All posts tagged: wanderlust

Chaos in the Capital ~ Snow in London

Engulfed and shaken, London was under siege; The Beast From the East reached the UK and with no mercy, taking the country and its, seemingly, unstoppable capital with it. Flurries of snow reached every nook and cranny of the city, coating the urban jungle in white like never before. Blizzards swept businessmen from left to right, icy tracks grounded trains to a halt and regular city-goers braved icy winds and many inevitable slips and falls to reach their destinations – but despite the chaotic conditions, no one could stop a Londoner from their business.   The turbulence was unbearable. I was flying into London Luton from Budapest on this particularly crazy snow day and, upon the flight’s descent, nothing could be seen from the window but white until we landed. The violent winds shook the plane left and right, up and down – the kind of turbulence that makes your heart fall out of your body and cause your hands sweat like never before. Once on the ground, air hostesses braced themselves, wrapping up in their …

Forgotten Photos ~ Budapest *snow edition*

*WARNING: Sad story ahead.* I take so many photos that editing and storing and posting them all can turn into one big gloopy messy pile of … crap. Doing it regularly gets tiring and then I end up forgetting about so many great shots and moments, which definitely is a big boo boo. Anyhow, here are a random collection of images from Budapest, Hungary, some of which are more recent and some of which perhaps were taken last year – honestly, everything is such a mess in my photo-organising I can’t even remember. It’s been snowing quite a lot lately, nevermind that Spring has sprung. Snow showers intercept deceptively Summery weeks and make for a luggage-catastrophe. When Spring arrives, one tends to ditch the multiple Winter jumpers, you know? Many of these images were taken with frozen fingers or gloves where I could barely even move my fingers, so either way, there is some special skill in what you’re about to see. *Sad story over.* Happy reading! Amazing coffee and cake at Goamama cafe. The interior …

A City Full Circle | Forgotten Photos ~ Budapest

A nostalgic stew of random words + photos that never got posted… Nearly a full year since my first time in the capital, I was back in Budapest. I fly over so often it’s almost like my second home third home (I’m living outside of London for a while). But when a place becomes too familiar it can become… too familiar… not as inspiring as the first time around. As the freshness of a new place depletes, as can the creative inspiration. The first time I arrived in Budapest, circa February 2017, the city was suddenly blanketed in a soft thick layer of snow. The Danube river was nearly frozen over, rooftops were adorned with white-capped features, and the general buzz of the big and magnificent capital was overwhelmingly awe-inspiring. I had also recently purchased a new camera and lens (with a hefty price tag of which today I still shudder at) and my creative drive reached 0 to 60 in no time at all; I produced some of my favourite photos I’ve ever taken. In Summer, …

A Trip To Snowy Normafa ~ Budapest

A blizzard of white flakes saturated the sky for days. Temperatures dropped to -10 and wearing 7 jumpers to go outside was no longer optional; The Beast From the East was operating with full throttle. In Budapest, the snow is a normal part of city life every year, but it doesn’t make it any less of a hassle. Walking anywhere becomes ten times more painful, choosing outfits boils downs to how thick and warm layers are, and warm stews and drinks are compulsory – luckily for those in Budapest, Hungarians do rich, warm, stews and soups (and generally Winter-food) the best. The snowy blankets dissipate from the city centre’s surfaces fairly fast due to the heavy footfall and busy transport system. But for a magical snow experience, head to the hills – the Buda hills. With ‘peaks’ rising up to 500m, the Buda Hills stand majestically over the city centre, looking over the Pest side. In Summer, the Hills are a serene escape and full of Summer lovin’, but in Winter, grab your skis, snowboards and …

London Off The Beaten Path ~ A Travel Top 6 Guide!

Yay, it’s time for another Travel Top 6 Travel Guide! This month for you all I’ve researched and collated eleven special locations in London, those of which are super awesome and unique places to visit in the majestic capital. From an iconic disused Power Station in Battersea to a farm in the middle of the city to a neon-wonderland in Walthamstow, these spots are not to be missed. Check out the excerpt below and head to the full article for more! * London’s iconic sights and historic landmarks are known pretty much all over the world: from Big Ben and Tower Bridge to London Eye and Buckingham Palace, just to name a few. But this vibrant capital has more to offer than whatever’s listed on the first page of your travel guide. In fact, explorers willing to veer off the beaten path in London will be rewarded mightily with loads of alternative sights and unique experiences worth writing home about… The Barbican Centre… Battersea Power Station… Dalston Eastern Curve Garden The Emirates Airline… God’s Own …

The Secrets to a Unique Tour of Rome | A Travel Top 6 Guide!

This month, I was lucky enough to be sent to the magical city of Rome to research and write a Travel Top 6 guide for all you fellow explorers – you are welcome. 48 hours in the Eternal City meant lashings of gelato, pizza and pasta and more beautiful historical eye-candy than you could shake your finger at. The main sights were, of course, to be visited, but my main quest was to discover the alternative side to the tourist-laden capital, one where you can avoid the swarms of tourists selfie-ing to no end by landmarks but still have unique tales to tell. For a short excerpt, read below or click here for the full article on the Travel Top 6 site! * Everyone knows the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but who’s ever heard of the pyramid in the heart of Rome? The 36-metre high Pyramid of Cestius is located only two metro stops away from the Colosseum and a great sight to add to your list if you’re already planning on …

The Last Days of Rome | Day 2 ~ Part 2 of 2

We hit up all the touristy hotspots in the area, including the famous Trevi fountain, which had tourists overflowing from every crevice which was enough to send a girl running, and the Pantheon, which, although was packed with tourists too, was pretty damn amazing. The Pantheon is apparently the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome, being a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. The architecture is just extraordinary. Truly slap-you-in-the-face-fantastic. The front facade is like tour typical temple, build with large stone columns supporting a triangular top (sorry, I’m not much of an architectural-writer). As you walk through, a drum-like interior (the rotunda) engulfs you, the dome of which having a hole at the centre casting a beam of white daylight into itself. This dome, if it were to flipped upside down, would actually fit perfectly inside the rotunda. Luckily it’s free to enter and it’s incredible detail and design forgives the flocks of tourists that come to visit its interior. Pantheon… By this time I began to freak out …

Tirami-so Good | Day 2 ~ Part 1 of 2

Saturday morning arrived in a flash and sunshine beamed down upon the capital as we headed out towards the Villa Borghese gardens, conveniently only a 5 minute walk from our hotel, and they were marvellous; magnificent, yet slim, sky-scraping tree trunks help up green leafy shrubbery at their tops, the trees clustering together and stretching far into the gardens, enticing any passer-by. Visitors to the park strolled, cycled, jogged, through the long pathways fragmenting the landscape. The Villa Borghese Gardens is the largest public park in Rome so it’s easy to just relax here with Roman snacks on a Sunny afternoon, have a look at the historical buildings, villas and museums on site whilst being serenaded by Italian buskers. There’s also a fantastic little lake with the Temple of Asclepius right at the back of it that looks like something straight out of a movie – you can even hire a wooden boat and sail around it. After exploring the gardens we made our way to Terrazza del Pincio for an amazing panoramic view and …

Roman Rituals | Day 1 ~ Part 2 of 2

Mustering up all our leg strength, we left the former-arena and climbed up to Aventine Hill to reach Giardino degli Aranci – literally ‘Garden of Oranges’. This orange garden is a romantic and relaxing garden of fragrant orange trees, secluded in a square next to Basilica di Santa Sabina all’Aventino, also having a magnificent view of the city’s skyline. In the background, a trumpeter tooted the melody to ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head’ as we strolled through the garden, admiring the serenity and landscape. A little further from the garden was ‘Il Buco de Roma’ (literally ‘The Hole of Rome’); this is basically a small keyhole in a large door, which when peeped through magically frames St Peter’s Basilica in the distance like this: Pretty cool huh? Well… it’s better in real life. The cloud had finally lifted and the sun bore down upon us as we descended Aventine Hill and made our way to see a pyramid. Yes, you heard me. Everyone knows of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon, but …

All Roads Lead to Rome | Day 1 ~ Part 1 of 2

We left a frosty, bitterly cold Budapest to arrive in a sunny, not-so-warm-either, Rome in the early hours of Friday morning, battling the urge to let our eyelids droop and fall into a deep sleep after waking up absurdly early to catch a 6am flight – my relationship with budget airlines is a love-hate kind of one. As a travel ambassador with Choice Hotels Europe and the Travel Top 6 site, I was pretty lucky to get sent to a swanky European destination to produce some fun travel content (and bring along a plus-one too). After landing, we taxi-pooled with some fellow tourists to get to our hotel, ditching our bags, checking out our hotel decor briefly and heading straight out into the day to make the most of our short 48 hours there. First, and most importantly, on the agenda was coffee… We headed for coffee whilst waiting for our room to be cleaned actually – a convenient 20 minutes to check out this amazing speciality coffee shop nearby: Faro. Although the coffee culture …