Greece, hold tight!

Great news! I’m going to Greece in September and I cannot wait. Woohoo!

This will be my first solo trip in about a year so I’m super, super, super excited to explore, meet new people, discover a new country and enjoy my own company.

I’ll be in Greece for about 11 days in total which should be enough time to discover Athens and perhaps one or two islands – I have yet to decide which.

I expect this trip will be a good balance between cultural activities, adventures and catching some sunshine on the beach – this chocolate is definitely ready to melt!

From doing a bit of research online I hear that there are a few impressive hiking trails to discover, which I know is going to be an unforgettable and absolutely beautiful experience.

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Only 8 weeks to go!

 

Inchailloch, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Last month I decided to do some exploring in Scotland and so I made a day trip to the small island of Inchailloch, which is really a gem located in the heart of Loch Lomond and only about 1.5hrs from Glasgow by public transport.

On the island I walked for a few hours, took plenty of landscape photos as well as a few selfies, had a picnic on the banks, climbed a few trees, reached the summit and I even made a friend during my visit.

It was sooooo refreshing to be away from the city and be all alone in nature. I had the opportunity to reflect, meditate and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s definitely a place I shall be returning to in the near future, and I hope to go camping in Scotland this autumn.

Voici les photos:

South of France – a weekend in paradise!

Three days ago I returned from a wonderful getaway weekend in the south of France. On the whole, the trip was far better than I had expected and it will definitely go down as one of my highlights of the year.

I arrived in Marseille on Saturday evening, and from the airport I headed straight to my friend’s house; he had just finished work so my arrival time was convenient for the both of us. When I got to his place we didn’t stay for long; we quickly packed our camping gear, enough water for the evening and soon headed off. However, before leaving Marseille we went to a bakery to get some delicious food for the evening and for breakfast the next morning. We bought loads of fresh, organic fruits like cherries and blueberries, and from the bakery we got some delicious pastries and a freshly-made baguette. With all the food packed in the car we were ready to set off on our 2 hour journey.

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Back to France – yay!

In under 48 hours I will be living life somewhere in the south of France.

Because I have Monday off I decided to pay a visit to a friend who lives out there. I’m heading for Marseille but my friend and I will be renting a car in order to get to another town whose name I have forgotten – oopsie! We’ll be doing some hiking, hanging on the beach and enjoying all that southern France has to offer. Hold tight for the juicy summer photos.

So excited I cannot wait!

Portugal – Lagos/Lisbon/Sintra

On Tuesday evening I returned from a fabulous trip to Portugal where my friend and I spent some time in Lagos, in southern Portugal, and a few days in Lisbon. The weather was magical, the food was delicious and the landscape was extremely picturesque everywhere we looked.

In Lagos we stayed in Chez Blue Rentals where our host José was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgable about the town. From the start we felt very welcomed and at ease in Lagos. This coastal city is a small one so everything was within walking distance: bars, restaurants, stunning beaches, museums and other notable landmarks, and the local fish and fruit market. As a whole, I felt extremely relaxed and completely free, and it was definitely the perfect escape after a rather hectic term at school.

Although Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, it was surprisingly very beautiful and captivating. It is a city located on the Mediterranean coast so naturally there are some fantastic beaches worth exploring. Due to insufficient time in the capital we were unable to explore many of these beaches, but the views onto the sea from the city centre were still breathtakingly beautiful, nonetheless. As we were staying with one of my good friends from school, she was able to give a private tour of the city. The tour included the town of Belém which is renown for its unique pastel de nata (Portuguese pastry) and the ornately-designed monastery – naturally we took a ton of photos.

Whilst in Lisbon we also went on a free walking tour of the Moorish neighbourhood which was especially interesting because our tour guide took us through a brief history of the Christian crusaders and the Arab occupation in Portugal, the wars fought in North Africa, Fado music and its origins, the architecture of the neighbourhood and the overall effect of the Moors on Portuguese culture. Given that this was mostly new information, I found the tour fascinating despite it lasting close to 3 hours. (Time flies when your having fun…)

We also went on a day trip to the little city of Sintra which is truly a magical place. There was a rather steep, uphill hike in a extremely large park that led us to the Castle of the Moors and fairytalesque Palace of Pena from where we could see the entire city.

I’m very happy that I had such an awesome experience in Portugal – I laughed a lot, meet some wonderful people along the way and finally spent some quality time with the sun (see glowing skin below :D). And, of coure, I’m looking forward to the next overseas adventure.

Voici some cool snaps from the trip. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portugal, I’m Coming For Ya!

In just under 8 days I will be flying out to Portugal during the Easter break with a friend. I’m really looking forward to it as I know it is going to be warm out there -at the very minimum 21 degrees- which will be a nice change from freezing Glasgow, and I haven’t been abroad since September last year – very unlike me indeed – so I’m really itching to get out of the UK.

The plan is to head south to the coast and explore the history, culture and food, get some sun and perhaps partake in some water sports too. Next we’ll be heading over to the capital city Lisbon to experience the city life.

I am so elated and grateful and cannot wait to board that plane. Whatever happens I know it will be an amazing trip filled with unforgettable moments and fantastic experiences.

Hold tight for the juicy photos coming soon!

Marseille, j’arrive!

 

Great news! I’m going back to Marseille at the end of this month.

Last year I did a two-week tour of the south of France and one of the cities I visited was Marseille. I loved the diversity, the culture, the vibe and the weather so I’m very much looking forward to my trip, and it also would be a great opportunity to practice my french with some natives. I’ll probably couchsurf again so that will provide more of an immersive experience.

I’m not yet sure if I’m going to visit another city in the South, but I still have a few weeks before I go so I have enough time to decide.

Woohoo!

 

 

 

 

Copenhagen (Round 2)

Yesterday my friends and I returned from a city break to Copenhagen. This was our 2nd visit of the year to the city and we loved being there just as much as we did the first time. As we were already familiar with the city it was super easy to settle in and feel at ease. When we stepped off the plane it was very warm and humid, a sharp contrast to the sub-zero weather we had back in January.  Continue reading

Morocco

Earlier this month I returned from a great holiday in Morocco with a friend. We spent a few nights by the coast in the windy city of Essaouira, and then a few nights in lively Marrakesh.

Essaouira was very beautiful and a great first experience of Morocco and Moroccan culture. We stayed in a cute little riad (budget hotel) in the middle of the Medina which had a great terrace for us to lounge around in the blazing, hot sunshine (peaking at 30 degrees). Continue reading