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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Live band


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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. 🙂

  • 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 €6.50 to €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 and 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 the Gorge. It is situated near to one of Spain’s famous Parador hotels, which is worth a visit!
  • Plaza Duquesa de Parcent – 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 PHOTOS (they are found on Google.)

Paris 2016

I was lucky enough to experience this amazing city when my parents took me to Paris for 3 days to celebrate my birthday. We saw many of the attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We also walked along the Champs Elysees and had delicious lunches at the cute Parisian cafe’s, where they gave us the tastiest baguettes! We were staying a few streets away from the red light district and tried to get tickets to the Moulin Rouge, but they were sold out. However, you did not need to see the show to experience the mood of the red light district; simply driving through it at night and seeing everything lit up was quite awesome.

I think it’s easier if I show you photo’s rather than try to explain how awesome it was!

Spain 2016

Hi! I recently got back from a family holiday to Spain so I thought I would share photo’s and memories 🙂

Most of the time we stayed around the pool because it was so hot but we went out for dinner a few times. We met up with some family friends whilst we were there too, who had been on a cruise and stopped in Malaga. We also met up with another family who we knew really well a few years ago but hadn’t seen for ages until we ran into them in the car park of the Spanish supermarket – such a weird coincidence!

It was so nice to relax, especially after exams had finished so I was able to completely enjoy the lovely weather. Enjoy the photos!

 

Weekend away – Devon

Hello 🙂 It’s so nice to be back at my computer writing. I haven’t had chance to write or upload a blog post in the last few weeks because exams are coming up so I’ve been busy revising. However, over the weekend my dad and I stayed in Devon – we have an apartment there and he needed to sort some stuff out, so I went with him. It was so refreshing to be by the sea and have a few days of peace and quiet.

We drove there on Friday night and the journey was pretty fun; I did some work and then dried my voice out singing “Climb Every Mountain” from the Sound of Music – not forgetting to stop at McDonalds on the way! We arrived late so it was straight to bed for me.

On Saturday morning I helped my dad clean the sofa’s with this amazing leather cleaning spray and it really worked – or the sofa’s were just that dirty haha. Coincidentally, my brother was on a cricket tour and the match was only an hour and a half away so my dad watched that in the afternoon. I spent a few hours revising but the best part of the day by far was taking my camera down to the beach and snapping a few photos. It was great to be just stolling along the beach with my shoes in one hand and my camera in the other. The sand was shaped into minature deserts, carved out by the rush of waves over them and the sea shimmered in the sunlight. Unfortunately I had picked a very bad choice of footwear for the beach (I have a bad habit of doing this a lot!) and ended up carrying them the entire time so as not to ruin them! I almost tripped over about a thousand rocks but the sea wasn’t too cold and I managed to get some pictures.

When my dad got back from watching the cricket match we went to Country Cousins which is a resturant near to the beach. This was so exciting because we’ve been going there since I was about 5 years old but we hadn’t eaten there for a few years, so the deja vu was unreal! I loved going to this resurant when I was younger – they do a carvery buffet and have the most delicious puddings.

On Sunday I did a bit of revision whilst my dad painted walls and finished cleaning the sofa’s. I went out to get ice creams and walked around for a while. I’m not a big fan of vanilla ice cream but the ones from the ice cream van are SO yummy! We then packed up, loaded the car and drove home!

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Places I want to go

One of my life’s ambitions is to travel. I love the thought of going to new exciting places and experiencing different cultures. I’ve been to Canada, Australia, Spain, France, Switzerland and Lapland. My grandparents live in Switzerland so we go there quite often, as well as Spain because we have an apartment there. I went skiing in Canada when I was younger but I don’t remember it that well. I went to Australia in December of 2014 and it was awesome but I only got a few days out of a few weeks as I wasn’t well, so I’d love to go back there and see more because its so big!

I have a rather extensive list of countries and cities which I’d like to visit. There are too many to explain all of them, so I’ll just tell you my favourites. The first thing on my list is Rio, in Brazil. Whenever I see colourful photos of people dancing in the streets, it makes me want to hop on a plane and join in! It seems like a happy atmosphere, with lots of celebration and music. I love the thought of dancing in the streets with friends and tonnes of other people – a bit of a cheesy image, I know haha!

A few weeks ago, my Aunt went to Bali in Indonesia and ever since I saw photos of her adventures, I’ve been wanting to go. The culture there captures my interest, and I love the peacefulness it appears to have – quite the opposite to Rio, with their music and festivals! One place which really caught my eye was the Pura Besakih Temple complex. It is the largest and holiest temple (of Hindu religion) in Bali. There are so many sets of steps, which look as if they go on forever, with flowers surrounding them. It has a number of temples and different courtyards, which are all considered to be sacred. It appeals to me as a very refreshing kind of place.

San Francisco is one of the more random places on my list. I don’t know much about it, only that it is home to Golden Gate Bridge (which looks pretty impressive) and my favourite TV series, Charmed, was filmed and set there. One thing that always makes me want to live in America, are the houses. To be honest all I have to go on are pictures from social media, so it may not be a completely accurate statement, but the houses/apartments there look awesome! I can’t wait till I have my own house, simply so I can design the inside of it. Whilst on the topic of America, of course New York is on my list. The typical American lifestyle doesn’t appeal to me greatly but I have to admit going to New York would be a good experience. I’d like to go around New Year, so I can watch the celebrations in Times Square. I’m not a fan of massive crowds, as I’m sure the one there would be, but I’m pretty sure it would be worth it!

Going back to more tropical places now. Bora Bora in Tahiti is somewhere I found out about through a book a few years ago. I’d never heard of it before and I was intrigued so I looked it up. I cannot describe how much I’d love to go there. Houses over the water, sea so clear you can see right down to the bottom of it and loads of sun! For some reason, I really like the idea of saving this experience for my honeymoon. It was one of the first places that I put on my list and I really love what I’ve seen of it – only in pictures unfortunately!

I feel like I should write about a place in Europe, considering thats closest to where I live. Amsterdam is probably the one on my list which is easiest to get to. I’ve seen photos of the canal which runs through it and I’d love to hire a boat on a summer afternoon, gently flowing along the water. There are some interesting historical sites, such as the Anne Frank house, which I’d like to visit. Also, my favourite scene from the Fault In Our Stars was filmed there and it looks incredible. In the film it is portrayed as a romantic place, with restaurants looking over the canal and couples cycling through the streets. I love the idea of that kind of atmosphere.

I’ve realised that I’ve written quite a lot – I got fairly carried away imagining all the adventures I could have! I haven’t covered much of my list, but I’ve written about my favourites. Cape Town, Moscow, Madagascar, Mykonos, Hawaii, Venice, California and Santorini are a few others which I have in mind. I hope that I am able to visit at least a few of these awesome places. 🙂

—-None of the above photo’s were taken by me, I found them off google images.—-

Weekend in the Countryside

Last weekend I stayed in a cottage near Hereford with some friends. We left on Friday night, making the 2 and a half hour drive to the house, arriving before anyone else. We explored the house, which was quite old and the bunk beds were army beds, (as soon as this was mentioned my brother started doing a “commando crawl” around the house!) and so smaller than usual single beds, but it had a relaxing vibe to it. Later that evening we had spaghetti for dinner, with 16 of us sitting around a big table. We spent the rest of the evening playing board games and table tennis (there was a table in the basement.)

On Saturday we spent most of the day outside, playing games in the forest behind the house and getting very muddy! In the morning we did an activity which required a lot of running up and down the paths in the forest, getting very tired. After lunch we went back outside and made a mud slide. Needless to say this ended quite predictably; with everyone getting very wet and muddy! It was a hilarious experience, with a lot of us getting muddier than we’ve ever been in our lives! Our entire bodies were caked in mud, plus a few of our faces! Despite all the fun, cleaning the mud up was not a very enjoyable job. Each one of us seemed to have left a trail of mud around the house! Once this was cleaned up, one of my friends and I ended up having a mini disco upstairs, dancing along to songs from the Lion King! Dinner time was also fun, as we ended up having very deep (and hilarious) conversations about a number of different things. We played games all evening, including charades, (which I was not very good at!) and snacked on delicious brownies which some of us had made. It didn’t take us long to fall asleep, as we were all completely worn out by our forest adventures!

Sunday started bright and early so that we had time to go into Hereford and explore before going home. I’d never been to Hereford before, so it was all a new experience, but my first impression of the city is that its fairly small but very nice, with plenty of places to shop and eat. We visited the cathedral and took lots of photos of the rest of the city. We ended up getting custard slices and doughnuts from Greggs as we got very hungry! When we got back we had to do a massive clean up due to the fact it was a self-catering house. This didn’t take too long as there were plenty of us to help out. We had a quick lunch of jacket potatoes and then headed off home. It was a good weekend – even if quite tiring and we all enjoyed it a lot!