What to do near Eiffel Tower + pics

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Paris has been part of my childhood’s fantasies since I discovered the so french city. It was everywhere: from famous movies to the pictures I used to save on my computer (heh). Guess what? I had the chance to take pictures of my own this time with my family 😀

On the second day after our arrival we had to visit Eiffel Tower. It’s located on the 7th arrondissement and in order to visit the most famous site in Paris, we took the metro and walked a bit (just follow the crowd of tourists if you get lost). To be honest, it was way bigger than I had imagined.

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What to do there

  • Take some pictures with the tower itself, the garden and carousels nearby
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower and have a different view from the City of Lights.
  • Enjoy the big green area and have a picnic. Seriously, bring some food and drinks, look for somewhere to sit and enjoy the view. Food spots near famous touristic places are always expensive and can be of really poor quality sometimes (hello tourist trap!).
  • Choose an alternative path and start (or finish) your walk at Trocadero Station where you have a stunning view from the Tower.
  • See the light show at night. If you choose to go see it have in mind that it happens fom hour to hour and only starts once it gets dark. During Summer it means 11pm, for other seasons it may be 10 pm.
  • Walk through Champ Élyseés avenue and see famous and not-so-famous brands there. You’ll have to walk a little if you want to get there on foot, but that’s worth it.

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What to not do there

  • Accept “free gifts” from people on the streets, like string bracelets and this sort of thing. After accepting it or having it forcefully tied around your wrist, the person will ask you for a donation and probably get angry if you don’t.
  • Pay for a fake gold ring that was miraculously found under your feet by a stranger who asks you for a small payment claiming it’s a much smaller tax than the value of the ring itself.
  • Sign petitions. They will probably come to you smiling and ask for your signature, after this, they will ask for a donation probably saying your sign means you agreed to do it. Yes, this story again. Sometimes they may approach you asking if you speak English. Just say a non merci and walk away, giving attention only encourages them to go further.
  • Leave your things unattended, just don’t. There’re pickpockets everywhere, so pay attention to cameras, cellphones, wallets and passports.
  • If possible and unless you’re going to a specific café or restaurant, avoid eating in food spots near super famous touristic sites. They’re expensive and often of lower quality (hello picnics!).
  • Give food to the birds. Specially on the parks around the Eiffel Tower, there’re a lot more of them than you imagine. One thing leads to another, one bird leads to another.

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Give preference to light clothing and comfortable shoes during this time of the year because you’re going to walk a lot.

❤ see you soon

Inside Cinderella’s Castle in Tokyo Disneyland

These are some pictures I took inside Cinderella’s castle located in Tokyo Disneyland while in a Japan’s trip with my family in the beginning of the year. I was looking through old pictures and found them worth sharing with you!

It was my first time in a Disney Park and didn’t have any really big expectation at the time but wow, it managed to take my breath away, seriously! I don’t think the pictures need any explanation as they speak for themselves.

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Places in NYC that make me want to go back there (part 2)

Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is a chain of bookstores founded in 1886, so you can imagine for yourself: books everywhere. Mangas, fancy school supplies, coffee, magazines and more books. I took the chance to buy a really pretty hard cover book about Arthurian Legends and a really interesting one about marketing, totally worth it! The atmosphere was really good at the one I went to, and I could find all kinds of content in those shelves. I would totally spend a whole week there exploring the books (maybe more).

 

Broadway (musicals)

I went there to watch Aladdin with my mom and it was spectacular. The costumes, music, dance, special affects, actors (special claps to the Genie), everything was a feast to the ears and the eyes. I will definitely watch more musicals if I get the chance to go back there.

 

Highline

It’s described as an elevated park, located at the former New York Central Railroad. It’s a really pleasant walk in which you get to see the city from a totally new perspective while surrounded by an interesting architecture, mini gardens and a beautiful sky.

 

Empire State Building

I’d been dreaming of going up this building since I first read Percy Jackson so I had really high expectations about it. I paid the extra tax in order to go to the 102nd floor, otherwise we would stop at the 86th (it is pretty high already, but I had to go as high as I could) and the view was amazing! I felt as if I was inside a rocket going right up to the stars.

 

Thank you very much, mom and dad, for giving me the chance to experience one of the most memorable things of my life and for showing me that travelling isn’t just about seeing new places and buying a bunch of things, but that it’s actually about meeting new people, lifestyles, culture, history and traditions in a way books or pictures will never be able to teach you.

Places in NYC that make me want to go back there (part 1)

I went to NYC in 2015 with my family and it was one of the most breathtaking experiences of my whole life. Unfortunately I didn’t take much pictures and most of them were taken with a really bad cellphone camera (I was just too busy trying to capture that movie-like place with my own eyes, okay? Totally worth it) so I won’t put any this time.

 

MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

What can I say about this museum? As a History lover, every step in this place made me wanna cry. It was like travelling through the years and exploring different societies, all this in less than a day. It was also where I ate the coldest, skinniest and most expensive hot dog in my whole life (I mean, really, don’t) but never mind. I would definitely go back there.

My favorite part: the Egyptian and Greek section and also the antique rooms you can “enter” to feel like you’re really inside it.

 

Halal Guys Food

Food in New York can be expensive, really expensive. However, when we were walking out of the MoMA with really sad and empty stomachs, we saw a really long line of people wearing pencil skirts, suits, heels and ties to get something called gyro in foil plates that was being sold for a good price, so we thought: that’s it. We were suspicious at first, but it tasted really good and didn’t give us any stomach problem. They’re placed in several locations, so looking through Google helps you to find the one nearest to you.

My favorite part: I absolutely loved that spicy sauce that came with the food, also they were patient and gentle enough to explain what those food were (the line was really small at the time, but come on, still was a really good experience that didn’t happen in most of the places we got to get some food).

 

Times Square

You can search as many pictures on the internet, watch all those NYC movies, you’ll never ever get the idea of what Times Square really looks like, specially at night. I remember going out of Forever 21 (what a huge place) and not realizing it was already night until I looked at the clock and finally rose my head up to see a pitch black sky. Times Square was a dreamy mixture of colorful lights, cars and people defying the darkness of the sky above us.

My favorite part: the surprise I had when I realized it was already night when I thought it was something like 16h00.