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    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    It’s been a few weeks now since I got back from Croatia, and honestly I don’t know where that time has gone! It has flown by. That’s why I still haven’t gotten all my Croatia travels written down, but hey, the Split photos are here! I loved exploring the city of Split and I didn’t even get round to doing half of what I originally wanted to do. Was a little optimistic there.

    Here’s just a snapshot of the 6 reasons why I think you should visit Split. The list would definitely get longer if another visit was on the cards – I can say that for sure!

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #1 – Diocletians Palace & The Old Town

    One of the most amazing things is that the Palace is all around you. Like it isn’t just a building you walk into. The Palace forms a lot of the Old Town and is just so beautiful to see. Wikipedia describes it as a fortress, and yeah I’d go for that. Walking around, it really feels like you are just walking through history. The buildings are beautiful. I just kept thinking, my dad would really love this. They also had *real* centurions walking about and doing performances.

    Something I found quite interesting is that there were signs saying that you couldn’t walk around with no top on. Apparently the police would fine you if spotted. I get it, because at the end of the day it’s a city, a place with restaurants and you’re in and around the Palace, but it’s different to my experiences in other countries! Topless people everywhere usually.

    It’s a very beige city, there’s no denying that. The majority of the buildings are this same colour, but each one did have it’s own character. It’s kind of sad really that such a beautiful place like this is so touristy now (and I know, I added to that!) because I can just imagine how lovely it would be when quiet. If I’d have stayed in the centre of Split, I would have gotten up early to do some exploring whilst it was (hopefully) quiet.

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #2 – Bell Tower view

    I don’t know if I’m remembering correctly, but I’m sure it was 20hrk to go up this tower. That equates to around £2.45 apparently. Well worth it. The tower is high, and you have to climb up on these really rickety feeling metal stairs that can just about fit two people on to allow others down as you go up. It was a bit of a squeeze.

    Once at the top, it’s so worth the slightly scary climb. You could see for miles, and get those much-wanted view-from-the-top shots of Split. Those lovely orange rooftops. There may be better views (feel free to give suggestions!) but honestly I was just so blown away by this, it was probably the best part of my trip. I could have stayed up there enjoying the view for hours.

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #3 – To Explore The Winding & Hidden Paths

    Split reminded me a lot of Venice, in that it was very maze-like. A lot of the alleyways/paths looked similar and you could easily take a turn and be somewhere completely new. Independent shops were dotted about, and we even spotted a Game of Thrones merch shop! Dubrovnik is the main area for Game of Thrones related things, but it was great to at least see something here. I bought my brother a Stark tankard because I’d missed his birthday by being away…

    What I like the most about these maze like walkways is that bars, restaurants and shops are just everywhere, and there’s always something new to see. And then you get buildings which are clearly homes, with pretty decorations and doorways up staircases to take them ‘off the street’. There were a few hotels around here, easy access for everything!

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #4 – Being by the Coast, and Boats.

    Yep. Quite simply, boats. Split is apparently a ‘hub’ in Croatia, and you’ll get a lot of trips or connections going out from the Split harbour. This means there are a lot of super pretty (and MASSIVE) boats about, as well as the option of many trips. We didn’t get the chance to go on any trips, but a boat trip to the blue caves is on my list for next time! I think there’s just something really great about being able to sit by the coast and watch boats coming in and out.

    There are some beaches along the coast of Split, but we weren’t close enough to any of them. Plus, I love the idea of beaches but I hate sand so it wasn’t really high on my list of things to do. The best idea seems to be to take a boat to one of the many little islands, like Hvar or Brač.

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #5 – Ultra Festival Europe & Boat Party

    I’m not into dance music. Or so, I never thought I was. I really enjoyed Ultra. There will be a full post on this, but I mean it was so cool to be in a huge stadium, in another country, listening to music and seeing hundreds and thousands of people all from other countries too. There were people from Korea, Australia, Sweden, America – you name the country, there was probably someone there!

    It was just a great night, and I really did have fun. We also attended one of the boat parties, and that was great too. A little too long for myself personally, but I enjoyed the views! I’m not a dancer, and well, there was more of that on the boat than there was in the stadium. Glad I did it though!

    6 Reasons to Visit Split, Croatia

    #6 – The Little Bits of Green

    Split and Croatia had more green than I was expecting, what with the temperatures. In fact, they have Marjan Hill in Split, which looks gorgeous but is also somewhere I didn’t get chance to visit. I originally thought we were staying in Split, but we were in fact staying in Solin, so it wasn’t as easy to get out to places like this! But Marjan Hill is a wonderfully green looking area. And there were also a few mini parks/grassy areas around the Old Town too.

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    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    When I travelled to Croatia, I didn’t actually plan it myself. None of it. So I didn’t really know where we were going properly, besides Split. Turns out we were staying in Solin. A little town just a few kilometres away from the centre of Split. So here’s what we discovered whilst exploring Solin on our trip.

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    I’ve been to a few different countries whilst travelling Europe but admittedly nowhere near as many as I’d like to. Croatia was never really on my list until I had the opportunity, and now I just want more of it!

    Exploring Solin, Croatia

    So if I’m being perfectly honest, Solin didn’t have too much to do, not from what we saw. But, that didn’t matter. When you’re going down to Split every other day it’s nice to just come back to the quiet little town and relax. The place itself was beautiful. A river running through, a pretty church and plenty of little streets, houses and parkland dotted about.

    The bridges and river looked gorgeous, and we did see people dipping in the river either looking for fish or crabs or something I assume. I definitely had the urge to go paddle in that river though, it was so hot out! Also, I found it pretty funny to see a fruit stand with a little area of the river sectioned off for their watermelons. It makes sense, because warm watermelon isn’t great and the water would be doing a great job keeping them cool in the 30+ degree heat. Still funny though.

    There were a few bars in what seemed like the centre and it was very much a locals area. We didn’t see many other tourists, and I think as British we really stood out. Not a bad thing as such but we did feel a little strange sitting out here. It’s like when you go to a little country village pub and all the locals turn and stare when you walk in. They know you don’t ‘belong’ here haha.

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    Exploring Solin // Croatia Travels

    Staying At Hotel President Solin

    We were staying at Hotel President Solin+++++. Yep. 5 star. No, I’m not sure how we got that either! The hotel was gorgeous, and the staff just couldn’t have been more helpful and lovely. The hotel itself was situated opposite to the church and we heard bells ringing all day/night. It was kind of cute, kind of annoying.

    Weirdly though each day it came to around 8pm and the bells went on for longer than usual. All of a sudden there were kids and families everywhere on the grass. Playing, laughing, talking… It’s like they were just hiding from the sun all day and came out once it had set to have a bit of a play before bed. Strange. You can just about see them in the photo above.

    The hotel itself was so beautiful. Two pools, no noisy/splashy kids, and lovely staff. They really couldn’t do enough for you. We got friendly with a few of them and really got to know them and the area we were in. It was great. The breakfast was a mixture of continental and cooked, and I just couldn’t get enough of the watermelon to be honest. And the tropical juice which really just tasted like pineapple. We got the tickets from a supplier at work, and I’m so grateful for work giving me the chance to come to Croatia! First and last time I’ll probably get to stay in a 5* hotel haha.

    Watermelon & Pool

    On our last night in Solin, Croatia was hit with horrendous wildfires. They were close to us, but not close enough that we were in danger. We could sure see all the fires on the hills though, and the resulting smoke as you can see below… Our hotel was used to transfer people who were staying in the area of the fires, and also to allow the firemen/police to sleep. They could only fight the fires so long before having to come away because the dark made it unsafe. They stayed in our hotel because it was close enough that they could get out quickly at first light! Amazing people. It was not nice to see though.

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    More to come from the Croatia trip! I think the city of Split needs it’s own post for sure, and also I’ll be writing about my first dance festival experience at Ultra! Keep an eye out for those in the next couple of weeks.

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    Exploring The Streets Of London

    When you travel down to London all the way from Manchester, it’s actually like entering another country. Not even kidding. The weather brightens up, and everything just looks and feels different. It’s just weird. But in a good way.

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    I’ve only been to London a handful of times in my 24 years of life, and most have been for an event. The very first time was the only time we came as a ‘holiday’ and it was just me, my brother and my dad when I was still pretty young. We ventured around all the touristy things, and visited the museums.

    The next time after that it was to watch Les Miserables, and see if we could stalk spot Nick Jonas. (We did. Twice.) After that it was for the Deathly Hallows final premiere, and that honestly wasn’t such a great trip. Though the Phelps twins did sign my book! I also visited on my own to go to the Wild Photos event. And then I went to the Harry Potter studio tours, twice but a couple of years apart.

    Despite those trips, I’ve never really had the chance to just walk around and appreciate all the quirky buildings, shops and decor around the city. This time I managed a little more of that…

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    House of Vans Graffiti Tunnel

    This was right on our doorstop, and we stumbled upon it accidentally really. No idea it existed until we could smell the strong paint and hear loud music blaring through the tunnel. So many people were just painting the walls and it honestly looked amazing. I love a good graffiti wall.

    My favourite had to be the elephant, but there were also loads of superheroes dotted about and they were pretty cool. I like that this kind of thing happens, because graffiti is generally seen as a bad thing but it really is an amazing art form.

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    The London Tourist Spots

    Of course we had to see the main attractions. The London Eye, Big Ben, Pall Mall. We didn’t actually go down to the palace because the others were basically on the route we were taking anyway. People say that big cities are just a load of buildings, ugly concrete. When you start looking up, looking at the detail, you’ll see so much more interest.

    I just find the old buildings so fascinating! Especially love the white ones and they look amazing when against a blue sky backdrop. There’s also a lot more green in London than you would expect, helped by the streets lined with trees down every other road. We managed to find a couple of small parks too on the walk and it was funny to see so many people just lying down, sunbathing and sleeping in the sunshine.

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    Experiencing The Streets of London

    On the very first night we ate out at Southbank and then had a little walk along the river. We discovered a little ‘beach’ (glorified sandpit) and sat down, just watching everyone go by. I love people watching, not gonna lie. Mostly I was looking at outfits. Isn’t it strange how we might all shop at similar places, but everyone really does have their own style and look. London is definitely varied! There was also a guy playing guitar and singing, so it was just really relaxing to be sat there as the sun was going down.

    What I find weird about London is that there are so many people, so many strangers, yet so many will congregate in places like this after work and have drinks. Obviously in their own groups, but just to be in a crowd of so many and it feel so relaxed and calm was lovely. I can’t really explain much better than that, but it just felt like everyone was coming together outside despite not actually talking. I’m probably just romanticising it right? You wouldn’t get this vibe in Wigan though!

    It was also Gay Pride week, with the actual parade being on the Saturday we were there. Well that was an experience! It was great to see all the surrounding businesses decorate for the day though, with balloons and banners and the like. Obviously everyone was getting very involved! I wrote a little more about that in my review of Cursed Child (spoiler free!) – the reason behind us actually going into London.

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    I’ll hopefully be back to London soon… In the meantime I’ll just keep looking back at photos.

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    The Travel Itch: My Dream Travel Destinations

    I have the travel itch. The wanderlust. The need to just get out and explore new places, different countries, different worlds.

    Travel-Itch

    I’ve been quite lucky in that I have already been to a few different countries in my short (getting old) lifetime so far. We would go on a holiday abroad almost every year when I was a child, or so it felt. My mum is the queen of finding last minute or cheap holidays. Once we booked at 6pm and got on the flight at 6am the next morning. Yep. Now that’s last minute! Brothers passport had turned up that morning and my mum and dad were running out of their summer holiday time off – had to be done, apparently.

    These holidays were mostly Spain, but still I’ve been to a few different areas. Most with family, some with college/university friends. Other places I’ve been include Jersey, Lanzarote, Malta, Turkey, Tunisia, France ( Paris – for Disneyland and for an art trip), Italy (Venice and a brief trip to Verona) and Finland. Mostly European, which is great and all (and I’d love to visit more) but I want to venture out further. Don’t we all?

    Dream Travel Destinations

    + East Coast of Australia +

    This is number one on the list, and something I’m currently saving for with the hopes of setting off late 2018. Even if it doesn’t happen then, it will happen. Watch this space. Australia had been a dream travel destination since I was a little kid though. As soon as I discovered the Great Barrier Reef I wanted to visit, and it helps of course that the country looks beautiful and actually has sunshine. I just know I’ll regret it if I don’t visit Australia at least once in my lifetime.

    Inspirations: Byron Bay Guide, East Coast Trip & Where’s Mollie

    + Bali +

    If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a sun worshipper. I just love me some hot weather. I don’t really know why or when I became aware of Bali as a place to travel to, but I see photos on instagram and on blogs and it just looks so pretty. I’m easy to please.

    Inspirations: Solo Female Travellers Guide & 10 Things To Do in Bali,

    + Canada +

    Banff, Lake Louise, The Rockies, Niagra Falls… Need I say more? Seriously though, Canada looks like a beautiful place. I’d love to just spend my days hiking around all the nature parks and enjoying the quiet. Camping, running, cycling, swimming in rivers etc. It seems like the perfect place for that kind of trip.

    Inspirations: 10 Things To Do in Banff & First Time Visitor To Canada?

    + Iceland +

    My main reason for wanting to visit Iceland is to see the Northern Lights. You can see them from a few places obviously, but Iceland is the main one I guess. I mean like I said, I like hot weather. Iceland doesn’t tick that box at all (though apparently it isn’t as cold as you’d think?) but it’s still somewhere I’d love to visit. I can easily wrap up in plenty of layers!

    Inspirations: Road Trip in 14 Days & 10 Reasons to Visit in Winter & Golden Circle Tour

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    Where would you visit, given the chance? Would love to know!

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    Hiking Up To Rivington Pike

    “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live.”
    Hans Christian Andersen

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    It’s eerily quiet, the only sound being the occasional bird chatter, leaves rustling in the breeze and twigs crunching under your feet. It’s moments like this when you can get fully lost in your own thoughts and take some much needed ‘me’ time.

    When I was at university I used to explore so many different places. I’d always be heading out with my camera to see what I could find. I miss that. I mean, I now have a car and I’ve gone to far less new places than I did when I had to rely on my legs, bike or train! Last month I decided to make the effort to go out for more walks. And that I did!

    Rivington Pike (or Winter Hill) is pretty close to me and only a half an hour drive away. In fact I can see the signal mast from my house – especially so when it’s night time and the bright red lights are turned on! This is a pretty popular walk for people of all ages and interests: families, dog walkers; cyclists, runners, hikers, ramblers and more. It’s super pretty and has plenty of things to discover and find on the way up, depending on which route you take!

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    Japanese Gardens & Old Buildings

    The best thing about this area is all the random little bridges, buildings and walls. The gardens were designed by Thomas Mawson between 1905-1922. It included the wooded area with a network of footpaths and terraces with a man-made ravine, various bridges and the Japanese garden and lake. (Which you can see a little of above!)

    A lot of the old buildings now are very much decayed and broken, replaced by woodland and overgrown greenery but you can see the history there nevertheless. The lake is beautiful, and has a couple of mini waterfalls too. You can see a bit of it in the photo above. The perfect place for a relaxing rest before/after the climb to the top!

    These are my absolute favourite kinds of things to explore. I love finding random paths and bridges and buildings hidden in the trees. It just feels like you’re finding another world because it’s completely different to usual city life.

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    Reaching The Pike

    Once you’ve passed all that wilderness, you’re met with the amazing views. On a good weather day (admittedly few and far in between) you can see for miles as soon as you’ve gotten out into the open space. You can even see the Isle of Man on a really good day at around 93 miles away if you know what you’re looking for. Yeah, I didn’t. Not great with that kind of thing.

    Easier things to spot include the Macron Stadium – Reebok for those of us still not used to the ‘new’ name – and the Blackpool Tower in the far distance. Spotting the Blackpool Tower all the way from here feels quite impressive actually.

    What I haven’t mentioned so far is that when you do spot the pike you also spot a horrible looking set of stairs, and boy are they tiring on the legs after all the hill walking you’ve already done! When I was there last with my boyfriend, we were just sat at the top enjoying the view whilst two runners had a little competition in the form of hill repeats. Crazy, crazy people. Not gonna lie though, I was pretty chuffed for the girl who kept beating the guy she was with!

    Doing things like this just really reminds me how comfortable I feel being outside, and how much I need to be active in my daily life.

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    Any interesting walks near you?

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    5 Reasons To Go On A Walking Holiday

    This post has been written in collaboration with Inntravel #SEEINGSWITZERLAND, but all words and thoughts are my own.

    5 Reasons To Go On A Walking Holiday | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    In 2014 I travelled to Finland for an expedition. It was part of a university module, and our plan was to go out and photograph bears. We travelled from Kajaani to a wildlife centre near Viiksimo, then to another near Suomussalmi and then braved the train up to Rovaneimi. That was an adventure! (We also went snow shoeing – as seen below! Photo on the below right thanks to Louise Groom!) Now besides that, I haven’t really been on a specifically active walking/hiking holiday – just day/weekend trips – despite me loving the idea of this style of holiday.

    I guess part of that is laziness (isn’t it easier to just book one of those typical beach/city holidays?) but part of it is also because I’ve just never really had anyone who wanted to do the same thing. That said, I’m someone who loves nothing more than to pull on my running shoes and go explore a new town on my own and I do it every time I go on holiday, no matter what kind of trip it is!

    5 Reasons To Go On A Walking Holiday | Finland | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    #1 The Weather Is Unpredictable, But Can Be Incredible

    A normal day in Britain could see you experiencing sunshine, rain, overcast, hail and snow all in the matter of an hour. I’m sure other countries are similar, but you know, that’s the chance you take when on an outdoor trip. Don’t let that put you off.

    You can choose where you want to go, and ultimately the kind of weather you want. If you want to see snow and hike in a colder place, Austria, Switzerland, Norway or Finland may be top choices. Sun-worshipper? Then maybe Spain, India, Morocco or Cyprus would be your thing. Some countries even have a good mixture of both, so really you just need to decide what you want and check what it’s like out there at that time of year. When I visited Finland, we experienced both snow and sun, as you can tell in the two photos above, the weather differs even just a 5 hour drive away!

    #2 Muscles You Didn’t Know Existed Will Ache, But You’ll Be Fitter

    And you should sleep well afterwards! If you’re not used to being out all day in all weather, walking about, then yes you probably will be sore afterwards. You can always go at your own pace though, so don’t feel like you have to be some super fit athlete to be doing it. Most walks will have a difficulty rating, and quite often there will be a few different routes that you can take.

    The more you do it, the fitter you’ll get and soon you’ll be running up those hills! Or okay, maybe not. You’ve also got the option to cycle around these kinds of places too, which brings a whole different kind of trip.

    #3 Getting Lost Is An Adventure, You Find New Places

    Hands up, who can read a map? I dabbled a little in map reading at university. And by that I mean I tried, tried a little more and didn’t do very well. I mean technically you don’t really need a map. There are plenty of walking holidays with toured walks, or ones where you just have to follow a path and signposts. Getting off the beaten track can be fun, but only if you can get yourself back on track!

    Many a time have I gone out to explore, taken a different turning or path and discovered something new. I still do that in my local areas! Doing this, you’ll see a lot more of the natural country than a regular tourist would, and you’ll come away feeling like you’ve discovered a country’s secrets.

    #4 There May Be No Mobile Signal So Switch Off, Enjoy The Quiet

    We’re all getting a little too reliant on social media nowadays aren’t we? I mean, is it even news unless you’ve seen it on BBC Breaking’s twitter account? Nope. I am fully aware that I rely on social media far too much. Forever checking Twitter and Facebook, forever wanting to post that photo on Instagram.

    I went to Wales last year and the signal was absolutely awful. We were lucky if we managed to scrape one bar in our cottage, and wifi, well, that was expensive. So you know what we did? Enjoyed the outdoors, explored the surrounding area and yes, we played board games. It was refreshing. You can post that photo on Instagram when you get back to real life.

    #5 Go Solo And Join A Walking Tour, Make New Friends

    This is one thing I haven’t done yet, but something I aim to do. Solo travel doesn’t have to be scary or lonely. There are plenty of tours and groups out there that will guide you around a country along with other travellers.

    If, like me, you have no one to enjoy this kind of holiday with, you don’t have to swear off them. I’m planning a solo trip myself for the end of 2018. I mean, if anyone wants to join me they can – but I’ll still be going regardless! (Well hopefully, as long as the saving works out…)

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    #SEEINGSWITZERLAND with Inntravel

    Now Inntravel call themselves specials in ‘slow holidays’. Holidays that give you time to fully savour every moment of your trip: travelling through beautiful landscapes; tasting local cuisine; relaxing in family-run hotels and talking to the locals. They basically aim to get you away from that typical city break or beach holiday and experience something new.

    Trips they offer include walking holidays, cycling, snow breaks, family breaks and privately guided. Currently they are promoting their self-guided ‘From the Eiger to the Matterhorn’ trip, giving you the chance to see some of the best walking tours in all of the Alps (and the Alps are pretty special – I was lucky enough to be driven through the Swiss Alps on my way home from a college trip!)

    I received a Mammut XERON ELEMENT 30L rucksack, Sigg drinking bottle, Viktorinox hiker Swiss army knife, two pairs of walking socks and some luxury Lindt Swiss chocolates. (Oh those chocolates were definitely luxury!)

    The Mammut bag you can see in the photos above, and it is quite a big backpack – great for long days out. I found it quite comfortable to wear and didn’t have any parts rubbing on the three hour hike that I took it on. With a laptop pocket, main pocket, front organiser pocket and another small front pocket (perfect for a map I would say!) you’ll easily be able to split items apart for easy access. 30L is actually quite roomy, so it’d be great for a walking holiday.

    And hey, thanks to Inntravel, you can win your very own Mammut XERON ELEMENT rucksack. Just enter below to be in with a chance to win. All entries are optional, but obviously the more you do the better chances you have!

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    Travel Diary: Little Parts of Wales

    Nearly a month after going to Wales, I’ve finally got the last lot of photos to share… You may have seen some of these on my instagram but you know, always nice to reminisce about travels right? Might only be Wales, but it was so pretty. Would rather look at these than think about freezing cold Manchester! You can see my New Quay and Old Millers Cottage travel diaries using their respective links! Warning… photo heavy ;)

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Colourful Buildings and Cardigan Castle

    My favourite thing about seaside towns is that they are generally super colourful. The buildings are either pretty pastels or brights, and everything just looks so cute. Cardigan, New Quay, St Dogmaels are exactly that. I just couldn’t get enough of the colourful buildings and the little independent shops. Booksellers, sweet shops, candle makers, bakers… Little old pubs, cafes, and the one chip shop and Chinese takeaway. (Good – but not as good as home!)

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Cardigan Castle isn’t really a castle any more… Only the wall really stands, and the manor house shown below is the main exhibition area. Renovated to make it safe for visitors, the house still holds a lot of the original features inside. Really interesting to see! I don’t really have any photos from inside as they all came out awful. Just look at that vegetable garden though! The vegetables were huge. My dad has decided that we’re going to grow our own next year… We’ll see how that goes.

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Beach Running

    One of my favourite things to do whilst on holiday is run. There’s nothing better than setting out alone and just seeing where your legs take you. We’d already walked down to the beach before I did the first run so I knew it was less than a mile. Easy. Seriously though, there’s nothing better. Luckily I had a bit of sun to run in too! The beach was fairly deserted in the early morning, just myself, a couple running and some dog walkers. I’m really not a fan of sand, yet I really love beaches. There’s just something about them that draws me in. I know, I know, I look a mess. I woke up like that… Oh and this beach was called Poppit Sands. Could it sound even cuter?!

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    Wales Photo Diary | lifeofkitty.co.uk

    And that pretty much sums up my visit to Wales!

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