Occupation: Head of department in an establishment for disabled people
Current location/hometown: Laval, France
“Zakopane has everything to make your trip full of beautiful memories”
Welcome to the ZakopaneGO Travelbloggers Q&A sessions. Today we’re joined by Eulalie, a French travel-blogger, mum of two, who loves travelling and discovering new places and people all around the world. Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hi ! I’m Eulalie, 33, I live in Laval, a town in the West part of France. I travel since ten years with my boyfriend. We are going to begin travelling with our kids for the next years. My daughter is 3 years old and my son is 4 months. My first trip was to Colorado, ten years ago. It was a great experience. Then we have travelled mostly in Europe including Poland, Germany, Austria, Czech, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, UK and Belgium. We also travel a lot in France : I love going to Brittany, next to the sea, where I was born.
What initially motivated you to go out and see the world?
My parents used to show me how it’s very important to be open-minded. I can’t live without knowing how is the world, who lives in others countries. It’s very enriching to travel during our lives. You learn a lot about the others but also about yourself. I want to teach it to my children and give them a taste to travel to extraordinary destinations.
As a travelblogger, you know how globetrotting can change a person’s life and open them up to new cultures, perspectives and experiences. What made you choose Zakopane as one of your pit-stops?
When we decided to come to Poland for the first time, it was only for a week. It was impossible to see everything and it wasn’t the objective of our trip. So we decide to begin with Krakow, Zakopane and the Carpates. To see more of Poland, we had to come back again and it was great!!
What time of the year did you visit and why?
We came back in March. I wanted to see snow and snow was here.
Where did you stay and how would you rate the facilities?
We stayed at Mercure Hotel Zakopane and in a guest house in the center. The Hotel’s services were great (I remember the swimming-pool with the view of the ski run). The reception in the guests house was also nice.
What would you say was the highlight of your trip to Zakopane?
I think it was our hike in the Tatra Mountains in the Koscieliska Valley, on the road to Kiry (a little town near Zakopane). The atmosphere was really magic with the snow and the fog. I took some great pictures.
What activities would you have liked to see made available to travellers visiting the region?
I remember that it was not very easy to find a car location. We find one but we don’t have really the choice. But the reception was ok! Perhaps it’s more easy during the summer?
Unfortunately, parking is a big problem in the city during high season, and summer is no different. There has been talk of a park-and-ride project but we’re still waiting for it to materialise. Other than that, what else could the city improve on in your opinion to enhance the experience of tourism in the area?
Nothing! Zakopane has everything to make your trip full of beautiful memories.
Your top travel tips for visiting the city/region?
I think the Koscieliska Valley as I already said. You have to visit the little wooden church (there are a lot of them all around Zakopane) and the cemetery, see the very nice wooden houses around the town, going to Mount Gubalowk. In Zakopane, you can also do various sports during all the seasons (ski, hiking,…). Nearby, Krakow and Wieliczka salt mine are also great places to visit.
Where’s next on your bucket-list?
Oh, very difficult answer! I want to come back to Poland of course but I want to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina or Norway. I also want to go to Australia to visit a friend.
Your RSVP or nomination for the next ZakopaneGO Travebloggers chat?
I’d like to nominate Guy Pichard who is a french photographer.
Anything else you’d like to share with the readers at ZakopaneGO.com?
Zakopane is a nice place where you can come with your kids for nature adventures!
Really glad you enjoyed your visit to Zakopane and it’s always great hearing that the city caters to the needs of travelling families, something that’s often a problem when it’s hard to entertain the little ones.
You can follow Eulalie’s adventures on the blog Jolis Voyages jolisvoyages.com or follow on Twitter @jolisvoyages.
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