Fern Goes To Brighton

Following on from my last post about appreciating my surroundings a little more, I took a trip to Brighton. Technically speaking, the trip was planned before I had my little realisation, but I think we can forget that for the sake of this post. 
I'd only ever been once before, and it had been on a very grey and miserable day, hence I didn't really enjoy it. This time the weather was absolutely perfect. We stayed in The White House B&B which was fantastic. I'd like to say it was the best B&B I've ever stayed in, but prior to this I hadn't actually stayed in one. In a nutshell: beautiful rooms, perfect location and fantastic breakfast.

I had planned on taking my proper camera to get some nice snaps but, no matter how many lists I made, I obviously forgot something and that something was my camera. For some reason, I chose to specifically take photos of crockery, flowers and not a lot else.

We had a walk down The Lanes, I found a lot of cute homeware shops and unsurprisingly came home with a new mug. We also took a stroll down the pier, and did a lot of walking. I'm not sure I can get onboard with the pebble beaches though, I think I'll stick to sand.

I'll definitely be heading back to Brighton, it was such a lovely place and even better to explore somewhere new!

Hola Barcelona

I decided to make it my mission over the next couple of years to try and travel more. After visiting New York back in February, next on my list was Barcelona. I must say, I was very impressed with the city!

Although I was hoping for beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the 20's, (two things which did not happen) it still didn't disappoint. The architecture here was incredible, although I've definitely seen and heard enough about Gaudi to last me a very long time. The Sagrada Família and Casa Batllo (both pictured above) were particularly impressive.

We only had two full days in the city, but this short break was a perfect little getaway. We took two bus tours around the city, which was the perfect way to see everything in a short amount of time. Unfortunately we were there over a Sunday and a Monday, which just so happened to be a public holiday, this meant that I had to wait until the morning we left to pop into some of the shops I wanted to visit.

I stumbled across Happy Pills, the cutest sweet shop ever, which I saw Kim mention on her blog before I left.

I'd definitely go back to Barcelona, maybe next time when it's a little hotter. It was just such a lovely city to visit.

If anyone is interested in going there, I stayed in the Europark Hotel which was so nice and incredibly central to everything. We were a 10/15 minute walk from Las Ramblas, about 5 minutes from Casa Batllo and 15 from Sagrada Familia. I'd definitely recommend it!

Silly me didn't actually take a bag big enough to comfortably fit my camera in, so below are a collection of Instagram snaps from the rest of my trip.

Smurf Ice Cream! Hello, Wonderful Buildings
McCafe Macarons, Happy Pills, Hello Again
Pretty Mosaics, Casa Batllo, View from the mountain