I went on a short trip with a my friends a couple of years ago to Rome, Italy. We stayed for 3 nights 4 days near Vatican City.
We went to visit the Vatican Museums where they display famous art and sculptures from Italy (around 20,000 on display). The walls and ceilings were beautifully displayed with magnificent paintings and drawings. It was definitely worth the visit!
While we were visiting the Vatican Museums we found a nice vibrant yellow wall so we took this opportunity to have a mini photoshoot session 😀
We had A LOT of pasta and pizza during our stay which were pretty damn good. My favourite dish was definitely the carbonara which I couldn’t get enough of. The spaghetti in Rome was perfectly al dente.
We wanted to visit St. Peter’s Basilica but the queue to get in was insane! It was around a 3 hour wait to get in so we decided to give it a miss (too hot to queue in the middle of the summer). I would recommend buying a ticket in advance online so you can skip the queue.
That’s it for today! Just one more thing I want to tell you about Rome are the the pickpockets and scammers! There were a lot of scammers trying to get you to buy tickets from them. Make sure to buy your tickets from the attraction itself to avoid being scammed. I also recommend carrying your bags in front of you as my friend got her purse stolen within the first hour of being in Rome! Luckily she had some extra cash hidden in her suitcase so it wasn’t a complete disaster. Just make sure your bag is in your sight and you’ll be fine 😀
Madeira is an island located off the coast of Portugal. It is well known for the Madeira wine and its vineyards. You can also go scuba diving and whale&dolphin spotting! We got to see a few whales when we went whale spotting but caught in on video which I couldn’t upload unfortunately. The cable cars are also definitely worth having a ride on to enjoy the spectacular view from up high.
My family and I stayed in a hotel which was located about a 10 minute walk away from the capital, Funchal. The hotel had a rooftop with a small pool and jacuzzi, where you could enjoy the beautiful view of Madeira.
The streets and alleyways in the capital were paved with cobblestones which I thought was a nice touch to the city cause it made the place look kinda clean if that makes sense?? Very aesthetically pleasing.
We walked A LOT on this holiday especially UPHILL. It’s worth it though if you want to get a good view of the landscape ( or just use the cable car if you’re feeling lazy to climb up).
Funchal is lively at night with many of the locals going out to eat and drink. We enjoyed the night by going out to the docks and gazing out into the sea/city.
Biarritz is a seaside town in the South West of France which is known for its surfing beaches. Unfortunately, the beaches were always packed during our stay so we didn’t get to swim much but we enjoyed looking around the shops and restaurants.
They have a wide range of fresh seafood all over Biarritz where you can enjoy good lobsters, prawns and shellfish. One of the restaurants we thoroughly enjoyed is where they served freshly baked bread with cheese, salami and homemade fish pâté (can’t remember the name of the restaurant sorry). The town itself was very vibrant and colourful with a traditional Basque atmosphere.
We went to Le Café de Paris for cocktails and snacks with a good view. The cocktails were pretty good and the canelé was sweet and tasty. While we were enjoying our drinks we got a visit from a couple of hungry sparrows looking for food. We tried putting a few crumbs from the canelé on my hand to see if they would eat out of my hand. Apparently the sparrows in Biarritz are quite friendly cause they did not hesitate at all 😀
The Brecon Beacons are a mountain range in South Wales. If you’re looking for a countryside escape, Brecon Beacons is the place for you. Here you will find landscapes with spectacular views and scenery, a great place to take photos!
We stayed in a small cottage farm which was booked via Airbnb. It was located in a pretty remote and isolated area, right next to a farm. We explored the area by driving around the area and stopping off at areas with good views and coffee stands. There were A LOT of sheep on our drive which was pretty cute ( couldn’t post the videos cause I’m using the free version of WordPress 😦 ).
If you want to escape from a city life to catch a breath of fresh air or just check out some pretty cute sheep and cows, check out Brecon Beacons!
Langkawi is an island off the coast of West Malaysia which is most famous for its cable cars. It costs RM85 for a ticket for the cable car and takes around 15 minutes to reach the top of the mountain. There’s no fan or air conditioner in the cable car so it does get quite hot but the view makes up for it. We also went to a 3D museum (second largest in the world), where you can take photos with optical illusion art. There is plenty of art work and would recommend it if you like to take pictures/selfies. The museum is located next to the cable car station and you can get a discount if you want to visit both the cable car and the 3D museum.
Our next stop was Penang, which took around half an hour by plane from Langkawi. Penang is known for its sandy beaches and is considered as the food capital of Malaysia. We visited a curry noodle bar (curry mee) which is run by two elderly twins, and has been running for over 60 years which I thought was really sweet. We also went to Avatar Secret Garden, where the trees and the surrounding plants light up at night. I would highly recommend this place if you are looking for some Instagram worthy photos.
Our final stop was Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. On the right is the Petronas Twin Towers and on the left is the Batu Caves. We didn’t get to go up the Petronas Twin Towers but at least we got to see it up close. There were A LOT of monkeys at Batu caves which we found very cute until we saw one snatch food from someone’s bag… It was pretty tiring climbing up stairs on a hot and humid day (yes, I know we are unfit) but felt pretty rewarding when we reached the top. There is also a bat cave at Batu Caves but we weren’t brave enough to enter so we skipped on that attraction (yes, I know we are weaklings please let us be).
There is a wide range of delicious food in the capital, but our favourite has got to be the Japanese cheesecake. This was one the best cheesecake I have had (I am a big fan of cheesecakes lmao) and can be bought from the Tokyo Restaurant in the Lot 10 shopping centre. It was a very delicate yet rich cheesecake that would 100% satisfy any cheesecake lover. We also really enjoyed the banana leaf at Nirwana Banana Leaf Bangsar which our friends from KL introduced us to.
We went to a hotel a couple of times at night which had rooftop bar where we could get an exceptional view of Kuala Lumpur. The rooftop bar had a great ambience with some pretty tasty cocktails.
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Kundasang is a town located in Sabah, which is famous for the view of Mount Kinabalu and the Desa cattle dairy farm. We stayed in a lodge in Spring Garden, which had a beautiful scenery of the mountains and the garden. It was a very peaceful and tranquil setting – perfect for a relaxing holiday. During our stay in Kundasang we visited a fish spa. This was no ordinary fish spa where you put your feet in a little tank with small fish inside, but a river with hundreds of large fish swarming around your feet (and body if you were brave enough). It took a while for us to get used to the fish sucking our feet.
Kudat is at the tip of Borneo and is the capital of the Kudat District. We went here on a day trip to visit a fish farm, where we were able to swim with the fish. We were pretty reluctant to get into the water at first because the fish were double our size and looked more like sharks. After being reassured by the tour guide that the fish were harmless, we managed to get into the water and have a swim (the one using the lifebelt is Dave HAHA). Check out my Instagram to see the seafood we had whilst in Kudat.
Kota Kinabalu is the state capital Sabah (also known as KK). We stayed in an apartment which overlooked the sea and the surrounding islands. The apartment also had an infinity pool outside where we were able to enjoy the sunsets. Next to the apartment was the Marriott hotel, where we got enjoy some refreshing cocktails with chicken wings and potato chips.
There were all sorts of restaurants and cafes in KK and had a wide range of food choices. Didn’t get to take many photos of the food but we did enjoy the food. The soft shell crab spaghetti was one of our personal favourites.
We did take a lot of videos but unfortunately they can’t be uploaded onto the blog (cause we’re using the free version lmao). If you want to see more then check out our Instagram! If you would like to see a Youtube video on our Malaysia trip then let us know in the comments 🙂
Hakone is famous for its hot springs and its views of the iconic Mount Fuji. Although we didn’t get the chance to go to a hot spring, we did manage to get on a boat around Lake Ashinoko which went up to the Hakone shrine.
Unfortunately the day we went on the boat cruise was rather cloudy so we didn’t get to see Mount Fuji, but still enjoyed the cruise nonetheless. It was a calming and soothing ride with beautiful views. The boat ride lasts around 30 minutes one way and costs ¥1050 (£8) for a round trip. Hakone is a great place to visit for a countryside escape! Click here for more info about the boat cruise.
As soon as we reached Tokyo we went to Tokyo DisneyLand/Tokyo DisneySea (fun fact it’s actually located in Chiba not Tokyo). The admission rate for two days entry (DisneyLand and DisneySea) is ¥14,800 (£113) which can be purchased online or at any local convenience shop in Japan. If you want to get the fast pass (it allows you to skip the queue) for the most popular rides like Toy Story Mania and the Haunted Mansion, I would recommend you to arrive at the theme park at least half an hour before the opening time as the number of fast passes they give out is limited. If you’re looking for thrilling rides and your favourite Disney characters to take photos with, this is the place for you. Click here for more info.
So, we’ve reached central Tokyo. The best place to visit for delicious food, entertainment and sightseeing. We stayed in a small apartment just outside of Ikebukuro. It wasn’t a very big room but in terms of location, it was great! We visited many Tokyo hot spots including Harajuku and Shinjuku. One of the things that we LOVED to visit were the arcades which were usually 5 floors or more! The best arcades are located in Ikebukuro and Shinkjuku. The claw machines and the photoshoot booths were our personal favourites.
A must try restaurant in Tokyo is Nakiryu, which is famous for its tantanmen (a type of noodle dish). The average price for a noodle dish is around ¥900 (£7), which is not bad considering it holds a Michelin star. However, you will have to queue outside for around 45 minutes due to its popular demand, but it’s worth it. Hands down one of the best noodle dish we have ever had.
That concludes our trip to Japan. If you want to see what else we got up to, check out our youtube video below!