Our big fat Greek adventure.

Jet setting again, this time we’re off to Athens. We spent 4 days here. These 4 days I spent mostly huffing and puffing. It was so much hotter than Rome.

We arrived in Syntagma square with two massive suitcases, in which several strops happened before actually arriving in the square because I couldn’t lift the bleeding things onto the escalators or up the stairs. Then we got lost trying to find our apartment. It ended up being down this really dark and scary corridor which had no lights and 100s of stairs, and the most scary elevator I have ever seen. But, once in the apartment it was fab. We had a cracking view and had a Greek bar below us which gave such an authentic atmosphere.

We visited everything we possibly could and the majority was in walking distance such as the Acropolis (which sold the best slush puppy I have ever tasted!), Parthenon, Ancient Agora, Benaki, Mount Lycabettus and the National Gardens. I’m guessing we visited more but literally everytime I saw a bench or somewhere to sit, you would find me straight there. The relief of getting away from the burning sun for 5 minutes was just heaven, so I excelled in trying to park my bottom wherever I could.

The food was amazing but I didn’t capture enough photo’s because I was too busy scoffing but everywhere I went I had to have a baklava. They.are.heaven. The best place we found to eat was a restaurant called Ergon. Everyone was super friendly, the food was to die for and best of all there was a restaurant cat called Salem (me being the crazy cat lady that I am).
You get such a city buzz in Athens but then in parts you get the overly touristy hot spots which we tried to stay away from, sometimes I felt like I was in Benidorm.
On one of the days we took an adventure on the tram to a beach. It was the longest tram journey of my life. I hated just sitting there for well over an hour feeling like a blatant tourist and making that awkward eye contact with the locals, makes me shiver thinking about it. To top it off once we got the beach it was overcrowded and we felt like we we’re in Weston Super Mare. So we headed back to catch the next tram back to stop off at a previous beach. The tram was desolate so we sat there for a while waiting for it to start back up, but in the meantime we got approached by a group of kids who tried to mug us. They were only about 10 years old all with tattoos. So we had to leg it back to the overcrowded beach. We sat there in misery for a good hour trying to comprehend what just happened and to recharge our confidence. We did make it home eventually and my gosh we we’re so happy to get back to the apartment, it was just one of those days but we didn’t let it ruin our holiday. It’s part of the adventure.. right?
Have you ever been to Athens? What was your favourite part?

For me my favourite part was the National Gardens, a tranquil hotspot which gave a hint of tropical-ness. That’s definitely a word now.
It was so beautiful, huge gigantic trees, ponds, wildlife and SHADE. What’s not to love. It was lush to have that balance of nature but to be in the middle of a bustling city. It was definitely the highlight for me.
It was great to visit Athens and I’m glad I can tick it off our places we’ve visited list, but would I go back? I’m not so sure. If I’m honest if it was just the two of us I wouldn’t but if you went with a group of friends I think it would be phenomenal.

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Next stop Rhodes (commence aeroplane noises).

 

 

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An Italian Adventure.

This is definitely the best time of year. I am currently sat on the sofa in a cosy red tartan blanket with the blinds closed and candles on. It’s ready to rock and roll these typing skills.
I can nearly hear the faint sound of those jingle bells. Yeah, I went there.

Earlier this year we took a 2 week adventure travelling to some hot spots in Europe. First on our hit list was Rome. What a place. It was incredible but I felt like I didn’t fully appreciate the magnificence of it until our trip came to an end. In unfamiliar territory my body goes into panic mode in which we rocked up at around 10.00pm while trying to navigate the airport and the connecting trains through very sleepy eyes. Oh and it was the Euro’s football final, talk about timing. By the time we arrived at Termini it was gone 11pm and all the trains and buses had stopped highly stressful when we had specific instructions to get the bus to get to our destination. So, Taxi it was. Then it was the realisation that we had to try and communicate, in ITALIAN. I was hopeless, in fact I didn’t even attempt because I was far too scared (such a brit), thank the lord for Ezra!

So we were in Rome for 4 days and most of those days it was 36-37 degree heat. Scorching. We did as best as we could to get around by foot, but my god the street sellers selling iced cold water were our saviours. Although it was an absolute rip off at 2 euros a bottle it didn’t half save us from heat exhaustion. The worst thing about the heat was the fact there wasn’t anywhere to cool off that we knew about, there were lots of water stations but in that heat you just want to strip off and sit in very very VERY cold water. However, the only water that could of been an option was holy water, we didn’t think that would bode well with the Italians! BUT my most handiest tip for travelling around Rome in the heat is to church dive every 5 minutes. There are so many hidden churches on every street and what a life saver they are. From the outside they don’t look that appealing but what hidden beauties they all are. Every one is completely different and incredibly beautiful, plus they are freezing. The perfect remedy for over heated tourists.

We walked over 20,000 steps a day and saw sights such as the Roman forum, the Colosseum, Vittoriano (which was by far my favourite), Trevi fountain, The Vatican (heads up the most torturous journey to reach the top) and 100’s of churches. We did visit a lot more but for the life of me I can’t remember the names of all the places. One thing I really noticed though was that all the paths and streets were super slippy, I was slip sliding my whole way. Highly hilarious but equally terrifying, especially when you’re walking up some mammoth marble steps to get somewhere.

The food was also another highlight, but the photo’s we have aren’t the best looking. Italians really do know how to cook and the ice cream is top notch. Ezra was in absolute heaven, 3 course meals pretty much everyday. Espresso and croissants from Necci every morning and a complimentary Tiramisu every evening (well it would be rude not to).
We stayed out of the city in a hipster area known as Pigneto, 10 minutes journey away from Termini. We were based on the main high street and could hear the buzz of local Italians fine dining below our windows with the smell of pizza, pasta and fine wines on our door step.
It is so nice looking back and seeing how much we did, and absorbing all the culture. My goodness is it cultural! But there are so many sites we probably missed with each road leading to something incredible, as the saying goes all roads lead to Rome. I would encourage everyone once in their lifetime to visit Rome, è bellissimo!

Next stop Athens….

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It’s been a while..

I’ve missed you!
Thats if you remember who I am still?…I hope so.
I am feeling EMPOWERED right now (currently listening to Adele’s new song) it’s giving me the motivation people my fingers are typing!!!
It’s happening.

How have you all been? Life for me has been extremeley busy and i can’t apologise for not posting regularly because well you know, life is manic sometimes.
I have not long started my third year at university which means the dreaded D word, yep you got it, DISSERTATION. I shouldn’t be wishing my life away but is it summer yet? All this stress will all be gone and I can enjoy you guys and blogging again (hi 5).

But despite me wishing for summer, I bloomin love autumn – which is my main inspiration for clicking on that pencil at the top of the page and typing something (huge round of applause).

Autumn, yes! your beautiful and you just confirmed it today! You can not beat a sunday morning autumnal walk, I absolutely love it.
I’ve been waiting a while for a day like today, everything was perfect. There was the right amount of crisp in the air, blue skies, sunshine sweeping through the trees and obviously the perfect crunch to the leaves. Every weekend I plan to go it always decides to rain or be really dull weather, you need that sunshine to make the woods seem like a completely different place.

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For me being in the great outdoors gives me instant release. I feel far away from uni work, house work, christmas list planning and just general life. At the minute I feel like I have no time for anything, planning to see friends and family is just a no go, weekly exercise routines are straight out of the window and right now me and university assignments are becoming eversomore closer than ever, well thats what the assignments think, I’d rather have zero relationship with those little buggers.

Anyway back to my my autumn day. This wood we went to I have been coming here ever since I was small and it never gets boring! Every direction you move your body or even your eyes for that matter you see something different and thats what I like!
It was so nice just to roll out of bed, eat breakfast and just go out, no make-up, no effort, grab my wellies and just get out there, it’s just the best.

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Do you have any places you like to unwind? I wish unwinding was a daily occurence, how lovely would that be?

Thanks for reading m’lovelys, until next time!

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Tee & Jeans

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//From forcing myself to take outfit posts I have come to the conclusion I definitely basics. T-shirt and jeans any day, it’s just so comfortable. As much as I love all types of clothes I’m not going to wear something that I don’t feel confident in, I mean who am I trying to impress? no one!
If you read my post from The best weekend then you might be suspicious that I am wearing the same clothes (oo your such a detectives). Yes I thought I would kill to birds with one stone, but not literally, I could never do that.

//My statement in any outfit I wear is that I am always accompanied with a tan bag or shoes, I have a thing for tan. All my bags look the same but are all a different shade of tan, it’s an addiction.
//Stripes is my second biggest addiction. I don’t know what it is about them but I am constantly buying stripes, I just think they are such a simple statement without having to go overboard and a plain striped tee won’t break the piggy bank which is always a bonus.

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// So where is it all from did I hear?

TopOlive clothing based in Cheltenham, I could buy the whole shop if I could afford to and they have a lush Instagram account!

JeansASOS high waisted cropped ankle grazers! I prefer these to the Topshop Joni by a mile off. I can actually breathe in them and they graze my ankles! I haven’t come across any ankle grazer that does that for me.
In the Joni I have to go a waist size bigger just so my stomach can move, they fit me fine but they seem to have an extra tightness in that area. So if you have a similar problem head over to ASOS, cheaper as well and you don’t feel like your becoming a whale, you can fit into your actual size guys!

ShoesPrimark. I’ve had these for a while and they are lasting really well, I am not a big Primark fan as I feel everyone ends up having the same clothes, but so far I haven’t seen anyone in these shoes but I am sure thousands of folk have them.

Necklace- Accessorize. Cheap and cheerful gold necklace which pretty much goes with anything!

Bag- Topshop. This bag was a bit of an investment I must say it was around £60 and for a student it did break the piggies BUT I needed it. I have this ethic of if you want it buy it or else you’ll regret it, so many times I have resisted buying something and gone on to majorly regret it. So if you can’t stop thinking about it bite the bullet.

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Let me know what you think! It was a right laugh trying to get photographs for this neither Ezra and I are models or photographers and he had to keep getting me to say B*******s to smile and look ‘natural’. If you like the look of the location it is definitely worth a visit all details are on a previous blog post called ‘A great weekend’.

While composing this blog I was watching a small Youtuber family called The Michalaks, I absolutely love them they are my all time favourite! Check them out!
I’m thinking of writing a blog post about my favourite youtubers, so watch this space!

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The best weekend.

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//I’ve had the best weekend guys in what feels like ages. It is so nice to enjoy quality time with my other half that doesn’t involve sitting on the sofa bingeing on Netflix (let’s face it, we all do it!). After work on Saturday Ezra took me out to Birmingham to play crazy golf, (as in our minds we’re still children) and then he treated me to meal in a tapas bar, was lush BUT the photographs I took for it were pants.

However, Sunday was the best! It is crazy how oblivious to places that are literally on our door step. Ezra and I ended up visiting an English heritage property called Whitley Court which is 10minutes from Worcester city centre. I’d heard good things, and it seemed like our kind of place and it certainly was! It’s on the same road as my University and I was absolutely clueless, can’t wait to visit it back in the new academic year and get my revision underway (cough cough not the revision side).
There was so much to do there which included woodland walks, lakeside walks, ruins, stately gardens, rustic boathouse, the church and a really cute tea room.

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//The building is grade I listed and was one of thee grandest buildings of the Midlands but now is an amazing ruin, caused by a fire in 1937 (thanks wikipedia!). Despite the wreckage it was absolutely breath taking. You could still see all the old fireplaces and remains of the wallpaper, every five minutes I would keep going wow, wow, WOW. I just found it so fascinating.

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//After exploring the house and gardens for quite sometime, we decided to adventure to see the onsite church. Again absolutely beautiful and personally I find churches quite eerie, I don’t know what it is about them…but I do. Wait till you scroll down and see the inside of it!!

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Whoaa…see I told you! Breathtaking. It looked like something that you would see in Rome. It had such a unique atmosphere and there was just so much to absorb. Out of everything Ezra was most interested in the organ, thats the musician in him!

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//Gosh, just look at it!

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//Even if seeing these kind of treasures don’t interest you I would definitely recommend the tea room. I mean who doesn’t like cake?!?.
£12.50 for a high tea for two, choice of a cake each (Ezra went for victoria sponge and I went for coffee and walnut, had to be done) a scone each with cream and jam and a choice of your own pot of tea. Despite it being lush there were wasps, WASPS everywhere. Ezra and I looked like right wimps flapping around everywhere whereas everyone else was casually ignoring there personal wasps attacks.

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/We had such a fabulous time (think the big grins say it all), I highly recommend it….even if you do just go for the cream tea!

Can’t wait to see where else we can go on our next weekend off!

Have you ever been? Let me know what you thought.
Thanks for reading!

//Song of the day George Ogilvie- Count your blessings.

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