Running for the train to Nottingham!

On Friday night I had been talking to one of my best mates until after 12. When I got off my computer, I looked on Citymapper to check how long it would take me to get to the train then I somehow got distracted and fell asleep. I woke up to my alarm I had set earlier in the week knowing I would need to get up around 6.30ish but that wasn’t early enough! I needed to leave at 6.30 so I was in such a rush and freaking out as there was a slim chance in hell of making my train on time. I ran from stop to stop – platform to platform and I made it! With not even a minute spare!

I walked nearly the length of the train and found my seat to then relax as I made my way to Nottingham!

Once off the train, I beelined for the Nottingham Castle, I got there before the doors had even opened. If you go to Nottingham and don’t have much time I wouldn’t waste my time or money. It was pretty average, and was mostly just a museum about nothing to do with the Castle. By now I was starving (running around like a crazy person does that), I had seen some good reviews for Hartley’s Sandwich Bar and I got a bacon, mozzarella and spinach panini with a berry boost smoothie. It was delish! Now that my tank was full, I went to my next stop which was the City of Caves. It was well worth doing! Really informative and interesting and if you like playing dress up you get to wear a hard hat =)

City of Caves, Nottingham, United Kingdom

I then went to the bus depo and took a bus out to Wollaton Hall and Deer park. It was just what i needed! It was so beautiful and peaceful, the leaves on the trees were all changing since we are now in Autumn, really lovely.

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The hall is gorgeous from the outside, and is free to go in and check out the exhibits. There is a couple of floors to occupy yourself for a while. I then headed back to the city centre and wandered around the streets before finding  somewhere for dinner and a few post walk cocktails which is always satisfying!

Another day of exploring been and gone….

Until next time x

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Hygge! – Part 2

On Saturday with now my work mate in tow, we got a ticket for the ‘Hop On – Hop Off’ bus and listened our way to the Christiansborg Palace. The palace was one of the nicest castles I have visited. It was really light and actually looked like people would live there, not so dramatic in the colourings of the interior. After looking around the palace, they also had a tower to climb which gave us views over the city centre.

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Then we jumped back on the bus to our next stop – the Little Mermaid. The stop didn’t take long as theres just the mermaid on a rock…. so after a quick few pics we then jumped back on to the Rosenborg Castle.

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I was glad we had gone to the Christiansborg Palace as the Rosenborg is very dark and kind of depressing. On the second day we had an all you can eat brunch at the architecture centre and went on a canal tour.It was pretty cold to be on the canal but it was nice to get another view of the city and more information. We had been recommended a cocktail bar called Ruby. It is very hidden away and also expensive so we stayed for just one drink but it has a nice atmosphere and the bar guy was really nice. We finished the day off walking the shopping street and then I took refuge in the hostel until it was time to head to the airport. Back to reality.

Until next time x

Hygge! – Part 1

A couple of weekends ago I went for a long weekend to Copenhagen. I left on Thursday night and my work mate joined me on the Friday night.

Firstly, if you are going to Copenhagen in October – bring gloves, beanie, scarf and a warm jackets as it was chilly! It wasn’t even that cold temperature wise, it was about 9/10 degrees but the wind was really cold on one of the days and there was quite a dampness in the air.

Now on to the fun part – what I did!

I arrived late Thursday so after a quick nosey around the hostel I jumped into bed so I would be fresh for Fridays wandering. I began the morning by making my way to a breakfast place that I had already looked up online to check out. It was called Hafnia. The staff were lovely and gave me recommendations when I was having difficulty choosing between a couple of things. I ended up going with the cashew yoghurt with granola and fruit on top. It was SO GOOD! I loved the yoghurt but I think the winner was the granola. I don’t know what they put in there but I wanted more!

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After breakfast I walked up to the Assistens cemetery which is where Hans Christian Anderson and Niels Bohr are buried.

After a quick few photo shots of those, I made my way back down toward the canal. I grabbed a hire bike and rode around past the Marble Church, and the Amalienborg Castle then around the streets near Freetown Christiania.

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Then of course next stop was food again. I had read about Papirøen – which is an indoor street food place. I got an egg wrap and found a table to tuck in.

Once I was nice and full, I walked around Freetown Christiania which is pretty much people getting blazed. It is quite a hippy area with lots of brightly colored buildings and artsy pubs and cafes. On my way back towards the city centre I saw a cathedral with a really tall tower that I decided to go up. It was the scariest tower I have ever been on. It brings you out at a slanted platform and then theres a winding staircase up to the point. Amazing view but not for the lighthearted!

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See where I continue in Part 2.

Until next time x

 

Sunday Catchup

At the beginning of the month I had some visitors from home, they were travelling around Europe and UK for a couple of months and we met up the night before they left.

I had heard from a few friends about the Skygarden in the Walkie Talkie tower and it came highly recommended so thought it would be an awesome idea to take my friends up.

To go up the tower is free, you just need to book online a time slot, and your good to go!

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I wish I had known about it sooner! It was so amazing!! You go through a security check then take the lift up and it brings you to the bar. It is a gorgeous open space with 360 degree views of London. We arrived just as the sun was about to set so got to see day and night views. We found the drinks menu and although the cocktails looked amazing, we weren’t too keen on paying over 11 pounds for a cocktail so we opted for our countries ‘Old Mout’ cider. It was reasonably priced, same price as bars, maybe a little more depending where you go. Then we had a look around. There is a garden – as in the name, and two sets of stairs either side that go up and around the back of the bar area. After taking a few snaps, and taking in the view, we then we grabbed ourselves a table and took in the view while catching up on life.

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A must do if you like nature, views and drinks =) and who doesn’t? Right!

Until next time x

Country Number 30!

Halfway through September I hit country number 30! Morocco!

I was in need of a sun fix and I sure got that in Morocco. I went on a tour with Travel Talk for 8 days and spent two of those nights in the desert. I have never been somewhere so peaceful than waking up in the desert and watching the sunrise.

My tour started off in Marrakech – I walked about an hour from my hotel into the city centre (should of got the shuttle!) and walked through the twisting narrow streets of the Medina. Marrakech is very busy and buzzing with scooters and cars going by.

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We were there while the Eid celebrations were on so it was an experience walking by and seeing goats and sheep being sacrificed – not really an experience I wish to see again but it’s all part of being in another culture.

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The second night in the desert we rode by camel to the campsite, all in convoy as the sun went down.img_4593

While travelling between Agadir and Essaouira we came across tree climbing goats, they are meant to have the best meat as they do not have much fat on them. We stopped off to have goat tagine at a restaurant and I have to say it was really tender – I would highly recommend!img_4594

I had some delicious food in Morocco and shared it with some amazing people, it is always good in life to experience cultures and places that are so different to what you have always known.

Until next time x

Geordie Land!

At the end of September I ticked another UK town off my list and headed North to the land of the Geordies.

I arrived early Saturday morning and went to Olive & Bean for breakfast. the staff were really lovely and had many gluten free options ( Fun fact – I have Coeliac Disease), I got the Eggy Bread and it was delicious! I was staying at the Albatross Backpackers and the staff were again very friendly and had luggage storage for me while I spent the day exploring.

The Snowdogs had just been planted around the city and everyone was out and about following their trail so I decided to join them and take a few pics.

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On Sunday I went to the Life Museum – it was really good! They had an Animals Inside Out exhibition on and it was amazing, the animals have been skinned and you can see all the organs and arteries etc. that are inside an animal. I love science and animals so I was in my element!

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In the morning of Sunday I strolled along the Quay and took a peek at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – it was worthwhile and you can’t go wrong with a free art centre. They also had a viewing platform looking over the Quay.

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In the neighbourhood of Jesmond there was a nice creek trail that lead to a waterfall and old windmill and for the kids and big kids at heart there was also a Pet’s Corner where you can coo over the bunnies and other animals there.

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I always feel at peace exploring a new city/town and I love getting out of London to explore more of what the UK has to offer.

Until next time x