Category Archives: Travel

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Exploring the Catacombs of Paris

February 10, 2017

Catacombs of Paris
Happy Friday everyone! I know my blogging schedule has been a little (okay, a lot) “off” this year but what can I say, 2017 has been crazy you guys (and it’s only been two months?!). Don’t get me wrong, it’s been crazy in a GOOD way. Although I’ve been super sick (seriously, I don’t think I’ve been this sick in my life) for the past, what seems like, two/three weeks, 2017 has already been filled with so much awesome news and a bundle of amazing new opportunities for both me and my blog. I’ve also been in the process of planning some fun new trips (for possibly 2018). Ever since my trips to Paris last year, I’ve been itching to go on more international trips! Speaking of Paris, when I first visited Paris last spring (April), there were a few places that I really wanted to check out but due to timing and other issues, I just didn’t get a chance to visit them. One of the places that I really wanted to visit was the Catacombs of Paris so I made sure to make it a priority when I visited Paris again in December. I’d heard so many interesting things about the Catacombs of Paris and how it was a place you “had to experience in person to understand.” Continue reading

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Scarlett’s Steakhouse Review | Carnival Valor

February 6, 2017

Scarlett's Steakhouse Review
As some of you may recall, I went on my first ever cruise (to the Bahamas) in November (technically the cruise set sail October 30 but it ended in November so..). Before setting sail on my cruise, I would have never pegged myself as a “cruise person” but I had such a blast that I’m actually in the process of planning another cruise (possibly during the summertime!). One of my favorite things about my cruise (besides getting to explore the Bahamas obviously) definitely had to be all the yummy food! Seriously, there was SO much delicious food and awesome eateries aboard the Carnival Valor. While there are a variety of dining options for breakfast, lunch and dinner such as Guy’s Burger Joint (which I LOVED), buffets, a 24-hour Pizzeria, 24-hour soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt and 24-hour Room Service (which I HIGHLY suggest you take advance of) that ARE included in the price of your cruise, there are a hand full of restaurants and specialty dinning options that are not included in the cruise price (before setting sail, make sure to familiarize yourself with what is and is not included in the price of your cruise). Since this was my first cruise, and I wanted to try and experience every aspect of cruising, I decided to try out at least one “specialty dining” experience while abroad the Carnival Valor. So, I decided to spend the final night of my cruise (as a sort of last hurrah) dinning at Scarlett’s Steakhouse. Continue reading

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Epcot International Festival of the Arts | Walt Disney World Resort

January 25, 2017

Epcot International Festival of the Arts
Happy Wednesday everyone! I know it’s been a while since my last post (almost 12 days, yikes!). In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the longest I’ve gone without posting since I first launched this blog back in 2013 (side note, I can’t believe this blog is turning FOUR years old later this year?! Man does time fly by!). I’ve just been super sick lately (I’ve literally been coughing non-stop for the past three days, which is odd because the weather has been beautiful here in Chicago) and although I’ve wanted to post, I just didn’t feel up to it. That’s one of my favorite things about having a blog, I have the powerful (if you read that in He-Man’s voice then you’re awesome) to update as often as I want! As some of you may know (especially if you follow me on Instagram), I spent last week (and a part of the week before that) at Disney World (aka my second home) exploring the (first ever) Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Although I wasn’t planning on visiting Disney World again until March (for the kickoff of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival), after hearing more details about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts I knew I HAD to check it ou(what kind of Disney lover/annual passholder would I be if I didn’t?). So, I decided to take an impromptu trip (I literally planned and booked the trip FOUR DAYS before hand) to Florida! Traveling and Disney are two of my favorite things so whenever the opportunity to combine the two arrives, I JUMP at it!  Continue reading

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Disneyland Paris Haul: Christmas 2016

January 13, 2017

Disneyland Paris Haul
Happy Friday! It’s a new month (and new year), which means it’s time for a new Disney Haul! Since I recently shared some of my favorite photos from Christmastime at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park, I thought today would be the perfect day to share my latest Disneyland Paris haul! Speaking of the Disney Parks, I’m heading to Disney World this weekend (in a few hours actually) to check out the first ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts and I’m so excited! If you’re a Disney (or Universal Orlando, since I’ll be visiting there too) lover, like me, or if you’re curious about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, make sure to follow along on Instagram and snapchat (simplysinova)! Since I went a little over board the last time I visited Disneyland Paris (you can check out that haul here), I really didn’t get that much stuff this time (to be honest, there wasn’t that much more new merchandise since my last visit). Since I didn’t get that much at the parks (this is definitely one of my smallest hauls), I decided to also include the few things I got while I was in Paris (aka non-Disney items). Like I say in all my Disney Haul posts, a quick disclosure: since I am a Disneyland Paris annual passholder (that’s right, I’m currently an annual passholder to Disneyland Paris, Universal Orlando Resort, Disneyland AND Disney World), I get a pretty good discount on merchandise (20% off, woot woot!). Here’s my Disneyland Paris Christmas Haul: Continue reading

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Christmastime at Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park

January 11, 2017

Christmastime at Disneyland Paris
I know Christmas was three weeks ago (although it seems like it was yesterday) but I still wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from Christmastime at Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park! Although I usually spend the holidays at Disney World, I decided to switch things up this year (well, technically “last” year) and spend Christmas and New Years at Disneyland Paris. Since I’ve experienced Disneyland during the holidays and Disney World during the holidays, it only made since to finally experience Christmastime at Disneyland Paris (and next year I might be experiencing Tokyo Disneyland during the holidays, so that’s fun!). Speaking of the Disney Parks, if you checked out my goals for 2017 post then you may recall that one of my goals for this year (and every year) is to travel more. Since I have a Disney Premier Passport (aka an annual pass to both Disneyland and Disney World), I travel to the Disney Parks quite frequently (in fact, I’ve been visiting the Disney Parks basically every other month since I first got my Disney Premier Passport in 2015). Even though I wasn’t planning on visiting Disney World again until March (I’ll be attending the first weekend of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival), you all know how I LOVE spontaneous trips! Since the first ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts this weekend, I RANDOMLY decided to go and check it out! Yup that’s right, I’m heading to Disney World THIS weekend (talk about a great way to start off the new year!). Continue reading