//What I’m wearing in Marseille//

So a few posts ago, I mentioned I’ll be heading off to the Côte d’Azur in a few weeks (eek!), more specifically to Marseille. Since it’s going to be between 25-30°C – temperatures that we never really get in British summers (apart from last week when it was 28°C for two days then we had a huge thunder storm) – I found myself in need of lightweight, summer-y clothes to wear and hence went on a little shopping sprees! 

Disclaimer: I’m not great at photographing clothing and only had a small desk to use as a white background, hence why I couldn’t fit the whole items of clothing in the pictures, so do bear with!

Tops:

Stripey and plain white t-shirts with lace detail

I actually bought these t-shirts last year from Primark for £4 each, but they’re fairly thin and light-coloured so they look more summery than the majority of my t-shirts. I also bought another white t-shirt similar to the one pictured above from Sainsbury’s, but this one is made of cotton so hopefully will be cooler on the hotter days. 

Pale blue tunic top with white embroidery

This blue tunic-type top also came from Sainsbury’s. I fell in love with it when I first saw it, and it’s the perfect top to take with me as it’s soooo lightweight but because it’s blue, it’s can’t see through it either. Also I love how it’s a bit different from the generic t-shirts that I usually wear. It did cost me £13, but it was reduced from £18, and it’s something I could wear all year round.

Dark green zip hoodie

I got this zip hoodie in New Look at Christmas in a sale for £7. I know it seems a bit odd to take a hoodie to the Mediterranean, but my teacher suggested it just incase it gets cold in the evening or the weather isn’t as nice as it usually is. I probably won’t wear it, but it’s best to be prepared!
Bottoms:

Monochrome shorts with lace hems

So I got these shorts a few months ago when I went up to Primark – for £4 I think – and thought they’d be perfect to wear on the beach. My teacher told us that it’s fine to wear more “revealing” clothing on the beach, but when walking around the city we need to cover up a bit, so I won’t be wearing these accept when we go to the beach in the evenings to cool off as they are quite short on me (struggles of being tall). I’m still on the look out for a suitable pair of shorts to wear that are knee-length and lightweight, so if you know anywhere I could look let me know! I am going down to Primark again next week so I can have e another look in there as well and see if I can find anything.

Dress:

White dress with orange, yellow and blue paisley pattern.

So I also bought this dress last year, from a shop called Store Twenty One which is a sort of budget clothing chain in the UK. The dress is fairly long – it comes down to just above my knees – but is the perfect length to wear in Marseille as it’s quite dignified. Also, it’s a very lightweight, floaty material again which helps to keep me cool. I think it probably cost me around £8-£10, but I can’t remember since it was a year ago!

Nightwear:

Green pyjama set with cacti print and

Okay so I didn’t *necessarily* need to get new pyjamas, as I already have a few sets of summer pyjamas, but when I saw this cute cacti vest and shorts set in Sainsbury’s, I couldn’t resist. Plus they had a pretty good sale on for bank holiday weekend, meaning I picked up this set for just £7.50 which I think is pretty good value!

Swimwear:

Black and white polkadot tankini

Due to the heat, we’ll be going down to the beach that’s 5 minutes walk from the youth hostel to see and cool off in the evenings. Therefore I dug out my black and white polkadot tankini (I’m not a bikini person) I bought a few years ago from Store Twenty One and luckily it still fits! 
Accessories:

Polyester fedora hat from Deichman

As it will be very hot and sunny in Marseille, I decided to invest in a new hat. Usually I wear baseball caps on holiday, but I find they make my head really hot, and I saw this in Deichmann for £7 and thought it was the perfect alternative! It’s a little bit big for my head, meaning that my head doesn’t overheat and it’s very comfortable. However I will have to make sure I hold onto it when we go on a boat trip to the Chateau d’If!

Tortoiseshell sunglasses

These sunglasses are prescription sunglasses from Specsavers which I got for free with a buy one get one free voucher last year (my m bought a normal pair of glasses for herself then gave me the voucher). They’re actually a really nice tortoiseshell pattern, but it’s hard to see in the photo! 

Navy kimono with pink and lilac floral pattern

(This was so hard to take a photo of as it kept sliding off the desk I was using as a background 😂 so here’s a better photo of me wearing the kimono + dress + hat)

I picked up this floral kimono from Store Twenty One as well for £4, and I’m really pleased with it! Again, it’s a very lightweight, sheer material and the pattern means it goes with just about any top. It’ll be great to throw on over my dress (so I don’t get burnt due to it’s thin straps) or a t-shirt in the event that I get a bit cold or just want something thin to take the sun off me. It’s very summery and I love it!

Pink and white floral canvas handbag

This handbag also came from Store Twenty One. I think it cost me £12, but there was a buy one get one half price offer, meaning I got the kimono for half price (it was originally £8). I got this because my current handbags would be too small to carry around the bottle of water, suncream, sunglasses, camera, phone and purse I’ll need to take around with me whilst I’m there, and again I find rucksacks can make you really hot and I’d prefer to have my valuables to hand for safety and practicality reasons. This bag has loads of sapce and pockets inside, which I’m really pleased about, and because it’s canvas I’ll be able to easily fit it in my suitcase to take on the plane (hooray for only being able to take hand luggage!).

Footwear:

Blue pineapple flip flops

These pineapple flip flops will be perfect for going down to the beach in the evenings, and will be easy to fit in the nooks and crannies of my suitcase. I got them from Store Twenty One a couple of years ago.

Navy blue lightweight trainers with white sole

Navy blue lightweight trainers with white sole

I got these lightweight trainers a few months ago in another sale from Sainsbury’s for £8. They’re really comfy and practical and I basically wear them all the time at the moment. I’m not sure if they’ll be too hot to take to Marseille, but we’re going to be doing a lot of walking so I’ll need comfy shoes even if it means having hot feet. 
So, that’s what I’ll be taking with me clothes/accessories-wise! I’m so excited about going, I may even do another post nearer the time of other things I’m taking. I don’t go abroad often, I’m fact this will only be the third time, so it’s all pretty exciting for me. The last time I went abroad was to Berlin in 2015, a couple of days after I started my previous (and first) blog, so it’ll be exciting to be able to write about my adventure when I get back, and show you all photos of the beautiful scenery of course! I’m a little nervous about having to speak French to ACTUAL French people whilst I’m over there, but I think it’ll be a really great experience for me and my class mates. 🙂 

I hope you enjoyed and good bye for now! I have four exams next week, and oke the week after, but then after that I am exam free and I’ll have much more time to blog again! See you on the other side amigos!

//Where have I been recently? All over the place apparently!//

A while ago I said I wanted to do more adventuring over the next few months and spend more time outdoors. I’m glad to say since writing this post in February, I have actually achieved this and managed to do a lot of exploring over the past few months. Spending time outdoors is such a great way to relax during exam season, so I thought I’d share with you where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to lately.

Right, it’s going to be hard to remember everywhere I’ve been and it what order, but I shall try my best!

I think the first adventure I had was going to Portsmouth by train to visit my sister at uni. I had to get up at 6:30 to get the train at 7:30, and the journey was nearly 4 hours in total. I was travelling with my mum so it wasn’t really bad but still long legs + train seating = achey legs + awkward kicking of strangers feet under the table!!

When we got there we met my sister then went to a nearby supermarket to buy dinner (ended up going to a different supermarket afterwards because we couldn’t find what we wanted 😂) then took the food back to her flat and sat in her room chatting for a bit. It was really nice to be back in her room because the last time I was there was the day we dropped her off in September, and that was stressful and sad so we couldn’t really enjoy it as much. But this time it was great to be back at her uni and see her enjoying herself. 

(Look at me loving the University of Portsmouth snapchat geo tags 😂😂)

We also went to Costa for a drink as you do, before heading off to the Museum of Portsmouth which was actually really good – it had a whole Sherlock Holmes exhibition because fun fact: the character Sherlock was born in Portsmouth 😉 It also had a a retro games room where you could play old video games which is fun! Plus the building itself was pretty nice-looking and we ate lunch sat in the gardens.

The museum of Portsmouth

After visiting the museum, we walked around the high street and visited Primark to do some shopping (bc why not??). 

Portsmouth Guildhall
I always forget what this building is called, but it’s v pretty!

Then we went back to the flat to have dinner and said our good-byes at the train station at about 5:30-ish. It was a really lovely day, although due to the length of time we spent travelling, we didn’t actually spend much time in Portsmouth. But the good thing about travelling by train is seeing the countryside as you go through different stations – going through Bath Spa station was really nice as it’s right in the heart of the city and I’d never actually been to Bath before, also we could see Southampton port from the train which was quite cool!

Departure board at Portsmouth & Southsea station

The next adventure I went on was to Bristol with my friends to go shopping in Primark (apparently Bristol has the UK’s biggest Primark!?? I’m not entirely sure but it certainly is huge with four floors and loads of escalators (yayy)). Then two days after that – Friday 31st March – I went back to Portsmouth again!

This time we went in the car as we had to pick my sister up from uni for Easter break. The journey was just under 3 hours but I had so much homework I had to take my geography maths homework with me and spent the journey trying to do student t-tests by hand (each part of the question took like half an hour arghh).

Once we’d picked my sister up and put her stuff from her flat in the car, we drove to the historic dockyard in Portsmouth as my dad had managed to get a really good deal on annual tickets. When went on a boat tour around the dockyard, Portsmouth harbour in general and Gunwharf Quays which is a fancy shopping centre where the famous Spinnaker tower is located. It was quite nice even though I’m not the biggest fan of boats! We also went on board the HMS Warrior and went round various exhibitions which were very interesting.

*glares at police boat that sped across the harbour with it’s sirens blaring creating waves that made our boat bob up and down loads like a rollercoaster*

HMS Victory from the tour boat

This is where it gets a bit confusing – basically, I went to four cities in the space of a week, including this trip to Portsmouth. The Tuesday after this, I went to Bath for a UCAS convention with college which was very useful although my shoulders were aching from carrying round all the prospectuses! Before we left for Bath, I had a free lesson so decided to embark on the 20 mins walk to the beach near my college, although I only stated there for about 10 mins as there was a dog chasing me/barking at me and I’m still getting over my fear of dogs so decided to head back, but the views were still nice! 

Remember this hill, it will be important for future reference!!

Then the day after that, Wednesday, I went back to Bristol with my sister to Primark again as the previous week I hadn’t bought anything but had seen various things I liked and my sister needed clothes too so we went back together.

Then the next day, I went to Cardiff on a geography field trip. The trip was honestly great – firstly we actually managed to collect all the data for the trip in the time frame allowed, the weather was really sunny and hot, we had an hour for lunch (in which my friend bought us all fab lollies, me and another friend got offered a boat trip by a man with a loud hailer, we attempted to take selfies and we saw armed police men patrolling the bay which was NOT worrying at all) and we got a tour of the Senedd which is the Welsh assembly building. Ooh we also saw the BBC Cardiff studios where Doctor Who is filmed and walked right past the Doctor Who Experience on our way to the barrage. The only bad thing was it was soo sunny pretty much everyone got sunburnt as it wasn’t sunny at home so we didn’t think to put sun cream on. My nose and forehead got really badly burnt and it’s still painful now over a week later!

Cardiff Bay
That long building in the distance is the BBC Wales studios
We had to take photos of certain things as part of the field work, so i took this one of the barrage because we had to, but I didn’t realise the massive Olympic rings on the floor until just now 😂😂

So that week was very busy for me, as well as being the last week of term! Then last weekend the weather was really hot and sunny – I wore shorts and t-shirt pretty much the whole weekend! On the Saturday, I went to the beach nearest where I live for a morning walk then on the Sunday I went on a 7 miles hike with my mum through the countryside.

Then throughout the week I’ve been going out on my bike a lot around the local area and countryside which has been great!

And finally to conclude such a long post, I went to that hill on Saturday, which involved climbing over 100 very steep steps and walking up a steep hill to the WW1 fort at the end. The views from the top were great, as I could so the beach which is near my college, but also a lot further down the coast and even Wales!

So I think it’s safe to say I’ve managed to get out and about a lot more the past few months! Have you been on any adventures recently?

//The world, c’est extraordinaire!//

Do you ever just think of the world around you, of the people living, breathing, thriving, on the many continents of the earth and the sounds and sights and smells they are experiencing, and just be in awe of everything? Of how everything came to be and how much there is out there that you have not yet seen, or may never see? Or when you look at the sky and your gaze travels for miles and miles, seeing sky that stretches over other segments of the earth and adorns world’s viewed by different eyes, do you feel the rush to run and explore and see? 

It’s the pull of adventure and exploration. It’s hard to put into words – I could write a thousand and still not do justice to it – but when you feel it, you feel it. It makes me feel alive and free, as if anything is possible. And it is – there’s a whole world of possibility waiting at our fingertips. This world is extraordinary.

And it’s waiting for us to explore it.

Today I went to my old scout hut – I haven’t been back since I left in September. I grew up there and have many amazing memories of the place and the adventures that scouting brought me, and however stupid it sounds, the very smell of the building and the feeling of the floor under my feet reignited all those years of memories and the yearning to explore. The urge to just

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And leap into the unknown was almost overpowering.

I know that wherever I travel on this earth,the spruit if adventure will always be with me. It’s part of me; it runs through my veins, drawing me to the world like a gravitational pull. And maybe I’ll never find somewhere where I belong, because I belong to the world and the world is my home, and the home of the billions of other people on my planet. I can’t be tethered to one place for too long, I need to fly and soar and explore. But that’s okay because no matter where I go or who I become or what I do in life, deep down, I’ll always be me.

//Adventuring through Cornwall//

So last week I went camping in Cornwall (hence my absence from blogging, as well as the fact that I’m lacking in inspiration at the moment, especially with the current state of British politics draining all of my energy and positivity). It was a lovely camping trip and we visited lots of beautiful places: Mullion Cove, Coverack, Helford, Glendurgan beach and gradens, Kynance Cove, Lizard Point, Porthleven and Fowey. We were staying on The Lizard Peninsula near Lizard Point which is basically the most southerly point in the UK. The weather was lovely and warm most of the time, except from a bit of rain during the night but that didn’t bother me!

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Coverack
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Lizard Point

Glendurgan, Porthleven and Fowey were all extrememly beautiful but I didn’t have my camera with me when we went there so couldn’t take any photos (however I WILL get some form google to show you because you MUST see their beauty too)!

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Durgan beach
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Porthleven Harbour
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Fowey

 

I hadn’t really spent much time in Cornwall before – I went back in 2012 but it was a bit rainy and we didn’t visit as many places as we did this time. I do definitely want to go back to Cornwall like RIGHT now because the scenery is so lovely and the beaches actually have BLUE water!!?!?! Unlike here in Somerset where we are in a river estuary.

What I loved about Cornwall was that it’s beauty is almost hidden. Like, we’d pull up somewhere in a car and I’d be thinking ‘this just looks like your average car park in a field in the middle of nowhere’ but then we’d get out, walk over a hill or a long a winding path or through a village and BAM – the most beautiful scenery you could have ever imagined was right in front of you. It was so peaceful and serene and a much needed break from reality and what’s going on in the world around us. For once I didn’t have to deal with waking up to hear the next disaster in the news every day and felt somewhat free without my phone and wifi. It is nice to be back though now and catch up with my internet friends, who I missed terribly.

Whilst I was on holiday, I DID take my old, broken camera and do a lot of filming for YouTube (even though I had to discard some videos that had a lot of a ‘pink tinge’ as my camera does weird things like that)  and after a few days f editing – here is the finished video!

I’ve also uploaded two more videos on my channel recently, one of an air show I went to and one of the Catfish and the Bottlemen concert I went to so if you want to watch them you can find them on my channel or alternatively go to my YouTube page.

Since I’ve got back form my holiday I’ve been rather lazy – I did go to the beach yesterday though and today I went back into town to buy some things for swap boxes I’ll be doing over the summer with some of my blogger friends. Tomorrow I’m going for a college taster day and I’m *hoping* they won’t give us work to do over the summer in preparation for September! Hope you are all having a lovely summer/winter (for my southern hemisphere friends).