DUBAI // ALSERKAL AVENUE

Montag, 15. Oktober 2018


Good Morning Guys,
I always try to update my blog as often as I can but unfortunately, my last post is one month ago and so many things happened in the past weeks. My sister and her boyfriend visited me last week and we spent a lovely time together. When family or friends visit me in Dubai I always try to show them my favorite areas in Dubai. If you never heard from Alserkal Avenue you should definitely google it and discover their website. Alserkal Avenue is one of my favorites places in Dubai because you can find a lot of unique museums with special events and different exhibitions, a chocolate factory where you can try one of my favorite chocolate bites and a cute cinema with special movies from the past. I am sure that people who love art and to discover unique places they are right at this beautiful place. They also have sometimes nice pop up events which are really nice to join. My last pop up which I have visited was an Iftar during Ramadan where they channeled a fabric hall to a beautiful evening dinner spot. They combined the asian with the arabic cuisine and I was so fascinated about the mixture so that I can say it was one of the best Iftars I ate during this time. Even though you are not a huge art fan you have some other options in Alserkal Avenue. Beside the art galleries you will find an amazing car exhibition with really old and unique cars, nice cafes and food spots where you can have tasty dishes, a beautiful outdoor area where you can relax and enjoy the pleasant October breeze and especially the chocolate factory which I have mentioned before is worth a visit. A few weeks ago I went the first time to the recently opened cinema and we have watched an old Egyptian movie which was really interesting. The cinema is equipped with really comfortable seats and sofas so that you have the feeling that you are at home at your own living room. Especially the food was really extraordinary for a cinema because beside to the well known popcorn you could also buy healthy salads and other tasty dishes which I have never seen before in a cinema in Germany.




Thanks, Patty

TRAVEL // ITALY YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

Montag, 10. September 2018


Hey Guys,
finally you hear something from me again. Some weeks ago I shared my travel experiences from Bangkok and today I returned back from Italy. I have spent a great vacation with my mum in the Tuscany and it was amazing. We had a typical finca with a huge garden, a lot of wine grapes and a nice swimming pool. Most of the time we discovered different cities, went shopping and ate a lot of pasta. I am a huge fan of the Italian food therefore I took every chance to eat homemade pasta and fresh fish dishes. During our trip we visited many beautiful places like Pisa, Florence or Riomaggiore. I enjoyed every second with my mum and we had so much fun together. Since I moved to Dubai it was the first time that we were so long separated from each other and it was great to see her before I will fly home for christmas. Unfortunately, my dad and some friends couldn't join us during our trip because of a really important exhibition and a lot of work but however, I think my mum and me had a great time. We stayed in a small town called Tellaro and the location was perfect for some trips around. One of my favorite cities was Pisa. We visited the famous tower from Pisa and strolled around at the shopping area. It was not as busy as Florence and the parking facilities were really cheap. We parked at a parking spot which is called "Via Piave" and it costs only 0,75€ per hour. Lucca is really close to Pisa and also nice to visit. One of my favorite experience was the boat trip to Riomaggiore and Manarola. The towns are located at the coast and offer a beautiful view of colorful buildings. You can find really cute shops, tasty food and you can also swim in the ocean. It was a perfect whole day experience. There is so much more which I would like to tell you about my trip but I am sure that I will write a separate post soon to recommend you some of my travel highlights. Have you ever been to Italy?



Best, Patty 

TRAVEL // SOME DAYS IN BANGKOK

Samstag, 11. August 2018

Wat Arun 

Hey Guys,
I am back from Bangkok and I am really fascinated by the city. Everything is so cheap compared to Dubai and you have a lot of great places to visit. Especially the huge temples inspired me a lot. My favorite temple was Wat Arun because the architecture is really spectacular. You need to be really careful when you walk the stairs because the distance between the steps is much bigger than at a normal stairs. I've never visited a temple before and therefore Bangkok was the perfect city to get a view of the impressive buildings. We spent 4 and a half days in Bangkok and this was pretty fine to visit a lot of different places. Honestly, we spent a lot of time in different shopping malls and outdoor markets because the prices are so cheap and often you can negotiate. Therefore we bought a lot of new clothes, some accessories for our flat and a lot of beauty products. My favorite shopping experience was the Platinum Shopping Mall because there you can find a lot of beautiful and cheap clothes. I bought really nice dresses for around 4-6 EUR (16-25 AED) which is really really cheap for our conditions. The Shopping Mall is huge and has around 6 floors with a lot of clothes, accessories, shoes and much more. I think you can find a lot of the clothes cheaper at the Chatuchak Weekend Market or the Pratunam Market but for me the Platinum Shopping Mall was definitely the best mall with the nicest clothes. 

Wat Pho
Wat Arun 
Pink Planter Cafe 
Kane Mochi 
Platinum Mall 

Before I traveled to Bangkok I watched a lot youtube videos to find the best markets in Dubai and during my research I found a lot about the Chatuchak Weekend Market. The market is only on the weekends and it is a huge outdoor market with a huge variation out of everything. You can buy clothes, beauty products, interior and a lot more. The market is really beautiful but I was a little bit disappointed during my visit because all the youtube videos were so nice and I had a big expectation before I visit the market and for me it was nice but definitely not my favorite one. Maybe I didn't find the right shops because the market is huge and you can spend a whole day to discover all the shops. Beside a lot of shopping we also tried the food and visit some fancy coffees. Honestly, I am not a huge fan of the food in Thailand. I am not really sure why but it is so different to the Germany food and often the food didn't smell or look really good and thats why it makes really hard for me to try a lot. Normally I am not picky with food but in Bangkok I didn't want to try a lot of new dishes. Once we ate in a typical thai-restaurant and it was good. I tried a soup and a local rice dish and it was nice. On the other days we went to some nice coffees and tried some tasty ice cream and my favorite sweets - mochis. I really love mochis and I can recommend everybody to try them. Mochis are made out of rice and inside is often ice-cream. You can also buy them without the ice-cream filling. 
During our stay we lived in Park Plaza Soi 18 and the location was really good to discover the city with all the different sights. Sometimes we drove with a Tuktuk which is really cool but more expensive like a taxi. If you want to drive really cheap you can download an App which is called "Grap" and it works like uber. You can choose your route and the price will be mentioned before you accept to start the drive. Sometimes you need to wait a little bit until a driver will accept your request but often it takes not more than 10 minutes until you will be picked up. The price will be charged from your credit card which works really easy and uncomplicated. Don't forget that the traffic is horrible in Bangkok. I've never seen so much traffic in any other city before therefore you should start your day a bit early because often you get stuck in traffic. Our trip was really nice and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. 
If you look for a nice city trip in a cheap city you should definitely visit Bangkok. 

Thanks, Patty