January 2016

Blog Traffic and Income Report for 2015 - 347,035 users / $9,819.71

Published: 31 January, 2016 seen 881 Blogging

This time of the year have come when I'm looking back on previous 2015 year. In today's article I will reveal some data behind the scenes - both traffic and income for whole year of 2015. If you have been following my blog for a while, you have already probably noticed that once in a month I cover monthly traffic and income reports. Make sure you check them out. This article is a round up posts for previous twelve reports.  This blog has gone a long way and has increased it's monthly visitor count from 19,798 in January to 43,941 users in December. November marked all times best result - more…

Facebook Remarketing: Custom Audience From Your Website - How To Implement

Published: 31 January, 2016 seen 336 Blogging

Let's speak about remarketing on Facebook in today's social media posts series.  I have experimented with Facebook ads a lot, starting from promoting page for getting more page likes, ending boosting posts for getting traffic to my blog. I most cases results have been good. One thing I haven't done actually - remarketing on Facebook. Although more than two years ago I did implemented a Facebook Conversation pixel for Custom audience. By now I have decided to start fresh - I have a goal for next 29 days (February, 2016) to spend one dollar per day on Facebook ads to promote articles from my…

Netflix available in Republic of Georgia

Published: 30 January, 2016 seen 1,626 Living in Georgia

Seems I have missed the news  -  starting January 6, 2016 Netflix video streaming on demand is available in Republic of Georgia (and some 130 other countries) - that's fantastic news! I first heard about Netflix probably back in 2012, during a US trip, back then I was only wishing such service would be available in Georgia. Now, it is! I rushed to activate my account on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised to notice a free one month trial. After then it's just EUR 7.99 (GEL 21) per month for a basic package, which includes unlimited movies and TV shows Netflix pricing Netflix plans in…

Leaning tower of Pisa in Italy

Published: 30 January, 2016 seen 1,415 Tourism objects

We all have heard about Pisa tower, I won't be too original by saying - it's that leaning tower located somewhere in Italy.  At the end of 2015 I had a chance to visit this place second time in my lifetime (my mom, told me that I was here back in 1990 or 1991, but was so tired that refused to leave our tourist bus and took a lovely nap instead of wondering at this oblique tower). This time I felt very energized, armored with a tripod and a lot of new photography skills I have learnt since I started digital photography school project. I experimented a lot with HDR and Panorama photography at…

Restaurant Antica Drogheria in Lucca, Italy

Published: 29 January, 2016 seen 335 Restaurant reviews

Restaurant Antica Drogheria is located in Lucca, Italy, we discovered this restaurant by accident, just shortly checked in at Albergo Celide hotel and decided to make an evening walk beyond Lucca's city wall. And here it was - another great Italian restaurant located on  Via Elisa, 5. Antica Drogheria in Lucca, Italy We had to wait for about some 10 minutes to get a free table (seems this place is extremely popular), by waiting for a free place we ordered a cappuccino in the restaurant's anteroom  Italian cappuccino  Comes with a very low price here - just EUR 1 for a cup of cappuccino (…

Feast in Kuldiga

Published: 28 January, 2016 seen 466

A brilliant festival is held in town of Kuldiga (Western Latvia) each year just shortly after midsummer.  In today's Piece of Life photo project series I would love to share some images from Feast in Kuldiga (taken July, 2015) Such trade fairs are pretty popular in Latvia  - visitors can buy goods from local craftsmen, artists or small producers. Cider sold from retro car in Kuldiga Feast in Kuldiga banner Basket ware sold at fair Smoked chicken  Visitors at feast of Kuldiga on Liepajas street

Lawn mowing in the backyard territory

Published: 27 January, 2016 seen 267 Home Remodeling

If you have been following home remodeling series on my blog you might tell I'm starting to repeat - another article on lawn mowing? Yes, another article on that.  After trying mowing grass with a scythe I just understood how hard it actually is and started to look for some more serious tools, and then trimmer replaced scythe. Just after some month I realized the grass is back, and I was left with no option as to loan a trimmer again, this time a petrol Stiga trimmer from a good friend. Grown grass at the backyard Its hard to call it a lawn yet, it is actually a ground elder (Aegopodium…

Kidobani Trading center in Tbilisi

Published: 26 January, 2016 seen 1,169 Shopping Venues

When something from your home appliance or electronics are broke and you think you could fix it by your own - Kidobani trading center in Tbilisi is a great place to find those small details you are looking for. Kidobani trading center is located between Tbilisi Railway station and Dinamo arena, next to the Dezerteer Bazaar. I have bought here replacement battery for a laptop, twice a tap nozzle and some plumbing insulation. I have bought here screwdrivers, screws, pliers and many other... also we bought here two mountain bikes at the end of 2013. Read more: First Ride. Recently I headed here…

Top 20 Lenovo Touchscreen Laptops of 2016

Published: 25 January, 2016 seen 49,107 Online Shopping

Think it is the right time to upgrade your laptop to a one with touchscreen enabled? Think Lenovo! Lenovo has produced some amazing touchscreen enabled devices for 2016. Update: As this article might be outdated, please see: Top 17 Best Selling Lenovo Laptops / Notebooks 2018 A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I might earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. For actual prices please…

Postcards from Jvari Monastery

Published: 25 January, 2016 seen 268

Postcards from... are actually a really cool photo project some can run, after submitting postcards from Tbilisi and postcards from Sighnaghi (both are located in wonderful Caucasian Republic of Georgia) I realized - postcards from.. are going to be more often featured on Piece of Life series photo posts.  In today's article - let me share some postcards from Jvari monastery (again, Republic of Georgia) Postcard from Jvari monastery Jvari Monastery stands on the rocky mountaintop at the confluence of the Mtkvari and Aragvi rivers, overlooking the town of Mtskheta, which was formerly the…

Tbilisi - Fairyland in Winter

Published: 24 January, 2016 seen 853

It was an early morning at the end of January when my better part awakened me and told me - hey, it's snowing - it's time to make those lovely and socially sharable Tbilisi winter photos! That's exactly we actually did - after some five minutes the coffee was served, and 10 minutes later we were already on street catching a taxi. I was so excited of seeing a snow (again, after some 3 weeks, previously I seen it back in Italy, when we did a week long trip there, and prior to that - in Gudauri, during Christmas time). I asked to the taxi driver - how is "snow" in Georgian? He replied - "Tovlis…

Postcards From Sighnaghi

Published: 24 January, 2016 seen 769

Signhaghi (Region of Kakheti, Republic of Georgia) has always been a special place for us to visit. Probably because it's pretty far away from nations capital Tbilisi, we have been heading rarely, but every visit here has been spectacular at least.  Learn more about my Travel guide to Signagi View to Sighnaghi town The town and its environs are also known for their landscapes and historical monuments. Sighnaghi has recently undergone a fundamental reconstruction program and has become an important center of Georgia's tourist industry. Panorama of Sighnaghi town Ruins in Sighnaghi Still…

Bodbe Monastery

Published: 23 January, 2016 seen 663 Churches and Monasteries

When traveling to Signagi in region of Kakheti you will most probably be taken to the Bodbe monastery located some 3 km from city. I first visited this monastery complex back in 2011 and huge was my surprise when I visited this place again at the end of 2015, when noticed a completely new cathedral been built. Georgia never ends surprise! The Monastery of St. Nino at Bodbe is a Georgian Orthodox monastic complex and the seat of the Bishops of Bodbe located 2 km from the town of Sighnaghi, Kakheti,Georgia. Originally built in the 9th century, it has been significantly remodeled, especially in…

Albergo Celide Hotel Review in Lucca, Italy

Published: 22 January, 2016 seen 509 Hotel reviews

Albergo Celide is a four star hotel located in Lucca, Italy, we stayed here overnight at the end of 2015, although this is a four star hotel, speaking of staff members I can call it barely one star hotel.  Probably arriving to this hotel requests that you arrive in a suite or evening gown, since we arrived here from Milan after some 5 hour drive and were in our casual clothes staff members probably thought that we are some misunderstanding for their precious place. Our booking included a visit to hotels center, we asked what, when and how - I was told that they will send me info to e-mail. I…

Tortuga Snack Bar in Portofino, Italy

Published: 21 January, 2016 seen 298 Restaurant reviews

In today's restaurant reviews series I would like to mention some small but very stylish snack bar in Portofino, Italy - Tortuga Snack Bar We made a stop in lovely Italian Riviera village of Portofino at the end of 2015, this place inspired me a lot and I made a few HDR photography here. Tortuga Snack bar we made a short stop to enjoy delicious Italian cappuccino, and with the permit from bar staff members I was allowed to make some interior photos as well. Tortuga snack bar in Portofino, Italy This place offers spectacular view to boat decks Tortuga Snack bar Lovely interior at Tortuga…

Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)

Published: 20 January, 2016 seen 2,149 DIY

Let me introduce you with a really interesting fungus (mushroom) you can find across deep forests in  Europe and North America - Common Stinkhorn, also known by its Latin name - Phallus impudicus. At the end of this post you will learn how you can prepare a medicine out of this fungus! Phallus impudicus Phallus impudicus, known colloquially as the common stinkhorn, is a widespread fungus recognizable for its foul odor and itsphallic shape when mature, the latter feature giving rise to several names in 17th-century England. It is a common mushroom in Europe and western North America, where it…

Summer in Latvia

Published: 19 January, 2016 seen 295

Ask me - what does Latvia associates to me - and I will answer -  haystacks and mild Summer nights. Unfortunately last summer (2015) I didn't find any haystack in Latvia at all (instead they are using hay rolls), but I did enjoyed some wanderings in cornfields (and, yes, they are great for photography) In today's Piece of Life photo project series - allow me to introduce you - Latvia in Summer.  Margret Cornfield in Latvia Ancient trees alley Cornflower field in Latvia Cornfield Cornfield P117 - Skrunda - Aizpute road Hay roll Freshly cut hay

Top 25 New Laptop / Notebook Releases of 2016

Published: 18 January, 2016 seen 75,830 Online Shopping

Here are the list with top 25 hottest laptop / notebooks computers released just at the end of 2015. Update: Top 25 Best Selling Laptop / Notebook Models In 2017 Whether you are a computer enthusiast looking for latest technologies or it's just that time come when it's time to upgrade your old laptop to brand new, you will be surprised how laptops have advanced. In 2016 we are going to use more and more touch screen enabled devices. Alternatively check out: Top 50 Best Selling Laptop and Notebook Computers To Buy Online on Amazon 2016 or Top 30 Budget Laptops / Notebooks Under $500 - 2016…

Portofino - picturesque harbor village in Italian Riviera

Published: 18 January, 2016 seen 676 Tourism objects

Portofino is an Italian fishing village and vacation resort famous for its picturesque harbor and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. I paid a short, but very remarkable visit here at the end of 2015, during a short 7 day trip around Italy. We arrived to Portofino from Genoa (Read my first impressions: A Little Bit From Italian Riviera (Somewhere Around Genoa) Portofino - Italian fishing village According to Pliny the Elder, Portofino was founded by the Romans and named Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphin, because of the large number of dolphins that inhabited…

Fixing holes in the floor with plaster mixture + second layer of paint

Published: 17 January, 2016 seen 510 Home Remodeling

Welcome back to the home remodeling series, in today's article I'll show how I patched a holes in a hard wood floor using ... a plaster mixture. But before that, please take a look on More Paint Job - Base layer for Kitchen's Floor and How to Patch and Plaster in your old Rural house After I painted first base layer of paint I noticed that wooden floor is in really bad condition and it has a huge holes on it, since we were not into a complete renovation, rather into a quick paint job to look this place more livable, I decided to go with the same plaster mixture I applied on walls. Fresh…

A Little Bit From Italian Riviera (Somewhere Around Genoa)

Published: 16 January, 2016 seen 429 Travel guides

Just shortly we landed at Milan/Malpensa airport and stayed at lovely Holiday Inn Express hotel, in the next morning we started to head to Genoa. Unfortunately I did not paid much attention to all the small town lets located next to the sea, and know by writting these lines I wonder what names does actually these lovely places bear.  The fun fact - we stopped in Genoa for just 5 minutes (and we even didn't know back then that we are actually in Genoa. But hey we got some amazing pictures here. All I can recall now , we did a driving from Milan to Lucca (we left Milan in the morning, and…

Top 13 Best digital SLR cameras of 2016 for beginners

Published: 15 January, 2016 seen 6,143 Digital Photography School

I bought my first digital SLR camera back in April 2015, I opted for a budget priced Canon Rebel T5 model (in Europe its branded under Canon 1200D name) - just immediately of this purchase I felt that my photography has improved a lot, latter in September I realized I'm still shooting in semi-automatic way in P mode, and I started a 365 days photo challenge to improve my photographer skills.  If you are planing to purchase your first DSRL camera, in this article I have listed Top 13 Best selling cameras for beginners of 2016 available on Amazon. All, but one camera from this list comes with a…

December 2015 Blog Traffic And Income Report 43,941 Users / $ 1,524.09

Published: 15 January, 2016 seen 766 Online Income Reports

Welcome to the #24 traffic and income report covering blog traffic and earnings/expenses for December 2015. #24 means just one - It marks two year anniversary since I started to share with public my online earnings/ expenses. Wow, two years are a lot actually. You might wonder why should me revealing  my traffic and earnings for the past two years already? The reason for publishing such reports and revealing secrets beyond the scenes are simple - they help me track my success or failures and hopefully can generate some ideas for you as well. About Blog traffic in December 2015 Past December…

Photo of the month - December 2015

Published: 14 January, 2016 seen 498 Digital Photography School

If you have been following my blog, you have probably noticed my 365 days photo project, which you can see and follow on Flickr. Alternatively check out our Piece of Life photo project.  Flickr offers some valuable stats and helps me out of selecting picture of the month. For criteria I'm using the most simple tactic to count on - fave count on Flickr. Read more: Photo of the month - November 2015 Photo of the month - October 2015 December was a great month for photography I traveled a lot in Georgia and Italy, and used a tripod a lot as well. Tripod I believe is an essential. Followers to my…

Old New Year's fireworks in Tbilisi

Published: 13 January, 2016 seen 360

While there is a good reason to visit St Mark's square in Venice, Italy (that's exactly we did this New Year) - the chances to photograph New Year's fireworks turned much brighter from our Tbilisi's apartments balcony. Shortly before clock turned twelve on night between January 13 to January 14, we made a moka coffee, I installed a tripod and enjoyed amazing Old New year's firework.. Piece of Life! Fireworks in our Tbilisi apartments backyard Old New Year's fireworks in Tbilisi, Georgia Fireworks in Tbilisi, Georgia About Old New Year The Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year is an…

Holiday Inn Express Milan-Malpensa Airport Hotel (Case Nuove, Italy)

Published: 13 January, 2016 seen 547 Hotel reviews

We stayed overnight at Holiday Inn Express Milan-Malpensa Airport hotel just shortly we landed at the airport and took our rental car from FireFly. It turned out that FireFly office was just some 200 meters from this hotel, so we didn't had much driving for the first day from during our seven day trip in Italy. OK, we drove to the nearby town of Ferno to have a Italian style supper at Osteria San Martino. If you are traveling by car  - I highly recommend to choose hotels near airports - you won't be in city center, but you will have much more benefits, rather than staying in center - free…

Osteria San Martino in Ferno, Italy

Published: 12 January, 2016 seen 432 Restaurant reviews

This was the first time I ate at the real Italian restaurant, and my first experience was more than satisfactory. Shortly after we landed at Milan/Malpensa airport, took our rental car, and checked in at nearby hotel, we started to explore TripAdvisor for some lovely place to have a Italian supper. Osteria San Martino popped up, so it was all about of entering right coordinates to TomTom device. This restaurant was located some 20 minute drive from our hotel in town called Ferno. Osteria San Martino in Ferno, Italy I was glad I decided to take a tripod for my Italy trip, so I had a chance to…

Top 30 Budget Laptops / Notebooks Under $500 - 2016

Published: 11 January, 2016 seen 8,586 Online Shopping

Looking for a brand new or maybe refurbished laptop under $500? You have come to the right place, in this article you will find top 30 budget laptops / notebooks under $500 in 2016 availiable for sale on Amazon Depending on your needs - are you looking for laptop to take with you on your travels, maybe to perform basic accounting? If you are looking for simple machine, that's always connected to internet, and you don't need to run specific programs on it (like Adobe Photoshop or MS Word) - try Chrome books (their price is really low in our days).  If you still prefer to work with MS Office…

Railroad crossing in Skrunda municipality, Latvia

Published: 11 January, 2016 seen 324

Skrunda is actually a very lovely small Latvian town, you can find here both Soviet military heritage (Read: Skrunda-1 Abandoned Soviet Military Ghost Town In Latvia) , delicious Latvian cuisine (Bistro 'Elvi' In Skrunda) or just enjoy a lovely walk near river Venta (Read: Skrunda Open-Air Stage and Park). In today's Piece of Life project series I would love to show a beautiful place where poppy field meets railroad - a railway crossing point.  Railroad in Skrunda municipality Railroad perspective Poppy field near Skrunda Railway There is something magical in Latvia - and both poppy fields…

Milan–Malpensa Airport

Published: 10 January, 2016 seen 465 Airports

Milan - Malpensa is one of the major airports serving city of Milan in Italy. Just to mention, there is another airport serving city of Milano- Bergamo.  Milan–Malpensa Airport, formerly City of Busto Arsizio Airport, is the largest airport for the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy. It serves 15 million inhabitants in Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria. The airport is located 49 kilometres  northwest of central Milan, next to the Ticino river, which is a border between Lombardy and Piedmont. The airport has two terminals and two runways. It took me about twelve years to visit Italy again…

David Gareja Monastery Complex

Published: 9 January, 2016 seen 1,657 Churches and Monasteries

David Gareja Monastery complex probably is among top tourist attractions in Republic of Georgia you should visit. Located in the desert, bordering with Azerbaijan this place provides very spectacular views. Best ways to get here is either by using your own vehicle or hiring a driver or booking a trip. The monastery complex includes hundreds of cells, churches, chapels, refectories and living quarters hollowed out of the rock face. David Gareja Monastery Complex in Georgia The complex was founded in the 6th century by David (St. David Garejeli), one of the thirteen Assyrian monks who arrived…

Udabno - Almost Forgotten Village in Georgian Desert

Published: 8 January, 2016 seen 4,077 Military Heritage

Udabno is a small village located in distance some 50 km from Tbilisi. The chances you will visit this place is huge if you are visiting one of the most famous Georgia' s landmarks - David Gareji monastery complex. The main road from Tbilisi will take you through Udabno village if you are visiting David Gareji. When I first was at Udabno back in 2011 it seemed as completely abandoned place, but at the end of December, 2015 it looked that some people are actually living here, and even a Polish run hostel has been established here. Udabno village located in the middle of Georgian desert Udabno…

How To Display Google AdSense Ad Unit on Drupal Taxonomy Pages

Published: 7 January, 2016 seen 830 Drupal Development

Title for this article might be named also as - how to display block on taxonomy pages only. In fact that was the solution I was looking for about two years, and felt a bit awkward when figured out a very easy, not to say super simple solution. The blog you are currently reading is Drupal powered, no WordPress, Joomla or some other content management system here, so I will speak Drupal language in this article. Here is the super easy solution for those in hurry: Create a new block, paste your Google AdSense (or whatever content you want, it's not only about Google AdSense after all), under…

How To Make Floating Blocks in Drupal Using Module

Published: 6 January, 2016 seen 2,734 Drupal Development

In this article you will learn how to make blocks on your Drupal site to float using a simple, and yet powerful module - Floating block. Here are some other cool tutorials you might find interesting: How To Display Social Share Buttons On Drupal Taxonomy Pages Floating social share buttons (without using modules) How to align Facebook like, Google + and Twitter buttons? (CSS tricks) Facebook like button for Drupal site  Drupal Floating Block From module creators: The Floating block module allows you to keep html blocks, selected using jquery selectors in a fixed position on the page as you…

More Paint Job - Base layer for Kitchen's Floor

Published: 5 January, 2016 seen 488 Home Remodeling

Those of you following my blog have noticed I'm featuring home remodeling series here, it all started back in the Spring/Summer of 2015, when we inherited a lovely but very badly managed country house in rural Latvia. In today's photo series I will show you how using the most cheapest floor paint I gave a new life to a rundown wooden plank floor in our rural's house kitchen. But before that, take a look how it all started in this kitchen: Removing Junk And Adding First Layer of Paint (Kitchen Works) How to Patch and Plaster Walls in Your Old Rural House Now let us begin with adding some floor…

Wine Tunnel Near Kvareli in Georgia (Winery Khareba)

Published: 4 January, 2016 seen 4,096 Tourism objects

Wine Tunnel owned by a winery Khareba is located close to the town of Kvareli, in region of Kakheti, republic of Georgia. It features not only exotic manmade tunnel built in the rocks, but it also has a large territory offering interesting attractions related to Georgian heritage. Guests can book a wine tasting tour here and will be provided with best selection wines from winery Khareba. I first visited this wine tunnel in the middle of October, 2015 together with my mom during a short one day trip around region of Kakheti, Wine Tunnel at Winery Khareba near Kvareli town in Georgia Winery…

Neighborhoods of Tbilisi - Varketili

Published: 3 January, 2016 seen 2,411 Tourism objects

In today's photo article I will speak about another neighborhood in Tbilisi - Varketili. Varketili is most probably famous because of the Varketili metro line connecting this part of city with city cente.In today's article most of the pictures are focused around exactly at this metro station. Varketili is probably not the most tourist visited place in Tbilisi, if you are hoping to find lovely wood carved balconies here or enjoy a swim in a sulfur bath you most probably wont find anything from that here. I haven' t double checked this, but apartment rent in Varketili are one of the cheapest…

Giant Plane Tree in Telavi

Published: 2 January, 2016 seen 1,871 Tourism objects

There is a biggest tree in Georgia located in the city center of Telavi (Region of Kakheti). It's not only giant, it is more than 900 years old as well. I discovered this tree back in October , 2015, during a day trip to region of Kakheti, we made a 5 minute stop here, I got an opportunity to photograph it with my mom posing next to it. The Giant Plane tree in Telavi, Republic of Georgia It's width is about 12 meters and height 46 meters. The Giant Plane tree in Telavi, Republic of Georgia The plane tree in Telavi is near the ‘Batonis Tsikhe’ (the Prince’s Castle), the Batonis Tsqharo’ (the…

One Second a Day Video Project (November 7 - December 9, 2015)

Published: 1 January, 2016 seen 452 Digital Photography School

I decided to great the New Year of 2016 with a 32-second video flashback I made at the end of 2015, filmed mostly in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. ​The idea of creating one second a day video project arrived at me after I watched the movie Chef (2014). I was already doing my 365 days photo project and for the 32 days it was both fun and entertaining to both photograph and film, then post-process, e.t.c. It was a harsh experience as well. But it was worth every additional hour spent to produce a daily second video. Places and Events from this video Master class in Asian Cuisine The Tiger…