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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.

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

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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).

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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)? :]
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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.

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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.




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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.

Mermaid in Old Town Warsaw Square Things to Do in Warsaw Sightseeing Historic Attractions
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.

Neon Museum Warsawa Things to do in Warsaw, Poland sightseeing options
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!


After sharing my Warsaw Poland experience with my Instagram family, one of my followers messaged me to say, "I was talking to my boyfriend about what you shared about Warsaw & we are adding to the list of places in Europe we would like to go someday."

It's truly the biggest compliment that is something I experienced & shared from my own perspective influence someone that they wanted to add it to their own list. I feel like I should mention that this type of feedback is so important & heartwarming & seriously makes me smile. Your message or comment can really make a difference!

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!

The Best Milk Frother According to Actual Reviews: Frother Wand, Electric Frother, Manual Milk Frother

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Everyone on Instagram & the Internet seems to have a really cool milk frother. Where do they get it? What's the best milk frother on the market? What about the best handheld milk frother or a frother wand stick? I researched actual customer reviews to determine the best milk frother broken down by category. Scroll down to learn about each one!

* 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. 

Best Milk Frother best handheld milk frother Remeel brand manual

You want to know the truth? The best milk frother around is the one that you genuinely like. If your beloved frother happens to be a dinky $7 manual milk frother wand that you keep in your silverware drawer for easy access, well then, that's the best milk frother stick in the world! It doesn't have to be highly rated. Only you have to like it at the end of the day. It can be budget-friendly or high end. It's up to you. It's always good to consider recommendations or reviews but ultimately you get to choose the best milk frother.

Don't have time to read the details? Ready to shop for some frothers? Here are a few of the hottest, coolest, chicest frothers for easy shopping. Scroll down to continue reading about the best milk frothers out there. These are some of the highest-rated & reviewed products on Amazon.  


Best Milk Frother: My Favorite Manual Milk Frother (Battery Operated)


Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from 255 customer ratings

No need to mix your almond milk, coffee, hot chocolate, cappuccino, collagen with a spoon. Just get a frother wand or milk frother stick. I'd been hearing about the manual milk frother trend for a few months before I finally did some research for myself. I finally settled on the Rameel. As far as the best handheld milk frother stick, this is the best milk frother for the price.

Although the Rameel is battery-operated, it's a manual milk frother wand meaning you hold it in your hand, turn it on, then manually move it around. This is the exact handheld manual milk frother that I have: Remeel Handheld Milk Frother with Stainless Steel Whisk, Portable and Powerful Foam Maker for Morning Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate (Blue). It also comes in black, silver, & red.

Best Milk Frother: Stainless Steel Electric Milk Heater and Frother Steamer 


Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 602 customer ratings

Reviewers on Amazon mention that the Miroco Foam Maker Electric Stainless Steel Best Milk Frother looks attractive in the kitchen, works like a charm, froths beautifully, & overall works as described. Ranked as the best stainless steel milk heater and frother, all you do is pour the milk, press a button, & walk away. You'll come back to warm, frothy milk. 

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Best Milk Frother: Electric Milk Heater and Frother


Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 1,401 customer ratings

Reviewers on Amazon say HadinEEon milk heater and frother was love at first sight, exceeding all expectations. Reviewers mentioned that higher fat milks froth better but someone mentioned good results with USDA Organic almond milk from Costco. The white HadinEEon electric milk heater and frother has a bazillion reviews, making it one of the highest-rated, best milk frothers out there.

Best Milk Frother: Hand Pump Manual Milk Frother


Bellemain Stainless Steel Hand Pump Milk Frother - $14.95
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars from 683 customer ratings

The silver Bellemain is the real deal manual milk frother. Manually pump in order to get froth. No outlet, no plug, no battery, no buttons. Reviewers on Amazon say Bellemain manual milk frother is ideal for travel, to take to work, or go off the grid since it's portable, quiet, & manual. You can't beat the price. Or you can opt for the battery-operated manual milk frother wand (a milk frother stick) like Rameel, this is the one I use.

Best Milk Frother: Name Brand Frother


3.9 out of 5 stars from 29 customer ratings

Although this milk frother is rated relatively mixed, I'm including it as an honorable mention since Keurig is a respected brand. Reviewers say that it's easy to use, but note the capacity line when pouring in the liquid. I didn't even know they sold a milk frother whatsoever, so perhaps their customers don't know that either. Read the Keurig reviews for yourself to see what people say.

Best Milk Frother: Stainless Steel Electric Milk Heater and Frother Steamer

Leave a Comment, Ask a Question, Say Hello

Which is the best milk frother for you? Hand pump manual milk frother? Battery operated frother wand or milk frother stick? Something more luxurious like an electric? Happy shopping. I hope you find the best coffee frother or best handheld milk frother for your needs. Leave a comment - tell me what milk frother you have at home, which sounds the best, or feel free to ask any questions.

What's your milk of choice? Do you prefer almond milk, cashew, goat? Let's discuss! I'm really into oat milk right now.

Milan Highlights

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Milan is known as a fashion mecca, but what are some of the other best known Milan highlights? Located in northern Italy, Milano City is more than a buzzing tourist metropolis. Some of Milan's most well-known points of interest include the Duomo, Castello Sforzesco, Navigli River, Milan canals, & the Last Supper painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Consult this Milan highlights list during your travels for classic things to do in Milano city as well as some modern, fun options.




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I'm a travel influencer who has worked with tourism boards such as Visit El Paso & the French Ministry of Agriculture. Take a look at my Press + Media page! I hadn't been to Italy since 2010, so my Milan travels were a well-needed reminder of the Italian way of life. The city is a gastronomic hub filled with delicious food (think salted pistachio gelato & fluffy pizza dough). Scroll down to see my Milan highlights.

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Vertical Forest Appartamento Bosco Verticale (Vertical Gardens)
The vertical garden forest known as Appartamento Bosco Verticale in Milano City.

Appartamento Bosco Verticale (Vertical Gardens)

Breathe in a bit of greenery at the Appartamento Bosco Verticale. This vertical garden/vertical forest is a sustainable residential building meant to absorb CO2 & dust particles while producing oxygen. The Appartamento Bosco Verticale towers are visually pleasing with an array of plants & trees strategically placed throughout the building. You can even book an Airbnb facing Bosco Verticale*Appartamento Bosco Verticale is one of my personal favorite Milan highlights.

The Last Supper

Leonardo da Vinci's iconic painting, The Last Supper, depicts Jesus & his disciples the moment he announces that one of them will betray him by sunrise. The scene shows the men shocked as they begin to gossip amongst themselves. Find The Last Supper in the refectory (Cenacolo) at Santa Maria delle Grazie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While this might be a popular choice for your Milan travels, you must secure your tickets months in advance during the open pre-sale dates.


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Duomo di Milano with a photobomb from a flying pigeon.

Duomo di Milano

The Duomo di Milano is obviously a must-see part of the Milan highlights. You can buy tickets to go inside & check out the impressive Milano city views from the rooftop. Beware: the exterior of the Duomo is crawling with tourists, pigeons, & people trying to sell you things (bracelets & pigeon feed). You'll see every Instagram travel influencer posing in front of the Duomo. Make sure to book your tickets ahead of time!


Sipping on Pico Brew by Navigli at sunset in Milan, Italy highlights
Sipping on Pico Brew by Navigli at sunset in Milan, Italy.
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Navigli

The views of Milan canals & homes make Navigli another tourist spot but for good reason. You might hear Milano Navigli referred to as a district, neighborhood, area, zone, but it's all the same place. Take a stroll around the canal, people-watch, grab a sunset beer at PicoBrew. One downside is congestion due to tourist pedestrian foot traffic. You can even take a Navigli canal cruise*Milano Navigli is one of my personal favorite Milan highlights.


 Wes Anderson Fondazione Prada Milan Italy Highlights things to do
Taking a selfie in the reflection at Fondazione Prada.

Fondazione Prada

If you're an art museum lover like me, then you must visit Fondazione Prada, a museum with temporary exhibitions, permanent projects, performing art projects, photography exhibitions, cinema virtual reality installations, & a heck of a lot more. You could spend an entire day at Fondazione Prada or at least a half-day. Of course, you can go faster if you're on a time crunch. I oohed & aahed for Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf's exhibition project “Il sarcofago di Spitzmaus e altri tesori” (Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures), available 20 Sep 2019 through 13 Jan 2020. 

Yes, I'm talking about Wes Anderson the filmmaker of Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, & many more. I felt amused walking through the exhibition knowing that Wes Anderson's vibrant perspective came into play. 

Wes Anderson's Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada Milan Italy highlights travels
The aesthetically-pleasing Wes Anderson's Bar Luce at Fondazione Prada.

Bar Luce

Designed by Wes Anderson (yes, that Wes Anderson) in 2015 & located within Fondazione Prada, Bar Luce is a hot spot for the food bloggers & travel influencers. The pastel eatery was crowded while I was there; a consistent line to order, a mishmash of people running to hand their order to the food makers, limited seating. One person saved a seat for a "friend" who never arrived while we were there. Fred & I found a little table to stand at while we ate our sandwiches. All this can be avoided if you opt for table service. Note: Bar Luce is closed on Tuesdays. 


A sculpture at Cimitero Monumentale di Milano (Milan Monumental Cemetery)
A sculpture at Cimitero Monumentale di Milano (Monumental Cemetery). That lens flare though.


Cimitero Monumentale di Milano (Monumental Cemetery)

Monumental Cemetery Milan should be considered a free art museum because it's majestic, grand, thought-provoking, serene. Oh & there are literal masterpieces & works of art. No big deal. Walk through the massive cemetery as you observe the tombs, sculptures, mosaics, & even the crematorium.

Castello Sforzesco (Sforzesco Castle)

I quite enjoyed the remarkable brick facade of Castello Sforzesco but you can admire other pieces of the architecture such as the moats, the Filarete Tower, the Bona Tower, Carmine & Santo Spirito Towers, Castellana and Falconiera Towers, battlements, courtyards, & more. Buy tickets for Milan: Sforza Castle Express Guided Tour.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center mall Milan Italy travels highlights
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center, a fancy mall in Milan.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Shopping Center)

Whether you have plans to shop til you drop or not, add Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II to your Milan highlights list simply for its beauty. The 150+-year-old shopping mall stirs with people, tourists taking photos spinning on the bull ball mosaic, patrons shopping for their next memento, or someone like me — a wanderer finding my way through Milano City.

L.O.V.E by Maurizio Cattelan (Middle Finger Sculpture)
Maurizio Cattelan's Middle finger sculpture titled, L.O.V.E.

L.O.V.E by Maurizio Cattelan (Middle Finger Sculpture)

The famous middle finger sculpture is said to be a big eff you to the banking industry. Add this to your city sightseeing Milan list; it's free & out in the open. It's off the beaten path & you can get an edgy photo while you're at it.

Salted pistachio gelato & chocolate gelato in a waffle cone from Milan, Italy.

Food Highlights: Gelato & Pizza

There are many Milan highlights. My own Milan travels showed me the city's culinary opportunity. How can I forget those decadent, fluffy pizza crusts? Each pizza felt like a carefully crafted work of art. My favorite gelato was the 1 scoop of 7 layers of pistachio & 1 scoop of 7 layers of chocolate. Absolutely divine.

Where Am I Going After Milan?

After my Milan travels I'm heading to Bergamo, Italy. Of course, there's the curious few who maybe wonder what's after Bergamo? Well, you're the first to know. After Milan, Italy I fly to Warsaw, Poland! I used my own tips to save money on flights to find the cheapest airline tickets available.

Hotels in Milan

If you're on the hunt for where to stay in Milan, this map will show you all the available options. Put in the length of your stay & see what accommodations are available. It's that easy.

Booking.com


Tourist Information

Official tourism website of Milan, Italy: TurismoMilano
Official tourism website of Bergamo, Italy: Visit Bergamo
Official tourist website of the capital of Poland: Fall in Love with Warsaw

Fondazione Prada Milan Italy Highlights things to do
Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy

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