All posts tagged: travel diary

Quake City: A Weekend in Christchurch

So I have a confession to make: Until last week I had never, in 20 years (i.e. my whole life) been to the South Island of New Zealand. Apart from just seven months away last year, I’ve lived in NZ my whole life but had never made it further than Wellington, our capital city at the bottom of the North Island. Finally last week I made it down to the South Island for Georgie‘s 21st birthday celebration. In September 2010 a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the region of Canterbury leaving buildings unstable and people shaken. This was followed by countless aftershocks including a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake the following year in February that caused unimaginable damage, killing 185 people– the second largest natural disaster the nation has seen. Visiting almost 5 years later and never having seen what the city of Christchurch had been like pre-quake was still an incredibly heartbreaking experience. I can still clearly remember sitting in front of the TV screen watching the news the day of the February earthquake, so to …

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 …

Throwback Thursday: Wellington 2013

Back in 2013 I went down to Wellington with my friend Moana to visit our friend who was in her first year studying down in New Zealand’s capital city. In anticipation for my trip down there this weekend, I was flicking through some pictures I took while I was there last time and thought I’d post a few. Can’t wait to get back down there, just two more days to go!

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. …

Update: August 2014

This month has been a very chilled and relaxing month for me. I’ve been spending time on the farm that my aunty works on, pretty much doing nothing (and that’s a good thing). It’s been a lot of meeting new people, millions of cheek kisses and lots of delicious food. It’s crazy to think that in just over three weeks I’ll be waving goodbye to the farm life and going back to big cities for Uni in the UK. These past couple of weeks have been filled with lots of planning for Freshers week in Cardiff, (I am so excited,) finding my fellow flatmates and enrolling etc. It’s definitely making me more and more excited, and I’m already dreading having to leave, despite not even being there yet! I still have a lot to catch up on blogging-wise, it’s difficult without wifi on the farm (I have to drive 10 minutes away to even get 3G), but I’ll get there slowly and surely, especially once I get to Cardiff. Expect posts about Nice, Monaco, more …