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All photos taken on my iPhone

Once again, as happens with most years, Christmas has sprung up on us quicker than anyone expected. I for one am certainly looking forward to having a break, catching up with family and friends, eating all the pigs in blankets…

I had a few days in York with my Mum at the start of December, which is where the majority of these festive photos were taken. York turned out to be a very attractive little city, with the friendliest of people, and one that I intend on seeing more of in the future. I’m sad to say that my Christmas spirit diminished a little on my return home and hasn’t found it’s way back just yet. Because of this the complete lack of any festive posts on here is hardly surprising.

2016 has been a bloody odd year, with more world changes than any other year that I can remember. But its not been all bad – I started a new job and me and Dom moved into a cosy little flat after the debacle of having to move again. We went on some amazing trips, from Berlin, to Copenhagen, to the long awaited New York adventure. I can only hope that I’m as fortunate in 2017 and that my travel buddy is still as keen as me.

There will be some changes around here in the next year. I feel a little refinement and evolution is in order. Something to get my motivation back on track. And a couple of personal improvements as well – namely learning to live in the moment more, rather than worrying about what will happen next!

I wish you all the merriest of Christmasses and hopefully I’ll see you back here in the new year!

xx

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Photos by Dom John

Hello! I have returned from my very unexpected blog hiatus. I’m not sure what caused the complete lack on content on here – whether it was lack of inspiration, motivation or simply being busy with other things. I haven’t felt particularly festive in the recent weeks, which always brings the mood down when everyone else is all for the mulled wine, ice skating and decorations.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Myself and Dom got ourselves a little Christmas tree, and I went on a short festive trip to York, but with working all the way up until Christmas eve (like most other people) I can’t quite muster the spirit of Christmas just yet.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Still, I though I would take the opportunity to share my favourite festive outfit of the moment. This pinafore dress from New Look is just what I’ve been looking for. Something that will work for autumn, winter and spring, depending on what you wear underneath and whether you bother with tights or not. I’ve paired in here with another new favourite, my green fluffy bobble hat, and burgundy brogues, which happen to be the most comfortable shoes I’ve had in a long time.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Dress – New Look | Coat – New Look | Hat – New Look | Shoes – Diechmann | Bag – Accessorise

The Ivy in Clifton provided the perfect festive backdrop for a post this close to Christmas. They happen to have the classiest decorations I’ve seen this year. I’m yet to pay a visit inside but I think a mid January afternoon tea in there would be perfect to lift the inevitable January blues!

Until the next post I hope you have a plenty of mulled wine and mince pies – I’m off to engage in just that now!

xx

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As I promised back here, I’ve put together a mini guide for Prague, even though the thought of it is making me want to hop back on the plane for a little bit of extra exploring time. As I vaguely mentioned before it’s a very walkable city and not only that but I would fully recommend walking just to take in all the sights and sounds. Prague is definaitely the place for any architecture fans out there, with each building offering a different visual delight.

So first things first, where to stay. I can only offer one or two suggestions here as we only stayed in the one hotel during our short trip. Hotel Elysee is very central, right on Wenceslas Square and the room was HUGE. Because this was  gals trip with my Mum and my Gran we opted for a triple room and it came supersize with a little hallway, huge room and bathroom. For the price we paid it was certainly value for money and of course there was a breakfast buffet every morning. The other option that I would whole heartedly suggest is looking around on Airbnb for accommodation. I’ve spoken before about how much I love this company and I’m sure Prague has some very cool apartments to offer.

As for things to do, Prague definitely offers enough to fill more than the two days we were there. A few places to note are the Castle, which sells handy tickets for either the whole thing or just certain parts; perfect if you fancy just the afternoon as there’s enough to fill a whole day here.

The Charles Bridge is your ultimate route to get there and another must see. It is lined with many statues, each with there own story and history and a number of which you should definitely stroke for good luck/ make a wish. Or maybe that’s just my superstitions kicking in.

There’s no way I could leave out the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. Coincidently this is where the Christmas Market is also based should you be there in the festive season. But make sure to take a look out of the top of the tower – as you know I have a big thing about a good high-up view and this is not one to miss. The lift itself is also pretty incredible, so you don’t even have to take the stairs.

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I always make a point of finding out what the local cusine is and giving it a go, as what’s the point of going abroad just to eat chips, eh? For Prague it was Goulash  and boy was it everywhere. I will admit it was far tastier than I expected, with huge chunks of meat and a nice thick gravy; it even came served in a bread bowl.

For a little sweet treat I would recommend a Trdelnik and likewise with the Goulash, you cannot escape them in the city. I spent most of the weekend walking past each stall with longing eyes and claiming to be back for one later. I eventually had one on the very last night of the trip, basically refusing to leave without trying one. They’re almost pretzel-like, only cooked over hot coals and coated with cinnamon sugar and almonds. They’re basically Christmas wrapped in some dough.

Municipal House is worth checking out if you fancy a mid-morning coffee break. Don’t get your hopes up about the coffee (I’m pretty sure it came for a Nescafe machine) but if anyone is into interiors then get yo butt down there. It’s a completely beautiful Art Nouveau house with both the outside and inside decorated to a very fine standard. Those chandeliers? I would have put one in my carry-on if it had fit.

For those that have more time in the city then I would head to the John Lennon wall, the Jewish Quarter and the Jewish Cemetery, definitely some places I would have visited if I had a little extra time. This has turned into possibly the wordiest post of all, but I think my thoughts on the city have been truly shared.

I’m most definitely planning  second trip so if there’s any places slightly off the radar then please share too!

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A few weeks back I headed off to Prague for a few days of sightseeing and festivities. I mentioned a while ago that I was going with my Mum and my Gran as a sort of tradition we’ve started and to look around the Christmas Market.

As usual and as with most old European cities, I loved it. There’s something about the history, the architecture and the general vibe of these kind of old cities that really appeals to me more than places like London, which are still old but sometimes just don’t have the same atmosphere. There is so much to see in Prague, definitely more than the two days we were there for and with the added bonus of the Christmas Market there couldn’t be a better time to visit. It was cold, but not unbearably so, and in some ways I prefer a winter break for taking in the sights, rather than sweating my way around in the height of summer, especially with a place as walkable as Prague. The architecture is beautiful and I fully recommend getting yourself up high – first for getting your bearings and second beacuse there’s no other way to fully appreciate the amount of red roof’s there are in the city!

I’ve put together a little post now to give a feel for the place, but I’m planning a proper ‘what to see and where to go’ post for the near future, so keep yo’ eyes peeled for that.

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City Loving

After my previous day trip to Paris it’s safe to say I was very keen to head back over the English Channel to see what else the city had to offer me. This time I made sure it was longer than a daytrip, not by much, but we sure packed a lot into those few days. Being a Londoner I like to think that I adapt quite well to new city surroundings fairly well and we hopped on and off the metro like true Parisians.

The weather could not have been more opposite to the brilliant sunshine that greeted us back in May, which is why all of my photos have a slightly soggy look to them. I’m an absolute sucker for a good view so another trip up the Eiffel tower was necessary, which we climbed up again, but I like to think I beat my time from before!

Paris (apart from the rain!) was lovely in December and like many European cities was host to a Christmas market. It was ideally located on the Champs-Elysees and full of Christmas-y trinkets. The Arc de Triomphe was on our list of things to see and was typically a prime spot for everybody to take a selfie or two! You’d think that we got our fill of all things Christmas-y, but in our two days we also managed to squeeze in some crepes and mulled wine (of course!) and window shopping the fab displays at La Galeries Lafayette.

Paris is definitely a city that has wormed its way into my heart and I feel like there’s still so much to see and do! It doesn’t help that one of my favourite bloggers parisinfourmonths.com is a constant source of beautiful images that fuel my travel bug!

Champs-Elysees

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Room with a view

The view from our apartment!