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 🙂

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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#nudesinhighplaces

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 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

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  next week is a great one!

Aimee 🙂

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 🙂

Ljubljana

On our way to Ljubljana we stopped off at Lake Bled, which is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been too. It was so nice to be amongst nature since we had been in so many cities. It was also really nice to just chill for a bit and enjoy some of the sun and scenery rather than be constantly walking around a city. My photos really don’t do justice to the beauty of this place, but I didn’t think to take many since I wanted to enjoy the scenery for myself.

So after the little stop off at Lake Bled, we reached our destination; Ljubljana. We were only staying here for one night so had to make the most of it and we did. After changing in the hotel into some more suitable clothes, we went and found food right away

We enjoyed the most tasty burgers (I probably say this about every burger I eat but it’s because they’re my favourite thing ever!!) We also then found this ice cream place which sold so many different flavours, I opted to have a marshmallow flavoured one and it did not disappoint. Eating wise, Ljubljana was one of my favourite places for food, there were plenty of restaurants to choose from and all were priced well, so I’d 100% recommend visiting here, or at least if you’re doing some travelling and driving past just explore it for a few hours and grab some lunch.

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After we enjoyed the amazing food, we did some exploring, whilst it was getting dark we tried to take in as much of the small city as possible. In a way I wished we had more time here, I didn’t feel like I got to fully appreciate the city and it was so beautiful but maybe I’ll get a chance to go back there at some point.

When the dark skies finally rolled around, a group of us met up and explored the city by night together, although this exploring was quickly interrupted when we spotted a bar that was having a buy a cocktail get a free cocktail and of course we couldn’t resist.

After enjoying our drinks, we decided to go back to the hotel, I think the fact that everybody was super tired and that the air conditioning had broken meant everyone was a little delirious but it made for some funny memories.

And that concludes the few hours I spent in Ljubljana, a small but stunning city.

Thanks for reading,

Aimee 🙂

Budapest

When we reached Budapest, it was a bittersweet feeling in all honesty. I was so excited about being on this amazing trip but the homesickness feeling really did start to kick in. I think for me being stuck on a coach for so much of the trip really did grate on me, you had hours with nothing to do but think and sleeping was near impossible, it was so uncomfortable and then when you did drift off someone would start chatting loudly or we’d stop at a service station.

Nonetheless, I didn’t want these negative feelings to get in the way and knowing that after Budapest we would be on the last leg of the trip, I wanted to enjoy every moment. My Nan had raved about Budapest and about how amazingly beautiful it was. It truly was wonderful and the photos I took don’t do it justice at all. The architecture this city holds was the best of any of the cities we visited almost as if it’s straight from a fairytale.

 

After having a little sightseeing of the city, we were once again left to our own devices so that evening we went and found food, of course! We roamed around the streets surrounding our Hostel and even saw a man walking a ferret which was pretty cool. By the evening I think we all must’ve been a bit sleep deprived because my travel buddy and I decided it would be a fab idea to climb into a very unstable locker…and yes there is picture evidence… However it was a lovely evening as the four of us in the room just chilled out and laughed all evening.

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After we had rested up, the next day we had booked to do a walking tour, I loved doing walking tours during the trip as it was an amazing way of being able to see all the wonders a city had to offer as well as learning about all the history of the city. Budapest didn’t disappoint in the history department as our guide informed us all about it’s past like how Pest, Buda and Óbuda all unified to become Budapest in 1873. I would 100% recommend doing a tour if you ever visit Budapest as I didn’t know much about it’s history so it was definitely worth while. After the tour we were able to do whatever we wanted so once we felt as though we’d seen everything we found a cute little cocktail place and spent the majority of the late afternoon there enjoying great company and good drinks. I really think this was one of my favourite moments on the trip.

And that ladies and gents sums up my time in Budapest. Whilst it was a rocky start this beautiful city really turned things around and was possibly in my top 5 cities we visited.

I hope you come back to my next travel post where I write about my time in Ljubljana.

Until next time people,

Aimee 🙂