Disneyland Paris in one day: 6 best rides + hacks

When going to Paris, if you are a inner kid like me, Disneyland is something that you just can’t miss. People usually say you can’t see anything in one day at Disneyland, but I must disagree as I live to prove it!

I went to Paris in October and I just couldn’t skip Disneyland Paris, since I was going to be so close, so I just booked my ticket !

I pretty much got in to every attraction, and this is my top 6 :

 

      Indiana Jones Adventure

This is the craziest and funniest roller coaster I’ve ever been to! The decoration is insane, it really seems you got into an Indiana Jones movie and the ride itself it’s insane! It has a loop in the middle and it’s super fast – totally worth it!

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Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

This one is so much fun that I did it two times in a row! You basically ride in a cart at the speed of light, as you were inside a spaceship and part of a galactic battle! It’s always all dark so you almost don’t know what’s happening – so cool!

 

New Star Tours – the adventure continues

This attraction is a simulator that tells a story (which I’m obviously not gonna spoil for you), like you were part of it – it’s very good because it all seems real !

Big Thunder Mountain

This one is lighter than the ones I mentioned before, but it’s still worth to try. It passes through the water and it has a nice view, in the middle of the fun. The ride is short for the line it has though.

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It’s a small world

This is a must for us travelers! You basically go on a boat and pass through  a representation of every country on this journey while listening to an adorable song. Very fun !

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Pirates of the Caribbean

I don’t know about you but I just love all about this movies! On this ride you walk into a journey like you were Jack Sparrow! I was hopping for something scary, but it’s not at all, it’s a trip around Pirates of the Caribbean world totally work taking!

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Disneyland is definitely doable in one day, and to make the most out of it here’s a few  hacks I used and actually worked:
  1. Choose one park: it’s sad but it’s true! It’s already hard to see Disneyland Park in one day, imagine the both of them… Don’t book the ticket to both parks in one day, it’s literally mission impossible to see everything.
  2. Play smart with the timings: go during the week, otherwise is going to be packed and get there really early.
  3. Go to your favorite attractions first – the ones you wanna try are probably the ones that will be crowded during the day, so run your ass to those and start the day with the best ones!
  4. Use your map – don’t run from one side to the park to the other,  make sure you saw everything in one side and then move to another
  5. Take your own food – obviously everything there is crazy expensive, but also another thing I noticed is they have lousy service in the restaurants and it’s freaking slow! So bring your own food, not only you’ll save money but you’ll save time and I bet the food will be way better!
  6. Don’t miss the final fireworks show – The show is at 8 PM and it’s a must for Disney lovers, since it’s not only firework it’s a whole show full of songs we all love!

And you, have you visited Disneyland? What’s your favorite ride?

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Vienna Bucket List: 11 things to do

Hello there!

While I was an exchange student  in a village of Lower Austria,  I got the chance to visit Vienna a few times. This city has many sides and a lot to offer! It is  beautiful, with breathtaking buildings, filled with music, art and people from all over the world. It is definitely something special. So here’s a short travel guide to visit some basic monuments and some different places in the capital of Austria.

1. Visit Schonbrunn Palace and Gloriette

This one is definitely my favorite monument in Vienna. It is known for being Princess Sissi’s Palace and it is just glorious! The tour inside the palace is payed – you should definitely check it out, if you have the chance – but you can visit the gardens for free, they are beautiful and there is a great viewpoint from the gloriette.

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2. Take a picture of Rathaus

This is one of the most imposing and tall buildings in Vienna, it is quite beautiful on its own but you can also go up and have an amazing view over the city.

3. Comtemplate St. Sephen’s Cathedral

This famous cathedral is a gothic landmark of Vienna. If you go to the top, you can see the whole city, specificaly Stephansplatz, which name obviously comes from the cathedral,

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4. Get lost in Freud Museum

Don’t miss the chance to visit Freud’s former office, to see all the old objects and to learn a bit about his life and work.

5. Check out the Naschmarkt 

This is one of the most amazing markets I’ve visited, it is quite big and it has a big variety of stores and tents, from souvenirs to pubs, restaurants, spice shops, etc. It is a great spot to have lunch or just enjoy a glass of vino verde or kaiserspritzer, two typical beverages from Austria. This one is definitely worth a look.

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6. Grab a bite Museumquartier

This city has a lot of interesting museums all around, but this area in particular is a must visit, even if you aren’t going to any museum. This is a perfect place to grab something to eat and chill out in the sun. If you do like museums, you shouldn’t miss the natural history museum or MUMOK, if you are into art.

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7. Walk around in  Stadtpark

who doesn’t love parks? This is a beautiful park to take a walk, wether is sunny or not. Here you will find fountains, statues and a nice statue.

 

8. Have fun in the Prater

Prater is a great theme park that has the oldest big wheels in the world. Tbe entrance is free, you only pay for the rides you go on,  so you can j just walk around or go in some rides. If it’s spring or summer don’t miss the water rides, they’re super fun!.

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9. Enjoy a concert in the Vienna State Opera House

A great part of Vienna’s culture is music, so if you like opera or classical music don’t miss the chance to see a live show.

 

10. Eat an Apfelstrudel in a Coffeehouse

When in Vienna be Vienese ! This is the most classic austrian thing to do. Go to those old coffee houses and have that delicious apple pie and a cappucino, it feels great specially during the winter.

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11. Pay tribute to old musicians in Wiener Zentralfriedhof

I know this may sound creepy but this is the cemitery where a lot of famous musicians are buried (e.g. Beethoven and Brahms). It is weirdly nice and interesting.

 

This are the things I found most interesting in Vienna, but of course, this city has a lot more you can see and do to such as Belvedere, Rigstrasse or Hofburg. Besides that, do not miss the chance to eat some austrian goodies like schintzel, kaiserschmarrn or goulash! Hope this post was helpful 🙂

 

Lots of Love,

Catarina

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Clink78: The coolest hostel I’ve stayed in my life

Hey!

My purpose with this blog is to guide you when travelling to the places I’ve been to, so despite there are websites and apps to review hostels, I thought that it would be interesting to share my experience at Clink78 with you, because that hostel is something, trust me.

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As I told before, I went to London for a flash birthday trip with my boyfriend. As I was looking for accommodation, and I couldn’t find any cheap hotel deals (does that even exist in London?!),  I heard about Clink78 through a friend that had stayed there.

As soon as I started checking the reviews and Clink’s Instagram and Facebook, I immediately knew I had to stay there. They have such a nice engagement with costumers! They share recommendations and tips for travelling to the cities they’re in and they promote activities on their bar (yeah, they have a bar!) every night.

There are two Clinks in London and both of them are really well located – near King’s Cross Station. I stayed at Clink78, which has some nice markets and restaurants around, which might come in handy.

The hostel is located in an old courthouse – how awesome is that! – and it has some rooms that were adapted to keep the old decoration, so this makes it almost a magical spot. For example, there’s a room to hang out and watch tv or work, with the old tables and sits, which a found very cool and original ! Inside, it had some really cute details, full of lights and colors. Its target is obviously young travelers and that shows – all of us are there to have a good time! There’s a really chill environment all around, even everyone in the staff is super nice and outgoing.

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As I got to the hostel, I got a big welcome from the girl in the reception who was so nice, she even yelled “it’s your birthday!!”, and all the staff in general was very helpful and nice. They even offered coupons for free drinks at the bar (not sure if they still do) to everyone who checked in, and they upgraded mine for any drink I wanted because of my birthday. That is a nice way to win my friendship :p

About the room, they have some pretty cool mixed rooms with capsules and prison cells, but I stayed in a double private room with bathroom. Even though it is a little small, it was enough for the both of us and it was quite simple and functional. The bed was comfortable and there were some shelfs to put our stuff, but it was a shame that there was no “extra” space to put our coats and luggage, like a cabinet or hangers, as we were there only for two nights, it was not a big deal. The bathroom was small as well, but it was really peculiar, it was like a capsule.

Clink offers a regular continental breakfast with coffee, toast , milk, cereal etc, which was plenty for me. It is held in the same area where the bar works at night, but it was perfectly clean and there was a lot of space to sit and hang out.

It is a super cool hostel to stay for a few days, specially because all the staff is so kind and the hostel is really well located. Plus, the Wifi worked really well (which is a miracle in any hostel!)

Lots of Love,

Catarina

 

Best places to visit in Ireland

Hi there!

I went to Ireland two years ago and it was one of the most amazing countries I’ve ever been to. It is a country filled with music, joy and wonderful people. I strongly recommend anyone to visit it! I stayed in Dublin, but I took a day trip to see other places, so here’s a wrap of what I think it’s worth  visiting.

 

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There are no words that can possibly describe the beauty of these cliffs located in County Clare. It is just a stunning view and despite they’re a bit far from Dublin, paying a visit is totally worth it! Plus you get to enjoy the beautiful landscape on your way there.

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Galway’s city centre is just adorable! It has these beautiful and colourful houses, plus you can really feel the Irish spirit as you walk through the city while listening to the street performers playing some typical music.

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For me, Guinness is one of the first things I think about when I hear the word Ireland (sorry not sorry) so, if you are a fan of beer, it is imperative that you visit the Guinness Storehouse. It’s a super interactive experience:  you find yourself involved in the beer-making process with a perfect ending: a free pint on the rooftop which has an amazing view.

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Temple bar was initially one of pub, but it got so famous that the whole area started being called that. It is an area filled with pubs and bars, which is a great place to grab a beer at the end of the afternoon or to go out and dance. You just feel the awesome and happy Irish vibes, and there’s also a lot of Irish music – super cool!

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One of the oldest colleges in the world. It’s a beautiful campus and the library it’s totally worth the look.

 

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This cathedral is just huge and it has a beautiful garden around it, totally worth a look.

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This is a museum that allows you to “experience viking and medieval Dublin” and  learn everything about it! You will love it, specially If you’re a nerd for history like me!

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This old prison turned into a museum has a lot of history to tell: you get to see the whole building and learn about the people who once were there. Cheers to the staff, the tour is brilliantly done.

 

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PS- I know this isn’t  a place, but have some fish and chips with a nice beer!

 

                                                                                                  Lots of Love,

Catarina

12 things you have to do in London

London!  It’s such a basic destination for a traveler, but it’s my favorite city in the world. Well, at least until today. So, it only made sense that this was the chosen city for my first actual piece. I mean, I posted a billion pictures on Instagram, there’s no way this is a surprise for you! 

I went to England 3 times now,  but every time I’m there I feel that there is not enough time because the city is so amazing and it has so much to visit that I just don’t know how to choose. I absolutely love its vibes and cultural diversity, so I chose a few spots that I totally recommend on a trip  to London.

  1. Check out Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

I know, it’s pretty obvious, but it’s a great place for taking a few shots, specially if you take a walk along the Thames and enjoy the view. The London eye is also located close to there.

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  1. Get lost in the Markets

London has a lot to offer in what concerns to markets: Camden, Portobello, Convent Garden, Borough, Broadway… But if you don’t have a lot of time, you will have to make choices.

Camden Lock is my favorite, it is located next to the canal, it’s a great place to grab a quick and cheap bite due to its large variety of street food stalls from all over the world, and I must warn you: all the food looks wonderful (foodie alert!!!). Do check the other stores as well, you can find art crafts, vintage articles, souvenirs… it’s totally worth the look. Don’t miss on Convent Garden, it’s such a cute place. It has a bunch of stores, pubs and nice restaurants where you can sit down and relax a bit. The inside is full of color and the architecture is really nice.  If you are a fan of the famous movie “Nothing Hill”, you should check Portobello Market as well, it sells fruits, jewelry, clothes… and you get to see the original “Travel Books Shop”, which is now a souvenir store!

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  1. Take a walk in the Parks 

The parks are an absolute must in London. I suggest you take a relaxing walk through Green Park on your way to the iconic Buckingham Palace. Do check out Hyde Park, which is close to the Palace as well. If you like animals, take some peanuts with you to give the squirrels, they will grab it from you hand and it’s just adorable.

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  1. Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace 

Buckingham Palace is just stunning and the magic of this event will make it seem even more fantastic. FYI it happens everyday at 11am.

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  1. Admire a few museums 

The British Museum is one mandatory stop for a first time Londoner, BUT if I had to choose I would go with Natural History Museum. I mean, it has a huge dinosaur and mummies, how can you miss that? Victoria and Albert is also a good choice if you like art.

 

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  1. Walk along the Tower Bridge and go inside the Tower of London 

This worldwide known bridge is just fantastic, so don’t miss the chance to take some great pictures. The inside of the Tower  is just incredible, you get to see the guards, the interiors with complete furniture. It’s really interesting and it really takes you back in time.

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  1. Catch a Musical 

You know London is a city of art, so if your favorite musical is in Town, don’t miss your chance.

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  1. Shop at Oxford Street  

This popular street allows you to feel the real city spirit, plus it has a zillion stores where you can have your shopping dream day! You  know that certain brand that doesn’t exist in your country and you reaaally want to check out? It probably has a store there.

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  1. Eat at Chinatown 

If you are a fan of Asian culture this is the place to go! Chinatown has a wide variety of Chinese restaurants, and the wide majority has really good quality. Pay attention to the prices though, not all of them are cheap!

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  1. M&M’s Store 

If you have a sweet-tooth like me, you will love this store. Not only will you drool because of all the M&M’s they have there, but also the store is really fun and colorful. It has a bunch of cool merchandising of the brand, they really pulled it off!

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  1. Check the banners at Piccadilly 

You know, those popular screens with advertising that look a bit like NY, don’t miss a chance to take a great shot of it. Just make sure the lights are on, because when I was there the last time it was under construction (just my luck!)

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  1. Harry Potter: Making of at WB Studios 

For those who aren’t Muggles, this is the best place you can go when in London. Seriously, I had the best day of my life. You can see every little detail they used in the movie, you will learn about their tricks, see their sets and it’s just amazing. Of course that it is not possible for me to resume my experience in one paragraph, so of course I will make a piece about it really soon!

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And you? Are there any spots you like in particular? Is there anything else you might find worth visiting? 

I have much more to tell you about London, so stay tuned  !

 

Lots of Love
Catarina