If you’re looking to go off the beaten path on your next getaway, try the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. You can travel to this quaint, snowy Nordic city in around three hours from the UK, with flights costing as little as £30 with services like Easy Jet and you won’t be disappointed. Here are five attractions I’d recommend you check out in Reykjavik… Continue reading “Five Attractions To See In Reykjavik”
It’s time to celebrate, because this month marks my one year blogging anniversary! The beginning of the year is when people traditionally take stock and determine how to move forward, so now seemed to like a good time to reflect back on my first year of blogging… Continue reading “Looking Back On A Year Of Blogging”
If you’re thinking of taking a city-break in 2017, consider Florence. With services like Cheap Flights, you can fly to this outstanding cultural centre in two hours for as little as £31. As the epicentre of the Renaissance, Florence has a range of historical, religious, artistic and cultural sites for you to explore, allowing you to acquaint yourself with true geniuses. Here are five attractions I believe you should check out if you go to Florence.
You can find grand royal palaces to explore across thee European continent, from London to Vienna and Florence is no exception. You may want to stop by the Pallazzo Pitti, a 13th Century palace based in the beautiful Piazza della Signoria, which features a copy of Michaelangelo’s Statue of David. Boasting amazing Renaissance architecture, the palace has Florence’s town hall since the medieval era. You can visit this site for between €8 and €14 and check out its amazing secret tunnels, medieval paintings, with works from masters like Leonardo Da Vinci and museum, which displays historical and cultural artefacts, to gain some insight into historic Florentine life.
You’ll find a museum around every corner in Florence. Make sure you include the Bargello Museum, which specialises in sculptures, on your itinerary. You can tour this popular artistic attraction, which used to be a barracks within which is located within the Palazzo del Bargello for €8, every day until 2pm. At Bargello, you’ll be able to the works of some of the greatest Renaissance artists ever, including Michaelangelo, Cellini, Donatello and Verrocchio. With other collections showcasing everything from medals to tapestries, this is an art lover’s dream location!
You can’t spend time in Italy, the centre of Roman Catholicism, without viewing epic stain glass windows and religious artefacts at a grand church. You may want to check out Florence Cathedral in Piazza del Duomo. One of the country’s largest churches, you can enter this grand Gothic structure for free. As you walk around, you’ll be able to glimpse breath-taking artworks, such as Giorgio Vasari’s Last Judgement fresco, as well as its fantastic pink, white and green marble interiors. Ensure you climb up the Cathedrals Cupola, from which you can look down on all of Florence.
If you’re a shopping enthusiast, you may want to stroll along the Ponte Vecchio while visiting Florence. This is a stunning stone bridge which spans the Arno River, which runs through Florence, at its narrowest point. While on the bridge, you can look down and watch boats float across the Arno, while drinking in Florence’s cool artistic vibe. Like many old bridges in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio has shops built along it. You can buy jewellery, artistic pieces and other souvenirs while walking the Ponte Vecchio, ensuring you have something to remind yo of your time in Florence.
Nature enthusiasts should include the picturesque Boboli Gardens on their itinerary. Based at Piazza Pitti, you’ll have to pay €7 to enter, but it’ll be worth it. The Boboli Gardens are known for their lush green spaces, fantastic water features, like the Fountain of the Ocean and ‘garden sculpture’ spaces, which feature pieces dating as far back of the Roman Period. You can find statues of various classical figures, such as Perseus and Andromedae, stalactite-strewn grottos and amazing architectural features, like the 19th Century ‘Lemon House’ here, making this site a must-see when you’re in Florence.
Check out Florence
We’ve only just gotten started, with these five sites. Italy’s artistic heart, Florence has tonnes of world-renowned attractions to check out like Galleria dell’Accademia, which is home of Michaelangelo’s David. Coupled with charming cobbled streets, amazing shopping and fantastic cuisine houses, which serve mouth-watering Italian dishes, Florence is a world-class destination!
If you’re looking for the ideal winter holiday destination, consider Oslo. You can fly from the UK to the Norwegian capital in roughly two hours, with trips costing as little as £17 when booked through services like Sky Scanner. Once you arrive, you’ll find a snow-covered, winter wonderland, steeped in centuries of enchanting Nordic history. When planning your itinerary, keep in mind the following five attractions to visit in Oslo. Continue reading “Five Attractions To Visit In Oslo”
If you’re not a fan of flying, you can always travel from the UK to European tourist hotspots like Prague by train. Taking a train to the continent can prove long and exhausting, so it’s vital that you prepare yourself beforehand, giving yourself the stress-free ride you need to start your fabulous getaway off right. To lend you a helping hand, here I explain how to survive long train journeys… Continue reading “How To Survive Long Train Journeys”
Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the value of the British Pound has fallen significantly. With less money to spend, more Brits are holidaying at home, rather than flying abroad. If you’re going on a ‘stay-cation’ this summer, think about heading to Whitby – a classic English seaside town in North Yorkshire. So what can you do in Whitby?
Climb to the Abbey
No trip to Whitby is complete without a visit to Whitby Abbey; a fantastic Gothic ruin which stands majestically upon the town’s East Cliff. Built in the 7th Century A.D., this former Benedictine Abbey features breath-taking views of the bay below. It famously featured in Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, whose title character is supposedly buried on the grounds. When you climb up the 199 steps that lead to Whitby Abbey, you’ll get the chance to explore Whitby’s rich historical heritage!
Stroll the sea front
You just have to take some time to stroll along the sea front while you’re staying in Whitby. It has everything that a classic English sea front should have – quaint stalls, fun-packed arcades, thriving fish markets and plenty of fantastic eateries! For the best fish and chips this side of Hull, head to the Magpie Cafe on Golden Lion Bank. This classic British chippy serves up food that’s so mouth-wateringly good, that people actually queue up outside in the daytime just to get in!
Shop ’til you drop
If you just love quirky little shops, Whitby is your ideal shopping location! Delve down the town’s winding cobbled ginnels and you’ll stumble upon cosy shops selling everything from classic British sweets to new-age furnishings to jet jewellery, which Whitby is famous for. Due to its Dracula connection, Whitby is also a major British centre of Goth culture. When you come to this spooky seaside town, you’ll be able to buy some of the most authentic Goth-inspired clothing in Britain!
Learn about Dracula
Whitby is practically a pilgrimage site for Dracula enthusiasts. Not only does it feature the Abbey, but while visiting Whitby you can sign up for the Dracula experience! Based on the sea front, this spine-tingling attraction utilises animated scenes, special effects and even live actors to introduce you to the unique history of Dracula. Learn more about literature’s most celebrated vampire by strolling through the town’s narrow little backstreets of Whitby, so you can find out why Whitby served as the perfect backdrop for Stoker’s most iconic work!
Visit the Capitan Cook Museum
Captain James Cook, was one of the greatest sailors and explorers of the 18th Century. Find out more about this celebrated British seafarer by stopping at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Grape Lane, Whitby. Housed in the building where Cook once lived as an apprentice, the Museum possesses a range of original letters, maps, charts, ship models from his landmark voyages for you to explore! Also including a gift shop, learning zone and regular events, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum is fun for all the family!
Explore the UK
You don’t have to fly to glitzy cities Prague to make wonderful holiday memories. With cool, quirky shops, glorious architecture and a range of compelling historical attractions, Whitby is the rival of any European capital as a holiday destination! If you’re looking to rein in your finances right now, why not ditch the foreign getaway and have the time of your life in Whitby this summer!
If you’re looking for a top notch destination for your summer city break, consider Barcelona. One of Spain’s biggest metropolises, Barcelona is the perfect place for your summer getaway. In this article I ask, why should you travel to Barcelona this summer? Continue reading “Why Should You Travel To Barcelona?”