My 2019 Summer European Road trip part four!

My 2019 Summer European Road trip part four!

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 ?  

 

 

My 2019 Summer European Road trip part three!

My 2019 Summer European Road trip part three!

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!

 

Here’s a Tour Guide to help you out!

Varenna

My 2019 Summer European Road trip part one!

My 2019 Summer European Road trip part one!

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

Sunset Over Luxembourg City Photograph by Fabrizio Troiani

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!

Here are some pictures from my day in Luxembourg;

LUXEMBOURG 2019

How I Would Spend My Summer If I won the Lottery

How I Would Spend My Summer If I won the Lottery

In recent months I have kind of neglected my ‘what I would buy/spend my time if I won the lottery’ but no more, my series is back and is back with a bang. I am here to inspire all you dreamers and optimist out there. The good thing about dreamers is that we’re always positive and optimistic about the future, we only hope for the best and see the best in everything and everyone. Sometimes it can be a good and bad thing. But sometimes there is no point in dreaming if all it’s ever going to be is a dream. We should all try and pursue our dreams no matter how big or small they are because anyone can achieve anything in life if they try hard enough, right now I’m working my hardest to try and pursue mine – I’m writing to you guys. It’s better to know that you tried rather than to give up and not try at all because in the end you could be living the life that you have always dreamed of. You could be living your dream. However if you never try you will always be wondering what if and you’ll never be truly happy. Do you want to be living someone else’s dream or yours? Although, life does not always go the way that we intend we have two choices; we can either take control and start living our lives or we can just let thing pass and exist. What are you going to do?

Last year I did one of these and it was very popular so I decided to do another one and make this an annual thing. With 10 weeks to spare I have decided to dedicate this post to Europe, we are going to go to as many places as possible. Last years post included a range of different places but this year I discovered just how beautiful the continent of Europe is and I thought that I might give you a few places to add to your travel bucket list and hopefully inspire you! I love discovering new places, learning new languages and experiences other cultures, it would be a dream for me to travel  the world.

If we are going to spend an entire summer travelling around Europe we need to travel in style and what better way to travel than by private jet! A whole plane to yourself and your loved ones that fits your schedule, it doesn’t get any better than that. My number one choice of private jet charter would definitely have to be Private Fly. Although I haven’t tested them out myself I have done my research and they have some of the best reviews, I can trust that if you ever book with them you would be in great hands. And you get to choose your aircraft too! The high life is truly amazing.

Week One – Saint Tropez, France

Where I’d Stay
Villa Marie Saint Tropez

What I’d do
  • Visit the Dior cafe
  • Spend the day on a yacht – price list here
  • Visit Musée de l’Annonciade
  • Visit the Old Village
  • Relax on the beach

Week Two – Monaco, France

Where I’d Stay
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

What I’d do
  • Visit Palais du Prince
  • Go to the Casino
  • Larvotto beach
  • Go to the harbour
  • Visit Eze and Menton for the day

Week Three – Venice, Italy

Where I’d Stay
Boscolo Venezia

What I’d do
  • Go around in a gondola of course
  • Visit St. Mark’s basilica
  • Visit Burano Island
  • Take a hike on Torcello Island
  • Visit Doge’s Palace
  • Visit the Ghetto

Week Four – Amalfi Coast, Itlay

Where I’d Stay

Le Sirenuse

What I’d do
  • Visit Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
  • Duomo
  • Hike Sentiero degli Dei
  • Spend the day in Capri
  • Go to the  Emerald Grotto

Week Five – Milan, Italy

Where I’d Stay

Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano

What I’d do
  • Go shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Visit The Duomo
  • Go shopping on via Monte Napoleone and visit Gucci’s flagship store, along with Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Prada, Valentino and Versace; Giorgio Armani’s superstore
  • Visit the Palazzo Berri-Meregalli
  • Leonardo’s Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Go to La Scala
  • Walk along the Canals

Week six – Santorini, Greece

Where I’d Stay

Canaves Oia Suites & Spa

 

What I’d do
  • Hire a quad bike and explore the island
  • Red beach
  • Visit the hot springs and have a mud bath
  • watch the sunset from the stairs of Oia
  • Hike the Fira Trail

Week seven – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where I’d Stay

Hotel Excelsior

What I’d do
  • Relax on banje beach
  • Visit Luza square
  • Explore the old town
  • Take a ferry to Lokrum Island
  • Take the cable car to the top of Mount Srdj for a sunset picnic
  • Cliff jump at a “hole in the wall” bar
  • Visit Dubrovnik’s haunted island

Week eight – Ibiza, Spain

Where I’d Stay

One Ibiza Suites

What I’d do
  • Visit the pirate towers
  • Go on a day trip to Formenta
  • Take in the sun at Playa d’en bossa
  • Go scuba diving
  • Try a hoverboard
  • Go cliff diving and jet skiing
  • Go to Can Marça Caves
  • Visit Ibiza town

Week nine – Madrid, Spain

Where I’d Stay

The Principal Madrid

What I’d do
  • Go to Mercado San Miguel
  • Walk along the Gran Vía
  • Visit Plaza de Cibeles
  • Go to El Rastro Market
  • Eat with the locals

Week 10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where I’d Stay

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

What I’d do
  • Go to Anne Frank’s house
  • Visit the Van Gogh museum
  • Take a sunset canal cruise
  • Tour the city on a bike
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum
  • Take a ferry to Northern Amsterdam
  • Go to Jordaan

That is how I would spend my summer vacation if I had the money, how would you spend yours?

How I Would Spend My Summer If I won the Lottery

How I Would Spend My Summer If I won the Lottery

In recent months I have kind of neglected my ‘what I would buy/spend my time if I won the lottery’ but no more, my series is back and is back with a bang. I am here to inspire all you dreamers and optimist out there. The good thing about dreamers is that we’re always positive and optimistic about the future, we only hope for the best and see the best in everything and everyone. Sometimes it can be a good and bad thing. But sometimes there is no point in dreaming if all it’s ever going to be is a dream. We should all try and pursue our dreams no matter how big or small they are because anyone can achieve anything in life if they try hard enough, right now I’m working my hardest to try and pursue mine – I’m writing to you guys. It’s better to know that you tried rather than to give up and not try at all because in the end you could be living the life that you have always dreamed of. You could be living your dream. However if you never try you will always be wondering what if and you’ll never be truly happy. Do you want to be living someone else’s dream or yours? Although, life does not always go the way that we intend we have two choices; we can either take control and start living our lives or we can just let thing pass and exist. What are you going to do?

Last year I did one of these and it was very popular so I decided to do another one and make this an annual thing. With 10 weeks to spare I have decided to dedicate this post to Europe, we are going to go to as many places as possible. Last years post included a range of different places but this year I discovered just how beautiful the continent of Europe is and I thought that I might give you a few places to add to your travel bucket list and hopefully inspire you! I love discovering new places, learning new languages and experiences other cultures, it would be a dream for me to travel  the world.

If we are going to spend an entire summer travelling around Europe we need to travel in style and what better way to travel than by private jet! A whole plane to yourself and your loved ones that fits your schedule, it doesn’t get any better than that. My number one choice of private jet charter would definitely have to be Private Fly. Although I haven’t tested them out myself I have done my research and they have some of the best reviews, I can trust that if you ever book with them you would be in great hands. And you get to choose your aircraft too! The high life is truly amazing.

Week One – Saint Tropez, France

Where I’d Stay
Villa Marie Saint Tropez

What I’d do
  • Visit the Dior cafe
  • Spend the day on a yacht – price list here
  • Visit Musée de l’Annonciade
  • Visit the Old Village
  • Relax on the beach

Week Two – Monaco, France

Where I’d Stay
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

What I’d do
  • Visit Palais du Prince
  • Go to the Casino
  • Larvotto beach
  • Go to the harbour
  • Visit Eze and Menton for the day

Week Three – Venice, Italy

Where I’d Stay
Boscolo Venezia

What I’d do
  • Go around in a gondola of course
  • Visit St. Mark’s basilica
  • Visit Burano Island
  • Take a hike on Torcello Island
  • Visit Doge’s Palace
  • Visit the Ghetto

Week Four – Amalfi Coast, Itlay

Where I’d Stay

Le Sirenuse

What I’d do
  • Visit Villa Cimbrone, Ravello
  • Duomo
  • Hike Sentiero degli Dei
  • Spend the day in Capri
  • Go to the  Emerald Grotto

Week Five – Milan, Italy

Where I’d Stay

Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano

What I’d do
  • Go shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Visit The Duomo
  • Go shopping on via Monte Napoleone and visit Gucci’s flagship store, along with Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Prada, Valentino and Versace; Giorgio Armani’s superstore
  • Visit the Palazzo Berri-Meregalli
  • Leonardo’s Last Supper and Santa Maria delle Grazie
  • Go to La Scala
  • Walk along the Canals

Week six – Santorini, Greece

Where I’d Stay

Canaves Oia Suites & Spa

 

What I’d do
  • Hire a quad bike and explore the island
  • Red beach
  • Visit the hot springs and have a mud bath
  • watch the sunset from the stairs of Oia
  • Hike the Fira Trail

Week seven – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where I’d Stay

Hotel Excelsior

What I’d do
  • Relax on banje beach
  • Visit Luza square
  • Explore the old town
  • Take a ferry to Lokrum Island
  • Take the cable car to the top of Mount Srdj for a sunset picnic
  • Cliff jump at a “hole in the wall” bar
  • Visit Dubrovnik’s haunted island

Week eight – Ibiza, Spain

Where I’d Stay

One Ibiza Suites

What I’d do
  • Visit the pirate towers
  • Go on a day trip to Formenta
  • Take in the sun at Playa d’en bossa
  • Go scuba diving
  • Try a hoverboard
  • Go cliff diving and jet skiing
  • Go to Can Marça Caves
  • Visit Ibiza town

Week nine – Madrid, Spain

Where I’d Stay

The Principal Madrid

What I’d do
  • Go to Mercado San Miguel
  • Walk along the Gran Vía
  • Visit Plaza de Cibeles
  • Go to El Rastro Market
  • Eat with the locals

Week 10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Where I’d Stay

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

What I’d do
  • Go to Anne Frank’s house
  • Visit the Van Gogh museum
  • Take a sunset canal cruise
  • Tour the city on a bike
  • Visit the Rijksmuseum
  • Take a ferry to Northern Amsterdam
  • Go to Jordaan

That is how I would spend my summer vacation if I had the money, how would you spend yours?