Norway – Exploring Aurland & Flam!

That following morning we were up and ready for action! Exploring Flam and Aurland!

We walked out around Aurland for a while before we headed into Flam just 5 minutes down the road in the car around the fjord! Getting a glimpse of Aurland in the morning makes all the difference when the clouds are gone! The air is so fresh! We also went to the cutest little coffee shop as well and it was so gorgeous, all homemade cakes and pastries!

 

We then bopped into the car and headed our way to Flam! The journey was short and sweet. Just a little bit further around the fjord and even then there really were not may buildings at all in Flam! As you pull up right at the end of the fjord there is a nice small touristy area with a museum, the train that can take you up the fjord and some tourist shops to buy souvenirs.

 

The buildings are an iconic yellow and white and they really stand out between the mountains and the water. Here in Flam you can also get the ferry through and down the fjord from Flam! The sunset there was beautiful. The museum was a small train history museum of how the rail was built through the mountains and we just could not get over how quiet and peaceful the whole area was.

There was a small hotel and restaurant but when I say small I mean, small, there wasn’t a mad amount going on but there was a shop for dinner! Which was a bonus! Life would be so peaceful and eaaaaasy with beautiful sunsets to follow!

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We had a pretty chill night after this day all just in one room laughing, sleeping and reading, it was a really enjoyable experience being able to go on a holiday where we REALLY had no idea where we were or what there was to offer in the area amounted to not much!

 

Abbie and myself were not very tired this particular night which made for a lovely fresh walk at 10:30pm in Aurland in the other direction to SPAR and the shops. We hadn’t headed that way and so decided to wear ourselves out with a wander! We found elephants drawn in the snow and chatted away, we even put our toes in the fjord before we went inside just to say we had done! It was ice cold!

The next day is the road trip back to Oslo!

With even more stops than the road trip TOO Flam! Stay tuned! 

But if you don’t want it to be over just yet;

 Catch it and all the girls social media links & our Norway Videos Below! 

Majelle;

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Abbie;

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Jessie;

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Rebecca;

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Norway – The Airbnb & Mountainous Lakeside Views

Our AirBnB was so cosy and welcoming, We couldn’t have had a better place to stay in Aurland.

50715936_10212736487358901_6666807644562391040_n-2Our AirBnB host was called Monica and she was so lovely, really good English, If I remember correctly she was a teacher at school for cultivation. If I am wrong hopefully the girls will correct me if they read this hahaha.

The downstairs was all open once you walked through the porch, a cosy lounge, tv area and a little kitchen with a small log fire and some more seating. There was also a breakfast table by the window so you could enjoy some more amazing breakfast views.

Another great thing about the house? SHE HAD A CAT! It was super cute and made the experience that little bit more unique. She also had a little covered seating area outside the front of the house which was perfect to spend the night sat in chilling.

We arrived quite late in the evening so we had to go out and find some food. They had only a few shops in Aurland as its so small. There was a SPAR of all places so we got most of our food from there for the rest of the week! Before we ventured to SPAR we turned left out of the driveway towards a beach looking area by the house to look at the view!

The water was so clear and you could see the starfish on the seaweed. There were SO many it was amazing. The tops of the mountains were hidden by the clouds so hopefully in the morning we would see them in all their beauty! (We totally did). We continues our walk along the edge of the fjord taking in the scenery and the beauty of Aurlandsfjord. It was really peaceful and serene.

Of back to Monica’s we were ready for some sleep before exploring Aurland & Flam some more!

Stay tuned, J

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Majelle;

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Abbie;

Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jttFXtOkTw&t=517s 

Jessie;

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Rebecca;

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The Norway Video

Hey all!

So as I did for Iceland I also created a video for my Norway trip!! I haven’t started the blog posts for Norway, but I will soon!

Dissertation and the fact it was my birthday recently have kept me on my toes.

But now you can experience the video and what we did in Norway before I write my posts on it!

Enjoy and I will be back to blogging properly soon!

NORWAY VIDEO! 

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Sri Lanka videos coming next!!

Budapest’s Clubs, Pubs & Ruin Bars, My Liver is Crying.

Budapest was trip intended for drink, and drink we certainly did whilst we were out there. I gained about two stone just in beer alone. Budapest is particularly well known for its RUIN BARS.

We made sure that we went to plenty of them whilst we were staying. 8 Ruin bars to be correct, thats nearly 1 a day!

So our first stop as we ventured into Budapest centre for the first time was a place called Baross Sport. I think at this point we just wanted to find somewhere that wasn’t Mcdonald’s that would sell us a panini and a pint. We were successful at Baross, its not exactly somewhere I would hype and rave about how great it is but it was perfect for what we needed, a quick snack, nothing special and a pint, THE FIRST PINT OF THE

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HOLIDAY THOUGHT. So shout out to Baross Sport nearby the train station for supplying us with our first pint of many, the rest of the day we proceeded to get very drunk.

From Baross we moved onto a place called Pub 7. We sat outside alongside the path and I enjoyed possibly one of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted (which is insulting for Brad as he is a mixologist but we can let it slide). It was nice and reasonably priced, only downside was it being beside a main road. Other than that I would recommend for a brief pit stop for sure!

NOW we found the ruin bar I’d been suggested that we go to before we got to Buda by complete accident. We were just walking along the streets and saw the entry to Szimpla Kert. Hands down one of the coolest ruin bars we went too (minus Instant but we shall get to that). It had multiple different rooms, one being a small quirky trinket shop, one being a seating area with TV’s all over the room and fairy lights, there was graffiti all over the bathrooms of people who have come and gone and a huge bar and separate wine bar!

Another seating area out the back and then if you venture upstairs you can eat during the day and in the night it becomes an extended addition to the bar! Totally awesome place with a great vibes as well, the drinks are at a good price too, good music and a small dance floor even at the back completely hidden away, it was a great place and we went back a couple of times when we went out because the ruin bars are just so enjoyable. They’re also full of tourists, of course, so its good to mingle as well!

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The following day on our adventures we wandered right to the Chain bridge and the centre of Budapest, rather parched we decided to go for a drink in a waterside bar called Raqpart. It was situated right on the Danube with dec chairs down by the edge of the water if you wanted to sit by the Danube. The veranda itself was covered but open so you could still enjoy the weather and a drink, it was a really stylish place and probably pops off in the night time. It also serves food as well but we weren’t there to eat. Again really reasonably priced, nothing too extortionate!

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Raqpart

Another Ruin Bar for your lists is Udverrom 21. This one was just as funky looking as Szimpla but not as large! We stopped in here for a pint after another busy day sightseeing and it was really sweet. It was long in length and above the bar area were stairs to another smoking area. Naturally I wanted to head up there, sorry boys, so the decision was made. Although it was also surrounded but hostel bedrooms it was open air meaning we could smoke in the ruin bar as well!

Ruin bar number 3 is Fuge Udvar & Play, cheap drinks and more music and games! This one was also really long and thin and whilst we were there there was also a pub crawl so we were able to make a friend or two again whilst we were there! Although the toilets here were something out of a horror movie, shall not forget that!

Doboz was the funkiest ruin bar to get into, two huge floor to ceiling metal doors and a bloke out the front. I don’t know how much entry was because it was me and the 3 lads and they let me for free!? ladies get in free apparently, nothing like a good bit of sexism eh! As you walked through the doors there was a huge metal sculpture of a demon with red glowing eyes hugging the tree, its massive! Its a huge open space with some tables and a dance floor around the tree, its a really good atmosphere as well all themed Red and black for what I can only assume accommodates the demon on the tree!

 

 

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Luca & I in Instant after bumping into each other!

Instant was the sHIT. It had an underground Techno bunker and a DnB room and then a main dance floor where one side was smoking and the other wasn’t and you had to pay 50p to have some toilet roll if you wanted to go, It was fucking awesome. We stayed out until 5am I’m pretty sure that night, it was amazing. Drinks were decent and the music was sick, and I even bumped into once of my old school friends in there, of all the places hey! He was also there for BudaFest with his friends which was sick. I ended up spending half the night in the techno bunker because it was just too good not too, a night to remember for sure, HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

Alcatraz Bar was an outside bar area nearby where we were staying, we had a couple of quiet drinks there as I think we were all very wounded from the night before. But determined to at least have a drink we sat in the summer warmth and had a couple of bevs, it wasn’t anything special but just really lovely to actually sit somewhere quiet for once.

Raktar Beach was a bar we found VERY unexpectedly. Situated almost as soon as you step foot on to Margaret Island, Budapest on your left hand side. We were drawn to this pub because we could hear the baseline from the street before we could see anything. It was about 2 in the afternoon at this point so we were intrigued and in need of a drink before exploring Margaret Island. We walked down into this white open bar where these lads where playing house and techno on a set of decks an that was that. Pretty sure we all had about 2-3 drinks each just enjoying the music and the sun before we went anywhere else. It was awesome.

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EAT THEM BREADSTICKS

Our next stop on our long walk back from Margaret island was a place called Publin, an IRISH PUB HOW OUTLANDISH, not. I bought some breadsticks and moaned about my feet as per usual. As its just your average Irish pub I certainly won’t be dwelling on this one but worth the visit if you just want a quick drink and some English.

Koleves Kert was a real cute ruin bar that Brad and I went too after date night and was shortly going by the boys after their visit to the casino! This was a my favourite bar as it was just so beautiful, it had hammocks and the tree’s were hanging between the seats and you had to beware the falling fresh fruit! It had a lovely atmosphere and was a really lovely place to drink.

Finally, we went to a bar called Kertem. A really beautiful park bar situated in the large community park where Budapest zoo can be found and the castle also! It had great music, there were DOGS EVERYWHERE. It was a dream come true, and the food was really really nice as well, it was a lovely place to relax as the sun went down!

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Akvarium and Otkert are two of the main clubs/ruin bars as they are right in the centre of Buda! These were also the two clubs that BudaFEST was held at so I will go into detail in my Budapest posts instead about these places, trust me, they’re amazing and not one to miss.

So as you can tell, there was a lot of drinking this holiday.

I almost died and I salute the boys because they smashed it harder than I did and I thought I was dying.

So up next? BudaFEST! Where the fun REALLY starts.

Budapest – Sweating the Sites!

The Budapest sights are ENDLESS and that is what I loved about Buda, its such a small place but there is so much to be done and so much to see. I had a brief idea of everything I wanted to do and see before we headed away and I was so happy as we managed to see everything on my list and more!

IMG_20180825_145706Now I understand that Budapest is split into two, Buda and Pest. I have a sheer habit of just referring to the whole country as Buda, its quick and easy right? So if you see that I’ve written about a particular sight in a particular place of Budapest, but its in Pest and I’ve stated Buda, I promise its just me being awkward. I WILL TRY MY BEST to make sure I distinguish which part of Budapest the site is in properly!

Buda and Pest are split into two by the Danube river! With Buda to the left on the Danube and Pest to the right!

So where to start?

Going day by day would take absolutely yonks so I’m just going to go by each sight we went to see and our time there. If there was anything that I loved about the sights of Budapest was the architecture of the city. So many beautiful buildings and the STREET ART. There is some serious artistic talent in Budapest, Ill be doing a blog post solely on the street art!

IMG_20180822_145121So the best site to start with was the Synagogue as it was the site we lived closest too! Dohany Street Synagogue sits just outside the inner city With a Museum, Cemetery and Holocaust museum inside the walls! The building itself is absolutely beautiful, the architectural structure of the building and the beautiful patterns on the outside and inside of the building make it a wonderful sight as you walk through the streets. Unfortunately we didn’t to head inside but It gives me a real good reason to go back to Budapest! Especially as I LOVE dark tourism, so knowing there was a Holocaust museum inside and I didn’t go in and pay respect and gain information on the museum makes me want to go back, and I said I would never go back.

So a little more central to Budapest is the BEAUTIFUL building of St Stephen’s Basilica. A Roman Catholic church with regular concert events and open to the public with a small donation upon entry and the inside beholds the most beautiful sculptures, gold and artwork a place of worship has to offer.

The atmosphere was very wholesome and warm, It was a really beautiful building. I really wanted to head to the top of the Church as they have a spire where you can see over the whole of Budapest but we just could not figure out how to get up there! An experience for another time I think.  The building is also home to a large square situated directly outside the church where people can gather to eat and sit and admire the beautiful view. Not to mention have the obligatory pictures taken in front of it!

 

One stop on our trip was a visit to the Danube. Naturally to get to the Castle and Bastion we needed to cross over the iconic Chain Bridge that crosses from Buda to Pest over the Danube! Now myself I have seen the Danube before when I visited Vienna so it was pretty cool to be able to say that I’ve now seen the river in two different countries! so the Szechenyi Bridge was pretty funky, the view of the castle and Pest side of the river was absolutely wonderful to look at especially as you walked over to that side of the bridge!

One of the sites that we saw was something that I find really interesting and will stay with me as Dark Tourism is something I am studying at University. We saw the Shoes Memorial along the Danube. The shoes along the Danube represents remembering the Jews and when they were brutally murdered by the fascists and their arrow cross militia men during the second world war. It was a really simple but moving memorial. The shoes had been draped in jewelry and people had left flowers beside certain pairs maybe signifying a connection. Such a beautiful place for a beautiful memorial, it brings you back to the now and is a small reminder to be respectful when viewing things like such.

When I went to Buda I saw two of the most phenomenal and beautiful architectural buildings I’ve seen so far on my travels! The first one was the Hungarian Parliament building. As you can imagine it is definitely impressive. Beautiful cream and red colors with large spires and castle like turrets. It was really something. We also got to see the changing of the guard outside of the building. Their marching was so unusual and nothing like traditional army marching here in the UK! The best way to explain it would be for you to go and see it for yourself!

The second beautiful building we saw was one I have been DYING to go too so I am SO happy that we got to see the Fisherman’s Bastion! It was at the top of my must see list for Budapest because of the sheer beauty, history, views and the pictures duh. The stone fortress was beautiful marble with some lovely views over Budapest and the Danube. The stairs were so grand walking down and up and it also holds the statue of St Stephen in between the walls to also walk around. It was easily one of my favorite places we visited. Although to get to the higher tiers you do have to pay a small fee but I feel that is totally up to personal preference. You can see exactly the same on the lower tiers. There is also a wonderful cafe inside the walls of the Bastion as well, Imagine the view whilst sipping a cuppa!

Whilst we were crossing the Chain Bridge I mentioned above, we walked towards the hill to head up to Budapest Castle. Before we got to the castle up a fun old walk, which totally could’ve been done on the path, where we tried our luck at walking up the side of the hill instead of sticking to the path, surprisingly it worked and we made it all the way up! We totally could’ve taken the IMG_20180825_131928funicular but it would’ve taken forever to queue, we also saw the Zero Kilometer Stone as well before we headed up the hill. That is where all the distances are accurately measured from in Budapest! So at the top of the hill here was another impressive building to tick of the list. Inside of the castle is the Budapest history museum and around the castle are the amazing Budapest views!

So I realized that this post was REALLY LONG, So I have decided to split up the trip! So tune in for Sweating even MORE Budapest sights a little later on in the week where there will be another blog post on the sights we saw as I really am only halfway through on telling you all the things we did! 10 days is a long time to do things!

Stay tuned and stay lovely

x J x

Budapest – Our Introduction To Budapest & Airbnb!

Our Budapest trip was a pretty awesome one.

It was an experience in a country I never thought I would find myself in. I certainly wont forget it as it was absolutely nothing like I expected at all, it was better! I had the best time!

Over the next couple of weeks I shall be posting about our trip! Posts for Budapest will be every Monday & Friday so stay tuned if you’re interested in reading more!

I went with the wonderful lads James, Greg and Brad! 

 

We had a nice and early morning flight from Stanstead at 8:30am so we were up and had left the house by 5:30am. The flight was only just over 2 hours so it wasn’t to bad, a couple of cups of tea and a whole book later we had landed.

We were half an hour away from the airport and I had not heard good things about the IMG_20180821_142528_539Taxi’s in Budapest. You do not just jump into a taxi , they will try and get more money off you and lock the car doors. James experienced it himself on a night out. Make sure you definitely PRE BOOK on their FO Taxi App!

We arrived just outside of the AirBnB just outside the center of Budapest. The general location of the flat was amazing. We could walk to the center in half an hour and we were only a 15 minute walk away from all of the main bars we wanted to go too as well. We even had a Lidl and a Tesco in walking distance which helped massively with the cooking as we had our own kitchen so didn’t eat out every night!

The area itself where the AirBnB was, was slightly questionable. I’m not to sure the neighbors liked us being there very much. The building was really old fashioned and opened up with a courtyard into the middle. There were 4 floors and naturally, we were at the top. After Lugging our suitcases up the stairs, as there is certainly no lifts, we found our keys and headed inside. And we were very pleasantly surprised!IMG_20180821_142539_876

It was all new furniture and so modern! It was a really beautiful apartment. With 5 beds and 4 rooms there was so much space with the lounge and kitchen area all open plan. It was also all white blue and even had a little light up message board saying ‘Enjoy your Rest’, It was very welcoming. I can’t say we got much rest though.

Mine and Brad’s bedroom was REALLY nice but then so were ALL the bedrooms! 3 of the rooms came with doubles and were fully kitted out with wardrobes and shelves and another room with two singles and wardrobes too. As we were there for 10 days it was great because I could make the room super cosy. Essentially, there was a FAN in every room, EXACTLY what we needed with the heat and humidity in Budapest as well it was disgusting. The bathrooms were immaculate and even came with a couple of cosmetics! Fully equipped kitchen which was a must so we could cook as well as a washing machine and dryers to hang out clothes!

It was a really great AirBnB for the 10 days we were in Budapest, We actually really did well with it, it was a great find! Kudos to the owner because we were all very impressed. I was anyway! I would definitely stay there again.

Once we got all settled in, the games began and so did the drinks.

 

My London Bucket List – Part 2, Notting Hill Carnival & EGG

SO HERE IT IS, INSTALLATION NUMBER 2!

(apologies for any delay)

This time on my London Bucket list we ticketed of two pretty fun and memorable things!

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL & EGG LONDON

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Now Notts Hill Carnival was something I NEVER thought I Would be lucky enough to  experience, but I was and I was also very lucky to experience it with Brad! The atmosphere, the streets of London, the tube, the music and dancing, the drinks, it was all such a surreal experience and also so much fun!

21686502_10209590355547572_6929236103481512279_n.jpgSO we jumped on the tube to Notting Hill, of course it was absolutely rammed. Getting out of the station was like sardines in an oven. I have never seen so many people trying to get out of a station before and it was a beautiful day. Minus the 40,000 I tried to walk against going to Wembley Stadium from Wembley Park, that was difficult. Once we’d gotten out of the station there were people EVERYWHERE.

We headed over to carnival on the Sunday, prior to this someone had been idiotic enough to throw acid the day before at carnival which you may have seen in the news or paper, so there were incredible amounts of police, but it quite obviously didn’t dull the shine or traditions and general atmosphere because everyone was still enjoying themselves in the moment. No one could ruin something like this, and even if they tried, it wouldn’t work, we won’t live in fear here, its the way London is!

21617567_10209590357307616_493999236797992347_nThe build up of people was incredible, there was music coming from every direction. Once we got to all the streets and madness there were different stages down each road, I could feel the baseline in my chest as we walked the streets. We stopped at a stall and bought what I think was 10 beers for £6, trust me as you can imagine it wasn’t GOOD beer. But beer is beer at an event like this and for that price in London, anything goes. The FOOD oh god it was amazing even if it was just from a market stall, I got a Jerk Chicken skewer and it tasted incredible. It was about £8 for something rather small 21462689_10209590349547422_3538097775363721314_nthough so I did go a little bit hungry. The toilets were literally holes in the cubicle with rips in the side and everything, it was hilarious going to the loo and being able to chat to someone next door, its always enjoyable to look back at the fact I went to the toilet with the girls using the only cubicle without a door.

There was quite a lot of us so we were trying to get too Hyde Park, the main areas of the carnival, this was a huge struggle and in the end we didn’t get there, there was just so many people we were never going to make it there anyway! We ended

21558662_10209590355027559_8199868914592284400_nup on one of the end streets, dancing till our feet hurt and enjoying ourselves. There were girls dressed in their little outfits looking incredible and all different types of music, I’ve never had so many people offer me weed on the streets on London! Amsterdam sure, but London and the police literally standing by and watching? It was another level, it was like this small part of London had been completely transformed for 2-3 days.

We never actually did catch the parade, which is quite funny because it was what we went to see! When Brad and I were leaving we actually caught the end of it! It was great, the buses were pumping out their tunes an the girls dancing,  It was so incredibly and phenominally enjoyable, and it goes to show how much different cultures have moved worldwide!

Carnival is Caribbean culture, so the fact that we celebrate it here in London with happiness and laughter is really great. Its all about being a community after all! I can’t wait to come again next year, at least thats what the plan is!

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EGG London was one of the nightclubs I had on my london bucket list to go too, and when we did, It certainly did not disappoint. Its Situated in Camden and not too far a walk away from Camden Town station!

From Outside EGG looks like the dingiest club you’ve ever seen in your life, With the strictest security dawdling about outside waiting for the punters, like us, to come in! Tickets were about £6-10, but the joys of this place are that they have flash sales, so we all got out tickets for £1!!! Its a phenomenal night club.

21430608_10209590362627749_3125597419639237790_nSo once you arrive and have been frisked right down to the underneath of your bra and practically your gooch (yes, seriously), The first thing you see on your right is the KITCHEN! So apparently its called EGG for a reason, every wandered were you’re gonna get food after a night out? well in EGG the kitchen does pizza’s and all sorts whenever you’re ready to leave the club!! Apparently if you stay until morning they start serving eggs and breakfast, but I’m still yet to stay until 6am to find out! Next time!

So our first visit we spent most of it dancing away to the deep techno tunes of the basement, the club itself has 3 floors and 5 rooms/areas. Theres a large main room as you walk in, then the basement through another set of doors at the back of the main dance floor. From there its a flight of stairs and another room and some toilets, then all the way to the attic where its a huge open plan floor and a terraced smoking area. Its a pretty massive place with incredible dance, tech and house floors to enjoy! Drinks aren’t incredibly expensive either!! Which is nice considering we visited a bar in Old Street, London called Floripa and 2 doubles were £21 (funky place though)

21615991_10209590361427719_116666540737806104_nThe first visit was just a club night that we went too, the second time we visited EGG for for a proper gig! Went went to see Amine Edge and Dance live, the main gig was based in the main room of the venue and the vibes were incredible. The music was pumping and of course with two of the best DJ’S playing it was hard not to enjoy it. The funniest part was that I did the whole night sober with work the next day, and Amine Edge and Dance didn’t come on stage until 3am, so that was a tired shift later on in the day for sure.

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So this is the end of this chapter of The London Bucket List!

Plenty to talk about in the next post about My London Bucket List for sure, Brad’s birthday trip to London was a busy one!

Jessie

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Vienna – Sight-Seeing Galore!

There’s plenty of things to do and see when traveling about in Vienna! At least thats how I felt, we walked for ages some days but through the painful feet we always saw some beautiful things.

One of the most gorgeous places we went when we were in Vienna was the Schoenbrunn Castle, the gardens and the Gloriette.

The inside of the palace walls blew me away because the palace was so huge and impressive, it was a light beige colour and very authentic, it was like nothing Id ever seen before, purely for its size! If you head round the side of the castle you can walk through the rose cage and into the castle gardens which are just as impressive in size as the castle.

To walk up the to the Gloriette and to get an incredible view of Vienna you had to walk through their gardens directly behind the castle first. Theres a large fountain before the steep hill up towards the Gloriette, the architect didn’t hold back when building this place because everything about it is impressive in terms of size, the fountain is also, you guessed it, huge.

The gardens went on for miles, I believe somewhere within all the gardens theres a zoo?! There was also what appeared to be a botanical garden in a large greenhouse like building, it was really unique form the outside. I totally wish I’d gone inside when I had the chance, it was very photogenic, the whole of the gardens and palace are.

The trek up the hill to see the Gloriette was totally worth it. Not only was the Gloriette gorgeous but so was the view. I’d wanted to walk up the hill from the moment I saw it so I could see the view and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

The Gloriette is unbelievably impressive and towers over the hill, it also has a little cafe inside too! The sight of it and the attention to detail on the statues, the arches and the writing that is on the building, and the general structure of it would be any architects dream for sure. It’s been there since 1755 and also displays trophies and Roman Empire armour and many other Roman trinkets.

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The Danube is the river that runs through Vienna, we walked along it when we were shopping in town and when we got the tube one day. We got off at the stop where it’d on the bridge over the danube, it was lovely and was a gorgeous day which made the view a whole lot better.

We sat on the steps down to the water when we walked along side it, It was warm and I took my shoes off wandering up and down the steps, some of the graffiti on the walls was funky too, some of it was so well done!

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One of the first places that Julia took Jake and I was Karlzplatz, where I accidentally got a photo of the car park and put it on my insta saying how gorgeous it was there when really it was majority car park, so yeah, reaaaaally gorgeous haha!

But the Opera House in Karlzplatz is one that Tom Cruise jumped off in one of the Mission Impossible films (Mission Impossible 5)! I was I’d had the chance to see the Opera so I guess it gives me a very good excuse to visit again! They also held the premier for the Mission Impossible 5 film at the opera house!

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One morning we decided to not let our hangovers defeat us and we went on a road trip to a lake and man made beach! When we got there we paid about €5 to get in, then when inside they had changing areas and toilets, a huge balcony seating area on the water and multiple beanbags and sun-beds to chill out on. Theres a field of grass behind all this and then if you carry on walking theres a man made beach with sand and all! We set up on the sand with our towels and got tanning.

It was really cool to chill out and tan our hangovers away, we also went for a swim in the lake and it was so fretting. Theres a restaurant / cafe also there were we got lunch and could look over the lake. It was a really pretty place and a perfect day with friends.

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We spent a day shopping in Vienna, I’ll never forget storming to the till in Zara and Julia not really giving Jake any choice on the matter in buying a €50 cardigan. I’ve never asked Jake if he wears it so Jake if you’re reading this let me and Julia know!

We walked through the streets of Vienna looking at all the fancy shops and restaurants, we walked past places like Gucci, Chanel and Marc Jacobs and it all looked so flawless. Of course there was H&M, Forever 21, all the just as brilliant and cheaper shops for the broke students like me! The shops that got me the most was the #Respect Your Ass shop where you could make your won customised pair of jeans, It was cool inside and out, I wish I’d got some.

There were also plenty of statues dotted about which were made of gold! We had the nice Ice cream whilst walking back as it was getting a bit cold, and what better log then to have Ice cream when you’re cold. It was SO NICE. I rate Ice cream and that stuff was gorgeous.

Whilst out shopping we came across St, Stephens Cathedral, I never realised how cool the roof of the cathedral was until I saw it myself. It’s all patterned with zig zags in different colours. It was something different, especially for a cathedral!

More architectural beauty for sure in the heart of Vienna!

Vienna – Schnitzel blew my mind.

We didn’t go out very much when we were in Vienna due to staying in with Julia and the wonder of takeaways, but the few chances we did get to go out for some grub were really great.

71We went out for dinner to Vapiano’s twice, I loved it, although I was madly hungover and couldn’t eat much for the second time we went.

 

 

This was the first time I’d ever heard of Vapiano’s when Julia took us there for some lunch. I made myself the FATTEST Spaghetti bolognese ever. It was so cool watching it be made right In front of me, I’d never experienced a spaghetti bolognese so fast in my entire life. And my god was it delicious. You get to choose your entire dish at the counter in parts, like what pasta and sauce you want etc. Honestly its the best place, I went there in Amsterdam too!

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26Another place we went was just a small german restaurant, I didn’t catch the name of it but Julia really wanted Jake and I to try some schnitzel! We were totally up for it so we decided whilst wondering around Vienna that we headed to get some!

It came with some potato salad and we ordered quite a lot, but there were 3 of us, and it was really really nice. It wasn’t a familiar taste at all but It was really different and tasted so great! The dish originated in Austria, so we were pretty happy we got to give it a good taste!

Dublin – Dirty Pints & Half priced rides home at 4am

When we first got to Dublin we headed to our hostel, then straight out, Only to find

49ourselves in the same pub the entire afternoon. It was called Murphy’s Pub and we sat in there for hours upon hours just relaxing with each other, we got there at about 11am and stayed until around 3pm. It was a long time but we were all to busy falling asleep as our flight was at 4am the same day, listening to men chanting at football and ripping each other to bits like we usually do.

It was a nice place, we sat outside on the balcony, drinks of course were not cheap because its Dublin. We had a whale of a time even though we were all beyond tired. Josh ended up sticking rizla’s to his eyebrows and Cam drank my stale pint of guinness i’d left on the table for a good 2 hours which also had someones chewing gum in it, and the man still drank it. I love my friends.

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Our first big night out was in Xico. Its an over 21’s nightclub in Dublin where you have to pay €20 just to get in. But because my wonderful irish friend Craig has some very very popular friends (Jay Duffy, Keith Duffy from boy zone’s son), We all managed to get in for free and under the age limit, I’m not even 21 till next year either! All about who you know aye! It was a huge nightclub with a smoking area upstairs, huge long bar (with attractive barmaids) and a mixture of cheesy but also good music to dance too!

79It was an amazing night, the drinks were flowing and like I said before were not cheap! At about 2am there were only me, Brad, Cam and Josh left in Xico, We partied the night away and danced to the cheesy music until 3am and the lights came up. It was a fun night and we were all hammered. The Downside to this is that we had gotten a taxi to Xico and had absolutely no idea where we were in relation to our hostel, and we were all absolutely mortal.

This resulted in the 4 of us attempting to walk through the streets of Dublin trying to get home, smashed. After having a 76number of photos in a door way that looked like No.10 Downing street, we headed further down a road where Josh decided to climb up onto the highest wall we could see whilst the rest of us looked at the city map, and we still had no idea where we were. And then to top it all off whilst I was trying to read the map Josh and Cam were walking circles around me and the map sign, this only resulted in Cam somehow managing to wallop himself in the face with the sign. This only progressed into Cam laying on the floor and also having a cone on his head at 77one point.

Even though it was brilliant, It was nearly 4am and I was tired and just wanted to go home. So the 4 of us managed to somehow climb into the back of a 3 seated rickshaw. God do I feel sorry for the bloke who had to bike us back to our hostel because the journey wasn’t short. We were cheering him on as we all sat in the back. We ended up paying him €13 euros and a tattoo voucher for somewhere back in the UK as that was all we had left, whereas it should’ve been at least €25!! it was a crazy night and I know I’ll never forget it.

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One evening Brad and I headed down to Temple Bar. If you ever get the chance to go there then do, when we went down there were pubs galore, live music and lots of pretty lights! 85Its a really lively place, and very expensive! My Malibu and coke and brads pint cost €16 in total, just for 2 drinks! Don’t go to temple bar with the hope of getting pissed for cheap because it just won’t happen, so be prepared to spend the dosh!

After Temple Bar we headed to meet everyone at a Shisha bar down the road from our hostel. It was really cool, it was down a set of stairs and through the corridor into these little rooms where you had to take your shoes off and chill out on the floor. Each ‘booth’ was separated with silk curtains and there were pillows and it was really cosy. It wasn’t too expensive and we got a shisha pipe and some jasmine green tea, it was so chilled out and a perfect way to wind down!

We spent our last evening in a pub in Temple Bar and all got monumentally ruined, we listened to live music and patted ben on the back as he chundered by a bin outside, the perfect way to end the holiday!

I adore my friends to say the least!