March 25, 2017 • Travel
Ah Paris, every corner is so picturesque! Climbing up to the top of Arc de Triomphe to see the sunset is always on top of my list when visiting Paris. One of my favorite moments was climbing up Notre Dame, probably my favorite view of Paris. So breathtaking, a must when you're in Paris. I would suggest looking up the times when it's open and also making sure you get there earlier as I waited an hour in line. Also, if you're 25 and under I believe entry is free to museums and certain attractions in Paris with valid passport or ID!
Many people have been asking where the colorful Paris in street is, it's Rue Cremieux in 12th arr. I would suggest going early so you don't have anyone else in your shot, a beautiful street in Paris lined with colorful homes. Pont Neuf is the bridge where I took a photo of the locks, another beautiful bridge in Paris it's hard to pick favorites! Also, when in Paris you have to go to Montmartre - my favorite area in Paris. Wander and get lost, you won't regret it. I'm hoping to make another visit this year and take my sister with me :) Hope you have a lovely weekend!
It's officially Spring! Paris during the springtime is beautiful, little buds blooming to pink blossoms all around the city. It's only been six month since the last time I visited Paris, but Paris is always a good idea - right? My friend never visited Paris before so I took her around my favorite spots in the city. There's always something to do in Paris and the same sights never gets old. This time around since I arrived in Paris during the weekend it was much more busier than when I came last time, but still dreamy as always. What's your favorite season in Paris?
Iceland has always been on my bucket list and I finally had a chance to take a trip to this majestic place. There truly is no place like Iceland - it felt like a dream. Everywhere you look is breathtaking and I can't wait to take another trip to Iceland. People are very friendly and speak English (a plus!). I was also amazed that their literacy rate is 99%!
It's really difficult to capture Iceland with your camera so I would suggest you take a mental photo of everything. Luckily, I was blessed with good weather and the sun was shining when I landed. My friend Jane and I decided to start our day right away after we got off the plane. We had a jam packed schedule of things to do before our flight the next day to Paris. Below are some of my tips and places in the Golden Circle (perfect when you're short on time) I suggest going to if you're in Iceland.
-Rent a car! Iceland is easy to navigate and you can always go at your own pace instead of going on a tour bus.
-Wear boots (preferably waterproof), I bought mine from Sorel and they were my life saver when walking to the waterfalls and icy parts of Iceland.
-Living costs in Iceland is costly because they import their goods and food can be quite expensive. However, contrary to what a lot of people say, I think their food is delicious. Also, for some reason Thai restaurants seem to be popular in Iceland? I passed by several Thai restaurants and was surprised to see so many, but I would first look up some reviews before stopping by one. I went to one right next to my hotel and didn't enjoy my food.
-You don't need to rent wifi, instead enjoy the scenery and upload photos later. They have wifi at gas stations, cafes, hotels, and restaurants.
-Go to Bonus, it's supposed to be the cheapest place to get water and everyday goods. They have multiple locations and you'll probably pass by a couple, it's a huge pink pig with the sign Bonus. Sadly I didn't get to stop by but all their markets are nice and clean.
-You may smell hints of rotten egg when washing up, but don't worry it's the sulfur in the water. It actually does wonders for your skin but don't drink it!
-Never thought I would share Justin Bieber's music video but it gives a glimpse of Iceland's beauty. Watch the video here.
What to see:
-Skogafoss ... my favorite waterfall by far. Pictured in the first couple of photos with the rainbows! I suggest climbing up to the top. There are stairs to the right where you can see a stunning view from up top.
-Seljalandsfoss, another stunning waterfall. You can actually hike behind the waterfall and it's also where Justin Bieber filmed his music video along with Skogafoss. Next to this waterfall is a secret waterfall. Sadly, my photos are a bit blurry so I didn't post, but it's majestic as well.
-Gullfoss, this waterfall took my breath away. Just look at how massive and majestic it is! I would love to visit again in the summer.
-Geysir, the hot spring erupts about every 10 minutes but it's worth stopping by for. It's close to Gullfoss so I would recommend coming here if you're going to Gullfoss.
-Horses!!! Probably my favorite part of the trip, seeing healthy, beautiful horses roaming around. Stop by and snap some photos if you have a chance.
What to eat:
-Fridheimar, a popular spot known for its tomato soup. A cute, greenhouse restaurant where you can firsthand see the tomatoes while eating their delicious food. Their bread and picked cucumber is delicious!-Sorry I don't have anything else to recommend because I only ate at Fridheimar and at a Thai restaurant (which was a bad idea).
-Thingvellir National Park
-Northern Lights (we couldn't see it because it was cloudy, you can only see it on a clear night)
-Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Laugarvatn Fontana
-Black Sand Beach
Last full day in LA was spent at the Arts District and DTLA. It was a rainy day in LA but I was prepared and bought an umbrella at Daiso the day before. Sadly it broke apart after I opened it the second time. Oh well, it was only $3.
-I grabbed brunch at ediBOL with my sister - wish there was one in my neighborhood! My sister and I started with chicken wings and I ordered borBOLeta (amazing) and my sister got the ginger sesame bol.
-Next door to ediBOL is Van Leeuwen, my favorite ice cream shop! They have a variety of vegan flavors to choose from, I got the honeycomb and rose jam cardamom cake - delicious. I'm going to have to order some for my birthday, it's worth the $20 shipping fee. They also offer Toby Estate's coffee and non-vegan flavors, you must go if you haven't. The New York location doesn't seem to offer that many vegan flavors, but I'll have to check next time I'm in NYC.
-Headed to the Broad Museum around noon, luckily I had tickets this time around. I got tickets a month in advance! I would definitely book a ticket in advance (it's free). I walked around the different exhibits and stayed dry while it was pouring outside. Probably one of my favorite museums along with MoMA and the Louvre.
-Went to Grand Central Market, those who love food as much as I do would think it's heaven once you step in. A whiff of the different aromas from the various cuisines got me salivating. My sister loves Thai food so we went to Sticky Rice and ordered pad thai and spicy fried rice. Wow, the dishes were bursting with flavors.
-Next we tried EggSlut, and surprisingly there was no wait. I enjoyed my bacon egg & cheese sandwich (took out the cheese) - it was good but I don't know if I would wait in line for it.
-Grabbed coffee at G&B coffee before walking to The Last Bookstore. Such a charming bookstore, I would stop by if you're in the area.
-I wasn't feeling well so we headed back to our airbnb and watched some Netflix before packing and calling it a night. It was pouring all day so I didn't feel like I missed out anything.
-Woke up early and grabbed breakfast at Cafe Gratitude. Perfect way to end our LA trip before leaving. Sunny day in LA!
-2 hour delay at the airport but made it back home safely. My parents and Toby greeted us at the airport, no place like home :)
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA, USA