When it comes to romance, some of the European countries have got it spot on. When most of us think of romance, we think of something quite old-school – balmy evening walks, candlelight, a good bottle of wine. It’s pretty safe to say that nowhere does all this (and more) any better than Italy. The country shaped like a boot has a long history of being associated with romance. After all, it has been the home ground of many public figures associated with love – everyone from Saint Valentine himself to Sophia Loren. Italy’s culture also puts a strong emphasis on forging relationships and socializing, so you will find many a cute restaurant or hilltop walk to experience with your loved one. If a wedding is on the cards for you and your partner, here are some ways you can experience Italy before, during and after the big day.
Whether you are proposing to your partner yourself, or if you suspect that they might be planning to propose to you, going on an Italian getaway certainly sets the scene – no matter who ends up popping the question. Venice is famously romantic, as its network of canals twists around the ancient city. You can navigate it by gondola – just remember not to jump around with joy after the proposal, otherwise you might end up getting a little too personal with the waters of Venice! Or, stay on foot and choose your moment on one of the quaint bridges overlooking the canal. If nature is more your thing, there are many stunning gardens open to the public in Italy, so consider popping the question there after sundown.
Once you and your loved one are engaged, the number one thing you’ll be thinking about is where to have your wedding. The venue is what will take up the bulk of your wedding budget, so getting it right is very important. The idea of a wedding abroad is very tempting for many people – after all, why not combine a wedding with a vacation?! The grand buildings and rolling hillsides of Italy can provide the perfect backdrop for your big day, as well as ensuring your guests are taken care of with true Italian hospitality. There are plenty of stunning Wedding Venues in Italy, so shop around and find the one that suits you best.
Once the madness of the wedding is over, you will naturally want to spend some quality time with your new husband/wife. The honeymoon is a staple tradition of modern marriages, and Italy is one of the most popular destinations for it. If good weather is what you are looking for, look no further than Tuscany – this largely agricultural region features a stunning landscape bathed in a warm, sunny glow. Puglia is a great option for those who want to avoid the crowds, and the Amalfi coast has some stunning towns and beaches – just avoid in the peak summer months.
An important part of planning your wedding is deciding on the type of honeymoon that you want to go on. Most couples opt to spend a week or two sunning themselves on an exotic beach somewhere. However, if going down the traditional honeymoon route doesn’t appeal to you, why not think about doing something a little more unique? Below we’ve picked out four unique honeymoon ideas that are perfect if you and your partner have a sense of adventure and fancy going on a honeymoon with a difference.
Head to a yoga retreat
One option for a honeymoon with a difference is choosing to head to a yoga retreat. If you and your partner have always wanted to give yoga a try or are already skilled at it, then perhaps heading for a relaxing and tranquil yoga retreat could be the perfect way to bond after your wedding?
A beach break could be fun, but surely it would be just like any other vacation? So why not do something a little different and go to a yoga retreat for a week or two? Imagine how relaxed and rested you would feel when you returned home. There are also sorts of places that offer yoga retreats, from the South of France to Bali, there are various locations to choose from.
Another option for making your honeymoon unique is to volunteer abroad. If you and your partner have never doing anything like it before, then perhaps volunteering could be the ideal way to spend your honeymoon. Pick a country to volunteer in that you’ve always wanted to visit and research the projects that are on offer.
Say, for instance; you’ve always dreamed of visiting Costa Rica, then choosing to volunteer in Costa Rica could be the perfect option. You would get to spend some time in this incredible country exploring it, as well as helping an organization in need of volunteers. It may not be the most relaxing honeymoon, but it would definitely be enriching. Plus, you get to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about the country and its people.
Charter a boat
What’s more romantic than spending your honeymoon sailing across the sea? As long as neither you or your partner get sea sick, chartering a boat could be the perfect way to spend your honeymoon. All you need to do is find a boat that you can charter and choose a destination that you would like to explore.
Chartering a boat could be like having your own private cruise. Think champagne, a romantic cabin, chef-cooked meals, and the chances to see lots of different places. What more could you want? In terms of the destination, pick somewhere that has plenty of beautiful things to see, Fiji could be a good option, as could the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands.
Want a honeymoon with a difference? Then take on board the ideas and suggestions above, and you can plan the most incredible trip that you and your partner will never forget.
Whether a Birthday Bash or Christmas Corker – These think-ahead steps will help you enjoy your party as much as your guests.
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Finally – enjoy the fruits of your labour and PARTY ON!
There are some cities that you really have to get in among to truly experience them. Those cities that are like little rabbit warrens of winding streets and side avenues. Other cities are more “cityscape” cities. You know the type – they are places that you’ll see in wide-frame photos encapsulating the skyline, usually at night. Into the latter category fall places like Dubai, Shanghai and of course NY.
There is a reason cities will fall into one of these two categories, and it usually has to do with a city being a financial center. Those prior three mentioned all have this in common. Space is at a premium, and when we run out of it at ground level, we build UP. That’s why we get skyscrapers, and skyscrapers make cityscapes. And nowhere is this more ably demonstrated than in New York.
This is one of the things that makes The City That Never Sleeps exciting for a tourist. Simultaneously, it also makes it a little intimidating. When you visit New York for the first time, bring a neck pillow, because you spend a lot of time looking up. Usually while saying “Wow! You don’t really get how big it is on TV!”. But you don’t want to be THAT tourist, so it’s worth thinking of some ways you can even up the score with this most beguiling of cities.
New York is one of the world’s most populous cities, and the most populated in America. So there is going to be a lot to do and see here. On one visit to New York, it’s easy for your eyes to get bigger than your belly. You will want to see everything.
It makes sense to narrow that down to some real specifics. Are you a TV buff? Pick some locations that mean something to you from Sex And The City, Gossip Girl or Mad Men. A foodie? Pick some restaurants that reflect your tastes (there will be some in New York, whatever your preference!).
Sacrilege, I know, but a city that has been celebrated on screen and in song so often can handle it. Instead of walking around with your neck craned to check out the sights, see it from the sky. Take an NYC helicopter tour and see the Brooklyn Bridge, Ellis Island and other sights from above. This way, you’ll avoid the common condition “Tourist’s Neck”!
It sounds elitist, but bear with it. If you go to New York, of course you are a tourist, and without you the city would be a lot poorer. However, the more you act like a tourist, the more you will be treated like one. And New York is a busy city, as Frank Sinatra mentioned. If you mill around sidewalks taking photos and getting in people’s way, they will not be shy about letting you know.
Cab drivers will charge you “tourist fares”. And by trying to tick off all the major landmarks you’ll miss some of the lesser-known spots that you’d actually love. Because New York is home to so many people, and therefore is a treasure trove for people just like you. How do we know? Because with nearly 20 million inhabitants, it statistically must be home to some people just like you.
Follow the tips above and your first trip to New York will be everything you hoped it would be – that’s a promise.
There are few things in life that make you feel more energised than travelling in some form. You don’t need to go far. But a change of scenery can provide a much-needed boost. If you’re plodding along at work or missing the exuberance of your younger days, here are some destinations to visit this autumn.
A vibrant city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the perfect place to let your hair down and cut loose for a weekend. There are regular flights from all over the UK, and you can pick them up for peanuts. In just over an hour, you’ll be transported to a completely different world. This is a city of contrasts. Many people have heard or read about the infamous red light district. But there’s a lot more to Amsterdam. You’ll notice its beauty as soon as you touch down, and there are lots of cultural gems to discover if museums and galleries are your cup of tea. There are also some really cool and unique bars, and you won’t struggle to find a lively night spot. Dam Square is a hive of activity at any hour of the day, but you’ll find the best clubs scattered around the outskirts. Head to Westergasfabriek for urban bars with a trendy retro vibe.
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Blackpool may have a reputation for rubbish weather and kiss me quick hats. But it’s the ideal location to escape the daily grind and have a bit of fun. Get your mates together, book your tickets for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and bomb up the M6. Embrace the swirling winds or fine rain and get ready for a day of theme park and fair rides and calorific treats. Take a trip up the tower to appreciate the views, or catch a gig at Winter Gardens. As the sun sets, head inland from the iconic promenade and you’ll find a cluster of bars and restaurants. This is a popular stag and hen destination, so you’re guaranteed large crowds, especially in the summer.
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Iceland is a small nation, but it packs a punch when it comes to partying. Reykjavik is a quaint city, which is adorned with coloured houses and quirky galleries. During the day, you can while away hours touring the artisan stores. When the sun has faded, it’s a very different story. On Friday and Saturday nights, the city hosts a raucous bar crawl, which takes you to the best spots on the strip. Drinking is much more expensive in Iceland than other European cities. Most people tend to have a couple of pre-drinks at home before they join the masses. If you’re not too hungover the day after, book some adventure tours. Whizzing around on a snowmobile or climbing a glacier in bracing arctic winds are great ways to blow away the cobwebs.
If you’re after a bit of late summer sunshine, Barcelona is an excellent shout. This stunning Spanish city is not just renowned for its phenomenal architecture. It’s also a feature in most lists of the best places to party in Europe. Head down to the port for sophisticated waterfront bars and beach clubs. For an authentic Spanish night out, which lasts until dawn, make for the Gothic Quarter. If you’re planning to go out in Barcelona, it’s worth bearing in mind that things don’t get started until late. The Spaniards tend to eat no earlier than 10 pm, and it’s unusual to head to a club before midnight.
Krakow may look like an ancient gem on the surface, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Castle walls and winding streets conceal a clubbing scene to rival the likes of Amsterdam, London, and Berlin. The Old Town is an idyllic spot to learn about dungeons and dragons, but it’s also home to some excellent watering holes. Beer is incredibly cheap here, and there are plenty of local ales to choose from. Once you’ve sampled the nightlife in the squares of the Old Town, head to Kazimierz, an up and coming area known for its laid-back Bohemian clubs. If you enjoy a night out in Shoreditch, this is the place for you.
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Sometimes in life, you need a bit of time out to have fun and let loose. Are you looking to combine travelling with partying? Are you keen to rediscover your youth? If so, check out these destinations. A couple of days away with a group of friends will enable you to laugh about old memories and create new ones.
If you are anything like me, you’ll regard your bedroom as a sanctuary. Somewhere you can retreat to each night after a hectic day at work. So it is super important that bedrooms are comfortable as well as highly stylish. They should also be practical spaces too! So how do you combine all these elements to create an excellent room? By adding the following cute touches, that’s how!
Your bed shouldn’t be the only piece of furniture in your bedroom. Sure, it’s the main one, but there are also other pieces you should consider. If you love reading, why not place a cozy armchair next to your window. That way, you can flick through the pages of your favorite book before bed while enjoying the view. You could also add some fun with some bean bags chairs. You can look at what Fombag has to see a varied selection of bean bags.
Have you not been sleeping so well lately? Maybe it’s because you aren’t that comfortable in your bed. There is one simple remedy for this. Invest in some premium bedding! Egyptian cotton sheets are some of the best you can buy, and they really are worth the extra few pennies. You should also think about buying new pillows. Did you know pillows can collect lots of dead skin and hair? That’s why it is a good idea to buy new ones every year. Why not treat yourself to some feather ones!
Another reason why you might not be sleeping too well is that your bedroom is too light during the night. The easiest solution to this is to put up some blackout blinds at your windows. Once you pull these blinds down, they will completely block out all light from street lamps and the sun. Then you can get a good night’s sleep without being woken up by any lights that might enter your room during the night!
Lots Of Personal Photos
The best way to create a personal atmosphere to your bedroom is to add plenty of photos to the decor. Take a look through your photo albums and pick out all the happy ones of you, your family, and friends. If you only have images on your computer, visit a professional print shop so you can have them printed out in a high quality. The best way to display the photos is in individual photo frames. Although, you might also like to create a large collage to hang on your wall.
Plants And Flowers
One of the best ways to create a fresh vibe in your bedroom is to add lots of indoor plants and flowers. Adding plants can also increase the amount of oxygen in your room which can help you sleep better. Pick some pretty flowers from your garden or visit your local garden to see if they have any offers.
Once you add these cute touches to your bedroom, you might never want to get out of bed.
Fish and chips, rainy days and Ant and Dec. There are loads of reasons to be a proud Brit! But what about when you fancy escaping for a little white? Whether you’re looking for more sun, a different culture or some new foods, here are some suggestions for weekend breaks.
The great thing about visiting France from the UK is that you can go by boat. Ferry, to be specific. Plus, there are direct ferries to take you straight to Normandy, leaving from both Poole and Portsmouth.
Normandy is a region known well for its beautiful coastline and beaches. Take a day trip to Mont-St-Michel; you’ll be forgiven for thinking it’s a magical castle as you approach.
Villas are ideal for weekend breaks, as they give privacy while still being in good locations. Choose one that is decorated in typical french style for an authentic experience. Villas also mean you can be self-catered, so all the local produce and food can be enjoyed in full. Stock up on fresh bread, cheeses and meats, and don’t forget wine from a local vineyard.
Get there by… ferry
On the outskirts of busy Venice, you’ll find her quieter, calmer sister. Just as beautiful, Treviso is an Italian town often overlooked in favour of her sibling. This is partially a shame; she is not as widely adored and appreciated. However, this is part of her charm. The town is as yet not overrun by tourists and their selfie sticks. Instead, the town is peaceful, though with all the same culture and charisma. There is a grand square with restaurants dotted around the piazza. Plus there are weekly market stalls alongside mainstream shops. Water runs through the town too, but in wider rivers and streams that you’ll usually find in Venice. That being said, there is less to do here, so if you go for a long weekend, you might want to consider two days in Treviso and one in Venice. The train is around 30 minutes and cheap as chips. You’ll love Venice, for sure, but chances are, it will be Treviso who steals your heart. Flights take around two hours from London Stansted.
Get there by… plane.
If the train is your preferred way to travel, Edinburgh is the weekend break destination for you. If you’re travelling from London, you can be on and off the train in under 6 hours. This time is halved if you start your journey up North. If you go in August, you’ll catch the incredible Edinburgh Festival. This is month-long arts festival that draws in the crowds and incredible acts in vast numbers. For a romantic break, head up Arthur’s Seat for incredible views. Don’t forget your walking shoes; it’s a bit of a climb! Then head back down onto the bustling Princes Street for a date-night dinner. While the distance is do-able for a weekend break, the amount of things on offer won’t be! You’ll be planning your trip back before you know it.
Get there by… train.
I was thrilled for this day, because guess what? it’s my cake day today. Kindly send me your best wishes. Yes! I am too happy today because my family and husband had decided to have a drive to L.A which are merely to happen due to the tight schedules that we all got from work. But luckily, today we’ve got all our work’s off hence we can properly celebrate my day.
Actually, I don’t like being fancy nor elegant looking as for the usual day but since it’s my birthday and I wanted to celebrate my born day happily. Ive decided then to pull off this quite casual outfit that I’ll be blogging separately because this post tend to include my birthday photo only which one you’re seeing on the top photo.
Husband and I are very lucky to have a friend who has a access to these luxurious hotels and he even gave us a free accommodation for a day for us to enjoy. Okay, too many details now am telling here. I might end this up and proceed to the next post for my birthday details.
Please bear with me as I don’t include some photos here but please keep on checking me for my other birthday posts for you to know the sort of itinerary we made in LA that you might follow too as you have plan already to visit L.A soon
With no itinerary at all. Me and my husband had decided to flew in Canada for us to have time together. Actually, we just got an unexpected work’s leaves for 4 days hence we don’t know what to do at those day’s off so we both decides then to visit the neighbor country, which the awesome Canada. We’ve heard they’ve got a lot of best scenery over there that we couple will truly enjoy thus we booked our tickets already and drove off to LAX airport for our flight in New york airport and from there will be driving going to Canada border.
That’s it for now and please keep on checking me here for our Canada tour updates. I am actually pretty excited to update you all for this unexpected trip..
Again, besides to the jumpsuit Ive recently blogged. I also got this MK watch along. Yes! as you’re familiar with the brand you’ll probably know on how expensive their item was, right? hence I really cant believe that even this expensive timepiece were sent over to me as my compensation to the promotional content Ive made for shopbop. I think, I’ll started love the shopbop more.. eheh I hope that they can still consider me on their future campaigns and be partnered with for long time.
Actually, I am eye-ing to have this MK watch year ago, yes! that’s how long it was but I really cant consider it because me and my husband has too much debt to pay and a bunch of liabilities we have to attend with first than having me an expensive watch such MK. But luckily, I have met this online shop shopbop and offered me for collaboration which I truly appreciates for.. Who doesn’t anyway? hehe
You can have yours same as mine at shopbop for a very reasonable price especially now they were having an early spring sales which I think the best time to take advantage with. heads to their shop today and seek the items would probably fits in your own style. No worries, they’ve got an wide array of styling and apparels which are perfectly on kind of fashion sense.