Friday Favourites

So this week we went to Berlin! We were there for 5 days after leaving Frankfurt. We got up to quite a lot which you can see if you watch our Berlin Vlog coming soon on our YouTube channel. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our 5 favourite things this week.

1. Orange flavoured Cola

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There are multiple brands to choose from, but they all taste relatively just as delicious as the next. I just happened to stumble across this marvellous drink, Bry and I had actually just been to MauerPark, we’d been walking around a lot, taking in the delights that Sunday afternoon Berlin has to offer. On the way home, we were both quite parched, so we stopped off in a local späti to get a cold drink. Now when it comes to picking non alcoholic drinks, generally I’m quite picky. I like the idea of drinking all kinds of flavours but most of the time I don’t really want anything fizzy. Which narrows it down considerably, so I end up just getting a fizzy drink. I saw this ‘Afri-Cola’ sat next to the infamous red can cola and thought, “I’ll give the unknown guy a try” because I like saving the world, small decisions at a time. IT’S SO GOOD! I’m not really sure what other flavour is in it, whether it’s lemony or an orange taste, but it’s beautifully refreshing. There are a few other ‘orange-cola’ flavoured drinks in Germany, that we’ve come across. It seems a strange concept but it really isn’t. Well worth a try next time you visit.

2. Dine in The Dark @ Unsicht-Bar Berlin

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Hidden away from the main road, with just a small sign advertising its location, is a very interesting food experience. Dining in the dark if you’ve never tried it, which we hadn’t until this week, is a very surreal experience. You take for granted being able to see absolutely everything from getting sat down at your table to actually being able to pick up your food and get it in your mouth! Needless to say, we had a lot of fun here, laughing at me accidentally sticking a carrot in my nose, feeling around our plates with our fingers, and using our taste buds to try and figure out what we were eating because you don’t find out until after. You choose the theme of your dishes, so fish/beef/poultry or vegetarian, and the menu says stuff like “Ashamed the fine lady is covered with golden cloth, admired by devotees from around the world” (Main course beef), it really is like food roulette. It was a great Date Night and unique experience. We highly recommend trying it at least once.

3. Berlin Wall Panorama Exhibit by Asisi 

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At first we hummed and hawed about whether or no to pay to go in (we’re very stingy with what we spend money on) but in the end decided to do it and we’re so glad we did. It is one thing to visit parts of The Wall still left standing, but to actually try and imagine what it would have been like when the Wall was a functioning barrier between east and west is nearly impossible. But that is what Asisi’s exhibit tries to do. The main part of the exhibit is a 360 degree, life size, panorama photo of what it would have looked like to stand on a couple meter high platform and peer over the wall, looking from West (Freedom) to East (Communism). People died trying to get over the Wall and here we are, going from East to West by simply crossing a street.

4. Breakfast at Cafe Godot

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This was probably one of the best breakfasts we’ve had, or at least it’s definitely up there on the list. It was a simple European breakfast but just really well done. We chose two different options, I got one with cold cut meats, cheese, fruit and a basket of two bread buns and a croissant and Bry got a smaller breakfast of two croissants, fresh fruits and jams. What really did it for us though was the fact that the croissants came out warm and were most likely baked fresh minutes before.

5. Mauerpark

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The best way to describe Mauerpark is it is the epitome of Berlin. Everything that is Berlin in one spot; a park full of diverse, alternative, like minded people, all enjoying different things. Sundays is the best time to go, locals flock to the park to enjoy buskers, the sunshine and the flee market. If you want to see what local life is like, this is the place to experience it. It’s amazing!

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A Day in Paris 

Summer time in Paris is busy, crowded and expensive. A lot of people recommend booking a lot of things in advance, however, that’s just not like us at all. We are definitely the type of people who make last-minute decisions and like the idea of ‘winging it‘. So, when we got to Paris, surprise surprise, we had nothing booked but our hostel.

But, despite that, we managed to cover a lot of ground in one day and managed to avoid long wait times. So if you’re like us, and don’t plan much ahead of time, this rough itinerary is probably right up your alley.

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To avoid long line ups at the Eiffel Tower be there for when it opens, which is 9:00am (or 9:30 from the 15th of June). We were there half an hour before the ticket booths open and the line up wasn’t very long at all. We must have only waited about 10 minutes once the ticket booths opened. The only thing we had to wait for on the way up was for the elevator to come back down from its first load of people and that only took about 5 minutes.

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Being there first thing in the morning also means that there won’t be hoards of people yet so you won’t have to fight people for some space to take some photos.

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You may choose to spend less or more time then we did at certain places so from here time doesn’t matter much until later in the day.

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When you are done and have come down from the Tower head to the green area behind it. At this time in the morning the lighting is perfect for photos of the Eiffel Tower because the sun in shining directly on it from behind you. Taking photos from across the river at this time will just give you a silhouetted photo.

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Price: To the Summit

Adult : €17.00

Youth (12-24) : €14.50

 

 

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We spent about 2 hours in the Eiffel tower, about half an hour taking photos from the bottom of it and then walked the 30 minutes to the Arc de Triomphe.

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Depending on when you get there, there may or may not be a line. We got there at about noon and only waited in line several minutes. However, by the time we left, the wait time had grown to about 15-20 minutes (still not bad though).

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Unless you are disabled or can’t walk up a lot of steps because of your age, you have to climb 284 stairs to the gift shop/ info area then 46 more steps to the very top. It’s definitely worth it though, the view is amazing. You can see straight down the Champs-Eylsees and the surrounding streets that lead like a pinwheel to the Arc de Triomphe. Plus it’s a great way to see the Eiffel Tower from a different angle.

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Price:

Adult : €12.00

EU Resident under 26 : Free

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Now that you’re basically at the start of the Champs-élysées, you might as well walk down it. Make sure to grab some lunch along the way and then head to Laduree for an afternoon treat.

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Famous for its macarons, Laduree originated in Paris and the original bakery/cafe (open since 1862) is located on Rue Royale, just off the far end of the Champs-Élysées. Don’t worry, if macarons aren’t your thing there are plenty of delicious pastries to choose from.

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From here head to the Louvre, it is only a short walk and quick train ride away.

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Open late on Wednesdays and Fridays

Some people might choose to save the Louvre for a separate day, especially on days when it closes at 6. But it was open late when we were there and we were leaving the next day so it was a then or maybe never sort of thing. If you opt to leave it for another day, head over to Notre Dame Cathedral instead, it’s definitely worth seeing.

Apparently around 5:00pm is a great time to visit the Louvre though. There was no line up to buy tickets, no line up to go through security, and it was barely crowded. We can imagine during the day it gets much busier.

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You can spend as little or as much time in the Louvre as you’d like, if you are visiting on a Wednesday or Friday it is open till 9:45pm. Some people can make a day of it but we were only in there a couple of hours; saw what we wanted to see and then left.

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Well actually it went more like this: saw what we wanted to see, got lost looking for things that weren’t even in the Louvre/Country!, found our way back to the main area, got lost trying to find our way out, and then eventually left.

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Note: Pick up a map before heading into any exhibits because everything is in French!

Price:

Adult : €17.00

EU Resident under 26 : Free

 

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After the Louvre take a short walk along the Seine to Pont Neuf, cross the bridge and to the right, in the tiny square (of sorts) is where original pieces of the Love Lock bridge have now been moved to.

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Pont des Arts – where the original Love Lock Bridge used to be. The bridge is now made with plexiglass so you can no longer put any locks on it.

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Over the last few years the bridge had started to collapse from the weight of the locks, so it had to be taken down. But it’s great to see that they have preserved all the locks in a way that they can still be appreciated and added to.

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To end the night we headed to a shop to buy supplies for a picnic and then went back to the Eiffel Tower. This is a must do when in Paris! We were exhausted by the evening but we are so glad we pushed through for this. I think it was about 8pm by the time we got back to the Eiffel Tower. The sun was starting to go down so the lighting was perfect from atop the water feature, plus the heat had died down so we could sit and relax without sweating or getting sunburn.

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We sat, relaxed, dangled our feet in the water, and people watched. It was the perfect end to a great day in Paris.

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Friday Favourites 

To recap, we left England on Monday for Paris by bus. We spent Tuesday and Wednesday exploring the city. Thursday we spent on another bus travelling from Paris to Frankfurt. And today/Friday we are in Frankfurt and have just booked an onward bus for tomorrow (Saturday). Stay tuned to see where we’re heading next!

But for now here are a few of our favourite things from this week.

1. Picnic/Date night at the Eiffel Tower

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This was definitely one of those times we’ll remember for ages. We had spent the whole day walking around Paris, seeing everything we wanted to see and by the time we were finished we weren’t too far from the Eiffel Tower. So we found a supermarket, grabbed a baguette, some meat and cheese, and a couple drinks and headed back to the tower. It’s definitely one of those things you have to do when in Paris. We grabbed a spot at the top of the water feature with the perfect view of the Eiffel Tower and just relaxed. It was the perfect end to the day. To top it all off just as we were packing up the first light show went off. It was perfect.

2. Finding the original Love Lock bridge 

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Unfortunately the original Love Lock Bridge collapsed from the weight of all the locks and has been replaced with another one that you can no longer put locks on. But luckily, only a few minutes walk from the original, in a small square on the Notre Dame side of the river, they’ve set up what was left of the bridge. It was great to see that they didn’t just throw all those locks/memories away. We even found locks from 1998!

3. Seeing the Mona Lisa

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I’ve not seen the Mona before, so I think I just wanted to see it for the sake of being able to say I’ve seen it. It’s one of the favourites this week because we did exactly that. We got to tick one of those must see things off of our list and that’s always a good feeling. – Will

 

4. Top of the Arc de Triomphe

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We didn’t realize you can actually go to the top of the Arc until the day we got there and the view from the top is well worth the climb. You can see straight down the Champs-Elysees and surrounding streets, plus it’s a different view of the Eiffel Tower and gives you more perspective of how big it really is.

5. Actually starting our Europe Trip

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We think the best part of our whole week was packing our bags on Sunday and actually starting our trip on Monday. It’s been a long time coming and we’re super stoked to be back on the road.

The Next Adventure

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It’s that time again! We’re off on another adventure! Not that we ever really stopped travelling while living here in England but it’s time to shake the dust off our backpacks and put our lives back on our backs. We’ve saved up for the last few months so now it’s back on the road, back to budgeting and penny pinching, hostel life and backpackers life, new people and new places; everything we’re good at, and everything we love.

So, Where are we off to now?

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As far across Europe as we can get before our money runs out.

We’ll be honest with you though, we have no where near enough savings to make it the 3-4 months we are aiming for, but with Will’s European passport, it is in the back of our minds that if work were to come up along the way, he’d take it.

We have a few other ways to keep the money going a little farther, one of which is our mode of transport. As much as we’d love to do the whole Europe by train thing, we’ve figured out that buses are going to be how we get around; most of the time they’re up to 1/4 of the price of train tickets.

For accommodation, Hostels are sadly becoming more and more expensive as backpacking is becoming more and more popular. Especially with two of us, the price of two beds in a hostel for one night can sometimes be the same price as a hotel. How stupidly crazy is that? News flash Hostel owners, hostels are meant to save people money!

All of that aside we will still be staying in hostels as that is a big part of the backpacking world and we do really enjoy staying in them. We’ll just be staying out of the big cities on weekends or holidays which should save us a bit of money. A lot of hostels increase they’re room prices by as much as $20.00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

We’ll also be using Worldpackers, a website that allows travellers to exchange their skills/work for accommodation, and sometimes meals, and more. They have jobs all over the world and would be perfect for us if we found a place/area we wouldn’t mind staying in for a while. It would allow us to explore an area without having to worry about paying for accommodation.

And so with that, it really is back to budgeting, for us. That means: cheap hostels/hotels/bnbs, 30p instant noodle dinners, and not a whole load of drinking/partying. Is it weird to say we’re excited for all that?

If you want to stay up to date with where we are and what we’re doing, you can follow along here on the blog, follow us on Instagram to watch our live stories, or tune into our youtube channel where we’ll soon be posting weekly videos.

Follow along with our adventure!

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Weekend Warriors : 39 Hours in Iceland

reykjavik2Iceland is roughly three-quarters of the way between England and Greenland, and sits directly on top of the Eurasian and North American plates. The activity of these two plates is what formed Iceland and what gives it its geothermal nature. The land itself is mostly made up of lava rock, making the landscape look barren and drastic.

We spent a total of 39 hours in Iceland and although we flew into Reykjavik we didn’t spend much time in the city. Instead, we rented a car to make the most of our limited time. There is so much to see in Iceland and we didn’t want to spend our days in a country notorious for its nature, cooped up in its most populous city. So we chose to do things all within a days trip of Reykjavik.

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We literally hit the ground running when we landed; picking up the car and heading straight for the Blue Lagoon. You must pre-book the Blue Lagoon, you can’t just show up and expect to get in. We booked our visit for the night we got there, a) to save us time in the following day to do more things and b) we thought we might get extremely lucky and the skies would be clear and we’d be able to see the northern lights, but unfortunately it was cloudy and we had no such luck.

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Saturday we were up early and in the car heading south. We had plans to drive down to Vik, stopping a few places along the way; but as warned, the weather quickly changed, and with it our plans.

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The scenery along the way was worth the drive alone, I couldn’t stop taking photos. One side of the road reminded me (Bry) of home, the flat barren landscape resembling the arctic tundra; not a tree higher than a foot, in sight. Then, out the window on the other side of the car, the landscape was so drastically different, with mountains jutting out of flat lands and waterfalls running between crevasses; reminding us both so much of parts of New Zealand.

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Our first stop was Skogafoss Waterfall, 148 km (about 2 hours) Southeast of Reykjavik city centre.

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When we got to Skogafoss, the rain was still holding off, but the wind was already blowing strong. We were lucky to arrive while there weren’t a lot of tour groups. So, of course, I took as many photos as Will’s patience could handle, and in his defence, it was a lot of photos. But you just never know which ones are going to be good until you get back and see them on the computer, so I just like to make sure we have … a lot of options.

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Couples Photo Tip:
When looking for someone to take a photo of the two of you, look for someone with a similar or better camera to yours because a) they’ll know how to handle yours, and b) chances are they’re photography skills are equal to or greater than yours, so you’re almost guaranteed the photo you want or maybe an even better one (like the one below).

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We then walked the 433 steps to the top of the waterfall where we got a panoramic view of the area. It was stunning, there were so few people around, and I know I’m repeating myself but again, the land was so barren; it was beautiful.

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Our next stop was the abandoned plane wreck on Solheimasandur Beach, and this would be as far as we would get.

The DC 3 wreck on Solheimasandur beach had been popping up on our Instagram and Pinterest for a while before our trip, and it was first on our list of places we wanted to see. Sadly, with social media these days, we feel it won’t be long before the wreckage is no longer secluded and lonely but rather surrounded by tourists. They’ve already put in a make-shift parking lot at the beginning walking path. So we wanted to see it before it possibly becomes one of Iceland’s bigger tourist attractions.

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The walk to the plane is an 8km round trip and by the time we started walking the wind had picked up, it was starting to spit rain, and we could see what looked like a storm on its way. But we went anyway, no questions about it, we weren’t coming to Iceland and not seeing this plane.

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Now, I (Bry) have lived in Lethbridge, Alberta (one of the windiest cities in Canada) for four years and have never experienced wind like we did on this walk. A small adult could have done a trust fall and not hit the ground because the wind would probably have kept them upright. It was insane! But totally worth it.

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We walked the 4km to the plane in about 50 minutes, give or take, and were so cold we had to huddle in what was left of the body to warm up as best we could.

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We have no idea how busy it is on a good day, or even if it’s ever busy but when we were there, there were only 5 others. And by the time we warmed up enough to take some photos it was only us and two others so we were able to get some good photos.

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wreckage-largemarginsWhen we finally got back to the car it was raining, and the wind had picked up a lot more ( so much so it rocked the car back and forth), and we could no longer see the hills that weren’t too far away from us because of the fog. It wasn’t exactly the best weather to be heading to the beach in. So, soaking wet, chilled to the bone and wind burnt we decided to head back towards Reykjavik in search of a place to warm up and grab some lunch.

After warming up with the second best hot chocolate we’ve ever had (behind Ferburger in Queenstown, NZ of course) and super satisfied with our meal, we went to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, about 10 minutes from Skogafoss. We then decided to go inland and head towards Gullfoss and Strokkur Geyser, hoping we’d get there before it got too dark. We got to Strokkur just as the sun was almost set, watched it erupt a few times then called it a night and headed home.

We were meant to go on a northern lights tour but it was cloudy, rainy, and super windy, so unfortunately it was cancelled. Instead, we finished off the night trying traditional Icelandic dishes at Íslenski Barinn (Icelandic Bar).

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Thursday night, because we stayed late at the Blue Lagoon, we had a hard time finding anywhere still serving food. So we grabbed some late night hot dogs at Reykjavik’s ‘famous‘ Baejarins Beztu Pylsur, just a small stand on the corner of Trayggvagata and Posthusstraeti, that during the day, draws crowds that line up around the block!

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Apparently trying the hot dogs in Iceland is a must; what’s in them and how they’re made, we have no idea, but boy are they good. The place’s topping options are crispy fried onions, finely diced raw onions, ketchup, hot dog mustard (that’s dark brown and slightly sweet) and a remoulade, and as a combination is simply delicious. Although Will opted for no sauce, I highly recommend asking for everything. And get two, they’re rather small.

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Friday lunch was spent trying desperately trying to warm up at Hotel Skogafoss’s Bistro Bar, the restaurant at Skogafoss Falls. We were reluctant to eat there, thinking it would just be simple cafe food but we were happily surprised. They had Arctic Char (!!!) on the menu! Something I have not been able to have since I was a kid living in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

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Will had the lamb and I (gleefully) had the char. The food was outstanding; we can honestly say the lamb was one of the best we’ve ever had, and the char was cooked absolutely perfect.

For dinner we went to Icelandic Bar or Íslenski Barinn, a small gastropub type of place in the city centre, that did modern takes on traditional dishes. Here we tried Icelands infamous fermented shark dish, which was ….  how can I put this nicely … Ok … well, there is no nice way to put it, so let’s just say i’d rather eat bugs off of a dodgy food truck on Khao San Road in Bangkok, than eat another piece of fermented shark.

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We also tried dried haddock which was actually quite nice spread with Icelandic butter (how it’s eaten by locals), as well as Puffin, Whale, and, for a bit of normality, a lobster-dog.



 

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Our flight home on Saturday was early so we didn’t have time to do anything else. If you’re a nature junkie, Iceland is the place for you. We highly recommend renting a car to get around, you’ll have a lot more freedom and can change you’re plans easier depending on the weather. Next time I think we’ll rent a camper van and definitely stay longer!

Until next time Iceland.

 

Weekend Warriors : Brussels

 

BrusselsBrussels is pretty centrally located in Belgium, it’s only about 50 minutes by train to Antwerp and just over an hour by train to Bruges. Not only is it the capital of Belgium but apparently also the capital of Europe. The main language is French but about half the population also speaks Flemish, and the most common religion is Christian/Roman Catholic.

Because of the bombing of the airport last March, and the on-going tension in Europe, we were unsure what to expect in Brussels. But other than the odd pairs of heavily armed military patrol, things are operating as normal. Although you should always be aware when travelling, and always watch for petty crime like pick-pocketing; in terms of everything else going on in Europe, it shouldn’t affect a trip to Brussels.

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There is so much to do in Brussels that it would be impossible to fit it all in in 48 hours but we sure tried!

We started off our Saturday with waffles for breakfast at Maison Dandoy and then a dive at Nemo 33, the worlds second deepest dive pool. As long as you are certified you can dive on your own.

€25 gets you a dive, rental equipment and a mask, and for €3 and a valuable item, you can rent a dive computer. After a quick safety briefing we were free to jump in the water, no guide required! 🙂

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By the time we finished at Nemo 33 and made it back to the city centre, it was late afternoon. We spent the rest of the day wandering around and tasting chocolate. We then headed back to the hotel to change and get ready for dinner.

We had dinner at Chex Leon (read more below), a restaurant that has been in operation since 1893! And then went to check out Delirium, a cafe by day, club by night that apparently has 3000 different beers! Needless to say, we did not try every beer on the menu but we did try Deliriums own, Delirium Nocturnum and Delirium Red. Delirium Nocturnum is 8.5% and tastes rather strong, (according to Bry) but the Delirium Red had a dark cherry flavour, is 8% and really good. What was supposed to be a ‘lets just go for one beer‘, turned into a few more, and then that turned into a really good night.

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If you’re ever in Brussels, Delirium is a must. It is three floors full of locals and travellers alike, you can dance if you want to dance or sit and socialize if that’s what tickles your fancy. Deliriums building is huge with many different areas/rooms and with that huge selection of beer, there has got to be something for everyone.

NOTE: BEWARE OF PICK POCKETS and guys walking around trying to steal drinks. They are sly, super friendly and really good at what they do. There are even signs up all over the bar saying to watch for pick pockets. 

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Sunday was spent really exploring the city. We had breakfast at Peck 47 – known for its savory waffle options, and then carried on to the Grand Place. The Grand Place is Brussels central square and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. The place is absolutely spectacular; during summer it would be a great place to sit, sip beer and people watch.

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From there we really just wandered around, finding chocolate shops, eating waffles and snacking on frites (fries/chips). We found our way to the Manneken Pis, the icon (if you will) of Brussels, and also went in search of Brussels iconic Comic street art; although we only found two pieces.

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While you’re wandering around tasting chocolate and if you’re like us and love Nutella, be sure to stop by Le Comptoir de Mathidle. This shop makes their own version of our favourite hazel nut flavoured chocolate spread and they’ve even thrown their own twists on it like Speculoo flavour, coconut, wafer bits, and even white hazel nut (who knew that was a thing!).

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{ Mussels from Chez Leon and Frites from Cafe Georgette }

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{ Front: Brussels Waffle, Back: Liege Waffle }

There are two different types of waffles served in most place, Brussels waffles and Liege Waffles. Brussels waffles are a batter base and are light, crispy and fluffy. Liege waffles are more of a dough base, and are thick, rich, heavy, and slightly stodgy depending on where you get them. We highly recommend going for the Brussels waffle.

Tip: Walk down Rue de L’etuve, you can get delicious €1 waffles in several shops down this street.

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If you go to one of the Maison Dandoy’s tea rooms on a Saturday go just before 11am. 11am is when their upstairs/tea rooms open, where you can sit down and get table service. We say to arrive early because we arrived at about 10:50am and there was already a line to the door.

Peck 47 seems to always have a line outside their door, which I suppose, in the restaurants case, is a good thing. We promise, it’s worth the wait, and if you’re only a group of two you may not even have to wait as long. It isn’t exactly first come first serve, it is more a case of which tables open up first. We were lucky and were only in line for about 30 minutes max.

Tip: The larger your group, the longer you will probably wait. 

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{ Chorizo and goats cheese waffle, topped with bacon, poached egg and psycho sauce (a spicy hollandaise) – our alterations: added bacon and avocado, and swapped the psycho sauce for normal hollandaise }

Frite Flagy supposedly has some of the best chips/fries/frites in Brussels, although we never made it there to find out. But Cafe Georgette is worth going to while wandering the city centre, it’s not far from Delirium. Make sure to get the Georgette sauce for dipping, it’s delicious. You can sit inside and order a proper meal, or grab some chips from the takeaway window.

Chez Leon has been in business since 1893 and is still run by the same Family! Make sure to have the mussels, it’s what they’ve built their restaurant on. Don’t worry about booking a table, we just showed up and were seated after a few minute wait.

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I think we sorta fell in love with Brussels; it’s a beautiful European city with a lot of culture and so much to do. There is definitely something for everyone, from museum goers to foodies, comic book junkies to chocolate lovers, and everything in between.

Brussels, we’ll definitely be back for you!

 

Weekend Warriors: Alicante

Once again we’ve started a new blog series. Recently we’ve booked several trips to Europe and around the UK for over the next few months and decided to turn our galivants into a series of blog posts. The posts will include What to Do, Where to Eat, and Where we Stayed, and will more or less be guides of What to do with 72 Hours or Less in each place.

So here we go!


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Country: Spain

Size/Population: 201.3 km², ~ 332 067 people

Date: Friday – Sunday, Jan 17th – 19th, 2017

Accommodation: AC Hotel by Marriott

 

Alicante sits on the Southeast coast of Spain and seems to be your typical British tourist holiday destination. It wouldn’t be our first choice (nor second or third for that matter) of places to visit but we booked the flights before knowing anything about Alicante, we were just searching for cheap flights to anywhere and they were the cheapest, so we grabbed them.

Alicante is the gateway to Benidorm (another very popular British family holiday destination) and in the summer is probably bustling with beach going tourists, but during the winter it seems to be a quite seaside harbour town, with a lot of places closed for the quiet season.

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It was pretty crappy weather over the weekend so we didn’t walk around as much as we normally would have. We spent Saturday morning walking along the beach, and when the rain became too heavy to enjoy being outside, we found our way into the Central Market. We spent a good hour or so wandering the isles watching locals go about their business and even bought some things to take home. Although we passed up on the seafood mixtures of prawns, mini crabs, eels and unknown (to us) fish.

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Although we didn’t get around to having Paella we did enjoy some Tapas at La Taberna Del Gourmet. The food was really good, pricey but good. We had Tuna Tartar, baked octopus (which we didn’t like), 65° degree egg with asparagus tips and wild mushrooms, garlic prawns and steak filet with garlic. We highly recommend checking the place out if you’re ever in Alicante.

 

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When we booked our accommodation we knew the weather was due to be pretty crappy so we splurged and booked a nice hotel that we wouldn’t mind spending a rainy day in. The gym was small but well equipped, the hot tub had a decent view of the sea, breakfast was decent and had both local and english selections. The overall feel of the hotel was very business casual.

 

 

Eyes in the Skies: The Pilot Post

Seeing as we fly so much during our travels; and having racked up some serious milliage (roughly 164, 847.48 to be exact), we’ve decided to start a blog series characterizing our experiences with every airline we fly with. Whether it’s a budget flight to Brussels with Ryan Air, or a more costly flight with Emirates to Australia. And with so many airlines out there, hopefully these posts can become a go to for anyone struggling to choose who is best to fly with.


Episode #1: Venturing with Vueling

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  • Desk Check In
  • 1 x Carry-On Bag, 1 x Hand Luggage

In-Flight Entertainment:

  • None

Food:

  • Variety of snacks, sandwiches and drinks available for a (inflated) price.
  • Cash and Credit Card accepted.

Extra Baggage: 

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Seat Selection Prices:

 

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  • Or free randomly selected seats
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{ Absolutely no leg room! }

Cancellation Policy:

  • Basic Fare:
    • Non-refundable/No cancellation option
    • 50.00 Euros to change details or date/time
  • Optima Fare:
    • Non-refundable/No cancellation option
    • Free to change details or date/time
  • Excellence Fare:
    • Refundable/changeable (excluding credit card fees) up to 2 hours before departure
    • Free to change details/time

Overall

Overall it was a budget airline and we got what we paid for. Our only real quarrels were the amount of leg room and space between seats, or lack there of and with the staff on the plane. We were delayed by about 30 minutes and not once did any staff or pilots give us any information as to why we were sat on the plane not going anywhere. Other than that and the fact that our knees stuck in the back of the chair in front of us, check-in was smooth and quick and the staff were friendly, boarding was fast, and although we had to pay for food and drinks, the quality and selection seemed decent. All in all we probably wouldn’t choose to fly with Vueling again, there are much better budget airlines out there. However, in the event Vueling is considerably cheapest, we may use them again.

 

Bigger and Better in Germany

You already know the beer in Germany comes bigger and better then usual, but what else comes big in Germany? Let us show you!

Pretzels

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Every tent has people walking around selling these for about 4.00 Euros.

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Stalls everywhere sell these gingerbread type cookies. Price range varries depending on size but on average run from 4.00 – 50.00 Euros. Be sure to ask around about prices before caughing up that precious beer money.

 

1/2 Meter Long Sausages

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{ Easily shared between five people. }


Pork Knuckle 

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Easily the size of your fist, if not bigger depending on your fist size, this was our favourite dish while in Munich. We even saw some about as big as Wills head! (And he has a big head!). Served in most tents at the festival for about 15.00 Euros, but you can also get them in most restaurants outside of the festival. And the best part? The massive piece of crackling that comes with it! *Excuse me while I drool a little.*

There you have it, our list of all the  things that come unusually large in Germany at Octoberfest.