Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Here we are, back again with another very delayed post. My motivation to do anything other than come home from work and wait impatiently for Love Island has gone seriously amiss. It’s really no wonder that time is just flashing by when all I seem to do with my days is turn up for work, wander home, maybe pop to the gym and then sit in front of the now infamous reality program.

It’s made me really think how much time we spend watching other people live their lives. I know I’m guilty of letting one too many hours float by whilst watching stupid videos on youtube.

A few weeks ago, having had work on that really sunny Saturday while everyone else was out basking in it, I decided I had to make the most of Sunday if it was to be my only chance that week.

After attempting to get out of the house at a reasonably early time to beat the rush to the seaside (11am counts as reasonably early, right?) we headed down south to Lyme Regis. This beautiful small town on the Jurassic coast was absolutely heaving with people who all clearly had the same idea. And after the palaver of trying to find a parking space – a drama involving a near miss crash and a race to another town to get cash for the charity car park we eventually managed to find, we began the stroll back down to the beach.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

As you can see, it was a pretty glorious day. We settled down with a Cornish pasty on the sand and Dom went for a quick dip in the sea. Although don’t be fooled by the sunshine like he was, it’s certainly still chilly in there!

Afterwards we wandered along to the breakwater and small harbour, admiring the boats in all their colours, shapes and sizes.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream that then melts in the sun so you have to eat it really fast. If you happen to be in Lyme Regis then I highly recommend the gelato stand on Marine Parade – I wish I could remember what it’s called because it was damn good gelato.

Make sure you wander back up through the little town, there’s plenty of little shops, including sweet shops making Devonshire fudge. A delightful little place, perfect for a short day or afternoon trip. Afterwards Dom and I raced back to Bristol to get to the Lido before it closed but unfortunately didn’t make it in time. Sitting in a bath tub of cold water to cool yourself down is just not the same as an open air swimming pool.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

I’m determined to have more days like this and really make the most of summer. Low-key day trips and afternoons enjoying the outside. I know I’m certainly too tied to my phone and computer for most of the week and it’s time to pack it all away. Savouring days like this one in Lyme Regis will only help in making sunny days in the office a bit more bearable anyway.

xx

It’s been a fair while since I have a) posted anything on here and b) shared a few of my favourite inspirations. Today’s post is looking at a few more of my favourite bloggers – one’s I recommend you check out if you need a bit of inspiration. I shared a post similar to this a long long time ago, so long ago that I’m not even going to link to it! But since then I have also shared my favourite travel Instagrammers and favourite Instagrammers in general.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Fashion Me Now

I have only recently started reading Lucy’s blog, but quickly fallen in love with her writing, her personal style and her fab trips abroad. It’s the kind of easy going style that is both at home in a city and a beach – the kind of style I wish I could pull off but somehow just can’t manage it with the same finesse. It’s nice to see someone incredibly natural, complete with salty, beachy hair, unpainted nails and a very fresh face. Her recent trip to Mexico has inspired a lot of travel ideas of my own.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Alice Catherine

Again a new comer for me, although I’m sure she’s been blogging for some time. Alice creates amazing fashion posts with such a great vintage, nostalgic feel to them. She inspired me to go rummaging in a few vintage shops again, and also introduced me to Sezane, the uber cool french brand where I now want a whole new wardrobe from.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

The Londoner

Rose from The Londoner is someone who manages to embrace every single season so whole-heartedly. Look back at her posts from New England, US in the Autumn (or Fall) of last year to see what I mean by this. Rose’s writing style is almost fictional, she takes you on every moment of her trip, along with excellent recommendations. It’s also incredibly up to date, and by that I mean there is hardly any delay in her blog posts. If you look at her Instagram and see that she’s exploring Greece, then you can bet that the first blog post will be up in a matter of days.

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Four bloggers to follow - Girlglobalising

Hand Luggage Only

These boys are really the ultimate travel bloggers. They seem to be flying off to a new destination every single week. The envy I have of their lifestyle is unreal! But they also provide such comprehensive information and inspiration on each destination, and in such an unpretentious way. They are what travel blogging is all about.

Let me know what blogs you’ve been following recently, there’s always so many more and there’s space for everyone out there.

All photos from linked sites. 

Life lately - Girlglobalising

May, like every other month this year, has whizzed by. Although it means we’re one step closer to summer, it also means that time is just flying by without us really taking stock of it. Here are some things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

I finally made a trip to Mon Pote, a beautiful homeware store in Bedminster, Bristol. I found this shop on Instagram, which I highly recommend you follow for all the interiors inspiration. I popped in one afternoon for a little mooch around. Although I didn’t buy anything on this occasion I may well be heading back for an adorable cactus vase.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

We had a short stay in the Lake District at the start of the month. The weather was a bit all over the place, but we had one or two lovely days spent wandering through fields and up mountains in the sunshine. Lake Ullswater is pictured above, and dotted around the lake are various different towns and villages. A bit more exploration is needed I think, considering we only had a few days and there’s so many beautiful places to see up there.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

Life lately - Girlglobalising

The day after we got back from the Lake District we headed down to Thekla in Bristol for a Dan Croll gig. A few years ago we only caught the end of his set at Citadel festival, so it was amazing to see the whole thing. Definitely check him out on Spotify if you haven’t heard him before. He was supported by Wilsen, who I’d never heard of but is another insanely talented musician – with incredible whistling skills!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

We’ve spent a few lovely days wandering around Clifton in the sunshine. Bristol is a place that is really made for summer. The city comes alive in the warmer months and throughout the summer there’s pretty much an event or festival happening every weekend. This year I’m looking forward to the Harbourside festival, Pride and maybe catching a bit of the Bristol Summer Series from the other side of the river. That’s a top tip for anyone else who missed out on tickets. You can’t see anything, but you can hear it all from south of the river.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally we spent a weekend in Oxfordshire. There was a pub lunch, dogs walks, a wander around Oxford, a bbq. Really everything that comes with summer all rolled into one weekend.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

On a more poignant note, I absolutely loved the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. I was very moved by it and thought it was a truly lovely way to combat such terrible atrocities happening in the world right now.

 

Bath - Girlglobalising

The small town of Bath makes the perfect day out. There’s plenty of culture, museums and galleries, but also plenty more to entertain yourself with.

This is a very mini guide to Bath, because we only managed to get a few hours in on this particular day – by the time we had battled the Saturday traffic and before the heavens opened, but there a few good things to tick off the list.

Bath Abbey is always a gorgeous place to start. Stroll up the highstreet and wander into the Abbey square and marvel at the size and decorative exterior. You can also pop inside to have a look around, always a welcome idea if you’re exploring on a hot day.

Wander over the the Pulteney bridge and pop in and out of the little shops. It’s not dissimilar the the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence – just lacking in the jewellery shops displaying all their diamonds!

Bath - Girlglobalising

Just the other side of the Pulteney bridge is Found, a wonderful independent lifestyle shop offering clothes, homeware, independent magazines and fancy chocolates. Even if you don’t walk away with something then definitely check out their beautiful Instagram.

Magalleria is also an amazing little find if your looking for a unique magazine. They stock anything and everything.

Bath - Girlglobalising

Start the climb up Walcot Street and admire the Georgian architecture along the way. Bath is famed for it after all. Pop into the vintage shops and find yourself a one-off piece.

Bath - Girlglobalising

If the hanger can no longer be kept at bay then I recommend stopping at Sam’s Kitchen for lunch and sit outside if you can and the weather allows. Take your new reading material with you and stop for a while.

Bath - Girlglobalising

Continue your march up Walcot Street, but be sure to stop in at Graham and Green. Snoop around and put together a wishlist for your dream house. I dare you not to want everything.

Bath - Girlglobalising

If that’s not enough homeware for you then head over to HAY when you get a chance. One of the very few stores we have in the UK so well worth making the trip. I mean, look at the ombre cushion display.

Bath - Girlglobalising

Slightly further up the street you’ll find Didi’s Cakes. Didi’s has made quite the reputation for themselves recently and it can only be down to their wonderful display of cakes. Cupcakes in every flavour, loaf cakes, or even a croquembouche!

Your final stop on Walcot Street is slightly further up, and trust me it’s worth all the hill climbing. Meticulous Ink is a traditional printers and stationary shop offering only the finest items. They offer a design service, or just pop in and find yourself something pretty.

Bath - Girlglobalising

I think a well deserved cool down is on the cards after all that climbing, so head downhill to Kingsmead Square. Swoon Gelato is it’s newest resident and having visited the Bristol branch more often than I should be admitting, then I can highly recommend it.

It’s just what you need after a day of exploring.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

I warn you now, this is a lengthy post. I didn’t think I had taken that many photos in Amsterdam, but then I started looking through them and realised I wanted to share every single one of them. Call it a testament to such a wonderful city. I’ve got lots of places to share with you, including where to stay, museums to see, places to shop – the list goes on.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

I mentioned in my previous post that Amsterdam, although known for it’s beautiful old town, canals and picturesque dutch buildings, it also has some very interesting architecture as well.

Nemo is a great example of this. The science centre located on the water front by the central station is a crazy building that looks a bit like a ship. We didn’t go in the centre itself, but you can walk up the steps to the terrace at the entrance of the building and it’s one of the only places to get a high up view to this ever-so flat city. Since we managed to catch such good weather, we sat and had an ice coffee on the terrace – a very pleasant way to start the day.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Right next to Nemo, just over the bridge is the central library. This is a pretty cool building and certainly not like any stuffy old libraries that you might have been too as a child. Have a wander around and make sure you stop by the restaurant on the top floor. This was probably one of the best lunches we had and they’ve got everything from a salad bar, to a freshly made pizza bar to smoothies.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

We stayed in the Hotel V Fredrichsplein, that’s just on the edge of the De Pijp neighbourhood. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the very centre and is the ideal location for being central, but staying slightly out of the hustle and bustle that comes with any capital city.

I can’t recommend the hotel enough. The staff were lovely and so helpful, the breakfast was just what you need before a day of exploring and the lobby and bar are great for an early evening relaxing drink. Plus they do 2-4-1 cocktails between 5 – 6pm. If there’s something I love more than cocktails then it’s buy one get one free cocktails!

I’ve also heard great things about the Hoxton Hotel and the No 377 House Hotel, both look as beautiful and Instagram worthy as the Hotel V.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

There are plenty of things to do in Amsterdam apart from endless wandering of the beautiful canals. The museum square has plenty to keep you occupied for more than a morning. We chose the Rijksmuseum as our choice, which has a whole mixture of collections including a bit of Van Gogh and the dreamiest of libraries.

Right next door is the Van Gogh museum which I will definitely pay a visit to another time, and the Stedelijk museum as well.

From there you can head to Vondlepark, which is lovely for a stroll around in the sunshine. Bloemenmarkt, the famous floating flower market, is well worth a little wander round, particularly in tulip season.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

You can’t visit Amsterdam without trying a piece of Danish Apple cake, which we enjoyed it as a little afternoon pick-me-up on the first day. It has an almost sponge-like pastry base that is amazing – I have to find a recipe and recreate it at home.

A canal boat trip is quite a touristy thing to do, but I have to say it was a highlight for me. Cruising along the water in the sunshine, hopping off when something caught our eye and we wanted to go exploring. There are only two companies that run the boat tours in the city, and they are both priced pretty much the same. So take your pick, catch a boat and enjoy the waters of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

There are some great places to shop in Amsterdam, and although the exchange rate is not that great at the moment there’s still a lot of window shopping that can be done. A few highlights were Things I Like, Things I Love, and the Concrete Mans Supply Store next door. Anna + Nina is a very popular jewellery store in the city, full of beautiful things. A wander around the Jordaan neighbourhood will take you past loads of interesting independent shops, including some great vintage choices.

For places to eat I always recommend getting out of the very centre and about ten minutes walk south of the centre will take you to Utrechtsestraat, a road full of independent shops, bars and restaurants. Bar Moustache is a great little Italian place that was a big hit from the whole trip. Pata Negra, just opposite is a tapas place that was busy every single night and Meat and Greek looked like a fab take away option. For more food options I highly recommend Carrie’s Amsterdam city guide – full of lots of amazing recommendations.

Amsterdam City Guide - Girlglobalising

Visiting Amsterdam was an absolute delight and I can’t wait to visit again in the future. Although it’s a small city there’s plenty to fill your time. And of course there’s always the option of taking a day trip to the coast or to The Hague. There’s always more to see.

xx