Travel | Bunquers del Carmel, Barcelona

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Today I'm doing a post about one of the places we went in Barcelona! I found the Bunquers del Carmel on a post about Barcelona in the Girls Love Travel Facebook group which is one of my most favourite things in the world! 

The Bunquers are an amazing viewpoint up a hill in an area of the city that isn't too far from where we were staying, near Mount Tibidabo. It's a relatively steep climb but not too challenging at all and I think we went up a strange route as my family were convinced that I was making this place up but the views at the top are completely worth it! 

The bunquers were also used as anti air craft batteries in the Spanish Civil War to protect the city from bombings so a trip up to the Bunquers provides you with a beautiful viewpoint and a little bit of history! You can see all the cities viewpoints from the banquets including Sagrada Familia and best of all, it's all free! We went up in early evening and there were quite a few locals there with picnics but it was nowhere near as busy as other tourist viewpoint spots in Barcelona so I would definitely recommend it to get a panoramic view of the city!

Travel | How to Spend a Day in Las Vegas for Free!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Today I have a guest post on my blog from the lovely Fiona at Savvy in Somerset who is bringing us a post about travelling to Las Vegas where she has just come back from her honeymoon! She is sharing with us ways to holiday in Las Vegas and things to do that are super cheap or free!

A trip to Las Vegas can be as cheap or expensive as you want to make it. There is so much to see and do I think you could probably go a whole day without spending a single cent. You may want to spend a little on some food and drink but there is so much to do for free you wouldn’t need to spend much more to have fun. These were my favorite free things to do in Las Vegas based on our recent trip.

Walk the Strip

This may sound obvious but spend some time literally just walking the strip and taking everything in. Las Vegas is like nowhere else on earth and you'll want savor every minute. If you get tired why not stop and grab a bench for a spot of people watching. I particularly liked the LINQ Promenade for this.

Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace

If you think you can manage to avoid the pricey shops a wander around this area is a lovely way to kill some time. The Italian theming is fantastic and great for some picture opportunities, especially next to the replica fountains.

The Bellagio (not just for the fountains)

Everyone knows about the fountain show at the Bellagio as it's one of the most famous things in Las Vegas. But there are also some wonders to behold if you step inside the hotel too. Make sure you look up as you enter the foyer - the ceiling inside is covered in hundreds of huge glass flowers. There are the beautiful Botanical Gardens which change depending on the seasons and you can also find the world’s biggest chocolate fountain which is outside the Jean-Phillipe Patisserie.

Hershey's & M&Ms Shops

These two shops can be found towards the South of the Strip. The Hershey's shop is inside the New York, New York hotel. When we went, they were giving out free samples so definitely worth a look for freebie if you can resist buying anything.
The M&M shop is little further up the strip and on the opposite side of the road. There is more M&Ms merchandise than you could shake a stick at spread over four floors. You can meet and have photographs taken with the Red M&M as he does frequent free meet and greets throughout the day. There is also a short movie for the kids and an actual Racing Car on display.

Visit as Many hotels as possible

Make a list of all the hotels in Las Vegas and visit as many of them as you can. You can literally walk around every single hotel and many of them have things to offer besides casinos. We stayed at the Luxor on our trip and absolutely loved the Egyptian theming there. The whole hotel is shaped like a Pyramid and there is a huge Sphinx outside. My favorite hotel exterior is New York, New York without a doubt. Be sure to check out the Cosmopolitan for its insanely huge chandelier and Paris for the Eiffel Tower replica and Giant balloon.
There is also a free show outside of the Mirage hotel involving a Volcano which is worth seeing if you can fit it into your day.

Las Vegas Bingo

Why not keep things interesting by making your own game of Vegas Bingo? Try spotting various fancy dress characters up and down the strip (we saw Avengers, Minions, Pok√©mon, Minnie & Mickey Mouse) as well as famous Las Vegas land marks such as the High Roller, The statue of Liberty and Trump Tower.

Visit Downtown

While it may not be free to get to Downtown Las Vegas/Freemont Street (walking there is not advised) it has plenty to offer for free once you get there. You can visit the Golden Nugget which is Las Vegas's oldest casino, have your photo taken with a million dollars at Binions or just soak up the atmosphere under the world’s largest digital screen. In the evening, there is free live music and entertainment and you can watch people whizzing overhead on the Slotzilla Zipline.

We absolutely loved our recent trip to Las Vegas and can't wait to go back at some-point in the future.

Travel | Vilnius, Lithuania

Friday, 10 March 2017

We had a reading week in February at university and my best friend and I went on a short trip to Vilnius, Lithuania! We had an absolutely amazing time there, it's a beautiful city and I thought I would do my general post about Vilnius to give you some information about the city and then I can do some more in depth posts about what the city has to offer!

Where to Stay

We stayed in Fabrika Hostel which is a great hostel in the city centre of Vilnius. It's right near the KGB museum which is something you will definitely want to do and is within 10 minutes walk of Cathedral square which is the start of the old town of Vilnius. I would highly recommend Fabrika as it's a great hostel. It didn't have loads going on in terms of hostel activities but the accommodation was great for a hostel for the three nights that we stayed there!

Where to Eat

The friend that I was with is vegetarian and I eat mainly vegetarian food which we did find was a slight issue when looking for places that made traditional Lithuanian food that was also veggie. We did have an amazing traditional beer snack at Forto Dvaras that we absolutely loved which was rye bread with cheese sauce and we also found an amazing vegan restaurant in the university district called Gyvas Baras which did amazing food so they are two places that I would definitely recommend!

What to Do

We filled our days in Lithuania really well! On the first day we saw the Gate of Dawn and walked down Pilies Street which has loads of beautiful churches on! We then went on a free walking tour which was amazing and I would highly recommend as it covers loads of different parts of Vilnius and tells you some history! Uzupis is an especially cool part of the tour! On the second day we went to Trakai Castle which was absolutely amazing and my favourite part of the trip! It also snowed on that day which made the castle doubly magical! On our final day we went to the Museum of Genocide Victims which was very sad but definitely something that you should do whilst you are there as it shows you the sad history of Lithuania which I felt we should learn about. We also climbed the Hill of Three Crosses and had a beautiful view across Vilnius before we got on the bus to the airport!

I would definitely recommend Vilnius as a slightly different weekend break in Eastern Europe! We had three days there which definitely felt like enough although I'm sure there would have been a few other things we could have done as well if we had had another couple of days but three days felt like enough! I will do some more in depth posts about it in the next few weeks!
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