UK Lifestyle Blog

21 August 2014

Slowing Down In Slovenia

If There's one place I would recommend to put on your bucket list it's Slovenia. We visited Lake Bled and it is fairytale like. There bright blue lake contrasts against the rocky mountain background, low misty clouds float by and huge green trees whistle in the breeze. It is the perfect place to slow down and relax.

After all of our travelling it was nice to be able to bring the pace down a notch and simply stroll along and admire such a beautiful view. We sat for a while just chatting away, watching people paddle in the lake.

We caught a breath taking glimpse of the sunset, the sky was burnt orange, almost as though it was on fire!

This was my favourite spot, it was practically like rock climbing to get to the top, but it was worth it just to get this amazing view,, you can see for miles over the lush landscape of bled. It was nice to feel the fresh wind on your face and perfect for people watching down below. It almost felt like you were sat on top of the world.

Of course it wouldn't be one of my travel posts if there wasn't a cake included (I know, I'm obsessed!). This is the traditional Bled cream cake, thin crumbly pastry on top with a thick sweet cream and custard middle. It was like heaven on a plate. I tempted to revisit not only for the fabulous views but to eat this all over again!

Slovenia is underrated as a travel destination in Europe but I think it has just as much to offer as the big guns; Paris and Rome. If you are an outdoorsy person you will be spoilt for choice with so many activities like tobogganing, cycling, mini golf, swimming and of course walking. You can even hire your own little rowing boat and go out to explore the little island in the middle of the lake. So I say that at some point in your life try and make a journey over to Lake Bled, I'm pretty sure you'll love it as much as I did.

Has anywhere captured your heart?

18 August 2014

Roaming around Rome

I Love Rome. Scrap that I love Italy!

I love everything about it, the rich history, the beautiful buildings, the narrow cobbled streets, the delicious food and the good coffee.

It is such a fascinating place, definitely one place you should visit in your life time. There is just so much to see and do, on every square there is a beautiful fountain tinkling away, or a grand detailed building. It feeds the imagination.

We started our visit with a trip to the Pantheon. It was nestled away on a seemingly small but incredibly busy square. There must have been nearly 1000 people there, music was being played in the background. It was insanely romantic and surreal.

We people watched for a while under the huge pillars of the pantheon before working up an appetite.

We found a cute little restaurant hidden away in a small winding side street and stopped for dinner. Pizza was the obvious choice!

Which was closely followed by gelato, yum, yum, yum.

The following day we headed off to the colosseum, we had heard horror stories about how long the queues would be so set off early. However we actually only had to queue for an hour, which in our books is good.

It was incredible to see, such a huge framework that once would have held thousands of eager spectators, emperors and gladiators. It was a lot to take in, imaging life back then, how this would have been the main source of entertainment. It was fascinating but sad all at the same time. We spent a few hours at the colosseum before heading off to our next major site, the Forum.

There was a lot of ruins from temples scattered around, it would have once been a market area. I could imagine it full of people selling and trading goods. It is definitely another must see.

It was soon time for more food, I opted for pizza again (Surprise, surprise!) followed by a scrumptious tiramisu.

On our third day we set off to see the Vatican. When we woke we saw that the weather was terrible, it was pouring it down with rain. We pressed on and set off on our walk to the Vatican, yep that's right, we walked!

I was clearly unimpressed by the weather!

We spent our final evening munching on pasta and sipping cocktails.

I truly fell in love with Rome and would go back in a heartbeat.

What do you think of these travel posts?

17 August 2014

Boiling in Barcelona

   After a speedy flight over from Paris we landed in a very sunny Barcelona. It was nearly 30 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, such a perfect summers day.

We lugged our heavy backpacks down the busy bustling streets until we reached our next hostel, dropped off our luggage and began our day.

We headed off to the metro, making our way up what felt like a million steps until we reached the entrance of Park Guell. It was the perfect day to visit the Park as it was lovely to wander the stone paths, indulging in ice creams and cold drinks along the way.

The main reason tourists (and us!) are drawn to Park Guell is Gaudis magnificent colourful creations. The houses looked remarkably like they were out of a storybook, almost like gingerbread houses. The whole place is magical with colours bursting out of all angles, flowers in full bloom and parrots chatting away. I loved it.

The municipal gardens are completely free and you can come and go as you please, I'd recommend bringing a picnic just before dusk and watch the sunset as you sip on your drinks and nibble on yummy treats.

However, if you want to see Gaudi's magical creations it will cost you 8 euro and is open 8am-8pm. It is definitely worth it.

Whilst in Barcelona we also couldn't pass up the opportunity to visit Sant Josep market and sample some of its fresh delights. It was another area of Barcelona that was just teaming with colour. There were stalls for everything, fruit, meat, spices and juices.

We spent a while exploring whilst munching away on strawberries and banana and sipping on fresh mango juice

In the evening we headed off to watch a magical fountain show, it was so beautiful! It is something I really would recommend doing if you ever go to Barcelona other than the obvious sights of La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. It's in the Montjuic area of Barcelona and starts around 8pm and is every half an hour. It is free to see too which is perfect for those with a lower budget.

We were lucky that were we stayed was actually on the same street as La Sagrada Familia! So every morning and evening we were greeted by such an amazing piece of architecture.

Of course there is the obligatory photos of some yummy desserts. We indulged in Churros which are a bit like long straight donuts in flavour and texture and they are traditionally served with hot melted chocolate. They definitely get my seal of approval, yum, yum, yum.

We did also spend a day at barcolenta beach soaking in the Spanish sun and sipping on cocktails. It was bliss. If you fancy a short break with some sun I would suggest going to Barcelona, there's plenty to do and a beach.

What more could you ask for?

14 August 2014

Picturesque Paris

I'm back home after a month of gallivanting all over Europe. It has been the most amazing month and I had a mixture of emotions when I arrived home, glad to see my family and marvel in telling them tales from our trip, but also sad that it was all over and normality was due to set back in pretty quickly.

The first stop on our European expedition was Paris, only an hour flight from home and yet we had never been. To put it frankly I was beyond excited, I love everything French; the scrumptious cakes, the laid back coffee lifestyle and the impeccable French fashion. It was my mecca.

It also photographed amazingly.

Of course our first port of call was the Eiffel Tower, a trip to Paris would be lost without seeing such an iconic symbol. We decided that we wanted more than to just look at it and bit the bullet queuing for around 2 hours to go up it. The views were worth every minute.

We also ate like kings, feasting on whatever Paris' Patisseries had to offer us, with the obligatory macaroon of course! However, I got mine from Paul's, a large delicious strawberry macaroon for just 3.00 euro! I know Laudree is the choice for many bloggers but I just think it is overpriced- don't shoot me! Also, you must have the nutella crepes! very messy to eat but absolutely scrumptious, yum, yum, yum.

Another must see monument on our list was the Louvre, not only is it home to some amazing paintings and sculptures, the building is a spectacle in itself. The glass pyramid design is so beautiful, especially when glinting away in the summer sun.

 May I also add that if you are from the EU and are under 26, providing you have ID, the Louvre is free! Yep, you heard me, FREE! Perfect for our backpacker budgets.

I won't lie, there were two things on my must see list at the Louvre, I bet you can guess! Yes that's right, the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Guilty as charged!

The sightseeing continued as we made our way along the Champ Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe.

We also made a quick visit to the Notre Dame, sadly there was no hunchback in site, Maybe he and Esmeralda moved to the country.

And so, after a cheeky trip to Sephora (Haul Post will be coming soon!) Our time in picturesque Paris came to an end. Our next destination? Barcelona!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to getting back to blogging regularly!