Paris – I’m in love!

All i can say is when you head to Paris DON’T just be a tourist. I mean obviously you need to visit all the gorgeous monuments but stay in the heart of Paris, amongst the hustle and bustle. Trust me you’ll enjoy it so much more.IMG_7268

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Our hotel ‘Hotel Le Notre Dame St Michel’ was surprisingly affordable and possibly one of the best hotels i’ve ever stayed in! It’s near the Latin Quarter where you’ll find most bars and restaurants, perfect for families or couples. The river Seine is basically the view from the bedroom and the decor and the view of Notre Dame was just breathtaking! (Room 42 in case you’re planning a trip!)

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Don’t forget, not only is the metro round the corner (one stop from the airport and one stop to The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysee and Sacré-Cœur) but across the bridge you’ll find the night cruise, midnight street dancing , the Louvre, the beautiful Lock Bridge and so so much more. All walking distance away.

The Lock Bridge – There’s just something so romantic and charming about this place. Words or even pictures cannot describe the feeling you have when you throw those keys into the water. The uncertainty of the unknown. it’s just so romantic.

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Me 🙂

IMG_0535My Gorgeous hubby xIMG_0639Street musicians

IMG_7740Night cruise

IMG_7519Notre Dame at night

IMG_7715Poor photo i know but hundreds of people gather every night on the bank of the river Seine to drink, chat and unwind. Drink wine and eat baguettes (i know it’s sterotypical but it’s true and it’s amazing).

IMG_7734Midnight Dancing

IMG_7737Close up..there was a mix of all music from r’n’b to salsa. Just incredible.

IMG_7751Eiffel Tower at night

IMG_7320Small beach to satisfy the needs of the Parisian crowds!

IMG_8007Me.. viewing some vintage art, magazine and music.

IMG_7322I wanted everything!

IMG_7341The Louvre

IMG_7402What a ceiling inside the Louvre!

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IMG_7421I have never been more DISAPPOINTED with this piece of art. The Mona Lisa. What the hell! It was so small and so far away my camera has zoomed in to take this and it’s still tiny. Not impressed.

IMG_7583Sacré-Cœur – just stunning!

IMG_0643Our selfie collage!

Tip; Buy all your tickets to all attractions when you get there from a shop called FnacThe boat tour was only 9 euros and the Eiffel Tower tour i think we got on the day, we just arrived early. The transfers from the airport to the hotel again was about 9euros, very cheap so don’t fall for buying things in advance you really don’t need to.

If in doubt ask your hotel guide. If you can speak a little french , just the basic Bonjour and Merci will do. You’ll find people will be more inclined to help you if you’re polite and take an interest in the culture and language.

Champs ElyseeLaduree…wow!Having never tasted a macaron before i was blown away! Why did no one ever tell me about this? We queued for 20minutes, bought 2, ate them outside, minds were blown, queued again for 30 minutes and practically bought the entire shop! Worth it!IMG_0616IMG_0625

IMG_7574 If i was given a challenge i would eat it all.

IMG_7614 Arc de Triomphe

IMG_7627 Me and my husband 🙂

IMG_7641 View from the top!  IMG_7784 Couldn’t get enough of this view!

IMG_7812    I love the shadow..

IMG_0644We love a good selfie!

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Altrincham Market- Vintage Weekend

Altrincham Market is on every weekend 10-4pm and I cannot believe I have only recently come across this cool quirky place!

Every weekend presents a different theme and this week was my all time favourite…vintage!

I have made a collection of my favourite photographs from the market and even if you go once do it, try it!

Think about it….you can go to  the usual boring pub or shopping centre any day…so try something different!

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Always love food from a camper van!IMG_0627-0

Or a street cart!IMG_0631

I want one in every colour!IMG_0632-0

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Vintage blazers…love these!IMG_0628-0

All these clocks are handmade , one of a kind from RS Clocks and Watches . The couple who make these are so lovely it was a pleasure meeting them. They guarantee to fix and replace any items bought – a very reassuring touch when buying a product from a marketplace. IMG_0635-0IMG_0637-0

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I was dying to buy one of these but £35 for the plant and £45 for the pot was a bit excessive for an outdoor accessory. IMG_0634-0

One day my garden will look like this. Well. Maybe.IMG_0639-0

Now, i had TWO of these. Yes TWO! Who doesn’t like a pizza cooked in a wood-fire oven! http://www.honestcrustpizza.co.ukIMG_0643-0

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Well i will mot definately be coming back every weekend…why not? There’s plenty to see, plenty to buy and most importantly plenty to eat!

Review – King’s Court in Altrincham, Manchester

King’s Court in Altrincham is a hidden gem, secluded under an arch way on the main street in altrincham – Stamford Brooke Rd.

Look out for the small car park attached behind King’s Court (there are steps going down)  – 10p for an hour! It’s not obvious where it is but once you find it you’ll always want to go back. It’s modern, cool, quirky and serves the BEST full english breakfast and fresh juices!

A definite yes on the menu is;

BLT sandwich or chicken panini with freshly squeezed orange juice. All sandwiches come with a gorgeous cous cous and cabbage salad.

A pot of tea here gives you about 6 full cups – love it!

They open all the doors when the weather is good and if they just played some good music you’ll feel like you’re in Soho London.

While i’m on Maternity leave i visit this gorgeous relaxing venue every two weeks. With the high street close by it’s a great mum and baby friendly cafe.

Next time i’ll have to try a dessert and a new flavoured tea.

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Homemade BLT Sandwich…YUM!

My husband and I watch Jamie Oliver and we are big fans of presentation along with multiple choices of fillings – it’s definitely the way to go!

We’ve grilled some bacon

Seasoned the chicken with; salt, pepper, parsley and turkish market spices

Shredded some carrots and cucumbers

Sliced some baby tomatoes

Cut some fresh bread (21p from waitrose – all bread at the bakery goes on offer at the end of everyday! )

Squeeze some fresh lemon and voila…..

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Photography around India…a mix of emotions.

I’ve put together a collection of photo’s from my trip to india. I recently travelled to Delhi > Chandigar > Manali > Mandi to see my family and along the way i saw incredible beauty, poverty and innovation. For me India can only be described as a cocktail of emotions.

I hope you enjoy!

IMG_2022I stopped at the side of the hills in Himanchal Pradesh, on my way to Manali (the town of hippies) to ask this man if I could take his picture. He was engrossed in his ‘ganja’ and was content with life. Smoking his troubles away. IMG_9207

Found this beauty amongst the hills. How is this even growing with no man-made intervention.IMG_2014

She needed a rest but looked to be in no pain carrying what i can only imagine a weight heavier than gym equiptment . Brave tough lady. IMG_9365

I did not eat this as i tend to become very sick EVERY time i visit India. But it didn’t stop me clicking away! IMG_2007

As he starred at me i thought he was going to get angry that i was taking his picture. He didn’t. He just carried on smoking his marijuana. He wanted no money or no food. He was simply OK.IMG_1361

Buddhist temple up in the hills. IMG_8317

Seems safe. IMG_9208

The definition of ‘street food’. IMG_2020

Just a small monument i came across on my travels. IMG_2011

And we complain about housework! IMG_2021

I bet he has so many stories to tell. I regret not asking. This is by far my favourite picture.IMG_8910

What  a reflection. Taken on my drive up to Manali. IMG_8296

How do you do sir. I wonder what his life is like. IMG_2016

Buddhist temple. The kids were full of energy. I wanted to ask why they were there and where their parents were. IMG_2012

My little cousin. Stretching his legs. I couldn’t resist taking this. The light peeking through was just wow IMG_9205

Should this still be happening? Two little boys shoe cleaning? No. It shouldn’t. IMG_9363

Lord Ganesh. God of wisdom, knowledge and new beginnings. IMG_2015

Found him walking in the Himalayas. Where and how did he get there??IMG_2009

These women are fearless. IMG_1320

Innovation eh? I was getting my indian suits stitched and when visiting the tailor not only did she manage to have a TV with the loudest Bollywood movies on (where on earth do those cables lead to?!) she also had no front wall to her shop! Not to mention the tailors up in the ceiling. Not too cramped are you? They really know how to maximise space.

I should mention i was also served tea and snacks while waiting. It’s never too shabby a place to be a good host. Only in India. They’re so proud and so they should be.IMG_2013Beauty grew everywhere. Even in the hills. I love this place.

Start the day with….

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own smoothie. I don’t know why but the confidence is pouring out of me. I am now qualified to work in one of those funky London juice bars! (well that’s what i tell myself.)

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Recipe;

Blend 2 bananas, 2 pears, one apple, some ginger and 250ml milk. Pour over ice and serve with cool colourful straws.