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San Francisco Market

 

“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair”

 

Finally the time has come and I can tell you some details about my trip to the USA. We started in San Francisco, because there is so much to discover in this city and I would like to give you some travel tips, I have decided to write a separate post only about San Francisco. Furthermore also because our actual road trip through the US began afterwards. We flew from San Francisco to Las Vegas, where we received our rental car, but more about this I will tell you in my next blog post.

 

San Francisco City Guide Golden Gate Bridgte

 

Let’s start with the sightseeing attraction par excellence, the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is the symbol of San Francisco and should not be missed on the To-Do list. The building opened in 1937 and has since then connected San Francisco with Marin County and the less densely populated Napa and Sonoma Valley.

 

 

Of course, you can look at the bridge from different view points. The Golden Gate Bridge is located a bit off the center. By means of a longer walk or bike ride along the coast to reach the Golden Gate Bridge. The fastest way is to use the bus or go by car. The crossing of the bridge takes another 15 minutes on foot – but you should not miss that experience as well. On the way along the coast there are always viewpoints, which are suitable as photo spots and at the outer end of the bridge you can walk underneath the bridge to get to the most popular vantage point with the most beautiful view over the bridge. But be sure to plan enough time, especially if you travel by bus and co. annd not by car.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39

 

Pier 39 is at least as famous in San Francisco as the Golden Gate Bridge. Usually because of the sea lions, who frolic there to chill and to be admired by the tourists. In addition, you will find all sorts of delicious restaurants, souvenir shops, and even more to discover. You should not miss a visit.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39 Clam Chowder

 

If you decide to have lunch or dinner at Pier 39, there is really only one dish that you must try. The traditional and famous Clam Chowder Soup can be found in most restaurants.

 

San Francisco City Guide Pier 39

 

If you continue along the coast, you will reach Fishermans Wharf. There is a lot going on, there are many shopping opportunities, restaurants, great street musicians, delicious drinks or even a shop with the hottest chili sauces you can buy in the US can be found there. If you would like to eat in the trendy in-out burger, you will also find it there.

 

 

A stylish way to discover San Francisco is to take the famous cable cars. You should not miss this when visiting San Francisco. These are by the way a public transport, which is also used by residents. Inquire before driving, if a ride can be integrated into a sightseeing tour. You buy the tickets in the app.

 

 

San Francisco is also home to foodies. First of all, the famous food trucks not far from the Ferry Building. Then of course one of the most famous neon signs on Instagram can be found in Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. There you can buy and eat the so-called “Cruffins” – a delicious calorie bomb par excellence, which you should taste. The Farmers Market at Ferry Building is then also worth a visit.

 

San Francisco City Guide Park

 

You are looking for a recreational oasis during your stay? Then you should visit the Golden Gate Park. The Golden Gate Park is huge, so we could only see a part of it. But this one was already beautiful, we saw a lot of wildlife like ducks on Stow Lake, birds or squirrels (P.s my favorite animal). Especially unusual for me was the artificial waterfall. All in all a very idyllic place, especially this part of the park.

 

 

San Francisco is then known for its colorful side. For example, for the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps – a long staircase decorated with an elaborate, coherent mosaic. I have to admit, it was not easy to find, as it is in a residential area. Our Uber driver dropped us off at the wrong corner. However, the trip was really worth it, even if climbing the stairs was quite exhausting.

 

 

Now to the most colorful district of San Francisco “Haight Ashbury” is especially known for one reason: It’s Hippies. In the 1960s, artists such as Janis Joplin or bands such as Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane romped there. I really liked the colorful houses. However, for me it is not a shopping hotspot, but an interesting place anyway.

 

 

Not as colorful as Haight Ashbury, but all the more pastel are the Painted Ladies of San Francisco. The Painted Ladies are Victorian, multi-colored, traditional wooden houses built in the 19th century. They were especially well known in my generation through the family show Full House with the Olsen Twins.

 

 

As in many US cities, there is also a Chinatown in San Francisco. It extends west to Powell Street and up to Nob Hill, east to Kearny Street, north to North Beach. You will find souvenir shops and more. As well as many Chinese restaurants.

 

 

In Chinatown there is something special to discover. The Golden Gate Fortune fortune cookie factory is barely bigger than a normal store and gives an insight into the making of fortune cookies. The visit is free, of course we have then bought a bag fortune cookies. So far these have been the best fortune cookies I have ever eaten.

 

 

Finally, a curious sight that attracts many tourists: Lombard Street. The Lombard Street consists of eight corners at a distance of only 145 meters, counting the turns at the beginning and the end, even ten. Therefore, motorists can only cover them at walking pace. The many and tight-knit curves were built due to the high gradient of about 30%. Fame reached the Lombard Street for example in the movie Herbie.

 

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London City Guide Peggy Porschen

 

A few weeks ago we visited the English capital London. Today I want to show you my personal Must Visits of the city. We stayed for a weekend this time, so we focused on some hotspots. The city is diverse and has a lot to offer for every taste as you know for sure.

 

 

Tip # 1 of mine is a culinary one, which is also a wonderful place for a cool Instagramshot. In China Town, of course, you can find all sorts of Asian restaurants, where you can eat more or less expensive. But not only this, especially in the morning, the pretty entrance gate is a popular photo spot. However, we visited  China Town in the afternoon to eat a delicious bubble waffle. I can highly recommend this. In the evening we went to China Town for a delicious Chinese dinner, but I advise you to consult Tripadvisor before you decide on a restaurant.

 

 

London from above? No problem at The Shard London. The entrance is basically free, for a table in the restaurant or in the bar directly at the window, you have to book in advance. We just started up the lift and enjoyed the view. But beware, I also saw some people who are not being allowed to go into the shard. This was probably due to the casual clothes they worn, with my boyfriend in a suit and me in a blazer we had no problems to get in. There is also a safety check like the one at the airport before you can go up.

 

 

London offers great photo locations on every corner, whether in the middle of the street with the famous double-decker buses or in the classic white residential quarters. For pretty outfit pictures you will definitely find a great location.

 

Peggy Porschen London

 

The most instagrammable coffee house in London is probably Peggy Porschen. Admittedly not the cheapest cupcakes and goodies you can find there. The whole coffee is however a single Fotohotspot, therefore it is worthwhile to be there early enough. We were there on Sunday morning, shortly after the opening and could more or less choose our place to seat, take some pictures and enjoy our cupcakes and tea in peace.

 

 

You prefer Italian food? No problem, here again I have a great tip that convinces Cicchetti at Piccadilly Circus with an incredibly beautiful interior and delicious food. You can each order small portions of different dishes and then they come in the middle of the table.

 

 

Of course the top sights are not missing in my London City Guide, because the Big Ben is currently dressed in a scaffolding, we chose this time the Tower Bridge and the London Eye as photo spots. The shores are particularly suitable for this purpose.

 

Burger & Hummer London

 

The last evening we went to the trendy restaurant Burger & Lobster, of which you will find several restaurants in London. We went to that at Piccadilly Circus. The food was delicious and the price was fine. Finally, we went to The Alchemist to have a fancy cocktail.

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The Draycott Hotel London

 

Last week we stayed for a long weekend in the British capital London. For me, this city is always worth a visit, whether for shopping, for cultural or culinary experiences. If you ask me, there is always something new to discover in London. And I had the chance to stay at the beautiful boutique hotel The Draycott in London.

 

The Draycott Hotel London

 

The unique 5 star hotel is located in Chelsea London. Surrounded by a well-kept London-style neighborhood. The location is truly unique – as well as the house itself in the typical Brick look, the houses were built around 1890, the conversion to The Draycott Hotel began in 1995. Today the Draycott Hotel has 35 individually decorated rooms. Each is decorated with Edwardian antiques as a tribute to the theater. In each room there is something reminiscent of bygone times, be it a photo or a biography.

 

The Draycott Hotel London

Drawing Room

 

Already in the entrance, The Draycott Hotel shines with traditional English and luxurious chic. The staff is extremely courteous and welcomed us immediately and welcomed. Since we arrived a bit early in the hotel, we stayed in the so-called drawing room next to the fireplace.

 

The Draycott Hotel London

 

Then I was allowed to make myself comfortable in the Ashcroft Suite. At The Draycott Hotel, there are no room numbers, but room names, and each room has its own story as mentioned before. The Ashcroft Suite offers a wonderful view of the idyllic and private garden. One of my personal highlights, however, was the four-poster bed – it even reminded me of my visit to Versailles two years ago. And believe me, it does not just look royal, to sleep in it is royal too.

 

 

My absolute highlight, however, was the fireplace, it gives the room an incomparable coziness. Anyway, we ended the evening after a strenuous shopping day in the city center there.

 

 

Of course, I did not mind taking my daily beauty rituals – even on my weekend trip. The bathroom is modern and well equipped. Quickly refreshed the lipstick in the foyer and voilà – ready for the toast champagne at 18 o’clock in the drawing room. Cheers! Every day, guests are served a glass of champagne with snacks.

 

 

Am nächsten Morgen gab es noch ein ausgiebiges Frühstück für einen guten Start in den Tag. Dabei durfte frisch gepresster Orangensaft und ein typisch englischer Breakfast Tea natürlich nicht fehlen.

 

 

Before we left, we relaxed a bit in the library – which is just beautifully designed and not just for reading and chatting very inviting. So if you are looking for a beautiful, oldfashioned and unique hotel, I highly recommend The Draycott London.

 

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Last weekend we went spontaneously on a city trip to Manchester – and this not to have a look at the soccer stadium. Manchester has much more to offer and is a great place for a quick trip to the UK.

 

The Refuge

 

 

Probably the most beautiful food and drink spot in Manchester called The Refuge. The design here is incomparable and it’s an amazing photo spot. In addition to the high ceilings there is a beautiful glass pavilion in the middle of the restaurant. This at least mentally sent me back to Marrakech with its riad-like design.

 

The Refuge Manchester

 

The perfect instagrammable detour so – and the staff is very friendly. A clear recommendation therefore for The Refuge in Manchester.

 

Richmond Tea Rooms

 

Richmond Tea Rooms Manchester

 

You want to enjoy your tea in a fairytale setting like in Alice in Wonderland? Then you should not miss to visit the Richmond Tea Rooms. The perfect place for a cup of tea, delicious pastries or a cozy late breakfast. We opted for the latter and enjoyed delicious pancakes with berries.

 

 

When we arrived shortly after noon, we easily got a table for two. However, the Richmond Tea Rooms are well frequented especially at weekends. So when we had left the restaurant, there was already formed a queue. Especially if you have several people, it is worth reserving a table in advance.

 

John Rylands Library

 
 

Definitely worth a visit is the beautiful John Rylands Library. The Victorian Gothic architecture style is simply impressive. It almost feels like being in a fairy tale as you walk through the corridors and bookshelves.

 

 

The architecture is simply breathtaking. There are so many great spots for photos inside. We could barely get enough of this building. Also on the many old and artful books, which are probably even older than the library are stunning. Because this dates from 1900.

 

The Old Wellington Inn

 

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The Old Wellington Inn is an Old English pub in Manchester. The listed building was built in 1552 and is therefore historically worth a visit. It is located next to Selfridges and is therefore easy to plan shopping trips.

 

Manchester the old wellington

 

Barton Arcade

 

Manchester barton arcade

 

If we’re into shopping, you should not miss the Barton Arcade. In this small but fine shopping arcade you will find cafés, a specialty shop, clothes shops and a retro barbershop. It’s really worth a visit.

 

 

In the sweet café in the Barton Arcade we also found our Sunday morning breakfast spot. I opted for some delicious chocolate pancakes with strawberries and I did not regret it. Therefore, I highly recommend the Pot Kettle Black Café.

 

Piccadilly Records

 

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You are Musiclovers? Then you should not miss one of the city’s most iconic record shops. At Piccadilly Records you will find records from all imaginable genres and of course from some top bands of the last decades. In addition, it is also ideal as a photo location.

 

Manchester Town Hall

 

 

Last but not least, it is worthwhile to visit the Manchester Town Hall. Also an impressive building with fascinating architecture. However, it is being renovated and is therefore not open.

 

I hope I was able to give you some Inspiration for your trip to Manchester.

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The Charles Hotel Munich

Recently I stayed in Munich at the beautiful The Charles Hotel. Today I want to tell you more about my stay.
At my arrival I was greeted warmly and got surprised with a delicious gift. The Charles Hotel is a 5-star establishment that impresses with it’s design.

 

The Charles Hotel in Munich offers 136 rooms and 24 suites. It houses the Sophia’s restaurant and The Library, where light meals, snacks and drinks can be enjoyed in an inspiring atmosphere – or you can read the newspaper there.

 

 

It also offers a ballroom and modern conference rooms. To emphasize is then the great location, The Charles Hotel is situated within a short walking distance from the main station. Near the old botanical garden of Munich. Despite its central location, it is also very quiet at night.

 

 

Our room was very spacious and I feel very comfortable. We even had a small sitting area inside and a balcony. The bathroom with shower and bath invited to linger.

 

 

After a restful day of arrival, we enjoyed the generous breakfast buffet at Sophia’s. The selection ranges from regional specialties to shrimp cocktail, delicious bread selection, fruit buffet, prosecco and much more.

 

 

You should not miss the warm dishes, whether omelet, pancakes, egg dishes, waffles and Co. your breakfast wishes will definitely not disappointed.

 

 

For me a rich breakfast – especially when traveling – is very important to have a relaxed and strengthened start into the day. The restaurant Sophia’s offers a wonderful ambience too.

 

 

Beautiful is then the in-house spa with pool. I spent the evenings there and let my soul dangle. The spa is open until 10pm – so you can find enough time to rest after an exciting day in the city.

 

 

Incidentally, The Charles Spa has the longest hotel indoor pool in Munich. The hotel also has a gym, a sauna and a steam room. The design of the spa also invites you to relax – as you might also see the perfect place to read.

 

 

This amazing view offered us then one of the suites – simply breathtakingly beautiful. Especially with the color play of the autumn foliage an absolute highlight. The Charles Hotel really is a little oasis in the middle of the city.

 

 

The stylish décor is reflected in the hotel’s general areas, restaurants, and rooms and suites. Modern chic with a lot of charm The Charles Hotel provides a cozy ambience in which I immediately felt at home.

 

 

I highly recommend The Charles Hotel – the generous and stylish rooms, the friendly staff, the delicious food and the great location – are reasons to check in again on my next trip to Munich.

 

Many thanks again to the Charles Hotel Munich for the hospitality.

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Recently we were able to enjoy a wonderful time-out at the 5* Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa Waldhaus Flims. For 140 years, the hospitality is celebrated here. This in the beautiful mountains of Flims – just a short drive from the oldest city in Switzerland named Chur. Surrounded by a unique mountain backdrop and inviting park, the Waldhaus Flims is home to 143 rooms and suites.

 

The Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa Waldhaus Flims is ideal for a weekend getaway – in just 1.5 hours you can get there from Zurich. Thus, it is of course also a popular destination for tourists, who like to do a shopping trip through Zurich in addition to spend relaxing time in the mountains.

 

 

We were allowed to check into the beautiful presidential suite and immediately felt at home – only without the hustle and bustle of everyday life of course. In particular, the private sauna and cozy bath invite you to unwind. The perfect little relaxation program after a walk in the beautiful park of the Waldhaus Flims and an afternoon tea.

 

 

The Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa Waldhaus Flims has a lot to offer in culinary terms. The first evening we went to the restaurant Pomodoro. In a relaxed atmosphere, there are Italian classics with a twist. I enjoyed a yummy pizza.

 

 

Incidentally, the cozy and at the same time modern, elegant ambience of the entrence area makes the Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa Waldhaus Flims invites you to linger in the evening.

 

 

After a restful night followed by the next culinary treat – breakfast at The Grand. Not only the great and delicious selection of food but also the ambience invite you to a cozy get-together.

 

 

Not to be missed are the freshly prepared and delicious omelets, waffles, pancakes and Co. Rested and strengthened, we went to the spa afterwards.

 

 

The Spa of the Waldhaus Flims was awarded the European Health & Spa Award and is one of the three best wellness hotels in Europe and at the same time it is the best Swiss hotel spa. Where could you enjoy a relaxing weekend better?

 

 

Indoor pool, outdoor adventure pool and natural swimming pond offer variety. The indoor pool in the glass cube offers a breathtaking view. The outdoor adventure pool is heated, so you can relax there in the colder months as well wonderfully while enjoying bubble beds, massage jets, bubbler and neck cascades. While in the natural swimming pond Flims mountain spring water is waiting for you.

 

 

After a spa visit, guests can enjoy the on-site The Summit Bar. In the afternoon you meet here for coffee and cake and stimulating conversations. In the evening you can enjoy a gin on the rocks by the fire – inside or outside.

 

 

For a romantic dinner, it is worth reserving a table in the restaurant Epoca. The 14 Gault-Millau-Pointed restaurant offers culinary delights of the finest and freshly prepared regional and international delicacies.

 

 

I enjoyed a modern interpretation of a Carpaccio and then I had a wonderfully tender and perfectly fried venison with homemade Schupfnudeln. For dessert, I ate the tree cake – rarely I ate a dessert, which has been prepared with so much attention to detail and love.

 

 

One of my personal highlights was the hotel library with reading opportunity. There you can indulge in a game of lady and enjoy a calm and peaceful evening.

 

 

By the way, getting up early is worthwhile – the sunrise in the mountain scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. You should not miss this play of colors.

 

 

Also not to be missed is a little travel in time in the hotel museum “Belle Epoque”. The props of 140 years of hotel history exude their own wit. Particularly impressive are the numerous paintings of Lake Cauma created by hotel guests during the years.

 

 

At the end of our trip we enjoyed another delicious breakfast at The Summit and a walk through the parkland of the Alpine Grand Hotel & Spa Waldhaus Flims.

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Hollywood Hotel Hollywood Los Angeles Stay

 

Now I’m back home for two weeks after my wonderful road trip to the USA and yet it feels like it was yesterday. I also spent a great time at the Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood. Never before I have been in L.A. or Hollywood – it was the first and unforgettable visit – that I want to share with you today.

 

 

At our arrival I was immediately welcomed at the reception and could took my room keys. The room decor I really liked, it is modern and chic, but at the same time very comfortable. One thing I liked very much – was the bed – because it was incredibly comfortable. The beauty oasis or better known as bathroom was of course not missing too.

 

 

Wow – I thought to myself when I first saw the stylish bathroom and the huge shower. So far, I only knew similar showers from home renovation TV shows on HGTV. A beautiful design in which I felt very comfortable.

 

Hollywood Hotel Hollywood Los Angeles Stay

 

Before I tell you more details of my stay, I would like to give you some brief information about the Hollywood Hotel itself. The Hollywood Hotel has 130 rooms and they are available in a very reasonable price range for Hollywood. It is only 100m away from the subway station, so should you be traveling without a car – or just don’t want to notstuck in LA traffic – the best way to Down Town LA and Co. is super near. From the Hollywood Hotel you can also quickly reach the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Park, LA Zoo, the Greek theater and the Mount Hollywood hiking trails. In addition, the Hollywood Hotel has its own comedy club, where weekly comedians perform.

 

Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park, LA Zoo, Greek theater and Mount Hollywood hiking trails

 

After a restful night, the Hollywood Hotel offers a very rich breakfast – especially for american standards. In addition to a selection of bread and Co., ham & cheese, yogurt, fresh fruits & vegetables, the diligent cook cooks delicious & fresh omelets and waffles.

 

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The Hollywood Hotel also has a beautiful fountain, it is so colorful and therefore a popular photo spot for all guests.

 

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Caused by the amazing weather in L.A., of course, a pool area may not be missing. You can relax on the comfortable loungers and cool down in the pool itself.

 

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As beautiful as the pool area, however, is the courtyard – its design reminds me of the beautiful riads in Morocco and is truly an oasis in the middle of the hotel.

 

 

Isn’t that magical? But if you thought the courtyard was the best in daylight, I have to disappoint you – because only in the evening does the decoration shows it’s full beauty. The perfect place to end the evening after a visit to the Griffith Observatory or shopping down town.

 

 

The attention to detail in this hotel really impressed me. As well as the beautiful newly renovated rooms and the great location in Hollywood. On my next visit to L.A., I’ll definitely book a room at the Hollywood Hotel again.

 

Thank you so much for hosting me – it was a pleasure.

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The last few weeks have passed me by, caused by job and traveling, so I was not able to tell you about my stay in Gardaland in a timely manner. But I really like to catch up on that today and maybe you will enjoy yourself soon in the most popular amusement park in Italy. Gardaland or Lake Garda was the starting point of our summer road trip through Switzerland – Italy – Slovenia and Croatia.

 

 

A few months ago, I visited Lake Garda and Verona with my best friend, where I became aware of Gardaland. Back home, I looked at the amusement park site online and soon I got the idea for my road trip this summer. Also this time we spent a day on Lake Garda, a really idyllic area, which is the feeling of a mixture of sea and lake.

 

 

In keeping with the Gardaland there are two hotels, we booked a room in the Adventure Hotel – there was an offer for early bookers in combination with amusement park tickets. Depending on the floor, the rooms at Adventure-Hotel are held in a specific theme. Themed rooms are available as Arctic, Arabian, Wild West and Jungle Adventure. We have reserved a Jungle Adventure room. The hotel was very good, the room was awesome. Also the breakfast was very good, especially for Italy they offered a rich selection. Only the rule to wear a swimming cap in the pool was annoying, even the lifeguard has told us that he is sorry, but the boss is not dissuaded from this pointless rule. As well as the swimming cap purchase compulsory (costs about 8.- 10 Fr. per person).

 

 

But more about the amusement park itself. To get an overview of the park, we drove to the beginning with the Transgardaland Express and the Monorotaia. Then we went high with Flying Island. The theme worlds are not as big as elsewhere but very nicely designed. I particularly liked the tree – admittedly inside very oldschool – in the children’s world. I also really liked the Arab world, there were also oriental dance performances in between.

 

 

Next to the Gardaland Park is the Sealife Aquarium, an entry ticket was already included in our combined offer. Otherwise, it costs 5 euros. However, a visit to the cool aquarium is worthwhile, especially on hot summer days at noon. Surprisingly, it was very empty despite many visitors.

 

 

Of course, the roller coasters depend on your preferences; I liked the one’s in Kung-Fu Panda land very well and of course all water coasters. The waiting times were usually about 30 – 60 minutes at highly requested coasters. However, very time-dependent. By the evening it took 10 minutes for the same rides. As probably many Italians visit the park for a day and therefore they go back early. Unlike other amusement park such as Disneyland. There are no major security checks here. You can easily walk into the park with your ticket. Only visitors with large backpacks are asked to open it sometimes. In addition, many visitors take their lunch with them. So you can see La Familia picnic and eat pasta. Recommended at the park restaurants is the food court near the Kun-Fu Panda country, where they offer delicious piadina. Otherwise, the restaurants are rather less recommended, as expensive and not very tasty. It is better to visit the snack stands. In between, there are also many scores and machines – a lot of visitors have giant stuffed animals with them.

 

 

There are also some classics in the amusement park, so I could not miss a ride on the Retrokarrussel. All in all, the Gardaland is a cheap park, something completely different and perfect if you go to Italy or Croatia anyway on vacation.

 

 

Do you know Gardaland?

 

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About a month ago I visited the beautiful Budapest in Hungary, today I want to show you my personal impressions of this beautiful city a little bit closer. In addition, I have put together some tips for you. Since a lot of people have asked for my accommodation on Instagram, I will introduce you to it as well.

 

Attractions

 

Budapest Fischerbastei

 

Budapest offers many attractions, especially the Fisherman’s Bastion is an amazing one. It rises above the castle hill and lies in the so-called castel village. The impressive building was built between 1895 and 1902. There are two entrances, the castle is run by two different companies. On the left side is a restaurant. The entrance for the right side costs approx. 8 Euro with a climb to the church tower of the neighboring church.

 

 

Beautiful then is the view that you can enjoy from the Fisherman’s Bastion. You see all over Budapest.

 

Budapest Fischerbastei

 

This is the view from the church tower of the Matthias Church. We used the opportunity for the guided ascent and learned something about the history of this extraordinary church. It was badly damaged during World War II, but then rebuilt according to the old plans. Even kings were crowned here. In addition, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage building.

 

 

Especially extraordinary is the roof, designed in many colors. You should not miss out on a visit to the castle district. We traveled by public transport and then walked to the hill.

 

 

You will also find a small marketplace in the castle village where you can buy any souvenirs. Paprika cook sets are particularly popular.

 

 

After a lunch at Jamie’s Italian we started the descent. This also looks beautiful, past the castle palace, which also offers a beautiful view. Also its garden is more than worth seeing.

 

Budapest

 

Already the entrance area presents itself extremely royal. If you like beautiful panoramic views and fascinating buildings, then make sure to visit the Castle Quarter. Believe me, the climb is really worth it.

 

Gellerthill Budapest

 

Also beautiful and unreal looks the “entrance” for the Gellérthill. Above this small waterfall stands the “Monument of the Holy Martyr Bishop Gellért”. On top of the mountain itself you will find the Statue of Liberty.

 

 

But not only this, in addition to numerous souvenir shops, there are some snack stands. I just had to approve this bubble waffle with chocolate and oreos, you need to try it. It is so delicious. The traditional cuisine of Hungary is rather hearty, there are many sausages to buy, since I am more into sweets I choosed this treat.

 

Aussicht Gellertberg Budapest

 

As already mentioned offers a beautiful panoramic view of Budapest. Especially the Elisabeth Bridge is very good here. The Danube and the wide view are breathtaking.

 

Kettenbrücke Budapest

 

This is the beautiful Chain Bridge, many tourists climb the steel girders to take photos. But not only this, in the challenge for the latest song by Drake, Will Smith also climbed upon it for a Youtube video.

 

 

I can highly recommend a walk along the Danube on both the left and the right bank. The green bridge here is the so-called Liberty Bridge and in the last picture you can already see the next top sight of Budapest.

 

Parlamentsgebäude Budapest

 

The Parliament building of Budapest is probably the most impressive of the whole city. It is located directly on the Danube and looks like a building in a fairy tale.

 

Cafe New York Budapest

 

Another attraction you shouldn’t miss is the Cafe New York, if you have enough time. It is part of the New York Palace Hotel in Budapest and is open from early morning until midnight.

 

 

We had only made it at 23 clock to this magnificent place, there were not quite as many tourists as probably at the usual times. Therefore, this is perhaps a little tip too, just visit on the edge of times  this impressive cafe to enjoy it in peace.

 

 

Do not miss the sunset on the Danube and take an evening walk. If so, you should pay a visit to the Rudas Thermal Bath. Here you can bathe under the open sky in a dome with a beautiful view of the Danube and the city.

 

 

Even at night, Budapest is very nice to discover. There are also some gorgeous rooftop bars. We even paid a short visit to the party mile, but I can advise against that – unless you like the Ballermann. In addition, you should be careful because taxis are extremely expensive and tourists like to charge even more. Rely on the public transport and buy a day ticket. Also in the subway stations you should not stay longer, especially you should not let yourself be distracted, if you buy tickets. Unfortunately, there are quite strange people there, which aren’t well-intentioned against tourists. As a woman, I wouldn’t also visit certain districts in the evening alone.

 

Accomodation

 

Budapest hotel

Many of you have asked me on Instagram for my beautiful accommodation in Budapest. No, it was not a hotel, but a dreamlike apartment. It is an Airbnb accommodation. You do not have an Airbnb account yet? No problem sign up with my link and you will receive a 40 CHF discount on your first booking over 75 CHF – probably for a stay at this accommodation you can save immediately. So sign up here right now.

 

 

The V1 Luxury Apartment offers a fantastic view of the parliament building but not only. The decor is just beautiful. It feels like staying in a mansion. The apartment is in a top condition and super clean.

 

 

 

Parlamentsgebäude Budapest

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Italian days travel

 

Over the extended  weekend I drove to Italy with my bff. First we made ourselves comfortable on Lake Garda, before we took a closer look at the pretty town of Verona. In my travel diary I would like to share  some highlights of this short road trip with you.

 

 

However, before we could soak up the sun, the traffic jam at the Gotthard Tunnel was doomed to us. So far I had always managed to avoid the traffic jam, but since another tunnel was closed due to a fire, there was only one way to the south. Unfortunately, the Gotthard Pass was still closed because of snow too. Nonetheless, we left and reached our first destination in time for the sunrise.

 

 

In advance, we had already reserved our hotel in Desenzano del Garda in the south of Lake Garda. The staff has been super nice and made sure we could get our room at 10am instead of 3pm to have a little rest. Because, there is a lot to discover around Desenzano del Garda, we drove to Sirmione in the afternoon.

 

italy gardasee travel

 

Gone with the wind, we looked at the grottos of Catull. These are ancient ruins of a Roman villa at the northern end of the Sirmione peninsula at Lake Garda. This villa originally had three storeys and is really impressive. Especially the big columns and arches inspired us. The view of Lake Garda was at least as impressive and beautiful.

 

 

Very fascinating are also all the plants, which have searched their place between the ruins. If you are around, be sure to stop by.

 

italy gardasee travel

 

In Sirmione, however, there are still more historic buildings to discover, the Castello Scaligero is a beautiful and well-preserved castle. The Scaliger built it from the Roman fort in Sirmione in the 13th century at the request of the Lord of Verona, the fortified castle.

 

italy gardasee travel

 

In the evening we went back to Desenzano del Garda. There we walked along Lake Garda and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. Before we then found ourselves in a fish restaurant to eat spaghetti.

 

 

Cozy we let the evening end, before we went to Verona on day two. Many people know Verona thanks to the most famous love story: Romeo & Juliet. Verona is reachable by car in 30 minutes from Desenzano del Garda. If you are also traveling by car, I advise you to park your car in a guarded parking garage and not on the roadside. We found just before the city one, which costs 17 euros per day and is fully monitored.

 

Verona Italy travel

 

Of course, I would like to share with you some tips and sights of Verona. Let’s start with the most famous attraction, the Arena of Verona.

 

arena Verona Italy travel

 

The amphitheater is still well preserved and is also still used for various events. It was built more than half a century before the Coliseum in Rome and is a remnant of the Roman Empire too.

 

Verona Italy travel

 

The arena is really impressive. If you want to see the arena from the inside, it is probably an advantage to arrive early. Since we did not have so much time, we have spared us queuing in the sun.

 

Verona Italy travel

 

Directly in front of the arena is a pretty little park, which invites you for a short rest. Coincidentally, when we went to Verona, there was a marathon, so of course there were a lot of people around.

 

Verona Italy travel

 

In Verona, you actually feel a bit relegated in time. It is a small town with a lot of character. Do not miss to walk through the typical Italian streets.

 

 

There is also a lot going on in the market place, Piazza delle Erbe. There you will find tourist souvenirs as well as genuine Italian leather bags and gelati.

 

Cake of Verona Italy travel

 

If you prefer to take home an edible souvenir, I can recommend you the Torta russa di Verona. Crispy pastry on the outside, a soft cake inside. You will find the Torta russa di Verona in small bakeries.

 

 

Now to the landmark of all Romeo & Juliet fans. Of course, I did not miss the opportunity to visit Julia’s house and even climb to the famous balcony. It should be about the house from the fictional story. The balcony, however, was later built as a tourist attraction. In the house there are then some costumes, e.g. the premiere of the piece to discover.

 

 

I can also recommend the ascent to the hill San Pietro. The view is simply breathtaking. Unfortunately, the Castello del San Pietro was not visible because it is fenced. In the last picture you can see the Ponta Pietra – the bridge over the Adige.

 

Verona Italy travel

 

Of course, before I went back home I had to refresh my lipstick all over the Italian way 😉 I hope you enjoyed my report and provided inspiration for your next trip to Italy.

 

Have you ever been to Lake Garda or Verona?

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Krakau kutschen

 

Last month I was in Poland for the first time, in the special city of Krakow. I have already shown some pictures in my report about the event with Bonprix in Krakow. Now I would like to introduce you to the city and its sights a little closer.

 

 

My tip # 1 take one of the many small tourist taxis to get an overview of the city. Krakow isn’t as small as you may think. It’s a very spacious city despite its size. Since I had only half an afternoon to explore the city – I grabbed a tourist taxi and let me show it around. However, if this is too overkill for you, I would like to remind you of my day 1 transportation.

 

Trabant in Krakau

 

The ride in the Trabi is the iconic alternative to the tourist taxi – even if these cars are not likely to drive around at least in Switzerland – it is simply a great experience. They called it communism tour. Also Trabi driver was very entertaining and knew a lot about the story. So if you have more time, you should try this.

 

 

Krakow is home to many church buildings and other elaborate buildings from bygone eras. Krakow may also be called a UNESCO World Heritage City. The historic center is decorated with 5000 buildings from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Krakow lies on the Vistula and was the capital of Poland until the 16th century.

 

«Rynek Główny», der mit 40 000 Quadratmetern grösste mittelalterliche Marktplatz Europas

 

The “Rynek Główny” is the largest medieval market square in Europe with 40,000 square meters. Anyone who would like to feel like a princess will find the right means of transport here.

 

Krakau kutschen

 

In abundance, beautiful white carriages wait for customers, a trip by coach should not be missed in this medieval city. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time left this time, but for my next visit to Krakow, carriage rides are at the top of the to-do list.

 

 

During my journey a tape recorder ran with information about the places and buildings that my tourist taxi passed. Most impressive, I found this beautiful old castle. The Barbican or Basztowa was a core of the Cracow fortification and has been built in the last years of the 15th century.

 

 

The famous St. Mary’s Church is also located on the square “Rynek Główny” and towers above it with its height. On the marketplace itself are many sales tents for floral wreaths, caricaturists and other traders.

 

 

Away from the sights, it is worthwhile to visit  historical places in and around the city. Or just stroll through the streets and explore the mix between new and old.

 

 

Now some practical hints, For 100 CHF I got almost 350 Polish Zloty. The cost of living is correspondingly low for swiss people. Lunch menu’s are very cheap available even in the steakhouse. For my bagel I paid about 2 CHF in the restaurant. This also makes Poland attractive for shopping. To explore Krakow and the surrounding area, you should stay for a few days if possible. With a tight program, the city can (at least partially) be discovered during a weekend trip.

 

Have you ever been to Krakow?

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