Trips

One Day in Tulum

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While we stayed in Akumal (read my hotel review here), we decided to do a day trip to Tulum and it was super worth it! We rent a car and we drove to all the things we did, you can book a tour or use the public transportation but we wanted to do our schedule so renting a car was a great option! Check what you can do over there and also a great restaurant that we went!


Nós ficamos hospedados em Akumal (ler meu post sobre o hotel que ficamos, aqui), mas decidimos passar um dia em Tulum e foi incrível! Nos alugamos uma carro e dirigimos para todos os passeios e lugares que fomos, você pode marcar um tour ou usar o transporte público local mas não queríamos ter muito horário e alugar um carro foi uma ótima opção! Vou contar tudo nesse post do que fizemos e também uma indicação de um restaurante incrível!

WHAT TO DO

Walk among ancient Mayan ruins

To enter the archaeological site to see the Mayan ruins, it is $65 pesos per person. The ruins sit atop cliffs so hiking up to the Mayan ruins offers an amazing view of the beach and the ocean. Tulum was actually once a walled trading city known for it’s beautiful beach and seaport. It is a nice walk and the view is incredible, but a tip, bring water, it is so hot and you are not going to find any place inside to buy it!


Para entrar no sítio arqueológico para ver as ruínas maias, são $65 pesos por pessoa. As ruínas ficam no topo das pedras, então se você andar até o topo das ruínas, você vai ver uma vista incrível da praia e do oceano. Tulum era uma vez uma cidade de comércio murada pela sua praia e porto. É um passeio legal e a vista é incrível, mas uma dica, levem água, lá é muito quente e você não vai achar nenhum lugar lá dentro para comprar!

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Swim in a cenote

Cenotes are underground sinkholes that were held sacred by ancient Mayans and are now used as natural swimming pools and for tourism. We went for two cenotes, Dos Ojos and Sac Actun, both are beautiful but me and my husband preferred the Sac Actun, we did an amazing tour inside of the cenote and it was awesome, I super recommend it!


Cenotes são cavernas subterrâneos que foram consideradas sagradas pelos antigos maias e agora são usados como piscinas naturais e para o turismo. Fomos para dois cenotes, Dos Ojos e Sac Actun, ambos são lindos, mas eu e meu marido preferimos o Sac Actun, fizemos um passeio guiado incrível dentro do cenote, eu super recomendo!

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WHERE TO EAT

After visiting the amazing cenotes, we were super hungry and we really wanted fresh seafood for lunch with an ocean view, as always we looked up at Trip Advisor for some restaurant and we ended up at Ziggy’s Beach for an amazing and authentic Mexican cuisine. We had the Guacamole in Molcajete ($90 pesos) for appetizer that was so delicious (and huge!)! For main dish I had the Octopus, Shrimp & Fish Tostada ($250 pesos) and my husband the Maxi Quesadilla ($235 pesos), everything was so good and of course, to be even better we ordered a Mojito! If you are in Tulum, I super recommend Ziggy’s, I’m sure you are going to have an amazing meal with a beautiful view of the beach!


Depois da visita incrível nos cenotes, nós estávamos morrendo de fome e queríamos um almoço bem mexicano com vista para o mar, como sempre, nós olhamos o Trip Advisor para achar algum restaurante e assim descobrimos Ziggy’s Beach, um restaurante mexicano na beira da praia. Pedimos o Guacamole em Molcajete ($90 pesos) de entrada, que estava delicioso (e era gigante!)! Para prato principal eu pedi a Tostada de Polvo, Camarão e Peixe ($ 250 pesos) e meu marido o Maxi Quesadilla ($ 235 pesos), tudo estava um delicia e é claro, para ser ainda melhor, nós pedimos um Mojito! Se você está em Tulum, eu super recomendo Ziggy’s, eu tenho certeza que você vai comer uma comida incrível com uma vista deslumbrante para a praia!

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Though our visit to Tulum was short, I’m already trying to think of a way to get back. Next time we go (yes, there will be a next time) I definitely would like to try to stay in Tulum because there was so much more I wish we could’ve done and seen. Exploring the peaceful white sandy beaches, trying more local restaurants and shops and staying a rustic boutique hotel are now on my bucket list!


Mesmo que a nossa visita a Tulum tenha sido curta, eu já estou tentando pensar em uma maneira de voltar. Da próxima vez que nós formos (sim, haverá uma próxima vez) eu gostaria de ficar em Tulum porque há muito mais o que ver e conhecer. Explorar as praias paradisíacas de areia branca, conhecer novos restaurantes e lojas locais e ficar um “boutique hotel” na beira da praia, com certeza está na minha lista de desejos!

Food, Trips

Trip to San Francisco

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This summer I went on a trip to San Francisco with my husband and his family, we stayed there for a week and we got time to visit a lot of places and eat in some great restaurants! We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hotel which is close to Union Square, it was a great location with lots of shops and restaurants.  Now I am going to put a list and tips of what to do and where to eat in the city.

What to Do

Since we had a week there we did a lot of things but I am going to suggest the top 5 things you can’t miss while visiting San Francisco:

1.Go to Golden Gate Bridge: or you can walk or bike across, it is one of the most famous bridges in the world and the view of the city is just incredible from there, but sometimes the fog is so strong that you cannot see anything, so before you go, check how it is. And wear a jacket, this is the best advice I can give you, it is really windy there.

2.Ride a cable car: OK, few locals ride cable cars, but it is part of a San Francisco experience, everyone should do it at least once. We went during school vacations so the city was really full and it wasn’t that easy to get on a cable car, you need to be very patient, and a tip, don’t count on cable cars to be your main way of transportation, it can be really frustrating.

3.Drive down the Lombard Street: is one of the most unique vertically curvy street and is a great stop to add to any itinerary, you can either walk or ride down the street.  On the top of the Lombard Street is one of the most beautiful views of the city with the sea and the houses there are all so charming (poor people that lives there!).

4.Day trip to Napa Valley: if you are going to be in San Francisco for more than 3 days you should definitely go to a vineyard in Napa, it is 1h40 minutes ride but it is so worth it. We went to the Starling Vineyards, that was a recommendation of our hotel and it was great, we did some wine tasting and a visit to the vineyard and in the end you can enjoy your last wine with the most amazing view of the place.

5.Do the audio tour in Alcatraz: it really is much cooler than you think. Once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to “The Rock”, you can do an audio tour through all the prison narrated by ex-guards and ex-prisoners telling you the history of the island and its the most beautiful view of San Francisco.

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Where to Eat

Here is a list of some restaurants that we went that I really like, some in San Francisco and in other close cities:

1.The Franciscan: located at the pier 43, has the most beautiful view of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. It is a restaurant specializing in crab and has great sea food. For appetizer, we ordered the Iron Skillet Rosted with mussels, shrimp and crab, and our main course was the famous crab and clam chowder on the bread bowl.

2.È Tutto Qua!: a real Italian restaurant, the staff are really welcome and the food is great! Everyone on the table ordered pizza, for me the best pizza flavor was the Italiana with prosciutto, arugula, fresh mozzarella and shaved parmesan.

3.Hakkasan: located on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building in downtown San Francisco, it is one of the best Chinese restaurants in town. All the dishes are to share so everybody on the table can eat a little bit of everything, we ordered hakka organic pork belly, baked lamb chop, spicy prawn and three-style mushroom. The food was delicious and the decor is really cool.

4.The Spinnaker: only a minute’s drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, in Sausalito is The Spinnaker. The restaurant has a floor to ceiling glass walls with a view of San Francisco skyline, Sausalito Waterfront, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge. There you can appreciate a delicious sea food with an amazing view!

5.Cascal: if you are going to visit Apple and Google you should definitely stop at Mountain View and have lunch at Cascal. The restaurant concept is to mix the traditional Spanish food with the warm hospitality of Latin America. The decor is so pretty and the food is amazing, we ordered fried olives, beef empanadas, braised pork belly, wild mushroom empanadas (one of the best things I ate in my life, really!) and Peruvian ceviche for the whole table.

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Trips

8 things to do in Atlanta

My husband’s family is visiting us in Atlanta for a couple of days so I decided to do a guide about 8 things that you can’t miss while visiting the city.

1. Atlanta Aquarium

Located in downtown Atlanta, it’s the world’s largest aquarium and it is incredible. It features more than 80,000 animals, covering 500 species in seven galleries and exhibits, each corresponds to a specific environment. There you can find penguins, beluga whales, giant octopus, dolphins and a lot more animals. You can also enjoy the dolphins and sea lions shows. The admission is a little pricey but it’s really worthy.

Price: Adult: $39.95,  Senior: $36.95 and Children: $33.95.

Website: http://www.georgiaaquarium.org

2. World of Coca-Cola

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A lot of people know that Atlanta is the city of Coca-Cola and that host a museum dedicated entirely to Coke. Located by the Aquarium on centennial park, you can do both of attractions on the same day. The museum features exhibit on the drink’s historical milestones, the bottling process, the secret formula and a short film about Coke around the world. But the most exciting part of the museum is the Taste It! area, where more than 100 different varieties of Coca-Cola drinks from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America are available for unlimited tasting.

Price: Adults: $17.00, Senior: $15.00 and Children: $13.00.

Website: https://www.worldofcoca-cola.com/

3. CNN Center

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The behind-the-scenes tour at CNN, is a 50-minute tour starts with a ride on the world’s longest freestanding escalator and continues with a look at how each broadcast is produced, including how the teleprompter and the cameras work. If you are lucky, you can even see live broadcast during your visit, the live broadcast normally is on a weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: Adult: $15.00,  Senior: $14.00 and Children: $12.00.

Website: http://tours.cnn.com/

4. Botanical Garden

Located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown, the Botanical Garden is breathtaking, covers beautiful 30 acres. My favorite spots are the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Canopy Walk, Cascades Garden and the Glade Garden.  Soon I will do a full post about the Botanical Garden.

Price: Adult: $21.95 and Children: $15.95.

Website: http://atlantabg.org/

5. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

At the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is located the house of the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center where is the his grave and some exhibits on the Civil Rights movement. To visit Martin Luther King home, you need to book a tour, the tours are filled on a first-come basis, it lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Price: Free, including the home tour.

Website: https://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

6. High Museum of Art

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Located in the heart of Midtown, the High Museum of Art has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection and always a temporary art exhibition, when I went was the Vik Muniz exhibition which I really like, the visit was definitely worth it, now they have the Andy Warhol. If you have been to some museums like Louvre, you will not be impressed with their permanent collection, but the temporary exhibitions are worth the visit.

Price: General Admission (ages 6 and above): $14.50.

Website: https://www.high.org/

7. Margaret Mitchell House

If you are a fan of the Gone with The Wind or Margaret Mitchell, you must do the tour on Mitchell’s apartment where she wrote her novel. The tour is about how the Gone with The Wind links directly with Margaret Mitchell’s life story. There are also two exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Movie Legend: Gone with the Wind.

Price: Adult: $13.00,  Senior: $10.00 and Children: $5.50.

Website: http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/margaret-mitchell-house

8. Piedmont Park

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Atlanta’s bigget park is Piedmont Park. There are paths for biking, walking, and jogging, as well as sports areas for soccer, baseball, tennis and a lot more. You can also find picnic areas, playgrounds and a dog park. On Saturday mornings, me and my husband like to go to the Green Market in the park where you can enjoy local farmers, bakers, jams and some food trucks, and always some live music, the Green Market is normally on from March unil mid-December. The park also hosts some events and festivals, like the Music Midtown which will take place on September 16 and 17.

Price: Free

Website: https://www.piedmontpark.org/