All posts tagged: travels

COLOSSEUM

  Prices: full : € 12,00 reduced : € 7,50 How to get here: Roma, Piazza del Colosseo Metro: Line B – “Colosseo” Bus: Line 75 – 81 – 673 – 175 – 204 Tram: Line 3 Rome was so small that we could have walked here from our hotel! But we instead took the metro since we were sure that we would do lots of walking around throughout the day. Thanks to our Roma Pass, we were able to enter this exhibit for free. I would also like to mention that the purchase of this ticket also allows you to enter the colosseum roman forum and palatine. I actually dropped my camera right outside the Coloseeum but thankfully it still worked! The view was quite nice and there were plenty of statues and things to see. Of course, we spent the whole time taking hundreds of photos… but only a few came out nice as it was too sunny to grab a nice picture.

Before heading to Rome… Roma Pass!

  Roma Pass The biggest advice I could give anyone traveling to Rome, is to get the Roma Pass! We got the 3 day traditional Roma Pass for 36 Euros, but there is a 2 day pass. Here is what the pass offers: 1. Two Free Entrances to all national and city museums in Rome. Make sure you go to the most expensive ones first, as they are free!  2. Free use of the city’s public transport network. We used it to go on the Metro, Bus stations, etc. It was very easy and simple to use. 3. Discounted tickets to other landmarks/sites after you’ve used your 2 free entrances. You can also go in a seperate line if you have a Roma Pass.

Il Brillo Parlante, Rome {Review}

Il Brillo Parlante   Via Della Fontanella 12, 00187 Rome, Italy (Campo Marzio) Trip advisor – Il Brillo Parlante After walking around the piazza del popolo, we decided to stop by here for a bite. On Tripadvisor, this place has 4 stars and 854 reviews so we thought it would be amazing. It was quite easy to find and overall, a very lovely restaurant.    We ended up ordering the Carbonara and my sister got a pizza (sorry, forgot the name of it). While my cabonara was decent – you’ll find that I didn’t really like any of the food in Italy – my sister said that her pizza was pretty bland. Out of my whole trip, this was the best cabonara I had and honestly… that’s not really saying much. Most of the cabonara I had were extremely salty.

Settembrini Cafe, Rome.

  Settembrini Cafe Via Luigi Settembrini 25 00195 Rome Italy YELP   Ahhh Italy, known for its pizza, coffee, pasta and gelato! My sister promised me that we would “eat gelato three times a day, and drink coffee twice a day.” Sadly, that wasn’t the case. We only had gelato once a day and coffee twice a day, but I’m not complaining.  We arrived at our hotel at 8 am, check in was at 2 PM so we had 6 hours to kill. After we dropped off our suitcases, we decided to make a coffee run and explore the neighborhood. My sister had tediously planned our trip using tripadvisor.com so we were prepared with a list of coffee places to try. Settembrini was only a few minutes away so after a little trip to a small swap meet (farmers market?) we stopped in for a cup of coffee.

Welcome to Rome! Beldes HR Hotel

Beldes HR Hotel Via degli Scipioni, 239, 00192 Roma, Italy I loved this hotel! It was close to the subway (only 3 minutes away), close to the bus stops (also 3 mins away), and within walking distance to all the places we wanted to go to. I especially love traveling with my sister because she plans EVERYTHING and she picked this hotel because it was right in the middle. Also, it’s only two blocks away from a famous gelato place.  Location: The hotel was super convenient to get to. In order to get to the Hotel from the airport we simply caught a bus, then took the bus to the main subway station which is : Termini. Then we took the subway and got off Lepanto. So if you decide to stay here, getting here is a breeze from all major landmarks because you can simply take the bus or subway and get off at this stop! It is within walking distance to most major landmarks, such as the spanish steps, shopping centers, farmers market and others. Also there …

Sneak peek – Rome travel blog

as school is starting in less than two weeks, my blog will focus more on lifestyle + food and less on my travel adventures. Here is a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to in Rome! also I am using a new camera so the photos will be better! . I also made sure to film a lot more so the VLOG this time will be longer!

Sweetology Review – Festival Walk

Sweetology’s FacebookI try to not eat at Festival Walk, actually I did a pretty good job at that. When Jane and I first started Monday Dates, we ate at festival walk. We typically ate at Oliver’s Super Sandwiches, and then always ended our meal with dessert at Yo Ma Ma Frozen Yogurt. These lunches would cost us quite a bit, around 90 HKD and it was a big treat for us. Luckily, we only ate like that for a few weeks then I moved to Mong Kok and we were able to eat ramen for 30 HKD and get boba (Come Buy) for another 20 HKD! So much cheaper. But, Jane spent her last month traveling to pretty much every country in Asia! Seriously, she’s gone everywhere and by herself! So, I found myself eating at Festival Walk more often because it was close to school and Sham + Nancy were always there. Through Sham and Nancy, I was able to eat more western food, as Jane and I typically liked to eat asian food. Anyway, I digress…. basically, thanks …

Teawood – TST

 Teawood Review 2 Carnarvon Plaza, 20 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui I only went here for the brick toast. Look at it… it looks better than anything I’ve ever seen.  Jim asked Jane and I if we finally wanted to meet his girlfriend so we decided to meet up in TST. I’ve wanted to try Teawood for a while and was waiting to eat there with Sham & Nancy but as luck would have it – Jim’s girlfriend took us here! The place was soo nice. I found out that there was one in Mong Kok also that just recently opened, too bad I never got to eat there again. We made it right on time, because after we were seated… there was literally a line out the door!  Their drink menu was very large and we each got a different drink. What we ordered Sorry, the details are fuzzy since this was a month ago 😦 My strawberry drink. It was really good! Jane’s chocolate drink. I actually wish I got this instead. Jim and …

Favorite Find: Bourough Market

  Borough Market Excuse the red car that ruined my picture. This was by far the highlight of my trip. Why? Because it combined: Food + Surprise all in one! We were on our way to see London Bridge but stumbled across this hidden gem instead. It is the largest market I’ve ever encountered and I am so in love with it. Tom, surprisingly, has never heard of it nor gone inside so we all decided to explore it.  They have a huge section of all cheese, beer, and vegetarian food. Tom went crazy and discovered his love for pickled radish. We also saw a place that sold: Reindeer meat, Kangaroo meat, and Zebra Meat!     Tom got this at the stand above, he said it was the best he’s ever had! The Sausage on a stick that we got. I barely tried it because it was so tiny, but cheap so I shouldn’t be complaining.       Something exotic. Reindeer burgers, Kangaroo burgers, and kangaroo fillet. Our Wangus burger. It was really good, but the meat …

On our way to England!

  En route… England! As you all know, I’ve only been home for about less than two weeks – so I’m severely jet lagged. I’m actually surprised I haven’t developed an addiction to Nyquil yet since I take it so regularly now. Also, I’m still recovering from Taiwan where I became deadly ill. As my sister reaches the old age of 24, she won’t be able to travel for free so… we decided to take some last minute trips to Europe. Her flights will end on January 12th, so we both expect to do some traveling before then.  I don’t really have any warm clothing since our winter in California is like Hong Kong’s winter. On the day of our flight, we rushed to Sears and bought me some boots before heading home to quickly pack. I packed two peacoats and one sweater. That was seriously all the winter clothing I had! Also, thanks to Nancy and Sham I was able to have two gloves and one scarf. We arrived to Heathrow airport on Monday, and left on Friday.  I’m typing this …