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Travelling home (Part 1): Cardiff to Paris

I can’t remember a time when I’ve dreaded saying goodbye so much. I’ve never been great with goodbyes, but having to say goodbye to my flatmates in Cardiff was literally one of the saddest and hardest things I’ve had to do in a while. It’s crazy to think that just over the course of four months I would consider these wonderful people my second family. After saying my goodbyes, I was in for a long and tiresome trek back home to Auckland. One coach ride, and three plane rides, I was in for three days of non-stop transits and travel. Cardiff to London: I left Cardiff just after midday on the coach to Heathrow Terminal 4. Just half an hour after leaving Cardiff, all my friends texted me telling me it had started snowing in Cardiff, so typical. I had been hoping for snow the entire time I’d been there. After a three and a half hour bus ride, and then a quick stint on the Heathrow Express, I arrived at Terminal 4 Heathrow, checked …

Le Petite Train in Nice | Vlog

On our first day in Nice we thought a good way to explore Nice would be by going on a ride on the Petite Train that departs from Promenade des Anglais. I’d done the ride before and had loved seeing the view from the top of the hill, so I thought Moana might enjoy it too. Here’s a  quick vlog of our little trip on the train and a few photos too!

National Museum Cardiff

I was pleasantly surprised by the National Museum Cardiff. My main purpose for going was that I’d never been there in the four months that I’d been living in Cardiff and felt like it was almost a necessary thing to do. What I really loved about it was the layout. The natural history part of the museum was laid out in a clear, easy-to-follow path, so that there was no aimless wandering trying to figure out where to go next or where you were. It made the whole experience really relaxing and enjoyable, as you could just stroll along the path and look at everything without accidentally missing something. Cardiff also have an impressive art collection on the second floor. There is a range of Monet’s work, along with some of  Renoir’s, Picasso’s and a Van Gogh and Magritte too. We spent a lot of time admiring the art. I would highly recommend the Cardiff Museum if you are ever in Cardiff. It’s not too big and easy to navigate around, another perk is that it …

Chateau de Versailles| Vlog

Last year while in Paris I visited the Chateau de Versailles, which was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. The palace and its grounds are stunning and the whole experience felt so surreal and as if I was inside a movie. I wrote a blogpost about it here, accompanied by photographs, but below is a vlog of the day, where I’ve compiled bits of footage I took whilst visiting the palace! Hope you enjoy!