Category Archives: Europe

Disney Collector Dream


It’s no secret that I am a huge Disney fan.
Sleeping Beauty was always my favourite movie – I had a poster advertising the VHS hanging on my wall while growing up.
It was an amazing poster – aside from being huge, it was made of heavy cardstock and looked something like this.
I loved it so much, battered as it was, it even graced the bedroom wall of one of my apartments after I moved away from home.
I think it’s now in storage, but I would love to fix it up and hang it on my wall again in future.

Anyways, that is besides the point.
While traveling Europe last year, we stumbled upon the Disney store in Venice – so naturally I had to take a peek.
I instantly fell in love with the Disney Animators’ Collection of princess dolls.
If they weren’t so large, and my suitcase already so full – I would have bought Aurora on the spot!

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A Different Point of View

I saw this article today – about well-known landmarks photographed from a different angle.
It’s funny, because while we were traveling around Europe last year, we often discussed how different certain landmarks looked in real life, compared to what we had seen online.
I’m not really sure what I expected, but when we finally got to see many of the places we were looking forward to visiting – such as the Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa or Eiffel Tower – we were almost disappointed that streets, houses and buildings had been erected around them over the years. Call me naive, but it did take away from the magnificence in some way.
So I always find it really interesting to see articles like this – and to view the landmarks in a different way – a more realistic way.

Of the landmarks mentioned, we visited seven – which has inspired me to share some of our viewpoints:

The Acropolis - Athens, Greece
The Acropolis – Athens, Greece

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If I Could Turn Back Time

It’s hard to believe that it has been a whole year since we were sunning ourselves in Barcelona!
The time has flown since then, but at the same time it feels like it was all just a dream.
Now the weather is getting colder here, it makes me wish I could turn back time and do it all over again.
At least we have great photos like this to look back on.

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Thing 25

Thing 25: Get a Tan

I’ve always had pretty pale skin.
I grew up in Southland, New Zealand – right down the bottom of the South Island.
Summer wasn’t really ever a thing for us.
Getting a tan has always felt like a luxury to me.

I’m not into tanning beds.
The thought of laying in a chamber while UV rays blast my skin doesn’t appeal to me.

Also, I’ve seen Final Destination 3.

Sure, I’ve tried fake tan over the years, and struggled to get a flawless, natural finish.
I even got a professional spray tan before a friend’s wedding once.
Most of my body looked great, but I had dark patches under my arms, and I had decided not to get my face done, so was only tanned from my neck down.
Not the best idea when you’re part of the bridal party.
Sorry Amy!!

During our trip to Europe last year, many days were spent in the sun and even after layering on the sun-block, my skin quickly turned brown.
For once in my life I had, and kept a decent tan!

I even still have some of the lines to prove it. #TMI

Amsterdam - one week into our trip.
Amsterdam – one week into our trip.
Rome - a month and a half into the trip.
Rome – a month and a half into the trip.

Thing 15

Thing 15: See More of the World

This thing was a trick.

I basically just wanted an excuse to go traveling, and knew that I didn’t really need one.

But, I did want to go to some places I haven’t been before.

Which is a lot.

So in 2013, my partner and I took two months off work and traveled Europe.

We went to so many places, including England, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Greece.

It was amazing and exhausting and wonderful.

You can read all about our adventures here.

London, England
London, England
Amsterdam, Holland/the Netherlands
Amsterdam, Holland/the Netherlands
Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Paris, France
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt, Switzerland
Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj, Croatia
Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy
Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy
Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece
Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece


Thing 6

Thing 6: Eat a Croissant in France

You have no idea how much I was looking forward to this thing!

Croissants = yum.

France = awesome.

Together? Amazing.

It’s a shame the weather was so average, but any day of a holiday is better than a day not on holiday, right?


The End of Another Year

Happy New Year, Friends!

December was a mad rush of last-minute jobs, Christmas parties and feeling festive. I am really enjoying my time off work – already losing track of any sort of routine, eating anything I please and unfortunately sitting on my behind more often than going out walking. But hey, that’s what holidays are for – time to reset, relax and enjoy life.

2013 was such a great year in so many ways, but also quite a hard one.

The best bits for me were:

Best Bits of 2013

I have no idea what 2014 has in store for me – the only guarantee at this point is that I will sadly reach the end of my 20’s and take the scary first steps into my 30’s. Eeek!

I also know that I am not down for New Years Resolutions. This year, I am setting some achievable goals instead – like, looking after myself more; keeping in better contact with friends and family; and being kind to myself.

What are your goals for 2014?