Places to go in Brighton

Places to go in Brighton

I absolutely love Brighton and often call Brighton beach my home away from home so its no surprise that I have made at least one trip a year for the past 3 years to this lovely seaside town and whilst on these trips I have found a few places that you should definitely visit if you are planning on going to Brighton πŸ™‚

  1. Choccywoccydoodah- As a self-confessed chocoholic when I heard about Choccywoccydoodah I was so excited but also nervous that it wouldn’t live up to the hype……. I could not have been more wrong! It exceeded my expectations and now no trip to Brighton is complete without Choccywoccydoodah πŸ™‚ I have tried chocolate covered marshmallows, a chocolate sundae and a chocolate dipping pot so far and they were all amazing- I’m slowly working my way through the menu πŸ˜› The decor is beautiful and the cakes that they make are extraordinary!
  2. Photomatic- I absolutely love photography and polariods and selfies so when I saw this shop in one of Zoella’s vlogs I knew that I had to find it next time I went to Brighton- it was so much fun!! I dragged my friends Hannah and Anna in with me because no photobooth photoshoot is complete without ur besties and it was a blast πŸ™‚ They have loads of different props including hats, glasses + signs- my favourite was an alien hat πŸ˜› 
  3. Beach- Brighton is very well known for its beach and every year hundreds of people flood to this seaside town to sunbathe, eat fish and chips and maybe paddle in the sea if they’re feeling brave during the few days of sun we get  here in the UK. Everytime I go to Brighton I am struck by the beauty of this beach and immediately feel relaxed whenever I step onto the pebbles to walk towards the sea πŸ™‚ Although the beach is generally quite busy during the summer months you can always find a little spot to put ur stuff down, take some photos and run down to the sea (usually running back up the beach 2 minutes later because the water is freezing :P)
  4. The Pier- Brighton pier is a great place to walk along, grab an ice cream, lose all ur change playing arcade games and then if ur brave go on one of the rides at the end which I have actually yet to try. You also get a great instagram-worthy view of the beach. There are hilarious photo cut outs including Minions, a wedding and many more πŸ™‚ There are also souvenir shops which are great if like me you like to collect things from all the places you visit πŸ™‚
  5. The Bandstand, The Donut + The Carousel- As someone who loves photography and finding really cool artistic places for photoshoots the Brighton Bandstand and the Carousel which can both be found along the Beach are a dream πŸ™‚ The bandstand is gorgeous, especially at night, and is the perfect scenery shot and the carousel always reminds me of Mary Poppins.  The Donut is also found along Brighton beach and is the perfect for an impromptu photoshoot with friends where you can all be silly πŸ™‚ 

    I hope this post has given you a few ideas for the next time you decide to visit Brighton or maybe it has inspired you to visit Brighton for the first time! Let me know in the comments if there are any places you think I have missed out or if you have been to any of these places πŸ™‚

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Barcelona 2017

Barcelona 2017

Some of you may know that last year my friend Hannah and I went to Paris for a few days and had such an amazing time that this year we decided to go to Barcelona! Barcelona is a city known for its art and architecture especially the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi. There are many of Gaudi’s masterpieces in the city centre including the breathtaking Sagrada Familia which almost 100 years after his death is still not complete!

On the 4th of September we flew from London Gatwick Airport to Barcelona El Prat Airport- the flight was around 2 hours and was spent re-watching a tv series called Girl Boss. Before the flight we obviously had to grab a Starbucks and I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the Year πŸ™‚Β 

The flight didn’t land until 8pm so that evening we just got the metro to the hotel, checked in and went to sleep because we were both exhausted and excited for the days ahead.

On the Tuesday we decided that we would walk along Las Ramblas towards the Marina+ Beach because it was extremely hot! The walk along Las Ramblas was a little disappointing because it was all souvenir shops but the Marina was absolutely beautiful!! We were both very excited to get to the beach and go swimming so we rushed past the Marina and decided to properly explore on the way back and hurried off towards the Sea πŸ™‚

After swimming for a bit and chilling on the beach listening to some music we decided to start heading back towards the hotel past the Marina, this time we spent some time taking pictures and found a restaurant which was serving traditional Paella so we stopped off and had some lunch ❀

After lunch we went back along Las Ramblas to the hotel for a shower to wash off the salt water and then I really wanted to go to Sephora so using google maps we found one that was not too far away πŸ™‚

After Sephora we had some dinner and then went to Casa Batllo which is a Gaudi building which makes you feel like you are underwater!!! We went there for a ‘Magic Night’ which included a tour and live music after πŸ™‚ The building was absolutely stunning and was a 2 minute walk from our hotel which worked out well πŸ™‚

For our second day in Barcelona we decided that we would go on a bus tour of the city- we used a company called Bus Turistic which has 3 different lines. We decided to do the Red Route first which took us past the MNAC where we decided to get off and explore, there were some breathtaking views of Bareclona from the MNAC and we also went past the magic fountain πŸ™‚

After the MNAC we had some pizza for lunch (yes we ate pizza in Spain :P) and continued on the Red Route of the bus tour which took us past La Seu which is a Gothic Barcelona Cathedral in Palma.

After La Seu we then got on the Green route which took us past a different beach and then headed back to the area around our hotel where we grabbed some tapas for dinner πŸ™‚

After Tapas we went to find the Torre Glories which is a cigar shaped building which lights up different colours at evening. Unfortunately on this particular evening the Torre Glories did not light up but we did go past a really pretty fountain which was lit up ❀

Our last full day in Barcelona got off to a slightly later start because we were both exhausted from lots of walking and excitement over the past few days. We decided that we would spend our last day doing the Blue route of the bus tour because we had 2 day tickets πŸ™‚ The blue route included the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the football stadium.

 

We went to the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell to buy our tickets for the day and then got back on the bus to take us round the route once before dropping us back off at the Sagrada Familia. The Sagrada Familia is only 70% complete but they are hoping to complete the architectural work by 2026- the centennial of Antoni Gaudi’s death. The cathedral will have 18 towers when complete- 12 towers representing the apostles, a tower dedicated to Jesus Christ, four respresenting the gospels and the final tower representing the Virgin Mary.

After the Sagrada Familia we went along to Park Guell which was originally going to be a housing site but has since been converted into a municipal garden with mosaics and Gaudi’s house.

After Park Guell it was around 7pm so we got the Metro down to the Marina and decided to have some cocktails whilst watching the Sunset which was such a nice experience πŸ™‚

On our last day in Barcelona we walked along to the beach and then had to head back to the hotel, collect our stuff and go to the airport 😦

Overall I absolutely loved Barcelona, the architecture is so amazing and so is the food πŸ˜› It was really nice to be close to the beach as well so you get the best of both worlds πŸ™‚

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Barcelona or if you want to go after reading this post πŸ™‚

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151-175Β 

151. Β Colour run (10.6.17)Β 

152. Go to Royal Ascot (22.6.17)

153. Swim with a Whale Shark (1.7.17)

Ocean TourΒ΄s Galleries Whaleshark (7)

154. See Footloose the Musical (21.7.17)


155. Spend the day at a spa with a willing friend (23.7.17)

156. See Book of Mormon (26.7.2017)

157. Meet Eva Gutowski (4.8.17)


158. Meet Hannah Witton (4.8.17)


159. Meet Lucy Moon (4.8.17)

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160. Feature on a Youtubers Instagram (5.8.17)Β img_7153

161. Β See Olly Murs Live (10.8.17)

162. Go to London Sea Life Aquarium (18/08/17)

163. Picnic in Hyde Park (20.8.17)Β 

164. Meet Against the Current (24.8.17)

165. See Kinky Boots the Musical (30.8.17)


166. Walk along Las Ramblas (5.9.17)


167. Walk along the Barcelona Pier (5.9.17)


168. Eat Paella in Spain (5.9.17)


169. Explore Casa Batllo by Gaudi (5.9.17)


170. See La Seu (6.9.17)Β 

171. Eat tapas in Spain (6.9.17)


172. See La Sagrada Familia (7.9.17)


173. Walk around Park Guell (7.9.17)


174. Drink Sangria in Spain (7.9.17)


175. Watch the sunset from a Beach (7.9.17)


Let me know in the comments what’s on your bucket list πŸ™‚

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July+ August Favourites

July+ August Favourites

Tv Shows:

Love Island- In the month of June and July if you lived in the UK you could not escape this show- at first I tried to resist the hype but eventually I gave in. My mum and brother would watch this show every night so then about a week in I decided to sit down and watch it with them and from that night on I was hooked. My whole family would watch this show religiously every night for the eight weeks it was on apart from when we were on holiday. I don’t know what it is about this show but it seems like everyone who watched it would get addicted- the show centres around a group of singles who go into a villa to try and find love but the path to love is never easy.

Ravens Home- When I was younger I would watch That’s So Raven on repeat so when I heard that Raven was coming back to Disney channel I was so excited!! I watched the premiere on the 21st of July and I absolutely loved it!! It was hilarious and heart warming and exactly what I hoped it would be- the theme song gave me all the feels and her kids are adorable πŸ™‚Β 
Books:

Wilde Like Me- Louise Pentland: This book follows Robin Wilde- a single mother and make-up artist as she tried to navigate single motherdom and a general feeling of loneliness despite having her loving daughter Lyla and wonderful friends. If you have watched Louise Pentland’s storytime series this book is like a very long storytime of funny and emotional stories and I read it in a couple of hours whilst chilling in the cabana because I couldn’t put it down.

Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu: As many of you know I am a big Zoella fan and love her Zoella Book Clubs πŸ™‚ This book was part of the 2017 Zoella Summer Book Club and I absolutely loved it πŸ™‚ The book follows Vivian who is tired of following the rules and casual sexism she experiences in her day to day life so she finally decides to do something about it and creates a feminist Zine which takes on a mind of its own and creates a feminist revolution in Vivian’s hometown.

The Problem with Forever- Jennifer L. Armentrout: I heard about this book from a Kalyn Nicholson video and from a few other people so whilst on holiday I decided to read it- I read it whilst floating around the pool on a floatie and it was soooo good!! I loved the relationship between Mallory and Rider πŸ™‚

Movies:

Rise of the guardians- I had been looking for a new movie to watch for a while so when my friend Su-Yen suggested Rise of the Guardians and showed me the trailer I was intrigued. The film follows the guardians Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, The ToothFairy and The Sandman. When the guardians are threatened by Pitch Black a new guardian is elected- Jack Frost. The film is funny, emotional and I absolutely loved it- I have since watched this movie quite a few times and loved it even more each time.


Descendants 2- Ever since the first Descendants film I have been so excited for the sequel and this film certainly didn’t disappoint!! I absolutely loved this movie- it was funny, emotional and I had the songs in my head for days after watching the film!! I thought that the isle was such an amazing idea and seeing the VK’s going back to their home turf was so cool- I think the addition of Uma as the villain really took it to the next level and China Anne McClain plays her soooo well! I had what’s my name in my head for ages and have watched the music video so many times.
Other:

Floaties- For the last few summers I have seen an increasing number of floaties on Instagram so I was very excited when my mum bought me a Unicorn Floatie for my birthday! We also bought my dad a Pizza floatie and my brother a donut floatie so when we went to Mexico we decided to take all of the floaties along so that we could use them in the pool of the hotel πŸ™‚ The looked so cool and were so much fun to just float around on whilst reading my kindle ❀

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Let me know in the comments what you were loving in the months of July and August πŸ™‚

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