Extreme – Not Expensive – 15Day – Italy Trip

I’m not rich at all, but money hasn’t been a problem to plan on travel. God has always been the sponsor to fulfill every desire my heart has prayed and not prayed for. He is a dream granter, an impossible conqueror, the provider every soul looks for in a father, and a very lovable friend with whom you can enjoy everything.

This time, the bucket list was checked again on the Italian wished dream. What certainly made it an over the top miracle was that my traveling buddies were my Mom and sister. Two years ago, my mom left to live to another city far away from us and her life was so difficult, we couldn’t even imagine been together on such a wonderful trip years later. But a miracle happened and we were able to join Sofia’s plan to visit this beautiful country.

We planned it justa few weeks before, but were able to find nice prices on the plane tickets. Though we found good prices on hotels, they weren’t as nice as we could’ve found with a little more time to book ahead. But, still we managed to reserve on great locations, excellent service and not-so-expensive prices.

In this post I want to share three things with you. First, a postcard with a 4 day Rome itinerary you can print/save, and take with you for a trip you make to Europe and want to add Rome to your plan. Second, a full 15-day itinerary for just Italy with a check space so you can mark on the things you’ve already done. It is written according to locations and was the plan we followed, so it is possible to visit everything on the list. And third, a list of tips if this is your first time that you’ll find helpful before you travel. If you want me to send anything privately to your email, please follow the blog, and I’ll be sending an email with it.

Click on this link to see the whole itinerary—>

https://tinyurl.com/ItalyBugambilia

List on things you should know:

  • For this specific train we bought the Italian train pass from Eurail for six days of traveling. You can travel six days and distribute them according to your plan; you can use unlimited distances among each day you use. For example, the day we went to Cinque Terre, we used a day of the pass for the 5 towns and to go back to Florence. DOWNLOAD the app it’s easy and needed to plan your leaving and arriving times. You’ll need to buy the pass before your trip. They don’t sell it in Europe.
  • GetYourGuide is one of the best web sites you can find to book on tours and passes to skip lines on the main attractions. We bought the entrance tickets and guide for the Vatican that included the museums, map room, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Cathedral. I compared prices with Viator.com and were cheaper.
  • For de Duomo at Florence, Uffizi, Pompeii, we bought them directly to the official website of the places.
  • In Apple Music (and I suppose on Spotify also) you can search for free Audio Guides for most of the famous spots in Italy. I downloaded them before leaving the hotel in order to be able to hear them offline. This shapes you save a lot of money on guides. Italy has a lot of history!!! It’s crazy how many things you can find and won’t be able to retain all the information, so take a notebook with you and you can later search for information on places you found interesting.
  • DON’T TRAVEL ON SUMMER. though I enjoyed a lot, it is SUPER CROWDED and SUPER HOT.
  • For Florence, you will like to buy the ticket for the Duomo, cathedral, baptistery, the tower, and the museum on their website to skip lines, but you’ll need to register the day of your visit to the duomo at their offices in a automatic machine they have available. You can only use the ticket during 72hrs and the Duomo should be your last attraction to get in.
  • You can buy your tickets ahead or at the ticket office for Pompeii, but PLEASE plan your visit ahead or book a guided tour. There’s a map available on their website that indicates different kinds of routes you can make at the place depending on the time you have available.
  • For all the galleries I always try to make a list on the paintings I want to look at each site before I go. This way you won’t miss them, if it’s too crowded or the museum is too big to see everything and you have a tight schedule to stick on for that day.
  • Castle Sant’Angelo has a half price ticket after 7pm which was perfect to see the summer sunset and night view of the city while having dinner at the restaurant.
  • PLEASE BOOK A GUIDE for VATICAN it’s just to much you won’t be able to understand and enjoy anything without it.
  • Taste as many gelatos as you can.
  • Look for the shows happening at the Verona Arena when you’ll be visiting. I missed Evanescene #sadstory
  • This wasn’t exhausting at all, but I recommend you take naps in the trains. Eat as much protein as you can, bring a bottle of water with you. You’ll be able to fill it on the many fountains available around the cities.
  • You’ll need A LOT of cash,unlike other cities in Europe, they charge taxes on hotels apart and in cash at your arrival.

Hoteles we stayed in:

Booked Tours:

AudioGuides Albums on Apple Music:

For more tips, pictures, and crazy reviews, take a look at my instagram profile: @MexicanBugambilia Highlights – “Italia”. You can follow a day by day post with awesome pictures shot by my sister.

“Ciudad de los Dioses” AKA Teotihuacán

Two hours from Mexico City one of the oldest pyramidal basements in the entire world is situated in what means “The City of the Gods”. Two-thousand-years-old city.

It still keeps some original painted murals.

And this is what I found fascinating about this second visit I made the past Monday:

    They were greatly influenced by their contemporaneous , the Mayan. They used their numeration system, some paintings in the walls, shared many of their gods (but with different names), used items developed by them like the rubber vulcanized ball, jade, sea shells, among other traded stuff.
Look at the sea shell
    Women were more important than man because they meant fertility on earth.
    Both the Sun and the Moon pyramids resembled the two hills behind them in form. Just as in Machu Picchu.
    As in Chichén Itzá, the principal pyramid was built over a water spring. In the Sun’s pyramid it was used to offer sacrifices. The one in Kukulkan’s pyramid has just recently been discovered.
    the altar right in front of the Moon’s pyramid was used by the “Tlatoani” to speak to the city and it has such a great acoustic everyone as far as 100 meters could hear him if they were standing over ground level. I’ll show you a demonstration I was forced to make by my friend jaja.
    they had a sophisticated drainage system used for W.C.!!!!!! This is crazy cause only Mayan civilizations had this at this time in the history of the entire WORLD.
Water flow recreation
    They didn’t care much for the ecology as I thought, they were pretty wasteful and tear down tons of trees that later made the land dry and ran out of water and food because of this….. Many of the vegetation you get to see here is not the original, but you can see the original in a little garden INAH made to recreate the natural ecosystem back then.
    There’s a Japanese archeologist working for Tehotihuacan.
    They used obsidian as lenses to see the sun and analyze eclipses and other astronomical events.

Love this place, love my culture, love learning new things from Mexico’s history and links among prehispanic cultures. Después de esto debes visitar el Templo Mayor en el centro histórico y después recorrer la sala maya, Mexica y de Tehotihuacán del Museo de Antropología e Historia.

Mini Tour Centro Histórico

Llevaba años sin comer buena comida china. Es una tristeza que no hayan tantas opciones buenas, bonitas y baratas en la CDMX para este tipo de comida.

Durante la semana investigué qué lugar el mejorcito de nuestro renovado barrio Chino porque quería hacer un recorrido y ver qué tal había quedado.

Les dejo imágenes del Photoshoot que aprovechamos a hacer, pero no hay de la comida jajaajaja. Si quieren saberse la historia de la comida, está en mi instagram en los highlights. El lugar es Hong King. Volvería, pero sólo si el gerente me vuelve a atender; porque de ahí en fuera la atención no es su fuerte.

Nos encanta ser turistas en la CDMX. Siempre hay algo nuevo que recorrer, buenos lugares para comer, historia, gente y especímenes de quiénes aprender. Esta vez hasta nos tocó bailar con una buenísima banda de rockers de los 70s y conocer a Juanita. Caminamos desde “la farmacia internacional” hasta el MUNAL y de regreso hasta Café Nin Mailob en la Juárez.

El barrio chino, no tiene chinos, está muy chuiquito y todos venden lo mismo. Creo que tiene mucho potencial para crecer y atraer a más gente. Confío en que se volverá un China Town tan cool como el de otras grandes ciudades.

Gracias a “Fofi” por las fotos. Síganla en Instagram, es muy buena. @SofiaGT I’m no poser sooooo las fotos son sin edición jajajaja maja

Trying not to be asaltada. Hong King a mis espaldas

Traducción: Achis Achis los Mariachis

Desde la torre latino en la cafetería

Atrás: El Cardenal.

Mi falda Cath Kidston

Uno de los más hermosos restaurantes del mundo me atrevería a decir. Sanborns de Los Azulejos

buscando qué sigue en el tour

Palacio de Correos Español JOYA

Posing…

Not Posing…

por fin revisando esta belleza de libro #need

The UKs

Aquí les dejo el itinerario que armé para un viaje por parte del Reino Unido!

Creo que ha sido uno de los mejores viajes de mi vida. La temporada que escogimos lo hizo más especial. Así que si piensas pasar un Año Nuevo en London-Baby, este itinerario te interesa!!

Conserven este comentario para cuando estén leyendo el itinerario: I’m a CRAZY walker. Es un viaje 100% intenso. Caminando he descubierto muchos lugares especiales.

Les dejo la foto del Programa que hice… soy una maniaca ajjajaa

Tips: compren el LONDON PASS con tarjeta de transporte ilimitado.

El tour gratuito de Escocia lo encuentran en TheHairyCoo.com

Compren el Britrail.com para viajar en tren (mil veces mejor que avión) entre el Reino Unido.

PD. Si quieren que les mande los links y el itinerario completo, escriban un mail a este correo: contacto@bugambilia.me

Sería muy feliz si me escriben sus dudas o quieren más tips! Espero sus commentssss

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El mejor Pan de Muertos

Siempre espero con ansias la época de pan de muertos. Me encanta la cantidad de mantequilla que llevan y el sabor a naranja que lleva. No soy muy fan de los rellenos, pero si vale la pena, me aviento a probarlos.

Este año decidí que haría un recorrido por mis panaderías favoritas para ver cuál era el mejor  y creo que casi lo logré.

En mi instagram highlights encontrarás el review del sabor y la experiencia en cada lugar. Pero también a continuación les dejo la lista de los mejores cinco, empezando del menos al más rico.

5. El de Superama, no pensé en hacerle Story en instagram  a este pobre porque no creí en su deliciosidad, pero de verdad me arrepentí, estaba glorioso. Bueno, bonito y barato.

4. Malande, es un restaurante mexicano caserito en la condesa, cualquier postre de ahí es delicioso y con recetas familiares. MalandeLa dueña es amiga mía y se ha esforzado mucho en meter productos de buena calidad, siempre dar bue

n servicio y meter productos nuevos. El pan de aquí de verdad fue delicioso, tenía harta mantequilla, ralladura de naranja y estaba esponjosito, creo que a los huesitos les faltó dorarse un poquitito más; lo acompañé con un chocolate 100% mexicano de Jalisco a base de agua que te sirven con molinillo y toda la cosa.

3 Maison Kayser, esta panadería es francesa y la mantequilla la traen de por allá, así que CUALQUIER PAN aquí es garantía. La verdad me enorgullece saber que se tropicalicen al grado de hacer panes tradicionalmente mexicanos de origen como el pan de muerto. Maison Kayser
Aquí lo venden relleno de nata, pero de verdad, vale TODA LA PENA, es un lujo, pero para el tamaño, el sabor y la calidad de nata que se ocupa aquí vale totalmente el precio y la engordadera. Sin problema me acabo uno yo solita jaja. Es el segundo año que lo pruebo y lo volveré a hacer por toda la eternidad.

2 Maque, el sabor es exacto, la mantequilla es de excelente sabor, suficiente cantidad de azúcar y la atención también es buena. Lo que no me fascinó fue el tamaño, era muy pequeño y costaba $20.00. Sin embargo, creo que tendré que regresar porque sí estaba muy rico.

El Cardenal, sin duda el mejor de sabor, en precio razonable y con EXCELENTE SERVICIO. Creo que se llevó de calle a todos y a eso añádele que puedes pedir la nata que hacen en los ranchos de su propiedad. FUE UN LUJO al que tendré que regresar a probar antes de que se acabe esta temporada.

De mis panaderías favoritas me faltó, Tierra Garat, Rosetta (porque a las 3pm se les acabó, háganme favorsss) y PANMEX porque me queda súper lejos.

Espero sus comentarios a debatir sobre el “research”. Invítenme al que crean mejor y bueno, para el próximo año ya saben pa dónde jalar. jajaja

No no subí de peso, hago ejercicio para poder desquitarlo después.

Matcha tops 

Desayuné una ciapata de salmón con queso de cabra y guacamole 😍. Estaba de lujo el jugo de plátano + naranja.+ jengibre. Creo que aquí he probado el mejor matcha de la ciudad. Pídelo con leche de arroz 🤘

Azul Histórico 

So I spent my anniversary at Azul Histórico. Such a beautiful place! The food is more than amazing. They have a wide variety of Mexican traditional plates and beverages.

You can taste plates from around the country. My favorites from Yucatán.

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I chose “Panuchos with Cochinita Pibil”  as the first course because, I was raised in Cancún and frequently ate Yucatán’s food therefore I could give an appropriate review.  They were DELICIOUS, with the original recipe, became the best I ever tasted.


Then “Mole Manchamanteles” with duck. This mole is made of pineapple and banana. The meal had a pear and apple kind-of  salad. It was awesome too. We, obviously ate this main course with handmade tortillas made of blue and white corn.


We love “Aguas frescas” in México, at this fancy Mexican restaurant you can find exotic flavors. We had the coconut horchata. YOU HAVE TO TASTE IT.

Dessert was not as good, but was cute. I order the chocolate tamale, but I loved my husband’s apple pie more.


What I love more about this place is the way the ambiance is planned to exalt one of the greatest riches Mexican culture can share to the world, its gastronomy. Mexican food happens to be one of the most delicious, diverse, and historic in the whole world. For us Mexicans, food represents our ancestors, love for others, and a gift to which we feel proud of. I believe no other country knows how to eat as we do. You can get close to this feelings in this place.

Aura bistro 

Aura Bistro –> Bueno, bonito y cero caro

Pan francés delicioso, un tazón de fruta y café por menos de $100!

La atención es excelente y el sazón también. Acogedor y bien diseñado. Aceptan tarjeta y abren en días festivos.

 

We are cathedrals

Wandering through Strand Street at London, we found a hidden path that leaded  into a very narrow pedestrian street. It was hidden behind beautiful super antique buildings and we decided to discover the inside of what appeared a mysterious neighborhood. It was a mystery indeed that out of a mini street a HUGE church welcomed us. Temple Church is the name of the building. We took plenty of pictures before sunset began to take the light away. It had a beautiful architecture with the main nave round and side “castles” (I call “castles” the cylinders with cone ceilings that appear on castles in fairytales’ movies). Near the temple ar
e many other important buildings and a park, which are all part to British royalty. A so very fancy, cozy, and ordered complex.  We were all stunned with the beauty of this place.

After many pictures and long walk, we returned from where we came and continued our walk down Strand Street until suddenly, we found a little Christian (Protestant) bookstore. This time we were welcomed my a Cameroonian lady  – Sarah – who was married to an Scottish gentleman who was also there. She asked us from which country we were and started talking about a friend of her at church who told her about Mexican food, and how she loved it, etc etc. The chat turned into a large talk of encouragement talking about the Christian work in Mexico, then we talked aboout her Christian life; we shared the miracle the trip has had been, the many blessings we have experienced at London, what we were expecting God to answer while traveling through the UK; who we were, what we do at church in Mexico, etc, etc. It felt just like home— family like. Sarah gave us 3 precious activity books for children to know about  three famous Christian characters and told us how important the ministry to next generation is. She encouraged us to make our best out of everything God puts in our way.  As I said, we felt like we were family, we had everything in common.

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This magic afternoon just made me realize how each Beleiver can become a beautiful cathedral. Yes, the building will never be enough to welcome the needy, the poor, the lost. We as Christians need to give that step we are called to. This step I beleive is being deferent each day, making every life choice praise God, and make others remember Jesus’ love for them expressed at the Cross. Stop being in a comfort zone trying not to give the extra mile or make any sacrifice needed to stand for the right! We are cathedrals. Just as Sarah, let us talk about the truth with our lives. The building can be the most pretty piece of architeture, but will never be complete without us making it home.