A step into Marie Antoinette’s home!

A step into Marie Antoinette’s home!

It was the fourth day of our European adventure when we decided to visit the illustrious home of Marie Antoinette, the Palace of Versailles. After being in awe of the sheer size of Château de Chantilly, I was definitely expecting Versailles to be as majestic. It did not disappoint!

We arrived just in time to beat the lunch crowd, and decided to eat at a random restaurant near the palace. Got lucky and found a nice bistro that offered a huge lunch portion for cheap. You definitely have to eat beforehand because you need all the calories you can get for walking! There are some food concessionaires at the palace grounds but it’s way overpriced. Continue reading “A step into Marie Antoinette’s home!”

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Cafés in Paris Worth Visiting

Cafés in Paris Worth Visiting

When you have a crazy itinerary like my sister and I, there’s nothing more rewarding than resting your tired feet in a café and sipping a delicate cappuccino. Although, I’ve been told that Parisians do not really drink cappuccinos (most preferring a strong espresso). I don’t understand why because cappuccinos in Paris are amaaaazing! With their chocolaty taste, it warms my heart up like listening to Oh Wonder singing Midnight Moon.

While my sister has been to Paris a lot of times, owing to the fact that her husband is French, we discovered these cafés purely by chance. I guess there are many secrets in Paris that even a seasoned Paris traveler or Parisian have not uncovered yet.

Going back to the task at hand… Here are the four cafés in Paris worth visiting! Continue reading “Cafés in Paris Worth Visiting”

Pizza Delivery!

Pizza Delivery!

With virtually no good spaces to chill out in the sun in Manila (because of the intense heat), I decided to milk the opportunity in Europe – chilling by the Eiffel Tower in Champs de Mars, walking around Parc du Buttes-Chaumont, having lunch on the patio of Dame Tartine.

The sun was like the ultimate energy generator. So… when my sister saw this blog post by Out and About sharing her experience with Pink Flamingo Pizza, we just knew we had to try it! Continue reading “Pizza Delivery!”

A Wonderful Day at Château de Chantilly

A Wonderful Day at Château de Chantilly

A stretch of grounds where crème Chantilly is incorrectly credited to have been invented, Château de Chantilly, though not as popular, has as much history as the imposing Versailles. Located in the north of Paris, the château is home to three Raphael paintings (the only other place known in France to have the others is the Louvre), a 186 meter long stable and perfectly manicured gardens. Continue reading “A Wonderful Day at Château de Chantilly”

Travel Updates

Hey guys! I’m immensely excited to announce that in three days…

I will be going on a one month trip to Europe with my sister! I didn’t think it was going to happen this year, and I was actually planning on doing it in 2017 (see Adventure List here). But lady luck is smiling down on me, and I’m so thankful to be going off to another great experience!

Currently, my sister is in Turkey for her honeymoon. Afterwards, we will be meeting in Paris and jetting off to Prague, Budapest, Rome and Barcelona. Don’t worry because I’ll be blogging, instragramming and snapchatting as I go so expect a lot of updates this May!

After my trip to Europe, I would be going straight to visit my boyfriend in Chicago, and we will be taking a weekend trip to San Francisco. I spent most of my uni life in the Midwest and East Coast so I’m looking forward to exploring the laid back state.

Follow me on Instagram & Snapchat: @kaancornelio and WordPress for updates on this trip! 🙂

Got a free night in Shinjuku?

Got a free night in Shinjuku?

With aching feet and empty bellies, pushing your way past the throng through the extremely busy streets of Shinjuku may seem like a daunting task. A task David and I were willing to go through for the miniscule chance of getting a seat at Zoetrope, the legendary whiskey bar featured in various travel magazines and blogs.

Like most exciting things in Japan, this whiskey bar is stashed away on the third floor of a nondescript building serviced by an old, squeaky elevator. We arrived two hours before opening time and decided to get a bite to eat at the adjacent izakaya, Mifune. Continue reading “Got a free night in Shinjuku?”

The Little Prince Museum

The Little Prince Museum

I remember reading The Little Prince for a book report in third grade. I did not appreciate the story in the beginning, mostly because I felt like it was trying to tell me life lessons with allegoric interactions between the characters. They were hard concepts to grasp as a kid. As I got older, I finally understood the subtle nuances of the story, from what each of the characters represented to what their conversations actually mean.

When I found out that there was a museum dedicated to Saint-Exupéry and his beloved story, I knew I had to visit. It was easy to find as it’s located next to other popular museums in Hakone. From the bus stop, it’s only a five minute walk to the Little Prince Museum. As soon as I arrived, I was greeted by an ornate European gate with a subtle “Le Petit Prince” flag. Continue reading “The Little Prince Museum”

Film Roll Stories | vol. 1

Film Roll Stories | vol. 1

David and I sat waiting for the Shinkansen to arrive when I realized that I forgot my camera. Even when David suggested we go back home and get it, I knew it was too late. I literally started bawling my eyes out right on the train tracks, totally inconsolable! Thankfully, my boyfriend is a problem solver. He suggested buying some disposable cameras instead since I didn’t even bring my lomo cam! Talk about being forgetful. It could be a nice challenge for me to photograph without seeing the end result until after developing the film. I was definitely on board with this suggestion and was pleasantly surprised with the result! Continue reading “Film Roll Stories | vol. 1”

Back to Edo

Back to Edo

Warning: Photo Heavy Post

Kawagoe is a small town located in Saitama prefecture. They are famous for their period buildings, candy lane and sweet potatoes! Our day in Kawagoe started with lunch at the famous unagi restaurant, Ogakiku. It’s currently the #1 restaurant in Kawagoe according to Tripadvisor. I thought it was the perfect place for David to try his first unagi dish. The restaurant itself was quiet. Most of their patrons are locals who seem to know the staff by name. I believe we were the only tourists there which was surprising because everyone talks about this restaurant!

The meal offerings were scarce but we did come so that David could try the unagi so it was alright. I’m not a huge fan of eel so I opted to try their teriyaki chicken served with a seafood soup and soboro donburi (ground chicken rice bowl). All I can say is that it was amazing! The chicken was tender and the sauce really comes through. When I saw how big the soboro donburi was, I was hesitant as it was huge! I did manage to finish the bowl so I can’t complain. It was that good! Continue reading “Back to Edo”