Sunday, 3 September 2017

A Short Stay In St Ives

If you follow me on Twitter (@simplyjadeyx - cheeky self promo), you probably know that I spent a couple of days in St Ives, West Cornwall recently. I actually only got back on Friday!

I went with my Aunt & Uncle from Monday afternoon-Friday morning, and we really only went just to explore, enjoy a short break away, and get away from the mania of everyday life. I had a little list of the things I wanted to see too, so we partly went by that.

Although I took quite a lot of pictures, these are just a few of my favourites. I took all of them on my iPhone camera, but I thought they were pretty good quality considering! Whenever I go away, I like to take the opportunity to document as much of it as I can, because I really do enjoy photography (it's a hobby of mine) and I can then share my travels and experiences with all of you as well!

On the first day, we went to the beach, which was actually opposite the little B&B/guest house that we were staying in. I'm going to do a blog post on it shortly actually! The beach was called Porthminster, and my Aunt and I just wanted to have a paddle, as we had just arrived a little while before, and that was the day which was supposed to have the best weather overall. We just dipped our toes along the sand to have a paddle, and then that night, we went for burgers at a place called Blas Burgerworks. My main, and my dessert were both absolutely delicious and I'd thoroughly recommend the place if you're ever in the area. It's right near the harbour too, so it's the perfect setting really.

All of the little houses and cottages within St Ives are incredibly cute, and I'd honestly love to live in one of them someday in the future! Even though they're right by the seafront and near to the harbour, it's so peaceful and dreamy walking along the cobbled streets. One of my other favourite places to eat, but one which was along the seafront was Caffe Pasta. As the name would suggest, they do a variety of pasta dishes, but they also do pizzas and other things too. We had such a lovely lunch there, and the staff were friendly, and welcoming, The views were also fab!

Another place we visited was Carbis Bay. You can go on about a 20-25 minute coastal walk from St Ives itself, and then you'll see the view that's shown in the 4th picture! The beach there is slightly more secluded than the ones in St Ives, and there is also a hotel just opposite. We ate lunch at a little bar & restaurant, and I had a garlic pizza, and chunky chips with garlic butter, which was insanely delicious! It was by far one of the best meals I've ever had.

We also visited most of the little galleries, and tourist attractions. Some of my favourites were the Blue Bramble Gallery, Harbour Galleries, Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens, Art Space Gallery, and Porthminster Gallery. If you ever get the chance, you should definitely visit at least one of them!

Porthminster, Porthgwidden, Porthmeor and the Harbour beaches are all so pretty, but some are used more for surfing, and water sports, whereas others are more secluded and used for relaxation purposes.

The last 2 photos are probably actually the ones I'm most proud of. When walking back on the second to last day, we saw the most mesmerising rainbow, which stretched right across the sea! The colours aren't as vibrant on camera, but it really was quite an extraordinary sight, I must say. The last photo was of my sea-view from the room that I was staying in. It was on the last night, and I was in awe with the way that you could see the sea itself, the clouds, and even the harbour. Capturing the way the light reflected onto the water was just amazing.

Overall, I had such a lovely time in St Ives, and I definitely feel as though I saw everything that I had hoped to, and more. It had exceeded my expectations, that's for sure!

Have you ever been to St Ives, or anywhere in Cornwall? What do you think of these scenic shots that I took?

Lots of love always,

Monday, 31 July 2017

A Photo Diary: Hever Castle & Gardens



Being as interested in travelling and exploring new places as I am, it was inevitable that I had to visit Hever Castle at some point this year. I did my research, and figured it wasn't too far away and it seemed like exactly my sort of scene. I love anything pretty and picturesque, so when I saw all the images on their website, I had to sort something out right away.

For those of you who may not know the place that I'm talking about, it's essentially a castle and gardens in a place called Edenbridge, which is in Kent. The castle was Anne Boleyn's childhood home and as I'm really interested in history, I always like to visit these attractions, just for the experience and the knowledge.

The photos that I took on both my phone and my camera turned out really well and I'm so impressed with them. Although I wanted to mainly capture the beauty in my head and store it within my photographic memory, I wanted to take some photos too, because all of the scenery was just too pretty to pass on that opportunity! I wanted to be able to look back and remember this day out and it's always nice to share the places I visit with other people through my blog too.

As far as the day itself, I went here with my Aunt and Uncle. We had quite an early start, so I listened to my music and shut my eyes in the car. Once we had parked the car and bought the tickets at the kiosk (oh, and had a toilet stop!), we started walking around the grounds, which included the gardens, the lake and the Japanese tea house! It wasn't a place that you could actually go in to have tea, but it was more of a model that was just there for decoration.

It had started to spit with rain by this point, so whilst the downpour was going on, we all sat in the car and ate our little picnic, which consisted of lemonade, cheese, ham and pickle rolls, some grapes and a mini chocolate bar! Exploring can be hard work, you know...

Once the wet weather seemed to pass, we got out of the car and headed towards the main spectacle - the castle itself. Outside it, there were 2 horses and 2 men dressed up ready for the jousting tournament, but I wasn't too keen on the idea, so I insisted that we head inside, much to my Uncle's despair - sorry Uncle G!

The castle itself was absolutely incredible. I've visited Windsor and Dover before, but this was extraordinary. It was just beautiful and there were so many intricate details that a picture simply wouldn't do justice. It wasn't as big as Windsor from what I remember, but you would be surprised how luxurious and ornate you can make a place!

One thing that stood out to me was the fact that you could see the axes and the torture equipment that would be used back in the day. There were things like cannons, objects to hold and harm your arms, legs, ankles, neck - everything! You wouldn't have been able to escape if you tried and as fascinating as I found it, I was also terrified.

At the end, we did watch a bit of the jousting, but I just wasn't feeling it! I'm not really a fan of sword fighting or violence of any means, even if it's just purely for entertainment like that. It isn't quite my cup of tea, but I put up with the experience none-the-less!

I'd definitely like to visit Hever again in the future, as it really has become one of my favourite places. I just think it's so magical and I don't think anyone could ever get bored of seeing such beautiful flowers!

Have you ever been to Hever? Let me know in the comments below what you think!
Lots of love always,


Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Day Trip To Dover

White Cliffs
White Cliffs Along The Beach
Food @ Coastguard
The Keep @ Dover Castle
A Walk Along The Cliffs
View From The Top Of Dover Castle

On the 5th July, my fabulous Uncle took me to the place he grew up - St Margaret's Bay in Kent. He actually has a house there, which he inherited from his parents and it's where he lived for many years. Although I had been there when I was a baby, I couldn't remember it at all and I hadn't properly visited the area or got any pictures of it for obvious reasons.

We had originally gone with a plan of visiting the tenant who currently resides there and then we were going to explore the bay, have lunch in a place overlooking it known as the Coastguard before later observing Dover Castle.

The pictures shown above show the variation in everything that we did that day. Although you're very high up when you're at the top of the cliffs, the views are honestly incredible. I was blown away, but at the same time, I had to be careful that I didn't literally fall about 300 feet off the edge into the sea!

I'm such a keen traveller and I'm the sort of person that loves exploring and I take photographs at every possible opportunity to make sure I have ways of documenting the places that I see. I was going to take History as a GCSE, but at the time, I wasn't able to take both humanities (Geography and History), so I chose Geography instead. I wouldn't say I regret that choice, as I am fascinated by the world and all of that, but learning about the past and important events is equally as meaningful and intriguing to me.

Dover Castle was just incredible. Since visiting Windsor Castle twice last year, I think that was what kick-started my obsession with ancient monuments and landmarks. I find the intricacy of the buildings, both the interior and the exterior like nothing else I've seen before. It's all so detailed and you can tell that these landmarks date back for hundreds or thousands of years, and naturally, many famous people, both deceased and alive have been in them. No wonder they are such iconic tourist attractions. They make the perfect days out!

Next up, I'm hoping to visit Hever Castle, which is also located in Kent, but just a different part of it and I'll be sure to take many more pictures and do a blog post at a later date of that trip too. It has the castle itself, which is the main attraction, rose gardens, a lake, and even a Japanese tea house. I'm really looking forward to checking out of all those things within the coming weeks.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. I'm trying to create different content, which actually reflects me as a person and documents my life, rather than just talking about past experiences all the time, even though I love that too. Let me know which posts are your favourite!

Lots of love always,


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Tmi Travel Tag

At the moment, I am suffering from an incredibly bag case of wanderlust. All I want to do is just travel the world, right here, right now. Of course that isn't possible, as there is school to deal with, but we can all dream, right? I was looking for some travel tags to do, and I stumbled across this one, so I thought that I would give it a go, and have my say! I wasn't tagged by anyone, so I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you would like to do this tag on your own blog, then go ahead!

1. What was the last country you visited?

Majorca, last month! I absolutely loved it there, and I would go back in a heartbeat. I have done a separate post on it, so if you would like to give it a read, then you can here

2. How many countries have you visited?

Definitely not enough, in my opinion! It's been about 8, or 9 at the moment, but I'd absolutely love to travel the world when I'm older.

3. What is your favourite place on the planet that you have been to?

It would probably have to be Majorca! It's honestly one of the most beautiful, lovely places.

4. Favourite place in your home country?

I haven't really explored much of my country yet, but I would have to say Devon. I have gone there a number of times, and I just love it. It's so different in comparison to London, and it's filled with a number of childhood memories too.

5. If you could board a plane right now, where would you go?

I would go to Amsterdam! That's one of the places on my bucket list that I'd love to go.

6. What's your cup of tea - tropical island getaway, snowy ski break, or city exploring break?

It definitely wouldn't be a snowy ski break, as I'm not the biggest fan of snow, or the cold, and I would be far too frightened to ski, so it's a toss up between a tropical island getaway, or a city exploring break, but I'd probably go with a city exploring break, if I'm honest!

7. What are your top 3 hand luggage must haves?

I don't really use anything on the plane, but if I would have to choose, I would say chewing gum, my Kindle, or a good book, and some sort of tablet to watch a film on if I could!

8. Any travel tips to share?

I don't really think I have any specific tips, but I would say try to enjoy yourself as much as you can, explore the area as much as you can, and document everything that you experience!

9. Most embarrassing moment abroad

I honestly don't have any embarrassing moments, apart from when there have been attractive boys before, and I have looked like a bit of a fool, or once when this girl undid the straps of my bikini top in front of my holiday romance, and his nan! That certainly wasn't my highlight, but luckily it was all good in the end.

10. Biggest disappointment

There haven't been any disappointments at all when I have been travelling, and I'm very grateful for that!

11. Nicest surprise

It would probably have to be when I made a friend on my recent trip to Majorca! I didn't expect it at all, but I was certainly glad to get talking to someone my age!

12. Three places at the tip of the travel bucket list

Amsterdam, Italy and Australia

13. Favourite food discovery

The frozen yogurt that they did in Majorca was literally heavenly.

14. Why do you travel?

I travel, because I honestly do love it. There is nothing better than exploring new cultures, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and visiting different areas that you have never seen before. There are so many opportunities that you may never have got the chance to take if you hadn't travelled, and I think that it's honestly one of the most incredible things in this world.

15. What 3 things would you take on holiday/travelling if you could?

My TV, so that I could keep up to date with all my favourite series, and soaps, my bed, because nothing can compare to the comfort of your own bed, and I can't think of a third!

16. Have you picked up any phrases from travelling?

No, I honestly can't say that I have!

17. What two places would you not go back to, and why?

I really can't answer this question either, because I have loved every place I've been to, and I have never had a bad experience with any of them!

18. Your dream travel companion?

Cara Delevingne!

19. Most surreal travel moment?

The island tour we went on in Majorca! The whole experience was absolutely insane. I have a separate post on it here

20. Three people you would like to do this tag

Anyone who would like to do it! I tag you all!

Where would you like to go travelling?
Lots of love,
Jade x


Sunday, 6 September 2015

Majorca Montage





Although I am not too keen on the process that you have to take in order to begin travelling (taxi, airport, airplane etc), I really enjoy visiting new places, and exploring undiscovered surroundings. I love documenting all of the different things that I do, and witness, and seeing how other people live in different places around the world. The memories that I created and captured will last a lifetime, and so I will always be able to remember this holiday, and all of the exciting things that I experienced whilst there.
Whilst I was on my summer holidays, I stayed in Cala Bona, which is in the island of Majorca. The place that we stayed in was called the Floriana Resort, and I honestly couldn't have asked to have stayed anywhere better. It was such a beautiful, welcoming resort, and the people were honestly so kind, and friendly. Everything was spotlessly clean, and the food was incredible too!
During my visit, I mainly sunbathed, and spent time relaxing in the resort, but I did go on a few little adventures too. On the Thursday, (a week after being there) I went on a boat trip along the coast with my granddad, and my stepdad. It wasn't really a proper boat trip, because we just went along for about 45 minutes, until we reached Cala Ratjada, and then a load of people got off, and more got on, but we decided to stay on, as we didn't want to pay extra for another ticket! I really did enjoy it, even though it wasn't exactly what any of us had initially expected, and I did get a bit bored and nauseous towards the end, but the sights were insanely gorgeous. I really enjoyed spending quality time with my granddad, and it was nice to have a change of scenery. It's not everyday you go on a boat on the Mediterranean sea! As for other activities, myself and my grandparents spent the day going on an island tour of Majorca. It was incredible, and one of my favourite experiences by far. I have done a separate blog post on it, if you would like to have a look. I find looking at different places so fascinating, and it was lovely to spend some quality time with the people I love the very most.
We also went to the beach, and up to look at the shops, and little cafes along the seafront.
I bought a couple of little souvenirs during my stay, because who doesn't buy souvenirs when they go away on holiday? It would be silly not to really!
We spent the rest of the trip enjoying the wonderful weather, and topping up our tans, and devouring a bit too much ice-cream! All in all, I would really recommend staying at Majorca, and particularly the Floriana resort. I honestly didn't want my trip to end. Of course, it means back to school now, so the hard work has to begin, and the fun is over for another year! So, until my next holiday...
Jade x


Monday, 31 August 2015

Mallorca Island Tour

During my holiday in Mallorca, I went out for the day and I did an island tour with my grandparents to get to know a little more about the fascinating surroundings. I can honestly say that it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and although it was expensive, it was worth every second.

We started off the day by getting picked up at our hotel by a coach. We had a tour guide, who's name was Brigitte (I believe) and the idea was that she was going to be taking us to various tourist locations throughout the day and talking us through the whole experience.

After picking us up from Cala Bona, the coach started picking up other t9ourists from various other hotels in places such as Porto Cristo and Cala Millor. This took quite a while, but after the stop-off's, we had all our families on board and we were ready to start our super exciting adventure!

We drove through Cala Ratjada, Manacor, and Sineu and other places along the way, admiring the sights whilst we drove around. There was plenty of agriculture, natural goods, such as olive trees and cereals and plenty of space for people to grow their own crops. Brigitte told us that workers start very early in the morning and they carry on for many hours of the day. That shows how much dedication the Spaniards put into their jobs.

After that, we stopped off in Inca at a leather store to look at all the handmade items. There were so many different bags, wallets, purses, shoes, and clothes. It was honestly wonderful and you could really smell the leather, as soon as you walked through the door. It was quite a large store, and there was such a variety of things that you could have chosen from, but we didn't have enough time to look properly.

The Sa Calobra road was created by Antonio Paretti, but trust me when I say it isn't for the faint hearted! At times, it feels like you are literally going to fall right off the edge, but the views are absolutely incredible. Imagine how long it must have taken to build.. It's absolutely insane, right?
Then we went up through the mountains where there was a lot more agriculture (it's a massive thing in Mallorca!), greenery and terraced housing. It was all so lovely, and it made such a refreshing change from somewhere so manufactured such as England. The terraces are known as dry terraces, especially due to the vast amounts of olive trees that are in the area. Olive oil and olives are known to be the gold of Mallorca.

There are a lot of private properties with fences , because there may be sheep and goats in the area, and if there are a lot of hiking trails that take place there, this could have a negative effect on the local animals, hence why the hikers have a special wooden ladder to go up.
There are also cyclists who go up the mountains for the variety of landscapes.
In the centre of the island, there are plenty of houses and properties, and in Inca, there is a lot of nature, and a variety of different landscapes, as I just mentioned. It's all very much organic, so you get a lot of greenery, rather than manmade buildings that can give off pollution that harm the atmosphere. There is also a forest through the mountains, which is considered to be holy, but I didn't quite hear all the details of that, and I don't want to say the wrong things, so I'll leave you to research that one if you wish to find out more!

We also passed the Lluc monastery in the Tramuntana mountains, and although I couldn't see too much, as I was on the other side of the coach, the views that I could see looked honestly spectacular.
This particular monastery that we passed is Mallorca's holiest shrine and it has been around since 1229. How incredible is that?!

The next area that we passed was Sa Calobra, after admiring the Torrent de Pareis narrow canyon, which was also an incredibly breath-taking experience! It's typically a boating port, with a row of little restaurants and cafe's alongside it. 
We were then allocated an hour or so for a lunch break and a chance to look around Port de Soller, which I couldn't wait for! We were truly exploring the sights - I felt like such a little tourist! I got an ice cream, which was proper, rich chocolate with little chocolate flavoured flakes in it and I ate it on the wall, overlooking the port. I also had a look in a little souvenir shop below a restaurant and I bought some little souvenirs; an intricate fan with a map and little images of Mallorca, a postcard of Soller, and an ornamental butterfly. Who visits a new place without buying any souvenirs?!

After that, we walked down what seemed like 1 million and 1 steps to get to the boat. The views of the sea and the mountains on the way up were absolutely incredible, so I guess that kind of made up for it! Once we had boarded the boat and everyone had settled, then off we went!
It was honestly beautiful, although you could only see cliffs and pure sea, but it was ever so rough and bumpy, which I must say I wasn't a fan of at all! At least we made it safely to the shore though!

Once we had got off the boat, we realised we had arrived at Soller. My grandparents had been there before, and after the stories they had told me, and the images I saw, I was so desperate to take a look for myself! I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the slightest. I had a drink in a café whilst looking around and waiting for our tour guide to meet us and it was honestly like nothing I've ever seen before. I was quite literally blown away by the whole experience, if I'm honest.

Then, after a 30 minute delay, our old-fashioned tram arrived! I was so excited and intrigued, as I had never even seen one before, let alone been on a real-life one. It was very packed and crowded, and everyone was very hot and flustered, and I couldn't see much as I was crammed up against the tiny slither of window, but it was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity none-the-less. We went through the town and past the breath-taking beach, and we also came very close to the little market stalls selling handmade, unique goods and fresh, handmade cupcakes! It was so lovely!
Soller really is such a beautiful, little antique village and I would have loved to have spent longer there.

Once we had gotten off the tram, we went straight onto the train. Just like the tram, it went at quite a slow, steady pace, so people could really relax, sit back, take photographs and enjoy the ride. I couldn't see too much, or get many nice pictures, as I was on the wrong side of the train (there weren't as many pretty sights, or decent photo opportunities that I could capture on my side!), and I wasn't quick enough anyway, but it was such a lovey experience. It went through 13 tunnels altogether, and we saw many mountains, hills and fields along the way. I really did enjoy it, although I didn't see as much as I would have liked too! I would definitely do something like this again though!

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