Highlights from Paris

Paris is a fantastic travel destination for anybody and at any time of the year. This city is always ready to surprise you with its magnificent romantics charm, and it's never ending architectural landscape, that will follow you everywhere you go.

Where ever you go, there will always be a place around the corner where you can have a cup of coffee. Parisians love to spend time sitting outside and sipping on espresso (I also noticed that they are huge lovers of smoking). I guess that's a part of the culture. What surprised me was that there is a pharmacy on every street. I am serious; I have never seen so many stores is my life as I saw in one week in Paris.

Overall as an English speaking tourist, there are no problems in communicating with locals on a basic level. I was very grateful for one Parisian man guiding me all the way down from the metro station to the bus stop and waited with me together after I went the wrong direction on a metro. Not many people are happy to spend their 20 minutes of their life at 22:30 in the evening with a complete stranger, right? After that he gave me his email address, can't even image why (wasn't me) and the funniest part of this situation was that he could say 0 words in English, and I 0 words in French. But somehow we understood each other, and I got to the right place afterward.

So even though Parisians are not fantastic with their English skills they are very kind and helpful. When I travel, I love to use AirBnB, as this is always a much cheaper and more comfortable option than a hotel room, when you stay in the city for more than 2 days. For my Paris this I found a nice room to rent on AirBnB for a week just next to the Eiffel Tower for 350 euros (Tax and AirBnB fees inclusive). I was very happy or lucky (?) with a fantastic family I stayed with. I stayed in 4 room flat with a view of the Eiffel Tower with a very kind and lovely Patricia (mom), Eric(dad) and their 16-year-old daughter. The room I occupied for a week belonged to their 20-year-old son, who was now living in a different city outside the Paris.

These are the places I recommend to visit:

  1. Louis Vuitton Foundation
  2. Eiffel Tower
  3. Louvre Museum
  4. La Défense
  5. Moulin Rouge
  6. Boat Ride on a cannel
  7. Les Invalides
  8. Musée de l'Armée
  9. Panthéon
  10. Notre Dame (Sunday 5PM ceremony)
  11. Arc de Triomphe
  12. Sainte-Chapelle
  13. Tuileries Garden
  14. Champ de Mars

These best shopping place:

  1. If you are planning od doing a shopping I highly recommend to free up 1 day specifically for it and take a metro and go to La Vallee Village. It will take approximately from 40min to 1hour to get there from city centre. Btw it is one stop away from Disneyland. There are all the knows brands for fantastic prices. I really enjoyed and took an advantage od great prices.

These are the vegan food places:

To start with - I really did not enjoyed to be a vegan in Paris. Honestly, nothing did not really wowed me. Mostly cheat-meal, junkie type food options.

This is what I did.

  1. I was eating porridge with nuts at home and usually had one more meal somewhere outside and bought some healthy snacks in the Natural/Bio/Organic shops.
  2. Pre A Manager (they have some vegan options, I just love it after going there for couple of years in London). They have nice creamy soups and falafel wraps. Fruits. Organic Coffee.
  3. I vent once to Vegan Hank burger place. Vegan junk food. It was ok, depends if you like burgers.Personally me - not.
  4. Some shops have an orange stands where you can get freshly squeezed 1l of juice for 3.99. Loved this.

Luxury Shangri La Experience, London Shard

My partner asked me to take free Fridays morning to enjoy surprise he had prepared for me. I was told to take everything I need to stay one night out and swimsuit. He met me Thursday afternoon at London Bridge station, London and adventure could begin.

25 minutes after we met in Underground station, I was already looking over the whole London from our Shangri La hotel room on the 44th floor. What a shock for my eyes.

The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is an 87-storey skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development.

He prepared a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne and two cute small bags of handmade dark chocolate from Borough Market.

We put our swimsuits and robes on and went upstairs to enjoy view and infinity pool on the top of the Shard, exclusively available only for customers who stay in the hotel.

The feelings were indescribable. In the same place only 52 levels lower people are rushing, running and here - everything is so peaceful and quiet.

Later on after relaxing swim and fulfilling moments we changed and went to enjoy nice dinner in one of the restaurant.

After the best evening and most relaxing night in my life followed, of course, the best morning.

We woke up and went upstairs to level 52, exercised in the compact gym, swam and finished our amazing journey by having a healthy breakfast.

Lemon water, fruits and fresh newspaper.

By the way, this was the morning when officially was announced Angelina Jolie's and Bred Pitt's marriage so you can see how concentrated I am reading all the details.

Happy exploring and traveling! :)

Historical Dover

Dover is a town and major ferry port in the home county of Kent, in South East England. Historical city attracts many tourists with its amazing dramatics white cliffs and Dover Castle. It is Kent's biggest tourist attraction and one of the most visited castles in the UK. It's a great day-trip from London, or stop-off from a ferry to France. It's also a popular stop-over for cruises touring Europe.

In the narrowest section of the straights of Dover, it's just 21 miles between England and France: you can comfortably see France on a clear day. Evidently, the castle's well-placed to be "the guard-post of England".

P.S. I can tell you one secret - there is a way how you can climb in to the castle even if it is closed!

Valentine's day in Paris

Paris is the most popular destinations for all the lovers and definitely very attractive city for Louis Vuitton fans as that's the place where it was born. Before you land in Paris, make sure you have secured nice place in heart of the city. I found great place on airbnb.com. One bedroom flat for £101 only 6 minutes walk from Eiffel Tower - https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/530246

To make sure you don't get lost during your trip I recommend using apps like:

1. Maps (something which will not be a data hog, since you will be on a limited data plan)
2. Metro / public transportation guide
3. Guides for the main touristy attractions for the main museums
4. A guide which will be useful for a day trip to Reims (cathedral and winery info / map)
5. Most important : language guide (english <-> french for basic phrases and words)

Top 5 places you must visit in Paris:

1. Eiffel Tower 
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Louvre (if you are a student under 27 and have ID, you can get in for free)
4. Notre Dame de Paris
5. Champs-Élysées