Usually I’m the person who can’t wait to return home from vacations. Even I truly love traveling, I love coming back home to my everyday routines. But this time after nearly three weeks in Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania, coming back to Paris was extremely difficult. And yes I’m writing this a month later as the autumns for me tend to be extremely busy.. Anyway we had amazing time discovering the breathtaking nature in Albania, eating the most fresh seafood and drinking local wines. In the Balkans most of us are familiar with Croatia, and obviously Greece in the south, maybe Montenegro a bit, but Albania remains still quite unknown. Which was perfect. We got all of those picturesque mountainous views with no tourists, and sometimes with no people at all. Everything was extremely affordable and the people so warm and welcoming.
I was lucky to have many local tour guides taking me to locations that are not that easily accessible. My favorite day was when my boyfriend took me to this river nearby Skhodër, where the landscape was from another world. The water is coming from the mountains so it was so clear it tricks you to think you can reach the bottom with your feet when actually the depth is nearly 3 meters. Also having mountains around everywhere gave me some much energy and powerful emotions, which I really long for when being back in the city.
In Paris we are currently experiencing very high temperatures, so earlier this week we drove to the north to one of my preferred places in France; Ètretat. The cliffs are just magnificent and something definitely worth visiting if you ever get a chance, the pictures don’t even do the justice.
The color of the water is changing depending on the tide and the sunlight. This time in the slightly moody weather it showed up in different shades of green.
Couple weeks ago we took few days off with my boyfriend and spent two nights in a spa in the South-Bretagne. I realized how I should always try to travel in the middle of the week, as most of the time it’s a lot cheaper and there’s less people everywhere.
The spa where we stayed is called La Gree des Landes, and is located in the middle of forests and fields. I missed nature so much so I couldn’t have wished for a better getaway. Two days with face masks on, excercising and going to hammam really did some magic for my body and mind.
Let this be the last photo from Sicily. Beautiful patterns in such a rugged but fascinating nature.
I spent such a nice week in Sicily in the beginning of August. My memory card is full of pictures from the gorgeous nature and I’ll definitely share here the best shots. Otherwise during August it will be a bit more quiet here on the blog as I try to get some projects running before September starts but I’ll stay active at my instagram @noora_vesterinen.
I love discovering new places in France and last weekend I spent in the most magical Étretat. Normandy offers endless hiking opportunities and especially here the views were breathtaking. I definitely want to go back soon, the weekend felt too short.
In my daily morning run I saw this gorgeous white peacock in a park nearby. His feathers were the most beautiful thing.
We went hiking one day and I spotted this beautiful solid rock at Porkkalanniemi, Finland. Such an amazing nature we have.
This photo is from few weeks back when we visited a huge aquarium in the very north of France. It is a good reminder about how fascinating the nature can be and we should always remember to protect it.