Old town Gdansk

Shorttrip to Gdansk


We made a little holiday in one of the most beautiful cities of Poland! Gdansk! I was there before for one night with my boyfriend and we knew we have to come back in summer! My boyfriend is from Poland and he knows much about Gdansk/Poland because he is running a Swedish website about Gdansk and Poland. So we did and packed also my best friend. Sadly the weather was not that good but this could not stop us to have a nice vacation! Gdansk belongs together with Gdynia and Sopot. Together they are called Tri-City metropolitan area.

Old town Gdansk

Berlin to Gdansk

As some of you know I live in Berlin and from there we also went to Gdansk. We took the train because this was the cheapest solution and it was not that bad! We booked first class AND seats! Sometimes when the train is too full you do not get seats, even when you booked the first class. For 6 hours train ride it was really important for us! If you drive from Berlin I have one recommendation for you to safe money! Book at first a Berlin-Brandenburg Ticket with this you can drive to Szczecin (Or in Germany we call this city Stettin) and then book tickets from Stettin to Gdansk. You can get tickets in Stettin but also online. The difference is quite big. If you buy the whole ticket from Berlin you pay German prices ( around 100€ per person) but when you book from Stettin to Gdansk and take the polish train then you pay of course the polish prices (50€ per person). BUT do not forget to book seats also in the polish train ( If you want to have some). We watched movies while the ride and were literally shopping in KFC before so we do not starve to death on the train. Ha ha. In the most of the train, they also have food but it is always cheaper and also much nicer to bring something with you.

Old Town Apartment

After we arrived in Gdansk we had to find the reception for our flat we booked for our trip. Google maps and Taxi drivers will be a big help for your trip. Our help was that my boyfriend is half polish and he was quite often in Gdansk before. So we found the reception of the Old Town Apartments Apartinfo and checked in and got the keys. Now we needed to walk around 10 minutes to get to our apartment. We had our flat in the middle of the beautiful old town of Gdansk. We had it close to the train, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. So we had everything we needed in walk distance. The Apartment itself was really okay. We had one bedroom and an open living room with kitchen. In the living room was a big comfortable couch to sleep on for my best friend. The beds were little too hard for us but everybody is different in this. The couch was little bit softer than our bed. The Bathroom was big enough and the shower worked too good… and with this I mean that the whole bathroom was underwater after someone showered. The Wifi worked really good and with the kitchen we were also pleased. After all we felt good in this apartment. It always could be better but for this price in the middle of the old town we can not complain. We paid 78€ per night for 3 person. So everyone paid 26€ per night and this is really cheap.

Restaurants & Bars

We tired quite many restaurants and bars and we ate well in all of them! So you do not have to worry about finding a good restaurant. The old town of Gdansk is a tourist place and they care about the tourists there. So for you, it is just the question what do you like? Chinese? Mexican? Oriental? Or maybe typical polish food? You will find every in and around the old town.

What I recommend the most is Sphinx. This is a restaurant chain and it is quite famous in Poland and really really really nice. Especially for people that like to eat meat! You get really full for little money. Here is a restaurant finder for Sphinx and here is the menu. Sadly they just have it in polish on the website but in the restaurants they have also menus in English.

What to do?

I am not that history fan so I did not do any tours or something like this. What I really want to do next time is to go with one of the pirate’s ships. Sadly the weather was not the best when we there so we did not do it. One thing I recommend is to go on the Amber Eye or Gdansk Eye (There are more names for it), on this you can see the whole beautiful Old Town. I was there in the evening and it was really beautiful to watch. Else you can shop much in Poland because Poland is so nice cheap! Mostly you find this shops in the side streets, where you can find many cheap shoes that are really nice. I have extremely many shoes from Poland and they are super!
Gdansk has endless of Shopping Malls (Poland in general) that you can visit and shop.
There is one gigantic Mall called Centrum Riviera. This is one is not directly in Gdansk but in Gdynia. This you reach fast and simple with the train. On the website also stand how you can reach this mall with different vehicles.

In March we go there again and I will definitely tell you about it! 🙂
I know that Poland does not sound like the biggest country to travel to. BUT I just recommend it! I was already so often in Poland now and I love it there. The Tri-City metropolitan area with Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia is my favorite til now in Poland. So it is really worth to travel there.

Sahl hasheesh beach

Beachtime at Sahl Hasheesh


A beautiful place near Hurghada. It’s around 18 kilometers away from the Hurghada Airport. Everybody who is in love with Hurghada knows that the beaches there are not the best but the best solution for this is Sahl Hasheesh! It is more than different from Hurghada much cleaner and good build streets. When you come in you pass by a security control and you have to say where you want to go so if you want to go to the beach you need to say this. The restaurants are also quite nice there. There are also hotels, but most of them are not all inclusive and more expensive.

Il Gusto

The place where my family and I go over there is Il Gusto it is a beach and a restaurant. You pay from 100 to 150 Egyptian pounds entrance including a towel. The staff also prepare your sun bed and the beach umbrella. The service there is amazing you get something for the price you pay. Food and drinks are in the normal price class. For people that are used to prices in Hurghada will find the prices in Saal Hasheesh expensive but for European people the prices are cheap. The Food there is good my boyfriend and I are in love with the chicken Quesadilla as an appetizer. Last time when we went there we also took Pizza and it was the best pizza we ever ate in Egypt. The penne Arrabiata were really spicy but delicious, so my tip better says to make them too spicy! I had them medium and my mother and I died. Enough from the food now to the drinks. The Cocktails with alcohol are not so good at least the ones we tasted. They have fresh juices and other refreshing cocktails without alcohol that are good. The most important is that they have ID watermelon because this is the most delicious alcopop I know. At the beach are also sunbeds in the water that are really nice and relaxing! My mother spent the most of the time on this sun bed!

sahl hasheesh il gusto beach

So if you search for something more exclusive in Hurghada but still not super expensive then Sahl Hasheesh is the perfect place for this. The Beach is amazing and there are many places to make a beautiful picture there. Place number one is under the bridge you walk there from Il Gusto around 10 minutes you can walk to the beach. The other place is the sign of Sahl Hasheesh and it is beautiful especially when the sun goes down. There is like a fountain but it’s not all the time open, but even when it is closed it is beautiful. I love this place and I hope you will love it too!

Winter in Bucharest

Winterwonderland in Bucharest


Building Bucharest
Bucharest is a beautiful city. I am in love with old buildings and Bucharest got a lot of them! It is an old city and I love that and with all the snow that came overnight it looked even more beautiful but it was little to much snow because we were not able to take a longer walk. After 1 hours we were too cold. I want to go there again in summer to enjoy all the parks there and bars I saw there. The money look really fun, a little but fake with this plastic icon on it. Also, a really good thing about Bucharest is that they have Uber and I recommend to use this app. It’s much better than getting a normal taxi. My experience with a normal Taxi was not so good. It seemed like he was little tired or drunk, I don’t know but he couldn’t handle the snow so good and he didn’t take on his seatbelt ( I know nothing new for some people that travel much and know that this is normal in some countries) and his car reminded him every minute that he is without. So every minute we heard this annoying sound! And after 20 minutes in the car, I got really crazy and too bad that the taxi driver couldn’t speak English. Maybe we were just unlucky but I recommend Uber or the metro. For a two way ticket with the local metro, you pay 5 Ron and it’s easy to use the ticket machine.

Romanian Money

Check the currency here!

Accommodation – Art Studio- by Marten City Lodge

It was a small one-room apartment with a bathroom, a bedroom, and a really really small kitchen. They furniture and details are lovely but this I expected from an Art Studio. For the two days, my Boyfriend and I stayed there it was really okay but for a longer stay, it would be too small for me! The Wifi was quite good and included in the price. The location was also good! We walked around 10 minutes to the metro station. Supermarket, ATM and Restaurants are easy to reach by walking. We paid 72€ for two nights and for this price I am okay with everything. The service was really nice, we arrived in the night and someone came for us to show us everything and check us in. So, all in all, I was pleased with this apartment.

Snow in Bucharest

Park Lake

Park Lake Mall

This is a big Mall with everything your heart needs to shop and they have a really nice looking food court! I felt a little bit fancy by eating there… and I ate McDonald’s! The best thing in this Mall is the cinema! We decided to go to the cinema because of the bad weather and the Lego Batman movie just came out. After my boyfriend checked on the Internet it was sure for us that we will go there for the VIP Cinema! It includes a Buffet before the Movie starts, drinks and food as much as you want! The seats were amazing! We laid there like King and Queen with endless of Popcorn, Nachos, Beer and Cola. You have bottoms to control how you want to lay and yes I write lay because this was not sitting anymore. Now the question is how much did this cost? It was a 3D movie and this all around package for 17 €! For both of us so definitely worth every cent. So this guys you need to check out!

VIP cinema
All about my flight to and from Bucharest check here!

My first time in El Gouna.

El Gouna changed my life!


El Gouna is a beautiful place near Hurghada you drive maximum 45 minutes from Hurghada to El Gouna. You can just take a taxi and pay maximum 100 Egyptian pounds.

When you drive into El Gouna you pass a security control with the taxi. But you don’t have to do anything they just speak with the taxi driver and check the car fast. The best place to go out from the taxi is the marina. El Gouna is much different from Hurghada, it is kind of funny to see this two different worlds. It’s like the rich part of Egypt and the hotels there are really expensive but it is very beautiful. It’s made it a little bit like in Venice that everything is connected to water and you also can take a boat trough the canals. So the most people that live there have a boat, and this you see at the marina. There are so many boats but no little cute boats, no no it’s big expensive boats and when you walk by the boats you see that sometimes the boat owners make an exclusive party on their boat. El Gouna is much cleaner than Hurghada and finding a really nice restaurant is very simple! The town has one of the largest cable parks in the world and to be honest I was not there till now but I heard much of the park and for everyone who is interested in trying this should try it there. The location is beautiful and it looks amazing. The park includes a beach club, restaurant, playgrounds for children and swimming pools. For more information just check the website because they also have special events and parties! I promise to try it next time when I’m there! It is hard to find a taxi there but there but they have a really cute solution. Much of the streets in the city are smaller and that’s why they have Tuk Tuk there. The prices stand on every Tuk Tuk and they are okay, it’s more expensive than a taxi in Hurghada but still not expensive for real. If you need a Taxi from El Gouna back to Hurghada you should go to one of the main streets. A really nice thing in the city are all the swim clubs and private beaches! Like in Hurghada you pay entrance and a towel is included.

Club 88

Club 88 Price: 150 Egyptian pounds

Club 88 Facebook: Facebook.com/club88.elgouna.redsea/

Club 88 Score: 5/5

Me with friends in El Gouna.
Me with Friends in Club 88

I love to remember the club 88. It was the first time my boyfriend tried on me! At this moment I could never imagine that he will be the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. Here I am the happiest person alive with him. Club 88 is a really nice location, the sun beds are comfortable, the pool is nice, food and drinks are good and the view is amazing! Really I felt so exclusive in this. It’s a really small area but most of the time empty so you have a nice privacy there. The entrance is around 150 Egyptian pounds so really not expensive. Food and drinks have also a good price. It’s perfect there to relax with some friends because they also play some music and we all really felt so relaxed after being there the whole day. So I really recommend this beach Club.

El Gouna is for me something special because it’s the place where my love story started. I found the love of my life in this town. I remember when I was there with two friends before and we made a boat tour with a guide. It was my last weekend in Egypt before I flew home after more than 6 months of work, so this city always had a special meaning for me. I am in love with El Gouna because it gave me many special moments and I wish for your stay exactly the same!

Hurghada with amazing sea view.

Hurghada a dream of 1001 nights


Hurghada is the second largest Egyptian city on the Red Sea coast. I love Hurghada it’s like my second home. I was working there for a half year as animation in a hotel so it’s like coming home. I don’t feel like a tourist there anymore. I know that much people are afraid of Egypt because of the news, but I can say that it’s safe there and that Hurghada is a beautiful and cheap place to travel to.

1 € is right now around 20 Egyptian pounds. Check here for live info.

Airport

Condor flight to hurghda from berlin.

 

The Hurghada international airport (HRG) has 2 Terminals. The old one is terminal 2 and the new one is terminal 1. No I didn’t make a fault it’s really like this the new Terminal is Number 1. Welcome to Hurghada. Everywhere there you will find people that want money from you. They try to give you something to transport your bags and will want money from you. So take care and don’t take anything! Before you fly to Egypt check the rules for the visa from your country!

Terminal 2

Is for domestic flights like to Cairo the capital of Egypt, charter flights and also for flights from and to Russian and Ukraine. The airport is a bit older but it’s really okay. I was flying there from Hurghada to Cairo and the security control was really fast. The selection of food is not big. There was one cafe and it was a really small area for the domestic flights. The other part of this terminal is bigger and also have more restaurants and a duty-free shop. Everywhere you will find smoking areas! They also have wifi that is working quite good. It’s not extremely good so watching videos took a little time.

Terminal 1

The new terminal has a modern design and is really nice. There you have everything, many duty-free shops, restaurants, smoking areas, little shops for drinks and you can buy last minute souvenirs if you need! This terminal is for the international flights but most of the flight go and come from Germany. The wifi there is also working good just on the toilets it can get little hard with the connection. But who needs wifi on a toilet? This terminal has a really good structure it’s easy to find your gate and everything else! I really like this terminal.

Welcome, Hurghada!

Always. really always have your passport or visa with you. You will have to show it so often. In the airplane, before you land you have to fill out a sheet of paper with your flight number, name, date, and place of birth, your address in Hurghada and the purpose of your travel. When you landed in Hurghada the first thing you have to do is buying the visa, right now it’s 25€|$. Then you get a sticker in your passport or on your visa sheet and then you can continue with the passport control that sometimes takes much time because sometimes many airplanes land after each other. But I really have to say that the guys from the passport control are really fast and try to do their best! So respect to them! Directly after you have to show your passport again! And then you walk a little to the baggage carousels. It’s simple to find the right screens that indicate where you should go.

Read more details about my flight to Hurghada from Berlin schönefeld airport!

Bye bye Hurghada!

If you fly home from Hurghada, you have to show your passport and also have to take your shoes off around 100 times. No okay, I think you have to take off your shoes like 3 times but still it’s really annoying but the security checks in Hurghada increased the last year. But never complain about security! We all want to be safe and that’s why we should respect their rules 😁 . Before you go to the passport control, after check in you have to fill out a paper again. At least when you fly back to Germany. It’s nearly the same as the one that you filled out when you arrived. This they will take from you in the passport control. After the passport control, there is directly another passport control where they check if you got the stamp. Then finally you can relax and check where your gate is and spend your last Egyptian money!

Beach

Hurghada beach

 

To be honest much of the beaches in the Hotels are not so good. That’s why much tourists don’t know how amazing the beach can be in Hurghada. There are some private beaches where you pay entrance, towels and one free drink is most of the times included. These beaches are very nice and it’s not so full there so it’s perfect for relaxing! Dream beach is a really beautiful place you can say this to the taxi driver and he will understand. It cost around 100 Egyptian pounds including towel and one water. For younger people, I recommend the color beach club. They have also a really nice pool area and play music there. This is a little bit more expensive it’s around 250 pounds if I remember right.

Nightclubs

Couple in Hard rock cafe hurghada.

 

To be honest, the first time when I was in Hurghada I didn’t think of going to a club there or making a party. Because it’s not the first thing you are thinking of when you hear Egypt. But the clubs there are really nice! I have 3 favorites Colors Beach Club, Hard Rock Café and Papas Beach Club. All clubs have photographers so you can make pictures with your friends and download them in their Facebook pages.

Color Beach Club

Expensive: 3/5

Facebook: Facebook.com/ColorBeachClub.Hurghada/Score: 4/5

Yes, the Colors Beach Club is also a night Club! So you can imagine how nice it is to party there in the summer with a nice view of the sea and a nice pool around you. The music there depends on the event. Sometimes it’s more electronic music and sometimes more R’n’B. So the perfect location for a pool party! Just check out the Facebook Page before you go there and find the event what fits the most to your music taste! The entrance cost 200 Egyptian pounds when I was there the last time.

Hard Rock Café Hurghada

Expensive: 4/5

Facebook: Facebook.com/HRCHurghada/Score: 4/5

The Hard Rock Cafe is located at a place called Mamsha. It’s an original Hard Rock Café that’s why food and drinks are a little bit more expensive for Egyptians but for European people, it’s normal club prices. Food and drinks are amazing there! They play most of the time chart music. They also have merchandise there! Pullover, shirts, cups and much more! Also a perfect gift from Hurghada for family and friends. The entrance is around 200 Egyptian pounds. My favorite events at Hard Rock Café are the Wonder Wednesday and the Saturday R’n’B Feva!

Papas Beach Club

Expensive: 2/5

Facebook: Facebook.com/Papas.Beach.Club/Score: 5/5

Now we come to my absolute favorite club! Papas Beach Club is located at the New Marina and near the Sheraton street. It’s nearly always full there and the atmosphere is amazing there! You always find many local people here and also tourists and everybody is always dancing. My favorite events there are for sure the Urban Tuesday and the SWAG Friday! I’m in love with hip hop and R’n’B and the music is just great! For fans of electronic music, the Monday and Thursday are good at Papas! The drinks have normal prices and if you feel for snacks because of the alcohol, it’s no problem at all! Because also this you get at Papas! And if you need a bar for a good pre-Party there is also Papas Bar in front of the club! The club also have often lady’s night, so for the women in this world, the club is a good solution for not spending too much money! The entrance cost around 200 Egyptian pounds.

Little Buddha

Expensive: 4/5

Facebook: Facebook.com/littlebuddhahrg/Score: 1/5

I was there just two times and I don’t know, something is missing. The location is really nice but that’s all. It’s not my kind of music there and the bartender at the lady’s night was really rude. They don’t give you a new drink when you don’t bring them the Glas from your old drink. You can order sushi there that taste quite good. The music is kind of electronic so people that like electro music will maybe like it but it’s not my music taste at all.

Nightclub ticket tip

A little tip from me is to ask your Animation Team in the hotel if they make any disco tour! Because then you don’t have to care about the transfer to the club and the tickets. You will give them 10€ per person and they organize a bus that drives you to the club and also back. If not then you have to take a taxi and just say the club names and the driver will know where to drive.

Restaurant and Bars

There are some places in Hurghada where you find much restaurants and bars at one point! For example the new marina! You have to enter a small security control before you go can go into the marina. In the evening it’s really nice there! There are much nice bars and restaurants! And I know that most of the hotels in Hurghada don’t have the best food. But thanks, good Hurghada is really cheap! What I can definitely recommend and it will sound crazy is MacDonalds! They have the best fries ever! And the menus are so big and cost even less than in Berlin, they make your burgers fresh so you don’t get a burger that laid there for one hour already. So it’s the best MacDonald where I’ve ever been! I have a favorite restaurant in Hurghada what is for Hurghada a little bit more expensive but it’s so amazing there. The name of the restaurant is Thai Garden it’s next to a club called Little Buddha (there you get nice Sushi btw). I love Asian food and this restaurant has really good spring rolls! I’m so in love with this restaurant and I go there always when I’m in Hurghada. They also have really spicy food and really nice rice and noodle dishes! For getting to know the local food you have to go to Gad a really cheap and good option. It’s an Egyptian fast food restaurant and really tasty. When I was working as an animator it was my second home! You get a full package of food there for like 30 Egyptian pounds so it’s amazing. You can buy there like Egyptian bred and they fill it with things you want. There is also a menu in English. I always take one with falafel and one with beans and I pay like 10 pounds. So not even 50 cents. There is as Gad at the Sheraton street and one at Mamsha.

Last Words

I hope I could help you a little bit but I have some last words. It’s hard to not get robbed in Egypt. Most of the people there are poor and try to get money. To find a taxi with a normal Egyptian price is hell and they always want euro. It depends on you how you want to pay. But I can say that it is always better to pay in Egyptian pounds. It’s difficult to be a tourist there because they will think that you are rich. So if you can speak English always talk English. Don’t show that you are from Germany or Russian they will think automatically that you have limitless money. But the good thing is that even when for example the taxi driver says a price that is too high for us European people it will be still cheap! I wish in Berlin the taxi would be so cheap! The taxi drivers are crazy! At the beginning, you will be afraid to sit in a car in Hurghada but don’t worry they know what they do! Currently, the value of the Egyptian pound went down so much. And that’s why much places change their prices because the value went down around 50%. So please try to understand the people there also. Thank you, have a safe trip!