In my lifetime, I have known there to be 3 different versions of the seven wonders of the world. Of the original Seven Wonders, sadly, only the Great Pyramids of Giza remains – the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the Colossus of Rhodes have all faded to dust.
I first heard of the seven wonders of the world when I was in year 7 in geography, however, this list included Mount Everest, Victoria Falls, the Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Great Barrier Reef, Paricutin Volcano, the Grand Canyon and the Northern Lights. Then today whilst writing this blog post, it came to my attention that there is a New7 Wonders of the World and apparently this was an initiative started in Switzerland in 2000 as a Millennium project. The aim was to cast a worldwide open vote to select the ‘Wonders of the World’ from 200 monuments of global recognition and these are the 7 places that received the most votes.
I feel like the title is a little misleading because I obviously cannot physically buy a world landmark but what I actually meant was that, if I ever won the lottery I would love to go on a month-long trip touring these places. For as long as I can remember I have loved history, I love asking questions and learning how the world came to be and those are some of the things that travelling offers – travelling is such an amazing way to educate yourself and fully immerse yourself into another culture. A well-travelled person to me always seems so much more open-minded and that’s why I don’t just want to travel as much as possible but I need to, it’s a must! How amazing would it be to spend the month travelling across 3 different continents, visiting 7 different countries? Imagine the stories you’ll have to tell your children. This is the perfect honeymoon idea or anniversary trip! This is the trip of a lifetime.
THE NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD
DAY 1-3; COLOSSEUM, ROME, ITALY
DAY 4-7; PETRA, ARABIAN DESERT, JORDAN
DAY 8- 11; TAJ MAHAL, AGRA, INDIA
DAY 12- 15; GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA
DAY 16- 19; CHICHÉN ITZA, YUCATAN, MEXICO
DAY 20 -23; MACHU PICCHU, ANDEAN MOUNTAINS, PERUVIAN AMAZON
DAY 24 – 27; CHRIST THE REDEEMER, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Guys, I think you should all applaud me for my consistency. The last time I posted regularly like this was 2017, a whole THREE YEARS ago.
Anyways, welcome back to my European road trip, we’re still in Italy – in Milan – the economic heart of Italy, a city known for its thriving fashion industry and some of the world’s famous artworks, such as Da Vinci’s famous painting ‘last supper’. The city offers an unusual mix of historical and modern architecture.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like 24 hours in Milan is enough to be quiet honest with you, this is a city break that you go to for like a weekend, nothing more. We had originally planned to stay in Milan for a total of 3 days but we were so in love with Lake Como that we only spent a day in this city so we could spend as much time as possible in Como. What I loved about this place is that fact that busses are completely free (the U.K. needs to take tips) and the trams/ train/ tube or whatever they were are super cheap – for a day trip in any zone it only cost us 2.50 euros. But whilst travelling and going from place to place I’d advise you to learn basic Italian to ask for directions or use google translate because really and truly, asking people for hotspots or where to go was a struggle. As nice as Italians are, most of them are not fluent in English so don’t leave anywhere without google translate and access to wifi/ data!
I have always wanted to go to Milan, I mean come on, it is the city of fashion but as much as I adored the architecture, Milan was not everything that I hoped it would be, but then again that might be because whenever I see people in Milan it’s for fashion weeks. The city itself is very chill, packed as you can imagine seeing as it is a touristy place but when you make go sure you have MONEY. The cocktails and restaurants in this city are $$$ and let’s not forget about the fact that you’re surrounded by luxury fashion boutiques. As soon as I stepped foot into the city centre I just knew in my head that I was destined to be a rich woman! Everything I saw I wanted ?
So part three of my road trip takes us to Lake Como and Milan! Lake Como by far was my favourite stop on the trip. It is so incredibly beautiful, I cannot deal. I had always seen this place all over my Tumblr and Twitter feed but never did I think that last year would be the year that I get to go! I have never seen a place this beautiful, if I ever have a destination wedding it has to be here – name me a better combination than a view to die for as well as Italian food. I kid you not, Italian food slaps x100 in Italy – Carbonara, lasagna, seafood, ice cream – everything! I can’t wait for corona to be over so I can go back and take a picture with my long island and the view behind me.
WordPress never lets me upload my video’s, it always converts it into a link which is so freaking annoying so, I found this video on youtube which almost translates the beauty of this place.
Originally Lake Como was just meant to be a pit stop before our final destination – Milan, but we fell in love with it so much that we ended up going back for a second day and we toured the small town of Varenna. I think the thing I love most about this place is the architecture, the colourful buildings and the way they’re built, with the scenes of the Lake and the mountains, it is so BREATHTAKING. One noticeable thing about Como is the fact that one, the roads are very narrow so please drive responsibly and safely, another that noticed is the fact that there are no streets, which I think makes the place that much more authentic and I truly hope that it stays like this forever. Everything here is exactly how you would envision Italy to be. Interesting fact; if a homeowner or property owner ever wishes to paint their property they have to ask for permission first.
Although places like Como are used to tourists, I was a little apprehensive when we first arrived because I have heard so many stories of Italy being a racist country and I thought that by going to a place like Como, I’d experience some level of verbal abuse in relation to my complexion, however everyone we came across was so lovely and welcoming. We did receive a couple of stares but I think that was solely due to everyone being shocked by our beauty. We were GLOWING that day. What can I say, the Italian sun just goes well with us!
This place has to be in your top 10 for places to travel after this Pandemic, everything about it is 10/10. The people – 10/10, the food – 10/10, the cocktails – 10/10 and the scenery a solid 10/10!
When I tell you the law of attraction is so real, I cannot express to you how powerful words are! Essentially, the law of attraction states that whatever consumes your thoughts is what you will eventually get in life. So, if you think of all the things you don’t want in your life, you’ll only get the things you don’t want. In other words, “thoughts can become things” and we have the ability to create our own realities. Therefore positive affirmations will 99% of the time result in the life you want to live. However what most people don’t understand when it comes to speaking things into existence (I think I have mentioned this in one of my decade posts) is the fact that you need to work towards your affirmations, you can not say that you will be a millionaire and just sit at home expecting the universe to deliver. As much as life is about luck, it is also about hard work! But another thing that people also need to understand is that the universe may not give you exactly what you want or deliver in the way you expected but in the end, you will eventually be where you’re meant to be, things that “don’t go to plan” often end up being the things that change your life for the better, help you find happiness and move you away from things that were never really right for you. Rejection is the best redirection!
Sorry for the spiritual waffle but I had to give you guys some context on my trip. I remember from the minute I started high school I had always said that I would interracial across Europe with my friends when I turn 18 but as you can tell by the title that didn’t happen, instead I got to road trip across Europe with my cousin and it has to be the best experience of my entire life and I am so grateful every day that I got to do that! We spent 2 weeks travelling in a range rover like the bouijee bitches that we are lol (the two of us would not last an hour on an interracial train because we’re high maintenance af) – we went to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Itlay and ended our trip in the south of France. Anyone who has ever thought of going on a road trip I would 100% recommend it, it’s a memory that I will treasure for my entire life and definitely something I wanna do when I have a family of my own. Imagine how amazing it would be to go on an adventure full of culture with your husband and children! I can’t wait!!!
I remember at the start of the year I had proclaimed that I had wanted to travel a lot in 2019 but God delivered in ways I could never have imagined and I am forever grateful that I went to so many places last year and I cannot wait to give you guys more of an insight into my personal life because I feel like I never really let you in on my life as an individual, I just voice my opinions on the things I blog about. But I mean there’s no better time to start a new blog series than RN, after all, we have all the time in the world in this self-isolation period. And who knows, I might give you guys a little inspiration on where to go when all of this is over! Stay safe and keep hoping!
Stop One – Luxembourg
So my cousin actually lives in Luxembourg and this is where I started my journey. I had always thought that Luxembourg was in the South of France but it turns out that it’s actually surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. This is one of the world smallest countries and without a doubt the cleanest and safest country I have ever been to as well! This girl told me she lived in the ghetto, so being from England I was expecting the worst, but I soon realised that what I would refer to as ghetto is completely different to what Luxembourgers refer to as a ghetto. – there was literally a cute bakery across the road and a Sephora less than 15ft away. Literally everyone in this country is the definition of class – from the way they live to their etiquette to where they shop to where they eat and what eat. I felt like I had entered a completely new world and I loved it! If I was to ever become a country it would be Luxembourg, it is me in so many ways; everything in that city/country is luxurious, stylish, classy, clean and just wow.
I was only here for about a day and a half but can I just say how expensive McDonalds in that country is loool – when I saw the prices best believe I almost had a heart attack. It’s quite a small city so I spent my day touring and entering luxury boutiques and this has to be my favourite thing about Luxembourg; their customer service is undefeated. Have you noticed that when you walk into the likes of Gucci, Chanel and YSL etc here in the U.K. the workers look at you as if you can’t afford the items their selling, over there it’s the complete opposite and they treat you with the uttermost respect, they treat everyone who walks in the same, they do not discriminate which is why you will never catch me at Champs-Élysées, Luxembourg is my number one when it comes to luxury shopping!