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Just a quick little post from me this morning as I’m off to New York City today! I’m unbelievably excited – it’s a trip I’ve been dreaming about for years. I will make sure to take lots of photos and get all the recommendations you might need, either for inspiration or if you’re planning a trip sometime soon. If anyone has any last minute recommendations of must see things, then please do let me know.

Hopefully I’ll still be able to Instagram, Tweet and maybe even get a little bit of content out for you while I’m there, so keep your eyes peeled on Bloglovin.

So long until then! xx

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For the longest time I have been banging on about visiting Brighton. I’m not entirely sure why the idea suddenly popped up and I couldn’t let go of it. Possibly because I haven’t visited for years and recently it’s been featured on many of my favourite blogs, either as a destination or as a hometown.

With it’s coastal location and independent business scene it’s a place that is right up my street. On the way down I was struggling to remember the last time I had visited (answer: so long ago that I can’t recall) but I was excited to revisit the seafront and explore the Lanes. In the end we only managed one night but man, it was lovely and the perfect way to spend your days off for the daily grind. Here are a few photos and recommendations, as well as places that I’ve heard are amazing but sadly didn’t get a chance to visit on this occasion. But all the more reason to pop back another time, hey!

Where to stay: Now we were incredibly last minute with our trip so ended up paying a fortune for a pretty standard hotel, so I’m not going to leave that as the recommended choice to make your trip extra special. But the place we really wanted to stay at is the Artists Residence hotel. I’ve heard great things from both friends who have stayed and from various blog posts. Next time I’ll be more organised and book a room in this small quirky hotel.

There is also The Grand and the Harbour Hotel which both look pretty amazing, and of course Airbnb will have some gems on offer.

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What to do: We really lucked out with the weather this weekend so by the time we got to Brighton we had a little bit of lunch sat outside, and then headed down to the seafront. Brighton is a pebble beach and while that’s not ideal for sunbathing in the summer, it’s great for watching the waves and people go by on a sunny afternoon – and no sandy bums!

Of course the Pier is a must-do, and it’s fairground rides if that’s your thing. Don’t neglect the penny machines inside though! They’re my favourite part.

I highly recommend having a wander around the Lanes and popping into the cute independent shops. It’s also where you’ll find Snoopers Paradise and it’s infamous photo booth somewhere inside.

Take a stroll around the Pavilion Gardens and marvel at Brighton’s answer to the Taj Mahal before popping into the Brighton Art Gallery and Museum.

If you fancy getting out of town for a bit then I hear Lewes is a very nice small town with all the Sussex charm to be had. Or alternatively take a walk up Beachy Head for the best views around.

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Where to eat: I did a small amount of research on where’s good to eat in Brighton, only to find that it’s overloaded with fantastic independent choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and cake. We stopped in on Bread & Milk for lunch which is a charmingly small cafe in the north of the Lanes.

Later we had a spot of tea and cake in Cafe Coho, also in the Lanes – they also have another location in Hove if you’re over that way. Small Batch Coffee is a little local chain worth checking out too.

There’s plenty of options for dinner too. We opted for Franco Manca, which is not necessarily independent to Brighton but their only other location is in Brixton. I have to say it was some of the cheapest and best pizza I’ve had. Any overpriced pizza is just going to be unforgivable now.

Other places I’ve heard are worth a visit are Fatto O Mano for more pizza, Plateau for all the meat, and Food for Friends for excellent vegetarian food.

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So there we have it, 24 hours  in Brighton. If you’re after a few more recommendations then I will gladly point you in the direction of Suzie from Hello October and Anna from The Anna Edit, both Brighton residents and have some very knowledgeable posts on the subject.

Make sure to check out my Instagram for more photos from the weekend and follow me on Bloglovin to never miss a post on here!

It’s been awhile since I packed my bags and headed off for a (usually early morning) flight. My week in Cornwall was lovely but other than that the last time I gave in to the travel bug was back in June for a long weekend in Copenhagen. Although I’m counting down the days, literally not just mentally, until my trip to New York in November, I also can’t help but dream about all the places I’d like to head to right about now.

As a week long holiday is not always an option – I know I’ve been saving for NYC for what feels like forever – the next best thing is a long weekend city break. Here are my current top 5 short haul European cities:

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Paris – Because Paris is always a good idea, right? Yes. But also because Paris is only 2 hours away on the Eurostar and couldn’t be more accessible. Although on some leader boards Paris has slipped slightly, in favour of other European destinations that are slowing coming out of the woodwork, Paris still seems like a magical place to me. The Sacre-Cour and Montmartre are yet to be ticked off my list, as is the Picasso museum and the Louvre.

Read more about my day trip here and my winter-y trip here.

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Berlin – Ah Berlin. Berlin holds a place in my heart but I’m sometimes not entirely sure why. It’s a fantastic city, especially for it’s street art and nightlife, but they are not always  the things I look for in a city break. Berlin is in my top five as it’s one of the few big cities that is still so affordable (we actually stayed in a hotel, which never happens), the locals are friendly and there’s plenty to see and do. I recommend visiting in the summer when the city really comes alive – not that I’ve witnessed that. I visited in the dead of winter and was repeatedly told about how amazing the city is in the warmer months.

Find out more about Berlin here and here.

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Copenhagen – The most recent destination that I’ve been to. Copenhagen is in my top 5 city breaks not just because it’s a lovely city to visit but also because any longer than a few days and the cost will really start to ramp up. It’s a city full of the friendliest people, the most stylish shops and beautiful architecture. A few days here and you’ll want to overhaul your life and start living like a Scandinavian.

Related posts: a mini city guide and all about Paper Island

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Bruges – Bruges is the ultimate winter destination. I’m sure it’s equally lovely in the spring and summer, but having visited just before Christmas I can’t imagine any other place that would get you more in the spirit of things. Full of canals, small lanes and alleyways and bitterly cold but there’s plenty of liquid hot chocolate to warm you up again.

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Rome – Rome has struggled it’s way into my top 5, not because it’s not a great city to visit, but because I can’t think about it without remembering just how hot it was. It’s a city with ancient history, amazing food and fabulous locals, and really we barely scratched the surface of what’s on offer there. But it’s also a city that you can just sit back in and soak up the atmosphere. I recommend visiting in the spring or autumn though, and not in the middle of a heatwave.

Read more about Rome here.

There are far more places in Europe that I would absolutely love to visit – Amsterdam, Vienna, Croatia, Greece, more of Germany, the south of France… What is more enjoyable that exploring new places and cultures and experiencing what the wide world has to offer. Let me know what your favourite cities to visit are, obviously I always need more travel inspiration!

Ps. I was determined not to bring up Brexit in this post because any mention of it makes me want to cry.

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One afternoon in London

While on our hectic week of two weddings and a week in Cornwall, which you can read about here and here, it also happened to be Dom’s birthday. When I asked what he might like for a his birthday he replied ‘something tech-y and cool’. I’m afraid my friends, I am neither tech-y nor cool and was a little stumped at what to go for.

I went for an expeirence instead. We had both been meaning to visit The Shard since it had opended so it seemed like the perfect opportunity. The weather was perfect and it sparked this little idea: an afternoon in South London.

Being a south London girl myself, and with the tube not yet reaching us out in the sticks (this is a joke, we’re not out in the sticks, but for some reason we’ve not yet been privaliged with the tube) the South Bank of the Thames is so much more accessible than the North/West/Centre of the city.

Within 15 minutes on the train you are at London Bridge station, the perfect destination for a short and sweet afternoon in London. The Shard is immediatly outside the station and a really great expeirence. So long as you’re not scared of heights! With views accross the whole of London it would also be a great experience at night time.

Find out more and get your tickets here.

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From The Shard we made our way across the street to Borough Market just in time for lunch. Having attempted to visit the market once before, only to find to completely closed, it was lovely to see it in full swing. Visited by local office workers and tourists alike, you can get every kind of cusine, all cooked fresh and for very reasonable prices. Grab whatever takes your fancy and take a seat in the gardens of Southwark Cathedral next door.

Sadly this is where our day had to end due to prior engagments, BUT it doesn’t have to be the end of your day. Follow the South Bank further along until you come to the Tate Modern. It’s free to enter, although some exhibitions are ticketed. They’ve just completed an extension, so there’s so much more to see now.

If you still have time and want a few extra things to do, you can keep walking until you get to the London Eye (just in case you didin’t get a good enough view of the skyline earlier!) and slightly further on from there is the Aquarium. I haven’t been to the Aquarium for years but Bristol’s version is a bit of a let down, where as London’s is pretty snazzy.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your guided afternoon along the South Bank. Feel free to leave your tour guide a tip (JOKE). I love visiting London whenever I can, espeically for special occasions and on sunny days. There’s no city quite like it.

You can follow me on Instagram for more snaps of my day in the big city and on Bloglovin for all the new content coming up soon!

xx

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I’ve just arrived back from one of the most relaxing and enjoyable weekends I’ve had in a while. It’s not that I’ve had a string of terrible weekends or anything, quite the opposite really. But the main difference with the past few days was that I got to spend some time with one of my best girls.

As a lot of people experience, daily life is very different to seeing your pals every morning in form group, or debriefing on the sofa the morning after a night out. When your miles away from the people who once lived in the same house you often have to make do with a few hours of catching up, after a few weeks of arranging the time. This post from Hannah Gale definitely resonated with me recently. Also as I’m sure Dom won’t mind me saying, but after about 7 months of living together, I wanted some girl time!

I’ve put together a few of my top tips for enjoying a girls weekend away at a spa (or where ever you fancy!), but without breaking the bank.

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For a while we were considering going abroad, somewhere hot and sunny where we could soak up the sun, lay by the pool and get a little tan while we caught up. Unfortunately this wasn’t really a viable option in the end. As good as the cheap hotel deals often are, when you’re trying to keep things on budget and arrange around work it can get a little tricky. So we turned to Spa Breaks and managed to get a great deal for a spa weekend in Cardiff. Not quite the same as Spain, I know, but it’s the company that matters!

Pamper and relaaax:

Lucky for us we had a few treatments included in our hotel stay, so not only did we get to float around in the pool, sweat it out in the suana and steam room and bubble in the jacuzzi, but we also had a massage and a facial too. I don’t really head to spa’s very often, partly because of the cost but also because whenever I travel I normally go on city breaks, staying in Airbnb’s. Spa’s aren’t always that accessible so it’s such a treat when I do go. You don’t have to visit a spa to have a pamper though. Why not buy some facemasks, give yourself a manicure, even get the fake tan out. Whatever will help you feel refreshed and relaxed.

Night out/ Night in:

This is completely optional, but given that compared to my uni days I really don’t go on nights out that much anymore we wanted to have a few cocktails. I can’t even tell you the meltdown I had when I realised I have hardly any party dresses anymore! We felt we should take the opportunity to see what Cardiff’s nightlife is like and get a bit dressed up for a change. If that’s not your kind of thing then have a night in. Maybe head out for dinner then make your way back to the hotel to watch a film, or read, or catch up some more (with wine of course!).

Explore:

Of course we couldn’t visit a new city and not see what it had to offer. As nice as it was to swim and relax in the spa I just couldn’t spend all my time in the hotel. Cardiff is a great little city, especially where shopping is concerned. There are lots of arcades with one of a kind shops and places to stop for coffee, plus all the usual high street stores to head for. We also made our way down to Cardiff Bay, which is a great place to head for at dinner time. There’s literally every restaurant you could wish for! Make sure you see a little bit of where you head to, it’ll really make your girls weekend great.

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What tips do you have for a fun girls weekend? Let me know becuse I know I can’t wait for the next one! You can follow me on Instagram to see what else we got up to while in Cardiff and Bloglovin to keep up with all the new posts around here. Bye for now.