A Final Look on New Years Resolutions

Last year I decided to set myself three New Years Resolutions: see 4 new places; be healthier; and be happier. 
For the most part I managed to achieve them. I've seen 3 new places - Rome, Turkey and Paris. I was one trip away from reaching this goal, and by the end of January I'll have added London to my list of places I've been. 
The other two resolutions I think I've done well at too, I definitely feel that compared to this time last year that I'm happier than before and I know I'm healthier. Going to the gym multiple times a week and being more conscious of what I've eaten has helped me manage that. 
My resolutions for 2017 will probably be somewhat similar to this years, but more on that in another post!


Christmas Gift Guide | For the Traveller

I wasn't planning on doing any Christmas Wishlist type posts but I've had a sudden wave of inspiration on gifts for different types of people, this one being for the traveller in your life. 
The first thing I think every traveller would love is a nice passport cover - the ones I've picked out are entirely aimed at girls - sorry lads, Ted Baker do some lovely more manly ones though! If your budget isn't tight this Ted Baker Travel Organiser, £70, would make a lovely gift! I honestly wish I'd had something like this to keep all my stuff together whilst on holiday, this one will hold much more than just your passport. Now I know you can get things like these for muuuch cheaper, but they tend to be quite basic and most commonly black. So for a nice more fashionable alternative this is lovely. If this is too out your budget I've a couple of alternatives: Ted Baker Travel Document Holder, £40; Ted Baker Luggage Tag and Passport Set, £28 & Ban Do I'm Outta Here Passport Holder, £20. All of these are lovely options that work out to be a little more affordable than the first option I showed, the Ted Baker Tag and Holder set would be lovely as it offers both a tag and a cover for your passport if your looking to get someone a travel related gift. 
Now for a lightly cheaper option but still so handy, Packing Cubes £26.99. This is a set of seven packing solutions. Three cubes, three pouches and 1 shoe holder. I'm pretty sure the 3 pouches have been set as being laundry bags, but you could use them for whatever you wanted, they'd make pretty good toiletry bags if you needed one. 
I also decided to include a nice bag in this. Now, your probably looking at that and thinking whats so good about a satchel? Well, I'll tell you. This isn't any ordinary satchel, this is a camera bag. This one I've shown is the Feather Touch Leather Camera Bag £79 (Amazon says its over £200 full price...). This is a pretty pricey option but it is visually appealing and seems like it would be pretty secure as its got buckles rather than poppers like these two cheaper options that you can find here and here. Those ones aren't nearly as nice looking as the first, and not as secure. If the style of it isnt a huge issue to you but security is I have one that I love, all be it I do wish that it looked a bit more stylish, but it does the job and you'd never know I was carrying around my lenses and much more in it. This is the one that I own, its so handy, its waterproof, has a zip to keep it closed and clips. Theres also zip pockets inside and on the back to store extra things - for me that was passports and spare batteries and memory cards. 

Time for some techy type present ideas. The Yarrashop 3 in 1 Phone Lens, £6.99, or one like this, I think would make an awesome gift idea as its only small so you could easily take it anywhere with you, and it could widely improve the quality of your photos especially if you're only taking your phone with you. I always take my DSLR but I'd love something like this for my iPhone as it offers more choice for your photos. Its so cheap as well that it would make the perfect stocking filler. 
Oh god, how I've wanted a Fujifilm Instax Mini £60-100, I've wanted one for near enough a year now but they're pretty pricey and it's another bit of tech I'd need to carry around with me. I'm going to London in January so I might get one and take it with me to see how I get on. I love seeing peoples pictures that they've had taken with these, it makes for nice little momentos, definitely a nicer and more unique way of having a physical print.  
I've got something very similar to a Gorillapod, £20, and I think its super handy to have a portable tripod with you. I've yet to use mine when abroad, but its more due to me being terrified of someone running off with my camera when I try to take a photo. One day I'll be bold enough to try it... One day. Gorillapods are hella handy for taking on the go with you as they can stand on near enough anything, from uneven surfaces to branches, you can put it where ever. If you're after a slightly cheaper alternative to the GorillaPod then the Rollei Monkey Flexible Tripod, £9.99, could be the one for you. Its half the price and I imagine it would do near enough the same job. 

The Luckies Of London Scratch Map, £9.99, would make an amazing stocking filler. I love mine, although I wish I could find a frame to fit it as I think it would look so much nicer if it was actually lying flat on the wall. Its a lovely way of showing where you've been, I've only a few places scratched off but I plan on taking more places off. 
If you're after something a little more personal then the Personalised Travel Tags Print, £30, is what your needing. You personalise this for all the places you've been so basically everyones would be different. Once I've been to a few more places with Connor I'd definitely consider getting us one of these. This type of thing would look so nice in a shared flat. I'd probably put it in my study room though until we move out. 
Oh The Places You'll Go Print, £11.52, unfortunately this print is hella expensive to ship to the UK, basically doubling the cost of the item. But it is a pretty print and I wanted to include it. Other alternatives to it are: Digital Download "Oh The Places You'll Go" Print, £2.47 and Wanderlust & Citydust Digital Download, £6.60. These are both digital downloads so you still need to print it off yourself, they make for good options as once you own the copy you can have it printed to whatever size and as many times as you like. 
Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 £6.99. What better way of filling your urge to travel than with page after page of the top places to travel to in 2017? I've seen the top 10 and its made me want to go to Finland now more than before knowing its in the top 10!
World of Wanderlust Book £22.11. Brooke is living the life. Her Instagram is goals. When I heard she was bringing out a book I was so excited, I've been waiting for ages to hear when it came out and was so glad that even with shipping from Australia the book is very well priced! Its definitely on my Christmas list and it would be greatly received by anyone you know that loves to travel. 
And So The Adventure Begins Scrapbook £16 What better way to remember all the times you've spent away than with a scrapbook? Paperchase do the nicest ones and my previous one from them is just about full. So its time to ask Santa for a new one to house all my new experiences in. 

Thats all the gifts that I think would be great for those who love to travel, I tried to make it a more or less affordable set of gifts. I'd honestly love a small laptop for travelling or a really good pair of noise cancelling headphones but they are just so expensive so I couldn't justify adding them in here. 
Hope this guide has been at least a little helpful! See you in the next one. 


November Favourites

It's been awhile since I sat down and wrote a post of any sort. I'm not really sure where to start if I'm honest with you, I am sorry for not posting anything for a couple of weeks, university and work has just drained me so much that I've had no time to do anything. 
Today though I'm back, back with a November Favourites! 
Two hair products have been well loved this month. I don't get up nearly early enough in the mornings and I need something, anything that'll help reduce drying time. First up we have the Schwarzkopf Supersoft Detangling Spray, this spray smells amazing - very fruity smelling and a few sprays in the hair make it super easy to brush through. It doesn't say it helps with drying time but it definitely does, spraying this in my hair is definitely helps. 
I've also been loving using the Ojon Rare Blend Oil, a few drops in my damp hair and not only does my hair feel so soft and lovely, it also seems to dry quicker. The scent of the oil is odd, but nice, I just cant quite put my finger on what exactly it smells like. I only got myself a tiny bottle just in case I didn't like it, but I'd have been so glad even if I had have gotten the full sized bottle. 
The next set of things i'm gonna talk about is some of the skincare bits I've been using. At the beginning of the month I bought myself a bunch of new skincare things, my skin was in horrendous condition, a big ball of oil and spots. Origin's has once again been my saviour! Every morning I use the Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser on my face, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight, I follow this up with the Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner and the Super Spot Remover. These three combined have seriously helped my skin, its less oily and I've only the odd breakout now, my manager even noticed that my skin was considerably clearer in recent weeks. 
Oily skin gals, try the Zero Oil range out if you've not already I honestly don't think you'd regret it! 
Final two things I've been loving this month is the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm and one of the Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks. I've recently repurchased Nuxe Reve De Miel and I forgot how much I loved it. It is just such a good lip balm for keeping your lips feeling nice and soft with no cracks or anything over the winter. Unlike most cheap lip balms this one doesn't need to be reapplied constantly, just in the morning and in the evening is more than enough.
Any time I've worn makeup recently, the only colour thats made its way on my lips is Kat Von D Love Craft. I got this when I ordered from Sephora a while back, you can see what I got here if ya like,  its just a sample size but its such a lovely lip colour. Definitely you're lips but 1000000x better! I really want to try more of Kat Von D's lipsticks cause this one is amazing! 
What have you been loving this month? 


Christmas Wish List

I honestly don't have much on my wishlist, although one thing that has made an appearance on many of my wishlists is the Fujifilm Instax Mini, I definitely want to get myself one, I think it would be so cool to take it to London with me in January and get some nice shots that way. 
The World of Wanderlust book by Brooke Saward is something I'd be wanting since she first announced it, shes probably my favourite travel blogger and her instagram is goals. I'd be so chuffed if this made its way under my tree. 
Neom Tranquility Skin Treatment Candle, these smell amazing, and not only are they a candle you can use it to moisturise your skin too! These would make an amazing gift for any beauty lover. 
Calvin Klein Underwear, I've got a pair already of CK but 3 more definitely wouldn't hurt. These colours are lovely and different from the standard white.
Nike Racquette Court Trainers - oh lord. How pretty are these? I currently wear the same pair of black Nikes near enough everyday, if not them then it'll be my not so white leather converse. I'm definitely in the market for new shoes and these trainers are so pretty. 
Levi's Mile High Jeans, I own a few pairs of the 721's but I've heard the mile high ones are tighter and higher waisted than the 721s. 
Finally, I'd loooove some of the Kylie Jenner Lip Kits. I've been eyeing up the shades Ginger and Dead of Knight for ages now, and what better time to get one (or 10) than Christmas. 

Whats on your Christmas list? 


Purple Shampoo Trialling

In June I decided to lighten my hair and go down the path in search of ashy blonde hair - with thoughts of going silver when I got bored of blonde. I've still not reached the level of blonde/ash that I want, so a couple more times going lighter in hopes of removing the brassy tones aiming for more white tones. 
I've tried really hard to keep my blonde hair looking as light as possible through multiple purple shampoos that claim to remove brassy tones and even lighten blonde hair. So far I've tried three different types: Bleach London's Silver Shampoo and Conditioner; PROVOKE Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo; and Daddy O Shampoo from Lush. 
The Bleach London one was the one I tried first. My hair dresser recommended it to me - I'm hoping to soon get the Toning Kit too. The Silver shampoo and conditioner though are seriously good, and for £5 for 250ml its pretty good value too! The bottle I found lasted me a good few weeks, it says to use it every other wash - but I think I used it almost every wash in search of lighter hair. I found it toned and lightened my hair really well, and due to this it got me thinking how other brands would fair in comparison. 
The Bleach London Silver shampoo didn't feel drying on my hair, which I've heard some purple shampoos can do, in fact I found it quite nourishing on my hair. The conditioner was just as nice, leaving my hair feeling super soft after washing - although I'm not sure how much difference this did on the lightness of my hair. 
After my Bleach London Silver shampoo ran out I decided to try the PROVOKE Touch of Silver Shampoo, it was in Morrisons and having looked at it decided to give it a go. Its £3.19 for 150ml of product, making it a little more pricey, especially as the shampoo itself is very runny making it hard to work with - I've probably lost a lot of the product just in trying to wash my hair. Its meant to be used more as a treatment and left on the hair for 5 minutes, I'll apply it and then wash my face brush my teeth ect. I honestly don't like this one very much at all, and for various reasons. Reason number 1. I find the consistency to be too runny. It basically seems like purple water and because of this I find I have to use a lot to cover my hair, and I tend to lose a lot to the bath while trying to apply it. Reason number 2. I honestly don't think it has helped to lighten my hair. At All. At least not compared to the Bleach London Silver Shampoo, my hair is definitely more brassy than it had been before I started using the PROVOKE shampoo. It also doesn't leave my hair as soft feeling as the Bleach London one did. Which brings me to reason number 3. I don't think its good value for money, if it helped the colour a little then maybe I'd think it was worth paying for, but the fact that I've paid £3.19 for a tiny bottle of purple liquid with no benefits. 
The final one I've tried is Lush's Daddy O Shampoo. I don't know if I saw this on someones blog first, or if the first time I saw it was when I was wandering round Lush the day I bought it, either way - its mine now. It says it stops blonde hair going brassy, and keeps the hair looking bright and shiny. This is by far the most expensive option that I've featured, at £5.75 for 100g, Lush is ofc all natural and vegan so its expected to be a little pricier. 
It's probably got the best consistency of the three, its fairly thick and a bit gel like. Scent wise, I also find it to be the nicest. It smells really sweet, a bit like parma violets - in fact the scent hung around so much that while drying my hair I caught whiffs of the smell, it was amazing. 
It removes brassy tones from the hair the best out of the three I think, however it is also the most expensive of the three, costing around £4.50 for a small 100g bottle. After using this a few times my hair was slightly lighter, and now my hair is newly dyed I'm excited to see how much more it can lighten it. 
Thats it for todays post, have you tried any purple shampoos? What do you think of them? 


October Wishlist

Urban Outfitters Pins & Needles Lace Bottom Jumper £42 
I saw this the other day whilst scrolling through the Urban Outfitters page, it was the only thing that caught my eye and I'm definitely considering buying it. Might go into the store first to try it on first to make sure it definitely fits. 

Oval Brush set £19.99
For awhile now I've wanted to try an oval brush of sorts, and I saw this set on a girls youtube, she basically did a video reviewing these in full and for the money it seemed like a really good choice. 

Neom Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle £36
Ages ago, and I'm talking ages ago, I saw these reviewed on a blog. I don't know why I still haven't tried one of these yet, but I'm determined to buy myself one in the near future. They smell amazing and seem like they would be great for your skin. 

Disney Art of Belle Limited Edition Lithographs £25
I've become somewhat of a Disney addict recently. I've got a couple of prints that are Disney related and I'd love to get more to add to my collection. Hopefully I can get these and frame them to add to the gallery wall that I've got planned in my head. These Belle prints look stunning and as Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourites, its only fitting that I get this set. 

Urban Outfitters Octagon Mirror £34.30
When I bought my floor cushion from Urban Outfitters I was so close to buying this, I didn't  quite know where I was going to put it. I need to sort out my back room, the room which I take blog photos, film videos and study, then maybe when I do I'll buy this. 

ASOS Only Short Parka £35
My mum told me that the UK is going to have a crazy bad winter, so a new warm winter jacket is needed. I saw this one - along with a couple others that were a little more boring looking - whilst looking online a couple weeks back. I like the colour of this and it seems like a great way of brightening up a outfit. 

Eeyore Soft Toy £14.95
Again. I love Disney. I wanted to get a Eeyore toy whilst in Disneyland Paris but they were all very baby looking ones, but I had a cuddle of this little guy in the Disney store and I fell in love. Eeyore would look very fitting sat next to Stitch and Lotso. 

Peppa Penny Prints prices for these vary, but theres so many I'd love to get. 
I think I'm going to put an order in for a few of these soon to go on my gallery wall idea. They seem very sweet and reasonably priced, especially considering they'll be shipped from Australia. 

Whats on your wishlist? What do you think I should buy next? 


Haul | Sephora USA, LA Splash & Sephora France!

Recently I took part in a blog swap with my friend, Rena, who lives in New Jersey, you can see the blog swap post here if you're interested. In the swap box Rena had kindly said I could have things to her house to save myself a bit of money, I got some things from the US Sephora and LA Splash sent to her house.
The stuff I got from the US Sephora I'm really glad I got and I can't wait to give it all a try! Since when I did the order last year it was my birthday month I got the Sephora birthday gift, the one I picked was the NARS One Year Bolder lip set. The set comes with two miniature pencils: Cruella and Rikugien. Cruella is a lovely red shade and Rikugien is a nice your lips but better nude shade. I also got a 100 point freebie, the one I decided on was the Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in the shade Lovecraft, this is another nude shade - it looks like it will be quite a good nude shade and hopefully it suits me. 
Sticking with Kat Von D - I got two more things from her range - I am so excited for her brand to launch here! I also decided to buy the High Voltage Eye Primer, I don't actually remember buying this, so it was a nice wee surprise seeing it in the box. Her makeup seems to be pretty heavy duty and it'll be interesting to see how it helps eye makeup last. The last Kat Von D thing I got myself was the Shade & Light Contour Palette. It was between this one and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit, I think I chose the Kat Von D one because it was a little cheaper and the colours looked to be better for my skin. My NARS laguna bronzer is running out so hopefully one of the shades in this palette will be a good replacement. 
Next up is the Becca x Jacklyn Hill Champagne Pop Highlighter. I bought this when the hype for it was at its highest. And basically two weeks after I bought it, it was released in the UK. Just my luck. It looks stunning though, I'm not sure if its too gold toned? I'll have to have a wee play around with it to see how suits my skin. 
The final thing I purchased was the Sephora Ultimate Oil-in-Gel Lipstick Remover. There is no worse thing than being unable to get last nights lipstick off that has now encrusted itself onto your lips. Or when you decide to change your lip colour but its a stubborn one and stains your lips. Hopefully this comes in handy and will help with taking off a bright lip. 
Next four things I've got are from LA Splash, they're all part of the Dia De Los Muertos collection that was released last year. The shades I have are: Catrina, this looks to be a grey shade with hints of green and purple running through it; Sangre Azul, this is a beautiful blue shade - I've always wanted a blue lipstick but finding one in the UK is a little tricky; Guadalupe is a beautiful burnt copper orange shade - I can't wait to try this out; and finally Hasta La Muerte, a very dark purple shade - its definitely the darkest purple shade I own. I'm thinking of doing a first impressions video with swatches of these so keep your eyes peeled! 
Final things are from Sephora France, I only got two things but if I had waited and gone into the Champs Elysees store I'd have probably spent a lot more! The first thing I got was the Sephora Metamorphosis Exfoliating Power, it cost around 15 euros and it looks like you get a fair bit of product. I do quite like exfoliating my face once or twice a week, but I much much muuuuch prefer the powder ones, but again there doesnt seem to be a lot of these on the market. 
The final thing I got was an ETTANG Charcoal Peel Off Mask Cup, it looked really interesting so I decided to pick one up - I now regret only getting one but alas too late now to go back and get more. 
Product reviews will probably be coming up soon on the blog and maybe even in YouTube video form. Have you tried any of these before? 


In Search For The Best Sushi In Glasgow | Cailin's Sushi Bar

I love me some sushi. I think I first tried Japanese food when my love obsession with Japan and Japanese culture was at its peak, at first I didn't try any sushi, but when I did I was hooked. Luckily for me, as I've got older I've found my friends share a similar love of sushi as I do. So myself and my lovely - and bestest - friend Gemma are on the hunt for the best sushi Glasgow has to offer. As I'm a shoddy blogger I forgot my big camera and to take pictures of the outside of the place, but the foods whats important so don't hate me too much! 
 We started our hunt in a place I'd already been before, Cailin's Sushi which is on Argyle Street towards Exhibition Centre. 
When we first arrived I panicked because it looked like they were closed - which they were - but the girls that work there opened up literally as we got there. We had a look at the menu and ordered our food. I got Chicken Katsu Curry, Miso Soup, Crispy Chicken Sushi Rolls, California Sushi Rolls, Vegetable Onigiri and Ramune. My eyes were definitely bigger than my belly, but all that food only cost me around £25! Gemma got some pre made Tuna Nigiri, Chicken Katsu Curry and diet Coke, I think her food came to about £15. 
Apologies for the snapchat band, I thought I saved this picture before changing it on snapchat, clearly I was wrong.

Onto the overall thoughts!

Overall Quality of Food - 10 10
Both Gemma and I thought the quality of the food was really high, the way the food was presented too was nice. The bento boxes made for a nice change to the usual massive bowl of Katsu Curry. 
Variety of food 9 8
I thought the variety of food was great so I gave it a 9, Gemma too thought the variety was good but gave it a 8 - I think there was maybe something missing from the menu that she might have liked to have seen.  

Atmosphere & service 6 6
We both gave a 6 for the atmosphere & service. Service from staff was quick, but its basically where the service ends. You pay, then they give you the food. If your looking for somewhere where they ask how you like your food then this isn't the place for you. The store is fairly small with just two longish tables and a bench if your waiting on your takeout order. Decoration wise theres not much going on, and although its not a bad atmosphere, its pretty basic hence it scoring low - also the door was left open and it was a little chilly, so that put us off giving a higher score too.

 Value for money 8 7
We both scored quite highly for this, Gemma gave it a score of 7 and I a score of 8.


Blog Swap | USA to UK

I've done blog swaps before and I've actually already done a swap with Rena before - so last year we decided to do another. Various reasons meant this didn't happen sooner but better late than ever though! 
I tried filming the swap but a bunch of footage got corrupted, argh! But I thought I would do a little post showing some of the things I got - as more likely than not there will be some posts reviewing some of what I got. 
The box came very well packaged, and was in three layers- the top two were items Rena picked for me and the bottom layer was things I'd bought and had sent to her house (more on this in another post).
There was a fair amount of lip products in the box, a few lovely wet n wild colours that I'm excited to try, and the apricot Burts Bees Lip Shimmer looks amazing. 
SO MUCH EYE STUFF. Who knew Maybelline sold Colour Tattoo Crayons? The Wet n Wild palette looks lovely too, the colours look really pretty. The Wet n Wild liner has some glitter in it and I really really hope its a fair bit of noticeable glitter. I've so much to try out and I'm super excited. 
Final things are face products. KAT VON D! Hole-crap. This blush is hugeeee, and it looks so pretty, so many heart eyes. The Maybelline Fit Me concealer is the best concealer I've tried, the UK version of this is definitely not as good as the US version though, so I love when I can get my little mitts on the US one. 
I'll be testing these products out over the next few months, if theres anything you'd like to see a review on let me know and I'll be extra sure to review that for you! 


The Paris Diaries | Day 5 Les Catacombes & Montparnasse tower

Today was our final day in Paris, I was so not ready for leaving. We checked out of our room at 12 then got the metro down towards the Catacombes. The queues for Les Catacombes was the longest ones we faced, waiting around an hour and a half waiting to get in. It cost 10 euros to get in, and to get through the Catacombes completely takes around 45 minutes, so you definitely get value for money. 
I was going to include photos from my time in the catacombes but decided against it as I'm sure people probably don't want to see the bones of 6 million people on my blog. I found it really fascinating though and in places the bones were arranged in patterns; hearts, crosses ect. It was quite surreal to think that because they ran out of space to bury people above the ground that they ended up making an underground graveyard. Connor wasn't as big a fan of it as I was - he found it interesting but really weird and morbid. 
The final place we visited on our Paris adventure was Montparnasse Tower. We only visited here because I managed to get our tickets through Tesco Clubcard points, so we didn't actually pay any real money for the tickets. 
The views from up the tower were unreal, you could really see how green Paris was. We just sat here for awhile looking at the view and chilling in the sun before getting the metro to go in search of some souvenirs. Near the metro stop for the Eiffel Tower we found a fairly good shop that we got a few things from, Connor even got a little canvas style print for his mum from here. 
Before going back to the hotel we went into a supermarket for some juice and snacks. We got the Paris Shuttle back to the airport at 6pm, we were there a little early but only by about half an hour or there abouts. I picked up a few things in the airport, some more Macarons from Laduree - couldn't say no to them could I? I also got a bottle of Angelina's hot chocolate from duty free - I'm hoping it tastes even half as good as the hot chocolate from the store. 

I hope to go back to Paris soon as I miss it so much already, hopefully we go back sometime within the next year - I hear Star Wars season is coming to Disneyland Paris soon.... 


The Paris Diaries | Part 4 Sainte Chapelle, Sacre Coeur & Arc De Triomphe

This day was the day we walked the most. Our own fault, we easily could have taken the metro but since it was a nice day and we are cray we walked it. Tiring, sore and sweaty bodies were the result of us walking everywhere this day. 
We did get the metro at the start of the day but it still involved a 10 minute walk to Sainte Chapelle. We missed out on seeing Sainte Chapelle the day before when we went to Norte Dame, but it was nice to come earlier in the day feeling fresh and not feeling rushed. 
Sainte Chapelle was beautiful inside, the newly renovated sainted glass windows were stunning and the way they light up the room was something else entirely. Pictures don't even do it justice. We then went next door and wandered around Conciergerie, both these places were free for Connor and I because of us being from a EU member country and being under 24 years old. Its basically a french castle turned prison, and my oh my it was grand inside. Both places were definitely worth a visit, and both beautiful in their own right. 
Next up on the agenda was a rather long hot walk to Sacré-Cœur, we walked for well over an hour more or less entirely up hill in the blistering heat. The plus side to this was getting to explore the area of Montmartre, which out of all the areas we went through to me seemed to be most authentic, and I'd definitely come stay in that area when we come back. There was just so many patisseries, boulangeries, butchers and cheese stores in the area - much more than I had noticed in other areas - especially in the area we stayed in. We passed by a cute little Patisserie on the way up, after a quick google search I found out it was called Maison Dupuy on Rue Cadet. They had so many pretty desserts, I opted for a lovely raspberry macaron and Connor got a strawberry tart, each cake cost around 3 Euros which I was more than happy to pay. 
It was definitely well worth the money as the macaron was delicious. Definitely the best thing I've ever tasted. Connor loved his tart too but I think mine was by far better. 
Sacré-Cœur was amazing to get up to, only ruined a little by the scam artists that were out in their masses - one man even grabbed Connors wrist to try attach a bit of string to him. After walking through the basilica we decided to pay to go up the Dome, I think it cost around 6 euros each. The views from up the top were amazing and well worth paying extra to go up. Everywhere in Paris that you can go up offers different perspectives making each thing worth going up. 
 After the Sacré-Cœur we took a walk down the Champs Elysees. With my new found love of macarons I was in search of the Laduree store. I bought a coffrete of 6 and an individual larger one. They were amazing and worth every penny spent. They went a bit off before we got back to the apartment but it was only the way they looked, they tasted just as good even if they looked a wee bit off. We then sat at the end of the street looking at the Arc De Triomphe and took some photos before heading off to go up it. 
  Watching the sun go down from on top of the Arc De Triomphe was so lovely, seeing the city go dark and the Eiffel Tower light up was brilliant. It was a great end to the day, and I'd highly recommend doing this too! 
Ending the day with this was definitely the perfect way to end it, I can't think of a better way to have spent the night than this. One last instalment of Paris posts before they conclude.  


The Paris Diaries | Day 3 Pantheon, Norte Dame & Louvre

After some what of a long lie, we started our day with the metro heading towards the Pantheon. 
The Pantheon was an interesting bit of history, we opted to get an audio guide so we could learn a bit more, many a famous person had been buried here; Victor Hugo, Marie Currie and her husband. Next we walked towards Notre Dame, we got some pastries on our way and had a little stop off in the Luxembourg Gardens.
The Luxembourg gardens were so pretty, like if Glasgow parks were taken care of just that little bit more they could be just as pretty, but alas. After a little rest we continued on our way to Notre Dame. 
Notre Dame was beautiful both inside and out. It was very grand and regal, and I don't think we waited much more than 15 minutes to get into the cathedral itself.   The windows inside as well were crazy beautiful. The purples and blues were stunning.
 We also decided to go up the towers - of which were also free for us (18-24 yrs and a EU member country perks). My lord the stairs! If you have difficulty getting up or down stairs or struggle to walk after long periods of time then I'd highly advise you against this. I struggled so much to get up the stairs, it was hot and my whole body hurt. The views at the top were well worth it though. The architecture all the way up was really cool too and seeing the gargoyles up close was really cool! 
 After going up the towers we sat in the square outside Norte Dame for a bit, rest our poor wee legs a bit... After our wee rest we looked up how to get to the Louvre from where we were and off we went. We stopped at some of the market stall type things that lined the river Seine. Connor liked the look of all the prints they had, so we bought a few: one for me; one for Connors mum; and one for my gran. Hopefully I'll get mine framed so it looks good on the wall. I also got my gran a little decorative plate from one of the stalls, when I gave her it the other day she was so happy with it, adding it to her little collection on the mantle place.
We sat outside the pyramids for a little while, chilling out and taking in the views before we went inside - there was legit no queue to get in which was great! Connor tried taking one of the classic holding the pyramid pictures, it didn't go 100% as planned but it doesn't look horrendous. 
It was such a warm day that people were literally walking in the fountains and others were just dipping their feet in. Connor was close to putting his toes in but decided against it when he decided he couldn't dry his feet off.  
The inside of the Louvre was spectacular. Napoleon's apartments were so grand, I love places like this. Old fashioned styled houses, English castles and houses I could genuinely spend hours walking around and here was no different. 

While wandering around the Louvre, I legit grabbed Connor and squealed with excitement when I saw there was an Angelina's. We stopped here for a little while and had the best hot chocolate I've ever tried! It was amazingly thick and so so so good. I drool when I think about it, no joke. It wasn't cheap but it was completely worth it! We then went in search of the Mona Lisa, the famous painting that everyone knows about. 
We honestly came across the Mona Lisa by complete accident, you'd have never known the painting was there because there was not a huge crowd around it like we both thought there would be. Mona Lisa isn't a huge painting, but the wall she is on is huuuuge, maybe that makes the painting itself look smaller? Both Connor and I thought it was nothing special and that there were much more visually stunning paintings on display in the Louvre. 

Our day ended here, and we just headed home after this. We did go into a nearby supermarket to get something for dinner before getting the metro but nothing exciting. The next Paris post will be the second last of my Paris Diaries!