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Helpful Tips For Winter Travel

February 16, 2019 in Blog

We’ve all felt Jack Frost taking a nip at our nose, and facing Jack also means facing the harsh reality that a harsh winter promises, including the toll it’s like to take on our main mode of transportation.

It’s common knowledge that the tempestuous winter months put our vehicles through greater stress and strain, and can often make minor imperfections into major malfunctions. With that said, experts emphasize the importance of getting your car geared up for winter well advance of the plummeting temperatures.

Battery Operation: Since cold weather can be hard on batteries, checking your battery should be a top priority

– Make sure connections are tight and corrosion-free and that the cables aren’t lose.

– Have a technician conduct a load test to further determine your battery’s condition.

Check Your Liquid Assets: Professionals point out the need to check your vehicles vital fluids and filters, as well as its hoses, belts, and tires.

– At minimum, get oil and filter change.

– Check you coolant level and make sure the water/antifreeze ration is correct.

Set Your Sights On Safety: Remember, visibility is key for winter driving.

– Make sure you have ample windshield-washer fluid. And make sure to always keep it topped off with proper commercial anti-freeze.

– Check and double-check wipers, their condition, and how they are functioning. You can even choose to switch to winter blades as an option.

– Inspect headlights, taillights, brake lights and defrosters, and make sure they are in good, working order.

Interior Design: How your car operates on the inside is just as important to how it functions on the outside.

– Inspect floor for cracks or holes that may allow dangerous (and toxic) exhaust gases into your vehicle.

– Ensure that your heater (and defroster) are working.

Check Brakes, Belts And Hoses: Make sure all are in good condition and in working order before hitting the road.

– Top-off brake, clutch and transmission fluids.

– Check pressure on your belts. Also check for any cracking or fraying.

– Look for loose connections on hoses, as well as for unusual bulges, cracks, tears, and holes.

Treading On Thin Ice: Tire pressure and tread depth affect traction in the snow and rain.

– Check the inflation pressure of your tires and make adjustments according to the season and the temperature. This check, say experts, should be conducted several times a year (about twice a month).

– Check your spare tire and make sure you have one.

Getting Your Wheels In Motion: One of the best ways to safely get around in winter is by switching to a climate-friendly tire.

– Replace current tires with tires especially designed for colder, icier conditions.

– Check tread Depth. Keep in mind the shallower, the better.

– Beware of studded tires. They may offer more traction in wintry weather, but can reduce traction of dry roads.

Stay Attuned To Your Car’s Needs: Taking care of your car means knowing what it needs and when.

– Check the owner’s manual for instructions on how often you’ll need a general tune up, including spark plugs, ignition, coil, fuel injection, etc. and get one done just before the brunt of the winter season strikes.

– Put a minimum of one coat of wax on the exterior to protect paint against the winter making it easier for snow and ice to simply slip off

– Spay a lubricant (such as WD-40) in all door and trunk locks to prevent them from freezing.

Winterize Your Vehicle Inside and Out: Be prepared in care of emergency

– Stock and emergency kit with flashlight, flares, first-aid kid, blanket, warm clothes, gloves, hast, paper towels, snow shovel, snow brush, ice scraper, washer fluid, high energy food and water, and booster cables, and keep it in your car.

– Keep some sand or other such coarse material in your car to pour under tires to assist with traction if you get stuck on ice or hard-packed snow.

– ALWAYS carry your mobile phone with you and make sure it’s charged.

Polishing Your Safety Skills: No matter what kind of vehicle you drive or how well you maintain it, cautious driving is always recommended.

– Invest in an advanced winter driving course.

– Drive carefully and stay safe!

The Best Secret Gems Of Italy

February 13, 2019 in Blog

If you’re searching to visit some unusual and still undiscovered places in Italy, and you’re not a huge lover of crowds, here’re some of the best secret Italian gems to visit.

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The chaotic-looking town of Positano

February 13, 2019 in Blog

A widely famous Italian Almafi Coast attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

If you were searching for something slightly different and a bit chaotic, then the small town of Positano is everything you need. The Almafi Coast in Italy can be a little overwhelming if it’s your first time visiting or your fifth time there. The town of Positano is a mixture of relaxed romance, picturesque architecture, chaotic cliffs and buzzing atmosphere, and it’s certainly worth a visit.

What to do in Positano?

I highly recommend you to rent a boat to get the best impression. When staying in Positano, visiting other cities or islands of Almafi Coast is ’a must’. The island of Capri is highly recommended since you’ll be able to visit the famous Blue Grotto.

Another place to visit is the town nestled between the hills of Almafi Coast called Ravello where you’ll get the best view and sunset in Italy.

Towns like Pompeii and Herculaneum are the witnesses of ancient times where you can get the piece of history by visiting Casa del Menandro, Forum, and other ancient ruins.

Positano is a high-class tourist town where you can enjoy lying on the Marina Grande -300 m long beach and swimming in the endlessly turquoise sea. Its multi-hued buildings look like they’re going to tumble down any second while drinking the best Italian wines will make you experience a real Dolce Vita.

From restaurants, I highly recommend you to have a lunch break in Spiaggia Bar Ristorante La Marinella that will provide you not only a wonderful tasty food, but also a breathtaking view to a sweet little beach.

The higher you climb the Positano streets, the more breathtaking views you’ll get. If you’re a hike – lover this place is a paradise on Earth ’cause you’ll get the unique opportunity to walk through the Footpaths of the Gods.

 

Exploring the mysterious Montenegrin Adriatic Coast

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Montenegrin coast is nestled between Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast and Albania and has an unexplained charm and uniqueness. It’s a country of gorgeous sunsets and full of contrast between the mountains and the coastline.  Besides it’s one of the smallest counties in Europe,  this jewel of the Adriatic Sea has many vibrant cities and towns that wait to be visited.
Budva- The town of Budva is surrounded by stunning beaches while the center is ancient looking with stone buildings covered with climbing ivy. It has 2500 years old spirit and during the summer season becomes overcrowded and main Montenegrin party city.
Kotor- The town of Kotor presents the showpiece of Venetian Montenegro and with its narrow streets and squares is the treasure of Montenegrin Coast. Kotor’s ancient city walls stretch for 4,5 km and may be best seen from across the bay.
Herceg Novi– This town stands guard over the Kotor’s Bay and it’s one of the most popular Montenegrin tourist destinations. Its old Bellavista square is the main gathering spot and the perfect place for enjoying late night cocktails.
Tivat- Everyone’s visit to Montenegro wouldn’t be complete without walking through Tivat’s Porto Montenegro. It’s a luxurious platinum-rated marina with countless expensive restaurants and nightclubs.
Petrovac- it’s probably the smallest Montenegrin situated at the end of the Budva Riviera. To be honest, this was the ’quietest’ place among all the places I visited in Montenegro. It has a specific charm and represents a perfect beach holiday destination.
Recent years, the country of Montenegro become a favorite tourist destination for many World famous stars and some of them were David and Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell, and many others. It’s a country of 117 beaches, old history, lovely people and definitely deserves to be on your travel list.

The intriguing city of Belgrade-Serbia

February 13, 2019 in Blog

If you were wondering what might be your next travel destination, I want to introduce you to the capital of Serbia-Belgrade. It’s the center of Balkan Culture (Europe), and the place where medieval times merge with ancient history and new age at the same time. The world http://www.aboutbelgrade.com/en/history-of-belgrade.htmlBelgrade means the White City and since it was destroyed and rebuilt many times, you can see different types of architecture on every corner. Maybe you won’t believe me, but this city has been razed to the ground 44 times and fought over 115 times because of its good strategic location. By walking through Belgrade streets you’ll taste a real cultural mix. Since Serbia was under Turkish arm for more than 500 years, you’ll notice their influence on food, architecture and even language. The fact is that Belgrade has tons of history and you will best see it in Kalemegdan Fortress which was first built in the 2nd century by the Romans. Later, it was built over and over for 19 centuries, and still proudly stands above the city. The naked statue called Pobednik or ’’the Victor’’ overlooks to the confluence of Sava and Danube rivers from the Kalemegdan Fortress and represents a symbol of freedom from many past wars and occupations. Other sights that definitely need to be visited are the old Skadarlija street, Ada Lake, the Mountain Avala in the suburbs of Belgrade, Knez Mihajlova Street, and to have a walk next to Sava river in Sava Mala part of the city. The vibrant city of Belgrade also offers a buzzing nightlife which is often compared with Ibiza. Sounds great, isn’t it? With more than 100 kafanas, water floating clubs, bar and restaurants, you will taste a real carpe diem!

Awesome things to do in Buda and Pest

February 13, 2019 in Blog

If you’re in https://www.budapest.com/Budapest for the first time, these things you definitely need to experience. The gorgeous Capital city of Hungary- Budapest really offers you a lot! From sightseeing, breathtaking views to tasty food-you only need to choose! Maybe you won’t believe me, but in my opinion, Budapest can stay head to head with other European cities in many aspects, and you know what? It’s one of the cleanest cities I’ve ever been. It’s rich in thermal springs and probably one of the most visited capital cities for that kind of purpose.

Budapest has two faces. I call them the old one and the young one. Originally, this city was created by merging 3 towns into one – Buda, Pest, and Obuda (old Buda). Buda/Obuda part of the city is rich in old architecture while the new part that goes across the Danube river has a totally different appearance. –( personally like Buda part of the city more).

Hungary not only has many interesting cities to visit but it’s also a food heaven. Hungarian cuisine will definitely wake up all your senses. If you’re a great gourmet then you definitely shouldn’t miss Langos (I call it Hungarian pizza), goulash, Hungarian Kolbasz (sausage), plum dumplings and Kurtoskalacs.

The buzzing city of Budapest is old in many aspects. It has the second oldest subway after London, the second largest synagogue in the world, and it’s home to the third largest Parliament building in the world.

So what else you can do in Budapest?

-Visit one of the greatest spas in the city center- the Gellert Bath and spa center.

-Walk down the Danube promenade and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

-Visit Margaret island (2.5 km long), and take photos in front of the Musical Fountain.

– Take photos at the Heroes’ square.

– Visit St Stephen’s Basilica and then go to the amazing Fisherman’s Bastion where you’ll get the most beautiful view of the city.

-The last and the most important stop should definitely be the Citadel which was constructed by the Hapsburgs. The list of what to do in Budapest is simply endless, so you’d better provide yourself at least 5-6 days to feel every part of this gorgeous city!

Ronda- The city where two architectures collide

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Located 100km west of the city of Malaga, the city of Ronda seduces every visitor with its historic sights and dramatic views. Otherwise called the city of dreams, Ronda definitely has a lot to offer.

What to visit?

Plaza de Toros– Dating from 1785, Plaza de Toros presents one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain. You’ll also have a great opportunity to see not only the artifacts like weapons and attire but also the jackets and hats of famous bullfighters and read about their traditional practices. And here we come to another creepy part- You can also see the mounted heads of famous bulls.

Cono Balconies– Although they look like they’re going to tumble down any second, these hanging balconies still stand over the edge of the Tajo gorge and provide a breathtaking view to Ronda’s sunset.

Puente Nuevo– is definitely the most famous and the most visited Ronda’s attraction that was completed after 40 years of building in 1793. This New Bridge connects The Market with the La Ciudad (The town) and has been a witness of 50 lost lives during the construction process. However, today it’s the location where many of the spectacular tourist shoots are taken from. P.S. Sensible walking shoes and a camera are strongly recommended.

Old city– The old part of Ronda presents a huge contrast from the new part of the city. There’re lots of old Spanish restaurants, shops and picturesque architecture that dates back from Islamic times.

Reseratauro Ronda– is the perfect place for those who adore bullfighting and Andalusian horses. It’s a ranch that breeds fighting bulls (Toro Bravo) and is owned and run by a former Madrid bullfighter Rafael Tejada.

Arab Public Baths– These baths date from the Islamic period and have been later called San Miguel’s Baths. Their location is eminently artisan zone due to the close proximity of the Snake Stream which had provided the baths with water. Although they have been built in the 14th century, they’re still in a pretty good condition. Before you enter the Baths I highly recommend you to watch the educational 15 min- movie that explains a lot about the history of Ronda and how the baths came to be.

Read other Tanya’s articles on the following link Tanya Milankovic

 

 

 

The Island of Skiathos will definitely leave everyone speechless

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Although the Greek Island of Skiathos is the size of 46 sq km, many people decide to return for their holidays year after year for one simple reason- It has the most beautiful landscapes and beaches in the world.
This cosmopolitan island lives from tourism as well as from agriculture because locals produce tasty wine, honey, and olive oil. You’ll feel the smell of Olives and Aleppo pine trees from the first step to this Heaven on Earth, and that’s not all- the island of Skiathos has a crystal-clear sea that almost looks unreal. The word Skia in the name Skiathos means ”shadow” and it perfectly describes its nature that is covered by thousands of trees.
Skiathos is a popular summer resort for Scandinavian, Russian, English and many other holidaymakers. The town of Skiathos succeeded to keep the old traditional spirit although it was under the Athenian, Spartan, Roman, Byzantine as well as Turkish rule. If you were wondering what places you can visit on this gorgeous island, I especially want to mention the Kastro Fortress, The Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria (founded in 1794), and numerous small churches.
Since Skiathos is famous for its marvelous beaches, you definitely need to visit the Koukuraries, Lalaria, Troulos, Achiladies, Maratha, Banana, Xanemos and Vromolimnos beach. Each of these beaches has the unique spirit and magical smell of Aleppo pine woods that surround the whole island. And when the sun goes down, you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine in one of the tavernas next to the sea, that will wake up all your senses.

Taste the oriental town of Kusadasi-Turkey

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Let’s continue our trip to Aydin Province of Turkey- the town of Kusadasi. The meaning of the word Kusadasi literally means the Island of Birds since that part of the peninsula resembles the head of a bird. The sunbathed town of Kusadasi has numerous powdery sandy beaches that will provide you with an unforgettable holiday. If you’re the lover of active life, then you’ll definitely enjoy every day spent in this buzzing town. The beach I liked the most is called Ladies Beach, and it was named after the time it was segregated for female bather only. I must admit that this beach is one of the most crowded beaches in Kusadasi, so if you’re not a crowd-lover you should better try to escape it.

Other famous Kusadasi beaches are Diamond beach, Kustur beach, Public beach, Silver sand beach, and Long Beach. It’s easy to reach to any of these beaches by dolmus- Turkish minibus.  Another great thing about Kusadasi is that it offers many restaurants, beach bars, shops, and nightspots. This town definitely doesn’t sleep! If you’re a shopaholic then you’ll love their suq (the Turkish name for a market). There are also three waterparks close by and magnificent historical facilities such as ruins of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia, and three Ionian settlements of Miletus (55km), Priene (35 km), and Didim (75km).

If you decide to visit Kusadasi, you need to know that it’s a great base for visiting many other places and even the Greek island of Samos that is just a few minutes across the water. Amazing calcified waterfalls of Pamukkale (220 km
) will leave you speechless which mud is used for skin problems. You’ll see thousands of tourists come here and enjoy bathing in hot Pamukkale’s water and mud.

Split is a real blend of ancient and modern

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Gorgeous Dalmatian city of Split is a real blend of ancient and modern times. It is located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and it’s Croatia’s second largest city. This buzzing city has a rich culture and marvelous architecture. The tourism of Split is very developed and its visitors can enjoy walking the old streets and having a drink at the famous Riva.

Your splendid accommodation can be located in Split’s old or new part of the city. There are plenty of perfect equipped apartments, villas and hotels that are waiting to be chosen. Split weather is very warm in summer and it is one of the sunniest places in Croatia beside Hvar Island.

There are many things you can do in Split. You can visit Marjan’s Hill, art galleries, museums, famous city square, and swim and rest at many beaches of Split.

If you want to get back to 4th century than you should visit Diocletian’s Palace that is the city’s living heart and it is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia (since 1979). The palace has built Roman emperor Diocletian and it’s made from white stone of the island of Brač. Within the palace, there are 220 buildings which are homes for about 4000 people. Each of four walls of this palace has a gate named after a kind of metal (The Golden Gate, the Silver Gate, the Iron Gate and the Brass Gate). Peristil (Peristyle) is the central square of the palace, located next to the Silver Gate and has a unique beauty which is later used for theater scenery, works of ancient literature and opera classics. Every year you can see tourists enjoying drinking coffee on the steps circling Peristyle. That is not only the Roman experience but also the Egyptian because Diocletian was a lover of Egypt and put many granite sphinxes from Luxor.

Another great place to visit in Split is The Marjan’s hill and the forest. It is a place for escaping from the Split’s hustle and bustle. It is situated on the hill of the peninsula, at an only 10min walking distance from the city center. Its rich pine forest and unreal landscapes will everyone leave breathless.

The city of Split definitely has a lot to offer and can meet everyone’s needs.