Road to Hana, Maui

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“Road to Hana” is a must in Maui!

It takes a whole day to do the trip, and with just a day you really have to choose what you want to see and what you can skip. The best option would probably be to take at least a few days for this tour, stop in Hana to sleep and go from there to every attraction you might be interested in.

Unfortunately, we only had a day to do this, so we woke up pretty early, jumped in our car and headed north to Pa’ia, where the actual “Road to Hana” starts.

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Along the road, there are too many falls, botanical gardens, forests, cliffs, beaches, plantations and more to see. So we decided to stop just for the ones that attracted us most and were free.

Our first stop was on the “Twin Falls”: the forest is nice to walk through (and on a Sunny day you can really appreciate the walk in the shadow), you get to see a lot of beautiful and colorful flowers, you get to cross a river (not as hard as you might think, the road is paved, sort of) and once you reach the fall is a pleasure to dip in the fresh water and get a massage from the falling water.

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The next stops are: “Waikamoi Nature Trail” (much shorter than expected), “Waikani Falls” and “Honomanu Park”. This last one is a black sand beach that is definitely a great place to stop for a refreshing bath.

From there to Hana we just stop to film a little with the drone, take some pictures along the road and steal a few Bananas and Coconuts hanging from the trees.

Once in Hana, we aim straight for the “Red Sand Beach”, a little hidden from the paths and without too many tourists. The colors are astonishing, the water is a nice crystal clear blue, the sand is redder than you would expect and with the green from the trees it just creates an amazing picture.

Red Sand Beach

From Hana on, the road gets partly unpaved and with no official attraction. But the unpaved road alone is worth the drive and the places you get to cross are breathtaking. Along the unpaved road, we also stop for a fresh coconut at an artist’s barrack; the man itself is very interesting to talk to, the art he creates with the coconuts is undescribable and the fresh Coconuts must be the biggest we ever had.

Our last stop is at the “Ulupalaka Vineyards”, not that we have any particular interest in the Hawaiian wines, but from the other side of the road, we get to see a stunning Sunset before heading back to our hotel.

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That was a great and long day trip, highly recommended to everyone but seriously think about stopping in Hana for a night or two.

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Surfing in Maui! 

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There’s no way we would have gone to Hawaii and not surfed, so we rented boards and jumped in the waters that gave birth that sport!

We did surf two spots, one beeing “Cove Beach” near to Kihei, and the second “Ho’okipa Beach” next to Pa’ia.

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The first one is a great spot for beginners, and with the conditions we found was good for some longboarding. We actually got a great session here catching some fun “party waves” with other tourists, it’s always funnier to surf with friends! We rented our boards from the shop right across the street: Super friendly guys and boards in perfect conditions.

The second one, “Ho’okipa Beach”, is said to be a Mecca for Windsurfing when the wind is blowing, but even without a sail, the waves are awesome (definitely the best we surfed in Maui). And the fact that Sea turtles are always on the beach and in the water swimming peacefully among the surfers is an experience you can’t easily forget!

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It’s also worth a mention that on the parking lot beside Ho’okipa there are some food trucks with the best Smoothies, Juices, Coconuts, and Sandwiches on the Island!

Los Angeles layover on the the way to Hawaii! 


We’re finally back traveling! 

After a few month working in Switzerland, we are on the road again. I was myself already on a road trip with some friends across the states for a month, but now (for the last part of it) Duvi has come to join us as well!

We are now in Los Angeles for two days before heading to Maui for a little more than two weeks. For our stay here we rented a room via Airbnb in Santa Monica. And from there we move around with the van I lived in for the last month. 

We’re having a great time visiting Venice Beach, Manhattan, Hollywood, LA and Santa Monica itself. Always on the search for some beautiful landscapes to shoot and Sunsets to admire!

Happy Birthday my Love!

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Today is Ludovica’s birthday!

We really wanted to celebrate and to do that we spent the morning in our apartment, where we had a cozy breakfast in bed.

We then went to have lunch with Ludovica’s mother at “Pianostrada Laboratorio di Cucina”: a small restaurant very busy (you need to reserve a table more than a week in advance in you want to have a place) which serves absolutely delicious dishes! It is a family restaurant but managed only from the females in the family (mother and 3 sisters), and it works perfectly!

After an afternoon of shopping in the streets of Rome, we went for dinner to “Sicilia in bocca”: a huge restaurant with almost too many places to be served by the crew but which serves a number of Sicilian specialties.

Rome has also a Beach!

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Yes, you read that correctly! In fact, if you just take the car and drive for 30-40 min (depending on where you start from) you can reach Ostia or Fiumicino: two lovely cities right next to Rome and with beautiful beaches!

We went to Fiumicino to relax and enjoy the sun for a little before a delicious seafood-based meal at Bastianelli: a cozy little restaurant with a vast selection of fresh fish and various seafood (Highly recommended).

If you’re going to spend your vacation in Rome and have a spare day, going to the sea is a must, moreover if you happen to be there in the hot season.

The Colosseum – Rome

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We reserved a full day for the Colosseum, or half of it at least. We woke up quite early in order to drive down to the Colosseum, find a parking spot and avoid as much as possible the long line that you can find here every day. We bought the tickets, an audioguide and started out tour inside one of the first stadiums in history. The audioguide is seriously recommended, it gives you a lot of details about the history of the building and the construction as well as the use of it throughout time.

The audioguide is seriously recommended, it gives you a lot of details about the history of the building and the construction as well as the use of it throughout time.

It took us about 2 and half hours to complete the tour, and it’s worth every minute of it: it’s just so interesting to see and admire what the Romans have done in that place!

 

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Photo by Ludovica Mariani

 

After the tour, we walked around the area for a little bit (also the visit of the “Palatino” would have been really interesting but we skipped it) ad then went for lunch.

In the afternoon we decided to relax and spend some quality couple time by going to see “Sing” a really nice and funny cartoon wich just came out in the theaters.

Rome – City center

 

 

 

 

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Photo by Ludovica Mariani

 

Today we wanted to visit the city center, but as we’re in vacation we tooked it slowy and after a relaxing morning we found a parking spot around the “Castel Sant’Angelo”. From there we walked towards the city center and stopped at Circus for lunch: that’s a lovely small restaurant (different from all the touristy places that serve always the same) wich offers delicious plates at a very convenient price.

After lunch we walked across “Piazza Navona” and then in front of the “Pantheon”: it’s seriously stunning how big and majestic all those old structures are!

 

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Photo by Ludovica Mariani

As we weren’t satisfied yet with what we saw we continued walking all the way to the famous “Fontana di Trevi”, then we moved north to “Piazza di Spagna” and ended up in “Piazza del Popolo” to enjoy a nice aperò there while the sun was going down.