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I Went To Paris & All I Brought Back Were These Instagrammed Pictures

So, yeah. I went to Paris last week hoping to soak up some culture by eating a lot of bread and cake and cheese. Instead, I just got physically soaked because it rained NON STOP.

But did I let that stop me having an awesome time? No I did not.

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My friend Claire thought it would be a good idea to take this photos. Hers look much better than mine, because she isn’t a massive idiot who was screaming the whole time because she thought her umbrella would lift her into the air like Mary Poppins.

We did all the usual stuff- Notre Dame (pretty windows, no hunchbacks), the Eiffel Tower (very high, lifts that go sideways), Versaille (lots of gold, lots of history, lots of rude tourist groups), the Pompidou Centre (lots of weird but amazing art) and the Arc de Triomphe (for some reason, there were lots of soldiers up there when we went. They looked like they were wearing bio hazard suits.)

If you ever go (and you should- because seriously, it’s Paris yo!), make sure you don’t go until early summer, and also make sure you visit Angelina’s- near the Louvre, or there’s one at Versaille. Best. Hot. Chocolate. Ever. Guys.

Now enjoy all my instagrammed pictures. I went a little bit mental.

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Shakespeare and Co is an amazing bookshop near Notre Dame that sells super old books- they are really expensive (but come on, would you expect a first edition of Ulysses to be cheap?!) but it was lovely to go and have a raid of their bookshelves.

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Fortnum & Mason

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More London- time visits (because now I live here I have to make the most of it!) Fortnum & Mason is a beautiful department store near Piccadilly Circus. They sell luxury goods (but also claim to have invented the scotch egg, which is the least classy foodstuff ever invented.)

The cakes look amazing, but cost about as much as my weekly food shop, so I thought it might be best to just take pictures of them and buy cheaper cake from Sainsburys.

Kensington Palace Visit (or THAT TREE LOOKS LIKE A PENIS AND THE WALLS ARE TALKING!)

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So I went to a palace at the weekend. And it wasn’t as palace-y as you’d expect.

I cropped the picture above, but you can probably still see part of a bright yellow digger in the corner. Kensington Palace is currently undergoing some kind of building work. Not sure how they’re going to make it better- we thought this was the  back, because it is a pretty horrible red brick building.

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Saying that, it is in a nice park, so it’s not all bad. And it has a nice statue of Queen Victoria (made by her daughter, Louise. Check me and my Victorian knowledge.)

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Inside, it’s pretty disappointing. Out of all the historical places I’ve visited in London, it’s the one I enjoyed least (though the company was excellent- my housemate Claire kept me entertained by pointing out phallic trees and books filled with countless job possibilities.)

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Is that not just the best job in the world? Anyway, Kensington Palace was a massive let down because of 3 things.

1. Half the rooms were empty. Pretty rubbish, considering I’d paid £13.20 to get in.

2. The rooms that did have things in them didn’t really explain what the things were. I like to learn!

And 3. There was a ‘hidden door’ in one of the rooms (like in Downton Abbey, natch) and I was very excited to go and find it, but when we got there it had been propped open. I mean, what’s the point of having a hidden door if you’re going to reveal it straight away?

There is no point.

It wasn’t all bad though. We got to see some nice paintings, and I learnt about how Queen Anne had lots of children that died (so sad!) And I saw many penis shaped trees.

So that was my weekend!

(I look scared in the window booth picture because when I sat down the walls started talking to me and it was unexpected.)

Disney & Harrods Sneak Peak

After a long day at work, I went with a friend to see the brand spanking new window display at Harrods- Disney princesses y’all!

Did I say display? Sorry, I should have said DISPLAYS. 10 designers have re imagined the most iconic dresses worn by the greatest Disney princesses for a special Harrods Christmas display to coincide with their Disney princesses store inside.

I will do a full post tomorrow with all the pictures- but here’s a little taster. This was my favourite dress: Aurora as Sleeping Beauty by Elie Saab. How much do you love the detailing on this dress?! And the display itself is incredible!!

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Happy Halloween!

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Hampton Court Palace- Tudor Times And Chillin’ with Henry VIII

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Hampton Court Palace. OMG.

I think it might be my new favourite place in the world!!

Highlights of the day included getting lost in the maze (even when we tried to find ourselves on Google Maps!)  and seeing a reenactment of the downfall of Anne Boleyn. Everyone was dressed in oldy timey clothes and saying ‘forsooth’ a lot. It was magnificent!

Hampton Court also reminded me of Pemberly- so we had a lot of ‘let us take a turn about the room’ moments. No Mr. Darcy though! 😦

Hope you like my pictures!

Photography: London

My Dad is an amateur photographer, and when my family came to visit last weekend he decided to give Buckingham Palace a miss and have a few hours taking photographs instead!

He’s never shown his photos to anybody before, so I will give anyone who likes or comments a cyber HIGH FIVE!!!

Obviously, only be constructive; I don’t want to have to tell my dad that some top photography blogger has told him his photos are shit.

Cheers!

 

 

Buckingham Palace M’lady!

I promised a London post where I was all touristy and took lots of instagram pictures- well, my phone battery died halfway through the day so I didn’t get many photographs- boo! BUT I did get some, and my day in Buckingham Palace looking for Harry and looking at diamonds was pretty amazing!

You aren’t allowed to take pictures inside the palace itself, but hopefully these pictures show how amazing it is! I really wish I had been living in London a few months ago when it was the Jubilee celebrations, but I can imagine how amazing it was AND I can finally say I’ve been inside! Finally!

I went with my mum and my nan- who has always wanted to go to see the Queen’s house and now she has! 🙂

Walking in Wentworth (and talks of Downton…)

I went on a lovely family walk today around a little village not too far away from where I live called Wentworth. The Wentworth estate was owned by one of the most influential families in Britain up until the mid 20th century. The Fitzwilliam family sold off a lot of their properties in the 1980s, and the biggest house on their estate (and the largest house front in the WHOLE of Great Britain) sadly fell into a state of disrepair.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to be able to see inside Wentworth Woodhouse. It’s such a beautiful building, it used to make me sad that nobody was using it. There are rumours that the house will be turned into a luxury spa and hotel in the near future- I really hope it does, because a house as beautiful as this one deserves to be used and enjoyed!

I’m so lucky to live close by so I can admire it at my leisure. It makes me think of Downton Abbey, grand dinner parties and receptions for monarchs and heads of state. (Kings and Queens were known to visit Wentworth Woodhouse and were entertained in a 365 roomed house. I would definitely have got lost!)

Compared to this, Downton Abbey looks like a shed!

(I really think my little old iPhone did well as a camera for the day. Let me know what you think!)

My New Friend…

Yesterday I was in the garden, enjoying this unseasonable British weather we’ve been having, and I was suddenly introduced to a new friend.

She was called Georgina, and had just flown in from Paris or Milan or somewhere else utterly fabulous. We hung out in the garden for half an hour, and she even danced to Judy Garland with me. She had good taste.

She looked beautiful- I actually wondered who she was wearing, but I thought it was rude to ask- naturally.

I snapped a few pictures of her before she jetted off to even sunnier places.

Want to meet her?

I thought she looked like a Georgina! So grand!

(If you want to use these images, please ask me first! I’m quite proud of them, as they were taken with my Iphone and I usually take rubbish photos!!)