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Looking at these pictures you’d think I suddenly found myself in a beautiful sunny location away from the winter cold that is England right now. Wrong! I’m still very much in Manchester, dreaming about summer. As someone who always speaks about living in the moment, I can’t help but find myself wishing for lots of sunshine this season. It’s no wonder when I came across this cosy spot at the museum, the thought that sprung to mind was “let’s have a very fruity picnic in winter”.  And so I said to Craig, “I want to have a fruit picnic here”. He actually indulged me. So we went home, grabbed a throw, some tangerines and strawberries. I then got ready like it was summer time.

We returned back to the museum and practically made it our home. Throw spread out on the floor next to the fireplace, and fruits on display for us to munch on. I couldn’t help but daydream about the space being my home. It’s such a grand hall that visitors barely go to so we got to have it all to ourselves. Although when Craig whipped out the camera and began shooting, people started taking an interest and gathered around. I made sure to remain professional, as getting the shot is key, lol. It’s the kind of shoot location that would be a photographer’s dream. It has beautiful huge windows that captures the sunset making for the most wonderful lighting. I am very certain we will be revisiting it to spend more cosy times there. LET'S HAVE A VERY FRUITY PICNIC IN WINTER

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December 29, 2017
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I’m currently suffering from travel withdrawal syndrome after visiting four countries in a space of two months. I’m itching to plan another vacation. Perhaps something much more exotic like Spain or Morocco. In the meantime, I decided to explore more of Manchester to see what it has to offer. Having always resided around the city centre, my knowledge of other areas seem very little. Doing what I do best, I decided to put in a quick search on Google Images for Manchester gardens and I was amazed at what I saw. The funny thing is that while growing up, I was never into nature. Somehow I’ve come to love it and have this need to explore it. Parsonage Gardens located in Didsbury village caught my eyes. With palm trees and dropping trees that made for the perfect exotic holiday illusion, I knew I had to visit it. Looking at the weather forecast, it was full of sunshine and a nice warm temperature.

To keep up with the flavour, I threw on a stripe co-ord. I’ve subconsciously become obsessed with stripes. The frills and layers on the top did give it that Spanish dancer look. The slit on the skirt made it a sexy feel. My white EGO espadrille was the obvious pair of shoes to compliment this outfit. The crochet on it gives it that boho look which I’m always down for. Coupled with a rattan bag and straw hat, I was ready to take over this jungle, lol. After walking the grounds of this garden which also connected to Fletcher Moss Garden, it was time to break for some food. Still sticking to the theme, nachos and olives were a must have. All in all, this day out turned out to be a wonderful experience. Just another example of how you can make the most of what you have. Until my next holiday, I look forward to finding me hidden treasures in Manchester. ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

July 23, 2017
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I’m so excited to share with you our wonderful journey through this white painted paradise that is Mykonos. I can’t describe enough how beautiful this Greek Island is. I’ve been dreaming of visiting for a year now ever since I came across pictures of it on Instagram. After doing some digging I quickly realised it was a party spot and wanted to avoid the party season (which is usually in summer) so we booked our visit for Spring which was perfect as we got to experience loads of sunshine without lots of crowd. We both weren’t disappointed when we arrived. It felt like something out of a story book. Whenever I dream of heaven, I see streets paved in gold and rays of sunshine. If there were ever to be a white heaven, I would like to think it might just be Mykonos. We came across so many folks repainting their walls and street floors white. What I also loved about it was how they understood complimentary colours which was evident across the Island. It was almost as if nature also grasp this concept. The blue skies, flattering sunshine and what appeared to be desaturated trees made this Island very picturesque which made for some great Instagram feed.

Travel        

We stayed in what was classed as the city which was quite small. We walked on foot as we are use to back home. The airport was 45 minutes walk away from the city. There are taxi services which you can also make use of. We took a ride in one when heading to the airport to catch our flight back home at a cost of €13. There are buses that can take you to other parts of the Island but we didn’t hop on one which found us walking for 4 hours when we decided to look around the Island. For us, there was more exciting stuff in the city than there was outside of it so bear that in mind if you do decide to wander off like we did.

Food

It’ll be fair to mention at this point that we found the Island expensive quite earlier on in our holiday. Lucky for us, we discovered a food spot that sold Greek Pitas for €3.50 each and that became our go to place. We did notice that we weren’t the only ones trying to save on food as a lot of restaurants weren’t always full of folks dining which would explain why more of them if not all had someone standing in front of the entrance in an attempt to drive some traffic into their restaurants. There were lots of coffee shops too which seemed reasonably priced and always came with complimentary wifi which is good if you’re trying to save on data usage.

The People

The residents of the Island were very polite and modest people. I really did like that about them. Everyone had time to engage with you and it did make us feel at home. Craig came across a street musician originally from Germany named Bernard who said he travels around the world to play his music but always finds himself back in Mykonos because of how lovely the people are. Almost everyone we encountered could speak and understand English which made it easy for us to navigate our way across the Island. The residents also appear very trusting as we did come across shops which were closed for business but had their doors open which meant anyone could walk in and walk out. This did give us a sense of the city being safe.                  

Places to visit

The beach front is where you want to be walking along as thats were all the magic is. You get to see boats on the dock, cruise ships in the sea and sunbathe while at it. You’ll come across a place called Little Venice because of how the waves hits the houses next to the water. Further up you’ll see the windmills that compliment the Island so beautifully. There are a number of museums located within the city and you have to keep your eyes open so you don’t miss them. One thing you don’t have to look out for is Churches as there are a lot of them. A local told us there were over 70 Churches in Mykonos. Most of them built and maintained by family members in memory of a loved one. They all seemed quite small and we never came across a priest or any service taking place in the ones we visited but there were always candles lighted.

Traditions

The Greeks have a lot of traditions so it wasn’t a surprise when we immediately spotted one in Mykonos. We noticed almost every house and shop had wreaths or flowers hanging in front of their doors and my curiosity got me asking why is that. I was told by a lady in the museum that it was a tradition in Mykonos to mark the start of Spring where they hang dried flowers on their doors on the first day of May. And after a year goes by, they burn it. The wreaths were so beautiful which meant I had to get myself one to hang back home in England. Unfortunately, it never made it back with me as I forgot it while heading to the airport in a hurry.

All in all, we had a wonderful time in this Greek Island. This has been one of my favourite holidays and I’m certainly looking forward to visiting again.

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June 1, 2017
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