FLORENCE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 4

Ciao everybody,
this morning we visited Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower. The Renaissance dome is located in Piazza del Duomo. The cathedral opens at 10am and I recommend you to come around 20min early because there was a long queue. Afterwards we walked to the nearby market. I visited this market on my first day. There is the Mercato Centrale and Mercato di San Lorenzo. The first one offers a huge variety of food on two floors inside. The second one is outside and there are several stands with bags and accessories. This market is perfect for shopping and keep in mind that it is possible to negotiate prices. Then we had delicious ice cream at Venchi.

 

Next we took a bus tour through the city. There are a lot of small streets so the public transport has special small busses for these routes. A ticket costs between 1,20-2€ and lasts for 90min. For dinner we visited Mangia Pizza again. They have so delicious pizza for 7-10€. One of my favourite things are sunsets so I decided to walk to Piazzale Michelangelo again. 

I have been there yesterday and the view over the city is stunning. It is the perfect place to see a sunset. 

Tonight it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. 

Afterwards I walked through the city by night. 

All the lights were on and there were many great musicians on the street. 

This was such a fabulous last evening in Florence. Tomorrow we are already leaving for Munich. 
XX Patricia 

VENICE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 3

Ciao everybody,
today was the last day of our trip. In the morning I got up early so that I could enjoy the few hours left in Venice. So after I packed my suitcase I walked to Piazza San Marco. 

There is the tower Campanile di San Marco with a great view over Venice. The ticket for the elevator costs 8€. For me this was totally worth it. The tower opens at 9.30am and I recommend to you to come early. I was there at 9.45am and had to wait for around 15min. When I arrived on top of the tower I was mind blown by this beautiful view. You get a 360 degree view and are able to walk around. 

From up there you can take fabulous photos. 

This was my favourite place in Venice and I totally recommend to you to visit the tower. Afterwards we visited Rialto Bridge and the nearby luxury department store in Fondaco dei Tedeschi. 

This building is so beautiful and next to the Canal Grande. Moreover it has a rooftop terrace with a stunning view over the city. 

Venice is a beautiful city but it is even more beautiful from above. In the afternoon we took the train to Munich. I am so thankful that I was able to travel to Paris, Milan and Venice. This time was great and I will never forget it. 
XX Patricia 

VENICE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 2

Ciao everybody,
this morning I woke up early so that I could take some photos without many people inside. It wasn’t that crowded but there were still many people at the sightseeing sports.

Afterwards we walked around and looked for a bridge where we could take photos.

Following we went to Giardini Pubblici.

This is a beautiful park next to the water. The weather was fabulous so we enjoyed the sun.

 Then we had a beautiful walk along the sea to Piazza San Marco.

There we visited the church. Especially the ceiling is impressive with beautiful golden paintings.

Following we walked to San Polo and visited some shops there.

After dinner in the apartment I walked to the sea to see the sunset.

Sunsets are one of my favourite things and to see one in Venice was on my bucket list. Then I walked to Piazza San Marco again and had a beautiful walk by night along the sea.

I love to walk through a city by night because all the lights make it more special. This was a great day in Venice and tomorrow we are already leaving for Munich.
XX Patricia

VENICE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 1

Ciao everybody,
today we took the train from Milan to Venice. 

After we arrived in the apartment we spent the rest of the day in the city. Both of us have been in Venice before so we already visited the most important spots. We walked around and had delicious ice cream. 

We visited Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco. 

This area was crowded so it was difficult to take photos.

Tomorrow I plan to get up early to take better photos there. The weather was amazing so we spent some time on a bench next to the water. 

It feels great to sit there and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. Afterwards we walked through some streets and visited some shops.

 

In the evening we cooked and planed our second day. 
XX Patricia 

MILAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 3

Ciao everybody,
this was our last day in Milan and tomorrow we are leaving for Venice. This morning we visited Castello Sforzesco.

 

We discovered the different parts of the castle and took many photos. 

Next to it is Simplonpark this is a beautiful park. So we walked around and in the little lake we saw some turtles. 

On the other side of the park is the Arco della Pace. 

This is a beautiful place to take photos. Afterwards we walked to Porta Ticinese and along the canal. 

This is such a pretty place and it was beautiful to walk around. Today there was a flea market so we went to some stands as well. Following we visited a café and had delicious homemade ice cream.

 

After dinner in the apartment we went back to the city centre. So we visited the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the dome by night. This is a great time to take photos without many people in the background. 

Today we had a beautiful day and I am looking forward to Venice. 
XX Patricia 

MILAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 2

Ciao everybody,
today was a beautiful sunny day in Milan. In the morning we walked along Via Brera. There are some nice shops and restaurants. Afterwards we walked to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and cathedral. 

In this area are many shops so we visited some. Yesterday we had delicious panzerotti at Luini so we went to the bakery again. In the afternoon we visited the dome but we had to wait for over one hour because of the long queue. The dome is so beautiful and huge. 

Especially the windows inside are so pretty. With the ticket for 3€ you can visit the cathedral, Duomo Museum and San Gottardo in Corte Church. So our next stop was the museum. Following was the S. Gottardo chrch. 

This church is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The colours are so pretty. 

If you visit the dome in Milan I totally recommend to you to visit this church as well. Afterwards we walked around in the neighborhod. Back in the apartment we cooked dinner and watched a movie. 
XX Patricia 

PARIS TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 9

Bonjour everybody,
today is our last day in Paris and tomorrow we are leaving for Milan. In the morning we walked to the Musée d’Orsay. 

The former railway station was transformed in an art museum located in the 7th arrondissement. There are many paintings of impressionists on the 5th floor of the museum. I love the impressionists and my favourite artist is Monet. 

Luckily they have many paintings by him. They are so beautiful and fabulous. Moreover in this museum they shot some scenes for gossip girl. Blair stood in front of an painting of Manet and you can see this one in the museum. There are two big clock faces on the 5th floor as well. 

You can look through them and see the city. This is a great place to take photos. Afterwards we walked through the Tuileries and enjoyed the beautiful weather. In the afternoon we visited the Musée Picasso. 

 

Following we walked around the Marais. This is one of my favourite areas in Paris. There are many shops from pop-up stores to designer stores and a lot of restaurants. In the evening we did a manicure at home and packed our suitcases. 
XX Patricia

PARIS TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 8

Bonjour everybody,
our plan for today was to take many photos with the Eiffel Tower. So we took the bus to the Champ de Mars. There we took photos unfortunately it started to rain so that we took a break. After some time we continued to take photos. I was looking for a tree with pink flowers. Luckily I found one so that I was able to take great photos with pink flowers and the Eiffel Tower. Then we walked to the Trocadéro. 

This is a fabulous place to take portraits and full body photos with the landmark in the background. After lunch and amazing chocolate cake in the apartment we walked along the Seine and then to the 6th and 7th arrondissement. Of course we had to walk over the Pont des Arts because they shot some scenes for gossip girl on that bridge. Then we went to Place de Furstenberg.

 

Following we visited Place Dauphine on the Île de la Cité. It is such a pretty place to take photos. 

In the evening we walked around in the neighbourhood. 
XX Patricia 

PARIS TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 7

Bonjour everybody,
this morning we visited the Musée du Louvre however there was a huge line so that we had to wait for over one hour. 

Finally we got in and we went to the Mona Lisa. 

Then we focused on the Italian paintings. Afterwards we had lunch in the apartment and watched gossip girl. In the afternoon we walked to the Palais Royal and had a little photo shooting. 

This is one of my favourite places to take photos because of the pretty trees, the fountain and the famous black&white columns. 

Next we walked along the Rue Saint-Honoré to the Place Vendôme. There are several luxury brands with great store windows. Close is the Opéra Garnier and the Grands Magasins. We visited the rooftop terrace of Printemps with a fabulous view over the city. 

This is one of my favourite places and I have been there so many times. 
XX Patricia 

PARIS TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 6

Bonjour everybody,
today we had to get up early because we visited the palace de Versailles. So after getting ready we took the train to the palace. There was a huge line so it took some time to get inside. 

Versailles is so beautiful and it is impressive to see it.

Unfortunately it was cold and windy so we couldn’t spend a lot of time in the garden. 

So we headed back to the city. There we visited Notre Dame. Afterwards we walked to the Hôtel de Ville.

This weekend was a horse event in Paris so on the place in front of the town hall was a life stream of the event. Moreover there were some ponies for kids. 

Then we went to the Centre Pompidou and took the running stairs to the highest floor.

 

The view over the city is so beautiful. In the evening we visited Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur and Place du Tertre. 


XX Patricia