The Quaint Town of Nessebar

Hi guys! Apologies for being M.I.A the past few weeks. To be honest with you all I haven’t been doing anything worth blogging about other then studying for exams and working. But my exam period is over and my summer holidays have begun! The plan is for there to be one blog post weekly that will be published every Monday between eight and nine in the evening U.K. time. However, depending on where I am and wifi connection this may change. If you don’t want to miss a post then you can subscribe via email and trust me, i have lots of fun things planned that ARE worth blogging abut this summer that you wont want to miss so stay tuned!

Anyway, onto the actual post…

For the past few days I have been in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria! We’re in a resort so there’s not a lot to blog about, however we did take a trip to the old town of Nessebar. Sunny Beach is a man made resort area on the east coast of Bulgaria. From here you can see the old town of Nessebar that sticks out as if it’s it’s own little Island.

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The quaint town is covered in cobbled streets and churches. We took a walking tour around the town and saw five churches but there are several more in the town. The first church we visited had lots of posters outside the entrance which were dedicated to the people who had passed away. We wondered through the grand entrance and no photography wasn’t allowed so I pretended to take a mental picture and a woman walking past me yelled ‘NO’ at me. Inside, the church was full of gold and silver valuables. There was an area for candles where you could light them and place them on one of two shelves. One was dedicated to the living one was dedicated to the dead. We didn’t go inside the other churches but each one had a story.

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The town is built on sand dunes which makes it significantly more hilly than Sunny Beach. This makes the evenings in Nessebar much warmer because there is less wind blowing through the buildings from the coast. While walking around, certain areas reminded me of ski resorts in Sweden and Switzerland because of how nordic they looked. There were hardly any cars driving around the streets which made the streets feel quiet and peaceful.

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At the end of the tour we headed into a restaurant by the port and had traditional Bulgarian food of yogurt and jam. The town is very quaint compared to Sunny Beach which is just touristy. It’s a good way to escape the hustle and bustle of busy Sunny Beach and well worth a visit.

Peace Out Guys x

 

 

Easter Adventures in Puerto Banus

 

Over Easter I spent a few days in Marbella Spain with my family. The flight to Spain is around two and a half hours so we landed in Spain at around 9:30 in the morning. We had a car hire and headed off out of the airport to our apartment courtesy of air bnb. The apartment was nice and modern with a shared pool and small garden. It was a short walk into Puerto Banus from the apartment and a short drive in the other direction to Marbella.

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Puerto Banus is popular for its yachts and sports cars. The main feature of the town is the marina that stretches right out onto the seafront. Down the road that runs along side the marina are countless restaurants, cafes and bars and lots of designer shops. Quite a few sports cars are parked down the marina and occasionally you’ll see one driving down the main street with it’s roaring engine trying not to run anyone over.

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The other town we headed to was Marbella which feels bigger than Puerto Banus. Theres a stretch of road that runs along the beach front where we sat and had brunch in front of the ocean. It was quite windy on the beach but I still managed to get sun burnt.

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Most of the time we spent in Spain involved laying on the beach and going out for meals, it was very chilled. On one of the days we headedto Gibraltar which is in an hour drive from where we were. If you want to read more about our day trip to Gibralatar check out my other blog post: Day Trip to Gibraltar

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For more on the Spanish adventures follow this link

I hope you enjoyed the small insight into Puerto Banus and Marbella, comment below your favourite places in Spain to visit so i can check them out! Peace out guys! x

Day Trip to Gibraltar

For the past few days I have been sunning it up in Puerto Banus, Spain. On Thursday we trekked a little further south crossing the border into Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a very small, very British country that is connected to Spain. When I say it’s very British, I mean it has the same bins, the same pavements, the same street signs. It’s weird to see honestly.

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Whilst we were in Gibraltar we went up the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s the first thing you can see when you’re driving across the boarder. A small cable cart runs up and down the rock. It takes six minutes to get to the top. At the top is a restaurant and we sat and had hot chocolate while looking over the coast of Gibraltar out on to the horizon. Theres also a whole load of monkeys up on the rock. They are fed by the staff but that doesn’t stop them scavenging for food. Whilst we were up there this guy got a tissue out of his pocket and the monkey followed him for ages.

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We wondered out the streets for a little bit. It was rainy and cloudy (just like in Britain). The cobbled streets are filled with gift shops and small cafes. When you get to the main streets there’s a costa coffee, a Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop and a Marks and Spencers. It’s so weird.

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I enjoyed Gibraltar, it’s another country to scratch of my scratch map however, I don’t think i’d go back. There’s not a lot there and what is there is very British anyway!

Peace out guys x

Interrailing Through Europe

In the summer of 2017 Angel (my boyfriend) and I travelled through Europe with nothing but a backpack, some money of course and an Interrail pass. Before we left we had done most of the planning such as the route and where we were going to stay. However, there are somethings you just cant plan for. Im going to share some of my top tips that I learnt from this trip to help anyone thinking about it doing something similar.

The Route

We planned to visit 6 main cities in Europe in just under 30 days. The route would take us through Paris, Barcelona, Venice, Budapest, Bielefeld and Amsterdam. However, our actual route looked more like this:

Paris – Barcelona – Dijon – Paris – Venice – Budapest – Bielefeld – Amsterdam

Our main issue was missing the Othello sleeper train to Venice because of a delayed train to Dijon. This meant we had to spend an extra night in Dijon and in Paris in order to get another train to Venice. So here are my top tips if you want to have a marginally more successful trip than we did…

Top Tips

  1. Account for Delays

As I said before, we had a sleeper train booked from Dijon to Venice which meant we had to get to Dijon from Barcelona. This took two trains; one from Barcelona to Lyon and one from Lyon to Dijon. We got to Lyon with enough time to catch our train to Dijon which would get us to the sleeper train on time. However, when we arrived to Lyon our train to Dijon was delayed 30 minutes which was making it tight. We sat on the stairs (in everyones way of course) and that 30 minutes just went up… and up… and up… Of course my stress head was not coping well at with the fact that we were going to miss the sleeper train. In the end, the train to Lyon was delayed 2 hours and we needed up getting on a regional train which took hours rather than the high speed train we had originally planned to get. The cost of that one delayed train was an extra night in a hotel in both Dijon and Paris and another train ticket to Venice two days later than planned. Although we made it to Venice we only saw the inside of the McDonald’s and the hotel room before we had to leave for Budapest.

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2. Book Accommodation Before you Leave

If it wasn’t for my parents describing the horrors of trying to book on the go, we would have left it later than we did. However last minute booking was not absent from our trip. We were waiting for the train to Barcelona from Paris and I thought it would be a good idea to double heck the hostel that I had booked. I open the email to find that it was booked for August. We went travelling in July. As I realised the ‘8’ in the date meant August not July I smiled. This was followed by a panic and when I told Angel he was not happy. The next hour was spent frantically trying to find a hotel, hostel or Air B&B to stay in. Fortunately we found something that was probably nicer than the hostel for the same price. However, I’m not sure it was completely worth the stress.

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3. Scout out Local Transport

Both Angel and I knew we were going to be doing a lot of walking in order to save money. However we didn’t expect how much. In most of the places we stayed we were further out of the city so had to travel in. Most of the time it wasn’t too bad.The walk into Paris wasn’t too long and there was a train into Amsterdam. However Barcelona was horrendous. We decided one day that we wanted to go into the city centre so we did. We got up google maps and followed its route to the city centre.Until it wanted us to walk along the freeway at which point we wondered aimlessly in order to find a walk friendly route.  We walked for around 2 hours just to get there and bearing in mind I was wearing sandals… I could have thought of better things to do. On the way back, Angel to us to the wrong address which meant we had another 40 minutes of walking to do. Although all of those factors knocked us down, it wasn’t what killed us. It was the demoralising fact that once we had waked there and back we realised there was a tram. A cheap tram. A tram that stopped right outside our hotel and took us all the way into the city…

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4. Carry Food with you at all Times

Honestly. Whether the train journey is 2 hours or 6 hours, you’re going to want food. Even if you think you won’t. You will. Because as everyone knows food curbs boredom. Now, unfortunately i don’t have any entertaining anecdotes for this. There were just numerous times when we got on a train without food and we both sat there regretting every decision we had made that morning that led to us not brining food. It usually also resulted us spending ten euros on two chocolate bars. Which leads me onto my last tip…

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5. Shop for Food in Local Supermarkets

This is mainly to save money. Overtime we went to a new place our first stop would be the local supermarket to stock up on supplies. A lot of the time, the Air B&B’s we stayed in would have some foods such as pasta and potatoes which was helpful. However having food to take out with us was very helpful. When we were in Paris we made sandwiches and sat at the fountain by the Eiffel tower and had a picnic. It’s not as glamorous as all the cute cafes through Europe but when you’re on a budget it works well. My favourite day, honestly was when we decided to go back to the apartment early in Paris and get McDonalds instead of going for a cute dinner.

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So, although we had a fair few set backs, it was honestly the trip of a lifetime and i would 100% recommend to anyone thinking of doing it. I’d love to do it again but even bigger and maybe visit more of Italy and Greece too the next time. But we shall see. I hope anyone who is thinking about interrailing found this somewhat helpful and if not at least found our struggles amusing! Until next time!

If you want see more of our adventures through Europe check out our youtube video