Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A Day In Paris

New York has became a place I've become comfortable to travel solo to, but after 6 trips I wanted to see somewhere different. After spotting a cheap flight to Paris, I decided to head to Paris for the day with my Mum.

We got an early flight from Edinburgh Airport, heading to Charles De Gaulle Airport. The second I arrived in Paris Airport the signs were all in French, some had in English below. I started to panic, not known what to look for. One of my friends suggested to get the train into the City. Once I spotted a picture of a train, I followed the sign. We went to the ticket machine and clicked English, but the English translation wasn't full English. I ended up clicking what I thought was a return and hoped for the best. Then my Mum questioned me, how I manage the trains in New York. I said well New York trains are easy. 

We got the train to Champs Elysees and walked up looking at the shops. I always wanted to see a French Sephora, to see how different they are to the American Sephora. Sephora was one of the first shops I spotted that I wanted to go in, so I headed in and the security asked to see in my bag. Known I was only in Paris for the day, I rushed round the shop picking up things I liked. A few staff stopped me and started speaking in French. I assume they were asking if I was finding everything ok, like they say in the American Sephora. I said sorry ? Then she spoke again in French. I said sorry I don't speak French and smiled at them. As I have an American Sephora Beauty Insider card, I really wanted the French Sephora card to say I'd been. I read online the France Sephora have a different card, as it's a different currency and anyone can have the card. I pointed to the picture of the card at the till and the woman goes card ? I said can I have the Sephora card ? She replied French ? I said English ? So I showed her the American Sephora card and she looked confused and said the amount I had to pay in Euros. Sadly I never go my France Sephora card, to show I've been. Every shop after that, I had to open my bag I took for the plane and my Sephora bag to security and some shops even wanted to body search you with their scanner.  

We then headed to the Arc De Triomphe and then to the Effel Tower.  

It was fun seeing Paris in a day

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

5 Reasons To Go To New York In January

My favourite thing to do in January, is to head to New York City. I have made a huge decision not to go this year, because am hoping to save and go somewhere different for my birthday. (and I've found a cheap flight to Paris, next next). I've decided to share with you my 5 reasons why to go to New York, in January.

Cheaper to travel January 

I find January is the cheapest month to visit New York. I always book as a package holiday and it's almost half the price, what I've seen the rest of the year. I went to New York in October and shared a room with my Cousin. I paid the exact same price sharing a room in October, to having my own hotel room in January.

 Christmas Decorations 

Going to New York in January is like doing Christmas back to front. I love spending my first night in New York, seeing the Christmas decorations. I tend to go the week after new year and usually that weekend I've watched the Rockerfeller Christmas tree come down.


My favourite thing in New York, is shopping and America go big on their sales. The first time I visited New York, was February 2013. I spent $450 in Victoria's Secret. I have visited New York the last few January's and get just as much stuff, in the Victoria's Secret sale and only spend around $130.


Central Park always looks so pretty, in winter photos. It's a nice experience to walk in Central Park in the snow, but my hands were so cold to take loads of photos. 

Frozen Fountain at Bryant Park 

I heard about the frozen fountain, in Bryant Park on the news. It was so cold last January, so I had a feeling it was going to be frozen. I took a walk down to Bryant Park and it was amazing, to see the fountain frozen in person.

Monday, 1 January 2018


Happy New Year 

- Friends are great for advice, but when you have doubts follow your heart 
- If a man wants you, he'll make the effert 

Sunday, 31 December 2017

5 Places I'd Love To Visit

This year marked 6 times I'd visited New York. New York has been the go-to solo place to travel to, as its easy to navigate around the City. I love the shopping in New York, but there's like a million places I'd love to see. After reading Ellistuesday's blog "5 places I'd love to visit next", it made me want to write up places I'd love to see.   

Los Angeles 
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I have visited Los Angeles 4 times and have soo many memories. Things change and my last visit was in 2008. I loved Hollywood and Beverly Hills, but I'd never went up to the Hollywood sign. The Hollywood sign seems to make a regular appearance in my dream, but it's always in the distance. I think it's trying to tell me to go back.

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Having a good memory has its ups and downs. If you tell me your birthday, I'll never forget it. My parents took us on holiday, in 1998 to Florida. I met an American girl called Sarah, from Pennsylvania. We wrote and sent things to eachother, but that changed into emailing. Back in those days it was dial up internet, where you paid per minute. The last email I remember Sarah saying, she was moving house. Then my parents cancelled the internet altogether, saying it was costing too much. When we finally got broadband I tried emailing Sarah, but the emails just came back "not sent". I thought I'd lost contact with Sarah forever. Years later Facebook came alive, I'd search. The biggest problem, was her name is so popular. I had little to go by except known her name, her birthday,  her colour of hair (which she could have changed, by now), she had a brother and she was from Pennsylvania. I was determined to find her, feeling like it was my fault we lost contact. Then one day I came across an American people search website and asks for the persons date of birth. I got 1 result, with an address. I wrote a letter asking if she was in Florida May 1998 and put my email and address. Exactly 1 week after sending the letter, I got an email saying it was her.

We've been back in contact for around, 2 years. Sometimes it's hard as we met in 1998 and she said she moved in 2001, so years have went by. We manage to talk about New York, as we've visited New York. It's crazy to think it's been nearly 20 years since we met in Florida, so I'd love to visit Sarah's home land and meet her.

Las Vegas and Arizona 

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My friend from school, moved back to her home (USA). She moved to Las Vegas and has since moved to Arizona. I have promised my friend for years, I'll visit her. 

Atlantis Bahamas

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Ever since I watched the movie "Holiday in the sun", it's been a dream to visit Atlantis in the Bahamas. It looks too romantic... someone can take me there.


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I stumbled across a story online, mentioning family names I heard of. I decided to send a message to the person saying I think we are related. It turned out her gran and my great gran were 1st cousin. Her grandparents moved to Australia with her mum and Kirsty, who I contacted was the first born Australian in the family. 

I stay in contact with Kirsty on Facebook and it's funny, I think I hear from her more than my close family. We've promised we will meet up one day whether it's Scotland or Australia. 

Monday, 25 December 2017

Christmas Day

Every year when I decorate my Christmas tree, my Mum always asks if I have any New York Christmas decorations. I always say no. Am just never in New York during Christmas season. Then in January while visiting the Empire State Building, I was one of these fools buying a Christmas decoration. I may add it wasn't on sale or anything. I paid full price $15, but then they know tourists will buy it.

Today it suddenly came to my mind that I bought the decoration, so it's finally hanging on my tree. (It's got a switch and lights up, but it's kind of hard to photo with the lights flashing)

I headed with my family to Westgate Farm for Christmas dinner. The worker came over and said "hi my name is bla bla, am your therapist, I mean server for today. We were like therapist ? She explained she has 2 jobs and she mixed up haha.

It was a three course meal and you had the option to take your dessert home, so we took the cake home.

Starter : Prawn cocktail 
Main : Carvery 
Dessert : Chocolate fudge cake

Merry Christmas