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Paris - Places to see and things to eat!

August 7, 2013

Only 2 hours and 16 minutes later, I am in Paris. It was only 344 km apart. Might I add that my first Chunnel experience was affordable ($190) and convenient and comfortable. I LOVE the fact that I didn't have to rush through the airport. As I am here for 4 days, I decided to make the most of my time. I visited the highest part of the city, the Sacred Heart Basilica. I also saw the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame and the Louvre. Of course I also saw the Eiffel Tower lit up at night. It was BEAUTIFUL. The last form of sightseeing I did was on the Seine River Cruise. From the cruise I could enjoy everything from architectural riches to dinner on board with live music.

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Bistrotters: This is a bistro I visited was very quaint with affordable food. I was recommended the "croustillant de poitrine de cochon" with is sme sort of crunchy pork with a sweet sauce, it was delicious!

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1000 & 1 Signs: This is by far the most interesting restaurant I've visited. The entire staff is deaf and mute, you're provided with a sheet that has basic sign language. They're also very good at reading lips and if anything, you can always point to the menu. There is a variety of african, middle eastern and vegetarian food here, which was quite good. I had some sort of steak with vegetables!

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Babalou: I discovered this little place not to far from the Sacre Coeur, down a little street where not many tourists were. They had great pizza and great service, I was not let down.

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As much fun as I had in paris, I must leave and go to my next destination. Hopefully the food is just as good (I'm doubtful it can get better).
I'll update soon! Xo

Posted by mayals 12:51 Archived in France Tagged food paris pizza eiffel_tower seine_river vegetarian steak bistro deaf mute Comments (0)

Destination of the Week: London!

August 3, 2013

And I'm not talking London, Ontario. That's right folks, I am currently in London, England (for 5 days)!!! After travelling 7100 km and taking a 10 hour 10 min plane ride (including 1 hour stop in St. Lucia) to London from Trinidad and Tobago I am in my second region. It costed about $1300..... A lot, I know, but I HAD to come here and I'm glad I did. The time is 5 hours ahead of that in Mississauga, but overall it wasn't that bad of a change and didn't have much impact on my trip. There is so much to see, which can be overwhelming to plan so i loosely followed the five day planner from londondrum.com. By "loosely" I mean that I excluded some things i.e. history, science and maritime museums. What I did see were popular tourist attractions i.e. Big Ben, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham palace and the Tower Bridge. In London I found that there is a variety of cuisine's and I chose to eat at a spanish restaurant called "Como 3". I highly recommend it if you're ever in the city and you like spanish food, you won't disappointed.

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House of Parliament and the Big Ben at night!

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The Buckingham Palace

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Westminster at Night!

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My meal :)

I'm currently on the train (Chunnel) to my next destination. Talk to you soon!

Posted by mayals 12:09 Archived in England Tagged food london uk big_ben westminster como3 Comments (0)

LAST STOP

July 29, 2013

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After a busy couple of weeks travelling I have concluded my visit to South America. I ended my visits on a good note in Trinidad and Tobago. I travelled about 376 km from St. Lucia to Port of Spain On a short, direct 1 hour plane ride that cost on $135. I stayed two nights in Port of Spain on the Trinidad Island. In POS I went to the popular tourist destination of Maracas Bay/Waterfall. This popular destination is home of a beautiful beach and scenic rain forest; waterfall included.

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The beach and Me by the waterfall!

I also ate at a yummy restaurant that served local cuisine with fresh products!! It was so cute and decorated with local art, some of which you could purchase. The restaurant is called Veni Mange.
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For the next two nights I took a short 25 minute, 115 km plane ride to the smaller island of Tobago. The flight was really cheap too, only $50! I rented a car for the day and took a mini road trip in Tobago. It was strange driving on the lefthand side of the road, but I went to so many places. First was Englishman's Bay, which is an uncrowded beach with a small cafe close by. Then i went to Bloody and Argyle Falls where I did some hiking.

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Englishman's Bay

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Argyle Falls

See ya soon folks!!!

Posted by mayals 18:25 Archived in Trinidad and Tobago Tagged me food road_trip beach beautiful waterfall trinidad palm_tree tobago Comments (0)

TAKE TWO

July 24, 2013

sunny 28 °C

Ahhh Castries, St. Lucia.... It is stunning! I am currently 4 days in to my 5 day trip to this beautiful island. Although there was a 23 hour and 20 minute flight from costa rica to here (about a 17 hour layover in Miami), the two countries I've stayed at are only about 2700 km apart. It was also pricey, about $650, but totally worth it.. Luckily the time is the same as at home so I had no problem adjusting!

In St. Lucia it was a must to visit the breathtaking beaches. I went to Malabar beach which had golden sand and there weren't many tourists which was nice. It was also close to popular areas to shop and dine. I wanted to eat with the locals and found a cute beach bar called Spinnakers, where fresh seafood, especially shrimp, was brought in daily.

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This is the seafood platter I got at Spinnakers

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Malabar Beach

I must go, because I have a flight early in the morning tomorrow. Unfortunately this means I can't explore tomorrow, but it also means I get to my next destination!!! I can't WAIT :)

Posted by mayals 20:05 Archived in Saint Lucia Tagged beaches landscape travel beautiful bar sunny shrimp Comments (0)

Finally Here~

July 20, 2013

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The first of the three regions I'm travelling to is South America and I finally arrived at my first destination..... COSTA RICA! After spending $243, travelling 3722 km and exactly 7 hours from the Toronto Pearson to the Costa Rica Liberia airport with a 1 hr and 10 minute stop in Miami I was exhausted. Luckily there is only a small time difference (CET - 2 hours behind EST) and it was already night time so I got a good nights rest for the exciting 5 days to come.

One of my favourite places to visit here was the Tenorio Volcano National Park where there are trails, geysers, springs and obviously the volcano.

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This is the Rio Celeste (literally meaning sky blue river) at the Tenorio Park.
In one of the rivers I even went river rafting, it was awesome!!

Another activity I enjoyed was the " safari float tour" at the Corobici River. It was surrounded by a lush jungle and wildlife. This was an excellent way of experiencing eco tourism as the guide on the raft provided information on the different plants and animals we saw and even history of the island! I spotted monkeys and iguanas all over the place!!!

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I also went on the cultural tour of the town Liberia, it was great! I have to get ready for my next flight now.

(You can't see me, but I'm in the boat furthest away)

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one of the creatures on the float tour!

Stay posted for more information on the BEST TRIP EVER. Xo

Posted by mayals 20:02 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged me animals volcano tree river jungle beautiful wild party tropical tour float_tour Comments (1)

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