Travel itinerary: Day trip to Girona, the city where Games of Thrones was filmed – Spain 🇪🇸

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Girona itinerary map
Everything you can do on a day trip to Girone!

When I decided to go to Spain last year, I was sure I wanted to visit one of those Medieval Spanish cities. Then after some research, I found Girona, and for my surprise, this wasn’t any medieval city, THIS WAS THE CITY WHERE GAME OF THRONES WAS FILMED! Yep, all in caps so I make my message very clear. lol

If I’m not mistaken most of all season 6 was filmed there. You get scenes from Bravos, Oldtown and Kings Landing. It was fantastic to stroll through all the streets and lanes from this place and remember of scenes from the show. You can check here my Google Maps with the main spots, plus some extra historical sites that Girona has.

What we did then

Plaça de la Independència
Very pleasant space on your way to the Medieval city, with many restaurants and cafes around. Perfect for a quick coffee before you go and explore the city.

Plaça de la Independència
Plaça de la Independència

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Travel itinerary: Day trip to Cinque Terre – Italy 🇮🇹

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Everything you can do in 1 day in Cinque Terre!
Everything you can do on a day trip to Cinque Terre!

Cinque Terre is located along the Italian west coast, and it’s formed by 5 charming villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso.

These villages are very famous for their unique architecture, mesmerising views from the mediterranean sea, and a super cool hike passing through all five cities.

Totally a must go, especially for those spending a few days in Florence, and this is what we did!

We decided to spend a day exploring the region; we took a train in the morning: from Florence to La Spezia, and then another train to the first city in the Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore (check here my Google Maps).

Our idea was to do the complete hike from Riomaggiore to Monteresso, however, due to the bad weather on the previous days, 70% of the path was closed!
Bummer!

Sadly enough, you only get this kind of information when you are already there.
But that doesn’t mean we did nothing, we did a lot and I’m about to show you what!

What we did then

Riomaggiore
Our first stop, so we decided to buy the Cinque Terre Card, which gave us access to the trail and unlimited train travels between the 5 cities and La Spezia.

As the trail was closed here, after exploring a bit of the village we got the train to our next stop, Manarola.

Riomaggiore
Riomaggiore

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Travel itinerary: 1 day in Naples (Napoli) – Italy 🇮🇹

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Naples Itinerary map.
Naples: itinerary map image

If you need more than 3 days in Rome to say we fully explored Italy, how about taking a day trip to Naples (Napoli)?

So that’s what we did!
We took a morning train from Roma Termini to Stazione di Napoli Centrale, arriving there by 9.30am.

I will not lie that our main reason to visit Naples was to try their delicious pizza!
However, we can’t spend a whole day there just eating, right?

That’s why I created a short itinerary (check here my Google Maps) so we could also enjoy the city!

And below a complete description of everything you can do:

Places to go

Castel Nuovo
It’s a nice example of a medieval castle, built in 1279.

Entrance is paid, costing €6 per adult. 🙂
Well worth the price if you’re interested in this kind of medieval architecture.

Castel Nuovo.
Castel Nuovo.

Galleria Umberto I
This is such a beautiful building. Take some time to explore the shops, restaurants, and admire its splendid interior.

Inside of Galleria Umberto I.
Inside of Galleria Umberto I.

Royal Palace of Naples
This is another beautiful building to visit.

It also has a museum with ticketed entrance, but most of the external area, including the beautiful gardens, can be explored free of charge!

Royal Palace of Naples.
Royal Palace of Naples.

Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito
These two are right in front of the Royal Palace of Naples, making them a very good area to look around and admire the surrounds.

Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.
Basilica Reale Pontificia San Francesco da Paola & Piazza del Plebiscito.

Via Chiaia
It’s a very popular street, full of shops and restaurants, ready for you to explore!

Via Chiaia.
Via Chiaia.

Castel dell’Ovo
I simply loved this castle.

It is the oldest standing fortification in Naples and works today as a place for events and free visitation.

Views from up there are amazing!
Make sure to check it out!

Castel dell'Ovo.
Castel dell’Ovo.

Naples Harbour
Take some time to walk along Naples Harbour and you will be blessed with amazing views, such as in the photo below.

Not to mention the constant and inviting delicious smells from the restaurants along the way.

Naples Harbour.
Naples Harbour.

Where to eat

Pizzeria Brandi
Best pizza I’ve ever had. That’s it. 🙂

Their Margherita pizza (below) is simply out of this world!

Pizza Margherita.
Pizza Margherita.

Gran Caffè Gambrinus
A good place to have a cappuccino and sfogliatelles.

Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian Cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

Side note: Naples safety

When I started planning this day trip to Naples (finding things to do and places to eat) something that I constantly found by reading people’s recommendations was to be aware of the areas you’re planning to visit.

It’s not that the city is totally unsafe. Not like that.

The areas I recommended above are absolutely safe and worth the visit.

However, my original personal itinerary also included things to do around the central station (Stazione di Napoli Centrale) … but yeah, when I got there, I unfortunately had to give up.
Not even the presence of the army on the streets made me safe enough to explore the area. 🙁

But overall, don’t worry too much, 1 day in Naples is more than enough to see the best things and enjoy a delicious pizza!
Make sure to follow my itinerary above and you can’t go wrong. 🙂


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

Caffè Gambrinus • Naples

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Caffè Gambrinus - entrance.
Caffè Gambrinus – entrance.

A couple of reasons helped me to decide picking Caffè Gambrinus for a quick stop:

  • Their absolutely beautiful and charming in-store decoration, (with a classy and vintage look)
  • To try an authentic Naples cappuccino,
  • And to finally have a Sfogliatelle (traditional Neapolitan pastry) – a flaky pastry stuffed with a delicious ricotta cream.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia.

My order

We both decided to have a cup of coffee there and get the sfogliatelle for take away.
Here is the complete order:

  • Hubby: caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
  • Mine: Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.
  • To share: sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla.
Caffe Del Nonno - espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Caffe del nonno – espresso blended with vanilla ice cream.
Italian Cappuccino - double espresso and steamed milk foam.
Italian cappuccino – double espresso and steamed milk foam.

You may not know but there are two main types of sfogliatelle:

Sfogliatelle frolla (rounded) and Sfogliatelle riccia (curly).
Of course, I decided to try them both. But here is the difference between them:

Sfogliatelle riccia (the curly one): the crust is some sort of puff pastry (using lard instead of butter), crunchy and flaky.
The filling is not super sweet, made of a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.
You must eat it still warm, preferrably fresh out the oven.

Sfogliatelle frolla (the rounded one): uses pasta frolla (shortbread crust) instead of the flaky sfoglia crust.
The filling is pretty much the same; a mixture of semolina, ricotta, eggs, sugar, candied citrus and cinnamon.

Sfogliatelle Riccia and Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle riccia and sfogliatelle frolla (on the right).
Sfogliatelle Frolla.
Sfogliatelle frolla in detail.
Sfogliatelle Riccia.
Sfogliatelle riccia in detail.

Everything was very good.

I personally liked the sfogliatelle frolla better, its pastry is more my type of thing.
No words for its filling though, definitely something from heaven.

I had it again as a pie filling on one of my train trips, simply delicious!

The verdict

The place architecture is beautiful, coffee and pastry equally good. However, they get packed due to its central location!

There is always a waiting line for seating and waiters tend to get a bit distracted.
So in case you are short in time just place your order directly at the counter.

Interesting enough, they charge €0.50 to use their toilets, even if you ordered something.
Unusual, but kinda understandable due to the number of tourists in the surroundings.

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/ZQEvqxT4vgx

More information: www.grancaffegambrinus.com/en/


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Naples.

100% Chocolate Cafe | Ginza – Tokyo

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100% Chocolate Cafe entrance
100% Chocolate Cafe entrance

100% Chocolate Cafe is a store owned by Meiji, a traditional Japanese chocolate brand. There you will find desserts, chocolate drinks, and an incredible variety of 56 chocolate flavours! That’s right, I have the proof on the image below. 😛

Chocolate options
Chocolate options

There is a huge range of different flavours, grouped by: cacao beans (1-22), different sweeteners (23-26), different types of milk (27-33), Japanese flavours (34-40), European taste (41-50) and Cacao history (51-56). I don’t know how to read Japanese, but I believe each tablet has 14 grams of chocolate.

My order

It was extremely hard to choose. I simply love chocolate and unusual flavours, so the combination of both was a tremendous challenge for me. In the end here’s what I got:

  • Wasabon (26) – a type of Japanese sweetener.
  • Maccha (34) – a Japanese herb.
  • Yomogi (37) – another Japanese herb.
  • Cinnamon (52).
  • Cacao 95% (54).
My pretty bag. :D
My pretty bag. 😀
My choices were Wasabon, Maccha, Yomogi, Cinnamon, and Cacao 95%
My choices were Wasabon, Maccha, Yomogi, Cinnamon, and Cacao 95%

About the chocolate itself, I’m quite happy with my choices; chocolate pieces of good quality, not fatty and you could hear the chocolate snap when biting it. The flavours are mild as well, so if you are afraid of trying something you think you may not like, no need for that as the cocoa flavour is more prominent on it than the added element.

OK, except for the cinnamon one… I could swear it had some sugar crystals in it, so I’m not sure whether this is a Japanese thing or simply that the chocolate did not survive perfectly the trip back – yes, I ate them back here in Australia – it wasn’t expired, though.

The verdict

In case your are a chocolate lover like I’m, it is definitely a place to go. You can have a dessert, drink something, or just buy some of these chocolates as a little souvenir from Japan 🇯🇵.

About the English: There is an English menu and staff can communicate just a little in English.

Total bill: Unfortunately I don’t remember how much it was, but I do remember they had special prices depending on the quantity you buy.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/7fWXvKgbVrw

More information: www.meiji.co.jp/sweets/choco-cafe/