Burger time: Jack Burgers

‘Een schijf gebakken of gegrild vlees tussen een broodje’ AKA de hamburger.

Je vindt hem al lange tijd in de Mc Donalds en de Quick. Maar de laatste jaren kent het beroemde broodje een echte revival. Gourmet en premium burgers zijn de nieuwe hype en dat moesten we checken.

Jacks premium burgers is een burger zaak die te vinden is op twee locaties: Gent en Kortrijk. De bedenker is Jilles D’Hulster die kwaliteit en gezelligheid wou bieden met de snelheid en eenvoud van fastfood. En dit straalt de zaak ook uit. Het houten interieur nodigt uit tot een heerlijke lunch of diner. Er zijn zowel zitplaatsen voor 2 tot 4 personen als 1 lange tafel in het midden van de zaak. Na het plaatsnemen, kan je aan de ‘toog’ om de menu gaan. De kaart is mooi gepresenteerd op een houten bord en biedt een gevarieerde keuze. Je kan kiezen tussen een runds- of kippenburger en voor de vergaterariërs zijn er diverse opties. Daarnaast wordt er gebruik gemaakt met krokant geroosterde speltbroodjes.

Onze keuze valt op de Homer Jack (kippenburger met feta, komkommer, tomaat, sla en yoghurtsaus) en de Italian Jack ( burger, mozzarella, pijnboompitten, gedroogde tomaatjes, rucola, Jack’s pesto-dressing). Daarbij nemen we 1 portie Jack Fries en elk een frisdrank. De bestelling wordt doorgegeven aan de toog en na het betalen krijg je een schijf mee die oplicht wanneer het eten klaar is. Ondanks dat de zaak vol zit, hebben we geen last van de drukte. Een kleine 15 minuut later, licht onze schijf op en mogen we om onze burgers.

Loti: Homer Jack

De burger is leuk gepresenteerd in een papieren zakje en met een prikker van de zaak. Mijn eerste indruk is positief. Het broodje is krokant, de groentjes ogen vers en de burger is mooi opgebouwd. Na een eerste hap weet ik het zeker dit zijn premium burgers. De smaken gaan mooi samen en het speltbroodje is een goede keuze. Ook over de dikke frieten kan ik niets slechts zeggen. Een leuk detail is het vochtige doekje die je krijgt om nadien je handen te reinigen.

 

Nami: Italian Jack

De presentatie is in ieder geval al geslaagd. Het broodje oogt mooi, kleurrijk en je krijgt er meteen het water van in de mond. Dankzij het prikkertje valt het broodje niet uiteen. Smossen zal niet zo snel gebeuren. Wat vaak gebeurt bij burgers is als je een hap neemt dat de burger en de saus verschuift naar de andere kant. Hier gebeurde dit niet. Alles bleef mooi op zijn plaats zitten. Mijn Italiaanse keuze vervulde eigenlijk al mijn verwachtingen, en zelfs meer. De zongedroogde tomaten waren overheerlijk en pasten perfect in dit smakenpallet. De mozarella was ook helemaal niet taai (wat soms gebeurt bij het opwarmen van mozarella). De kaas smolt weg in je mond. Geen kauwgum toestanden dus. De frietjes overtroffen mijn verwachtingen. Ze zagen er niet alleen lekker uit, ze smaakten ook goed. Zelf hou ik van dikke frietjes en american potatoes. Dus dit vond ik fantastisch. Een laatste maar niet onbelangrijk punt: de sauzen zoals mayonaise en ketchup stonden al op tafel. Net zoals het zout en de peper. Je kon zelf kiezen hoeveel saus je bij je frietjes wilde én dit was inbegrepen. Zeker een plaats om naar terug te keren.

Dit is zeker een adres om te onthouden. Prijs-kwaliteit is Jacks Burgers een van de betere burger zaken!

http://www.jackburgers.be/

What to visit in London with a student budget?

Helloooooooo

As you may or may not know we went to London. A wonderful city with many things to do.
But London is also very expensieve. Especially when you’re a student.

In this post we’re telling you what we visited.

The first day we went to a tourist information centre. That’s the cheapest and easiest way to get tickets. It’s cheaper to buy for example 3 tickets than just one at the entrance. And you don’t have to stand in line for a ticket.  Important note: bring your student card!

http://www.visitlondon.com/tag/tourist-information-centre

We chose 3 activities for £63 ( €72):

  1. The london Eye  (Adult price)
    A must see if you are in London.  It was our first time we went in such a giant wheel.If you are afraid of heights (like Nami)  we can garanty it’s not as bad as it looks.  You don’t feel it moving a lot. And once you are up its hard not to enjoy the beautiful lights of London. Especially with Christmas. It has that extra wow factor. You almost forget that you’re that high up… almost. The scariest part is when you almost reach the highest point. You can see the other cabins and then you realize how high this bloody thing is. But we survived and we enjoyed it !  With your ticket there’s also a 4D experience included. You can do this after or before the ride. 

     

     

    https://www.londoneye.com/

2. The london dungeon (student price)

This was the most real, exciting history tour i have ever seen. The dungeon takes you back to different legends and stories of different times. You go trough London in times of hunger, darkness and diseases. The actors are great at their jobs. It’s just like you are there when history was made. We will not spoil this experience for you, just go and visit! It’s really worth your time and money.

It’s a two-hour show where you walk through different scenes and different stories. There are special effects and two attractions. One is a boat (kind of a splash, you get a little wet) and it’s not for those who are light hearted or easily scared. The second one is at the end, it’s a miniversion of the tower of terror (Disney). In every scene the public is involved. It’s not a boring listen don’t speak kind of museum but a very interactive one.

Apart from the high fun factor there’s also an informational part. We learned some of the darkest history of London ( the fire, plague,  crazy kings and torture methods, jack the ripper, Sweeney todd, …)

One of the most horrible stories that we lived through was the black plague.
How horrible it must have been….

Go back in time and discover London!

https://www.thedungeons.com/london/en/

3. The london zoo (student price)

For each country or city we visit a zoo. This summer we went to Rome and we visited a zoo. Now in London we did the same. We only go to ‘good’ zoos. With good we mean zoos that really take care of their animals. The London zoo is definitely in this category. They are really caring for nature ( reduce plastic as much as possible) and their animals. It is managed under the aegis of the Zoological Society of London. This is a  a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation for animals and their habitats.

It’s not a very huge zoo but still big enough to wander around. They have a lot of animals i didn’t see before. Like Gorillas and african hounds (these are really pretty). Although we don’t like bugs and spiders, the bug house is quite amazing. And Harry Potter fans beware, London Zoo was one of the filmlocations in the first Harry Potter movie (The reptile house).

Check their website. They often do special events and they offer special experiences like meeting animals, be keeper for a day or sleep a night near the lions.

https://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo

NOTE: Apart from these 3 activities we visited museums and buildings too. Those where mostly for free. The British museum (free) and Natural history museum (free). Another great activitiy that we will discuss in another post is: Winter Wonderland!

Fandoms we love

Hello you!

Our blog is mostly about traveling and reviews.
Still we like to discuss other subjects as well.

Today we would like to introduce you to a very special fandom we belong in…

Harry potter

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It all started with this one. Who doesn’t know Harry Potter? I can safely say that we are part of the potter generation. Everyone has a story and today we are going to tell you wich role Harry played in our lives.

Nami

I began with the movies. My parents gave me the first one. I had always shown interest  into fantasy. I watched the movie every week and tried to do some magic myself (without succes) I asked for a broomstick, black robes and a wand. They didn’t sell wands back in my day so my parents gave me chinese chopsticks. Close enough for a 6-year old. The years went by and i watched every movie till the 5th one came out. I didn’t understand the movies anymore. What was happening? I asked my best friend and she gave me the books with Christmas. I was reluctant with books. I liked them in school and i got bullied for it. So i pretend i didn’t like fantasy, didn’t like books and all to fit in. Luckily I gave reading  a second chance. And that was the day my life changed. I went to the first year in middle school ( 12 years old) and suprise suprise didn’t fit in there either. I will not go into detail of my life back then, i’m not ready to share this but i reckon there are a lot of people suffering with the same problems and i just want to say: don’t give up, it will get better. Thanks to reading these books i found a perfect way to escape reality. My best friend an those books helped me back on track.

Now I am proud to call myself a potterhead.

Which character I connect with most? Hermione.

Lotti:

Actually its very funny. On a lot of vacation pictures you can see a Harry Potter book laying around. Like a lot of people of my age I saw the first movie before I read the book. I always had a lot of fantasy and after seen the movies I was sure to recieve a letter from Hogwarts. With my best friends we played our own magical stories – Nami had awesome chinese chopsticks – we went to Hogwarts, had lessons, battled Voldemord himself,…
The world of Harry Potter became even more real after reading the first book. My nephew gave my the first book as a first communion present (I liked reading). From that moment I was more addicted then ever (Potterhead alert! :D). I litteraly grew up with the characters and like them I developped. The story, the characters, the whole magical world was a guidance true every moment (difficult and good times) in my life. It became even more important when my BFF read the books and had the same addiction as me. Recently I saw Harry Potter and the cursed child and I really have no words for it. The magic is still the same of even better then before. Thanks you JK Rowling to let us experience the magic in our lives!

Which character I connect with most? That’s a difficult question. I’m connected to various characters in different ways.

PS. Are you from Belgium? Check out the Belgian potterheads- group on facebook!

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It rains! Tips to survive rainy days

It’s that time of the year again when sunny days are almost non-existent (in Belgium)

We will line up a few tricks to get trough rainy days without dying of boredom.

One simple rule: Wear a onesie whole day!

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  1. Watch a movie

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You can rewatch a movie, rent a new one,….
– Harry potter ( with or without the drinking game)
– Lord of the rings
– Disney: the lion king for example
– many more…

2. Watch a series

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Netflix is our favourite friend when it’s raining ( it doesn’t even have to rain)

  • Orange is the new black
  • Stranger things
  • Suits
  • Arrow
  • Izombie
  • Doctor who

You can also watch series on dvd or other platforms.

  • The flash
  • Supergirl
  • Supernatural
  • New girl
  • Once upon a time

3. Read a book

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Reading a book by the fireplace (if you have one) with a nice cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate is one of the best things in the world.

  • Harry potter books
  • the books of jojo moyes (me before you, after you,..)
  • Miss peregrine’s home for peciuliar children
  • The hunger games
  • Divergent series
  • The davinci code – series ( they have young adult version as well)

4. Call your mom/dad/grandparents/friends….

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If you live with your parents and your parents are home you don’t have to call them (duh) but if you have your own house, have a studio,.. your parents wont mind if you call them once in a while. Or send a nice text to them while they are at work.

Also young people tend to forget old people. Remember that your family is getting older too. Call or visit your grandparents, aunts and uncles,…

Text or call with your friends. If you feel sad there is nothing better than talking to someone you trust. Also you can visit them over ( so you don’t have to go outside 😉 ) to do something together.

5. Do something creative

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Bake some cookies. Make a cake. Do something you haven’t done before.
Work on that photo album, paint, sketch,..

Hope you know what to do now 😉

Greetings

Lomi x

Iberostar Creta Marine – Review

WOW … It’s been a long time since our previous post.  Time flies.

July 2016 we went on a holiday to Greece (Creta). We stayed in Iberostar Creta marine and we want to share this experience with you.

In February we decided to go on a journey together. We went to a travel agency (Neckermann) with our mind set on one country. Greece. And specifically Crete. The travel agency helped us pick a hotel/resort and we ended up choosing for Iberostar Creta Marine. It was just what we looked for. Not too far from what we wanted to visit,  it had a private beach, all-inn, animation, swimming pools, sea-sight rooms etc. We chose to go from the 3th till the 14th of July. We had a long journey ahead. Our flight was at 6 AM at Zaventem (Brussels airport) and we live near Bruges. We didn’t have any problems staying awake (we left at 1 AM with a shuttle to the airport) because we were very excited! After a smoothly check in and control ( We felt safe and want to thank the staff) we finally got into the airplane. The 3 and a half hours went sooooo slooooow. But eventually we arrived.

– Flight experience + shuttle : 8/10

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Arriving at the Heraklion airport we immediately found the Neckermann agency who led us to the shuttle. After a long drive we finally arrived. We checked in around 12 ‘o clock. Our first opinion? Wow. The hotel looked welcoming. The first thing you notice is a statue of Zeus (very Greek 😀 – ps we love the Greek Gods #percyjackson). The reception is decorated by a drawing of the muses. The reception/lobby gives acces to the bar, the stage (evening shows), and to the rooms. In the centre of room you have a stair downwards to the restaurant and the pools. The staff was very friendly and give us all the information we needed. Our room wasn’t ready yet, but we could leave our luggage in a special room (free and save!). In meanwhile we could already enjoy the all-in facilities.

-Welcoming 9/10

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We got in to the room after the warm welcome, we searched for our bikini’s and dropped the rest of our luggage. Before exploring the hotel we visited the restaurant. (We were starving ) The all-in formule consists of buffet formules all day long. (Breakfast @restaurant, late breakfast @pool, lunch @restaurant, late lunch @pool, afternoonsnacks @pool, diner @restaurant).

The room was everything we hoped for. A balcony with view on the sea, a large bathroom, a large chamber with two beds, place for all of our stuff (we had a lot of stuff) and it was very clean. The air conditioning worked! (picture above is our view )

-Room 9/10

The pools.

There were at least three swimming pools. Our favourite was the one on the picture above. Like you can see the place is not crowded. To be fair, the picture was taken early in the morning but even in the afternoon there was place to swim. The other two swimming pools were smaller (one was inside). We mostly swam in the big pool and in the sea. There were two private beaches to sun/swim  and one to do watersports. Like you can see we were holding colorful drinks. These are cocktails 😉 There was a swimupbar in the pool (you could reach it if you were outside the pool, there were chairs and tables) but if you were swimming and you got thirsty you just had to swim to the bar and ask your drink. So much options! The water of the swimmingpool was salt (seawater). I recommend you to wear swim glasses if you don’t want salt in your eyes. We didn’t mind salty water. If you swim in the sea it’s also salty. Btw, Salt is healthier than those chemical products.

Pool – 8/10

FOOD

The food was delightful. Our expectations weren’t that high. I mean… we are born in Belgium a country of good food. Next to France. Another country with taste. We had experience with Turkey where the food wasn’t that great. Greece is also not my favourite kitchen. But i have to change my opinion on that. The food was awesome. There was so much variation! There was bread (very good bread), vegetables, international fooddishes, Greek dishes, healthy desserts, not so healthy desserts ( those where the best :p ), Greek yoghurt and my favourite of al time: tzaziki! never tasted it but wow. I know it’s a dressing kinda food but i put it on everything (expect desserts). The breakfast buffet had a lot of choises too. Pancakes, bread, croissants, chocolate-stuff, waffles, cakes, healthy options. My favourite thing to eat were the pancakes and one particulary kind of cake: Citron cake. It was not a ‘cake’ like in the traditional way of the word but more a little bread with inside citronlike pudding. I can’t describe it , you just have to eat it :p

The last picture was taken on my (Nami) birthday. I was just eating, minding my own food bussiness when suddenly a whole group of the staff showed up singing happy birthday and bringing a cake and champagn (the champagne was Belgian btw). I was instantly happy (and shy, so i turned into the colour of the cake). Thanks to the staff! And Thanks to Lotti for setting this up behind my back grr you sweet evil thing 😉

Food 8/10

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This post is getting long so let’s stop with this last topic and thats the animation team.

We honestly never experienced such a good animation team!  They were polite, friendly, crazy, creative and happy. Every night there was a show by the team. When we went to other hotels they just let other people come and do a show (like an dance team or something like that) but here it was a more personal vibe. The animation team prepared and performed the shows themselves! There was a connection to the public and sometimes they picked people out to come on stage, this obviously led to hilarious situations.

At daytime there was animation at the pool, in the gardens,… There was a chard hanging in the lobby which sports or games you could do that day. for example: waterpolo, darts, beachvolley, football, tennis, yoga, salsa,.. There was also music at the swimming pool and the members friendly asked if you wanted to join an activity. They never pushed you into doing an activity and that was important.

Animation 10/10

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In general this was one of the best resorts we have ever been to.

We would like to thank the staff for taking such a good care of their guests.
Thanks for the perfect holiday.

General: 9/10

Greetings Lomi ❤

Giolotti – delicious gelato

Giolitti – Delicious gelato @ Rome

http://www.giolitti.it/

Via Uffici del Vicario, 40
00186 Roma

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Giolliti is one of the oldest ice-cream parlours in Rome.
It was founded in 1890 by Giuseppe and Bernardina Giolitti and it’s still owned by the same family.
They offer dozens of different flavours and the ice -cream parlour (AND café) is popular with both tourists and locals.
You can’t come to Rome and skip this! After our guided tour we went straight for the gelato.

Going inside the café it’s like stepping into a post card. The interior is old fashioned but cosy.
When entering , we were blown away by the crowd. We weren’t the only ones who heard of the famous Giolitti. Before picking your flavours you’ll have to pay.  After getting the ticket you can go get your ice cream. This is a genius concept. After paying you can really focus on the important things. Choosing the best flavours for example.

Giolitti secures high quality gelato at suitable prices. You pay between 2.5 – 4.5 euros. The fun part is that you pay for a  size (small, medium, large) and not per flavour of ice cream. For example in a small cone you can put two balls of ice cream or sometimes three (depends on shop) and you pay for the small cone (2,5 euro).

The gelato was so freaking good we went two times in a row.
Nami ordered strawberry and banana. Lomi vanilla and black berry. The second time we shared a cup (vanilla, melon and strawberry). The texture of the gelato was perfect and very  intense.

If you have enough time don’t hesitate to get inside and order something on their menu. You won’t regret it!

Have you ever visited Giolitti? Let us know!

Review Sheraton Roma & Conference Center

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center (4-sterren)

Viale del Pattinaggio 100, EUR, 00144 Rome, Italië

After Crete we wanted to do a city trip. we decided to plan a trip to Rome. Before we booked our flights, we looked for a hotel. What did we want? First of all we wanted a place located near Rome but not directly in the center ( a lot of noise and more expensive). An other requirement was that the hotel came with breakfast (included). And if it was possible we preferred a hotel with a pool (hot hot hot in Rome!).

After a little search we found The sheraton Roma Hotel. Sheraton is a chain of hotels and resorts all over the world. Loti: ‘ I’ve all ready been a few times to different Sheraton hotels, it was a great experience every time. I’m also an SPG member.’ You can read more on their website of facebook page: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/sheratonrome/?fref=ts

But how did we experienced the hotel in Rome?

Location: 4/5

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The hotel conveniently located between the historical city center and Fiumicino/Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (in the businnes center) .That was exactly what we looked for. Not too much noise, but easy to reach.

The hotel offers a shuttle several times a day to the center of Rome. Because of the price we didn’t used this service. But no worries we used the subway. The nearest metro station was EUR Magliana, max. 10 minutes walk from the hotel. In combination with the special tourist passes (Roma Pass,…) we didn’t had to spend a lot of money on transportation.

Reception: 4.5/5

The look of the hall is ‘chic’. There are not too much details and the design is functional. The place has a pleasant temperature because of the airconditioning.

The staff welcomed us with open arms, they gave us information about the hotel, region,room,…
Their English was good and they were friendly and helpful.

Rooms: 5/5

We booked a room for two persons on the preferred floors. When entering the room we were instantly happy. There was a lot of place, two big beds, a large closet, a nice bathroom and everything was clean. And just one word for the matrasses: WOW! We slept like babies ;).

We had a full minibar but we didn’t use that because of the prices. Still the hotel offered us two free bottles of water everyday and in the room there were tea- and coffee facilities (free). Also the free Wifi had a good quality!

Breakfast: 4/5

The hotel offers a varied breakfast buffet. You had a lot of choice between fresh fruits, fruit salads, (fruit-)yoghurts, cornflakes, bread, sandwiches, meat, cheese, fresh juices,…  You can sit out- or inside, and there is an additional room in case there are a lot of people. We recommend to go around 8 o’clock. At that moment it isn’t too crowded.

We liked the food. The bread isn’t like home, but better than average. We didn’t like the round sandwiches, but the cake was delicious even the croissants had good quality. Particularly for sandwich fillings there were different types of fresh meat (turkey,ham,salami,..) and smoked fish. There was also a wide range of sweet spreads. For the people who like warm food the breakfast had a corner with omelets, sausages,… We liked the fresh fruit, juices and yoghurts.

Our only comment is that the kiwi’s were still hard.

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Pool 3/5

The hotel had a big swimming pool. One of the reasons we booked this hotel was because of the pool. After a long day in the hot city center we wanted to cool off. The first evening we swam in the pool and it was amazing. The water was refreshing. The day after we visited the city center. It was a warm day and the pool was calling us. To get chairs around the pool you had to pay. So we choose to sit just on the ground (no problem for us, but it’s a little remark) But when we arrived at the hotel we learned that the pool was closed…. The only sign for this was a board at the pool saying that It’s closed due to maintenance. No further information. We asked the staff but they only said the same. And they promised it would be open august second.

As compensation the hotel offered free shuttle service to their other hotel with pool. This was indeed a great idea if there were enough shuttles. The bus only went two times a day (at 9.30 AM and 15.30 PM) and two times back (15.00 PM and 19.30 PM). We found these hours impractical. Usually we visited the centrum (museums, churches,…) in the morning and swam around 16.00-17.00 PM. You can understand that we had to rush to get the shuttle. Fortunately we could speak with the manager. She offered us a taxi once a day to the other hotel (or the way back). And a free meal. We were very happy with this arrangement. The pool at the other hotel was very nice. Not too big and not too crowded. The water was cold, but nice and refreshing. Our only advice for this pool: more sunbeds. We could sit on the grass but there were a lot of salamanders crawling around.

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The morning of the 2nd  august we looked to the pool and saw… an empty pool. We were disappointed and asked when it would open. Again they said ‘tomorrow or the day after’. The reason why it was closed: due to maintenance works. We spoke to the manager and she arranged again once a day a taxi. Thursday evening we go a letter that the pool would be open Friday at 11 AM. We were so happy, so we planned to swim in the morning and to visit the city in the afternoon. We woke up early but when arriving at the pool it was still closed. The very friendly poolboy told us the pool wasn’t at the right waterlevel to be safe. So we couldn’t swim…

Saturday the pool was finally open but because of the fresh water it was very cold. We couldn’t swim only sit in the pool with our legs. We regret the unexpected events, but we can’t complain. We got nice compensations and the other pool was very nice. Only the communication to the guests was a bit poor.

Food 4,5/5

There was a good choice of dishes in the restaurant. You could order them in your room or at a table. We tasted the chiken, beef, pastas and pizzas. They were all very tasty! We enjoyed the dinner so much. We didn’t gave a 5 because it was a bit too expensive. Especially drinks. It was 6 euros for a soda… We always took a bottle of water to share. The staff was very friendly and faster than in the city center. Roomservice was also good (same food). When we ordered the food the people on the other side of the telephone didn’t speak English very well. We had to repeat ourselves a lot. Luckily the order was always correct and the service was fast. One time we didn’t get a table so we had to eat in weird positions ( try to cut beef on a soft bed). And one time we didn’t get the vegetables we asked for. They immediately got back to the kitchen to prepare the portion of vegetables.. A weird misconception was that if we asked vegetables we got weird ones (no tomatoes or green cold vegetables) but warm steamed vegetables where you couldn’t see what it was exactly. But it was not that bad. The staff at the restaurant was very nice and that’s why we score food high. Also the food itself was amazing. The only thing we weren’t happy about were the prices.

General: 3.5/5

Because of the problems with the pool we give the hotel a 3.5/5 instead of 4.

 

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Part 1 ‘aankomst in Rome’

 

(this review is in two languages, for the English scroll down)

Ons blog lijkt meer en meer op een travellersblog en dat vinden wij best ok. Heel ok zelfs.
We zullen reviews schrijven over de eetplaatsen, hotels, luchthavens… en daarnaast zullen we ook onze verhalen vertellen. Dit met als doel jullie zoveel mogelijk tips mee te geven. Dit eerste verhaal gaat over onze landing in Rome.

We vertrokken op de luchthaven van Oostende om 12u30 richting Rome. Om 15.00 u kwamen we ongeveer toe. De luchthaven van Rome (fiumicino)  was druk en een klein beetje chaotisch. We wilden meteen naar ons hotel om het zwembad in te duiken. De massa duwde ons naar buiten, waar we terechtkwamen in een rij voor de taxi’s. Ik , Nami, voelde me om wat duizelig en moe( van een reispilletje, ter verduidelijking). Loti exact hetzelfde. We wilden beiden zo snel mogelijk naar het hotel, dat een halfuurtje rijden was volgens google. Plots kwam daar een man in pak naar ons toe en vroeg of we een taxi nodig hadden. Wij, van ons geen kwaad bewust zeiden meteen ja en volgden de man naar de parking…. Wat trouwens een heel eind was van die andere taxi’s. Ik voelde me eigenlijk niet goed hierbij (Nami). Was dit wel te betrouwen? Waarom pikte hij ons uit die rij? Mijn buikgevoel vertelde dat dit een slecht idee was, maar ik hechte er geen belang aan. We waren te moe om ons ongerust te voelen. Achteraf bekeken: LUISTER ALTIJD NAAR JE BUIKGEVOEL. De taxi chauffeur was heel vriendelijk, sprak niet zo heel goed Engels maar reed wel volgens de regeltjes. De taxi was zwart en groot en leek op de Belgische taxi’s. Loti vroeg of hij een legale taxi was. Natuurlijk zei de man van ja en zo naïef als we zijn stapten we in.

De rit op zich was goed. We betaalden wel wat veel voor die taxi (68 euro!). We dachten omdat dit Rome is, dat de prijzen sowieso hoger zouden liggen. Aangekomen stelden we ons geen verdere vragen meer. We kwamen toe in het hotel en waren gewoon blij en doodmoe. We renden praktisch naar onze kamer, veranderden onze kledij in bikini’s en sprongen in het zwembad.

Een paar dagen later lazen we op een enorm bord langs de snelweg (nu even vertaald in het nederlands): Pas op voor illegale taxi’s. Neem altijd de witte legale taxi’s. Oeps. We hadden dus 20 euro teveel betaald en waren waarschijnlijk niet eens verzekerd. Maar gelukkig zijn we er zonder kleerscheuren vanaf gekomen.

Tip: Neem altijd de witte taxi’s als je uit de luchthaven stapt. Er is wel een lange rij maar het is beter om in die rij te blijven. Het zal je geld uitsparen(witte legale taxi’s zijn 40 euro – 50 euro, de illegale zwarte waren er 60-80 euro).
Nog beter is om de bus van het hotel te nemen, dit konden wij helaas niet doen omdat er geen shuttles meer voorzien waren in de namiddag.

English

Our blog is starting to look like a travellersblog. And that’s not such a bad thing. We shall write reviews about different places and tell stories of our adventures. This has a purpose. We want to give you advice if you travel to the same places. Take it or leave it 😉

We had a flight from Ostend to Rome at 12:30 PM. At 15:00 PMwe arrived. The airport Fiumicino was crowdy and a bit chaotic. We wanted to go to the hotel and the pool immediately. The crowd pushed us outside, were we were put in a queue in front of the taxi drivers. Nami felt a bit dizzy, so did Loti. We wanted to take a rest. The hotel was an half hour driving from the airport according to google. Suddenly, while queuing, a man in a suit came to us. He offered us a taxi drive (just what we needed) to the hotel. Without any doubt we said yes. We followed the guy to a parking lot. I didn’t feel good with this situation. Was he trustworthy? Why did he pick us out of the queue? My gut told me it was a bad idea but I didn’t listen. We were to tired…. We should have listenend. We got into the black car without taxi sign. The taxi driver was very friendly, didn’t speak good english but did drive like the book. We asked if he was a legal taxi and ofcourse the guy said yes. And as naieve as we were we got in to the car. The guy looked trustworthy but that’s the power of a suit.

The trip to the hotel was good. We payed a lot for the taxi (68 euro!). We thought it was because of the City (Rome, probably not cheap). Arrived… Didn’t question anything. We ran to our room, changed clothes and jumped in the pool (well, jumping was forbidden so actually we took the stairs but that’s a detail).

A few days later we saw a big screen at the road (translated into English): Watch out for illegal taxi’s. Only the white ones are legal. OOPS. We took the illegal taxi at the airport and payed a lot more. We weren’t even insured I suppose. Luckily we are still alive.

To do: Always take the white taxi’s if you go to places in Rome. It’s a long queue but it’s worth it. You will spare some money. (white taxi’s are around 50 euros, the illegal are mucht more expensieve). Better is to take a bus to your hotel but our shuttle was only in the morning so bad luck for us.