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Festivals around the world

Living in the UK, when I think about festivals I think Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading and Leeds, then Notttinghill Carnival, Isle of Wight and the Wilderness festival. However, they not only take place all over the UK but all over the world.

Festivals Around The World

Festivals around the world

It’s amazing how many different types of festival there is. Cheese, fairy, music, woodland, carnival, LGBTQ, snow and ice, Holi, Mardi Gras, ballon, bulls just about anything you can think of there is a festival for it. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite festivals around the world.

Coachella

Coachella has to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. Every year my social media goes crazy with celebrities attending Coachella, seeing their outfits and who is performing. Coachella has been growing in popularity of the last few years, it has some of the biggest names in music performing. Coachella takes place in Indio California.

Dubai international Jazz festival

Jazz is a very popular across the globe, and each year Dubai is home to it’s famous international Jazz festival. It takes place in February each year over 3 days. Thousands of fans attend each year to see their favourite Jazz artists. Dubai is so easy to visit now, Destination2.co.uk have a fabulous range of great holidays, why not getting booking for next years Jazz festival.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany each year. Starting towards the end of September until the first weekend of October, it lasts 16-18 days. Each year millions of people attend the fun fair and beer festival. Oktoberfest now takes place in cities across the world, but nothing compares to the original home of Munich.

Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is probably the biggest festival in the world. Taking place during February or March over 5 days to mark the Catholic lent celebrations. Over 5 million people attend each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. It’s home to the worlds best Samba dancers and is known for it’s spectacular show stopping outfits full of colour. It is also home to one of the biggest parades in the world. If you want to visit a carnival like no other then Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the place to go.

Snowbombing

For the lovers of the snow then Austria’s Snowbombing festival is the place to go. It’s not all about music and snow, why not try Yoga up on the mountains, or pop to a spa. Austria’s Snowbombing is a fabulous festival for a group of friends, who love skiing in some of Europe’s best ski resorts, but who love music. With amazing headlining acts each year. Next year is due to be the best yet for their 20th anniversary festival.

Have you been to a unforgettable festival? Please let me know which ones you would recommend.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Historic British cities to get married in

Britain has a rich and incredible history, from Viking invasions to the intense Industrial Revolution. Explore cities to villages and you’ll be sure to find something that’ll amaze and excite you.

It seems only fitting that a day that represents your first step to your new future, your wedding day, should be celebrated amongst interesting history. From Edinburgh to London, we look at some of Britain’s top historic locations to hold your special day.

Historic British cities to get married in

Historic British Cities to Get Married In

Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the UK’s original cities, with evidence of settlements during the bronze and iron ages, it was a Roman town until the 5th Century AD when the Roman Empire declined. After the Romans, the Danes founded the modern city of Cambridge in 875, which was later captured by the Saxons in the 10th Century. The Danes went on to burn the city down in 1010 and this wouldn’t be the last time Cambridge was to be ravaged by fire.

Once the area was rebuilt, Cambridge became a central point for trade due to it’s location on the River Cam. There were a few internal strifes between the townspeople and the University, founded in 1209, but overall the settlement thrived into the city we know today.

There are over 1,500 listed buildings in Cambridge, the oldest of which dates back to the 11th Century. With a host of historic buildings to choose from, it’s no wonder the city of Cambridge is a popular area to marry in.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh has an interesting history of going from strength to strength. Evidence of Romans can be found in the area, although it seems they could never truly break the city and by 211 AD had left Edinburgh entirely. During the Medieval and Renaissance periods Edinburgh survived several scuffles with the English and began to expand rapidly. Taking the title of Capital of Scotland by the end of the 1500s. Georgian Edinburgh saw an explosion of construction and is considered the greatest contribution to the modern city. Much of the surviving architecture is revered as being some of the best across the globe.

Over 4,500 listed buildings are scattered across the city and surrounding area from St Margaret’s chapel, constructed during the 12th Century and Edinburgh’s oldest building. To the striking Edinburgh Castle, considered one of the most besieged places in the United Kingdom.

Nottingham

Although not likely to jump to minds when thinking of “Historic Britain” Nottingham was an important town in history due to its location on the River Trent. For a little while after the Norman Conquest, the city was split into a French Borough and an English Borough, but the areas were united in the 1300s. The city is most recognised for its ties to legendary Robin Hood, who is said to have lived in Sherwood Forest. However, more notable, Nottingham is recorded as one of the most beautiful cities in history, with many travel writers or famous authors commenting on the city’s pleasantness.

There are plenty of historic buildings to choose from across the city or alternatively choose a Nottingham city centre hotel that lies in the shadow of the striking Nottingham Castle.

York

Although humans existed in the York area since the Neolithic Period (4000 – 2000 BC) little is known of settlements until 5,000 Romans set up camp in the area in AD 71. After the Romans left in 407 AD, little went on in York until the 8th and 9th centuries when the town slowly started to grow. When the Vikings conquered Northern England, York was made the Viking Capital and the population exploded. Like much of England, there was religious strife during the Middle Ages to the 16th and 17th centuries but York prevailed and held its own as a Market Town, growing into the modern-day City of York.

There are a plethora of classic buildings in York to experience from the spectacular York Cathedral to the 2,000-year-old city walls. It’s not difficult to see why York is a popular wedding destination and has even been host to a Royal Wedding in 1961.

Celebrate your future by holding your special day in a city steeped in history, surrounded by exciting architecture. Not only will it stand out in the minds of your guests, but it’ll certainly add to your wedding photos!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Top 5 fashionable holiday destinations for 2018

I like to think of myself as a fashionable person, I’m probably not as quite as fashionable as I would like to be since becoming a Mummy. A few years ago you wouldn’t have found a pair of jeans in my wardrobe, now however I am normally seen in them. I do however like to keep my eyes on the cat walks around the world and their various fashion weeks. Sometimes I see items I love, others I just cannot imagine anywhere else other than a catwalk, or there are even items I think are awful, but thats fashion for you. What one person likes another might not, luckily we are in a time when whatever your style is you can find it on the catwalks.

Cities around the world have become more and more fashionable over the last 10 years or so. How they rank in the style stakes, for fashioneastas around the the world has also changed as they have become a shopper’s paradise. Today Zalando have been looking at this and have sent me their findings to share with my readers.

Zalando’s research

Zalando, an online fashion retailer, conducted their own research and created a list of the most elegant cities in the world. Together with Frank Wright, experts in male fashion and retailers of desert boots, we look at what makes them top destinations and how much it’ll cost you to visit.

1.Paris, France

Unsurprisingly, Zalando ranked Paris at the number one spot due to its high perception from fashion journalists and the number of events, expos and more that the city has been host to. Everyone who is anyone has heard of Paris fashion week, with the fashion elite flying in from all over the world. Paris is lined with trendy neighbourhoods, including Montmarte, with a rich history and culture tucked away on a hill in the north of the city.

Paris to be the city of love, with the lock bridge being the place to go while on a romantic trip. It’s impossible to believe that you’re in any old city when you’re strolling around Paris. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind boutiques, head over to the famous Champs-Élysées which stretches from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. For the full Parisian experience, head to rue Saint-Honoré which boasts the perfect balance of classic designers and Parisian concept stores.

Return flight: £54

Mid-range accommodation: £115-220

2. London, England

The capital city of England and home to the British Royal family, plus some of the biggest designers in the world, it comes with little surprise that London has made the top cut.

London has it all, award winning resturants, attractions, bars and musicals you cannot go far wrong in London. With fabulous panoramic views of the city at The Shard or heading to smaller cocktail bars such as the award-winning Dirty Martini in Islington. London really does have something for everyone. 

London is also home to many of the finer things life, how could one forget Harrods? Seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the only-the-best products in food, fashion, homeware and more. For outdoor browsing, head over to Bond Street for exclusive brands, designer fashion or Mayfair for luxurious goods and super exclusive restaurants.

Return flight: N/A

Mid-range accommodation: £100-200

3. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of Austria, it sits in the east of the country. Vienna is well-known for its elaborate palaces and historic buildings. According to Zalando,Vienna is the 3rd most elegant city in the world. However Vienna although a fashionable place to visits, it has a much lower number of fashion weeks, expos and much fewer designers who live within the city.

In Vienna as with all the other cities in this top 5, you can find all the international luxury brands in the centre of the city. For example at Tuchlauben, a very popular shopping area that is part of the Goldenes Quartier. For local designer garments, make your way towards Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse. Vienna is also home to the famous Lindengasse fashion mile, a street of small boutiques offering stylish fashion in the form of independent brands.

If you are wanting to find more local designer items then you need to be around Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse, to pick up the best items.

Return flight: From £53*

Mid-range accommodation: £57-93

4.Venice, Italy

Another of the fabulous Italian cities. Venice is famous for its picturesque waterways and scenic canals, Venice gives off vibes of luxury and class. Traditionally, the local craftsmen specialised in creating delicate masks that are worn for the Carnival of Venice and for their glass-blowing techniques. The Italian city of Venice is now becoming a location for fashion lovers all over the world, with its prestigious showrooms and ateliers of big designers.

If it’s the designer boutiques for you looking for, then you need head towards St Mark’s Square, known all over the world for it’s collection of designer stores. Look out for the streets Calle delle Mercerie or Calle Larga XXII Marzo and shop to your hearts content. Discover charming side streets where you can buy custom made Venetian slippers and other garments unique to the city.

However Venice ranked lesser than the other destinations according to Zalando due to its lower number of fashion schools in the city and their rankings.

Return flight: From £19*

Mid-range accommodation: £62-159

5. Florence, Italy

Florence is a beautiful city and over the last 10 years or so it has become a trendy city, with more people discovering the wonderful art museums, colourful architecture and quaint shopping streets. The Italian city is home to big names such as Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo as well as other big-name boutiques which can be found at Via Tornabuoni.

Florence is home to many well as the established world-famous designers. But there is so much more to  discover, with many local markets and tanneries, many of which are from a family of traders who have been creating leather goods for centuries. Find yourself an accessory that’s truly unique. There’s also the unmissable Ponte Vecchio for jewellery lovers, discover pieces set with precious gemstones that you’d struggle to find anywhere else. Heaven!

The city has many rooftop bars like, The Grand Hotel Baglioni and the Torre Guelfa Hotel which give you some of the best views across the city. Allowing you to capture perfect shots of Florence from these spots whilst you enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Return flight: From £67* 

Mid-range accommodation: £97-176

Do you have a favourite fashionable destination?

*Based on flights to and from the UK, the cheapest month and for the cheapest duration.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*