Showing posts from March, 2014

On Not Getting to Rome, or Italy.

In January 2012 I had a trip booked to go to Rome, Italy. I was so very excited, some of my favourite things come from Italy- pizza, pasta, Peroni! I was just going for the weekend, staying at The Yellow. And was looking forward to visiting attractions like The Colloseum, the Pantheon, The Forum, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. 

Being British: Harry Potter Studio's #JustLikeHarry #SundayTraveler

I'm kind of obsessed with Harry Potter, though I'm a bit of a late comer to it- I only read the books last summer and bought the DVDs when the box set was released after the last film had come out. We read the first book at school when literacy hour was introduced, but at the time, I just couldn't focus on the second book. I actually came back because, JK Rowling is one of my hero's. Her success in writing is astounding and it inspires me to write, and I kind of thought it bad form to not have read her most successful books.

Last April, a friend of mine and I decided it was time. I had watched the films a few times, and had read some of the books & I even had some awesome Harry Potter earrings to wear as well. So off we went to the Harry Potter Studio's. I don't think Holly knew what she'd let herself in for with me, squealing like a six year old.

Just so you know, if you want to go to the Studio's and don't want to know what you're going to…

Being British: Camden

On a lovely summery day last year I decided to finally visit Camden. I've been to London hundreds of times and mostly have stuck to central and thought it was time I ventured up the Northern Line to Camden.

image via buzzfeed

Being British: 5 Reasons to Visit Bath

The problem with wanderlust is, it costs money, and sometimes you can't get a weekend off to go to Barcelona, or Amsterdam, or Berlin. Sometimes, you simply can't afford to spend  a weekend somewhere else. Sometimes you need to suck it up, and stay home. Though actually, if you look around, there's quite a lot to do in your own back yard.

So this post is about my favourite city, Bath. There are so many great things to do here, but let me start at the beginning. I live about 45 miles south of Bath in Dorset, and from the tiny village I live in the train runs direct all the way up to Bath Spa station. Which, as it turns out is rather handy for me. Bath itself is a World Heritage Site, and as such has a lot of great things to see and do

1. Bath Thermae Spa

Costing £26 per person for a 2hr session in the pools alone doesn't make this a cheap visit. It gives you access to the two pools, and the steam rooms. Mostly I just stick to the rooftop pool and gaze at the city. My fa…

Being British: Tower of London, a Beefeater's View

"History is nearly always written by the people who win"

For my 25th birthday, a year ago, I visited the Tower of London. It's somewhere I've wanted to visit since I was a child, and it absolutely did not disappoint. British history is kind of barbaric, and lots of people have died at the hands of it, and a lot of that happened in the Tower of London. This post, by the way, is probably the longest I will ever write, as I so love the history of this place.

We were very lucky on the day we went, it was incredibly, unusually quiet, we joined a Yeoman Tour, our guide was @billybeefeater and boy we were in for a treat. Starting the tour with a fantastic quip of, "Alright you lot at the back move a bit closer otherwise this might be beyond your mental grasp", he continued to make the crowd laugh through the history of the Tower of London. Not that I've had any of the other Yeoman walk me around the Tower, but if you get Bill then you are in for a treat. To be…

Happy Birthday to Me #SundayTraveler

Nearly 3 weeks ago, I turned 26! I can't believe I'm no longer counted as a "youth"- I can no longer apply for a Young Persons Rail card, I'm officially An Adult.

I don't feel it.

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do for my birthday this year, I tend to try and see things I've always wanted to, and then it came to my attention that The Olympic Swimming Pool was open! Swimming is a bit of a passion of mine, though I don't do it as much as I want to these days (work gets in the way). The thought of swimming in the same pool as Rebecca Adlington and Ellie Simmonds was amazing.

When Blog Camp Went to Berlin

Going back sometime, when I had a different blog, Blog Camp went to Berlin. We stayed for 3 nights just on the East Side of the Wall, it was before I was really into travel and it was more to go and meet some bloggers I thought were really cool. There hasn't been a Blog Camp in ages, but these days some of us are studying a free course at MIT (whilst some of us, are just reading, that'll be me, sorry, I'm rubbish at sticking to schedules). Berlin was my first taste of Germany, so I just thought I'd share some pictures from that trip.

Photo credit Julie Broberg
When visiting Berlin make sure to terrify your American friends by announcing you've never had a Starbucks before!

Beth and Sammi Walk to Paphos Habour

After devouring a couple of books (I took the Hunger Games with me & read the whole lot in a week) whilst lying on a sun lounger drinking cocktails all day, Beth and I decided it was high time we did something. So we walked to Paphos Harbour.

All the way from our hotel, right to the harbour was a footpath, so we took a leisurely stroll all the way into town. Feeling slightly hungover, from all those cocktails, we decided we'd get some fruit juice in a bar and some crepes and take advantage of some free WiFi.

You see that tiiiiiny bit of the land in the distance, that's where we went!

Roxy & Craig's Wedding Day in Pictures

Why yes we did enjoy a Champagne breakfast at 8am

Cyprus; an Entirely Different Holiday

As I'm sure you've gathered over the past couple of months, I like to travel. Mostly when I travel I go away for a few days, or I'll go to 5 countries in just over a week, or if I stay in the same country I'll visit several different cities, and I'll stay almost entirely in hostels. So it was a bit of a shock to the system when in November I went to Paphos, Cyprus for a week all inclusive.

The church we could see from our balcony

Sauntering around Split

The last night of our Classic Rhapsody tour was in Split, and the plan for the evening was to have a last dinner together before partying hard on our last night in one of the harbour side nightclubs.

Gregory of Nin, Croatian's love him for translating the Bible into Croatian. People rub his big toe for luck. They also piss on it when they're drunk.

Plitvicka Pictures

Just your average morning wandering a UNESCO World Heritage National Park in Croatia, you can read more about my trip at Chasing the Donkey.

Walking Off the Night Before in Budapest

It was a beautiful sunny day in Budapest, temperatures were soaring & we were stood outside our hostel, 30 of us about to go on a walking tour of the city. Starting from our hostel on the Pest side of the city, going across to Buda & taking in the views from the Castle Hill.

We walked around the corner from our hostel, to the Opera House and as our guide started talking the first few people drifted back to the hostel. We had definitely drunk too much the night before, but I was determined that I was going to get to the end of the tour- even if my water bottle was already warm & we'd only been out for ten minutes.

You know it's a bad hangover when sat in the shade everyone still has their sunglasses on!

Party time in Budapest

I was so excited to get to Budapest, two days in this city, and quite some free time, too. Budapest was the hottest place I'd been. The temperature there in July was between 37-40C, and it was stifling heat.

Tank Riding in Slovakia

Somewhere in the Slovakian countryside is a crazy man named Jozef, and he has a tank.

Zakopane, Poland

When I told people I was visiting Zakopane in Poland, just one person had heard of the mountain town. Off the beaten track it was, but beautiful indeed. We were there just for a day when we could hike up the mountains, there was a long route or a short route, or slouch around the town. Our guide told us we must eat desserts whilst we were wandering around that day.

Krakow, Poland

Poland gets a bad wrap in the UK, we've a lot of Polish immigrants and with the economic state of the country they aren't always exactly welcomed with open arms. I'm not here to get into a political debate, just simply pointing out that the media gives the Polish a bad wrap. So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I got to Poland.

Krakow was beautiful.

Our first night, getting over the day's trip to Auschwitz, was food followed by a pub crawl. Fill our stomach's and drown our sorrows. Such a great combination!

A Cry of Despair: Auschwitz & Birkenau

Part of the Classic Rhapsody tour with Busabout includes a stop at Auschwitz & Birkenau. Concentration camps. A series of three that ran through the city of Oświęcim, though the third Monowitz was destroyed.

And you go.

You knew it was coming up when you left the hotel in the morning, and your stomach tied itself in knots because people died here. Not just a few people, but over a million. Not in an accident, or a natural disaster. They were murdered. By other humans.

How do you comprehend that?

You don't.