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The Travel Diaries

June 22, 2017

It's been quite a while since I last posted on my little corner of the internet, so rather going straight back to the normal schedule, I've collected some pictures from my travels over the past few months to give some sort of explanation as to why m0llylouise has been very quiet.

To start with, me and some friends did a road trip around the south of France back in April. As you may know, I was studying abroad in the Northern French city of Lille so it was nice to explore more of the country I called home for 9 months. Over a few days, we went to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice and Monaco.

All the cities were amazing but I especially loved Bordeaux, during our stay we also visited the small wine town of St. Emilion, definitely a must-see if you are in the area. 

We didn't spend too much time in Toulouse but did go for dinner in a tapas place called Borriquito Loco, and I'm telling you, you need to go there. It was probably the best restaurant I have ever been too, the tapas was so good but the vibes were incredible - with people dancing on tables and singing, nothing else compares.

More recently, after finishing study abroad and moving back to England I planned one more trip, starting in Berlin. One of my friends is studying abroad here so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to stay for a few days without having to pay for a hotel. And it was such a great city to explore for 4 days, obviously seeing the tourist sights as well as frequenting the rooftop bars with the locals.

Berlin was such a relaxed trip, unlike the road trip where we were short on time and wanted to see as much as we could. While in Berlin it was all very chill and spent most of the time just walking around and seeing some super touristy spots when we came upon them. I also ate some great food while I was there, most notably Burgermeister for the best burger in the city, Cabslam for a good American-style breakfast to fill you up for the day, and Santa Maria if you want to have the best Mexican food of your life.

Also two of my best bar recommendations for your next trip to Berlin, KlunkerKranich for the coolest rooftop bar ever, also for all you How I Met Your Mother fans you just have to go to Maclaren's Pub - full of cool memorabilia from the show, themed drinks like 'Sex in Ted's Bedroom' and the infamous red booths to sit at while you enjoy your drinks.

Straight from Berlin, I jumped onto a plane to Athens to start my 6-day Greek adventure. It got off to a bit of a bad start once me and my friend discovered we basically chose the worst neighbourhood in Athens to book our hotel which resulted in us ordering a lot of Ubers during our 2 day trip in the city. But this was made up for by the fact that our hotel had a rooftop with perfect views of the Acropolis. Obviously, we made the walk up to see the Pantheon (top tip: it says that the ticket is £20 but once you get to the ticket office make sure to mention you are a student and you can get a ticket for free)

We found a really cool bar called six d.o.g.s. which has an awesome garden area and some seriously amazing and crazy cocktails to sip alongside a great snack menu. Another brunch spot is Mama Roux for great breakfasts as well as the best Freddo Cappuccino I tried while in Greece.

Next stop was Mykonos, known as a party island it certainly is very touristy which is something I don't particularly like when it comes to going on a beach holiday like this trip was planned to be. It seemed that everyone here was English or American which kind of dampened the Greek vibes I wanted. Although this island is absolutely stunning and the beaches are absolutely incredible I feel like it was just too touristy for what I wanted, everything was very overpriced because of this and the authentic Greek style was very much lost in my opinion. 

Apart from that the hotel we stayed in (Petinos Beach Hotel) was a great hotel, with some of the staff being a little rude which was the only problem. But the room was great, with a delicious breakfast included in the mornings, all that and being a stone's throw away from the beach made it a perfect place to rest for the 2 days.

Now onto my favourite place from my travels, Santorini. I was a little worried before coming here as I knew it was one of the biggest tourist destinations right now so I was worried it would be far too crowded but I was so wrong. Yes there are so many tourists but the island itself doesn't feel touristy at all, you can still find the small little authentic restaurants if you know where to look - it really is an amazingly beautiful place and somewhere I will be visiting again for sure again in the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We stayed in the main city of Fira where most of the restaurants and bars are. Another popular place to stay is Oia, which is where the famous sunset images are always from. Personally, I think that Fira is the much better option, not just because you have everything you need right there but also it doesn't feel as packed as Oia. Another thing is that all the buses leave from Fira and there are no connecting buses between destinations so it's good to be where all the buses go from.   
Someone at our hotel recommended a restaurant called Naoussa, a small family run restaurant with amazing views of the sunset. The food here was absolutely incredible, so much so that we ate here both nights we stayed in Santorini, the food was traditional Greek dishes with really reasonable prices - 100% would recommend to everyone visiting the island.

And that completes my most recent travel diary. I've really had the best time seeing all of these new places. Aside from travelling as I said I finished studying abroad in France and have moved back to England. But there are still exciting times ahead as I have just moved to Brighton for my placement year where I am going to be working for a digital marketing company for my third year of university. 

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