Friday 29 September 2017

Fenty Beauty Highlighter

So when Fenty Beauty by Rihanna was first announced the beauty world took a big turn. New makeup gets released on a daily basis, and it can be hard to keep up with. But this was new and dynamic, and also shook the beauty market with excitement. She was releasing something which has been needed for a long time, a range of diversity makeup that caters to girls of all different colours and creeds.

It was released on a Friday morning as I was flying to Amsterdam. I was watching lots of beauty bloggers online who was at the event, and their swatches and first impressions were all positive. I managed to restrain myself and just order online one highlighter as it is not cheap. I prayed that everything would be in stock when I finally managed to get myself into Harvey Nichols after I got back from my holiday. When I finally went in store to pick up my killawatt freestyle highlighter duo in Girl Next Door/Chic Phreak, I dragged my mum around the counter for a full in depth look. I was really impressed and I have got my eyes on the foundation, I am just not sure about the matte finish.

As soon as I was home I could not get into the package quick enough. I was so happy when I opened it up as the colours were stunning. I instantly wanted to swatch it but the good blogger I am, I put it back in my drawer after staring at it and uploading a few insta stories with lots of heart emojis until I was able to take photos. As soon I had a day off to take photos I did it straight away, and then I instantly started applying it to my face.

For £26, I did have high expectations as it is a lot of money to spend on one makeup item. I own a few drugstore highlighters which are all fab, so I wanted this to really wow me. It takes a lot for me to fall in love with a product and I am half way there with this. I wanted to become obsessed with it and be wearing it everyday. So, I do like this, I really like it. The pigmentation is beautiful there is no doubt, a little goes a long way and it feels smooth on application and does not have any kind of chunky glitter in it. The only thing I have to be careful with this is that I wear a lot of pink toned blusher and the Girl Next Door which is the shade on the left, the lighter of the two can sometimes mesh in with my blusher and does not give me quite that pop that I want over my cheekbones. It is still a lovely soft pink sheen which has the perfect amount of shimmer and adds lots of radiance to my skin. The other shade Chic Phreak is a darker shade which has more peachy tones to it and contains more shimmer, meaning it creates a more intense highlight.

I like the combination of both of the shades as they are so different. Sometimes in duos the shades are so similar and you can barely notice any difference between them, but this has two completely different shades. For everyday wear I have been trailing wearing a little less than normal blush, and then adding Girl Next Door to the tops of my cheekbones to add an extra pop of shimmer. Chic Phreak is just as gorgeous, and it is definitely going to be my go to shade when going out as the colour pay off is beautiful and it really adds a more in depth and stand out highlight to my cheekbones.

I am really impressed by this highlighter and I do not regret buying it one bit. It is so easy to get sucked into a new big release, and buy before reading any reviews. I definitely do this all the time but I did have a really good feeling about this line, and I am impressed by what I have seen and tried so far.

How you picked anything up from Fenty Beauty?


Wednesday 27 September 2017

The Summer Slump

I am currently facing what I have named as the summer slump. This is basically realising that summer has actually gone, and I know longer have a reason to eat unhealthy and not bother to exercise. Before I went to Barcelona at the end of July, I was exercising regularly and eating somewhat moderately healthy. I honestly do not know how people who travel often actually manage to not to just treat yourself on a daily basis, and have two naps a day.

It is so crazy how time flies away, and before you know it you haven't been to the gym in 8 weeks. This is exactly what has happened to me. I had a fabulous time eating endless tapas in Barcelona, I then got home and had a week of continuous work and then flew to Italy for two weeks where as you would expect I ate nothing but carbs, carbs and more carbs. When I returned back for Italy, it was two of my best friends birthdays so we went on a big night out. I then was already in a 5 week slump, and I just carried on with it and had no interest in the slightest of putting on my gym gear and stepping into the gym. I have been going to ballet since the age of two, and if I am not at work I will always go to my ballet lesson no matter what. Therefore, I was fitting in an hour's ballet session here and there where I could. I was also slowly getting back into the routine of eating healthier at work.

At the start of September was my dad's 60th birthday which meant lots of celebrations and cake consuming. We then headed on a surprise trip to Amsterdam where we ate lots of delicious food. By this point, I was also continuously eating lots of cake which is in our staff room on a daily basis. I also did not enter the gym for another two weeks. This is where I find myself are now.

I did manage to somehow drag myself to a body attack gym session last Saturday morning, and I hated it. After about 10 minutes, I wanted to grab my bag and go. When I got home and after hopping in the shower, I weighed myself and boy was I stunned. I knew I had put on a few pounds, but I was surprised at the vast amount I had gained. This is when I realised things needed to change. I need to integrate my gym routine into my weekly routine, and make it as fun and exciting as possible. I need to make food which is healthy and yet I still love eating. I need a fresh mindset. Before this summer slump hit, I was enjoying going to the gym and eating healthier. I wasn't pressuring myself and I was okay with my weight. I have to say me adopting a better lifestyle is also to help my mindset. I have found myself feeling very lethargic and all round crap. I have made a lot of excuses, and I genuinely want to change. I am going to get myself back into it slowly, it is amazing over eight weeks how easy it is too loose your stamina. I realised going back into gym classes without doing any work in the gym was the reason why I hated it. I was unable to fully join in as I was so tired, my entire body ached and I had zero energy. If I am going to the gym I want to actually achieve something by the end.

Just as I write this, I have just watched Carly Rowena's latest YouTube video called beginners guide to getting fit. It was just what I needed as she states how you need to get yourself back into it slowly and not go full steam ahead, as that is more than likely going to end in being back in the slump in approximately two weeks. This is actually my own goals as I want to just gently get back into going to the gym 2-3 times a week like I was two months ago. My mindset had changed even in the past few days, and I am feeling more motivated to at least try. I know that October is just around the corner and my theory is if I am doing well with my little new routine, by the time the start of December comes I will not fall off the bandwagon again. Everyone knows Christmas is the worst. I work in a hospital and people are generous all year round, but at Christmas we get given stacks and stacks of chocolates. I want to enjoy my festive season, but also still include my little routine so when January comes I do not have to face another slump and be back to square one. This is all just my theory, and the little conversations my brain has.

So here is to the next few weeks of getting back in the gym, discovering new healthy foods, and learning to resist everything that lives in my staff room! If anyone has had a summer slump, please let me know and we can encourage each other to get back to it slowly but surely.



Sunday 24 September 2017

48 hours in Amsterdam

My lovely dad turned 60 at the start of September, so as a surprise me, my mum and sister booked him a family trip to Amsterdam for the weekend. It is a city I have always wanted to visit, many of my friends have been and have always come back with positive reviews. 

We flew out at 5pm on the Friday night and the flight was surprisingly very quick. We only took hand luggage so it was very easy on the other side once we had left the plane. The airport is huge, probably the biggest I have been in. They have fantastic public transport at the airport - trains, trams and buses. We took a train (which was double decker and I was super excited!) to our hotel which we a very simple journey. The station which we were staying near was called Zuid. Once we had vacated the train, it was a short three minute walk to our hotel. We was staying in the Crowne Plaza, which was a beautiful hotel. It was all bright and white, and the rooms were lovely.

On the first evening, once in our hotel we went for a few drinks in the hotel lobby and then settled down for an early night. On the Saturday morning we got up bright and early, headed down for breakfast in the hotel which was offered a great selection of food. We headed on the tram to the Anne Frank Museum, which we had booked online before we set off on the trip. Heads up, that if you want to visit this museum unless you have booked a head online, you can only visit after 3.30pm. This is a must see for me, me and my family all have a huge interest in history and this was a real eye opening and spine tingling experience. As you would expect the place was packed with tourists, however at some times as some of the rooms are very small and there is thin ladders into different sections of the house and it was quite claustrophobic. This was my favourite museum of the trip hands down. 

We then headed into the main section of the town and ended up at the Cheese Museum. It is no hidden fact that my family eat a lot of cheese. This shop had every cheese under the sun that you could think of, we you go in you have a taster stick and you can try every cheese available in the shop. It was fabulous there were so many different varieties. By the end of it we didn't need our dinner! We did come out with two different types of cheese after a big family discussion which took place in the middle of the shop. A must visit if you are a cheese lover!

We decided to eat that night at Pancakes at Amsterdam Centraal. You can't go to The Netherlands and not have dutch pancakes. As well as my love for cheese, I also share a lot of love for pancakes, I should just move to Amsterdam it is meant to be! We had to queue for quite a while to get a seat in here, but it was worth it. The pancakes were incredibly tasty, and they had a huge amount of variety of the menu. They had lots of different pancakes already made up on the menu, but you also had the option of building your own which is what I did. I optioned for the traditional pancakes over the american version. I added strawberries and cream to mine, nothing too spectacular but boy did it taste like heaven.  

On the Sunday we decided to go on the Amsterdam hop on hop off tours. We were in Amsterdam for just 48 hours meaning we did not have a lot time to explore the entire city. We have used the hop on hop off buses in other cities and we always enjoy using time. I think they are great way to get a snap shot of a city. We saw the main central places within the city on the bus, but we also saw the outer parts of the city. I learnt a lot regarding when the city was built, we saw the only surviving windmill, and I learnt the fact that a lot of the buildings are wonky due to the sinking of the land over the centuries. With the ticket we also got to go on a river cruise which was great and once again educational. I loved going down all the smaller canals as well as the grand canal. We got to see the ballet and opera house, and I loved seeing the city from an outside view looking in over the city. 

Our flights on the way home were at 8pm meaning we really did get a full day on the Sunday. We spent the rest of the day doing a spot of shopping around the city. I did not realise how big the city really was, and the bus tour really opened our eyes to it as once we had eaten some dinner we ventured out into the depths of the city to the streets we had seen on the tour. Me and my sister are huge shopaholics and it definitely did not disappoint. There was a 5 floor Primark, Abercrombie and Fitch and lots of our other favourites stores. Our cases were definitely full to the brim and needed assistance closing on the way home. Before heading back to the airport, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for our final dinner. The burger I had was amazing, and it finished the break off perfectly.

Overall, I had a fabulous time in Amsterdam and it was the perfect destination for a quick city break. The flight on the way home only took an hour which was great as when we landed back in Manchester it was not too late. There are lots of other aspects of the city we could definitely explore if we were to ever return. The most surprising part of the trip was realising just how beautiful the city is. There is over 250 canals and they are all lined with flowers and blooming trees. The houses and buildings are all still in the traditional dutch style with the wooden outskirts and are so beautiful to look at. One of the best city breaks I have ever been on.


Friday 22 September 2017

Morphe Pressed Pigments

(top - rodeo drive, middle - socially broken, bottom - 5 star luxury)

I love it when I find products which are a secret gem and I have not heard very much about previously. I am all for buying a great product which has become hugely popular because it is a fab product, and not just because of the brand name. Morphe is a brand which has become widely available here in the UK thanks to BeautyBay. I have ordered Morphe brushes and their must have 35O palette from the brand before, and have been very impressed with both. I love the palette it is a holy grail palette for me, and that takes a lot as I own a lot of eyeshadows.

A few weeks ago I was browsing BeautyBay as I do often, and ended up on the page for these pressed pigments. I had not heard anyone from the UK or overseas chatting about these. That made me both nervous as I had nothing to go off, and excited as it was something new which looked very exciting. I love eyeshadows which are pigmented and do the job easily and quickly. I am not going to lie I can be lazy when it comes to my makeup some mornings, and I just want to get it done and dusted. I have lots of days when I spend lots of time blending my shadows and I really enjoy it. It just depends what I am doing, where I am going, and usually the biggest problem is usually that I have got up late and have to leave for work in 10 minutes.

I picked up three Morphe pressed pigments in the shades rodeo drive, 5 star luxury and socially broken. They are £6 each and each contain 3g. These are intended to deliver the coverage and finish of a loose powder, but without the faff and fall out. I am most impressed with how pigmented these are, they look beautiful on the eyelid and with one application my eyes are ready to go with just a coating of mascara on my lashes. These are soft and super blendable, which makes me super happy. They do not crease which gets a huge tick from me as I have massive issues with lots of shadows which crease and stick on my eyelid. They are also versatile are you can use them wet for a more high shine intense look, but everyday I use them dry for a more simple look but they still add some glitter and shimmer to my eyelids.

You can probably tell that I really like these. All three have been equally as good as each other, I have not come across one duff shade. I have used these daily for the last few weeks and I have barely created a dent in the products, a little definitely goes a long way. Rodeo drive and 5 star luxury are quite similar in terms of their shade colourings. Rodeo drive is the lightest out of all 3, it is a beautiful rose gold terracotta shade. 5 star luxury is also rose gold but when swatched next to rodeo drive it is much darker and has much more rusty red undertones, this one in particular is super pigmented and I love it. If you like a rose gold, sparkly eye you can blend these together and put rodeo drive into the inner part of your eye. Socially broken is completely different the other two shades. It is a medium toned chocolate brown but has lots of golden shimmer running through it. In some lights it definitely has some reddish undertones running through it, which is great as I do not own another shadow like this. I love wearing this on a weekend or on a day off, as it is darker and more smokey than the other shades.

I am definitely going to pick up some more of these shades up as I have been super impressed all round with their performance. For £6 these are on par with what high end brands would sell for easily £15+. I would definitely recommend picking these up. I have got my eyes on the shades powder room and merry the night next.


Wednesday 20 September 2017

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox is a brand which I have not tried many products from, but their primers has always been a huge seller for them. Primers is part of my collection which is a on a one in one out policy, I only buy a new one when my previous one is pretty much empty. On my way back from Italy, Jet2 was having a big end of season beauty sale on their flights. This was around £14 which I have since found out was a bargain as it is sold in beauty stores for £26.

They only had one type of Smashbox primer available on the flight which was their photo finish foundation primer, and I think this is the original one which took the beauty market by storm when it was first released. The texture of the primer is very soft silicon, which blends into the skin beautifully. It feels silky smooth when I apply this with my fingers, which I really like. I use 2 pea size blobs on to my fingers for each application and this covers my entire face. I think maybe because it is a bit thicker than other primers, it does not go quite as far. It does have a slightly greasy/ tacky feel which I do think is a negative to this product as once applied, I want to wipe my fingers clean instantly. However, I can forgive the tackiness a little bit as it does helps to create a great base for my foundation. I am happy to say that this primer definitely does help reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, which is great as a lot of primers claim this but I never really notice it.

Due to the primers soft texture and its blend ability into the skin, it does create a really beautiful, blurred out base. This is great as I usually wear high coverage foundations which are quite thick, but when I blend it into my skin it meshes with the primer and it does help my foundation from sinking into the skin. This primer is also great at assisting with my foundations longevity, as it now takes that little bit more time to seep into the skin and start creasing. Overall, I do like this Smashbox primer a lot; I would give it a 7/10. I like the feel on the skin once the primer is blended, it does its job at priming the skin beautifully and creating the flawless base we all desire, and it also most importantly helps to keep my foundation in place.


Sunday 17 September 2017

L'Oreal Paradise Extatic Mascara

I picked up this paradise extatic mascara from L'Oreal recently on the whim a month or so ago when it first launched. I had read a few reviews of this from bloggers before buying it, and they were all positive. I am happy to report it was £9.99 well spent. I do not buy mascaras often at all; I have three in my collection at the moment. However, two of those are on the brink of running out, so it was definitely time for me to invest in a new one. I really struggle to find one which does everything which I want - curl, lengthen and add volume. My eyelashes are long but I do not have lots, so they can look quite lifeless.

First of all, the packaging is rose gold and shiny. It is quite a simple packaging, but looks very effective with the white writing. The mascara wand itself is plastic, soft and quite malleable when applying to the lashes. The wand is also big and long, so you have to control it when applying it due to its width. The formula itself is actually quite wet, and you have to be very careful not to smudge it or catch the brush on your upper or lower eyelid area. I have loved using this mascara, it definitely adds lots of length and volume to my lashes. I have learnt that due to its slightly wet formula to let it dry before adding another layer, as it can easily clump. I usually only need a maximum of two applications to achieve my desired look. I do not use eyelash curlers myself, but I was impressed by the curl which this gives when applying the mascara from the root to the tip.

Overall, a lovely mascara which does what you want, L'Oreal has done a great job with this. I find many types of mascaras have a fancy name, packaging, and promotion, but in the grand scheme of things many do not do much in terms of adding anything special to my lashes. If you are looking for a new budget proof mascara which does what it says on the tin, then I suggest you pick this up next time you are shopping on the makeup aisles.



Friday 15 September 2017

New Nars

I recently went into Nars and splurged, and had to take a deep gulp as I put my pin number in the machine after seeing the total on the screen. I had used both of my sheer glow foundation and laguna bronzer up completely. I went in just for the foundation, as there is no other foundation which I have owned or ever tried which has a glow element quite like this. I was prepared to spend the £31, but in the moment I got whipped on and rebought the bronzer as well for £29.

Their laguna bronzer was one of the first high end makeup pieces I ever bought. I remember it being on everyone's blogs and in magazine as the must have bronzer. As always I fell for the hype, and I was 18 and it was about £22 at the time and it was an entire shifts pay. But, it latest me 4 years and I used it a lot. I only have three bronzers in my entire collection, as this just always did the job for me. Therefore, I very much justified to myself (not that it takes much persuasion) that I needed a new one in my life. It is such a great colour for my skin tone, and adds just the right amount of shade and light to my face. There is nothing like having a fresh pan of bronzer to stare at.

The foundation is also just as fabulous, this is my third bottle which I have bought. This is a medium coverage foundation which is buildable. I think you can use both a buffer brush and a beauty blender, and the end result is just as good with both. Like I mentioned earlier, this foundation definitely does have a glow aspect to it. It adds luminosity to your face and is a satin finish. On a night out I never use a matte finish foundation as I want to look as fresh and radiant as possible. This is why this is my go to for this occasion as it adds a new leash of life to my skin. It does not claim to be a long wear foundation, this is why I would not wear it to an all day event as by the evening I can usually see signs of wear on my problematic areas. This is great for normal to dry skin types; I am not sure how well this would work on oily skin due to it being a satin finish.



Wednesday 13 September 2017

A new lease of love for blogging

Back in June I wrote a post titled Loosing Love for Blogging, as I had completely and uttering lost my blogging mojo. For the first time since I started blogging almost four years ago, I had no love or interest in opening this blogger page to type up a post. I had no excitement, and was putting out posts because I had to and for no other reason. I am so happy to say that I have made a complete U-turn and  once again love my little blog. I cannot pin point as to what caused me to start feeling so different. However, I know that after I went to London at the start of July, I was super excited to have some new content and to getting writing posts. My blog has always been beauty based, but I have loved branching out into travel and lifestyle.

I feel liking blogging is my own little outreach away from work, and gives me something to enjoy. I think putting less pressure on me has also helped. I always schedule to have three posts up a week, but sometimes both life and work gets in the way and I only end up managing to get up two. This has happened twice recently, and I kicked myself for a minute or two. However, I quickly bring myself back down to Earth and realise I can only do what I can do. I have found that writing lifestyle and travel posts take much longer than beauty, however I have more of a bank of photos at the ready for these posts. Whereas, with beauty posts it is finding the time to set up and take photos when it is light and bright. Last week, I spent an hour taking 9 blog posts worth of beauty photos, and I can't tell you how fabulous I felt the rest of the day knowing I was ahead and would not be stressing trying to do it here and there.

I think a little bit of pressure and pushing yourself is good, it helps you to strive to achieve. However, I am definitely learning that I hate that feeling of getting in from work at 8pm, and realising I have not got tomorrows post ready to go. I thought I was going to need to have a big brainstorming session to help me get my mojo back, but in fact I found that it came back without needing a push. I think this was possibly why; I gave myself time to gently get myself back into the game. I was blogging in the moment, thinking of posts whilst I was in bed or shower and making notes and writing them up as soon as I could. I think as I have written out beauty posts for so long, I was getting a little bored. I needed to mix it up, and bring a new leash of life my blog. For the first time in weeks, today I wrote a beauty post and I enjoyed it just like I used to. I had fresh ideas, and I bought new products to trial out of genuine excitement and not just because they would make a good review.

I am much easier going now with my blog, and I like to only have a week or so of posts finished at a time. I have found that this has helped me to stay more on track, and keep my content as fresh as possible. I hate that feeling when I have nothing scheduled, my brain goes into overdrive thinking when I am going to find the time to get a post done. But, if you want to find the time, you will. I want to keep blogging, it is important to me. Therefore, I will find time to make sure I keep getting my content out. I have to be on a continuous routine, as I can only blog here and there around work and life. It is also important to me though to have a little bit of no blogging time, and be off social media and at the moment I am finding that hard. I am continuously scrolling through my Twitter and Instagram time. I need to switch off from everything on the internet every once in a while, as it can be so relaxing and help you to refuel. 

I am so happy to have my love for all things blogging back in my life, and I hope it continues!



Sunday 10 September 2017

New Eyeshadows on Trial

I am currently putting lots of eyeshadows to the test, and I thought I would let you in as to what is going on trail. I have bought all of these over the last month, and I finally managed to find some time to take some photos so I can finally start using them!

First up, I wanted this palette from Colourpop ever since I set my sights on it. Being on their mailing list is proving to be dangerous for my bank account, as I always want everything that they email me! It comes from their collaborated range with Kerruche, and they have created a collection called Fem Rosa. It consists of a few different products, but the she palette was what I had my eyes on all along. This was $16 and I am super happy I managed to get it, as it sold out very quickly. It was smaller than I anticipated, but this in fact will be perfect for travelling instead of heaving my beloved MAC and Morphe palettes around with me. It contains a wide array of shades both matte and shimmer, and I cannot wait to now start putting it to the test.

I have heard absolutely nothing at all on the beauty market about these Morphe pressed pigments landing in the UK. For £6 I thought I would take a risk, and order three. I picked up rodeo drive, 5 star luxury and socially broken. To no surprise of my own, they are all gold shimmer shades. However, they are all different with some being darker than others, and one has a rose gold undertone. I have had a little swatch of these and they do look fantastic. I am hoping these are a great one swipe shade, with little fuss or attention needed.

I saw some bloggers instagramming looks using Glitter Eyes products. I had never heard of this brand before, but their website instantly drew me. They have such a huge range of pigments, loose glitters and pressed glitters. I decided to go with the Rose Gold Trio bundle as I loved all three shades. They look amazing, I swatched these as soon as they arrived and they are full on glitter. I am hoping these look as great on my eyes, as they did on my first swatch. These are going to be great for a night out when I want a total glittery sparkly eye look.


Friday 8 September 2017


I am finally bringing you my last instalment of my Italian adventures. In case you missed my first two posts you can catch up here - Lido de Jesolo and Burano and Murano.

Today I am talking all about Venice. Venice is without a doubt my mum's favourite place on Earth. Every time she steps off the boat there is a permanent smile on her face, the entire time she is there. I must have visited 7 or 8 times now, and every time we are in the vicinity of getting to Venice easily where ever we are in Italy, we will go if we can.

In my Burano and Murano post, I posted all about how it easy it is to get to Venice and its surrounding islands. From Jesolo we got on a bus to the boat port and then got a direct boat to Venice. The boats are about every half an hour, but be warned if you go mid season they will be packed. We visited Venice twice whilst on our two week holidays. We actually know our way round Venice very well now. Although, there are so many back streets you can easily get lost, but within a few minutes you will be at a square where you can easily find your bearings again. We do however always take a map as there are lots of tiny streets.

If it is your first time visiting and you want to see all the sites then wherever you get off your boat head left. As we have seen the sites many times, one of my main tips if you are wanting to stay away from the hustle and bustle when you first get there and you just want a little time to explore, then head right. This time we headed right on our first trip and ended up in a little section which we had never been to before. We stopped for a drink and cake in a little cafe with the locals overlooking the canals. Everywhere we have ever visited in the Italy, the locals are always so lovely and welcoming. They are all so joyous and make you feel warm inside. I love Venice as there is so many lovely shops to walk around, there are streets and streets with a great variety of things to buy. I love the little souvenir shops, which are not tacky and sell lovely paintings, jewellery and home made crafts.

If you are going for the attractions then there are lots to see. First of all, the gondola ride is a must if it is your first time visiting. For a family of four it will easily set you back 80-100 euros. If you want a gondola exclusively as a couple without sharing with anyone else, it will cost you even more. It is great, as you get to see all the sites and go down the Grand Canal, but they also take you down the back streets where you get to see where the locals live. There is also the Rialto Bridge to visit which is lovely, but always busy no matter what time of day you go. You can take some great pictures and the views are fabulous.

Definitely take a trip into St Marco's Square, which is actually very easy to find as it is close to the Grand Canal. It is such a beautiful view and it is home to St Marco's Cathedral which we have never actually been into. Just from the outside you can see what a fabulous building it is. There is so much intricate detailing, it is just stunning. Every time I visit I forgot just how big the square is. One tip, if you want to sit in the square which we did the very first time we visited, be prepared to pay the prices. I always remember that none of the restaurants in the square had any prices on their menus, and we were planning on eating our dinner there. When we got in and ordered the drinks, we then saw the prices. You will easily pay 9-10 euros for a coffee. The view was beautiful and they often have a string quartet playing, and you are able to relax in the sun and take in the views. However, we decided to just drink our drinks and move on to find somewhere a little more purse friendly to eat our dinner.

To eat we have learnt to eat where the locals eat, as always in Italy. This is often the little restaurants which only have a few tables, and are situated away from the main squares on the little backstreets. These are the places which we now always head for. I have never had a bad pizza or pasta dish, so I do not have any particular recommendations as everywhere offers such fabulous food. On the trip which we took in our second week, it is a little family tradition to go to Hard Rock Cafe's whenever we are holiday. I always find this funny as we never go to the one in Manchester as it is too expensive. Anyway, it was a little treat and I have to say my burger was insanely tasty. The meals were not cheap, and I think they were even more expensive than in Britain. As always with Hard Rock restaurants it was busy, and I was surprised at the size of the restaurant as there was only about 25 tables all together. Thankfully, we did not have to wait too long and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food.

I think I have just about covered everything which I wanted to! As you can probably tell by my enthusiasm I love Venice, and so does all of my family. If you want to ask any more questions then please feel free to in the comments.

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