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In December, I was invited to visit Seychelles by Qatar airways and the Seychelles tourism board as part of a new route introduced by Qatar airways.
I got to finally visit the beautiful city of Athens and as soon as I got back, I couldn't wait to put together a guide for you all! Athens has definitely become one of my favourite cities to visit - Oli & I can't wait to go back! We decided not to use any maps but instead just wondered around and explore the city. I quickly made sense of where we were and we stumbled across some amazing restaurants and shops! Athens definitely live up to my expectations but surprised me at how 'young' the vibe of the city really is! There were so many young people around and so much nightlife to satisfy your needs! With having spent only 3 days there - I've put together the main hotspots we went to/did!
How to get there
I suggest looking on Aegean Airline's website to search for flights. We traveled with them and was surprised at how roomy the seats were and that we were served a meal! (It was only a 4 hour flight!) The site is really straight forward and you can see which month you can grab a bargain flight. October - November is the perfect time to visit as the weather is a tad cooler (still hot for us brits) and the city is in off peak season which is great for grabbing some awesome hotel & flight deals! They also fly directly to Athens from London 3 times a day! You can search for flights here.
Where to stay
For the first 2 days of the trip we stayed at the newly opened Electra Metropolis Athens. This hotel is in such a perfect location - being a street down from Ermou street (famous for its shopping) and about a 15 minute walk up to Acropolis. It's also surrounded by great restaurants and cafes but also serves great room service too! Oh, we can't forget the view! We ended up staying in the Acropolis Suite & it really was one of the best views I could possible asked for. There was enough space in the room and a large marble bathroom which was a dream! You can see it in my vlog here.
For the last 2 nights, we stayed at the NEW HOTEL. It's part of the DESIGN HOTEL group (they create beautiful architecture around the world!) so you know you're in for a treat! We stayed in the standard room which had plenty of space & a private balcony. The bed was super comfy and not bad for location too! It's about 5 minute walk from Electra Metropolis Athens & is about a 5 minute walk into Plaka. My favourite part of town! Full of souvenir shops, cafes, art stores and restaurants!
Image courtesy of Yes Hotels
What to do
I suggest you leave your map at the room & explore the city only on foot! It's the best way to meet the locals, get to know the city and get lost in it's beautiful culture. Head into Plaka, this is my favourite part of town! It literally makes you feel like you're walking around a greek island! Some restaurants are hidden but those are the best ones. You can find some amazing vintage bargains too along with your classic souvenir pieces. My favourite is that you have so many little stores selling olive oil, greek honey, olives and of course baklavas to take home! Every corner is such a photo perfect moment so don't forget to charge your camera and snap away!
Hike up to Acropolis
We thought it would be a trek but it only took us 15 minutes to hike up there. Along the way were small souvenir shops which we stopped and wondered around. We also grabbed some ice cream as a little treat to ourselves & it was the freshest ice cream I've ever eaten. Be sure to grab the pistachio or coconut one! Once at Acropolis, grab your ticket and head up. The best time to visit is either early morning or after lunch time! We unfortunately went around 10.30am and had to que about 30 minutes to get tickets. You can either opt for the €20 ticket which just lets you into Acropolis and the theatre or the €30 ticket which lets you into all the monuments. Take in the view every step of the way and admire the ruins!
You can pretty much spend hours on Ermou street looking through the shops, grabbing a coffee at a cafe and even a huge pretzel! They have such a great selection of stores and it really is one of the best places to shop! I picked up some bits from H&M (they had such great stock of everything) and Bershka but there are also Pull & Bear, Zara & H&M and Sephora too!
Take the Bohemian tales of the city tour with Urban Adventures
Far from the usual boring historical tours - Urban Adventures focuses on the modern twists the city has to offer. This tour was more focused on street art which was so interesting & you get to walk around and know the city. Highly recommend you do this on the 1st evening if you have time. Especially if you have never been to Athens before. We were taken to all the art hotspots and bars only known to locals. Definitely make sure your camera is all charged up for all the photo ops too!
Where to eat
MOMA CAFE, Monastiraki - Be sure to try out their pizzas! We went for the Greek pizza and Moma pizza. It was really filling and all ingredients were really fresh. We chowed down with some homemade lemonade as well! Their desserts sounded good too but we were stuffed so didn't get a chance to try any.
New Art lounge, New hotel
We went for dinner on our first night there. Such a beautiful space on the roof top with great views of Athens. You can even see Acropolis as well. The food was delicious and quality was superb. I went for the seafood linguini and Oli went for the steak. Also try out their signature cocktails over looking the breath taking view!
This was our favourite restaurant we went to. Everything from the decor to service and food was incredible. The menu was really fun and interesting, combining a lot of ingredients that sounds like they wouldn't go together to the presentation. We had a great tasting menu with a few cocktails and it was genuinely the best way to end the trip. I'm hoping we get to go back and we are planning on bringing a load of friends too! I recommend the casserole and the beef marinated in coffee! But anything on the menu is to die for!
We stumbled upon this place on our first night of walking around Plaka. The atmosphere was super chilled but lively. With the place being such a big restaurant it filled up pretty quick with lots of couples, families and friends. The menu was easy to read and I went for the shrimp linguini (love a good pasta dish!). I think this was the best linguini I've had on the trip. The size of the shrimps on my plate were huge and there was a big enough portion to make me not want dessert!
A go to place for the locals. This quirky little hidden gem is picture perfect and different from any other bars I've been to in Athens. Having the setting out doors and through an underground entrance is pretty interesting! You have the try the frozen cappuccino! They also serve food as well! Definitely a must stop whenever you are in Athens!
So I hope you guys enjoyed my guide to Athens! I can't wait to go back & hopefully be able to visit the islands too! Any more questions just leave them below! Thank you to Discover Greece for making this trip possible!
Last day of the Paris trip was super chilled.
Started the day with creating mood boards for the Tom Greyhound buyer challenge.
Had such a great (but also tiring) first day at Villa M with everyone...
So about a month ago I was invited back to Paris for the launch of the new YSL fragrance 'Mon Paris' inspired by the city of lovers, Paris.
So last Tuesday I ended back up in LA with Visit California! We were going to explore a bit more of LA and headed straight to grand Central Market. I've actually never been to GCM and I'll definitely be heading back next time I'm in town.
If you've never heard of this place, it's a mixture of an indoor open market where you can pick up your groceries and also grab some food! We headed there during breakfast time so I grabbed an ice chai latte from G&B coffee and a chocolate chip cookie. One of the best chai lattes I've had too! It was just the perfect spiciness and lightness to it. Highly recommend those guys if you are looking for coffee! Can't wait to head back and try out more of the food that's available there. You can find out more about Grand Central Market HERE Keep an eye out for more of my trip!
Photos taken on Panasonic Lumix LX100
This is such a long overdue post on one of my favourite places to eat in LA. Don't worry, there will be more to come! Commissary is set in a beautiful big green house on the 2nd floor at the Line hotel. Even before I was staying at the Line I would wonder down and go for breakfast. These images were taken from my trip back in November where I went with Oli. Since we were staying at the hotel we ended up here most mornings as it was just a few floors below us. The vibe is pretty easy going, a fusion of Korean inspired dishes are throne in there too. My favourite dish to have there is the congee and the pancakes! Highly recommend them as I ended up having those a few times. But everything else is also delicious.
I also love that the mugs and glasses you are served with are all mix of vintage pieces and hand crafted ones. Makes you feel right at home or at granny's house. Not only is it pretty in the day time, I also reccomend going at night time. The fairy lights create such a warming atmosphere and it's a great place for dinner with friends. All the food is served family style which is lovely and different than to what I usually experience here in the UK. You get to sample so much food and when it comes to splitting the bill - it couldn't be any more simpler!
Let me know if you guys are visiting LA any time soon! I will definitely be posting more LA hot spot recommendations soon as I'm off back there rather soon!
All photos taken with Panasonic Lumix LX100
Chloe & I over fashion week I stayed at Sanderson London. I absolutely love the Morgans hotel group as they have such a chic and minimal aesthetic running through out all of their hotels. Last season I stayed at St Martins Lane and fell in love with it but thought I would try one of their other hotels situated on Berner's Street. It's such a perfect location for fashion week, about a 10 minute walk to Brewer Street car park and about 2 minutes to oxford circus! Once I arrived at the hotel, I actually headed off to the Mad Hatters afternoon tea (which I already experienced before) with Missguided and caught up with a few other bloggers. Of course, I ate ALOT and couldn't wait to check into my room and have a little nap from the food baby I just created.
I opted for the deluxe room and I couldn't be more happier. I love my space and this room literally did not let me down. Since Chloe was staying with me as well I thought it would be perfect! We actually asked for a rail for our LFW pieces and we still had so much room. I love the lay out of the room too and how open the bathroom is. You can actually open the curtains to create a see-through room but we kept it closed as the shower room would of been exposed too! Oh and did I mention that there is literally such good lighting for selfies?!
Another reason I love staying at the Morgans hotel group chain of hotels is their service. The Sanderson did not not let me know either. I was treated as an adult - something that I don't experience much in places like these. It was just so refreshing to be greeted with a smile and such a happy ora. The staff are always so happy to help even when we did keep calling house keeping for more hangers! I really can't recommend this hotel enough. For anyone looking for such a genuine lovely experience - I highly recommend Sanderson London. If you have any further questions about this place let me know below and I'll try my best to accommodate!
I'm sure I'll be back real soon! Thank you Sanderson for looking after myself and Chloe!
So about a week ago I was invited by the Blogger Apartment to attend Berlin Fashion Week. I've only attended LFW in the pass so thought it would be a great opportunity to travel and experience other fashion weeks. It was definitely smaller than LFW and a bit more intimate to my surprise. I ended up with three full days in Berlin and stayed in an apartment with other bloggers. It was such a great way to socialised and get to know the girls a little better. It's such a different social environment for me and I was feeling a bit nervous but it was really fun that I just forgot about it all. One thing for sure, it was super cold and I can't believe at some of the girls going out in skirts and no tights?! We ended up attending Zadak, Lena Hoschek, Rebecca Ruetz, Kilian Kerner, Stein Rohner, Philomela Zanetti and Zukker. Such beautiful collections and I was so delighted to be able to attend the shows with all the other girls and guys! I also ran into my girl Nyane and of course had to snap up a selfie with her! Just wanted to say a major thanks to the girls Samah and Lori for inviting me to experience Berlin Fashion week - I really couldn't thank you girls enough. Also thank you to the sponsors that provided the apartment with food and goodies! Especially Even & Odd who supplied us with some clothing to wear to the shows!
All images taken with Panasonic Lumix LX100 and iPhone 6
So we arrived at Disneyland Paris bang on in the middle via the Eurostar! I had no idea that you could arrive directly into the Disney Village and not have to change trains at all. It only took us less than 3 hours as well and that three hours was needed to catch up on my nap! When we reached our station (Marne-La-Villée) and dropped our bags off at the Disney express counter - where they will take your bags and drop them off at the hotel for you so you have more time at the park! Such a smart idea! We made our way to the hotel then checked into our rooms. We stayed at the Disneyland hotel and it couldn't of been more magical! It even smelled like candy! Even better, you could buy the Disney room fragrance to transform your home with a nostalgic atmosphere. To our surprise, our rooms were filled with ears, giant Mickey gloves, chocolates, champaign and more! I was so thankful and overwhelmed by the goodies and we hadn't gone into the park yet!
We finally made our way into the Disney park and headed straight to Discovery land for food. I had to try the Darth Vader burger which was made with black dyed buns! It was so good! I need to go back and try all the other burgers too. To be honest all the food I had there was incredible! So no complaints there! After a ride on space mountain and the Buzz lightyear later blast we then got into our allocated section to watch the parade. This guys, you really have to go and see for yourself. It was so magical that I was lost for words and got pretty emotional whilst watching everything. You really do relive your childhood dreams and imagination. Whilst your favourite Disney character is dancing around and singing you really couldn't help it but get so happy! I think my favourite was the Alice in Wonderland float!
After the parade, I quickly went to my room to freshen up and got ready to head to the fireworks show. I've never seen anything like that before so was so excited to see the show. We got to stood pretty close to the sleeping beauty tower as well which made everything incredible. Perfect little huddle to see everything. Standing right in the middle of the crowd full of families and even couples just made it more magical. Everyone singing along, dancing - it was Disney that bought us all together! Just that thought alone made me again (pretty) emotional! But of course in a good way! It's something that all of us grew up with or is still growing up with. And to always have that in common with another person is pretty unbreakable. The show of course, was intensely five stars. I loved how the animations were projected onto the castle and all the stories and songs they included. Not to mention how amazing the fire works were! I didn't expect it to be as big but the ending literally blew me away!
After the fireworks show, we then headed to eat at Inventions. A buffet style restaurant with all the food you could think of that tasted so good! Especially the greens and the lamb chop that I had! We dined with some characters too which was a bonus! Oh and don't forget dessert! I was pretty full but couldn't miss out on the chocolate moose!
So on our second day, we headed straight to the Walt Disney studios park! It's more movie based and had so many rides that I wanted to go on! We started off the morning with a kick! On the Hollywood Tower of Terror!
I have been waiting to go on this ride ever since it opened and after patiently waiting, we got a chance to go on and was able to film our reactions! You can view it here in Leanne's vlog! Other rides we did was Ratatouille,Parachute drop ,Crush's Coaster, Rock'n'Roller coaster! Finished off the day with a cocktail session at the Cafe Fantasia then dinner at the California Grill! Again, highly recommend both the places for food and drinks!
Our final day :( We headed to brunch then off to a little outlet shopping village (similar to Bicester Village) which was about 10 minutes away. I didn't find any goodies but the other girls did and I put my hands up in saying I was a bit of an instigator! So after we shopped, headed back to the park and went of a few more rides as our train didn't depart till the late afternoon! We went straight over to the Indiana Jones ride (wasn't my favourite - bashed my head way too much!) and Big Thunder mountain! Really loved that one as it lasted longer than I expected! I really couldn't be more happier that I went with these gorgeous girls, thank you so much The Blogger Program and Disneyland Paris for this amazing opportunity! I am so grateful for this! Disneyland really isn't just only for kids! It's for adults too! #disneyadults
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All images taken on Panasonic Lumix LX100