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23 July 2015

See, Do, Eat in Paris



This is officially part two of my Paris trip roundup, read my first post here and watch my travel Vlog. I didn't want to cram everything in to one post so I thought I'd break it down for ya'll.  

If you are planning a trip to the lovely Paris, here are a few recommendations for you and another few things to make your trip a little easier. 

See; 











Eiffel Tower 
I'd say for sure, book your tickets in advance. We made the mistake of just turning up and queues were ridiculous, we waited for about two hours to get to the lift and then we could only go to the second floor. The Eiffel tower is a bucket list- must do but it's really not worth waiting for hours. Book your tickets here they start from seven euros and make sure you go straight to the top.

The beautiful Louvre is one of the worlds largest museums, the queues are just ridiculous for everything in Paris, so i suggest you book in advance for everything you can including the Louvre if your'e planning on going inside, or you can admire the beautiful scenery from the outside. It's such an amazing setting. 

Notre Dam
This beautiful cathedral is exceptional. Everything in Paris has to be seen by eye, pictures don't do it justice. You can go inside and view the cathedral for free or pay seven euros to go to the top of the tower which is probably worth the view but.. like i said before expect to be queuing for a while, 

Love lock bridge
I know you guys know about this, they recently removed most of the locks due to construction issues, but there are still so many locks along the stairs and you can still add yours if you find a space. We did, and it was a lovely addition. 


Eat; 





I found this restaurant on the DOJO app which I will tell you more about later, it's based in the shopping mall a few miles from the Eiffel Tower, and boy it did not disappoint. We had American pancakes for breakfast, they were literally some of the best pancakes I've ever tasted. Definitely one to try for brunch or dinner if you are in the area. 

Le Trente Huit
I walked past this restaurant not really expecting much but the food was nothing less than amazing, this restaurant is situated five minutes from the Eiffel tower and if you can, sit outside. The prices are quite expensive but considering the location, I wasn't surprised. 

This little gem was recommended by Kate at Gh0stparties, (I read her Paris guide before I left, definitely helped) There are a few of these in France so no matter where you're staying you're bound to find one close to you. They do great breakfast/brunch, try it out if you have the time.  

We also ate at a few local cafes close to our hotel mainly for breakfast, which was literally the best breakfast ever. Croissants, French bread, jam, omelettes, coffee and orange juice. Just drooling at the thought. Local cafes are the best make sure you try a few close to where you are staying. 

Do; 



Getting around Paris could not be easier, pay sixteen euros and take a boat along the river Seine to all the main attractions in Paris. It stops a total of nine times and at each stop there's something to see. You can see everything you want to in one day if you start early, or take the Metro, its as easy as the London underground in my opinion, so cheap too. A one way from Gare Du Nord will cost you about two euros. 

For pop up festivals, events going on in Paris and local restaurants download the DOJO app! it helped me more than you could ever understand. Thank me later. 

Watch My First Ever Vlog Below & Let Me Know What You Think..



18 July 2015

Paris, I love you.




Say hi to the second travel post to grace Bonita Rochelle this month. I said goodbye to wander-lusting and hello to the living the travel dream, long may it continue. Can I get a Amen. 

Paris was a spur of the moment trip, the one where you go, let's just do it and BAM! It was done. We took the Eurostar from St Pancras to Gare Du Nord which is in the center of Paris, so i would consider the Eurostar over flying every time just for the ease and convenience. 

I was in awe of this beautiful city the whole time I was there, so much to see, so many alluring, historical buildings. During our stay locals celebrated Bastille day, although this did cause a lot of traffic and closures it was lovely to see the Parisian communities get together to celebrate. 

I put together a little travel Vlog, (still trying to find a good name) for your enjoyment. Let me know what you think about it. I was really inspired by Sophie from Private life of a girl, her travel notes are so captivating. So please leave your thoughts below and hopefully I'll create some more in the near future. 

I'll give you a See, Do, Eat post in the next few days, to roundup my trip. 



13 July 2015

Paris: Whats in my bag


I'm getting real good with this packing light stuff.. Sike!

I have massively over packed for Paris so much so, i'm having to throw stuff that won't fit in to my carry on, into my rucksack. Luckily, this post was created before the manic cramming began.

Packing for other destinations has not stressed me out as much as Paris, I'm just feeling like I have to look extra chic in the city of high fashion, you know? 


A backpack is like the ultimate travel essential, literally the day before Amsterdam I was on the hunt to find something practical and well designed. I found this lovely backpack in New Look (19.99) the quilted detail had me sold as soon as I  looked at it to be honest, I wanted black so it would go with a majority of my outfits and this does the job oh so well. 

On to the contents of this mega dope backpack yah? 

Passport, obviously and this chic black leather case from M&S, I'm actually on the hunt for a new one, something a bit more jazzy. Recommend me somewhere I can find what I'm looking for please? 

Chargers, emergency bobby pins and loose change which is essential when travelling. 

For the sunny days and mornings after the nights before, you know what I mean? Sunglasses and my new Fedora from Boohoo (£10.00) My trusty Paul's boutique purse, because there's nothing worse then carrying all your money around in your pockets.

 Train essentials, the one and only Beats By Dre headphones, Neutrogena hand cream, Dove deodorant, Sleek lip gloss, hairbrush and a bloody good book. 


The contents of my make up bag is wayyyy more than when I was travelling to Dam, simply because on the eurostar there are no restrictions, therefore it's packed to the brim so I can cater for the casual days roaming the streets and the lovely nights spent in the Eiffel Tower. 


Other than coconut oil (my number one essential) skin care includes the Divine face oil and Hydrating day cream by Antipodes. Do I have to rave about how epic this brand is? I'm sure you know, it's doing wonderful things for my skin. 

90% of my make up these days derive from Sleek.. BB cream, concealer stick, by three blusher, eye shadow palette, mascara, eyebrow pomade and my nude lipstick (Succumb) I keep raving about. Most of these products I spoke about in my Sleek affair post if you're interested. 

Baby skin is a dream for my pores right now, how do I make my pores smaller guys? Help a gal out..

Anyway, this is a staple in my make up routine at the moment, and definitely helps keep the make up in place during the sunny days we've been having in London lately.

So, as you read I'll be on the Eurostar to Paris, hopefully I'll be back with a rundown of my trip and loads of pictures to share with you. 

Any tips on what to do in Paris..? 

11 July 2015

Such As Life...


Every so often I like to let you in to the mundane reality of my life, cue violins. Only kidding, although I'd like my life to be a little more exciting, I'm definitely blessed for the great amount of people I have supporting me and everything I've experienced thus far. 

I've started a travel diary, my trips to Berlin and Amsterdam have fueled my need for experiences abroad, I've decided I'm going to travel as much as possible over the next year, starting in Europe, by 2016 I want to have traveled to Tokyo and Thailand. They are due to be ticked off the bucket list. 






It's been a year since I graduated with a psychology & marketing honors degree, and the job hunt is going so slow, needless to say I'm just mega comfortable in my current role, but i got to snap out of it, so I'm dedicating this Saturday to updating my CV and getting my butt out in to the real world. *if you work in a marketing company & want to hire me I'm really great, promise* 

I feel like this year the almighty has just been shoving lessons in my face, I'm learning so much about people and their behavior, what it means to me and I think I've learnt more about myself, my attitudes and why other people seem to behave the way they do in the last six months than I have in my whole life. I think this little book has helped, The Examined Life and I'd recommend you read it. 

I'm also learning to let go of some of the notions I have regarding love, we're all looking for that fairy tale, you know the ones you read about in a Sophie Kinsella book. My love of chic lit has definitely got me out here wondering why there's no such thing as Edward. Ha, I know I'm such a kid. So I'm trying to be more grown up about my expectations of love, although I'm not planning to lower my standards, just planning to be more realistic, and at the fantastic age of 24 I'm feeling like I never want to be mature... ever.

I'll leave you with some of my favourite quotes from my Instagram. 


Catch up with my travel diary & other lifestyle posts... 

PS: I've updated my About me & Contact page check it out let me know what you think.

So, whats been going on with you lately?

5 July 2015

Amsterdam: Roundup

As some of you regular readers may know from my Amsterdam Essentials post, I had this trip planned for a little while and was super excited about going. I did say I would write a city guide just in case some of you planned on visiting Dam any time soon but I feel like as it was my first trip I'm not all qualified to write a city guide so instead I'm going to give you a round up of some of the things I've seen and done and would recommend to everyone. 

We stayed in a hotel called Casa400 which is situated in the Amstel area, I'm so bummed I never took any pictures of the hotel it was amazing, but i've linked it so definitely check it out. The staff were so friendly and helped us with local travel, we paid 12 euros for a 48 hour Metro/Tram/Bus travel card which basically took us everywhere we needed to go. We mostly spent our time in Amsterdam Central, a lot of people placed hefty emphasis on this area but there are so many other places to explore.

The metro seems to be the easiest and cheapest way to maneuver around the city, we walked a lot too but if you want you can hire a bicycle for about 15 euro's for 24 hours, thousands of people ride around Amsterdam daily so it is definitely the most popular mode of transport.






I'd definitely say seeing Amsterdam by boat was the best thing we decided to do, when you mention Amsterdam people always talk about the Red light district or the fact that Marijuana is legal, but there is so much history to this beautiful city, never mind the architecture. We walked over to Eco Tours which cost 18 euros for about an hour of your time, the tour guides are so knowledgeable, you get to see a lot of the city and seeing some of the most beautiful buildings is priceless. 




I'd say Amsterdam is definitely famous for two things; The red light district and Coffee Shops, both I think everyone needs to experience. Photo's aren't allowed in the RLD so I have nothing to show you, however I can tell you that it is so surreal actually seeing it in the flesh. To just see women dressed in the skimpiest of underwear in 6 ft windows with red lights enticing men to come and have sex with them is literally the craziest thing I've ever seen. I have heard a few things about the red light district being a tool to protect women from the obvious destruction of prostitution as we know it, but surreal is the only way I can describe it. 

Coffee shops on the other hand, not so weird. I'm not sure how big the stigma attached to smoking weed is any more, for me I don't think its a big deal or as big of a deal as other drugs, but each to their own. Coffee shops in Amsterdam are places people can go to buy and smoke weed, it's pretty much the norm over there, and I found coffee shops to be lovely place to go and relax whether you smoke weed or not, the staff are super friendly and so are a lot of the people that go to these places. 

We sat outside The Bulldog which is along the Canal in Amsterdam central, it was a beautiful spot. Lost in Amsterdam was also another coffee shop i'd recommend, all seating area is literally sofa beds, they do lovely flavours of Shisha and is a nice spot during the night. 
 











I ate soooo much whilst being out there (& boy did my scales tell the tale) but every street you turn on to there's more waffles, crepes, churro's. We did breakfast at Dauphines in Amstel every morning before travelling to Amsterdam Central, they did THE BEST omelette ever and had the biggest selection of tea I have ever seen. Pancakes & Waffles was also a spot that made me fall in love. Amsterdam is not short of fast food and it all seems to be good (not necessarily healthy) food.














 






 
We took approximately 17k steps on our last day in Amsterdam, we were warned that the city has some of the longest shopping districts and boy did we find that out the hard way, but there was so much to see and by foot or bicycle seems to be the best way. 

Other highlights included my beautiful homemade Macaroons from Dutch homemade, we popped into this store for some ice cream and found the most beautiful flavoured chocolate and macaroons all homemade with organic ingredients. I brought a box of six home for my family which cost about nine euro's. If you walk past this shop on your travels be sure to have a peak. 

I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful city, I didn't get too see Anne frank's house or the Van Gogh museum but these are on the list along with the Rijks museum and the Tulip  museum when I eventually return. 

Next stop Paris... Are you planning a trip to Amsterdam soon?