When I got unexpected company!
There are many natural reserves and national parks in Sweden and specially around Stockholm where I live. My favourite natural reserve is the Björnö Natural Reserve on an island called Ingarö. If you would translate Björnö to English it would be the Bear Island! But rest assure nowadays there are no bears here around Stockholm. With or without bears this natural reserve is one of my favourites and I am often hiking and camping at Björnö. But this very day, when I shot this video I got unexpected company!
A ride by the Paris Metro and then walking along Champs Élysées all the way the Triomphe de l'Étoile
The best way to get around in Paris is the Metro and by foot. The Metro system is impressive both to its size and how many lines there are. It's a mix of old and new lines. On some lines you need to open the doors manually when you are getting off the train and some lines are fully automatic with driverless trains and platforms doors. And then we have the smell, not particularly a bad smell but special. I remember the smell clearly from my younger days when I was there with my folks. As a wise man once said: The Paris Metro smell isn't easy to describe but here goes: eggy, garlic, bodies, feet, musty, drains, urine and ever so slightly piquant – like a particularly ripe Camembert.
We walked from The Jardin du Luxembourg to the Louvre
Did I mentioned that walking is the best way to discover Paris? If not then you know now. So good shoes, an umbrella and put on the step counter then you are ready to go. Luckily for me my son agreed so I had no problem dragging him with me. First stop was the Jardin du Luxembourg. This park is so relaxing and it's my favourite park in Paris. Then we just headed on and crossed the Seine and ended up near the Louvre. My step counter showed 30K steps something so happy walking!
We walked from Place du Trocadero to the Eiffel Tower
As I mentioned before there are some mandatory things you need to see if you are in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is the most famous one I believe, We started our walk at Place du Trocadero which has a beautiful view over the Eiffel Tower and is definitely a must for all the Instagrammers out there. When we came to the Eiffel Tower the line to get up in the tower was simply too long for us to wait.
A walk at La Mar Beach
It was a quiet afternoon when I took a stroll at La Mar Beach.
Filipina trying pickled herring, did she like it??
Pickled herring is typical for Sweden and really loved by many Swedes. You preferable eat with new boiled potato and traditionally you also can eat with a shot of alcohol, called snaps. Approved by Miss Zane, yes or no??
A review of the Green Planet Dubai
Explore the enchanting bio-dome, a tropical indoor rain forest sustaining over 3000 plants & animals. As many things here in Dubai the Greek Planet was indeed impressive. But I will not spoil the fun, since this is a video review of the Green Planet in Dubai. Is it worth going there? Well join me and you will see. A tip: Buy the tickets online and get discount.
Etihad Museum, a nice informative experience
The Etihad Museum, historically called the Union House. The UAE is a country with a rich history and the Etihad Museum in Dubai is a great place to visit if you want to learn about it. The modern museum which spans over 25,000 sq. m. is complete with interactive exhibitions telling the story of how this country came to be and pictures of founding fathers.
I walked 19 000 steps in Dubai Mall just in one day!
Yes, it's the largest mall in the world by total land area. I've seen many big malls in Asia before so I thought I wouldn't be so easy to impress. But I admit I was impressed. I was impressed by its location with the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa just around the corner outside. There are also some major highlights inside the mall you wouldn't miss, the Dubai Aquarium for example. One thing that surprised me though, despite the size of the Dubai Mall it was easy for me to navigate my way around which is not always the case.
A nice afternoon in Tirana and dinner at restaurant Oda
A nice afternoon in the Albanian capital Tirana. We visited the local market and had a nice dinner at the traditional Albanian restaurant Oda. We took the dessert in a coffee shop just nearby, Italian gelato together with a cappuccino.
If you are looking for the traditional Albanian cuisine then Restaurant Oda is the right place. Lamb in different ways is the main attraction. For the no meat eater there are a variety of vegetarian dishes. Different salads and of course the traditional burek which is baked, filled pastry, made of a thin flaky dough such as filo with a variety of fillings, such as meat, cheese, spinach or potatoes.
We ordered eggplant stuffed with vegetables and the lamb cooked in a wooden stove together with rice. You need to order rice separately. The portions were big and generous. The lamb was very tender with a nice taste and the rice was probably cooked in broth which made it very tasty. The stuffed eggplant was nice too.
Video clip: The visit to the local market and the review of the traditional restaurant Oda. Eating ice cream and of corse not to mention to see Miss Zane negotiating at the local market. Enjoy!
The food was for sure very traditional and came in tasty and generous portions. The downside was the waiting time. Waiting to order, waiting for the food and waiting for the bill. There were many guests and only one waitress so that was the explanation. The dishes also came one at a time, not served at the same time as would normally be expected. With that in mind I can still recommend Restaurant Oda if you are looking for the traditional Albanian cuisine.