I do love a trip to London, even if it is a flying visit! This weekend I travelled to the south to visit old uni friends for a catch up and just a nice autumnal weekend somewhere a little different. I escaped the torrential rain of Manchester and arrived to the chilly sunshine of Euston station early Saturday afternoon.
After dropping off my luggage we headed to the Maltby Street markets for lunch and a casual wander as it was a place neither of us had been before. We stopped off in a little French cafe/bistro for a late lunch, sharing a wholesome rustic baguette (with delicious Brie cheese) and a pastry full of vanilla custard which was to die for! In the evening we ventured to south of the river to The Imperial Durbar, a bar my friend was reviewing. The bar has teamed up with a tradition Indian restaurant next door which will bring delicious food to your table after ordering from an old rotary dial phone in the bar. We also indulged in three of the cocktails off the fantastic menu whi...
When I started this blog it was a way of getting back my creative mojo and now that I have a little more free time it is being dedicated to this fully. So I sat down and tried to brain storm ideas for content to put out. But for every idea I had a realised I didn't have any visual content for it! Fast forward a week or so to me killing some time waiting for a train in Piccadilly station. I took a little trip into Oliver Bonas for a browse (because hey, who doesn't love their homeware and jewellery sections?)
Whilst I was in there I came across a book that caught my eye with the title Stop, Look, Breathe, Create. After having a quick skim read through in the time I had I immediately thought it was what I had been looking for!
The book, written by Wendy Ann Greenhalgh, is a guide to mindfulness through creative expression and how to channel that creativity. It was just what I needed to get out of my creative rut. The things Greenhalgh writes in her introduction to the practice really reson...
Before I went to Egypt I spent a fair few hours researching the Do's and Don'ts when travelling to the country. So here I will pass on some of the useful things I found out both before my trip and whilst I was there.
Flights - flights in and out of Egypt are a bit stricter than most. When you arrive in the country you will be asked to pay for a visa which turned out to be £25. So don't forget some cash on hand!
When traveling back I would recommend putting literally every electronic device you own in your case aside from your phone and small music device. Any external batteries or larger electronic items will be confiscated and destroyed before your flight.
What to wear - I researched this loads before leaving. Due to Egypt being a heavily Muslim country, we were advised that outside of the hotel we would have to cover up. Shoulders and knees are preferred not to be on show when travelling outside of the major tourist destinations, however, I saw plenty of people outside in Hurghada i...
For those who don't know, during my time at university I joined the scuba diving society. Not only for the amazing people and the great conversation starter (people seem to be impressed when you say you're a qualified diver) but also for the adventures to exotic countries around the globe.
When I was told that this years destination would be Hurghada, Egypt, I was not too thrilled about the prospect. With extensive coverage on the news about the problems in the country, it’s easy to have a bit of doubt and apprehension about the place. Even as I boarded the plane I couldn't shake the nerves. However, as I sit here in Starbucks writing this post I'm wishing I could do it all over again! Having never been to Africa before or any place remotely similar to Egypt, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. So I went in totally blind to any expectation I may have had.
Upon arriving in Hurghada we couldn't really see much because it was about 8 at night. We were greeted with blueberry juice...
Where can you find a compilation of eclectic style, stunning architecture, mouth watering food and history that has inspired artistic visionaries of all categories?
Why Paris of course!
I recently came back from a week long trip to the city of love and naturally whilst I was there I went a bit camera happy. Granted not as much as last time to avoid repeating photographs from last year but when you're in a city as beautiful as Paris how can you not keep snapping away?
We did a few different things on this visit including visiting more places outside of the city centre and even going to the summit of the Eiffel Tower (which I can tell you was one of the highlights).
There's that many photos it's taking me ages to edit them all. But here's the first instalment.