9 October 2016


It already feels like ages since we were there but I thought I'd give you guys a sneak peek and some tips from our city break to Gdansk last month, somewhere I'd never considered before but I'm so glad we visited because it is the cutest little place. Have to give Em the credit for recommending it to me and convincing me to book it!

The Hotel

We stayed at the Puro Hotel which was the perfect combination of modern and cosy, and it honestly had everything you could ever need in a city break hotel. In Gdansk there is a main street in the old town where all the restaurants are based and this hotel was tucked away just on the other side of the bridge, meaning it was away from the noise but literally a 30 second walk to everything so you could quickly pop back if you needed anything. We got a taxi from the airport which was about 60 Zloty (15ish pounds) and 20 minutes away from the centre, so definitely worth it rather than having to work out trains etc as soon as you land!

Everything in the room was controlled using this tablet, so you could change the lighting, temperature and even order room service without moving an inch! 

Exploring + Where To Eat

Walking up and down the main street in the Old Town, we couldn't help but fall in love with the patterned pastel buildings, each one prettier than the last. Countless restaurants lined the streets and you would honestly not run out of places to eat here even if you stayed for a month, there was so much choice and for a complete foodie like me, it was pretty much heaven! 
This ice-cream is also a must, they sell it at a few kiosks through the old town and you won't miss them. This one was actually a small!
Definitely head to the top of Gdansk town hall because the views are so pretty, and the ticket to the top includes access to the little museum there too! 

This little spot was called Lookier and was on the main strip of restaurants, definitely recommend for breakfast/lunch - the club sandwich was soooo good. Another spot where you can get a really good breakfast is Barylka which is along the river before you enter the main strip. For dinner, you'll want to try the dumplings at Familia Bistro because they were actually amazing, I'd say three each is the perfect portion - I don't actually have any photos because I suck and forgot my camera etc but you can check out the website here!
The Ice-Cream Cafe is one that you won't want to miss either, they had pretty much any flavour you could want and we both have a major sweet tooth so couldn't resist!

On the second day, we went for breakfast and the headed to the train station to get to the seaside town of Sopot about 15 minutes away. Although it was busy with tourists etc, it didn't feel crowded at all and somehow felt really peaceful and safe, which is weird considering I usually have to be somewhere for a while before I can feel that way! Look out for the waffle houses because they were so darn good and I obviously got all the whipped cream and Nutella in the world as well. Sad times that I can't have one right now to be honest.
We were craving all the carbs so we went to La Vita for an Italian lunch, which was part of the main square as you head away from the pier/beach. The pasta here was incredible and I proved once again that when I'm on holiday I eat for about 3 people. After lunch, go for a walk along the main street and look out for the wonky house!

As part of our third day there, we headed to the Stutthof Concentration Camp museum, which was one of those things that was always going to be pretty eye opening and hard to get your head around, but most definitely worth a visit because actually being there and seeing everything was so surreal. If you're in Gdansk for 3/4 days, do consider going because it's only about an hour away and really easy to get to by coach/bus which drops you right outside the museum. Entrance is free and you only have to pay a small fee to watch the short film in the cinema before going around. For obvious reasons I didn't take any photos so you can check out the website here.

I'm so glad I visited and got to see a tiny glimpse of what a city break in Poland is like, because I never really had a clue. I'd considered Krakow or Warsaw, but obviously because the weather was so lovely I preferred the idea of somewhere by the sea - I can't even imagine how cute it would be to go here at Christmas with all the markets etc as well! 

Have you travelled to Poland before? I'd love to know where in the world you'd like to visit next!
Thanks for stopping by :)

26 July 2015

Exploring Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia

Following on from the previous Barcelona post, we had our first full day which was a no camera day for me as it was mostly spent on the beach relaxing, and taking in the beautiful surroundings with a cocktail in hand. The following day was then a complete contrast, moving away from the beach and onwards with a lot of walking (and climbing) and was very much all about exploring what the city had to offer.

Before heading out for the day we decided to stop off at Milk Bar & Bistro after spotting their menu the night before, and knowing we couldn't miss out on it. Oh my goodness you guys, the pancakes. The fluffiest things topped with bananas and walnuts, they were actually a dream. I need to find somewhere in London that makes them anywhere near as good. The Bistro itself was actually pretty cute, tucked away on a corner near our hotel and with an Alice in Wonderland theme throughout, I absolutely loved it. They had amazing berry and yoghurt french toast too.
Pancake fuelled, we headed to Parc de la Cuitadella - I wasn't too sure what to expect here but it was utterly stunning. The fountain within the park was quite something, both to look at and to look out from, and the further up the steps I went, the more I appreciated the work and design that had gone into it. 
We walked through the palm trees and discovered the little boats in the lake which you can hire from around €6. Of course we weren't going to say no and hopped in (it did take us a few moments to adjust to the paddles, it's harder than it looks!) 
After leaving the Park we took a detour to the Picasso Museum (no photo's allowed unfortunately!) which was definitely worth the visit, it was really interesting to gain some insight into the work and it made me appreciate it so much more. Bonus - it's free if you're a student! 
We then walked through the Triumphal Arch, leading us to La Sagrada Familia which was pretty breathtaking. The exterior was just so detailed and as much as it looks amazing in photo's, you really can't appreciate it until it's right there in front of you. Moving inside it was even more beautiful, the size and height of the ceilings were beyond my expectations - I honestly can't tell you just how intricate it was in there, and it's undeniable that Gaudi was an incredible architect. By the way guys, if you're planning on visiting, book in advance because the queues are ridiculous and you may not get in otherwise.
As well as viewing the church, we also booked to see the view from the Passion Façade. As someone that is scared (petrified) of heights, not only was it completely terrifying to see how high up we were, but walking down you could see every single step through the hollow centre too. Saying that, I don't regret it one bit, it was definitely worth it and the views were insane - if you're headed to Barcelona then do it, do it, do it! 
To finish the day we headed back to our hotel for some much needed rest before putting our glad rags on and heading out once more for dinner. We walked to Plaça Reial and after a ridiculous amount of choice restaurant-wise, we headed into Rossini where I had the most incredible four cheese, tomato and rocket pizza (not very spanish of me but at this point I had already outdone myself on the paella and patatas bravas front). Another big recommendation from me, amazing food and location to watch the sun go down from. 

Hope you've enjoyed my Barcelona posts so far, and I can't wait for you to see the rest - if you don't want to miss a post then you can follow me right here on Bloglovin
Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday, and speak to you soon...


18 July 2015

Evening Walks In Barcelona

After landing in Barcelona we started as we meant to go on, working our way through the quaint little streets and working out which way to turn next.
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