Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

Wes Anderson Inspired

A few more photos from Budapest. People often marvel about the architecture in Budapest and how the colourful symmetrical buildings look like something out of a Wes Anderson film, particularly the funicular and the Szechenyi thermal baths. Although surprisingly, as we found out on our walking tour, the Grand Budapest Hotel was not filmed locally and the city is often used as the backdrop for many other cities such as Berlin and Paris. Interesting, huh?

I’m off to watch the Wes Anderson back catalogue now. Also of interest is the Instagram account Accidentally Wes Anderson.

So. Much. Inspiration.

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

Budapest in early January

A few photos from the very start of January, when Dom and I headed off to Budapest for a few days. After not really leaving the house for an extended period of time over the Christmas break, it was great to get out and exploring again. Budapest is a charmer of a city, it’s incredible walkable, the people are friendly and the architecture is beautiful. I highly recommend a free walking tour of the city, exploring the Jewish quarter particularly for ruin bars and restaurants and head over to Buda (the other side of the Danube to Pest) and check out the castle district and the Fishermans Bastion. And finally don’t forget to do as the locals and take a dip in the thermal spas dotted about the city.

Places to remember:

Mazel Tov

Szimpla Kert

Liberte

Menza

Szechenyi thermal baths

St Stephan’s Basilica – climb up to the top for great views!

Espresso Embassy

Parliament Building & the Holocaust shoe memorial

For more in depth city guides check out Carrie’s and Kristabel’s.

Top 5 podcasts - Girlglobalising

I’ve become a huge fan of podcasts recently. They’ve exploded all of a sudden and more than ever there is something for everyone. I love listening to them whilst ploughing through the more *ahem* boring tasks at work, or whilst walking to and from the office. They are also great for car journeys and save me and Dom from bickering over who’s choice of music we play. Here are my current five favourites.

The High Low/ Pandolly Podcast

My favourite of podcasts. Formerly the Pandolly podcast, but now The High Low show, this weekly offering covers the high and low of current events and affairs, all served up with a dose of humour from journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. These are two incredibly well read ladies and always offer really great opinions that I find myself nodding along to in agreement. I love the section at the end that’s become somewhat of an agony aunt section, where they read out letters and emails from listeners and offer their thought and advice.

The Guilty Feminist

This podcast is a piece of comedy genius. Comedienne Deborah Francis-White takes the lead on this funny feminist show. There’s hilarious anecdotes, sections of stand up comedy and always, always food for thought on the great issue of feminism. This is the only podcast I listen to that is recorded with a live audience and they really use that to their advantage. I’m dying the go to a recording.

The Modern Mann

This one was recommended to me by Dom and I was hesitant at first, as it’s quite different from the first two but it’s certainly worth a go. They have different guest every week and they are the most varied of people that you would not typically here from. They also have a cheeky section with Alix Fox, called the Foxhole, in which they answer all your cheeky questions *wink wink*.

At Home With…

Anna Gardener is one of my favourite Youtubers’ so a podcast was obviously going to go down a treat. Along with Lily Pebbles they visit the homes of interesting people and have a chat in various different rooms of their homes. My favourites are the episodes with Jo Elvin and Madeleine Shaw.

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And finally the podcast that got me interested in podcasts. If you ever need a bit of career inspiration have a listen to this. Emma Gannon interviews a huge range of people from bloggers and youtubers, to the Hemsley sisters, to Lena Dunham herself. Well worth your time.

*Honourable mentions go to: 

Desert Island Discs – there is such a big back catalogue to get through, you will never run out.

Hey, It’s Okay – the offering from Glamour Magazine

The Heart of It – newest in from Estee Lalonde. I’ve not listened to the first episode yet but I am itching to.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

When we chose to visit Majorca for our summer adventure, the only thing we really knew about it was that, despite the reputation of Magaluf, the rest of the island is unbelievably beautiful.

I’m happy to report that is 100% the case.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

We based ourselves just outside of Port de Pollenca in the north of the island, with the idea that we would use our hire car to explore as much as we could. We probably didn’t do quite as much as we set out to but the beaches and clear blue sea were just too tempting.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Most nights we headed into Pollenca town to have a look around and find somewhere to get some dinner. It’s quite different to the port, with lots of cobbled alleyways and old crumbly buildings, but each more beautiful than the last.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

 

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

If you’re feeling fit you could hike up the 365 Calvari steps to the small chapel at the top for a spectacular view. We did this at night, after dinner, which probably wasn’t the wisest decision but at least it meant we were in need of a gelato after! I also sadly don’t have any photos from the top, as it was dark by this point (I must work out all the settings on my camera…).

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

There’s plenty more to see in Pollenca, with lots of little shops to find some gems in. I was on the hunt for a basket bag that are all the rage this year. I wanted one that was under 20 euros and unfortunately came away with nothing. That’ll teach me for being a cheapskate.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.