People think Rome is expensive but we got 3 nights in a hostel in city centre for about €80 (with free croissant and coffee each morning) . It's worth pointing out that the big cities in Italy will also charge you a tourist tax of €2.50 per person per night.
However if you drink house wine (in litres naturally) and do your research, you can easily get lunch/dinner for 2 for under €30.
We also saved money by being in town on the 1st Sunday of the month when entrance to the Colosseum is free.
1 - View outside the Colosseum
2 - Pizza Bianca (no tomato sauce but very cheesy)
3 - The Trevi fountain
4 - Rome gets festive
5 - Inside the Colosseum. Normally costs around 15 Euros
6 - Sand sculpture
7 - Archway outside the Colosseum
8 - More ruins
9 - View of the city from Villa Borghese park
10 - Playing it cool and not all touristy
Wake up to the sight of beautiful tea gardens, the sound of a gushing river and a hot cup of garden fresh tea. Nestled amist the Nilgiris, this hostel is the perfect place to enjoy the place like a local. @hostelsofindia featuring @thedoortonirvana
1st stop in Italy was 3 days in Florence at a hostel which was grear apart from the fact that the toilet had no seat (something we soon discovered was the norm in Italy). I've never been to Italy before and our 1st stop did not disappoint. We held off on too much pizza as we knew we had Naples coming up and instead focused on taking in the views of this picturesque city and drinking vats of the local wine.
Most people who visit Florence will want go see the leaning tower of Pisa. We had interrail so got there and back in half a day (including lunch). There really isnt too much to see so don't waste a whole day on it.
1 - The Basilica of Santa Croce. Nice location for a Christmas market
2 - View of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo
3 - A gull resting on the river
4 - Statues in the local squares
5 - The famous cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
6 - Emma relaxing with a quick litre of wine after our train from France
7 - Our 1st pizza in Italy didn't set the world on fire but was a good starting point as they got a fuck sight better
8 - The bell tower next to the cathedral
9 - Local Vino
10 Steak salad at a restaurant I was too drunk to remember the name of. Service wasn't great though and they charged for bread.
It's worth remembering that many restaurants/cafes in Italian cities will add a cover charge of upto €2 per person. Fine in you're out for dinner but pretty annoying if you're just popping in for a beer. Luckily we were pretty good at spotting the charge on the menus.
Also a shout out to Il Trip Per Tre pub. A locals bar with the rock feel of the Irish pubs you get in most cities. Happy hours and shots of your choice on the house from the landlord. Winner
Another brief stop to break up the journey to Italy. We spent the night in Nice in a studio flat the size of a Pixies penis.
A much nicer city than Marseille, Nice has lovely bars, restaurants and finally we saw some Christmas lights!
Shout out to our air bnb host who was 2 hours late to check in, forgot to give us any toilet roll, and then gave me this one word review - 'OK' -
1 - Naked man fountain
2 - Croque Monsieur (french cheese and ham toastie)
3 - I thought Pathe were just a production company but they have cinemas as well! (I'm a dweeb)
4 - Another town, another cathedral
5 - Xmas ferris wheel
6 - View along the French Riviera
7 - My 1st proper pint in weeks
8 - More architecture
9 - A load of naked, fluorescent men atop poles (as you do)
10 - It's December!! As my Air Bnb host would say, it was OK
Stop 37 - Marseille
As we were using trains we had to pass through the French Riviera to get from Spain to Italy. To break up the journey we stopped off in Marseille for the night.
Like most places in the south of France, it's pretty pricey but worth looking around as we found a couple of cheap bars.
We stayed in the air bnb of a delightful Frenchman called Mor, his daughter and his wife who wouldn't say a word to us and clearly didn't want us there.
Needless to say we were glad it was only 1 night.
1 - The Marseille Cathedral
2 - The Marseille Archway thing
3 - Streetart (not sure who this is, was late and we were knackered)
4 - Cheap vino in @whiterabbit_marseille
5 - views from the train going along the Riviera
A city filled with such gigantic buildings and vast spreads of foods that it becomes a massive challenge to crop any photos!
We spent 3 nights here but could have spent more as we met up with an old friend for a day of eating and boozing our way around town.
Culturally rich, Barcelona is a splendid city right on the French border.
Churches, football, food, aquariums, bars and pickpockets; it's got the lot.
We stayed in an air bnb about 10 minutes walk from the main train station and a further 10 minutes from the El Poble Sec district. Air BnBs here are hit and miss in terms of price. Ours was small and cheap but had no windows meaning it was pitch black regardless of what time of day it was. We overslept a lot!
1 - Get a metro over to Guell Park to watch the sunset. You can get a T-10 metro card for about €10 which gives you 10 journeys; more than enough for a minibreak
2 - Pigeon filled square in the centre of town where tourists cover themselves in bird feed to become a buffet (and presumably toilet) for the local wildlife
3 - View from the Parc De Montjuic
4 - Amazing burgers from @bacoaburger
5 - La Sagrada Familia - this shit picture shows about 5% of the monumental religious structure. You'd have to stand about 500 metres away on a clear day to get a decent one. Google it, then go see it for yourself. Breathtaking.
6 - There are whole streets dedicated to Pintxos restaurants. Lots of small snacks costing about €1 each. Load up on hot or cold treats, have dinner, then show how many sticks you have at the end and pay
7 - Drinks with an old friend @ntlwood who moved out here a year ago and gave top recommendations for food/bars
8 - Inside @_campnou the 3rd largest football stadium in the world and the biggest in Europe
9 - Tapas heaven. The green peppers were particularly mouthwatering
10 - The cathedral. Again, tough to get the whole building in without a helicopter and our budget didn't quite stretch that far.
And so our whistle-stop 9 day tour of Spain came to an end. I love this country so much. Their food, drink, culture and way of life appeals to me like few others. We'll be back soon, I'm sure
1 273 December, 2019
Stop 35 continued - Valencia
As well as the zoo we also spent 48 hours exploring the rest of Valencia. Famous for it's paella amongst other things, we enjoyed good weather and good food.
The city is quite spread out so use the bus or metro to get around. Also you can jump on a train and get to Barcelona in 3 hours or Madrid in less than 2 so well worth a visit.
1 - The city lit up at night
2 - Guards on the bridge
3 - Love an old tree
4 - The secret garden at the modern arts centre
5 - @palaudelesarts the modern auditorium which looks a lot like a bad guy from a nineties videogame
6 - Paella. You pay per person so best to get 2 between 4 and try different ones
7 - Gulliver Park. A play park based on the book Gullivers Travels. Basically you climb over a giant version of Gulliver and slide down his arms, legs etc.
8 - @ciudad_de_las_artes a massive cultural centre featuring gardens, lakes, the biggest aquarium in Europe, IMAX cinema and museums.
9 - Agua De Valencia. A local cocktail consisting of gin, vodka, cava and OJ. Tasty and lethal
10 - Local statues
Caught a train from Seville and 4 hours later arrived in Valencia to meet Emma's brother and head to the @bioparcvalencia
I've been to zoos all over the UK and Europe but never like this. The detail that has gone into recreating the natural habitats (complete with waterfalls and watering holes) was more akin to being on safari than at a zoo. My late father would have loved it.
Tickets were €23 for an adult which is a bargain if you consider Whipsnade is about £40. It's not the biggest zoo in the world (it's entirely focused on Africa, no polar bears here) but it's the most immersive.
1 - A stroppy Gorilla sits apart from the others
2 - An infant Gorilla messes about as the elders look on
3 - You can probably guess what this is
4 - African tropical fish. The tank also contained 2 large hippos that weren't particularly photogenic
5 - Comparing the Meerkats
6 - Up close with the giraffes
7 -Closest I've got to lions in any zoo
8 - Ring O Ring of Zebras with a cameo at the end
9 - The fact that crocodiles barely move make them all the more terrifying as they look at you like you're lunch
10 - A young drill infant with their mother
Mais bonjour 👋🏼,
J'espère que vous êtes en forme ?
Moi comme un lendemain d'une extraction de dent de sagesse 😅. J'ai pas gonflé pour l'instant, espérons que ça dure. C'est vraiment désagréable mais ma fois c'est pour une bonne raison que j'ai décidé de l'arracher plus tôt que prévu.
Sinon avez-vous fait des folies pour le BLACK FRIDAY ?
📸📍: A nos souvenirs de l'île Saona et ces jolies petites maisonettes.
D'ailleurs il est possible de louer la petite maison rose, pas trop mignonne ?
I woke up with hopes for warmth and sunshine, and then remembered it’s NY...end of November ... and not my cup of weather 😒
We might have ran out of greenery for now, but wine 🍷will get us through this winter! 😂
Waiting for my birthday getaway and nothing else! 👩💻 #vineyardtime#NYthings
Aitutaki means "a little paradise", home to approximately 1800 people and the world’s most beautiful lagoon. It's only 220 km or a 50-minute flight from Rarotonga. Secluded and romantic, 15 motus (islets) are sprinkled across this huge turquoise, sunkissed lagoon.
Старе місто, яке нерухомо стоїть з 50-тих років. Ніколи не могла б подумати, що саме так може виглядати столиця.
Справжній парадокс. Там побачите досить таки в хорошому і збереженому стані визначні пам‘ятки, де все чисто і найважливіше - нормальне повітря.
Тільки варто відійти на 10 метрів у будь- яку сторону 😓 і мене охопив шок.
Будинки обвалюються, багато де, немає ні вікон ні дверей, пробита стеля...
Всюди відчувається сморід, повно сміття. Багато де стоять баки для мусору, але це не допомагає кубинцям не смітити собі під хатою.
Багато хто живе дуже бідно, я в нас такого не бачила 😔. .
Для них, це напевне не є якісь великі проблеми, вони звикли до такого, але я куди не дивилася, ще більше шокувалася. .
Часто можна побачити на вулиці черги.
Держава видає по талонах необхідні продукти ( цукор, рис, квасоля тощо) . Але є певна місячна норма. .
Кубинці, як я вже казала дуже привітні, але тут у місті туристи для них суто як підзаробіток) Вони починають розмову, усміхаються, питаються звідки ти і одразу починають розказувати про Гавану. Де смачно поїсти чи випити, де купити сигари та інше, але вкінці можуть попросити коктель або ж якісь гроші. Це не дивно. Зарплати в них маленькі, тому кубинці крутяться як можуть.
В місті ми вже бачили дуже багато міні-ринків, де можна купити фрукти чи овочі).
Наприклад 😁 за 1cuc=1 euro/ 25 маленьких бананчиків😅.
Заклади є на різну кишеню😁
Найкращий варіант, це скачати карту і шукати заклад, де є хороші відгуки і непоганий рейтинг. Якщо ж нема карти, йдіть туди де багато людей!) Не прогадаєте!