Christmas Markets | Warsaw, Poland

LOCATION: WARSAW, POLAND
With Christmas less than a couple of weeks away, what better way to get in the festive spirit than take a cold and Christmassy trip to the capital of Poland. Poland are known for doing Christmas well and we can see why after visiting at such festive time of year. If you are looking for somewhere cold, yet full of Christmas food, lights and cheer then this is a must visit during the festive period! 

Come and explore Poland, Warsaw at Christmas time with us . . . 
Flying to Warsaw . . . 

Warsaw has two airports which you are able to fly into, the airports vary in distance from the city, flight availability and prices: 

Warsaw Airport - This is the main airport of the two and also the closest to the city centre. With a wider variety of flight destinations, this is the airport you would use for long-haul flights. It also accommodates a wide variety of airlines, giving you more choice for flight destinations. 

Modlin Airport - This airport is a Ryanair airport only. Which means that the flights are short haul only. Due to being the cities second airport it is the smaller of the two, therefore accommodates the budget airline. This is the airport which you are most likely to get flights to from London Stansted.  
Getting to the city . . . 

Due to Warsaw having two airports getting to the city can vary depending on which airport you have arrived at. The Warsaw airport is closest to the city, however due to Modlin airport accommodating budget airline arrivals, if you are flying from London, you are most likely to fly into the further airport within Warsaw. 

From Warsaw Airport: 
  • Bus - You are able to get the number 175 bus to the centre of the city and around the old town from the airport. If you need a bus to the other side of the river use number 148 or 188 and if you need a bus at night use number N32. 

  • Train - There is a train station located within the airport where you can get a direct train to the central station in Warsaw. This is approximately a 25 minute journey. You will need to use line S3 which runs every 15 minutes. You ca purchase a single fare ticket for your journey which will cost you 4.40 Zloty. 

  • Hire car - Car rentals are available from the arrival hall at terminal A, where multiple companies have cars available. You are able to check prices and pre-book online for a better deal. 

  • Taxi - Taxis are available outside of the terminal at the taxi stop where you can get a taxi from approved companies. This journey will cost you approximately 30-40 Zloty depending on the time of day. 

From Modlin Airport: 
  • Bus - From the airport you are able to get a variety of buses. Whether you want to get the bus to the train station where you can continue your journey into the city or if you want to get just the bus the whole way into the city. The bus to the train station is just outside the door where you exit the airport. This is a normal looking bus where you buy a ticket on board. This 10 minute journey will cost you 20 Zloty including your train ticket. The other bus which takes you into the city is just across the road from the airport exit. You would however purchase your ticket for this inside the airport, next to the door where you exit. Priced at 35 Zloty for single journey of approximately 45 minutes with no traffic and 1 hour during rush hour traffic. This bus can be pre-booked which will ensure you get the bus time you wish as this is a busy service. However it is simple and easy to purchase a ticket on the day as we found out. 

  • Train - Unfortunately there is not a train station at the Modlin airport. You are however able to get a bus to the train station where you can continue your journey into the city by train. You can find out about the bus service above. Once at the train station you can get a direct train into the centre which will take you 43 minutes. This service is only once an hour so you may have to wait for the train. Tickets for the bus and train can be purchases at the airport for 20 Zloty for the bus and train. 

  • Hire car - Hiring a car for the city can be done quick and easy at the airport where you will find a variety of hire services. Pre-booking is however advised to ensure you get the car you want for the price you want. 

  • Taxi - A taxi from the airport to the city will cost you approximately 200 Zloty. This can of cause vary depending on the time of the journey and how many people you need the taxi for. 

Christmas in the city . . . 

Poland is a country which is known for doing Christmas well. Therefore with Christmas less than a couple of weeks away what better way to get in the festive spirit than visiting the capital, Warsaw. Warsaw at Christmas time is filled with lots of pretty lights and decorations, festive food, music and quirky presents to buy. Although it can be rather cold and snowy the festive spirit will cheery you up. 
Christmas Market: The main Christmas market in the city is located by the Royal Castle in the Old Town. Here you will find a giant Christmas tree and the entrance to the market which is filled with food and gifts to buy. The market is just one hut wide, leading down a path, if you follow it to the end you will be able to make your way to the 'Rynek Starego Miasta' square where there are more food stalls and the outside ice skating rink. 
This is the entrance above to the Christmas Markets! 
Christmas mission of finding the biggest tree! 
Where do you like to visit during Christmas time? 

Love Chloe and Megan 

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London At Christmas

LOCATION: LONDON, UK
Christmas is nearly here!

And what better way to celebrate the season and get in the holiday spirit than to take a trip to London and feel festive!

Whether you want to go shopping for presents; see the prettiest decorations; eat Christmassy food; ice skate around a Christmas tree or even go on some theme park rides and win giant prizes . . . London has what you are looking for.

Our post will show you where to head for the most Christmassy shops and cafes and where to have the most Christmas fun this 2017!
Peggy Porschen

If you are a lover of pink then this is the shop/café for you. The little cake shop decorates their interior and exterior multiple times throughout the year to fit the season or holiday. Although always pink the decorations will vary for the time of year to fit with the holiday and the pink colour. Additionally the decorations also change every year - which means that if you visit Peggy this Christmas you will also have to visit next Christmas to see the 2018 Christmas decorations.

With indoor and outdoor seating (even during the winter) it is the perfect spot in Victoria for an afternoon cake and of course Christmassy picture. If seated outside you will be given a blanket to keep warm and an umbrella if raining. You can alternately take your photos and take your cakes away if the queue is too big.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden

If you are looking for the most astonishing and breath-taking display of Christmas decorations then the Ivy is a must visit! Filled with every colour decoration you could imagine the exterior will blow you away. The display covers every surface of the exterior to give London that much needed colour during the Christmas period!

Whether you are heading out for food or just to have a look at the amazing display it is definitely worth the trip to Chelsea.  

The most colourful display in London!
Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Now for a bit of fun . . .

Is there anything more fun than ice skating around a Christmas tree? During Christmas time The Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge put a giant ice rink outside the museum. With time slots available you are able to get in the Christmas spirit with some festive fun. The rink also has a giant Christmas tree in the centre just to make it even more festive.

Be prepared for an audience though, as the rink is an attraction that those not wishing to skate love to watch!
Harrods

The Christmas tree outside of Harrods this year has been designed as part of their partnership with Dolce and Gabbana. The gigantic tree, filled with different coloured lights is designed alongside Harrods festive windows to give shoppers a glimpse into a traditional Italian Christmas. Alongside the tree you will find 14 scene windows demonstrating diner making and present giving.

This Knightsbridge location is full of festive shoppers.
Covent Garden

If you are looking for the biggest real tree, then Covent Garden has what you are looking for! This massive tree is outside of the indoor shopping boutique area, located on the courtyard. Decorated with the tradition red colour, it is the perfect tree to get you feeling festive.

Covent Garden itself is always somewhere with lots going on and lots to see and do . . .

During Christmas time you will find lots of Christmas decorations, Christmas music, food and general cheer!
Winter Wonderland

Looking for food, lights, fun, decorations and something to do for everyone?

Winter wonderland has it all! Whether you are visiting with friend, children, partners or other family members everyone will find something to do. From food to rides to breath-taking lights. Filled with everything you could possibly want to get you in the Christmas spirit, winter wonderland is your must visit over the holidays! Day or night, you will have the best time!

The attraction in Hyde Park is just off the main Christmas street - Oxford Street.
Have you visited London at Christmas time? We would love to hear your recommendations for the best sights to see and places to eat!

Love Chloe and Megan

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A Complete Guide to Eindhoven, Netherlands

LOCATION: EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS
Eindhoven is the fifth biggest city in the Netherlands. Although only home to a quarter of a million people, the city is the art and design capital of the country. Filled with quirky street art, pretty parks and peaceful river walks.

We recently visited the city for the autumn/winter glow festival: here
Getting to Eindhoven . . .

Getting to Eindhoven is simple and straightforward. You are able to fly directly from London and with a flight time of only 45 minutes you will be in the country in no time at all. Most budget airlines fly to the city so it will not be to expensive to get a fight, however if you are flying from London you can only get direct flights from London Stansted. You are however able to get flights from London Stansted a couple of times a day to suite your preference.

Airport to city centre . . .

The airport in Eindhoven is located just outside the city so you will need to find a way into the centre. Although the airport is located on the outskirts you are able to get into the centre in approximately 20 minutes.  Here's how:

  • Bus - The bus station at the airport is located just outside of the airport. If you follow the signs to where the bus stop is located you will come out at the stop. Here you can get the 401 or 400 number bus which takes you directly into the city centre, with the last stop being the train station. Before getting on the bus you are able to purchase your ticket from the machine at the stop. This saves time and makes sure you are ready to hop straight on the bus. Don't worry if you don't know how to use the machine, somewhere will be there to help you.

  • Taxi - You will find a taxi outside of the airport on the right hand side in the taxi lane. Here you will find your booked taxi or you can just arrange your taxi in person to take you to the city centre. From the airport to the central train station you will be looking to pay 25 euros.

  • Car rental - Within the airport you will find five car rental companies which offer car hire for the city. You can either pre-book your car hire or approach a desk upon arrival for car hire. We would recommend to pre-book though as you may get a better deal and are more likely to get the car you wish to hire.
What to do in Eindhoven . . .

The Blob - This is the domed architecture building located within the centre of the city. Home to a shopping mall, the building is not known for what it is but for its breath-taking design. The building is created out of glass and steel. 25 meters in height this building is the masterpiece of Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas.  Whether you want to visit for a shopping trip or not the building is definitely worth a visit . . . you will be amazed by the size!

Flying Pins - The flying pins is a roadside art installation, which represents a bowling ball with ten flying pins (hence the name). With a highest point of 8.5 meters the art sculpture is hard to miss. Built in 2000, the unusual art project is between two main roads on the edge of the city. This is a must see if you are either a art lover or just want to see the true Eindhoven.

Van Abbemuseum - Being the art and design capital of the Netherlands of course you will find a modern and contemporary art museum. If you are visiting the city for its art and design then this is the museum for you. You can purchase your tickets either on the day or in advance online.
You will find lots of artwork around the city - you may even be lucky enough to see it being created!
Parks - If you are someone who likes to see a little of the nature in the place which you are visiting then you need to visit some of the beautiful parks that Eindhoven has to offer. You will find lots of parks around the edge of the city centre and even be able to see some nature along the river. We visited the 'Wandelbos Eckart' park.
Have you ever been to Eindhoven? What would you recommend to see?

Love Chloe and Megan

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Glow Festival, Eindhoven Netherlands

LOCATION: Eindhoven, netherlands

If you are looking for a cosy winter get away, filled with pretty lights, cosy winter hats and open fires then Eindhoven Glow Festival is the winter festival for you!

The Eindhoven Glow Festival is an art and light festival which takes place every autumn for a week.

If you are a Christmas Lover then you will love this!!

Lots of lights; yummy food; open fires and all the cosy Christmas feels . . .
When and where is the festival . . .

The festival is on every autumn/winter for one week. Prior to this week local and overseas artists and designers come together to design and create light and art projects which incorporate technologies for sounds and special effects. This can vary from light projections to timed light effects with sounds.

As you can see from our photos, the festival is designed and orientated around a variety of buildings and sights. This is because the festival is a walking festival which requires you to walk a 5K walk to see all of the attractions. Along your sign posted walk you will see lots of amazing light designs, created with sounds and timed effects or shows.

From 18.30 - 23.00 you are about to walk the route and experience all the lights and art work that the festival has to offer!
Remember to wrap up warm, with hats and scarfs!
Be ready for your 2018 Glow Festival: 10th-17th November!
Is this a festival you would love to go to? We would love more suggestions for winter festivals.

Love Chloe and Megan

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