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

 

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

 

Vacation for You

 

What lies in the word – VACATION?

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A huge desire for relaxation,

Or having fun on exploration?

Letting go of your frustration,

Or simply getting to a different location?

Doing wild and cute flirtation,

Or being peaceful with meditation?

Knowing you don’t have to go to work organisation,

Or being at home without any temptation?

 

Vacation or holiday is a time when someone does not go to work or school,

But is free to do what they want.

Looking at words above you will notice a pattern,

Vacation basically means individual preference for being happy.

The time is yours, to travel or relax…

But the most important thing is to enjoy every second of it,

Because quality beats quantity.

 

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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

A day in Trakai, Lithuania

I was looking at some older photos and remembered one very nice trip that took place last July. So I decided to happily write about it!

When I visit my home country Lithuania, my girl friends and I have a tradition to visit a lot of different cafés. It is very exciting and fun. Since we were little girls, we used to save some money and visit our local café for a little treat. We always thought that it was a great way to spend some time together, catch up on things and treat ourselves properly. However, the last time I visited Lithuania in summer, we decided to do something different – to spend a day in Trakai. And of course, it included treats and goodies! 🙂

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The Castle of Trakai.

A short train ride from the capital of Lithuania, which is Vilnius, you will find a small but rather beautiful town called Trakai. It is a historical town and lake resort, which makes it a great tourist attraction with beautiful nature, history, culture and relaxation. We started our trip by taking a train from Vilnius to Trakai, which took us around half an hour. After that, we walked through the park by the lake to the city centre,  where the beautiful castle of Trakai is situated. Where people walk slowly, go for a boat or yacht ride, take lots of pictures, buy various of things in the streets and eat delicious food in the restaurants. Trakai is also very popular place for wedding photoshoots.

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While walking to the town.

Since the walking takes quite some time, it was about time to grab something to eat. And you ask what you could eat while visiting Trakai? Well, all Lithuanians know Trakai of their traditional heritage, which is called Kibinai (singular: kibinas). Therefore, You should definitely order one of those while visiting this beautiful town. But what is Kibinai? Basically dough pastry filled with meat and onion. It is usually made with different meats so you can choose the kind you prefer the most. Also they have vegetarian Kibinai, filled with cottage cheese and spinach. Delicious!

 

 

And guys, it was such a hot day! My shorts were literally glued to my legs. It was almost impossible to be in the sun. So after we ate, we found a wonderful shade spot under the trees besides the castle. There we sat, read a magazine and simply enjoyed peaceful surroundings.

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The Castle of Trakai is situated on the island, surrounded by lake Galvė. There is a bridge leading you to the castle, and you can walk around it for free, and inside can be visited by buying a ticket. This wonderful visit of ours was ended with some tasty ice cream and by taking a yacht! It is also one of the most common attractions in Trakai. On the hot day like that, it was perfect, so relaxing and beautiful. Highly recommended to spend a summer day in this beautiful town!

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View from the yacht in Lake Galvė. The Castle of Trakai in front.
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Ladies in the yacht.

Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana

 

S`illot, Mallorca

Long walks combined with long conversations… You simply walk without knowing where you are going. You are following the path. Eventually you stop, find a place to sit, enjoy the nature and your lovely company. You feel as this is your place, you belong here. This feeling is magical and brings a lot of good emotions. Have you experienced something like this while being on holiday?

 

Small, pretty and cozy, previous fishing village, situated on the east coast, which is on the other side from Palma de Mallorca. The town is called S`illot. ​There are pedestrian ways, where you are able to walk or bike to other nearby places, such as Sa Coma, Cala Millor and Porto Cristo. The beach in S`illot is quite small, so walking to the beaches nearby is a great solution. And oh, one more thing, parking is free all around. Even arriving at 9pm in July, we found available parking spot. Well, don’t have that high of expectations for the parking spot looks. The most important thing is that you can find a place for your rented car which is nearby and completely for free! We stayed at the Universal Hotel Perla, which was located by the beach, with great service and delicious buffet breakfast.

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You like night life? Well, then this town is not that great of a choice. The only night place they provide is called Crazy Monkey Bar. There wasn’t that much action when we visited that place, but the music was still fully on. The positive thing is that the whole dance floor is yours! If you are brave enough to dance alone of course, it takes courage to start something, such as dancing when no-one else is doing so. But always remember, that life is actually too short to constantly be afraid of everything, especially things you want to do. If you want to dance, but are afraid of what people will think of you, who cares, you will probably never see them again after that night anyways and they are sipping on those fancy cocktails and will probably join you after a while. So let your hair loose, put on a favourite dress and dance for as long as you wish. The dance floor is yours!

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S`illot is also close to an amazing place called Cuevas del Drach. The cave situated in Porto Cristo has been known since the Middle Ages and has a maximum depth of 25 metres below the ground level. There is an underground lake situated in the cave called Lake Martel. This Cave visit ends with a short but beautiful classical concert performed by four talented musicians playing in the boat. There is completely dark in the cave, except of bulbs situated in the musicians boat. Wonderful experience! You can simply close your eyes and enjoy the magical moment. And there is a boat trip at the very end across Lake Martel!

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One more thing which we did that was very fun. That was a boat ride. Two hour long boat ride through splashing water, both dark blue and crystal clear turquoise, with some amazing views of caves, cliffs and cities. I also had my Marilyn Monroe moment while on the boat, (which you can see on the second slideshow), since the wind was so strong as the boat moved. It was so much fun! Also not to mention the guy that pronounced all the places we arrived to in a very amusing way. You have to really experience it to understand. But the memories are strong which means it was amazing!

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Much love and positivity,

Ruta Antana