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GUIDE TO ICELAND!!!

mardi 23 janvier 2018




If you're here it's surely because you're thinking of going to Iceland or still dreaming about it!
I wrote this little guide to help you plan your trip.
So in here, I'll explain what companies are the best (according to me), how to move around, accommodation, food and all...Hope this will help you!

PLANE TICKETS


ICELANDAIR (click on the company's name for more info)

  • Checked baggage up to 23kg (158cm total dim) 
  • Cabin baggage 10kg (55x20x40) + purse
  • Great company 
  • Large airplanes
  • Nice staff
  • The one I took
  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage up to 10kg
  • Good company
OTHER COMPANIES THAT GOES TO ICELAND
  • Jetblue
  • Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • SAS
  • British Airways
  • Finnair


TRANSPORT


BUSES
CARS
  • MotorhomeRepublic (I had some problems with them because except of having a Jeep with 5 doors I ended up with a 3 doors Jeep and a three doors Jeep is quite complicated when you're a group of 5 people).
  • Camper Iceland (So I took my car with them and they're amazing, super nice and very helpful, just check everything to be sure they didn't forget stuff you're supposed to have (they can't be perfect haha))

In Iceland, you CAN rent a car if you're under 25!


CAMPINGS
  • Ferdafélag Islands (Landmannalaugar Tjald/ camping)
  • Hamrar Campsite (Akureyri)
  • Tjaldsvaedid (Reykjavik campsite)
  • Tjald-staedi camping (Skaftafell, Klaustur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur)
  • Skjol campsite (Gullfoss)
  • Grindavik tjaldsvaedi campsite (Grindavik)
  • Tjaldsvaedid (Vik)
  • kirkjuhvammi hvammstanga Hunaping vestra ( Illugastadhir)


FOOD AND DRINKS

FOOD
  • Seabaron ( seafood Reykjavik)
  • The Laundromat Café (Breakfast, brunch Reykjavik)
  • Bergson Mathus (brunch, lunch  Reykjavik)
  • Reykjavik Roasters (coffee Reykjavik)
  • Bonus (supermarket)
  • Netto (Supermarket)
  • Skjol camping restaurant (French lair, pizza, and beer, Gullfoss)
  • Gullfosskaffi ehf (Gullfoss coffee)
  • Humarhofnin (seafood Höfn)
DRINKS
  • Kiki Queer Bar (Reykjavik)
  • The Dubliners (Reykjavik)


MUST DO

ANIMAL OBSERVATIONS
  • Illugastadhir (Seals observation center)
  • Husavik (whales observation)
FJORDS
  • Eastern Fjords (Stodvarfjordur, Faskrusdsfjordur, Mjoifjordur, Egilsstardir)
  • Western Fjords ( South fjords are the most beautiful ones, according to me)
ABSOLUTE MUST DO
  • Thingvellir National park
  • Silfra rift
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Kleifarvatn lake
  • Skaftafell
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Seltun Geothermal area
  • Geysir Geothermal area
  • Myvatn lake and surroundings
  • Jokulsarlon (you can also see Seals here)
  • Reyjaviti (Cliffs)
  • Vatnses Peninsula
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
VOLCANOES
  • Snaefellsjokull (Volcano)
  • Ljotopollur (Volcano)
  • Hekla volcano (Careful with Hekla, this volcano is supposed to erupt every 10 years and it's been 17 years since the last time)
CITIES & TOWNS
  • Reykjavik
  • Akureyri
  • Hofn
  • Keflavik
WATERFALLS
  • Gulfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Selfoss Waterfall
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Oxarafoss Waterfall
  • Godafoss Waterfall


SMALL TIPS 
(I usually don't do that but I thought that for Iceland some little tips could be useful)
  • Download Maps.me (FREE GPS without internet,4G or any Wifi (wifi only needed for downloading the map not while using it).
  • Don't hesitate to use the Help yourself in the campings (it's stuff that people don't need anymore and can't take home with them).
  • Take some food with you before you leave (food is extremely expensive in Iceland, the more you take, the less you pay).
  • Trash bags (always useful).
  • Buy your stamps in Posts offices (less expensive than in tourists shops).
  • Prices always change, so don't be surprised if the price is higher than you think, Iceland is only starting to develop everything concerning tourism..price changes every year.
  • Gas Station (self-service so you need your credit card if you want a ticket you need to put your credit card a second time inside the machine).
  • When you do groceries, be careful and take more than you need, supermarkets aren't everywhere in the country and you could find yourself short of food.
  • Bring raincoat, sleeping bag (-10° minimum) warm sucks and sweater, Leggings (it's cold and rainy even during summer).
  • Like I said Iceland is a very expensive country, provide a substantial budget.
  • A travel Adapter.
  • Phone Battery (take as many as you can, not every camping has charges and if you're a group taking turns in the car can be tricky).
  • Take a water bottle, sometimes water in Iceland has a really strange taste that some of you might not like.
  • Small mattress to put under your sleeping bags, because sleeping on rocks can be hard without it (if you sleep in Landmannalaugar you'll thank me for that one).
  • A survival blanket...you can use is to sleep on it or under it, but you will use it).
  • If you take a tent with you make sure it's adapted to Iceland climate.
  • A flask and a flashlight can always be useful.
  • A head net ( for midges or gnat, they're everywhere when you're near a lake and trust me you'll be happy to look stupid with a net on your head).
Hope you enjoyed my little tips on this wonderful country that is Iceland. Please give me a comment if you've ever been to one of this places, what did you think of it? And if you haven't, would you go there?...I would love to hear what you think!

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OTTAWA, CAPITAL OF CANADA!!!

lundi 15 janvier 2018


Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, situated in Southern Ontario with a population of approximately 934 000 people. ...The first thing I've heard about Ottawa is that I wouldn't like it...Well, that person was wrong, in all the cities I've visited in Canada, Ottawa is certainly my favorite!

To travel to Ottawa we decided to take the bus, as renting A car would have cost us more money, we traveled by the company GREYHOUND which is one of the most famous bus company in America.
Once we arrived there, lucky us the sun was there, so we walk to our HI-OTTAWA JAIL HOSTEL  which was situated about 5min walk to the University of Ottawa bus stop.
The Hostel was amazing and pretty well decorated for Halloween, being a former prison it was already creepy enough but with the decoration, it was pretty awesome.
(this are internet pics, I don't know how but I didn't take any photos of the Hostel)




You can see the bedroom in my video ( Life in Quebec)

After checking at the Hostel, we went visiting the city, and how beautiful it was, the parliament was impressive, I kind of thought of Hogwarts, all the towers and the old walls in the hight felt like a Harry Potter spot.

The park we saw it from was really gorgeous, the trees turning from green to pink and the black squirrels wandering around made it really fantastic, well I was kind of stressed out at this moment because I had lost one of my favorite scarfs, and I was mad at myself for being such a head in the clouds, but finally I found it in the restaurant we had lunch an hour ago.
After that really stressing moment, we simply stroll into the city, observing the nature and having fun.

The next day we actually visited the parliament for free, a few museums and a cathedral... Ottawa is such a beautiful city and there are so many things to do, we went to the market and during our night times, we went to some pubs having fun and talking with locals.
The food at the market was soooo good, and we were really lucky with the weather, it was cold but sunny.
I know I say it all the time but really to visit a place the best thing to do is to actually walk around the streets, after that yes, you can plan activities and restaurants and nights out.

For more information on places to go in Ottawa: Guide to Canada


THE PARLIAMENT


  



THE PARLIAMENT'S LIBRARY





MAJOR'S HILL PARK












CATHEDRAL NOTRE-DAME



THE MUSEUM OF FINE ART






OTTAWA CITY









Which city in Canada is your favorite? Have you ever been to Canada?

FOR MORE PLACES TO GO IN CANADA

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GUIDE TO CANADA!!!

lundi 8 janvier 2018


If you're here it's surely because you're thinking of going to Canada or still dreaming about it! I wrote this little guide to help you plan your trip.
So in here, I'll explain what companies are the best (according to me), how to move around, hostels...Hope this will help you!

PLANE TICKETS


AIR CANADA
  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage (55x 40 x 23) + purse
  • Great company 
  • Large airplanes
  • Nice staff
  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage up to 10kg
  • Good company
  • Great staff
  • Comfortable

  • Checked baggage up to 23kg
  • Cabin baggage up to 12kg
  • Good company
I only know those ones really, but there are others like:

FROM FRANCE TO CANADA
  • Air France
  • Lufthansa
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Wow Air
  • QATAR Airways
OTHER COMPANIES THAT GOES TO CANADA
  • KLM
  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • SWISS
  • Icelandair
  • United
  • China Southern
  • Delta


TRANSPORT

BUSES
CARS
Always be careful with your age and driving license (if you're not 25 or if your driving license is not older than 2 years old some rental can refuse you a car!)



HOSTELS

  • QUEBEC CITY
  • At PARISE
  • Kind people
  • Shared living room with a tv
  • 3 Bedrooms next to each other, 1 with a bathroom  
  • Nice kitchen
  • Shared bathroom and toilet
  • Free parking

HI-OTTAWA JAIL HOSTEL
  • OTTAWA
  • Well place, city center
  • Free Wifi
  • Huge rooms
  • Nice Chilling room
  • Cafeteria  in the Hostel
  • Great theme
  • More information

I was living at my Best friend's apartment in MONTREAL, so I don't know which one is the best to stay in this City!




FOOD AND DRINKS

COFFEE & TEA

SWEET FOOD
  • MONTREAL
  • CHOCOLAT FAVORIS (This place is by far my favorite!)
  • KAMEHAMEHA (It's a snack-bar but they also have super nice ice cream in waffle)
  • BEAVERTAILS (You have Beavertails in every city)
  • QUEBEC CITY
  • MARY'S POPCORN
FOOD
DRINKS


MUST DO

MONTREAL

  • Oratory St Joseph
  • Montreal University
  • McGill University
  • St Catherine Street (Most important shopping street in Montreal)
  • Bell Center (Hockey Match)
  • Montreal Docks
  • Churches and Cathedrals 
  • Mont Tremblant
  • Mont Orford
  • Mont St Hilaire
  • Mont-Royal and the beaver lake
  • Le Plateau
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Botanical Garden
  • Jean-Talon market
  • Parks Canada passes and permits
QUEBEC CITY

  • Mauricie National Park
  • Quebec City Old Town
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Christmas Shop
  • Cathedral Notre-Dame of Quebec
  • Rue du Trésor (Art street)
  • Tourists shop
  • Rue du petit Champlin
  • Rue Saint-Jean
  • Walk along the Old Town and visit the castle, the docks...

OTTAWA
  • Parliament Hill
  • Canadien museum of History
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Major Hill park
  • Cathedral Notre-Dame
  • Trans Canada Trail
  • Wellington Street
  • Stroll around the City (that's what I did)
Hope you enjoyed my little tips on this beautiful part of Canada called Quebec and if you ever go to one of those places let me know what you thought of it!

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