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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย 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 ย create the experience I want when I’m there.

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

Aimee ๐Ÿ™‚

Rome

I was super excited to visit this history rich city, I have always had a fascination with Rome so as you can imagine was eager to explore. Our time here started off with a walking tour, visiting some awesome spots around the city, such as the Trevi Fountain. Of course, our tour was completed by getting gelato, which was much-needed since it was so hot. Being able to walk around Rome really was an experience I won’t forget.

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The next day, we had planned to visit the Basilica, now here’s a little but very useful tip when thinking of visiting here…Get up early!!! If I remember correctly, we got there before 9am and had no problem with waiting in lines for ages. However make sure you cover up, a few girls I was with had their knees and shoulders showing so I had to run into the shop and pick out some scarfs for them to use, I didn’t think they’d be so strict on this, but they are so just be respectful and wear long but light clothing.

Then we had to trek to the top, we opted to get the lift half way up and then continue by stairs, since I’m slightly claustrophobic, it wasn’t ideal as the stairwells are very narrow and cramped and the thought of not being able to get out easily was terrifying to me, however I couldn’t turn around so pushed through and it was worth it once we reached the top.

When we were done at the top, we started our way back down, we then looked around inside the Basilica and it was breathtaking, the enormity of the structure and all the artwork and intricate details that are inside are amazing, photos just don’t do it justice, you really need to go there in order to experience it. After the morning at the Basilica, the sun was at its highest point and oh man was it hot, we decided to head back to the hostel to have a shower and quick chill out before making our way to the Colosseum!!!

To say I was excited about this was an understatement, I have always wanted to visit it since I was in primary school and we were learning about its history. We had a guided tour around the surrounding grounds, which are now ruins but it was cool to learn about what they were used for back in their glory days. However the anticipation was building up as our guide got closer and closer to the Colosseum! I can’t even put into words how brilliant it is to be able to visit it and be able to walk around such a historic site.

That evening we had drinks in the hostel bar, it was a nice way to spend the evening especially since some of the people on our trip were set to depart the next day. The next day was another early start as we were due to have a tour of Vatican city. I was very intrigued to tour around the Vatican since its history and what it is gripped me, the tour itself was disappointing, it wasn’t very interesting but I’m glad I did it since we were able to walk through and learn some more history of the place.

Rome was beautiful, I do have some tips though, don’t visit in the height of summer, it gets very hot and it’s not nice having to walk around all day feeling all sweaty and disgusting, I would 100% go back here but in the spring time! Also beware of the beggars asking for change, some aren’t as genuine as they seem.

So that concludes my time in Rome, next time the travel series will continue with one of my favourite cities; Florence!

For now, I hope you’ve had a brilliant weekend and this ย next week is a great one!

Aimee ๐Ÿ™‚

I Joined A Gym

So I’m currently sitting in my bed, gearing myself up to put on my gym gear and head to the gym for an early morning workout.

I have dabbled in joining a gym in the past with my friend and it didn’t work out since we both didn’t want to go alone so if one had plans then it was a write off. 

However this time around I have joined up with my family, my dad is a fitness freak and spends hours there working out, my mum likes to go for half and hour or so and prefers the classes they offer. Whilst my sister can do an hour and really pushes herself. I however have no idea where I’m going to fit into this new ‘gym lifestyle’ I have found myself getting into.

Sometimes I question why? Why am I doing this? But I want to do it for me, I want to feel better within myself, I want to have more energy and be able to run further without feeling like I’m going to pass out. Since I’m currently looking for a job, my days can be pretty boring and uninspiring so I hope that by having something to do such as using the gym, joining a class or jumping into the pool, I get some energy and inspiration back.

I hope you enjoyed reading this honest post, I like writing ones like these that have no plan  ut are just from the heart/mind.

Enjoy the weekend, another travel post will be up soon! 

Aimee ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Venice

Venice was the next city, we only had one day in venice, so we had to pack a lot into a short amount of time. The first thing we had booked was a glass blowing demo, seeing this was truly insane, the talent needed to shape glass the way they did was incredible, I’m sad I didn’t have a photo of this but if you ever go to Venice, you can find examples of the work everywhere. However after the glass blowing demo we were able to find some lunch, Venice is packed with restaurants serving Italian food so it didn’t take us long to sit down and enjoy some pizza!!

The next activity of the day was a gondola ride, obviously you can’t go to Venice and not go on a gondola, I must say it was a fun experience and something I hadn’t pictured myself doing ever so I’m glad I got a chance to do it.

 

A group of us then went to find some gelato, it gave us a chance to explore more of Venice as we wondered over the canals and through little passageways…not forgetting to rest our feet when we got tired.

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Our day came to an end and it was time to get a ferry back to the mainland, the sun was setting so it gave us an amazing chance to see Venice in a different light and it truly was beautiful.

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So that concludes my trip to Venice, a wonderful experience with wonderful people to share it with.

Have a great weekend guys,

Aimee ๐Ÿ™‚

Being Happy Is Hard?

Welcome back to my blog, I wanted to do a more advice type blog post today, I’ve always been told that I give good advice to people so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts and feelings about how I stay happy.

I know that being happy can be hard, for various reasons such as mental health or you’re grieving from a loss, there are many reasons why you may not be feeling happy but I do believe we can help ourselves a little bit and contribute to making ourselves feel better.

I’ve had struggles in my life, just as everybody does, where I’ve found it really hard to pick myself back up and put a smile on my face, even if I really didn’t want to. However I’ve always found a way and I wanted to share some tips with you of how I’ve dealt with feeling unhappy in the past.

So my first tip, and some may not agree with this but that’s rightfully your opinion. However I’ve always found that if I can’t be happy for myself then be happy for somebody else, so for me this was my family, I’ve mentioned briefly about my illness but when I was going through that, it was probably the worst time of my life, but I always wanted to remain positive and have a smile on my face to ease the pain for my family and whilst at first this was fake happiness, it eventually turned into feeling real and I did become more positive because of this outlook.

Another thing I like to do when I’m unhappy is pick up a passion, so for me I love to write, I would just start writing random stories about anything and everything, and they wouldn’t be for anybody else’s eyes, only mine. It’s also fun to read them back after a few months and see how much my writing has improved.

Getting out for me is such a healer, even if it’s just a five minute walk to the local shops, the fresh air instantly makes me feel better. Obviously not everybody can bring themselves to leave the house, which is perfectly okay if you’re not ready but instead you could try sitting by your backdoor whilst it’s open or just simply opening your bedroom door to let in some air and hear the birds outside.

Spending time with friends, I’m lucky enough to have amazing friends, they’re always there for me and never fail to put a smile on my face, if I am feeling upset then spending time with them is a distraction for a few hours.

Obviously, there are so many ways you can make yourself feel better but I wanted to share with you some of the ways I help myself.

I really hope that this week for you is a good one.

Aimee ๐Ÿ™‚