4 Things you never knew about Harry Potter!

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Evening all! How are you doing today?

The 20th Anniversary!

As many of you may have realised, today marks the 20 year anniversary of the debut Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, or Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as you know it in the U.S.! I therefore thought I’d briefly break off from telling you about my trip to Paris and mention a few facts about Harry Potter you probably didn’t know. I’ll hopefully be back again with Paris tomorrow though!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but as I am 21 years of age, almost 22 now, I grew up completely surrounded by Harry Potter. I loved reading the books, watching the films, and my sixteenth birthday coincided with the deathly hallows premier. I invited all of my friends to the cinema to watch and had the best time. I even remember when I was younger, the illustrator of the books came to my local town and my friends and I stayed up until midnight for the latest edition and a signing – it was such a craze for us! Anyway on to the good stuff…

5 things you never knew about Harry Potter:

1. Robin Williams wanted to play Hagrid

The famous Mrs Doubtfire star had a very strong desire to read lines as Hagrid, but this was not meant to be as Rowling had a strict rule on ‘no American actors’. Unfortunately the star did not live to see the day of Fantastic Beasts – who knows what the alternative film would have been like otherwise.

2. Daniel Radcliffe admitted to substance abuse whilst filming

Even though in his late teens Radcliffe was drinking at a legal age, he clearly classified his behaviour as ‘reckless’ and was frequently blackout drunk. He eventually decided to seek help in 2010 and has had little drink since.

3. Rowling has been sued three times (unsuccessfully) for copyright infringement!

Two authors have attempted to sue for claiming that Rowling has falsely copied their work. The first being ‘Larry Potter’ (sounds like a parody right?) and the second, ‘The Adventures of Willy the Wizard’. In both cases, the court ruled in favour of J.K on the basis that the names and stories do have similarities, but it is not enough to be classed as infringement. Last but not least, a Canadian band ‘Wyrd Sisters’ fought WB and Rowling against the inclusion of a band called ‘The Weird Sisters’…. and again, lost the court case.

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4. Nicolas Flamel was a real historical figure

Okay, this part I’m really happy I stumbled across because it ties in with my posts about Paris. Nicolas Flamel was actually a real Parisian citizen and a pretty wealthy one at that! He was also a very successful scribe and lived in Paris in the 1300’s.

Shortly after his death however, myths spread that he was a secret alchemist and had created a mythical stone that could turn lead into gold. This was in 1418 and long before any of the films had been recorded!

Hope you enjoyed reading this. I absolutely loved growing up surrounded by the Harry Potter books. What was your favourite book growing up?

~Rose~

Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2!

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Hey everyone,

So as I mentioned yesterday I have been nominated by the fantastic Hussein Allam for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Make sure you go check out his blog and my answers to the first half of this award!

My answers continued:

5. If you have millions of dollars what are you going to do with it?!

Jump up and down for joy and probably swim around in it haha 😛 But seriously, the first thing I would do is donate around 20% of it to charities, particularly cancer research and brain tumour research, which are very close to my heart. Then about 60% of it I would invest, and the remaining 20% would be used to buy holidays, new homes, cars, phones etc. for all my close friends and family!

6. Do you smoke?! If so why😄

No, I don’t.

7. What is your background?!

Wow haha! Where does a person even begin with a question like this?! I guess you could say I’m a bit of a science nerd. I’ve just graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences and been working as a Microbiologist until a few months ago when I became unemployed and travelled the world a bit more. I’ve been desperately trying to break the social pressures of been chained to a nine to five job every day and that’s why I initially started this blog – that and so I could keep a diary of my day to day life. After a while, I’ve realised that I genuinely like talking to all of you and so hopefully plan to continue for a while!

P.s. As the name suggests, I absolutely love travelling! I wish I could do it every day and have a bucket list of everything I want to see.

8. Do you like reading novels?! If yes what is your favourite novel?

Yes I love reading novels! It would take me ages to figure out my favourite one but I’ve been reading Paula Hawkins recently, so I would recommend that. Otherwise, Mark Haddon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is one that I really enjoyed reading when I was younger.

9. Are you 24 hours online on WordPress site?

No, I’m not on here all the time. I usually come online between 21:00 – 00:00 GMT time to write a post at the end of the day and to talk to you lovely people, or sometimes even earlier if I’m not too busy throughout the day!

My nominees:

Laura

Julie

Sparsha

Pharaoh Maktuk

Mel

Logan

My questions:

  1. What is your biggest regret in life?
  2. Which book has been the most influential on you?
  3. If there was one person, alive or dead you could meet to spend a couple hours with to chat, who would it be and why?
  4. Are you a cat or a dog person?
  5. If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?
  6. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  7. What inspires you when blogging?
  8. If you could take 5 items on a desert island with you, what would they be?
  9. At what moment in your life have you felt the happiest?
  10. What genre of music do you enjoy listening to?
  11. What is your biggest secret? ( Don’t worry about sharing anything too personal!)

Please go check out all of my nominees blogs too, they all post about really amazing stuff!

Bye for now!

~Rose~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine Blogger Award!

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I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by the amazing Hussein Allam! His general topics blog shows such an interesting outlook on life and has some really delicious looking Jordanian cuisine on there too 😊 If you haven’t already, please make sure you go and check it out!

Rules

1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

My answers:

1.Which part of the world do you live?

Yorkshire, in England 😊

2. What’s your favourite colour?

Hmm that’s difficult… it depends on whether I’m wearing it or looking at it. I would say white if I’m wearing it and magenta purple or blue if I’m looking at it. To me, white looks really pure and slightly more classy. With regards to the purple, my bedroom is painted purple and the blue makes me feel relaxed – like I’m lying on a beach!

3. What’s your real name?!

Haha this is a tricky one for me to answer. For those of you that have been following my blog, I have recently clarified that my name is not Rose Hunter in this post. The reason for this is that in a few of my posts, I have written about personal things which I wouldn’t want my friends or family to read. If you stay tuned however, I may give out details to a few loyal bloggers if requested! Or I may even connect with you via other means like facebook if you wish 😊

4.What is the best dish of desserts you like mostly?

Ooh this is so tricky for me! I absolutely adore chocolate so I would have to say melt in the middle chocolate pudding or chocolate brownie with chocolate ice cream 😊 Although recently, I have visited France a few times and had some delicious creme brulee, so when I go back back in a month I’m going to be ordering this every night!

That’s all I have time for tonight I’m afraid, but I’ll definitely be back tomorrow with the remainder of my answers for this award. Until then, hope you have a lovely evening!

Goodnight 😊

~Rose~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Days out in Durham 2: Browns rowing boats!

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Hello everyone

This is going to be a super quick post about my trip to Durham again yesterday. I visited Newcastle in the last few days due to grievance of a dear friend, to see another group of friends, and to catch up with my university careers/masters day services too. Whilst attempting to do all of that, I have a bad feeling I caught something off someone up there, as I’m not feeling too great, hence why I’m going to keep this fairly short. Please do check in with me tomorrow though, as I will be talking about the recent sunshine blogger award I have received! 🙂

My time in Durham

Anyway, for the time being I wanted to tell you about the day trip I had in Durham. The city itself is very quaint and full of small bookshops, cafes, and of course it’s stunning cathedral; some of the many reasons why I enjoy visiting. This time however, I planned on trying out rowing on the river the city lies on: the River Wear. Through walking past many a time, I have longed to be on the water and explore the city from the riverside. Today was the day!

Browns rowing boats: The experience!

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Browns rowing boats are a company you can find on the edge of the river, that allow you to rent one of their boats for up to an hour. The boats can fit up to four people in each one and it’s only £6.50 each (or £4.50 for a child) with a £10 deposit, so it was a no-brainer for me to try one. The ten pound deposit is also returned to you at the end of the session when you bring the boat back in to dock again.

Before hoping in the boat, a boatman kindly fixes the oars in place, passes you a map of the wear and tells you to stick to the right-hand side of the river to avoid collisions with others. He then pushes you off the side and you are free to go wherever you wish provided it is within the guidelines of the map. It was so idyllic when we started and something that I haven’t tried in years, so I really enjoyed it. After a while though, the weather turned against us and we were trying to hide underneath a few trees for cover. Our arms were also feeling pretty tired and my hands looked as if they were going to blister. As a result, we headed back to the dock and bumped into some adorable duckling on the way – this was my favourite part!

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Overall, I really enjoyed it apart from the weather. I would therefore suggest taking an umbrella when you visit and perhaps a friend with muscly arms that can row for you!

That’s all for tonight. Hope you have a nice evening 🙂

~Rose~

 

Fifty followers!

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Hello beautiful people! How are you doing today?

I’ve officially reached 50 followers! Well, I reached that yesterday, but I’ve only just got around to posting it today. I know it doesn’t seem like much to other people with hundreds or even thousands of readers, but despite this, I wanted to say how much I appreciate each and every one of you for reading my posts. I am honestly flattered that you take the time out of your precious day to read the things I blog about, it really means a lot to me. Thank you!

As a way of showing my appreciation, I wanted to share 5 facts about me that you may or may not already know!

1. My name isn’t Rose

It seems to be a common misconception that people see the name ‘Rose Hunter’ and assume this is my real name. In reality, it’s a made up name that I assigned myself in order to keep this blog anonymous. Now before anyone starts to think I’m doing this for malicious reasons, I’m not. I simply do not want my friends or family to read my posts as the things I write about are sometimes personal. I am honestly a 21 year old woman who loves to travel!

2. My guilty pleasure is eating chocolate and curling up with a good book

Okay, so this is a pretty obvious one, I mean who doesn’t love chocolate? I’ve always eaten loads as a child and since then I’ve been addicted. More recently however, I have been trying to cut back in the hope that it may relieve some of my health issues. As for the book, I’ve only just got into this again more recently. My boyfriend’s family have started lending me some and I am really enjoying reading again. I’ve got into reading Paula Hawkins and so will probably ask for the new one for my birthday in a few weeks.

3. I would travel for the rest of my life if I could

At the moment I absolutely adore travelling and can’t seem to shake the travel bug. All that is holding be back is the money and if I had it I would be gone in a flash. To me, life is too short and I want to make sure that I don’t have any regrets when it comes to the end of my life.

4. My family mean everything to me

As well as trying to travel as much as possible, it’s also the simple things in life that mean a lot to me. I love spending as much time with my family as I can, even if they can sometimes embarrass me (but who doesn’t get embarrassed by their family sometimes, right?).

5. I love reading other bloggers stories and connecting with you

I love love love reading what you get up to and the things that inspire each and every one of you. Not only that, but I enjoy being able to share and find out the things that you enjoy the most!

On that note, thank you again to each and every one of my lovely readers. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for this blog. If anyone has any specific requests or would like me to share any stories then please do get in touch!

Love to you all,

~Rose~

 

 

 

 

 

How to visit Paris on a budget: Arc de Triomphe and Musee d’Orsay

Hello! How are you doing today?

I’m pretty sure there must be some sort of apocalypse happening in England, because the temperatures rose to around 29 degrees today! It was so strange, but I’m not complaining about it at all! 🙂 How is the weather where you are?

Right, I left off yesterday with How to visit Paris on a budget: Moulin Rouge and Montmartre!, so I thought I’d continue with some more money saving tips on day 2.

  • Day 2 tips

DO: Carry some I.D or official documents with you

DON’T: Carry excessive amounts of money around

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On the second day of travelling, we decided to visit the famous Arc de Triomphe. After shortly arriving at the correct tube station, we were baffled as to how people managed to reach the Arc. In case you aren’t already aware, the entire thing is surrounded by an incredibly chaotic roundabout where everybody has the same right of way. There are at least 5 lanes of traffic around the attraction and therefore seemed impossible to reach without getting yourself killed first. At last, we walked around further and finally found a set of underground steps leading to the monument.

It was then that I found out that people under 18, or 18-25 and a citizen of and EU country and job seekers etc. could enter for free. I hadn’t considered this when leaving the hotel, but thankfully remembered I had taken a picture of my passport before leaving and showed them this. I would therefore recommend carrying some I.D. or official documents around with you. It is also incredibly useful to look online at free entry into places, as the majority of attractions have this offer.

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On the other hand, make sure you don’t carry excessive amounts of money with you. Paris is well-known for hundreds of pick-pocketers lining the streets. Many of them will even try to distract you by asking for directions, or by placing a bracelet on your wrist and then forcing you to buy it from them. Please don’t fall for any of these tricks and make sure to watch your bag at all times!

DO: Allow plenty of time for queues and viewing of attractions

DON’T: Arrive an hour before closing

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The next place on our list was Musee d’Orsay. For me, it was definitely up there as one of my favourite attractions in Paris and a must-see for anyone wanting to visit. However, if you are planning to go, make sure you arrive a few hours before the closing time. The queues at rush hour can take up to an hour and the galleries themselves up to 2 days inside! We only had approximately 3 hours here and ending up running around trying to see everything. There absolutely thousands of works of art, so ensure you take breaks along the way and carry some water with you!

In my opinion, there are so many beautiful pieces of art, from Monet to Whistler’s mother, even to the huge clock which fills the main room.

Hope you enjoyed reading. Who are your favourite artists?

~Rose~

 

 

How to visit Paris on a budget: Moulin Rouge and Montmartre!

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Evening everyone

As I mentioned the other day, in January I visited Paris with my mum, as it was a Christmas present for her. It was absolutely freezing, but really nice to have a break for 5 days away from everything. For any of my fellow bloggers wanting to visit, I thought I’d share with you a few posts on some of the nice and not-so-nice places to see during your stay! I also thought I’d include some tips on how to save your money if, like me, you are on a bit of a budget! Here goes:

  • Day 1 tips

DO: Consider travelling to airports further away

DON’T: Fly to airports more than 60 miles out of the centre of Paris

Before I decided to book a hotel, I had a thorough search on skyscanner for the cheapest flights I could find. This site always has such a wide range of low prices to choose from, so I knew I wanted to select a booking with them. You can also usually find the lowest price by shopping around. Keep altering the airport you want to fly from, the airport you wish to fly to and the dates of travel. This way you can save a considerable amount of money before you’ve even set off.

I decided that to cut the cost, it would be easiest to fly to Beauvais airport, which is usually the cheaper to fly to. It was then only an hour’s drive on a coach into the centre of Paris, followed by a 5 minute ride on the tube. A small portion of day 1 was therefore taken up by travelling, however, it was definitely worth it considering the money saved.

DO: Shop around for a budget hotel and consider booking directly

DON’T: Compromise on location or space

Spending some time searching for a cheap hotel will also help reduce costs considerably. Luckily after exploring my options, I found a local hotel called Hotel des Arts, situated in the beautiful surroundings of Montmartre. The hotel was also very close to a tube station, lots of lovely bakeries, and the staff were amazing, so I really enjoyed my stay there – definitely somewhere I would recommend if you’re on a budget.

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Quite often, price comparison websites have a few offers on, which can be very useful. However, do not let this fool you, these websites normally get paid commission, so it is best to visit the hotels website too. Whichever option you choose, it is first important to make sure you are happy with the location and facilities, before you go jumping into anything else!

Moulin Rouge and Montmartre

The rest of this post is just me mentioning our ventures around Montmartre on day 1. After we settled into the hotel, we had a look around the local area and the Moulin Rouge. I should clearly point out that this is one of the most expensive attractions to visit in Paris and was therefore not on our list of things to do. Elaborate shows start from 80 euros when booked in advance, to around 420 euros for a V.I.P. area with a three course meal, gifts, macaroons, bottles of champagne… you get the picture. It looked fantastic from the brochure, but we decided to leave it and grab some food instead.

Rouge Bis

From the restaurants I visited in Paris, this was my favourite. It is right next to the Blanche tube station, tucked away from tourists in the centre.The staff were incredibly friendly and the food was delicious too. Anyone that knows me will say I am obsessed with creme brulee and they had a pretty tasty one on the menu made with orange zest and biscuits! 🙂

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That’s all for now folks! I’ll mention more about some of the attractions we visited tomorrow! Stay tuned 🙂

~Rose~

 

**TRIBUTE to a dear friend** Paris day 1: Moulin Rouge and Montmartre featuring tomorrow!

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Hey dear friends!

Ethan (my boyfriend) received a call this morning that one of his immediate family members was in hospital and seriously ill. It came as such a shock us both, as the doctor said they only had a few days to live, or possibly only a few hours. Then after a short talk, it turned out that Ethan’s mum had known about the illness for a fortnight and not mentioned anything to protect him.

Unfortunately a few hours ago they passed away, so I’ve decided to travel back up the country to see his family next week and spend some time with them. I usually see the family quite regularly and they have always been incredibly friendly, hence why I want to be there for them during this time.

This post is therefore a tribute to this family member, who was always so kind and caring towards other people. They always made everyone smile, and even though I didn’t see them all that often, they made me feel like family whenever I spent time with them.

Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you at every chance you can, because life can throw some awful curve balls at you, all when you least expect it.

Rest in Peace. Sending my love to you now and always. x

~Rose~

 

 

My ventures to the city of love… PARIS!!

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Hey fellow bloggers! How are you doing?

More interviews (panic!)

I have had an unbelievably busy day today consisting of one morning and then an afternoon interview. Not only this, but I stayed up into the early hours of the morning trying to prepare for them. One of the jobs is at a local school in one of the labs, and as a result, I had to read endless policies on child protection before the interview. Everything had been researched and all the safeguarding policies memorised, when I found 30 documents on the school website regarding safeguarding. It was a complete nightmare! Each document was at least 20 pages long, so there was no chance I could read (and remember) everything prior to entering the building. I simply crossed my fingers and went in. Hopefully I’ll find out soon how that went!

My blog in the next few days!

As many of you know, I spoke about my My Singaporean Adventure a few weeks ago. I also visited Paris earlier this year with my mum as a Christmas present to her. The past year hasn’t been too good for mum and I, so I thought it would be a lovely treat to buy her a ticket to Paris for Christmas. It was incredibly cold, but lovely to have a break away from everything for a few days!

Anyway… I thought I would give you the low-down on where the nicest places are to visit in Paris and of course the main attractions you must visit! Stay tuned if you want to hear more tomorrow!

Have a lovely evening 🙂

~Rose~