Saturday, 8 December 2012

Summer 2012 Travel Blog - Venice

Wednesday 11th July, 2012

We arrived in Venice early in the morning, it felt great to be on Italian soil, I was so excited. We found Dave on the platform and he told us that he knew how to get to PLUS Jolly so we thought great we will just follow him. He had NO IDEA how to get there and so in the end I just asked someone and it turned out to be quite complicated. We had to take the little 'people mover' haha to an island called Tronchetto where a coach picked us up and took us to the complex IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Anyway the reception was quick and we got our keys straight away, dumped our stuff in our cute little cabin and headed for the supermarket to get food. We met a lovely boy from California who was travelling alone and so we invited him to come sight seeing with us! 

Kate in our Venesian Palace :)
Kate fell in love with Venice, I have been before but I will always admit it is mind blowing  it is so beautiful. We wandered around all the back streets and dark winding alley ways with no map completely lost but we all agreed that this was probably the best way to really experience Venice.

These are some of the hundreds of photos we took in Venice, everything was soo beautiful I just could not stop snapping away! It was very very hot and stuffy and we all thought we might die of dehydration so we decided we had seen enough of Venice and had a little rest in the shade with some proper Italian gelato yuummmm!
It took us a while to get back to the hostel as we got as lost as we did coming into Venice. Eventually we got back to the 'people mover' and unfortunately we had just missed the next bus back to complex (if you ever stay at plus hostels ALWAYS plan your day around the shuttle times!) we had to wait a good hour. Until...we were sat down on the side chatting to a few Americans who had also missed the bus and an Australian man came over, he was the leader of a Australian travelling group staying at PLUS hostels and were asking if we were waiting for him. We lied at first trying to hitch a ride but he laughed and told us we had to be Aussies! Haha but our luck was in when there were a few extra places on his bus so in the end things turned out even better with a free ride with a whole bunch of hot young Aussies fresh from down under!

We decided to hit the pool and had a really nice time relaxing and playing games. The PLUS hostel in Venice is a great place to stay as long as you don't mind being far away from the city centre, there's plenty to do on the complex, the pool, the restaurant, the bar and supermarket provide everything you need! Later that night we headed to the restaurant for dinner and the food was lovely for a really good price, not expensive at all! Me and Kate decided to get an early night as we had to be up for 8am in order to start our VERY LONG journey down the Greece.

A very short stay in Venice but really all you need is one day to explore, definitely worth a visit, you will fall in love. 

Next it's away from the cities to the beautiful Greek island, Corfu!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Summer 2012 Travel Blog - Munich

Sunday 8th July, 2012 

Early in the morning Kate, Will and I set off to get the train to Munich, it wasn't too crowded and after Prague's antics we all slept most of the way. Wombats hostel was just around the corner from the train station which was fantastic! I would definitely recommend staying at the Wombats Hostel in Munich it is very close to the train station and only a short walk from the city centre. There are good facilities including an awesome chill out area with hammocks and comfy beds to have a midday nap on! Kate, Will and another Canadian we met whilst moving in named Dave and I decided to go to an Australian bar recommended by the hostel to watch the tennis final. At first glance I liked the city of Munich but didn't get to see much of it until descending into the basement Australian bar. We all ordered huge burgers and watched Murray loose Wimbledon. After a rest and shower we went down to the bar in the hostel. 

Kate and I at Wombats Hostel Bar, Munich
After meeting lots of friends including 3 Dutch boys, 2 American girls and 2 American Boys we all decided to hit Hofbraeuhaus, a huge famous beer garden in Munich. It was so much fun and lots of interesting conversations were bouncing around the table about beer, culture, ther german language, american politics haha all sorts! We all wanted to go out clubbing but nobody really knew where and we all ended up back at Wombat's Hostel Bar which was a good laugh anyway. 

Monday 9th July, 2012

Up and out early! We had decided to dedicate today to visiting the first ever concentration camp in Dachau. We caught the metro, a train and a transfer shuttle bus to the camp, it didn't cost that much and the shuttle bus was free which was great! We also paid 2.50 euros for audio guides which were totally worth it as they went into a lot of detail about every individual aspect. As many of you can probably imagine the concentration camp was a very strange place to visit, I would like to say it was a 'good' experience but I would definitely be using the wrong adjective. The whole day was very educational but also very very moving, you could feel the deep emotion everywhere. There was an eerie feeling in the air, you could feel a strong sense of torture, suffering, pain and death all around you. I feel like I understand a lot more about the concentration camps in which Jews were imprisoned and how they operated. We experienced walking through the "shower rooms" which were actually the gas chambers in which thousands of innocent Jews were killed. The original buildings, the same walls, floors and doors they saw. The original trays which the soldiers pushed the poison into the room through. We also saw the original crematoriums, the rooms were they slept or the 'bunkers' the cells and much more. We visited the churches and the museums, the whole day was draining but definitely worth it. 

Kate and I exploring the camp, Dachau

Later that day, we hit the hostel bar and guess who I found? The SOUTH LONDON BOYS we met in Prague! Ran over to Dave and was like heeeeeeeeeeeeeey! He was in disbelief, I don't think he spoke a word for at least a whole minute of looking at me haha! Introducing them to everyone we sat down and had a few chilled out drinks. We decided to visit Augestina, another huge beer garden in Munich. Kate, Will, Myself, a guy from South Africa called Nick who we met at the hostel and the two American boys from the first night who we learnt were from Colorado all discussed Tomorrowland around the table full of litres of beer! Nick kindly informed us he had bagged a free ticket and we were all so JEALOUS! 
We all got a little bit excited about tomorrowland and all wanted to go clubbing so we found a club on the map and set off! The youngest American boy didn't have ID so we lost them and it ended up just Kate, Will, Nick and I. We all had a really funny night dancing to all the old ridiculous songs with  the local Munich party people! Unluckily someone stepped on my dodgy ankle and that was the end of the night for me as I could barely walk! I hobbled around a little but it was no use, I was in pain, in the end, Nick offered to carry me and I jumped on his back and enjoyed the work out! Some ice eased the pain and it was straight to bed for me and my bad ankle! :( We had to say goodbye to Will as he was leaving for Vienna in the morning without us! :( So it was good nights, take cares, hugs and kisses to Will xxxxxxx

Kate in the English Garden's, Munich
Tuesday 10th July, 2012

I hobbled around the English Gardens alllllllll day long but I actually enjoyed myself, the gardens are HUGE and so peaceful and tranquil. I had the best chill out day with Kate my bestieee :) We walked to the Chinese Tantrum and sat in the shade munching on ice cream. PERFECTION! 

Kate and I, English Gardens, Munich
That evening we chilled out and did some research to find a sushi place nearby as we were both massively craving! Finally we got one and set off, it was the best treat ever! I had never felt so content haha, it was reasonably prices and really good sushi.. nom nom nom! 

All we had to do after dinner was head back to the hostel and hang out before it was time to leave for the train station. Night train to Venice here we come!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Get to know me tag!

Hey lovelies! 

I have read many blogs which have done this tag and I thought just how perfect it would be for me as I am new to this whole blogging scene. Don't get me wrong I have been reading beauty blogs for yeaaaaarssss but only just plucked up the courage to be writing one myself, little old me putting myself out there, how ridiculous! I'm currently writing all about my summer adventure so check out my Travel posts if you love to travel just like me! So here goes guys, you're about to 'get to know me'! 

1. Are you named after anyone? I don't think I am, I remember something about my dad saying they got my name off a film (charming) and just liked the sound of it and that was that really.
2. When was the last time you cried? I don't cry a lot but I have just started university a long long long way away from home and it has made me quite emotional sometimes!
3. Do you have kids? No.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? What a strange thing to think about but yes I'm sure I would, I always try my best to be kind and thoughtful towards others and I would like to think I'm fun to be around, except in the morning. 
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Yes I do, especially Yorkshire sarcasm which not many people down here understand... awkward.
6. Will you ever bungee-jump? Yes yes definitely yes.
7. What's your favorite cereal? Weetabix with lots and lots of sugar!
8. What's the first thing you notice about people? I notice someones posture, body language and how they present themselves to others. Eye contact is also important, I find it rude if people don't look at you whilst talking to you.
9. What is your eye colour? Blue
10. Scary movie or happy endings? Depends what mood I am really, I love a scary movie to get my adrenaline running but then instantly regret it after when I'm too scared to leave my room incase there's someone in the flat that's going to kill me. I love happy endings too though and I ALWAYS cry. 
11. Favorite smells? Fresh cut grass, soap and glory (especially Hand Food) and CHOCOLATE.
12. Summer or winter? Summer. I love the outfits you can pull of during the summer. Winter is nice but I only like being cosy and warm inside looking at the frost outside because I just hate being cold.
13. Computer or television? Computer - I can watch TV on the computer, but not the other way around.
14. What's the furthest you've ever been from home? Probably during my eurotrip when I went down to Greece as I was with my best friend not my family so therefore metaphorically home felt so much further.
15. Do you have any special talents? I can speak Italian and dislocate my hip? 
16. Where were you born? London.
17. What are your hobbies? Playing football, (haha yes you can laugh) eating chocolate, reading blogs and watching youtube beauty videos and trying to figure out what I want to be in this world!
18. Do you have any pets? Back home I have a dog and I miss her very much!
19. Favorite movie? A very very very very short list would be: Wild Child, Scrooge (only at Christmas), Fame, All Sex in the City's. 
20. Do you have any siblings? Yes an older brother.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy and successful in every way possible; including my career and my personal life.
I tag anyone who hasn't done this and who wants to do it :)

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! 

Elle xxxx

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