Bratwurst in Berlin.

When I tell people I went to Berlin, 9 out of 10 times I get asked the question 'Why Berlin?'. To put it simply,  my motivations for going to Berlin: All the usual touristy points - The Berlin wall, The Jewish memorial, Checkpoint Charlie etc etc but more importantly, Bratwurst.

Bratwurst is the reason I woke up at 4am, got in a taxi to Stanstead airport and hopped on a ridiculously early Ryanair flight to Berlin Schoenefeld. Which to my surprise was super easy to navigate yourself to the city centre on the express train departing every 30 mins from the train station, located 5 minutes away from the arrival hall. 

If you don't know what Bratwurst is, where have you been?!?! Bratwurst is a type of German pork sausage made famous to many Brits by the European Christmas markets and Oktoberfest events held in most of the major cities throughout the U.K.  

Yeah, I really did go to Germany just to eat food. But in my search for food, I got to see some of the most beautiful sights in the German capital. 

Of course, no trip to Berlin is complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall. Well, what still remains of it as the wall was mostly demolished between June and November 1990. Luckily for the sake of tourists, there is a restored stretch along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte. The East Side Gallery is a one-mile stretch dedicated to art and preserves the paintings made on the eastern side when the Wall was brought down.

For those keen Historians, Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War is another place to visit. Ironically, the famous sign which states, 'You are leaving the American Sector' is surrounded by KFC, Starbucks and all things American.

A place I would recommend to visit is the Jüdisches Museum. This is one of the newest and most eye-grabbing section of the building designed by Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. It's located right opposite the American embassy and is a short walk from Brandenburg Gate. It is not like any other museum I have been to, and I was absolutely mesmerised when walking through some of the 2,711 blocks. The museum experience is more about the effects of the space than the documents and artifacts.

I had to visit Europe's largest department store, KaDeWe where I got lost(!)

When you wake up at 4am, it is comfort over fashion. So I went for the Faux Leather Jacket in Mustard Yellow from Zara, which the whole world and their mother is wearing at the moment.

Berlin is such a cosmopolitan, beautiful place with loads to see and do. And I would recommend it to anyone looking for a weekend break in a European city. 

Bratwurst update: I walked around Berlin for nearly 12 hours and NO sight of Bratwurst.

Auf Wiedersehen.

Arabian Nights.

Now that my 10 week summer internship is over, I can spend the last few weeks before I head back to uni relaxing and doing my favourite hobby...travelling. First stop, Dubai! 

The last few weeks of my internship were quite stressful as I had deadlines to complete and reports to deliver, so I thought there is no where else better to relax and detox than Dubai - the economic centre of the U.A.E. I've been wanting to go for ages and thanks to the British Airways flight sale last month,  we booked a long weekend away to Dubai! I have a lot of friends who live out there and read so many blogs prior to heading out there which meant my to do list was insanely long. 

Although, we were only there for a short amount of time, I'd say we got quite a lot done. Of course, all the main touristy sights were done and dusted within the first 48 hours, but having a dinner cruise on a Yacht has to be my personal highlight and going on a desert safari was an amazing experience. Everything in Dubai is done to such a high standard, the hotel we stayed in and the food I ate (shoutout to Joes Cafe) were absolutely divine. Everyone I spoke to was so friendly and hospitable.  It was so interesting to learn about how this new city was built in the last 40-50 years from desert and water. 

An entire blog post in itself needs to be dedicated to Dubai Mall. Home to over 1200 of the best shops in the world, it's no wonder I spent most of my time (and money) there. The more I write about it, the more I miss the 45 degree heat and as a picture is worth 10, 000 words, a few snaps from my trip are below. 

NB: I let my mum 'borrow' my camera for the duration of the trip so these pictures are the best of a bad bunch from my iPhone. 

Only one flip flop? 

At the top of the Burj Khalifa 
The Waterfalls in Dubai Mall. I thought if I stayed there I would spend less money...I was wrong. 

I could've stayed there for hours!

This Topshop bag is my new travel companion.

Long day mate?

I didn't want to say Du(bye) to this amazing place and would recommend Dubai as a place to visit to anyone!


48 hours in Paris.

Okay, so more like 37 hours.

The (one) good thing about living just outside London is that it’s quick and easy to get to mainland Europe. With the Eurostar taking less time than it takes to get to Northern England (there’s a 5 minute difference). I thought it would be silly if I didn't take advantage of it. One of my friends is currently on her erasmus study abroad period in Nancy, France. With Nancy not being too far away from the French Capital, we thought it would be the perfect halfway point to catch up and do a bit of sightseeing. I’ve visited a lot of mainland Europe but not Paris, so it was an opportunity I couldn't let slip.

The only time I wake up before 6am in a good mood is if I'm going on holiday. So my friend who I was travelling with, was in luck. Although at one point, I did get a bit of a stress on as I thought we were going to miss the 08:24 train(not my fault) - but we were on our way to France! The journey takes around 2 hours 10 minutes, so we arrived into Gare Du Nord station just before midday, with the hour time difference.

Every time I write a travel post, I feel like I’m advertising City Sightseeing Bus Tours. I’m not, I just think they're really great and could go on about their greatness for hours. Plus, the 360 degree view from the top deck allows you to take great pictures, weather permitting. We bought a two day pass for around €30 and it picked us up at the train station, basically taking us to our hotel. We were staying in the Novotel Paris Centre Eiffel Tower right by the Eiffel Tower. I would honestly go back and recommend anyone visiting Paris to stay at this hotel. We were on the top floor(31st floor I think) so the views looking out onto the River Seine were INSANE. Like the City Sightseeing Bus Tours, I can’t fault the Novotel Hotel. All the staff were lovely, the facilities were good and the location was amazing. 

I’m a really organised traveller so I had our itinerary put together about 2 weeks before the trip. After dropping of our bags, and taking a few obligatory snaps on the Champ de Mars, we hopped on the red line City Sightseeing bus and did the full tour of the city. Even though I made a promise to myself not to sit at the top of an open air bus between the months of January - June and October - January during my Dublin post. I fully enjoyed listening to the commentary and taking in the sights with the wind blowing in my face. It was practically a picture out of French Vogue. 

Paris and its cobbled streets are the most beautiful and elegant in the world. And the Hop on, Hop off bus is the best way to explore them. So first things first, we headed to the Champ de Mars - a grassy garden area with wide walking paths across the lawns. And of course, visited the most famous feature in the Champ de Mars garden - the Eiffel Tower. On the second day, we journeyed up to the top floor of the Tower, and the views were incredible! Even though the queues sometimes go on for days, I would recommend a trip up the Eiffel tower to anyone. The full loop of the bus tour took us about 2 hours in total and thanks to this scenic route, we nearly missed last entry to the Musee du Louvre. I’ve been told you can spend hours exploring the 35,000 works of art in the Lourve. But we had 15 minutes. Which wasn't bad considering we didn't pay any entry fee. Turns out being under 25 and part of the European Union is beneficial. 

With so much to see, a ticket for a City Sightseeing Paris bus tour offers great value with 2 days of sightseeing! It goes to the Notre Dame, a Gothic cathedral built in 12th century. Famous from that film, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If you're really fit you can climb the spiral staircase where the views of the city are stunning.

One thing I’m really gutted we didn't do was visit Galaries Lafayette. Probably one of the worlds' and Paris’ best department stores. The detail of the domed ceiling is just one of the reasons to visit(I’m told). And if that didn't convince you, there’s a Topshop inside!

Of course, I had to get my shopping fix somehow. So in the early evening, we ventured to the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. Despite the avenue being one of the most expensive streets in the world, I still managed to get a few things. I went into Sephora and was like a child in a sweet shop. It really is makeup heaven. So after it became clear I couldn't leave with the whole shop, I settled for ‘Better than Sex’ mascara by Too faced . I've heard so many rave reviews about it, I thought I’d try it for myself. The end of the street features the Arc de Triomph, a historic symbol of victory for French troops returning home from fighting. After this, we realised we’d done the whole day sightseeing and hadn't stopped to eat so we went to a cute little restaurant named Cafe Victoria, just off the Champs-Elysees, where I tried and loved snails for the first time. 


I’ve always heard the Eiffel tower is at its best at night and if you go on the hour it twinkles up. I thought I planned every second of our trip but somehow we ended up at the tower at 10:15pm. 45 minutes before the next light show at the eiffel. So as we were stood in the cold for 45 minutes, I had the feeling my friend actually wanted to kill me for begging her to go to the Eiffel to stare at it. BUT as soon as the clock hit 11, this happened. I was feeling so smug at this moment and knew it was worth the wait in the cold. I’m now one of those eiffel tower enthusiasts. I know its tourist central but why would you go to Paris without seeing the beast that is the eiffel tower, built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and at 324 metres tall.


Although I didn't get to go to see a show at the Moulin Rouge, go inside Notre Dame Cathedral and conquer those 387 steps, go to Angelica cafe, shop at Galleries Lafyette or go to Disneyland, it was really nice to get out the country for a few days. AND i will go back and do all the things left on my to do list.

Jusqu'à la prochaine fois.