Author: roisingrace

L’Arc de Triomphe and the Jardin des Tuileries

April Adventures

Wow it’s been an insane amount time since I’ve blogged. I cannot believe the last thing I posted was in December 2016! That was a seriously long time ago. Since then A LOT has changed in my life, and I don’t even know where to begin. So, after gaining my Masters at Oxford, I decided to take a break in order to prepare my application to complete a PhD. Whilst doing all that (it was like a job in itself), I spent a long time looking for a job. Now, you’d think that having a first class degree and a Masters from Oxford might be helpful when trying to get a job in the arts and heritage. Well, it turns out it didn’t. Despite having tons of work experience and internships under my belt, I found it really difficult to get a position anywhere. Despite applying for nearly 100 positions, and having a handful of interviews, nothing came about. This was actually a really hard time, as there’s something about spending hours and putting lots …

Amazing views from the Pantheon in Paris

The Panthéon’s Viewing Platform: best views of Paris

When I recently visited Paris, I heard the news that there was a new place to view the beautiful city from (many thanks to the wonderful Rebecca at Everyday Parisian). Located in the 5th Arrondissement, the Panthéon was originally built as a church dedicated to hold the relics of Saint Genevieve, and is now a secular mausoleum. After three years of restoration, the Panthéon’s dome is now open to the public where you can ascend the 276 steps to get amazing views of the city. You can walk around and get 360 views of the city! This is one of the most perfect places to come and visit, not only because of the magnificent vista but also because only 50 people are allowed at a time to ascend to the top, meaning that you won’t all be competing to get that best view! The climb itself up is really easy, and we were not out of breath the entire time. As you go up, you stop alongside the viewing deck at the top of the …

Roisin Grace - my first craft fair!

My first craft fair with the Artisans in the Palm House, Liverpool

A couple of weeks ago I had my first craft stall, selling a selection of my photo prints and greeting cards. The event was called the Artisans in the Palm House, and had been going on for three days. The Palm House, where I was located, is such a stunning building, and it was an honour to placed inside. I had a wonderful day meeting fellow makers and customers. This being my first time ever having a craft stall, I was super nervous! I had actually been preparing for it for some time, and with a couple of weeks to go I ended up making a ‘mock stall’ in my parent’s dining room, where I was able to play around with the display. All the things that I sold during the day, are available on my Etsy shop. I was very lucky to have my Mum by my side, and she was the perfect sub-team leader! When preparing for this craft stall, I must have spent in total, hours looking around Pinterest and found some great …

Christmas at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

Christmas in Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens

When I asked my friends where should I visit in Copenhagen, one place that kept coming up was the Tivoli Gardens. I had also heard of the Tivoli Gardens after watching Rick Stein’s Long Weekends TV show where he visits the gardens and takes a ride on a quaint wooden rollercoaster. I had originally thought that Tivoli was just a nice park with gardens, and it wasn’t until I did more research that it turns out it is, in fact, an amusement park! Originally opening in 1843, Tivoli is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world! As I mentioned, there is a wooden rollercoaster which was built in 1914, and still, operates today. When we got there after cycling from our hotel, we were a little put off by the prices of admission, but nevertheless, we thought we might as well. One of my first thoughts was WOW! It was like we had walked through C.S.Lewis’ wardrobe and onto the other side, that just happened to be Christmas land. It looked like Santa’s Grotto, …

Best Christmas gifts for Paris Lovers on Etsy

The best Christmas gifts on Etsy for Paris lovers

Buying Christmas gifts can be hard, but if you know someone a little obsessed with Paris like myself, then look no further! I have searched through Etsy to find some of my favourite items that I think would be perfect for those Francophile friends of yours. Ceramic Breton bowl // French wine kitchen print Paris Illustrated Map // Eiffel Tower gold or silver necklace  Eiffel Tower and pink blossom photo print // I Was Supposed To Be French mug ‘Je l’aime’ French tote bag // Gold foil Paris Eiffel Tower print I love looking around Etsy and seeing the amazing things that people make and create – have you found anything that a Francophile would love? If so, let me know in the comments!

24 hours in Paris - what to see and do, Accor Hotels competition

24 hours in Paris: things to see and do

Inspired by Accor Hotels “24 hours in…” competition, I have decided to write up the best things to see and do in 24 hours in Paris. 24 hours is not a lot of time, and there is so much I would recommend seeing. However, I have done my very best to offer you, lovely readers, the best that Paris has to offer. One thing I tell anyone going to Paris is to forget the metro. Ok, so the metro is fine, but to really experience a city there is no better way than walking, especially in Paris. Therefore, this guide takes its inspiration on how close the various sites/sights are to one another. Bunched together in terms of location and arrondissement, this guide offers you a great insight into the beautiful city of Paris, whilst offering you things off the beaten track! To make life easier and show you that you can do all the things mentioned here in 24 hours, I have created a map showing all the places listed in this guide, and some great …

Autumn in Paris Luxembourg Gardens and Tuileries Garden

An Autumn must in Paris: Walks in the Luxembourg and Tuileries Gardens

It’s safe to say that Autumn has officially arrived in Paris. Paris is the perfect setting to put on your warm scarves and gloves, comfy shoes, and head out for a stroll around the city’s beautiful gardens and parks. There’s nothing that I like more than taking a leisurely walk around the Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg people watching and kicking the fallen leaves beneath my feet. As you’ll see in the photos below, I was also in the Jardin du Luxembourg at sunset, which offered some fantastic views of the falling sun behind the crisp orange leaves. If you have any favourite things to do in autumn in Paris, let me know! Le Jardin des Tuileries Le Jardin du Luxembourg