Arriving in the “Paris of the East” looking across the huge Danube River at the extremely beautiful structures lining on either side of the river bank. Budapest is truly a beautiful city. It is filled with delicious food, classical music playing romantically on the streets and more importantly, the city is famous for its thermal baths. We stayed at a famous Budapest spa hotel, Danubius Gellert Hotel to tick of this must do activity in this this city.
During our four months tour of South America, we arrived at the Capital of Peru, Lima, also known as the Gastronomic Capital of South America. We have been travelling on a budget for over two months now, but we have booked a restaurant, ranked fourth best in the world, before we have even left Australia. This restaurant is called Central Restaurante.
Coal Cellar + Grill is a new restaurant opened in Hilton Adelaide recently. As the name suggested, Coal Cellar + Grill serves a lot of grill meat and uses many traditional Australia native ingredients. However We decided that the mains they serve looked more quite unique and we thought we might give the Grill a miss this time. We ordered four different entrées and three different types of mains.
My proposal happened right in front of Mount Fuji. York proposed at Kozantei Ubuya Ryokan which is located in Lake Kawaguchiko district. It has one of the best views of Mt Fuji as the ryokan is situated on the northern shores of the lake. He booked the most expensive penthouse in this roykan (room 501) where the balcony has the biggest private open hot spring bath (onsen) in the area with a magnificent front view of Mount Fuji!
Dubai, a huge empire built on the profit made from oil and gold. It is a gateway to Europe for many Asia and Oceania countries and it is a popular stop-over for tourists flying with Emirates. We chose Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel as our base for the four days we were in Dubai. This hotel is more like a luxury relaxation village as oppose to the other luxury hotels which were high rises around the city centers.
It was our last night in France and we wanted to have one last French meal before we start our adventure in Morocco. We had a fully scheduled day and we were running late so we didn’t get time to go back to the hotel to change our clothes. We were slightly under dressed in our casual walking shoes. However the service from this 1 Michelin star restaurant did not disappoint us. It was the best meal we had in France so far.
This time in Paris we went to one of Winny’s favourite stores- Ladurée. It serves one of the best teas and pastries in Paris. The shop we went to at the intersection of Rue Royale and Rue Saint Honore. It is a nice little store off the very posh street where all the famous brands are located. It is not busy like the Champs Elysee’s store so we didn’t have to wait to go in. The store was in an old French renaissance style with cute little decorations to capture girls, like Winny’s hearts.
In a city that is flooded with Michelin Star restaurants, it will be a shame not to visit one. We wanted to eat at a Michelin restaurant preferably one with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Restaurant Antoine seemed to tick all the boxes. It is a 1 starred Michelin restaurant that specializes in seafood which I love. We had a window table that supposedly the best view in the restaurant to see the Eiffel Tower, however I was quite disappointed as the tower was blocked off by the trees (upon further reading it seems like the perfect view of Eiffel Tower is only visible during non-summer months when there are no foliage). Most of the dishes were delicious and the sophisticated taste isn’t something that we could easily replicate in our own kitchen.
Our experience with Hill of Grace Restaurant was perfect from the beginning. When York made the booking over the phone, the lady was extra polite and pleasant to speak to. The whole food experience was sensational. Dennis Leslie- the head chef showed us how Filipino street food can be transformed into gourmet cuisines. At the end of our 3-hour food journey, Dennis took us on a grand tour around Adelaide Oval. I must say it was the best dining experience we had in Adelaide so far.