Casa Valencia: A Fresh Airbnb

Casa Valencia: A Fresh Airbnb

Hello my lovely readers! Today I wanted to share my first experience staying in Airbnb, yes, my first. I’m more of a ‘Hotel person’ for the reason that I like having breakfast buffets, in-room service, bed made everyday and stuff like that. But when it comes to short stays or even one night stay like my husband and I do when we go on road trips, some hotels were not meeting our expectations. Sometimes we wanted a kitchen or something more than just a bedroom. Therefore, we decided to experience staying on a Airbnb and see if it’s worth it on short getaways. The prices vary, although, some of Airbnb’s are quite the same price range of hotels and others resulting a bit overprice, renting a home (Airbnb) might be the right choice for you. It all depends of what you are looking for and what kind of amenities are most important to you. Most of hotels in Puerto Rico are quite expensive, we rented this studio apartment for one night: $129.07 (taxes and fees included).

For all of those that don’t know what Airbnb is:

 Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects people looking to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodations.

If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico soon or you have it in your list, make sure to visit Rincón, which is a town in the west coast of the island where we -surprise, surprise!- we stayed. Very touristic, full of surfers and beautiful beaches where the best sunsets of Puerto Rico lies. We stayed at Casa Valencia room #8, that in fact I’m giving my review and insight of this nice Airbnb located in Rincón, Puerto Rico.

 

Suite #8 is a comfortable studio apartment with a queen size bed, has a small kitchen with gas stove top, refrigerator and microwave, A/C, Wi-Fi and a nice small, yet nicely decorated bathroom. Decoration of the room itself was warm and welcoming. It also has a pool with heater, BBQ and a lovely country side view of Rincón. Room was clean and met our needs; all coteries were clean, we were also provided with extra regular towels and pool towels. Our room shower heater however, it was something that it lacked. I think is nice to take a nice warm shower after a pool/beach day, I mean it wasn’t that cold, more like temperature water but still, you want warm water or at least we did.

In addition, it also has iron, Laundry and full quick response from the owner. At first we were provided with wrong room information, we called and texted the owner and he called us back in seconds. Overall, it was a nice stay, the building has other suites, some with more rooms/beds, others with a nice living room and some others had balcony. This place is suitable for family and couples as well.

 

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Delicious Chocolate You Have To Taste

Vietnamese Marou Chocolate

In an article published in the New York Times, reporter Laurence Obsborne described the world’s most exquisite chocolate bars which are made in a factory on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City called Marou as “The best chocolate you have never tasted” with beans that were hand-picked on a skinny strip of an island called Tan Phu Dong in the Mekong Delta, making Vietnamese chocolate unlike any other.

Maison Marou- Hanoi

Marou’s chocolate has a particular complexity and variability, because unlike most chocolate makers, they can create theirs from beans they select carefully at the source. This means they have control of everything, from farm to bar. Therefore, their handmade chocolate products are more expensive than industrial ones, but the quality and flavour meet the needs of high-end markets in Vietnam and compete with international products.

Because of their culture history, I had basic knowledge of their coffee and cocoa seeds, however I was not aware of Marou chocolate. I started reading and searching for more information couple days before traveling of how pure and natural these chocolates were. Since I’m a chocolate lover and sweet tooth for pastries, I wrote down the location of Maison Marou shop and promised myself not to missed this place.

If you’re a chocolate lover or just looking for a place to relax, read while having a cup of coffee or tea at Ho Chi Minh city, this place is for you. Mind you, the chocolates are yes, quite expensive but the quality is totally worth it. Each chocolate has the percentage and it cost approximately $10.00 each, they also have cute gift boxes with a variety of chocolates, also individual mini bar chocolates and an exquisite variety of delicious pastry.

Delicious desserts at Maison Marou, Hanoi.

The staffs are very friendly, they introduce their chocolates, give you cocoa seed for taste as well as chocolate samples. The atmosphere is very relaxing, perfect to seat and take a nice cup of a hot creamy chocolate. The decor brings a charming environment that you’ll enjoy the shop from the moment you step in.

Me, wondering chocolates at Maison Marou.

 

My Taste…

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Paris in 3 days

Paris in 3 days

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Planning to visit Paris in 3 days? I know you’re thinking “Who the hell travels to Paris for only 3 days?” well, in some cases people have a long trip to Europe, they visit Paris for a stop and then they move on to another destination. The truth is, most of the cases you don’t need 1 week to explore the city and attractions. I actually stayed in Paris for 4 days and managed to see the city it in 3 days! Let me share how I did it:

I stayed at Hotel Eiffel in Villa Garibaldi, 15 min walking to Eiffel Tower which is my starter point. You need to have knowledge in which location are you staying in order to Continue reading “Paris in 3 days”