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My Ultimate Italian Bucketlist

Today’s the day! We’re finally off to Italy! So being the over-planner that I am, I’ve come up with a list of things that I want to see and do during our trip. Yey, I can’t wait to tick them all!   1. Marvel in the grandeur of the Colosseum 2. Say my prayers in St. Peter’s Basilica 3. Visit the Sistine Chapel and admire the Creation of Adam 4. Gush over the Pantheon 5. Make a wish at the Trevi 6. Climb the Spanish Steps 7. Get lost in the charming streets  ...

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15 Things to Do in Amsterdam

1. Be romantic. Find the The Fault in Our Stars Bench in Leidsegracht and pretend to be Gus and Hazel for the day. Don’t forget to take that awesome selfie to commemorate the moment.   2. Visit the Dam Square. The Dam Square is Amsterdam’s central square that plays a huge role in history because it is where the city was founded. Some important monuments can be also found nearby such as the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and the National Monument.  ...

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DIY Paris: Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Le Marais

Day four and five, coming up! DAY FOUR 7 AM | We started the day early, packed our bags and headed to our second hotel in the 10th Arrondissement so we could be closer to Gare du Nord station (since we were taking an early train to Brussels the following day). Our plan was to tour the nearby district of Montmartre and our first stop was Sacre Coeur Basilica. It was a lovely morning and we didn’t want it to go to waste. So instead of taking the funicular railway towards the top of the  ...

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DIY Paris: Tuileries, Île de la Cité, Arc de Triomphe

And the adventure continues. Here we go. DAY THREE 7 AM | We left the hotel early for some authentic french petit déjeuner. We chose a cafe called Terrasse Saint Lazare about one block from where we were staying and we both ordered their breakfast special. Kent had his traditional french omelet and I settled for some bread and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). What I learned about typical french breakfasts is – you can never have too much bread in the morning! My, my! What a surprise it  ...

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DIY Paris: Eiffel, Versailles, Louvre

Hello Francophiles! I’m very excited to present you with the DIY Paris series and to share the five unforgettable days that we spent in this city. I know Paris can be a little bit intimidating especially for first-timers (like I had been when I first set foot there) but fret not because I’m going to lay out our very own itinerary for you to follow or just get ideas from. Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned so just be open to a few adventures and  ...

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A Friendly Beginner’s Guide to Paris

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. – Elizabeth Barett Browning Ninety-nine percent of the random people I ask always included Paris in their bucketlists because, hey, what’s not to love about this romantic city? I finally ticked the City of Lights off my bucketlist last year with my husband, surprisingly on our own with a little help from the internet and Lonely Planet. How did we do it? Well, here’s a simple guide I’ve put together based on experience. Read  ...

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MMW Vlog 01: Paris

Hey guys! I recently launched my very own YouTube channel last April 1st so for those of you who haven’t had the chance to view it yet, here it is. I’m currently into travel vlogging and I really look up to those YouTubers who are able to capture their adventures in their own creative ways. So I took it upon myself to push my artistic pursuits further, and in order to do that, why not take my memory-keeping to the next level? It’s been a year since our last Eurotrip and as  ...

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Brussels in a Day

It’s been a while since I last made a travel post. I was supposed to write one featuring the top five things I love most about the places I visit, hence, the MMWTravelogue series. But because my husband and I were just passing through Brussels (we were on our way from Paris to Amsterdam) and spent only a day in the city, I think it is best fitting to elaborate on how we spent merely twelve waking hours in its charmed cobblestone streets, a staple in any old European city. At 6 AM we  ...

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