A Girls Trip to Paris

 

Blogpost about ParisOne of my New Year’s resolutions was to go to Paris every year from now on. So this year I decided to go to Paris with two of my best friends from middle school.

It was the first time in Paris for both of them, so I showed them my favorite places. We were pretty lucky with the weather and our Airbnb was the cutest little apartment. We did all the touristy stuff like picnic under the Eiffel Tower, strolls around Montmartre and obviously a trip to the Galeries Lafayette. I’ll definitely go back there next year, it’s so convenient to just hop on a train for about 3 hours and go to Paris for a weekend trip.

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A day trip to Lisbon + my favorite cafés

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A few weeks ago my best friend Rabea and I went to Portugal together. Although we stayed in Cascais and not directly in Lisbon we went to the city a couple of times during our stay. I had never been to Portugal before and I did not really know what to expect. But I felt immediately at home in Lisbon. 

The cobbled streets and the tiled houses make this city so incredibly beautiful and a bit magical. Not to mention all the delicious food like the little custard tarts called pastel de nata. We walked about 12km in total during each of our day trips to Lisbon but the city is so pretty that you don’t even want to take the Metro.

When we went there it was about 26 degrees Celsius, which was the perfect weather. We walked around the city, sat down by the water and had brunch at some of the cutest cafes I’ve ever seen.

If you like little shops, cute cafes and amazing architecture and history,  then Lisbon is definitely a city you should visit at least once.

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And as promised here are some of my favorite Cafes in Lisbon:

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Dear Breakfast is located near the Metro station Cais do Sodré. You will have to walk up the hill and there you will find the amazing location of Dear Breakfast.The cafe is inside an old building with low ceilings but an interesting, cathedral like architecture. We went there for brunch but you could also stop by for just a coffee.

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  • R. Gaivotas 17 | 1200-719 Lisbon
  • Opening hours:  9:00 – 16:00
  • Instagram: @dearbreakfast

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You will find Nicolau right in the center of Lisbon, the nearest Metro station is Baixa-Chiado. There might be a waiting list, as this is a popular place for tourists. We had to wait 15 minutes and stayed for a drink before we continued our sight seeing trip (we went to Dear Breakfast earlier that day so we were already full and didn’t get the chance to try their food).

  • Opening hours:  08:30–20:00
  • Instagram: @nicolaulisboa

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Fauna & Flora was definitely my favorite. It is close to Cais do Sodré Metro station located in a residential neighborhood. We went there twice as we loved it so much. I had the avocado toast with mushrooms which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the other time I had the  açaí bowl ( which is always my favorite since it reminds me of Brazil) and of course I had an iced latte with soy milk both times. The first time we had to wait for a few minutes but the location is so cute that we didn’t mind. Both times we stayed there for quite a while as we just enjoyed sitting there. I will 100% go there again when I’m back in Lisbon as this has to be one of my favorite cafes in the world so far!

  • Rua da Esperança 33 | 1200-655 Lisbon
  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00
  • Instagram: @faunafloralisboa

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If you want to see more pictures of my trip to Portugal please check out this blog post I did which featured some of the pictures we took in Portugal and feel free to check out my Instagram

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A day trip to Lake Como

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One of the (more or less) hidden gems of Europe is Lake Como. Located in the north of Italy, about 40 minutes away from Milan, the lake is becoming more and more popular or it’s beauty, nature and it’s luxury hotels.

I first went to Como in 2016 and when I planned my trip to Milan this year I definitely wanted to go back to Como.

You can take the train from Milano Centrale to either Lecco or Varenna, it takes you about 40 minutes to get there. We decided to go to Lecco and then take the ferry to Bellagio and then to Varenna from where we took the train back to Milan. In Lecco we had some icecream at Groms (one of their stores has just opened in Piccadilly) and then we had a coffee at the ferry house. The ferry to Bellagio takes about an hour but it is definitely worth it. Bellagio has many colorful houses and it is really pretty. We went to a restaurant, had some pasta and then went to a walk across the town. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good that day. It started to rain and we decided to take the ferry back to Varenna.

Even though we just went for a few hours it was definitely worth it and I will come back again next year.

 

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10 Things I learned while traveling alone

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During the last few years I traveled quite a lot. I learned new tricks and hacks on how to make the best out of your trip. Not everything will be as planned, and sometimes that’s a good thing.

I started traveling alone when I was a teenager. Brazil then London, Madrid, and Germany. Nothing really bad ever happened to me and I would definitely recommend traveling by yourself. There are some things you should take care of beforehand like accommodation, Visa etc. Many of my trips were spontaneous and that’s what made them such adventures.

I’ll be going to Milano in two weeks, so I thought I’d share my top 10 travel advises with you

1. Try to book in advance – If you know you have a few weeks off in 3 months, why not book right away? Flights are cheaper and you’ll save yourself a lot of stress. If you book last minute, so flights will be reeeeeaaaally expensive. Same goes for buses, I travel a lot using Flixbus and many tickets are really cheap and then suddenly way more expensive the next day.

2. Try to book carry on luggage only –  This will save you time, money and stress. If you go somewhere for seven days or less try to fit everything in a carry-on suitcase. Most times it works and it’ll save you about 50€ per ticket. It’s also a lot easier to only carry one suitcase instead of two and you won’t have to wait for luggage drop off etc.

3. Bring an empty water bottle and baby wipes – While you can’t bring a full bottle of liquid through security, you are allowed to bring an empty plastic bottle. Just fill it up at the next bathroom (if the water is drinkable) or at the next fountain. This will save you about 3€ each time since drinks are really expensive once you’re through security. Another thing I always carry with me while traveling are baby wipes. You can bring them through security without problems and use them for cleaning your hands, refreshing your face or just as make-up removal wipes. They’re super cheap and super convenient.

4. If you get stranded somewhere go to places such as McDonald’s – Just buy something cheap like a coffee and sit down. This happened to me a lot, I missed my bus/train/whatever and had to wait some hours for the next one. McDonald’s has free wifi for 3 hours, so you can watch a movie, listen to music or whatever else you want to do. If you’re a girl it’s also a lot safer than waiting alone in the dark or at some random train station.

5. Bring a blanket – Most airplanes and buses use AC and I tend to get really cold. I try to always bring a blanket to wrap myself in. Baby blankets are the perfect size since normal blankets are rather big and hard to fit in your bag. If you’re not cold you can use it as a pillow and save yourself some neck pain.

6. Make a playlist for traveling – Background noises can be super annoying. I had people snoring, talking or listening to their music, while I wanted to sleep. So I decided to make myself a “sleeping” playlist and it worked really well. Just listen to some calm and relaxing music and you’ll find sleep way sooner. I personally really like Bon Iver for this kind of playlist.

7. Bring your own food – Airplane food can be gross and you wouldn’t want to be hungry for 5 hours or more. Just prepare some food at home. As long as it isn’t liquid, meat, dairy or egg it shouldn’t be a problem to bring it through security. I like cookies and pasta for long trips. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying food out of convenience while at the airport or train station. You wouldn’t want to pay 5€ for a sandwich.

8. Buy a colorful suitcase – If you own a black suitcase the chances of it getting switched are quite big. Most people have black suitcases and they all look the same. If you don’t want to buy a new suitcase, put a colorful ribbon or belt on it, so you can spot it right away.

9. Send yourself a copy of your passport – Before you start your trip you should take a photo of your ID, passport or Visa and send it to yourself via email. This will help you a lot if you lose your passport or if it gets stolen. You can access your email from every computer and you will get a new one a lot quicker.

10. Be nice to the people at the airline counter – Even if your flight is delayed or canceled, it’s not their fault. Stay calm and be nice. They don’t want to help you if you scream at them. Tell them your problem and ask them for a sollution. They’ll be a lot nicer if you don’t yell and get angry.