Hello guys, I hope everyone has had a great start to the week 🙂 I’m back at it again with another addition to the ’24 hours in’ series. If you follow me, you may have seen my first post ’24 hours in Lyon, France’ if not then you can find it here.
Much like my trip to Lyon, the purpose of this visit was for work. Although booking an afternoon flight meant that we were able to explore the city of bologna, before meeting our Italian colleagues in the office the next day.
Bologna is pretty unknown in terms of tourism. However, after experiencing the city in all it’s glory, I would definitely recommend you take a visit. Arriving in the city felt eerily similar to stepping onto the set of Game of Thrones. Not that I’ve ever been on the Game of Thrones set ( a girl can dream). Anyway lets get into the actual post.
Visit an exhibition/Museum
Regarded as one of the cultural districts of Italy, Bologna is home to an abundance of museums. There is bound to be an exhibition relevant to your interest/s at the time of your visit. If you’re into photography & art I would highly suggest you check out ‘Warhol & friends’ hosted in the Palazzo Albergati, which is running until June 30th.
Grab some gelato
Ok so you Can’t travel all the way to Italy and not have gelato, regardless of how cold your external environment is. I made that mistake on my trip to Milan back in 2017 & was determined not to play myself again. However, this trip definitely made up for it as we went to not 1 but 2 gelato places (both of which were amazing). Although, Cremeria Santo Stefano had many other flavours, most of which I had never heard of before. I decided to play it safe and order 2 scoops of mandarin (best decision ever). One thing to note is that Cremeria Santo Stefano’s menu is seasonal, so the mandarin may or may not be there in a few weeks.
A spot of sightseeing
Bologna is a small city. Pretty much everything is within walking distance, making it extremely easy to visit multiple places of interests in little time. One of the top attractions is Le Due Torri, which is said to be the tallest medieval tower. If you decide to climb the 498 steps, you are bound to get an amazing view of the city. Just round the corner you can find the Fountain of Neptune amongst a few naked women with water trickling from places they shouldn’t be haha.
Until next time
If you’ve reached this far, I want to thank you for reading 🙂 I hope that this post has been helpful in showing you a few gems of Bologna.
I’ll end with a couple of pictures that almost didn’t make it into this post.
Grenada, also known as the isle of spice is a small island in the Caribbean situated between Venezuela and St Lucia.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve visited the island. However, this is the first time that I’ve been able to explore the island and soak in the amazing history. There are so many things to do in Grenada, Some of which I will share with you in this post.
1. A trip to the chocolate factory
The Diamond Chocolate factory is one of the 2 chocolate factories on the island. Located in the parish of St Marks, the locally owned chocolate factory should definitely be on your list of places to visit. Not only do you get to tour the factory, you also get to taste all of their amazing flavours. The 60% Nutmeg is by far one of my favourites.
Did I mention that all of their products are vegan-friendly?
2. A relaxing beach day
BBC beach (Morne Rouge), is one of the smaller, quieter beaches in Grenada, perfect if you’re in need of a relaxing beach day. Grand Anse beach, on the other hand, is much more populated. Being the closest beach to the tourist ships, there is is an abundance of things to do here. From water excursions to restaurant hopping along the beach stretch, there’s bound to be something suited to all.
3. A dip in the sulfur springs
The sulfur springs are yet another way to relax on this beautiful island. I can’t remember the exact science behind how the sulfur mud & waters were formed (something to do with volcanos). But don’t let my lack of scientific knowledge put you off. This naturally occurring sulphur mud supposedly does wonders for the skin. You can apply and rinse off in the hot springs, or if you’re not up for it, you can always buy a bag of sulphur to take home & use as a face mask (like I did).
4. Take in the history at Fort Fedrick
Fort Fedrick was erected in 1779 by the French and still maintains a lot of the original features. Aside from all the history that awaits to be learnt, the fort also offers some amazing views of St Georges. An amazing place to catch the sunset too.
Anyway, that’s my list of 4 things to do in Grenada. Honestly, Grenada is such a beautiful country, and no I’m not just saying that because I’m from there (bias alert).
Some of you or may not have noticed that towards the end of the year I became extremely inactive, this was all for a good reason of course.
I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays in Grenada, amongst my family and best friend. Considering that nearly every family holiday takes place in Grenada, This was the first time that we’d be spending Christmas out there.
Unfortunately, I did get sick bang in the middle of the Holiday… I had a case of strep amongst an abundance of other things. I was not a pretty sight at all and I can say that pretty much everyone was fed up with my constant moaning.
Aside from being ill (just my luck ey) This trip was hands down the best I’ve been on. I was surrounded by love, friendship, beautiful scenery and let’s not forget the amazing weather. It was a great way to end the year and see the new one in.
A lot of reflection took place, which enabled me to see just how far I’ve come in the past year:
I started this blog
I left my job at pizza express and got an internship at a well known international company
Got my mental health under control
Travelled to Canada
Purchased a new camera
Started reading for fun again.
Although this may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I am already in such a better position than I was this time last year.
I also wanted to take the time to thank every single person who follows this blog and takes the time out to read, like & comment. It means so much to me ❤️I will definitely be doing a follow-up post about what we actually got up to whilst in Grenada & I might even put a little vlog together with the footage that I have, so stay tuned for that. For now, you can enjoy a selection of images (of me) below 🙂
I was super nervous to be flying on my own, so naturally, when I landed in Toronto, It completely slipped my mind to let the immigration officer know that I needed to activate my IEC visa. This is basically a document that allows you to work and live in Canada for up to 2 years.
** I’ll either create a video or a post on here with more information on how to apply for the IEC Visa**
After around an hour of stressing & fighting back the tears, after being told by the immigration officer that I wouldn’t be able to activate my visa. I managed to sort it all out and leave the airport with my 2 year IEC.
‘Ey’ – This was the first thing I noticed upon arrival.
No matter where you are in Canada, (in my case Mississauga and Toronto) I’m telling you, this word will haunt you for days, if not weeks. I’ve been back in the UK for like a month now, yet I can still hear it echoing at night.
Anyway, let me get down to business and give you my 4 things to do on a budget in Toronto.
1. Grafitti Alley
Discovered on my Instagram explore page, Graffiti alley is just that; a small alleyway in downtown Toronto covered from top to bottom in…you guessed it, graffiti. My suggestion would be to go before it gets dark out, as I didn’t notice any street lights & the area seemed to be a little dodgy. The alley was flooded with photographers and models when I visited so I would say its a very photographable (is this a word?) location, just make sure to crop out the garbage bags.
Price = $0
2. Toronto sign – queen street west
You cannot travel all the way to Toronto and not take a picture of/with this sign. As generic as it may seem, it is a great way to pass the time & people watch. just in front, there is a flight of stairs which brings you to a bridge overlooking the sign and the traffic (both people & vehicles) below.
Price = $0
3. Shark club sports bar and grill
Located just outside the Eaton Centre on Yonge Street, stands the Shark club sports bar and grill. The atmosphere combined with the food makes this a good all-rounder, perfect for casual dinner dates. The menu is pretty extensive as far as menus go. I’m a really fussy eater, yet I managed to find a few things that met my dietary requirements. Given its central location and amazing view, it’s surprising that shark club sports and bar grill does not burn a hole in your wallet.
Price = $40 (2 course inc a drink/on average)
4. Niagara Falls
Ok, so Niagara Falls isn’t actually in Toronto, but who would I be if I didn’t add it to the list.
However much it costs is down to you, you could visit Niagara and not spend a penny or you could go all out and break the bank. In my case, the only thing I spent on was souvenirs. (If you’re looking for a souvenir shop, there is one in the Eaton centre which is pretty inexpensive).
The side streets towards Niagara are filled with various excursions such as; haunted houses, 5D cinemas & many more. Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of this, but it is most definitely on the cards for next time.
Honestly, I cannot describe just how beautiful the Falls are, the pictures definitely don’t do it justice. It’s one of those things that you need to see in person, even add it to your bucket list if need be.
As I went in September, it was quite cold and misty, so we didn’t spend long and I wasn’t about to risk my cameras getting wet.
If you bring your passport with you, you can always walk across the bridge to New York. It’s crazy to see just how close 2 separate countries really are.
So there you have it, my top 4 things to do in Toronto, wasn’t too sure on how to structure this post so I hope this was ok 🙂
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Canada, it was amazing to meet family members I never even knew I had, and just to experience life as a Canadian.