Travel

Nice. Cote D’azur.

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First time I heard about Cote D’azur was about ten years ago when I started to travel alone. I remember sitting in the airport between the flights and huge advertising was hanging just in front of me. My thought was: one day I will go there- wasn’t even sure where this place was πŸ™‚

And see, after ten years I got the chance to travel to South France, and experience all these fancy places.

I really love traveling in France, enjoyed traveling by train- easy and fast. In 3 short days I have visited Nice, Cannes, Antibes and Monaco. Had a wonderful time in each city, felt the french vibes and also Christmas mood all around. Next time I visit French Riviera I would like to go to Saint-Tropez. This city still is in my bucket list πŸ™‚

Just because everyone was suggesting to try meditarean food when visiting Cote D’azur I was googling best mussels in Nice. And found this restaurant Cafe de Turin, which is totally french cuisine and style, seafood heaven place, they sell seafood just in street, also offers huge menu of delicious dishes. I was so surprised because price level was so middle, compared to other google options. And what can I say, mussels was just amazing! Must try πŸ˜‰

Cannes. French riviera.

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I have spent one day in Cannes, France. Of course, when film festivals doesn’t take time there is not a lot things to do.. unless SHOPPING! 😍 So many great high end stores located in main street, all in Christmas mood, window displays are so cute!

It took me 30 minutes to travel from Nice with train, so it is so worth to go there for shopping. Also there are some great museums, as well, for example Salvador Dali exhibition.

My look of the day for Cannes: H&M pants, stripy shirt and khaki trench coat, Stradivarius sparkly backpack, Dior So Real sunglasses, Dior matte lipstick.

 

Monaco ❀️ Monte- Carlo.

 

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My trip to Monaco started early in the morning, well, not that early- girl need a beauty sleep, right? πŸ™‚ And after 20 minutes I was standing in Monaco Ville waiting for the bus to travel around the city. I went to Jardin Exotique, first, and while traveling I saw such a pretty panorama of the city, all the yachts and boats, such a calming view…

After spending there some time I got on the bus and went to see Monte Carlo Casino, I guess one of the most popular in the world and some shopping centres, as well. There were the whole Christmas shopping village for brands like Chanel, Hermes or Gucci, no wonder why french people walks around with orange Hermes boxes… Gifts for everyone! πŸ˜€

Next to the shopping area I stopped at Starbucks which is located in the most beautiful place just on the sea shore. Such a lavish place to have a cup of coffee. I spent the half day walking around and traveling with busses was very easy, as well.

I won’t lie to you- I fell in love with this city, it is so beautiful, fancy, of course, and has such a vibe that I can’t explain. Even know, christmas decorations are fake, but weather was so sunny- I was walking around just wearing a blouse in December, almost. Really strange feeling, but still I felt Christmas is coming soon.

My outfit for Monaco: stripy blouse Zara, flared jeans Lindex, sparkly bag Stradivarius, white sole platforms Topshop, sunglasses Dior So Real, Lipstick Dior Matte, watch DKNY.

 

La MalMaison Nice Boutique hotel. South France.

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My South France trip begins with most beautiful lavish La MalMaison Nice boutique hotel in Nice city. It is very sophisticated and french style hotel with beautiful balconies in the upper level rooms. When sun wakes you up in the mornings and calm breeze touches the feet- my every morning started like this…

What can be better than french breakfast?  And Jacuzzi bath after that.. Well, now I understand what does it mean vacay in French Riviera! 😍

Such a perfect view from my balcony, if I could spend here more time.. but it never enough when I travel, I try to explore as much as possible, so I can not spend whole day lying in jacuzzi πŸ˜‚ Well I was so excited to have a bath again, I was buying bath bubbles from Sephora everyday! I will miss it so much πŸ˜‰

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Travel to Dubai. Things to know.

When you travel to Dubai there are few things that you need to know. Use TAXI– taxi in Dubai is really cheap, it is even cheaper and more comfortable than renting a car. Imagine renting a car and leaving it in the sun, after you come back inside is so hot- you can’t barely touch anything.. So when you get in taxi it is always conditioned, you won’t have problems finding anything, or even they can advice you where is the perfect beach. What comes to taxi price it is very cheap, comparing the price from Airport to Jumeirah Palm Hotel, which is totally opposite side (about 60-70km) you would pay around 100 dirhams – 25 euros (4 dirhams= 1 euro). Is there any cheaper? In Paris, for example from CDG to city center or Eiffel tower is about 80 euros!!! As well, they do not have any taxes for cars or roads and very good price level that is why you won’t see small and cheap cars in the roads. Most loved are Toyota, Nissan, Land Rovers and some american models, all huge cruiser type cars. Also if you want to drive the roads you must not forget to keep your foot on speed- there is minimum speed signs and everyone tend to drive a little bit faster then allowed.Β 

Even know that petrol is cheaper in Dubai than drinking water- 1.75 dirhams for 1 litre of gasoline. But SHOPPING for clothes, shoes are more expensive, when you compare prices to Europe. For example 145 dirhams for Zara blouse and 29 euros back in Lithuania. If you want to shop here I already can tell do not expect too much, items are a little bit more arabic style with a lot of embroidery, sparkles, bright colors, crystals, very long tunics, not much of sexy, open shoulders or cropped options. What it comes to high end fashion you can find here anything you have ever seen in magazines, when in Europe things sells out in seconds, here it seems no one is interested in those pieces.Β 

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FOOD, food, food. It is amazing to have arabian food buffet, I have enjoyed it so much. But there was hard to find these type of deals, unless you take all inclusive hotel type. Still when I had it I enjoyed it at the fullest, so many different dishes, masala, mixture of indian and arabian tastes. Amazing! πŸ™‚ For cheaper option there are many chinese restaurants where main course price differs from 20-25 to 80 dirhams. And it is always full of people an very delicious!Β 

TOURS. I have got my tours in Viator App, found them in Tripadviros.com and when I bought the tickets it transferred me to this app, which i really enjoyed. there were no need to print vouchers out, only show the barcode. What I got was Red Dunes SafariΒ Β “Hop inside a comfortable 4×4 and cruise to the towering orange-red dunes of the Lahbab region”. It costs about 40 euros and they they pick you up from the hotel and drop off after 5 hours of riding, BBQ dinner, performances and arabian experience. I got to perform in two shows, OMG why they always pick me from hundreds of people in there?! πŸ˜€ My blog post.(press the link to see more)

 

Underwater AquariumΒ one of two aquariums in Dubai, pity I didn’t know they were two, maybe the other one was bigger. But still this was very great experience, especially for families. It is located in Dubai Shopping Mall, so you can shop later. Price 30 euros and my blog post.

Burj KhalifaΒ at the top entrance ticket cost 35 euros and you will never forget this experience. One thing I missed I did’t see Palm Island, because weather is so humid you can’t see far away. My experience inΒ blog post.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi left me with no words. I was reading a lot about this one.. but when you see it, it is unbelievable, very beautiful, magnificent. Spent whole day in Abu Dhabi is great experience itself, it is different from Dubai, looks even more sophisticated and has more heritage, well it is a capital of UAE. Dubai is the new city, built in 20 something years, so it doesn’t have much museums or even oldtown. My blog post.

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Gold, spices and leather Souks. Located in Deira part of Dubai, it is quite scary to mingle around when you are alone, everyone is offering you forbidden goods, they just following you everywhere you go, so it is better to take some guide tour for this. I did’t spent much time there, they scared the hell out of me πŸ˜€

Abu Dhabi tour. It is a must to visit this city, and see famous parts of it. Have you seen Sex and the City or Fast and Furious? Well, they were filmed in here. In Sex and the City hotel Emirates Palace you can book a cup of coffee which is the cheapest wayΒ to get to hotel area and look around. Price for cup of coffee is 300 dirhams for two people- around 75 euros, and it is served with real gold flakes on top πŸ™‚ Yummy!

BEACHES. Everyone gets to Burj Al Arab beach as soon as they get to Dubai, but I would’t go there for suntaning, it is public beach with millions of men and when you look around there are no women, not even tourists πŸ™‚ So I tend to go other direction to Marina Beach, next to Hilton hotel with is much safer and there are guards who do not let anyone suspicious in. But it is free public beach as well. And because Jumeirah beach park was closed under construction, taxi driver took me to other family beach Al Mamzar which was calm and also surrounded by skyscrapers. And last but not least Abu Dhabi beach with wooden boats of Arabian sea and my blog post.

 

OOTD at Arabian Sea. Abu Dhabi.

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Give me a moment…Please! I feel like in Maldives again, had no idea there is such a beautiful place. Abu Dhabi. I fell in love as soon I saw this beach. Seems like like no one is there, I’m the only one. Hot sand and see through water, skyscrapers and +37Β° degrees. Anything better? I don’t think so πŸ™‚

OOTD: wearing my own design and handmade camisole type maxi dress, Jean Paul Gaultier Shawl, Lindex Ella M bra, H&M necklace and bracelet, rose gold sunglasses.

Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

 

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Lay back for million of pictures from Grand Mosque from Abhu Dabhi. Mosque was finished about 7 years ago, it took 10 year to plan and construct and 11 years to build. Just because UAE feels so safe and never had threats they never thought of inventing security posts, only fews months ago.

Mosque columns covered in real gold, floors are marble and men prayer hall is covered in handmade carpet, which was made by more than thousand ladies working for two years.

Woman has so many rules to get into mosque, first to cover their hair, than long sleves and no naked legs. I was wearing my most arabic outfit for the whole trip πŸ™‚ My own design long silky dress, Jean Paul Gaultier maxi kimono shawl, Lindex scarf, rose gold sunglasses, Kenzo crossbody bag, H&M jewellery and bracelet and NYX cosmetics lipstick in color Maccaron.