TURNING 30 | BARCELONA PHOTO DIARY

TURNING 30 | BARCELONA PHOTO DIARY

The end of May saw my 30th Birthday. I decided rather than staying at home and crying into my Macbook, that I would go away instead to take the edge off! I had heard many good things about Barcelona before but had never been, so when it came to booking a sunny city break, Barcelona was at the top of my list. What better way to celebrate than with some sun and a few drinks? The big 3-0 didn’t seem so bad after all.

When I think back to my twenties I always thought I would have everything figured out by now. I thought I would be further along in my career, be a home owner and have this adult thing down to a T.

Things might not have happened as I thought, but that’s okay.

I don’t know why I had high expectations and needed to accomplish so much by 30. It really is just a number. So many unexpected, great things have happened over the last ten years that might not have happened if I had been completely focused on ‘life goals’ so this is a reminder to hold my plans much more loosely because there’s a whole lot of life still to come and who knows what twists and turns are up ahead.

I hope you enjoy my photos of my Birthday trip, I loved Barcelona! Have you ever been?

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48hrs in Copenhagen | Things to Do

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Forgetting about all the great places to eat, Copenhagen has many attractions to offer. Considering we were only there for a short time, we managed to cram in quite a bit. Here are a few of my favourites.

Nyhavn

Nyhavn is one of the most iconic ares in Copenhagen. Once a bust port, today the canal is lined with colourful houses, many which have been renovated into vibrant restaurants and bars. The area is often busy, and is the perfect place to grab a beer and take in the views and history. No. 9, is the oldest house in the area dating back to 1681; the design of the house has not changed in that time retaining its traditional features. The famous writer Hans Christian Andersen also used to live in various houses along the canal where he wrote many of his fairy-tales, such as The Little Mermaid.

Talking of The Little Mermaid, the surrounding area is home to The Little Mermaid statue. Hated by the locals and often vandalised, the bronze and granite statue was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City. Based on the tale about a mermaid who longs to be reunited with her Prince on land, The Little Mermaid is perched on her rock in the water, staring towards the shore.

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Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in the centre of the City. Covering an area of 10 hectares, the gardens is home to more than 13,000 species and 27 glasshouses. The gardens are open daily to the public and is a nice place to get away from the city for an hour or two.

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Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens is said to be the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Disneyland and it’s easy to see why. Located just outside the city centre in Vesterbrogade, the park is the second oldest amusement park in the world and to this date is still the fourth most visited in the world. Featuring many attractions such as it’s wooden rollercoaster, Rutschebanen, the Dæmonen coaster and The Star Flyer, as well as its buildings and stages (which host the Tivoli Festival every summer) the park caters for all ages.

As soon as you walk into the park, you are transported to a different place. Full of charm and character, it’s clear to see why this park is so popular. The park opens at around 11am, but be prepared for the long queues. Tip: We went around 7pm and walked straight in.

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We also visited The Round Tower and The Blue Planet aquarium during our time, just missing out on the Carlsberg Brewery. But thats a reason to go back, right?

What are your favourite things to do in Copenhagen?

Exploring New York!

Airbnb
406 Linden St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States

Checked in: 18/05/15

Ace Hotel
20 W 29th Street
New York City, NY 10001
United States

Checked in 21/05/15

I’m finally back and alive (just about) from the past week in New York. I booked this trip about a year ago so I was definitley ready for it! Despite turning up to the airport 25 minutes before our flight was about to take off, the travel Gods were in our favour and told us that it had just been delayed so they could reopen check-in for us (phew!). It’s not the first time I had been to New York but its always good to re-visit places, and New York is so big and ever-changing that there is always something new going on.

For this trip we booked an AirBnB for the first time. Our apartment was located in Williamsburg, which was made up of five separate rooms, including the one where our host(s) stayed. Our hosts were great and made us feel welcome and were on hand to answer any questions we had about the city. The location was ideal as I had never been to Brooklyn before so we got to see a different side of the city. We were also staying on Bedford Avenue which hosts many great places to eat and drink such as Lucky Dog, where we spent many a night. The commute in to Manhattan was around 15 minutes by subway or a pleasant walk across the Williamsburg Bridge which we did the first day.  At a fraction of the price it would cost to stay in a hotel in central NY, I would definitely book a AirBnB again and stay in this area.

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For the remainder of the trip we checked in to Ace Hotel in Manhattan which was in a great location (29th and Broadway) where we could walk to most places. In fact the Empire State Building and Times Square were both within a 10 minute walk away.  We opted for a medium-sized room, which was probably a good idea, as the rooms were still not very roomy and came complete with it’s own personal guitar, a vinyl player and a selection of vinyls. The hotel itself is aesthetically pleasing, with DJ’s playing in the Lobby, a Photo Booth and housing an Opening Ceremony store. However at around $400 per night, and as nice as it was, I probably wouldn’t stay here again in terms of value for money after staying in the AirBnB.

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Between changing locations we visited all the traditional tourist hotspots. New York is a great place to explore on foot as you discover so much more, in fact we rarely used the subway! Highlights of the trip included climbing to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, Shopping on Prince St. and watching the sunset from Brooklyn over the bridge.

I hope you enjoy these photos of our time in The Big Apple! Let me know what you think in the comments.


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All photos were taken on a Canon S120, using VSCO cam B2 filter to edit.