awards, travel

Traveller’s Award Part 2!

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Hello lovely people! How are you?

It feels like it’s becoming very autumnal at the minute, I can’t wait to crack out the scarves and watch the leaves fall from the trees! Then it will be Halloween and bonfire night soon, I just love gathering around a huge fire and drinking hot chocolate 🙂 Who else is with me on this?

Anyway, today I’m continuing on with part 2 of the Traveller’s Award! In case some of you didn’t read my earlier post, I have been nominated by the lovely award-maker Logan from Cross Country life blog. Please follow his blog if you haven’t already! You can also check out my previous answers here.

My answers continued:

8. What is the most disappointing holiday you have been on?

That’s so difficult because I don’t think any of my holidays have been disappointing at all! But if I have to choose I would pick the one to Lake Garda, Italy about a year and a few months ago. The location was very nice but it was overshadowed by the news on at the time. Brexit had been voted for by the rest of the UK and as a result the breakfast buffet that morning felt a tad uncomfortable. As we were the only English in the hotel, people kept throwing us funny looks, automatically assuming we voted to leave. Even the service of local restaurants felt slightly cold following the news.

9. What is the longest period of time you have been in the car for?

I’m actually a very impatient person, so I usually fly everywhere instead of driving. But maybe about 10 hours whilst travelling down to Northern France via the ferry.

10. If you could take two people with you on vacation who would you take?

My mum and either my best friend or the guy I am currently dating 🙂

11. What is the best hotel you have stayed in?

I actually frequently stay at other people’s houses when I travel abroad, but there was this one fantastic place in Italy I have visited.  The hotel is called Atlantic Palace and is situated on the west coast of Italy in a town called Sorrento. They have everything all included, and yes that’s all the food and drink you can have in one sitting! The only thing not included in the price is lunch, but by that time most people are out exploring the local towns.

I loved this place so much when I visited; they even brought me cake and champagne to my bedroom on my birthday! And on top of that the had a super nice pool and set of jacuzzi’s too! It must sound like I’m trying to sell it to you, but it really was a lot of fun. Definitely visit if you ever fly to Italy.

12. Have you visited every country on your continent?

Nope, but they are all items on my bucket list that’s for sure! 🙂

13. (Last but Not Least) What would your dream vacation include?

For me it’s more about the company than the location. As long as I am with a good friend or family member who makes me laugh, I am more than happy.

My nominees (remember travel blogs only):

Bel

Stephanie

The Blog of Travel

Untravelled Routes

My questions to you:

Bearing in mind the fact that this is a travel award and I can’t use the same questions as before, I am fairly limited in terms of topics, hence why I am only asking 5 questions.

  1. Tell me a funny anecdote about when you were last on holiday.
  2. What is the hottest country you have visited whilst on holiday?
  3. What is the coldest country you have visited whilst on holiday?
  4. How many countries have you visited?
  5. Where in the world is your ‘paradise’?

That’s all for the time being! and if you haven’t already, please make sure you check out my nominees blogs, they are all super talented!

Bye for now!

~Rose~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’M BACK!! Stag/wedding celebrations and more!

Hey guys! I’ve missed you all so much! How’re you doing?

The last week and a half has been so crazy for me with my best friends wedding celebrations and some holiday time in France again. He also decided to have a spontaneous get together/ stag do on the night before the wedding too, so that was super fun! I thought I’d quickly share with you my time there and in the next few days post a guide to organising your perfect wedding! (Especially for all you women out there that have been planning since you were a little girl) So stay tuned later in the week for more!

The bachelor party

Now I should make it clear that when I say bachelor party, I am not referring to the typical kind of get together you normally see. This had not been planned out, it was more so a spontaneous rally of everyone getting together late one night. As the groom was incredibly busy all week organising the hall, music etc. none of us believed he would have much time for anything else – until it came to the evening before the big day.

Of course with it being his last day as a single man, he adapted a sort of f*** it attitude (who doesn’t?!) and gathered all his friends into a series of gardens behind the French cottages we were staying in. Everyone then spontaneously threw themselves into the pool in the pitch black and freezing cold water whilst passing around a bottle of polish vodka. I will admit that the water was a bit of a shock to the system as it wasn’t warm at all, but it was honestly so much fun! Plus one of the guys got himself absolutely hammered and came out with some very amusing comments towards the end of the night!

Finally, after none of us could stand the cold anymore, we headed back to the cottages in darkness for more vodka/ tea and coffee, and I warmed my feet under the shower for a little bit. We started playing some music there too and it was lovely to sit and chill into the early hours of the morning.

The wedding do!

 

The next day was a little bit frantic to get ready for but we when we finally got there, it was really lovely. It was a typical french wedding with a mairie (signing of the marriage contract), followed by the church, reception and then the evening meal and party! There were quite a few intense moments in the church where the groom stuttered over the vows (he gains a stammer in front of an audience) and everyone believed his mother would stand up and object, but it was all alright in the end! Phew!

The reception afterwards was lovely too. There were several toasts and speeches in between each course of the meal, and everyone got up and danced as well. The bride and groom had even asked one of their friends to come and teach line dancing to everyone. I was a tad hesitant at first, but it was so much fun towards the end with everyone running around frantically to the music!

The couple then ended the night with everyone forming an archway of sparklers for them to walk underneath – it was such a magical way to see them off to their honeymoon 🙂 What an amazing end to the night it was!

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That’s all for tonight guys! I really hoped you’ve enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to check out all of your lovely posts again. I’ll be posting soon about my ultimate guide to planning a wedding so stay tuned for that!

Comment below if you’ve had any exciting wedding ventures and let me know if you’ve had any funny nights out with your friends.

~Rose~

 

 

 

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Stories of Paris: The man who could walk through walls

Hey everyone! How are you doing?

Somehow this week has gone so fast I can’t believe it! The man that my mum was seeing made some pretty awful comments about her and so she decided to end it – it’s definitely for the best. It’s a such a shame I can’t comfort her now I’m going away for a week, but I guess I’ll just have to be there for her when I return 🙂 Other than that, I’m honestly so excited to have a week away! I really need a nice break and it will be amazing to watch my best friend get married whilst we’re out there 😀 Hope you’re taking advantage of the summer holidays too?

I’ll stop rambling on now and get back to the post… here is a really interesting story I heard whilst roaming the streets of Montmartre in Paris…

The man who could walk through walls

On the last day, mum and I decided to explore Montmartre and the area around our hotel. Surprisingly enough we hadn’t had the chance up until this point and so wanted to see some beautiful non-tourist spots. The area of Montmartre is lovely and we soon found ourselves following a guided tour towards Sacre Coeur.

On the way up the hill you can find the famous Dutilleul a.k.a. the ‘passer-through-walls’. The guide started revealing a story about the office worker that developed the ability to walk through walls as his title suggests. The man grew up and lived in Montmartre, only to discover this ability at age fourty three. After seeing the doctor regarding his condition, Dutilleul was prescribed a strong medication and told to make his life more labour intensive – much to his disappointment. He refused the medication and kept his lifestyle reasonably inactive and relaxed, still with no inclination to use his talent.

A few months passed and Dutilleul became infuriated with a new manager at his work. By passing through brick walls, he finally decided to begin playing tricks on his manager’s mind; driving him into an early retirement and mental institute. It doesn’t stop there either – the office worker embarked on missions to rob banks and jewellery stores to make extra cash. He used red chalk to mark ‘The Lone Wolf’ on his crime scenes and then swiftly escape through the wall, making his work the talk of the town. However, this was not enough for Dutilleul; he enjoyed fame as much as his fortune. So one day, he ensured the police caught him and threw him into a cell. Little did they realise that he used his ability to frustrate his jailers and repeatedly escape.

The story ends with Dutilleul beginning to secretly date and fall in love with a married woman, whom her husband locked in her room every night. Thankfully, this did not stop the couple and Dutilleul used his power to visit his lover every night. Until one morning when he experienced a bad headache and took two pills from inside his bedside cabinet. His headache went away, but later that night a sudden resistance prevented him from walking through his lover’s door. The story recounts that the pills Dutilleul had in fact taken, were the ones the doctor prescribed many months ago. He realised his mistake far too late and slowly became trapped inside the wall, where he remains to this day.

Really hope you all enjoyed reading!

~Rose~

 

 

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How to visit Paris on a budget: Musee de l’Orangerie and the Eiffel Tower!

Hey guys! How’s everything going?

I’m back again today talking about the rest of my trip earlier this year to Paris. I’ve already mentioned Moulin Rouge and MontmartreArc de Triomphe and Musee d’Orsay and Notre Dame and The Louvre, so feel free to have a look at those blog posts and let me know what your favourite places are to visit in Paris!

These are some of my remaining tips and trips when roaming about the city if you’re looking to save a few pennies:

DO: Take the subway

DON’T: Buy single trips

For the fourth day, we decided to head out to the Musee de l’Orangerie as it is one of the many places on Trip Advisor to visit. Blanche the subway stop was luckily only a few streets away from us so we hopped straight on. For anyone wanting to save a few pounds this is a really easy way (and quite frankly the only way) to travel about Paris. It’s surprisingly quite cheap if you buy a 5 day or week ticket and the trains are incredibly frequent too – you’re never waiting more than a couple of minutes for a ride!

After arriving at the museum I was happy to find that I once again had free entry as I was a 16-25 citizen of an EU country (one of the many perks you can benefit from if you are of this age). There is also the opportunity for any member of the public to gain free entry on the first Sunday of each month if you plan on travelling around this time.

The l’Orangerie gallery itself is much smaller than the others and is arranged into two main levels separated by a cafe and gift shop. On the top floor you can find Claude Monet’s water lillies completely covering all four sides of the room, so much so that you feel as if you are living in the paintings. However, the gallery’s beauty does not end here: downstairs you are greeted by tonnes of different works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse etc. The collections themselves are honestly stunning so it’s definitely worth a trip when visiting Paris 🙂

DO: Take the steps up the Eiffel Tower

DON’T: Forget to attach a strap to your camera

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking to and going up the Eiffel Tower, which involved a lengthy queue through the security gates. Once into the centre however, you are free to choose how you wish to ascend the tower and after waiting ten minutes in the lift queue we opted for the stairs. I’m so happy we did! The queue for the lift was a mile long and the stairs provided a much better view of the surroundings and architecture. There were even lots of boards on the way up explaining the towers’ construction.

At the half way mark there are plenty of photo spots where people queue up to get their favourite Instagram photo and even a restaurant, cafe and ice rink too! I couldn’t believe that so much could fit into the inside of the tower. It was just a huge disappointment to find that the top of the Eiffel was closed due to the bad weather after we had come so far, but it was still absolutely amazing to be there.

To any newbie travellers I would definitely suggest bringing a strap for your camera or phone. The structure itself is similar to a metal cage, so any phones/cameras will be lost forever if you drop them. We all know that’s one of the worst things that could happen on holiday so I would more than recommend this to stop your holiday being remembered for the wrong reasons. Although, make sure you also don’t play into the hands of fraudsters around the edge and on the walk to the tower. Many artists line the streets hoping to distract you with magic or selfie sticks whilst an associate discretely mugs you. Keep a look out at all times and I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit.

That’s everything for tonight! Where are your favourite places to visit when in Paris? How do you try to budget when abroad?

~Rose~

 P.s. The Eiffel also lights up beautifully at night too, so make sure you fit that in if you have the time whilst over there – it’s definitely worth it 😊

 

 

 

 

 

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How to visit Paris on a budget: Notre Dame and The Louvre

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Hey everyone! How are you all doing today?

Tonight I started to write this post about my adventures in Paris again, only to realise that it’s been 3 WEEKS?! since I last spoke about my time there (yikes!). Sorry everyone! I had no idea it had been that long. After reaching fifty followers, celebrating the making of harry potter and then posting sunshine blogger award number 1 and 2, I guess all I can say is I was incredibly distracted! But I’m back today to bring you Notre Dame and The Louvre! I only have one more award on the horizon and then after that it’ll be the rest of this Paris venture I’m sharing with you 🙂

So here are some more of my tips and stories for you lovely travellers! …

DO: Dress in clothing appropriate for the weather 

DON’T: Forget to take any water/snacks with you you might want

Waking up on day three of our trip, mum and I decided to go and visit the Notre Dame. I honestly couldn’t believe that the queues were so long again – we were waiting around 20-30 minutes just to  get to the entrance – but it was worth it. The detail of the architecture on both the inside and outside was absolutely stunning and not only that, there were several boards explaining the history behind the construction of the cathedral. There was also the option of entering the treasury for additional 5 euros (only free to french/ student citizens), however this was definitely not worth the money. The room is filled with trophies, and in my eyes the true beauty laid with the main cathedral room itself.

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Anyway, the point I am getting to was that I did not have the best clothing on that day. After all of this, there was the option to go around the side of the building and scale the 387 steps to the top for the beautiful views of Paris. Unfortunately due to the nature of the building only having one set of steps on the side, the tour had to be done in stages, with a set of people waiting  in the gift shop half way up and a set at the top looking around. This may not seem like an issue to anyone reading, but when you take into consideration that it’s the middle of winter with freezing temperatures and you’re stood on top of a windy building, it’s really not that great. There were similarly no warnings whatsoever about being held at the top of the building before being able to come down, so make sure you wrap up really warm if you go on a cold day! A few chocolate bars I carried around were my saviours when we got back down to the bottom too – make sure you pack a buy a few snacks before setting off for the day!

DO: Check to see if there are any group ticket offers

DON’T: Unecessarily spend money on tickets

The rest of the day was spent at The Louvre, another absolutely stunning set of galleries with the famous glass prism. Three hours was nowhere near long enough to look around here, it would have taken closer to 2-3 days to see the entire thing. A member of staff even told me that to see each individual piece would be like walking a marathon! Wow! I of course also made sure to see the real Mona Lisa, and spotted her instantly from the crowds of people filling the room. I couldn’t even get close to look at her for everyone trying to take selfies nearby! Overall however, the experience was spectacular and without a doubt worth visiting.

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Here is the discount part:

As I mentioned in my last Arc de Triomphe and Musee d’Orsay post, there are many ways in which you can get discount. One of which allows you to get discount provided you are younger than 25 and a citizen from a country within the EU, which of course meant I entered freely into most places. Another way of getting discount is through buying tickets for several art galleries at once, or buying in advance online. As far as I am aware, The Louvre stands alone and so you can only buy a single ticket. However, other art galleries such as the Musee d’Orsay and Musee de l’Orangerie do offer a joint ticket, whereby you can receive a discount by purchasing the tickets together. On a side note, I should also mention that you can save by buying family tickets too!

Despite this, I would still make sure that you carefully plan out the amount of time needed to get around each attraction so as to not overspend. As a rule of thumb, it generally took a day for me to see two attractions considering queues/travel time/eating, so don’t just buy the ticket for the sake of it. You could even make a list of the places you want to visit each day to help you stay on track 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading! What are your favourite ways to save money whilst on holiday?

~Rose~