Happy New Year and new decade! In true tradition, I am here to recap on some of my favourite things of the year (read: travel, food, cocktails and bucket list activities that have finally been crossed off!). What an awesome year 2019 has been. Full of wonderful memories, pinch-me moments (yes, Yosemite really is THAT mesmerising) and discovering countless of new delicious dishes, this year has made me feel even more fortunate about where I am at the moment. Like with everything, there have been some ups and downs as life likes to throw a little bump on the road sometimes. However, I’m one to believe life is about balance, and there’s always plenty of positives that counteract the moments we feel most vulnerable about. And 2019 has been full of of them.
Here’s a look back at our 2019 highlights. I hope you had just as much fun as we did!
With a weekend escape to Scotland’s biggest city on our agenda (and no, I’m not talking about its capital, Edinburgh), Sam and I were extremely excited to discover a little more about Glasgow, particularly the West End of Glasgow. Full of bohemian personality, incredible gothic architecture and a huge list of hot spots (food alert everyone!), Glasgow’s West End is one of the best parts to explore and stay in. After quickly settling in and dropping our bags, it took us no time to go out and explore the cobbled streets and marvel at the beautiful Victorian Houses. With everything in a walkable distance (a bonus when the Scottish weather brings a fair few showers), I couldn’t help but put together a little list of recommendations for everyone that’s heading to gorgeous Glasgow’s West End.
Here’s our travel guide to Glasgow’s West End – enjoy!
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow couldn’t be more different to the winding cobbled alleys, green cliffs and medieval architecture of its eternal rival Edinburgh. Once heavily industrialised, the Scottish city has long forgotten its grey past and has completely transformed into the blooming cultural hub that it is now. It will come as no surprise that Glasgow was recently named the top cultural and creative centre in the UK by the European Commission.
One of the creative initiatives by the Glasgow City Council that provides an excellent way to explore the city is the Glasgow City Centre Mural Trail, an unmissable display of graffiti works by local and international artists that bring to life the once empty façades. This is perhaps one of the most attractive ways of discovering Glasgow’s buzzy charm.
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If there’s a way of really experiencing the authentic flavour of a place, it’s indeed through the eyes of a local. Walking tours, bike tours, hop-on hop-off buses and boat tours offer a fantastic way to see the best of an unfamiliar city. But what about experiencing your own town?
Having lived in London for the last 3 years, I’d never actually got around to grabbing a bike for the pure joy of exploring the capital. We often get stuck into the routine wandering and commuting, and although there’s always something to do in London (and I’ve got a long London bucket list to prove this), playing proper tourist is somehow left to the times where we get out of town.
So when Baja Bikes got in touch and proposed exploring London from a completely different perspective, I said yes without thinking it twice! To say I was pretty excited to somewhat rediscover London (and ticking the bike ride box too) is an understatement. Even Sam, who commutes to work by bicycle, was eager to explore more of the city on two wheels. So, come on and grab your bike (and helmet) – we’ve got some sightseeing to do…
If you’re planning a trip to Prague, you’re in the right place. I’d heard loads of beautiful things about the Czech capital from both locals and tourists and it’s safe to say I was really looking forward to visiting! Now, after spending five marvellous days in the “The City of a Hundred Spires” (there are a lot a viewpoints all over the place!), I can truly say Prague has become one of my favourite cities in the world. What’s not to like? Prague is a museum in itself. It’s medieval, charming and full of history around every corner (most of it is a UNESCO World Heritage site). Plus, if you love coffee and/or beer, this is your place to be! And don’t even get me started on the amazing food. Absolutely delicious.
So of course, how could I possibly go to Prague and not include my favourite parts and recommendations for you all? Here are my top tips on things you must do in Prague.
With a strategic location overseeing the city of Prague and the Vltava, Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad)is not only the biggest castle in the world but also the most important landmark in the Czech Republic. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the grounds of Prague Castle are home to significant historical buildings connected by picturesque squares and alleys. Its origins are linked to Prince Bořivoj in the 880s and historically served as residence to the Kings of Bohemia. In 1918, Prague Castle became established as the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.
Over the years, the castle and grounds have undergone several changes and expansions, creating a walled architectural complex containing buildings of all kinds. The grounds are home to religious including St. Vitus Cathedral and government buildings including The Old Royal Palace to exhibition halls, museums and antique shops. This makes it one of the best ways to see the capital’s development throughout the years. Of course, I’ve put a little itinerary together to help you see the best of what Prague Castle has to offer.
The Regent’s Canal walk is one of the most beautiful ways to explore London. Hidden within the bustling streets just north of central London, there’s a blissful heaven of calm waters, rows of trees and colourful boats. Surprisingly the Regent’s Canal walk remains one of London’s best kept secrets, unknown to many tourists.