Two Days in Venice

Good Morning World!

I don’t think anyone can turn down a good holiday, especially to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So when mum suggested a weekend break to Venice, I’d be silly to turn it down.

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To add a bit of humour to your lives, this trip was suppose to be a 21st birthday present but we went in June and I’m still 20! So when mum was telling everyone it was my birthday the whole trip and singing to me, I was a little confused.

We arrived in this beautiful city on the Thursday evening, and with no time to waste we went exploring, and of course found a bar. We saw the Rialto Bridge, and just had a general wonder around the narrow streets and bridges. Relaxed after a long day of travelling and treated ourselves to some authentic Italian food.

Friday was our only full day in Venice, and we tried to squeeze as much in as possible. We woke up super early and got to the Doge’s Palace for when it opened, which is located in St. Mark’s Square, a major tourist spot in Venice. This is where we walked over and saw the bridge of signs, where ancient prisoners would get their last glimpse of freedom before they were locked away in prison.

After our culture filled morning we had lunch along one of the small canals, followed by a gondola ride around the back streets. I would recommend taking a gondola around the back streets as opposed to the main canal, as one their cheaper and two, you get to see more of the culture. We then ended the day with cocktails on a rooftop bar before heading out for dinner and drinks again.

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As we’d had our action filled tourist day we decided to end our weekend break by using the final day to take our time to observe and appreciate this beautiful city. We had breakfast along the grand canal, and a leisurely stroll around the back streets before heading back to the apartment to get ready for our flight.

I don’t think this post has done this gorgeous city justice. From the architecture to the food, I have fallen in love with Venice. To anyone asking whether it’s worth going, I would say Yes! I don’t believe you need anymore than a couple of days in this city before you’ve exhausted the sights, but if you plan your trip well Venice definitely has a lot to offer. There are many more day trips to neighbouring islands so if you go for longer don’t be afraid you won’t fill your diaries.

All my love,

Georgina xx

 

 

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

 

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

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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 1

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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

Garnier VS Dove Tanning Moisturiser | ft. comparison chart

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Overall, I feel like both The Dove summer glow nourishing lotion and the Garnier summer body moisturising lotion, do what they say on the tin and give a very natural and non-patchy looking tan if done correctly. However they both have their pros and cons, and there are a few of them.

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OVERALL TAN

I feel that both of these products are very good in this area however there is one that stands out to me more than the other. I feel like the Dove lotion gives more of a pale natural tan, whereas the Garnier one looks more golden and sun kissed, so I guess this one is personal preference, but personally in this area I prefer the Dove one as its buildable and discrete tan.

NON-STICKY

In this category there is only really one winner and that is the Garnier summer body as it dissolves quicker into the skin and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky. The Dove summer glow is quite the opposite and I often feel that I can’t get dressed for hours after, and this isn’t a trait I look for in a moisturiser.

LONG LASTING

Both these tanning moisturisers seem to have the same ‘sell by date’ and do run out fairly quickly if you miss a day. However if you keep up to date and apply these products daily they will both last as long as you care to stop using them. They both give a gorgeous day to night glow and I would rate them both a 9 out of 10.

SMELL

I don’t know if this is a deal breaker for any of you but for me I love a good smelling moisturiser and the Garnier summer body moisturiser smells of apricots and has a far more summer essence than the Dove one.

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Overall, both these products are very good value for money, and I cant deny that they do what it says on the tin, but personally I find myself reaching for the Garnier Summer Body moisturising lotion more, and therefore give that a win.

Love Georgina xx

Sunsets in Sidari: Corfu, Greece

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Family holidays in the Bradley household are very few and far between especially ones that begin and end with a plane journey. Ever since the unfortunate incident of my parents splitting our holidays have consisted of road trips around England. This year however was not one of those years as my mum saved up enough money for us to go on holiday to Greece for the week. This idea was not an original as it spawned from my mum’s best friend Celia, who arranged the whole thing.

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Corfu is a very small Greek Island and only takes 2 and 1/2 hours by car to travel from the very tip top to the very bottom of the island. We were staying in a very popular holiday destination in the north of Corfu called Sidari. Instead of splashing out for hotels and losing the insider feel of the community, we stayed in a basic 2 bedroom apartment minutes away from the local supermarket and the strip (a extensively long road containing restaurants, nightclubs and bars). Celia and her two daughters; Ella and Molly stayed in the apartment next to us, which made our joint family holiday trip easier.

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Our apartment (as seen on the right in the above picture) was only a 2 second walk from the pool and a 4 minute walk from the beach. The pool was where we spent most of time, we’d get and sit by the pool until we were ready to eat in the evening. You could say that this holiday was a little tedious at times but who wouldn’t want to sit on a sun lounger by the pool from sunrise to sunset in 34 degree heat before dressing up and going to a eloquent Greek restaurant in the evening; we were certainly living the dream.

 

Having never been to Greece before I was so amazed by the beautiful island community. The people were so much more friendly than what they are back in England and the Greek restaurant owners were so proud of their food. The customer service in Corfu was something like no other, they put their heart and souls into their family run businesses which created a more homey vibe.

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We managed to get so much out of our holiday in the short time that we were there, it seemed that our nightlife of food, bars and karaoke became the norm and the most stressful part of the week was deciding where to eat. It was so nice to take a step back from our lives and spend the week in the sun. As much as we wished we could’ve stayed longer we will always have our memories. See you next year Corfu (hopefully).

Georgina xx