Seeing Paris’ glorious architecture and immense history in Autumn’s golden light is simply jaw-dropping.

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Aside from all of the usual things I choose to do on city breaks (eat… drink… eat…etc, etc…) I love to explore on foot. And of course, whether you like it or not, it’s only necessary to visit a few tourist spots to get them ticked off the list.

I’m not always the biggest fan of tourist-y things (cue long queues, overpriced tickets, and big crowds…), however going up the Sacre Coeur was my favourite. Yup, even more so than the Eiffel Tower.

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We were lucky that our boutique hotel was located nearby the walk to the very quirky MonteMarte, and therefore also Sacre Coeur. So we set off out of our gorgeous room off to explore…

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It is a long walk up to the Sacre Coeur, so there are lifts for those less able to walk very far – but I highly recommend walking it if you can. We set off at golden hour, and the views on the way up are magical; those golden rooftops underneath dusty pink skies just get me every time.

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In between each set of steep steps were authentic cafes and bars, that I was just dying to try…

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But with the sun setting slowly but surely, and knowing the views from the top are well worth it, we saved them for another time! Sacré-Cœur is a Roman Catholic church that boasts breath-taking 360 panoramic views of the city, offering sights of the romantic cobbled Parisian streets and its iconic landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower.

 

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Tickets are almost half the price of many other viewing points in Paris, and they don’t let you down. So it’s good for those of us on a budget, yet who still want to make the most out of our travels.

After a long wander around Sacre Couer, our hunger took over. We’d passed Montemarte on our walk up, and since walking down is a little more pleasurable, we couldn’t wait to head back and try some French cuisine.

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This busy part of Paris is a beautiful little square, full of artists, restaurants, and bustling with energy. Not to mention the extremely tempting patisseries…
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We settled on a little restaurant outside in the square, and although the food and service did slightly disappoint, the atmosphere made up for it. The wine was good, too…

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My last few days living outside of London this summer have been nice and well-spent. This time next week I will be living in London again and I can’t wait to be back in my favourite city!

Until then, I thought I would write up a short-but-sweet post on a different favourite city of mine in England: Canterbury. Although in comparison to London this city is much smaller, I love it because I spent three years of my life studying at College there, and although I was ready to move away from this place it is always nice to go back and appreciate its beauty.

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It is always a tourist hotspot, and there are many reasons as to why so many people go.

Most of the international tourists here always visit the Cathedral which is stunning.

Despite the many modern shops and stores, such as Topshop and French Connection, the streets still have not lost their old traditional charms. Many of the buildings are a little older than you’d think, my favourite building is a restaurant on by the river – it has been there since the 1500’s. You can also take a river boat tour here too which although I am yet to try, I have heard its definitely worthwhile!

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With cobbled streets, old fashioned sweet shops and ice cream carts, the city really does take tradition seriously!

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There are more pubs than bars or clubs in Canterbury, so its the perfect place for a proper pub crawl! When we visited the other day we went to the Foundry Brew Pub for their craft beer festival.

I always love to go to small festivals like these; they’re inexpensive, have great live music and you can always find yourself meeting new people. We found ourselves chatting to some guys and girls from South Africa and Canada at this one.

They had travelled in from London that day too, so that’s just proof that it doesn’t take long to reach these other cute places and how worthwhile it can be.

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Bethany x

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Last week I saw one of the most stunning natural wonders.

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Whilst in Greece, we drove into Sami through the mountains on our quad bike, the heat was burning on my back – in a good way of course – and made our way to a Melissani Cave.

Otherwise known as the underground Melissani Lake, or ‘The Cave of the Nympths’, it is a deep lake surrounded with forest and rock, and is located east of the mountains of Evmorfia and Agia Dynati.

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It was not too difficult to get to, however if you had not heard about it before you could well drive or travel past it without even knowing this little treasure existed.

It was 7 euros to enter the cave and lake, and I heard a couple behind us complain of the price since you are not in the cave for much more than twenty minutes. However, I find this price completely acceptable since it is something that will truly take your breath away. (also, considering the economic state of Greece at the moment we could hardly ask for less.)

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There was no queuing involved or any hustle and bustles of tourists, and as we furthered underground I spotted the bright turquoise water before anything else, and the air completely cooled down the further I went.

A few rowing boats dot the cool blue water, waiting to take you for your ride around the peaceful lake, and a bright ray of sun shoots down from the giant hole from above. It felt like I was walking through Pinterest.

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On the ride, the man rowing sang Greek songs on the way round which kind of added to the scene, and although it did not last more than twenty minutes everyone was really taken aback by the beauty of the cave and I definitely recommend it if you’re into seeing natural wonders!

I have plenty more travel tips coming up for Greece that I have saved so keep an eye out for further posts or subscribe via email on this page/follow me on bloglovin! I will also be travelling to other places this summer so there is much, much more to come!

Lots of love,

Bethany xxx

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I have only ever been to Dublin in Ireland, but it sure is a gorgeous place.

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With friendly, approachable people everywhere and old pubs on every corner, it truly is somewhere you must go to explore.

I went to the city of Dublin for four days, and I found I had enough time to see many of it’s attractions without any rushing about. Here are my top tips on how to make the most of the city in just a few days…

My number one recommendation is the Guinness Factory. Of course this is a typical recommendation, however it exceeded my expectations and I found this to be one of my favourite parts of the trip. It really is interesting to see how it’s made, and the best bit is getting a free Guinness (over 18’s of course) at the top of the building overlooking the whole of Dublin!

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We were lucky we had such a beautiful day and we could see Dublin clearly, we also found ourselves chatting to a fascinating Australian couple for about an hour about how they’ve travelled the world.

On the same day, we went to see Kilmainham Gaol – an infamous old prison (no longer in use of course!) which was interesting however it was not my favourite part of the trip due to the queuing and it felt like it dragged out a little longer than necessary.

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In the evenings, there is plenty to do. One night we got the cab down to the famous Temple Bar, which was beautiful but expensive inside (about €7 for an alcoholic drink) however we got talking to some people from America and many other places. I don’t think the girls I went with liked it as much as me but with a fairy lit garden in the Temple Bar and live music, I absolutely loved it.

Temple Bar by day is even nicer than by night – with street art around every corner and quirky cafes and stores, I think I even preferred it to London’s Shoreditch!

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If you are looking for a hotel that is smart yet affordable, I recommend the Harcourt Hotel which is where we stayed. It is a lovely looking hotel but also quite affordable as it is located just outside of the centre. Also if you are over 18 and looking for a night out, there are some nightclubs right opposite Harcourt Hotel! They were popular and you could see why.

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Of course, when you’re in Dublin you can’t miss the shopping. With hundreds of stores and street acts there is plenty to see – including a three-storey Disney store (don’t judge me for that…)

Right by the shopping on Grafton Street there is also the beautiful St. Stephens Green, which is great to have a break and relax in on a rare sunny Irish day!

Trinity College is my last must-see place in Dublin. It is free to walk around, and it’s old large buildings are full of beautiful Irish history. You can also be given a tour of the college including the famous library however  for this there is a fee.

 

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If you are considering a visit here then I really do recommend going! It is a beautiful city and I think the people here are some of the friendliest I have met. I wish when I was there I had seen outside of the city but that will be on my list when I next visit Ireland.

P.s. I am going to Spain for 7 days next week – so I may not be able to post whilst there, but I might do a little travel post on the area when I get back!

Lots of love,

Bethany xxx

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I often feel as though Germany is an underrated country – I remember when I bought my tickets to visit Germany many of my friends were saying how they didn’t want to visit it themselves, as they had always pictured it being quite bleak.

However, this is far from the truth.

The first place I have visited in Germany is Koln, also known as ‘Cologne’. It is a beautiful city just to the West of Germany, and so I managed to travel there via coach. Although this is not the most glamorous travel method, it is amazingly inexpensive. (I will post the link to the coach website in case you’re interested).

 

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All the things I’d heard about this city were positive. It’s supposed to have artsy things to do, and good nightlife. You hear these things about cities all the time but I feel that Cologne really did live up to its hype!

This is one beautiful city.

We stayed there for a total of three days, which I believe was enough time to see its best bits. The architecture in the city was stunning, especially the Cathedral, and every building was unique. The River Rhine also runs through the city, there are opportunities to take a boat tour or even ride to another town. If we had more time, however, I definitely would have taken the boat further down to another town – everyone in the city seemed to recommend this!

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There are plenty of cafes, bars for the night-time and amazing restaurants overlooking the river to keep a food lover like myself happy.

What I really loved and found unusual about this city was that it had its own signature beer named ‘Kolsch’ and everyone there seemed to be drinking it as though it was basically religion!

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For the fashion lover, there is a huge shopping district within the city – boasting both luxury and high street brands. I spent an entire afternoon here and didn’t even manage to get around it all. Since I’m from the UK, I’m used to shopping areas being quite spread out (some streets in London excluded) and so it was an experience to be in such a condense area of stores.

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If you have never been to Germany before, I really recommend opting for Koln as your first place. Not only because it is quite inexpensive, but in comparison to some other German cities it really still has a historical German charm about it.

Top 5 things to do here:

– See Koln Cathedral

– River Rhine Boat Trip

– Leave a lock at the Love Lock bridge (Hohenzollern Bridge)

– Koln Triangle (truly breath-taking views of the city)

– EL-DE Haus… this is the former headquarters of Gustapo – I didn’t take any photographs as I felt it was a bit disrespectful. However, it is worth a visit if you are interested.

 

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