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WHAT TO DO AND VISIT IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

WHAT TO DO AND VISIT IN FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA

Discover what to visit in Friuli Venezia Giulia in your next trip.   ^^^ here on the top of the Lussari Mount in Tarvisio ^^^ Friuli Venezia Giulia is a region little considered at the tourist level especially by foreigners. With all the beauties we […]

ONE WEEK VACATION IN SUDTIROL WITH DOGS | TIPS AND WHERE TO GO

ONE WEEK VACATION IN SUDTIROL WITH DOGS | TIPS AND WHERE TO GO

Some tips on what to visit with your dog, where to go and advice on treks to do in Sudtirol.   INTRO. This is the second year in a row that we do the August holidays in Trentino Alto Adige, to be exact in Sudtirol. […]

15 days in Mexico Itinerary | From Mexico city to Tulum

15 days in Mexico Itinerary | From Mexico city to Tulum

Undecided about what to visit in Mexico, in which cities to stay and which hotel to choose? Do not know whether to take the guide in archaeological sites or how to move from one city to another?

All the answers in this guide.

 

 

ITINERARY OF 15 DAYS IN MEXICO SPOSTANDOSI WITH FLIGHTS AND TOURIST BUSES

INTRO

I could take some merit but no, I did not do the planning. It is all thanks to my sister Erica.

I had an event in Mexico City and after that 3 weeks off so my sister Erica proposed a nice trip to discover Mexico, including beaches, sea, surf, archaeological sites and many tacos. How to refuse ?!

SOME INFO ABOUT MEXICO

Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world. It borders to the north with the United States of America, to be exact, Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona and to the south with Guatemala and Belize.

The easiest and most economical way to get around is through the long distance tourist buses and the Pesero, the minibuses that make various routes and are used by the entire Mexican population to move around. The railway line is the least recommended as it is not very widespread and with delays and frequent problems.

We traveled by tourist bus and when we arrived in a city we booked the trip to go to the next city directly at the station. If you are traveling in high season, you should book some buses in advance. But otherwise traveling in this way we found ourselves very well never any problem.

In terms of security. We have taken care not to go into isolated neighborhoods or at night alone and to take only official type of transport. We have avoided the areas of northern Mexico famous for the drugs, the shootings and the seizures but also the area of ​​Guerrero. Also, in areas where we did not feel 100% safe, we would go around only with some money in our pockets without a phone, purse, necklaces, watches and anything else that could attract attention. Easy clothing.

I loved the west coast much less traveled by the American crowd but only by lovers of the waves, surfers and people looking for tranquility. We found the central area of ​​Chiapas very quiet with lovely people. San Cristobal della Casas a daydream. Tulum pretty and from here you can easily visit the entire Yucatan peninsula.

OUR 15 DAYS ITINERARY FOR VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL  MEXICO:

MEXICO CITY: 2 DAYS

Mexico City is a huge and also very dangerous city.

And ‘the only city of my entire journey in which I would put a little warning.

Come out with money in your pocket without wallet, necklaces, watches (not even plastic). I went out without a purse and a camera. Unfortunately, it is a very poor city and even the kids make robberies and muggings. Beware of taxis, you have to take the official ones, otherwise they risk rob you there too. In short, pay close attention.

Personally I have not had any problems, I have turned a little by myself and if I have to tell you the truth I have also had a lot of fun. There are hundreds of locals one more beautiful than the other and the party is everywhere. You can eat very well even in kiosks or in small bars along the streets. I also found many vegetarian variations in the various places.

There are many places that deserve to be visited.

Things you can not miss in Mexico City are: Frida Kahlo’s house, the Plaza de la Constitution with the Zocalo, the cathedral and the presidential palace, the palace of the fine arts, the Casa de los Azulejos, the Palacio Postal and the Teotihuacan Pyramids outside the city of Mexico.

PUERTO ESCONDIDO: 4 DAYS

We took a direct flight to Puerto Escondido to do some sea and relax. Puerto Escondido is a seaside village with little to visit but many activities for the whole family, very low prices and dream beaches.

We stayed in a lovely hostel with bungalows surrounded by greenery and palm trees everywhere.

A jacuzzi in the center of the garden and hammocks where to sleep hung on each terrace. A dream a few steps from the sea.

During our day in Puerto Escondido we took surf lessons, we witnessed the release of turtles in the sea after having hatched in the night, we  relaxed drinking coconuts on the beach and also you can do boat rides or just have fun in one of the beautiful beaches of Puerto Escondido.

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS: 3 DAYS

I particularly recommend San Cristobal. It is the most enchanting city I have seen in Mexico.

So characteristic, sunny and colorful. At every corner of every street you will find something beautiful that will catch your eye.

Things you absolutely can not miss are: The Cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas, Templo de Santo Domingo, The Church of Guadalupe, Mirador de la Escuela SolMaya from which to look at the city from above, Iglesia del Cerrito also here a nice point panoramic. As a day trip we did the boat ride in the Sumidero canyon and I loved it.

I especially recommend you enjoy the city, the excellent restaurants and shop in local markets and on the street. Here the prices are unbeatable.

PALENQUE: 2 DAYS

We arrived in Palenque obviously to visit the archaeological site and the museum of Palenque. I recommend you do as we do and take a Maya guide who speaks Italian. It costs very little and you will discover the true history of Palenque and if you are lucky you will also go walking in the Jungle where you will discover other buildings still buried and you can also swing like Tarzan on lianas. An unforgettable visit.

Attention to what hotel you take. Here in the village there is not much to do so take a hotel to spend time pleasantly waiting for your next bus.

TULUM – COZUMEL – CANCUN: 4 DAYS

We stayed in one of the beautiful hotels along the Tulum beach for these days. Here the various hotels are wonderful so it is useless to advise one over another. The only problem is that you will often need to use a taxi or bus to get around as you are out of the center.

Prices in this area of Mexico, being overrun with Americans, are very high. In this area it is very nice to swim in the Cenote (there are many), go to visit the island of Cozumel and take boat trips and snorkel in the coral reef (go very early), swim with the turtles, take a trip to Cancun and feel in Miami (seeing the clubs all made in the USA and also the prices).

FLIGHT CANCUN – MEXICO CITY AND BACK TO ITALY

I hope this itinerary will be useful for organizing your next vacation in Mexico. If you have any other questions please email me at alessiamorello85@gmail.com or on facebook @the italian smoothie

 

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A WEEKEND AT THE MILLSTATT AM SEE  LAKE IN AUSTRIA | THE BEST PLACE FOR TREK AND RELAX

A WEEKEND AT THE MILLSTATT AM SEE LAKE IN AUSTRIA | THE BEST PLACE FOR TREK AND RELAX

Sunbathing, hiking, lunch in the shelters, kayaking, boat rides, bike paths that line the lake, many baths in the lake and more. Here’s what to do during a holiday on Lake Millstatt am See in Austria.   WHERE   Simon had heard about Lake Millstatt […]

7 DAYS U.S.A. SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARKS ITINERARY + VIDEO

7 DAYS U.S.A. SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARKS ITINERARY + VIDEO

A week-long road trip through the most beautiful and famous west national parks. All the info, the itinerary and the unmissable places between Utah, Arizona and Nevada. You are ready?     Here is the second part of my trip to the USA. In the […]

15 DAYS ROAD TRIP ITINERARY ALONG THE DEEP SOUTH AND MISSISSIPPI, U.S.A. + VIDEO

15 DAYS ROAD TRIP ITINERARY ALONG THE DEEP SOUTH AND MISSISSIPPI, U.S.A. + VIDEO

Here is the travel itinerary for a 2-week road trip along the deep south of the United States and the Mississippi to Nashville in Tennessee.

All the cities we have touched and the various things that deserve to be visited.

Info and advice on one of the most beautiful and unforgettable journeys of my life.

 

 

In autumn 2016, me, Simon and 2 friends made one of the most beautiful and desired trips of our life.

Since we love the unusual destinations for this holiday we decided to travel along the deep south of the United States starting from Texas, passing through Louisiana, doing Halloween in New Orleans and going up the Mississippi to Memphis and Nashville.

In between there were football and basketball games, washing machines, lots of junk food, thousands of kilometers, hotels, motels, apartments with a rooftop pool and of course skyscrapers with breathtaking views everywhere.

 

THE ITINERARY

Austin, Texas – 2 days

Austin is the capital of the state of Texas. Impossible not to spend at least 2 days. Besides being beautiful, it is a city famous for its thousands of live music venues. In fact, you must know that when New Orleans was partly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, many musicians moved to Austin, a university city full of life. The famous 6th Street becomes pedestrian from Friday evening to Sunday and in this very long street you can find all kinds of entertainment and parties.

The part that I prefer is the district of South Congress with its vintage shops where you can always find a few gems but also the center with its historic buildings and dozens of graffiti that you can take pictures of the city are amazing. Do not forget to have a drink in some rooftop even better river view, the colors in Texas are crazy.

For other things to see in Austin, take a look at my post “What to visit in Austin” .

On the way from Austin to Bandera we stopped at:

  • San Marco Premium Outlets: unmissable business on clothing and every type of accessory.
  • Wimberley: where you can visit a perfectly recreated Piooner Town for free or take a look at the classic American flea markets. In my opinion very cute to see.

Bandera, Texas – 3 Days

A must for a trip along the deep south of the United States. Bandera is the last city of cowboys in fact it is still possible to go around on horseback practically anywhere. I recommend you stay a few days on a ranch and try real cowboy life. Breakfast with eggs and bacon, morning on horseback through the land of the ranch, lunch with cowboy and wrangler lunch and afternoon … well, a dip in the pool! I know it’s not like a real cowboy, but it’s hard not to take advantage of the heat it does in Texas! In the evening a nice barbecue and to finish the famous “Smores” to prepare and to roast around the fire. Does this seem like a place you can not miss? Well it is! (We have stayed here ” Silver spur Ranch” recommended!” )

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One day in Birmingham: what to do and see

One day in Birmingham: what to do and see

What to do and see in Birmingham in a day   What to see in Birmingham. Last year at the beginning of summer I was in England for work. Between an event and the other me and my colleagues had 24 hours of total freedom. […]

A WEEKEND IN VENICE: TRAVEL GUIDE AND WHERE TO EAT

A WEEKEND IN VENICE: TRAVEL GUIDE AND WHERE TO EAT

The story of my weekend in Venice between aperitifs, delicious dinners and a bit of history ..

WEEKEND IN MILAN: 16 UNCOMMON PLACES ABSOLUTELY TO VISIT

WEEKEND IN MILAN: 16 UNCOMMON PLACES ABSOLUTELY TO VISIT

My TIPS about what to do and see in Milan, especially about food and beverage.

I spent 5 years in this city and even though I decided to return to my beloved northeast, I left in Milan a bit of heart and life.

If you go beyond the appearances and the usual places, Milan offers very special charms and being a great city does not need to tell you how much it is full of attractions, locals and solutions for all pockets.

So I leave you my list of things not to be missed in Milan – obviously with no order!

1. A MOLECULAR DRINK AT THE “NOTTINGHAM FOREST”

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You can’t leave Milan without drink something in this amazing bar.

Dario Comini is one of the most famous molecolar mixologist and barman of the world e create liquid emotions.

Already the choosing of the drink is an experience! The menu is gigantic with dozens of cocktails and as you can see I’m drinking a bathtub, with foam and eaten ducks LOL.

It ranges from the most common, such as martini cocktails in many variants, to molecular drinks, aphrodisiacs or  jelly cups;

There are drinks who play with hot / cold, taste and smell, or sweet and spicy, all in one drink! . Do not frighten yourself from the queue that is very often outside the room, trust me, have patience and you will be rewarded!

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2. IT’S HIRO! – A JAPAN GIRL IN MILAN

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There are a lot of Japanese restaurants in Milan but Hiro (who is also the owner’s name) is the best. Small RESTAURANT  in the Porta Romana area has the timeless classic of Japanese cuisine but the TOP is off the menu! Every time it is an experience of new flavors so far away from our kitchen but with simple ingredient as we are accustomed to.

Spaced from meat to fish, everything is worth tasting, even the cakes!

Ah! Hiro’s other charm is the location: it’s in front of a famous vodka bar

3. PRAVDA – THE BISON VODKA

Super-supplied vodkeria, very easy environment and exceptional drinks! The fresh raspberry vodka-sour is my favorite but also after-dinner SHOTS are great. For a top aperitif or a cool night. Only for originals drink lovers. (more…)

WEEKEND IN BUDAPEST: WHAT TO DO AND SEE

WEEKEND IN BUDAPEST: WHAT TO DO AND SEE

 Here the perfect itinerary to visit Budapest in 3 days with the most interesting places to see and bar, restaurant, hotels to choose. The last work commitment before the summer break was in Budapest, for the joy of myself and all my colleagues. Even though I’ve been […]