Monday, February 13, 2017

A Newer Kat in STOCKHOLM

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm! The city was beautiful, but let me tell you it was FREEZING! If I ever go back, I'm going in the summer! Keep reading to hear more about my Swedish weekend...

Where I Stayed: City Hostel 
  • You can find more information about the hostel on their website. I opted to stay in a female dorm which I normally do. I really enjoyed the amenities that were provided...large & spacious kitchen, games & books in the common area, a computer lounge, and the staff was extremely helpful in guiding us in the right direction! My only complaint is that the hostel did not have 24 hour reception and I didn't feel completely safe knowing there wasn't someone at the first desk. 
Where I ate: Okay, don't judge me BUT I actually only ate Asian food all weekend. I don't know why but I was really craving it! In general, I would recommend trying local food which consists mostly of meat. I couldn't eat most of these dishes because I'm vegetarian. That being said, I ate at:
  • Koh Phangan - Outstanding curry and fun atmosphere 
  • Noni Sushi 
What I Did: 
  • Walked EVERYWHERE! (literally 12 miles in one day) 
  • Toured the Royal Palace 
  • Saw a bird's eye view of the city for FREE at Fjallgatan
  • Visited Skansen, a replica of life in the olden days of Stockholm...similar to Colonial Williamsburg 
  • Visited City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prizes are awarded 
  • Took a boat ride across one of the main canal
What To Be Prepared For: 
  • Stockholm is an EXTREMELY expensive city so budget a minimum of 10 dollars for breakfast and 40 dollars for lunch and dinner
  • If you are visiting in the winter, wear as many layers as possible as the temperatures were below 30 degrees with wind!
Stay tuned for a new post next Monday about my adventures in the mountains of Romania this weekend! 

*Thank you to City Hostel for sponsoring this post.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pink & Black Outfit in La Thuile

Cheers to the weekend! Do you guy guys have any plans? I'm taking a much needed break from traveling and staying in Milan for the weekend. I'm still dreaming of my trip to La Thuile where these pictures were taken. I went shopping before this trip and picked up this versatile poncho because I knew I would need a lot of layers for the mountains. I love the black and pink combo! If you've been following me for a while now, you know I have a slight (or MAJOR) obsession with ponchos. I think I have one in almost every color, haha! My friends always make fun of me and stop me from buying more when we go shopping. Anyway, I'm wrapping up today's short post by sharing some upcoming travel adventures...Romania, Bologna, and Bulgaria!! I can't wait to share these adventures with you and be sure to stay tuned for Monday's post...#ANewerKatIn STOCKHOLM! xoxo

Monday, February 6, 2017

A Newer Kat in LA THUILE


Happy Monday! Today is a special day because it marks the first day of my new series #ANewerKatIn. Every Monday, I will be sharing a blog post detailing my travel adventures from the previous weekend. You can easily find my travel series on Instagram by searching the hashtag #ANewerKatIn. If you follow me on Instagram (@anewerkatintown), you'll see that this week, I'm sharing my adventures from La Thuile, Italy!! This small Italian town is located in the Alps, right on the border of Italy and France. The town is known for its outstanding skiing and gorgeous views. I spent three days here and enjoyed every minute of it! 

Where I Stayed: 
  • Hotel Planibel-The accommodations in the "apartment" where I stayed were not the nicest, however I really enjoyed the location of the apartment as it was located at the bottom of the slopes. The gondola to the top of the mountain was about 20 feet away! 

Where I Ate: 
  • Restaurant in Hotel Planibel-I would NOT recommend going here as it was a buffet style restaurant and the quality of the food served was poor.
  • Ristorante Rifugio Loriendet-I would rate this restaurant a 10 out of 10! It is located about 15 minutes away from La Thuile by bus. However, you actually have to take an additional 10 minute snow cat ride as the restaurant is located on top of one of the mountains! It was such a cool experience! 
  • Ristorante La Fordze-I went to this restaurant twice for lunch because my meal was so good and yes, I ordered the same dish (gnocchi with raclette cheese) twice, haha!
What I Did: 
  • Walked around the town
  • Admired the breathtaking views
  • Enjoyed one too many hot chocolates
  • Took the gondola to the top of the mountain 
  • Other activities available: 
    • Skiing/Snowboarding
    • Snowshoeing 
    • QC Terme Spa (highly recommend!)
    • Ice Skating 

What To Be Prepared For: While La Thuile is a gorgeous town, it is a small town. If you don't ski or snowboard, you will probably be bored after 2-3 days. 

Overall, it was an outstanding weekend and I definitely miss waking up with a view of the mountains every morning. Stay tuned for next week's series....#ANewerKatIn STOCKHOLM!