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Visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar – a colourful experience

A weekend getaway from Santiago with my Swedish roommate Julie. We chose to visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. We had heard that Valparaiso was beautiful and that the walls would be full of graffiti. Viña del Mar, on the other hand, is great for the beach!

Colourful Valparaiso

We left Santiago on Saturday at around ten in the morning by bus. It took us one and a half hours to arrive in Valparaiso. Valparaiso is a harbour city and lots of neighbourhoods are located on the hills, which are called “Cerro” in Spanish.  The Airbnb we booked was also on a hill and it took us some stairs to get there, but it was great! Cute and clean, and in the middle between all the graffiti. Because that is mostly for what Valparaiso is famous for, its graffiti. However, I would more call it art, because it is not just something, it is extremely beautiful.

Furthermore, I will not have a lot to talk about, besides the fact that Valparaiso is poorer than Santiago, which can be mainly seen on the streets in the centre because of the homeless people and dogs. We liked it more to stay up in the hills and wander around over there.

Because all the sightseeing is on the hills, we walked 15 kilometres on the first day; Uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill. Not to forget to mention the sweat… We had loads of full and because in the end, it is actually only walking around and taking pictures, there was a lot of time to get to know each other and talk about our lives. Since Julia and I live together in one house, we still mainly saw each other in the morning during breakfast and talked a bit about our days. There wasn’t really time for sensational conversations, because I needed to go to work and Julia to school. Therefore, it was even nicer to really get to know her better. She is a beautiful girl with a great personality!

To the beach in Viña del Mar

On Sunday morning, when we finally had our breakfast after searching for 45 minutes for a restaurant that was open, we searched for the bus to go to Vina del Mar. We took the local bus and, although it was very cheap (420 pesos = 0.50 cent), we did not really know where to get off after we had been sitting for around twenty minutes. The bus driver only stopped when the other passengers told him to stop. So, when we arrived somewhere where was “live”, we told him to stop and eventually, we made a good choice because we were there.

It felt as if I have never left the beach in Hoek van Holland. I was so happy and glad that Julia and I decided to go to the beach because after I had come home from Colombia, I did not feel very good and when I am at the beach, as you maybe know, I can always empty my head. Julia also has the connection with the sea and the beach, so after we had been walking around for thirty minutes and had taken some pictures, we decided to sit down on the beach and just look at it and be quiet. The weather was by the way amazing and pretty warm, around twenty-four degrees. Lots of Chilean people were having the same idea as us. They only took their food, drink, and towels with them.

We ended our beach day at a delicious Italian restaurant. I ate a great vegetarian Cannoli and we watched a football match between the two rivals of Chile. Both getaways from Santiago were nice! I cannot decide which one I would love more. To visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar is for sure a recommendation!

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Visiting the beautiful cliff of Étretat in Normandy

To start off 2018, Megan and I thought about taking a little vacation. Finding a destination was less difficult than we expected. On a Friday evening, Megan came to me and we spoke about the possibilities. I had seen a girl post a blog about Étretat, which is in the North of Normandy, and after we had done some research and saw the beautiful cliff of Étretat, we both found this little town the appropriate one to go to.

When left on Wednesday morning, I picked Megan up with the car. I made sure we had food for lunch and she did the “guilty pleasures”. We were ready for our five-hours-drive.  We arrived at three o’clock in the afternoon, besides that we forgot to follow the navigations sometimes, everything went smoothly. The hotel, Hotel Le Rayon Vert, was booked by Booking.com and is along the coast (the building with the light and dark brown colours on the picture beneath). The people were very kind and the room was perfect too.

What to do in Étretat?

During the evening we walked around in town and were amazed by how lovely everything looked like. A funny point was that we saw three big restaurants, but all their menu’s very exactly the same. Because Megan and I both never had France at school, it was most of the time very difficult to communicate because none of the people spoke English. Gladly, Megan could still make use of her Google Translate.

Because the weather forecast said that is was going to rain during the morning we decided to sleep out and relax the next morning. Around twelve o’clock we went for a hike to the cliff of Étretat. It was more adventures than we expected because the storm was heavier than we thought. There was no possible way to stand still because the wind was so strong. However, it was all worth it. Look at that view!

In the afternoon, we went back to the hotel and both read a bit. Because like you know, Étretat was not spectacular with restaurants Megan searched for some online, we took the car and drove along the coast to a nearby town. In the end, we could not find the restaurants which we thought of going to and because everything was dark and looked very creepy we decided to go home and just eat at one of the restaurants in town.

After dinner, we bought some beer, watched a movie and ate some of the sweets Megan brought with her.

Shopping in Le Havre

On Friday morning, we put our clock at 9 because we were going to head off to Le Havre, a big city around 30 minutes from Étretat. When we arrived in Le Havre, we were both in the mood for some shopping. So, eventually, besides making pictures with our new stuff and eating both a Ceasar Salad at one of my favourite restaurants, Paul, we only walked from shop to shop.

In the beginning, it was kind of difficult to find where the city centre was because we had not prepared ourselves. However, after walking around for like 30 minutes we found a shopping centre. Yes, indeed, the girls were happyyy.

During the evening we ate again in the restaurant where we ate the first day. We tried to start a conversation with one of the waiters because again we were almost sitting in an empty restaurant. If it would have been a small restaurant it would not have caught our eyes, but because all the restaurants had a lot of tables, it did. With the help of Google Translate, we could ask our question and the waiter told us that Étretat is very touristic during the summer and spring, and then all the restaurants are full. Now, it was more off-season.

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My favourite hotspots in Munich after several visits

Last week was the fourth time that I went to Munich. Because my German friend Carmen has already showed me a lot of the city, I love to share my favourite hotspots in Munich with you. Enjoy!

The Englischer Garten is something you for sure need to visit when you are Munich. Carmen, her mom, and I just walked around there to talk and later on relaxed on a bench. During the summer lots of students come here to study or on the other hand take a break from their study and grab a beer. From the Monopteros you have an amazing view over the park and one of the most famous things about the park is the place where the experienced surfers, surf on the Eisbach, a river which flows down the Englischer Garten.

The city centre

Furthermore is the city centre full of famous shops and easily accessible by car. If you are planning to come by aeroplane or train, the underground system of Munich is not very difficult. The ones you will use the most are probably the U-Bahn (metro) and the S-Bahn (train). However, notice that also the train tracks are sometimes under the ground and that there is no place to check in. When Carmen and I were in the metro I asked her about that and she told me that a lot of people do not buy a ticket because it is rare that a ticket-collector comes. On the other hand, when he comes and you do not have a ticket you have to pay 60 euro.

My favourite restaurants

As part of my Munich hotspots here my favourite restaurants. I am still adding restaurants to my list and will let you know when I have tried them!

  1. Hotel Bayerische Hof – Rooftop bar for drinks
  2. Rischart at Marienplatz – Rooftop bar for casual food and drinks
  3. L’Osteria – Italian Restaurant (famous for their huge pizzas)
  4. Sausalitos – Mexican Restaurant and Cocktail bar
  5. Hans im Glück – Burgers and Grill (famous for their sweet potato fries)
  6. Zum Augustiner – A typical Bayern Restaurant

We gave a citytrip to Copenhagen as a present

A citytrip to Copenhagen as a 60th birthday present for our father. We had planned to fly on Tuesday morning at 9:45 on the first of May, yeah you read that well “had planned”. Our flight got canceled at Schiphol while boarding and the only flight which we were able to catch together was the flight from Wednesday evening nine o’clock. Therefore, in the end, we decided to go by car, because otherwise, we would have lost too much time because we were only there until Friday.

Finally in Copenhagen

After 9,5 hours of driving, we finally arrived in Copenhagen. We slept in the Ascot hotel, which is in the middle of the center and therefore it is easy to walk around in the city. We had so much luck with the great weather those days.

On Wednesday morning we had a private bike tour with Baja Bikes. This was the third time we booked the bike tour with Baja Bikes, every time the tour was very interesting and the guides were so nice! This tour was also around three hours, and although it did not feel like that, we saw a lot of different parts of the city. The name of our tour guide was Jesse, he has been living in Copenhagen for already over years and could, therefore, give us some really nice inside information and funny facts. The rest of the day we went for some shopping and walked a bit more around in the city.

Theme park Tivoli in the middle of Copenhagen

The thing we for sure liked the most about the trip was Tivoli. For the people who do not know what Tivoli is, I will explain it.

So, Tivoli is a theme park in the middle of Copenhagen. Yes, in the middle of the city.. and the reason for that is because the theme park was there much earlier than the city itself. Tivoli is the second oldest theme park in the world, established in 1843. However, this is not the only reason why the theme park is so attractive because there is one attraction which is even the oldest attraction in the world. Every new round, there is a “driver” coming with us managing the speed and the curves. Every time, we were amazed and started thinking about how it would be to have a job like this. The opinions will probably differ, but we loved to go into that attraction. Without those men, it would not be possible anymore.

During the evening, after sunset, all the lights in the park went on and everything became kind of romantic. You would not expect it, but the park is still a bit big. They even have China Town!

Conclusion, when you are going to Copenhagen, visit Tivoli. You will train your abs by laughing out loud, just like we did.

Daddy is happy

As you know, was this trip all for daddy. Therefore, I asked him a couple of times; “Do you like it?” “Are you happy?” and then he always answered: “If my kids are happy and enjoying, I am happy too. Oh, I love this man.

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Hidden place in the Costa Brava – Cadaqués

At the coast in the north of Spain is a hidden place in the Costa Brava, one magical town called Cadaqués. It is the famous white town in the Costa Brava where the artist Salvador Dalí lived as well. I can tell you, it is so magical that you wouldn’t want to leave this place.

Magical Cadaqués

When I started looking for hotels in Cadaqués, there was one in particular that catched my eyes. I found the hotel on Booking.com and saw that there was a Super deal, I could not refuse. The hotel is called, Hotel Rec De Palau, and is seriously amazing and magical. It has a breathtaking view of the sea (as you can see in the picture below) and everything was well arranged. I had my own studio, at the beginning of the hill, with a view on the centre of the town and a bit of the sea. Every morning, I climbed out of bed, opened the little windows to hear the gulls and the waves of the sea. Magical isn’t it?

What to do in Cadaqués?

When I was in Cadaqués it was April, so off-season at the moment. The weather was great, around 17 degrees and there weren’t many tourists. I think that in high summer this place is stacked with tourists since it is very close to the French border. Because Salvador Dalí lived in Cadaqués, there is a museum of him which you can visit. Further, there is not really much to do in Cadaqués besides walking, relaxing and eating. However, I think that during the summer Cadaqués may be a very active and sportive town because during my walks I saw some surf shops and there was also a place where you could rent canoes, bikes and scooters. Besides that, I saw some leaflets lying around in a shop with maps for hiking trails and beaches in other towns.

My daily routine

Now you are maybe asking yourself what I did then those three days? After I woke up around nine o’clock for breakfast, I stayed in the living area until somewhere before lunchtime. I was mainly enjoying the view and reading a bit from my Spanish book. Around 11:30 I went to town for a walk and actually always ended around 13:00 in a restaurant for lunch. I decided to change my meals. Therefore I ate warm during lunch and for dinner, I bought a salad or just a baguette with some chicken.

I came home around two or three o’clock and went for a shower before going back to the hotel, to sit again in my favourite leather chair, enjoying the breathtaking view.  Around six, I went back to my studio to eat my “dinner” and always watched one episode of my Spanish series on Netflix, Velvet. After that, I studied some Spanish, watched a Spanish film or wrote some poems. Yeah, I know, lots of Spanish stuff. At home, they are already going crazy about that. Furthermore, because I had still bags until my knees (a bit of exaggerating of course) I slept around nine in order to get the twelve hours of sleep.

Indeed, you can conclude that I did not do much, but I loved it! It was so relaxing and calm, even in the hotel. Most of the time when I was in the living area, I was alone and that made it more peaceful than it already was. It was really me-time and this hidden place in the Costa Brava will forever be on my list.

So, was it a successful trip? Yes, it definitely was!!

A citytrip with activities in Buenos Aires

Five Dutch people (Jesse, Tom, Larissa, Sanne, and I) who flew for four days from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Another stamp in our passports and another country/city which we could tick from our wishlist. We were so ready for the tango, sun, lots of wine, and they for the meat, too, obviously. Ready for a citytrip with activities in Buenos Aires.

Welcome to Buenos Aires

For the ones who need some help with their geography, Buenos Aires is a city with over three million inhabitants, located at the South-East of Argentina and close to the sea. From the moment we arrived (Saturday around 11:30 in the morning), it was already different compared to Santiago: the sun was shining and the temprature was higher than we were used to. It was even that, the weather forecast had told us that the whole weekend was going to be sunny. You should think of 24-26 degrees. Eventually, without maybe wanting it, we kept comparing the both cities, Santiago and Buenos Aires, continiously.

Before we start with the acitivities in Buenos Aires, something about the architecture. The architecture in most of the neighbourhoods felt more as if we were in France or Italy than in Argentina. Maybe that is also the reason why I/we like this city much more than Santiago, because it reminded us more of home, of Europe? The people were also different in a positive way, happier and I think I can speak from all of us, prettier, too ha-ha. No offence to Chile, because from what I have seen up until now, it is a beautiful country. However, I have thought about what a pity it maybe is that I am living in Santiago. I feel that the more I am going to other places, the more I am starting the dislike the city. So yeah, when I would go back to the South of Latin-America, I would choose Buenos Aires over Santiago.

Another thing that really catched my eye is that there were so many parks. Apperently, we weren´t the only one looking for activities in Buenos Aires ;). Everything was beautiful, clean, and open with lots of grass and benches. On Monday the Argentines were free, just like the Chileans, so with forgetting that, we went to a park called: Rosario, and really I have never seen such a busy park. It felt as if I was in Disneyland.

The value of the currency

Buenos Aires is a modern, open, airy, and lively city. Although the city is almost on the ground due to their economic crisis, nothing is shown and all restaurants and bars, were most of the time full. In general, everything was really affordable for us, except that shopping was not. It was even that when I was looking for red Allstars and saw a blouse in Zara, the others told me that they were probably going to be cheaper in Chile. Even though, Chile is much more expensive in general. Can you understand it? Nope, I don’t.

It is a weird feeling; how rich you can feel with so much cash, even though, it´s worth nothing.

The prices in the restaurants were so affordable for us, that I would not say that we ate scantily. Most of the evenings we ate for ten/fiftheen euro per person with wine and various dishes included. A bottle of wine, for example, is around four euro. The exchange rates are: 1 euro = 41,95 Argentian Pesos. So, when we were still at the Airport in Santiago and changed our Pesos, we all got packages of money. This, mostly, because 100 and 500’s are given from the banks. We didn’t know what to do with all the money, because for the most of us, it didn’t even fit in our purse or wallet. It is a weird feeling, how rich you can feel with so much cash, even though, it is worth nothing. To give you a better idea; the amount of money that I am holding in my hand on the picture is fifty euros. Yeah, funny right?

What kind of activities in Buenos Aires?

Neighourhoods Palermo, Recoleta, and La Boca. 

Our Airbnb was in the neigbourhood Palermo, which is according to the internet and the opinions from lots of people, the best neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. Yes, you have my vote, too. It was lively and young with many bars, restaurants at the corners of the streets, although most of the neighbourhood is made for living. Whereas, Recoleta, isn’t very different from that, but do have bigger buildings and where the part of living is less than in Palermo. La Boca on the other hand is something totally different than the other two and therefore, I will talked about that a bit more.

So, the second day we took the amazing touristic Hop on-Hop off bus through the city and also La Boca. Due to the fact, that La Boca is a neighbourhood where lots of people advise you not to go to during the evening, we didn’t know what to expect from it during the day. Therefore, we decided to have a look at it from the bus.

In the end, it was all fine and we decided to go another day for the free walking tour at eleven in the morning, which we in the end did not do, because we arrived at twelve. Yeah, we are getting that Latin-American mindset while starting with activities in Buenos Aires. Still, no worries, because walking around by ourselves really wasn’t dangerous or anything. I didn’t feel unsafe for a second. It was even more that I loved the neighbourhood so much; the colors, the vibe, and happy faces. Something which I didn’t expect before we arrived.

Tour to Tigre 

The same day we had a tour to Tigre. Larissa had already been there also and told us that it was going to be so something different from the city. We went with a little tourbus of totally around ten persons and took us around 45 minutes, I think, to get there. We were like the five least interseting listeners, because after all, we were all sleeping. One of the best activities in Buenos Aires, I guess.

Tigre is a village, but not just a normal village. It is like Venice but than 2.0 ha-ha or should I maybe say: ‘It is like Venice but than in the Argentinian way.’ The point is that it so didn’t feel like Argentina or Latin-America at all. It was more the idea I have of Indonesia, actually. In Tigre, the inhabitants, can only use boats to transport themselves from their house to another place. There are all islands with little piers. This place is for sure one of the activities in Buenos Aires you should do when you go there.

Besides that the weather was again amazing, it was so lovely to see the people enjoying their calmness and the kids jumping and playing in the water. In the Netherlands or Europe in general I think, we would doubt to allow our kids to swim in the river together with many boats, but here, all good – all normal. Although Larissa, also told us, that the people who live there, don’t really like us, because yeah, we were definitely not the only boat on that river.

We thought and talked about how it would be to live there and if we would like to. Another joke we made was; when you would forget something from the supermarket and your neighbour doesn’t have it either, it is not easy to get it. But that is what we thought until we saw the boat on the picture beneath. Yes, you see it well. It is a supermarket on a boat. Super handy.

Cemeterio de la Recoleta

This is like my ultimate Latin-American picture: A cemetery of houses. Why? Probably because of the Fast and the Furious that were played here and I have watched several times.

The idea is, the more money you have, so the richer you are, the bigger your grave/house is or can be. There are probably also people who maybe don’t care about it, but still. Besides that, is it most of the time not only for one person, but the whole family will be together in their house.

Sometimes we were able to look inside, but actually you don’t see a lot apart from flowers and photoframes. Most of the time, the graves where under the ground, which is still sort of obviously, but I think that here it is also a matter of space. It felt as if we were walking through a village. There were so many little streets and so many little houses. If someone would ask me how much, I really would have no idea… It was very impressive and I was happy to finally have a real picture of how it looks like instead of only seeing it in the films!

Tango, wine, and meat

If you ask foreign people about the culture of Argentina, they will probably say something like: ‘They have good red wines and meat, and they dance the tango’. And yeah, all those people aren’t wrong about that. Although, I must say that we haven’t seen much of the tango in Buenos Aires. Not that we really searched for it, but still. Only in La Boca it was possible to make a picture together with someone else in the dance pose of the tango.

The meat, yes, we are at that part now. So, meat lovers, welcome! I cannot really tell you how it was though, as you probably may know, but according to friends, it was all delicious. All paying attention to “with fat” or “without fat” would be clever, if you don’t like fat. Eventhough, I don’t eat meat, I also still eat delicious. Most of the restaurants where we ate were Steak Restaurants, but also had pasta, salads or rice, for example.

So, now for the wine, especially red wine lovers. I know you can also just buy it at Gall&Gall, but go to Buenos Aires, go to Argentina, and taste it. Although, the lable may say it is the same, it will taste different. Really delicious and sort of addictive.

I usually don’t drink a lot, because I don’t like a lot of alchohol. I do love red wine though and for that, it is great to be in Argentina. However, we decided not to go out in Buenos Aires, although Stef (a Dutch guy who does his internship in Buenos Aires and Larissa knows him from school) told us that Buenos Aires is one of the best cities in Latin-America to party, because it would ruin a day if we would.

Interesting things about Buenos Aires and Argentina

My favourite part of the blog besides the activities in Buenos Aires. First of all, I again want to say something about the parks. Because my gosh, it was really a lot. I mean the city is so green and I think that therefore, Argentinian people are also more sporty. It didn’t matter how early or late it was, there were always people cycling, walking or running through the parks. Besides that, a thing I didn’t expect. Buenos Aires has more cycling paths than Santiago.

Secondly, selling food from the bike on the streets, is something which also catched my eye. Alhough, I was sometimes doubting of the hygiene policies. They probably don’t have them and no, we didn’t try anything.

The last one. One evening we went out for dinner together with Stef. After a while, when everyone had their food and some wanted peper and salt, it wasn’t on the table. Stef told us that due to the fact that Argentinian people eat too much salt, they have a law that it is not allowed anymore to put salt on the table in restaurants. This is until the guest asks for it, because from then on it is okay to leave it on the table. That “eating too much salt” also counts for Chile by the way. Here, they put salt in everything. Believe me or not, when I once bought water in the supermarket and looked at the lable on the bottle, the amount of salt in it wasn’t zero but twelve. Yeah right, salt in water. How?

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Favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona

One of my favourite cities in Europe. It has everything; the beach, great food, clubs, culture, and good weather. Why should we ask for more, when we can have it all? In this blog you will find me favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona.

First something else

We slept with in the Antibes Hotel, which I would definitely recommend. The breakfast was super, the location was perfect and because the reception is 24hours open, we would not have to be stressed when coming back from the nightclub in the middle of the night.

So, yeah. As you can probably guess, we went for clubbing and going to bars quite often. If we did not go out, we met at one of the rooms and had some nice deep conversations about life. At the beginning of the week, I only knew a few other people well, therefore I found it so nice to get to know them better and found out that we had such a good connection.

I do not want to give you the impression that we only went for clubbing and drank beers because honestly, we had to wake up between and 7 and 8 every day to meet with the teachers for an activity, which was quite difficult for not morning persons because we went mainly went to bed around three, four o’clock. We did some activities like a tour through the Port of Barcelona, the Gothic Quarter, El Born, and the neighbourhood around the Sagrada Familia.

My favourite restaurants/clubs in Barcelona

Not that I have seen everything or ate at such many places, because I always tend to go back to the places where I loved the food and where I know I will have an amazing night. So, because of my several city trips to Barcelona, I have created a list of my favourite restaurants and bars/clubs.

  1. Brunch and Cake – For the Instagram foodies > Breakfast, Lunch

2. Flax and Kale –  Vegetarian Restaurant > Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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3. Rossini – Italian Restaurant > Lunch, Dinner

4. Carpe Diem – Indian Restaurant & Nightclub > Dinner

5. Bacoa – Hamburger Restaurant > Lunch, Dinner

6. Wonderbar – Popular local bar > Free entree, all mix drinks 8 euro

7. Sutton –  Nightclub > Normally 15 entree

8. Shoko – Nightclub > On guestlist via Facebook free entree, otherwise 10 euro

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Konstanz – an unexpected breathtaking place in Germany

Konstanz in Baden-Wurttemberg. I had never heard of both, but well, this place appeared to be an unexpected breaktaking place. Baden-Württemberg is a state on the West-South side of Germany, divided into Baden and Württemberg (obviously haha). By the way, they call themselves, the sunny side of Germany. You can guess, my expectations were high as a “sun lover”.

Konstanz as one of my favourite cities

During those four days, we visited each day another city. However, two of them are by far my favourite; Meersburg and Konstanz. They lay both along the Lake of Constance, called Bodensee in German,  which just gives such a relaxing and breathtaking view. Meersburg is very small and quiet compared to Konstanz. It is also more traditional and perfect if you want to calm down from the rush of life, because yes that is how it really felt to be there. Besides walking around, souvenir shopping, and staring at the Lake,  there was not a lot to do in Meersburg. That did not make the city less nice, it already has so much flair, that it does not need more.

On the other hand, there is Konstanz. Konstanz is a University city. The whole city is made for the students, with lots of commercial shops, bars/nightclubs, restaurants, parks, and cycling roads. The city is so alive, that you are too busy the whole day with doing all kind of different things. Totally the opposite of what Meersburg can give you, but that is also what I like about those places. If you want silence and calmness, you go to Meersburg, but if you want life, you go to Konstanz. The perfect balance!

Besides that, when we arrived in Konstanz on Saturday there was a boat festival already going on since Friday. A woman told us that it is one of the most famous events in Konstanz, where there are boat competitions, games for children and young adults, a fair with attractions, and lots of food/drink trucks. Another detail, they were right with their “sunny side of Germany”, because all those four days were around 30 degrees with a blue sky. Yes, happy me “working” with my face in the sun, travelling around.

Hotspots in Porto, Portugal

Welcome to Porto and welcome to my favorite hotspots in Porto! My first time and well, how surprised I am by all the colourful buildings and steep hills. When you are ready for lots of walking and food. Hop on!

First of all, if you like to eat fish or/and drink Port, you should for sure visit Porto once. Every restaurant provides lots of different fish, most of them are the famous codfish and the different Port. Oh and, Porto was a good city for us because the prices for food there are very low.

Second of all, Porto is a city on a hill. However, all the tourist attractions are easy to reach by feet. Although, I should advise you to wear your most comfortable shoes otherwise it is going to kill your feet. 🙂 Trust me!

Third of all, to give you some further information about Porto I should start with the bridge. In total there are seven bridges. However, the one in the picture is the biggest and most famous one. You have an amazing view from the bridge over the centre of Porto and when it gets dark the lights on the bridge go on and gives a beautiful view from one of the restaurants and streets beneath. Besides the bridge, which I love, there were more things which got me in Porto. Cause I am a huge fan of architecture, I totally fell in love with the houses of Porto. They all have those cute tiles in all kind of different colour, most them are blue, my favourite colour!

My four favorite hotspots in Porto;

  1. The bookstore Lello & Irmâo is also one thing which I really liked. There is an old stair in the middle of the store which takes you to the first floor, obviously, where there are more books. Unfortunately, we were not the only one who loved to go there…
  2. The Mercado do Bolhâo is an open market on the Rue Formosa. If you only take 5 euro’s with you, you are able to buy lots of amazing things. They have everything, from fruits to souvenirs, to fish, to flowers, and the people are very kind and generous. Elise and I, both bought a big slice of watermelon. We enjoyed it as if we were two little children.
  3. There are also a few churches in the centre of Porto. Especially, Sâo Francisco is very nice and beautiful. The churches were not very busy and they are all free to visit.
  4. To go back to the famous Port of Porto. On the other side of the Douro are all the different Port houses, for example; Taylor, Sandeman, and Calem. You can buy a ticket inside of each different house and get a tour around and receive knowledge about how Port is made. All Port houses have around the same price for the tours, so to distinguish each Port house you could focus more on tables of the tours. In the end of the tour we also had the possibility to taste two Port’s, however, after taking a sip of both we decided that Port is not really our thing…