Reunion in Christchurch

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At the beginning of summer, I thought I would spend my summer holidays making loads of money, going on holidays and road trips with all my friends and just overall having a good time. As it would seem I’m more than halfway through my summer, I’m still as broke as when I started, while also working 40 plus hours a week and I haven’t seen any of my friends from University.

This plateau of a summer seemed to come to an end when me and my two best friends went for a long weekend away to one of our houses in the sunny town of Christchurch next to Bournemouth.

Judging from my lack of summer fun I bet you all can tell how excited I was to finally have something on my social calendar other than taking my Grandma to Sainsbury’s and back. I was packed about a week prior and my car was filled with petrol all ready for my long 4 hour journey down to the south coast.

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Day 1: Our first point of reference when hitting this gorgeous city was to head to the beach (obviously) and since we arrived late evening we brought some fire wood and some roasting equipment; i.e. some sticks and marshmallows, nothing fancy, and had a bonfire on the beach. This seemed all well and good at first until I decided it was a good idea to light twigs on fire and wave them around my head, but lets skim over that part.

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Day 2: Since we Britons were going through a bit of a heat wave late July, early August, we thought we’d make the most of it and have an all day visit to Bournemouth beach to top up our tans, (or start one in my case), as its not everday England sees temperatures reaching near 30 degrees centigrade. This seemed like a good idea at the time until the idiot that I am forgot to apply sun cream to certain areas of my body, which resulted in some serious sun burns, some of which I am still recovering from 3 weeks later. I think its fair to say I learnt my lesson. Always wear sun cream kids!

Following on from our day of beach galore, in true student fashion we hit the town for a well needed night of dancing and (sensible) drinking. It only seemed fitting as this was primarily what our friendships were formed on.

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Day 3: As you can imagine we started the day off with a morning of recovery, which then turned into a whole day of lounging around until we finally plucked up the energy to wonder around the New Forest. It was refreshing having spent the previous day on the sand to suddenly be wondering around the countryside. Dorset really does have the best of both worlds.

That evening myself and one of the girls proceeded to cook dinner for the whole family as a thank you for letting us stay and cause havoc in their home. It was safe to say it was a huge success and I managed not to poison anyone which is always a 50/50 chance when I’m behind the stove.

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My time by the seaside, although a short visit proved very well. Not only did I have a wonderful time seeing the sights of the Bournemouth and Christchurch area but I got to see my two very best friends.

Thank you for reading,

Georgina xx

 

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Brighton Weekend Away

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Visiting new places is always something I find most enjoyable, and I have spend many a day out trying to explore as many new places in England as I possibly can, drawing in its culture. This hobby then becomes especially pleasing when it means I can visit some of my favourite people as well. A few weeks ago I went to visit one of my very good friends who lives down in Brighton for University, I hadn’t seen her for months and nor anyone else from back home, so it was a lovely idea that myself and 2 other friends went down to visit her in this beautiful seaside town.

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Saturday morning began the start of our jam-packed weekend, and with great hunger and anticipation for the day ahead we began with breakfast at “The Breakfast Club”. I had heard about this restaurant before, but had never eaten here previously but just from looking at the menu I would right in saying that I would love the food. I treated myself to delicious fresh berry pancakes covered in golden syrup and freshly whipped cream. The other three girls all had wonderfully prepared hot chocolates and were far less naughty than me by choosing a more savoury option.

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After a very filling breakfast we decided to explore not only the beautiful and eloquent lanes of Brighton (which dare I say are home to some of the most appealing little shops, and a massive selection of jewellers), but the beautiful town of Lewes just a couple or so miles outside of Brighton. This was a wonderful adventure as this little historic town was filled with gorgeous independent shops lined up row to row, gorgeous mountain views and tiny traditional bakery’s with homemade bread and pastries.

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Our afternoon was very jam packed, girls being girls, we decdied to check out Brighton’s huge shopping centre. I will admit I spent more than my fair share of money on clothes which I seemed to convince myself that I needed but ultimately didn’t. I think this was true for the four of us. This was then followed by an evening back at my friends house eating pizza on the sofa and watching Moana.

SUNDAY then started off with us getting DUM DUM doughnuts for us to eat on the beach. For anyone that knows me they are aware that my sugar consumption is higher than that of the average human being, so the idea of having doughnuts on the beach for breakfast was something I was jumping for joy over. However, the beach, especially in British winter isn’t the nicest place to be on a cold windy Brighton morning, but I guess I can’t win at everything.

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We spent the remainder of the day on the Pier, and for those who have been to Brighton before knows that the pier is filled with arcade games, fair ground rides and slot machines, the perfect place to go and waste an afternoon. To which I did and managed to change a vast amount of pound coins into 2p’s for the slot machines. I was surprised at how long I was able to last judging by my history of notorious bad luck.

Let my know what your experiences of Brighton are like?

Thank you for reading

Love Georgina xxx

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 5

Good Morning World!

So its our last day in Paris, and the last day of the most amazing holiday I have ever been on. The whole experience was perfect even down to the weather which is an odd thing for a Brit to say. Truly one to remember.

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We’re actually heading off home today, and our train is at 16:00 local time, which meant that today we only have the morning. We decided earlier in the week that we would do the Louvre Museum on the last day as they have baggage lockers that store your stuff, as you aren’t allowed to bring anything with you into the museum. The lockers hold a standard cabin size case, so if you are planning on doing the same make sure it fits the measurements shown on their website (however mine was slightly bigger and it still fit).

We arrived at the Louvre Museum at around 11, slightly later than we planned on arriving but the late night from Disneyland yesterday really took a toll on us. This was still enough time for us to have a quick look around, but we got to see the Mona Lisa, so we’re not exactly complaining.

They say that it takes 9 months to fully get around the Louvre Museum, including reading every label on every floor. This to me is ridiculous and just shows how big the building actually is, because at first I thought the museum was just the pyramid, lol I was wrong. Everything in the building was so interesting and it was full of many different artefacts from many time periods, my favourite being the Egyptians. However, because of time issues we skimmed most of the museum and didn’t read any of the labels (mostly because they were in French). If we would’ve had more time I would’ve loved to have seen more of the museum and taken the time to examine each object. We still enjoyed our visit and even though it was short we were glad we got to see it.

 

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This is me trying to copy the statue.

 

After leaving the Louvre it was time to say goodbye to our temporary home, one in which I did not want to leave for at least another few days. On the train journey back I felt so down about my holiday being over but despite everything I had created so many great memories and travelled to one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world!

Thank you for having me Paris,

Love Georgina xx

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 4

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Lets visit the place where dreams come true! DISNEYLAND!

Before even booking our holiday to Paris I knew that Disneyland would an essential stop, much to my boyfriends dismay (although he enjoyed it a lot more than he thought he would).

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Our day began very early, with an 8 o clock start (7 in British time) so that we could get to the park as soon as it opened. However, everyone around us seemed to have had the same idea and the queue to get in was impeccably long, so if any of you are thinking about visiting Disneyland any time soon I would suggest booking your tickets in advance or getting printable tickets like we did because it just saved us waiting in another very long line.

I have only been to Disneyland once before, and it was at Christmas time when I was around 6, and my memory of the holiday was very limited, in fact the only thing I do remember was the ice rink outside our hotel (so not actually in the park) and the gift shop. So walking into Disney felt like the first time and it was unbelievably magical. The attention to detail though out the park was mind blowing and the way they made every experience for each individual special.

I felt like the variety of activities in the park was inclusive for the whole family, it goes without saying that Disney is primarily marketed at young children but there is a substantial amount for older children and adults as well. The variety of amusement park rides was vast, too much so that we failed to get round them all. The level of intensity per ride was also given on the booklet which meant that finding the ideal ride was made easy and not time consuming, waiting in line however was. I would recommend this to anyone, especially those only going for a weekend or for the day to invest in a ‘FastPass’ ticket for the rides. It just makes getting on them so much easier and you can do what you have to do before and then you can just hop on the ride of choice. This cuts your queuing time by more than 75% and therefore you have more time to enjoy your day. Trust me the extra money is worth it.

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There was many events happening throughout the day including plays and musicals in massive tent theatres, and also a daily parade which all the characters ride in floats around the Disneyland park. But the main event in my eyes was the evening show, which is a show of lights projected onto castle. This light show happens every night just before closing at 11pm. This was by far one of my favourite elements of the day, every detail was timed and imagined perfectly, and there was a mixture languages in the end show which meant that all children will feel as though they are involved. They definitely spoke in French and English, and I believe they also spoke Spanish, but don’t quote me.

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My overall experience of Disney was mind blowing and I was truly in my element, the magic of the park brings out the happiness in everyone. The involvement from every member of staff was lovely to see and they all looked very happy to help. Each staff member spoke a minimum of 2 languages which is very helpful for tourists like myself.

Have a happy day!

Love Georgina xx

 

 

Parisian Adventures | Paris Diaries | Day 3

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Our third day in Paris marks the halfway point on our holiday, easily a time to wallow in the fact that its nearly over, but in my case a time to celebrate another 3 more days in sunny Paris. I’ve always been a glass is half full kind of person.

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Day 3 was an aesthetically pleasing day, visiting the world famous Notre Dame, where I was excited to meet my childhood love Quasimodo, also known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame from the 1996 Disney film. Notre Dame sparked childhood nostalgia so had a lovely time dancing around the cathedral pretending to be Esmerelda, much to the discomfort of others.

Notre Dame itself is a working church and while on our visit, there were many people praying, which I can understand must be hard to do when the whole cathedral is full of tourists, despite there being a strict no talking rule. The interior of the church was amazing, with gorgeous stain glass windows and stone statues; far more remarkable than my local church. The whole Cathedral was enchanting from top to bottom, every detail was as I would’ve imagined. From the bells in the bell tower to the gargoyles on the side of the church.  The view was incredible and you could surprisingly see a great ordeal of Paris from the top.

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After visiting Notre Dame, I headed down to the Luxemburg Gardens, which to me gave off a Blair Waldorf vibe? The sheer vision made me feel like I was in a whole other world. Everything was perfect down to the last rose petal. Such a remarkable and photogenic destination.

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Love Georgina xxx

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