Friday, June 22, 2012

TRAVEL: Midnight in Paris and Lake Lucerne

I am a little behind on these travel blogposts as we have just been so busy, I haven't had a chance. I am currently sitting in our hotel room in the Italian countryside suburb of Padua (Padova in Italian) as we have a little rest. We drove from Milan this morning to Verona (which is just as beautiful as it looks) and are off to visit Venice tonight.

Since my last post when we took the Eurostar, we have been to quite a few places. Arriving in Paris, it was immediately apparent that there truly is a lack of road rules - crazy driving, but they manage! We had a nice suite in a hotel called the Oceania. It was a little out of central Paris but close to the metro, making it quite easy to go places. First day we went to the Sacre Coeur, which although wasn't quite as amazing as St Paul's in London, boasted the highest viewpoint across Paris. We then went for dinner at a restaurant called George V on Champs Élysées, which I LOVED. We were able to see the sunset over the Arc de Triomphe, which is very grand indeed! The sun didn't set until 10pm (meaning people were just starting dinner then) so we then made our way on the metro to the Eiffel Tower. It wasn't as "goosebump inducing" as I thought it would be - probably because we have all seen it so many times in photos already - but it was a lot bigger than I thought and dad was able to take a video of the light show at midnight, twinkling on the tower. Our second day in Paris was spent on another double decker bus tour, which really are worth the money because you get to see everything and from a decent height too. It really made me realise just how old and beautiful the buildings in Paris are, and while I'm not sure I could live there, I would like to visit again for the museums and galleries - and of course, dinner on Champs Élysées.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

TRAVEL: London Love

I am writing this post just as we sit aboard the Eurostar train, ready to leave for Paris. The past couple of days have been so incredible. To say we were tired after arriving on the long flights is an understatement but nevertheless, we have managed to fit so much in. On our first day, we had a look around The Thames, went on a double decker bus tour of London and went inside St Paul's Cathedral, which I can honestly say is one of the most beautiful building structures in the world - well from what I've seen! If you get the chance, it's so surreal to be finally able to see the Mary Poppins iconic location in person. Yesterday and the day before I was lucky enough to spend it with my one of my closest school friends Sarah, who lives over here. First day was mainly shopping on Oxford St and an authentic pub lunch upon my request. Topshop was a disappointment but H&M was pretty cool - I could buy my whole wardrobe in there! Yesterday we had a look around Leicester Square (the mini version of Times Square), had coffee in a cute little sidelane coffee shop when the rain set in, discovered Forever 21 and went for a walk in Hyde Park. Best of all, we found MnMs World - it is possible to dedicate four entire floors to chocolate you know! Weather has been mostly blue skies here with a couple of showers - it's still so cold though! I've included some snaps to give you an idea, but until Paris, adios amigos!

Monday, June 11, 2012

PHOTO DIARY: I'm back!

At long last, I'm back here blogging again. The past few months have just been absolutely crazy but I'm finally on holidays. Every uni assignment completed and seven lovely months as Yahoo!7 Lifestyle's intern finished (if you're interested in the blog I was doing for them, you can check out my posts here).

Until I get back into proper blogging, here is just a small (...actually, large) photo diary of some of the things I've been up to.