London

London is one of, if not my favorite city. I love the constant buzz that surrounds it, the fashion and  focused attitude people seem to have. A girlfriend of mine I met in Italy this year, Danielle came over to visit for her twenty-second birthday. So, this provided me with the perfect excuse to venture into town for the day and show her why I love the city so much.

I was really excited for numerous, perhaps obvious reasons but also because she had never actually visited England before. Her visit coincided with Halloween. This was lovely especially as it meant that Danielle could see the seasons changing. Unfortunately, on the Friday of her visit I had a couple of lectures I needed to attend. However, on Saturday we headed into London to visit all of the biggest tourist attractions and soak up the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Our first stop were the Jubilee Gardens, which we meandered through until we reached the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament. Although, it was chilly (naturally for London) it wasn’t raining, which provided us with plenty of opportunities to snap some photos along our travels.

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Cornwall

Last weekend my boyfriend and I, Ben popped down to Cornwall for a couple of nights for a little bit of R&R before we head back to University. Although it’s not like my summer break has consisted of pretty consistent R&R throughout anyway Ben, unlike some worked all the way through summer – so he certainly deserved it!

Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

Despite us visiting out of season, it was still stunning and often meant that we had stretches of beach to ourselves at points. We stayed in Carclaze, Saint Austell roughly a ten minute drive from the Eden Project. This was a perfect base for us, as we were close to one of Cornwall’s main attractions (The Eden Project) and lots of gorgeous little towns – a good little find on Airbnb.

As we arrived slightly earlier than our booking in time we went to have a mooch around Carlyon Bay. Whilst the water was freezing.. yes, we were those people that attempted a little paddle, although it looked as though it may tip it down… the views were beautiful. Even though the bay wasn’t enormous it was a good stretch for a little stroll. In the evening we made our way to Charlestown where we grabbed some supper and then made our way back. Since it was dark by this point, we didn’t actually realise that if you walked a little further down from the restaurants there were some pretty little beaches and a pier. It was only when we returned on Sunday evening after having eaten at Charlie’s boathouse a lovely, unique restaurant overlooking the sea that we noticed the stunning pier.

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Salerno, Italia

Amalfi, Salerno

My second, longer part of my trip in Italy as I mentioned in my previous post, was spent in Salerno studying Italian. I decided to do this (as many of you I’m sure already know) I’m studying Italian at university and wanted to concrete everything I’d learnt in my first year as a beginner and get a little bit of a head start on next years course. Having been to the Goethe Institut in Frankfurt previously, for my German I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to do a similar course in Italy (only at a lower level). Language schools across the globe follow the CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment) and thus are usually on a par with one another no matter where you go… or so I’m told.

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