Two Days in Venice

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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

 

 

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5 Things I Love About Paris

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After visiting this city for the first time last month I have developed a love for certain elements of it that we just don’t have back home. Paris is known as being the most romantic city in the world, and even though I swayed the table by going with my boyfriend I seem to agree. My time in this gorgeous city left me wanting more and I will be visiting again in the future. So here are a few things that I loved about Paris.

Architecture – Paris is famous for it’s architecture and beautiful buildings with rows of Juliet balconies and gorgeous big windows. Being the complete nerd that I am, this was the first thing I was excited about when I first stepped into this vibrant city.

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Landmarks – Paris is full of such beautiful landmarks to visit, and even with my week long trip and culture filled visit we didn’t manage to get round everything that I wanted to see. This glorious city is full of culture and is perfect for those interested in history.

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Food – Say no more. We all know that France is known for its fresh pastries and just great food in general, so I was in my element. The continental breakfast every morning was defiantly my favourite, I love a fresh de pain de chocolat.

Language – This may seem like an obvious one but to me the French language is so beautiful and rolls off the tongue. If I could learn another secondary language than it would be French.

Gardens – This could be included in landmarks but the gardens in Paris especially the Jardin de Luxemburg are so beautifully maintained, and its something you just don’t that in Britain.

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What are your favourite things about Paris?

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 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

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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

 

 

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