Get to know Serbia- Kopaonik mountain

ENG: When you think of Serbia, you think of good food and drinks, nightlife and of course, natural beauties like high mountains. The most popular and developed ski center in Serbia is Kopaonik. Today, I wanted to share with you some amazing photos I took during my trip there and tell you little bit more about this piece of heaven.

As I said, Kopaonik is the highest and the most beautiful mountain in Serbia. It is located 290 km from Belgrade. It became national park in 1981, and since then it started to develop faster than ever. National Park Kopaonik covers an area of 121.06 square meters. Today, Kopaonik is the largest mountain resort complex in Serbia. The busiest time is during winter but it’s super fun during summer, too. The average annual temperature is 3,7 °C . The snow season starts in November and lasts until April or May. The highest peak of Kopaonik  and one of the highest peaks in Serbia is Pancic’s Peak  with 2017 meters.  There are 25 ski lifts with capacity of 32,000 skiers per hour.

These pictures you can see in this post today were took during my day-trip to Kopaonik this summer. I wanted to share with you some suggestions what you can do there during summer. As I said, a short trip or a vacation on a mountain can be equally fun as winter vacation. When you need some peace and a little break from your life in the city, I suggest you to take a trip to the mountain like it is Kopaonik. You will be surrounded by fresh air, amazing forest, blue sky and beautiful flowers and herbs. You will appreciate the time you spend surrounded by nature, talking and having fun with people you love. You can gather your thoughts and energy for the next period in your life. If you need some more action you can take a panoramic ride, take a ride in the bob, zip line, ride a bike, try tubing path, drive over mountain with jeeps, or go to horse riding school. All these activities will help you connect with nature, enjoy the mountain and breath some fresh air. You will be reborn. There are a lot of cute towns and villages in the food of the mountain, as well as spa centers.

This was just a short introduction of Kopaonik and I truly hope that this post intrigued you and that you added this destination on you travel wishlist. If you have already visited Kopaonik, please tell me you impressions in the comments bellow. I would love to read them. I wish you all a great weekend that maybe you’ll spend on Kopaonik mountain.

SRB: Iako je ovaj post prvenstveno namenjen mojim čitaocima iz inostranstva, zašto se ne bi i mi sami podsetili raja kao što je Kopanik. Kao što znate, Kopaonik je najveći zimski turistički centar u Srbiji. Planina je postala nacionalni park 1981. i od tada kreće ubrzani razvoj iste. Danas je Kopaonik najpopularnije mesto u Srbiji gde možete provesti svoje zimovanje. Ali zašto ne bi smo iskoristili lepote ovog mesta i proveli odmor ili jedan vikend tokom leta na ovoj planini. Odmor na planini tokom leta može biti podjednjako zanimljiv i zabavan kao i odmor na snegu. Danas sam sa vama želela da podelim fenomenalne fotografije koje sam slikala tokom svog izleta na Kopaoniku ovoga leta ali i dam vam neke ideje šta možete raditi na Kopaoniku tokom letnjih meseci.

Jedna od prvih aktivnosti je pešačenje ili vožnja žičarom do Pančićevog vrha. Pančićev vrh je najviši vrh Kopaonika i jedan od najviših vrhova Srbije sa nadmorskom visinom od 2017 metara. Pored pešačenja, vožnje žičarom, možete se voziti i bobom, tjubing stazom, džipovima po planini ili ići u školu jahanja.

Druga opcija je potpuno “zen” odmaranje i opuštanje. Preumorni ste gradske buke i vreve i želite da odmorite glavu od posla i ljudi- onda je odmor na planini, u ovom slučaju na Kopaoniku, prava stvar za vas. Dovoljno je da se opustite, udišete zdrav planinski vazduh, meditirate, odmorite svoje oči uz zelenilo oko vas i piti kaficu u kafiću na vrhu planine. Preporodićete se, sabrati svoje mislim i prikupiti energiju za predstojeći period u vašem životu.

Ovim postom i fotografijama želela sam da predstavim biser Srbije svojim čitaocima iz inostranstva ali i podsetim moje drage sunarodnike na lepote i bogastva koja imamo u svojoj zemlji. Tako da vam želim lep vikend koji je pred nama, pa možda baš i na Kopaoniku.

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How to take better travel photos

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ENG: Hi, everyone! Today, I wanted to share with you some of tips I got and some things I do in order to get better travel photos. I looove Instagram especially travel, lifestyle and fashion accounts  because, there you can always find amazing travel photos. Thanks to social media, I have improved my skills as a photographer and I have discovered some new destinations and put them on my bucket list.  Also, I get so much inspiration from social media networks like Instagram and Pinterest and I truly hope I am doing a good job and that you like photos I post on my social media. So, I wanted to share with you some tricks and tips how to make better travel photos for your personal photo album, wall pictures for your home or for your social media accounts. I hope this will be helpful and inspiring!

SRB: Zdravo svima! Danas želim da sa vama podelim neke savete i ideje kako da napravite blje fotografije na putovanjima. Obožavam Instagram, posebno naloge vezane za putovanja, modu itd jer je to moj neiscrpni izvor inspiracije. Pored Instagrama obožavam i Pinterest. Zahvaljujući ovim društvenim mrežama unapredila sam svoje fotografske veštine i pronašle neke nove, fenomenalne destinacije koje sam dodala na spisak destinacija koje želim da posetim. Nadam se da vam se dopadaju fotografije koje objavljujem na društvenim mrežama i da će vam ovi trikovi i saveti biti inspirativni i od pomoći kako bi napravili što bolje fotografije.

1. Expensive camera doesn’t mean better photos! 

A lot of people think that for a good photo you need an expensive camera! That’s not true! Yes, you need a good camera, but you can take amazing pictures with your phone! The most important thing is your talent and to have a good eye for details and photos. If you can afford an expensive camera that just a plus!

Nije vam neophodna skupa kamera za bolje fotografije!

Mnogi misle da je za dobru fotografiju neophodan skup fotoapart! Naprotiv! Svojim solidnim mobilnim telefonom možete napraviti fenomenalnu fotografiju. Najvažnija stvar koju trebate da imate je taletan i dobro oko za detalje i fotografiju, a ukoliko imate novca za kvalitetan, skup aparat, još bolje!

2. Don’t take the cliche photos!

Be unique, original! Embrace your creativity! Explore! Wander around cities, find hidden beaches, find something new! Yes we all wanna take Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Times Square or Duomo photo, but maybe your photo of a cute narrow street, cafe, restaurant, parks or street art will be ” the next cliche photo”!

Bez klišea molim! 

Budite unikatni, originalni! Prigrlite svoju kreativnost! Istražujte! Lutajte gradovima, pronađite sakrivene plaže, pronađite nešto novo! Svi mi želimo sliku ispred Ajfelovog tornja, Big Bena, Duoma ili na Tajms Skveru, ali možda će vaša fotografija neke uske uličice, kafića, restorana, parka ili ulične umetnosti biti sledeća ” kliše fotka”!

3. Aim to shoot at golden hours

The best travel photos are take during sunrise or sunset. First of all, the lighting is breathtaking! Don’t take pictures at noon or at night! The most beautiful light is around 6 in the morning and between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening. Another advantage when it comes to morning shoots are empty street! You will have the whole city for you!

Slikajte u zlatnom dobu dana! 

Najbolje vreme za slikanje je u zoru ili tokom zalaska sunca. Pre svega, svetlo u ovim delovima dana ostavlja bez daha, p će svaka fotografija izgledati fantastično! Najlepše svetlo je oko 6 ujutru i između 6 i 8 uveče. Još jedna prednost ranog ustajanja i slikanja u zoru jesu prazne ulice! Ukoliko budete vredni i ustanete pre 6, imaćete ceo grad samo za vas!

4. Don’t underestimate the power of editing!

Editing is your best friend! With a little touch a simple, not the good photo, can become the best one in you album. Lately, I have been using Adobe Lightroom and Instagram filters and settings as my editing tools. They are some basic tools that you can use, but they are enough for me and for the type of photos that I want to take and post on my social media. Editing can take a lot of your time, but it will pay off.

Ne potcenjujte moć editovanja! 

Programi za uređivanje ili editvanje slika su vaši najbolji prijatelji! Uz malo ispravki, jedna sasvim obična slika mže postati jedna od najboljih u vašem albumu. U poslednje vreme, jedini programi za uređivanje slika koje koristim su Adobe Lightroom i Instagram filteri i podešavanja. Ovo su osnvni programi i alati koji vam mogu pomoći u kreiranju savršene fotografije. Meni su oni dovoljni kako bi stvorila stil fotografija koje želim da objavljujem na svojm društvenim mrežama. Editovanje može oduzeti dosta vašeg vremena ali će se isplatiti sigurno!

5. Take photos all the time! 

During my travels I take photos all the time! I want to capture every special moment, every cute corner, great looking delicious meal, coffee, tourist site etc. The more you take pictures, the better photographer you become! Like everything in life, for this skill you also need practice! Even when you are at home, there are for sure so many places you can shoot! So, home or away, all you need to do is practice, practice, practice!

Stalno slikajte! 

Tokom svojim putovanja, slikam sve vreme! Želim da zabeležim svaki momenat za pamćenje, svaki predivni ugao, ulicu, cvećaru, preukusan obrok, kafu, turističke atrakcije. Što više slikate, bićete sve bolji! Kao i za sve u životu, vežbanjem se postiže savršenstvo. Zato i dok ste kući, slikajte po svom gradu, vežbajte, vežbajte, vežbajte!

6. Plan ahead! 

You can plan what tourist attractions you want to visit and shoot every day of your trip. Some tourist sites look better in the morning, some at the afternoon and some show their best at night. So, according to sunlight, plan your itinerary. Also, if you love fashion, you can plan your outfits according to destination, part of the day you plan to shoot or according to your activities. Another thing I started to apply recently is planning my Instagram feed. I want it to have a theme and look good. You can do it, too! Install one of the apps for planning, and make your perfect Instagram feed.

Planirajte unapred!

Možete isplanirati i podeliti koje turističke atrakcije ćete slikati određenim danima vašeg putovanja. Neke atrakcije i znamenitosti bolje izgledaju ujutru, neke popodne a neke svoje najbolje lice pokažu noću. Zato podelite slikanje prateći prirodnu sunčevu svetlost. Zatim, ukoliko volite modu, možete isplanirati svoje outfite za svaku destinaciju na kojoj slikate. Još jedna stvar koju sam nedavno počela da primenjujem je planiranje Instagram slika. Volim da moj “feed” lepo izgleda i da ima određenu temu, da imam neki prelaz sa teme na temu, iz jednog godišnjeg doba u drugu, sa jednog putovanja na drugo. To možete uraditi i vi, samo je potrebno da instalirate jednu od aplikaciju za planiranje Instagrama i napravićete vaš savršeni Instagram.

7. Get inspired but do not copy others!

One of the reasons I love this kind of social media like Instagram and Pinterest is inspiration!  I follow travel bloggers, fashion bloggers, celebrities and travel and fashion pages to get inspired but and the end my photos are unique. It’s important not to copy others and to have your own perspective and eye. There were some examples of blogger that were coping some world famous travelers and bloggers and it didn’t go well. So, look to others for inspiration but stay true to your self!

Inspirišite se ali ne kopirajte druge! 

Jedan od razloga zašto volim društvene mreže poput Instagrama i Pinteresta jeste inspiracija. Pratim mnogo putnčih, modnih  blogera, poznatih ličnosti i stranica kako bih se inspirisala ali na kraju moje fotografije su jedinstvene i predstavljaju mene. Važno je da ne kopirate drugei da imate vaš pogled na fotografiju, turističku destinaciju, putovanje. Bilo je nekih primera gde su blogeri kopirali do detalja druge svetski poznate blogere i to naravno nije prošlo dobro. Dakle, gledajte druge, učite, inspirišite se ali ostanite verni sebi i svom stilu.

 

Heaven on Earth- Valtos Beach

ENG: Welcome to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece-  Valtos Beach. This heaven on Earth, is located 1,5 km from Parga, and you’ll need approximately 15-20 to reach it. You can walk but if you’re not in shape, I suggest you to take a taxi boat from the town to the beach. The taxi goes every 30 minutes. The first one starts at 10 o’clock in the morning and the last one comes back to the town at 11:30 p.m. The one-way ticket costs 2 euros per person. However, if you decide to take a walk, I suggest you to do it early in the morning. This way you will avoid the heat and you will be able to enjoy amazing view and take beautiful pictures in empty Parga. If you decide to spend the whole day on this beach, I suggest you to visit Venetian Castle on your way back and enjoy breathtaking sunset from the top of the castle.

Valtos beach is 1100 m long and it’s pretty wide so you have a lot of space. During pick of summer season, it can get little bit crowded. In the center part of the beach you can enjoy one of numerous cafes and beach bars, but at the ends of the beach, you have some free space, if you do not like spending your beach day in beach bars. the most popular beach club on the Valtos beach is Tango Beach club. Here you can enjoy lying on the sunbeds on the beach, having lunch in the restaurant or swimming in the pool o the terrace of the club. The atmosphere in this club is amazing so be sure to visit it! If you want to spend a quit day at the beach, I suggest you visiting Costa Azul beach bar. It is located at the end of the beach. This is small beach cafe, with great chill music and really affordable prices. If you get bored, and you need some action, you can enjoy doing some water sports, like parasailing, water skiing and surfing.

This is my last story from Parga. I truly hope you liked it! So, If you decide to visit this magnificent little town, here, on my blog, you can find everything you need- hotel recommendation, main tourist attractions, beaches and restaurants. I hope that my photos and my stories inspired you to visit this picturesque place and explore Ionian cost in Greece.

SRB: Dobrodošli na jednu od najlepših plaža Grčke- Valtos plažu. Plaža Valtos se nalazi na 15-ak minuta hoda od grada Parge. Kako bi ste došli do nje, potrebno je da se popnete do vrha grada, do Venecijanske tvrđave i potom se spustite nizbrdo do plaže. Pogled sa tvrđave na ovu plažu je fantastičan! Ova šetnja može biti naporna, posebno ukoliko je veoma vruće, tako da ako niste u formi, preporučujem vam da uzmete taxi brodić do plaže. Cena karte je 2 eura po osobi u jednom pravcu a brodići se saobraćaju na svakih pola sata od 10 ujutru do 23:30. Ukoliko odlučite da ceo dan provedete na ovoj plaži preporučujem vam da prošetate rano ujutru do nje i usput ćete uživati u prelepom pogledu, ali i uslikati divne fotografije u praznoj Pargi.

Valtos plaža je dugačka je 1100 metara i prilično je široka, posebno u svom središnjem delu. Šljunkovita je i lepo uređena. Na središnjem delu plaže nalaze se kafići dok na krajevima imate slobodnog prostora ukoliko želite da postavite svoje peškire. Cene u kafićima nisu niske i obično se naplaćuju posebno ležaljke i piće. Pri kraju plaže nalazi se jedan kafić, Costa Azul, koji omogućava korišćenje ležaljki uz porudžbinu samo jednog pića. U ostalim kafićima uglavno možete sresti Engleze i Šveđane ali u Costa Azulu, većina gostiju je iz Srbije. Ovaj kafić ima i besplatan internet, tako da ne čudi što je uvek pun gostiju. Najpopularniji bar na plaži je Tango Beach Club. Ovaj prelepi “beach club” ima u svom sastavu deo plaže, ležaljke, restoran, kafić ali i bazen koji gosti kluba mogu koristiti uz porudžbinu. Iako su cene dosta visoke, ovo mesto je jedno od najpopularnijih na Valtos plaži zbog prelepog uređenja ali i fantastičke atmsfere tokom celog dana.

Na plaži Valtos tokom jeka sezone može biti gužva, iako je plaža dosta široka. Lepota ove plaže privlači turiste ne samo iz Parge već i iz svih okolnih mesta. Ukoliko vam dosadi sunčanje i kupanje, i potrebno vam je malo akcije i adrenalina, na plaži se možete oprobati u brojnim sportovima na vodi poput parasejlinga, skijanja na vodi, surfinga itd.

Ovo je moja poslednja priča iz Parge, sa ovog putovanja. Nadam se da ste uživali čitajući moje putopise. Tako da ukoliko budete želeli da posetite Pargu, na mom blogu ćete moći da pronađete sve što vam je potrebno kako bi isplanirali svoj savršeni odmor – preporuk za smeštaj, restorane, plaže i turističke atrakcije. Nadam se da sam vas svojim slikama i pričama inspirisala da posetite ovaj slikoviti gradić i istražite Jonsku obalu Grčke.