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  • chiarahaswanderlust 9:02 pm on May 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

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  • chiarahaswanderlust 5:25 am on January 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Wants to go to China just to eat dumplings=)

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 5:16 am on January 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Prague. 

    Prague, Czech Republic

    gloomy day in the city

    Ever since I was a little kid I’ve heard stories from my Aunt that Prague was one of the most beautiful cities she has been to and she has traveled all around the world. So I’ve always wanted to go there, LUCKY for me my Mother dearest got invited to a convention in Prague and my Dad and I tagged along. =)

    FUN FACTS:

    Prague is the capital of Czech Republic, It is also one of the largest cities in Central Europe. “The Golden City”, “The Magical City”, “The City of Bridges”, “The City of a Hundred Towers” and “The Paris of the East” are the common names historians and writers call Prague. Prague is a member of UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), making it a city that is full of architectural wealth and culture. The city is old but that’s what makes it so beautiful and why it’s a very popular tourist destination.


    The Prague castle

    We took a cab to the castle that day, the weather was perfect sunny and not too cold. The Prague castle is the place that you shouldn’t miss if you go to Prague.  Visitors of the Prague castle love to watch the “Changing of the Guards, and it happens every hour, on the hour.

    In the photo above, tourist are crowding near the gates to see the “Changing of the Guards”

    I made faces and tried to make him laugh, but he never did. I guess he hates his job that much haha. kidding.

    The Cathedral of St. Vitus

    We ate at a dungeon. I could barely see what I ate haha but it was oh so good. My mom forced me to eat one of the famous delicacies in Prague “DUCKS LIVER” .

    Authentic GERMAN sausage. Too salty for me.

    Beef Gounash

    So after the delicious meal at the dungeon we started to walk towards the Charles Bridge and so I thought It was going to be a short walk like 10 mins. but NO it was like a 45 min. walk from where we had lunch.

    View of the Vltava River from the Charles bridge. Lovely.

    Charles Bridge is on the list of Prague’s must go places. It is also very  popular to local Czech artists, musicians and  vendors whose stands line both sides of the bridge.

     

     

     

    Oh hello there, Sailor. haha

    I’m getting myself ready for another 15 mins. walk to THE OLD TOWN SQUARE.

     

    Astronomical Clock

    The clock was built by Master Mikulas of Kadan and was built in the Old Town Hall Tower.

    Old town Square


    Old Town Square is the heart of old Prague and where you will enjoy walking around, eating ice cream, chillin’ in cafe’s and eating from the food kiosks, riding in coaches and of course taking a lot of pictures.

    OCTOBERFEST

    Yummmyyyy… It tasted like Christmas Ham=)


    Look at all that cheese.

    FOOOOODDDD.

    One of the reasons you should go back to Prague.

    Eating Trdelnik.

    Trdelník is a traditional cake and sweet pastry. It is made from rolled dough, wrapped around a stick then grilled and it is topped with sugar and walnut mix.

    FOOD PORN.=)

    Potatoes, cheese and sausages

    Look what I found. Absinth chocolates. I never thought they existed.


    Anthony

    Bourdain recommended this place…

    We tried all the sausages.

    The best one for me was the Venseslao sausage.

     

     

    CHECK THIS OUT.


     





     

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 12:39 pm on November 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    wants to make her own Ramen in Japan=)

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 5:02 am on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Arizona 

    THE GRAND CANYON

    Quick stop to Hoover Dam.

    Hoover Dam featuring MEGATRON haha!

    From Vegas to Grand Canyon it was a 4-5 hour bus drive, but all it was all worth it.




    The view was simply breathtaking.

    Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

    The Grand Canyon is a wonderful vacation destination and it has millions of facts, information , legendary stories and an amazing history. You can never explore the Grand Canyon in just a day, It will take you a life time to study and explore the Canyons.

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 8:39 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hey mambo! Mambo italiano! 

    MILANO

    Hey mambo, don’t wanna tarantella

    Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella
    Hey mambo! Mambo italiano!

    haha I love that song…

    Milan is one of the most visited cities in italy, it is also the second largest city  in Italy. Milan is not known for it’s beautiful architecture and sites but a place for shopping, football, opera, and nightlife.

    The Duomo, is one of the biggest and grandest cathedrals in the world. In my opinion, It is now more like a tourist spot than a church. I see more tourist than people who hear mass.

    I paid 1 EURO to hold a bird really? 70 pesos for a bird??

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II


    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is shopping mall that is a popular place where people can shop, experience fine dining and just enjoy the company of friends.

    “SO TAKE OUT YOUR CREDIT CARDS and prepare to be broke after your trip=)”

    Galleria Vittorio Emanuele is one of the most famous galleries (shopping malls) in Europe, it is located on Piazza del Duomo in the heart of Milan Italy. The structure is made out of glass and iron. In 1867, Giuseppe Mengoni, the architect of the lovely building, died accidentally , falling off the glass roof of the gallery he had built. IRONIC I must say! Today, the Galleria is the site for many luxury shops, including Armani, Rolex, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and for people who love Mcdonald’s LIKE ME, you can find it here.

    (More …)

     
    • Anthony 12:04 am on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Whoaaaa!!! Chiar didn’t know you wrote… and took great pics!! 😀

      • chiarapañares 12:34 am on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        haha not just a MED STUDENT!!!!

    • Malu Couttolenc Photography 2:16 am on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful Post about this beautiful city. Great photographs! 🙂

  • chiarahaswanderlust 12:46 am on September 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Pisa 

    Pisa is a city in Tuscany, Italy.

    It is famous for it’s Leaning tower of Pisa, so what it is the story behind the Leaning tower?  It was designed to stand 185 feet, the building is made out of solid cement but sadly the ground was too soft that it leaned toward the side. Before tourists could climb up the tower but now it is feared that the structure would collapse so now no one could climb up the bell tower.

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 11:44 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Viva Barca. 

    Barcelona is the one of the largest cities in Spain.

    I got lost in Barcelona, carried my luggage around for an hour and a half till we found our hotel bad luck much?

    Running around Catalunya Square.

    Casa Batlló

    Casa Batlló is one of Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. The building is absolutely unique from rest.

    These street performers are crazy, they threaten to smash your camera if you don’t give them money.

    I love Barcelona’s street parties.

    Crazy soccer FANS!

    Walking around town.

    Barcelona is a city with mind blowing architecture. The buildings of Barcelona are also a tourist attraction aside from the Olympic Stadium and FC Barcelona’s Soccer field.

    The Olympic Stadium was the venue for the 1992 summer Olympic games. Today the olympic stadium is open to tourists, but it is still used for football games and concerts, and it can hold about 65,000 people.

    The Barcelona football stadium is the 3rd largest football stadium in the World, it has the capacity of 100,00 fans.

    Home of the FC Barcelona TEAM.

    Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia

    This church is one of the masterpieces of renowned Spanish architect Antoni Guadi until now this church is still under renovation and is not expected to be complete until  2026.

    FOOD TRIP TIME.

    Boqueria Market

    The Open Air Market, Mercat de la Boqueria. It’s absolutely huge and you can find any food you can possibly think of.

    Look at all the CANDY. nom nom nom…

    Cherry overload!


    Well my Barcelona experience was amazing a good four day tour, It was quite tiring because our hotel was so far away from the city but it was all worth it.

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 11:56 am on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    I left my heart in San Francisco. 

    Someday I’ll live here.

    Things to do in San Francisco:

    1.) Visit Ghirardelli square

    waaaaaaaahhhh chocolate chocolate chocolate!

    In 1965 Ghirardelli Square was  officially made a city landmark in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Now it is a very popular place that people go to chill, shop, you can also experience fine dining, wine bars, spa facilities and live entertainment.

    It’s not just all about the chocolate but this place is also rich in history.

    2. Eat Clam chowder on a sourdough bread in Boudin Bakery.

    I give this bakery 5/5, the bread bowl with white clam chowder soup is definitely to die for.  Too bad i didn’t get to visit the museum.

    I miss this the most from my trip, when can I ever have you again bread bowl?

    3. Take a stroll around the Fishermans wharf area.


    I wanted to go inside but Dad and Momy were with me.

    I love San Francisco’s weather, but sadly I wasn’t wearing the right clothes that day.

    Pier 39-One of the famous spots, where families go to enjoy the aquarium, good food and scenery.

    For a person who is allergic to crabs, this place is not good for me hehe=)

    CRABS=)

    4.) Take a boat trip to ALCATRAZ.

    From 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz was a prison now it’s a national park, a famous one I must say.  Famous because before this was the house of America’s worst.

    The rock

    gotta love em’ CHURROS.

    Al “Scarface” Capone, and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud were one of the criminals housed in Alcatraz.

    Being in that prison cell felt really eerie, got kinda scared for a bit.

    5.) Your San Francisco wouldn’t be complete without you visiting the GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE.

    Fun facts:

    a.The Golden Gate Bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

    b. The  Golden Gate Bridge was featured in movies like Monsters vs Aliens, the HULK,X-Men: The Last Stand,Interview With The Vampire and a whole lot more.

    in Monsters VS. Aliens

    6.) other things in SFO  that you shouldn’t miss.

    a. For shopaholics Union Square is the place to go. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Channel, Victoria Secret, Macy’s shopping mall and a whole lot more.

    b. Eat lunch at Cheesecake factory

    –Yuummyyyy I’m craving for cheesecake…Are you? hehe


    c.) Take a cable car ride.

    I love San Francisco one of my best trips.

     
  • chiarahaswanderlust 10:23 am on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    EURO TRIP: VERONA AND VENICE City of Wat… 

    EURO TRIP: VERONA AND VENICE

    City of Water: Venice

    Venice

    Venice has a reputation for being expensive that is why not a lot of people live there, but need not to worry many of the city’s most fascinating sights are for free. You can get to Venice by “water taxi”, and arrive there in just minutes.

    St. Mark’s Square

    Torre dell’Orologio/The Clock Tower


    Basilica di San Marco


    Riding the Gondolas: An expensive ride but it is all worth it.

    Venice is also called the “city of masks”

    The City of  Lovers: Verona

    Verona

    The city of the most famous lovers in history: Romeo and Juliet, it is actually the place where they met. Well Verona has more to offer than just that it is a city full of gorgeous Artistry and impeccable architecture. Well going to Verona was an unplanned trip, but out of all the places I’ve been to, this was my favorite place.

    Must see places in Verona:

    The arena

    This Roman Theater is one of the largest theaters from the Roman Empire. Now world famous operas and concerts are performed in the Theater every summer.

    Pallazo Barbieri

    Across the arena–bars,hotels and restaurants

    Via Giuseppe Mazzini

    Shops at night too bad closing time is at  7pm


    Piazza dei Signori

    The Most famous attraction Casa di Giulietta

    (House of Juliet)

    We all know there is much debate as to whether or not Romeo and Juliet existed but still a lot of tourist go to Verona just to see Casa di Giulietta. Many people write their names and the names of their loved ones on the walls. Many believe that writing on that wall(Juliet’s wall) will make their love last forever.



     
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