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Easter bank holiday ideas – Getting out of London for some sun

The first major Bank holiday of the year is only five days away And I can’t wait. I’ve also decided to take a couple of days off before in order to get the most out of the Easter break. My boyfriend and I did think about having a staycation in which to make more discoveries in the capital, but as nice as the weather has been it still isn’t warm enough for a bikini. So it’s time to leave the UK for sunnier climes. After a quick search on Google I found that the Mediterranean is rather warm at the moment and the flying time isn’t bad either. I spent the day scouring sites like First choice for holiday deals, which gave me the idea for this post. If you are also thinking of escaping the capital Easter Bank Holiday here are my top three places you have to go:

Sorrento in Italy

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If you follow my blog closely you will remember my trip to Florence last year. It was during this trip that I fell in love with Italy, its culture, food and beautiful architecture. Sorrento is based in Campania in Italy and is home to just 16500 residents. It is also very close to Naples and Pompeii which could make very good day trips if you have the time. Sorrento like other parts of Italy is filled with beautiful churches, the Chiesa di San Francesco is particularly worth seeing if you choose to visit. Sorrento’s cobbled streets make it perfect for those of you who fancy a little wander. There are lots of little cafés to stop and sample some good Italian coffee as we’ll as lots of antique and craft shops to buy something to remind you of your visit. If you’re looking for sandy beaches this may not be the place to visit but the plethora of bathing platforms beneath the cliffs mean you won’t have a problem finding places to swim.

Heat factor? The weather forecast for bank holiday looks to be around 18 degrees.

Marmaris in Turkey

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For beach lovers I would recommend Marmaris in Turkey, it has a beautiful coastline with a gorgeous backdrop of pine clad mountains. Going at Easter means it will be sure to be slightly quieter than the summer season. If you are willing to splash out a little then this is perfect place to hire a yacht to explore the coastline. Those of you looking for a bit of relaxation and pampering should make sure to book in for a Turkish bath. After an hour and half of exfoliation and steaming you will feel like a new person. If you’re intending to bring your family then head down to the Aquadream watermark for the day. It is located on the outskirts of Marmaris and has wave pools, rapids and massive water slides to keep the whole family entertained.

Heat factor? Around 21 degrees if the weather forecast stays the same.

Playa de las Americas in Tenerife
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Tenerife is an old favourite with British holidaymakers mainly for its consistency on the weather front. Tenerife enjoys year around sun due to its proximity to the equator. Playa de las Americas is situated on Tenerife’s southwest coast, and is the place to head to If you’re looking to party this Easter bank holiday. Most holidaymakers looking to party head for the one kilometre stretch known as Verónicas that is packed with nightclubs, cabaret bars, live music venues, shops and restaurants. The crowd here is of the younger variety and the partying can go on all night. So if you are looking for a quiet break this possibly wouldn’t be the place to go. However, families can head to the resort during the day to be entertained.

Heat factor? Looks like it will top 24 degrees throughout next week.

Intending to enjoy the holiday in London. Make sure you check back later in the week for a list of things to do in London.

A trip to Florence – Day 3 – Visiting the Boboli Gardens

On our third day in Florence we moved to another apartment on the other side of the river to the area of Santo Spirito. The other side of the river is know as the Oltrarno and the name means beyond the Arno. The Santo Spirito area is home to many of Florence’s artists, musicians and antique sellers. It is also where most of the Florentines live. It reminded me a little bit of Shoreditch (before it got too commercial).  Our lovely apartment was owned by a photographer and furnished by a mixture of reclaimed and  modern furniture.

Our Street in Santo Spirito
Our Street in Santo Spirito
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After we had settled into the apartment we made our way to the Pitti Palace to visit the Boboli Gardens. The Gardens are situated behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany.  If you get the chance to visit Florence I recommend you visit the Boboli Gardens but make sure you bring your trainers and be sure to visit later in the day when it is cooler. We made the mistake of going at midday and the heat made it hard work to climb the steep ascent to the top. The view of Florence and gardens was definitely worth the sweat though.

Boboli Gardens
Boboli Gardens
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View of the Florentine hills
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Neptunes Lake – boboli Gardens

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Pitti Palace
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The steep descent
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A mini maze

In the evening we went for dinner at one of Florence’s most popular and cheapest restaurants Trattoria La Casalinga. It is family run and the food was simple but delicious. I opted for the grilled chicken and mixed salad. It is popular with tourists and locals so if you visit be prepared to wait.

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Trattoria Casalinga
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My grilled chicken
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Mixed salad



A trip to Florence Day 2

We had a very cultured day in Florence yesterday by visiting the Uffizi Gallery which is packed with paintings by  renaissance artists like Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da vinci.

As the gallery is so huge if you do visit it yourself one day make sure you are tactical in your visit about what you want to see and also purchase skip the line tickets to cut down on queueing.

We were able to see works by Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and Carravagio.

It was amazing to get up and close to see Botticelli’s ‘The Birth of Venus’ and Carravagio’s Medusa head painting on a shield.

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The Birth Of Venus

Unfortunately there is no photography in the gallery but the Uffizi does offer some fantastic views of Florence.

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After visiting the gallery we stopped for lunch at a restaurant on Via Faenza where I had a nice meal of chicken in mushroom sauce. The food so far in Florence has been hit and miss. Although my food was ok my friend’s fettuccini was pretty dire.

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After we went to the Accademia gallery to see the David sculpture but the line to get in was ridiculously long so we decided to go to the San Lorenzo Market.

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San Lorenzo Market

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It’s a great place to a little souvenir or  present. I ended buying this lovely coral hat.

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My new hat!

Tired out, we headed back to the apartment for a rest. In the evening we out for dinner at restaurant l’Parione. The food was amazing! We opted for the pici pasta with smoked bacon, ravioli with ricotta and spinach, white chocolate moose and tiramisu for dessert. They served us the best food we have tasted in Florence so far.

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Pici pasta with smoked bacon
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Ravioli
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White chocolate moose

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A trip to Florence Day 1 with Lanky Girl

This is what we got up to yesterday…

We started the day enjoying breakfast the Florentine way  standing at the bar with a coffee and a pastry. After that we went for a wander to see what we could discover. The great thing about Florence is its small size which means you can easily get around on foot.

The first place we discovered was Via Tornabuoni which is Florence’s answer to Bond street. Bvlgari, Ferragamo and Roberto Cavailli are just one of the many designers who have shop on this street.

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Via tournabuoni

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After tearing ourselves away from the fashionable wares we walked towards Palazzo Strazzi. Apart from being a museum its a great place to spot trendy Florentines enjoying a coffee.

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Next we headed to the Piazza de Republica which is historically the centre of Florence where the Romans first decided to build the city.

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Piazza de republicca

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Finding ourselves a bit lost we accidentally came across the Signoria Square which being situated in the historical centre I later learnt has always been the political center and the heart of the civil life in Florence. It is also home to a replica statue of David and the Uffizi gallery which we will visit tomorrow.

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The river Arno runs all the way through Florence and is just beautiful to look at.

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It seems lovers also come to the Arno to attach padlocks showing their love for one another. Very romantic!

After this we headed to Santa Maria Novella Square for lunch.

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I went for an artichoke pizza – unfortunately it looked better than it tasted. Probably not wise to expect great food from restaurants in tourist haunts.

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After lunch we took a cycle tour with Florencetown Tour company visiting many of the main sights including the Duomo, Santo Croce Square, Santo Spirito and the Pitti Palace.

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I also had my first gelato of the day (so delicious I had to have two) from Gelateria Pitti near Santo Spirito Square.

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Pitti Palace

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Santa Croce Church

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Palazzo Veccio

Taking a cycle tour is great way to get orientated with the city and we learned a lot about the history of a Florence.

In the evening after a bit of a rest we headed out to try some Apertivio which is like happy hour but with lots of food included. Kitsch American bar is popular with Florentine students and we enjoyed a lovely buffet of tasty pasta and pizza with a cocktail for just 9 euros.

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Apertivio at Kitsch

A jam packed fun filled first day!

Bonjourno from Florence

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Hey loyal readers so I know I haven’t been posting much the last week or so but that’s because I’ve been working my arse off leaving no time to blog – boo!

This week you are in for a little treat – im taking you all on holiday with me (well virtually). As much as I love London sometimes we all need to get away from big smog. Yesterday I arrived in Florence or Firenze to the Italians – which is home of art, beauty and amazing food.

We are staying right in heart of Florence close Santa Maria Novella church.

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Today we visit the Duomo, and take a cycle tour of the city. So stay tuned for more updates!

My Daily distraction – Tuscany

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It’s around this time of year, when work is busy and I am feeling just that little bit overwhelmed by the amount of uni work I have to do that I let myself start to fantasize about going on holiday. This year I am hoping to go Tuscany. I fell in love with idea after watching Letters to Juliet, which was filmed in parts of Siena, Florence and Livorno. My idyllic holiday would consist of cycling through the lush green countryside, visiting the amazing food markets, wine tasting at one of Tuscany’s many vineyards and coming home in the evening to my little farmhouse rental with a pool to relax with a glass of Chianti. The best time to visit Tuscany is in the quieter part of the season, from April to June and from September to October when weather is usually good, prices lower and there are “fewer” tourists. The nearest airport is Pisa.

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See for yourself…