One night camping in the desert of Morocco

I spent last Christmas holidays traveling Morocco. A wonderful trip started with the ocean breeze in Casablanca and continued on dusty roads searching for the desert. After a couple of days in Fez and a night spent in the countryside among the palms, we arrived to the desert and I strongly recommend the experience: sleeping under the stars of Moroccan sky is an incredible experience.

We spent a night in the desert camp Ali and Sara located in the Erg Chebbi dunes close to Merzouga. That day we arrived in Merzouga, where we met one of the guys from Ali and Sara. We left the car there, we jumped on the camels and we started the amazing 2.5 hour ride among the sandy dunes to reach the campground.

Our footprints in the sand

Our footprints in the sand © Sg

Once arrived there, we left our stuff in our tent  and we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian lunch prepared by the on-site chef. The tented camp is made of 8 tent bedrooms and some common areas, all of them traditionally decorated. All the guys who work there come from Berber families, they are very proud of their origins and they share their stories with a lot of sentiment. I carry with me the memory of their beautiful songs about life and stars.

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Take me to the sea (in Holland)

It took me a while to understand it’s possible to go to the beach in the Netherlands. When I moved to Amsterdam I didn’t realized the sea was so close and that it implied the presence of the beach. I realized that after a few months, when the summer broke – well let’s say when the temperatures reached 20/25 °C – and my Dutch friends started asking “so, shall we go to the beach this weekend?”.

The beach is wide and sandy, while the sea…well, I must say it’s not  as clear and warm as the sea in Sardinia. The water is very clean, but the wind lifts the sand and makes the sea dark and unwelcoming. I like it anyway, maybe because I spent lots of summers in Romagna region in Italy, where the sea is not crystalline at all.

Zandvoort beach

Zandvoort beach © Sg

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2 nights in Paris

I promised to myself every year I’ll spend a weekend in Paris: I believe it’s good for the heart and it fills the soul with beauty.

Let’s face it: Paris is a huge and extremely touristy city and Parisians usually look people up and down (assuming they take the trouble to look at us…), but it’s tremendously intriguing and it’s hard not to resist to its charm.

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris © Sg

Every time I go to Paris I like to stay in hotels in some central areas (like Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Latin Quarter, etc …), but this year I decided to change, opting for a more authentic area.

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Costa Smeralda: my holiday in Sardinia

A few weeks ago I went to Sardinia for the first time in my life. You know what they say: you travel around the world but you don’t know the wonderful places of your own country. Well, there you go.  I decided to start from the area I’ve always heard marvelous things: Costa Smeralda in Northern Sardinia. And as expected, I fell in love. Not only for the crystal sea, the enchanting Mediterranean nature and the amazing traditional cuisine, but also because – since I was there in June during the low season – I’ve met just a few tourists and I had the opportunity to enjoy the  peace of that wonderful place.

Capriccioli beach in Costa Smeralda

Capriccioli beach in Costa Smeralda © Sg

Sunset in Baja Sardinia

Sunset in Baja Sardinia© Sg

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My trip to Scotland looking for William Wallace

One of my favorite movies ever is Braveheart, every time I see it I start crying like a puppy. One of the main characters is the Scottish landscape that is just breathtaking both for its magnificence and the melancholy that evokes. For this reason and because of many enthusiastic reviews from my friends I decided to organize a trip to Scotland. Unfortunately I could only take 5 days off, so my boyfriend and I tried to focus on the best destinations of Scotland, according to what travel guides suggest. Here is the description of my trip from Edimburgh through the Highlands with a short description of each day!

The steps of my trip in Scotland © Sg

The steps of my trip in Scotland © Sg

SCOTLAND DAY 1 AND 2: EDINBURGH

Our tour began in Edinburgh because that’s where we landed coming from Amsterdam. Here is my post on the two days spent in Edinburgh, including pubs and walks!

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