Category Archives: Travel

Easter in Cornwall

May 1, 2017

Oh my, it’s been a while since I’ve posted something on this ol’ thing, hasn’t it? But fear not, for I have finally gotten my act together and returned with something I’ve been meaning to upload for a while now.

Last month I spent the long Easter weekend in Falmouth, a little town on the south coast of Cornwall. For the 20 years that I’ve lived in the UK, it’s surprising to think that I have never really ventured outside the vicinity of London, so I wasn’t sure what to expect or what adventures laid ahead of me. I surely didn’t expect jaw-dropping landscapes, golden sandy beaches and bright blue waters!
I must admit, for the majority of the time I spent there, I was overcome with the urge to belt out ‘The Hills Are Alive’ (from The Sound of Music) whilst spinning in circles and deeply inhaling the fresh sea air (thankfully though, my sister misplaced the footage of that)!

*Please scroll down for scenic coastlines, meandering forest pathways, quaint thatched-roofed cottages, precarious cliff faces and bobbing sailboats (food is guaranteed, of course).

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Those three days away definitely opened my eyes to a part of England that I’d never known before and I’m sure I’ll be going back for more adventurous fun in the near future.

I hope to be uploading posts more frequently from now on, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for the next one!

Rae x

Food in New York City

June 24, 2016

The adventures of a food enthusiast in the Food Capital of the World!

Having just one week to cover all the recommended food spots in Manhattan was going to be a challenge, so these are the ones that we managed to squeeze in to the short time we had to spend in New York City.

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Shake Shack, Broadway – Based in New York, it had to be tried and it didn’t disappoint.

 

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Junior’s, Broadway – Famous for their New York cheesecake, but I’d like to also mention that the onion rings were literally the size of my face.

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Root beer; an american staple.

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Pastrami-Swiss Cheeseburger – Junior’s

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Plain Cheesecake – Junior’s

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Red Lobster, Broadway – we were continuously mocked by the tour guide for eating at this restaurant, but seriously, the ‘cheese biscuits’ (american-style) were to die for!

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Cast Iron Baked Macaroni Cheese – P.J. Clarke’s

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P.J. Clarke’s, On The Hudson – sitting under a canopy beside the Hudson River whilst the sun was just starting to set, tucking in to delicious food, it just doesn’t get better than that. I can see why this was claimed to be one of Sinatra’s favourite restaurants!

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie – P.J. Clarke’s

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Staying right in the heart of New York’s Korea Town, we often bought breakfast from the Korean bakery next door. This sugary bun was filled with vanilla custard..mmm…

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Katz’s Delicatessen, E Houston Street – If you search the best places to eat in New York City, you’re bound to come across Katz’s Deli, famous for their pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. (Warning: it may take some training to finish one of their sandwiches). It was so fun to experience an authentic American deli, like the ones from the movies!

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Katz’s Pastrami Hot Sandwich – Katz’s Deli

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Spiced Pecan Waffles with Fried Chicken – Sweet Chick

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Becco, W 46th Street – one of the many restaurants on the renown ‘Restaurant Row’, but why would you go to the others when you can have unlimited pasta at Becco?! I need not say any more.

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No Italian meal is complete without olives and bread.

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Three pastas of the day, unlimited amounts of it! 

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This burrata changed my life.

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Dessert Tasting Plate – Becco

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Chelsea Market (not to be confused with the one in London) is THE place for a food fanatic. There are so many restaurants, cafes and kiosks, all serving up delicious food from different cuisines; I was wishing I had a spare stomach!

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La Mei Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup – Very Fresh Noodles, Chelsea Market

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Spicy Mang and Mighty Mushroom Sushi Rolls  – Beyond Sushi, Chelsea Market

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Iced Brewed Coffee – Ninth Street Espresso, Chelsea Market

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Lombardi’s, Spring Street – The first pizzeria to have opened New York, gigantic sized pizzas, authentic and delicious!

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Wafels & Dinges, Bryant Park – drooling at the thought of that spekuloos shake…

 

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De Turtle Wafel, De Elvis Wafel, Double Spekuloos Shake – Wafels & Dinges

I can safely say I stuffed myself to the brim that week (and to think I initially had 30 restaurants lined up …!!)

Onwards to more foodie travels!
Rae x

A Week in New York City

The Big Apple, The City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle; whichever name you decide on, you can’t deny it – there’s no place quite like the city of New York. Completely captivated by the outlandish vertical landscape looming over at every turn, the familiar fast paced culture, and of course, the glorious, glorious food – I wish I had more time to spend there (as a New York novice), but I’ll surely be returning to continue ticking off the to-do’s on my bucket list.

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Grand Central Station – childhood dreams fulfilled

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NoHo, Manhattan.

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Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island

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Breathtaking views from the top of One World Trade Centre

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Brooklyn Bridge (and Manhattan Bridge)

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One World Trade Centre, Lower Manhattan, NYC

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Brookefield Place, NYC

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The Flatiron Building, where I waited by the front door for several hours in the hope of meeting Peter Parker… 

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Crossing the Manhattan Bridge on the top of a packed open top double decker bus, wind pounding against our faces with tremendous force – kudos to the bus driver, I must say.

 

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At the very top of the Rockefeller Centre – wow wow wow!!!

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A quiet corner in world-famous Central Park

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The Wall Street Bull

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New York by Gehry

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Obviously, shopping in SoHo was a must…

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Anyone else who has tried taking a photograph of the whole of the Rockefeller centre has shared the same pain, I’m sure. 

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New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue

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Somehow we only seemed to realise that the subway was so much more efficient than the taxi on the last day of our visit…

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Walking The High Line – views of the Hudson River

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Thanks, New York, I’ll be back, or as the locals would put it, ‘It’s been real.’
Rae x

Milan

November 7, 2015

Last week, I spent 3 days with my mum and sister in Milan. Even though it’s regarded as one of the the fashion capitals of the world, I had heard mixed reviews of the city beforehand so I was intrigued to explore it for myself. But being a true city girl, I knew I was going to like it there. The first thing that struck me when I arrived (apart from the immaculately dressed locals) was the distinctive contrast of colour; rich golden-browns of the historic Italian architecture amongst the cold urban greys of innumerable office buildings.

Of course for any tourist in Milan, food and shopping are number one on the agenda – precisely summing up most of our time there – I’m talking 6 meals a day, not even including the multiple pit-stop cappuccino breaks, and several walks up and down Via Torino with hands full of shopping!

Having planned weeks ahead where I wanted to go, all of that went out the window when we were actually there. As it turns out, 3 days really wasn’t enough time to cover everything on my pretty extensive list… but at least that gives me an excuse to visit again, eh? I hope you enjoy my endeavour to capture the essence of this fascinating city in these photographs.

Ciao,
Rae x

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Via Brera

Via Brera, Milan

Leonardo Da Vinci Monument, Piazza Della Scala, Milan

Leonardo Da Vinci Monument, Piazza Della Scala, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Milan

Milan Cathedral (Duomo), Milan

Via Speronari, Milan

Via Della Spiga, Milan

Via Della Spiga, Milan

All photographs in this post have been taken on my Fujifilm X-A2 camera

All photographs in this post have been taken on my Fujifilm X-A2 camera.

 

A Weekend In Somerset

September 20, 2015

This weekend my family & I spent the weekend in the beautiful city of Bath. Well…it was actually because we were moving my sister in to her student accommodation in Bath University, but I like to think of it as a weekend away so let’s stick with that for now.

I’ve been to Bath a few times now and even still, I am awe-struck by the initial scenery as we come off the motorway and approach the city. It somehow reminds me of the town Bilbo Baggins lived in; acres of green hills with the land partitioned with rows of bushes and paths meandering in between. The photograph I took definitely doesn’t do it justice. I don’t suggest taking photos from inside a fast moving car…

Milsom Place was the chosen destination for lunch. With lots of small lanes and cute boutiques, it was a nice place to escape from the bustling high street.

I took the opportunity to explore the city a bit more whilst the rest of the family were out buying uni supplies.

Although it was only for one night, I had never stayed in an English hotel before so I was intrigued to see how it might differ to other hotels I had stayed at in the past. The Abbey Hotel was just a 2 minute walk away from the abbey itself, above the Allium Restaurant. The room was modern, but incredibly cosy; it immediately felt like home (even if it was home for just a few hours). The view from the room was spectacular, overlooking the Avon River. And of course, the breakfast was delicious – the smoked salmon was to die for!

For the final leg of our ‘holiday’ we ventured out to Bristol for a spot of shopping. I don’t usually take pictures of shopping malls, but upon arrival at Cabot Circus I just couldn’t resist!

All pictures on this post were taken with my Fujifilm X-A2 camera.

The drive home wasn’t even remotely as exciting as the rest of the trip… just a queue of road closures and traffic jams. I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual tour ~

‘Till next time,

Rae x

Brighton

August 8, 2015

What a marvellous day spent chilling by the beach, roaming The Lanes, enjoying wonderful food and of course, the blazing sunshine!

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All photographs in this post are taken with my Canon IXUS 240 HS

Visiting Brighton for the first time, I didn’t really know what to expect beforehand, but now I can safely say I’ll be going there again,

Rae x

(oh and also..does anyone have any tips on how to treat extreme sunburn?…)