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I have been wanting to visit Paris my whole life and I’m absolutely THRILLED that I’ll soon get the chance to go there.
A and I will be visiting Paris, Rome and Barcelona in November and we are both busy working out the itinerary now.
It’s my first time to these countries and I cannot wait to fly there right away!
There is just so much homework to do – where to stay, where to go, how much money to prepare, etc.
So if you have any pointers, do share with me!
I’d definitely share my itinerary here with others who would be visiting these countries too.
*goes back to itinerary planning*

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Written by SIXPEGS

October 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Posted in Rambles

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  1. hey! good to hear you will be going paris with A. It’s lovely! hav a few (not-so-touristy) restaurants to recommend:
    1) hugo paris
    2) frenchie (make sure u call them to make a booking!)
    3) la Relais de venise (queues starts at 645pm, opens 7pm)

    These are the best restaurants that we had visited!
    Hope this helps!

    Denise

    October 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

  2. Hi Peggy!

    Remember to watch your wallet and bags at all this 3 places! Best to get a travel wallet if possible.

    Have fun!

    Your reader

    October 20, 2011 at 2:12 am

  3. when you get to barcelona be sure to visit sangrada familia (touristy but really really beautiful)

    wm

    October 20, 2011 at 2:14 am

  4. Hello Peggy!

    In Paris, please go to St Chapelle for the stained glasses. It has the most beautiful stained glasses I have ever seen. And you have to go to Eiffel at night and see the tower when it is lit up! And the die die must eat steak when you are there: Le Relais de l’Entrecote. It has only that one steak item on the menu!

    In Rome, don’t forget to try San Crispino gelato near the Trevi Fountain. Heard the pear and pistachio flavor are nice!

    I am so excited for you! :) Have lots of fun! :)

    Michell

    October 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

  5. Hello!

    Cool! I went there in June (: Going there again end of year.
    Buy the 10 single-trip tickets in Paris instead of the Tourist day rider. Save a lot of money.
    And yar, must really take care of your belongings. A guy tried to take my wallet from inside my bag as I was walking alone in the subway.
    Have fun! (:

    lw

    October 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

  6. Hello!

    Prepare more cash if you are paying to buy ermm… you know what?

    Try to make a trip down to Florence, Italy – The Mall. It is where you can find Prada/Miu Miu factory outlet and many others. The prices there are 50 % lesser than those sold at the normal shop in Italy. Compare with Italy and Paris. The tax rebate seems better in Italy. I bought a Chanel in Italy and the tax rebate was 14%, however my friend got hers in Paris and the tax rebate was 12%. — Not too sure on the other brands.

    An advise, travel light and make Rome your first / last stop. The subway are does not have lift only a selected few have lift. Do bring along a good luagage for your trip.

    If time permit, head down to Venice. It is my favourite place in Italy. Love the surrounding.

    Trevis fountain(Rome): Make 3 wishes by throwing a coin over your right shoulder using your left hand. Wishes do come true!

    Important thing: Be prepare to walk walk walk. You get more!

    Y.

    October 22, 2011 at 1:52 am

  7. Hi peggy
    beware of anyone that might pretend to be the police there and want to search your body.
    Because sth like that happen to my friend!

    stay safe. :)

    iiivyyy

    October 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm

  8. I had a great time in Paris and I hope you will too.

    1.) Make a trip down to Versailles when you are in France. It is a bit further than Paris. That was where Marie Antoinette stayed. I went during summer and it was beautiful.

    2.) Another place you must visit is Notre Dame Cathedral. It is along the Seine. The building is beautiful and yet mysterious and gothic. You can climb up the cathedral but expect to queue.

    3.) Champs-Elysees for the shopping. Chanel and a lot of brands are def. much cheaper there. Walk further up and you can spot the iconic Arc de Triomphe.

    4.) Climbing up the Eiffel Tower is a must but prepared to queue up for hours. The magnificent view on top is worth it. The view during the day and night are very different. The view during the day time is clear and breath taking. The view at night is romantic. You can take your pick when you would like to visit it.

    5.) If you were to go to the Louvre, go to 1 of their cafes to chill. I can’t remember the name and I think it is either the 2nd or 3rd level. Sorry about it. Opt for outdoor dining. That cafe provides an awesome overview of the Lourve pyramid and the surrounding palaces. Great for taking pictures.

    Hope the above info is useful. Have fun planning :)

    =)

    October 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  9. hey babe! i’ve just came back from Barcelona today! But I joined tour so I cant tell u how to get from places to places. But do visit:
    1. Sangrada Familia (holy family) – itz the last work by Gaudi, the exterior is very very beautiful. Do go to the back of the pond u see opp the entrance, itz a great place for photos! I think itz 14 euros per pax for entry fee.
    2. Poble Espanyol (Spanish village) – I feel u’ll like this place!
    3. Paseo De Gracia – I think this is the street for 2 famous Gaudi masterpiece, as well as where all the branded shops are. I found this address from the miu miu store locator. I hope its correct!
    4. Las Ramblas – the 1.2km pedestrian shopping street! a lot of street performers, hard rock cafe, zara, h&m, wet market.

    and yes, the pick pockets are all very smart (saw from discovery channel). pls take care of belongings at all times! esp crowded areas, which are all mentioned above. hahaha

    have fun! pls bring a lot of warm clothing! or credit card to buy from there!

    Siao Wen

    October 23, 2011 at 12:38 am

  10. I think you have lots of advice for Rome and Paris so I will share some on Barcelona.

    Places to see in Barcelona
    – Park Guell (you can see the view of Barcelona from here)
    – Sagrada Familia
    – La Rambla and Gothic area
    – Magic Fountain of Montjuic (http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/albums-en/magic-fountains-montjuic/)
    – if you are a football fan or would like to see the stadium, head to Camp Nou. There should be some match and if interested, check here http://www.fcbarcelona.cat/web/english/futbol/temporada_11-12/arxiu_partits/llistat_tots_partits/tots_els_partits.html
    – Arc de triomf (similar to those in paris so it is ok to miss it)
    – Passeig de gracia street to see 2 of gaudi’s buildings.

    There are more places to see so if you need more information, let me know.

    Places to eat
    – Catalana cerveceria at C/ Malloca, 236, 08008 Barcelona, Spain (they serve nice tapas. try patatas bravas, chipirones, gambas and sunny side up on thin french fries)
    – La quinze nits at Plaza real, 6, barcelona. Near La rambla. Try their weekday lunch menu. 10€ with appertizer, main course and desserts.
    – el tinglado at Moll De Gregal, 6, 08005 Barcelona, Spain. near the beach. I love their weekday lunch menu. 10€ with 5 different appertizers, paella, dessert, coffee, wine and dessert wine. I always brng my friends there and they love it. cheap and good!
    – Origens http://www.lallavordelsorigens.com/index.php?len=en they serve catalan food which is something unique to Barcelona.

    Places to shop
    – La Rambla with a lot of buskers
    – Portal de l’angel which is the main shopping street and parallel to La rambla.
    – Mango outlet: C/ Gerona, 37
    – Passeig de Gracia which is the branded streets but if you want to buy prada or longchamp, head to el corte ingles as they give 18% tax back but with a service fee.

    Tips
    – Take note that shops don’t open on sunday and they have siesta time for some shops from 2-4pm.
    – the meal times of spaniards are 2-4 and 10-12mn so try to avoid these times to get a table fast as well as not to go too early as the kitchen might not be open yet.
    – Always bring a bag with zips and place your bag in front of you. Never leave any valuables on the table or chair. always hug it even for meals. Never place any valuables or wallet in your pockets. The thieves here work as a team and steal your money. Sometimes they get kids to do it too so ignore anyone that comes up to you and ask you to sign or ask for donations. Underneath the piece of paper that they are showing you, their hands are stealing your stuff. it is the same tricks everywhere in the places you go. I have seen enough and most of the time, tourists suffer. so stay safe and be careful.

    poohpoot

    October 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

  11. In addition to Barcelona (which is my favourite city in the world), remember to chill at the Barceloneta beach. Also, Picasso museum is free on Sunday afternoons!

    Have fun!

    Su Hui

    October 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

  12. I’d recommend Sacre Coeur Basilica (the highest point in the city in Montmare), The Lourve for sure, Eiffel Tower (go between early evening and see the city lights pop up one by one and also the laser lights from the tower – truly amazing!), Notre Dame, walk by Seine River! All of these are in Paris! Man, you should totally soak in with the people by lazing around in their parks, afterall Paris is the famous city of love/lights. I MISS PARIS SO MUCH NOW :(

    p.s. bon voyage, it will be SO awesome! :D

    Elizabeth

    November 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  13. Hello!
    I went this Sep!
    For Paris, buy the MUSUEM PASS. No regrets cos u can skip the queues at Louvre and Versailles, marvellous! Its cheaper than the paris pass. Buy the metro pass too, all at the airport. The restaurants usually charge cover fee and includes bread, i tapow the bread to feed the birds in the many parks, esp the big park at Eiffel.

    Rome…. really, there are so many pickpockets and snatch thieves. Put yr money and passport in a travel pouch and hide it inside yr jackets. The taxi drivers are all con men. The meters are freely adjusted by them at the end of the trip.

    Oh, buy a Rome pass too! Book early cos its always sold out, and collect at the rail-station termini at lane 25! There’s a tourist office ‘hidden’ there (damn it was hard to find).
    Drink loads of the fountain water available everywhere, serious, the water is tasty and great for skin!

    Have a great trip! Wish i am there~

    Cherin

    November 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

  14. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE COMMENTS!
    I’m doing my itinerary now and it’s all so helpful!!!
    THANKS THANKS THANKS FOR BEING SO HELPFUL! :D

    sixpegs

    November 11, 2011 at 2:17 am

  15. peggg! share your itinerary please.

    pam

    November 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm


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