The home of the astronomical clock, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle
16.08.18 – 19.08.18
A spontaneous weekend away with my girls ❤
I have always wanted to visit Prague as I’ve heard so many great things and I finally got the chance to this summer! There are so many beautiful buildings in Prague, such as Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, National Museum, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Hall. Unfortunately for us, the astronomical clock is currently undergoing some maintenance so we couldn’t see anything 😦
We stayed in an Airbnb apartment near the river in Prague 1 which was the perfect location as we were a 10-minute walk to the Old Town square and close to a lot of bars and restaurants. A few of the bars we went to over the weekend were Hemingway Bar, Groove Bar, Black Angel’s and Tretter’s Bar which I would all recommend!
Prague is one of those cities you can just wander down little side streets for hours and find yourself amongst the most stunning buildings. We came across so many beautiful churches and hidden gems, one being the St. Vitus Cathedral which is free to go inside and definitely worth a quick visit!
As we were staying very close to the river we walked across the Charles Bridge one afternoon which is a historical gothic bridge with 30 baroque statues situated across it. Unfortunately for us, we went across the bridge at peak afternoon so it was packed full of tourists so I would recommend going either early morning or the evening – either way the views are still worth seeing!
On our last day we climbed up the hill to the Letná Beer Garden which has stunning views of the city below. Just a pre-warning, the walk up to the park is very steep! We were quite happy to chill on the grass in the sun as it was such a hot day and were exhausted from all the walking. It was a lovely way to end our weekend and I will definitely be visiting Prague again!
Top Tips for Prague
– Try and find an apartment near the Old Town square (Prague 1) as this is a great location for sights and bars
– Food and drink is very cheap if you avoid the tourist areas – venture a little further out and you’ll save a lot of money
– Walk as much as you can – there are so many beautiful buildings down side streets – go on an adventure!
The experience of a lifetime on the largest ship in the world
12.07.18 – 19.07.18
The infamous Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean is the largest ship in the world and it really does live up to its name. I was absolutely blown away as soon as we arrived, the pure scale of this ship was absolutely astonishing! We arrived into Rome Fiumicino airport Thursday morning and got a coach to the ship, before being greeted with a glass of prosecco on arrival! There are 18 decks in total so we had a lot of exploring to do to get our bearings. The first thing we came across was the Bionic bar along the Royal Promenade which was operated by robotic arms – very cool! I think it’s safe to say we experienced nearly everything the ship had to offer. The daytime consisted of visiting the city we were docked at, sunbathing and eating. The nighttime consisted of more food, entertainment and lots of drinking!
There were five stops across the week; Naples, Barcelona, Palma, Marseille and Florence/Pisa.
Friday 13th // Naples // First Stop
Sunday 15th // Barcelona // Second Stop
I absolutely love Barcelona, it’s one of my favourite cities for it’s beautiful architecture by Antoni Gaudí; I absolutely love the coloured tiles and unusual shaped buildings. We bought tickets to visit the Sagrada Família – the never ending construction site. It was absolutely beautiful inside with the stained-glass windows and grand pillars.
Monday 16th // Palma // Third Stop
Tuesday 17th // Marseille // Fourth Stop
Unfortunately we didn’t get off the ship on the last day for Florence/Pisa however I am hoping to visit this city on a different visit!
Over the week we only had one day at sea during Naples and Barcelona so we definitely kept very busy on and off the ship! There is unlimited food, activities, shows, a theatre, an ice rink, bars, clubs, casino, games room, entertainment, Central Park, water slides, a zip line, swimming pools, a spa.. the list is endless!!
I would absolutely recommend a cruise for large groups or families as you have everything you need at your finger tips and it’s a great chance to see multiple destinations in one holiday. Big shoutout to Royal Caribbean for an incredible experience and one I’ll never forget!
The home of the famous baths, amazing architecture and Fisherman’s Bastion
06.06.18 – 09.06.18
Budapest has been on our ‘must visit’ list for a while now as we’ve heard it’s such a beautiful city and so affordable. We arrived to blue skies and sunshine, and our Airbnb host kindly picked us up from the airport. This was our first time using Airbnb, we found a great apartment in District VI which was close to all the restaurants and bars. Of course it wouldn’t be a typical city break if we didn’t jump on a sightseeing bus (Big Bus of course)! We used the bus as our main transport for the three days as you could hop on and off, and this was also a chance to see and learn about all the main sights in Budapest.
One of the most beautiful areas of Budapest is the Castle District. If you didn’t know, Budapest is split into ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ by Chain Bridge and Castle District is located on the ‘Buda’ side. My favourite Castle we visited was the Fisherman’s Bastion/Matthias Church as the building was so beautiful. You could see the brightly coloured roof tiles from miles away and it’s definitely a must-see for Budapest! Another incredible sight to visit is the Hungarian Parliament building, this is one of the largest Parliament buildings in the world and is a very popular tourist attraction in the city. I guess you can’t really visit Budapest without attending the famous baths; there are so many dotted around the city but we walked to Széchenyi Spa for an evening session. No lie, the temperature in the pool was also the temperature outside (around 28 degrees!) I would definitely recommend Budapest as a little break away, there’s so much to see and do, and it’s so cheap!!
Top Tips for Budapest
– Buy a Big Bus ticket
– Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion
– Go to the baths
Portugal was the perfect little getaway for us girls, we hadn’t been on a holiday since Magaluf in 2012 so this was well needed! We stayed in my friends’ Dad’s house near Miranda Do Corvo in the middle of the forest. We were absolutely speechless when we arrived, I don’t think we were quite prepared for how beautiful this house was! As we were in the middle of nowhere, this was a chance to enjoy every single moment with great company, no TV and limited WiFi. I have never laughed so much in my life, I love my girls so so much and I’m so lucky to have them in my life. We all left the holiday feeling so inspired and motivated to grab every opportunity life throws at us. It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day lives we forget to appreciate the small things; this holiday made us stop and think about how beautiful the world is and how we can achieve anything if we put our minds to it. This was one of the reasons I started my blog, I want to share my experiences with everyone, show my love for photography and hopefully inspire others to follow what you love.
Canals // So-called coffee shops // Red Light District
07.09.17 – 10.09.17
Netherlands was the perfect little city break for Mum and I; we stayed in Haarleem at our friends house as she lives over there and we spent one day in Amsterdam. Haarlem to Amsterdam is about 20 minutes on the train, however the day we visited Amsterdam it absolutely chucked it down with rain! Luckily for us Amsterdam has a vast amount of museums you can visit, and we’d been recommend the Body Worlds museum which is an anatomical exhibition so that was our first stop. The museum was quite creepy but so interesting, it was like going back to school learning about the human body! Another museum we had to visit was the sex museum; this was an experience, especially with my mum haha! I don’t need to explain what the museum consists of but lets just say it’s definitely a laugh! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any more museums but I will definitely be returning in the near future! One final thing we had to see before heading back to Haarlem was a quick pit stop to the Red Light District, it really was a pit stop as you soon realise how weird it is – enough said! Our second day in the Netherlands was back in Haarlem and finally the weather had improved! The cities are very similar with the pretty canals and houses so we spent the day walking around seeing the sights. It was such a lovely break and I will definitely be returning.
Top Tips for Amsterdam
– Visit as many museums as you can
– Try a coffee shop for a laugh
– Walk through the Red Light District at your own risk
It took us so long to find the perfect hotel but we finally found Protur Playa Cala Millor and the hotel was absolutely amazing! We chose Mallorca purely to relax for a week and sunbathe. Cala Millor is located on the east side of island and one of the main attractions are the blue flag beaches surrounding the island with crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. We were lucky enough to be staying next to the beach and this was one of the reasons we chose our hotel, the minute we checked-in we were in heaven! We spent most our days walking along the beach, sunbathing, visiting other areas of the island and of course eating and drinking. I couldn’t recommend Protur Playa hotels enough; the staff, the food, the entertainment, everything about it we loved!
Santorini is without a doubt the most beautiful place I have ever visited. This was my first time in Greece and I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. We stayed at the El Greco Resort Hotel in Fira which was absolutely stunning. We were a 10-minute walk into Fira town where the caldera view is. The caldera side of the island has the most breathtaking views of the sunsets; the picture above says it all! Fira is the capital of the island and has a variety of Greek restaurants, local shops and museums. We spent a week on the island and definitely saw as much as we could. We booked onto an excursion with our hotel to visit the north side of the island which included the Santo Wines winery, “Old Town” Santorini, and the oldest Church in Santorini. The Santo Wines winery is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever seen, all you could see was blue sky and blue seas for miles. The winery is a popular wedding venue and I can completely see why, tying the knot there would be absolutely idyllic. Santorini is a very volcanic island and still has an active volcano you can climb, we chose to do this as part of a all-day boat trip. The trip included a few hours on the volcanic island, a visit to the hot springs and a trip to an exclusive beach. I think we exhausted every part of Santorini as there are so many places to visit, the most popular and my favourites were: Fira, Oia, Imerovigli and Karami.
Top Tips for Santorini
– Watch the sunset from Oia
– Visit a winery
– Convince your other half to get married there