Photo Diary: Seaside

While some bloggers post photos of hipster cafes, buzzing city streets or far-flung sun-drenched beaches, I bring you…the British seaside. In winter. Sorry guys.

Anyway, if you’re planning a seaside trip, I recommend going armed with plenty of 2p coins, because you’ll probably spend a lot of time on the slot machines trying to win pointless stuff (and failing, because who the hell has ever won something on those things?). Continue reading “Photo Diary: Seaside”

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Rome Travel Guide: 9 tips for visiting Rome

Keep an eye on your stuff. As in many cities, pick-pocketing is rife in Rome, especially during the peak holiday season. Keep your handbag zipped up securely and close in front of you when you’re on the Metro or near busy tourist sites (especially when taking selfies – I saw so many people with open bags hanging off their shoulder while they were busy perfecting their pout. Don’t do it!).

Watch out on the roads (and the pavements, for that matter). You’ve probably already heard that driving in Rome is a bit on the crazy side – I had, but nothing prepared me for just how crazy it was. You basically have to walk into the road and hope for the best at pedestrian crossings or the cars will just keep on driving. And don’t think you’re safe strolling along Rome’s many quaint cobbled side streets – scooters and motorbikes speed around them like they’re on a race track. It’s all part of the holiday fun, though – just keep your eyes peeled while you’re eating your gelato. Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: 9 tips for visiting Rome”

Rome Travel Guide: Photo Diary

St PetersChances are you’re already pretty familiar with Rome’s landmarks, so I won’t bore you with how amazing the Colosseum is, or how you really must go and see the Roman Forum and the Pantheon (although you really, really should – they’re famous for a reason, you know). Instead, I’ve put together this mini photo diary of my favourite snaps from my week in the Eternal City. I went, I saw, I ate gelato… Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: Photo Diary”

Rome Travel Guide: Where to Stay

When it comes to travel accommodation, I’m not usually the fussy type – as long as a place is clean, affordable and relatively close to everything I want to see, I’m happy. But my recent stay at a lovely little place in Rome has had me rethinking my criteria – it turns out that staying somewhere nice is pretty, well, nice. Shocking, I know.

I’ve always preferred city breaks to beach holidays, and often this means accommodation can be rather pricey, even for the most basic of hotels or apartment rentals. One thing this month’s Rome trip has taught me, however, is that visiting cities out of season is the way to go. Although it may not be appealing to sun-seekers, travelling outside of the tourist months has many benefits (hello, no queues!), one of which being that accommodation at the nicer end of the scale is so much cheaper. Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: Where to Stay”

Lately on Instagram

Eclectic Threads Instagram

1 Remember when it was sunny enough to wear sandals? Sigh. 2 Wedding flowers. 3 More flowers! These were for my birthday. 4 Another notebook to add to my collection – this one is embroidered with my name though, so it’s extra-special! 5 My handiwork at a cupcake-decorating class for a friend’s hen do… 6 …and these were made by the professionals! 7 The two surviving flowers from my birthday blooms. 8 Posh breakfasting at the Lido. 9 My gorgeous Rainbow Club Jackie heels from last year’s blogger event had an outing at a friend’s wedding.

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done an Instagram round-up – mostly because my Instagram posts have been rather sporadic recently to say the least! The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of hen dos, weddings and work – plus my birthday in between – so my feed has mostly included photos of food and flowers, which is no bad thing in my book. Continue reading “Lately on Instagram”