Rome in Winter 3-Day Travel Itinerary 2019


Girl in front of Colosseum with camera and blue sky in background

My mum and I spontaneously decided to hop onto a plane to Italy and explore antique Rome offseason in January which turned out to be an incredible choice. We spent 3 nights in Hotel Milton Roma which we can highly recommend as it's only 15 minutes walk from the Colosseum and offers a delicious breakfast. We booked our flights so we'd have half a day on arrival and half a day on departure, making our trip 3 full days. Of course, we were not able to see all of Rome because it is simply a huge city with so much culture and history - you'd probably have to spend months and you wouldn't see it all. Anyway, we were able to explore most of the tourist attractions as well as a few spots off the beaten path. 

Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II

Day 1 (half day)
  • Lunch at Hosteria I Buoni Amici
  • Walk by Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II (go on top for a great view across Forum Romanum and Rome)
  • Coffee at Bar Rossana
  • Wander through Trastevere and have dinner in a traditional Pizza place 
Forum Romanum January 2019

Day 2
  • Colosseum, Palatine Hil, Forum Romanum (you need at least half a day for this; consider a guided tour as particularly Forum Romanum is huge!)
  • Eat Pasta Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano 
  • Pantheon 
  • Gelato at Gelateria Della Palma with 150 gelato flavors 
View from San Pietro across Piazza San Pietro

Day 3
  • Explore Piazza Navona and fountain of four river 
  • Admire Castello Del Angelo
  • Get a Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at Parenti (SO GOOD!)
  • Guided tour through the Vatican (Vatican Museums, Sixtine Chapel, San Pietro) + Climb the top of San Pietro 
  • Walk back across Piazza San Pietro
  • Get dessert (I'd highly recommend trying Canoli) for later at Antico Forno
  • Have a Margarita Pizza at Margherita 
Trevi Fountain January 2019

Day 4 (half day) 
  • Admire the Trevi Fountain 
  • Climb the Spanish Steps
  • Walk by Villa Medici with a great view across Rome
  • Enjoy view across Piazza del Popolo from Pincio 
  • Wander along Via del Corso for some shopping 
Streets of Rome 2019

Read my blog post all about the best cheap eats in Rome here
Hugs, Laura x


5 Top Affordable Eats in Rome 2019

spaghetti alla Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano

Spaghetti alla Carbonara at L'Angoletto Romano
Via Monterone, 14, 00186 Roma RM

Not far away from Pantheon, this restaurant offers incredible pasta and other typical Roman foods. Highly recommend you guys try the spaghetti alla carbonara - it's heavenly. 

Hosteria I Buoni Amici

Hosteria I Buoni Amici 
Via Aleardo Aleardi, 4, 86100 Roma RM

Far off the tourist crowds, this traditional Hosteria is well worth the 10 minutes walk from Colosseum! The atmosphere is super local and the employees were very charming. 

Margarita Pizza at Margherita 

Osteria Pizzeria MargheRita 
Via Praga, 11, 00144 Roma RM

Not far off Pantheon and Trevi Fountain, this restaurant is more on the modern side, however the Margherita pizza was still on point! And also not that expensive compared to other restaurants close to big tourist attractions. 

Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at Parenti

33, Via Ottaviano, 00192 Roma RM

On your way to or back from visiting the vatican, you MUST try a Maritozzi Romani con la Panna at the dessert restaurant and bakery Parenti. Absolutely delicious and our favourite pastry we tried on our entire Rome trip.

Gelateria della Palma

Gelateria della Palma
Via della Maddalena, 19-23, 00186 Roma RM

If you need a little dessert after the spaghetti carbonara, head over to this gelateria which is fairly close to Pantheon. Choose from 150 gelato flavours! A bit touristy and crowded but well worth it. 

Check out our 3-day Rome itinerary here
Hugs, Laura x


Best Instagram-Worthy Coffee Shops in Toronto 2018


Sud Forno Toronto

Living 4 months in Toronto for study abroad, I made it my personal mission to try out as many Instagram-worthy coffee shops as possible during my time there. Toronto is a city with diverse, colorful neighborhoods and a vibrant cultural scene, including hundreds of gorgeous restaurants and coffee shops. Literally, on Queen St. you can just hop from coffee shop to coffee shop for days and you'd not run out of options! Here are the 7 best coffee shops in Toronto to study or go for a date, or just indulge in some new coffee flavors and pastries. Hope you love this post <3

Balzac's Liberty Village Toronto
Balzac's Liberty Village 
43 Hanna Ave #123 (other locations too)

Gorgeous marble and dark woods interior and delicious coffee and snack options. I ordered an iced chai latte which was the best chai I have ever tried - so flavourful! I also tried their mocha which I highly recommend. For food, I had one of their bars (I cannot remember how it was called exactly) which had nuts and chocolate in it and was so yummy. 

FIKA Cafe Toronto
28 Kensington Ave (Kensington Market) 

Tried their gluten-free hazelnut praline brownie and a classic latte - loved it! They don't have tons of sitting space but it's such a cute place. Also, Kensington market is such a cool, Instagram-worthy neighboorhood to explore so a quick pop-in to FIKA is highly recommended.

Versus Coffee Toronto
Versus Coffee
70 Adelaide St E

Loved this place, the staff was so friendly. I tried an iced Chai which wasn't as good as the one from Balzac's, however, I also got a Marshmellow fireside latte and that was amazing! I saw on their Insta that they serve colorful lattes which I didn't get to try but I can imagine they are super cute and yummy.

Jimmy's coffee Toronto
Jimmy's Coffee
15 Ossington Ave (other several locations) 

The vibes in this place are so vintage and cool, I really liked it. I tried their lattes and can recommend them. Also tried one of their bars (again, can't remember what it was called but it was something with peanut butter) and that was yummy!

The Sydney Grind
2883 Lake Shore Blvd W

Although not located in the city center, this coffee shop is SO worth a visit. I only discovered it in my last week in Toronto and I am so happy I did! I had their white and dark mocha, and I also tried their Tim Tam chocolate cake as well as their lamington. OMG literally amazing. 

Forget me not Cafe
506 Adelaide St W

My first coffee shop experience in Toronto, and it was great! It's quite a small coffee shop so it can get busy but I loved the shabby-chic vibes. Got the Nutella latte and highly rate it.

Tucana Coffee
Tucana Coffee
1413 Dundas St W

Okay, this coffee shop really got me because they had crystals *don't judge me*. It's not a place to sit and chill with your laptop as it's more a to-go place, however, the neighborhood it's located in is so cute that you can just take your coffee with you as you stroll around.

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5 Day New York City Itinerary - New York December 2018


Top of the Rock View Manhattan Skyline

New York City has been my #1 dream destination for as long as I can think. I am so grateful to have ended 2018 with this incredible 5-day Christmas trip to New York City including tons of sightseeing, Instagram-worthy spots, cheap eats and stunning views. Hope you enjoy <3

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DAY 1 - Midtown and Upper East Side 
Times Square 
Rockefeller Center 
Grand Central Station
Empire State Building
Madison Square Park 
Flatiron Building 
Famous Original Ray's Pizza
Irving Farm Coffee 
The Palace Hotel (Gossip Girl film location) 
5th Avenue (From Rockefeller Center to Plaza Hotel at Central Park) 
Times Square at Night  

Flatiron Building New York City

DAY 2 - Lower Manhattan, Chinatown and Brooklyn 
9/11 Memorial 
Zucker‘s Bagels
Brooklyn Bridge Park 
Sweet Moments in Chinatown

Girl on Brooklyn Bridge in Morning Sun

DAY 3 - Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan and SOHO 
Brooklyn Bridge in the morning 
The End Cafe Brooklyn 
Staten Island ferry to see Statue of Liberty 
Battery Park
Wall Street 
Eileen’s Cheesecake 
By Chloe 

Central Park Iceskating

DAY 4 - Midtown and Central Park 
Top of the Rock 
Bryant Park 
Central Park Wollman Rink Ice Skating 
The MET 
Harlem Shake 

Harlem Shake Burger Milkshake Cheese Fries

DAY 5 - Chelsea and Greenwich Village 
Citizen of Chelsea Cafe 
Doughnut Plant 
Chelsea Market 
Bleecker Street 
The Butcher’s daughter 
Magnolia Bakery 
Jr's Pizza and Brew
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

Check out my blog post all about the best cheap eats in New York City here!

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10 Best Cheap Eats under $10 in New York City (Budget-Friendly and Instagram-Worthy)

Famous Original Ray's Pizza
Food is one of my fave aspects of travel (or actually, of life). Whenever going to a new destination I love exploring local cuisine and trying out all kinds of foods, restaurants and eating experiences. However, I am usually on a budget and I've gotten quite good at finding affordable yet Instagram-worthy and yummy places to fill my belly. Hope you enjoy <3

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Famous Original Ray's Pizza 
811 Lexington Ave (Upper East Side)
Slice for around $4

There are many Pizza shops around NYC, this one was our fave. It is very likely that one slice will fill you up because they are honestly gigantic. I also tried the garlic dough balls which were yummy.

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections 
550 LaGuardia Pl (Greenwich Village)
1 Scoop for $4

*Sugar coma warning* Get this sweet treat to share with someone because even the dessert queen (me) could not finish this scoop by myself. 

Food Trucks NYC
Food Trucks
Most things are around $2-4 

Literally my fave thing in NYC. On every corner you get those cute food trucks that serve all kinds of foods - our faves were defo the big pretzels! They also have iced coffee that looked very yum, hot dogs, burgers - all the fast food stuff ;)

Doughnut Plant
220 W 23rd St (Chelsea)
Donuts for $3-4

I tried the Brooklyn blackout donut which wasn't the most amazing donut I've ever had (still good tho), however, my friend tried the Banana Peanut Butter one which was yummy. 

Harlem Shake NYC
Harlem Shake 
100 W 124th St (Harlem)
Cheese Fries for $4
Milkshake for $7 
Burger for $7

Our fave restaurant! The milkshakes are to die for (I got black & white both times we went and it was so good), the cheese fries are heavenly and the burgers are good too (although a bit too greasy for my taste). Also, we loved the retro vibes in this diner. 

Magnolia Bakery
Banana Pudding for $5 (Greenwich Village)
West 11th Street, 401 Bleecker St

Such a yummy dessert. We got a small size which was just perfect to snack on whilst strolling along Bleecker street. They also had adorable cupcakes and a blueberry bar thingy (can't remember how it was called) that looked so good!

The End Brooklyn 
522 Metropolitan Ave (Brooklyn)
Health Drink for $9

If you want to treat yourself to a health drink (idk what's in it exactly) try the Lavender one! I got the Merbabe one and it was quite disgusting haha - the lavender one my friends got were got tho. 

Q&N Food Harlem
Q&N Food
107 E 125th Street (East Harlem)
Bagel & Coffe for $3
Breakfast buffet for $8

Best food place ever. We went here almost every morning and were amazed by the food every single time. They have a huge breakfast buffet with the most delicious sweet and savory foods. You can get a big box of food for around $7, such a good deal!

Sweet Moment NYC
Sweet Moment
106 Mott St (Chinatown)
Shaved Icecream for $7

A super Instagram-worthy place. Not the cheapest, but a small portion of this ice cream is definitely enough. We tried tiramisu, matcha, and mango-cheesecake flavours. 

Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Eileen's Special Cheesecake 
17 Cleveland Pl (SOHO)
Mini Cheesecake for $5

I got the Strawberry mini cheesecake and loved it. It's a great way to try out typical NYC cheesecake without getting a huge slice and falling into food coma afterward. They also had hot cocoa which we didn't get but it smelled yummy. 

Check out my 5-day NYC itinerary here if you are interested in what other things we did besides eating (although that was a huge part of the trip as you can tell). 

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A Day Trip To Dunnottar Castle - Stonehaven, Scotland


"Remember to explore."

Girls at Dunnottar Castle

Hello everybody!
Last weekend one of my best friends from the Netherlands and I decided to visit stunning Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, which is about 20 minutes drive from Aberdeen. 
Dunnottar castle is a hilltop castle ruin located on a rocky headland about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. Back in the 17th century Dunnottar castle was used to hide the Scottish crown jewels from Oliver Cromwell’s invading army. If you want to learn more about the historical side of Dunnottar Castle, check out their website.

Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven on a sunny day

Dunnottar Castle in an absolute must-see on your Scotland trip. Just look at the pictures - can it get more epic than that? 

North Sea Coast at Dunnottar Castle

Girls at Dunnottar Castle Stonehaven

We spent about 2 hours at the castle. The entrance fee is £7, but definitely worth it. I think that you can easily do Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle in 1 day. If you have less then 1 day in the north east of Scotland - skip Aberdeen and Stonehaven and just see the castle. 

Girls Travel Laughing

 My friend and I had a wonderful time exploring the magnificent castle and admiring the impressive scenery. I hope you guys like the pictures. Kisses, Laura x

Epic coastline near Dunnottar Castle

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Wanderlust List - 10 Places I want to visit in the next 5 Years


"She has wanderlust in her eyes. You can see it from worlds away."

Girl with World Map Travel Blogger Goals

Hello friends! 
Recently I got a scratch off world map for my room to track my travel adventures. I realised that I only visited 11 countries so far (excluding Germany cause that doesn't count) which made me think about what countries, cities and places I want to visit in the next few years. In my phone notes I always keep a travel destination list just in case I have a sudden idea or someone tells me about an amazing place that I need to visit. To start checking off a few travel destinations from my bucket list I am sharing with you 10 places I want to visit in the next 5 years today. 

PS: The beautiful imagery is from my favourite place on the internet - Pinterest. The pics are not mine (although I wish, but I will hopefully soon be able to take pictures of those places myself).

Colosseum Rome Italy


Although I have been to Italy twice I never got to explore its historic capital Rome. In Latin class we often talked about Rome's ancient sights and its impressive role in history, which made me want to go to Rome since then. Also as a fan of Dan Brown's Illuminati I am so curious to see Vatican city and all the historical churches. On my bucket list here: take a picture with a handsome Italian on his Vespa, visit all popular sights and eat tons of pizza, ice cream and lasagna (just like in "Eat Pray Love").

Havanna Cuba

2. CUBA 

Someplace I have never been even close to is the caribbean sea, which is a dream destination for almost everybody. Beside the beautiful turquoise sea, white sand, palm trees and fresh coconuts I am really drawn to Cuba and its vibrant capital Havanna. Not gonna lie here: Dirty Dancing 2 really made me want to experience the lively, colourful and exotic Cuban culture. Things to do: take a ride with one of the old & colourful cars and dance Salsa with a local in a typical Cuban club.

Thailand market beaches elephants


Pretty new on my bucket list (ok, let's be real: every country is kind of on my bucket list) is tropical Thailand (spot the alliteration here). I want to try Thai food, go on a motorcycle trip, stroll across a colourful market and chill by the blissful beaches (alliteration number 2). Oh and how can I forget: I really want to see elephants of course.  

Vienna Austria Cityscape


A place not as far away as Cuba and Thailand is Austria and its beautiful capital Vienna. Everyone who has been there tells me how lovely and impressive the cityscape is and we all know how much I love taking photos of pretty buildings. And don't get me started on Austrian food because I am in love with Sachertorte, Kaiserschmarrn and Leberknödel. 


An undeniable must-see for all lovers of epic nature and stunning photography is the land of fire and ice: Iceland. I don't think I have to say a lot about the breathtaking nature that is shaped by bold contrasts. And what better starting point for a trip to Iceland than Aberdeen? It is quite far up north which is why the flights are not too long and also not that expensive. On my bucket list here (beside all the other mesmerising natural sights): see the Northern lights.


There are so many places that I want to visit in France: from pulsating Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Marseille to the glorious palace of Versailles, little fairytale villages in the Provence, the romantic capital Paris and Disneyland Paris of course. Strictly speaking: one trip to France will definitely not be enough. However before I go I really want to learn at least little bibs and bobs of French so that I won't be completely lost. Things to do here: eat a lot of baguette, crepe, croissants, cheese, macaroons - the list is endless. 


A less popular travel destination but definitely not less worth seeing is Poland. I chose Warsaw for this post because it is Poland's capital, however there are also many more places to see: Krakow, Danzig and the Masuria region. The great thing about Poland is that it is also really affordable - from flights to accommodation and food.


Do you guys know the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun"? Well, if you like "Eat Pray Love" you will most definitely also enjoy this romance about a woman who, after being cheated on by her husband, starts a new life in a rural Tuscan villa. So far I have only been to the Garda lake which was already pretty amazing so I suppose that the Tuscany is just as beautiful. Same as in Rome: eat tons of Italian food and take photos of Vespas (preferably red ones).


A city that is only 2 hours drive from where I live in Germany but I unfortunately never visited is Prague. With baroque palaces and cobbled streets Prague is said to be just as beautiful as Paris when it comes to its magnificent architecture. Me and my Instagram feed very much enjoy a trip to a pretty city like Prague (how basic was that). And same as with Poland - Prague within the Czech Republic is affordable, so perfect for students like me.


And last but (oh god) definitely not least: the city of my dreams. For years I have been wanting to go to New York City, the American dream per se. Walk across Brooklyn Bridge, admire the world-famous skyline from the Top of the Rock, vanish in the bright lights of Times Square, feel like Blair Waldorf and see the Breakfast at Tiffany's Apartment. The list of must-dos in NYC is long. One trip to New York isn't enough anyway because I want to experience NYC in summer, autumn and around Christmas time. 

What is on your travel bucket list? Kisses, Laura xx 

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