Getting there: By bus Assen (NS station), but we got there by car
Scenery: Trail into the forest, dunes like desserts and a beautiful small town
After a lot of months without our hiking getaways (thanks to COVID-19), we finally did our first dutch adventure of the year. This time, we decided to visit the beautiful province of Friesland by doing a road trip. Our main intention was to visit Leeuwarden (Awarded cultural capital 2018), but also we wanted to do a hike in a National park of that province. Luckily, we found on google maps the Drents-Friese Wold National Park, that actually is a national park that is shared by two provinces, Friesland and Drenthe.
Appelscha looked like a nice option for starting our hike, especially because we found the perfect Airbnb in there, completely recommended! Amazing huge breakfast, it was so much that they even gave sandwich bags, so we could prepare our lunch with the leftovers, of course, we did it and we saved on lunch for two days! After breakfast, we started our hiking trip from a desolated Appelscha. This little town is lovely by its own, and since it is so close to the national park is very quiet.
Just after the first kilometer south, we immersed ourselves in the first forest. The trees were so tall and the trail was noiseless, perfect for some relaxing moment in the morning. We walked in here for around 1 km more before getting to the road.
Once we got to the road, there were many farms with amazing horses. One of them was a famous Friesian horse, these types of horses are originally from Friesland and they are impressive. Some of their characteristics are the black color and the size, they are huge!!! Also, they have a lot of presence and elegance.
Then, we immersed ourselves in the national park, where there is a huge dune area that looked like a desert. This was the hardest part of the trail because it was really hot. Anyways, it was a different experience in our dutch hikes.
After walking in the desert, we reached a lovely lake in Canada! Yes, Canada is the name of this lake just in the middle of our hike. In here, we had a lovely sandwich made from the leftovers of the breakfast. The lake was full of families enjoying the nice weather. So, it was a nice lunch watching all the locals swimming and relaxing.
Our last stop of the journey was to reach the visitor center of the national park. Here, there were many beautiful wood sculptures of animals. We rested for a couple of minutes here and started walking to our accommodation.
In total, we did around 24km around this amazing national park. We crossed from one province to the other one, and that is always nice to say 🙂 The hardest part was the dune one, well, and the end as well, since we were already very tired.
Once we got to our Airbnb, we enjoyed a quiet and nice evening in the room.
Last fall, we wanted to discover the famous baltic golden forest. Since in my home country we do not have the four seasons, the colors of fall have been something that always amazed me. In the Netherlands (where I currently live), you can see the trees of different colors, but the variety is small. When I read that in some Baltic countries you can see the amber forest ( all the tonalities of amber in a whole forest), I knew one day I would have to make a visit, and this day came sooner than I thought.
This was because my mom visited me this fall, and one of her dreams was to visit the land of her great grandfather, Poland. Specifically, she wanted to visit a small town called Puck, near Gdánsk. Since we were going there, she told me about another dream of her: Visiting the famous Virgin Mary made of gold, which was in a famous church just in the city center of Vilnius. Therefore, why not visit both places on our trip.
We started planning the trip and realized that moving from Gdánsk to Vilnius by public transport was kinda difficult. In addition, the plane tickets for Vilnius were also more expensive than flying to other places in Poland, like Warsaw. Hence, we had the great idea to make this one a road trip.
This one was the best idea to discover all the places that we wanted to see and many more we didn’t know existed. Different from other points of view, the roads are in very good shape, and the gas in Poland is way cheaper than in other European countries. The only downside was the distances between the cities, and since I drove all the way, it was a little bit exhausting. Nevertheless, it is completely possible to do this trip.
Keep reading to discover all our itineraries.
1rst Day: Warsaw
Since our flight was late in the afternoon, we could not discover too much around the city that day. Nevertheless, we went to the supermarket to get some food for our breakfasts and dinners. Something that my mom and I love to do, discover the local produce, and try some new stuff. After spending a long time in the supermarket, we relaxed in our lovely and complete Airbnb. This is the link if you want to stay here as well. It was really convenient because there was a parking space, kitchen and enough space for both of us.
2nd Day: Warsaw Down Town
We woke up early, had a lovely porridge for breakfast, grab our raincoats, and start moving to discover the Polish capital. This city is unique, it is very big and it has many types of scenarios. The old town was colorful, full of life and with the marvelous buildings. I think it is one of the cities that I have seen so many churches, and all of them were opened and always with people.
We grab a beautiful lunch and tried the local delicacies. If you want to check our meals, do not miss my upcoming post.
This day we walked a lot around the city and back to our accommodation. We had a lovely dinner and prepared ourselves for the first stage of our road trip on the following day.
3rd day: Warsaw to Vilnius
After spending a good time in Warsaw, we started our way to Vilnius. The trip is around 6-7 hours, but counting the stops for lunch and rest at the end was like 9 hours. It is almost one day of driving, but we do not regret this decision since there was so much to see on the way.
We grab lunch in a beautiful little city called Augustow. It is surrounded by lakes and forests. We liked to have a nice meal in a restaurant called Kaktusik.
Since it was a really long way, we had dinner near our hotel. Luckily, this one was just next to a shopping center, so there were many options where to choose from. We rested this day, so we could discover Vilnius the following day.
That night we talked with our hotel receptionists and discovered a place called Trakai, not too far from the city (35 min by car). In here, there is the famous Trakai houses and a marvelous castle on an island. Therefore, we decided to wake up early and try to get to Trakai before all the tourist buses arrive, so we would have enough time to check everything and go back to discover Vilnius downtown.
We stayed in a Best Western, just outside of the city center. It was perfect due to the good connections with the highway, the free parking spot, and the superb included breakfast.
Forth Day: Vilnus and Trakai
On this day, we woke up early so we could do everything that we planned the night before. First, we had an amazing breakfast at the hotel, where we tried local delicacies. Then, we jumped in the car and start our way to Trakai. It was very fast to get there, just around 40min. We parked the car near the castle (on the road) and started our tour inside the castle. The scenario was beautiful, all the trees with leaves of different colors made a very fall-y vibe.
The castle by itself is stunning, with an elegant atmosphere and interesting pieces of the royalty. You can find interesting facts about the Trakai tribe and all the history of their people. Also, the houses around the castle entrance are so cute, the colors really matched the fall leaves, so it was part of the charm. We had lunch in a restaurant near the castle, where we tried authentical Trakai cuisine.
On our way back to Vilnius, we wanted to get deep into the Lithuanian fall forests. That is why we entered an alternative road to keep our trip. To our surprise, we were able to watch these amazing autumn views. Sadly, the road was in bad shape, so we had to make a U-turn, but at least we saw a gasp of how is it in the forests.
Once we got back to our hotel to leave the car, we grab our raincoats and got the bus to downtown. First, we planned to visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, since this was the main motivation of coming to Vilnius. I couldn’t take photos inside, but I can assure you it is breathtaking. After this, we started walking around the city and climb the mountain to reach the Gediminas’ Tower is the remaining part of the Upper Castle. From there, you can see a nice view of the old town.
We finished the day having an early dinner and resting our hotel. We needed to recharge energy for the next day, the way back to Poland.
Fifth Day: Vilnus to Gdánsk
This trip is a long one, around 7 hours, but if you stop is around 9 hours. If you want to make it, I would recommend splitting it in two days.
Overall, the road is in very good shape, and you have the chance to check out cute little towns. Also, there is a large part that is full of forests. So you can also appreciate the seasonal wonders on your way.
Something that we notice was the fact that everything in Poland is cheaper, so we saved putting gas or shopping until we got back to Poland.
We arrived at Gdánsk at 3:00 pm, just in time to rest for a while and decide what was going to be our dinner. Luckily, our Airbnb had a very good location, with a very tasty restaurant just downstairs. I think that was one of the most delicious dinners we had in our trip, just because we were so tired from road trips. This is the link to our accommodation.
Sixth day: Malbork and Gdánsk
We stayed 3 delicious nights at Gdánsk, perfect to relax and really enjoy our lasts days in Poland. Well, that was what I thought, but with my mom, you can never relax. So we planned our 2 whole days in Gdánsk full of activities and must-see sited.
First, we saw this popular castle called Malbork. It is one of the biggest brick castles in the whole world. It has big and elegant halls, stunning gardens, and the most delicious restaurant just in the middle of the castle. It took us around 2-3 hours to see it all. Everything is well connected and if you arrive early you can get the chance to have all for you as we did.
My mom suggested to have lunch in the restaurant and I hesitated a little, I thought that was going to be a tourist trap and bloody expensive. To our surprise, it was delicious, and I liked the idea of eating a gourmet version of what the people were eating in the same castle in another era. The price was ok, not cheap but not too expensive for polish prices, in the end, I think we paid around 40 euros in total for two main dishes and two beverages, but you are eating in a castle!!! If you want to know more about this food check my food post for this trip!
Once with our belly full and happy, we got back to discover Gdánsk. Our accommodation was closed to the city, so we left the car at the apartment and we started walking to check the old downtown.
Gdánsk is an amazing big city, full of life and charming landscapes. The main street is full of nice shops and the wharf has so many nice spots to take pictures and grab a coffee. We visited the amber street full of nice jewelry. We got some souvenirs for the family and of course some nice pair of earrings for us.
Seven day: Puck, Gdynia and Sopot
We reserved this day to pay a visit to our main reason for coming to Poland, the small town of Puck. We wanted to go there because my great great grandfather was from there, and my mom wanted to check it out. The trip was around 1 hour, and we saw many things on our ways back, like the Hel peninsula, the fancy town of Sopot and the cool city of Gdynia.
Last Day! Going back home from Gdánsk
We couldn’t say another thing on our last day in Poland. Mainly because our flight was early in the morning. Nevertheless, I really want to come back and discover more about this amazing country.
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Tacos, enchiladas, chilaquiles, mole poblano… All of those and many more were my reasons to book a trip to México. I love Mexican food, and even if I try to make some homemade dishes, the results are not always the same as a true Mexican recipe with real and fresh ingredients.
If you are wondering why you should plan a foodie trip to Mexico, this is everything we ate on our road trip around Mexico DF. Check the post of the itinerary here.
1.Tacos de Barbacoa (San Juan del Río)
Thanks to The Taco Chronicles show on Netflix, this was our first meal in Mexico. We planned this trip to satiate all our cravings, starting with the tacos from this show. So when we planned the itinerary, we knew that we have to visit one of these restaurants on our way to Quéretaro.
Los Tacos de Barbacoa are typically from the Hidalgo province. They are prepared by a traditional method of cooking in an underground oven until very tender and flavourful. You can find many good restaurants near San Juan del Río. We got ours in a place called Barbacoa De Santiago. This restaurant is just next to the highway and seemed to be very popular among tourists and locals. Everything was fresh, and you can even see the people making the tortillas and cutting the meat in front of you.
You can choose different parts of the sheep, and they explained you difference between the cut and the flavor. Basically the difference is the fat content. We chose Espadilla and Costilla, both have a medium amount of fat. We also asked for the meat broth with chickpeas as a side dish. All these include different types of sauces and toppings.
This meal was amazing and so cheap. It fulfilled all our expectations regarding the dish and the quality of the ingredients. I liked more the flavor of the Costilla, but both were amazing. One suggestion about going to a Mexican restaurant is to start ordering little by little. I know its tempting to order many dishes at once. But I assure you that the quantity and the nature of the whole ingredients will fill you up very quickly.
Once we arrived at Quéretaro, we knew our next meal had to be Gorditas. It is corn flour dense dough cooked on a hot surface and filled with any type of goodies. We tried ours at this charming restaurant in the city center, called Las Deliciosas Gorditas del Portal.
We wanted to taste the most typical flavors, but since we already ate a lot of meat before (Tacos de Barbacoa), I decided to give it a try to the vegetarian options. That is why I choose guacamole with sour cream and cheese. It was divine and the guacamole was so fresh.
The gorditas seemed small, but since they are made with only whole corn flour, they are full of fiber. I had two and was already si full. Apparently, this is a good option if you don’t want a whole plate, and you can ask them one by one. They are ready very fast, so you don’t have to wait for the next one. Delicious!
3. Mexican Breakfast options (Quéretaro)
I think breakfast was the extra motivation to wake up early on our trip. What not to love! Fresh fruit, flavorful full, and a huge variety to try. Our accommodation at Quéretaro had the most amazing included breakfast. We could choose between many types of dishes and there was a buffet with cold dishes and fruit. The coffee was really good as well. This was our selection the two days we ate at the hotel.
4. Breakfast for lunch (Cadereyta de Montes)
During our trip around the vineyards and the magical towns, we stopped at this cozy and delicious place called La Casitain the magical town of Cadereyta de Montes.
Since the Enchiladas dish is originally from this zone, we wanted to try them in a local restaurant. At that moment we didn’t know that it was a breakfast dish, so we ordered for lunch. To our surprise, we ordered for the breakfast combo that included toasts with jam, hot sauce, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and the chicken enchiladas. That was plenty of homemade food and sooo delicious. Also, this was the first time that we tried Café de Olla. This coffee is basically cooked with spices, sugar, and water. It was nice, but definitely I prefer the regular one.
5. Gorditas Negras and Michelada
Another typical dish from the Querétaro province is gorditas, and in the magical town of Bernal, the gorditas are black. We got our at El Negrito Gorditas with one liter of Michelada (drink with lime juice, beer, and hot sauce). We had this meal at the main square in Bernal, with an amazing view of the rock.
6. Querétaro local delicacies
One night our dinner was just wine that we got from our tour around the magical towns and some local cheeses, deli meats, and chocolates. We bought the Pedos de Monja (Nun farts) only because of the name, but to our surprise, they were incredibly tasty. This dinner was superb with good wine very tasty snacks.
7. First dinner in Mexico City (Sopa de tortilla, Huaraches, and Flautas)
On our first night in Mexico City, we went to this place called Flautas Vértiz. It was just around the corner of our accommodation, so it was really convenient. Our host recommended us to visit this place and try the flautas, but we couldn’t resist the temptations of ordering more. Like some Huaraches of pork and some tortilla soup. This last one was so rich and they put a lot of tortilla chips (just the way it should be always!) We asked for cheese flautas with two types of sauces, they were crunchy and full of flavor. This place was cheap and delicious.
8. Tacos al Pastor (El Zócalo)
On the second day in Mexico City, we spend the whole day walking around the Zócalo (the city center). AT lunch, we went to this place called Taqueria Arandas, where the specialty is Los Tacos al Pastor. We ate in here for around 6 euros per two people, this included 6 tacos with toppings. The meat was so rich in flavor and the texture was almost crunchy. The pineapple, the onions and the cilantro on top made a great flavor balance.
9. Churros with hot chocolate (El Zócalo)
Since our lunch wasn’t too heavy, we decided to have coffee (or hot chocolate) at this famous place in the city center called El Moro. We ordered 12 churros and a typical Mexican hot chocolate. In addition, we chose two dipping sauces for the churros, one of Cajeta (caramel sauce) and Chocolate (my favorite was the chocolate one). The churros were crunchy and fresh and the hot chocolate was like a big hug from a mexican grandma.
10. Tortas (Polanco)
On the day we went to Chapultepec castle and park, we stopped at this place called Taquería Selene. Our main intention was to have Tacos al pastor again, but the tortas were the most delicious dish we tried in this small and quiet expensive taqueria. Probably there were bigger and better options in other places, but al least this one was good.
11. Sweet mango with hot sauce
At the Chapultepec park, we saw many people eating this snack. We didn’t think it too much, and the bought one from the first seller that we saw. The mango was so sweet and the balance with the hot sauce and the tajin (chili powder) was perfect for the hot day. This was the perfect dessert after our Torta. Since that moment I am always combing sweet mango (or another type of sweet fruit) with chili powder. Thanks to Mexico for changing my life !!
12. Lunch at Tepotzlán
We were ready to start trying the cuisine from the southeast part of Mexico D.F. This means we were craving for some Mole and famous Chile Nogada. Since we were going to visit the magical town of Tepotzlán for the pyramid, we decided to choose a restaurant with these dishes. Luckily, we found Los Colorines just in the city center. This restaurant is beautiful, you feel like you are in the Coco movie with all the colorful decoration and the music. Their food is divine as well, even we didn’t get the usual decoration for the Chile Nogada, it was still very tasty.
13. Breakfast at Tepotzlán
On the following day, we had breakfast at our accommodation. We chose this nice cozy hotel because it was a bakery as well, so we thought that breakfast must be good, and indeed it was. It included fruit, fresh bread with jam and herb butter, a main dish to choose, juice, coffee, and a slice of extra sweet bread for taking away. We got the mushroom omelet and the chilaquiles in red sauce as the main dish. It was the perfect breakfast for our road trip day to Cholula.
14.Lunch at Cholula
We had a late lunch at Cholula, in this place called La Casa de Frida. This lovely and busy restaurant was just next to the pyramid, and it offers a great variety of local dishes. We got the Mixed Pozole with chicken and pork, this one is a kind of soup of corn with some extra salad to put on top. We also got natural fresh juices and they give you complimentary homemade bread with different sauces. This is place was one of the best and most beautiful table services restaurants on our trip.
15.Lunch at Puebla
On our last day in Puebla, we couldn’t leave this amazing city without trying the local specialties, such as Enchiladas Franciscanas (Chicken enchiladas with 3 types of sauces: mole, red and green pipían) and Chalupas Barrocas with 6 types of sauces. The mole was so flavorful and the pipían sauces were a nice surprise, with a pleasant nutty and aromatic taste. We ate at this restaurant just outside of Puebla downtown called El Ranchito.
That was it, I hope you take note for your next Mexican food adventure. Probably I missed many dishes, but you always have to leave something for the next time, because definitely Mexico will have a second visit from this foodie hiker.
Last February, we were so lucky to visit Latin America. Since we saw the Taco Chronicles, we wanted to visit and eat the amazing country of Mexico. As it was a culinary and cultural trip, we decided to do a 9-day road trip around Mexico city. Here is the itinerary, and if you want to check out our budget read until the end of the article.
Day 1: Querétaro
We arrived at the Mexico City international airport (Benito Juaréz) at 10:00 am and we went immediately to buy sims cards for our phones. They were cheap, just like 6 euros for each card and the internet was around 5GBytes, the shop is near the rent-a-car shops.
After this, we went to pick up our car at Hertz. One tip and the reason why we spent a little bit more of what we calculated for this was due to the insurances (almost the double of the initial price). In Europe, when you rent a car with Hertz as a Golden member, all the insurances are already on the tariff. When we arrived at Hertz, we discovered that the price we got did not have the super cover or other important insurances. Also, they suggested us to also take the insurance for car parts theft and vandalism. If you are wondering if this is necessary, well YES it is. Actually, someone robbed us of one of the side mirrors, and Hertz covered it without hesitation (apparently it is a very normal situation).
Once we got our car, we put our GPS and head the road to Quéretaro. We wanted to visit this city due to the scenery and magical towns. All the landscape on the highway was like a desert, and you can see all the cactus and the mountains. The highway is in very good conditions, actually, we didn’t see a bad highway in all our road trips.
We stop for lunch near San Juan del Río to get some Tacos de Barbacoa at Barbacoa de Santiago. Delicious!!!!! Check out my food journey in Mexico for more details 😁Finally, we arrived at our accommodation in Quéretaro around 3:00 pm. We stayed outside downtown at a hotel called Turotel. We chose this hotel because of the price, the parking, the pool and obviously the good reviews about the breakfast (and they were right!)
At night, we went to have dinner and discover downtown. Querétaro is a charming city, with old buildings and a lot of life. The Michoacanas tolls are famous around this area, and you can find many of them in all the shops. During the night, this city has a lot of nightlife and the buildings are beautifully illuminated.
Day 2: Magic Towns and vineyards
On the second day, we went to discover the magical towns and the vineyards around Querétaro. Our first stop was Tequisquiapan. A little magical town with colorful streets and a nice variety of tourist shops. This is where almost all the wine tours end. So, it is not weird that you can feel a touristy atmosphere. We were glad to visit the town in the morning because was almost only for us.
Our last stop was Cadereyta de Montes, and the main reason for this was that we already knew where we wanted to have lunch 😂. We went to a small familiar restaurant called La Casita. This restaurant was one of my favorites, I really felt all the food was made with love, great portions and the price was insanely cheap, compare to other restaurants on our trip. The town was also very nice, and it was quieter than Tequisquiapan, so the vibe was less touristy.
Our third stop was Freixenet, one of the most popular Vineyards in the region. The main house is stylish and you can find many kinds of wines in there, and some snacks to wash up de wine. It is a nice stop if you need to use the toilet, and to learn a little bit about the wine culture around Quéretaro.
Finally, we ended our wine and magical town tour in Bernal. Perfect for our afternoon snack. We grab some black gorditas and a michelada to spend a nice afternoon in the main square with an amazing view of the huge rock. This town is small but very beautiful. What a day! We finished the tour kinda early, so we had time to buy for dinner some cheese and chocolates to have it with our regional wine.
Day 3: Teotihuacan Pyramides
On the third day, we woke up early. We got an amazing breakfast and started our way to México City. We were going to visit the Teotihuacan Pyramide another day, but we thought that since we were already on our way to the city, we could stop by and check that from the to-do list. The trip was of approximately 3 hours (we stop for gas and some food).
We arrived around 2 pm and we had lunch in the parking spot. When we arrived at the main door, the policeman advised us to do the tour (in a store) first and then climb the pyramids, so we could understand everything better. I am glad we did it in that way because we appreciated the view and the meaning of the pyramides better. Also, it was a good strategy from a weather point of view, because when we were on the top of the pyramids the sun was not over us, so it was easier and less hot.
On our first day in Mexico City, we wanted to visit the Saint Patron of Mexico, La Virgen de Guadalupe. For that, we adventured ourselves into Mexican public transport. We used the MetroBus, which actually is only a bus. It was very busy and I recommend you speak a little bit of Spanish to figure out how the system works, but if you are lucky you will figure it out alone. It took us around 1 hour to get there, and definitely due to the number of people we knew we were in the right place. It was really nice, especially to see how faithful are the Mexicans. The neighborhood is not very nice, but you are only going to see the church and grab the bus back to the Zocálo (Mexico City center).
Once we arrived at the Zocálo, we were starving. What better place to try the famous Tacos al pastor than in Mexico. We got lunch in this taquería called Arandas, the tacos were amazing and so cheap. We had lunch for 6 euros for both of us!
We walked around all the downtown and when we were hungry again we went for some churros at Churrería El Moro (a must-do). Just around 5:00 pm, we grab again the Metro Bus to get back to our Airbnb. At this time, it was rush-hour, so it was crazy. Nevertheless, it was nice to see the city in different scenarios.
Day 5: Chapultepec Castle and park
On our second day in Mexico City, we visited the Castle of Chapultepec (National History Museum) and the park. We arrived there on foot, it was around 40 minutes and the perfect way to experience the nice neighborhood of Roma and La Condesa.
The Museum is beautiful, you get a nice view of the city and you can learn a lot about Mexican history. We loved the garden and the windows. In addition, a small walk through the market is a must-do when you are in the park. Here, you can see that it is not very touristy, actually many mexicans go to the park to spend the afternoon and have a walk during lunch break.
Just a few meters from the park, you can go to another neighborhood called Polanco. This place is fancier than other neighborhoods in the area, and you can feel it, especially because of the hotels and the restaurants.
After a good walk around the Zoo and the park, we went back to our accommodation and we cooked dinner there. We were so tired that was impossible to go to another place to eat.
Day 6: Tepotzlan
It was time to keep moving, so we woke up early, got into the car and oops! We realized somebody stole our side mirror during the night. Luckily, we bought the extra car insurance for this. So please, if you are renting a car in Mexico do not hesitate to grab this insurance at your Rent-a-car agency. Thanks to this, our departure was delayed. We got to Tepotzlan at 3:00 pm, had lunch and then we wanted to climb the mountain to get to the pyramid. Sadly, it was already too late. The last admission is from 4:30 pm. Well, you always have to let something left for the next time, right?
Anyways, we were so lucky to arrive in this magical town on the Carnaval weekend. The streets were closed and full of people drinking and dancing. Definitely, it was an experience to remember. We also had lunch in this lovely restaurant called Los Colorines, where we tried the Enchiladas with Poblano sauce and the Chile Nogal. Both were amazing. In addition, the route from Mexico to Tepotzlan is very scenic, and it is amazing how it changes suddenly into this cold weather and high mountains.
Day 7: Cholula
We stayed in Tepotzlán only one night, so we couldn’t go back to the pyramid on the following day. Nevertheless, we stayed in this charming hotel that was a bakery as well. I can only say this was one of the best breakfast we had on our trip. The bread was fresh and there was plenty of food. We grab some snacks for our road trip and we were not disappointed with our selection.
We departed around 10:00 am on our way to Cholula. If you love scenic routes and volcanos, you have to do this route. We saw the Popocatelpec volcano during our trip, and we were so lucky to see it with the smoke and everything.
Once we got to Cholula, we went for a walked around the Zocálo and grab a coffee in the famous square. Then, we went back to climb the Pyramide where the church is. From here you have an amazing view of the two Volcanos, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Lastly, we went inside the pyramid. There was the longest 800 meters trail, at this moment I realized I don’t like those kinds of trails…but the price at the end of the trail is worthy because you can see the pyramid from another point of view. So, go ahead!
After all this walking, we got a late lunch in this place called La Casa de Frida. It was a little bit expensive but completely delicious. I think it was one of my favorite restaurants on the trip. We got tortilla soup and a pozole. I completely recommend this place if you go to Cholula, it is almost next to the pyramid.
We did not stay in Cholula for the night, we stayed at Puebla instead. Since it was a long day, we arrived at our accommodation just before the sunset. We were so tired that we decided to have dinner at our Hotel and rest for our adventure the next day. We stayed in Puebla for two nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Puebla, the room was comfy, the pool was temperate and the breakfast was excellent, just what we needed for our last nights in México.
Day 8: Puebla city
Just before going to Puebla downtown, we went to the smallest volcano in the world, the Cuexcomate. It was very closed to our hotel and we were intrigued. It was nice but in 5 minutes you can see it all, so if it is going to take you a lot of time to get there it is better to skip it. In addition, the neighborhood where it is located is not very nice, so think twice.
After going to the volcano, we finally got to Puebla downtown. I was so excited about going here due to culinary fame and valuable history. Definitely, this city has everything I love, good food, beautiful and colorful buildings, near nature, and nice people. Just walking around the city is beautiful, so if you want to experience this place go for a walk and get lost in the stores and restaurants. My favorite places were the Parian market, La Capilla del Rosario, and La Calle de Los Sapos.
To end up our day, we had a late lunch at this place called El Ranchito, where we tried all sorts of Puebla food.
Day 9: Leaving
Finally, our road trip around Mexico city was finished. We drove from Puebla directly to the Mexico international airport, it was around a 2-hour drive. Since we arrived early for our flight, we went to the movies. There is a movie theater very near the Airport called Cinépolis Plaza Aeropuerto, and you can have a cheap lunch in there as well.
In conclusion, we felt in love with Mexico. Especially the food, the people and the scenery. If you have the chance, get a car and do a road trip. I think this is the best decision if you want to discover more.
As a promise you here is our budget for this trip here:
Accommodation: 420 euros
Food: 230 euros
Transport (Car, gas, tolls, and parking): 700 euros
Souvenirs and extras: 324 euros
Total: 1674 euros
Please let me know if you need more info about this trip!
Around September from last year, I wanted to surprise Glenn for his birthday in January. Which better place to celebrate his 32nd-year-old than the happiest place in Europe. I checked the discount and I got a half-board free dining plan and a 25% discount on my stay. I was so excited because when we got married we wanted our honeymoon in Disneyworld with the dining plan, but we couldn’t do it. So this was going to be like our birthday/honeymoon celebration. At the end of the page, you can check how much we spend on this trip.
But well, for me one of the most important things is the food. So I read a lot about the best restaurants in Disney, and in which I can use the Disney dining plan. After reading a lot the menus, we decided to book two months (yes, 2 months earlier!)earlier in the following restaurant. Also, you can check some of our snacks outside the dining plan.
Disney plus dining package
How it works? Well, there are 3 different types of dining packages: Basic, plus, and premium. Since we stayed in a moderate price hotel (Sequoia Lodge) we got the plus package. We decided to upgrade the package to full board, so we could go to more restaurants. The discount only included free half-board (breakfast and a meal in a restaurant per night), but with the full-board, one more meal per day was included. We thought that we package didn’t include drinks, but it does. Per person, you can have a soft drink (soda or juice) or a coffee/tea. This last one was very useful for me because normally I eat with water and having tea after the heavy meals were amazing (yes, you can ask for tap water for free).
TIP: Only upgrade if you will stay enough time in Disney, in our case we arrived on a Friday morning and leave on Sunday Night. For us, the meals portions in the package were huge, so it was a good idea to disperse our 6 meals between the 3 days. Our schedule was the following;
2:00 pm- Lunch at Captain Jack’s
9:00 pm- Late Dinner at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
10:00 am- Late breakfast at the hotel, this is one is from 7:00 am to 11:00 am (after Magic hours)
7:00 pm- Early dinner at Bistrot Chez Rémy
9:30 am- Late breakfast at the hotel (we woke up late 🙂
6:00 pm- Early dinner at Cape Cod
On the second and the third day we had some snacks between meals. These were not included in the meal plan, but were worthy 🙂
Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates
Our first meal in Disneyland Park was this romantic and delicious restaurant. The cuisine is tropical/Caribbean, and we were curious about this. Since we are from the tropic and our culture has a lot of Caribbean influence, we wanted to know how good Disney was doing proper research on the international cuisines. We were not disappointed!
With the dining package, you can only ask for the selection available for this selected plan. If you want something else from the premium package, you have to pay extra. We got the chicken salad and the fish soup as an entreé. They were huge, actually, they were almost like a main dish. On the side, they brought us a warm coconut bread that was nice (for me nothing special, it tasted like bread with artificial coconut flavor). The salad was delicious, it has like a Thai papaya salad flavor, and it was fresh and crunchy. Glenn’s fish soup was also very good, it tasted like tomato soup with tuna, it doesn’t sound good. But actually, the combination of species and textures was very authentic.
As a main dish, I chose the baked Mahi Mahi with coconut rice, and Glenn had the Caribean chicken with rice as well. My fish was baked in a tomato sauce (similar to the fish soup from the entreé) and some extra vegetables. It was really good and the rice was amazing. Glenn’s chicken was big and very tasty as well.
Our desserts were fantastic, but one more than the other one. I had the sugar cookie topped with roasted pineapple and cream. Glenn had the seasonal dessert of Christmas, it was a Minnie cookie shape, topped with berries mousse and raspberries coulis. The best was this last one, the pineapple one was good but I expected something more sophisticated and less sweet.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
At night, we went to the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Dinner Show. You can go without paying extra with the plus dining package at the 9:30 pm show. Since we don’t have kids, this was perfect for us. We saw many kids sleeping in the middle of the show, so if you are going with kids at this show make sure they sleep before going, so they can enjoy the whole show.
The food was a typical American BBQ. Once you get to your site, there are some tortilla chips on the table. Then, the staff starts giving you the beverage and a piece of cornbread. This last one tasted like vanilla cake with some corn flavor, was good but no phenomenal. TIP: The beverages are unlimited, especially the beer 🙌🏽
As the second dish, we got a delicious Chili con Carne. As an expert on this field, I can say it was full of flavor and the portion is big enough. Well, at this point we were already kinda full, especially because we ate a lot of chips at the beginning (do not make this mistake, the best was going to come).
The main dish was a full BBQ with glorious pork Ribs, a chicken leg, a spicy sausage, and some roasted potatoes. The best were the ribs 🤤so much flavor and they were warm. The chicken was really good as well. It was a huge meal, and it didn’t end there.
The dessert was a warm apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top. It was really sweet for my taste, but I still ate it all 😂. They also brought us coffee or tea and a small chocolate coin for later. This was a good experience and the show was entertaining. I don’t think we will do it again, but we didn’t regret trying it at least once. I think is a must-do in Disneyland Paris.
Breakfast at the Hotel
We were pleasantly surprised about the breakfast at our hotel. The restaurants were you can get it are Hunter’s Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern, located on the ground floor. Both of them have nice decoration and they are very big, so there is not a problem to get a space.
Because before getting we read reviews about it and people said it was very basic. Not at all! The breakfast included many types of bread, scrambled and boiled eggs (but really in France you have to the get the scrambled, with all that butter). All kinds of cheese, seasonal fruits, and deli meats. Lastly, the best for us was the Croissants and the pancake, both fresh and delicious. The coffee was ok but the best, at least good to start the day. TIP: I combine half espresso with half hot chocolate… amazing mochaccino.
Between meals, we had snacks and some of them were seasonal. Like this Gingercake and the Christmas donut. Both of them were around 3 euros per two portions. They were nice, especially the ginger cake, but the donut was basic, just like Dunkin Donuts. Also, we had to try the Croque Monsieur from Market House Deli, after reading a lot of reviews about it. And yes, it was delicious and huge.
Bistrot Chez Rémy
The second day we had dinner at the restaurant from Ratatouille attraction. The topic is french cuisine but with American portions, so for us was perfect! The ambiance is unique, you really feel like the restaurants for the rats of the movie.
As an entreé, I got the salad with a poached egg and Chantal cheese. Glenn got the seasonal soup, pumpkin soup. Both were delicious, and the ingredients tasted very fresh.
As a main, both of us got the fish with Ratatouille and mash potatoes. I think this was the best dish I had on this trip. The sauce was bloody amazing, and everything on the plate was like a celestial marriage. The portion was perfect, not too big or too small. The ratatouille was on the same plate (different from other plates).
Finally, our dessert was the tiramisu and the chocolate mousse. For me, both were very sweet, and I would prefer a typical tiramisu, but in general, it was good since they were already made in a freezer. The chocolate mousse was ok, I prefer the ones that the chocolate flavor is more intense, but I guess they have to make one in the middle for every taste. Next time I would like to try the Gusteau’s Dessert, because yes I hope we will have the next time in this restaurant 😍.
On the last day, we want to go to this café, since it was number one in Tripadvisor from the Disney restaurant. The scenery and the decoration are amazing, in fact you are paying for it. We got the seasonal hot chocolates and a Croque monsieur to share (yes, the one in the picture is a Croque monsieur…). We were kinda disappointed with the food. The hot chocolates were normal, just the decoration was nice, but we realize you can get the same hot chocolate (with the decoration) for half the price in one of the stalls outside. The Croque Monsieur was a joke for me, it was like one of those simple sandwiches you make for kids. The whole price of this meal was 33 euros. Buring the fantastic Croque Monsieur at Market House Deli was only 7,5 euros (double the size, and the real thing). You can find those chocolates for 5 euros each. To sum out, this improved meal outside can cost you half-price. Basically, you pay the other half for the place.
Our last meal was a buffet before getting back home. We chose Cape Cod because we wanted to visit this hotel, and the reviews were really good. People were right about this one, one of the best buffets I have tried in Europe. Everything was fresh and delicious. We loved the soup, the salmon and of course the desserts. This was the perfect ending for our Disney foodie trip.
I have to give you my thoughts about our Hotel. The Sequoia Lodge had good reviews, and a price is a perfect option if you on a romantic trip. We stayed in the main building, in the east wing. Our room was a little bit far from the reception or the restaurant, but this was ideal for us since it was quieter. The only bad thing about the position was to walk until the reception to get back from the room, but it was not a big deal.
The view from the room was great, it was the lake. From here you can see the Disney globe and the Sequoia trees just outside the hotel. The room was big and the bed was comfy. The decoration was about Bambi and we found small shampoos and conditioners with Mickey design in the bathroom. The room didn’t have a kettle or tea facilities (we didn’t stay in the Golder Forest rooms).
The hotel is very cozy in general, for the winter is perfect. In addition, having a wine or a hot chocolate in front of the biggest fireplace in Europe is a must, this one is located in the Redwood Bar and Lounge. In general, this is an amazing hotel, and the location is less than 15min to the parks.
Accommodation (free half-board dining package, upgraded full-board, 2 nights, magic express, and park tickets for 3 days): 1035 euros
Food (outside the Dining Package): 66,5 euros
Transport (Train from NL to France in Thalys): 198 euros
Total: 1299,34 euros
Next trip wishes
Definitely, we want to go back and experience all the things we couldn’t on this last trip.
Places to eat (Buffet): Restaurant Agrabah Café, Inventions, Hunter’s Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern.
Places to eat (Table service): Silver Spur Steakhouse, Manhattan Restaurant, Walt’s, The Steakhouse, Auberge de Cendrillon, and Annette’s diner.
Places to eat (Counter Service): Earl of Sandwich, Fuente del Oro, Hakuna Matata, and Au Chalet de la Marionnette.
Places to stay: We would love to stay in the new Marvel Hotel (it was under construction), Newport Bay’s Club, Hotel Disneyland, and Cheyenne.
Many things to do in the happiest place in Europe. Please let me know if you need more info or if you recommend something for our next visit.
Getting there: All is connected by train or buses between each other and from Vienna
Scenery: Trail with forest, vineyards, Danube river and many types of fruit trees
Just a few hours from fancy Vienna, there is a land where you can immerse in nature and enjoy magical culinary adventures. Wachau Valley gives you the experience of walking from the river shores to vineyards trail, and just a few steps further from the Austrian forest.
We did a 4-day hiking tour around this area, and I think is one of the most beautiful hiking we had ever done. We went at the beginning of September, so it was still summer and there was the beginning of fall festivals (When they collect all the grapes). Stay tuned to read more about it:
Day 1: Vienna to Melk
We took from a train from Wien Hauptbahnhof (train station) to Melk (Direction Salsburg), with a transfer in St.Pollen (it was around 32 euros one way). The journey was about one hour long, and it was amazing how comfortable were the trains in Austria. The economy class felt like a business one.
We arrived at Melk around 3 pm. Just in time to check-in in our accommodation, Pension Babenberger. Here we got a comfy room with included Austrian breakfast (boiled eggs, all types of bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, ham, and cheese). Enough for our first day of hiking.
This day we went to check out the beautiful little town and we saw the sunset reflected on the Stift Melk (Melk Abbey). Finally, we closed our day with a good burger and refreshing beer at Koloman.
Day 2: Melk to Spitz (29km)
Our first stop was Melk Abbey, we didn’t enter but we want to look around. Just the entrance was beautiful, and we decided to go back one day and stay for a long time inside. Then, we started walking throughout the fields. I think there chamomile and corn. Finally, we started our way up through the forest. All the trail had useful signs and places to rest.
Once we got to the top of the mountain, the scenery is surreal. We had lunch just before entering a field full of pine trees (the smell was amazing!). Then on our way down, we had this magical view of the valley.
Finally, we arrived at Spitz around noon. The views in the last kilometers were fields full of vineyards and nice houses. We stayed that night in a historical hotel called Mariandl. Apparently it was important due to an old movie filmed there, so the hotel includes a museum of the movie.
Spitz is a cute little town, full of picturesque tiny streets and great views of the river. We had dinner in a restaurant called Gasthaus Spitzerl. Obviously, we want some regional cuisine and this place did not disappoint at all. Our dish was a Spitzerl’s Herrengröstl, a combination of roast potatoes with roast pork, bacon, onions, fried eggs served with cabbage-salad paired of course with some local wine, RieslingFederspiel. The perfect way to recover from a long hike. Our dessert was a regional dish called Marmeladepalatschinken, and it is basically 2 crepes with Wachauer apricot jam and ice cream.
Day 3: Spitz to Krems (19km)
On the third day we were already a little bit tired, not only because of the hiking from the before, but also because before coming to Wachau we spent a full week in Vienna. so we decided that we were going to walk until we felt it was enough. For that, we had an enormous and delicious breakfast in the hotel. The best eggs we had in all our days in Austria, and a pretty good selection of different kinds of bread. The hotel has a small vineyard that you can visit, and from there you had a beautiful view of the river.
Our next stop was Weißenkirchen in der Wachau. For getting there we immersed again into the forest. But first, we reached a nice spot to view Spitz from a mountain. Once we got to our destination, we realized there was a festival called Erntedankfest (fall festival). It was so full of locals enjoying the good wine and some delicious pastries because well is Austria. We grab two homemade cakes, one with amaretto and the other one was a black forest, both were delish!
After spending some good time at the festival, we started our last part of the hike. We walked to Dürnstein, but this time we did not follow the trail. Instead, we walk along the river. We did this because we want to have that view and also because we were already a little bit tired. Dürnstein is a beautiful and touristy town. We had lunch just the moment we arrived, and then we walked around the city. It was crowded with tourist and actually we barely feel that people live there. From there we decided to grab a bus to Krems, where we were going to rest that day before going back to Vienna the day after.
Once we arrived at Krem by bus, we relaxed in the Hotel Klinglhuber. The room was very comfy and it was very near the train station, so was perfect for the next day. We went for dinner at a restaurant called Schreiberhaus. This place was very near our accommodation and it was one of the few places open on a Sunday (that is difficult to find in Austria). For dinner, we had local wine and baked fish with vegetables and potatoes: Amazing! Glenn had fried chicken and local beer. The plate portions of this place were huge, so we were fully satisfied.
Day 3: Krems to Vienna
The final day, we decided we want to checkout Krems downtown. It is very small but full of life. We were pleasantly surprised to see all the cafés and nice architecture. On our way back to Vienna, we saw fields full of local produce, like this pumpkin field.
That was our full hiking trip our the Wachau Valley. Our budget for this trip was:
Transport (from Vienna and bus in Wachau): 84 euros
Last June, we finished our 2 weeks Norwegian trip. One part of this journey was a road trip from Trondheim to Bergen, making some strategic stop in places we want to do some hikes or we want to see some attractions. Some here is all the info, including our accommodation, meals, and budget.
We rented the car at Trondheim Airport. From there took us around 5 hours to get to Eide, where we were going to spend the night. As the main objective of this stop was to pass through the Atlantic Ocean Road, we first put on our GPS a supermarket in Kristiansund. So, after there, we had to get the popular road to get to our destination. This route has a ferry that cost around 15 euros for the car and an extra passenger.
Eide to Stranda, vía Trollstingen
After having a local breakfast at our Airbnb (Some barley porridge), we headed the road to Trollstingen. We were super lucky that the road was already open (it’s closed until the beginning of summer). The road by itself is beautiful and somehow magical. We reached the parking spot on the top, and from there we did some short hikes (Around 1 hour, since there was still some snow on the top). We had lunch here, and then we continue our journey to Stranda. where we spend two nights.
Stranda was a strategic stop for two reasons: the amazing Airbnb that was like staying with friends, plus the proximity to Geirangerfjord and other hiking trails. The next day, we drive until Hellesylt, where we took the tourist ferry to Geiranger. It is cheaper to get on the ferry without the car, it was around 93 euros return ticket. I think it is expensive but completely worthy since you can see the waterfall and learn some story behind the fjord. The ride is about 1 hour each way, so as we did it early, we had the whole afternoon to do a hike around Stranda.
Our Airbnb host recommended a hike near her place. Just a few minutes away by car we reached Livarden starting point. This hike is around 10km up and the view is outstanding, from here you can see have a spectacular view of the connection between Geirangerfjord and Tafjord, resulting in a big river that ended up in the ocean.
Stranda to Vikøyri, Lovatnet Lake stop
The following day, we started our long drive to Vikøyri. It was around five hours of driving since we want to get to know Lovatnet lake. We had a lovely lunch in front of the lake. This road has many types of breathtaking sceneries, as the view of the fjord from the mountain.
We decided to sleep at Vikøyri due to the convenient location, nothing more. But for our surprise, there is an old Stave Church called Hopperstad stavkyrkje. The structure is amazing and the whole ambiance made me feel I was in a mystical place. We arrived late, so we couldn’t get inside, so I will have to return to check it out.
Vikøyri to Segelgjerd, Viking village stop
Our next stop was Segelgjerd, a town near Trolltunga. To get there the trip is around 2 hours, but it took us more than because we want to visit the Viking village at Gudvangen. The entrance ticket is around 20 euros each adult and includes a small tour with some explanations on the Viking life. It was nice to see that the people working there actually live there, only for the 3 or months that the village is open. Apparently, there is a nice summer Festival in July, so visit around those days to have the full Viking experience.
The rest of the road was agreeable, with some nice views and tiny towns. Once we got to Segelgjerd, we were impressed by the landscape. Apart from Trolltunga, the surrounders are beautiful and you can have a nice view from the fjord along the highway. We were going to stay here because we bolled a two-day tour to climb Trolltunga the next morning.
Our Trolltunga experience was completely different from what we thought was going to be. Especially because we didn’t have the best weather, it was snowing at the end of May, so our equipped wasn’t the appropriate one but we survive! Luckily, besides the snow and some clouds, we achieve to saw the troll tongue (Trolltunga).
We booked a tour with Trolltunga adventures, it included the accommodation on tents on the top, all the meals, and local hiking snacks. I think it was worthy, so if you want the whole Norwegian hiking experience you should check them out!
Segelgjerd to Øystese
Since our two-days Trolltunga experience finished around 2 pm, we chose a near town where to spend that night closed to Hardangerfjord. This town was Øystese, near the ferry stop and the intersection for Bergen.
The view from this little town is amazing and our Airbnb was cozy and convenient. We just relaxed after all the walking and prepare for the following day drive.
Øystese to Bergen, via scenic route 49 & 48
This scenic route was recommended by our Airbnb hosts. It took us one hour more to reach Bergen but it was worthy. Although it was raining that day, we appreciated the numerous waterfalls, tunnels, and islands. We left the car at Bergen so that concludes our road trip.
Norway is an enormous country that we could see only a small part of it. Definitely, it has so many things to see and it is a great place to do any kind of outdoors activities.
This small road trip gave us a taste of the most popular attractions on the road, so if you want to replicate this trip let me know and tag us on Instagram.
Finally, you decided to visit this amazing city, since it is the German capital your perception of its food is basically pretzel, beer, and pork. Well, think again or just check this post!
Berlin is famous due to the harsh history regarding the wall, a physical border that divided basically the world from the ’60s until the end of the ’80s. This caused a lot of pain and wars, but certainly, it made Berlin what it is today. A rich multicultural city with a creative and inclusive vision, always trying to let behind radical ideologies that separated the world before. All this provoked a cultural culinary hub, giving one of the best places for a foodie to discover high-quality dishes from all around the world.
Some of the dominant cultures, apart from the German one, is the Turkish one. This one has given a legacy and a staple dish to the city called the Döner Kebab. A tasty pita bread sandwich filled with braised beef or chicken, salad and several sauces. You can find this delicacy everywhere in Berlin, the quality depends on your budget and your patience.
We got ours from Fugger Imbiss, where the price for one is 4.5 euros. In my opinion, it is a healthy dish on a budget (without the fries).
Another Middle East dish, but this time a very sweet one. While I was doing my Berlin foodie research, this place called Pasam Baklava was a recurrent result. They have many flavors to try, and if you ask they can make you an assorted box with 2-3 pieces of each flavor. This was around 10 euros. I recommend eating them the same day because there is nothing more delicious than a fresh Baklava, crunchy on the top and wet on the bottom. We still have some the following day, they were still pretty tasty but definitely were better the day before.
Another culture that is present in Berlin due to the different ideologies is the Vietnamese. Since we are Pho lovers, we had to go for one. Our provider was this place called Cao Cao. Overall, it was a good experience but not the best Pho we have tried in Europe, France still has the best European Pho. Maybe we did not go to the right place in Berlin. About this place, the decoration is amazing, it makes you feel you are having dinner in Vietnam. They have Vietnamese beer (Saigon) and many types of dishes, it is kinda pricey for been Vietnamese and a Berlin restaurant.
We couldn’t visit Berlin without trying one type of Berliner, or several… We had ours in this place called Bäckerei & Konditorei W. Balzer. This little shop has a nice atmosphere with an excellent variety of Berliner. The coffee is pretty good as well. We tried the original glazed filled with prune jam, one called “Strawberry cheesecake” filled with strawberry jam and covered with cream cheese glazed, and lastly one glazed with mix berries filling.
This street food has its origins in Berlin, probably another result of the mix of cultures. It is basically a warm sausage cut in bite pieces covered in a special sauce with curry. You can eat it with fries or bread and cost around 2 euros.
After a long walk around the city, we ended up having lunch at this food hall. There were many options to choose from but in the end, the crepes from the nice french guy convinced us. We got the regular with ham and cheese and the vegetarian one.
Berlin traditional cuisine
On the last day, we were finally ready for something more German options. Our choice was to try the Schnitzel, the sausages, and local beers at Dicke Wirtin. This place has a lovely atmosphere and welcoming staff. The food is pretty good and the portions are big. We are glad we came here for this dinner and I would come back in the future.
On the go food
Apart from the food, you can crab in a restaurant, we had some good on the go snacks, such as seasonal prune tarts from a local bakery, a greek salad on the go from Pret A Manger, and a cinnamon cookie scones from Kamps. For our hike, we got a sandwich from Kamps and two types of Ritter chocolate, our favorite was the one with coffee bean pieces inside. The other one with salt, honey, and almonds tasted like a Toblerone, so it was yummy as well.
Breakfast at the hotel
I had to make a special mention to the breakfast we had every day at the Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre. This is the best buffet breakfast I have ever been, so many options and everything was fresh and delicious. This hotel is well located and the complimentary spa was perfect to freshen up after a busy day.
We had an amazing time in Berlin and the food did not disappoint us at all. Definitely, Berlin is a foodie paradise, so another visit from us is mandatory!
Scenery: Trail with castle views, forests, limestone mines, mountains, and suburbs.
On our Prague Holiday, we decided to take a day to escape the craziness of the city and deep into the magical Czech forest. One option for this was Bohemian Paradise, but since it is far (around 2 hours by train) and we only had one day for this, we chose another closer hike.
We started our hike from Karlštejn train station, an hour train (route S7) journey from Hlavní nádraží station, in Prague city center. After walking with all the tourists going to the castle through the small picturesque town, we turned right just in the main entrance of the castle to start the trail on the forest.
A few meters later, we reached the entrance of the national park. This national park is hiker friendly, giving you many benches and tables to rest along the trail. Also, all the signs and maps are very clear, so it easy to follow. On the way, there are many types of scenarios, from old houses to crops and deep forests.
After discovering one of the many caves present in the trail, we found a nice roof with benches where we had our local produce sandwich (Moravian ham, Parenica cheese, and bakery bread). Later, we went to the limestone mines (Solvayovy Lomy), where there were numerous types of old machinery and a café.
The trail after the mines had amazing views of the mountains, especially from Vyhlídka Mramor scenic spot. From there you can see the little town of Svatý Jan pod Skalou, where there are a huge monastery and the tomb of St. John under the rock. You can go to the cave where he lived for several years, it is kinda creepy but interesting at the same time.
Finally, our last trail to reach Srbsko was mainly on the road until the last 2 km that we turned right and enter some forests. This little town is full of new houses, it is more like a suburban town. From here we reached the train station and took the train back to Prague.
Czech forests are just magical and I like the fact that there are hills and a lot of interesting archeological rocks. I think we only saw a little bit of what the Czech Republic could offer to the hikers. I would love to come back and discover more from this tiny but diverse country.
The Czech Republic is famous for many things, like the beer, the forests, the beautiful Prague and so much more. But something that is a little underestimated is the food, and it shouldn’t be! Keep reading to find out the best food we got in an hour trip to Prague and Karlovy Vary.
On our first day in Prague, we want to have a good breakfast somewhere. After reading a lot of reviews, we chose Café Savoy. This place is expensive but completely worthy. The dishes were delicious, the decoration was splendid, and everything was fresh. We had a Czech breakfast that includes coffee, orange juice, and omelet, typical cake, bread, and some regional deli meats. The french breakfast was superb, it includes a croissant filled with scrambled eggs, sausages, salad, and a baked french toast out of this world. I recommend this place without hesitation.
Dumplings (Houskový knedlík)
When you check which food to try in Prague, most of the people will tell you that you have to try the dumplings. In the beginning, the first perception that I have about dumplings was only the Asian ones. But then I realized that the Czech ones should be one category apart. They are not filled, instead, they are like potatoes dumplings with pieces of bacon inside, served with a flavorful goulash. They are delicious and very filling. We got ours in this delightful restaurant called U kroka. It was so good we went there twice on our trip.
Bohemian Roast Duck (Pecena Kachna)
I think there are two cultures that know how to make a good duck, the Chinese and the Czechs. This roast duck is so crunchy and sublime. It comes with dumplings, sweet red cabbage with apples and potatoes, and a deep flavor sauce. We got our as well at U kroka, I think it was one of the best meals on our trip.
Farmers and food markets
If you want to immerse in the food that Czechs are actually eating, try to visit one of the Farmer’s market we went to this one: Farmářské tržiště Náplavka. There you can try fresh and exciting produce. We got freshly cold-pressed apple juice from local produce that was so refreshing. Furthermore, we got one of these savory Strudl, with spinach and seed. The crust was so flaky and the filling was so fresh and warm.
Another market we visited was the Dyzajn Market. This market is famous for all the handicrafts, including some exciting food. We got a Chili con Carne hot dog (with local sausages) and a breathtaking burger. I know these foods don’t sound like traditional food, but I assure you that indeed they are some options that locals are eating.
Selsky Oblozeny Talir_ Farm Plate
If there is something that I am very sure about Czech culture is their love for meat. This plate summarizes all the types of meat presentation they consume. Like baked sausage, roasted pork, smoked meat paired with red/white cabbage, bread, and potato dumplings.
Medovník – Honey Cake
If you go to Prague this is the dessert to go first, nothing weird about it. Just dreamy honey sponge cake layer filled with a sticky and sweet frosting, top with a nice layer of crunch. Paired perfectly with whipped cream and maybe a dark beer. It is a dream.
Mísa Řezy- Chocolate cheese dessert
This dessert combines a sponge chocolate cake with a layer of cheesecake (it tastes a little with more sour, like yogurt) and a top layer of dark chocolate ganache. We had ours at U Kroka restaurant. Definitely, this dessert is an unmissable indulgence from Czech Republic.
Karlsbader Oblate- Karlovy Vary Waffers
If you visit Karlovy Vary, you must grab this delicate and tasty wafers. They had them in several points across the magical town. It consists of a light cookie filled with a flavored cream. We indulged ourselves with a lemon one. So refreshing and delicious.
Pernik na figurky-Gingerbread cookies
These are very common in all Europe, but the Czech ones are a little more different. The texture is like cake and the ginger flavor is not very strong. Nice with a cup of hot chocolate.
This drink doesn’t need presentation. Life is simple, if you go to the Czech Republic you must grab a beer, or two. Since we appreciate innovations and handcraft produce, we went to small breweries to experience something a little bit more local. We went to this place just in the middle of the city called Roesel. They have a good selection of beers and the place was kinda hidden from the busy streets.
This is one is a small mention of all the goodies we god in the supermarket for our meals at the hotel or for our hiking trips. We loved, in particular, the herbal soda drink Kofola, the Mila wafer, and Parenica cheese (this last one is Slovak).
Well, this was all our food in Czech Republic. I hope you take some ideas for your next trip.