A day on Lake Como – August 2017

This is probably up there with one of my favourite holiday days ever! The place we were staying at had a small rowing boat which we could take out onto the lake, so that’s exactly what we did. We were out there for about 4 hours. The scenery was just beautiful and the water was so awesome the way it glittered in the sun light. We rowed around the lake and it was harder work than it looked! We then stopped at a cafe on the beach for a snack and went swimming.

It was such a good day and I thoroughly enjoyed it! See the photos below šŸ™‚

Megssaskia x

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The Black Forest – August 2017

Welcome to the second Switzerland post….I hope you’re not bored yet! šŸ˜›

A few days ago we drove to the Black Forest in Germany – it took around an hour to get there as it was only just over the border. As you may be aware, the Black Forest is a huge place, so we went specifically to Todtmoos and then to Blasien.

The drive itself was pretty awesome. Once we’d got across the border and out of the roads all you could see were green fields for miles around. We stopped a few times along the windy road to take photographs and gaze at the beautiful scenery. We first went to a little village called Todtmoos. I was so impressed by how Swiss (or German!) it looked. Everything looked like something out of a TV set! From the wooden signs to the background of trees it was breath taking. The trees actually reminded me of the intro to one of the Twilight movies where they pan over the trees. We found a church which had very unusual decor and then stopped for cake/drinks at a local cafe.

Our second (and last) stop was Blasien. We didn’t explore this town as much as we mainly went there to see the Domo (cathedral). The Domo was completely white inside – which was not what I was expecting when I walked through the door! It was a great day and I was thoroughly wiped out by the time we got back!

Enjoy the photos as always!

Megssaskia x

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Todtmoos
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Views en route
Blasien

Zug, Switzerland – August 2017

Hello! This is going to be the first of a few posts containing memories and photos from my holiday to Switzerland. We went to several different places so I thought that instead of squeezing it all into one post, I would do several smaller ones. I thought I would kick off the Switzerland post spam with a fairly short post about Zug.

Zug is about an hour away from where we’re staying, and very near to where my Aunt lives. We met up with her and had lunch in the town then strolled around for a while. We come to Switzerland often but I feel like this is the first time I’ve ever really felt like I’ve seen lots of Swiss things! I love all the houses with their shutters and bright colours – I feel like I’ve just stepped out of Heidi! The lake was also gorgeous and unexpected! They were even setting up for a Jazz concert in the evening, which I thought was very cool. Unfortunately we were only there for a few short hours as we needed to get back. I would have loved to stay for longer and sunbathe by the lake!

I hope you enjoy the photos – it looked much better in real life!

Megssaskia x

Lincoln – August 2017

Hi! Back again with another travel post šŸ™‚

Earlier this month I went to Lincoln for a week on a choir tour. We were singing in the cathedral all day for a week and sung for services each day. It’s something I love doing each year and it’s great for the social side too – however I only see most of the people once a year, so it always takes a few days for me to warm up to them again! Although we spent most of the time singing, we still had plenty of time to wonder around on a day off and long lunch breaks!

I’d never been to Lincoln before, but I was pleasantly surprised! It’s not a huge city but has bustling streets, an awesome cathedral, a fascinating castle and of course there’s the steep hill – which everyone tried to avoid walking up or down! We went to all of the above places and even got to do a roof top tour of the cathedral – which presented the most amazing views!

Singing for an entire week is probably one of my favourite things, but I did experience withdrawal symptoms when I got home! Being around people all week and releasing all those endorphins through singing takes some coming out of.

I’ve included a few of my favourite photo’s from the trip below – I hope you enjoy!

Megssaskia x

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View from the top of the cathedral
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View from the top of the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
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Castle Grounds
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Cathedral
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Castle Grounds
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Inside the cathedral
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Inside the cathedral
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Castle Grounds

Malvern – summer getaway

Hello! It’s been a while since I wrote anything on here but I’m back with a travelling/holiday post! Its the summer holidays here and every year my mum, brother and I go away for a few days in July (my dad has to work so doesn’t come). Last year we went camping in Cheddar Gorge and this year we went to Malvern, which is near Worchester.Ā I realised recently that considering I live in England, I have probably only seen 10% of it, which is why I really enjoy these little trips that we do each year.

We arrived at our hotel on Sunday evening and went more or less straight to bed. The next day we walked up into the Malvern Hills. Walking is not really something I actively choose to do but this was awesome and the views were beautiful! We walked about 7 miles which took around 3 and a half hours.

We spent the rest of the time exploring the tiny town and enjoying the luxury of having a pool and gym at the hotel. The ground of the hotel itself were beautiful and perfect for an afternoon of sunbathing.Ā We went into the priory gardens in the town and the Priory itself. ItĀ felt very typically British to beĀ standing next to a band stand eating an ice cream!

On the way home we went to Worchester and popped into a medical museum that was in the university. It was actually a lot more interesting than we thought it was going to be! We then went into the town center and went to the cathedral. My brother and I were somewhat dragged to the evensong by my mum, who wanted to go as it was being broadcast on BBC radio. The singing was actually fairly good! We also happened to bump into a friend and briefly chatted to him.

It was a good few days away – although tiring! Definitely reccommend it, especially if you love walking holidays!IMG_5309IMG_5317IMG_5322IMG_5327IMG_5345IMG_5382IMG_5384IMG_5399IMG_5418IMG_5425IMG_5429IMG_5445IMG_5455IMG_5474

Megssaskia x

 

Milan 2017

I think I’ve found my new favourite city! I recently went to Milan, Italy and it was awesome. I went with my dad from Wednesday to Sunday, so only for a few days but had a great time. I’d never really heard of anyone I know going to Milan and if they had it was just to pass through so I didn’t know what to expect. However, I absolutely loved the city with its chilled (and some very handsome!) locals, delicious food and breath taking sights.

The first thing I noticed was how chilled all the ‘locals’ were. No one was rushing anywhere and they all seemed so content! Loads of people were wearing suits as well, I don’t know how they didn’t burn up considering it was about 30 degrees! It had a very business-work vibe which I love!

We visited the Duomo, i.e. the gothic cathedral, on day one. We did the museum tour including going underneath the cathedral to see the archeological ruins from when it was first built. The inside of the cathedral was beautiful and absolutely huge! One thing which stood out to me was the tapestrys displayed from the ceiling – I’ve never seen this before so thought it was quite cool and unique. However, my favourite part was the outside. I’ve heard that the Duomo has been compared to a cake and a hedgehog. It certainly looked like a cake! Every single spire had a little statue on it and each was carved so intricately. We went to the ‘terraces’ which was basically the roof. This provided great views of the city sky line. The best way to describe the awesomeness of this is to just show you photos!

 

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Duomo

 

 

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Stained glass windows

 


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On the terraces

 

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Skyline


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Views from the top of the Duomo
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On day two we went to Castello Sforzesco. We didn’t do any of the tours or museums there but we walked around it and through the gardens. This was pretty impressive; both the castle and the grounds were beautiful. There was a live band playing in the grounds which (I’m assuming) was there because the Friday was Republican Day. This is an Italian holiday celebrating something to do with the monarchy they used to have. It was good to experience some local culture whilst we were there! On the same day we did an open top bus tour around the city. We hopped on and off at various locations and it also took us to the football stadium, which my dad was very impressed with!

 

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Inside the castle
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Inside the castle


 

 

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Castello Sforzesco

 
On day three (our final day) we strolled around the city and went to the Teatro Alla Scala. This was so impressive! The theatre was enormous and it was fun to imagine what I’d be like to sing and act in front of a crowd that big. We also went through the museum there as well which taught us all about the life and works of various famous composers. We also walked through the shopping centre several times throughout our trip. This is one of the oldest shopping centres in the world and looks more like a palace than a shopping centre! Milan is the home and fashion and it’s clear to see why!

 

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Theatro Alla Scala

 

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First Prada store

 

 

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Inside the shopping centre

 


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Outside of the shopping centre

We also strolled along the Navigli canals on our final day and had lunch beside them. There were various market stalls up and down the streets so we walked around those as well.

 

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Navigli canals



The food was delicious! I ate mostly pasta in the evening and we had salads for lunch. On our first day there we found an awesome salad bar which was like a fast food salad resturant. They had the biggest selection of salads and puddings I’ve ever seen! Another place we went to had the best seafood spagetti I’ve ever had! There are so many good places to eat around the city and most are reasonably priced. I thought it was cheaper than London. We also went to an ice cream cafe where we got served the biggest, yummiest ice creams I’ve ever seen!


The buildings were so grand and reminded me a bit of some streets in Oxford city centre. The central station was more like a museum than a train station! It was huge and the building was amazing.

 

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Station
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Square outside the station



The trip was awesome and I’d love to go again! I might even start to learn Italian so I can move there someday! I hope you enjoyed this travel post.

 

Megssaskia x

Things to do in Ronda, Spain

Ronda is the beautiful mountaintop city in Andalusia, Spain. Situated on top of a deep gorge, it boasts some of the most amazing views. I have visited Ronda a few times over the years and it is one of my favourite Spanish cities. It is great for those who love exploring modern Spanish culture, as well as history.

I hope this guide is helpful if you are ever visiting Ronda or are looking for a new city to explore. šŸ™‚

  • Plaza de Toros – Ronda bullring is very impressive as the largest stone bullring throughout Spain. When first visiting, it is amazing how huge it appears to be. There is also chance to walk around a small museum at the bullring to learn the history of bullfighting. Prices are very reasonable from ā‚¬6.50 to ā‚¬8. There are still bullfights being held here, although I have no appetite for such things, it may interest you!
  • Ronda Gorge – probably one of the most breath-taking views in Spain, looking over the Ronda Gorge into the depths below is both frightening andĀ fascinating. A walk along the Puente Nuevo bridge is well worth a visit so you can oh and ah as you look down into the Guadalevin river.
  • Guadalevin river – this is linked to the Ronda Gorge. This river can be surveyed from 3 bridges; Puente Nuevo, Puente Viejo and Puente Romano.
  • The Puente Nuevo – the most impressive of the bridges in Ronda, the Puente Nuevo is the newest, with construction completed in 1793. This is one of three bridges from which you are able to admire theĀ Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
  • Plaza Duquesa de ParcentĀ – this is the beautiful square in the city. Perfect for a stroll and picturesque Instagram pictures, or to have lunch in one of the many restaurants nearby.
*I DO NOT OWN ANY PHOTOSĀ (they are found on Google.)