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NEW-ZEALAND: AOTEAROA - THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD !!! SOUTH ISLAND

vendredi 1 juin 2018




Kia Ora!

I'm back guys!!!

To be honest with you I felt like quitting blogging for a while because I didn't feel like writing anymore, I don't know why I was just not in the mood and being back to France was hard and I didn't have any inspiration to write this post.
But I am back and ready to write, so I hope you'll like what I have to say about New Zealand!!

This was the first time I took an airplane alone for so long, 36hours on my own, I thought it would be scary but in the end, I was pretty proud of myself.

I know that it's not as amazing as all those great women that do solo travels but I consider this to be my baby steps toward solo traveling.

LAYOVERS 

The longest time was in Doha, I had to wait for 9,50hours in the airport.
If you stay in Doha for more than 5hours, there is a free touristic bus tour to the city, so don't make the same mistake I did and go to the information center and to visit the city, instead of waiting for the time to pass in the airport eating and shopping to kill the time.

I've met some incredible people during my layovers, including a woman named Dean in DOHA, she was from South Africa, and was telling me her story, she was going for an interview in Nz, hoping to get a full-time job there and therefore changing her and her little daughter's life for the best.

When in Sydney (where I had to wait for 7h) I met one couple, they were super cute, going on their Honeymoon in Europe and Africa, first Spain then Morocco. The woman was soooo lovely, we talked pretty much the entire flight...her poor husband, he had to hear us talk about travels and cats for pretty much 5 hours haha!

That one of my favorites, meeting people and hear their stories from across the world.

GETTING THERE

So I left with QATAR AIRWAYS, one of the best companies in the world and they really owe this title, my flights when so smoothly and the service was amazing.
I could choose my meal (which is not possible in every plane), I try to go gluten free because I always have heartburn with plane food but that was a mistake I'll never do again in an airplane haha.
Gluten-free food in airplanes is not that good and when I saw that my dessert was gluten free bread and that my seat neighbors had chocolate mousse I was soooo disgusted haha.

Then between Auckland and Queenstown, my final destination I took JETSTAR (I don't even want to talk about that Company, still the worst I have ever taken)

When I finally arrived in Nz I was beyond excited, the air was warm and humid quite like in Australia.
I had finally calmed down from the airport stress and I landed in Queenstown, the first thing I saw when I went out on the tarmac was the REMARKABLES, the famous mountains of Queenstown, also used in the Lord of the ring movies.



The Roadtrip can begin!

SOUTH ISLAND


QUEENSTOWN AND SURROUNDINGS

we started with a hike in MONT COOK, the highest mountain in Nz. Lucky for us the sun was there, and it was absolutely beautiful. It's obviously a MUST DO on the South Island!
Try if you want to and if you have the money, take a Helicopter tour above the Mont Cook, the view is apparently amazing from there.

Then if you drive there is a free camping not far from Mont Cook, take the app Campermate on your phone to find the free camping, the low cost one or even the more expensive ones, every camping for every kind of campers!





In QUEENSTOWN you can do so many things, it is THE TOWN for extreme activities, you have BUNGEE JUMP, PARAGLIDING, SHOT-OVER JET, SKYLINE LUGE AND ZIP-LINE, SHARK BOAT, KAYAK ETC ETC... You have pretty much anything you want, I haven't tried them all but still, you can't get bored in Queenstown...You even have a market!!! you know I love markets haha.

Now most important the FOOD!!! Yes I know I am a walking stomach, the best place you can go if you like chocolate is PATAGONIA, it's a chocolaterie not that expensive and soooo damn GOOD, they have chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate ice cream well just every kind of chocolate but if you want to feel healthy they also prepare HOME JUICE and trust me I've tested pretty much all of them, they're insanely good, you can even create your own juice or smoothie.

If you're more of a salty person, what is known as the best BURGER of New Zealand is in this town the FERGBURUGER, YES it's really good but if you want to eat there you better plan nothing else for that day, for each command you can wait for 1h or more, everybody goes there so plenty or people means plenty of time to wait just to eat a burger...Shame there is no BURGERFUEL in QUEENSTOWN because I personally think that it is the BEST BURGER OF New Zealand and you don't have to wait for 1h to eat it.





CHRISTCHURCH AND AROUND

Then we drove pretty much straight to CHRISTCHURCH, I was beyond excited to go there, it's one of the city I had to see by myself, I've heard so much about it and I wasn't disappointed at all, it's a rather big city, not as big as Auckland or Wellington but still!
We went to the Botanic Garden, ate at the Burgerfuel (best burger of NZ), then had a Frozen Yogurt at SOYO and finally we pretty much just walk around the city.

If you like Farmers markets there's a nice little one in Littleton by the docks... it's a very nice town near Christchurch, not much to do there besides the market but the view is great.





ABEL TASMAN - NELSON AND SURROUNDINGS

To tell you the truth after that all we did was driving to ABEL TASMAN. Unfortunately for us there was a storm that destroyed most of the road to Abel Tasman and we had to take another way to go there, not exactly how we planned it, we had to stay at Motueka (were there is nothing to do!) lucky we new a woman there and had one free ice cream.
Then in Abel Tasman, It was super hard to find the GOLDEN BAY since we didn't take the main road but we found it, and that was amazing!! we went to the Separation Point and the beautiful beach of WHARARIKI BEACH where you can see baby SEALS.

















Nelson is a cute little town except that there's nothing to do there, we just had plenty of time before we go to Picton to take our ferry so we strolled there, you have a very nice cafe called SWEET AS CAFE, I had the best hot chocolate ever!!!!! 

And then Picton to get our Ferry (Don't ever take the Bluebridge company they're never on time, we had a 5H delay and they didn't even do anything about it, we had to send them an email to make things right) for the North Island.



What we discovered in between Nelson and Picton was probably the best part of New Zealand!
Ever heard of the FRENCH PASS?
This was the best decision we actually made while having so much time to kill before Picton! THIS WAS GORGEOUS!!!!

The weather made it even more tragic! It was nature at its best, we drove for like two or three hours but it was so worth it, just pure nature, dirt road, no faster than 30km, strong wind and finally cliffs showing a kind of fjord I would say, best if I show you!






So here is what I visited in the South Island of New Zealand, yes I know!!! What about Milford Sounds, Fjordland and Dunedin??? Well, I didn't have enough time and money to do it all, unfortunately, I had choices to make in the matter. But it's a very good excuse to go back there haha

Ever been to New Zealand? Which place did you prefer??

KA KITE ANO AND PLEINS DES BISOUS

MY FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN AUSTRALIA!!!

dimanche 25 février 2018

I know it's been a while!
Things are kind of crazy these days, right now I just came back from the French Alpes and tomorrow I'm leaving for New-Zealand.
I'm sorry I've been away for a long while.

Anyway, today I've decided to tell you about my favorite place to eat in Australia, don't ask me why.
I just thought about it this week and I was thinking that I should write about it.


The place is called
LENTIL AS ANYTHING - FOOD WITHOUT BORDERS




I'm pretty sure I've told you about it in MELBOURNE: THE CITY TO SEE.
This place is just FANTASTIC.
They have breakfast, lunch and dinner, everything is VEGETARIAN and VEGAN, It's been 2YEARS since I've been there but I'm sure it's still AMAZING!!!
I can wait to go back there and see how it has evolved!

You can choose what you'd like to eat thanks to their buffet and enjoy a delicious meal with strangers that will turn into friends for a meal or longer!



WHAT IS LENTIL?

Share a good meal, talk to people and listen to some music with a warm and welcoming community. See how you feel about your meal then decide how much you want or can pay, and put your money in cute little boxes in the restaurant.
At Lentil As Anything they value trust, generosity, and respect, they don't care how much money you have, or if you don't have any money at all, you go there to share with others, and trust me when you feel alone, going there is the best way of making friends and say goodbye to your blues.
If you can't pay them with any money, they are more than happy to welcome you as a volunteer.



OR AS THEY SAY IT!

Their mission,

- Caring for people: Providing a wholesome and nutritious meal where money is not a concern.
- Promoting Multiculturalism: Fostering an environment of inclusion.
- Reforming Society: Acting on the structures of society to restore justice.
- Extending and spreading its Ethos and Values: Hiring volunteers, the long-term unemployed and marginalized.
- Encouraging: Young people to be active citizens and get involved in community-based initiatives.





WHERE TO?

Lentil As Anything
is based in:

- MELBOURNE: Abbotsford, Thornbury and St Kilda
- SYDNEY: King Street



That's it if you want more information here is the link: Lentilasanything

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD? Tell me in the comment!

I would love to know more places like this one, I really think that there should be more places like this one everywhere in the world.

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YOU CAN ALSO LIKE:
MELBOURNE: THE CITY TO SEE
- GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
BECAUSE THIS IS AUSTRALIA
- 8 PLACES YOU MUST VISIT IN QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN TERRITORY
- WHERE TO GO IN SYDNEY

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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