Poppy Collated

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Paris Adventures

On our first day in Paris, we walked to the local tour booking centre and booked in everything that we wanted to do and see while there. We thought this was the best idea as we knew that many attractions would book out days before and we really didn’t want to miss out!

We decided to stay in and cook at the apartment on our first night in Paris. We made delicious tapas with local ingredients, browsed the many books lining the shelves and drank the lovely wine left for us by our greeter, Maria. This was another reason that we were so happy that we decided to book an apartment, we were able to gather amazing food from the area and cook for ourselves. Having a washing machine was also wonderful!

Cooking at the apartment

Cooking at the apartment

We spent our first full day in Paris wandering around and made our way to The Louvre. It is huge!! We needed more time than expected there and enjoyed walking through the different areas of the museum. We stopped by to visit Mona, there was always a very large crowd around her!

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum

Beautiful statues around The Louvre

Beautiful statues around The Louvre

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum

Inside The Louvre

Inside The Louvre

Inside The Louvre

Inside The Louvre

Inside The Louvre

Inside The Louvre

Meeting Mona

Meeting Mona

The Eiffel Tower was wonderful. We were very lucky on this day as we’d tried to purchase tickets online to go up to the top, however it said they were sold out. We decided to go anyway and try our luck, we could just wander around it if need be. It was raining that day but just as we arrived, it stopped, which meant that there was not a huge line up, and we were able to successfully buy tickets. It was late afternoon so when we reached the top we were treated to a beautiful sunset. How perfect! It was chilly, but we were very happy to have made it to the viewing platform. It was dark by the time we came back down to the ground, so the tower was lit up and stunning.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower pasta!

Eiffel Tower pasta!

Our apartment was in Montmartre so we spent an afternoon walking over to the Sacre Coeur. There were quite a few people there but we enjoyed having a look, then wandering through the beautiful streets, seeing the local artists and collecting our daily baguette on the way back.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

We spent a day at Disneyland and had so much fun! We made it there easily on the metro system. We bought a ticket for both parks and tried to spend half our time at each. It was a big day, but we had a great time. We went on all the rides possible (some were closed), bought some cool presents for friends and family back home and just enjoyed the time together. The food was expensive and pretty average, but everything else was great.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

We booked our ticket to the Moulin Rouge in advance as we didn’t want to miss out. It was also just down the road from our apartment so a very short walk there and back. We decided to skip on the dinner and ate at a beautiful Italian restaurant close by. The Moulin Rouge is excellent! We thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance and would go again for sure. It was exciting, colourful and well executed, I highly recommended.

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Have you ever been to Paris? What were your favourite things to do and see?

All photos by Carly Smith

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Granada, the Most Beautiful City

Before going away on this holiday, I contacted my University Spanish teacher. He gave me a fantastic run down on where to go, what to do, what to see, particularly in Southern Spain. After receiving his very detailed email, there was one place I knew we must visit, without a doubt; Granada.

This is how he described it to me: ‘the city of my heart and soul. I love this city with a passion. I lived in Granada for 4 years when I was a university student. To me, without a doubt, the most beautiful city in Spain and, probably, in the world. Worth spending at least 3 days visiting its main attractions. I dream of living and settling down in Granada in the future. If you go there, you’ll understand why. Simply magic’.

He was right, Granada was a dream. There truly was something magical about this place.

We visited Casa Del Arte Flamenco for an authentic flamenco experience. We thoroughly enjoyed this performance and would recommend it to all.

We came across a lovely little restaurant called Restaurante Diagonal that served delicious tapas and excellent cocktails. The service was wonderful, we even went back again during our few days in Granada!

I highly recommend that you add Granada to your travels! I hope that we get to go back again one day.

Casa Del Arte Flamenco, Granada

Casa Del Arte Flamenco, Granada

The amazing architecture of Granada

The amazing architecture of Granada

Granada

Granada

Restaurante Diagonal, Granada - our favourite!

Restaurante Diagonal, Granada – our favourite!

We found lots of sweet presents to take home!

We found lots of sweet presents to take home!

All photos by Carly Smith

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San Sebastian, You’re Amazing!

After four nights in Barcelona, we made our way to San Sebastian. We didn’t know a lot about the area before getting there, however, it came highly recommended by friends and through research we’d undertaken.

We arrived late, had a quick (but yummy) meal at the hotel restaurant and retired for the night. In this restaurant we had a very brief chat with a lovely Australian lady, who was also dining there, about the interesting complimentary soup shot we were given. ‘You drink it’ she said. ‘I’m still learning too’. On my flight home 3 weeks later, I was sitting in the same row as her! How coincidental!

The next morning we went for a walk to see the area and what a delight it was!

San Sebastian is a very special place. Something about it made us feel very at home and we fell in love with this seaside town.

Our favourite part? Once again, The food! The tapas in the old town of San Sebastian are AMAZING.

The people were so friendly and strolling through the streets discovering new little shops was so much fun. This is the sort of place that you can truly relax. Eating is exciting as each bar seemed to have different tapas for us to indulge in! Eat a couple then move on to the next!

Our hotel, Barceló Costa Vasca, was close enough for us to walk into town so no around town transport was required.

San Sebastian really was a favourite destination on our holiday, a very relaxed town with friendly locals and wonderful culinary delights!

Where are your favourite holiday destinations?

Beautiful San Sebastian

Beautiful San Sebastian

Amazing San Sebastian!

Amazing San Sebastian!

Tapas!

Tapas!

Take me back!

Take me back!

Delicious tapas!

Delicious tapas!

Sweet little cafes and tapas bars

Sweet little cafes and tapas bars

I want to go back!

Take me back!

A wonderful holiday destination

A wonderful holiday destination

All photos by Carly Smith

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First Stop, Barcelona!

Travelling from Australia to Spain is exhausting! Multiple stop overs and super long flights, however, we were extremely excited that the time had finally come to make our way from cold and gloomy Adelaide to sunny Barcelona.

Admittedly, the first day was a write off. We made our way to the hotel and fell into bed for the whole afternoon, waking again the next morning, ready to explore the area. We made our way through the streets and found the local markets. The produce was amazing! The seafood, so fresh it was still moving, freshly squeezed juice and meat! Lots of meat!

We bought some freshly made paella and wandered around Barcelona, taking in some of the sights. Still tired from the long flights, we decided to spend our first day out exploring the area and eating amazing food!

This was just the beginning of the spectacular food journey we were to experience in Spain.

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All photos by Carly Smith