I bloody love castles. If I had to pick my perfect day out in the UK, it would revolve around visiting a castle and eating a good pub lunch. So, you can imagine my excitement when I convinced my boyfriend that we needed a little day trip. We whittled our options down to Arundel Castle, Windsor Castle or visiting a relatively close tourist city like Cambridge or Oxford. Arundel was the winner and it was a really lovely day - even with the rain! What's Inside the Castle?   The castle itself is huge. There are a few different ticket options available, which can be viewed here. We opted for the gold ticket which meant we could see the gardens, ground, Fitzalan chapel, Castle keep, main castle rooms, shop, restaurant and cafe. The Gold Plus ticket would have also allowed us to see the castle bedrooms, but we were only in Arundel for a quick day trip (it's a 2 hour journey from where we live) and we wanted time to see what the rest of Arundel has to offer. The grounds are absolutely stunning, it's the perfect place to spend a sunny day. The inside of the castle is interesting, varied and beautiful (my favourite information board was about Empress Matilda - she sounds like an absolute sassy babe!). What Else Can You Do In Arundel? Arundel is picture perfect. The drive into Arundel is beautiful. The main road into the town is surrounded by lush greenery with a great view of the castle and cathedral. Once you've spent enough time in the castle (although I don't think there's ever enough time, I could happily stroll around a castle for hours), I'd definitely recommend taking time to visit Arundel Cathederal. It's a short walk away and is a really beautiful Roman Catholic building. Arundel is also filled with adorable streets and shops. We spent some time exploring the cute little independent shops, there's definitely something for everyone - especially if you like fudge! We didn't have any time to explore Arundel further, but apparently there are some other really great things to do in Arundel including: What's In The Surrounding Areas? We originally tried to book an overnight stay in Arundel so that we could do 2 days of exploring and break up the 2 hour drive each way. However, we planned everything a little bit too late and couldn't get any decently priced hotels - woe is us! If we had a second day, we had a few ideas for things to do outside of Arundel including exploring South Downs National Park which is filled with fun activities such as gliding, hot air balloon rides, cycling, walking, Geocaching and horseriding. The main thing that made me want to visit South Downs so much is that, it is the world's newest International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR) meaning stargazing is incredible. I want to be wrapped up warm in blankets, sitting under the stars enjoying the sights please! We obviously didn't get to do this because of time restrictions but I'm dying to go back and experience it! By way of larger cities, Brighton is a 40 minute drive from the castle, Worthing is 18 minutes, Chichester is 20 minutes and finally you can reach Bognor Regis in 22 minutes. I'm looking for more castles to discover in England, where would you recommend?!

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Recently myself and a friend hopped over to Ohrid (Macedonia) for a relaxing long weekend break. If you want somewhere budget-friendly, relaxing, full of history and culture, good weather (potentially!) and friendly faces galore, Ohrid is the place for you. So, if you're thinking about heading to Ohrid for a few days, here's how you should spend them! St Jovan Kaneo  Macedonia Ohrid St. Jovan Kaneo IMG_0749 v2You've all seen the pictures. This is probably THE most photographed area of Ohrid. Whilst the interior of the monastery wasn't the most impressive, this is the perfect place to relax and get picture perfect shots. The view of the lake is second to none. Tsar Samuel's Fortress  IMG_0783 v2IMG_0707 v2 If you know me, you will know that I love any kind of castle/fortification. So I was VERY excited to learn that Ohrid had it's very own fortress and even more excited that we had a view of it from our bedroom window. This is the highest point of the city, so expect more incredible views! Enjoy The Lake Views  IMG_0629 v2 Macedonia Ohrid Lake Boat As if I haven't already spoken about "the view" enough already! Ohrid's main selling point is the fact that it is so god damn beautiful. I uttered the words "it's so pretty" probably once every 25 minutes for the entire trip. Everywhere you turn will be picturesque (even the drive from the airport to the city!). But of course, the most picturesque area is on the lake-front.

RELATED: Want to know a bit more about this beautiful lake? Take a read of my "Top Things You Should Know Before Visiting Ohrid

Church of Saint Sofia  IMG_0584 v2 Saint Sofia is one of the larges churches in Ohrid and it was the first that we visited. This was our first experience of the Macedonian church frescoes. We were so impressed by how well the frescoes were preserved in places, little did we know that there were even more impressive frescoes in smaller churches around the city. Boat Trip to Saint Naum  IMG_0891 v2 If you have a spare day, I would definitely recommend taking a boat trip over to Saint Naum. Make sure that you walk down to the pier the day before your trip to check what times the boats leave the next day. Everywhere on the internet told us that the boat left at 10am daily and when we turned up, the sign said the boat had departed at 9am and we had to wait until the 1.45pm departure - it's safe to say that we were annoyed! The boat ride across would be amazing in sunny weather - we forced ourselves to sit on the top deck and watch the view even in the blistering wind. Over at Saint Naum, you can visit the monastery, do a spot of shopping, grab a bite to eat and hire a rowing boat around the springs (pictured above). Oh... and try to avoid the peacocks, according to a sign, they "WILL HARM YOUR CHILDREN". Enjoy the Lake Walks  IMG_0606 v2 One of my favourite areas of Ohrid is the lake-front, particularly a little wooden walkway which follows the cliff edge. Such blue clear water! I kept saying to my friend that it would have been the perfect place for a wedding! Plaošnik  Macedonia Ohrid Wall Macedonia Ohrid Plaoshnik Plaošnik is an archelogical site and holy place in Ohrid which is currently undergoing some extensive restoration works. Our favourite part was an ancient ornate hole in the ground.... we thought it was a bath tub, turns out it was a baptistery... but anyway definite #BathTubGoals, maybe minus the swastikas though.... Ancient Theatre of Ohrid  IMG_0670 v2 Move over Rome, Ohrid's amphitheatre is the place to be! The stage is still used for events throughout the year although I can't imagine Justin Beiber playing there anytime soon... With a view of the stage and the lake, who can complain (apart from maybe about the stone hard seats...). National Workshop For Handmade Paper  IMG_0833 v2 I shouldn't be allowed into a cute little shop filled with handmade paper and prints. Especially when the lady working there is lovely and demonstrates how the paper is made and the prints are created. I was strong willed to not walk away with arms filled with prints. The Icon Gallery of Ohrid Time to get artsy! Head over to the Icon Gallery of Ohrid for a fascinating look into art throughout the centuries in Macedonia. I'd be lying if I said that art galleries normally hold my interest, I'd rather be exploring the real world, but this one was actually interesting, especially as I visited with an History of Art student (as you can imagine, I made much less intelligent comments about the paintings). Church of Our Lady Perivlepta  IMG_0831 v2 Without a doubt, the Church of Our Lady Perivlepta is home to the most impressive frescoes I've ever laid eyes on. There's a lot of construction work happening at the moment but around all of the scaffolding, you'll be able to see plenty of incredibly well preserved frescoes - I don't think there's one tiny segment of the wall that's not covered! Walk the City Walls  IMG_0834 v2 Around  the edge of the city there's some impressive city walls. And if you've read my blog post about my day trip to York , you'll know how much I bloody love a historical city wall! Shop in the City Centre The city centre is where you should head if you want to do some shopping. Whilst I didn't see many shops that took my interest, some of the restaurants are great!

RELATED: Want to know how much all of this will cost you? Go and read my article "Budgeting For Ohrid

  Things we didn't get to do but sound great! 
  • National Park Galicica - unfortunately the national park can only be accessed by car. Something we should have researched before we arrived in Ohrid! If you fancy exploring the national park for a day, think about hiring a car or a driver for the day - Macedonia is super cheap after all!
  • National Ohrid Museum - we heard great things but simply weren't in the "museum mood" and instead chose to explore by the lake and eat good food in our few spare moments!
  • Bay of the Bones Museum - We should have visited the museum on our way to the Monastery of Saint Naum but the weather was bad, the lake was too choppy and the boat couldn't stop at the museum :-(.
  • Vevchani Springs - This is actually something that I didn't see advertised at all while we were in Ohrid. When I got home and was browsing my internet favourites, I stumbled across this TripAdvisor link which I'd obviously saved months ago and completely forgotten about - it looks gorgeous and is about a 30 minute drive from Ohrid.

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It appears that my "Budgeting For Ohrid, Macedonia" article was popular, so I've decided that I will be doing a quick "budgeting" post for all of my current and upcoming travels. Budgeting is something that I struggle with and when I told people that I was going on a city break to Salzburg, all I heard was "oh my god, it's so expensive there" but we were pleasantly surprised! My Trip
  • Destination: Salzburg, Austria
  • Total number of days: 3
  • Total number of nights: 3
  • Date: June 2016
  • People travelling: 3 (some costs such as taxi journeys are therefore divided by 3).
  • Travelling style: Mid-range. We chose to stay in a mid-range hotel, pay more for excursions (see more below) and have a really relaxing trip.
  • Exchange rate used: The exchange rate used for the entirety of this post (EUR to GBP) is 1.29 (accurate during the time of my trip)
So, How Much Did I Spend?! During my time in Salzburg, I spent 341.87 EUR (265.01 GBP). This total covers accommodation, food, drinks, sightseeing and transport. Pre-arrival costs such as flights are not included as these vary so much! To see a full breakdown of my costs in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, click HERE! Accommodation - £112.87 - 145.60 EUR -43% We decided to stay at Cityhotel Trumer Stube and we would recommend it to everyone! The location is fantastic (a 5 min walk into the main city), the rooms are modern/clean and the staff working on reception are incredible. All of the girls that we spoke to were lovely, helpful and ridiculously friendly. So friendly that one of my travel buddies said, I think the job description to work here states "must be cute as hell". Accommodation is difficult when you're travelling as 3 adults. You don't want someone to be in a hotel room on their own and missing out on all the fun! Because of this, we probably ended up paying more per person than a couple or a solo traveller. The total accommodation cost was around £338 and the room could have slept 4 people (2 double beds), meaning the cost per person would have been £84.50 per person if there were 4 of us rather than £112.87 - a considerable saving (maybe not... but when a number goes from above £100 to below £100, it always seems like a good deal)! If you want to pay less on hotels, you could easily stay further away from the city centre. The bus connections are amazing and travel costs are covered by the Salzburg Card (which you can read my review on here). Food/Drink - £64.42 - 83.10 EUR - 24% I travelled with two girls from work, we were all extremely busy at work before our trip and wanted 3 days of relaxation, fun and sightseeing. So, despite the fact we are all 21 and society believes we spend all of our time drunk, not a single drop of alcohol was drunk this weekend, so I can't comment on alcohol prices! We opted for easy and quick breakfasts and lunches, then ventured out to a proper restaurant each night. Apart from one night where we were exhausted and bound to our hotel room due to torrential rain... ordering takeaway pizza was the only option. Food and drink costs were on par with most Western European tourist cities. Sightseeing and Activities - £79.46 - 102.50 EUR - 30% For exploring the city, I would wholly recommend the Salzburg Card. We saved around 38 EUR on sightseeing by purchasing this card, so money-wise, if you want to see lots of sights in a condensed timeframe, Salzburg isn't a bad city to visit! We did however hit a stumbling block whilst planning a trip to the beautiful town of Hallstatt. We planned to visit on a Sunday and there were public transport issues outside of Salzburg. We therefore booked a half-day tour with Panorama Tours which was fantastic as our guide had a real sense of pride in his country's history and landscapes. However, this wouldn't be the best option if you're looking to travel on a budget - the half-day tour cost 55 EUR after all!

RELATED POST: Is the Salzburg Card Worth It? 

Transport - £8.27 - 10.67 EUR - 3% The only item contained in this section is a taxi from the airport to the hotel and vice versa on departure. Each journey cost around 16 EUR which was split between the three of us. Public transport would definitely be much cheaper if you are a solo traveller, however 16 EUR split between a number of people isn't too bad at all. You are unlikely to need to pay for any other transport during your stay in Salzburg if you have the Salzburg Card. We used the fantastic bus system a few times and each trip was free due to the use of this card.

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Macedonia Ohrid Plaoshnik Macedonia Ohrid Wall Macedonia Ohrid St. Jovan Kaneo Macedonia Ohrid Lake Boat I recently popped over to Macedonia (Ohrid to be specific) and I bloody loved it (warning: there is an over-use of the word "bloody" through the entirety of this post. Ohrid really is just bloody brilliant). So, here's a few things you should know about visiting Ohrid, Macedonia. 01. It's absolutely bloody beautiful. 02. The people are unbelievably friendly. We stayed at Villa Kale and the owners were a lovely husband and wife duo. When we handed our passports over on arrival, they immediately noticed that myself and my friend were born in 1994, the same year as their daughter. From that point on, we were treated like family, given tips and tricks about the area and always asked if we were okay. It was like having a second mum and dad. 03. Want to meet more friendly faces? Head over to The Gladiator Restaurant, another family run establishment. Food in Macedonia is cheap and The Gladiator is probably one of the most expensive places to eat in Ohrid, however it's definitely worth it if you're not sticking to an uber-strict budget. Arrive early evening to ensure you get one of the 3 balcony tables so that you can watch the sunset over the lake! My friend is a vegetarian and whilst there was nothing on the menu that would be suitable for her, the owner was excited and created a platter of yummy vegetarian goods for her. 04. One more friendly face - Marta Pejoska - we stumbled across Marta's gorgeous little jewellery studio on our walk back to the hotel one evening and we couldn't be happier with our discovery! Marta makes incredible filigree jewellery and is SO lovely - we could have chatted to her for hours. Make sure you check out her studio! 05.You can't exchange money to Macedonian Denar or vice versa outside of Macedonia. You should bring some Euros to the country to help you get by (larger items such as long taxi journeys and hotels can usually be paid in Euros) but then you should head to an ATM as soon as possible to get some Denar! 06. It's super cheap! I mean really really really cheap. Read my post "Budgeting for Ohrid, Macedonia" to find out how much money you might need for your trip! 07. Visiting in "off-season" won't mean you are visiting a ghost town. I read so many articles that tried to scare me from visiting outside of June to September. We visited in mid-May and it was great! Relaxed, sunny (most of the time!) and not overcrowded - perfect! If you're looking for a party however, you're probably better off visiting in summer! 08. Macedonia is rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history, so there is plenty to see and do in Ohrid! An ancient fortress, a Roman amphitheatre, a gorgeous national park, hundreds of churches - what's not to love! 09. Lake Ohrid is supposedly the oldest and deepest lake in Europe (estimated 4 million years old and 940ft deep)! It was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979, so you know it's going to be a beautiful place! 10.Something that I think makes Macedonia that little bit more beautiful is that it is the only country to get independence from Yugoslavia without shedding a single drop of blood. It remained entirely peaceful throughout the wars of the early 1990s and gained independence in 1991. 11. Macedonians are relaxed, don't expect that bus or boat to be at the scheduled time. Or maybe expect the scheduled time to move unexpectedly at the last minute. Maybe  I experienced this more because I wasn't visiting in peak-season, but oh well, it makes for the adventure! 12. Ask your hotel/hostel how much a taxi journey from A to B should be. Taxi drivers are more likely to try and rip-off a tourist. Make sure you know how much a journey should cost and barter your way down to that price! 13. You should go. You will absolutely love it.

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IMG_1743 - edited.JPG So, if you've stumbled across this webpage, you're probably travelling to Salzburg and you've probably heard about the Salzburg Card & wondering whether it's worth your money. Many cities have an"all access" card but I've never come across one that is worth your money, until I travelled to Salzburg! The Basics As expected, the city's many museums are covered by this card, however there are a few really great unexpected perks such as free travel within the city (their bus system is fantastic!), entrance to some of the the more expensive attractions in the city (such as Hellbrunn Palace & Trick Fountains, Salzburg Zoo and Hohensalzburg Fortress) and finally some incredible free experiences such as a cruise down the Salzach River. As well as the freebies within the city, price reductions are available for many attractions outside of the city. A complete list of the items covered by the Salzburg Card can be found here. The Price (Correct as of June 2016) There are two different price brackets for 2016. In summary, these are "winter season" being 01 January - 30 April and 01 November - 31 December and "summer season" being 1 May - 31 October. You then have the option of 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours depending on how long you are in the city. 2016 adult prices are as follows: Summer Period
  • 24 hours          27 EUR
  • 48 hours          36 EUR
  • 72 hours          42 EUR
Winter Period
  • 24 hours          24 EUR
  • 48 hours          32 EUR
  • 72 hours          37 EUR

RELATED: Want to know exactly how much I spent during my time in Salzburg? Find out here

Was It Helpful for Me? MOST DEFINITELY. We purchased the 48 hour pass in the Summer period for 36 EUR and managed to see attractions worth 74 EUR in our time - an amazing 38 EUR saving! The attractions we covered were as follows:
Catacombs 2.00
Hellbrunn Palace and Trick Fountains 12.50
Hohensalzburg Fortress 12.00
Mozart's Birthplace 10.00
Monchsberglift 3.60
Salzach Cruise 15.00
Salzburg Zoo 10.50
Bus from Fortress to Hellbrunn 3.60 Est. price from Rome2Rio.com (3GBP x 1.2)
Bus from Hellbrunn to Mirabell 4.80 Est. price from Rome2Rio.com (4GBP x 1.2)
 Total 74.00
Whilst we would have visited all of the attractions on this list (beside the below disclaimer), the card made things particularly easy to see what options we had for the day, choose where to visit and opened our eyes to attractions that we may not have otherwise known about which was great. We were disappointed that the Untersberg cable car was not open at the time of our visit (the cost would have been covered by the Salzburg Card ordinarily) - we really wanted to visit Untersberg but it gives us another reason to return! Disclaimer - A zoo wouldn't usually be on my list of things to do within a new city as animals in cages make me sad! However, my friend LOVES goats and a goat petting area was right at the beginning of the zoo. Our Salzburg Card allowed us to gain free entry for her to see the goats. We wandered further into the zoo and weren't happy with the small animal enclosures, so swiftly exited. So I'm not sure if that counts as money I would have otherwise spent!

RELATED: If you're struggling for ideas on what to do in the city, check out my long weekend itinerary

Should You Buy It For Your Trip? Whether the Salzburg Card is worth it completely depends on your travel preferences and what you want to gain from your visit. For example, if you want to spend time relaxing in the city centre, drinking good coffee and absorbing your time eating Austrian food, leisurely seeing the hours pass as opposed to trying to see as many sights as physically possible - this pass probably isn't for you. An older woman on one of our tours outside of the city centre also commented that she liked to spend hours inside each museum, meaning she didn't have enough time to see many museums in a 24 or 48 hour period, thus not getting her money's worth. I would say that if you want to see  3 or more of the more expensive attractions in Salzburg, the card will be worth it given the reasonable price and obvious value for money. However, if you're in Salzburg for 24 hours on a very strict budget and would prefer to wander around the city absorbing the charming culture, this option probably isn't for you. Unfortunately almost all of the attractions on the card close at around 5pm, so you might want to plan your time carefully. The free transportation is particularly helpful when it comes to the further away destinations such as Hellbrunn Palace (entrance is included on the Salzburg Card) and Untersberg Mountain (the cable car is included on the Salzburg Card).

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IMG_0614 v2IMG_0643 v2IMG_0726 v2IMG_0731 v2 If there's one question I had before visiting Macedonia, it was "how much money do I need?". The travel blogging world seems fairly void of any articles on Macedonia and the main consensus, from the few articles I found, was that "it's cheap" - but how cheap exactly?! So here I am, setting out exactly how much money I spent in Macedonia. Maybe I'll turn this into a "thing" with my future travels! Currency The currency is Macedonian Denar but Euros are commonly accepted for larger items such as long taxi drives and hotel costs. You are unable to exchange money to Denar outside of Macedonia. You will therefore need to use banks in the country to withdraw your cash. We used an ATM in the city centre of Ohrid and had absolutely no problems. Careful budgeting is therefore key to ensure you don't have tonnes of excess cash to spare at the end of your trip (unless you want an excuse to buy ALL the chocolate in the airport on the way home)! My Trip
  • Destination: Ohrid
  • Total number of days: 4
  • Total number of nights: 3
  • Date: May 2016 (off-season)
  • People travelling: 2 (some costs such as taxi journeys are therefore divided by 2).
  • Travelling style: Mid-range. We chose to stay in a nice hotel and have a really relaxing trip.
So, How Much Did I Spend?!  For my entire trip to Ohrid, I spent the equivalent of £108.80. This is including accommodation, food, drinks, sightseeing and transport. Pre-arrival costs such as flights are not included as these vary so much! To see a full breakdown of my costs in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, click HERE! Accommodation - £43.86 - 40% Now accommodation is a tricky one, we could have picked somewhere cheaper to stay. We also could have picked somewhere more expensive to stay. We were also travelling in off-season. Most articles that I have read about Ohrid suggest visiting in June - September, as we were travelling in May, we could have experienced slightly lower prices than the average traveller. The prices for August 2016 on booking.com only seem marginally more expensive than what we paid for May - so you might be in luck if you're travelling in Summer! We chose to stay at Villa Kale and we couldn't be happier with our choice. The family that own the hotel were helpful beyond words and always made sure that we were happy and satisfied. There also appear to be some really great hostel choices on HostelWorld with some well-reviewed options having dorm rooms from as little as £4.24 per night in summer 2016 - perfect for backpackers! Food/Drink - £42.44 -39% We were in Ohrid for a relaxing time and to do a lot of exploring. As we visited in off-peak season, there wasn't too much night-life going on (although according to our hotel staff, this changes in summer), therefore not much of this total is for alcohol. We could have spent less on food but we decided to have a three course meal with wine and beer at one of Ohrid's more expensive restaurants (Gladiator) and it was definitely worth it! We ate on the balcony overlooking the lake at sunset - perfect! Sightseeing & Activities - £14.75 - 14% Considering we were in Ohrid with the primary focus of sightseeing, I am pleasantly surprised at how low this total is!  A lot of Ohrid's sights are monasteries, galleries and small things to see and do. The entry fee for each was usually around 100 denar (around £1.25). The most expensive activity was a 600 denar half-day boat trip to St Naum and back. Definitely worth doing if you're in the area! I was tempted to do a tandem paragliding flight over the lake which would have set me back 59 EUR. We ended up not doing the flight but I'm sure it would have been worth the cost! Transport - £7.75 - 7% The only item included in this section is the taxi ride from Ohrid airport to the hotel and the return journey at the end of our trip. Our hotel organised this taxi journey for us and it was 10 EUR each way (the above total is made up of 2 journeys divided by 2 people at the exchange rate for May 2016). Ohrid is well connected to other Macedonian cities and buses are available to various locations such as Skopje, Bitola, Prespa etc. The prices we saw for these journeys looked very reasonable - be sure to haggle any taxi prices, our hotel staff made us aware that taxi drivers might try to rip off tourists.

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Given that I work in London, I tend to take the city for granted. So I've decided to draw up a London bucket list to make sure that I actually do more things in the city!

Tourist Attractions

 There are hundreds of tourist attractions in London, so here is my small pick of the ones I'd like to try the most! 

1) Ride in the London Eye ✔ The London Eye is one of the most iconic sights in London - be sure to pre-book your trip and hope for good weather! 2) Visit the inside of Buckingham Palace & see the changing of the guard ✔ I've visited Buckingham Palace many times and seen the changing of the guard. However I didn't ever visit the inside until last year - it was amazing and you can read all about it here. 3) Do a tour of the Tower of London ✔ The Tower of London is another sight that I hadn't managed to see inside until very recently - we did a twilight tour and it was great! The Beefeaters tell brilliant stories and there is plenty to see inside! The Beefeater showing us around was from Chelmsford - so obviously we had a lot of Essex banter! 4) Take a cruise down the River Thames ✔ Whilst the river isn't the prettiest (unless you like murky green water), there are plenty of attractions to see along the river and this is the perfect thing to do on a sunny day! Read all about my experience here. 5) Take in the views from the Sky Garden Take a trip up to the Sky Garden (it's free!) for unrivalled views across London - but be sure to book your time slot in advance! There's also a bar and a restaurant! 6) Take in the more expensive views from the Shard The views that you're more likely to have heard of are from the Shard. A rather controversial building (my boyfriend hates it and says it looks unfinished... he's a bore). I've never been to the Sky Garden or the Shard but I'm swaying towards the Sky Garden... just because it's free! 7) Climb the O2 Arena You can now climb/walk across the top of the O2 Arena! Imagine doing this while the sun sets - perfect! 8) Visit inside St Paul's Cathedral I love a good Cathedral, so how have I not been inside St Paul's Cathedral? Probably because it's expensive! If the UK had as many free-entry beautiful cathedrals as the rest of Europe, I'd be one happy girl. 9) Hear the chimes of Big Ben ✔ Everyone needs to go and see Big Ben (and the surrounding area!), get their infamous Big Ben selfie and hear the chimes - they happen on the hour every hour if you're wondering. 10) Hire a Boris bike for the day A "boris bike" is the affectionate Londoner term for the Santander cycles you see throughout the city - simply pay, cycle and then plug the bike back in a the closest bike bank to your destination. A cheap way to get around the city quickly but be warned - the roads of London can be crazy and we don't have many cycle lanes! 11) Visit Windsor Castle and get the iconic "long walk" photo This is probably at the top of my list of things to do right now - Windsor Castle looks incredible and is only a short train ride out of London to picturesque Windsor! 12) Visit the Houses of Parliament  This is something I will be doing in November as my qualification's ceremony is held inside the Houses of Parliament - AMAZING! 13) Get the iconic Abbey Road photo Heard of The Beatles? Of course you have. So head over to Abbey Road and get that iconic photo! 14) Explore Kensington Palace Can I wander the halls pretending to be Kate Middleton? You can call me the Duchess of Cambridge from now on.... a girl can dream! 15) Roam around getting camera happy at Kew Gardens When the city is filled with hustle and bustle, it's nice to escape to the peace and quiet. There are plenty of parks to choose from in the city, but Kew Gardens is at the top of my list of green places to see right now! 16) Take in the views from Primrose Hill Located in regent's park, if you want somewhere peaceful but closer to the city centre than Kew Gardens (see above), then Primrose Hill is the one for you! 17) Go pretend house shopping in Notting Hill / Chelsea / Kensington With rows and rows of gorgeous houses, what better place to go pretend house shopping?! Get a few #DoorsOfInstagram pictures while you're at it! ;-) 18) Visit Nelson in Trafalgar Square ✔ Nelson's Column stands tall in Trafalgar Square to commemorate Admiral Nelson. On the few days that we get sun in London, I've been known to sit by the fountains absorbing the sun on my lunch breaks. 19) Stroll around embankment at night ✔ One of my favourite areas of London is Embankment, especially at night. Walk across the bridges taking in the views of Big Ben, Parliament, The London Eye and London Bridge, all lit up and looking beautiful!

Harry Potter

1) Visit Platform 9 and 3/4  ✔ Located inside Kings Cross station, make sure you take the time to pretend you're a wizard but beware of long queues! 2) Walk across Millennium Bridge - hopefully with fewer dementors! ✔ Any of the bridges on the River Thames are great to stroll across and enjoy the views. However, if you're a Harry Potter fan, this is the bridge you'll be the biggest fan of! 3) Visit the reptile house at London Zoo (although I won't try talking to the snakes) ✔ The famous snake scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was filmed inside the reptile house inside London Zoo - take a peek inside if you're brave enough! 4) Visit Leadenhall Market  Leadenhall Market was apparently used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Even if you aren't a Harry Potter fan, this is a beautiful Victorian market building and should be worth a visit! 5) Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios ✔ Located 20 miles North-West of central London, you'll find the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios. While it's not in walking distance/a quick hop on the tube like the rest of the items on this list - if you're a Harry Potter fan, you need to check out the Studios!

Museums 

Most of the museums in London are free! Yipee! Therefore they make a really great day out if you want some culture but don't want to take out a mortgage (because let's face it, London is a pretty expensive city!). However, be warned, because they are free, they are often very busy on weekends and school holidays.

1) Get up close and personal with the dinosaurs at the history museum ✔ You've probably seen the iconic photos of the T-Rex towering in the main entrance hall, why not go see him? I'm sure he won't bite! This is one of my favourite museums in London and for good reason! 2) Explore the interactive exhibitions at the Science Museum ✔ If you're visiting London with kids and want to visit a Museum, the Science Museum is the one for you! I haven't been for a few years, but can remember so many interactive activities and kids loving every minute! 3) Marvel at the costumes at the V&A Museum ✔ As a former textiles and design student, it's safe to say that I have spent a lot of time exploring the costumes and clothing at the V&A Museum and it is definitely worth a visit! 4) See the Egyptian mummies at the British Museum  I have actually visited the British Museum before, but I was very young and we were mainly using the building to escape the rain while we were on our way to our actual destination - I I'd love to go back, especially to see the Egyptian mummies. 5) Release my inner history buff a the Churchill War Rooms There's no hiding the fact that I am a bit of a history nerd - it's what I should have been studying at university before I decided not to go. I'd love to explore the Churchill War Rooms - everyone who has been raves so highly about it! (FYI - this one isn't free!) 6) Bask in the beauty of the Courtauld Gallery I'm not a real art fan. There, I said it. So gallery's tend to bore me a little bit - but the Courauld Gallery is in such a beautiful building that I'd enjoy just admiring the outside. Although apparently the inside is a real treat too!

Entertainment

London is definitely somewhere that you will never be bored!  These are my top picks of things to do to keep yourself entertained (if the range of tourist sights aren't enough to fill your time here!)

1) See a West End Show ✔ Living so close to London, I take the range of shows on offer in London for granted and almost forget that other UK cities don't have half the range of entertainment that London has on offer! My absolute favourite West End show is Wicked! However, I've also seen The Lion King, Matilda, War Horse (now ended), Women In Black (twice!) and all were great! Be sure to check the internet for late minute cheap tickets and don't be scared by "restricted view" seating - I've never had any issues. 2) Watch a play at Shakespeare's Globe  After studying King Lear at school in such detail, I'd love to see it performed on the traditional Shakespearean theatre stage. I'm not sure how much I'd be able to remember nowadays though (sorry Miss Chiv!) 3) Watch a football match at Wembley Stadium ✔ Despite the fact that this is a fairly new stadium, Wembley Stadium has become an iconic London Stadium in no time at all! I recently won tickets to see a friendly football match between London and Holland with my boyfriend and can confirm that you don't have to be a massive football fan to enjoy it. I've also seen a few bands play here and it's a great atmosphere if you like big venues! 4) See an "indie" gig at one of the many intimate awesome venues ✔ From the large Wembley Stadium to the teeny tiny intimate venues of London, we have it all! There's nothing better than seeing a local band at a small venue and really feeling really up close and personal with the performers. 5) See your favourite band at the O2 Arena ✔ Another great venue is the O2! I've seen many bands here and will continue to see many more in the upcoming years. My favourites being Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Coldplay & Adele (my massive girl crush of the moment). 6) Visit a comedy club for some cheap laughs! There are plenty of comedy clubs scattered through London and all provide a great night out. Be sure to look out for "work in progress shows", these are the shows that big name comedians do to test out their material and tickets are a fraction of the actual tour ticket prices. 7) Watch a tennis match at Wimbledon Enough said really. This is an iconic day out - get me some strawberries and cream already! 8) Be amused by the street entertainers in Covent Garden ✔ I work in Covent Garden, so often get to see the street entertainers in full force - another very busy area during school holidays! But a great way to keep yourself entertained for free! 9) Go to a film premiere in Leicester Square Just down the road from Covent Garden is Leicester Square - try and visit on a premiere night to spot some celebrities and get a taste of the glamorous life! 10) Try an "Escape Room" ✔ This is a phenomenon that is currently sweeping the world - I've seen escape rooms in so many cities now! I did one with London Escape Entertainment and would highly recommend. 11) See a show at the Royal Opera House Whilst I'm not a huge Opera, classical music or ballet fan, there's something really special about seeing hugely talented individuals performing in this world class venue.

Food

I eat a lot of food. That's an understatement. But I tend to stick to a lot of the chain restaurants near my work for a quick lunch-time meal. Here are a few places I would love to try! 

1) Eat a curry on Brick Lane I am a huge fan of Indian food. I mean, a HUGE fan. I've heard so many people talk highly of the curry houses on Brick Lane and now I'm absolutely dying to go! 2) Visit Clos Maggiore Located in Covent Garden, Clos Maggiore is known as the most romantic restaurant in London - the flower covered ceiling is very Instagram worthy, surely that's a reason to visit in itself! 3) Have Afternoon Tea at a fancy restaurant ✔ I've had afternoon tea many many times now, who doesn't love sandwiches and cake? Free-flowing champagne is usually also an option! The next afternoon tea I want to try is the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel. 4) Have a picnic in one of the many parks ✔ Whilst London is a bustling city, there are plenty of green spaces and areas to relax - grab a picnic and head to the nearest park on a sunny day for a great afternoon! 5) Buy food at Borough Market ✔ Borough market is the ultimate food destination in London in my eyes! Think British meats, local wines, dairy, fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods galore! 6) Eat authentic Chinese food in China town London's China Town isn't the biggest in the world, but the food is to die for! I often walk past drooling at the smell! 7) Visit Mister Lasagna This is a new restaurant in London that maybe isn't on many people's radars yet. London has lots of "quirky" eats to choose from, so I thought I should include one! Mr Lasagna specialises in yep... you guessed it... Lasagne. In fact,the only main meals they have on option are lasagne - TWENTY different types to be accurate! If you can't pick what lasagne to have, you can select 3 smaller portions for around £8 or £9 - bargain!

Shopping

When I'm on a city break, I don't tend to do any shopping as I want to go and explore the city, however, as I live in such close proximity to London and it has some iconic shopping areas, it would be rude not to visit! 

1) Explore Camden Markets ✔ There are plenty of markets to choose from in London, but Camden is definitely my favourite area. You'll find all kinds of weird and wonderful treats here - and delicious street food! Although, I'd love to go to Portobello Markets too! 2) Shop on Regent's Street ✔ The famously beautiful curve of Regent's Street is filled with high-end stores. The perfect place to go window shopping! 3) Soldier through the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street ✔ Oxford Street has a lot more high-street options in comparison to Regent's Street but it can be unbearably busy! I love Oxford Street at Christmas time. Christmas lights make everywhere much more appealing for me *stares longingly into the distance* 4) Visit all of the major department stores - Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols & Liberty! ✔ You've heard of Macy's and Bloomingdales in New York, it would be wrong not to give the same appreciation to the London counterparts. Selfridges is my favourite - I often visit as it's not too far from work and in my opinion has the greatest range of products/brands. However I really want to spend more time in Liberty!
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Winter Activities

If there's one time you need to visit London, it's Winter! Although, be warned, it gets VERY cold.

1) Visit Winter Wonderland ✔

Winter Wonderland is a huge Winter set-up in Hyde Park. Think Christmas markets, theme park rides, ice bars, a circus, Christmas lights, mulled wine, etc etc!

2) Skate on the ice-rink at Somerset House Probably one of the most picturesque things to do in London during Winter - I just need to get over my fear of ice skating first! 3) See the New Year's Eve fireworks from Alexandra Palace You're probably wondering why I chose Alexandra Palace... I think this is a beautiful area of London and I'd love to be up on that hill with a view over the rest of London! 4) Be at the River Thames for the New Year's Eve fireworks Now for the more traditional place to view the classic New Year's Eve fireworks - right by the river! I'd love to do it once. But have heard many horror stories of being very cramped and queues for the grimy toilets that are hours long! 5) Go on a Christmas lights hunt ✔ During the Winter months, you can't go too far without stumbling across some Christmas lights. Covent Garden is one of my favourite areas at this time of year.

MY SCORE!

Tourist Attractions - 7/19

Harry Potter - 4/5

Museums - 3/6

Entertainment - 6/11

Food - 3/7

Shopping - 4/4

Winter Activities - 2/5

Total Score - 29/57

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Copenhagen seems to be appearing on more and more people's travel radars, everyone seems to be going there! So I thought I'd try to be a bit helpful - here are my top things to do in Copenhagen! Before we get started, I should warn that Copenhagen (as like much of Scandinavia) is a pretty expensive place to visit, however not to fear, I've also written a guide on keeping costs down in the city which you can read here! 1. Visit the Famous Nyhavn If you had to send a postcard home to your loved ones while in Copenhagen, without a doubt it would be a picture of Nyhavn. The picture perfect colourful buildings, the canals, the pretty boats, what could be better? Be warned that restaurant and bar prices in this area can be more expensive however! 2. Tivoli Gardens Another one of the more famous attractions in Copenhagen is Tivoli Gardens - a theme park set inside beautiful gardens in the city centre. I was disappointed to find that entry to the gardens isn't free - everything inside the park you have to pay for (including access to fairground rides), so I think this is a bit unfair - the gardens aren't that big! But it would be wrong to visit the city without taking a look inside Tivoli Gardens! 3. Botanisk Have - Freebie Gardens! As an alternative to Tivoli, there are plenty of beautiful green areas to choose from! I visited Copenhagen with one of my friends who works in horticulture (hi Josh!) and I promised him before we visited that we'd fit some gardens into our schedule. As we were walking to another attraction, we planned a route through Botanisk Have (translates to The Botanical Gardens) and we had a great time! Even if taking the above "jumping photos" nearly resulted in my shoe falling in the lake... oops! 4. Eat all the Danish Pastries! It would almost be criminal to visit Denmark without sampling a range of their pastries. Our favourite shop was Lagkagehuset, there is a store located on the main shopping street (Strøget -the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe!). If you're sick of pastries (is that even possible?!). Copenhagen is filled with other culinary delights, one being Noma, the worlds 3rd best restaurant! We obviously did not eat here... I think a meal here would have cost more than my entire trip... I did day dream about it though, naturally. 5.  Visit Freetown Christiania If there's something I didn't expect a chilled-out, law-abiding city like Copenhagen to have, it's a rebellious Freetown. Back in 1971, a group of hippies occupied abandoned military barracks and developed a town completely independent of the Danish Government. The Freetown is a mix of home-made houses, green parkland, workshops and some not so legal sales (some "naughty things" are sold, mainly on Pusher Street and for your own safety, don't take any photos in the area, especially on Pusher Street!). 6. Take a Day Trip Over The Famous Øresund Bridge

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Copenhagen is a well connected city. A train from the main station (in the centre of the city) will take you over Øresund Bridge (made famous by the TV series "The Bridge"). While on the train, you won't actually be able to see much as the bridge runs below the car path - I would love to drive across it! There are a few different options you can pick for your day-trip into Sweden. The options we had were:
  • Return train across the bridge to Malmö (Sweden)
  • Return train across the bridge to Lund (Sweden)
  • Train to Helsingør (Denmark), ferry to Helsinborg (Sweden), train to Malmö (Sweden), train across the bridge back to Copenhagen.
After some extensive google-image searches and talking to tour guides/our hostel staff, we decided to visit Lund for the day and it was lovely! However, I'd love to do the round trip through Helsingør, Helsinborg and Malmö. Helsingør is home to Kronborg Slot which was made famous as Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (as a literature nerd, this excites me a lot)! 7.  Visit the Many Palaces The two photos above are of Paleis Christiansborg (Christiansborg Slot) which has the only free high-up view point of the city (see my post about keeping costs down in Copenhagen to read more about this)! However, there are a few palaces in Copenhagen including Frederiksberg Slot and Amalienborg which is the home to the Danish Royal family - make sure you get to see the changing of the guards during your trip! 8. Rosenberg Castle When you're done looking around the palaces of the city, what's better than finishing off your cultural experience with a castle too?! Rosenberg Castle is beautiful but unfortunately my camera skills were apparently lacking when we visited! 9. Take a Walking Tour  Walking tours in Europe tend to have a lot of WWII / Cold War era history within them, so it was really nice to be shown around a city with a different history. Swap your knowledge of men with dodgy facial hair (Stalin and Hitler I'm looking at you) for knowledge of men in funny pointy hats - the Vikings! Although apparently the pointy hats and big beards are a modern-day stereotype that isn't close to the truth - how disappointing! 10. Take A Canal Tour If walking isn't your thing, then take a canal tour instead! Prices were reasonable for such a popular tourist attraction. There are a few different providers, so walk around Nyhavn to see which company is the cheapest. While I don't think that this was the best way to see the city, a lot of the great sights of the city can't be seen from the water, the architecture you can see is pretty and it gives your legs a bit of a rest! Okay, neither of the above photos were taken on a canal tour, they were in fact taken on a walking tour. But taking photos from a low-down boat whilst dealing with the motions of the water didn't work out too well for me. 11 & 12. Visit the Little Mermaid & Visit Kastellet on the Walk there! 
 
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Now, I feel like this should be on any list of things to do in Copenhagen. The author of "The Little Mermaid" was Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish writer, and so it's only fair that a statue is resurrected in honour of the fairytale. However.... we never actually ended up getting to see The Little Mermaid up close. We saw it from afar on a canal cruise and can confirm that this tiny statue is absolutely over run by tourists. As we began the walk to the attraction before our late afternoon flight, the heavens opened. Getting drenched in torrential rain before getting on a flight didn't sound like too much fun. I'd also have really loved to visit Kastellet on the walk there! 13. Rundetaarn (The Round Tower)
 
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Another attraction that I unfortunately didn't get to see was the Round Tower. For some reason before my trip, I hadn't heard anything about The Round Tower but since being back, it's been plastered all over my Instagram feed! There's something about that perfectly sloped curve that makes for such a satisfying photo!

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So, you're finally going to visit Aushcwitz. Given the response I got from people when I said I was going, this has either been on your bucket list for forever, or you think this is a horrible idea and you're being dragged by a loved one/feel like you have to go because you're in the area. Who wants to spent time walking around a concentration camp after all? Me apparently! I fall heavily in to the former category and have wanted to visit Auschwitz forever. I love history and have studied this area heavily. Entry to the camps is free, however you can pay to have a guided tour. From my understanding, in the peak months you have to join a guided tour. Our hotel had organised for us to have a whole day tour with Discover Cracow in which we were picked up from our hotel in Kraków, taken to Auschwitz for the morning (where the internal tour guides take over this section of your tour), returned to Kraków for lunch and then headed to Wieliczka Salt Mine for the afternoon. It was a long day but seriously worth it. Auschwitz is split into three camps: Auschwitz-I, Auschwitz-II-Birkenau and Auschwitz-III-Monowitz. Auschwitz-I is where your tour will begin where the buildings are set up in museum-style with each one highlighting a certain area of life in the camps. The most disturbing "exhibitions" in my opinion were the ones showing the victim's belongings. Piles of abandoned suitcases, piles of human hair, piles of discarded shoes, piles of Jewish prayer mats, piles of tangled glasses. Once the Nazis knew that the Soviets were on their way, the Nazis tried to destroy as much evidence as physically possible. It's hard to imagine that the piles of belongings on show are only a fraction of the total that were once there. Another element that I found quite disturbing were a corridor lined with photos of victims, in an almost "mug-shot" like fashion. Rows and rows of victims. All in their striped uniforms, tattooed with a serial number, their names forgotten. After you've been guided around the first camp, it's time to jump on a bus and head to Auschwitz-II-Birkenau. The scale of this camp is absolutely insane. Rows upon rows of barracks which allow you to comprehend just how many people were held here. This is where you will find the infamous train tracks, a very eery sight. We were informed that there is very little left of the 3rd and final camp and therefore it's not open to visitors. On the whole, I found the guided tour of the camp quite rushed. We were in a large group and were marched through the camp, seeing all of the sights but very quickly. An elderly couple on our tour struggled to keep up and I thought this was quite unfair. While you could tell the tour guide was very passionate about the subject, you could also tell she was restricted with time and had to get you around the camp as quickly as possible. Because of this, I felt like I didn't quite grasp quite the horrors that have happened at the camps. More time to wander at your own pace, reading plaques, soaking in the information would have been good. As many of the buildings are now empty, I found it quite hard to visualise what things would have been like, especially when moving at such a fast pace. But perhaps that's also due to the complete atrocities that happened here, it's almost hard to imagine that anyone could be capable of such devastation. While concentration camps aren't the happiest of places to visit and you'll walk away feeling a bit depressed (some people I know have been utterly disturbed after their visit). I think it's important that people continue to visit sights like this. Facing the reality of these sights is important, it helps us to recognise the cruelty within the human race. And after all, studying the past makes for a better future. Have you ever visited Auschwitz or another "dark history" location? How did you feel afterwards?

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Another city break done, another list of top things to do list! Kraków is a great city to visit for a few days, but do also read my recent post about whether it lives up to the hype - you can read that here. 1) Spend Some Time in the Old Town Old Town Kraków is gorgeous. From the Church of the Virgin Mary to the Cloth Hall, the architecture is amazing. However, my favourite thing about the city centre are all of the food stalls. The Polish will tell you that the food in the Old Town is overpriced, but compared to London prices, it's dirt cheap! The soups, breads and crepes make for a great quick meal! 2) Church of the Virgin Mary If you've seen a photo of Kraków, it's probably of the Old Town Centre, specifically of the Church of the Virgin Mary. This is an incredible building that dominates the Old Town Square (however it does cost a small amount to visit the inside/climb the tower and the tower is only open in certain months). Every hour, there is a bugle call, make sure you look up to the window on the left tower to see the man playing the bugle - he will give a little wave after his performance! 3) Wawel Castle  Wawel Castle is a gorgeous castle (from the outside especially). The inside isn't anything spectacular. There are a few exhibitions inside, I'm more of a fan of ornate castles that have kept their original interiors! However, the outside of the building and the gardens are really worth the visit! 4) Jewish District (Kazimierz) Once you've explored the main city centre of Kraków, make sure you head down to the Jewish district to explore some more! There's plenty of history and culture to be seen here. A free walking tour is available of the area. 5) Planty Park Planty park is a thin park which runs the entire way round the city centre - it did used to be the city moat after all! We visited in March, so many of the trees and greenery were bare and you probably wouldn't want to spend too much time standing in the cold - but the area has great reviews in the Summer months! 6) Cloth Hall Cloth Hall is the central long building in the Old Town city centre, it's filled with more market stalls and there's also an underground museum that you can visit! An interesting fact about Kraków is that most of the buildings have a floor or two underground due to the fact that the city kept becoming so downtrodden and dirty that instead of clearing up the area, they simply laid more and more concrete onto the floor multiple times. 7) The Ghetto Hero's Square This is a very poignant installation in the "ghetto" of Kraków. 70 empty chairs are stood in the square commemorating the Jews that lost their lives during the war in Kraków. 8) St Florian's Gate & The Barbican St Florian's Gate and The Barbican are gothic towers dating back to the 14th century which adjoined the fortified city walls. Hard to imagine what the city was like completely surrounded by high walls! 9) Visit the many many Churches! If I told you all of the churches to visit in Kraków, this would be a very long blog post. However, if you stumble around the city, you can't miss them! There are hundreds. Take a look at the TripAdvisor top things to do in Kraków to see just how much the Polish love their churches/cathedrals! 10) Take a Daytrip to Auschwitz This was the real reason that we came to Kraków, we really wanted to see Auschwitz and finally tick it off of our bucket lists. This was an incredible experience and one I'm really grateful for. A full blog post will be up soon! 11) Take a Daytrip to Wieliczka Salt Mines As part of the same day trip to Auschwitz with Discover Cracow, we also visited Wieliczka Salt Mines. The sheer size and scale of these mines are incredible. This is definitely worth a visit, especially for the Chapel of St Kinga - a huge room 101m below ground. The entire room is made from salt - the walls, ceiling, floor, statues, wall carvings and even the chandeliers! Also, you can give the walls a lick anywhere in the mines - it's salty! 12) Church On The Rock As mentioned above, Kraków has many churches to choose from. My favourite is the "Church on the Rock". A beautiful white building with lovely grounds - perfect for a great instagram shoot! Unfortunately the doors were locked and we couldn't get in at the time of visiting. 13) Oskar Schindler's Factory Unfortunately I didn't manage to visit the factory on my trip to Kraków but I would absolutely love to. I still need to see the film "Schindler's List" the whole way through first! There are plenty of scenes which were shot on the streets of Kraków, so if you're a fan of the film, you really need to visit! 14) Take a Free Walking Tour Now I absolutely love a free walking tour, they are a great way to get your bearings in a new city, learn a bit more about the culture and work out what you want to do throughout the rest of your trip. Kraków has the best range of free walking tours I have ever seen in a city! Generally most cities have one free walking tour and the rest are paid for, but not Kraków! See a full list of the tours here. 15) Take a Free Food Tour!  In a similar light to the above, there is also a FREE walking tour!! Yes, free! You will have to pay for food as you go through the city, however each location only charges 1 - 2 PLN per portion and you don't have to eat anything you don't want to. Stand out items for me were gorgeous breads, out of this world dumplings and an array of Polish sweets. 16) Enjoy Cheap Food Throughout the City! Poland is known for having some of the cheapest foods in Europe. While all of the Polish people would recommend you to stay away from the Old Town as prices here are much higher than that of places slightly outside of the touristy areas, I found that even in the Old Town Centre, food prices were VERY good - especially when you're used to London prices. Our favourite restaurant in the Old Town was La Grande Mamma (pictured above)! Yes, I  know this is Italian, not Polish but the food was gorgeous (as were the restaurant interiors!).

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