This was my second visit to the “City of Lights” and AK’s first. Although it didn’t leave a great impression the first time around, I decided to give it another chance, since AK had never been. Paris is one of those places that everyone has to go to at least once, and after being twice, I have concluded – Paris is not for me. There’s something about the over-romanticized image portrayed by media that left Paris very underwhelming for me (however, I did enjoy Montmartre). But, this is all personal opinion and I know many people that would easily rank Paris amongst their favourite cities in the world.
From Lisbon to Paris, it was an easy 2.5 hours flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with Easyjet. You can also choose to travel via train or bus, which both take over 20 hours.
Last night we finally got the chance to check out the annual Vivid Festival in Sydney. Of course, one night was not enough to see everything, especially since the festival is spread out over multiple locations, but we did manage to see the displays in Martin place and a bit of Circular Quay. Here are some highlights from the festival that we saw:
The name: “Sydney“, invokes images of sunny days by the harbour, white sandy beaches and hiking through lush terrain – there’s no denying, most people only want to see Sydney in summer. But, as the typical tourists start packing up and leaving, this is the best time to get off the beaten track and see Sydney like a local.
Winter in Sydney falls between June and August with minimum temperatures averaging at around 9 degrees celsius and maximum temperatures averaging at around 16 degrees celsius. Pack a light jacket and an umbrella and you are ready to tackle a day out.
This year we were fortunate enough to be invited to experience the Sydney Royal Easter Show on the second day of opening. It was the Friday before public school holidays, which meant the show was not crowded at all. In fact a lot of people we saw walking around seemed to be filming and taking photos for media purposes, much like us.
We spent a good 6 hours at the show wandering around, exploring and, of course, eating lots of food!
Here’s how we tackled this year’s Easter show and a few tips on how to make the best of your day. Of course, we couldn’t possibly see, do and eat everything at the show, so use our experience as a bit of inspiration, but make sure to check out the official website to see what else is on offer.
Lisbon wasn’t originally part of our itinerary, but when we checked our map we realised it wasn’t far from Madrid, so we added it last minute. It turned out to be a great decision as it was such a beautiful city.
From Madrid to Lisbon it was a short 1 hour 15 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with TAP Portugal Airlines. If you want to save one night accommodation you can choose to catch a sleeper train from Madrid to Lisbon instead.
Once in Lisbon, we caught the Aerobus into the city centre for €3.15.
Barcelona was full of architectural wonder and, although we had some delicious meals, the food was even more impressive in Madrid. If you are a foodie, Madrid is the place to go.
Madrid has a much slower and relaxed pace in comparison to the super crowded and busy streets of Barcelona. There were moments when we felt like we were the only tourists around, which was pretty much impossible to experience in Barcelona. In terms of architecture, however, Madrid is a little less impressive, in fact we had to leave our walking tour halfway because we were so bored (sorry, Madrid, I blame the tour guide).
Gone are the days of the drive-in cinema and the bring-your-own rug/chair outdoor cinema. Let’s welcome, the new kid on the block: the Outdoor Bed Cinema!
To celebrate 8000 followers on Instagram, I am collaborating with Mov’In Bed to share a unique experience with my Australian supporters. I am giving away a double pass to a screening of your choice at Mov’In Bed’s Outdoor Bed Cinema – the BIGGEST bed cinema in the world! (subject to availability – some screenings are already sold out!). Check my Instagram for entry details. **Competition has now ENDED**
…a night under the stars in bed watching an old classic: ET.
Of course, I’m not just going to tell you how good this experience is without trying it out myself. So, Sunday night we popped down to The Crescent at Parramatta Park and enjoyed a night under the stars in bed watching an old classic: ET.
After a quick visit to Nice, Monaco and St Paul de Vence, we hopped on a plane to Barcelona, Spain. From Nice, it was a short 1 hour 20 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with EasyJet.
If you know you will be catching the train 10 times, do get a T10 Transport Ticket…
Once we arrived in Barcelona, we caught an Aerobus from outside the airport to Placa Catalunya. A return ticket cost 10.20€ (valid for 15 days) and the ride took roughly 35 minutes. Placa Catalunya is the Main train station, so from there you can find connecting transportation to other parts of Barcelona.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is celebrated at the turn of the traditional Lunisolar calendar. This New Year is not only celebrated by the Chinese, it is also celebrated by many other Asian countries like Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Singapore, therefore in this post I will refer to it as Lunar New Year.
This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.
The Lunar calendar is based on the movement of the moon so, unlike the Gregorian calendar (which is globally used), there are a different number of days per month and a different number of days per year in comparison. Hence, if we go by the Gregorian calendar, Lunar New Year falls on a different date every year. This year, Lunar New Year’s Day falls on Saturday 28th January.
This Last year (Happy New Year!), we took a half day trip to St Paul De Vence from Nice. Most visitors to Nice use Nice as a base for exploring the French Riviera as it has good access to accommodation, food and transportation (refer to my Nice blog post for more information on visiting Nice). Even if you’ve never been to Nice, I’m sure you would have heard of the neighbouring cities of Monte Carlo (check out my Monaco blog post) and Cannes, but have you ever heard of St Paul De Vence?
At the end of our Europe trip through 21 different cities across Europe, I discussed with my boyfriend and sister which places we enjoyed the most. We came to a consensus that St Paul De Vence was one of the most memorable.
I first heard of St Paul De Vence on Fodors, where it was highly recommended. The romantic-sounding mountaintop village, filled with cobblestones and art sounded like something from a fairytale. Best of all, it is easily accessible via public bus (Yay!).
There’s only a few days left in 2016, and for many, it is the end of another year and possibly the end of many other things. I have friends that have decided 2016 will be the last time they take any big trips overseas, I have a few cousins that completed their degrees in 2016 marking the end of their studies and for me personally, I quit my job in 2016 and decided that was the end of a lifetime career being stuck in an office. But, it’s not all about endings…
As we head into 2017, let’s start planning the beginning. The beginning of a new hobby that you always wanted to pursue, the beginning of a healthier lifestyle or, my favourite, the beginning of more adventures around the world. To get you started, here are 10 countries you must visit in 2017:
There’s only a week and a half left in 2016 and it’s time to prepare for the biggest annual worldwide celebration: New Year’s Eve! Here are 10 destinations that know how to ring in the new year in style.
Monaco is the second smallest country in the world (only 2.02 km2), so it doesn’t take long to explore. We only needed half a day to go sightseeing at a comfortable pace. BUT, of course, if you plan to do any activities, you will need to plan ahead and allocate more time.
July this year we swapped the
gloomy winter in Sydney for a Mediterranean summer in Nice.
We spent roughly 48 hours in the city seeing and eating as much as we could before we moved on to our next destination. After 26.5 hours of travel time from Sydney to Nice, it was totally worth it!