Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in Amsterdam!     

This was my second trip to Amsterdam and there was still so much I wanted to do. Before we went I did a lot of research into different things that I wanted to do and things my boyfriend mentioned in conversations he wanted to do, as it was a surprise for him I had to bring it up very discreetly. I know from the last time I visited, you do need to book some things in advance to avoid waiting in long queues or not being able to do it. I like to make the most of the time when I’m away and do as much as I can to take in the city and culture.

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Ann Frank House:

I booked this a month before we went because you just have to. Its such a popular tourist attraction and if you book beforehand you wont have to wait in a huge queue or be disappointed because you can’t get tickets. I have always been interested and wanted to visit the Anne frank House.  It was very interesting and eye opening to see what herself and her family went through, I didn’t know much about it before I went and was definitely worth the money but be prepared it is very sad. It wasn’t particularly busy, we were there for just over an hour.

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Those Dam Boat Guys:

I don’t think you can go to Amsterdam and not do a boat tour, it’s such a fun way to travel and take it all the beautiful sights. I booked a tour called ‘those dam boat guys’ and it was amazing. You can drink, smoke and eat on the boat, as well as it being quite intimate there was the 4 of us and another 5 People. They tell you all about the history of the city and a few must visit or eat at places. Any questions you have they are happy to answer. Its really worth the money. Thankfully it was sunny for the boat trip, it was torrential rain the day before, so we were lucky.

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Prostitution and Sex Museum:

Couldn’t go to Amsterdam and not visit a sex or prostitution museum, so we did both. They are definitely worth a visit while in Amsterdam. It was only a few euros and a good laugh.

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Amsterdam Lookout and Swing:

I didn’t even know this was a thing until I saw lots of people uploading onto social media about it and being an Adrenalin junkie, I had to have a go. Amsterdam lookout is basically a tall building that you can walk all the way around the top and take in all the views of Amsterdam, with a swing off the edge. A literal swing on the edge of a building, definitely my kind of thing and it was brilliant. A unique experience indeed. They take photos throughout your visit which are free to download from the website. You can have food and drinks on top of the lookout. You can get a free ferry across from Amsterdam central to the lookout. It was an amazing experience and would 100% recommend.

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Artis Zoo:

Amsterdam has the most wonderful zoo, aquarium and planetarium. I don’t know why or how It started but no matter what country me and my boyfriend travel to, we always go to a zoo. This zoo was founded in the 19th Century. It’s a huge zoo and really does take most of the day to go around. We went on a Saturday and they had live music playing until sunset. It really was wonderful. It cost 22 euros each but was worth it. The planetarium was amazing, despite the fact there was a man explaining it all in Dutch, but you could get the gist of it. This was included in the zoo price.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Amsterdam Surprise & Accommodation!

Every year I love to take my boyfriend to a different country as a present, I love giving him an experience and memories over an actual object. He loves it too. This year I booked Amsterdam, I invited our two friends as well as a surprise.

I made a few hints over the last couple of months but managed to make it all the way to August without slipping up and spoiling the surprise. It worked so well because I told him that our friends were going to drop us to the airport but in fact, they were coming with us. So, they dropped us to the airport as they normally would, at the short stay drop off. My boyfriend still had no idea, they went off and parked the car as we went through and checked in.

We went through security and sat waiting for our flight. I kept texting our friends to keep them updated with our location, so we didn’t bump into them. We managed to get all the way onto the plane without my boyfriend finding out. They just got on the plane and sat next to us. It was brilliant, I am so happy that he didn’t guess, and it went so smoothly, he was over the moon. Next step was getting to Amsterdam to enjoy our getaway.

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When booking accommodation, it can sometimes be a bit of a hit or miss. Usually I’m a hotel kind of girl, I like my own room and own bathroom. I did speak to a few different people who have been to Amsterdam before to see where they stayed and if I could get any recommendations. This is the second time I’ve been to Amsterdam and I love it there. I didn’t want to stay in the same place as before because its nice to mix it up and the place I stayed last time has gone up massively in price since they finished doing renovations. It was stunning, but I don’t want to spend crazy money on accommodation because I never end up spending much time in the room, its just a base.

Our two friends helped me with the accommodation. Some people suggested staying in a hostel, had a look at a few but didn’t like the idea of it for myself. So, we had a little look on Airbnb and found a cute place, we could come and go as we pleased, place to our self and two separate rooms.

The accommodation was lovely, very happy with it. It was really clean, that makes me so happy. I can’t cope staying in a place that is dirty. The woman who we booked with was lovely, she sent lots of messages with information about the area. She stocked the fridge and cupboard with lots of food for us, provided toiletries and towels. We stayed slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the city, it was lovely and quiet but still close enough to walk to the main city centre. I would defiantly say it was worth the money. Had an amazing time.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Weekend Away!

For a little weekend away, I went to Saundersfoot. I went with my Boyfriend, mother and step dad. We were quite lucky, and the weather was lovely on the Friday when we travelled down, even nicer on the Saturday but rained all day on the Sunday. That’s wales for you though, the weather isn’t the best 95% of the time.  I thought I would share some pictures of the hidden gems we found, the beautiful views and what we got up to on our weekend away.

Skrinkle Bay:

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Wisemans bridge:

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Tenby Coast & Beach:

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Beauty, Lifestyle, Travel

New York Goodies!

I don’t think it’s possible to go to New York and not go shopping, it’s defiantly a must. Its safe to say I spoilt myself. I wanted to share some of the goodies I got on my travels, so enjoy.

MILK MAKEUP: Kush Mascara

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IT COSMETICS: CC+ foundation (Fair)

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MAYBELLINE: Fit Me loose powder (Fair)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Concealer (Shade 170)

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FENTY BEAUTY: Pro Filter Foundation (Shade 150)

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TATCHA: The Silk Canvas

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IT COSMETICS: Bye Bye Undereye Cream

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FRESH: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Fila Hoodie

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URBAN OUTFITTER: Blondie T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Chap Sticks

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VICTORIA SECRET: 3 X Bras and 5 x Undies

NIKE: Black T-shirt

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SEPHORA: Face, Eye and Lip Masks

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Lifestyle, Travel

What I got up to in New York!

This was the third time I ventured to New York and I still love it. Would happily go again and again, I will never get bored of this glorious city. It’s a concrete city where dreams are made, right?

I still feel like there was so many touristy things to do that I didn’t get around to on my previous visits, so I thought I would share my adventures with you and what I thought.

Bronx Zoo:

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Staten island ferry:

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Walked through Wall street:

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Visited 9/11 memorial:

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Flatiron Building:

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One world observatory:

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Empire state building:

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St Patrick’s Cathedral:

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Tramway to Roosevelt Island:

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Time Square:

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Central Park:

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I feel like I did so much in the space of a week and loved every minute of it, the weather didn’t stop us going out and enjoying ourselves. We might have had to adjust our daily plans according to the weather, but we still did everything we both wanted to. Here’s to my next adventure….

Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Places to eat.

If you know me you know I am a foodie person, so I was in my element with the delicious food New York City had to offer. Before I even got on the plane I already had a look at different places to eat and saved lots of places I wanted to try. All the places I went were suitable for vegetarians. In this post ill be giving my recommendations and lots of pictures of the yummie food I ate when I was away… prepare to be hungry.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner:

So many people have recommended this place and I just hadn’t got around to it until my recent trip to New York and I have to say I would go again. We did have to queue outside for an hour because It is so popular but was worth it. The staff all sing and perform as they are serving the tables. All the staff are aspiring to be on Broadway someday and this is there practice and way to showcase their incredible voices. The food was lovely as well. I would defiantly recommend going here if you’re in New York.

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Planet Hollywood:

I saw this place online and it looked interesting and It was only a 5-minute walk from our hotel. The décor was quirky, there was lots of different memorabilia from movies all over the restaurant. The portion sizes were huge, we both had macaroni and cheese and I could just about eat half of it. It was the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had, delicious. Plus, the staff were really attentive, and I had a new drink on my table before I even asked, great service.

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Toasties:

There are a few of these all over New York city. We went here twice for breakfast but I’m pretty sure they do lunch and dinner too, we could see them setting up pizza as we were leaving. You go to the counter and order your food, get a ticket, go to a till to pay and then back to the place your ordered to wait for your number to be called. The service was good and fast both times we went there, and the food was so good. You must pop here for breakfast if you can. I had a bagel with cream cheese and pancakes, it was so good.

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Melt Shop:

I saw this place on Instagram and the food looked incredible. First thing that came to mind is a shop all about cheese, so I had to make time to visit. We went later in the evening, so we were hungry but didn’t want a full meal. I had a grilled cheese sandwich and a side of pickles. Well what I thought was pickles, turned out to be a huge pickle. It was so nice for an evening snack.

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Time Square Diner & Grill:

We weren’t sure where to go for our last night, we wanted a sit-down meal for our last evening before we went home so had a little explore around by our hotel and found this little gem. The food was really good and a big portion. The staff were lovely, and it was a cute little restaurant, not quite but not crazy busy. Really enjoyed this meal.

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Magnolia Bakery:

You have to stop at the Magnolia bakery in New York, literally the best bakery ever. The cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies are all delicious. They have a few dotted around New York city, defiantly stop in if you can.

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Lifestyle, Travel

New York City: Where I Stayed!

Last week I went to New York City and it was amazing. I went with my best friend and we stayed at The Gallivant Times Square I know booking hotels can be stressful and sometimes a hit or miss so I thought I would share my thoughts on my stay in New York.

When we arrived, the staff were nice and friendly. Checking in was quick and easy and off we went to our room. The location of the hotel was literally a stone throw away from time square, it was such a good location and easy access to subways too.

The room was clean, and someone came in daily to change the towels and have a tidy. The bathroom was regularly cleaned and looked fresh. The only issue I found was the room was so hot, on our first night we had to call to have someone turn off the heaters in the room. Even thought the heater was off there was still hot air coming in so had to open the window a lot, but it was freezing outside, but it wasn’t the end of the world.

The room we had was on the 5th floor and opposite the lifts, so you could hear quite a lot in the hall way. It wasn’t constant, but people don’t seam to have consideration for others, bang around and shout in the hallway. That didn’t particularly bother us, but on the last two nights the person next to us spoke on the phone so loudly you could clearly hear ever single word she said. It was a room joined with a door so wasn’t the best. Due to her talking loudly until all hours for our last night we moved to a different room, but this room was next to a lift so did hear that all night. We just left the tv on and put it on sleep mode, found it easier to sleep that way.

The overall vibe of the hotel was good, everyone was friendly and helpful. They also ordered us a private car to the airport for our desired time and we could store our case there for $2 each.

Based on my experience I would rate the hotel as a 7/10. This is mainly because of the heating system and the noise from the hall way and next door. It was fine for a base as we spent all day out exploring but I didn’t have a great sleep while there, I was woken every night by noises or early in the morning. I’m the kind of person who needs a good night sleep. I would probably stay here again because the location was so good, and the hotel was so clean. I hope this helps for anyone who is planning a visit to New York City.  the-gallivant-times-square

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