Spots To Visit in Paris, France (My Big Fat Eurotour Bucket List #3)

Hey all! I’m starting a new travel listicle series named My Big Fat Eurotour Bucket List to start planning my upcoming Eurotour! A little context: For years, I’ve been planning to celebrate my 30th birthday in Europe, but because of the pandemic, there are uncertainties if it will push through. But nonetheless, I’ll just do more research in the meantime to complete my itinerary. Third in the series: spots to visit in Paris, France!

Why France?

Are you kidding? Paris is the city of love! Despite all the negative things that people could say about France and Paris, I would still want to visit the city and give it a chance. I love the museums and I love French food. But my plan is to actually visit the not-so-known neighborhoods in Paris, so I might skip Eiffel tours and the Louvre.

Moreover, I’m very much into France because of the colonial influence it brought to Southeast Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Museums To Visit in Paris, France

Pavillon de L’Arsenal

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: pavillon de l'arsenal paris
Image from Vivir Paris

Musee de la Vie Romantique

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Musée-vie-romantique-2
Image from A Livre Ouvert

Musee National Gustave Moreau

Spots to Visit in Paris, France:
Image from Gold Colored Fox
Spots to Visit in Paris, France:
Image from Gold Colored Fox

Phono Museum

Spots to Visit in Paris, France:
Image from Ulule

Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville - GRAFFEUR PARIS
Image from Graffeur Paris

Rue Denoyez

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Paris: The shops, sights and cheap eats of Belleville | EuroCheapo
Image from EuroCheapo

RESTAURANTS TO VISIT IN PARIS, FRANCE

Le Baron Rouge

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Paris: Free water at historic fountains (just bring a bottle!) | EuroCheapo
Image from EuroCheapo

Le Grand Breguet

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Le Grand Breguet | Ulocal
Image from Ulocal

Aspic

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Aspic – Paris - a MICHELIN Guide Restaurant
Image from Michelin Guide

Bierocratie

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Bierocratie (Paris) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)  - Tripadvisor
Image from TripAdvisor

Laurent Duchene

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Paris] Laurent Duchêne | Sugared & Spiced
Image from Sugared & Spiced

La REcyclerie

Spots to Visit in Paris, France:
Image from Life & Soul

Cafe Lomi

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Café Lomi | Restaurants in Mairie du 18e, Paris
Image from TimeOut

La Cantine de Belleville

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: La Cantine de Belleville | Restaurants in Belleville, Paris
Image from Time Out

Le 50 – Belleville Brulerie

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Le 50" - Belleville Brûlerie - Paris - Coffee shop in Élancourt, France |  Top-Rated.Online
Image from top-rated.online

Cheval D’Or

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Cheval d'Or – Paris - a MICHELIN Guide Restaurant
Image from Michelin Guide

Brasserie la Goutte d’Or

Rue des Martyrs

Spots to Visit in Paris, France:
Image from The Earful Tower

MARKETS TO VISIT IN PARIS, FRANCE

Marche d’Aligre

Marche Auguste-Blanqui

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Marche Auguste Blanqui (Paris) - 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go  (with Photos) - Tripadvisor
Image from TripAdvisor

Marche Barbes

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Marché Barbès, Paris | EuroCheapo's Budget Travel Blog
Image from EuroCheapo

BONUS:
MUST-VISIT PLACE TO DRINK WATER IN PARIS, FRANCE

Puits Artesien de la Butte aux Cailles

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Paris: Free water at historic fountains (just bring a bottle!) | EuroCheapo
Image from EuroCheapo

PLACES TO EXERCISE IN PARIS, FRANCE

Playground Duperre

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Nike and Pigalle realized the most colorful playground in the world
Image from NSS Sports

Jardin du Port de L’Arsenal

Square de la Montgolfiere

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Square de la Montgolfière - Ville de Paris
Image from Paris

Parc de Belleville

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Le parc de Belleville28k64
Image from Angelina Hue

Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Piscine Butte-aux-Cailles | Sport and fitness in Butte-aux-Cailles, Paris
Image from TimeOut

Piscine des Amiraux

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Paris : l'éclat retrouvé de la piscine des Amiraux - Le Parisien
Image from LeParisien

Places to Shop in Paris, France

Balades Sonores

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: The world's best record shops #118: Balades Sonores, Paris
Image from Vinyl Factory

Maison Chateau Rouge

Music Bars to Visit in Paris, France

Bab-Ilo

Spots to Visit in Paris, France: Bab Ilo - Jazz Club in Paris
Image from Foursquare

Le Vieux Belleville

I’m very excited For my Eurotour!

But for now, I’ll just plan my trip until the pandemic ceases. I hope I was also able to help you plan your France trips!

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain (My Big Fat Eurotour Bucket List #2)

Hey all! I’m starting a new travel listicle series named My Big Fat Eurotour Bucket List to start planning my upcoming Eurotour! A little context: For years, I’ve been planning to celebrate my 30th birthday in Europe, but because of the pandemic, there are uncertainties if it will push through. But nonetheless, I’ll just do more research in the meantime to complete my itinerary. Second in the series: Spots to visit in Barcelona, Spain!

Why Spain?

I am from the Philippines, and we were colonized by Spain for 333 years. Is this enough reason to visit Spain and learn where most of the Filipino colonial heritage came from? Yes, and there are so many more reasons, of course! There’s food, culture, and my goal to hone my Spanish language proficiency.

Another unrelated reason is because I found George Ezra’s story about his awesome experience traveling in Barcelona which inspired him to write the song Barcelona. (I love you, George!)

That being said, here are some places I found online which I am including in my Spain bucket list.

Museums to Visit in Barcelona, Spain

Reial Academia de Medicina de Cataluna

Sinagoga Mayor

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Antigua Sinagoga Mayor De Barcelona, Barcelona | Ticket Price | Timings |  Address: TripHobo
Image from TripHobo

Carillon

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: The Carillon of the Palau | Barcelona guide
Image from WeBarcelona

Refugi 307

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Refugio Plaça Revolució, Gràcia
Image from AnotherBCN
Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Refugio guerra civil, Barcelona
Image from AnotherBCN

MNAC Dome

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: MNAC Barcelona
Image from Indahs

Cementiri de Montjuic

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Cementiri de Montjuïc4
Image from CarrersBCN

El Turo de les Tres Creus

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Viewpoints of Barcelona
Image from Singularia
Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain:
Image from Singularia

Casa Vicens

Museu de Cultures del Mon

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Museu Etnològic i de Cultures del Món - Montcada - Visit Barcelona
Image from VisitBarcelona

La Casa dels Entremesos

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: La Casa dels Entremesos 3
Image from barcelona.cat

Model Railways of Estacio de Franca

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Girl playing the guitar on the platform at Barcelona França train station
Image from BarcelonaLowdown

Restaurants to Visit in Barcelona, Spain

Bar Marsella

Bar Pinotxo

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Pinotxo - Barcelona
Image from Gastronomy

Boadas Cocteleria

Can Culleretes

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Restaurant Can Culleretes
Image from Barcelona.de

Formatgeria La Seu

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Formatgeria la seu
Image from TimeOut

La Font del Gat

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Menu - La Font del Gat in Barcelona - TheFork
Image from TheFork

Casa Pages

Bodega Marin

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: bodega marin
Image from Not Only Eating

Pasteleria Hofmann

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain:
Image from My Little Things
Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain:
Image from My Little Things

Nou Celler

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: nou celler | cuina catalana al born de barcelona
Image from Nou Celler

Places to Shop in Barcelona, Spain

Herboristeria del Rei

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Herboristeria Del Rei, Barcelona | cityseeker
Image from cityseeker

La Manual Alpargatera

Cereria Subira

Carme Trias Modart

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Modart Barcelona
Image from insidr

Llibres i Papers Antics

Places to Exercise in Barcelona, Spain

Jardines Mossen Costa I Llobrera

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain:
Image from gardentrip.co.uk

Aire de Barcelona

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Ancient Baths Barcelona | AIRE Ancient Baths Barcelona
Image from AIREBarcelona

Cinema to Visit in Barcelona, Spain

Filmoteca de Catalunya

Spots to Visit in Barcelona, Spain: Filmoteca de Catalunya | Design Thinking Movie
Image from Bla Bla Bla

I’m very excited For my Eurotour!

But for now, I’ll just plan my trip until the pandemic ceases. I hope I was also able to help you plan your Portugal trips!

Spots to Visit in Lisbon, Portugal (My Big Fat EuroTour Bucket list #1)

Hey all! I’m starting a new travel listicle series named My Big Fat Eurotour Bucket List to start planning my upcoming Eurotour! A little context: For years, I’ve been planning to celebrate my 30th birthday in Europe, but because of the pandemic, there are uncertainties if it will push through. But nonetheless, I’ll just do more research in the meantime to complete my itinerary. First in the series: Spots to visit in Lisbon, Portugal!

Why Portugal?

Last 2019, I went on a vacation to Macau and I was very amazed by its beauty! A former Portuguese colony, it could be widely observed that the remnants of the colonial period has defined the present-day Macau. It’s surreal to see a mix of Chinese and Portuguese influence. A lot of my friends have been telling me that Macau feels like Portugal, which I have no idea about since I haven’t been to Portugal.

Macau was the reason why I became excited to visit Portugal. That being said, here are some places I found online which I am including in my Portugal bucket list.

MUSEUMS to Visit in Lisbon, Portugal

Visiting any city in Europe will never be complete without visiting museums, since Europe is the heart and soul of culture and arts in the world. I’ve identified some museums that I want to visit in Lisbon.

Casa Fernando Pessoa

This museum was the home of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. I have read some of his works, that’s why it’s a must for me to visit this place.

Here are some books that I recommend that you should read before coming to Casa Fernando Pessoa:

spots to visit in lisbon
Selected Poems
spots to visit in lisbon
I Have More Souls Than One
spots to visit in lisbon
The Book of Disquiet
spots to visit in lisbon
A Little Larger Than The Entire Universe

Cemiterio dos Prazeres

Why should be a cemetery included in my bucket list? I mean, who would travel all the way to Europe just to visit a cemetery? As someone who is always hungry to learn about the world, places like where the great personalities of a country lie fascinates me. In this place lies the remains of former Portuguese leaders and artists. Afterall, Cemiterio de Prazeres is the famous cemetery in the world, so why not?

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: ComingOut MNAA Lisbon, Largo de S. Carlos Photo: MIR, 2015
Image from The.Muse.Art

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is the largest and oldest museum in Lisbon. And I love art. Need I say more?

Museu da Marioneta

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Exterior of Museum of the Marionette, The Marionette Museum In Lisbon, The Puppet Museum, Museu da Marioneta, Lisbon Portugal, Lisboa
Image from Kathryn Anywhere

This small museum honors the Portuguese tradition of puppetry and artisan. I’m very curious as to how the Portuguese culture and society is expressed and symbolized in these art works.

Restaurants to Visit in Lisbon, Portugal

Of course, I will always make time to look for the best places to eat on any place in this planet. I have failed to try any Portuguese restaurant in Macau, except for the restaurant in my hotel, and I failed to try any Portuguese food aside from the Portuguese egg tarts. So, I’ll make it up to Portugal by visiting lesser-known places to eat.

Mercado de Campo De Ourique

This is a neighborhood market and a popular place to have lunch both by locals and tourists. I love crowded food halls like this one. It makes me feel the authentic hustle of a city.

Imperial de Campo De Ourique

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Imperial de Campo de Ourique
Image from Time Out

According to my research, this is a small family-owned restaurant which is popular to the locals. This! This is exactly what I was looking for. I am 100% sure that they provide an authentic Portuguese dining experience. I’m excited!

Varina da Madragoa

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: sala - Varina da Madragoa, Lisbon
Image from TheFork

I did not hesitate to put this on my list upon seeing the cozy interior of this place. The blue-white combinations all over its interior screams real Portugal. It also seems like a small restaurant, and therefore more authentic.

Fauna & Flora

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Fauna & Flora • Smart Travelling
Image from Smart Travelling
spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Fuana
Image from Travel With Shan

This looks like a typical aesthetic hipster cafe that you can find on any city of the world, but why not? The ambiance seems very relaxing, and if you’re feeling home sick or looking for a more international vibe, I think this is the place to be.

Taberna da Esperanca

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Taberna da Esperança Menu, Menu for Taberna da Esperança, Madragoa, Lisboa
Image from Zomato

One beautiful thing I noticed from the photos of this place is the mismatched chairs and tables. I think it’s so artistic, and the vibe of the places is so local. I believe this is also worth experiencing to dine in.

Places to Shop in Lisbon, Portugal

Travelers who love bringing tome treats back home, here’s something for you!

Pauperio

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Imagem do cabeçalho do site
Image from Pauperio Lisboa

According to my research, this shop sells artisanal biscuits that are made locally. Of course, I’ll try and buy some as souvenir and treats for family and friends back home!

Flor da Selva

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Crafting coffee in the heart of Lisbon (Flor da Selva coffee)
Image from Where Two Go To

Coffee lovers like me, raise your hands! Please let’s not miss this place when we go to Portugal! Apparently, this is the only coffee roaster in the country that still uses firewood, and they supply coffee in a lot of coffee shops in the country. I rest my case.

Mercearia da Mila

spots to visit in lisbon, portugal: Mercearia da Mila - Picture of Mercearia da Mila, Lisbon - Tripadvisor
Image from TripAdvisor

The overall vibe of the places looks like Dean and Deluca, and I believe visiting a place like this where you can find a lot of local products is a must.

I’m very excited For my Eurotour!

But for now, I’ll just plan my trip until the pandemic ceases. I hope I was also able to help you plan your Portugal trips!