Chapter Wanderlust: Girasole Room – Accademia Museum Florence Airbnb X Thoughts on Airbnb

Welcome to another milestone of Seeing The World In Steps! This is the first time that I am staying in an Airbnb! Seemingly I have heard many good stuff about Airbnb and how it has revolutionize the hospitality industry! In this post, I would like to share my thoughts on it and the Airbnb that I have booked in Florence, the Girasole Room – Accademia Museum. On a side track, you peeps can look forward to another trip report that is coming up in the later part of the year! Peking to Beijing! Yes! I have just booked my tickets to Beijing! That is going to be No.59 coming up very soon! While I was looking over my accomodation options in Florence, I chance upon this lovely listing that looks really good. I am also very keen to give Airbnb a try after hearing so much about it!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Le Coste Apartment Manarola X Arbaspaa

Enhance your visit to Cinque Terre by taking a step back, a laid back chill lifestyle while being right in the heart of the charms! Be away from the crowd, be the first one rather then joining the bulk of day trippers. Late night walks while hearing the waves crashing onto the rocks? You have it! Catching the sunset over the horizon? A daily affair for me! There is definitely a charm when the whole place quiet down. It is a very different experience. While for the more affordable option, you can choose to stay at La Spezia! Which is only a short train ride away. Cinque Terre consists of 5 Villages, namely Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, each of them very different and have its own charms. With Monterosso being the most touristy and contains more larger resorts and hotels. It is also the only one to have a proper beach! Another great options if you are looking for accommodation in Cinque Terre is to check out Arbaspaa! It is a tour company in the area that provide accommodation and tours. They own and operate various apartments around the 5 villages. Many of them are cute, unique and worthwhile. Especially when travelling in a group! Prices are affordable and the place is well maintained!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Hotel Ilaria Residenza dell’Alba

After the weekends of feasting and dining, I have finally found time back here to Seeing The World In Steps! Speaking of the couple recent months, there are many thoughts going through and I keep pondering over the regrets and decisions that I have made in the past. On the good side, I am very happy to say that Seeing The World In Steps have reached another milestone! I finally have my own domain! It is nothing huge, but definitely means alot to me! Now back to this trip of mine. Departing Siena, I found myself in Lucca after a change of train in Florence. Lucca is somewhat of a down point in my travels and I am sorry to say that I felt it is the second worst place that I have been to this time around. The only two things that helped was the amazing pizza and the hotel that I stayed in Hotel Ilaria Residenza dell’Alba!

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Chapter Wanderlust: I Tetti di Siena

After spending the weekend in Rome, I was off to to Siena. An UNESCO World Heritage City in the heart of Italy lush Tuscany Region! The little medieval brick city famed for the red roof is a popular place for its cuisine, arts and medieval landscape! Numerous tourists come here to view the amazing shell shaped town square, Piazza del Campo. It is a city that you should never missed when travelling in central Italy! My bus ride to Siena took about 3 hours which is around the same time as the train, but at a much lower price! The train station is around a 20 mins walk to the city centre although it is pretty steep, a bus would be recommended, costing only 1.20 Euros. Siena is also a popular place for the Palio horse race, which happens twice a year!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Il Fascino di Roma B&B

I shall not dwell too much into the name of the name of the bed and breakfast since I have totally no idea how to pronounce it. Suffice to say, I had plan to spend 4 nights in Rome, it is kinda a long stay that I plan given that it is my second time in town actually. Rome is a huge city, furthermore there is also the Vatican nearby. I hate to rush and I have also planned to near to Pompeii and Naples for a day trip on one of the days. This is also why I have plan a healthy amount of time here. Rome is a touristy place and accomodations is not cheap either. Thankfully I found Il Fascino di Roma B&B which is a pretty cool, boutique accommodation located near Plaza della Repubblica! It is also of walking distance from the Termini Station!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Savoy Hotel Frankfurt

After a pretty terrible bus ride from Heidelberg to Frankfurt on Flixbus, checking in to the Savoy Hotel definitely sounds good. The 2 hours ride certainly isn’t great. The bus was crowded and cramped. Like trains, the bus are not only from one place to another, but run along a line. If you are not boarding at the start, you do tend to lose out on the choice of seats. I will share more on this on a later note! It is easy though, with the bus taking me straight to Frankfurt Central Station. Savoy Hotel is a classic 4 star hotel located just next to the Hauptbahnhof! I was actually supposed to stay with a host although she cancelled as she was hospitalized. I was looking at my options and thankfully managed to get a room at the Savoy. Since I was only having one night in Frankfurt and the next day I will need to get to the Airport. I decided to stay near the Hauptbahnhof!

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Chapter Wanderlust: NH Heidelberg

After a train ride on the ICE from Munich, I arrived in Heidelberg, the next city on my list of travels. I have always wanted to visited Heidelberg, a city near Frankfurt which is famed for the amazing view and chill lax vibes. I won’t called it a town because it feels much more crowded and larger than a usual town. The city revolves around the Neckar river and on both sides of it lies lush greens with the famous Alte Brucke connecting them. The old bridge which have been in existence since 1788 and also the castle overlooking the old town is one of the main points that I am visiting Heidelberg. I choose NH Heidelberg as it is one of the few choices in town, it is also a solid 4 star hotel in the area, the location was perfect as well. It was in between the main area of my activity, the old town and the train station. While you could take the buses, I opt to simply rely on walking during my time there. It wasn’t that bad with baggage, probably took me a good 15mins walk there.

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