Italy is one of my favourite countries. Especially the town of Chiavenna, I visit there a lot both in the summer to swim in their waterfalls and in the winter to go snowboarding. So this year when my boyfriend and I wanted a cheapish holiday away (he has relatives out there who lend us a house to stay in) we booked tickets there.
The plan for the whole week was to do the bare minimum. It’s very hot there so lots of our plans were based around ice-cream and water. There are two waterfalls right near where we stay and we only made it to one as the other required a car we didn’t have. We walked to the waterfall and swam in the ice-melt water, sunbathed and took a nice walk back via a cooler (in both senses) cycle path that ran beside the river. We even got the train out to a nearby lake (near lake Como) and sunbathed there for a day.
One of my favourite things about Italy is hiking, and I love to go for walks with my boyfriends aunt and her dog, Blink. We went for some shorter walks just because of how the times worked, but we went up to their mountain house (its a half hour drive up the mountain they live on) and took Blink for a much nicer woodland hike which she loved.
Travelling is something I’ve never been able to do much before but now I’m able to, I’m hooked. After our city break to Copenhagen last December, we’ve also booked to go to Paris this December, but we’re hoping to drive rather than fly, so look out for that post!!
There is nothing better than a short city break, and this year my boyfriend and myself jetted off to Copenhagen in Denmark. Its easily one of the best countries I’ve been to so far.
Where we stayed was right opposite Copenhagen Central Station so travel to and from the airport wan’t a problem as there is a train there and back. We didn’t get the train much as everything was with in walking distance. We could see Tivoli gardens from our hotel room and it was a three minute walk down the road to it. We literally walked pretty much every where. There was a free shuttle bus to the Carlsberg brewery which also stopped at the Zoo, but you can also get a train just as easily if needed.
The zoo was my aim and we got the shuttle there on the second day. They had so many amazing animals, they had a polar bear who was loving doing backstroke in the water, flamingos, camels, zebras and hippos and it has to be hands down the best zoo ever. All the animals were active and doing stuff (apart from the bear who was hibernating) but the wolves were running laps and the artic foxes were curious about us – it was all just amazing!!
Tivoli gardens was amazing, we didn’t do any rides as I cant go on them due to medical reasons but I did get a stick of candy floss bigger than my head & I fully recommend these sugar coated nuts they sell which were amazing!! I can’t remember what their called but they were like heaven. We also got a pizza where she folded it in half, grilled it and then served it and it was the best! The hot chocolate is also amazing too!
I didn’t rate Carlsberg brewery to be honest…. it was very short and we got round it in like forty minutes…. although you do get a free gift and drink token, but there was no one in the gift shop when we were there and gave up waiting for someone. Their shuttle also stops at 2.30 which we didn’t realise so we ended up getting the train back.
The little mermaid is a nice walk and originally we were going to walk through Nyhaven to the mermaid, but I had a funny turn at breakfast so we ended up getting the train there. It worked out really well though because its such a nice walk to the mermaid, and you can then follow the river back into Nyhaven and back into central Copenhagen.
One thing I would say if you go in the winter (we went in December) is to wrap warm and take thermals if you have them. I wore leggings under my jeans, a thick winter jumper, a fur lined coat (fake fur) with a hat and gloves and was fine. My boyfriend on the other hand who was lacking double leg wear was a bit colder.
I recently got back from snowboarding with my boyfriend and some friends (literally got home about three hours ago) and so thought I’d write a post about it. It was my first time snowboarding and I have to admit, I loved every minute of it and even made it onto the red runs on my first day. We travelled to Chiavenna in Italy, its a small town in a valley which is the most picturesque place I have honestly ever been.
It was a long day travelling, leaving at four in the morning to get the flight then two trains from Milan taking just over two hours. Thankfully my boyfriends family friend who lives out there picked us up from the train station so we didn’t have to drag our bags up the mountain to their house (its a very steep trek uphill to their house) and also managed to squeeze in a food shop at the same time. My boyfriend and his friends have been before but this was my first time going to snowboard, so they introduced me to their tradition of kebab pizzas on the first night. I’m not technically supposed to eat either kebab or pizzas because my stomach cant cope with digesting that much fatty food, so I opted for a basic salami pizza whist the others ordered kebab pizza. I had a slice of my boyfriends and it was honestly so good, its worth a try!!
We went up the mountain and hired our snowboards from a local sports shop in Madesimo before starting our first day boarding. It was fairly snowy with heavy snowfall whilst we were boarding so we started on the bunny slope to get to grips with it before going onto a tougher run. The snow and wind was fairly heavy so you couldnt see very far in front of you which I wasn’t a huge fan off. It made me kinda disorientated so when I thought I was going downwards, I was actually going pretty much side ways and always ended up falling over. It did clear up a few days after so I ventured onto some tougher slopes and even mastered getting off the lifts (one of the guys keeping an eye on the ski lift actually started standing to the side of the chair I was getting off on so he could help steady me and guide me off. I still managed to fall). There were two particular runs that I really liked because they were fast and flowing, and once you have some music playing on your headphones, its honestly the best thing ever! I also fell a few times because I got a bit too into my music rather than focusing on staying upright on my board.
The scenery was stunning, having only seen it in the summer, it was amazing to see it in the winter as well, so was amazed at how beautiful it looked covered in snow, like my photos seriously don’t do it any justice. The last few days it got a bit warmer so the slopes turned to ice, so we stayed in Chiavenna and had a relaxed day before going out in the night then go karting on the Saturday. Before go karting we went up to his family friends house (we stayed in their summer house) and had a bbq outside in their garden. They have a stone bbq and their amazing cooks so their ‘bit of lunch’ is usually a buffet. The sun came out and it was pretty warm and it was such a nice atmosphere, listening to music, joking and eating some amazing food with a stunning view. Needless to say I didn’t want to leave and I’m planning on going back in the summer hopefully.
This is a total recommended place for a nice holiday and you should definitely check it out!
This week I am going to Italy snowboarding. I’m proper excited and despite some health complications, I’m all set to go and super excited! I thought I would do a whats in my carry on because I’ve seen so many other people do it so I thought why not?!
My carry on bag is a Superdry rucksack thats dark pink and really roomy. I find its the perfect size to fit everything in it and has a front compartment that I can put things in that I might need quickly. In the front compartment I tend to leave my asthma inhaler and medication in there as especially with the medication, its hard to dig out of a packed bag.
In my main bag I have a small blanket because I tend to get really cold, really quickly so a blanket is pretty essential for me. I also put in a spare hoody and some fluffy socks with a bottle of water and bottle of something fizzy like coke incase I have a dizzy spell and need sugar. I also put in my iPod my with headphones and a book. My purse along with my tickets and passport also goes into an inside compartment of my bag so I can get to them easily but their not in an easy place to be stolen.
Make up wise I take make up wipes, incase I fall asleep and wake with some panda eyes, as well as a pack of hair ties and slides so I can tie my hair if needed. I also like to take my Lush Tea Tree Toner spray because I don’t put foundation on when flying, just mascara so its nice to spritz my face with it once I get off the plane to feel a bit more awake.
Its not much but I’m only going on a short haul flight which is only an hour and half so I dont really need much… but keep an eye on my blog for some make up reviews, lush haul and updates from my snowboarding holiday!!