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Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Mini Guide: The Amalfi Coast

A Mini Guide: The Amalfi Coast
Saturday, 24 June 2017
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The Amalfi Coast has always been high on my list of places to visit and after searching some dreamy holiday destinations, myself and Lawrence decided on Italy. Positano seems to be all over Instagram at the moment, and after searching the surrounding towns around it, it seemed like the perfect destination for a week break.

We stayed in the town of Sorrento, in Grande Hotel Parco Del Sole, which was a 20-minute walk or a quick shuttle bus into the centre of Sorrento. The hotel grounds were beautiful, with a giant fountain on the drive way, it made it feel really special. We had plans to have day trips to the other towns and Islands surrounding Sorrento. With a tight schedule, we decided to visit Capri, Positano, Pompeii and Naples. There is a vast amount of public transport to the surrounding towns, but I would definitely recommend the ferries, the buses seem to get very busy and are hard to find your way back to the bus stop after a day of exploring. When you get off the ferry, it is easier to find your way back to the port, and the experience is also a lot better.

I am going to break down each town visited and the restaurants we ate at in each town. For myself and Lawrence, we always look forward to the food the most!

Positano:

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Girls Holiday: Madeira

Girls Holiday: Madeira
Saturday, 10 June 2017
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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

48 Hours in Geneva

48 Hours in Geneva
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Most Instagrammable Hotel!

The Most Instagrammable Hotel!
Saturday, 17 December 2016
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

And what a better way to celebrate and indulge in festivities other than staying in a swanky hotel in Manchester?!

I have often wandered past Hotel Gotham, having a peek in at the 1920’s style of the staff on the doors. I always wondered what it was like in there, after hearing amazing things about the hotel, myself and Lawrence took the plunge to stay for the night and It was the best hotel we have EVER stayed in.










The hotel décor is very Batman meets The Great Gatsby. The staff set the atmosphere with their style and character – from the minute we entered the door and went up the lift to the reception desks, it felt like a movie set. We were offered a cocktail on entrance, which was so tasty and then showed up to our room.



During our night in Gotham, we ate across the road at Rosso. Myself and Lawrence came here when we first starting dating (I hate that word) and we sat in the exact same seat as we did six years ago! We also went to see Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre and had a walk around the beautiful German Christmas Markets. Christmas is my favourite time of the year and this was the best way to feel oh so festive.

When we returned back to the hotel that night, we were confused at the sound of music in our room, thinking I had left the tele on. We then found that the staff had come in and put Classical FM on, dimmed the lights and put a jar of pig shaped biscuits on the bedside table. This gesture was just the cherry on the top of an amazing stay, small things really make the difference and this just made us so happy to come home too. And then Love Actually was on the tele that night too! Perfect Christmassy night!










I could literally live in this hotel; it was perfect. From the books on the bedside table to the cushions, staying here is a really special experience, and I am so thrilled I was able to stay here! I would totally recommend staying here. We had thought about staying here for a while, and even though it is rather on the pricey side, it was a special, one off experience but it was truly worth it!

The best hotel, in the best city.

Rach X

Thursday, 24 November 2016

48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin
Thursday, 24 November 2016
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Photo Diary: Weekly Roundup

Photo Diary: Weekly Roundup
Sunday, 23 October 2016
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This past week has been quite exciting, and I have took quite a few pictures so I thought why not share it with you guys. Apart from the usual of being in University in the afternoons and working at the weekend, I did quite a few fun things!

On Monday, myself and Lawrence went to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington. Which is around a twenty minute drive from Manchester. Every year the farm holds a Pumpkin festival which opens the pumpkin picking fields, where you go round the farm and pick the pumpkins you fancy! You then weigh all your picks and pay for them! Easy. We had a walk around, looking for our perfect pumpkin, in which I had the COMPLETE wrong shoes on for. (I sank in to the mud with every step.) 







It felt all so Autumny and cosy whilst walking around the different picking fields, and actually can't wait to go back in Spring/Summer for the berries. But for now, we have our pumpkins to carve. (I have actually never carved a pumpkin, so wish me luck!)




On Wednesday, myself and Ayesha went to Manchester Art Museum. Fashion and Freedom and 100 years of Vogue are the two fashion-based exhibitions on at the moment, and is totally free so very much worth a visit.



 In the Fashion and Freedom exhibition, there was a display of interpretations of fashion at the time, made by fashion students and designers. It was really interesting to see the development behind each piece of clothing and the history behind it is fascinating.





My personal favourite which I was drawn to the most was a piece by Fashion student, Revekka Georgiadou. (Far right) I was attracted from across the room by the metallic skirt (I am like a magpie at the moment!) but when I got closer I could see the detail and consideration that had gone in to her work. Revekka's researched in to women in the First World War, and her design represents the workers who were nicknamed the 'munitionettes' and 'canaries' because of the chemical exposure they suffered while handling explosives discoloured the skin. The whole design, colours and material is a symbol and the contribution to the war effort. You can get more information on her work here.





Looking around the Vogue 100 was such a special experience. The exhibition was set across various rooms in a timeline effect. It was amazing to see the first ever issue of Vogue, (which was hardback!) compared to the recent issues. Through the move of technology and social media, the style of the cover of the magazine may have changed by fashion is always a expanding but repetitive industry. The images on the walls and in old issues of Vogue you see fashion adjust but yet always come back around. Speaking of the fashion industry, I had the pleasure to see Vivienne Westwood on Thursday night as she did a talk on her new book, Get a Life. 


Her new book is aimed to tackle climate change and the little things we can do personally to contribute to help the world. She also explained how her research in to the world and environment show in her work. Even though, I would have liked to hear more on the fashion side of her career, the talk was an eye opening experience to the seriousness of climate change. Vivienne was passionate and a great story teller and had amazzzzing huge heels on! (Not bad for 75!)


So! My jam packed week of amazing things! Myself and Lawrence are off to see The Lumineers tonight in Manchester, which is also very exciting! Please let me know what you have been up to this week?!

Rach x
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