Although I’ve been lucky enough to go on many holidays and see many countries from a young age, I think this is the first holiday I’ve been on where I stayed in multiple hotels, and also the first holiday I’ve been on where I had absolutely no idea what to expect from each one! I’ll admit that I really love my home comforts – I have plenty of friends who are perfectly happy to camp, or wing it and stay in dingy hostels but while I can hack being hot and sweaty during the day, when it’s time to sleep I like a nice shower, fresh sheets and a cool room. Obviously I knew that being on safari isn’t exactly synonymous with luxury, but the hotels varied wildly in quality (and some were actually really lovely) so I thought I’d write a separate post in case anyone else is planning a similar trip!
This holiday was something completely different to anything I’d ever done before and I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go as I’m well aware that this is a trip that’s probably on many people’s bucket lists. I’ll admit that before leaving I knew virtually nothing about the tour – my parents had done all the research and I’d been so busy at work that I’d booked my flights, thrown some clothes in a bag and set off for the airport! I was lucky enough to spend my time at the airport stuffing my face in a lounge, as my Gold Amex card gives me membership to Lounge Club and complimentary lounge visits!
Be warned – this is a much, much longer post than I originally planned, though it should come as no surprise given that we spent the majority of our time in Rome eating! It’s safe to say that in the time we were in Rome we well and truly ate our way through the city! We had almost as many scoops of gelato and cups of coffee as we had hours in Rome and we spent every waking minute in carb comas from all the bread, pizza and Nutella stuffed pastries! But if you’re not in that state then let’s be honest, you’re not doing it right as Rome is (in my opinion!) one of the best cities in the world for food. I’d done my research and picked places to eat but we definitely had our fair share of unplanned snacks and coffee stops – every bakery and coffee shop just looked so enticing and every other shop sells gelato!
I fell in love with Rome from the moment we arrived from the beautiful cobbled streets, old fashioned buildings and little delis to cafes and gelaterias on every corner. We’d chosen a hotel just outside of the city centre, as we wanted to spend some time relaxing too, and hotels in city centres tend to be pretty cramped or overpriced. Our hotel was about 10/15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by tram and the hotel provides a shuttle service both to the Vatican City and to Trastevere, which is just minutes walk from many amazing restaurants! Continue reading Rome – to do
To me, there’s nothing more incredible than viewing a city from above. I even love the pedestrian walkways above the streets of Shanghai, where you can look down onto the roads and stop to take in the beauty of the surrounding buildings without having to worry about being mowed over by an electronic scooter or having to wait at a crossing every five steps. There’s no doubt that the Oriental Pearl Tower is an iconic building, but it’s so much more than a pretty photo. There are several observation decks at different levels of the building and I’d read about a revolving restaurant on the 257th floor which I thought would be a beautiful place to enjoy dinner. Someone on my Instagram had said that it would be a disappointing view, with the Tower being smaller than many other buildings around but I went for it anyway and I’m not sure if we were talking about the same building, because despite being surrounded by skyscrapers, this Tower certainly wasn’t one of the smaller buildings around and there definitely weren’t any taller buildings obscuring our view! Continue reading Oriental Pearl
What. A. Trip. Literally 10 days in paradise – incredible views, an amazing hotel and more food than I think I’ve ever eaten over a ten day period.. and that’s saying something, because I’m the greediest person I know 😛 Even looking back I’d forgotten so much of the good food which we found – I originally started off with over 100 food pictures for this post and I’ve had to do some serious cutting back! Continue reading Dubai 2016