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!

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~! 

My last day in Europe! | May’12

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Heading to the flea market on a sunny day! The weather got really warm all of a sudden! Crazy weather.. o.O

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Here we are!

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Wheeee~! Here for some cheap shopping!

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The Jamaican flea.

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Tried their Jamaican braid! For 10€ ^^

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Got music as well! haha.

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Olivia changing her braid colour and design. They told me that for young girls like Olivia, it should be tied on the top of her hair and for a lady like me, it should tied underneath the rest of my hair. Interesting~

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Time to chill~ In the park enjoying our beer and had some ‘talk cock sing song’ session! =))

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Ciao Sweetie~

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“Long time no see my friend…”

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Me and Olivia happy with our new braids! ^^

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Talk Cock Sing Song~

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Found this small canal which looks like little Venice!

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Beer again…! Super laid back! Slacking with beer for the whole day….. I wonder how many days in a year do I get to enjoy this type of life? I miss those days……

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Munch Munch Munch~

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Busker again and this time with a Harp! Very pro! Nice~

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bologna-104Olivia is leaving and she was upset. Haha. She’s a very nice girl! We had so much fun in Bologna…  I miss her already!

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This is Olivia when she was still a toddler…!

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My first time trying Espresso~ Well, not bad….

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Enea told us he has a semi-erection….. LOL Doesn’t look like to me!

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Never give up on shopping! Haha.

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Our last homemade Italian breakfast prepared by Margaret before we fly back! Super thankful to Margaret and Enea for their great hospitality during our stay in Bologna! She’s too awesome! She cook nice food for us, bring us around, take us to nice places for good food and wine, leaving a room for us to stay in, worrying for us and helped us so much! Especially fretting about us getting our ‘troublesome budget air tickets’ to paris! We must have troubled her too much and made a mess in her house! LOL Grazie mille Margaret~! =)

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Took a ride on Enea’s bike to the airport! Haha. Grazie~!

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Spending my very last Euro on Mocaccino Ice Cream while waiting to board!

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Flying back home~

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Goodbye Italy~ Goodbye Paris~ You’re amazing and beautiful, I am glad and feeling super blessed to see the beautiful you. I miss you and hope to see you again real soon….. Ciao Ciao~!! ^^

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Milano, Italy | May’12

Going to Milan for shopping again~! ^^
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It’s a 3 hours journey for the cheapest train ride from Bologna to Milano…. spend lesser = spend more time on traveling!

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My aunt and her classmates! Happy ladies gonna spend a day going shopping together! 🙂

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Here we are at Milano Train Station.

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Duomo di Milano!

This Gothic cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete.

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Why so beautiful…?!

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Group photo taken by a friendly couple stranger.

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When you’re in Milan, you must try the Risotto! Milan is famous for its Risotto. The best Risotto I ever had! Delizioso~

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The Italian Buffet Lunch! o.O

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Make 3 turns continuously on this bull’s cock and you will be back again! Haha.

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Look at the pollen….. looks like snow! haha. But it was very irritating, kept going into our nose.

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Hehe.. Shopping~! ^^

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I think when you visit Milan it’s all about shopping, wandering around the Piazza del Duomo, eating Risotto and enjoying their wine….. yeah~ what a nice day we spent here. No regret spending the 3hrs back and fro. 😉

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