If you didn’t know China has a pretty cool rule that allows you to enter the country without a visa for up to 72 hours. There are regulations of course. For starters you can only enter under this rule if you are in transit to another country. In other words, China cannot be your final destination. It can only be your layover country. Also, only travelers from 51 countries are allowed to take advantage of this policy.
I had the chance to take advantage of this policy when I was leaving Japan. I had 16 hours to see whatever I could. And I decided to see The Great Wall of China. One more Wonder of the World down. 🙂
If you want to enjoy an intimate bistro in Paris you need to head to Le Taxi Jaune. It is located at 13 rue Chapon. Be aware that the menu is in French and is constantly changing so you can’t really review it ahead of time. No need to worry though, I’ve been there a handful of times and there always seems to be someone who can speak English to help you. However, I recommend going at night when the owner, Otis, is around. Otis is not only running the kitchen but he is also your server. He is pretty fluent in English and he will walk you through the menu. He will also recommend dishes and a great wine to go along with your meal. If you do have the chance to meet him, you will see that he cares about the food and the service.
Another thing to mention about the restaurant is that they are known for their horse steak. I was very hesitant to try it at first so I didn’t order it. However, my boyfriend went right for it and he loved it. He wouldn’t stop talking about it during dinner so I decided to try a piece. I instantly regretted not ordering it. Now, I ordered the duck and it was juicy, flavorful and perfectly seasoned but the horse was on another level. It was so tender, perfectly cooked and surprisingly really good.
Of course, you don’t need to get the horse to have an amazing meal here, but every time we’re in Paris we head over to Taxi Jaune and have the horse steak.
One of the best breakfasts in Amsterdam. You will not regret it.
On my third trip to Amsterdam I decided to go to the The Heineken Experience. It took this long to go because I wasn’t sure if the tour would be worth it. I’ve gone to some pretty bad brewery tours and the reviews on this one varied from either really awesome or just not worth your time. However, the group I went with was very much into the idea so we decided to head over one afternoon. For 16 euros you get, free coat check, a self guided tour about the creation of the beer, brand and family, a “ride” and of course a couple of free beers. I could go more into the ride, but to be honest, I’ll just spoil it for you. But that’s not the end of it. There are some fun photo booths, cool art installations, a tour of the actual brewery, and some strange dance party rooms that honestly confused me but were fun nonetheless. They also had horses!
I would personally recommend a visit 100%. It was all around a great and fun experience. But one thing to keep in mind, is that I went in late January, which isn’t the busy season so there wasn’t a large crowd and we were able to take out time. I wish I could share more pictures of the tour but somehow I lost a bunch of them! I’m actually really annoyed about this and it’s honestly the reason why it took me to long to post about the experience but at least this way if you visit you don’t get “spoiled” right? lol