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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

48 Hours in Geneva

48 Hours in Geneva
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin
Thursday, 24 November 2016
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Photo Diary: Weekly Roundup

Photo Diary: Weekly Roundup
Sunday, 23 October 2016
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This past week has been quite exciting, and I have took quite a few pictures so I thought why not share it with you guys. Apart from the usual of being in University in the afternoons and working at the weekend, I did quite a few fun things!

On Monday, myself and Lawrence went to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington. Which is around a twenty minute drive from Manchester. Every year the farm holds a Pumpkin festival which opens the pumpkin picking fields, where you go round the farm and pick the pumpkins you fancy! You then weigh all your picks and pay for them! Easy. We had a walk around, looking for our perfect pumpkin, in which I had the COMPLETE wrong shoes on for. (I sank in to the mud with every step.) 







It felt all so Autumny and cosy whilst walking around the different picking fields, and actually can't wait to go back in Spring/Summer for the berries. But for now, we have our pumpkins to carve. (I have actually never carved a pumpkin, so wish me luck!)




On Wednesday, myself and Ayesha went to Manchester Art Museum. Fashion and Freedom and 100 years of Vogue are the two fashion-based exhibitions on at the moment, and is totally free so very much worth a visit.



 In the Fashion and Freedom exhibition, there was a display of interpretations of fashion at the time, made by fashion students and designers. It was really interesting to see the development behind each piece of clothing and the history behind it is fascinating.





My personal favourite which I was drawn to the most was a piece by Fashion student, Revekka Georgiadou. (Far right) I was attracted from across the room by the metallic skirt (I am like a magpie at the moment!) but when I got closer I could see the detail and consideration that had gone in to her work. Revekka's researched in to women in the First World War, and her design represents the workers who were nicknamed the 'munitionettes' and 'canaries' because of the chemical exposure they suffered while handling explosives discoloured the skin. The whole design, colours and material is a symbol and the contribution to the war effort. You can get more information on her work here.





Looking around the Vogue 100 was such a special experience. The exhibition was set across various rooms in a timeline effect. It was amazing to see the first ever issue of Vogue, (which was hardback!) compared to the recent issues. Through the move of technology and social media, the style of the cover of the magazine may have changed by fashion is always a expanding but repetitive industry. The images on the walls and in old issues of Vogue you see fashion adjust but yet always come back around. Speaking of the fashion industry, I had the pleasure to see Vivienne Westwood on Thursday night as she did a talk on her new book, Get a Life. 


Her new book is aimed to tackle climate change and the little things we can do personally to contribute to help the world. She also explained how her research in to the world and environment show in her work. Even though, I would have liked to hear more on the fashion side of her career, the talk was an eye opening experience to the seriousness of climate change. Vivienne was passionate and a great story teller and had amazzzzing huge heels on! (Not bad for 75!)


So! My jam packed week of amazing things! Myself and Lawrence are off to see The Lumineers tonight in Manchester, which is also very exciting! Please let me know what you have been up to this week?!

Rach x
Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Photo Diary: Southwest France

Photo Diary: Southwest France
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
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Let's pick up where we last left off. From Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré we then travelled to a small port, a place where I was so excited to go because it is of course, the French version of my name, La Rochelle. La Rochelle is a place I wished we had more time to spend in, but with such a packed schedule and wanting to get to our next campsite before it went dark to get our tent up, we made the most of our morning here.


The town of La Rochelle was beautiful and authentic, we had croissants and coffee over-looking the port and then went for stroll around the town, I may have got distracted in to a Zara on our way around too. (Oops!) 



Unfortunately, I did not get as many photos as I would have liked to in La Rochelle. We had a long journey to our next campsite in Toux, next to Lac de Thoux-Saint-Cricq. On route to our next campsite, we stopped off at Bordeaux. A popular city in the region of Southwest France on the Atlantic Coast. We spent around 2 hours here, which again, just was not enough time for all the things to see and do in this town, but we still made the most of our time. The city was beautiful and has amazing architecture.









Every monument or pretty building always seems to have scaffolding or work going on with it. Does anyone else always encounter scaffolding wherever they travel to?! We stayed at a quiet, beautiful campsite called Camping Flower Lac De Thoux St-Cricqthat overlooked the lake. This was one of our favourite campsites that we stayed at, but the only downside was that there was not much around in walking distance to see or do. On the way to the campsite, we drove past around 10 miles of sunflower fields, which I now really regret not getting a picture of. 

Waking up overlooking the lake was such a special feeling. I watched the morning mist rise off the lake and the sun rise and it was a surreal moment of how lucky I was to be on such an amazing trip.




We set off from our campsite bright and early to pack in as many towns to visit as we headed towards the south of France. Our first stop on our long drive to the anticipated Avignon was Beziers. A vintage, cultural town in the south of France, widely known for the annual bullfighting festival, in which we saw the square in which they hold the shows. We explored the windy little streets and stopped for a drink. The atmosphere of this little town was so relaxing and felt as though I could have spent the whole day there.









On to the South of France we go! Until next time.

Rach x
Friday, 16 September 2016

Photo Diary: Brittany, France

Photo Diary: Brittany, France
Friday, 16 September 2016
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In August, myself and my boyfriend, Lawrence took off and drove down south to catch the Eurotunnel over to France. We had the whole trip planned out for months and felt like this trip was greatly anticipated and defiantly needed. We went to numerous towns and cities around France and loved soaking up the culture and the sun!

The Eurotunnel was nothing like I expected. With long delays expected due to extra security checks, it was surprising how quickly we got through customs and loaded on to the train. The train was HUGE. I always thought you parked your car up and left your vehcile and sat in a carriage like a normal train. But it was nothing like that, you drive on, stay in your car, and drive off. I only just nodded off when we arrived in France, it took a whole 30 minutes! Crazy! It has been the easiest way of traveling abroad, but the only thing I missed was the duty free shops as it is routine to spray yourself with expensive perfumes and try on sun glasses. There is a duty free at the tunnel terminal, but we just went straight on to the train.

We arrived in Calais in which we drove to Rouen, a small town in Normandy. We had a walk around, a coffee and shared a hanging kebab and the weather was scorching! The architecture around Rouen was beautiful. The detail in the buildings and the time it must have taken to complete amazed me.

















From Rouen, we then drove along to our campsite, which was just outside St. Malo, which was a beautiful costal town. The old town is built within high walls, like a fort. We spent a morning here, where we had the best sweet crêpes, ever! St. Malo was my personal favourite place out of our whole trip that we visited. I loved the town, the coast, the houses, everything! If you were considering visiting Brittany, make sure St. Malo is on your list as it offers scenery and culture like no other town I visited. 




We also met the world's cutest dog. He looked like he was such a softy despite the spike collar. If I had this dog I would call him Bruce. (Please can I have a Bruce dog one day?) 


Whilst we were in Brittany, we met up with some of our old friends. We explored the town of Plomeur and went for dinner at a little local place recommended by Pierre. I was a bit wary of the type of food he explained it was, as I am a bit of a fussy eater. It was a little Crêperie called Men Lann Du. It was full of traditional garments, old photographs with little benches to sit on. The plates, cups and even the napkins were all traditional and beautiful. I am so glad we ate here, as it is something Lawrence and I wouldn't find/try on our own.  We shared a bottle of cider, which was really nice and sweet, I learnt more about the fashion, the history and the culture and I would really recommend visiting Men Lann Du, it is popular with both locals and tourists and is reasonably priced too. And being a fussy eater, I even enjoyed the food too! 





Next on the agenda, we passed through Nantes on our way to Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, in which you have to drive over a huge bridge to get to the town. We didn't have a long stay at this campsite, so by the time we had drove there and had our set up camp, we were tired to have a drive back out again. So we got on our trip advisor app and went for a walk to see if there was any cafes near by. We stumbled on a hotel and restaurant, we went in by liking the look of the menu and did not realise how posh it was! We were in our shorts and flip flops and were angry as we had lots of more formal clothes that we were desperate to wear for a nice meal, but this was unplanned but still really enjoyed every bit of it. 





As you can probably tell, Lawrence and I like to eat, and this is always our main priority when we travel. Food, food and more food! What a better way to explore? 

So this is the first leg of our France trip, no car sickness, no accidents, so far so good.

Rach x

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