Berlin

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East Side Gallery

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Sachsenhausen concentration camp

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Street Food, Thursday night @ Markthalle

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Berlin has been a city I’ve wanted to explore for so long, I’ve passed through for the day years ago but it’s been high on the list to visit to do all the museums, eat all the food, drink the beer, visit the shops and experience the nightlife, duh. God bless Ryan Air and their  Black Friday £10 flights and amidst the January back-to-uni blues, we packed our bags and wore all the coats, socks, gloves, hats, knitwear we could find for a lil’ post-Christmas ‘oliday. We ticked off all the landmarks, found a club under the U-Bahn, ate Pretzels and found a couple of gems along the way. I also couldn’t feel my face, fingers or toes for 4 days straight. There’s so much left I want to do so I feel like a trip one Summer will most definitely be needed.

To do:

  • Sachsenhausen concentration camp, for this I have no real words. The holocaust is something that has always interested me but never in my life did I think I’d be able to visit a concentration camp. Chilling, saddening and just a place where everything I did, even use the museum toilet felt inappropriate. A short train from the centre of Berlin, I’m pleased (again, it feels like the wrong word) I had the chance to visit and something I’ll never forget. Very much recommend.
  • East Side Gallery
  • Bundestag (it’s free but prebook!)
  • Museuminsel
  • DDR Museum on the life of living on the East Side of Germany
  • Checkpoint Charlie (I got my Passport stamped cuz I’m a tOuRisT like dat)
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Topography of Terror

To eat:

  • Thursday night, street food from the Markthalle was insane (a whole stall of tofu? holy YES my friend)
  • Snap Natural Fast Food
  • Vegetarian food is generally really good in Berlin (I was surprised!), we can eat!
  • We just ate crackers and guacamole from the supermarket tbh

Areas:

  • Kreuzberg (I’d love to explore more!)
  • Zoologischer Garten (we stayed near here in this hotel which was so cheap and so nice!)

I’m thinking of just moving to Berlin really.


now playing: suffering the war on drugs/like the moon future islands/chateau lobby father john misty/don’t wanna warpaint/don’t let me bring you down laura marling

A day in Paris

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59 Rivoli

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SO I WENT TO PARIS AND CAME BACK IN ONE DAY YESTERDAY SO THAT WAS A THING. I’m in the middle of FMP research at the moment and blah blah blah rambles rambles but I’m doing my project on denim and there was a trade show which would be the best research ever, so off I got to Paris for the day. Catching the 5:40am Eurostar to Paris and the 9pm one back, you could say it was a long day.

Finishing the trade show earlier than I thought, I had a lot of time to explore (so chuffed) (very well planned), so I spent the rest of the day exploring Paris on my one. Featuring me eating a crepe underneath the Eiffel Tower, wandering around the old streets of Le Marais and finding all the vintage shops, stumbling across the Notre Dame (literally, as in looking up and being like OH THAT’S IT!), Arc de Triomphe and walking down that famous road that’s worse than Oxford Street (stopping off at Sephora and Zara on the way like duh). I also stopped off at 59 Rivoli which was AMAZING, an old squat that’s been transformed into artist studios with incredible views of Paris, thank you for the reccommendation Naomi!

French Haribo was bought and Orangina was drunk and I think I actually had the best day ever. The only two times I’ve been to Paris I feel like it’s been really manic and I’ve just been running around, I would love to spend a couple of days there soon and take it chill. Today, my legs hurt.

Also I’ve been wanting to mention this for a while but shoutout to my fave, Charlotte and her wicked bog Blog Socks. If you’re ever looking for new blogs to read she includes such a good variety and I’m SO chuffed she included me last month. Check it aht.


now playing: don’t under estimate the Sugababes Change album, their best one I think

BRIGHTON

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The one really good thing about Sam is that he takes pics of everything so I just take them and pretend they’re mine cuz I’m absolutely rubbish at photography. SO I FINALLY WENT TO BRIGHTON FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER which took a hell of a lot of waiting (aka 21 years), it’s all me and Sam have spoken about so to mark the end of summer we finally visited for a week. To much dismay of all my Southern friends at uni (lmao), ‘you went to the slot machines, didn’t you?’ ER YEAH OF COURSE I DID, and I walked close to the sea and got splashed by a wave. Personal highlight, obviously. I love Brighton, please let me live there one day. Here’s a list of things you already know:

To eat:

  • Boho Gelato
  • Chocolate cake the size of your face at Choccywoccydoodah
  • Dead Wax Social for great beer
  • Loving Hut (amazing veg maybe vegan food)
  • Nooris Indian
  • Fortune of War Pub!

To shop:

  • Diplocks Yard ‘Brighton’s answer to Horrods’ (lots of cool old stuff)
  • Snooper’s Paradise for great knitted ponchos and fun timesz
  • Beyond Retro and any shop at all that says the word vintage
  • Pussy Home Boutique (SO much Moomin)

To visit:

  • The Pavilion which was just out of this world insane, absolutely beautiful
  • Casino cuz that’s how you win ya cash to get a cat tattoo lmao
  • The 2p slot machines because this post obviously shows that I’m just a wild gal with a gambling problem (I don’t I promise)
  • THE WALL OF DOGS, OBVIOUSLY
  • The row of cute beach huts

Also we saw Alfie as in Zalfie and that was just jokes and Sam was proper made up. It rained and it was still the best weekend – there will definitely be more trips when the big smoke gets too, er, smokey.


 now playing: don’t you wait solange/sweet dreamer will joseph cook/waste a moment kings of leon/tescoland jamie t/8 (circle) bon iver

THIS SUMMER

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Aka the best summer ever. No question about it. Here’s a massive list of things I did so that when I’m crying over uni work (believe me, after getting one of my briefs the other day, they will be coming) or when I’m 30 I can read back on this. If I work out how to, I’m going to make it one of those continue reading posts so that it doesn’t take up literally my whole blog. (In kind of chronological order)

  1. Ate Mac & Cheese for days at the Urban Village Fete
  2. We had an ace Eurovision party
  3. …and cleared the garden and actually made it look kinda nice
  4. I got a Nutella Krispy Kreme from the Krispy Kreme dispenser
  5. I somehow ended up working in Rankin’s studio for a couple of weeks working on some shoots! Amazing!
  6. …The shoots were mainly nude shoots so a lot of my time was spent in Soho looking for fishnet tights! Bizarre!
  7. I got a goldfish and it hasn’t died yet
  8. A weekend up in Manchester for Parklife festival seeing Annie Mac which was the best thing ever
  9. I discovered there’s a roof top bar literally 5 minutes away from my house so basically that’s where the rest of my summer was spent
  10. I joined the All Saints summer tour which involved random trips around the UK including Eddie Stobbart’s house with a helicopter pad?!?!!!! View Full Post

I LEFT MY HEART IN CONEY ISLAND

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If you haven’t already gathered thanks to my millions of posts dedicated to it on my blog, I really love the seaside. Like really really. Really. The tackier the better, hand over the slot machines and a stick of candyfloss and I’ll be the happiest person in the world. Whilst stopping in Brooklyn last month, we took a trip on the subway to Coney Island. The most seaside-y town of all the seaside towns I’ve ever been to ever (and I think one of the original amusement parks!), this beats them all. Embracing that classic, retro feel, we spent ages wandering around admiring all the old graphic design, Zoltar told me my future (amazing!) and Mum screamed way too much as we took a trip on Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Ghost Train. We all had hot dogs and the biggest ice cream covered in sprinkles whilst we sunbaths and ate deep fried oreo’s (duh) as we queued up to see the Coney Island Freak Show. It was the most insane seaside dayout and it was AMAZING.

I know it’s lame of me for saying it but I think Coney Island was my favourite part of visiting New York and oh so most definitely up there as one of my favourite places in the world.

I LOVE THE SEASIDE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH.

And on Friday I’m going to Brighton for the weekend and I’m really really excited, please give recommendations!


now playing: uptown girl because they were playing this as we walked along the promenade

williamsburg, brooklyn

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So that was also a thing this summer. We got bargain flights to New York and escaped there for 4 days! We stopped in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the coolest AirBnb ever (there was a jukebox and a pinball machine it was off the scale insane) and spent a couple of days exploring. We visited Coney Island which is now my favourite place on earth but I’m going to save that for a whole other post!!!! We stopped by Meatpacking District, Greenwich and Soho in Manhattan but the majority of our time was spent in Brooklyn. Let me move here, please. The Whole Foods brown boxes and baked tofu are calling my name.

To eat:

Joe’s Pizza and order a whole one!!!!!!!!!! (it’s mahoosive)

Bubby’s in Manhattan

Building On Board in Boerum Hill

Momofuku Milk Bar

 

To do: (In Brooklyn and Manhattan)

Walk to see the sunrise over Manhattan when really jet lagged

Boating in Central Park

The High Line and Chelsea Market

Dumbo Flea Market

Not casually walk through the most dangerous neighbourhood in NYC!!!!!!!!!!!! (That happened)

Artists & Fleas

Shopping down Atlantic Avenue

East River Ferry

Magazine hunting in Soho

Find all the beautiful painted advertisements around Williamsburg (Chanel in an industrial estate? It’s a thing)

VINTAGE. FIND ALL OF THE VINTAGE. And admire the beautiful jewellery along Bedford Avenue

Not go and see Times Square (I actually really wanted to go we just didn’t have time)


now playing: well I actually watched GIRLS all the way there on the flight, which seemed right