Catacombs, Eiffle Tower, Palace De Versatile, Monmartre – Paris, France | June 2014



The view from our apartment in Paris!
(If you want to know about the price click here.)

I booked most of my stay from Airbnb! If you’re new to Airbnb, use my link here to get a S$28 off your first booking! Enjoy~! =)


Black Truffle Mac and Cheese!! Ohh this really gooOOod~~! I had this at a random cafe inside Printemps.


First stop in Paris, Montmartre.
(P.S. This is also where the Moulin Rouge is.)

* Nearest Metro station : Abbesses station, Line 12.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
This is at the top of  Montmartre Hill which overlooks the magnificent view of Paris! You may also visit the dome for a 360° panoramic view at €6 (another 2 more euros to visit the crypt) but you will have to climb a 300 steps of stairs and yeap… there is no lift!

Prices :
€6 – Admission to the Dome
(Additional €2 to the crypt)

Operation Hours :
Everyday : from 6am to 10.30pm.
Dome  & Crypt :  from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (May to September)
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (October to April).

For more information here.


Château de Versailles.

* Nearest Metro station : Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche (RER C Line) **Make sure to buy a “Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche” Tickets.

Prices :
€18  – 1 Day Passport
€25  – 2 Day Passport
€15   – Palace Ticket
€10   – Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate ticket
€7     – Guided tours (with entrance tickets)

Operation Hours :
Palace
1st November to 31st March: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5.30pm. (Last admission 5pm, ticket closes at 4.50pm)
1st April to 31th October: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm, ticket closes at 5.50pm)

Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
1st November to 31st March: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5.30pm. (Last admission 5pm, ticket closes at 4.50pm)
1st April to 31th October: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm, ticket closes at 5.50pm)

Garden and Park
1st November to 31st March: Everyday from 8am to 6pm.
1st April to 31th October: Everyday from 8am to 8.30pm (Garden). 7am to 8.30pm (Park).

For more information here.


ADVISE : Buy your entrance tickets online in advance to avoid long queues during the high season period.


The Eiffel Tower! Finally I see you again~!

* Nearest Metro station : Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel (RER C Line)

Prices :
To the top / To 2nd floor
€17 / €11  – Adult
€14.50 / €8.50  – Youth (12-24)
€8 / €4   – Child (4-11)
€0 / €0   – Baby
€8 / €4   – Handicapped
€8 / €4   – Person assisting a handicapped visitor

Operation Hours :
Lift
Mid June to Early September: 9am to 12.45am. (Last lift 12am, 11pm for the top)
The rest of the year : 9.30am to 11.45am. (Last lift 11pm, 10.30pm for the top)

Stairs
Mid June to Early September: 9am to 12.45am. (Last admission 12am)
The rest of the year : 9.30am to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm)

For more information here.



Were having some Salmon and Fish & Chips along the Seine river right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Blessed.


-At the top of the world-
Didn’t get to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower during my first trip and I’m so glad I did it this time. Just in time to see the sun set! 


Just as beautiful in every angle. Shining so bright~ 


Very nice quiche breakfast during one of the morning in Paris.


The Catacombs of Paris.

* Nearest Metro station : Denfret – Rochereau (L6 Blue Line / LB Light green line)

Prices :
€10  – Full rate
€8  – Concessions

Operation Hours :
Everyday: 10am to 8pm. (Except Monday and 1st May)

For more information here.


We were craving for rice…… and so we found a mexican restaurant! 


Arc De Triomphe.

* Nearest Metro station : Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile (RER Line A / Line 1, 2 and 6)

Prices :
€8  – Adult
€5  – Students (18-25)
€0  – Child (0-17)

Operation Hours :
April – September : 10am to 11pm.
October – March : 10am to 10.30pm.
** Closed on January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.

For more information here.

TIPS : Many shops closes on Sundays in Paris, so if your visit to Paris happened to meet a Sunday and you really wish to shop, visit Champs Elysees. Most of the shops are open on Sundays in Champs Elysees.

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Next up : Amsterdam!

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Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina Market, Montjuic Castle – Barcelona, Spain | June 2014

Barcelona Cathedral.

Free Entry.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

For more information here.


Santa Caterina Market.
This is just beside the Barcelona Cathedral! How convenient!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

Operation Hours :
Monday – 7.30am to 2pm.
Tuesday, Wenesday & Saturday – 7.30am to 3.30pm.
Thursday & Friday – 7.30am to 8.30pm.

Funicular –> Cable Car –> Montjuic Castle

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green Line (L4), Parallel. Then take the Funicular up to the cable car station, you can either walk uphill from the cable car station (about 10-15mins walk) or take the cable car up to Montjuic Castle for €11.50 (two way).

Prices :
€5  – General Admission 

Operation Hours :
1st October to 31st March: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
1st April to 30th September: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

For more information here.


OH I LOVE TAPAS~!!! ♥ Tapas is one of the MUST TRY local food in Spain!! It was my first time having this and I fell in love! Especially having it with a jug of Sangria, PERRRFECT~!!


It all comes in small portions and so it allows you to try MORE of their varieties! Awwesome~~!


I had Sangria every single day when I was in Barcelona! I miss it so much now~!


Appetizers…


Cod Fish…..


….And PAELLA~!! Love this too! ♥

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Next up : Paris!

Park Guell, Familia Sagrada, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila – Barcelona, Spain| June 2014

How can you not visit the creations of Gaudi when you’re in Barcelona?! The beautiful tiles in Park Guell, the never ending project of the Familia Sagrada Church and the edgeless building have always been in my bucket list and in my dream. It used to only appears in tv programs but now not anymore…. it became part of my memories! 

First stop, Park Guell.
During in the summer is the high season and so I highly recommend to buy the tickets online in advance to prevent wasting your time from joining the long queues at the ticket office(this applies to any other famous attractions in Europe.). And some of the attraction tickets are cheaper online too!  =)

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line (L3), Vallcarca or Lesseps stations

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 7 / € 8  –  General ticket
€ 0 / € 0  –  Children from 0 to 6 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Children from 7 to 12 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Over 65 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Disabled person + accompanying person

Operation hours : 
Low season
from January 1st to March 28:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)
from October 25 to December 31:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)

High season
from May 4 to September 6:
08.00 to 21.30 (last entry time at 21.00)

Mid season
from March 29 to May 3rd:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)
from September 7 to October 24:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)

For more information here.


The Gaudi House Museum.

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 5.50  –  General ticket
€ 0 –  Children from 0 to 10 years
€ 4.50  –  Children from 11 to 17 years
€ 4.50  –  Retired
€0  –  Disabled person

Operation hours :
October-March: from 10 am to 6 pm
April-September: from 9 am to 8 pm
December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 6: from 10 am to 2 pm

For more information here.

Sagrada Familia! What a dream come true~ 
Just shut up and enjoy this piece of art.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2 and Blue line L5, Sagrada Familia.

Prices :
€19.50  –  Admission with a guide/audio
€15  –  Admission only
€4.50  –  Admission to the towers

Opening hours :
November to February,
9 am to 6 pm

March,
9 am to 7 pm

April to September,
9 am to 8 pm

October,
9 am to 7 pm

December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm

For more information here.


View from one of the towers.

Casa Batllo.
So beauuuuuuuuutiful~~

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2, Green line L3 and Yellow line L4, Passeig de Gràcia.

Prices (online) :
€21.50  –  Adults
€18.50  –  Students/juniors(7-18)
Free  –  Children(-7)
€15  –  Residents
€18.50  –  Seniors(+65)

Opening hours :
Monday to Sunday
from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. (Last entrance 8.00 pm)

For more information here.



Casa Mila, La Pedrara.
The building was under maintenance during my visit, I couldn’t take a good picture of the whole building so here’s a miniature model version of the building!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line L3 and L.Blue line L5, Estació Diagonal.

Prices (day) :
€20.50  –  Adults
€16.50  –  Students
€10.25  –  Children(7-12)
Free  –  Children(-6)
€16.50  –  Disabled
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)
*Discount of 1,00 € per general admission (valid only for online tickets).

Prices (day &  night) :
€37.50  –  Adults
€18.75  –  Children(7-12)
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)

Opening hours :
27 February to 2 November:
Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

3 November to 24 December:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

26 December to 3 January: 
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

4 January to 26 February:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

*Estimate duration of the visit: 1h/1h 30min.

Closed: December 25th, and from 11 to 17 January 2016.
Special: 1 January 2016, from 11am to 8.30pm (last access 8pm)

For more information here.

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Next up : Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina and Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona.

Factory Outlet, Port Vell and La Boqueria Market – Barcelona, Spain| June’14

First thing on our itinerary was to go outlet shopping~~! There are a few shopping outlet in Barcelona. La Roca Village Outlet has more bigger brands like Loewe, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Burberry…etc.  and if you’re looking for more local brands like Zara, Bershka, Mango….etc., you can visit Heron City. We traveled to La Roca Village by taking the Sagales Shopping Bus as this was one of the easier and cheaper way to get there. The bus tickets to the outlet village can be bought at these places here or buy it online from the website here.

Went for stroll down the Port Vell area after our shopping and settled our dinner at a Tapas Restaurant! Really love all the tapas served in Tapa Tapa that we visited the restaurant a few times at different locations! They have branches in 4 different locations in Barcelona and 1 in Madrid, you can check it out here.

* Nearest Metro station to Port Vell and Barceloneta Beach : L3-Drassanes / L4-Barceloneta. 

As we stroll down from the Port Vell to the Columbus statue with the beautiful sunset….

On the 2nd day after our breakfast at a cafe near our place, we visited the La Boqueria Market for MORE FOOD~~!

Well, it’s a food market so we had our lunch there at Pinotxo Bar. It’s a famous Tapas Bar in this market and I would say it’s definitely worth trying! They’re open Monday to Saturday from 6am-4pm.

* Nearest Metro : L3-Liceu
* Operation hours : Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 8.30pm. (Best to visit in the morning or before 2pm)

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Alright, more information about my Barcelona trip on my next post~! =)

My 2nd trip to Europe on a budget. | June 2014

This time I spent less than S$1.9K on Air tickets (including domestic flights) and accommodations. S$2K on traveling, food, souvenirs and shopping (excluding my “bags shopping” of course). So according to my budget and my annual leaves, I planned a 14 days trip to Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels with 1 of my travel buddy. So yeah… it’s quite a short trip. Accommodation wise, I set each of us a budget of S$800 to find an entire apartment to ourselves throughout the trip. It’s only the two of us (ladies) travelling so we wanted firstly; safety and comfort, secondly; good location! There are a lot more cheaper accommodations out there if you are on an even tighter budget! So here you go….

Air tickets –
Qantas return tickets (operate by Emirates) : S$913.20 / pax with 30kg check-in baggage
Arrive in : Barcelona
Depart : Amsterdam
– It’s an open-jaw ticket (if you have no idea what this is, it means a round-trip ticket where you arrive into and depart from a different city.) I arrived in Barcelona and returned from Amsterdam. So I don’t have to travel backwards or make a big round trip back to Barcelona just to take my flight back. Save time and save money. And very lucky of us, we manage to travel on Emirates A380 for ALL our flights!! ^^

Ryanair : S$79.20 / pax with 15kg check-in baggage
One-way : Barcelona – Paris
– For Ryanair or any other budget airlines in Europe, they are very VERY strict on our hand carry baggage. Especially Ryanair. So if you are planning to travel light without any check-in baggage, make sure your bag is within their cabin size (you’ll have to fit your bag into the baggage frame) and weight. Or else, they will bring a credit card machine straight to you right before you board the plane. Saw this happened on other passengers.

Air France : S$106.40 / pax with 20kg check-in baggage
One-way : Paris – Amsterdam

Total Air tickets : S$1,098.80 

Accommodations –
Barcelona 4 nights (airbnb) : S$225 / person
– Located in front of the Catedral de Barcelona and 5 mins walk to Urquinaona subway station.

Paris 4 nights (airbnb) : S$197.95 / person
– 5-10 mins walk to Champs Elysees & Charles de Gaulle Etoile Metro.

Amsterdam 5 nights (airbnb) : S$327.30 / person
– Located in Albert Cuyp Market. (means LOTS of street foooood!) 6 mins walk to tram stop, 10 mins to center area by tram and 16 mins to Central train station by tram.

Total Accommodations : S$750.25
Airtix + Accommodations : S$1,849.05

So basically, Amsterdam’s accommodations are a little more expensive. Nonetheless, I am glad to be able to keep within the budget and that means I don’t have to cut down on my expenses~!! =)

Due to time constraint, we travelled from Amsterdam to Brussels for a one day trip only. We took the train early in the morning from Amsterdam Central Station to Brussels Central Station and back in the late evening. The journey took about 2.5hrs per trip and the tickets cost €50.40 per person. In future, if I have more time in my hand, I will definitely explore other parts of Belgium!

Here are some pictures of the places that I have visited..~


Our apartment in Barcelona.
(room pictures are all taken by phone, pardon the low quality)


Our studio apartment in Paris. A tiny and cosy apartment. Very clean and in a very good location! Would love to stay here again if I ever come back to Paris!


View of the Arc de Triomphe from our apartment! =)

I would not be showing the Amsterdam’s apartment because I wouldn’t recommend that apartment. The apartment was not clean and there was a stale smell and a smelly toilet. Well, this is the cons of renting other people’s apartment/home. There is a risk to take and not everyday is Sunday. However, the location is pretty good. Street foods and cafes are right in front of the apartment!

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Alright, the end for now. Will post more pictures on each places soon~! 

A Paradise in a small island…. Boracay!! (Part II)| Philippines Aug’13


At the highest point of the whole island, Mt. Luho!

Back to Diniwid Beach and we decided to explore this corner of the island! Westcove is another resort on the cliff next to Nami Resort and this place is beautiful too~!

It’s like a hidden gem. We had to pass by under these huge rocks/cliff. The water here is so clear and in turquoise blue! 😍

Tadaaa~! The Westcove Resort! They charge you a fee for coming in here to take picture or chill if you’re not their room guest!

This was in one of my bookmark list when I was still deciding on which resort to book, but their suite room was way out of my budget! So I decided to book Nami Resort instead after reading all their good reviews and of cause the reasonable price! I did not regret it at all!

Sunbathing before our next activity!

Yuhoooo Paraw Sailing~!!! Sailed out to the ocean just the 2 of us (and with the crew)!! 😊

The wave and wind got stronger as we sail further…. I was afraid that this guy will get sea sick but Thank God he was fine this time. 😌

I heard the best time to sail out is when the sun is setting down but….. Unfortunately, the sunset was all covered up by the cloudy sky that day but nonetheless it was quite a nice ride~! It would be awesome if we can catch the sunset though…..

The resort’s lift! Something interesting… ok random, I know.

Went to the resort next door, Spider House Resort, for dinner!

Very saltish…

The 4th day and also our last night here. Flying home on the next day, 😔 so we decided to order room service to our room and our butler set up the breakfast table for us! Feeling totally pampered! 😁 

We had Chicken Congee, Stir-fried Glass Noodle, Bread, Eggs & Bacons, Fruits, Coffee and Juice~! What a heavy breakfast! 😅

The kids were having a mini cliff-jumping here!

We’ve got a beautiful weather on our last day~!

Waiting for our turn for Para-sailing!

UP WE GO~!!!!

This is the platform where we set off.

Can you spot the Rainbow…?

Last dinner here in Boracay!

Well, for a short vacation, Boracay is really worth going to! We enjoyed our time here and I don’t mind coming back again (although the activities, food and things here are quite expensive) since one of the Budget airline just activated their straight flight here! 😊

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A Paradise in a small island…. Boracay!! (Part I)| Philippines Aug’13

Travelled to Boracay for a short Vacation during August. I realised that this period was their ‘wet season’ only after I’ve booked the air tickets! 😒😓  I did some research about their climate and I was so worried that I will meet the typhoons!! REALLY worried that the weather will spoil our whole trip and I was blaming myself so much for not doing enough research before I book the tickets. Anyway… I think I am VERY lucky, we met no typhoons (Thank God!) instead we were greeted by the big hot sun and a beautiful blue sky on the first day!! 😌😍

The best time to go to Boracay (aka the ‘dry season’) is from November to April, which the White Beach will be more calm and more suitable for swimming and other water activities. Their Wet Season is from June to October. During the wet season, there are risk of typhoons, the White Beach often gets large winds and waves which sometimes makes it unsuitable for swimming. So do take note of that if you’re planning to go there.

Here we are~! This is paradise~😍 It’s soooooo beautiful!!

I think it’s quite a long journey traveling here without a straight flight (during that point of time no airline fly straight to Caticlan Boracay). We flew from Singapore to Manila and then transfer to Caticlan. After arriving at the Caticlan Boracay Airport, we have to transfer to the jetty (which I’ve arranged with the hotel). From the jetty, we took a boat ride to the island and then another land transfer to the resort! I felt like I’ve been transferring here and there for the whole night/morning! 😂

The sea is so blue and beautiful here at the jetty and we have not even reach our resort yet! 😍

That’s our luggage carrier/escort by the resort staffs! Excellent service! 👍

Finally……. sitting down in the resort’s cafe enjoying our drink and the view while waiting for our room to be ready for check in! A good place for day-dreaming…. so much to think yet so much to let go in my mind. My eyes dwelled into the scenery so much until my eyes hurts!! Hahaha.

The view from our resort is just simply BREATH-TAKING!!! 

Booked an Ocean View Suite Room at Nami Resort (located at the Diniwid Beach)! With an AWESOME view of the sea, big room, separate toilet & shower, big balcony with a tub and we have a personal butler too!! TOTALLY felt like a VIP!! I think I’ve made the right choice!

So beautiful~ I can just sit here all day…. A perfect place to relax our busy mind and forget about tomorrow. 😌 How to not love this place~

Went off for Island hopping! And I felt cheated because they only brought us to 2 islands…. and we paid so much! 😒😒 

That’s our Resort up there on the cliff!! Nami Resort is located at the Diniwid Beach, which is just next to the White Beach. If you’re looking for a quiet and less crowded beach, Diniwid beach is the place for you.

The Seawalker!! The helmet was SO heavy and I struggled a bit to balance myself!

I’m a happy little girl~ paddling away with the fishes around me….! 😄

Small fishy fish~

My big fishy!

Watching the sun goes down on our way back to the resort…. 😍

This whole place turned into Golden colour~ 

Back to the resort for a shower and then headed out to D’Mall to hunt for food! This resort makes it so convenient that they actually provides free all-day shuttle service to D’Mall! And so we don’t have to walk in the dark! 

First night trying the local food! I’ve forgotten most of the names but the dishes that we ordered are quite nice! We had a satisfied dinner on our first night here! 😋

On our 2nd day, we didn’t do much due to the dull weather. After our breakfast, we took a stroll down to the White Beach, enjoying the view and some street food.

This is the ‘connecting pathway’ from the Diniwid Beach to White Beach! Just a 10 mins stroll down to the lively White Beach!

Love the turquoise colour of the sea~ ❤❤

Here we are at the White Beach~! White Beach is the most popular and most crowded beach here! It has the finest white sand and where all the top-notch hotels are located! Also, this is where D’Mall is located at and you can find all the shops & restaurants here!

Jonah’s Fruitshake! Did some research online and many people recommended this place so I tried. I would say this is a must-try when you’re here! Their fruit shakes are so thick and rich, without adding any water (just ice) and not expensive!

D’Mall for food again!! 😊

Tried some seafood at some ‘over-crowded’ chinese restaurant and the food wasn’t that fantastic. After dinner, did a bit of groceries shopping at their local supermarket and then back to the resort!

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Too many photos to put in one post! So…. to be continued~