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. 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. We went into the priory gardens in the town and the Priory itself. It felt very typically British to be 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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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

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

In August my family and I went to Spain. We stayed in our apartment on the South Coast, only a 10 minute walk from the beach and opposite a cosy golf club. We spent most days lounging around in 30+ degree heat, swimming in the pool and snacking every few hours. Each evening we went out to the nearest town, either to eat or just wander round. The nearby town has little stalls each night which sell all kinds of bits and bobs, such as handmade jewellery, bags, food, souvenirs and hair braids (which they do for you, I’ve had one every time we’ve been!)

One day we went water skiing/boarding, which was so much fun, and one of the highlights of the trip. It was at a lake about a 45 minute drive away from our apartment. When we went on the water, we started on knee boards and then upgraded to ski’s. We had to sit on our kneeboards and wait to be yanked off the platform onto the river – that part hurt your arms, but was completely worth it! If you managed to stay up (which didn’t happen every time, unfortunately), cruising along the water was the most awesome feeling. Except there was a technique to going around corners, which was not as easy as some people made it look. You had to be prepared to have your arms pulled hard and stay on the board at the same time. Some corners were trickier than others but I managed to go around at least once before falling off! After we’d finished water boarding we lounged around on the beds overlooking the water, had dinner and watched the sun set. We actually went to the lake twice during our holiday because it was so much fun, even if it did make our bodies ache the next day!

One evening, after we had eaten, we went out to a nearby town and strolled along the beach. We watched the sunset and managed to get some awesome photos! It was the most relaxed evening of the trip. We finished the evening with cake and coffee (or hot chocolate) and watched people passing by, enjoying the evening.

Overall it was a good trip. It was nice to spend time with my family because we’re very busy so don’t spend much time all together, and I’m definitely missing the warm weather and the sun!

Megs Saskia 🙂

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Biggest watermelon we could find in the shops!
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Chilling by the pool.

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Waterskiing.
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Walking along the promenade.

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Sunset on the beach.