Budapest

Budapest
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

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Portugal

Portugal
The perfect little break with my girls

05.05.18 – 08.05.18

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.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam
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

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Cala Millor

Cala Millor
Pure relaxation

18.07.17 – 25.07.17

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!

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Santorini

Santorini
The most beautiful island in the world

07.07.16 – 14.07.16

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

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Paris

Paris
The city of love

30.04.16 – 02.05.16

Our visit to Paris was to celebrate our 2-year anniversary and we stayed in the Hotel Derby Eiffel on 5th Avenue. Our balcony had a great view of the Eiffel Tower (as requested) and was only a short walk away from the famous landmark. Paris has so many sights to see, we only had four days there but managed to see as much as possible. The day we arrived, we explored the area we were staying in and discovered the most incredible bagel shop to have lunch called Bagelstein (highly recommend!). The next stay was our anniversary so we decided to visit the Eiffel Tower and bought tickets to the summit. It was so unbelievable high but so worth it, the views are absolutely amazing as you can expect! Our form of transport for the few days was the Big Bus, we have used this in so many cities to get around, it’s so easy to hop on and off! Other places we visited whilst there was the famous Louvre, Sacré-cœur and Arc de Triomphe. The Louvre was unfortunately shut the day we visited as it was a Sunday, nonetheless it was still a great landmark to see. On our final day we visit the Sacré-cœur which is a famous Roman Catholic church. We embarked on the thousand steps you have to climb before reaching the Church, and then stupidly decided to climb all the steps inside as well! The views are worth the climb as you see another angle of Paris different from the Eiffel Tower. Paris is so beautiful and has so much character, I absolutely loved our small getaway and would recommend it to anyone!
Top Tips for Paris
– Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower (unreal views)
– Walk up the Sacré-cœur for more views
– Find a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower

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San Diego

San Diego
America’s Finest City

06.09.15 – 09.09.15 // Final Stop

San Diego was the final visit on our USA travels and what a beautiful place to complete our trip! We stayed in the Blue Sea Beach hotel located right on the Pacific beach. As we had been travelling for just over 3-weeks, San Diego was a chance to chill out and sunbathe for the first time. This was a chance to reflect on the most incredible trip of our lives; the places we had seen and the unforgettable memories. I will never forget my time in America and I’m so lucky to have experienced so many places in such a short space of time! All we did in San Diego was eat, drink, and of course take photos of the amazing sunsets. Queue photos…

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