Friday

Affordable Italian Villas and Interesting Places to Visit in Tuscany Region

Most of my friends are planning for summer vacations this year. I believed everybody wants to enjoy the friendly and comfortable weather during the summer months. Why not? I always wanted the same. Last month during a friend's birthday party, I was asked by another friend if there are affordable villas in Croatia where her whole family can stay during their vacation. I told her that there are a lot and the best way to find it is to browse the internet. Surfing the internet and looking for all kinds of accommodations from hotels to apartments, holiday rentals, vacation villas, cottages, bed and breakfast, everything is possible and searchable in the net.

Let me begin now with my main topic. This is about some interesting places to visit in the Tuscany region in Italy and how you can find affordable Italian villas to stay in this region. During my spring vacation last month, we visited some places in Italy while staying in a 3-star hotel in Pietra Ligure. I forgot the name of the hotel in that place but when I asked the receptionist how much they charge for a week stay in their hotel. She told me that it depends on which season of the year you are staying. She also mentioned that they have affordable villas and apartments to stay nearby. The cost per week ranges from 300-400 Euros and it is good for 5 persons. I believed it is not so expensive. If you have four friends going with you, it would probably cost you around 60 to 80 Euros in a week. This kind of accommodation for a 5-persons family is also a good offer. In addition to that, she also said that there is a kitchen in the apartment and all the utensils are also provided.

I had been to Italy but never been in the Tuscany region. It is located on Italy's west coast, on the Tyrrhenian sea. Here are some of the places I wish to go next time.

Siena- also spelled as Sienna. Its historic centre is included in the list of UNESCO Heritage Site and one of the most visited city in Tuscany. The Cathedral of Siena (Duomo), the Piazza del Campo, Palazzo Pubblico, are only some of its interesting sights to visit.

Pisa- known for its Leaning Tower but there are also a lot of beautiful sights to see like the Duomo di Pisa, (Cathedral of Pisa), Battistero (Baptistry), Piazza Garibaldi, University botanical garden and some other more.
the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, called as Torre Pendente in Italian

Florence- the capital region of Tuscany which is very rich in culture, arts and architecture. The Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce (contains the monumental tombs of Galileo, Michelangelo and other notable people), Boboli Gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo, Uffizi museum are only some of its sights worthy to visit.

Other interesting cities to visit are San Gimignano, Pienza, Lucca, Montepulciano, and Arezzo.

Saturday

Great Savings When Shopping for Clothes

Hello peeps! How's life going on? I hope everything is  doing great.  I am fine despite some little challenges the past days. Challenges are spices of life so we need to live with it.
shirt for my brother that was on sale.

I had an appointment last Wednesday in the Chamber of Commerce in Regensburg. Instead of driving it myself, I decided to take the train  to save some money and avoid stress in driving.

After my appointment,  I still have enough time to go sightseeing or go shopping. I decided to go to the nearest mall in the train station. It is called the Arcaden (Arcade). There is an overpass from the train station to the mall which is really very accessible.



The interior of Arcaden in Regensburg, Germany.
I went first to an Asian restaurant to take my lunch. After that, I went to an electronic shop inside the mall. I need a new mouse and I am faster in browsing the internet if I am using it.

Shopping for Winter Clothes at the Mall

Shopping can sometimes cure the sickness of millions of ladies out there! This can probably be the sickness of being bored, depressed or being lonesome. Believed it or not but this is true! I already heard a lot of stories from about these from my friends and acquaintances. I admit I do the same.

I am glad that I seldom go to the mall for the past weeks. Last Thursday, I received a call from a friend, inviting me to go with her at the mall. Since I was preparing for lunch that time, I told her if she can stop-by for lunch and after that we will drive to the mall in the next city.

winter clothes and accessories in one of the stores at the mall we went to.

In short, we were already at the mall. We went to many stores in that mall looking for items that are on sale. I was telling myself not to get tempted to buy anything except for winter clothes and accessories. We went to Mango, H & M, C & A, Orsay, Bench, Betty Barclay, and some other shops but I did not find anything that fits my budget..haha!

Monday

Shopping for New Plates for a New Kitchen

I guess a new kitchen deserves new set of plates. I am happy that we finally replaced our dilapidated kitchen with a new one. It was totally dismantled and now I am happily using it.

As one of my friends invited me to go with her shopping for kitchenware and cooking utensils in Solingen, Germany, I did not hesitated and immediately  agreed to go. It was already the  chance to buy quality kitchen utensils.

Set of porcelain plates from Solingen, Germany.
One of the items I bought  is this set of new porcelain plates.  It is square in form and I love the decors on it. It is also not so heavy  compared to stone or ceramic plates. I find it perfect for our red colored-kitchen. Yes,  we have a red kitchen and I decided to have  it that way.   This set of plates has a total of 24 items in a box.  For a very low price, I did not hesitated to buy it. It  cost under $50.00 and of good quality. I believed  it was a great choice!

Saturday

Window Shopping for a New Computer/ Laptop

I have been planning to buy a new computer or laptop. Oh well, I believed I rather buy a laptop so that I can bring it anywhere with me especially when I am on a trip. I already received some offers in my inbox but I am still waiting for it to get cheaper. I am already looking for some laptop brands and when I find the most cheapest ones this coming holiday season, I will probably get a new one.

My laptop is still good but it is quite big for my luggage when I travel. I mean it needs more space and it is quite heavy. It has a 17'3 inches screen, which I really find quite big.

Thursday

How I Got 600 Euros While Shopping for Cellphones

This is quite tough but I finally decided to get  new  smartphones. I am not really a frequent cellphone user but getting a smartphone is more an advantage for me especially when I travel.

I remember a friend who also got an Iphone for free but she has to pay around 60.00 Euros every month for a two years contract.  Sending messages and calling  to  another cellphones are unlimited. I was telling her that there are other companies who are also offering cheaper monthly charges. She still insisted to get the Iphone and have to pay 60.00 euros a month. If she is calling a landline, she will also be charged extra for it.

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How are you doing my friends? Let me just share to you a bit of my escapades before I start my main topic. I am still in cold England. Last night, I traveled from London to Birmingham and arrived in my friend's house around in the midnight. I traveled alone. As I arrived in my friend's house, I immediately packed-up my things for today's travel to Harrogate.

It was around 4 hours travel from Birmingham to Harrogate by train. Not a bad trip because you can sit-down and relax inside the train. That is one advantage compared to driving. My friend here in Harrogate picked-me up around 4PM in the train station. I will try to give you more updates and photos of my escapades once I will be backed home. I hope it is fine for you.