When in Vilnius…

Travelling to a place you have never been to can be everything from scary to beautiful!

How many of you dream to travel to new places every year or whenever the opportunity comes??? Not just to add a number to your “DO-LIST – BEFORE I DIE” but to really enjoy and to appreciate the world and it’s countries! I believe that travelling to new places is one of the most beautiful experience you can ever come across….

I came back from Vilnius, Lithuania’s charming capital a few days back and it impressed me with it’s history and beautiful buildings, great restaurants and shopping, and all this for a cheap money! Or..well every thing else except shopping because the prices were just the same as in Norway.

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Vilnius is home to one of Europe’s largest old towns, which has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. Did you know that Vilnius have world’s most popular churches? They can be found on almost every corner, and you can visit more than 40 on your city trip.

 

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Only in this street it was like 3 or 4 churches

 

 

In addition, the city is known to have many beautiful museums, cozy streets and towers offering stunning views of the city. There are so many things you can enjoy! 

 

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View from Bell Tower

 

 

 

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My new Samsung has a pretty nice camera!!! Don’t you think?

 

We were 4 girls who travelled with Norwegian airlines. You can always get good price tickets to Vilnius. It takes about 1 hour and 5o minutes from Oslo to Vilnius. From Vilnius airport you can either take taxi as we did and paid roughly 15 euros. It took us about 8 minutes. It’s quicker with train and costs under 1 euro and takes about 5 minutes. I know this because we took train on our back. We lived in old town just beside the train station so it was really convenient for us to take train back to Vilnius airport, which by the way is a very small airport.

We loved our stay in Vilnius and did the most out of a 2,5 days trip! We even managed to see a movie in Cinema ( we always do it on our girls trips) Loved the food and totally amazed by the beautiful city! We spent one afternoon sipping afternoon tea in the beautiful and majestic Kempinski Cathedral Hotel, just in the heart of the city. Those nibbles were mouth-watering and designed as if they were a piece of art and not enough with that , they tasted like heaven! See for yourself…

 

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Feel like doing a separate post for this afternoon tea session!

 

SPA at Kempinski was lovely too!

All in all it was a fun trip..except that a few people , specially in old town were a bit rude, or may be they were not rude and that was just their way of replying to a stranger but the first 1 hour or so in old town…. we literally felt like we were not welcomed in their country…..AND that feeling was bad!  We kept on thinking if it was because of our skin colour, but luckily rest of the trip went smooth….So we would like to think that it was our bad luck that we bumped into real rude people!

Before I forget… I must mention, the staff at Kempinski Hotel was extra ordinarily nice! If you ever travel to Vilnius, I would highly recommend this pretty place!

I know people like to see pictures so here I am sharing a few clicks from the trip…. hope you will enjoy!

 

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In love with my jacket which was a bargain!

 

 

 

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So wanted to take a picture in this pose! Loved it when the result came out so well after just one shot!

 

 

 

 

 

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This was so yum!

 

 

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Old towns always inspires me!

 

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Bought a Russian doll for my lil girl!

 

 

 

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After two days we knew all the streets by heart…in old town. City was more complex though

 

In this short span of time….we managed to do almost everything that we had decided to do! Remember you do not need to stay at a new place / city for a week or more to see every thing it is offering. Just do good research and make notes. It’s always a good idea to save the places you are interested in visiting in your google map. That way you won’t feel very lost…but feeling a little lost the very first day is just ok!!!

I believe that you need to escape from your hectic life to gain a little energy, some big time excitement, which can provide you with that little extra adventure which eventually will help your mind!

Our lives are hectic and most of people I know have small kids, but it’s ok to go on an escape for 1 day or 2 days or 3 days for that matter, without feeling guilty. You are doing yourself a favour and you are doing your kids a favour. They get the time to miss you and you can give full attention to yourself.

So girls what I am trying to say is, call your girl friend og friends… book a spa date, followed by an afternoon tea. Watch a movie in the evening with your girlfriend/s. You don’t need to travel to another country to do so. Book a room in a hotel where you live! And I can guarantee you, you will feel more energetic and full of life the next day!

For me, these trips are not just an escape ( escape is not a negative word-! by the way )After every trip and after doing all the above things, I get an energising boost to start things with a fresh mind and soul!

 

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And on that note…Good night and happy reading!

 

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Legoland Denmark…

Hey guys!

Join me on our adventure to Legoland Denmark!

I decided to write a short post about this trip before we went there. The reason is because I did not find any useful information from a common person on google. I googled and googled and did find a few forums from 2007 and 2009 but as you know in forums, people ask questions and get a concrete reply. I wanted something more…Like everything from how much things costs there, what to expect, where to live to enjoy the most, where to eat, what to do and what to avoid. In other words, basic information.

So now I am here, sharing my experience, feel free to ask questions if anything pops up in your mind which I may forget to write about. So here we go…..

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We had been planning to take our kids to Legoland theme park in Billund, Denmark for about two years now. Each summer we touched this topic, but instead we chose to travel somewhere else mainly because we felt it was way too costly for just 2 days when we could get something better in same price class and of course more days.

 

This year, just a week before the Easter Holidays, me and my good neighbour ( who also have two kids) went for a walk and talked randomly about Easter and our plans. What started out as a casual talk, turned into a plan!
Well making long story short, I came home, talked to my husband and we decided that it would be really fun for the kids to visit theme park with the kids at their age. And we felt that now was the rite time, my kids are by the way 8 and 6 and I feel this was the perfect time to take them to Legoland. The perfect age when they can walk for hours, but still can enjoy everything.
Well coming back to the plan! So after we decided that we were doing this, the next step was to make the bookings!
To make sure we did everything exactly same, me and my neighbour sat late in the night to find hotel and they had already decided to take Stena Lina ( Ship ) to Denmark so we just went with the plan. I have once travelled with Color Line Fantacy and it was a fun Ship! So I basically thought that Stena Line would be in the same category ( keep on reading to find out more)
I must mention that I really love Denmark. It’s like I am living in the wrong side of Scandinavia, I should actually be living in Denmark…( But we are not going to talk about my love for Denmark in this post..atleast for now) So I did not want to live in one of those Legoland hotels ( they are almost the same price as any other hotel nearby in Easter Holidays) So we chose Vejle as our staying place. It is the most cutest little city..And oh just writing about it makes me miss it!
Anyways we booked our Ship tickets and hotel and decided not to tell our children…but we did ..like after 3 days ( and from that day on all 4 of them, 2 ours and 2 neighbours were like youtubing and watching videos about Legoland and Lalandia). PS. I will write a short post about Lalandia ( indoor waterpark ) too. Kids were super excited and so were we….
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Gifts for the kids from Stena Line
Moving on to my experience in this trip….
Travelling with Stena Line:
Luckily we had our dinner before we took the Ship because there is not much to choose inside the ship. Just ok restaurants and a cafe’ type thing which had old sandwiches and cakes. Not good sitting place. Tax free was ok but really need a make over. Children’s program was good, but I was so tired that I just wanted it to end really quick. Our cabin was ok as they are in Ships. Clean but old. On our way back, we ate lunch in one of those better restaurants. Children took fish and chips. Chips were good, fish, not so good. Service was like 4 out of 10. I ordered Salmon…was not good at all.
My verdict, just ok ship…not my favourite!
PS. Remember to take your passports when travelling from Norway.
From Fredrikshavn to Billund:
We travelled by car and followed E45 ( motorway) all the way. It took us about 2,5 hours , with a short breakfast break. Lovely scenary all the way. Verdict: Loved travelling by car and enjoyed along the way! Kids became a little restless, but other than that it was a nice car trip.
Legoland:
So finally we were in Legoland…YAAAY!
Legoland theme park is built entirely with Lego bricks . Legoland is located very close to Billund airport and the distance is walkable in a few minutes, making the park ideal for those who do not have much time. ( And for those who are not so fond of car trip—like me in any other case)
The line at the customs was not so crazy the first day but on our second day it was like……CRAAAAZY. Luckily we had already purchased our day 2 tickets so we did not have to wait that long. And it made me think that lines must be really long in peak season! More about costs later in the post…For now enjoy a few clicks!
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Took this with my kids…loved it!

 

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Been here……in Thailand!

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We took ride in Ninjago world…which was awsome with playgame..and obviously I came on last place!

 

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In summer, Legoland turns into a very pretty park with flowers and everything which reminds you of summer.
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There is that ghost house …was not scary but the ride inside was quite cool..Well my daughter said it was “funny scary” ..hmmm whatever that means…
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All 8 of us took this…was fun. See how this ride looked in the picture under…

 

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A ride in the castle…

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So wanted to take this, but kids wanted to take alone…
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My daughter and husband sat in frontseat here and behind them me and my son…a long train kind of thing. Screams, laughs, fun and more fun. We even bought a picture magnet for our fridge. The picture was so funny…

 

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First signs of spring..
 Here ends the photo diary of Legoland…
Some people might say that there isn’t really much for grown ups to do except maybe ride some roller coasters that they have. But if you are anything like me, it’s definitely for grown ups too. Or part of it. I had so much fun and so did the kids. But it poured and it was cold!!! I am glad we visited Legoland in this season. Cant imagine myself waiting in lines to take the rides. We waited approximately 15 to 20 minutes. For some popular kids rides, we even waited for over half an hour. It must be crazy in summer. So I would suggest that if you have plans to visit Legoland, do it in spring break, Easter Holidays or any other holidays, but not in summer vacations!
The food inside was just ok and expensive…glad we were living in cutest Vejle which had beautiful restaurants and good food so we had lovely dinners.
Summing up:
 2 days in Legoland will cost you:
Tickets days 1: About 1100 Norwegian krones for two adults, children get free pass as long as they are BR club members.
Food and beverages: About 1500 Norwegian krones. This includes lunch, coffee and ice cream for kids.
Parking ticket: About 70 Norwegian krones.
Tickets day 2: About 800 Norwegian for all 4
Food and beverages: About 700 Norwegian krones as children did not eat anything properly the day before, so we bought fries, ice cream, buns etc for them.
Parking ticket: About 70 Norwegian krones.
So when you plan to travel to Legoland, keep in mind that you will be using about 15 to 20 thousand Norwegian krones, which will include, transport, accomodation with breakfast, lunch, themepark tickets, dinner and when you are in Legoland, you will definitely pay a visit in Legoshop and that costs too:-)
Verdict:  I personally think that theme parks should have better food with better prices. There is no point in selling things so expensive in childrens park. But over all it was a good experience, and most of all our kids totally enjoyed!
Enjoy reading!
On on this note, Good night from me!

Travel stories…

I love travel stories, I love to read about them, I love to talk about them and I love to hear about them. I basically just can’t get enough of them. I have travelled a bit, but I know I have to see more, experience more and enjoy more.

So far I have been to these countries:

Egypt, Mauritius, France, Belgium, Holland, Danmark, Turkey, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Spain, Latvia, Poland, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Romania, England, Germany…and my next stop will be….planned soon!

I am having travel sickness….I want to travel some where, any where.. where I have not been before. Having kids limits you where and when and how you can travel and even though I would like to travel to places I have not been to before, I can not do that and have to choose same countries many times which is actually a bit sad… because the world is so big and there is so much to see…

Every trip is remarkable and have something which I remember…but I would like to share a few clicks from my girls trip with my sisters and my cousins , the journey went to Warsaw, Poland and I remember every bit of that trip. Its like I close my eyes and the film starts rolling, so much fun and so much drama!

I’m a sucker for beautiful historic Old Towns or city centers and knew that  Warsaw’s old town had recently been rebuilt but I did not know what to expect. But I can tell you I was amazed to see it. Although you can tell by looking at the buildings that they are not original (many of the building facades are painted on rather than having intricate carvings or decorative details as they probably used to). Enjoy a few clicks and see for yourself!

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We took buggy ride…loved it!
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In search of a good cafe’ and there were so many….

Its so charming to see that even though buildings are rebuilt, there are tiny signs from old buildings, such as old bricks and stones which are from the original buildings!

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Me doing what I always do….Enjoying fresh tea at this cute little cafe’ which I don’t remember name of…

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I loved this trip, we had so much fun, so many laughs, yelled at each other, argued, even had a sister fight which is another story. We lived at Marriott at a very good price. Loved their SPA and food. We even got executive lunch and dinner free of charge because they sent us to a room which was already given to someone else…luckily we did not see any naked scenes but it was quite close. So just to make us feel better they offered us executive lunch and dinner…which we accepted of course!

Another funny thing that happened was ( well whenever I travel with my girls we always and I mean always get time to watch a movie in cinema…yes that’s so true..we live every minute of our trip…not a second is wasted! So we were planning to watch a film after dinner, found out that they were showing a film at 23:30 ( It was Cameron Diaz’s film…can not remember the name..but it was hilarious)…or I dont know if it was hilarious or we were! because we were the only people in cinema at that time..by the way I must not forget to tell you how fancy that cinema was….it was huge and so pretty…have not seen anything like this before! So it was us and two couples who were the only human beings there.

Let me tell you the whole story in few words…

Firstly we had only 5 minutes to get to the cinema, luckily it was not far away from our hotel…so we ran like crazy…and while we were doing so… I realized that my sister was not wearing shoes….And I shouted ” STOP…YOU ARE RUNNING BAREFOOT”..and all the other girls just stopped…and she stopped too and then after two seconds she said ” THEY ARE NUDE!!!! ” and started running again….we followed her of course..and the rest is story!

The film was funny, or since we were dead tired we laughed like crazy and we owned the cinema hall…and we loved it! There is so much to tell about this beautiful city….If you have not been to Warsaw, you should! You will love it, everything from food, transportation, shopping, old town, architecture, history..everything has its charm!

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View from my room

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Travelling is kind of therapy for me. I feel that I need to do it to regain energy. I always travel long distances with my family, and try to do short 2-3 days trips with my girl friends and I feel I am lucky to have these girls in my life. So thank you girls for making every trip a fun trip..I can not ask for better travel partners!  We are planning a trip soon…will share it with you guys! Remember to subscribe!