FLORENCE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 1

Happy Easter everybody! 
Today I flew from Munich to Florence with my grandmother. We are staying in Florence until Thursday. Luckily we found an amazing last minute offer with flights and hotel. The flight and shuttle service was fine and we arrived in the city centre at 2pm. The bus ride from the airport to the central station took around 20min and one ticket costs 6€. The location of the hotel is amazing. All the landmarks are extremely close. Both of us have never been in Florence before so we walked around. At first we went to the duomo. 

 

This cathedral is so beautiful and impressive. There we found Edoardo il Gelato Biologico. This is a great place to buy delicious ice cream. Moreover it is a perfect spot to take a photo with the dome in the background. 

Next we walked to the famous market Mercato Centrale. Inside the building there are many places to have food and outside there is a another big market. There are several stands where you can buy bags, scarfs, jackets etc. I found such a pretty small bag and I got it for 15€ instead of 35€. Keep in mind that it is possible to talk about the price. Afterwards we visited Ponte Vecchio. Unfortunately it was so crowded that we decided to visit the bridge on another day. So we walked along the river to the Palazzo Vecchio.  

This square is so pretty and there are many restaurants with normal prices. There we had delicious pizza with a great view. Florence is a beautiful city and I am looking forward to the next days. 
XX Patricia 

LONDON IN 3 DAYS

Hello everybody,

this month I was in London for 12 days. My grandmother was never in London and she really wanted to visit the city. So we decided that she flies with me to London and stays there for 3 days. In this 3 days I wanted to show her as much as possible from my favourite city. Probably you think it isn’t possible to discover London in 3 days because it is a huge city but it is. When you have never been in London before and you just have a few days you can take this ‘plan’ as an example.

xx Patricia

FIRST DAY

London is a very diverse city. There is the ‘classic’ London (classic buildings, museums), the modern London (skyscrapers), multicultural London (Chinatown) etc.

So I thought the best way is to start with the classic London. In the morning we visited the National Gallery and the Trafalgar Square. In London there are several museums but I thought the most important art museum is the National Gallery because there are classics like Turners and Monets. Afterwards we walked to the Leicester Square and enjoyed the atmosphere. For lunch we decided to visit Chinatown. There are great all you can eat offers and in the supermarkets you can find Chinese sweets. I was so happy when I found out that they have totally different Oreo flavours. In London there are other beauty brands so we went shopping at Superdrug. In the afternoon we drove to Westminster Abbey and visited a church service (Evensong). The museums are free in London and when you want to visit a church you have to pay however when you visit a church service it is free. Another advantage of a church service is that you can hear the great choir. Next to the church is the Houses of Parliament with the Elisabeth tower (Big Ben). At the Westminster Bridge is a big boat stop. We booked a boat tour from the Westminster Bridge to the Tower. The boat tour is faster than a river walk so you can save some time. Next to the river are a lot of landmarks like the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre… When we stopped there we had a look at the Tower Bridge and the Tower.

SECOND DAY

This morning we walked to the British Museum. The museum is huge and there are a lot of different exhibitions so I recommend to check them out before. We wanted to see the Ancient Egypt one however it was so crowded so that we left the museum early. I recommend to you to be at the museum when it opens. After lunch we drove to Oxford Street and went shopping. We just went to shops which we don’t have in Munich. So we went to Primark, Boots and Superdrug (again). My favourite department stores are Harrods and Selfridges. Selfridges is closer because it is located on Oxford Street. The food supermarkets are different to the German ones so we visited Makes&Spencer (one is next to selfridges so very close). In the evening we visited Piccadilly Circus. Especially when it is dark it is great to see the billboards.

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THIRD DAY

This Morning we drove to Camden Town. Camden Town is one of my favourite places in London. It is totally different to the London you normally think of (white big buildings, museums…). I think the best way is to drive to the tube station Camden Town and then walk the street along to the Camden Lock Market. On this way there are a lot of shops and markets. Finally we arrived at the Camden Lock Market. There are several multicultural food stands. It is so difficult to decide what to eat but I am sure you will make the right choice. When we wanted to take a bus to Oxford Street suddenly I saw a Donut & Cronut shop. I always wanted to try a Cronut and in Camden Town I got the chance to do that. On the Oxford street we went to Primark (again). Probably you wonder why we visited Primark again. The reason is that the things in Primark change every day. Afterwards we visited Covent Garden. Covent Garden is amazing to walk around grab something to eat (e.g. Ben`s cookies) and to shop a little bit.