The Eternal City

ROMA

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The last stop on my 5 week holiday is the beautiful Rome! I’ve been to Rome once before and was blown away by the beauty and history, I just had to come back (and I guess the coins I threw in the Trevi Fountain all those years ago have made that return to Rome come true).Β  Although I have seen a lot of Rome’s Historical Centre, I have also seen places on the outskirts of Rome, such as Tivoli and Villa Adriana which were both beautiful. As I was on a tour last time, and had access to many places, I am very excited to visit these places on my own and at my own peril.

At the top of my list is;

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The Spanish Steps and Piazza Di Spagna. I just think that area is so pretty and so full of life with so many tourists that I just want to sit on the steps and soak up the surroundings, as well as do some window shopping along Via Condotti (don’t think my university budget will be able to afford any items in those designer stores, especially on the last leg of my holiday, however a girl can dream!).

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The Trevi Fountain. STUNNING. I just loved it! Now that it is supposedly fully restored I can’t wait to visit it again. I aim to visit the fountain at night, as I have seen the beauty of it during the day, and only seen images of it at night, it gives it a totally different atmosphere and just another element of beauty that I can’t wait to see. I also hope to get a gelato from the famous gelato shop just to the left of the fountain. And, I will definitely be throwing some more coins into the fountain.

Running in close behind these two include;

  • The Colosseum (I mean who goes to Rome and doesn’t see it!)
  • Campo De Fiori
  • The Pantheon
  • Trastevere, which is known for being a popular neighborhood for many

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I know there is much more of Rome there is to see, however only being there two days doesn’t give me a lot of time, but also I have seen it before.

I just feel as though Rome has so many beautiful little neighborhoods which makes it such a beautiful and unique city.

Anyway guys, looks like my last stop is done and dusted, however onto more exciting news I’ll in Spain this time next month! (WOO)

I’m sure I’ll speak to you all soon, updating you on my travel essentials and what I’ll be packing in my suitcase.

A

Xx.

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Riccione

Sorry it’s been a while. I’ve been quite busy being back at uni and with Easter that was a few weeks ago.

Anyways, as I write to you it is well and truly close until I head away (just under 2 months), so I thought I’d tell you a bit about my next destination after beautiful, sunny Croatia!

Once my Sail Croatia is over, I will be catching an overnight ferry to the beautiful Italy. More specifically I’ll be heading to a place called Riccione, which I’ve heard is perfect for young people, has great shopping, and ideal for people who want a bit of RnR by the beach!

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I’ve been to Italy twice before, and with an understanding of the language, and having an Italian background, I will be very eager to get there and explore the Adriatic Coast, a side of Italy I’ve never been to before.

As I told you before, I’ll be catching an overnight ferry to Italy from Croatia, and can I tell you I am freaking out. I am able to swim, and I love the water, but the thought of going from one country to another by boat is really messing with me, especially because it is overnight. Anyway, I guess there is still a bit of time before I have to do that, and who knows, maybe a week on the water in Croatia will help me overcome that fear.

So… Why Riccione?

I chose Riccione because of its vicinity to Croatia, (Croatia is such a painful country to fly in and out of) and I wanted to go to a place in Italy which isn’t completely filled with tourists from outside of Europe. I did a bit of research, and originally chose Rimini as my destination of choice, however after speaking to a few people and getting their input, Riccione sounded like the destination of choice for me.

It’s famous for it’s piadina, which I loooove! They are similar to a quesadilla, but an Italian version!

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I’m excited for a beach in Italy that has sand (even though all beaches in Australia do), and the images of colourful beach umbrellas will add vibrancy and a relaxed and happy atmosphere to this part of my holiday.

Essentially, as you can probably tell I am super excited to hit the beautiful Italy, however I don’t really know what to expect, which is what creates the excitement in it all.

Next up, my last destination on my trip (yes, very sad I know, but it’s a good one)

Speak soon,

A

xx

My Week on a Boat

Once I say Goodbye to the Queen,Β  I will be heading to Croatia for a week of partying, tanning, and jumping into the crystal clear waters of the Dalmatian Coast on Sail Croatia.

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I’m so happy to finally be able to tick this off my bucket list as it has been something I’ve always wanted to do, and have heard great reviews about Croatia and how beautiful the country is.

I will be going into this experience quite oblivious to everything as I have no idea what to expect, nor do I know one word of Croatia. However, from reviews that I’ve read and pictures I’ve seen my expectations should be high as people have raved on about how it was the best week of their life.

I’ll be heading to Split, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik and other towns that are along the Dalmatian Coast on my week long adventure.

I’m very excited to head on this adventure as it’s a country I have never visited, and it’s one that I’m not quite familiar with, nor do I know much about it.

I’m looking forward to learning about Croatia, but ultimately meeting new people, partying, however waking up to crystal clear waters and spending my days in the sun on a boat is what really has enticed me to take part in this tour.

Speak soon, and I look forward to letting you know about the next part of my solo adventure and heading to beautiful Italy.

A

Xx

London Calling

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I’M GOING TO LONDON BABY

You won’t believe how keen I am to get there. After my Contiki, I will be saying Adios to Spain and heading to one of the coolest places ever… LONDON!!!!!

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The first time I went to London was in 2011, when I was just 15 years old, and I instantly loved it. Jamie Oliver, The Royals, One Direction … What’s not to love about the UK.

My trip to London will be the first time I will be completely alone in a foreign country, and I am that excited about it. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really mind my own company, and I’m not really afraid to be alone, so the chance to spend a week in London by myself will not only be eye-opening, but full of adventure.

The thing that I am excited about the most is that I will be able to do what I want and when I want. Seeing the things that I want to see and eating what I want.

London is rich in culture, has beautiful markets, amazing museums, fabulous shopping (Hello Oxford St!), and Jamie’s Italian!!!!!!!

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My Oyster card is already in my wallet ready for my arrival into Heathrow, and the tube awaits.

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Although I’ve been to London before, my 20 year old self needs a refreshing of the surroundings and location of things, so the touristy Hop-On, Hop-Off bus is what I will be using on my first full day in the city, once I’m comfortable and get my bearings, the tube will be my friend. I also look forward to walking through the city and taking in the beautiful surrounds.

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Hyde Park – London

Here is a list of some of the places I’m most excited to visit:

  • Notting Hill & Portobello Market (especially after watching Notting Hill a few weeks ago)
  • Borough Market (the food looks incredible)
  • Camden Market (are you sensing the market theme)
  • The Tate Modern
  • Shopping on Oxford Street and Regent Street
  • The Canals and Little Venice
  • Carnaby Street
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Hyde Park and Regent Park
  • Convent Garden
  • Eating at Jamie’s Italian (in Convent Garden) and Jamie’s Diner (in Leicester Square… hopefully it’s still around)

I hope this post leaves you somewhat as excited as I am.

I look forward to letting you know the destination I will be visiting after London.

Hint: It’s a week on a boat.

Stay tuned,

A

Xx

 

My Decision to do a Contiki

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A Contiki Tour has never really been something that was high on my ‘To Do’ list. I’ve been overseas a few times before and the idea of a completely set out daily itinerary scares me a bit.Β  However, when I decided to travel over to Europe in the middle of the year, and traveling solo, I knew that 5 weeks by myself was something that I wasn’t completely interested in.

Enter Contiki

After countless searches online and speaking to a few people who have done a Contiki, I made the decision to do a 14 day Contiki Tour through Spain, which goes to many places throughout Spain such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and what I’m most excited about… Ibiza!

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Madrid

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Barcelona

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Ibiza

With this tour, I will get the opportunity to meet heaps of people, see many places in two weeks that I normally wouldn’t choose to go to, and experience the Spanish Culture from all over the country.

I am quite excited for this first part of my holiday, however the places I’m going to after Spain are the ones I’m most excited for.

Stay tuned to hear about the plans for the rest of my upcoming adventure.

A.

Xx

I GOT A GOPRO

 

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GoPro Hero+ LCD

Does that mean I’m all set for my upcoming holiday in June? Maybe not, but it does feel like it. After much consideration I finally purchased a GoPro Hero+ LCD. It will be perfect for my travels through sunny Europe in June and July. Initially I was just going to take my iPhone as my camera as I’ll be traveling solo and didn’t want to lug too much stuff around, however I decided to get the GoPro as its the perfect size for what I am wanting to achieve, and I get to take cool underwater pics and vids!

As I type it is on charge, so I haven’t had much playing around, except for the settings (and I’m yet to buy the SD card, so I won’t get too far without one of those). However the addition of the touch screen is what made the purchase essential, as well as the $100 discount. I’ve also downloaded the GoPro app for easy transfer of my photos and videos so I can keep everyone at home up to date on my travels.

I’m looking forward to using it, but will definitely get practice before I leave (in 98 days πŸ˜†πŸ˜†)

I’ll definitely be speaking to you before I leave , updating you on my travel plans, what I’m looking forward to the most, the decision to travel solo and what I’ll be taking.

Speak soon.

A,

Xx