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in Prague

This was an unexpected and sweet trip! My parents came to visit and we drove to Prague from Basel (Switzerland). The roads are super well kept and there are stops every so often.

We got there a little after 17:00, and walked around the city a bit. It was recommended to use the exchange houses at Panská street, as they have one of the highest exchange rates and take 0% commission. We were able to catch a beautiful sunset over the Charles Bridge and saw the Powder Tower. We also took a quick glimpse of the Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Square, to see it at night.

Charles Bridge

Sunset over Charles Bridge and the castle

Powder Tower

Powder Tower

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

As we were tired we called it the day and prepared for the next morning.

The second day was quite full. This is the itinerary we made:

  1. Spanish Synagogue
  2. Astronomical Clock
  3. Karlova Street
  4. Charles Bridge
  5. John Lennon wall
  6. Petrin Tower
  7. Nerudova Street
  8. Prague Castle

And yes, we walked everywhere! Which I think amounted to 15 km or so. Needless to say we where quite tired. Our rented apartment was centrally located which facilitated getting around.

We began by heading to the Spanish Synagogue, passing through the Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock which has a mechanical performance of the Apostles every hour on the hour.

Astronomical Clock

Astronomical Clock

Spanish Synagogue

Spanish Synagogue



After that we went towards the Charles Bridge, through Karlova Street, where you can enjoy a nice and hot Trdelnik while browsing through the small souvernir shops. They sell Trdelniks in various forms, one of them being a cone glazed with Nutella on the inside and stuffed with ice-cream.




When you cross Charles Bridge don’t forget to rub the statue of Saint John of Nepomuk for good fortune!

Saint John of Nepomuk statue

Saint John of Nepomuk statue

Leaving the bridge, you can check out the John Lennon wall. The wall has colorful graffitis inspired by the Beatle’s songs. From there take the funiculari to the Petrin Tower, a mini version of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and walk around for an amazing view over the city of Prague.

View from around the Petrin Tower

View from around the Petrin Tower

From there walk through Nerudova street and enjoy some food and look up for the beautiful house signs.

Nerudova street

Nerudova street

By then we were quite tired, but we were also very close to the Prague Castle, so off we went. This place is enormous and spacious, there we can pay a visit to the St. Vitus Cathedral.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral


After this full day, we just grabbed food at the Palladium shopping center, which may be worth visit for those who enjoy shopping. This mall has over 200 stores! You can also enjoy shopping at Na příkopě street!

On the third day, we decided to explore a little further and learn about the past. We went to Terezín, a former concentration camp. Take a few hours to learn about this place as it has a heavy history and it is quite big. Terezín was a small fortress used for political and military prisoners, that was later taken by the Nazi to use it as a concentration camp.



Terezín, concentration camp

Terezín, concentration camp

For the remaining time we had in Prague we enjoyed the architectural beauty the city has to offer as well as some of the food.



Street food in Prague

Street food in Prague





Les Vosges


Two day trip to the Vosges in France!

This was a good break during the week. We left Saint Louis (the French one in Alsace :)) early on a motorcycle direction Vosges. Since going by moto is requires more breaks, our first stop was Neuf-Brissach for a petit pain au chocolate and coffee.


This small city is a fortress drawn by Vauban and today it is listed as part of the world Heritage by UNESCO.

For lunch time we decided to stop by Kaysersberg which served as a strategic placement between Haut-Rhin and Lorraine during the emperor’s reign. We ate a typical tarte flambée with mushrooms and bacon at Auberge de la Cigogne.


Three hours after our depart from Saint Louis, we got to our destination; Basses  Huttes in Orbey. After checking into this charming bed and breakfast we set out for a hike inside the forest where women picked out wild blueberries.


To end the first day to get all the energy back we had a nice steak at Au Bois Le Sire.

The next day and last day, we went to check out the Lac Blanc and hiked the Cornelius pathway that lead us to the Lac Noir. It takes around 45 minutes one way and let’s just say it’s not just flat. There are a few passages with big rocks and up and downhills. A nice morning exercise!



On our way back, we stopped at our favorite town in Alsace: Eguisheim. This small town is seriously charming. It is hard not to fall in love with its colorful houses filled with flowers. If there is a town in Alsace that I would recommend not missing this would be it!



Although, it was hot we ended up eating the typical Alsatian meal; the choucroute! yes it is super heavy but we had a couple of hours ahead of us on a motorcycle which was literally a pain in our asses.

Good weather, good food and good company 🙂 what more can you ask?






… in Marrakesh

It’s been a while since I’ve been wanting to visit Marrakesh, a city full of spices and intricate patterns! The first marriage anniversary was a good excuse to do a “weekend” away in this beautiful city. Since we live in Europe, this trip was quite low-budget as the Euro to Dirham ration was approximately 1:10.

Our objective was to get to know the city the max we could in these 2 and a half days and eat our way through the delicious Moroccan food, of course! We did a two days schedule, leaving the third day to chill and enjoy the last hours in the city.

I have to mention that we went during Ramadan, which meant that certain places and restaurants that we had on our list were either closed during the holy month or they had different opening hours. Nonetheless, we has a great time and full bellies.

DAY 01

After the long custom queue at the airport, we exchange some money (as we were told the airport has the best rates) and got on the transfer (15 euros) provided by the Riad El Walaa where we were staying at.



When our driver took us to the hotel I was a bit skeptical because from the outside you could really not tell that a hotel was there. The high walls and tight streets really hid this little gem super well located.


We were welcomed with fresh mint tea and small cakes (Not bad!). The tea was really refreshing and aromatic. We sipped our tea while enjoying the beauty of this Riad.

Since we arrived before the rooms were ready, we decide dot leave out bags at the front desk and off we went!

Our first stop was the musée Dar Si Saïd, which for only 10 Dirhams (toughly 1 Euro) we were able to visit this museum with beautiful crafted work. Once we got to one of the popular streets (Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid) it was easy to find the museum because we could see wall markings with big red arrows pointing the way.


Luckily there was not a lot of people, so we were able to admire the architecture and the wooden and tile work in peace which is definitely worth seeing!

From there, we went to Palais de la Bahia which is pretty close to the musée Dar Si Saïd. The entrance fee was also 10 Dirhams (1 Euro). Inside we there is a beautiful open space with tiled floors and sophisticated motifs. Some say it’s not a huge palace, but its openness definitely makes it feel big!




After Palais de la Bahia, we were pretty hungry and need a break as we were definitely starting to feel the heat. We decided to go back to the hotel to do out check in and eat. While eating we profited from the internet access to route our next stop, the Palais El Badii.

If we had been more attentive we would’ve found out that it was closed during the days we were there :(. But that didn’t take us down, as there were plenty of other sights we were eager to visit!

So we moved on and went to check out the Tombeaux Saadiens, on out way there we got a little lost (as every tourist in Marrakesh will once be, guaranteed) and a nice gentleman pointed out the way but of course he made sure we’d stop by his store to check out some  spices, which we did on our way out.


We didn’t spend much time there as we want dot make sure we would find our way to Les Bains de Marrakech, where we had an appointment for a nice and relaxing 45 min hammam and scrub with black soap (a paste mixture go olive oil and Argan oil).


Turned out that we found the place with not much problem and ended up having a couple of hours to kill. So we walked to the Koutoubia mosque, which we could not enter as we are not muslims, but we could still appreciate it from outside. Then we sat and people watched while we eagerly waited for our Moroccan hamam.

Thinking back, it was probably not a wise idea to have chosen hamam. We were already so sweaty and tired from walking around the city and there we went, straight into a hot, humid room for 45 minutes!


After that we were super tired and since the lunch at the hotel had been so good (or maybe we were just too hungry) we decided to order some tapas—Moroccan style—and call it the night.


DAY 02

We got up early on day 02 and have a nice breakfast as the hotel. Our first stop was the Souks, where we found nice leather bags at a great price (well, after you have haggled a bit).



Then we went to the Medersa Ben Youssef, a Islamic college that also housed students. Some of the rooms have a great view to the inside of the building while other were quite isolated. Overall the rooms were quite small and some of them were quite dark even during day time.


On our way out and on direction to the Museum of Marrakesh, we accidentally found the Foundation Dar Bellarj and decided to go in since it was free. This foundation is very well kept and architecturally beautiful as all the other places we’ve been to.


After a few photos here are there, we head off to the museum of Marrakech (50 Dirham, roughly 5 euros). While the building itself was really nice, the contemporary art session was disappointing.

At this point we were in need of a break so we started heading to Le Jardin which was one of the restaurants that we really wanted to try but was only open at night because of Ramadan. So after walking a bit we found the Cafe Arabe which has an amazing terrace and great fresh orange juice.



After a great meal, we walked to the Jardin Majorelle (70 Dirham, roughly 7 euros), we really got lost but surely saw the tourist-free places which was great! Jardin Majorelle is just outside the Medina and once you walk inside you feel in a totally different place. There are all these different plants/trees from everywhere in the world making up this garden, and the bright deep blue on the walls is hypnotizing.

After a tour of the garden we checked out the small exhibition they had and got some refreshments at the cafe before heading out. From there we walked to the David Boch Gallery in Guéliz.

Our plan was to stay in Guéliz and try out Libzar, but we were just too tired to stick around in the heat. So we took a taxi back (we had to agree on a price before taking it because he didn’t have a meter and we didn’t want risk paying too high), he dropped us off near our hotel and then we walked a bit to reach it. During this short walk, we found a nice Riad/restaurant called Dar Anika Kitchen where we ate that night!




On our third and last day in Marrakesh, we visited the Ensemble Artisanal—a space with lots of artisans selling various products from carpet to leather goods. As we had to be at the airport at 14:30, we chilled at our Riad and enjoyed the last few moments in Marrakesh.