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The Doctor Who Experience

While I haven’t grown up with the television show Doctor Who, I did get into the show a couple of years ago and now I would definitely count myself as a fan. Therefore it wasn’t right to not go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, which is the only one of its kind. There are two parts to the Doctor Who Experience, the first part is the interactive part, where you are taken on a little adventure and need to help the Doctor save the universe. It was quite funny and quite enjoyable. My favourite part was definitely going through the forest of weeping angels- scary as hell, but also a lot of fun! That takes about 15-20 minutes (you’re not allowed to film or take photos, so you’ll just have to go by my word). The second part is where you get to have a stroll around the Doctor Who exhibitions, where there is actual set, props and costumes that you can look at, which is also super cool. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed …

England: The Stonehenge

The day after we were officially done with uni for the year, my fellow kiwi flatmate and I decided to do a spontaneous little trip to a few spots across South England. Our first stop, (after leaving Cardiff in the early hours, perhaps still slightly drunk from the night before,) was by train to Salisbury, where we were going to catch a coach to The Stonehenge. Once we got dropped off at the tourism complex, we hopped on a little ‘land train’ up to see the Stonehenge with our complimentary audio-guides around our necks. We spent about an hour or so, listening to the audio guide and wandering around the area surrounding the beautiful stones. When we got there, there just so happened to be a group of Neo-Druids, performing a sun ritual (I think this is what I overheard a woman saying, I’m not 100% sure,) they were dressed in costumes you’d imagine Robin Hood would’ve worn and were chanting within the henge. It was a very strange but interesting thing to witness. Thoughts: …

Winter Wonderland: Cardiff

Leading up to the opening of Winter Wonderland in Cardiff I would walk past the park and see all the different parts being built and lights being hung up and in addition to the pretty Christmas lights and displays in town, it really was beginning to feel like Christmas. Seeing as this was my first Winter Wonderland experience (because I’m used to a  hot summer Christmas,) I was very excited, especially excited for the ice skating rink in fact. I ended up heading to Winter Wonderland twice. Once with just two of my friends, and the second time with the majority of my flat and the flat next door, which was a lot of fun. The highlights included; ice skating, going on the giant swing ride and eating Nutella and banana crepes!

Planes and Trains

3 July 2014 Today was a big travel day for us as we were leaving Germany by plane to go back to Paris and then taking a train down to Limoges. We woke up, had breakfast and then did last minute packing before checking out of our hotel. We still had a few hours to kill so off we trekked with our backpacks and suitcases to do some last minute shopping. We then headed to the big central station to catch the S-Bahn to the airport for our flight. After a bit of trouble checking in luggage, we had a wee bit of a rush (that’s an understatement) to our departure gate- which had changed last minute. The rush also included me forgetting my boarding pass at customs (that was one major freak out I had). Luckily one of the security found me before I had to do the quick sprint all the way back. We finally got on the plane safe and sound and had our super quick flight back to Paris where Catherine …

Chateau de Versailles

For some reason this has been sitting as a draft among my posts and has gone unpublished, so here it is…. finally!   27 June 2014 Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day. The previous time I had been to Paris I hadn’t been able to make it to the Chateau, and after briefly visiting it a couple of days ago I was even more excited to have a look inside. We had purchased tickets online the day before, so didn’t have to line up to get inside. We had to go through a security checkpoint, where we had to put our bags through an x-ray machine and we had to walk through metal detectors. After no hiccups we were free to go inside! The entrance led us out into the courtyard, behind the gold gates. The front of the Chateau is amazing. The gold details stand out beautifully against the dark blue. Once in the courtyard we walked across to the start of the tour. We decided to line up for audio guides, and were …

Day Trip to Schloss Benrath

1 July 2014 [You can watch the vlog version here if it tickles your fancy] On our second full day in Dusseldorf we decided to try our luck with the public transport, so headed out to Schloss Benrath to have a lunch and a walk around the gardens. After embarrassingly missing the first tram we took the next one that came to the Schloss. It took us about 20 minutes by the S-Bahn to get there and we were greeted by cute pink buildings and hungry stomachs. We headed to the cafe for lunch, I had a broccoli soup and a caramel latte (my first, in quite a few days). Then Moana and I had a long walk around the grounds and found ourselves down by the river where we sat down for a snack of chips, bread and cheese. In the late afternoon we headed back into the city centre. We then had a walk around the Altstdat (the old part of Dusseldorf) and along the Ko (the street where all the high end …

Last day in Paris & Flying to Germany

(I apologise in advance, because for some reason WordPress will not let me create paragraphs.) Today was our last day in Paris. The weather was looking pretty terrible so we decided to just hang out at home, post our postcards and finish packing. In the afternoon we hopped in the car and Catherine drove us to Charles de Gaulle airport to catch the plane to Dusseldorf, Germany. On the flight we were given complementary food and drink, so we took advantage of this by getting a small bottle of Rose wine each. The plane ride went by without a hiccup, it seemed like the shortest flight I’ve ever taken. It was interesting adjusting languages. We were now so used to saying “merci,” that the “danke’s” took a while to come out naturally. We caught the S-Bahn to the main train station in Dusseldorf and then tried to find our way to our hotel. This proved harder than expected and we ended up walking around in circles for a bit, so much so that we risked …

Montmartre & The Sacre-Coeur

(You can alternatively, or additionally check out my vlog of the day here) Today was the day that we had put aside for a trip to the Louvre, and after a ride on the RER we hopped out to have a stroll along the Seine in the drizzle. On the way to the Louvre Catherine took us past the Pont des Arts to have a quick look at a photo. The Pont des Arts is the bridge that is full of padlocks. Catherine told us that regularly the bridge gets too heavy and the sides of the bridge fall off into the Seine and have to be replaced, but within a few days the new part will be filled with padlocks again. It was quite cool to see, especially after seeing it numerous time in films etc. After a quick photo we crossed the road to the Louvre. Almost instantly we were astounded by how many people were there and how bloody long the line was! The line stretched from the entrance at the pyramid …