Florence is a very rich city in Italy, in both art and history. There are numerous museums in Florence that are home to many masterpieces. Although we did not venture into any of the said museums (long lines!), the architecture in the city itself was wonderful to behold.
We had a day to just walk about the streets of Florence. We saw the iconic Duomo, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which surprisingly had green and pink hued walls. We wandered the streets and observed the yellow painted buildings. We stopped by a cute little retaurant that was next to a bell tower that chimed the hour to have pizza and pasta for lunch. We ate our gelato and sipped on melted granitas as we explored the city. We looked on at the statues that lined the piazzas. We shopped for some Italian leather goods, which Florence is known for. We went inside a scoula that taught people how to create the said leather goods. And we also said “hi!” to a replica of Pinocchio, a puppet who wanted to be a real boy, whose story originated in this Tuscan city.
It only goes to show that not everything will go as planned when one travels. Always, always be prepared for whatever happens. Sticking to the planned out itinerary is good but what if something comes up? Like, let’s say, the Gelato Museum you planned on visiting that day just closed for the season. Yeah, do some thorough research but also be flexible and roll with the punches.
After our jam-packed and super warm day in Venice, we decided to have a chill day back in Bologna, so, we decided to just go to the city center and see what it had to offer… our stomachs! Because that plan to visit the Gelato Museum didn’t push through, we went where we could and stuffed our faces. Fun times! Pasta, granita and, yes, gelato!
It’s one of the most unique places in the world. With it’s rich history and culture, Venice is definitely a place you must visit.
The first thing the comes to mind when someone says “Venice” is, of course, the gondolas. It’s a very unique site to see, there are no roads, just canals; no cars, just boats. Other than that, Venice is a very picturesque city, as all Italian cities.
We decided to take a train ride to Venice for a day, to see what it was all about. Italy is a country that’s easily travelled by train. It can get quite expensive but if you book ahead, you can get some good deals.
When we arrived in Venice, suffice to say, it was HOT! This was mid-August and it was super hot, like middle-of-summer-in-the-Philippines hot. Add a huge crowd of tourists (which we were a part of), it can be quite a disappointment. The boats were packed with people, which makes it super convenient for those nasty pickpockets. My sister almost had her stuff stolen. She noticed someone slowly opening the zipper on her bag and thank God she did! She stared the guy down, so he just moved on and got off at the next stop. We’ve been warned about pickpockets in Italy, but since Venice is a major tourist attraction, there were certainly a lot there!
Other than that, it was a fun trip. We had fun taking pictures all over and I must say, I think these photos are some of the better ones from our whole trip. Venice is just that pretty. Here are photos of our day in Venezia!
The day went by so fast in Venice. Although we didn’t get to see most of the place, it was amazing being just there. I would want to go back someday, when it’s cooler, and explore the city some more.
More Italy adventures to come! Thanks for browsing through!
Happy 2017, world! It’s the new year and I still haven’t finished posting about our trip to Europe. Slow and steady, huh? Here’s the next part ofour trip! (kinda chanelling Dora the Explorer there LOL)
On the last leg of our European trip, we spent most of our days roaming around the beautiful country that is Italy. If there’s one thing that is a must-do in Italy, it’s FOOD! And hence, that was our first stop. We went straight to Bologna – the largest city in Emilia-Romagna Region which is best know for their, wait for it, FOOD!
We decided to make Bologna our home base and travel from there to other cities, instead of hotel hopping. So, we secured an Airbnb and got to exploring! It was pretty convenient as well since the city of Bologna was in the middle of a few key cities that are a must-see when in Italy. Posts on those cities, soon.
Here are a few (more like a lot of!) snaps of our in Bologna.
When we checked in at our airbnb, it was already night time. What better way to kick start our days in Italy than with food? We stopped by the restaurant at the corner, Le Rosa. We kept on going back to the little ristorante for the next few days. It was reasonably priced and the food was very good. Suffice to say, we were happy!
On our first day, we decided to go on a walking tour of the city, with food tasting, of course! We booked a walking tour with a local. What better way to get to know the place than to explore on your own two feet with the people who know it best?
That was Day 1 in Italy! More posts to come soon-ish! *fingers crossed*
After the Paris leg of our trip, we headed to Wrocław, Poland. My older sister went to Poland for work a few months back and we decided to stop by her new home, explore, check out some spots and most importantly, rest up. That time in Paris was a bit fast paced, so we took out time to relax in Wrocław. Here are some of the snaps I took while we explored the especially pretty town. Pardon the haphazard post processing of picture, I edited all these on my mobile.
There are times in life when you experience things and you just want to pinch yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming. This day, this afternoon, was one of those moments for me. It was this day that it sunk in that, yes, I was actually, really in Paris, France – one of the top most place to visit on the bucket list.
I could hardly believe that I was there looking up at the iconic Eiffel Tower, carrying a box of Ladurée macarons. It may seem simple but it felt so surreal. Around this time, I was pretty burned out at work causing much stress. It was this moment that I realized, “Wow. You’re in Paris. You left your stress behind and landed in Paris.” I was very happy to say the least. It was a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Growing up with Disney and the Princesses, I’ve always wanted to see palaces and have been curious on how it would have been like to live in one. Being a reader, I gravitate to fantastical or historical stories involving mighty cruel villains, charming yet mysterious princes, strong and beautiful heroines set in magical lands – all wrapped up in the typical happy ending. (“Far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise!” – Belle, from Beauty and the Beast) Being a bit of a romantic, I guess, I kind of wanted to be in a fairy tale.
I’ve always wanted to see Paris – the romanticized City of Light, and Versailles, with the Chateau and the Gardens where French royalty once presided. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. So, it was no surprise that my historically curious romantic self was quite giddy on this day. I tried to reign the excitement a bit, but I couldn’t help but be in awe of what I saw.
As it is a very touristy place, it was expected to be super crowded and it was. The line just to the entrance was a mile long so we did a skip-the-line tour that lets you skip the line (duh). The tour package also had audio guides for which narrated bits of information in each room we went to inside the palace. It was all very interesting – to see the walls, the paintings, the furniture, the history! It was magnificent and opulent and a bit overwhelming. It was just too much of everything that I couldn’t comprehend how such things came to be hundreds of years ago because of man ( and man’s desires).
The tickets we booked also included access to the gardens, which we went to first. On a side note, it would be amazing to have photo shoots there! Even just in the gardens! I don’t think it’s allowed though. Speaking of photos, here are some that I took on our day trip to Versailles. Please note the captions. 🙂
After hours and hours of being in transit, we finally arrived in Paris, France. It’s still kinda surreal that I get to say (type) that.
Paris is one of the places that I get to check off my bucket list. I can’t thank the powers that be enough for this opportunity. I can’t help but be grateful of every blessing that has been given to me, this trip was one of those wonderful blessings.
In Paris, the family and I stayed in this cozy Airbnb in the 19th arrondissement. A bit far from the center but it was within our budget. When we arrived, we took the chance to explore the vicinity and have lunch at a nearby cafe.
We ate at Le Pavillon des Merveilles – an Alice in Wonderland themed cafe. It was decked out in huuuge cards and had other cute decors all around the place. The food was very good too, especially the dessert! I remember we had these chocolate cookies – yum!
After lunch, we decided to take the train to the center of the city and explore some of the must see touristy things. What better way to see everything than by walking? So, we got our phones out, opened Google Maps and went exploring. Here are some of the places we saw on our walk – Notre Dame, Pont Neuf, and The Louvre Museum.
So, something amazing happened. I went to Europe! For three weeks! With the family! It was amazing… but more on that later.
What kind of Disney kid would I be if i pass up the chance to go to Disneyland Paris? I mean, aside from the part that my sisters’ main purpose of stopping by Paris was just that.
Here I am, sharing my excitement… and slight disappointment from my day at Disneyland Paris. Excitement because, hey! It’s Disneyland! In Paris! but disappointment because, that was it? Disneyland? In Paris?
It may be my fault that I got disappointed. I got my hopes up, expectations were high. Even after reading and researching about the park, even after finding out that it wasn’t the best of all the parks, I still expected so much. Oh, well, it was still quite an experience, though, no doubt about that. That is one more park to check off the list!
There are so many unique things to the park like Sleeping Beauty’s castle with that super cool dragon inside; some things common to some other parks but a new experience for me – like the Pirates of the Carribean ride and Peter Pan’s flight (which was super fun!). It was still very memorable and amazing. I would not take it back. I would probably not make a point to visit it but if by some miracle, I may find myself in Paris once again, I’ll be sure to go.