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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, …

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 Travels

September and October travels: Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Paris!

Anyone who follows my Instagram or Facebook will have noticed that I’ve been galavanting around quite a bit recently, and it’s safe to say that this September and October have been somewhat of a whirlwind for me, and November won’t be so dissimilar. In September I went to Italy with my parents, exploring the cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. It was my first time going to all of these cities, and I had such a wonderful time. Italy is just a beautiful country. October saw me travelling via Eurostar to my favourite place – Paris. I went with my friend Aurora, and we stayed at a friend’s apartment (shout out to Geoff if he is reading this!). It was great being back in the city I have missed it so much! I had the fantastic job of taking Aurora around many of my old haunts and managed to do and see some things I had not done before. Whilst it makes me sad that these trips are in the past, this November I lucky …

Holiday in Ternand France, view by the swimming pool of the countryside

A week in France

I have just returned from a week long holiday, staying in wonderful France. I was staying with my boyfriend and his Grandparent’s at their home in the middle of the expansive French countryside. My home for the week was in Ternand, a small and very quaint village in eastern France. We had a fantastic time, providing us with the opportunities to relax by the pool, go for afternoon strolls and just to enjoy being at one with nature. It was super hot to begin with, but we were often confronted with storms and rain. It was really nice to be able to just sit back and relax. Whilst visiting busy cities can be really enjoyable, sometimes the peace and quiet are much needed. Here are just a few photos from our holiday, and keep checking back on my blog as I am in the process of writing up some blog posts about the different things we got up to in France!

Jesus College Oxford, University of Oxford

Jesus College, University of Oxford

After much anticipation and excitement, I can now call Jesus College my new home for this year. When I first came to visit Oxford University, I fell in love with Jesus College. Made up of three quads, a chapel and a beautiful dining hall, what is there not to love about Jesus! Jesus College is incredibly peaceful, and as you sit in one of the quads enjoying the fine weather we’ve had for the past two weeks (not any more sadly…), you cannot help but feel as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are some wonderful photos that myself and my dad took around the college. To quickly summarise a bit about Jesus College for those interested: Queen Elizabeth 1st founded Jesus College on 27th June 1571, making it the first Protestant college founded at Oxford University. Jesus College is a relatively small college when compared to some of the other bigger ones at Oxford with 340 undergraduates, 190 graduates, 68 Fellows and 20 College lecturers. …

The magnificent Deer of Richmond Park, London - Deer Photography, nature photography

The magnificent Deer of Richmond Park, London

If you ever want to break free the hustle and bustle of the big city, then head down to the southwest suburb of Richmond. Here you’ll be able to escape and enter the wonderfully serene Richmond Park. Covering around 2,500 acres (making it the largest of the Royal Parks), Richmond Park has some incredible residents – hundreds of deer. As a national nature reserve and deer park, these deer have had a key part throughout the park’s history and have been roaming throughout the landscape since 1529. As you walk around the different paths of the park, every-now and then you’ll come across these splendid animals. Whilst down in London, a visit to Richmond Park was a high priority on my list! Armed with my camera and zoom lens, I was ready and prepared for an encounter with the deer! After some walking, they were spotted, and off I went! It was like being on safari! (not quite the same obviously, but as I’ve never experienced it, this was a close as I am currently …

Claude Monet's Gardens, Claude Monet Fondation, Giverny

The Impressionist’s heaven: Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny

Not too long ago, I finally experienced something that I have been longing to see since I can remember. That was taking a trip to explore Monet’s gardens for the first time. It seems to be a cliché as an Art Historian to say that you love the Impressionists – but I really do! There’s something about their work, especially Monet’s, dreaminess and visionary paintings that captivates the viewers. When looking at their work, I could stand for hours staring at the various colours, watching them wash and merge into one another as you move your gaze around the surface. It was here in Giverny where Claude Monet lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. Living in a delightfully sweet house, Monet transformed his gardens into an amazing landscape of beauty – an ode to nature. “It’s maybe because of flowers that I’ve become a painter.” Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) Monet’s gardens are divided into two separate areas – the Close-Normand and the Water Garden. Starting at the Close-Normand, which was remodeled according to …