It’s Mainz LIFE

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It’s been a while since I haven’t posted about Mainz, Germany so I thought I would catch up on this a little. 
The Big Easy is our favorite place to celebrate Halloween. They serve amazing sweet potato fries and you have a great view of the river.

This is the dome of Mainz. It’s very pretty inside too!

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Let’s go West! California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona

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It’s my fourth time in the US and I just love it!
This time I went for three weeks to SF at my friend’s house and we did a road trip around Utah and Nevada…

Let’s start in San Francisco.

I’m lucky because I could meet another friend of mine who lives in the area! After lunch in a Mexican restaurant and a little walk we grabbed a Mexican hot chocolate. We also visited Oakland. 

With my friend-host, we went to Sausalito for the day.

We then left for our road trip! We started by Zion National Park, where we hiked the Narrows.

We drove all the way to Grand Staircase Escalante National Park.

We saw a chipmunk (cute!).

And we finished our trip in the Luxor Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, with some cocktails by the pool.

On our way back, we kept on visiting the city, discovered the Dropbox headquarters with my friend’s roommate, we went into the Red Woods (I love these woods) and we tried some classes (Pole dance and aerial flow yoga).

I’ll be back!

Why Russia?

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My friend and I decided to go to Russia in August 2016. We stayed four days in Moscow and seven in Saint Petersburg. We were on a tourist visa.

On our arrival there was a storm so it was a bit chaotic but then we had quite good weather! We stayed at the Apple Hostel Moscow, near the Kitay Gorod metro station. 

We saw the Kremlin, the red square, the State Historical Museum, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral.

 

You can see the Moskva River.

The big shopping center by night (the GUM) was really impressive.

From the Central Children’s Store, we had an incredible view of Moscow.

The Alexander Gardens, the golden Dormition Cathedral are other landmarks that you must visit in Moscow!
The World Clock Fountain is really cool too.

Of course we had to go to the Vodka Museum.

Here is the Bolshoi theater (although it was closed so we couldn’t go inside and see a performance).

We went inside the State Tretyakov Gallery, where we can see the famous “Girl with Peaches” painting and sea paintings by Ivan Aivazovsky.

Don’t forget to take the metro because in Moscow it is really beautiful!
One of my favorite things was the Gorky Park, where you can hear classical music as you watch the water fountains. 

We then took the night train to Saint Petersburg. 

We stayed at the BroadSky Hostel.

We walked around a lot, met a nice Russian girl who brought us to a pizzeria with a view of the Kazan Cathedral.

 

She took us to a party downtown and we went on a roof at night.

We also saw the Isaac Cathedral…

And Church on the Savior on Blood.

Here are some other views of Saint Petersburg: The Hermitage Museum, the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt (a shopping street), the Palace Square…

  We enjoyed a few drinks in a bar with awesome cocktails.

From there, we visited Peterhof Palace, the Russian version of Versailles!

So, what do you think about it?

Sawadee in Thailand

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A year ago we decided to (finally) go to Thailand. We arrived at Phuket, we went to Khao Sok and then to Bangkok.

Let’s start by Phuket.
We went to the market to eat fruits and drink smoothies.
 

We found the Natural Restaurant, a restaurant with vegetation everywhere! It was our favorite restaurant in Thailand. We had fresh juices and a famous dessert: mango sticky rice!

The next day, we went on a tour to Phang Nga Bay. The whole day was spent on a boat on the Adaman sea, we had canoe so that we could visit three caves. We had a guide who explained everything. We ate some traditional food on the boat, we could swim around the islands.


We made a krathong, made a vow and let it go on the water. We also saw bioluminescent plankton in the water (when you put your hand in the water they appear it’s like magic!).

On the next day, we took a bus to Karon Beach.

And we left for Khao Sok by bus. When we arrived in the jungle it was night time and we went to a restaurant in the middle of the jungle. We saw a big flying insect, just to remind us that we were in Thailand haha. 

In Khao Sok we went in the jungle with a guide who showed us animals (insects, adult and baby monkeys) and made us breakfast. We swam in the river (before he told us that there were leeches everywhere haha). 


On our way back to Phuket, we went to the Big Buddha (in the middle of the island) and we rented a scooter and drove around. 
 

Then we left for Bangkok.


We visited Grand Palace.

We went to the Songkran Water Festival as it was the New Year’s Eve in Thailand at that time. It lasts three whole days and people throw water at you to bring good luck. It’s lots of fun!


It’s tuktuk time!

We shouldn’t forget the flower market in the city.

 

I hope you enjoyed this long article, I really loved our trip to Thailand so it was hard for me to reduce the number of pictures on this post. 

I will definitely go back to Thailand in a few years to visit the North of the country. Feel free to leave a comment to give us some tips for that next trip, we’d be excited to read you!

Have a great day!

New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

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This year our friends made the proposition to go to Barcelona to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We took a few days before and after that night to enjoy our trip, as we hadn’t been in a loooong time.

Here’s what we did:

We arrived really early in the morning and couldn’t do the check-in so we went to a 365 Bakery to get breakfast. It was really nice!

We walked downtown and reached the sea, we went to the beach and to the W Hotel in the evening. 

We had some tapas in a delicious restaurant and some sangria. 

The second day, in the afternoon we went to Park Guell because Casa Batllo, our original plan was super expensive (28 euros to get inside!). We just admired it from the outside. 

 

We visited the Museum of Illusions, which was tons of fun.

In the evening, we went to the restaurant The Cow Market. We had booked it online a few weeks before, it was a nice meal and not that pricy for a New Year’s Eve! And they offered some grapes and champagne to go (mostly because they wanted us to leave, I suspect though haha). 
We went to the Poble, which is a big medieval castle, they had a party for New Year’s Eve which was nice, but it was a bit cold so we were glad to have booked the VIP tickets to go inside. The entrance included 4 drinks and some cottillons and grapes.

The next day we slepts in the morning and in the afternoon we went to have tapas and beer at El Nacional, it was suuuper cute inside, with many lights.

On the fourth day, we did some shopping (its was the sales at Mango hehe). We ate a paella at Mil Grito’s downtown.           

In the evening, we went to a rooftop restaurant on top of a hotel, we had a view of Barcelona which was very nice and we could see the sea also. Yay!

Our flight was pretty late in the evening so we went to a friend to relax a little before being on our way. 

Alone in Rome

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Hey hey!

We’re back with a new post about the city of Love. My boyfriend and I went in February because we had some spare time and we wanted to take our time to enjoy the city without too many tourists. 

Although the weather wasn’t always warm we appreciated doing things at our own pace. 

I hope you’ll enjoy the photos!

On Sunday morning we arrived and went to our Airbnb in Trastevere. We walked around the area, went to Campo de Fiori… and stopped at the Cantina dei Papi for some wine & food tasting.

We tried the vino Santo de Chianti (2008), the Sorsi di Sole Zibibbo…And our first mozzarella!

Let me tell ya, that was GREAT.
On Monday we visited the Vatican Museums (with the Get Your Guide skip the line pass). 

After our visits we ate a huge pizza at L’Isola della Pizza for two and we had a break on the banks of the Tiber. 

The next day, we woke up to see the sunset from Giancolo Hill. After breakfast we entered Saint Peter’s dome. 

The inside of the dome is SO beautiful!

And look at that view of Saint Peter’s Square…

This was recommended by a friend of ours. Supposedly the best ice-cream of the historic center of Rome! So good!

Piazza Navona, I think you can see why it’s so famous

We stopped by this nice restaurant for a carbonara and some lasagnas.

We threw a coin in the fountain and took some plenty of pictures.

At the top of the Spanish steps we had some beer to watch the sunset.

Such a perfect day!

On Wednesday we visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

I absolutely love this door from the Roman Forum.

The view from Palatino Hill.

Because life is so much better with bubbles! Haha

 

This was the Roof Garden Hotel Forum. One of the best restaurants in Rome, you should check it out! Awesome service, view of the Roman Forum and amazing food!

After that we went to the Bocca de la Verita.

The next day, we went to the Pantheon to have a hot chocolate in a hotel, we went to have a drink at l’Antica Salumeria and a last meal in another restaurant in the area.

That’s how we ended our trip! Nice, right?

 

 

Cold – Froid – Kälte in Germany

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Last week we decided to travel a bit to discover more of my boyfriend’s amazing country! We started by visiting Frankfurt, and had a reservation for a traditional restaurant, Paulaner, which is famous for its beer!DSC07741

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And after a stop in Mainz where we went to the artsy Stijl Design Market…

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…we drove to a beautiful ski station near the Titisee lake in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) in Germany. 

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And because we need strength to fight the cold… 

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Here it is, I hope you enjoyed this tiny post about my most recent adventures!
And as always, any thought of yours is very welcome!

 

Let’s Save Paris.

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The recent Paris tragedy has hurt many souls around the world. This post is a reminder that Paris IS and WILL STAY a great city worth visiting. To this extent, my purpose is to share with you my favorite places in the city, and hopefully make you want to explore them. 

To stay creative: La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Le Palais de Tokyo, le Centre Pompidou (Contemporary Art)…
To walk around: Le Jardin des Tuileries (where you can get Mövenpick ice cream in the summer). It’s perfect for some reading time or for chatting with friends.There is also fun fair in the summer, and a Christmas market in the winter time.
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Le Musée Rodin where you can see the sculpture of Le Penseur (the Thinker).P1140464
La Place des Vosges: Just to sit on a bench or on the grass and enjoy.
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To shop: The long street called Rue Rivoli (There are famous stores and some smaller ones)
To brunch: Any restaurant Place St Catherine or Le Paradis du Fruit @ La Bastille. 
To eat: La Cidrerie du Marais (You can choose which ingredients you want to put in your crepe and it’s not expensive).
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To have tea: Le Mandarin Oriental without hesitation. Great service, although a little expensive.
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To have a picnic : Parc de Buttes-Chaumont (There’s a lake, a waterfall..)
To work in a café: La Favorite: It’s calm and you have big glass-windows to people-watch and get inspired!
To have a drink: the 7th Terrass Hotel, and the barge (Le Marcounet) on the Seine.
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To work out: The Freeness Studio (4 floors, unlimited plan 24/7, collective classes & machines, sauna & smoothies)
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What are your favorite spots in Paris? Please feel free to write them down so that we keep the city alive!

Mashi Moshkil* in Morocco

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Last week I was in Morocco with my boyfriend so I decided to share our adventures.
Day 1:
We took a bus from Paris (Porte Maillot) to the airport (Beauvais). Right away we started arguing about the “level of spontaneity” we should adopt. I initially craved for a very adventurous trip but couldn’t help myself… In order to enjoy a stress-free holiday, I needed to make sure we had all the reservations settled: hotels and bus tickets from one city to another.
Upon our arrival at the airport we changed money, took a taxi and arrived at our hotel. It was so calm, the man at the desk was so attentive, it was just what we needed!
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Day 2:
We woke up at 9 o’clock, decided to walk to the main square (Jamaa El Fna). It took us 40 minutes. On our way we saw the Hotel de Ville, the Agriculture Ministry, the Koutoubia Mosque.
On this place you can find stalls and souks. Souks are composed of never-ending streets and people on each side selling traditional items (clothes, food, accessories).. We ate tajines and drank freshly pressed orange juice at Les Terasses de l’Alhambra, with a view on Jamaa El Fna. We had fruit juice at a café close by.
Then we walked in the direction of Bahia Palace. It is a palace name means “brilliance” that reflects Islamic and Moroccan architectural style.
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We then went to the ruined palace of El Badi (the “incomparable”). Inside El Badi Palace we found the Museum of Photography where we saw an exposition of Daido Moriyama, a japanese photographer who aims at illustrating the gradual destruction of traditional values. We found a nice café to drink a smoothie and a mint tea, and went to a sky-bar (Le Salama) to wait for the sun to set on the red city of Marrakech. We enjoyed the happy hours deal (get 1 buy 1 free).
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We finally had dinner at a restaurant accessible through the souks. On our way back to the hotel, we walked around Jamaa El Fna lit-up, filled with its snake charmers, monkeys etc.
Day 3:
We went to the Palmeraie to ride a camel. The man who was giving us the tour was really nice, he told us he lived in the desert.
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After this, we went to the Majorelle Garden, visited the Berber Museum and saw the Yves Saint Laurent memorial. The café inside was really nice so we decided to stop there for a while.
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We stopped at a bakery so that I could buy plenty of moroccan pastries and then left for Taghazout.
Day 4:
After waking up at 8, we had breakfast on our terrace (we were renting a studio through Airbnb).
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We visited the small village, stopped at a café near the beach, and then rented 2 surfboards and 2 wetsuits for 7 euros a day each! So you can guess what we did all day…
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We then watched the sunset from our terrace, had a candlelit dinner near the beach (we had grilled fish).
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Day 5:
We woke up early enough to watch the sunrise, sitting on rocks near the beach. 
DSC06079We left for Marrakech, where we booked a room in a beautiful riad (Dar Mchicha). A huge banana tree was growing inside the livingroom, it was surreal! Our host suggested the restaurant Chez Fatima Berbere nearby, it was really good. We had a royal couscous and vegetarian briouats.
Day 6:
Our host was perfect, he woke up a 5 in the morning to serve us breakfast and helped us get a taxi to the train station. We had to commute all day to get to Chefchaouen.
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Day 7:
We walked around the city, shopped a little. It was raining so I cried and cried and cried. After turning down a million offers for weed, we found this cute shop where a man and his father worked. The latter was curving bronze and other metals by hand. I bought a tea pot (and later came back to buy a cute Aladin lamp and a mirror). They had a proverb saying “people in a hurry are almost dead”. I’ll try to live by that and not be carried away by my speedy Parisian life. After meeting a Berber who suggested a small restaurant with tasty food, we followed his advice and had a Harira (Moroccan soup) and ate a tajine there.DSC06511
There was the Achoura celebration, so we saw the fun fair. We ate at Casa Aladin which has probably the best rooftop of the city. However you shouldn’t have high expectations about their food, as it is not great.
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We went out with our host to the only bar in the city: Oum Rabia. We had moroccan red wine and beer. They served us tapas the whole night for free!
Day 8:
DSC06677It was sunny! We went to the Kasbah garden, up the towers to have a view of the city. Yes, we crave for these. There was a museum about the Berbere lifestyle. We ate on the terrace of Morisco It was really good and we couldn’t finish our plates (that doesn’t happen very often with us).
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We walked to the mosque on top of a mountain to see the sunset and ate at Paloma, which has a very well decorated interior that compensates for the food which was alright.
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We left the next day for Tangier, with a stop at Casablanca.
Mashi Moshkil*= No problem