Sunday, June 29, 2014

Easy Banana Cake

Some days ago I bought a lot of really nice bananas down on our street and since they start to become overripe, I decided to make a banana cake with a very easy recipe from my grandmother. So when you feel like having an afternoon snack, this banana cake is just perfect with coffee or hot chocolate.
Hope you enjoy!

Easy Banana Cake

2 ripe Bananas (crushed)
2 cups All Purpose Flour
3 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Milk 
3/4 cup Melted Butter
1 tsp Salt
1 Egg (beaten)

1) Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2) In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, salt. Mix them well.
3) Add egg, milk and melted butter. Mix thoroughly.
4) Then add the crushed bananas and stir the batter for 5 minutes until it's thin.
5) Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

5 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe

Coming from a country where we have no grand castles and royalties, it was a great opportunity for me to see the beautiful castles in Europe. Whenever I travel to somewhere in Europe, I always check if there's a castle nearby to visit.

Below are the 5 most beautiful castles I've been.

5) Trollenäs Castle in Eslöv, Sweden.

Trollenäs Castle is known since the 14th century and has been owned by only two families, Thott and Trolle. It was originally called as Näs castle and was then changed to Trollenäs castle in the 18th century. It was renovated by architect Ferdinand Meldahl in the 19th century to resemble a French renaissance castle.

This beautiful castle has a big garden and a chapel.

4) Hohenwerfen Castle in Werfen, Austria.

Built as a fortress during the 11th century by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg to protect the Salzburg Archbishopric against the forces of King Henry IV. 

Hohenwerfen was used as a castle 'Schloss Adler' in the 1968 film ''Where Eagles Dare'' and part of the castle were used in the mini-series ''The 10th Kingdom'' and the movie ''Just Married''.

3) Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.

A 19th century Romanesque Revival Palace built by Ludwig II of Bavaria dubbed also as ''the Fairytale King''. 

Neuschwanstein Castle also inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. 

2) El Castell de Guadalest in Marina Baixa, Spain.

Eventhough the castle is now in ruins, El Castell de Guadalest is one of the most beautiful attractions I have ever seen.

1) Lichtenstein Castle in Lichtenstein, Germany.

Built in 1802 by King Fredirick I of Württemberg , the castle was used a hunting lodge located on a cliff in the Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg (Germany).

The castle now, which has large collections of historic weapons and armors, is owned by the Dukes of Urach.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cycling in Con Dao

Con Dao is a group of islands and islets situated in the southeast region of Vietnam. The largest island of Con Dao archipelago is Con Son. Con Dao is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

With it's well-preserved natural forests, powdery white sand beaches and magnificent rocky shores, you will surely be awed by the beauty of the islands.

There are a lot of things to do in Con Dao like scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, cycling, sightseeing, etc. And cycling is an activity definitely not to be missed, you will not only see the wonders of the island but also it's wildlife. Although there's a lot of challenging uphills but you will surely enjoy the scenic views.

You can rent the bicycles at some of the resorts or Dive! Dive! Dive! for 3USD/day.

Getting There. (From Ho Chi Minh City)
Vietnam Airlines

Hotels in Con Dao. (Or check or
Six Senses Resort
Con Dao Resort
Con Dao Sea Travel Resort
Con Dao Camping Hotel