Grey day

Getting ready for the bank holiday weekend! The tradition in England is for the weather to be bad, so let’s hope it’s an nontraditional one!

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

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A weekend in Rome – part 2

On the second day of a long weekend in Rome, head to the Vatican. A true architectural wonder and a place filled with masterpieces.

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The Vatican’s queue is notoriously long and bad, so make sure to beat it by ordering your tickets online. I got ours there and we walked pass the 500-meters long queue and went straight in there with very little wait at security.

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The place is huge and filled with pieces you probably first saw in your history books at school.

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‘Ohhhhh’ and ‘Ahhhh’ in the Sistine chapel (but don’t take any pictures, you’ll be told off! Trust me, I tried!).

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Wander for a couple of hours and end your visit in the huge Basilica St Pietro.

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Once out, head toward Piazza del Popolo, on the way you will find plenty of delis and bakeries where you can find delicious sandwiches.

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On Piazza del Popolo grab a gelato and people watch.

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Rome is a very lively city and Piazza del Popolo a great place to see it happen.

Done with your gelato? Good! Now let’s walk it off! Head uphill to the Villa Borghese park, wander along the cypress trees alleys and enjoy the views of Rome’s roofs.

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Have a siesta on the grass and when it gets closer to ‘Aperol o’clock’ head down back into the city via the Spanish Steps and take a sit at a terrace for an aperitivo and more people watching.

End the day with a dish of pasta or a delicious pizza and go to bed for some sun filled dreams.

Part 1 of our weekend in Rome is here!

A weekend in Rome – part 1

Rome… Ahhhhhh, Rome… I love you so much! You are like a summer flirt – seducing, warm, interesting and beautiful. I have been to Rome several time and I just fall in love more and more each time. It always delivers!

The great thing with Rome is that it is only a short flight away from almost everywhere in Europe so going for a long weekend is fairly easy!

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A quick flight across the Alps and you will be there for dinner on a Friday. Find a nice little restaurant not far from where you’re staying and unwind to the sound of Italian voices.

On the Saturday, head to the Colosseum.

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Yes, it is cliché, but it really worth visiting. You will feel like Russell Crowe in Gladiator for a couple of hours. Note that it is important to buy your tickets in advance to beat the queue.

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Rome offers also plenty of touristy photo opportunities. So go on, be a tourist and proud of it!

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Now is a good time to grab a late lunch. All places around there will be quite touristy so don’t desperately look for something special, just pick between panini and pasta. Or even better, pack a sandwich, from a local baker, so you can enjoy it at our next stop, the Roman Forum!

From the Colosseum, just head to the other side of the street and enter the Roman Forum. The site is mainly in ruin, but it really give you a great idea of how the Antic Rome must have looked like. You can imagine the little food markets, the shops, the temples and all the activity in the very old streets.

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From the Forum, head uphill to what used to be the ‘posh’ neighbourhood of the antic Rome. The Palatine Hill is were the emperors and the cool-kids lived. I did Latin for 2 years, I don’t remember any of the derivatives but I do remember this! My parents would be proud…

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The views of Rome’s roofs are wonderful from there.

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At the top of the hill you will find Emperor Augustus palace. You will also see on the other side of the hill what remains from the Circus Maximus (drop movie reference here: Ben-Hur)

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After the Palatine hill, head toward the Piazza del Campidoglio, where you will find the famous Capitoline wolf statue. You can then head downhill to the Piazza Venezia and the high street area.

By now it should be late afternoon, perfect time for a gelato or an Aperol spritz! When in Rome…

Part 2 of our weekend in Rome is here!

 

 

Unwinding

No better place to start the weekend! Sunset on the lake with a glass of wine.

Lake District (Cumbria) – 2014

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A weekend in Norfolk

That’s it folks, 2016 is gone, 2017 has arrived and with that is now time to plan for your next adventure!

And if you are looking for an escape by the sea, long walks on the beach, tasty sea food and cosy pubs, I happen to just know the place for you!

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Norfolk is the perfect  balance of countryside and seaside and the perfect place for a breath of fresh air.

We left London straight after work on a Friday evening and arrived at the Dabbling Duck where we were staying around 9pm. I would highly recommend this place, the rooms are cosy and the breakfast beautiful. If you are staying somewhere else I would still recommend you have lunch or dinner there! I had the duck breast (duh!) which was beautiful and the banana sticky toffee pudding is to die for (and I don’t even like sticky toffee pudding!).

We woke up bright and (not too) early on the Saturday and after a huge breakfast, we headed to Norwich. It really worth visiting the city, the cobbled streets are full of lovely little shops and if you like flea markets make sure to give yourself time to explore St. Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, a paradise for vintage fans.

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Unfortunately I took very little pictures on that as the weather was terrible, which brings me to my packing recommendations, wellies and brollies are a must in Norfolk!

We headed to Great Yarmouth in the afternoon, which, to be honest, we really didn’t like… If you like arcade games you may enjoy it but if like us you were looking for seafront charm, I would pass.

After a slightly disappointing end of the afternoon, we went back to the B&B to quickly change and headed back out for a very satisfying dinner at Stratton’s. Perfect place for a romantic dinner!

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On the Sunday, we woke up early to make the most of our last (and sunny) day in Norfolk.

We headed first to the beautiful village of Burnham Market for a little walk. This place is exactly how I pictured Norfolk to be.

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After a countryside walk we thought a beach walk was in order and headed to Wells-next-the-Sea. Once there, make sure to park in some of the back streets as the harbour car park is ridiculously expensive. Then walk along the East Fleet, you will end up on a beautiful beach surrounded by colourful beach cabins.

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Working up an appetite, we stopped by one of the numerous seafood joints by the coast somewhere between Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney. The waitress was very rude but the crab was delicious!

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We stopped in Blakeney for a digestive walk and then headed to our final destination, Holt. Both villages worth a stop to enjoy the local architecture (flint anyone?), little boutiques and a cup of tea and slice of cake.

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We headed back to gloomy London our lungs full of fresh air and our heads full of ideas for our next trip to Norfolk!

Escape to the countryside

My plan this weekend is to escape the big smoke! Not for the Highlands but for the beautiful Norfolk coast.

Scotland – 2013

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And breathe

That’s it, we made it to the weekend! I hope you know feel as relaxed as I was when taking that picture in Brazil. 🙂

Brazil – 2013

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Cheers!

To the weekend and the beverage of your choice that comes with it!

Thailand – 2014

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Sunbathing cat

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend will be as relaxing as that little guy’s!

Istanbul – 2015

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