J’aime Paris

The news of the Paris shooting yesterday was too close to home and deeply saddened us. Only last week, we were on the Champs-Élysée taking in the sights. We were posing in front of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. It is an amazing city and our first visit left us wanting for more. Too short a time – 2 days in Paris.

I will be writing more about our tour of the city but for now I leave you with a few images of the beautiful city of Paris.

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The Eiffel Tower

 

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Roue de Paris

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre-Dame Cathedral

 

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The view from the summit of the Eiffel Tower

 

Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Arc de Triomphe

 

The Pyramid at the Louvre
The Louvre, Paris

Things To Do on A Short Trip To London

England’s capital is one of those places you can visit over and over again and still not manage to do everything you set out to do. With so many amazing attractions in this bustling city, you may find it difficult to squeeze them all into one trip, which is why I’ve picked out the most exciting attractions to help you organise your itinerary for a long weekend away in London. I find that making use of online resources is most definitely the way to go when planning your trip, as not only can you discover exactly what attractions appeal to your personal tastes, but you can also take advantage of plenty of discounts when booking online, and even try out exciting pursuits such as casino games, before sampling the real thing. Take a look at my top picks, and ensure your trip to London is packed to the brim with exciting events.

 

Horrible Histories

London is steeped in history and not all of it is pretty! As the capital, it has seen its fair share of torturous punishments to those who defied the laws of the land through the ages. If you are intrigued by the gruesome history of London’s past, visit book the London Bridge Experience and experience 2000 years of history in one spectacular, and horrifying tour. This entertaining tour is not for the faint hearted so prepared to be spooked by real life historic tales, and some ghoulish entertainment courtesy of the talented actors of the multi award winning London Bridge Experience. For more information, take a look at the London Bridge Experience Website.

Exciting Nightlife

One of the best things about London is it’s night life, so don’t scrimp – make sure you have plenty have cash to see you through the night. A fantastic way to enjoy a thrilling evening of live entertainment and games is to visit the UK’s biggest casino, The Hippodrome. With three gaming floors, an underground casino, and a live music and cabaret bar, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to a fun-filled night of entertainment. If you’ve never been to a casino before and are a little nervous that you may not know how to play some of the games, casino you could try out some online games on a site like Betway before you go, so you will feel confident enough to enjoy the real thing.

 

The London Eye

What better way to see the whole of London than from an ascending glass bubble that takes you 135 metres into the air? Enjoy the bird’s eye view and learn more about the sights you pass through the interactive screens available in each capsule. The binoculars provided are a great way for younger visitors to get a closer look at the features of historic landmarks, and the breathtaking views will perhaps give you some inspiration as to what attraction to visit next. Get a personal point of view of a family trip on the London Eye, here.

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Fall In Love With Rome This Spring

If you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a cultural city break, you can’t go wrong with Rome. This stunning city has been enthralling visitors for years and it continues to charm with its dazzling sights and rich history. If you’re visiting Rome this spring, here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with this magnificent gem.

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The sights

There’s nowhere quite like Rome. Visiting the Italian capital is like taking a step back in time. Meander the narrow streets and you’ll experience a unique ambience. There’s a strong sense of history and you’ll feel like you’re living in the days of emperors and gladiators. Rome has a lengthy list of must-sees, so it’s best to be organised. The good news is that this is one of the most pleasant places on earth to take a walk. You’ll plod for miles without even realising it.

 

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All the main sights in Rome are within easy reach of the centre, with the exception of Vatican City. If you have two or three days, leave yourself a full day to venture out of the metropolis and tour St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. On the others days, you can easily combine the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. Visit the infamous Colosseum, before taking a stroll around the Forum. Keep your guide book handy, so you can read up on the fascinating history of the stunning architecture. When booking accommodation, look for central hotels. If you’re staying for more than a few days, it’s worth searching for holiday apartments in Rome.

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The food

Nowhere does food like Italy. On your trip to Rome, take advantage of the indulgent cuisine and sample all the traditional delicacies. Order fresh pizzas and enjoy long, lazy al fresco lunches. Sip on Limoncello and treat yourself to the beautiful gelato. Give yourself plenty of time to choose. You’ll be greeted with huge counters, containing hundreds of different flavours. In the evenings, eat like the locals and order a meat or fish dish and a rustic plate of pasta. Wash it down with a hearty glass of red. Try to avoid restaurants located next to the tourist hot spots. They tend to charge premium prices and the quality may not be as good. Look for traditional eateries and always go for places that are packed with locals.

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Here’s How To Have A Fantastic Honeymoon

 

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It can be hard when you are deciding where to go for your honeymoon. You need to think about how you want to spend the first week or two of married life. It’s an exciting time as you can celebrate becoming Mr & Mrs, and finally, relax after months, if not years, of planning! Here’re the best ways to have a fantastic honeymoon that you and your new hubby will never forget.

 

Let them know you are honeymooners

 

If you tell the hotel that you are planning to go to that you are honeymooners; they are very likely to leave a nice surprise for you when you get there. When you book your hotel, make sure you tell the travel provider why you are going on holiday. They could potentially give you a discount. And when you get there, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out you have been upgraded rooms. Or they may just leave you some lovely fruit, chocolate or wine as a kind gesture!

 

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Relaxation

 

What you need to have the perfect honeymoon is to be able to relax and chill out after all the stress of wedding planning. Try and choose a beautiful location where you can do nothing but chill and relax for a week or so. The best way to do this is go for somewhere which has a beach and pool. Research online and chat to your travel agent about where the best beaches are that they offer. A lot of hotels now provide spa services which will mean you get to chill out with a massage or facial. They often do couple massages too so you can go in together.

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Alone time

 

You need to make sure that you have a perfect honeymoon where you and your new husband get to spend some quality time alone. You should consider whether you want to stay at a hotel or look at some self-catering options. Staying self-catering means that you have an idyllic honeymoon where nobody will disturb you at all. Also, if you have got married while abroad, you need to make sure you go off for a separate honeymoon just the two of you. You can’t have a romantic time with your parents there!

 

Enough to see

Although sitting on the beach is great for a while, you and your new husband may want to go and explore. Try and choose somewhere for your vacation which will allow you to relax, but go and look around the area too. For example, holidays to Cancun will mean you can enjoy the beach, but there also plenty to look at.

 

Something unique

To have the perfect honeymoon, you should consider going on a vacation which you haven’t been before. Whether this is to a new country or even going on a cruise, it’s the perfect time to splash the cash and try something new. Your honeymoon is likely to be one of the most expensive holidays you go on (before you have kids) and so you should make it unforgettable.

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Remember whatever you do, as long as you both are together, it will be fantastic!