My trip to Hamburg Germany was absolutely fabulous guys! Aside from the first day I was there, the weather was sunny and perfect for snapping photos and strolling around. Hamburg is an absolutely beautiful city full of stunning architecture, beautiful canals, and gritty, raw beauty. Let me show you some of my pictures and tell you a little about what I saw and what you can expect! :)
Reeperbahn / Red Light District
Without realizing it, I booked my hostel smack dab in the center of the red light district located in the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg. When I first arrived and took a look around, I was initially quite shocked at how forward the advertisements were for sex and sex related items. Quite literally, I was surrounded by sex clubs, cosplay and novelty shops, and neon lights. At first, I was quite intimidated but there was absolutely nothing to worry about. It was such a lively and fun area and so unique because back in Canada, I most definitely never saw anything like this before. Taking a stroll through the district at night, you can feel the liveliness of the area and the energy it exudes. I suggest taking the opportunity to check out the area especially if you're from a place that isn't familiar with this sort of lifestyle. It's a unique experience to say the least!
This was definitely on my list of must do's and I'm so glad that I went and got to experience it. The Chocoversum offers tours in both English and German but be forewarned, the English tours sell quite quickly so be prepared to book in advance. On the tour, you are taken through the process of creating chocolate from sourcing the beans to packaging and everything in between. It's such a cool experience that allows you the opportunity to create and package your own chocolate bar to take home with you. Bring some water with you because there are several tastings and all that chocolate is wonderful but leaves your mouth a touch dry ;) Lastly, make sure to visit the gift shop at the beginning / end of your tour, it's a chocolate paradise full of all sorts of goodies that I'm sure you'll want to grab something from!
One of the things I love about Europe is that some of the buildings here are so old and so charming, so unlike my city in Ontario where everything has a newer feel to it. The architecture is so amazing, ornate mouldings, juliette balconies, graffiti that gives these buildings a raw and gritty effect etc. just such a beautiful city to walk around and take pictures. Not to mention, there's plenty of canals to stroll along and enjoy the scenery.
As I said, Hamburg is an absolutely beautiful city full of a little something for everyone. There were so many shops, restaurants, and museums around that there was no shortage of things to do. Have you guys been to Hamburg? If so, what did your itinerary look like? I'd love to see your pictures or get your feedback <3
I'm headed to Hamburg Germany next week and I've got a few things on my list that I must see before my trip is over!
This one is at the top of my list. Quite literally, a museum of chocolate where you're taken on a magical tour that takes you through the process of creating the perfect chocolate. There's snacking along the way of course and everything finishes with the opportunity to create your own unique chocolate bar :) I don't eat chocolate often but I'm going to get a good sugar rush during this experience and who knows, maybe I'll find the golden ticket! :p
PHOTO FROM HAMBURG TRAVEL
REEPERBAHN RED LIGHT DISTRICT
Now don't get things confused, I'm not going to be looking for naughty fun in any of the establishments now lol Hamburg has one of the largest red light districts in all of Europe so I can't wait to take a stroll down the colourful streets at night and take in all of the craziness around me. I'm a fan of the nightlife and I just know it will be an experience traversing these streets!
PHOTO FROM HAMBURG TRAVEL
THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT - SPEICHERSTADT
A World Heritage site, this collection of buildings is the largest warehouse in the world that stands on oak pillars. Not only is the architecture superb, there's plenty of things to do here including the Miniature Wunderland, restaurants, Hamburg Dungeon, and boat tours through the canal.
PHOTO TAKEN FROM TRAVEL MAGMA
When considering a trip to Dublin, one might assume that the only attractions out here are the ones that are going to break the bank, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Dublin boasts some amazing attractions that don’t cost a dime and really let you experience the culture and beauty in all its glory. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing things you can do in Dublin without spending a single euro!
Dublin boasts some seriously amazing museums, all of which are completely free of charge and open year-round. Take a trip back in time and experience Dublin’s rich culture and heritage by visiting one of the museums located throughout Dublin including the Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Natural History, or the Museum of Decorative Arts and History. You’ll discover a world of ancient relics or beautiful artwork and find yourself engulfed in thousands of years of history, all completely free of charge.
Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets of the Temple Bar area where crowds gather every night to enjoy good craic. There are photo opportunities everywhere with some notable Irish pubs lining its streets including the Temple Bar pub, one of the most recognized pubs in all of Ireland. There’s no cost to wandering the streets and listening to music as it pours out of the pubs but be warned, you might just find yourself tempted to stop in for a pint!
Looking to discover why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle? Well then you should definitely make time to take a leisurely stroll through Phoenix Park. Being one of the largest recreational spaces in all of Europe, there’s plenty of natural beauty to take in. Whether you’re visiting in spring or summer and get to see lush greenery or visiting in the fall and get to see autumns beauty in full effect, make time to visit and you might even get to see some of Dublin’s local deer pay you a visit!
Photo taken from Wikipedia
Dublin has so much to offer anyone who is travelling on a dime and these are just some of the wonderful things you can do without spending a euro. Plan ahead and you can see them all and more 😊
After an unfortunate turn of events, I had to cancel my trip to Valencia. I couldn't be any more bummed out but I have to stay positive otherwise it'll hit me hard. My next trip will be to Hamburg Germany and I couldn't be more excited. I'm looking forward to being able to use some of that German I've been learning for the past year or so! <3
Of all the things I was looking forward to coming to Ireland, it was the greenery and Irish charm. When you think of Ireland, you think of rolling hills with every shade of green imaginable and small, quaint pubs with live Irish music, singing, and locals coming together in a celebration of culture and community. Although I have been to a few pubs since arriving, I've honestly found Dublin to be very similar to where I was living back home. I mean it's obviously different from Windsor but I have met more people here that are from other countries than actual Irish people.
All of the natural beauty is outside of Dublin and I think that's something I'll have to really take into consideration when the weather starts to cooperate more. I'm thinking I'll take advantage of some of the tours we offer through my work in the summer and head out to see the Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway, and other naturally beautiful places outside of Dublin. Like I said, Dublin is fine but it's left me feeling much like I did back in Windsor. There is something missing for me here in that I expected more from Dublin. You know, I appreciate some of the things about Dublin like the nightlife and architecture of some of the buildings within the city but at the end of the day, it's just another city with lots of concrete and minimal greenery.
The few Irish people I have spoken to are super confused as to why I would have come here as opposed to staying in Canada. It's interesting to me because I think we all get tired of our lives in the places we live and never really stop to consider that people all over the world are probably feeling the exact same way. We all crave new experiences, new places, and new surroundings, and sometimes we arrive somewhere new expecting miraculous things but come to the realization that things are exactly the same but somewhere else.
I am determined to see what I dreamed Ireland to be.
Guys, I have the travel bug! All I can think about is planning trip after trip taking full advantage of the cheap flights and access to Europe I currently have. I have plenty of places I'm looking forward to seeing in the new year beginning with Valencia!
One of the things I am most excited about visiting Valencia is the food! Vegetarian Paella is something I can't wait to try along with all of the fresh fruits and veggies. Most importantly though are the attractions. Here's a few things I'm looking forward to seeing during my trip!
CITY OF THE ARTS AND SCIENCES - A complex filled with several attractions including the largest aquarium in all of Europe and an interactive Science museum. Really looking forward to spending a few hours here!
TOURS TOURS TOURS - There are so many options for tours that include anything and everything you can think of. Historical tours, city tours that involve a paella cooking class, nature related tours etc. There's an overwhelming amount of options and they are all a bit pricey so I'll be looking into them more prior to going!
THE BEACH - Although it won't be warm enough to swim, I'm looking forward to strolling along the beach and taking in the beauty of the ocean. I am terrified of open water but also find the sound of water crashing against the shore so tranquil and calming. Interesting huh?
CATHEDRALS - Based on some of the pictures I've seen online, there are some architecturally stunning cathedrals that I'll for sure have to visit including San Nicolas which is one of the most visibly attractive chapels I've ever seen (in pictures). Check out the pics for yourselves!
Have you visited Valencia? What things am I missing here? Where should I go or what should I see?
I must admit, I knew very little about Nottingham prior to purchasing my flight for super cheap. Now that I've seen it, I wish that my flight package would've included a couple more days so I could take in the beauty and charm of this magnificent city. Nottingham boasts some incredible architecture, an award winning transit system, and links to the Robin Hood lore we've all grown up learning about. There's always something to do here and based on my visit, the nightlife here is excellent. It seemed as though the city was almost more alive at night.
There were a few things I knew I wanted to see in my short time here and they included the Old Market Square, Nottingham Castle, and the City of Caves. If I had had more time, I would've engaged in a Robin Hood Tour which I've read online is super fun and certainly one of the more intriguing things about Nottingham in my opinion. As the time blew passed me and the darkness crept up on me, I missed my opportunity to check out the castle but it turns out it is under construction until 2020 for renovations. So I didn't technically miss out because it wasn't open anyways lol
My first stop was to the Old Market Square which is the oldest pedestrian square still remaining in the U.K. It acts as the heart of the city where many events take place throughout the year and lucky for me, there just so happened to be a Christmas festival taking place. Festive little huts lined the square with a variety of delicious smelling eats and products for sale. There were also rides and games for the kiddies set up as well which was great. It was super busy and so exciting to see all of the people out and enjoy the markets festivities. The usual water feature in the center of the square was converted to an ice rink for all to enjoy. I snatched a mocha from one of the vendors and strolled around browsing goodies and taking photos of the rides and such. Below are some of my pics.
I also made time to check out the City of Caves. Nottingham sits about hundreds of man made caves that have been used for a variety of things over their lifetime including bunkers during the war, pub cellars, and tannery's. For 7 pounds and 50 pence, you can take a guided tour through some of the caves while the tour guide details some of the history and lore surrounding the caves. So super cool walking through some of the caves and seeing some old barrels and living quarters from long ago. Below are a few of my pics.
It had been such a cool experience visiting Nottingham and as I said, my only regret is not having more time but such is the case when you buy discount airfare from Ryanair! You take what you can get and make the most of it!
Make sure to check out my tripadvisor page for reviews on my hotel, where I ate, and the attractions I visited <3
I'm taking my very first trip from Dublin next month and I couldn't be more excited. One of the reasons I was so excited to come to Dublin was the access to other European countries I would have. I've noticed that if you watch the flights everyday, you can find extremely cheap flights to other countries which is exactly what I wanted. With that being said, I found and booked a flight to Nottingham next month without knowing a darned thing about this place. After doing some research, I'm certainly excited to head there. There's plenty of fun things to do and pictures I can't wait to take. Let's take a look at some of the things I'm hoping to get to see in the time that I'm there <3
I'm sure I'll stumble across other things that I'll share with you guys once I spot them but I'm especially excited to see the city of caves. How cool to stand in a system of caves that has been in some ways operational for over 1000 years! Talk about history, that's exactly what I'm talking about.
Expect lots of pictures and stories once I arrive next month <3
Have you been to Nottingham and want to suggest something for me to see or do? Leave a comment or message me on facebook, twitter, or Instagram!
I woke up to the clearest and most beautiful day I could have hoped for yesterday so I knew I had to get out of the house and do something fun. I overheard some guests at the hostel I work at talking about Howth so I started doing so googling and realized it was the perfect place to spend such a beautiful day.
Howth is an outer suburb of Dublin and for only being an hour away, it couldn't be any more different in appearance. It's a quaint, hilly location with rows of beautiful houses lining the streets that wind down along the hillside. Despite being quaint in appearance, it's an extremely vibrant and lively town full of cute little shops, restaurants, and pubs. Howth is an attraction in itself but also boasts some wonderful attractions that you must see including Howth Harbour, Ireland's Eye, and Howth Castle which is one of the oldest inhabited buildings in Ireland! There's so much to see in such a small place, it's a wonderful way to spend a day if you're looking to get away from the hustle of Dublin city center!
My day started with some lovely walking trails full of exactly what I had been missing, nature. Dublin is wonderful but there's no denying the feeling you get when you're surrounded by nature. I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed but it was lovely just to stroll slowly through the paths that eventually led to the city and the harbour. As you can see from my pictures, there was no shortage of greenery with beautiful views overlooking the city and the Irish sea which separates Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Howth Harbour was breathtakingly beautiful. Plenty of cute little restaurants and pubs lining the streets, a wonderful view out into the Irish Sea, and walking trails along the harbour that allow you a closer look of some of the boats and an even better opportunity to stare out into the endless blue before you. VEGETARIANS / VEGANS BE MINDFUL - This is a fishing area so there are plenty of people fishing everywhere as well as most of the restaurants selling locally caught seafood. I was able to find a veggie burger and some pretty amazing chips, but I'd suggest grabbing a bite before heading this way just in case :D
My day ended with a quick walk around the Howth Castle grounds. As the castle is inhabited, they only offer tours to groups and schools for example so there's no access as a tourist. You can still enjoy a walk around the grounds however and from May through September, enjoy a bite to eat at the castle cafe. It's worth taking the stroll around the castle grounds, there's no denying the beauty of the grounds themselves or the castle standing before you. Castles are a perfect way to get a feel for the historical value of a place, there's something so enchanting and magical about a castle, it almost transports you to a time of long ago.
A trip to Dublin must include a trip to Howth. If you're looking for charm, nature, and gorgeous sea views, then Howth is the very place for you to visit <3
Above are some of the photos I took of the church. I won't post all of them otherwise you'd have no reason to go <3
Religious or not, it's important to learn about Dublin's history if you're here and curious as I am. There's no such thing as too much information. One of the things I promised myself when I came was that I would learn as much about this magical place as I could so that when I left, I felt connected to Dublin.
I implore you guys to take the 30 or 40 minutes it takes to wander through the church and learn about its extensive history. Being that it is almost a thousand years old, you can feel the years of history walking into it and it takes you on a journey through a rather tumultuous existence.
St. Audeon's Church is located in Corn Market Dublin 8 and you can contact them by phone at 353 1 677 0088 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lucky Stone photo taken from: bargaintraveleurope.com
All other photos are mine.
The adventures of a LGBT , Vegetarian, Canadian Expat in Ireland.
I'll be sharing everything I encounter and all the fun and exciting things that happen to me in this beautiful country!