Saturday, 28 January 2017

Christmas Time In Prague

With its captivating architecture and amazing food, its impossible not to fall in love with this city. I am not long back from my first trip to Prague (I've really been back a month I'm just a rubbish blogger) and already I want to plan my next visit, mainly to get Trdelník but thats a whole other story. My boyfriend and I decided that this year we would spend a few days in Prague over the Christmas holidays so that we could explore the Christmas markets, hopefully see some snow and get really into the Christmas spirit before flying back home for Christmas day. I have decided to share how we spent our time in Prague.

Arriving in Prague- Day 1

For our time in Prague we were staying at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel which is one of the most stunning hotels I have ever stayed in. Every morning as part of our package we enjoyed a buffet style breakfast in Cafe Imperial. The cafe has been the most famous grand cafe house in the city for over 100 years and it is no surprise why. The cafe boasts a gorgeous mosaic ceiling and art nouveau tiling. It even has huge windows which were great for people watching. 

That night we decided to explore the city and of course hunt for the Christmas markets which wasn't hard because they were literally everywhere. The city constantly smelt of Christmas markets. It was also on this night that my life changed forever as we discovered Trdelník. Trdlnik is the ultimate super food. Super in the sense that it tastes unlike anything you've ever had before. When roaming the streets of Prague we constantly seen three dimensional pictures of these rolled pastries and decided to try them. Our first Trdelník experience was in the Old Town Square at one of the stalls in the market and you could watch them being made. The dough was rolled out, wrapped around the trdlo (which is basically a stick), sprinkled with lots of sugar and walnut mix and then cooked over the flames. I think we had at least two of these a day when we were there. 

Prague Castle- Day 2

On our first full day in Prague we of course decided to explore more of the city. 

Letenské sady
Letenské sady also known as Letná Park is a huge huge park on top of Letná hill. We stumbled across this park accidentally on our way to Prague Castle and I'm so glad we did because the views from the top were amazing, we could see the whole of Prague Old Town and the landscape seemed to go on forever. It was really nice to step away from the inside of the city and admire it all from a different perspective. 

Chotkovy Sady
We also visited another park which was around 5 minutes walking distance from Letenské sady. This park is very small but was still worth visiting. Again, it seemed that wherever you stood you were looking at the most beautiful views. This was also a really good spot for taking pictures of the Castle. We also found a tree swing which definitely boosted the aesthetic of my instagram. 

Prague Castle
Supposedly Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world according to my reliable source that is the Guinness Book of World Records. I wasn't sure what to expect when visiting the castle area but the best way to describe it would be like a small village. In the castle area there are museums, a church and lots of cute little shops. I would recommend that if you ever visit Prague Castle that you keep a full day free for it because there is so much to see.

Some important sights and a crazy experience- Day 3

In 50 years time when my boyfriend and I are old, grey and can't remember much, one thing that we will definitely say is '' remember that time in Prague when we went to the KGB museum...

KGB Museum 

I could probably spend this whole blog post telling you why you have to go to the KGB museum but just trust me when I say you need to. To quickly summarise, the KGB museum is on the other side of Prague across Charles Bridge and the Vltava River. It consist of two small rooms that are filled with real KGB artefacts. What made this tour so memorable was the fact that our tour guide was slightly insane. I say slightly but I really mean absolutely insane. He was very knowledgeable about everything that he was talking about and definitely provided an entertaining commentary but was very eccentric. Our guide would demonstrate how the weapons were used and definitely got into character. We even got the chance to handle the artefacts; axes and knives with Nazi blood still on them were passed around and even a freaking ballistic knife which could easily be ejected if someone accidentally pressed the trigger! Im pretty sure if this was in the UK so many health and safety rules would have been broken but yolo.

Charles Bridge

Prague is definitely not short on bridges, in fact each bridge we passed we constantly found ourselves asking '' Is this Charles Bridge?'' When we finally stumbled across it, it was clear why this is Prague's most iconic Bridge.

John Lennon Wall 

What started off as just an ordinary wall was transformed into a wall of peace and harmony. As you can probably guess it is filled with quotes, pictures and is very colourful. We visited around late morning and it wasn't too busy.

Swan Lake

As a dancer myself I was not going to go to Prague at Christmas time and turn down the opportunity to see the ballet. Thankfully my boyfriend was willing to come with me so I didn't have to go on my own.

Terezin Concentration Camp- Day 4

On our fourth day we decided to do something a little different and booked a tour to Terezin concentration camp. With our tour guide and group we travelled about an hour on the train to Terezin and from the station it was about a 10 minute bus ride into the town. We spent the full day here and were shown around the different museums, houses, cemeteries and crematorium. Terezin was not an extermination camp like Auschwitz but was mainly used for slave labour and as a transit camp before people were sent off to the other camps. What I found particularly upsetting was that it was also used as propaganda to encourage Jewish people that life in these small, close knit communities was better than the lives that they were previously living. Our tour guide explained to us that many people sold their home, all their belongings to actually buy a ticket to the camp. We were even shown the actual footage from the propaganda videos. Children would often draw lots of different things including drawings of a hope for a better future outside the camp.

Day 5

We spent most of our final day in Prague eating Trdelník and riding the tram. We also done a bit of Christmas shopping before heading home. It has only been a month but I miss this beautiful city so much and will hopefully return back soon. You can also watch my youtube video here



Monday, 18 July 2016

June Style Diary

We are now well and truly into my favourite fashion season… Summer! This means that I have started to wear my summer wardrobe which I have spent so long building up. Someone really needs to teach me how to save because Summer clothing is definitely not good for the bank balance. I, as much as the next person love Winter for the cosy jumpers, Chelsea boots and leather jackets but often tend to use this an excuse to put no effort into my appearance. I always find that the Spring/Summer season forces me to stop hiding under those big winter jumpers and experiment with my style.

I have constantly found myself reaching for my Influence striped shirt dress which I got from Asos. I love the gold and black stripes on this dress as it is slightly different from your navy and white or black and white stripe pattern. One of the reasons for justifying this purchase was that while I may own lots of stripes, I don't have any gold and black stripes so this makes it totally ok. This is the first shirt dress I have purchased as I could never seem to find one that suits my figure. I tend to find that most shirt dresses just hang off my body and don't give me very much shape. However, this dress is very flattering all thanks to the drawstring waist which gives the illusion of some curves while cinching your waist in to make it appear smaller. The cherry on the top is the lightweight fabric making this the perfect Summer dress.

 Despite the amount of handbags that I own I can never seem to pull away from my trustee Longchamp Le Pilage shopper bag. For £70 this bag is so durable and definitely worth a purchase if you're looking for a new handbag. I got this bag over a year ago and it is still in amazing condition despite the amount of university books that have been pilled in. I love the brown leather trims which make this bag stand out from your typical black handbag. My Longchamp bag can go with basically any outfit and I think that is one of the reasons why it is my go-to bag. The only down side is that there is no inside zipped pockets which means that when I'm frantically searching for my house keys in the pouring rain or looking for a bobby pin it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

On my feet I have been wearing these gorgeous baby pink loafers from Kurt Geiger.  I find that the colour makes the loafers look very classy and feminine which is perfect for when I fancy wearing jeans as it still gives me a girly edge. What I love most is the rose gold metal on the front of the shoes. I am obsessed with rose gold so when I seen the detailing I just had to get them. 
  Speaking of rose gold, to accessorise I have been wearing my Michael Kors rose gold bracelet which I got as a gift for my birthday from my boyfriend. I have never been much of a bracelet person due to the fact that my wrists are teeny tiny and everything just falls off them. But, after receiving this gift I'm totally converted to a bracelet gal and thats all down to the adjustable ties which allow you to put the bracelet on and take it off easily. I think we can all relate to the struggle of having to put on a bracelet with one hand. I love the diamond's in the middle of the bracelet and find it always adds the finishing touch to any outfit.

I hope you enjoyed reading my style diary and finding out my favourite June clothing items. Let me know what your Summer must haves are in the comments. You can follow me on bloglovin to keep up to date with all my posts.



Saturday, 9 July 2016

The Perfect Little Getaway

I am not long back from a trip to Kielder Water with my boyfriend, Jake. This was a change of setting from our usual holiday. Nonetheless, it was so us! Our love for exercise and the outdoors made us decide on a cycling holiday, where we could venture away into the wilderness. Deciding on somewhere to stay was very difficult because everywhere was so damn cute, it was impossible to pick just one. If it were up to me I would have spent a night at each little place. We wanted to have the experience of camping outdoors but also the comforts of home. After countless links were sent back and forth we decided on ''PoSHHuts'', its glamping style meant that it was the perfect balance.

Our garden overlooked a picturesque woodland area. It was so peaceful and every morning we woke to the sound of lambs in the fields and birds in the trees. This was a pleasant change from the bustle of traffic and sirens of the city. We never got to use our outside fire pit due to the weather (typical Britain!), yet the wood burner within the hut meant that after a hard day of cycling around the Reservoir in the rain we always had a cosy spot to come back to. 

One of the highlights of my time away was our trip to Kielder Observatory. Kielder is known for having some of the darkest skies in Europe and the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world. This provides the perfect opportunity to star gaze especially in winter, when nights are darkest. The "Aurora night" which we had booked onto began at 11:55pm so we had a quick nap beforehand.  Out of all the nights we were in Kielder, by sheer luck, we had booked the only one with clear skies. As a result we were able to see Saturn, The Milky Way, Andromeda and loads more through the telescopes. I found this experience surreal as it is one thing seeing a picture of Saturn in a book or online but to see it for yourself was incredible! Jake and I are already planning our trip back in Winter to see more of the night skies. If nothing else works out for me then I can always become an astronomer, right?

Despite the fact that it has been two days since we cycled the 27 miles around the Reservoir and my legs are still hurting, our trip to Kielder was the perfect little getaway. It combined my love of nature and space with my new found love of cycling up huge hills.  It was a good change to be outdoors and in technological isolation, with no wifi or phone signal. My favourite bit was that I got to experience this with my best friend. #cringe


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