BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, CRUISE SHIP AND WARNEMUNDE, DAY 2 & 3

Hello everybody!

This is the second blog regarding my recent holiday on a cruise ship around the Baltics.

After watching Batman and having an early-ish night, we got up pretty early, had a standard continental breakfast at the hotel and boarded the ship by midday. It was pretty manic getting on, but we spent the first few hours exploring, playing mini golf… and eating food!! Pretty much the ideal day. That night we ate dinner and set sail. One thing that really did surprise me, however stupid it may sound, was how HUGE the ship was. No photos give it justice and I forever wonder how it floats. I’m pretty crap at science, but I just don’t get it. It’s MASSIVE.

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Warnemunde was our first stop and was like a beautiful little German Balamory.  When we first hopped off of the cruise ship it looked like a standard port, quite similar to the ones in the UK. But a five minute walk into the little town and it was beautiful. There were different colour boats on the river, a market place, colourful houses and restaurants, traditional German folk music playing and the sun was shining. It’s one of the worlds busiest cruise ports and boy you could tell.

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I think the weather makes a massive difference on trips like these. Having never been on a cruise before, it was really alien to me that we could only spend a few hours in each destination, despite the fact they all offered so much. So I have personally found that the places we stopped off that were sunnier stand out more in my memory. Warnemunde is one of them.

Walking down the river was like Instagram heaven. Every house was different, they were all unique in colour and style, the boats were dotted along the river and every ten meters there was another little dog dodging peoples feet. If I were to use one word for Warnemunde it would be ‘quirky’. A quirky little port full of quaint architecture and funky shops with bars, cafes and restaurants dotted everywhere.

Our first stop was at this cute little café, where I got a diet coke, as per usual and we sat chatting and soaking up the sun. We also visited a little restaurant later to grab a light lunch. As I try to avoid dairy (being lactose-intolerant!) I do sometimes find it hard to pick something from a menu that doesn’t have dairy in it. However, we ordered a pizza and I picked off the cheese- classy as hell, I know- and we (all 9 of us!) shared it.

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One of my absolute favourite things about the cruise was dinner. I love any excuse to get dressed up and I bought several outfits for the cruise. Most nights we booked a table in Tropicana, the slightly more fancy- and free (!)- form of dining. It was quite easy to avoid dairy on the ship from the menu as there were just so many options for food. I can totally see why people say you can just eat the whole time. Everything is just SO yummy. Plus, the wine and beer package didn’t help with the calorie intake! Luckily I didn’t have to drink my prosecco alone, Hollie (holliesfashion.wordpress.com/blog/) was my prosecco drinking partner in crime. The first night I had a pistachio tart and lordy it was insane. The presentation of the food was absolutely stunning.

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If I’m honest, it was completely fantastic. I visited so many amazing places, in some countries I have never been to before.

Warnemunde was a score!

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BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, DAY 1

BALTIC HOLIDAY: COPENHAGEN, DAY 1

Hello everybody!

This is my first blog for a little while and the first of my Holiday Blogs from my Baltic Cruise.

I am writing this now, sat on the Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg in the attempt to distract myself from the sicky feeling I’ve had all day. I’m not sure if it’s making it worse, but I’m gonna use these 3 hours to get these blogs done so they can upload asap! So far I’ve written 2 lifestyle blogs and watched Sing. Yes, I made sure I was sat near the TV so I can watch the Disney Films. I came on as a foot passenger on my own, which I actually found pretty nerve wracking, but I did it. It’s what I like to call “adulting” and it’s generally something I’m pretty crap at! I’m panicking a bit because I have no friggin idea where my luggage was taken but lol we will find that out later! Anyway- onto my first stop- Copenhagen!!

I have never cruised before, so it was a totally new experience to me and I loved it. We started by flying from Gatwick, London to Copenhagen, Denmark. It was a decent flight and the hotel was beautiful! It had big spiral stair cases, lovely arm chairs, beautiful windows and was splat bang in the middle of the city. We dropped off our bags and headed out to a coffee shop.

I took as many pictures as I could without being run over my cyclists- because they were EVERYWHERE. It’s such an awesome system, and I noticed that in other parts of Europe bikes are far more incorporated in the road lay outs. Like our English cycle lanes are put to shame by these! A lot of people were going home from work when we sat in this coffee shop, and it just looked so normal. Guys in suits and a helmet riding bikes, children on the back and the odd bike with a dog in the basket- all on roads. It’s awesome and I think the UK should try a similar tactic. There were barely any cars.

It was a shame we got to Copenhagen later in the afternoon as it meant we had limited time to explore. As a History nerd I tried to reel in the urge to drag everyone to cathedrals, churches and places of historical significance- because I know it’s not everyone’s “thing”. So I didn’t get to see the Little Mermaid, but I guess that means it’s an excuse to go back!!

We went back to the hotel, got changed and went to a very nice (and scarily expensive) Steak House. I had a burger and it was delicious. And totally huge.

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The whole day of travel meant that Jack ended up not feeling too well in the evening, so we did something I think started off our holiday perfectly. Other may disagree. We watched Batman in bed. I feel like sometimes exams, jobs and ultimately the pressure put upon students to earn lots in the summer meant that Jack and I were shattered. We had had no break between exams and summer work and Jack in particular was working crazy long hours. So that first night of good sleep and watching a film was perfect.

Day 1: mostly travelling, taking pictures, watching Batman and getting a good night sleep!

Hope you enjoyed reading- the rest of the holiday blogs will be uploaded soon!

Top 8: Things I am looking forward to this Summer

Top 8: Things I am looking forward to this Summer

It’s officially Summer! That means BBQ’s, beach days, bikinis and knobbly bobblies!

This is just a little post to discuss the things I am most excited about this coming Summer. There is something about Summer that makes everyone seem happier. Life just seems to have more of a buzz to it. Plus it’s friggin beautiful this time of year. If you’ve visited my blog before (hello, old friends!) then you’ll know I LOVE living by the beach. If not (welcome!)- it’s my favourite place in the whole world. So Summer, to me, revolves a large amount around the salty aired, chip smelling, seagull full seaside of the South Coast of England.

So here we go, the Top Ten Things I am excited for this Summer:

  1. A Cruise around the Baltics
  • 3 weeks! I am so excited to go. I have never been on a cruise, but from what I hear it’s food, trips, food, relaxation and more food. Which is funnily enough right up my street (me being a big old foodie anyway!) My Grandparents always try and come back the same, or less in weight by walking round the cruise ship frequently throughout the cruise. And by that I mean they do laps. When I first heard this I thought it was a bit excessive, but having discussed it with others- the cruise ship food sounds dangerously appealing! For the sake of my 8th aim for the summer (getting fit and healthy)- I may adopt this habit in the hope of coming back the same size!
  1. My Mini French Break
  • After my cruise (ooh sounds rather fancy written down J), I have a little bit of a manic switch around, where I am getting on the vomit comet from Portsmouth to Cherbourg the next day to join my family in France. This I am absolutely buzzed for.
  • Every other year we go away with my family to lovely houses in France, and this year I am missing a large chunk due to being on a cruise. This is sadly the consequences of growing up, being an adult forces you to make crappy decisions. (Obviously I am aware that of all crappy decisions, choosing between and a cruise and beach side holiday in France is a pretty decent one!).
  • So I will spend a few days in France, hopefully doing what we do best. That’s playing cricket, drinking wine, singing loudly to songs from 30 years ago, competitive playing of cards for pure pride of winning and taking it in turns to cook a meal (MasterChef style). Along with pretending to be fluent in French, treating the Carrefour as a day trip and roasting marshmallows on the BBQ.
  1. Getting my Puppy (a Goldendoodle)
  • We have literally been talking about getting another dog for years, but its finally happening! We are bringing our little afro ball of pure blonde fluff home after our holiday. I am so excited to see how she gets along with Jim, to buy all her PINK things, choose new toys and have a dog that fetches! Jim is a border terrier, and lordy he is a sweetie… though retrieving has never been his thing. He’s more of a throw the toy for me, I’ll chase it and then rip it to shreds kind-of-guy. I’m also super buzzed to have puppy cuddles. Eek, even thinking about it I cannot wait!IMG_3207
  1. Moving into my new Flat in Leamington
  • I think this next (and final- omg help me) year of University could be the best. I am going to be living with my best friends, in a little flat in Royal Leamington Spa. Besides the obvious living with my best friends and literally having a bestie sleep over every night, I am excited for all the little things. A clean home (hopefully!), candles, car sharing, movies in eachothers beds, getting ready for nights out with each other, eating meals together and being able to walk to the room next door when I realise (as I do every 5 minutes with my history degree) that I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s just going to be FAB.
  1. Decorating my home room
  • I recently decorated my room, a soft pink and I cant wait to add some final touches. At the moment I am OBSESSED with flamingos and I am constantly on Not On the Highstreet looking at inspiration. I love all things flamingo, cactus, pineapple and fluffy. So I’m having a field day searching for things to add to my room. I am getting some new shelves and a new bed.
  1. Our London Get-Away
  • For Jack’s birthday I bought him a trip to London and I have several ideas (no concrete plans yet- which I actually find more exciting!). One at the top of my list is Sketch- a centre for food, art and music. Every so often a new artist is allowed to totally revamp the restaurant, to recreate it in their own way. And OMG it looks insane. I’ll insert some pictures because hell-to-the-yeah I am going there.sketch 2sketch loosketch
  1. Days by the Beach
  • Need I say more. I love it. I drag Jack there all the time. We go to the arcade, we eat ice cream and we walk for miles chatting about what ifs.IMG_2850
  1. Getting fit and healthy
  • Membership- yep. Have I been much- nope. Need to work on the last bit, but baby steps! I have felt so much better being at home, with regards to my diet. I just feel that when I’m exam stress free I eat better. So getting fit and healthy is something I’m super excited about.