Hong Kong, un fenomen unic in Asia unde Occidentul se intalneste cu Orientul. Aceasta armonie care astazi este pe cale de disparitie datorita agresiunii Chineze, isi traieste ultimele zile de libertate si de glorie. Desi seamana cu China, aici nu e comunism. Aici capitalismul e in floare, semnele sunt peste tot si in Engleza, se pot vedea straini la tot pasul iar localnicii sunt la curent cu toate stirile si evenimentele globale. Aici e unul din putinele locuri din China unde localnicii pot vorbi relativ liberi, unde ai access la orice, iar site-uri ca Google, Facebook si You Tube nu sunt blocate de guvern ….inca.
Norocul a facut ca la sfarsitul contractului de 5 luni pe mare, nava sa nimereasca in Santierul Naval Yiu Lian din Hong Kong pentru revizia tehnica. O vizita in santierul naval este cel mai bun lucru ce se poate intampla pentru echipajul de la punte datorita volumului relativ redus de munca.
Pentru a ajunge la santier, traseul navei ne duce foarte aproape de uscat, pe sub numeroase poduri si printre cateva insulite frumoase.
The UK is a great country with lots of nice places, but unfortunately some things are just out of reach because of nature. In my country, Romania, you can’t do a lot of things due to financial limitations, but you can do however a whole lot of other things like:
Go to the beach and enjoy a nice 32° C (90 F) degree sunny day with a beer in my hand, then if I get too hot, take a dip in the Black Sea, where the water in the summer is 22° C (72 F). After bathing, I can stay on the hot sand to dry while watching an endless parade of local girls that look like models pass by. After a superb day like this, I can come back the next day and repeat. I can do this for 2.5 months and almost never have to worry about rain, grey skies or wind; You can do it for an extra 2 months if you don’t mind sitting on the beach on slightly lower temperatures like 25° C (77 F). In England, last summer we had just one single day when the temperature reached 30° C, the summer average is 21°C (70 F), while the maximum sea temperature at nearby beach resort of Scarborough is a chilly 17° C (62 F).
In January 2020, not long before the crisis caused by the Corona virus began, we had a dream vacation in Las Palmas, the capital of the island of Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands archipelago, along with Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. The Canary Islands, although geographically located in Africa, are part of Spain and the EU, so you don’t have to worry about travel documents.
I chose this tropical destination in winter to escape from the cold in Europe. The canaries have been blessed with an excellent climate, protected by currents that ensure ideal temperatures all year round: not lower than 20 degrees in winter and not higher than 29 degrees during summer. Gran Canaria also gets an average of 320 sunny days out of 365 per year.
In Ianuarie 2020, nu cu mult timp inainte sa inceapa criza provocata de virusul Corona, am apucat o vacanta de vis in Las Palmas, capitala insulei Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria face parte din arhipelagul Insulelor Canare, alaturi de Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera, La Palma si El Hierro. Insulele Canare desi sunt geografic localizate in Africa, fac parte din Spania si UE asa ca nu trebuie sa va faceti griji in privinta actelor.
Am ales aceasta destinatie tropicala iarna, pentru a scapa de frigul din Europa. Canarele au fost binecuvantate cu o clima excelenta, protejata de curenti ce ii asigura tot anul temperaturi nu mai mici de 20 de grade iarna si nu mai mari de 29 de grade vara, dar si o medie de 320 de zile insorite din 365 ale unui an.
After the previous article of TALES OF THE PAST: UNIQUE PHOTOS FROM CONSTANTA PARK AND PARK LINE 1991we have a further perspective of the public transport in the city of Constanta, Romania in 1991, shortly after the anti communist revolution. The Constanta tram system, although it had very good coverage of the city, was already old and degraded at that time. Unfortunately, the trolleybus network was in about the same situation. However, if we look at the map of the city public transport, with a few exceptions, all of Constanta city had electrified public transport. Quite admirable compared to today’s times.
Malta, a small and beautiful island in the middle of the Mediterranean. It is a destination known to every sailor around the world. Due to it’s central location, today it is an International hub for container transshipment, and also a major financial hub. Although I had the opportunity to visit the port many times, due to the short stay in the port (usually 12 to 18 hours), I never had time to really enjoy the island.
That is until the summer of 2016 when due to an unexpected engine problem, we were instructed by the shipowner to go to the Palumbo shipyard in Malta. When I started to plot the route, to my surprise I saw that the site is located straight in the heart of Valletta harbour, the capital of Malta.
The entrance to the bay was very narrow, the pilot carefully maneuvering our 300 meters ship through the walls and medieval fortifications of the entrance to the port of Valletta. But at the same time, this does offer some very nice views, being the same views as the tourists on the cruise ships enjoy when they come here.
Malta, o insulita mica si superba in mijlocul Marii Meditaraneene. Este o destinatie cunoscuta oricarui vaporean, fiind astazi un centru International de transbordare marfa, in special containere. Desi am avut ocazia sa vizitez de nenumarate ori portul, datorita sederii scurte in port de 12-18 ore, nu am avut niciodata timp sa savuram insula cum trebuie.
Asta pana in vara lui 2016 cand datorita unei probleme tehnice neasteptate, am fost instruiti de armator sa mergem catre santierul naval Palumbo din Malta. Cand m-am apucat sa fac ruta, spre surprinderea mea am vazut ca santierul este fix in inima orasului Valletta, capitala statului insula Malta.
Intrarea in golf a fost foarte stramta, pilotul manevrand cu grija nava noastra de 300 de metri printre zidurile si fortificatiile medievale de la intrarea in portul Valletta. Dar in acelasi timp ofera privelisti de vis, fiind aceleasi privelisti care le au si turistii de pe navele de croaziere care vin aici.
I heard great things about Krakow and thought we give it a try. This medieval city, which was voted the most beautiful city in Poland and in the region did not disappoint us at all. I can say that it was a very good holiday choice.
Poland is very similar to my home country Romania, and the feeling here is remarkably similar at first sight. Appearances fade away quickly from the moment you land on John Paul II airport (named after Polish Pope). The modern airport is very organized and clean. From here we easily found our way to the bus station.
A single ticket from the airport to the city center costs 9 Polish Zloty (2.1 EUR) or 16 Zloty (3.8 EUR) for a return ticket. You can buy tickets at the airport but also inside the bus at the dispenser, where you can pay cash or by card. Beautiful isn’t it? I look forward to seeing something like this in my country Romania.
Am auzit lucruri foarte bune despre Cracovia si am zis sa incercam si noi. Acest oras medieval votat cel mai frumos din Polonia si din regiune nu ne-a dezamagit deloc si pot zice ca a fost o alegere foarte buna de vacanta.
Polonia este foarte similara cu Romania, si peisajul pe aici chiar seamana cu ce vezi la noi la prima vedere. Aparentele dispar repede din momentul in care aterizezi pe aeroportul John Paul II (denumit dupa Papa Polonez Ioan Paul al doilea). Aeroportul modern este foarte organizat si curat. De aici am gasit lejer statia de autobuz catre centru.
Un bilet dus de la aeroport costa 9 Zloti Polonezi (10 Lei) sau 16 Zloti (18 Lei) pentru un bilet dus intors. Exista tonomat de bilete in aeroport dar si in autobuz unde se poate plati Cash sau cu cardul. Frumos asa nu? Astept ziua sa vad si in Romania asa ceva.
After visiting a large part of Europe, I present you my top 10 of the most beautiful cities that have left a memorable impression. The top is composed only of the cities I visited, I’m sure there are other beautiful cities out there that I have not yet had the chance to visit. For these I’m waiting for your suggestions in the comments section. We have included only the cities that have preserved their character and authentic beauty, not including those who have sacrificed their personality just for the sake of tourism (I can give Venice as an example of this)
I wasn’t sure if this city deserves to be included in the top because it can also easily be included in the list of the most overrated cities to visit and depending on the area you stay, it can also be included in the list of the most dangerous cities to visit. In principle, the French capital lives on the laurels of the past, but although the city of lights doesn’t shine so bright as it used to, it is still quite bright and appealing. The central area that you see as a tourist is still very beautiful and an example of urban planning to be looked up to. Also, the city offers a very large concentration of attractions that will keep you busy for at least a week, so it’s always a safe bet for a successful holiday. Protests, strikes and locals who do not speak English and who do not stand criticism towards their city or their country, all make sure you get a really authentic experience. (see London vs Paris article HERE.)