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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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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How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

How To Take Good Photographs : For Beginners

As a generation, we consume much efforts to take photographs of things that attract us, to then post them online on social media sites, be it Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I, for one, really enjoy taking photographs, and although I'm not an expert, I'd like to think that I can capture a decent image. Thing is, many people just CAN'T! For those who wish to become professional photographers, there are remote online courses or even part time college courses that one could subscribe to. Here are 5 very simple tips that I have learnt along the way and have led to enhanced photo taking skills. 1. Get a decent camera  I recently purchased a Canon G7X and highly recommend it. Having said that, the best camera is the one that is always in your pocket aka your phone. Most phones these days comes with a good camera with flash and can be used to take good photos. From experience of owning a DSLR, more...
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I am at the Seven Sisters White Cliffs

I am at the Seven Sisters White Cliffs

As an annual retreat, my lab group embark on long walks outside of London. This year, we decided to walk along the Seven White Cliffs in Sussex. The Cliffs are situated in the Seven Sister County Park, a short bus journey away from Brighton Beach. We took a train from London King's X to Brighton, and then a bus journey of over an hour. Although the journey was tiresome to say the least, it was exciting once we arrived at the Park and started to follow the walking trail up and down each cliff. The cliffs are made of white chalk, and are naturally unstable. After walking for a while, we took a pit stop to have a picnic for lunch. We had all planned to bring some home-cooked food for lunch; we ended up with an overwhelming selection of food the corners of each continent around the world. At the end of the final cliff, we reached a platform where we went down...
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How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

As soon as I confirm a holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is: 'what am I going to wear?' I ponder over the question until the night before I travel, then panic at 1am trying to lay out half-decent outfits. Having become quite the travel connoisseur over the past few years, I thought it would be nice to share my tips with you all, to help you pack quick, pack right and pack light! 1. NO IFS NO BUTS NO MAYBES Banish that voice in the back of your mind telling you that you MIGHT want to wear this, and that you COULD take three outfits for one day and choose later. NO! NO! Just take one outfit per day, appropriate for the environment, weather and activities that you will be engaging with. Otherwise, you will end up with double the amount of clothes, half that you won't wear. Take one outfit, and you'll just HAVE to do with that one. 2....
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I am at Darwin Brasserie

I am at Darwin Brasserie

I'm not a huge 'brunch' person - I think it's more of an American/ European thing to do. Us Brits have begun to brunch more so now, with the coming of the 'hipster' trends. A friend recommended visiting the Darwin Brasserie for breakfast/lunch and of course, I'm not one to ignore recommendations and managed to book a table for 10.30am on May Bank Holiday Monday. The Darwin is located in the Sky Garden. It is free to enter the Sky Garden (with a booking) but separate pre-booking of the resturants is usually required. I opted for the buffet continental breakfast. When booking, I specifically asked for a table with a nice view. There are some tables for two located on the edge (as I was seated), but there are also some tables more inside the restaurant for larger groups. My first plate of food was made up of pastries, nuts and some fruit. I went for seconds with some bread, croissant...
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I Am Overlooking London from University!

I Am Overlooking London from University!

I have been extremely busy as of late, with many exciting opportunities and events that have taken place. I wanted to share this location that I stumbled upon during my studies at King's College London. There is a lecture theatre on the 30th floor whereby some of my final year lectures were held. The view from this floor is absolutely outstanding, facing the Shard and central London. Lucky for me, it was a bright sunny day, and I was able to take some stunning pictures using my iPhone. It is a bit limiting as to how many different photos you can take due to the thick glass and also the lack of any other directionality. Never-the-less, I managed to capture the beautiful curve of the River Thames, spiralling past Tower Bridge, and following down to the financial district. Unfortunately, this view isn't available for the general public. As I recently studied at King's, I was able to access the building. A similar...
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I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

I am in Geneva, Switzerland – Part One

Geneva is one of those places that are spectacularly beautiful, preserving its culture, language and style within a relatively small city - known as the 'smallest of big cities'. Geneva is one of the French speaking regions of Switzerland, and the second-largest United Nations Office of the UN. I recently visited Geneva for four days with my brother and cousin. This is my second time visiting Geneva, the last time being September 2013. I will be breaking up this trip into two parts, as I managed to squeeze a lot in such a short space of time. We were staying with some family in the lovely are of Carouge. On the first day, we took a little walk around the area and caught the bus into the city centre. The street cars are electrically powered and environmentally friendly - maybe something we could do with to reduce pollution in London (?) They do look extremely elegant and classy also! We visited Manor, a...
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