write a bucket list, since there are so many beautiful and interesting cities, countries and islands I would like to visit. However, there are places I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. So here I chose 10 of those I have been wanting to visit the most.

Portugal 

Nature, beaches, buildings, friendly people, good atmosphere, long nights and sunny days. Who wouldn’t like to visit this country?

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Santorini, Greece 

This island really attracts me with the white buildings and different architecture. The vibe of this place looks so different from where I live. Therefore, I think visiting this place would be an unforgettable experience.

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Kreta

Another island I would really like to visit, where you find beautiful nature, beaches, culture and can experience ultimate vacation.

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Menorca, Fuerteventura, Tenerife…

Since I loved Mallorca so much, I would like to visit the rest of Spanish Islands, to experience the differences and similarities, and feel the ultimate satisfaction once again. I simply cannot choose one of these islands…

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California 

From all of the states in the United States of America, I would like to visit California the most. With such a big influence from the Hollywood movies and TV shows I have always wanted to visit this particular part. We have all seen this place in movies, but it would be a whole different feeling to experience the place in reality and make own memories and notes on things.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Colourful and never sleeping place with bright colours, wild dances, fiestas and parades, exotic fruits and deep culture. One of my friends lives in Brazil, and I would be more than happy to visit her there!

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Paris, France

I haven’t visited Paris yet, where the romance is said to be blooming and my love for macaroons would be experienced by tasting the original ones! I would also really like to visit Disney World while being there.

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Sicily, Italy 

I have been in Rome around 4 years ago. The city seemed so full of culture and historic heritage. The next on my wish list from Italy is beautiful Sicily!

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Maldives 

I love beach life, and the water in Maldives looks unbelievable. Do I have to say more?

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Bali, Indonesia 

The place seems to have such a relaxing vibe. There are many movies and stories about Bali, referring to it as a healing place where you find your harmony and balance.

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Now I feel like I completely reached my own dream land. How much would I like to take photos at these beautiful places, make videos and simply enjoy my time with amazing company. I hope one day I will look back at this post, only to discover that all of this bucket list has been fulfilled and I already will have another bucket list of dream destinations  ready to share. ❤

Keep on daydreaming and who knows, maybe one day your dream won’t longer be a dream, but a reality.

Since this is my bucket list and I haven’t visited these beautiful places yet, the pictures are obviously been taken from Google. Thank you Google! 🙂

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

When You are in Doubt -> Inspirational Travel Quotes

Have you ever been in doubt whether you should travel somewhere or not? I have experienced that a lot of people are still afraid to step out of their comfort zone when it comes to travelling. Meaning it is easier to stay at the place where everything is known and where you feel comfortable. Therefore, inspirational travel quotes are always a good idea when you are in doubt whether you should invest your money into this experience!

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Personally, I can spot myself wanting to go to a place where I have been before just because I know that I like that place so much and will experience maximum relaxation and joy. Instead of going to a place where I can get disappointed. However, you have to take that risk in order to discover wonderful places that will give you unforgettable memories. At the same time, every town, city and country has its own vibe and beauty. Therefore, we should always consider all of the sides and don’t be that judgemental. It is important to know what we want to get from travelling and with that in mind you are ready to choose a destination!

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If you are in doubt or only need some motivation, read these or other wonderful inspirational travel quotes and you will be willing to explore our wonderful world! Don’t hesitate and book a vacation. After all, memories and experiences you will have for life. ❤

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All of these photos are taken by me, quotes are taken from the internet. Have an adventurous week!

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

Summertime Colours and Smiles

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Can you think of a day

You would be content with it all…

Does it include love?

Your passion, peace, activities or a hug?

 

Summertime colours and smiles,

Bring some joy and healthy shine,

To your face and your mind,

To your soul as well, how nice…

Sunshine helps to keep it alive,

Spread the love around,

Because there is no time to hide,

The stage is yours,

Your life is your show.

Live it to the fullest!

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Cat Café in Vilnius, Lithuania

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Ladies by the Cathedral of Vilnius.

When I was visiting my home country Lithuania last year, my brothers wife gave me the best suggestion – to visit the one and only Cat Café situated in the capital Vilnius. My nephew was dreaming about this cafe for a long time and I also didn’t hesitate to give a positive answer. I also invited my amazing friend and we headed off to the train station for our short and fun adventure.

The day started in a very unusual way. It was the end of July and the weather was typically really good. We took on our summer clothes and headed for a mini bus which was suppose to drive us to the train station. While sitting on that bus, we saw the sky slowly getting darker and darker. And suddenly, it started to pour! It was not only some summer rain. It was literally pouring with lighting getting the sky brighter, thunder making remarkable sounds and small ice cubes hitting the bus windows. Well, you can imagine our reactions. First, we laughed and then it got a bit scary to leave that bus. However, nothing would ruin our great trip mood! We ran from the bus to the train station, got really wet and laughed so hard it was hard to breath. The day got really interesting!

When we finally arrived in Vilnius (a one hour trip from a city called Kaunas), before we went to our goal place of the day, we decided to visit a beautiful public park called Bernardinai Garden (Bernardinu Sodas). There are botanic exhibitions, fountains, flowers and green areas with benches and small stream of water.

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The peak of this trip could be our running in the rain, but the Cat Café (Kačių kavinė) was originally our goal and took over the attention. And you are probably wondering what this café is all about? Do they serve cats there? Well, I want to calm you down. This café has many beautiful cats that walk around and you can look at them, pet them, buy them some treats, take pictures, go and play with them while you are waiting for your food, after you are finished eating or in between if you like. Therefore, the Cat Café is all about smiles and good vibes!

It is a very exciting and unusual concept that will definitely give you something to talk about. I have to say, that the cats are not that enthusiastic, probably very used to all of the people, attention and therefore not so excited to play or do something other than laying around or sleeping. However, if you decide to buy them a treat, which you can do right there, as my nephew did, then you will get surrounded by the cats and feel the real attention. Would you like to visit the Cat Café?

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Last but not least, how could we not go to one of the little cafes situated in the beautiful and lively Old Town of Vilnius? Delicious cakes, coffees, lovely live music delivered just next to you by talented street musicians. Perfect ending on this little and exciting trip!

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Still life in Vilnius Old Town with Gediminas` Tower on the hill in the background.

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

My favourite parks in Oslo, Norway

What can be better than finding a beautiful park in the middle of the city? Here, I will share my personal favourite parks in Oslo, Norway.

The first is definitely Royal Palace Park, which is probably the most central park in Oslo. It is not that big, but such a peaceful and green park! The main street is just down the hill, which makes it a great location for some relaxation! There are many beautiful plants, fountains and ducks swimming in the pond. You can imagine yourself as a royal while walking around, if you have a bright imagination. This park is especially beautiful in the evening, as the sun is slowly settling down between the trees. It is such a magnificent sight!

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Number second would be Frogner park with Vigeland Sculpture Park inside of it, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oslo. It is situated in the area called Majorstuen. There are plenty of tourists in Vigeland Sculpture Park on summertime, to see all wonderful naked sculptures and roses blooming in all shapes and colours. While Frogner Park is a popular place among the locals, where people like to walk their dogs, go for a run or just enjoy their time – sunbathing, grilling, being with their friends or family. It is very nice to walk around the park and discover simple hidden nature beauties. I love waterfalls, small or big, it doesn’t matter. This park has it, and I am so glad for it! It is actually the largest park in the central parts of Oslo.

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There are no roses in the park yet, but I will definitely take some photos once the roses will start blooming in all kinds of beautiful colours. 🙂

Last but not least, there is a place called Sognsvann. I am not sure if it is considered as a park, but I look at it as one. There is a lake with a walking/running path that goes around the whole lake, which is around 3 kilometres long. Also there is an area which is great for sunbathing, fishing, grilling and picnics. You can also go for a swim or work out on the grass. People really love this place for work outs and runs. However, at warm days the place is packed with people sunbathing and grilling. If you don’t like to be in the mass, you can walk a bit by the lake and find a small, private space besides the water. Enjoy nature in your own way. This lake is not situated in the city centre, so you have either to take the metro or drive the car. There are plenty of parking spots, completely for free! Doesn’t this sound amazing?

If you are really into different plants and trees, then you should also visit Botanical Garden in the area called Tøyen. I used to work in this place and I can definitely say that it is a beautiful park worth a visit. Also a popular place for wedding photoshoots. Would you like to take a picture by the palm tree while in Oslo? Then this is the place you want to visit!

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Take a walk in the park and smell the fresh air. Because sometimes that is all You need!♡

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Choose to wear a Smile

A name You may not remember, but a smile You will never forget! 

 

Fashion Friday of this week is being converted into Fashion Saturday! But no worries, I have a beautiful subject for you guys, which is called Smiling! It is so important to treat your inner beauty first and feel content with yourself and confident, as I wrote in the previous blog post – Choose to wear Confidence. Therefore, I want to talk about the main aspects that come from our insides, before we go and dig into outfit ideas and trends later on. You are never fully dressed without a smile on your face!

Have you ever heard that Smile is the best accessory anyone can wear? Have you thought about it, whether you agree? 

 

Well, I agree with that 100%! A real and genuine smile does wonderful things to yourself as well as to other people. It brings out simple happiness and joy!

 

 

What would a big statement necklace look like with an angry or sad face? Of course, the necklace would distract peoples eyes for a while, but ultimately they will notice your well being. At the same time it is very difficult to frown when looking at someone who smiles. Therefore, by wearing your best accessory, you make others to wear their best accessories as well!  Smiling can also make you healthier. It can reduce the level of stress and overall blood pressure, it boosts your immune system and increases the level of mood enhancing hormones like endorphins. So are You smiling already?

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Beautiful Smiles of my wonderful people!

Therefore, the goal is to treat yourself well, treat your inner beauty by smiling. When your inner beauty is in place, it will shine through to your outer beauty. You can wear a genuine smile – the best accessory in the world, day after day and everyday.

It is very important to not be ashamed of your smile, since every smile is different, unique and beautiful in its own way. A happy, smiling person looks always more content and attractive. Smile to yourself every morning, smile to the other people everyday and you will hopefully notice a difference for your inner happiness, health and outer beauty! Never underestimate the power of a sincere smile. ❤

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

Explore LONDON continues

 

Time simply flies away when you have fun, they say, and it is absolutely true! That is what happened the next days we spent in London. No surprise we missed our evening ride on London Eye…

You see, we bought a Day & Night tickets, in order to see London by day and by night. The first admission has to be made during 10:00 to 16:00. The second admission has to obviously be made after 16:00, but the thing is that we didn’t check when the London Eye closed. We assumed it would be at least at 19:00. And guess what, we take beautiful photos at Buckingham Palace, watch beautiful sunset as we ride in the red bus and walk by the Big Ben towards the London Eye, excited to finish experience the sunset over the city…

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We arrive in excitement at 18:30, just to see empty lines and workers smiling, so ready to call it a day. London Eye closed at 18:00 and we were just halv an hour late. Oh well, we already experienced the amazing ride in day time, not minding the rain. There are plenty of things to do in London, have to keep the positive thoughts lined up first row!

Also we didn’t miss an opportunity to experience a show while in London. We saw a show called “Stomp”, performed at Ambassadors Theatre, which is a combination of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance. There are 8 performers, who use all kinds of things, as kitchen sinks, brooms, plastic bags etc, to create some wonderful, feelgood rhythms. Everything sounded so funky, performed really professionally. No one speaks throughout the whole show, but that is the thing. Only universal language is used! Wonderful and very funny show, full of silent comedy and great funk created by urban things, you could never think using as instruments. I really enjoyed this show and walked from the theatre with a big smile on my face.

 

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St Paul`s Cathedral behind me, and blossoms all over the place
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St. James Park

 

The video I made from London (which is down below) sums the whole trip up, with amazing places, buildings, nature… And the little dance is inspired by Zumba (which I really like), to make the video more authentic and interesting to watch! I hope You will enjoy the video, to look at London through my eyes, and it will inspire You in some way. ♡

 

 

 

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana