Paris

The last stop on our trip was the city of love… Paris!

I was super excited to visit here, because well it’s PARIS!! Everyone wants to visit Paris at least once in their life. Obviously leaving the Swiss Alps was bittersweet, I never wanted to leave that place but a new city awaited us.

Before arriving to the hotel, we were driven around Paris to see some amazing sites, and to get our bearings of the city considering the next day was a free day so we could plan what we wanted to go and see. Pretty much as soon as we go into Paris we were warned that there are more pickpockets  there then most other cities we had been to, also our hotel was in a slightly rough area, there were a lot of refugees nearby so were told to stay in groups when leaving the hotel, of course I didn’t let that damped my excitement, it just made me more cautious. It didn’t help that as soon as we got off a coach one of the girls on the trip with us almost had her suitcase stolen by a random guy who literally just came up to her and try to pull it away from her, luckily there were loads of people around to help her. It made everyone hang on to their bags slightly tighter haha!

After we settled in we went to a nearby restaurant and had dinner, it was a set menu, and for starters snails were on the agenda, I admit I had to spit it out, I couldn’t handle the taste or texture and the fact that when I was younger I use to keep snails, and race them with other children in my street didn’t help. Anyway we were given a glass of champagne and I can assure you that went down a lot better.

The next came and we were driven into Paris, we had a perfume demo for a little bit in the morning, which was interesting and there was an opportunity to buy perfume at the end. Then we were left to do whatever we wanted, of course the Eiffel Tower was on my mind, we managed to get there and the walk was lovely, once we spent enough time there we headed to the Avenue des Champs Elysées, it was truly wonderful to walk around and explore some of the shops.

After our day wondering around the city and seeing as many of the sights as possible we were taken back to the hotel and got ready for the evening ahead. We were lucky enough to find a small restaurant that did the most amazing burgers, they tasted so good and weren’t too expensive either. After our meal we explored the area of Paris we had been dropped to, my evening was made when I found a cat in a shop and it actually let me stroke it!

Since the sun was setting we found an area where many other people were sitting so decided we would too, although we thought we were being targeted by pickpockets, these men were acting very weird towards us and kept getting closer, so eventually we moved away from that area, although it was such a beautiful sunset and I was so glad we got to see it (the feature photo was our view). Then on our way back to where the restaurants and bars were this man grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go, I think he was trying to sell me something but the language barrier didn’t help and even though I was trying to yank my arm away he still didn’t get that I wasn’t interested, eventually I managed to get away, but my travelling buddy had no idea that I had been grabbed because she had ran away from another guy who was trying to sell her something, that’s one story I won’t forget but luckily now I can look back and laugh about it rather than feel scared.

Anyhow, we met back up with some of the group and four of us decided we wanted to go and see the Eiffel Tower again, we got on the underground where we met these guys who I thinks were Canadian who were also trying to figure out how to get to the Eiffel Tower, so we ended up with them for a little while until we actually reached the Eiffel Tower. Due to a terrorist attack the Tower was lit up differently to normal, there were so many people just chilling out and enjoying each others company, and it felt good to see people united and having a good time. We brought a bottle of ‘champagne’ from a vendor walking around selling them, although god knows what it actually was it cost €10.

The last evening of the trip was well spent and I’m so glad it ended on a high! I had such a wonderful experience throughout the whole trip making memories I’ll never forget with people who I’ll never forget.

And that concludes my trip around Europe! Obviously when I go away again, whenever that will be, I will document it for you, I like writing these types of posts and if no one enjoys reading them, then at least future Aimee will be grateful that she can look back on these and reminisce.

Hope you’re all good and have had an amazing day,

Aimee 🙂

My Summer Goals

Summer is fast approaching and I cannot wait! I already have a few things planned but it’s the days that aren’t planned that I’m most excited for, the days where anything could happen and some of your favourite memories are made.

I just want this summer to be filled with laughter, fun, family, friends, beer and dancing!

Those are my summer goals, what are yours?

I’m also looking forward to some summer based blog posts I have in the works!

Aimee 🙂

Switzerland

Finally I am continuing my travel series, this is the second to last blog post that will be detailing my trip, but since the summer is coming up I might do a few advice type posts relating to travelling that I wish I had known.

Anyway onto my time in Switzerland! We arrived late afternoon and as soon as I stepped off the coach my breath was taken away, I have never been to such a beautiful place. The coolness of the air was so inviting and seeing the greenery was amazing, something I had definitely missed whilst visiting all the cities.

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After some dinner, a group of us wanted to explore and take advantage of the fresh air whilst we could, it was quite an eventful walk, one of the guys thought it would be good to jump out on a few of us from behind some trees, I legged it back down a hill because I was so scared, much to the amusement of some others who watched the whole thing play out. It was already getting dark when we set out so after looking at some amazing waterfalls and admiring the night sky we headed back to get a good nights sleep, knowing the next day was going to be epic!

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We had to be up pretty early the next day because we were going to be going up Jungfrau Mountain!! I was beyond excited for this part of the trip, we got a train up to the peak, it didn’t take that long to get up there and the whole way is full of amazing scenery so it wasn’t a dull journey at all.

Once we reached the top we went outside pretty much right away and I had one of the best experiences of my life… getting semi naked at the top of a mountain!

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It was funny because there were obviously loads of other tourists around and many of the older men were very amused at what we were doing, and when a guy friend got completely naked for a photo a few of them had their video cameras out, it was all harmless and pretty amusing. However the empowering feeling this gave me was incredible, I’m pretty self conscious of my body but this really gave me a confidence boost that I wasn’t expecting. We continued exploring the mountain, the worlds highest Lindt shop was inside the mountain too so of course we couldn’t leave without buying some chocolate.

We spent the whole day up Jungfrau and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had! Even when we came back down, the great day continued, our room was lucky enough to have a balcony so a few of us got some blankets and just chilled out there for most of the evening telling ghost stories and chatting about life.

I was so sad to leave Switzerland but will definitely return as soon as I can, it has given me such fond memories and my most favourite day and evening took place there.

I hope you guys are having a great week,

Aimee 🙂

 

 

Some Nosey News For You…

I have some news to share… I had some nose surgery!

I want to make clear that this isn’t a typical ‘cosmetic’ nose job, so this blog post will be explaining a small bit of the background of why I had to have nose surgery and all that good stuff.

Okay, so in 2014 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness that actually broke down my nose along with more serious health issues but that’s a whole other blog post! With regards to my nose I completely lost the bridge of my nose, it was as if the tip of my nose just came out of no where and honestly I was always so self conscious of this, it was more obvious in photos that it wasn’t right and for the last 2 and a half years I’ve avoided most photos.

I knew I wanted to have the surgery to fix my nose, it’s the only thing I’ve been certain these last few years, luckily for me my Dad’s work covers the family for private health insurance so we decided for ease to go down that route and my next blog post about that will be my experience of actually getting the surgery and the recovery, I’m currently 10 days post op so will do regular nose updates for all you ‘nosey’ people out there 😉

This post is just a quick one, I want to take my time to write about my experience being at the hospital so it may not be up for a week or two.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Aimee 🙂

 

Florence

The tenth city we had the pleasure of visiting was Florence. This was definitely one of my favourite cities, it was so beautiful. The architecture was outstanding and truly breathtaking, I have already told my parents they need to got there when they want a city break because it’s so wonderful.

Before we even got to Florence we had a chance to stop off and see the leaning tower of Pisa. It was so cool to see because it was one of those things that I never thought I would see in real life so I’m grateful we were able to visit the tower.

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So back to Florence, the first thing we were able to do was have a leather demo, which was pretty cool to watch and interesting, however I was more interested in exploring the city so was really looking forward to the walking tour we had booked. Luckily our tour guide was really enthusiastic and was very informative so we were able to learn loads about the amazing sites we saw. Like most places in Italy, the shops and Cafe’s selling gelato were many so we couldn’t resist stopping for a refreshing apple flavoured gelato.

After a long day or exploring the city, we had some time to rest and get ready for the night ahead. After getting all ‘glam’ we went to find some food, and had the most wonderful pasta dish which was a perfect way to start the night. Continuing on, we brought a bottle of fizzy wine and shared it between three of us as we walked the dark streets of Florence to our destination; The Space Club in Florence… basically a really big nightclub! It was such a fun evening and the club was huge, it even had fish tanks inside!!

So that was my trip to Florence, a truly beautiful city and one I will definitely be visiting again!

I hope you like seeing some pics from my short time in Florence. Have a great weekend guys!

Aimee 🙂

Honest Update

Hello guys,

So I have been a bad blogger for the last month and I’m not here to make excuses for my lack of posts but I want this blog to be an honest representation of who I am and what I think. So the reason I haven’t been posting is because I’ve been going through some health issues, ones which don’t look like they’ll be shifting anytime soon but I’m praying they do.

Anyway, I’m planning on coming back with a new travel post at the start of April and get back into the swing of things. I also got a job working part time in a cafe which I am really enjoying.

I hope you are all well,

Aimee 🙂

University

I’m going to uni this year.

I’m actually going to be going to uni. This time last year I was studying for my A-level exams worrying that I wouldn’t get the grades I need to get onto the course I wanted to do.

When results day finally rolled around, I was happy with my results but knew they wouldn’t be enough to go into uni.

I had one of my places declined, and in that moment I felt deflated. I was sure that my other place wouldn’t be accepted either. When the afternoon came about and the status of my uni placement was still unconfirmed, I rang the uni. Although they couldn’t tell me much and said to just keep checking UCAS. So I did…for days.

So during these days I was starting to think of a plan B, one that didn’t involve me going to uni but instead taking a different path.

However finally I got an email and  when I read the word ‘congratulations’ I was elated and felt relieved. I was going to be going to uni after my gap year!

As the months get closer, I get more and more nervous, filling out student finance and picking where to live is making me so nervous, I haven’t even thought about what it’s going to be like actually being at uni. I have heard from a few different people that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be but at the same time others have said it’s amazing.

I guess I’ll just have to make up my own mind and  create the experience I want when I’m there.

I love doing these little ‘thought’ posts. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Aimee 🙂