It’s been just over a week since Jordan and I got back from Bath, and I wanted to share some of the places we visited, plus some of the ones that we didn’t have time to make it to.

But let’s start with the obvious – Bath is bloody GORGEOUS and one of the loveliest places I’ve ever been to in the UK. It’s been recommended to me by a couple of different people as I’m a big fan of York and Edinburgh and I’m already planning our next trip back. We were only there for a couple of nights so didn’t visit all of the places that we wanted to but that’s the best excuse to visit again.

I’ve decided to split our trip into three different parts – where to go, where to eat and drink and where to stay, so make sure you come back to check out the rest.

Pulteney Bridge

This bridge crosses the River Avon and is just outside the city centre, less than 5 minutes from the main shopping streets. We stumbled onto it by chance, and it reminded me of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence with shops on either side. There was also a park by the banks of the river which I think would be lovely to visit in summer, but this time it was beautiful and a really peaceful part of the city and I enjoyed walking down it at sunset – a definite (and free!) must-see.

Royal Crescent

Before I visited Bath, the Royal Crescent was the first thing that sprung to mind, so I knew it was one of the places I wanted to visit whilst we were there. It’s a very grand array of houses in a crescent shape and is pretty spectacular. If you’re feeling extra fancy, there are a couple of hotels and spas along the row – perfect for a special occasion!

Roman Baths

You definitely can’t go to Bath without visiting the Roman Baths – the clue is in the name! They are located right in the centre of the city and are one of the main attractions to visit. You may have to queue a while for tickets, so my advice would be to book ahead of time if possible or get there early. The baths themselves are steeped in history too, so make sure you take your audio guide.

Thermae Spa

This is one of the attractions that we didn’t get chance to visit, and one of the main reasons I’d love to go back. The Thermae Spa is a naturally heated spa and rooftop pool and is Britain’s only one – pretty cool right? From looking at the pictures, it looks like absolute heaven and a tranquil paradise about the hustle and bustle down below.

Bath Abbey

You could see the Abbey (located next to the Roman Baths) from our hotel room as it is one of the tallest buildings in the centre of Bath. We first walked past the Abbey on the first evening we were there, and it was absolutely stunning lit up by the moonlight. An attraction that is definitely worth a visit.

Jane Austen Centre

As a bit of a literature geek, I knew I wanted to visit the Jane Austen centre whilst we were in Bath. The museum was only small, but if you’re a fan of her works, then I would highly recommend it. It’s located about a 5-minute walk away from the main streets, but really easy to find.

Boat Tour

Unfortunately, when we visited Bath, it was the down season of the boat trips, which is a shame, because I think it’s a great way to see a city. The boats run from April to October, so hopefully, it will be something we can do next time we go – another excuse to get another trip in the diary!

Shops

Going to a city that has shops that we don’t have in Manchester always excites me far more than it should – I’m mainly talking about Anthropologie and Tiger. I was really impressed by the shopping in Bath as it ranged from Primark, all the way up to Jo Malone, and everything in between. I’m also a huge fan of shops being outside, which Bath has many of and they’re all beautifully laid out so it never felt too crowded.

Secret Squares

Although I’m going to do a separate post on where to eat in Bath, I wanted to mention Milsom Place as it was such a lovely little square, and we stumbled across it by chance. It had restaurants such as Cau and Jamie’s Italian, but also a couple of independent places, and it was such a cute space, tucked away from the main streets. The other square which was really quaint was Abbey Green which had its own fudge shop and a lovely pub.

I hope you have enjoyed the first of my Bath City Guides – make sure you come back to read the rest! I’ll also be sharing where to eat and drink and our experience at SACO Apartments.

If you have any questions on where to go in Bath, you can always go to the Visit Bath website which has all the information of the tourist attractions.

xx

Have you ever been to Bath? Where would you recommend? 

Maybe it’s because I’ve started watching Gossip Girl again or that I’ve been a lover of Sex And The City since I bought all 6 series when I was 16, but recently I’ve had a pang to visit the city that never sleeps.

New York is one of those places that once you’ve been to and experienced the buzz of the city, you always vow to go back to one day – I’ve never met anyone who’s been to New York and not enjoyed it, which says something about the city.

I’ve been to New York once before when I was 17 for a school trip to the UN and since then, it has firmly been on my list as one of the places I’d love to go back to. Although that trip still stands out in my mind for being one of the most fun weeks of my life, we weren’t there for that long and had to stick to a strict itinerary for the few days we were visiting, meaning that we didn’t really have much downtime or a chance to explore what the city had to offer so I’ve always wanted to go back and experience New York as an adult.

I follow a lot of travel bloggers who go there a couple of times a year and always find something new and exciting to try, and it has really captivated me about how much the city has to offer, so today I’ve rounded up all of the reason I would love to visit.

1. The High Line

Back when I visited New York in 2007, the High Line hadn’t opened yet. I wasn’t really aware of it until I saw pictures of one of my favourite bloggers walking along it last year taking photos from an angle you wouldn’t normally experience. If you aren’t aware, the High Line is an elevated park, built on a stretch of abandoned New York railroad on the West Side of Manhattan and spans around 1.5 miles. The views look incredible and it seems like a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the streets below.

2. Rooftop Bars

If Sex And The City taught me anything, it was that Manhattan has its fair share of rooftop bars with a pretty sensational backdrop. As someone who loves to be outside when I’m eating and drinking, I know I would love to experience some of the best rooftop terraces in the world whilst watching the day turn into night.

3. Coney Island

I’ve heard this place described as the Blackpool of America, which instantly should give you a reason to visit. It’s just under an hour on the subway out of the city, but definitely worth the trip out as it’s a completely different vibe to the rest of New York – there’s also a beach there too!

4. The Food

If there’s one thing that American’s do well, it’s food. Not only have they made the gigantic slice of pizza a thing, as well as incredible burgers from the likes of Shake Shack and Jo Junior, but New York is also home to some of the best restaurants in the world including ABC Kitchen and Per Se.

5. The Neighbourhoods

It’s not every city that has such a diverse range of foodie delights from Korea Town to Little Italy to The Meat Packing District, scattered between the upper and lower East and West sides, which makes New York one of the most exciting places to visit. You can walk down any street and be wowed by the choice and diversity of the place.

6. Central Park

No trip to New York is complete without a trip to Central Park. I would love to visit in summer and take advantage of the glorious weather and have a picnic and take a break from the rest of the city. On my last trip to New York, we went Ice Skating and on a horse-drawn carriage, and it is one of those memories which I still think about to this day.

7. The Sports

One thing I would love to do in America is to watch a baseball game. New York famously has two teams, The Yankees and The Mets, both whose stadiums are not too far from the island. I can’t say I would understand fully what was going on, but I think it would be a great experience.

8. Getting The Chance To Explore Brooklyn

Brooklyn seems like it has a much slower pace than Manhattan, but is also steeped with things to do. Not only will the walking the Brooklyn Bridge give you some great views of the city, but there are also loads of cool independent shops and bars to visit as well as The Brooklyn Brewery and the outdoor market, Smorgasburg.

And there you have my 8 reasons I would love to visit New York this year – anyone fancy treating a girl?

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Have you been to New York? What would you recommend? 

xx

Although jumping on a plane and visiting a new city is one of my favourite things to do, discovering the U.K. is something I have always wanted to do more of.

I try to fit in a couple of trips to different cities in the year but with cheap flights, affordable Air BnB’s and amazing food on offer, sometimes going abroad seems like the best option.

This year I’ve made it one of my goals to explore more of the beautiful country I call home. Today I’m sharing with you the 14 places on my U.K. bucket list.

1. Scottish Highlands

Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world last year, and from the photos that were shared, it’s easy to see why. Scotland is one of those places that is so close to home, yet somewhere I’ve never discovered much of and I’d love to spend a good couple of weeks driving around.

2. Cambridge

Although I visited Oxford at the start of last year, Cambridge has always intrigued me for a visit. I’d love to learn more about the history of the university and take a boat down one of the beautiful canals – basically the Venice of the U.K.

3. Exeter

I’d never really heard anyone talk about Exeter until a few years ago when Hannah Gale did a vlog from there, and since then, it’s firmly been on my list to visit. Think cobbled streets, gorgeous architecture and big open squares full of bars and restaurants – sold yet?

4. Leeds

Although I’ve been to Leeds a couple of times, I really want to get to know the city better. I don’t really have an excuse seen as it’s only an hours drive from my house, so this year I’m going to make a real effort to explore some of the sights and meet the bloggers I follow from over there.

5. Cromer

You may have never heard of this place before, but a couple bloggers I follow are from this area and the beaches look lovely. Cromer is situated on the cost of East Anglia and you can even go seal spotting which is something I never thought possible in the U.K.

6. London

I’ve been to London a million times before, but every time I go, I always leave wanting more, and not been able to fit in everything I wanted to. I’d love to spend more time in the capital this year and cross some things off my bucket list once and for all.

7. Warwick

The middle of England is an area I’ve explored in great detail, and I’ve only ever been through Warwick on the train. I’ve always wanted to visit the castle and spend a bit of time discovering a place that is steeped in history.

8. The Cotswolds

I’m still not 100% sure what constitutes the Cotswolds, but everything I have seen and read has made it out to be the loveliest little collection of villages. I love quaint towns and independent shops, so it seems like the ideal place to visit.

9. Margate

I’ve only ever been south of London once before when we visited Brighton back in October, and Kent is one of those places that I’ve always had on my list to visit. Margate looks like such a beautiful seaside town with pastel coloured houses and a funfair. What’s not to love?

10. Bath

What says beautiful England more than Bath? I’ve watched a few videos on YouTube of different bloggers who have been there on trips, and it always looks so beautiful. I think Christmas would be an amazing time to visit.

11. Bristol

My cousin went to university in Bristol and speaks so highly of the city that it’s been on my list for a while. I’ve heard that it’s got a similar vibe to Manchester, which makes me instantly intrigued. Also, anywhere with an annual hot balloon festival is always going to be of interest too.

12. Beaumaris

Beaumaris is somewhere not too far from my house, on the coast of North Wales. From what I know, it looks like the most picturesque little place and is quite the destination for foodies.

13. Newquay

I’ve only been to Cornwall once before, but the natural beauty of the beaches amidst the gorgeous countryside completely captured me.

14. Portmeirion

The more I research Portmeirion, the more I am mesmerised that there can be something like that in the U.K. If you aren’t familiar, Portmeirion was created by Sir Clough William-Ellis in the style of an Italian village to capture the beauty of the country, but situated in North Wales. It’s also home to Festival Number 6, which has also been on my list for a few years to visit.

And there you have my U.K. bucket list – let’s see how many I’m able to cross off my list this year.

Have you ever been to these places? Where else would you recommend? 

xx

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As I write this, I’ve just checked in and been through passport control at St. Pancras International, for a little getaway to Lille, with Jordan before Christmas.

I’ve never been to Lille before, but I’ve heard that it is typically French and beautiful, especially in December, so I am looking forward to fitting in one more trip before we settle into being at home for Christmas.

Today I’ll be sharing some of the things I hope to get up to whilst we are there.

1. Try Typical French Food

When Hannah and I went to Paris back in June, one of the things we didn’t really take full advantage of was trying real French cuisine, which is something I definitely want to do this time around. If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m a bit of a foodie, and as far as I can remember, I haven’t had a French meal in quite a few years. Lille is known for having three Michelin starred restaurants (not that we’ll be trying here anytime soon) but I am looking forward to seeing what else is on offer.

2. Wander The Christmas Markets

When I was researching European Christmas markets back in autumn, Lille kept coming up time and time again as being one to visit. I love a traditional European market, and I feel as though a French one will have a unique charm to the others I’ve visited in the past.

3. Visit Old Lille

When reading about the town, I noticed that the cobbled streets of the old town kept coming up on the top things to do, which is definitely something I want to visit. I love any quaint little village, but even more when I get the chance to get lost and discover hidden gems that might be off the beaten track.

4. Parc Du Heron

Another thing I love to do in a new city is have a wander through a local park and take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. Parc Du Heron seems like the perfect place to do just that, especially as the sun is setting.

5. Discover Marché De Wazemmes

I love a food and flower market at the best of times, and even more when abroad. The Marché De Wazemmes is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, so I think it will be something we do on our last day to wind down after discovering the rest of the city.

And there you have my Lille bucket list for a few days visit to the city.

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Have you been to Lille before? Is there anything you would recommend? 

xx

Tomorrow Jordan and I will be heading down to London to start our festive celebrations, see some friends and do some much-needed Christmas shopping.

London is one of those cities that I’ve been to a million times, but one I could visit a million more: I love that there is always something to do, a new restaurant to visit, a quirky pop-up shop to explore or a different area to explore.

It was the writer, Samuel Johnson, that said, ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’

(There’s the literature geek inside me coming out…)

Today I’ve summarised the reasons I love the capital city so much.

1. The Shopping

There’s no denying that London has some of the best shopping in the world, but the reason I love it so much? Becuase of the number of places I hear and see in people’s blogs and vlogs that I get to discover when I’m down there. In my last trip, I visited Anthropologie, Whole Foods and

2. Festivity

London definitely knows how to do Christmas. I used to make it a tradition when I was younger to visit the capital once a year around the festive period, but it’s been a good few years since I’ve been able to do so. On my last trip, my friend and I went to Winter Wonderland, and I was blown away by how much there is to see and do there. The Manchester Christmas markets are good, but London does Christmas bigger and better. Apart from that, the Christmas light displays everywhere are spectacular.

3. The People

I know that Londoners tend to get a bad rep about being an unfriendly bunch, but I’ve never found that to be the case. I know that the people down south always seem to be in a rush, but the ones I’ve actually spoken to are more than happy to engage in conversation with a Northern stranger.

4. The Unknown

The last time I visited London, I managed to take a wrong turn on the way to Covent Garden, but ended up in the Seven Dials area, which I’d heard loads about on YouTube, but never knew how to get to. It was a lovely surprise to visit an area I’d seen featured in lots of blogger’s videos and to stumble upon by chance. After wandering around the shops, we also found the famous Neal’s Yard, which was lit up with fairy lights and looked so pretty.

5. The Food Choices

The Manchester food scene is good, but London trumps it by a mile. Everywhere you turn there is a chain I’ve heard of and not tried, a quaint little coffee house or a delicious-smelling bakery and I love the amount of choice there is. If I ever move to the capital, I’m sure I’ll be spoilt for choice.

6. Buildings

London architecture is absolutely spectacular, and it never amazes me how many tourists it attracts every time I’m there. One of my favourite roads in the city is Regent Street, as I feel it mixes the old with the new so well by the shops it has there, in the beautiful white buildings that they are housed in.

And there you have the six reasons I love the city so much.

Do you love London too? What is your favourite thing about it?

xx