London called!

Meine Lieben,
mein quasi letzter richtiger Beitrag zu bzw. über London selbst steht an.

Ich muss zugeben, London war dieses Jahr nicht meine erste Wahl. Lange haben mein Freund und ich überlegt wo es dieses Jahr hingehen soll. Ich wollte ursprünglich nach Barcelona, weil ich diese Stadt noch nie gesehen habe, aber so viel gutes darüber gehört habe. Da ich allerdings aus Arbeitsgründen erst Ende Oktober Urlaub bekommen habe, war Barcelona von der Jahreszeit her dann doch nicht mehr die beste Wahl (obwohl ich glaube, dass es trotzdem noch sehr schön dort ist Ende Oktober..). Tja, letzten Endes, nach langem hin und her ist es dann London geworden. Da wir nicht wissen was nach dem Brexit kommt, dachten wir uns, dieses Jahr geht es noch mal nach London. Da ich letztes Jahr sowieso nicht alles gesehen habe und es in London eigentlich immer was zu sehen, besichtigen oder erkunden gibt, ist das gar nicht weiter schlimm. Im Endeffekt habe ich mich total auf diese Herbst-Reise gefreut und finde London nach wie vor, einer der schönsten Städte die ich bisher gesehen habe (abgesehen von Amsterdam und Paris).

Nun, was habe ich mir dieses Jahr angesehen?

Natürlich ging es an die typischen Hot Spots von London wie das London Eye, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, und so weiter. Einmal shoppten wir den ganzen Tag in der Oxford Street – es dauerte wirklich DEN GANZEN Tag. Immerhin gibt es soviele Geschäfte auf der Oxford Street und dann kann man auch noch die Regent Street runter spazieren sowie die großen Einkaufshäuser entdecken wie das Liberty. Dort habe ich mir übrigens mein erstes Hourglass Puder gekauft, wuhu!


Dieses Jahr wollte ich unbedingt nach Camden, weil ich diesen Teil von London noch gar nicht gesehen habe. Und omg, wie cool ist das dort! Es ist quasi ein riesengroßer (Ramsch)Markt auf dem man alles mögliche kaufen kann. Aber dieser Flair dort ist einfach was ganz eigenes, hat mich total fasziniert! Ich finde, es ist irgendwie das Gegenteil zu Covent Garden, weil dort alles geordnet und hochwertiger ist. Aber genau das ist das schöne an London – es hat soviele Seiten, da ist bestimmt für jeden etwas dabei!


Ebenfalls ging es für uns in die Höhe! Wir sind nämlich zum Shard gegangen, ein Wolkenkratzer mit 310m Höhe – somit das zurzeit höchste Gebäude der EU (bald ja nicht mehr..). Dort kann man mit einem Lift, der irrsinnig schnell fährt, ganz hinauf fahren und die Aussicht genießen. Es war wirklich toll. Diese Aussicht kann man echt nur von ganz weit oben haben und da das Wetter auch gepasst hat, sah man wirklich weit in die Ferne. Man konnte sich im freien Bereich oder ein Stockwerk tiefer im geschlossenen Bereich ganz London und mehr ansehen. Man hatte einen 360 Grad Rundum Blick und es gab auch eine Bar, wo man sich etwas zum Trinken holen konnte. Das gute war auch, dass man solange oben bleiben konnte, wie man wollte und die Stockwerke auch sooft ändern konnte wie man wünschte. Da das ganze ein eher teurer Spaß war, fand ich dennoch, dass es sich sowas von gelohnt hat! Also jeder, der die Chance hat sich London von oben anzusehen, sollte definitiv einmal den Shard besuchen gehen.


Ja, und sonst sind wir sehr viel mit dem Hopp on Hopp off Bus gefahren und haben so sehr viele Winkel und Ecken Londons kennengelernt. Generell sind wir sehr viel zu Fuß gegangen, kein einziges Mal haben wir die U Bahn oder einen anderen Bus genommen. Nur einmal, nach dem Jamie Oliver Essen, wie ich euch schon in meinem letzten Beitrag erzählt habe, haben wir uns ein typisch englisches Taxi zum Hotel zurück gegönnt. Das war auch total lustig, immerhin ist das doch ganz anders als bei uns in Österreich. Dort kann man auch gegen die Fahrtrichtung sitzen, der Fahrer ist durch eine Glasscheibe abgetrennt und die Türen werden während des Fahrens automatisch verriegelt.

Alles in allem war es ein toller London Trip. Das Wetter hat mitgespielt, bis auf einmal kurz nieseln war es durchgehend beständig, am letzten Tag kam sogar die Sonne heraus, sodass man es sich auf einer Parkbank richtig gemütlich machen konnte. Wie das Hotel und das Essen war, hab ich euch ja bereits in den letzten Beiträgen erzählt, also wenn euch das auch interessiert, schaut dort gerne vorbei!

Auch die Flüge waren vollkommen in Ordnung – wir sind zwar immer mit Verspätung weggeflogen, haben es aber immer gut ausgeglichen, sodass wir nicht viel später gelandet sind, als geplant.

Die restlichen Eindrücke zeige ich euch in einem Kurzvideo:

 

Wart ihr schon einmal in London? Wenn ja, was gefällt euch am besten? Und was habt ihr euch auch schon angesehen und was nicht? Lasst es mich in den Kommentaren wissen!

 

 

 

 

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Hotel Review Lignano: Hotel Al Cigno

Mein letzter Beitrag zu Lignano! Da es ja unzählige Hotels in Lignano gibt, dachte ich mir, dass es gerade hier gut ist, eine Hotel Review zu schreiben. Dieses Jahr war ich in einem anderen Hotel als letztes Jahr, obwohl auch letztes Jahr das Hotel echt super war. Allerdings wollte ich dieses Jahr woanders hin, wo es mehr Angebot von Hotelseite aus gibt, da ich dann doch ein paar Tage länger dort war.
Nach längerem Suchen auf diversen Online Seiten kam es dann letztendlich zu der Entscheidung, das Hotel Al Cigno zu nehmen. Warum erzähle ich euch gleich.

Zum Hotel

Das Hotel liegt nicht direkt am Strand, sondern in ca. dritter Reihe vom Strand. Zu Fuß waren es ca. 5-10 Minuten, also wirklich nicht der Rede wert. Dafür war das Hotel erstens etwas billiger, zweitens hatte es ein super Angebot. Denn wo findet man schon in Lignano einen 25m langen Pool? Tja, dieses Hotel hat solch einen! Außerdem gab es einen Whirlpool, Tischtennistisch, Tennisplatz und Volleyballplatz zum Nutzen. Teilweise zwar gegen Gebühren wie zum Beispiel den Tennisplatz, aber wenn man sich auch im Urlaub etwas Sportlich betätigen möchte, sind es die paar Euro wirklich wert. Genau deshalb fiel auch die Entscheidung auf dieses Hotel.
Das Angebot war einfach unschlagbar, man bekam echt viel für einen guten Preis. Frühstück war ebenfalls inbegriffen, es gab eine Hotelbar, die auch direkt neben dem Pool lag, somit wurde es in meinem Fall immer als Poolbar genutzt. Wenn man vom Strand genug hatte ging man einfach ein paar Meter zurück zum Hotel und hatte einen Riesenpool vor der Nase, in dem man sich abkühlen konnte. Das Hotel selbst war auch gut in Schuss und sauber.

Das Zimmer

Natürlich konnte man verschiedene Zimmerkategorien wählen, ich nahm das etwas teurere Zimmer, was sich definitiv auszahlte. Das Zimmer war modern und sehr schön hell eingerichtet. Es war groß genug um alles unterzubringen und auch noch selbst Platz zu haben um sich um die eigene Achse zu drehen. Das Bad war traumhaft schön und vor allem, was hier das wichtigste ist, sauber. Es gab einen kleinen Balkon sowie eine Klimaanlage, ohne der ich nicht ausgekommen wäre. Um Getränke kühl zu halten gab es auch eine Minibar, für Entertainment war mit TV und Radio (sogar in der Dusche eingebaut) gesorgt und es gab genug Stauraum für Kleidung. Es war wirklich ein schönes Zimmer. Einziges Manko, und das ist jetzt Nörgeln auf allerhöchstem Niveau: es gab nur ein Riesenleintuch als Decke. Ich bin es halt gewohnt mit einer richtigen Decke zu schlafen, aber bei diesen Temperaturen war es im Endeffekt eh besser so, wie es war.

Das Essen

Wie schon erwähnt, war ein Frühstück inkludiert, welches ich natürlich auch genutzt habe, da ich ohne Frühstück einfach nicht auskomme. Das Buffet war vollkommen in Ordnung, so wie man es sich halt für italienischen Standard erwartet. Kaffee und Getränkeautomaten, Toast, Brötchen, Ei und Speck, Müsli, Obst und Süßes waren vorhanden. Ich habe mir immer etwas gefunden und kann mich soweit nicht beklagen. Für Veganer oder Leute, die wirklich ganz ausgefallen frühstücken wollen, wäre es wahrscheinlich nichts gewesen.

Das Personal

Das Personal war sehr freundlich, konnte echt gut deutsch sprechen um mir alles zu erklären und war sehr hilfsbereit. Ich kann nichts Negatives sagen.

Rundum gesagt

Ein echt gutes Hotel, ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen wenn man sich nicht zu schade ist ein paar Schritte gehen zu müssen um an den Strand zu kommen.
Der größte Pluspunkt den dieses Hotel zu bieten hat ist definitiv der Pool, also wenn ihr lieber am Pool liegt als am Strand – perfect Match! Wobei ich euch dann doch empfehle in Lignano an den Strand zu schauen, immerhin fährt man dort ja hin um das Meer zu sehen..

In welchem Hotel habt ihr schon einmal in Lignano übernachtet? Habt ihr auch gute Erfahrungen gemacht?
Alles Liebe,
Eure Betti

Interrail #Milano

Mailand – a fashion metropole well-known. I liked Milano, but I wasn’t amazed by it. It has some really nice sights to see, but for me, they are not that interesting. Of course it was worth the travel, but I wouldn’t go there many times more.

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We travelled from Paris to Milano with one stop in Zurich, Switzerland. There we had to wait one hour for the next train to finally go to Milano! We stayed there for two days in Milano Station Hostel in a doubleroom.

The weather in Milano was great – it was sunny but not too hot (definitely not as hot as in Berlin).
First we went to see the Milan Cathedral, which was amazing! It looks really great – I was fascinated. This Cathedral is one of the most famous Cathedrals from Italy and also the third biggest cathedral of the world!

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Right next to the Milan Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, which is a indoor shopping mall, where you can find many different shops, but most of them are on the luxurious side. But this gallery is so beautiful! The walls and the ceiling are made of glass and painted beautifully!

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We also visited the Castello Sforzesco, which you can find at Piazza Castello. You can go in there to see different exhibitions. I think it was nice to visit, but not really necessary, because here in Austria are also nice Castles to see.

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At the time we stayed in Milano, we also visited the Expo Milano 2015. The topic of it was „Feeding the planet, energy for life“. This Expo was huge! We only went at evening time and didn’t see everything, because there was so much to see and explore!

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There was a booth of many countries of the world and at every booth you could explore different things from the country like culture and of course food! For hungry people it was a paradise! This Expo was very nice and I was happily surprised about it.

Of course we also went shopping in Milano, but I couldn’t shop as much as I wanted, because I had to travel with my backpack. I recommend Milano for those who want to go shopping and have some nice days there, for me personally it wasn’t my favorite city, but it was worth going there.

Tenerife

Hello sunshine, sand and beautiful weather!

You can also watch my Tenerife video on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beziibella/

I travelled to Tenerife for one week, to be specific: I stayed in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s in the North of the island. I booked a hotel with all inclusive, which was really nice, tidy and the view from the hotel room was amazing.
The flight from Vienna took about 5h, which was okay, we got food and drinks and had a nice view from above the clouds.

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The hotel: it is called H10 Tenerife Playa and it was really nice. My room was quite big, tidy and I had everything I needed. There was a TV, Wifi, a bathtub, hairdryer, minibar and we had also a balcony. We stayed at the fifth floor. The hotel itself has a big entrance area and a bar, one restaurant and some more rooms to hangout, but we didn’t make use of them. Also the stuff was very polite. The best part was the view from our room: I could see the sea and also the Lago Martianez, which is a swimming pool filled with seawater.

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The food was good, we had all inclusive. For breakfast there was a big selection of bread and pastries. You could choose between smoothies, cornflakes and fruit. There was everything you could wish for. For lunch there was also a buffet, where you could take away what you wanted. For dinner, there was every evening something different. One evening there was kind of an „italian night“, which means pizza, lasagne and pasta and one evening was a „chinese night“ with fish, sushi and chinese noodles. Yum! At the evenings I also went to the hotel bar to enjoy some refreshing cocktails. During the day I stayed at the hotel pool, which was very relaxing.

What I did there: Well, of course one day I went to the beach. The sand there is black because Tenerife is a vulcan island, and the Atlantic is very very cold – about 17 degrees. I didn’t go swimming, because it was really cold, but actually it wasn’t really necessary, because the air is so refreshing because of the atlantic sea.

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I also visited the Lago Martianez, which was soo beautiful! This is a swimming pool filled with seawater. It is very big and has different little snackbars and one bigger restaurant. You can borrow a parasol too. The water is also as cold as the Atlantic (because it is filled with fresh seawater now and then and has no time to warm up). It was very nice staying there, and also really relaxing.

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The other day I went to Loro Parque, a famous animal park, where you can see many different animals such as dolphins, orcas, birds, sealions and sharks. This park is so big, you definitely have to go there at 9 o’ clock am, because at lunch time it gets more crowded and crowded and its not as calm as in the early hours. There are also dolphin, orca and saline shows, which are very nice to look at! All in all this park is amazing, so many animals to explore and also exotic plants!

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One day I also went to the Siam Parque, which is in the South of Tenerife. I went there by bus (I travelled with TUI and they had some special offers, f.e. I got all the tickets beforehand, which means I didn’t have to wait in line at Loro and Siam Parque). Siam Parque is wonderful, it is so big, there are so many waterslides, it is a real paradise for the young and old ones. The slides are amazing, and each one is a little bit different. I was kind of shy and only tested 4 slides, but all the others looked kind of scary to me ;-). Furthermore you had to wait quite a long time for sliding, and I wanted to chill and enjoy my time there, not waiting 1hour for every water ride! There was also a big swimming pool where you could chill. There are a lot of snack bars and restaurants and also lockers for your personal stuff. So if you need an adrenalin kick in your holidays, check this park out!

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On another day I went to see El Teide, a vulcano. I also went by bus and then by ropeway, because this vulcano is about 3700m high! It was very interesting to see the nature and also to walk around a vulcano! Unfortunately we didn’t have a nice view, because it was quite cloudy that day, but still it was a nice adventure! Around Teide is also a national park, which is about 190km^2 big!

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Tenerife is a very interesting island, its nature and climate is wonderful and its bigger than expected. If you want to see a versatile island, want a nice weather and explore something, then i would say is Tenerife a perfect match!

Interrail #Hamburg

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Welcome to Hamburg!
We stayed in Hamburg for two days in a hostel room for two people, which was quiet nice, but hot, because we had no window (instead we got a fan, which was okay).
Of course we made a tour on the Alster by ferry.

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We saw the Elbphilharmonie, a beautiful building, which is going to be a concert hall at the end of 2016. We also saw the landmark called Michel, which is a big church and also a reference point for sailors. Furthermore we saw the townhall, which is a very grandiose building.

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At night we went to the popular Reeperbahn into a hookah bar, which was really nice and interesting to see.
Hamburg is a really nice and beautiful city, I really enjoyed staying there. The food was great and everything went well. We only had troubles finding Wifi in the city.

Interrail 2015

Interrail 2015


Me and my friend Kerstin have been on Interrail last July 2015 for 3 weeks in a row. What an adventure! It was a really nice, wonderful and great experience. But first: Why interrail?

Well, after I achieved my A-levels I wanted to travel around Europe! And a convenient and also quite cheap way of travelling around Europe is by Interrail.
I heard about it because of a friend and since then my decision was made.
But before Kerstin and I went on this journey, we had to make some decisions and plans.

How we planned our trip:

  • First we chose which ticket we wanted. On the internet website of Interrail http://www.interrail.eu you can choose between different tickets, f.e. how long you want to travel. We chose the 22 days ticket.
  • Then we determined the destinations which both of us wanted to see. This wasn’t very easy, because actually we have been interested into so many countries! But within 22 days we weren’t able to travel every single country we would have loved to. At least we have been in 9 cities and travelled through a lot more countries f.e. Switzerland – we only stayed there at the train station waiting for our next train to leave.
  • Then we looked up the timetables of the trains. I think this was the hardest part, because we tried to plan how long we wanted to stay in a city and which train we need to take BEFORE we even knew if we would like the city or not. But we wanted to have sort of a plan, in order to know how long it takes to get from A to B and also to make sure that we can see every city we wanted. It took some time to figure everything out, but our „meetings“ with chit chat and drinks never had been really stressful.
  • Last but not least we had to book our first hostel room- thats it!

The day before..

..I had to pack everything into my backpack, which was a real challenge for me. As a girl you tend to overpack very easily and I didn’t want to forget anything important.
My travel essentials have been:

  • a little inflatable cushion (big thank you to Kerstin, who brought it with her)
  • hand sanitizer
  • iPod for long distance travels
  • leggings or some really comfortable pants
  • Flip Flops (for showering in gross hostel showers)
  • towels
  • sunscreen and sunglasses
  • umbrella (actually we had to buy one because we didn’t take one with us)
  • warm clothes (especially if you travel towards north – I have never felt so cold in Copenhagen)
  • enough socks and underwear

One thing I learned the hard way was, that trains are sooooooo cold! Sometimes I had to take my towel as a blanket because I shivered that much!

The adventure

Early in the morning we went from Salzburg to Munich. This was our first stop.

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Munich is a very nice city, we stayed 2 days and had time to see everything we wanted, f.e. the Hofbräuhaus or the BMW museum. The weather was very nice, the only thing we didn’t like was our hostel. We had to sleep in a 40bed room! Yes – 40 people in one room to sleep in. The showers were disgusting, the rest was okay. But for one night it was good enough and it couldn’t get worse.

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin was also very interesting, but to be honest I was kind of disappointed because my expectations of the city had been very high. Still, we visited a lot of sights, f.e. the Brandenburger Tor, the holocaust, the Alexanderplatz and the East side gallery. Every single sight has a very historical background. We also spent one night clubbing which was one of the most interesting and funniest nights I’ve ever had. One thing which was really annoying was the heat – at the time we stayed in Berlin there was the sahara heat, which means about 38 degrees every day.

Hamburg

Hamburg

What a difference to Berlin! Hamburg was wonderful because of the sea. We stayed in a nice hostel, didn’t have to go long ways to be at the train station and the weather had been pleasant. No way you should miss the Reeperbahn, we enjoyed this evening in a hookah bar! You should also try to eat something with fish – which Hamburg is also known for.

Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Brrrrr-freezing cold! BUT beautiful! All the houses looked so nice, cosy and colourful! I loved it! Furthermore the people there have been very kind and friendly. One thing you should consider is the higher price. Copenhagen is expensive, but I think it is worth it. Also in Copenhagen you find more bicycle paths than roadways – so keep an eye on the bicyclists!

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

One of my top favs! Such a beautiful city! All these little streets with the rivers and the bridges, just like in a dream. And there are so many possibilities to relax and chill out like the Vondelpark. The vibe of this city is just amazing. Amsterdam has one thing in common with Copenhagen: the bicycle paths, only there are many more! We also borrowed us bicylces which was a lot of fun!

Brussels

Brussels

I didn’t have a lot of expectations of this city, also because some of my friends told me that it isn’t very interesting to explore. BUT because I had no expectations I was really positively surprised! Brussels is a nice city, very royal I think. And all these chocolate stores and waffles..jummy! One big plus point was our apartment. We had an old building apartment which was amazing! It was soooooo big and beautiful and also really cheap!

Paris

Paris

The second one of my favs! I LOVE this city – I just fell for it. Every single sight is amazing to look at, I could stare at them for a hole week and still love them. Especially the Eiffeltower. We went up the Eiffeltower at sunset time and it was the best idea we had, because we had an wonderful view over Paris whilst the sun set. Also the parisian kitchen is a dream. It is so tasty! Furthermore the french people have been nice, some didn’t speak english – of course some people always have to fulfill a stereotype, but most of them are very kind and also do speak english if you ask polite.

Milano

Milano

Milano is a very touristic city. There are not many sights to visit, but there are a lot of possibilities to go shopping! I enjoyed Milano, also because of the weather and I think Italy and the attitude of italian people towards life is kind of calming to me. And I ate the most delicious ice cream in the world! We also visited the Expo there, which was really interesting but to big and little bit confusing to explore within four hours.

Trieste

Trieste

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! We only stayed one evening/night there, but it was a very good decision to travel there. The sea, the feeling, the sunset – at this moment I really enjoyed life and my happiness had no end. I don’t know if you know what I mean, but the last time I saw the sea before Trieste was about one and a half years ago, so for me it was unbelievable. Furthermore we granted us calamari – delicious!! We really wanted to enjoy our last night and made the best out of it.

Back at home I had a lot of memories to share. I think interrail is an amazing way to travel with a budget. Of course it is not for everybody, but people who like to travel a lot within a short time, and people who don’t care if their hostel has 4 stars or none, are in the right place with interrail!

I definitely recommand to travel around Europe, you experience so much and also learn a lot from it. It is something no one can take from you and all these memories will always stay in my heart. For me it was an amazing experience and the best after-school holiday I could imagine.

PS: don’t forget to take as many photos as you can and let me know how you liked your interrail trip if you already did one!

If you want I also can tell you more about each city in a different blog post – let me know in the comments 🙂