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Guinea
Thailand
Ibiza
Budapest
 

THAILAND

 
Thailand

Thailand is a country that often makes you dream and there is something! This country offering a great diversity of landscapes and possibilities is very easy to live in addition to that life is really not expensive.

You must remember to take in your suitcase enough to cover your shoulders (vests) and legs (pants, long skirt) to visit the temples.

It is also essential to take mosquito repellent and solar cream for the islands.

The best time of year to travel to Thailand is during the dry season, from November to March.

You don't need a visa for a stay of less than 30 days.

Let yourself be tempted at every corner by the delicious street food of Thailand, whether it is the typical dishes or simple tasty fruit skewers.

It's obvious that I would return to Thailand quickly, to explore new islands and I hope this time to go to Chiang Mai in the real reserves which help the elephants.

ITINERARY PROPOSITION

 

I made this trip as part of my studies at Keyce academy in 2018, so I just share with you what we did in these 3 destinations during this wonderful stay, hoping that it inspires you for yours !

 

 

BANGKOK

 

Klongs visit

Visit an orphanage

KhaoSan Road District

Royal palace

Wat Pho Temple

Wat arun

MBK Center

Patpong

 

Capital of Thailand, Bangkok is full of treasures to discover everywhere in the city. The visit to the klongs (canals) is by boat, you will see a market on the water but also many houses of all kinds! Bangkok is known by these klongs as the Venice of Southeast Asia.

In the historic center, Rattanakosin, you will find the Royal Palace as well as the Wat Pho Temple, which houses the famous reclining Buddha, two must-sees in the city! Also in the essentials, there is Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, simply magnificent.

We also visited an orphanage in Bangkok to spend time with the children and especially to offer toys and stuffed animals that we had brought back from France, a very emotional moment!

For shopping, you have either the huge shopping center type like the MBK Center, or the day and night market type like in Patpong.

To party, head to the KhaoSan Road area, where you will find bars and nightclubs for more than reasonable prices.

To move around the city, it is absolutely necessary to test at least once (or two, or three) the tuk-tuk of Bangkok but beware, they are more expensive in travel even after negotiation than the taxis-meter therefore, you see !

KO PHA NGAN

 

Half moon party

Island discovery day by scooter

Boat and snorkelling day

Amsterdam bar

After the bustle of a big city like Bangkok, what could be better than going to an island like Ko Pha Ngan to decompress and take the pill? Here, you can take advantage of the days to chill in the sun on paradise beaches, or rent a scooter to discover the island from top to bottom, or take a boat trip for snorkelling.

The island is also very famous for its famous Full moon party, known worldwide. This takes place every month at each full moon. Personally, I went there on dates that did not correspond to the Full moon party, we came across another evening, the Half moon party, which really has nothing to envy to the Full moon! I would rather recommend the Half moon, which takes place in the middle of the jungle in spectacular phosphorescent settings, with several scenes offering different types of music. It takes place every half-moon, twice a month. There are other evenings also on the island, such as Blackmoon culture (2 times a year, November and December), the Jungle experience (usually once a month), and the Waterfall party (2 to 3 times per month).

I recommend a visit to the Amsterdam bar, a cozy place in height with a breathtaking view of the island and the water stretching as far as the eye can see and the top of the top, it's to be there for the sunset of course.

 

 

 

KO PHI PHI

 

Walking tour of the island

Boat and snorkelling day

Monkey beach, Maya beach

 

The island of Ko phi phi of only 12 km2, is a pedestrian only island and that, it is damn nice! In all cases there are boat taxis. So on this island, you can bask in the pill on paradise beaches while sipping a coconut or discover the island on foot, up to viewpoints like Ao Lo Dalam. Highly recommended, take boat days to discover the surrounding islands like Maya beach and Monkey beach but also less known and tourist islands, and snorkelling in the beautiful turquoise waters.

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

 

Thailand

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

BANGKOK :

- The Klongs

- Royal Palace and Wat Pho Temple

- Wat Arun Temple

- Silom district and its Lumpini park

- Indian quarter of Pahurat and Chinatown

- Party district : KhaoSan Road

- Temple of the Emerald Buddha

- Chatuchak weekend market

- Golden Buddha

- MBK Center

- Wat Saket

- Patpong

- Mariamman Temple

- Wat Yannawa Temple

 

KO PHA NGAN :

- local market of Thong Sala

- Haad Rin beach

- Mae Haad beach

- Phaeng waterfalls

- Ang Thong Reserve

- Full moon party / half moon party /…

 

KO PHI PHI :

- Bida Islands

- Ao Pileh Bay

- Monkey beach

- Maya beach

- Viking caves

- Ao Lo Dalam's point of view

- Ton Sai bay and beach

- Long beach

 

 

TO SLEEP

 

Urbana Sathorn Bangkok 5* (Bangkok)

Haad Yao Villa (Long Beach to Ko Pha Ngan)

Hotel Phi Phi Maiyada resort (Ko phi phi)

EVENTS IN THAILAND

Thailand

CONAKRY

 
Conakry, Guinea

First of all, some essential and quick information for the excellent preparation of your trip!

In first, be careful, to go to Conakry and more generally to Guinea, it is compulsory to have the yellow fever vaccine, which lasts 10 years or even for life now!

You will also need a visa, even for a stay of 15 days.

The best time of year to go to Guinea is between November and January. From June to September it is strongly recommended not to go there because of the heavy rains which flood all the roads and more.

To sleep, we were in the French University of Guinea in which there were two huge apartments. We weren't in a hotel the whole stay and the same for the food, we ate a few times outside at the Sheraton or at the Palm Camayenne, the rest of the time we had a cook at the school itself.

HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO CONAKRY

 

It was therefore as part of my studies at the Keyce academy in 2018 that I had the chance to participate in a humanitarian trip to Conakry, in Guinea.

Our goal ? Completely renovate a room in an elementary school to make a library!

 

We each had two 23 kg suitcases, which

allowed us to take a lot of educational

books to fill the library and a few toys.

After cleaning the room of all the dust,

redoing the ceiling and turning on the

electricity, we repainted the walls. On site,

companies have donated materials to

decorate the room such as shelves, tables,

chairs, floor mats, cushions, enough to

make the room really nice!

Once all this equipment installed and the books put in place, we were able to give the keys to the director of the school and some children were able to come and discover this new place, a very emotional moment which I will remember for a very long time! What is certain is that taking more and more trips to accomplish this type of action is one of my future goals!

But that's not all ! In parallel with this humanitarian action, we carried out a business game with students from the French University of Guinea. A business game is a competition between several groups of students on a specific project. Here it was a week-long work on studying a brand and proposing a new communication campaign on their product. For my part, I was manager of a team of 7 Guineans. It was a really very interesting exercise for me on a managerial and human level!

Finally, we still had a little time to visit the city of Conakry and we went for a day to the islands of Los. I liked to walk in the streets of the city with the Guineans, looking for beautiful memories to bring back like African masks or small statuettes, paintings or beautiful loincloth bags. I had the chance to have my hair done twice and to be able to make custom clothes in loincloth.

I think that a trip like this can change a life, change a person, it allows you to discover yourself, to open your mind, to live unique and touching moments, and above all to become aware of the luck that the we have to have the life that we lead in France or in developed countries. We don’t have the daily fights that they have to fight, and if it’s possible to help others while causing smiles, what are we waiting for?

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

Conakry, Guinea

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

Great Fayçal Mosque

Sante Marie Cathedral

Soumba

Port of Conakry

Tombo island

Camayenne Botanical Garden

National Museum of Guinea

Port of Boulbinet

The Los Islands

Kamsar

Belair beaches

The beach and village of Tayaki

 

 

to sleep & eat

 

Hôtel 5* Sheraton Grand Conakry

Hôtel 5* Palm Camayenne

EVENTS TO CONAKRY

Events conakry guinea

IBIZA

 
Ibiza

To start, two or three small practical details for your stay!

Tipping works as in France, that is to say that it’s not included in the bill but it’s recommended to give it if you have been satisfied with the service.

Don’t forget your driving license to go to Ibiza, of course the island is very well served by the transport network, but it’s much more convenient to rent a vehicle on the spot, especially since there is no need for an international permit.

As for a place to sleep, I have no particular address to give since I have always been hosted by locals on site.

 

When it comes to the best time of year to travel to Ibiza, it depends on your preferences. There is of course the high season in summer, when the heat is in full swing and the weather is idyllic but that is accompanied by the presence of many people, necessarily! This is when there are the most parties and organized events.

You can just as well go there outside of this period, more towards spring, to take advantage of beautiful heat but of the presence of less tourists.

Ibiza, party or nature?

 

My attachment to this island is a bit particular since 2 summers in a row I lived there a few years ago, the summer of my 17 years old and that of my 18 years old. Previously part of school trips to Germany and Italy, it was the first solitary trip I made, even if I joined locals on site, which helps to convince parents you imagine! Going back on a roadtrip to Ibiza this summer was a bit like going back to basics, but this time equipped with a drone to capture the most beautiful images possible of this adored island.

So what if we were talking about the island of Ibiza?

 

Let's start with a little G culture point to get to know this island better. Ibiza, by its other Catalan name Eivissa, is the largest island in the Pityuses Islands, but the 2nd smallest island in the Balearic archipelago.

Located in Spain, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Ibiza confronts several settings, activities and populations.

Ibiza .. aaah Ibiza .. this little island seen all over the world as THE meeting place to party from morning to evening but also all night!

Ibiza, or THE place of reference to see the most prestigious DJs, or THE mythical spot for hippies.

We are not going to lie, yes, Ibiza is rather expert in matters of party. First, huge nightclubs have taken up residence on the island, such as Amnesia, David Guetta the Pacha's club, the Ushuaia, or even Privilege, the largest box in the world.

Then, all summer long, you will be able to see all the biggest DJs of the globe programmed in the different places!

Finally, between the famous districts for the party, everything is organized to facilitate transport and movement between the before, the clubs, the bars and the after.

But beware, all this has a certain cost!

However, these tourist places being localized and concentrated in certain places, such as for example the main city of Ibiza, what about the rest of the island?

Quite simply, Ibiza is also an island rich in majestic landscapes and idyllic decor! You will meet its inhabitants throughout the rest of the island all year round, who will surely tell you how to avoid tourists in droves and discover exceptional landscapes.

The best is to rent a car or a scooter to move freely throughout the island and discover all of its riches! You should know that the island is small and crosses in length in just over an hour.

The diversity of nature that Ibiza offers makes it one of a kind, since it mixes sandy beaches, coves of all kinds, steep coasts, lagoon areas and a relief of hills and high plateaus dotted with pine trees.

Are you more of an early riser? You can then sit by the creek or on a beach to enjoy a magnificent sunrise in the northeast of the island, as on Figueral beach. Do you prefer to sleep fat? So for you it will be rather in the evening to the southwest of the island that you can admire a breathtaking sunset, as for example when the sun comes to caress the Es Vedra islet, an unmissable spot on the island!

During the day, what could be better than basking in the pill under the blazing sun, in a Mediterranean setting and bathing in turquoise water? Ideal in the aftermath of the evening to recover right? For the bravest, it is easy to go on an excursion to find corners just for you where the song of the cicadas and the lapping of the waves will be your only neighbors.

To plan somewhere in your schedule, a jump on the island of Formentera, an island famous for its turquoise water but suddenly quite touristy!

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

Ibiza

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

Ibiza-Eivissa City

A day or more in Formentera

The Hippy Market Punta Arabi

Las Dalias market

Sa Caleta

Cala d´hort - Es vedra

Santa Eularia des Riu

Sant Llorenç de Balàfia

Portinatx

Cala Benirras

Es figueral

If Enclosed

Cala d´es Portixol

Port of san miquel

Cala nova

San Marca Caves

Platja of its saltworks

Cala xarraca

Santa Eulalia

Sant Antoni

Platja d'en Bossa

Cala salada

Cala Jondal

 

 

TO EAT

 

Bambuddha

Nagai Restaurant Ibiza, Sushi & Fusion Cuisine

El deseo (bistro mexicano et mezcaleria)

C'an pilot restaurant

Ibirosa (extra ice cream!)

Can tothom beach restaurant

EVENTS TO IBIZA

Ibiza

So what will you choose? Party, nature or a cocktail of both ? 😉

FLORIDA

 
Florida

First thing, you don’t go to the United States without your ESTA visa, which costs 14 dollars and which is obtained on the internet very quickly, it’s valid for 90 days. (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov )

Generally, Florida has a certain cost, I found life there quite expensive so you have to budget accordingly.

 

Regarding the best time to go to Florida, I will designate the spring and autumn to avoid people and have good temperatures.

For tips, French people are famous as stingy. It’s therefore often recommended to leave at least 15% of the bill. However, most of the time in tourist places the tip is already included in the overall score.

Miami Beach, Miami AND THE FLORIDA Keys

 

It is true that for many French people, the United States is present in their minds and stirs up curiosity, even to the point of becoming a dream for some. Everyone has their preferences for the destination, it’s in Miami Beach that I had the opportunity to put my luggage for ten days, and here is my feeling.

First, we can clearly say that Miami, Miami Beach, and all the riches that Florida offers are very distinct and different. I'm talking to you here about what I could see in 10 days knowing that obviously, I would have liked to do more!

MIAMI BEACH

 

Being housed in the heart of Miami Beach, this is the part that I really saw from all angles. The city is broken down into several districts, each one more emblematic than the other, which are surrounded by huge beaches as far as the eye can see. In the south of the island is the South pointe park, as its name suggests it’s the southern tip of Miami Beach, with a magnificent lush park, buildings with art deco architecture, and a long pontoon leading into water and allowing you to admire the east coast of Miami Beach, and more precisely South Beach, since this district encompasses the entire southern part of Miami Beach, logical!

I had heard a lot about the art deco district of the city, so I looked for it before I realized that finally, art deco is omnipresent on Miami Beach ..! You walk on a large avenue, you take a very small perpendicular street by chance and bim, you come across a work of art worthy of science fiction films. The style of art deco architecture is very widespread, which gives buildings colorful and warm!

 

For shopping enthusiasts, it’s of course at Lincoln Road that you will find your happiness on Miami Beach. A looong pedestrian avenue, stores in abundance, including major brands that have decided to set up there, but also art galleries like that of National Geographic, completely free, or the Juvia rooftop for a nice cocktail or eat a bite.

Finally, opposite the access to the beaches, there is the Ocean Drive district, which is mainly intended for people wishing to have a drink or eat! You can have a brunch there all day, but after dark, a festival of luxury cars and lights will be yours. Small concerts of all styles of music, tap shows, ladyboy shows, there is something for everyone!

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

Florida

MIAMI

 

Miami is really a huge city, it has a multitude of things and places to do and see that are very diverse.

For starters, there's a skytrain, the metromover, which lets you visit Downtown Miami and make short trips around Brickell and more. With its many stops, it’s easy to use to visit the business district and this metro is completely free!

Again I’m going to speak to the shopping enthusiast, I highly recommend going to Bayside, day or night. Open-air shopping center, it’s very pleasant to walk around or have a bite to eat, and the shops are really nice! In addition, it’s also a port with many boat activities on offer such as visiting celebrity islands, speedboat or even a DJ night cruise.

 

For athletes, and for others too, I swear, it's really worth seeing it once in its life, you can't go to Miami (or the States) without going to see a basketball game! You will never watch a match like this in France again. Ah yes, because there, it’s really a level above at all levels: an atmosphere of madness, an indescribable show, permanent activities, rain gifts, in short, we don’t get bored for a minute! The real American show right? What is certain is that next time I will go back, and I hope to be able to discover other sports like ice hockey or American football!

 

Finally, I need to tell you about my big crush on Miami, the Wynwood neighborhood. If you want to explore it, you really need to spend at least a full day on it. This huge neighborhood is a real work of art accessible to everyone who is full of wonders. If you like street art, you won't know where to turn! Each building is transformed into a gigantic fresco, each building is a story meticulously told by mixtures of colors and shapes.

FLORIDA KEYS

 

In love with nature, I end with what seduced me the most on this trip, the Florida Keys! But what is it, then ? The Florida Keys represent an archipelago of thousands of tiny, often uninhabited or very few islands. In fact, they form a natural barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

Key biscayne & Virginia key

To go see these 2 islands, I decided to rent a city bike for the day from Miami. Yes I know, you have to love sports challenges ..! I did a full tour of the 2 islands dotted with many stops to see the magnificent landscapes I came across. At the far end, at the southern tip of Key Biscayne halfway, I was lucky enough to be able to climb up to the Cape Florida lighthouse and see the view from above, it was really impressive and ... dizzying!

What I will remember from this day is that the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes are incredibly beautiful. Does it often happen to you when you are on a bicycle that an iguana and a squirrel cross at top speed on the road? Or do you still eat in the parks with raccoons? It was just magic.

Key West

This island is the southernmost point of the United States, there is just 150km that separates it from Cuba! We can say that the atmosphere is reminiscent of the 50s / 60s, it's very nice and exotic with beautiful colorful houses on stilts. Key West is one of the most beautiful snorkelling spots in Florida, just on the catamaran trip I could see a dozen majestic turtles. At the time of the dive, a shark appeared among the many colorful fish, which earned me great fright you can imagine ..! Many other water activities are offered there such as jet skiing, and I personally embarked on a parasailing tour, an activity that I had wanted to try for a long time. With the parachute rising to an altitude of 100m, I enjoyed a breathtaking view of the island, while being fortunate enough to be able to observe a turtle swimming on the surface.

I find that the atmosphere on these islands had nothing to do with the rest of the United States and even the rest of Florida, these different islands really took me to another dimension, to another world, as if time stood still and let me admire what nature can offer us.

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

FLORIDA :

            - Everglades National Park

            - Orlando and all its parks

            - Palm Beach

            - Jacksonville

            - Daytona Beach

            - The Keys road to Key west

            - Virginia Key & Key Biscayne

 

MIAMI BEACH :

            - South Beach

            - Art deco district

            - Ocean drive

            - Parking 1111

            - Holocaust Memorial Miami beach

            - South pointe park and Lummus park

            - Mid Beach 

            - Lincoln road

 

MIAMI :

            - Little Havana

            - Little Haiti

            - Wynwood neighborhood

            - Downtown Miami

            - Bayside marketplace

            - American airlines arena

            - Brickell avenue

            - Venetian Pool

            - Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

            - Bayfront Park

 

 

TO EAT

 

Juvia restaurant & rooftop

TO SLEEP

 

Hostel South Beach Rooms and Hostel

EVENTS IN FLORIDE

Florida

A real moment of relaxation and breaths of fresh air that I would like to repeat in the future over the longer term and with new keys.

 

So when is your departure?

BUDAPEST

 

The city of Budapest results from the unification in 1873 of 3 cities formerly named Buda, Pest, and Obuda. Buda is the upper part located on the left bank, and Pest the so-called lower city, on the right bank of the river. Even today, we can clearly distinguish the difference between the two parts. The Buda side is more historic, green and calm than the Pest side, which is more dynamic.

 

The summer is very hot in Budapest and the winter is very harsh, so I recommend going to Budapest rather in the spring or autumn, so you will avoid too many tourists. Personally I went there in June, the temperatures were perfect but there were already a few people, it was still largely reasonable.

For tips, the service is rarely included in the bill, it’s advisable to leave between 10 and 15% of the total bill.

If you are a citizen of the European Union, you don’t need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days.

ITINERARY PROPOSITION

 

In order to make your life easier, I share the day-by-day itinerary I took during my stay in Budapest. In the proposed route, it's up to you to choose when your legs want to rest a little as well as when your belly wants to be full (very important).

The itinerary can be done entirely on foot between each stage, but it also depends on where your hotel is located. Bus and metro networks are very easy to use when needed. The Claudia Rooms & apartments was a whole apartment in very pretty and very modern airbnb. Claudia is very welcoming and available, but above all the apartment is wonderfully well located, close to the most famous bar in Budapest and a street of foodtrucks where the food is varied and excellent!

The content per day is in my opinion largely achievable without being pressed for time, in order to leave you all the time to enjoy the excellent lemonades on the terrace or small snacks here and there.

The city of Budapest was a wonderful surprise and I highly recommend it, I didn’t expect such a green and diverse city. It’s a very beautiful city that has lots of things to do and see!

DAY 1

 

Halls

Liberty Bridge

Gellert Mountain with the citadel

Arriving in the middle of the day, I did this half-day program. If you have the whole day, you can largely add an activity or two.

So when I arrived I went to the Halles of Budapest to have a bite to eat after having collected the keys to my apartment in airbnb. There is also a large part reserved for small souvenir shops. Being the first place I visited I bought nothing but I had to go back later in the stay, simply because at the price of souvenirs, it was the most interesting in Budapest.

I went on with the Liberty Bridge in order to go to Gellert Mountain.

It’s a very pleasant walk which climbs up to the citadel and a panoramic viewpoint over Budapest which is just magnificent.

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

Budapest

DAY 2 : BUDA

Chain Bridge

Buda Castle Hill + Budapest History Museum

Varnegyed district

Matthias Church

Fisherman's Bastion

Parliament and chain bridge at night

You can start the day by crossing the beautiful Chain Bridge, which was the first secure and permanent link between Buda and Pest.

Then you have to climb the hill of Buda Castle, which you can visit with the Budapest History Museum.

Between the castle and Matthias Church, take the time to stroll through the medieval Varnegyed district, a district with magnificent cobbled streets!

In the same place, you will quickly see the Fisherman's Bastion, a belvedere that offers a beautiful panorama of Pest.

At the end of the day, you can take the metro or a boat shuttle to get to the Houses of Parliament and the Chain Bridge at night, it's really worth seeing them in the dark all lit up! Right next to the Chain Bridge are some very cool tavern bars if you want to stop there or watch the sunset.

DAY 3 : PEST

 

Heroes' Square

Vajdahunyad Castle

Varosliget Park

Széchenyi thermal baths

Szimpla kert bar

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

Budapest central halls

Liberty Bridge

Gellert Mountain with the citadel

Chain Bridge

Buda Castle Hill

Budapest History Museum

Varnegyed district

Matthias Church

Fisherman's Bastion

Royal palace

Parliament

Heroes' Square

Vajdahunyad Castle

Varosliget Park

Széchenyi terms

Great Synagogue

Jewish neighborhood

Shoes on the Danube

House of Terror

Szimpla kert bar

Daisy Island (margitsziget)

Gellert thermal baths

Vaci Street

Elisabeth lookout

Basilica of Saint Etinne de Pest

Hungarian National Gallery

Museum of Fine Arts

 

 

TO SLEEP

 

Claudia Rooms & apartments

TO DRINK & EAT

 

Szimpla kert Bar

Il terzo cerchio

Csernak botond (brunch)

Before going to Vajdahunyad Castle, a short stop on the majestic Heroes' Square is recommended! You will then enter a huge park containing the next 3 steps. So first there is the magnificent Vajdahunyad Castle, in which there were many small food and activity stalls.

Once the tour of the Castle is over, you are directly in Varosliget Park, a huge green park which will allow you to completely disconnect from the urban side of the city of Budapest. A nice nature break before always going through the park, to the Széchenyi Baths. These are very impressive, and for me really worth seeing when going to Budapest. For a ridiculous price, you have access to heated outdoor pools but also a multitude of indoor pools whose temperatures vary. There are also saunas and steam rooms. A real moment of relaxation that went well with the visit of the park.

At the end of the day, go to a must-see place in Budapest, the Szimpla kert bar. Very famous, I strongly recommend that you go and discover the decor and the atmosphere of this magical place.

DAY 4

 

Great Synagogue

Jewish neighborhood

Shoes on the Danube

Parliament

House of Terror

EVENTS TO BUDAPEST

Evenements Budapest

First thing, I advise you to go early in the morning to the Great Synagogue because there is a

waiting line before even the opening of it! The sooner you get there, the less people and waiting.

After this visit, you can stroll through the Jewish quarter, while taking the direction of shoes on the banks of the Danube, which is a memorial dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Shoah.

Thereafter and not far from there, it’s possible to visit the Parliament.

Finally, I recommend a visit to the House of Terror, a museum that traces the history of Hungary torn between the different communist and fascist regimes. The museum is very interesting and above all very well done.

Have a nice trip ! 😊

LONDON

 

For a long time not understanding this craze for the city of London, I was finally able to discover and understand why people fall in love with this British city.

For me, there is no better season than another to visit London, each with their own charms and advantages. However, in summer or in winter, bring a kway and / or an umbrella, it’s known that rain is frequent in London no matter the season !

For tips, it’s appreciated to leave 10% of the bill in restaurants.

I went to London with my mom, to whom I offered this trip !

How to offer a trip to London in an original way and make the pleasure last when the person unwraps the gift ? I'll explain everything just below !

OFFER A TRIP TO LONDON

 

As my mom loves travel like me, I had the opportunity to prepare for this 4 day trip to London with great joy. But how to offer it in an original way? I didn't want an envelope with 2 plane tickets (too short), or to announce it in person, so I thought long and hard to find a slightly funny setting.

I found a really big box, in which there was a smaller box at the bottom.

In the large box, I slipped wrapped and numbered clues, from the least obvious to the most obvious, so that she could guess what these objects represented. Of course, I also introduced objects that had nothing to do to confuse the issue and that it was not too simple. To fill the box and make her look for the various objects, nothing better than newspaper! All the indices were bought cheaply from home decor stores such as Gifi and do not require a big budget.

 

The clues were:

1. A rose, the emblem of the country

2. A box with an English Bulldog as a picture

3. A unicorn stapler to cover things up

4. A magnifying glass evoking Sherlock Holmes

5. A crown in reference to Queen of England of course

6. A Rolling Stones painting

7. Sunglasses to cover things up

8. A beautiful clock in reference to Big Ben

9. A bag of English tea

10. A Harry Potter Snitch Keychain

11. A red telephone booth, the famous one !

 

Once all this unpacked, normally the destination is revealed ! But there is still a little doubt, London okay, but what ?

This is where the second box inside comes in, the smaller one you remember?

In the latter first of all at the bottom I put the biggest dictionary I found, just to make it heavy and confuse the issue once again. Above the dictionary were 2 plane tickets to London, as well as the exact 4-day program (see details below).

There you have it, no more doubts, this is indeed a trip to London, and the unboxing of the gift was long, exciting and fun !

ITINERARY PROPOSITION

 

Whether it's an gift trip or not, here are the day by day routes we took during our stay in London.

Days 1, 3 and 4 can be done entirely on foot. For day 2, a metro between the Palace of Westminster and The Shard viewing tower is required.

Also, depending on where your hotel is located, it’s possible to have transport to reach the first point and to return from the last.

DAY  1

 

Trafalgar square

Covent Garden district

Leicester square

Chinatown

Soho district

Oxford Street

Avenue Picadilly Circus

Trafalgar square

The first day is actually half a day since we landed at 11:30 am.

Staying not far from Trafalgar Square, we could drop by to get to Covent Garden, where we were immediately immersed in the English atmosphere and where we ate our first meal. Once satisfied, we strolled through the famous streets and boulevards, from Leicester Square to Picadilly Circus Avenue, via Chinatown and Oxford Street.

DAY  2

 

Big Ben

Westminster Abbey

Changing of the guard at 11 a.m. in front of Buckingham Palace

St Jame’s Park

Palace of Westminster

The climb to The Shard's observation tower

A passage through Tower Bridge

A tour of the Tower of London

The Sky Garden Bar

TO TAKE IN THE SUITCASE

Print sheet

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Direction Big Ben to start the second day, which unfortunately was under construction .. and therefore on which we did not spend too much time. Not far from there is Westminster Abbey and depending on what time you get up, you can go directly to the Palace of Westminster (to be booked upstream), otherwise you can always come back after the changing of the guard at 11 am in front of Buckingham Palace via St Jame's Park. Be careful, you have to come a little before 11 a.m. to get a good seat and see well there because there are a lot of people !

Following the succession or the Palace, go to the panoramic tower The Shard, before passing by the famous Tower Bridge to visit the Tower of London.

Finally, to end the day well, you can go up for a drink or a meal at the Sky Garden, but be careful, you have to book very well in advance because this place is very popular !

DAY  3

 

Morning in Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market

Meal at Churchill Arms

Walk in Hyde Park

Visit of the Natural History Museum

For the 3rd day, I was really looking forward to discovering Notting Hill and its magnificent colorful houses ! A really cute district full of joy, I loved it ! We quickly find the Portobello Road market, very lively and nice !

The best thing is to get lost in all the small streets of Notting Hill to discover the most beautiful houses and be quieter (even alone) to explore, take nice pictures and take your time. It’s true that the main arteries of the district are very busy and it’s not the most pleasant and relaxing !

After having wandered around, you can descend towards the Churchill Arms, a must-see in London, to eat at the Thai restaurant (to be reserved beforehand !) or have a drink.

For digestion, a short (finally big) walk is essential in Hyde Park, where if you are lucky like me, you may meet little squirrels !

Lastly, I recommend visiting the Natural History Museum which is definitely worth it !

ESSENTIAL PLACES

 

Trafalgar square

Covent Garden

Leicester square

Chinatown

Soho district

Oxford street

Avenue Picadilly Circus

Brick Lane

Big ben

Westminster Abbey

Buckingham Palace

Palace of Westminster

Westminster Cathedral

National Gallery

St James Park

St Paul's Cathedral

The Shard Scenic Tour

Tower bridge

Tower of London

Sky Garden Bar

Carnaby street

London eye

British Museum

Richmond Park

Notting hill

Portobello Road and its market

Greenwich Park

Greenwich market

London Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Hyde Park

Churchill Arms Restaurant

Natural History Museum

King’s cross station

Regent’s Park

Camden Town district

 

 

TO DRINK & EAT

 

Churchill Arms Restaurant

Camdem Town

Sky Garden Bar

Covent Garden

Caffè concerto London

DAY  4

 

Arrival by metro at King's Cross Station

Passage through the British Library

Walk in Regent’s Park

Camden Town area + meal at the market

Already the last day in London, another trip that goes by too quickly !

Our plane being at 7pm, so this last day is not too busy in terms of the program.

If your hotel doesn’t keep your bags for the day, you can, like us, find points specializing in this area that must be booked in advance on the internet, so that it’s not full. For my part, I booked at a point near King’s Cross Station, the first place to see of the day in addition to being the station where the train left to go to the airport.

A little disappointed with the famous Harry Potter caddy built into the wall in King's Cross station, I didn't expect that at all ! It's not on a train platform and the area is marked off for taking photos by a professional with a huge line-up, so we didn't spend too much time there.

Not far from the station is the British Library, which can be visited very quickly.

Then we strolled through Regent’s Park, before heading to Camden Town, an unusual place and really to do ! We ate there since there are many street food stalls present, before exploring the many shops and surroundings.

EVENTS TO LONDON

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And that's the end of this Mother-Daughter trip at the top, hoping that all of this gives you ideas and inspires you !

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