Posts by Ariane

Introducing The Sail of Freedom of Rouen – l’Armada de la Liberté

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

Introducing The Sail of Freedom of Rouen – l’Armada de la Liberté

Summary: What an event for boat lovers! The Sail of Freedom of Rouen (l’Armada de la Liberté) has taken place every five years since 1989 and gathers the most beautiful tall ships, warships and other sailing crafts of the world. The festival is one of the most important events in the nautical world. Here is an overview in photos of the festival, along with some information and advice to attract you for the next edition. We were lucky this year to attend the Armada de la Liberté 2013 of Rouen. We decided to go there on a Thursday. We woke up early to enjoy the day as much as possible. Though the weather was cold and rainy, we saw almost all the ships and spent a very...

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Mont Saint Michel, France Top Attractions

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in Countries, France | 4 comments

Mont Saint Michel, France Top Attractions

Summary: The Mont Saint Michel is one of the most visited monuments in France, and is definitely worth seeing. What is the history of the Mont? Why is the place so unique? Here is a list of the activities, monuments, museums and gastronomic delights that you won’t want to miss, followed by some practical information and advice. France abounds in historical sites, monuments and churches—that’s the main reason people visit the country! This makes for a difficult choice when you have to plan your trip. So let’s make it easier for you. The very famous Mont Saint Michel is a must do—you won’t regret this stop. In one visit you will enjoy dramatic...

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Baños Travel Guide: the City of a Thousand Hostels

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | 6 comments

Baños Travel Guide: the City of a Thousand Hostels

Summary: Baños is a good place to visit when you’re in Ecuador. This very small town in the middle of the mountains offers plenty of activities and sightseeing, so it is really difficult to become bored. After two months in the Galapagos Islands, we didn’t want to spend our last 20 days in the country in a city (though we knew that Cuenca and Quito are really worth seeing), so we decided to choose between Baños and Montanita. We finally chose Baños, as it was totally different than the Galapagos. Here is some information about this small town that you should definitely visit: Why visit Baños? Though some people say Baños is too touristy, it is also a very beautiful area...

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Tractor Pulling Contest in Bernay

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Countries, France | 0 comments

Tractor Pulling Contest in Bernay

Summary: Do you like motor sports and big trucks? Then this post is for you! The annual Tractor Pulling contest in Bernay takes place in the beginning of June, and we had the chance to be there this year to attend the event and share with you some photos of this amazing sport. We arrived to the stadium to attend the so-called Tractor Pulling contest. The sun was gently beating on our skins, giving us this nice warm feeling after a few cold and rainy days. We started to hear the roaring engines of these big tractors, followed by cheers from the audience while we were approaching the contest track. We were wearing our press and VIP badges, as we were invited to cover this...

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Taste Coffee as You Taste Wine in Baños

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | 0 comments

Taste Coffee as You Taste Wine in Baños

Arte Cafe & Te Restaurant 12 de Noviembre 200 y Oriente- Baños. This is a special post about a very special place for people who love coffee and tea; people who enjoy quiet, romantic places and want a real break. What is so special about this place? Well, we were just walking around one day when we found a nice-looking coffee shop. What first attracted us were the “hammock chairs” hanging at the tables. So we thought we’d come here “someday” and enjoy a hammock while having a drink. “Someday” finally came, so we went to the coffee shop and found out that it was not just good looking, but also full of treasures and surprises! First, the music is really nice—you have...

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Things to do in San Cristobal: Check out 4 San Cristobal Attractions

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | 8 comments

Things to do in San Cristobal: Check out 4 San Cristobal Attractions

Summary: What is there to do in San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos? This post will give you some information about the island and what tours are available. If you liked that so far, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Page. San Cristobal is one of the few inhabited islands in the archipelago, so you can actually stay there. You will find plenty of hotels (though we found them more expensive than those in Santa Cruz). The island is less populated and a lot less busy than Santa-Cruz. We also found more wildlife (especially the sea lions, which are everywhere—one could almost find one lying on the chairs of the restaurants!). You may want to consider buying Lonely...

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On The Road Expenses and Statistics, Month Nine

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Monthly Expenses | 0 comments

On The Road Expenses and Statistics, Month Nine

Is it expensive to travel around the world? How much would you spend while traveling? This series of posts is aimed at helping travelers plan their budgets before hitting the road. When we started traveling we were always worrying about how much money we would need, so we decided to share our expenses, as this might help other travelers. Our ninth month of travel was definitely one of the most active so far! First of all, we moved a lot. Second, we tried some physical activities and sports that were new for us (as we usually only walk or swim, and sometimes climb [but not very much!]) So it was kind of a challenge for our lazy bodies! But we survived! This month was...

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The Galapagos Islands on a Budget

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | 46 comments

The Galapagos Islands on a Budget

Summary: While the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are known for being extremely expensive, once you pay for the flight and entrance fee, it becomes affordable. This is how we did it, we saw almost everything in the archipelago and stayed much longer than people usually do in this gorgeous place. If you liked that so far, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Page. You’ve probably already checked out our 11 Activities on a Budget in The Galapagos. The aim of this post is to help you plan your trip to the Galapagos without spending a fortune. It contains tips and advice on how to enjoy the Galapagos and save your money. You may want to consider buying Lonely Planet...

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13 Essential Items for Long-Haul Travel

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Planning | 0 comments

Summary: In the course of many months of travel, we have found that the accessories we discuss in detail below are all essential to a successful trip. They will save you some awkward moments and generally make your overseas trip a far more pleasurable experience. If you liked that so far, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Page. As you will see in a minutes, this isn’t a list of the most essential accessories for overseas travel. Obviously you’re going to need a passport, money, a toothbrush, a suitable bag and a bunch of other stuff—but you already knew that, right? This is a list of less obvious essentials for any overseas trip: Doorstop This is a...

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40 Facts You Need to Know About the Galapagos Islands

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Countries, Ecuador | Comments Off on 40 Facts You Need to Know About the Galapagos Islands

40 Facts You Need to Know About the Galapagos Islands

Summary: Are you planning a trip to the Galapagos? Here is a post that will give you valuable information about the archipelago and make your stay easier. It contains 40 facts about the Galapagos and in different aspects. If you liked that so far, follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook Page. You may want to consider buying Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Country Guide) After two months in the Galapagos (mainly on Santa Cruz Island) we thought we’d share our experience of the islands. You will find in this post some basic information about the archipelago. There are three local airlines that go to the Galapagos: LAN, Tame, and Aerogal. There...

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