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Friday, 25 August 2017

The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors
Friday, 25 August 2017
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This exact time last year, myself and Lawrence drove over to France and camped in various places around the country. This year, we decided we wanted to visit in France again, but this time stay in the same place, as driving around the whole of France in just two weeks got a little bit tiring.

It didn’t take much thought that we wanted to visit Brittany again, and the first place that came to our minds was Saint-Malo. It was one of our favourite towns we visited last year and stuck in our minds when we first started thinking about France again.


After a nightmare journey to actually get to the Eurotunnel (in England!) we eventually arrived in Calais and then drove a 5 hour drive down to Saint-Malo to our campsite, Camping Castle Galinée. This campsite came up with really good reviews online, so we were really excited to get there and look around. We weren’t disappointed as the grounds were beautiful, with lots of amenities, a shop, restaurant, pool etc. We popped up our little tent on our HUGE pitch and made ourselves right at home.

Friday, 11 August 2017

The One Where We Went To Friends Fest

The One Where We Went To Friends Fest
Friday, 11 August 2017
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I am a huge, huge Friends fan and when I saw that Friends Fest was coming to Heaton Park I thought I couldn’t BE any more excited. (Sorry, not sorry.)

I signed up on the mailing list over a year ago and received an email in work to say I was eligible for pre-sale, which we then snapped two tickets up.

I didn’t really know what to expect when we got to Friend’s Fest on Friday Morning. I knew that they had replicas of the sets and a Central Perk, but I didn’t realise it would have the festival vibes it did, the mud helped with this too.

My favourite part was exploring the sets and real memorabilia from the show, such as Ross’ leather trousers, Rachel’s letter to Ross (18 PAGES FRONT AND BACK) and Science Boy. The atmosphere was lovely too, just hearing everyone quoting and being silly, it was such a nice day out and I am so happy that we had the opportunity to go. Growing up with the show it was so amazing to see the sets in real life and I would love to live in Rachel’s and Monica’s flat…but who wouldn’t?

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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Friday, 26 May 2017

My Favourite Coffee Shops in Manchester!

My Favourite Coffee Shops in Manchester!
Friday, 26 May 2017
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My dissertation was fueled by coffee, and now that it is all done and dusted, I thought I would rank my favourite coffee shops in Manchester.

Coffee shops are my favourite way to concentrate and do my work, some of my friends don’t understand how I can sit there for a couple of hours and just be creative whilst sitting and people watching. I completed most of my dissertation in coffee shops, taking inspiration from people around me, even though, I sometimes did get distracted by people watching. (and cake.)

So, I am going to rank my top three coffee shops, the best places for me personally, to relax, concentrate, people-watch and most importantly, have a really nice cup of coffee!

EVELYN’S – Northern Quarter, Tib Street

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.


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.) 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Photo Diary: Southwest France

Photo Diary: Southwest France
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
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Let's pick up where we last left off. From Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré we then travelled to a small port, a place where I was so excited to go because it is of course, the French version of my name, La Rochelle. La Rochelle is a place I wished we had more time to spend in, but with such a packed schedule and wanting to get to our next campsite before it went dark to get our tent up, we made the most of our morning here.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Photo Diary: Brittany, France

Photo Diary: Brittany, France
Friday, 16 September 2016
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In August, myself and my boyfriend, Lawrence took off and drove down south to catch the Eurotunnel over to France. We had the whole trip planned out for months and felt like this trip was greatly anticipated and defiantly needed. We went to numerous towns and cities around France and loved soaking up the culture and the sun!

The Eurotunnel was nothing like I expected. With long delays expected due to extra security checks, it was surprising how quickly we got through customs and loaded on to the train. The train was HUGE. I always thought you parked your car up and left your vehcile and sat in a carriage like a normal train. But it was nothing like that, you drive on, stay in your car, and drive off. I only just nodded off when we arrived in France, it took a whole 30 minutes! Crazy! It has been the easiest way of traveling abroad, but the only thing I missed was the duty free shops as it is routine to spray yourself with expensive perfumes and try on sun glasses. There is a duty free at the tunnel terminal, but we just went straight on to the train.

We arrived in Calais in which we drove to Rouen, a small town in Normandy. We had a walk around, a coffee and shared a hanging kebab and the weather was scorching! The architecture around Rouen was beautiful. The detail in the buildings and the time it must have taken to complete amazed me.
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