FLORENCE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 3

Ciao everybody,
this morning I woke up early and had a beautiful walk before breakfast. 

I walked to Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. 

 

7am is a good time to take beautiful photos with no people in the shot.

 

After breakfast we visited Pitti Palace. This is a Renaissance palace close to Ponte Vecchio. The famous bridge over the river Arno has many shops built along it. Pitti Palace was built for the Pitti Family in 1457. In 1549 the Medicis bought the palace and it became the primary residence of the ducal family. 

Today the palace houses some museums. There you have the opportunity to choose between two tickets. We chose the second one. This ticket includes Bobolin Garden, Bardini Garden, Costume Gallery, Silverworks Museum and Porcelain Museum. Some museums are located inside the Pitti Palace so you are able to see many traditional rooms. All the rooms are so pretty and totally worth to visit. My favourite part was Costume Gallery. There you see the stunning rooms and a great collection of historical clothes and accessories. Afterwards we walked through the Boboli Gardens, the design of the garden is great. 

In the afternoon I walked around the hills on the south side of the river.  

There I discovered Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a square with an amazing view over the city. 

Suddenly the weather changed, it was so windy and started to rain. So we had coffee at Piazza della Repubblica. This square is so close to our hotel so we decided to have dinner there as well. 


XX Patricia

FLORENCE TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 2

Ciao everybody,
today was another beautiful day in Florence. We had to get up early because we booked tickets for the Uffizi Gallery. This is a huge museum and one of the most famous in the world. We booked our tickets online. There you can book a time slot and we chose the first one at 8.15am. You have to come 15min early to pick up the tickets. The museum is impressive and there are so many beautiful pieces of art. 

The octagonal room called Tribuna is stunning. 

Every single detail inside the room is gorgeous. 

Another beautiful room is Sala della Niobe this place was my favourite one in the museum. 

 

Everything is so pretty and together it is even more spectacular. On the second floor of the museum is a terrace with a great view of the dome and Palazzo Vecchio. 

Moreover there are many windows in the museum with a fabulous view over the city. Afterwards we spent the rest of the day walking around the city. My favourite part of travelling is to discover a city by walking. I walked to Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower (dome), Basilica of Santa Maria Novella 

and Pitti Palace. 

The weather was amazing so I didn’t visit the inside. Then I walked along the river.

 

Next I went to Via dei Neri. This is a nice street with many shops and places to eat. At the Piazza della Signoria I walked through the Palazzo Vecchio. 

For dinner we visited Mangia Pizza Firenze. This Pizza was the best one I have ever tried. 
XX Patricia

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 

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