4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

4 Italian Cities in 4 Days

Recently, many people have asked me how I planned my 4 cities in 4 days trip around Northern Italy. I used to be the kind of person who travelled to one city and spent the whole trip in the one city - but lately, my holidays are rarely limited to one city. Thing is, some cities/towns really don't need more than one day to explore completely, and would be a wasted trip if one stayed there for a number of days. I do admit, however, that Venice and Florence definitely warrant a return trip for a couple of days! I feel like it was a bit rushed and would love to return for a more relaxed visit. In this post, i'll share a few tips for deciding where to go and how to plan a multi-city trip, like mine! Choose a region that you want to travel to Stick to a specific area; let's say, the North of Italy only, or the South of...
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I Am In Bologna, Italy

I Am In Bologna, Italy

Bologna had quickly become one of my favourite cities that I have visited! The narrow porticos, and beautiful architecture have stunned me and left me with such a sweet taste, for which I most definitely would love to return. We explored Bologna on our last day of the 4 day North Italy stay. I wish I had more time here (I am starting to see a common theme of wishing I had more time). I have compiled a list of FREE things to do in Bologna in a couple of hours. Bologna is a perfect in between; not too touristy but pretty enough to leave one mesmerised. La Piccola Venezia Bologna has a number of secret canals that I came across whilst browsing for things to do in Bologna. This canal, La Piccola Venezia is a little gem in the centre of Bologna. It's not anything spectacular, compared to the canals of Venice but it is a heart-warming sight to see in the morning during a stroll. It's...
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I Am In Florence, Italy

I Am In Florence, Italy

Florence, Florence, Florence. Beautiful Florence. It has been one of my dreams to visit Florence and so I made sure that I gave myself a day to explore some of Florence during this North Italy trip. I know that one day in Florence isn't enough, and I most definitely want to return to stroll around Florence and the greater Tuscany for a week. The day before, Venice treated us with cold weather; and then Florence treated us to sunny 13 degree weather! It was like a dream, honestly. So, here's what we did for the 6 hours that we had in Florence. The Duomo  As soon we arrived in Florence at the main station, the first place we walked to was the Duomo. The architecture and façade of the Duomo looks almost fake at first sight; the exterior is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white. Entrance in the Duomo is free, there is an obvious queue...
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I Am In Venice, Italy

I Am In Venice, Italy

For day 2 of my Northern Italy adventures with my beloved sister, we decided to explore the beautiful Venezia. My expectations for Venice were exceedingly high, due to everyone speaking highly of Venice, and from all the research I had done online. Unfortunately, we just missed the Venice Carnival. It started on Saturday the 11th and we visited Venice on the 10th; but there were a few Carnival hints and preparation dotted around the city (it's going on right now, so anyone there do check it out)! We only had 8/9 hours in Venice, and so we planned a FULL day of activities. Venice Free Walking Tour I have a love hate relationship with walking tours. Sometimes they're AMAZING, and other times they're a waste of time and money. During my research before travelling, I stumbled across the Venice Free Walking Tour and thought that it looked pretty cool. Not only was it free, but it avoided the main tourist locations and instead delved...
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I Am In Milan, Italy

I Am In Milan, Italy

My resolution for 2017 is to travel to new places, and what else but travel more have I been doing! I was able to free up 4 days at the end of the week, so decided to travel to the North of Italy. I came across £25 return flights to Milan so decided to go ahead and book them! I didn't want to stay in Milan for all 4 days, so took a look around the region and planned a 4 day adventure through 4 cities. The first is Milan. I then visited Venice, Florence, and Bologna - keep an eye out for further posts detailing my trip. I only had 4 hours in Milan, and so managed to squeeze in the main landmarks and sights within that time. There really isn't much to do/see in Milan, so a few hours is definitely enough to see everything. 1. Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral)  The Duomo is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral...
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Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

Top 5 Halal Restaurants With Prayer Rooms in London

When catching up with friends or colleagues, I usually choose a restaurant as our location of choice, as opposed to a café. I have been to quick stop resturants after a long day of shopping, and I have also been to resturants where my jacket is hung up for me and my napkin placed on my lap. I have compiled a list of Halal resturants in London that I love and have been to repeatedly (when I say repeatedly, I mean to the point where I'm friends with the waiter/waitresses and automatically sign in to the wifi, ha). Guanabana, Camden : Rating: 5/5 Guanabana is my favourite restaurant of them all! Located in Camden, and serving Latin and Caribbean dishes, Guanabana is a family-friendly rustic wooden cafe. The menu is completely halal, and also does not serve alcohol (BYO only). The atmosphere is amazing, featuring classic songs that I just sing along to as I eat (and talk). There is also a reasonably spacious prayer...
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Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London Card 2017 – Is It Worth It?

Love London cards are available from Monday 16th for just £20.17! They allow unlimited access to The Shard for the whole of 2017. Is it worth it you may ask? Last year, I bought one a few days after they were sold out and restocked (surprise, surprise, I bought it for £20.16). The normal entry price for an adult is £25.95 in advance and £30.95 on the day, making the Love London card worth it even if you only go up once. I went up The Shard about 4 times in the year, making each visit worth about £5. The nice thing about having unlimited access is just that - as an avid photographer, I was able to view London in different seasons and times of the day. I was able to capture London shrouded by a beautiful Autumn sunset; I was also able to capture London through the raindrops covering the looking glass of The Shard. It can get quite cold...
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My Dream Destinations 2017

My Dream Destinations 2017

I'm not huge on New Years Resolutions, but one thing I definitely think about is where I would *love* to travel to in the coming year. Here is my list of the countries (and cities) that I would love to be able to visit during 2017. At the end of 2017, let's see how many countries I managed to step foot into. I have a few months of student life flexibility left and really want to maximise on the opportunity of travelling (whilst writing my thesis of course)!  -Greece- Anyone who knows me knows how much I've been banging on about Santorini ever since a friend visited two years ago. After seeing all her photos and her raving positive reviews, I did some research and came to the conclusion that Santorini is my next go to. Santorini is an island featuring the infamous whitewashed cubiform houses. Not only is Santorini breathtakingly gorgeous, it also hold a deep history based on its formation from...
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Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

Forbes 30 Under 30 2017 : A Source Of Inspiration For Our Youth

The Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017 was released yesterday, and what an inspiring list of 600 young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers it was! I stumbled across the Forbes list release whilst browsing trending key words on Google. The list represents individuals across a wide spectrum of industries including science, music, sports, education and finance. Being a strong advocator of education, STEM in particular, I was exhilarated at the prospect of learning about ventures undertaken by others of my generation. Scrolling through the list (particularly education and science), I was amazed by the sheer talent, drive and innovation the individuals demonstrated through their work. I truly believe that this list SHOULD be showed to students in Secondary School to inspire them and demonstrate the creative aspect of education/STEM. Speaking from experience, I have sometimes felt blocked from being creative in my field. Especially in STEM, there are such high walls when it comes to jumping out of textbook knowledge and into a...
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Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

Top 7 Free Things To Do In London!

I'm a true advocator of being able to enjoy life without having to spend a penny. There are many-a-time when I have an amazing day out with friends, without breaking the bank (or even opening the bank at all)! London, of all places, is ideal for finding cool quirky places to visit, and all for FREE! Yes, for FREE. Changing Of The Guards (Buckingham Palace) Watching the changing of the guards is unique to London, happening daily from 11am (see here for timetable). The New Guard takes over from the Old Guard, displaying a long-standing British tradition. A definite must-see, even for us Londoners! The Sky Garden I've rattled and rambled a LOT about the Sky Garden already. You must book your visit online - visiting is free, and arguably boasts the BEST skyling view of London. Trust me, I've been there many times. South Bank Centre The South Bank Centre is a hub of talent, especially this time of year. It is a complex of artistic...
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