Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 2

Good Morning World!

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Its the second day of my holiday and the second day I get to wake up to this beautiful city I am currently calling home. The whole essence of Paris screams cosmopolitan; giving me a sense of home in this foreign country. Although this is still my second night, the whole adventure and waking up to the sounds of the city excites me, and this whole adventure still doesn’t quite feel real.

 

Wednesday we travelled just outside of Paris to the Palace of Versailles; a famous palace of the second world war to which the allies debated what is now known as the Versailles Treaty. A peace treaty, which was signed in 1919 by Germany which meant that they owed 20 billion gold marks to France for reparations. (Something that greatly interested me when studying GCSE History, although my knowledge has plummeted since). This palace although is historically flooding with culture, is one of the most beautiful Palaces I have ever laid eyes on, not to mention the exquisite landscaping and vast gardens.

The Palace itself is beyond gorgeous, and above all huge. Every room felt like I was walking into a new world, one that was bigger than my whole house put together. Each room was covered in gold detailing and filled with ceiling art and massive canvas’ worth a fortune on the walls. My favourite room of the entire building was the famous Hall of Mirrors, which was where the Treaty of Versailles was signed those many moons ago, and it certainly lives up to its name, the whole room was beautiful and again displayed the same gold detailing as the rest of the building.

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Although, this being a historical and culture filled day out there was so much for us to do, the gardens itself had golf carts to rent to explore the vast lands, several food stops with loads of little cafés and an actual restaurant hidden in the ‘maze’ hedges. The entire day was magical.

My favourite experience of the day was defiantly being able to take a rowing boat out onto there waters and explore the grounds via boat. Despite that being the plan, I found out that rowing is a lot harder than it looks and we managed to get about 100m before having to go back. I take my hat off to those who row, its one hell of a chore.

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Visiting the Palace of Versailles was a wonderful day, and I would honestly recommend it to anyone visiting Paris. The whole experience does require a whole day of your time but it is beyond worth it. I will even go as far as saying that, however the Eiffel Tower, and other famous landmarks of Paris were utterly breath-taking, this palace tops the charts. Not only is it a rich a vibrant historical gold mine, it also makes for a lovely family day out. This also turned out to be one the most perfect times to visit as Paris was experiencing 30 degree Celsius heat, which made our outing all the more happy.

Love Georgina xxx

 

 

What to Take to University? | Ultimate University Checklist

Good Morning World!

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So today is A-level results day, a day where someone hands you an envelope which could change everything. Whether your going to University?  OR Which one you’re going to? I am hoping that the majority of you have woken up to good news, and those who haven’t probably wont be reading this, so Congratulations! You have reached a point of maturity! You are moving away from home in little over a month, and you only have that time to prepare, because how would you have known otherwise? Unless you were fortunate enough to have been offered an unconditional offer, and if so hats off to you, and you are probably more organised with what to bring than any others.

I have compiled a list of essential items that you will need to take with you to University, feel free to add to it here and there, and also if there is anything you don’t deem necessary cross it off. Also let me know if I have missed anything off the list that you feel would make or break your experience at University.

  • Laptop and charger
  • Headphones or earphones
  • Phone and charger
  • Hair dryer and styling tools
  • Extension leads
  • Printer (if you have one)
  • Bowls/plates
  • Mugs/glasses
  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan
  • Wok
  • Sharp knife
  • Baking tray
  • Tupperware
  • Oven gloves/ tea towels
  • Grater/peeler
  • Dish cloth or sponge
  • Tin opener/ bottle opener
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Bedsheets/duvet cover/pillow cover
  • Duvet and pillow
  • Mattress protector
  • Coat hangers
  • Laundry basket
  • Hot water bottle
  • Storage boxes
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush/ holder
  • Medicine (fresher’s flu)
  • Wash bag
  • Bath mat
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet brush
  • Travel sewing kit
  • First aid kit
  • Change for washing machines
  • Pins or wall hangings
  • Diary/planner
  • Stationary
  • Clothes

Also remember to bring along any important documents to University, like your admissions letter, finance documents, accommodation documents, and acceptance letter just so if there is any confusion when you first arrive at University everything can be sorted out very quickly.

Good Luck!

Love Georgina xxx

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries| Day 1

Good Morning World!

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The beautiful and romantic city of Paris has always been somewhere I longed to visit; the French architecture, freshly bakes pastries and world famous landmarks are something I couldn’t shy away from. After a year together, my boyfriend and I thought it would be fitting to spend our first ever holiday together in the most romantic city in the world.

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We travelled there via the Eurostar from London to Paris on the Monday afternoon around 2 o clock, and we arrived into Paris around half 5 local time, which meant that our ‘first’ day in Paris consisted of us getting lost on the metro, settling into our hotel and eating out at a local restaurant.

Our first official day in this gorgeous city was a dream come true, and because it was our first day how could we not visit the most iconic monument in France straight off the back. Approaching this historic gem was exhilarating and I never expected for it to be as big as it was, although it being a tenth of the size of the original model, and I was blown away by the unique nature of the architecture.

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Despite the abundant number of people who decided to arrive on the same day and same time of us, we managed to get into and up the Eiffel Tower in just under 45 minutes, including a security check and buying tickets. However, if anything is  worth waiting in an queue for 45 minutes its the Eiffel Tower. My boyfriend and I bought tickets to see all the floors on the tower, even one to the very top floor, which I’ll admit gave me a little bit of vertigo but was so worth it for the experience.

After spending pretty much our whole day mooching around the Eiffel Tower and its gardens, I wanted to check out another world famous destination, which actually turned out to be one of my very favourite views from the whole city. The Arc de Triomphe! Again I was amazed at the size of the structure, half expecting it to be just bigger than your standard arc you would find in Britain, but gosh I was wrong. The whole building was incredible, not only is it just 280 steps to climb to the top (yes I actually counted them) but it has a small museum inside and a little gift shop of trinkets and bigger trinkets. The best part of all being able to see the Eiffel Tower, towering over the vast city; it was a sight to envision and never one to forget.

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The whole day was filled with delights and wonderful adventures. I went to sleep wanting more and dreaming love stories in little Paris.

Love Georgina xxx

19 Things I’ve Learnt in 19 Years

Good Morning World!

There are many things that you learn in your teenage years. So when a friend of mine asked, ‘What is the biggest thing you’ve learn this year?’ it got me thinking of all the amazing life lessons that I’ve come to know, that I, myself have independently learnt.

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1. Not Everyone is a Nice Person

Growing up in a village surrounded by friendly people was a beautiful upbringing, but though my older teenage years I learnt that what you see on the outside isn’t always someone’s greatest intensions. Most people are selfish, and they don’t have your best interests at heart.

2. Money isn’t Everything

My gap year has taught me a lot about saving and spending money, but mostly it has taught me that its better to have the memories rather than the paper notes.

3. Nothing is Worth Being Unhappy

You’ll never remember those small upsets in a year to come, so why waste a chance to laugh and smile.

4. You Wont Get Everything You Wish For

Being a child is great, you have very basic wants and needs and they’re usually met by your parents, but as we age these things widen and more people want them and they’re harder to achieve.

5. Embrace Your Inner Child

Be silly, sing louder, don’t rush to grow up, being old is boring.

6. Don’t Stop Doing What You Love

Never let anyone tell you what your passionate about, or what you love. Let that drive you forward and not push you back.

7. Always Say YES To Pudding

Life is too short to not eat the chocolate cake.

8.  Not Everyone Will Want to Stay in Your Life

The friends you make at school wont always be there for you when you’re gone. But if they want to leave, let them. Its better to have a few close friends, quality over quantity.

9. Having a Job Teaches You a Lot

I am a massive advocate for having a part-time job while in your teenage years, it teaches you so much about life, and ultimately you’ve learnt lessons that others wont have thought about yet.

10. You Still Need Your Parents

As much as we don’t want to admit it, our parents are still a big part of our lives, and we do need them more than we think.

11. Be Thankful For What You Have

There are many people who have it worse than you, appreciate what you’ve got.

12. Read Lots

Knowledge is power.

13. Popularity Means Nothing

Once you’ve left school, no one cares about that stuff, you should want to be friends with someone for the person they are, not because of who they know.

14. Happy Girls are the Prettiest

You will ALWAYS look your best with a smile on your face, and everyone will see it.

 

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15. Appreciate Nature

This is your planet and you have to look after it. After learning about how destructive humans are, I cant not recycle, and I cant not re-use bags. We make nature a happy place is we look after it.

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16. Don’t Change Yourself for a Boy

…or girl. I learnt the hard way, but if they don’t like you for who you are, then they’re not right for you, and you will find someone who does.

17. Take Care of Yourself

You should never feel guilty for being selfish once in a while. You deserve the world!

18. Stress Less

Don’t beat yourself up over the little things, you’ll only get lines. HAHA!

19. Hold Onto Those Special in Your Life

They’re a blessing!

Love Georgina xxx

P.S. HAPPY 19TH BIRTHDAY TO ME!

 

Why I Started Blogging | 2nd Blog-iversary

Good Morning World!

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Today, the 28th July 2017 marks the second birthday of my little blog, and the second anniversary of my very first post Good Morning World (which dare I say, is one of my more well written posts) . The day I decided to open up my life or my diary, if you will, to the world. The saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ certainly applies here, as despite having down days and unmotivated moments (like any other blogger) I really enjoy writing every post.

Blogging for me, has always been an outlet, a hobby, somewhere where I can talk about whatever pleases me most, not worrying about what others may thing of me. A place that is my little space on the big wide web. It wasn’t created for the purpose of getting followers or views, I mostly wrote it for myself, and I guess I still do. Most people after 2 years of blogging have a huge following and that never really was something I needed, and it was never something I worked towards. I posted my work and was done with it, no self-advertising, no nothing, just hoping that someone would stumble across my little blog and enjoy a good read. Which is slightly a bad thing, as many of my earlier posts, and some now do go unnoticed. But as of the last month I have started to warm to the idea of self-advertising, and the tooting of ones horn over on my twitter.

Despite working on this blog for two whole years now, there are still so many things that I struggle with in the big blogosphere. One of which being flat lays, I am so hopeless at creating them, I always end up having a shadow over my pictures or not having those ever so wonderful blogger props that everyone seems to be using now. This also co-insides with the whole picture thing in general, if you could only see how many posts I have written ready to publish that only need a picture. Its disappointing.

I guess the whole reason for creating this blog was so I could feel a little more important in this world, and in more ways than one it has kept me sane. I am a very introverted person, and mostly the idea of a big group of people does throw a spanner in the works, so when I stumbled upon the blogging world, I felt I slipped in well.

I am so thankful for this wonderful space I have created, and I will not stop doing what I love.

Happy Blogging,

Love Georgina xxx

 

Wondrous Wroxton | Abby Gardens

Good Morning World!

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There are several places near me that ooze beauty, one of which being the gorgeous village of Wroxton, which holds Wroxton Abby, which is a College from a University in America. It screams culture, and is the perfect place for a gorgeous summer walk.

I visited this gorgeous ‘American’ gem mid-July and fell in love with the beautiful countryside, gorgeous lakes and wholesome greenery. The gardens are a gorgeous place to bring a picnic and bask in nature. Ho

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However, there is one set back for this place, and since it being a college, it is strictly no dogs allowed, so my little pooches had to stay at home for this one.

Exploring my local countryside landmarks are a favourite of mine, and these gardens were certainly worth a visit!

Happy Exploring,

Love Georgina xxx

 

Wondrous Warwickshire | Burton Dassett Hills Country Park

Good Morning World!

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Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is located in Southam, Warwickshire; a mere short journey from the famous Shakespearian town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and 30 minute drive from my hometown in Oxfordshire. The country park is filled with a vast array of rolling hills and spectacular views where you can see for miles into several county’s. The site contains a small woodland and surfaced footpaths, as well as the hills containing a wealth of historical interest including quarry remains.

The hills are a great place for a family picnic and a favourite stop for dog walkers, so there is no doubt Burton Dassett has something for everyone. I first visited this beautiful hill site with my boyfriend where we brought a picnic, lay on the top of a hill and enjoyed each others company; in addition the miles of unexplored green fields means that we needed no encouragement to investigate.

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Other attractions at Burton Dassett include an ice cream van and coffee van which come on weekends and school holidays to provide refreshments in the summer which from my experience are much needed. These privileges are a near necessity when visiting these hills, as it being hills there is nearly no shade so its impossible to stay cool, or keep out of the sun. Remember the sun cream guys, especially since it was 30 degree Celsius when we went, which isn’t a lot for some countries but if there is a stereotype about us brits its that we cant handle the heat and love to speak ill of the weather. Haha!

The admission to the hills is free however you do pay £2 for parking which is a little cost for a big day out, and remember to bring exact amount as the machines do not give change.

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I could not urge you enough to visit this delightful countryside gem, it really is an exceptional day out for everyone.

Happy Exploring!

Love Georgina xx