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Monday, January 13, 2020

Cheers to 2020. Cheers to good views, to good people, to good food, to good sleep, to good health, to good times, & to good faith.

What are you cheers-ing to for the New Year? ⁣Consider snagging one of these special gifts for yourself, a friend, a coworker, or a loved one. 


About Carmen
I'm a kombucha-sipping, salt & vinegar chips-snacking traveler. The last TV 3 shows I watched were The Simpsons, The Good Place, & YOU. The last 3 places I visited were Querétaro, Mexico; Oceanside, California; & Barcelona, Spain. As a San Diego lifestyle blogger, influencer, social media professional (or whatever you want to call me), I've built a consistent readership & have the pleasure of working with different brands I respect.

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The 6-Minute Diary UrBestSelf
UrBestSelf's The 6-Minute Diary & a Lisa Frank 5-color pen.

The 6-Minute Diary

Meet your new accountability partner, The 6-Minute Diary. This gratitude diary gives you time to yourself to write: 3-minutes in the morning & 3-minutes in the evening. Created by UrBestSelf, The 6-Minute Diary aims to help your mindfulness, happiness, & productivity with quotes, prompts, questions, & space to write out your thoughts each day. This is a fantastic gift for someone who likes books, journaling, or writing. Click here to buy The 6-Minute Diary on Amazon.

Books by Modern Female Authors

There are some remarkable women authors out there with unique stories & are-you-talking-directly-to-me? voices. Read anything by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, such as Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun,  or Americanah. If you know someone who loves a good chuckle, buy Sarah Cooper's satirical book How to Be Successful without Hurting Men's FeelingsTake a look at my list of suggestions for modern female authors!

The faux sheepskin rug looks chic in any photo & it's soft for practical use.

Faux Sheepskin Rug

I've had this chic faux sheepskin rug for a couple of years & it holds up to this day. It's incredibly soft & fluffy. I bought it to use for my flat lay blog photos but I bust it out just for ~*~aesthetic vibes~*~ sometimes. This is an excellent gift for someone who likes interior design or taking photos. This is a fantastic gift for a blogger, writer, photographer, or someone who wants a cute soft white rug. I mean, why not? Click here to buy the faux sheepskin rug on Amazon.

Relax with a magazine & the cooling Gold Charcoal HydroGel Eye Patches by Everydaze.


Gold Charcoal HydroGel Eye Patch

I ripped apart the brown shipping box of Everydaze products from ChicExecs. The black & gold box of the Gold Charcoal HydroGel Eye Patch called my name. "Caaarmen," it beckoned. "Open me."  I immediately applied the charcoal eyepatch. I'm a sucker for charcoal. It all started in 2017 when I tried charcoal ice cream for the first time. The patches cool & soothe your undereye area. Click here to buy the Gold Charcoal HydroGel Eye Patch on Amazon.

Acupressure Mat

The acupressure mat & pillow set are great to use after a workout, if you have a sore spot, or to release some tension. This is a fantastic gift for people who exercise frequently or suffer from back pain/issues. The bed of needles on the acupressure mat helps to release cramped muscles & relieve stress. Simply sit or lie down on the mat. Find out more information in my blog post about how to use an acupressure mat & pillow for stress, tension, & pain relief.

Essential C’s Konjac Jelly in Peach Everydaze
Essential C’s Konjac Jelly peach collagen pouches by Everydaze - cute & delicious!

Essential C’s Konjac Jelly in Peach

Everydaze, a Korean brand, also has Essential C’s Konjac Jelly Peach pouches, which are absolutely delicious. I'd go so far as to say they're incredible. Made with konjac, simply slurp up the peachy textured jelly bits & melt into the scrumptiousness. Essential C’s Konjac Jelly Peach is meant to be a low-calorie snack with a good source of collagen & vitamin C. This is a fantastic gift for someone who likes health products, trying new foods, or experimenting with collagen products. This is an excellent gift for vegans since it's vegan-friendly! So yummy & adorable packaging. Click here to buy Essential C’s Konjac Jelly Peach on Amazon.

Sitka Salmon Shares

Sitka Salmon Shares' wild-caught seafood from Alaska is the perfect gift for foodies or for that person whom a gift card to a restaurant chain simply won't do. This is an excellent gift for someone who likes quality ingredients & the best things in life, some of the best frozen salmon you'll find. Sitka Salmon Shares focuses on sustainable harvesting methods to minimize negative ecological impact. It's conveniently delivered right to your door, so you don't have to shop around or drive to the store. Click here to buy salmon fish online with Sitka Salmon Shares.

The best Electric milk frother
An electric milk frother or a handheld drink frother is the perfect gift for a white elephant gift exchange.

Beverage Frother

Beverage frothers are incredibly useful. Froth your almond milk, coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, or collagen drink in no time & with little effort. There are different types of beverage & milk frothers out there, but mine is this trusty $7 frother. This is a fantastic gift for anyone who enjoys a morning coffee or fancy matcha; you'll use this every day!

What are you cheers-ing to for the New Year? Since I'm new to seafood, would you mind sharing what's the best frozen salmon you've tried? What's the best white elephant gift you ever received? 

Visiting the Gilmore Girls Location: Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed? Where Is Stars Hollow?

Friday, December 20, 2019

If you're a Gilmore Girls fan, you might have always wondered where is Stars Hollow? Where was Gilmore Girls filmed? Can you visit the set or go on a Stars Hollow tour? I answer all of these questions & more. Scroll down to find your question & the answer to it!

"Oy with the poodles already!" - Lorelai Gilmore

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Visiting the Gilmore Girls Location: Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed? Where Is Stars Hollow? Lunch at Lorelai's
I ate lunch & explored the Gilmore Girls filming location in Burbank, CA.

About Carmen

I've been watching them are Gilmore Girls over half of my life at this point. I remember being a tween pipsqueak when it first came out & I aged with Rory. In fact, I was partly inspired to study journalism because of Rory's career choice. The show ended in 2017, just as I finished up sending my college applications. I remember siding with Rory & my mom always sided with Emily, thinking Lorelai was too rash. As I age, I realize they all have their flaws, just like every human being on earth. Learn more about me here.


"In omnia paratus!"

Visiting the Gilmore Girls Location: Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed? Where Is Stars Hollow? Stars Hollow sign
The Stars Hollow sign.

Where Is Stars Hollow?

Stars Hollow is a fictional town; it's supposed to be located in Connecticut in the United States. Unfortunately, there is not a real Stars Hollow that you can visit. Although you can't walk around to watch the ballet dancers practicing at Miss Pattie's & you certainly can't stop by for coffee at Luke's Coffee Shop, you can see where the magic happened by exploring the Gilmore Girls filming location. If your first question is where is Stars Hollow? then the next question would be where was Gilmore Girls filmed? On a backlot in Burbank, California! Book your tickets for the Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood Tour.

"People are particularly stupid today. I can't talk to any more of them." - Michel

Lunch at Lorelai's Gilmore Girls filming location jeep
Lorelai Gilmore's Jeep & mailbox in Stars Hollow.

Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed?

The Gilmore Girls filming location is based in Burbank, California at the Warner Brothers Studios. Many popular films & TV shows are filmed here including Friends, Pretty Little Liars, Blade Runner,  & even the famous kiss between Spider-Man & Mary Jane. Yup, it was all filmed at the WB Studios. That means Rory & Lorelai all our favorite Gilmore Girls characters walked around the set too. Buy a ticket for the Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood Tour.

"What she tackles, she conquers." - Richard Gilmore

The iconic gazebo in Stars Hollow Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed? Where Is Stars Hollow?
Gilmore Girls location: The iconic gazebo in Stars Hollow.

Where was Gilmore Girls filmed? The pilot episode of Gilmore Girls was filmed in Unionville, Ontario but everything else was filmed at the Warner Brothers Studios, including Gilmore Gils: A Year in the Life.

"The person I most wanted to be was her." - Rory Gilmore

I smell snow Lorelai Gilmore quote Stars Hollow filming location
I smell snow sign at Lorelai Gilmore's house.

Everything was filmed here, from the Dragonfly Inn to Lorelai & Rory Gilmore's cozy home to Sookie St. James and Jackson Belleville's house & everything in between. Even Luke's diner! Now when you visit the Warner Bros Studio Your everything is reused, so you might have seen Luke's diner in a different movie or show. They completely alter the set each time with paint, props, & other cool tricks of the trade.  It was so fun to explore the Gilmore Girls filming location! Click here learn more about the Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood Tour.

"I don't like Mondays, but unfortunately they come around eventually." - Lorelai Gilmore


A Gilmore Girls Christmas: Holiday Lunch at Lorelai's

I visited during the Gilmore Girls Christmas & winter festivities. In 2018/2019, the event was called "Lunch at Lorelai's." In 2019/2020, they're calling it "Holiday Lunch at Lorelai's." They had a whole set up at Lorelai's house where you could enjoy your meal outside. I noshed on a veggie burger while sitting outside of Lorelai Gilmore's house. They also sold Poptarts & coffee. They had Gilmore Girls merchandise which I was very excited to look at but was disappointed that most items were gone & there was hardly anything in my size. Lots of smalls though!

"Buttfaced miscreant." - Rory Gilmore


Visiting the Gilmore Girls Location: Where Was Gilmore Girls Filmed? Where Is Stars Hollow? Lunch at Lorelai Burbank  Warner Bros Hollywood Tour
Exploring the Stars Hollow set at Warner Bros Hollywood Tour.

I ate lunch at Stars Hollow. I stepped inside the iconic Gilmore Girls gazebo. I saw Lorelai's beige Jeep & saw Rory's college admissions letters in the Gilmore mailbox. I took a photo in front of the Stars Hollow sign. It's an experience I won't forget.

This particular Gilmore Girls Christmas moment isn't always available; it's a seasonal offering & I just had to buy a ticket when I heard about the Lunch at Lorelai's house festivities. If you're a Gilmore Girls fan, then you have to experience this at least once. It's worth the money to have the memories, to have the photos, & to see some behind-the-scenes of a television series that I spent so much time watching over the years. Book your tickets for Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood Tour & make sure to tell your guide you're a Gilmore Girls fan!

While there isn't a specific stars Hollow tour, you can always tell your guide that you're a Gilmore Girls fan & they will tailor the tour toward what people like. They'll share filming behind-the-scenes, show you Gilmore Girls filming locations.  If you're a Friends fan, you can also visit Central Perk.

 Warner Bros Hollywood Tour Lorelai Gilmore and Rory's house in Stars Hollow
Lorelai Gilmore and Rory's house in Stars Hollow.

More Information on Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Warner Brothers Studio Tours are offered in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin. ASL interpreted tours also available upon advance request. Click here to buy a ticket for Warner Bros. Studio Hollywood Tour.

If you want to delve deeper into the Gilmore Girls world, read Lauren Graham's book Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between).

 Warner Bros Hollywood Tour Lorelai Gilmore and Rory's house in Stars Hollow
Where was Gilmore Girls filmed? In Burbank, California at Warner Bros. Studios.

Comment your favorite Gilmore Girls quote. I'd love to hear it! Have you visited the Warner Bros. studio?

What I'm Watching, Reading, & Listening to: Basically a Bunch of Disney+

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

You're here because you're curious & I like curious people. You're curious about what I'm curious about & that's especially cool. I'm back on a film kick, baby! However, I must be totally honest & admit that I usually break up the movie into two parts, watching it over two different nights. It's easier to split it up. Is that weird? Curious about Carmen? Find out more about me, my travels, my blogging & career background.

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Previously on...What I'm Watching, Reading, & Listening to


Make sure to catch up on my latest What I'm Watching, Reading, & Listening to from August 2019. I listened to a hell of a lot of true crime podcasts. But, what's new?! Specifically, I always put on Criminal, Crime Junkie, Morbid, My Favorite Murder, & To Live & Die in LA. I only watched one movie (the new Aladdin film), watched a bunch of TV shows, & read a couple books. Again, here's the blog post so you can read all about it. Okay, now here's what I'm watching, reading, & listening to: basically a bunch of Disney+.

Everything I'm watching on Disney+ The Simpsons
Keep reading for everything I'm watching on Disney+

Books I'm Reading


Light Filters In: Poems by Caroline Kaufman

I found Light Filters In: Poems as a staff pick at my local library. I liked the cover, & because I judge books by their cover, I checked it out. Light Filters In: Poems is a quick read & after finishing it, I lurked the author, Caroline Kaufman. She's a young bright modern author who speaks about mental illness & I dig it. You should check her out too.

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Brené Brown's name rang familiar but I hadn't read anything of hers. Again, my local library came to the rescue. Rising Strong was on display front & center. Rising Strong focuses on the power of vulnerability, how we should own our difficult stories & rather than run from them. While some of it seemed repetitive, I found myself taking photos of excerpts to refer to later. Overall worth a read if the concept intrigues you!

Podcasts I'm Listening to


Wine & Crime

Join three childhood friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, & unleash their worst Minnesota accents! Wine & Crime was my Europe trip podcast of choice. I started it on the long haul flight from LAX to Paris. I vividly recall listening to Wine & Crime at my cousin's Parisian apartment while getting ready in the morning. (here's a photo of life in Paris.)

Other than Wine & Crime, I stay caught up on Criminal & Crime Junkie, usually whilst cooking meals with Fred.

I'm reading Rising Strong by Brené Brown at a park in San Diego County.


Movies I'm Watching


Joker

The Joker movie came highly recommended & brings up some interesting dialogue on mental health. I enjoyed the cinematography & thought the Joker movie was well done, albeit the story played out a bit slowly. Worth watching for its stance in popular culture.

Gosford Park

Gosford Park is an oldie but a goodie from 2001 starring Stephen Fry, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, & a slew of other notable actors. Fred & I spotted this on Netflix & thought why the hell not? It's basically a whodunit murder mystery dinner.

The King's Speech

Another random Netflix find that took 3 nights to watch. I had absolutely no clue the premise of The King's Speech revolves around King George VI's stammer. Well, actually it's about his rise to become king as he works with his speech & language therapist.

Monsters, Inc.

Fred & I signed up for a free trial of Disney+ the night it came out (November 12, 2019) & then found out he could get a free year of Diseny+ with his Verizon account. Long story short, Disney+ is my new best friend. We watched Monster, Inc. to test it out.

Brave

I randomly played Brave & was surprised that the lead character, Merida, was voiced by one of the actors in Gosford Park. It's a small world after all. In Brave, Merida doesn't want to follow tradition & get married, choosing to seek her own path. Obviously, there are some mishaps & misfortunes along the way.

Born in China

Disneynature's Born in China surprised me. The commentary had me laughing. The documentary tells the story of popular animals in China over the course of a year, so you can see the animals grow, learn, & live throughout the seasons.

The Aristocats

You really can't go wrong with this 1970s animated Disney classic about rich cats. I hadn't seen The Aristocats in years & years, so it felt like a sweet blast from the past watching it with Fred. It's really...old. The quality & animation itself feels nostalgic.

Everything I'm watching on Disney+ 

TV Shows I'm Watching


Lizzie McGuire

Hello, childhood. Is that you? I was positively flabbergasted to find out Lizzie McGuire was only two seasons. Did you know that?! Granted, each season has a whopping 30 episodes. It's so weird to watch now because I relate more with the parents, adults, & teachers. Absolutely worth watching, especially if you have tweenagers yourself.

Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER

Disney+ saves the day again. I love animal shows, so I popped this on. Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER shows life at a veterinarian clinic for like birds, goats, bearded dragons, & other exotic animals. It's a unique premise for a show. And Dr. K often mentions that some of these exotic pets (like the adorable teacup-sized monkey) shouldn't even be pets, they should be in their native habitat in the wild.


What books are you reading? What are you watching on Disney+? Do you have a podcast recommendation? Leave a comment. I'd love to know! :]


All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Barcelona is a big, buzzing city. It needs no introduction, but haaaave you met Sitges? It's cute. It's sweet. It looks good in photos. It treats you well. Located only 37 km away from Barcelona, consider Sitges as your next day trip away from the city. There are countless things to do in Sitges!

About Carmen

Hello, I'm Carmen, a travel influencer based in San Diego, California. At this time, I've been to 22 countries & 11 U.S. states. As a travel influencer, I document & write about my experiences & how you, the reader, can do it even better! Whether you're browsing things to do in Warsaw, the top Milan highlights or maybe where to stay in Porto, Portugal, you'll find over 600 blog posts on the It's Carmen website. Learn more about me, what I do as a travel influencer & social media consultant.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click &/or make a purchase through certain links on this site or my social media platforms, I may make a small commission from that click &/or purchase. It's at no additional cost to you! Learn more about my disclosure. 

Things to do in Sitges Spain Go to the Sitges Playa
Things to do in Sitges: Spend the afternoon at Sitges Playa.

Shirt: Fila For Urban Outfitters Red Valentina Crop Top (sold out, sold on Urban Outfitters)

Sitges is a beautiful beach town with plenty of things to do in Sitges. Visit Sitges if you like beach vibes, good weather, & beautiful views. Find out what to do in Sitges, including spending the day museum hopping or beach bopping.


How to Get to Sitges: Taking the Train From Barcelona to Sitges

After spending several days in Barcelona I started wondering what are some day trips near Barcelona? I ended up taking the train from Barcelona to Sitges. It went by relatively quickly, a painless train journey (unlike the Girona fiasco from 2018 - read the full story on my Instagram post here.) For the train from Barcelona to Sitges, simply find a seat & get comfortable. The same goes for the train from Sitges to Barcelona. It’s easier to buy a roundtrip ticket ahead of time but you can do it separately. No need to stress. 


Sitges Playa Beaches Things to do in Sitges
Relax at one of the many beaches at Sitges.

Sitges Beaches (Sitges Playa)

Sitges has a lot of beaches, including Aiguadolç, Balmins, Barra, Bassa Rodona, Cala de l’Home Mort, Cala Ginesta, Cala Morisca, Cap de Grills, Desenrocada, Estanyol, Fragata, Garraf, Les Anquines, Les Botigues, Ribera, Riera Xica, Sant Sebastià, Terramar, and Vallcarca. The warm sun & breezy ocean air of the Sitges weather felt perfect during my October visit. People sat at Sitges Playa with their towels & umbrellas.

Activities & Sports

If you're on the hunt for things to do in Sitges, consider cycling, golfing, kayaking, volleyball, running, or a chi kung (also known as qi gong) lesson. The sunny Sitges weather makes the coastal town an ideal destination for outdoor activities & sports fans. I'm not a golfer, but I'd absolutely spend a leisurely afternoon by the sea at Golf Terramar. Relish the Mediterranean Ocean views from holes 3 & 4; it's only 15 meters / 50 feet away!


Sitges Church Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla & beachgoers.

Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla)

You might spot the Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (also called Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla) within your first few minutes in Sitges. It's pretty dang iconic. Soak in the Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla from afar or up close. Don't forget to high five the mermaid (reminds me of Warsaw's mermaids)! You can take in some pretty epic views of the ocean from this angle as well.

Port d'Aiguadolç

You'll find Port d'Aiguadolç just a 10-minute stroll away from the old town area. The Port de Sitges-Aiguadolç has 17 restaurants & bars, so you could spend the morning grazing at a couple stops before sailing for the afternoon.


Port d'Aiguadolç Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla (Church of Sant Bartomeu & Santa Tecla)
Just me & the Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla in the background.

Shirt: Fila For Urban Outfitters Red Valentina Crop Top (sold out, sold on Urban Outfitters)

Museums in Sitges

Sitges has a range of museums to visit. You know I love an art museum. I go in every city, but since  I only stayed in town for a day trip, I didn't get to visit any of them. If I had more time in town, this would be one of the things to do in Sitges!

Fundació Stämpfli Art Contemporani (Stämpfli Foundation Contemporary Art Museum)

Need a dose of art? Fundació Stämpfli contemporary art museum is located in the town's old fish market (now Sitges Town Hall Square) & has nearly 100 pieces of art from all over the world.

El Museu Del Cau Ferrat (The Cau Ferrat Museum)

Founded in 1893 by artist Santiago Rusiñol, Museu Del Cau Ferrat began as a workshop house then turned into a public museum in 1933. The Cau Ferrat Museum contains a mix of ancient art collected by artists as well as modern art.


Spain Palau de Maricel The Maricel Palace Things to do in Sitges
Palau de Maricel (also written Palau Marcel & The Maricel Palace).

El Museu de Maricel (The Maricel Museum)

Enjoy sculptures & altarpieces from the Romanesque & Gothic periods. Browse artwork from the Neoclassic period. It's all at El Museu de Maricel. There's also the Palau de Maricel (The Maricel Palace).

Other Seasonal Activities

Things to do in Sitges depends on what time of year you happen to visit. From winter treats like the Sitges Christmas Festival & Winter Market Sitges to the iconic Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, there are many seasonal activities, events, & happenings in the area, so take a look at the events calendar. Find out what to do in Sitges while you're in town!

Festival Jardins Terramar Sitges

Get your fill of live music, dance, & other festivities at the Festival Jardins Terramar Sitges. Who doesn't love a festival?

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival)
Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival) flags hanging throughout Sitges.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival)

I happened to be in town for the Sitges Film Festival, so Fred & I bought tickets online ahead of time. Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya also known as The International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, or more simply as the Sitges Film Festival, specializes in the fantasy & horror genres. I saw 4x4.

Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya (Sitges Film Festival) 2019 Spain
 Made it to Sitges Film Festival (Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya).

Shirt: Fila For Urban Outfitters Red Valentina Crop Top (sold out, sold on Urban Outfitters)

Shoes: Fila Disruptors // Shop these exact Fila Disruptor sneakers here.


Food, Eating, & Restaurants in Sitges

Gobble up coastal cuisine with a side of fresh ocean breeze. Try to dine at one of the outdoor eateries near the beach. The fresh air pairs perfectly with whatever you're eating. Take a look at some of the top-rated places to eat in Sitges. Does anything suit your fancy? Fred & I grabbed a vegan burger made with black bean, wild rice & smashed nut patty at Beach House. It was pretty bomb.

Things to do in Sitges: Go a food & wine tasting tour!

Big Al's - craft American burgers
La Pícara - Tapas bar & wine bar
Nem - Un bar de tapes, a tapas bar

What to do in Sitges, Spain? Try loads of food.

Where to Stay: Hotels & Airbnbs in Sitges

There are over 500 listings in Sitges, so you have plenty of hotels, beachfront properties, vacation homes, & goodies to rent. Simply type in the dates you'll be in town & see what works for your stay with this handy dandy map. It's so easy!


Booking.com


Bye Sitges, Until We Meet Again

As a travel influencer, I love when a city has a tourism board. It's one of those things in life that give me joy for no reason, like inanimate objects with faces or seeing wild rabbits at night outside of my apartment. Take a look at the official Sitges tourism website. Their website is pretty robust with plenty of tourist information and ideas on what to do in Sitges.

Official Sitges tourism website: Sitges Anytime
Spain's official tourism website: España.info

Why not take a few photos at one of the many Sitges Beaches (Sitges Playa)? :]
Shirt: Fila For Urban Outfitters Red Valentina Crop Top (sold out, sold on Urban Outfitters)

Bring your curiosity, a list of things to do in Sitges, maybe a hat & sunglasses thanks to 300 days of sunshine, & you're all set. The train from Barcelona to Sitges is affordable & should take less than an hour. Pop on a podcast - click here for some of my podcast recommendations - & discover the charisma of Sitges.

Pin an image on Pinterest to share with others what to do in Sitges. :]


All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain

All the Cool Things to Do in Sitges: What to Do When You Visit Sitges, Spain



45+ Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland

Monday, November 11, 2019

Need a ridiculously long list of things to do in Warsaw or what to see in Warsaw? I got you, my friend. Seriously don't Google what to do in Warsaw for 12 hours, just print out this post, book a couple outings directly, & call it a day so you can watch Friends on Netflix for the 4,000th time.

If the capital of Poland isn’t already on your travel radar, add it to your travel bucket list immediately. There are Warsaw sightseeing options for families, couples, solo travels, & travel influencers alike. You don't have to ponder long on what to do in Warsaw. There's TOO much, you won't be able to finish!

Picture a colorful, well preserved Old Town Warsaw rebuilt after its destruction during World War II. This magnificent city also has a wide range of food options: gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, no matter your desires, there's an option for your dietary needs, making this one of the most foodie-friendly cities I’ve visited in Europe.

View from Warszawa Taras Widokowy in Old Town Warsaw Square Things to do in Warsaw
View from Warszawa Taras Widokowy in Old Town Warsaw Square.


About Carmen

As a travel influencer, I'm always looking for my next adventure. On most days, I'm a San Diego lifestyle blogger, but since I work remotely, I can travel & work as long as there's Wi-Fi. Read about my 1st year of self-employment & my 2nd year. I spent some time exploring Porto, Milan, & other bits of Europe! Learn more about me here.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click &/or make a purchase through certain links on this site or my social media platforms, I may make a small commission from that click &/or purchase. It's at no additional cost to you! Learn more about my disclosure. 


Downtown University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden things to do in Warsaw
Buildings & flowers from the University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden.

Things to Do in Warsaw: Castles & Palaces 

Royal Castle - The Royal Castle Warsaw has both permanent & temporary exhibitions. Audio guides & guided tours available. Buy tickets to Skip The Line Royal Castle Guided Tour.

Krasiński Palace  - The Baroque architecture & manicured gardens of Krasiński Palace's make it look like the White House in Washington D.C. Ideal Warsaw sightseeing spot for romance, date night, or a solo moment alone.

Kazimierzowski Palace - University of Warsaw is a stunner. Constructed around 1643, Kazimierzowski Palace remains the University of Warsaw's oldest building.

Ujazdowski Castle - Looks like a castle, says it's a castle, but you might also know the castle as Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Exhibition & cinema tickets available. Admission free on Thursday.

Presidential Palace - Feel royal at the Presidential palace of Warsaw, the seat of the president of the Republic of Poland. Add the palace to your what to do in Warsaw sightseeing list.

Piłsudski Square - Imagine a big, open cement area with the occasional memorial or sculpture. That's Piłsudski Square. Including Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Multimedia Fountain Park Things to Do in Warsaw Sightseeing Historic Attractions
The nighttime light show at the Multimedia Fountain Park.

Things to Do in Warsaw: Gardens, Parks, Nature, Best Views

Multimedia Fountain Park at night - Easy Warsaw sightseeing option with free shows May through September. The fountain changes colors & splish splashes artistically as music plays. One of my favorite free things to do in Warsaw. *my personal favorite.

Ogród Saski (Saxon Garden) - I was blown away by Warsawa's gardens. Walk around & take a look at the fountain at Ogród Saski, also known as Saxon Garden. Perfect for Warsaw sightseeing & free things to do in Warsaw, Poland.

Vistula River - Big river. Can't miss it. The Vistula River area even has an ecological walking & cycling path. *my personal favorite.

Landing Point - Nice beachy spot by the Vistula River. Play water sports, relax all day.

Łazienki Park - I walked by Łazienki Park a handful of times. One of the easier Warsaw sightseeing options. *my personal favorite.




University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden things to do sightseeing Poland autumn fall winter
Travel influencer? Photo lover? Take a photo at the University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden.
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University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden
- Do not miss this rooftop garden, easily one of the best free things to do in Warsaw. As far as what to see in Warsaw, you can savor a lovely view of the city from various points of the University of Warsaw Library Rooftop Garden. *my personal favorite.

University of Warsaw Botanic Garden (Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego) - I never miss a botanical garden. I love me some nature. Established in 1818 by the distinguished botanist Michał Szubert, the botanic garden stays open April through October. *my personal favorite.

Palace of Culture and Science 30th Floor Viewing Point - The best Warsaw sightseeing option to view the city from above.  I talk more about the Palace of Culture and Science down below. *my personal favorite.

Warszawa Taras Widokowy - Awesome view of Old Town Warsaw Square. Super afford Warsaw sightseeing. *my personal favorite.

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The Mermaid in Old Town Warsaw Square with colorful buildings in the background.

Things to Do in Warsaw: Sightseeing & Historic Attractions

Old Town Warsaw - As far as what to do in Warsaw, don't leave the city without checking out Old Town Square. It's historic, photo-friendly, & beautiful. *my personal favorite.

Mermaid in Old Town Warsaw Square - Snap a photo at this Instagram hotspot. The mermaid is an iconic symbol of Warsaw. See how many mermaids you count throughout the city. *my personal favorite.

Warsaw Citadel - Built in the early 1800s as a fortress, the Warsaw Citadel houses the Katyn Museum.  Take a photo at the Citadel for Warsaw sightseeing & what to see in Warsaw.

Powązki Cemetery - Weird, but I love walking around cemeteries; it's humbling & reminds me of my own mortality.

St. John’s Archcathedral in Warsaw - A 14th-century Cathedral.

Basilica of the Holy Cross - A baroque church along the Royal Route.

Gdański Bridge - What to see in Warsaw? Stop by the Gdański Bridge, a steel truss bridge worthy of a look. Don't forget to take a photo. One of the easier things to do in Warsaw. *my personal favorite.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Located within Piłsudski Square, two soldiers always stand guard at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tourist spot for photos & what to see in Warsaw.

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Goofing around outside the Neon Museum. Great for Warsaw sightseeing!

Things to Do in Warsaw: Education & Museums

Neon Museum - Bzzzzzz. The sound of neon signs remains etched in my brain. Small, but one of many affordable things to do in Warsaw. *my personal favorite.

Warsaw Rising Museum - The Warsaw Rising / Uprising Museum is a tribute to Warsaw residents who lost their lives fighting for Poland's independence.

Royal Łazienki Museum - The Royal Łazienki consists of The Palace on the Isle, The Old Orangery (housing the Royal Sculpture Gallery), as well as Royal Łazienki gardens: the Royal Garden, the Romantic Garden, the Modernist Garden, Chinese Garden. & the Deckchair Leisure Zone.

National Museum in Warsaw - The National Museum in Warsaw contains over 800,000 pieces of art. Temporary exhibitions on rotation as well as permanent galleries (Faras Gallery, Gallery of Medieval Art, Gallery of Old Masters, Gallery of 19th Century Art, Gallery of 20th and 21st Century Art, Gallery of Polish Design).

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews - The Core Exhibition covers 1,000 years of Polish-Jewish history, paintings, artifacts, & culture with interactive installations, video projections, & reconstructions. Buy your POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket.

Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów - Why not visit a Baroque royal residence during your Warsaw sightseeing adventure? Points of interest include the intricate interior of The White Hall, the Statue of Jan III Sobieski, the King's Library, the Queen's Bedroom, the Wilanów Garden, Morysin Nature Reserve, & quite a lot more. Buy tickets to skip the Line Wilanów Palace and Gardens Guided Tour.

Heritage Interpretation Centre - The Heritage Interpretation Center is the starting point of the Cultural Route of Old Town Cellars.

Palace of Culture and Science at night
Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science at night.

Palace of Culture and Science - When my bus arrived in Warsaw at 12 A.M., I spotted the towering Palace of Culture and Science straight away. What to do in Warsaw? The Palace houses a number of theaters, museums, restaurants, cafes, an observation deck, so you could spend all day here!

Praga Museum of Warsaw (Muzeum Warszawskiej Pragi) - Located on Warsaw's right bank, the Praga Museum of Warsaw possesses both core & temporary exhibitions showcasing the story of Praga.

Pawiak Prison Museum - What to see in Warsaw if you're a history buff? The Pawiak Prison Museum used to be a prison from 1835 to 1944 when the Germans blew up nearly the entire prison complex. The museum is positioned in the surviving prison blocks VII & VIII.

Polish Army Museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Warszawie) - The permanent exhibit at the museum covers Polish military history starting from the 10th century up until the end of World War II.

Copernicus Science Centre -  If you need ideas on what to do in Warsaw, spend the day browsing one of 400 exhibits at Copernicus Science Centre. including a play inside the Robotic Theatre or activities at the Minilabs laboratory. Definitely one of the best things to do in Warsaw with kids & families!

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Looking for what to see in Warsaw? Check out the University of Warsaw!

Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium - Part of the Copernicus Science Centre, Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium allows tourists & residents to enjoy laser shows, live shows, & films about the planet.

PGE Narodowy Stadium - Built for the European Football Championship in 2012, PGE Narodowy Stadium hosts football (soccer) & other sporting events as well as concerts for big-names like The Rolling Stones & Madonna.

Legia Warsaw Marshal Józef Piłsudski Municipal Stadium - Football (soccer) team, Legia Poland, plays their home games at the Legia Warsaw Marshal Józef Piłsudski Municipal Stadium. Legia & PGE Narodowy Stadium are perfect things to do in Warsaw for sports fans.

Fotoplastikon Warszawski - Museum visitors can watch rotating stereoscopic images. They even host lessons about 20th-century Warsaw history.

History Meeting House - History Meeting House stands as Warsaw’s municipal institution of culture, promoting history the history of the capital city through organized exhibitions, discussions, workshops, & other cool things to do in Warsaw.

Warsaw Zoological Garden - Add the Warsaw Zoological Garden to your list of things to do in Warsaw with children.

Lokal Vegan Bistro has delicious vegan spins on authentic Polish dishes.

Things to Do in Warsaw: Food & Drinks

Hala Koszyki - A food hall with restaurant, grocery, & culinary options.

To Lubie (To Lubię) - a small, sweet cafe located in Warsaw's Old Town. Don't leave without trying their Dominican mead. *my personal favorite.

Bar Prasowy (Press Bar) - A classic take on a Polish classic, the milk bar. Milk bars come from the Communist area as a way to make affordable food available to working people.

Bar Gdański (Gdańsk Bar) - Another milk bar.

Lokal Vegan Bistro - Incredible vegan alternatives to some of Poland's most popular authentic dishes. I'm drooling just thinking about the meal I had.  *my personal favorite.


You can also opt for a Warsaw food tour.


Things to Do in Warsaw: Shopping

Złote Tarasy
Arkadia Shopping Mall
Galeria Mokotów
Mokotowska shopping street
Mysia street
Szpitalna street

Mermaids in Warsaw, Poland sightseeing and things to do see what to do
What to see in Warsaw: Another mermaid. There are mermaids all over the city. 

Did I forget anything? Leave me a comment! But don't bust my chops - there is a ridiculous amount of things to do in Warsaw. You'll never have to wonder what to do in Warsaw. There's an endless amount!


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Warszawa Taras Widokowy in Old Town Warsaw Square Sightseeing
What to do in Warsaw: Look out on Old Town Warsaw Square from Warszawa Taras Widokowy.

If you made it all the way to the end of this blog post then you know there's an endless amount of things to do in Warsaw, Poland. You can spend days Warsaw sightseeing as a  travel influencer, a tourist, or if traveling with your friends or family or children!

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