Travel Diary: Paris

The last time I was in Paris, I had just turned 18 years old. I was there with my mom for my birthday, and we took a very hectic tour of Western Europe so we were in town for only two nights. This time around, I was with my husband Carlos and baby Tristan and we stayed for a good week. All I can say is: what a difference a relaxed itinerary makes! We were able to explore the city at our own pace and get a glimpse of what its like to live there.

We skipped the museums (and pretty much any place with a line) and instead spent our time cooking at home (the ingredients available to us were just amazing), relaxing at parks, shopping, and dining in cafes. We were extra careful in terms of security, as we have heard of many stories of pickpockets and petty crimes being done to tourists (which is why we skipped taking the Metro and just took Uber everywhere). But it was all good. We still enjoyed walking around the city (be wary of which arrondissement you’re in though).

Paris really is quite beautiful, no matter what the season. And you will see that in our photos–we explored the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Montmartre but there are so many other places to see. One week is not enough! ❤

                                              

Our Airbnb flat in Paris

      

Our Parisian Airbnb flat was a dream. It was stylish, spacious, comfortable and accessible. We had a wonderful time in Paris, thanks to this apartment. And we had an especially easy time taking care of Tristan because it was family-friendly and it had a kiddie room full of toys. We love this flat–it was so homey. The owners actually live here but they went on vacation so they decided to rent it out on Airbnb. I don’t think you’ll be able to find it on the site if you search for it but there are so many other flats like this in Paris, you really just have to look.

I am such a fan of Airbnb, I really try my best to spread the word and promote it for travel. And so far, so good! I’ve stayed in more than a few apartments and they have all been quite good, with some really exceeding my expectations. My wish is for everyone to have the same positive experience with Airbnb, which is why I am giving you a discount for your next booking. All you have to do is use my link: www.airbnb.com/c/kmisafernandez. This works when you register with Airbnb for the first time. ❤

Travel Diary: Barcelona

Allow me to share with you another Fernandez family trip–our weeklong vacation in Barcelona. I have to say, I absolutely love this gorgeous cosmopolitan region. It was my first time to visit Spain, and I immediately felt at home. I cant quite describe it other than it has a Philippine vibe, and I get the food, the language and the weather. It is definitely one of the best places to see art and architecture, and it is also one of the best places to shop (for clothes, accessories and home wear).

I loved the the amazing modernist landmarks like the fantastic Sagrada Familia church, Parc Guell, Casa Mila and Casa Batilo, and many more wonderful structures that were all within the city. Yes, the best part about Barcelona is it is practically a walking city, and if you cant walk it then you can just take the Metro. It was so easy and accessible, the food was incredible and our little family just had a great time relaxing at parks, admiring the gorgeous buildings, and getting a bit of sea breeze. I think my photos speak for themselves–its hard not to fall in love with this place. We will be back, Barcelona! ❤

                 

Travel Diary: Boboli Gardens

After spending a few days in Florence, my little family felt like we needed a break from all the touristy spots (with extra long lines) and busy restaurants. We wanted to go to a place where we can relax but at the same time allow space for Tristan to run and play. I am so glad we found Boboli Gardens–it offered a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the city center. And wow, it was just so grand and beautiful, we really enjoyed our day here.

These gorgeous gardens belongs to the Boboli/Medici family (one of the wealthiest families in Italy) and has remained completely private until the late 18th century. The size of the estate is impressive, and the gardens alone, along with the numerous sculptures and fountains, are just breathtaking. Naturally, we took plenty of photos and stayed until sunset (tip: before you reach the exit there is an amazing view of the city you shouldn’t miss). I think it is a great place for young families to visit as it is not at all busy or touristy. Admission is 7 euros per person, but entry fees are reduced if you visit after 4 p.m.

            

Travel Diary: Firenze

Our trip to Florence was truly a memorable one. My little family spent one week here, and enjoyed every minute of it. Not only is Florence a gorgeous city, it is filled with history, art, culture and amazing, glorious food. We never ate so well in a trip–seriously, I am still dreaming of the wonderful pasta, pizza and gelato we had!

So, it definitely helped that Florence is a walking city. Because we basically just walked to wherever we needed to go. All the museums, parks, shops and restaurants were close by and our place (we found it thru Airbnb) was right in the center of everything. We didn’t really spend so much time in museums since we brought Tristan with us (we pretty much avoided any site that had a long line), which ultimately worked to our advantage because we ended up having a very relaxing vacation in this amazing city. Most days were spent exploring the city and trying out highly rated (but family-friendly) restaurants. We also spent most of our time in parks and food markets. This trip was filled with so many happy memories, I cannot wait to go back again soon! ❤