All posts filed under: Europe

Throwback Thursday: Farm Life in France

Sitting here with my laptop in front of me and my phone buzzing with Facebook and Snapchat notifications next to me, it’s hard to imagine this time two years ago I was internet-less and phone signal-less for almost two months.   Yep, that’s right. Two years ago I spent three months living on a farm in a little village called Vicq-sur-Breuilh which is just outside of Limoges. I was living with my aunty and uncle and neither of them had the need for internet, so I was essentially disconnected from the inter-webs for quite a while. Initially I wasn’t sure how I would cope. I’d downloaded a whole lot of TV shows to watch, I had a stack of books and helped out my aunty with errands and cooking whenever I could. It was a very different and simple way of life and I actually really enjoyed it. One thing everyone seemed to love was eating and drinking which, if you can’t already tell, is definitely my favourite thing, so I fit right in. Lunch …

It Took Me 3 Days To Get Home! | Vlog

If you remember what I was up to in January this year, you may remember I was making my way home from the UK, and it took me three days! From Cardiff to London, to Paris, to Hong Kong and finally home to Auckland it was a pretty tiring and long journey home. I wrote two blog posts about it, Part 1 and Part 2, but I also had some footage of the long trip which I thought I’d share with you. The very last footage of my Europe Trip. Enjoy tout le monde!

Throwback Thursday: The Louvre in Paris

It’s a throwback to my time in Paris last year! I didn’t realise I hadn’t uploaded any photos of the day Moana and I headed to the Louvre for a day trip. After missing out on the Louvre during our first big(ish) trip to Paris we made sure it was on our to-do list this time around. The line was horribly long in the scorching hot sun, but eventually we got in. I’ve been to the Louvre before, during my previous big trip to France when I was 12, but you can never seen the Louvre in a day, so this time around, as well as seeing some of the obvious masterpieces it was wonderful getting to see the things I missed the last time. I think that now I’m a lot older I also appreciated everything a little more, making it a lot more special. As usual I had to grab the audio (in this case 3D visual) guide, because I always love to find out as much as I can about places and things …

Food Photo Friday #20: Crêpes in Paris

Food: Savoury crêpe/ Consumed at: A little corner bistro in Paris/ Date: June 2014 I know it’s two days late, but oh well, you’ll have to live with it! Here’s a little throwback to warmer days while in Paris last year. If you guys were following me last year, you may have seen my travel posts about my time during Paris. The past couple of weeks I’ve been reminiscing about my Europe trip, so I thought it would be fitting to have a FPF from my time away. This crêpe was enjoyed at a little corner bistro just off from Rue de Rivoli accompanied by a bowl of delicious apple cider. This was halfway through our first full day in Paris. I can’t quite remember what was exactly in my crêpe, but from what I can recall it was a savoury crêpe filled with cheese, ham, spinach and an egg and from what I can remember it was really nice! I’m usually more of a sweet crêpe person, nutella and banana is one of my …

Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of My Life

Yesterday marked the date that I left New Zealand to go on my own 7 month adventure armed with two suitcases, a camera and one of my best friends. It is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, so thanks to some of the photos I posted on Instagram, I thought I’d share a timeline of some of my highlights (this is going to be hard,) of the trip below: This was taken as I farewelled my family goodbye at the departure gate. There were lots of tears, but as soon as I was through those gates I was a ball of excitement! PARIS June and July 2014: Moana and I were shown around Paris by a wonderful family friend. We did a lot of touristy things and few not so touristy things. I love Paris, I visited it quite a few times during my trip. GERMANY July 2014: Some down-time on the plane to Germany really made me reflect and appreciate how lucky I was to be having such …

Travel Wish List: 2016

We may only be four months into 2015, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to begin dreaming up and concocting a travel plan for 2016. This year is a big year for me, I’m in my final year of university and will graduating at the end of the year, which is both an exciting but also very scary prospect. Because of this, along with the fact that I have very little money after my big 7 month trip just a few months ago, I have pretty much decided long distance travel will have to be designated for next year. There are still so many uncertainties about next year, but I’m hoping that I’ll have at least a month next year to fit in a bit of travel mileage. 2016 Wish List: Below are some of the places I’m hoping to get to by the end of 2016 *places that would be awesome, but not necessarily a MUST for me United States: New York City Orlando, Florida Los Angeles San Francisco* Europe: Scotland Dubrovnik, Croatia Ljubliana, …

City in a Snapshot: Paris (4 Day Itinerary)

By no means am I an expert on Paris, but after a few quick trips and a few visits to some of the more famous and touristy attractions, I thought I’d compile a 4 day Paris itinerary for anyone who is going to Paris for the first time, with limited time and knowledge. I’m one of those people who is always really interested in seeing where and what people do in places where I’ve been as well, so if you’ve been to Paris, I’d love to know what you did or would recommend. Here are a few suggestions on what to do and what to see, based on what I’ve done during my past few trips. Unfortunately I can’t recommend any good places to stay as I have almost always stayed with a local, apart from the time I stayed close to the CDG airport between flights. While I’ve been a few times, every time has been a 5 days or under trip, so I’m used to trying to get as much done as possible. …

Food Photo Friday #4: Brunch at Häagen-Dazs

Food: Banana Caramel Crêpe/ Consumed: Häagen-Dazs in Nice, France/ Date: July 27 2014 This post wraps up the first month of Food Photo Friday! Here goes: It was our final day in Nice, so Moana and I decided to treat ourselves to something for brunch before we went on our long train ride back to Paris, so whilst looking around, we stumbled across a Häagen-Dazs and thought we’d be a bit naughty and have ice-cream for brunch. I went for my usual caramel latte and then got the wonderful sounding, Banana Caramel Crêpe. The menu described it as, “a warm crepe, a scoop of Dulce de Leche and a scoop of Banoffee, slices of banana all drizzled with butterscotch sauce, whipped cream and a scattering of caramelised hazelnuts.” How fantastic does that sound?! It arrived looking deliciously beautiful and was unsurprisingly very sweet. It was nearly on the verge of being too sweet, but not quite! There was so much on my plate though, that I wasn’t able to finish it all! Definitely satisfying both …

My Travel Bucket-List: Revisited| How well did I do?

Oh dear, here we go! Before embarking on my big 7 month trip to Europe I set myself a few goals that I wanted to achieve. Now today, I’m going to review them and see how well I actually did. I’m not feeling too optimistic guys…  Be able to hold a basic conversation in French: Because I’m going to be staying in France for around 3 months with an Aunt who knows limited-no English, I’m hoping that this will force me to use what little French I know and develop it a whole heap more. -Unfortunately, I don’t think I can tick this one off. While my understanding of French has definitely improved, my spoken French is still abysmal. I can form sentences in my head that I think make sense, but I think it was a combination of nerves that prevented me from actually speaking them aloud. This is still something I really want to improve before I go back.  Try 9 new foods/dishes: I’m usually quite an adventurous eater, I’ll give almost everything …