Friday, 30 May 2014

La Boqueria//Barcelona, Spain

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The vivid colours and busy excitement of Barcelona’s most famed markets is what makes Mercat de La Boqueria truly memorable. La Boqueria is predominantly a food market, which serves up some of the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood that Barcelona has to offer. It’s a great place to catch a bite after sightseeing while people watching and soaking up Barcelona’s lively atmosphere.

We visited in winter and the market was buzzing with locals and tourists. WC highly recommends a visit to the seafood stall in the left hand corner after the main entrance, which serves up delicious grilled seafood. You will know which one it is because it is completely PACKED! Overall, the Spanish know how to do food well!

Where// Rambla, 91, 08002 Barcelona, Spain (Just off Las Ramblas)
Opening Hours// Monday to Saturday from 08:00 - 20:30





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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Video//Zermatt, Switzerland


Zermatt and its beloved Matterhorn deserve a place on everyone's bucketlist. 

Check out our short video including one of the most picturesque train rides in the world! 



Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Intercontinental Avenue Marceau


Paris is the city of lights, love, fashion, and art. No trip is complete without a stroll down the Champs Elysees or a shot next to the Louvre’s iconic pyramid. So having a hotel room which doubles as an art piece is essential for a memorable Paris trip. And the Intercontinental Avenue Marceau is the hotel that can provide just that!

Our favourite part of the hotel is the service. You will be treated like family by the hotel’s exceptional staff from the moment you enter the hotel. Our concierge even exclaimed to us, “Many visitors have a bad opinion of Parisian people but I endeavor to change their opinions and show them that I, and Paris people, are some of the most friendly in the world.” Before proceeding to assist us with tickets to attractions, dinner reservations at exquisite restaurants, and invites to exclusive art events in the hotel.

Stepping into the compact but stylish lobby is a refreshing change from the busy streets of the Champs-Elysees area. We were fortunate enough to stay in a Prestige Room, which featured a private outdoor terrace which was perfect for drinking our morning cups of Nespresso from the machine provided in every room. The high ceilings, which are a particular love of mine, also feature beautiful monochrome murals which transport you to the quaint art galleries which make Paris so famous. All of the amenities you expect of a large hotel chain are also provided.

The hotel is a far cry from the oversized, busy, business aesthetic of most of the Intercontinental hotels but that’s what makes this hotel so special. Having a boutique style hotel while maintaining the confidence of investing in a stay with a familiar and large brand that is able to assist with any issues.

The Intercontinental Avenue Marceau is our new favourite Paris hotel and we highly recommend it for your next stay.


Address// 64 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France
Contact// +33 1 44 43 36 36














Saturday, 24 May 2014

SEE// Paniyiri Greek Festival, Brisbane


The multicultural nature of Australia is what makes us so unique. We embrace others' cultures and make them our own by making little tweaks to tradition. The famous sweet and sour pork, an Aussie Chinese tradition that cannot be found on any bustling street of China, is our number one example. So every year, when the streets around Musgrave Park start filling with smoke from the charcoal fires burning beneath some of Brisbane's most succulent chicken and lamb kebabs, I know it's time for another of Australia's best tweaks on tradition, honey puffs at Paniyiri! 

Paniyiri is one of our favourite festivals as it combines the Greeks two great passions, food and showmanship. Whether you are heading over to fill your stomach until it bursts, and trust me, you will definitely want to once you see all they have on offer, or whether you are heading over to watch the plate breaking competitions or traditional Greek dancers, we are sure you will have a great time. 

Tip// Try the honey puffs!! Also try the BBQ octopus, it is to die for. 
Price// http://www.qtix.com.au/EventSeatBlockPrices.aspx or $10 for adults, free for children and $3 for pensioners at the door 
Where// 29 Edmondstone Street South Brisbane QLD 4101
Website// http://paniyiri.com/#
Get Social// https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paniyiri-Greek-Festival/197628300280447 
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Travel Advice//Travelling with friends



The WC team has a lot of experiencing travelling with friends. From pairs to quartets to teams of friends, we have done it all! And to be honest, travelling with friends will bring you some of the best travel memories of your life and some of your worst! So to help you out, we have compiled our tried and tested tips to survive your next trip with your best buds!

Do’s

  • Travel with friends who have a similar budget
There is nothing worse than fighting about money matters when you are trying to enjoy your trip, so before you go, plan out a set budget per day to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the fun

  • Plan your itinerary
Preparation can save you a lot of time and energy before a trip. So make a mini calendar of all the days you will be away and plan the activities you want to do on which days. This will involve a lot of compromise and planning time but trust us, it is worth it in the end!

  • Spend some time apart
Everyone is different and has different likes and dislikes, so as much as you feel compelled to stick to your travel partners, schedule in some hours or days away from your buds. This will give you time to explore the places you want to see without dragging unwilling travel buddies along with you. Plus, distance makes the heart grow fonder as they say!

  • Take turns choosing dinner spots and activities
If your friends are indecisive, it is best to take turns deciding on dinner spots and activities while en route. This way everyone will get to eat or do something they like at some point during the trip so no one will feel disgruntled or left out.

Don’ts 

  • Stay angry if you have a disagreement
You are bound to fight with your friends but instead of hold a grudge for the rest of your trip, let it go! Life is too short to waste a great trip overseas on being unhappy, so let that last fight slide and be the bigger person!

  • Dismiss your travelling partners' ideas
Even if you have a great itinerary planned out but your partner wants to do something else, don’t just dismiss their ideas. Travelling is all about exploration and trying new things so sometimes changing it up will result in you having the best time of your life!

If you have any other tips or advice for travelling with your friends, feel free to email them toenquiries@wanderlustchronicles.com.au and we will post them on our Facebook Page!

Safe Travels!