Northern Ireland- a weekend away

Hello sweet peas,

Have you ever been to Northern Ireland? Inspired by a short break last June, I would definitely recommend it as a good place for a weekend getaway. It has a rich history and in some parts of the country, that is very apparent. Make sure you get yourself on a guided bus tour to fully enjoy your weekend and understand the place you’re visiting. There are two small airports so it is quick and easy travel wise plus from most UK destinations, the flight is roughly 40 minutes giving you more time for fun and adventure in the land of Guinness and potato bread.

The capital Belfast is a lively city to get to know, full of good shops, bars and restaurants so there is plenty to do. I would recommend you book a table at Made In Belfast for some quality homegrown food and fun cocktails. The architecture and buildings are very pretty so if you’ve got a keen eye for photography, don’t forget to take your camera. Also, Belfast in the summer does not disappoint so your Instagram feed will be blessed after your weekend away. In terms of the nightlife, life is a party here in Belfast so if you want a place to boogie, you won’t struggle to find a night club. Although you won’t find a drunk Irish who can understand your typically English accent after a couple of pints! According to my Northern Irish friend, weekdays are best for students with numerous drinks and entry deals whereas on the weekend, there is a more local and older vibe. Either way, if you’re up for a good time then you’ve got it. Of course the next morning, make sure you head down to Maggie May’s for the ultimate hangover cure. Serving an old day breakfast designed to cure your banging head and aching stomach, you will not be disappointed. I would go as far to say that it was a heavenly experience. Belfast is quirky, Belfast is fun- go to Belfast.

Depending where you stay, there is a fab walkway at Sea Park in Holywood, perfect for a night-time stroll with your loved ones. Also along the way, there is a small pub called the Dirty Duck which has a lot of character and live music most nights. Wherever I go, I always find that going to the small local places really adds an edge to your visit and teaches you what life is really like there. Always choosing the independent coffee shop before the Starbucks and the locally sourced pub over a well-known chain restaurant- I can guarantee that you’ll enjoy yourself more that way. Another place to visit on a bright sunny day is Bangor, especially with children. There are tons of play parks, ice cream parlors, walkways and fun fair rides for a classic day by the seaside. Although there isn’t really a beach to sit on, you are by the coast taking in the sea breeze and its beautiful surroundings. Try out the Jamaica Inn for a proper lunch, hopefully getting a table outside to continue to enjoy the view!

Of course there are so many more things to do, see, eat and experience however this was my first time in Northern Ireland! I guess this is an excuse to go back again and explore the rest of this warm and welcoming country.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

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From Budapest, with love x

Hello sweet peas,

Two months ago I was in the beautiful city of Budapest and it was fantastic. Budapest is the capital of Hungary and has always been a tourist hotspot both in winter and summer. I went with three of my best gal pals and we had a blast, exploring the infamous thermal baths, indulging in a bit of culture on walking tours and visiting the important hotspots of the city. We were incredibly lucky with the weather, bearing in mind we went late January, with most days between 0 and -4 degrees. Of course, that also meant snow (!!) which brought back my Christmassy mood and Budapest just looked so picturesque with snow on the branches and buildings.

Flying from the UK, prices were very reasonable so we soon jetted off to Budapest for roughly £60 return flights and the prices in Budapest just continued to lower. It is such a cheap city with beer cheaper than water so it is definitely the place to have some fun. Working out the cost of money is always a small hassle especially with 410 HUF to 1 GBP when out shopping but at the end of the day, everything is so cheap money wasn’t really a problem. We stayed in a decent hostel in the centre of the city which meant we walked everywhere. We had looked into the public transport and different travel cards but I definitely don’t think anyone would struggle to walk around such a beautiful city.

Food-wise, there is a lot of goulash but it is so delicious that you just can’t help but have it nearly every night. If you’re big on trying local delicacies like me, then this is the perfect city for you with the majority of touristy and non-touristy restaurants providing an array of beef goulash, gipsy styled pork and wholesome soups. 100% I would recommend that you visit Bors gastro bar, even if you are only in Budapest for 12 hours because it was the best soup I have ever had in my life- almost Michelin star soup!!! Also keeping with the theme of local delicacies, you must try a Langos. It is a deep fried doughnut without the hole and can be filled with plenty of yummy fillings from cheese, bacon, Nutella and sugar galore. That, along with some mulled wine which we kept topped up on whilst exploring the city, was the perfect snack combination. There are so many good food places across the city, it would be a bore to name them all however, I will give a BIG shoutout to the teeny and quaint Darjeeling Tea Room where we ate breakfast most mornings and Fat Mamas which supplied great local beers and piping hot food! If you’re a coffee snob, check out Cafe Frei near the Szechenyi Baths for a worldly coffee experience. The coffees are labelled by bean continents of origin e.g. Africa, South America, Asia etc. and then all have fun character country names. My first coffee was so good that I had to try another! (plus the fact it was so cheap, I couldn’t find an excuse not to). To fulfil all your food fantasies, you must visit the Central Market Hall to not only see the locals buy their fruit, meat and bread but also to get some of the best food in town!

In terms of what to see and visit, there is plenty to do in Budapest. You can go all the way up the top of St Stephen’s Basilica and see some incredible views of the city. Luckily it wasn’t too foggy so we got some wonderful photos of the snowy city. The walk seemed like forever as the stairways got smaller and windier but it was so worth it. If you’re a student, remember to take your student card with you because at most large cultural exhibits and tourist attractions, you can get a student discount! You should also 100% visit Hero Square and the Castle Gardens. It seems like Budapest is one of those cities that looks just as grand in both rain, snow or shine so the weather should never ruin your trip. Over in Buda across the Chain Bridge is the Church in the Rock which is well wortha visit also. There are plenty of museums and walking tours to divulge in some history and culture. We took a fantastic free Communism walking tour across the city visiting Parliament, many different statues and interesting stories to go with it. We didn’t have a chance to visit the House of Terror due to building renovations which was a shame because I had studied about it in one of my lectures. That being, I will definitely go back in order to visit that museum.

Of course the most important thing you should do when in Budapest, is visit one (or more) of the famous thermal baths. We spent the entire day at the Szechenyi Baths, and it was bliss. Prebooked at our hostel, most places are very happy to book it for you, we skipped the queues and also booked a massage. It was so much fun; with 18 pools and 10 saunas, there is plenty to do. The 18 degree outside pool with jets and a whirlpool was great because all the steam produced, created a mysterious vibe around the pool as the day went on. The saunas really cleared my skin and I felt so healthy and cleansed. The best thing about visiting the baths was the massage I received- 30 minutes of being beaten up but the pain was so worth it. The baths aren’t very expensive at all and there are plenty across the city so take your pick! After a day of relaxation, you should spend the evening at Budapest’s infamous ruin bars in the Jewish quarter of the city. Good beer, good company, crazy vibes and Hungarian house music, I could have spent all night there. There is over 15 ruin bars but the most famous are Fogas Haz and Szimpla Kert- they are well wroth a visit. Unfortunately I couldn’t get any good photos inside because of the funky low key lighting so you’ll just have to visit them yourselves!

Budapest is definitely a 4 day city in order to get the most out of your visit. There is so much to do, so much to eat and so much to enjoy. I would love to visit in the summer as well because I think you could have a completely different experience of such an awesome city. My next adventure is to Tallin, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland with my boyfriend in a couple of weeks time. I am super excited to update you about my future travels soon.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

 

 

London: The perfect day

Hello sweet peas,

Have you ever planned a perfect weekend for you and your partner/friend and it just didn’t go to plan? Usually, those weekends end up being even better than expected or really stressful. As London is my favourite capital city in the world, I thought I’d present you with the perfect day there and I can vouch that it will be full of fun and excitement.

First of all, you should meet whoever your companion may be, be it mother, brother, boyfriend or best friend, at a small but delicious hotspot Muriel’s Kitchen in South Kensington. Not only is 20 seconds from the tube station, making it a perfect and easy meetup point but it does some brilliant brunch and not too expensive for London. Whether you go for the Ultimate Sausage Sarnie or the Eggs Royale (with extra avocado of course), you will not be disappointed. The staff are incredibly friendly and the atmosphere is lively, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Afterwards, take a walk over along Exhibition road where you will find a great number of museums like the V&A or Science museum. Only being around the corner from brunch, it is worthwhile popping over and checking out the free exhibitions or buy tickets for one of the main attractions. I would recommend you check out the Sensational Butterflies pop up tent in the gardens of the Natural History museum, it is full of exotic and intriguing butterflies whom happily fly about and sit on your shoulder. Mind you, it is very hot in there so make sure you take off your coat!

Next make your way to South Kensington tube station and on the Circle Line to Notting Hill Gate station. Yes, that is where the famous book and film Notting Hill was partly filmed, you can find the actual bookshop from the film along a side street off Portobello Road. Now for the next part of your adventure, a wander down the Portobello Markets. Maybe grab a coffee or freshly squeezed juice from one of the stalls and then buy some quirky vintage clothing. These markets are a breath of fresh air in comparison to Camden because that has become a massive tourist spot. I’d still hype Camden but there is just something about Portobello which feels so right. Staying with the movie theme, if you enjoy the cinema you should 100% go to the Electric Cinema located roughly in the middle of Portobello Road. It is an old-fashioned theatre, now cinema with big red comfy sofas and beds to sit/lay on whilst watching the film. They do the latest blockbusters and independent films, as well as serving alcoholic drinks alongside popcorn. Tickets are quite expensive, but the experience is well worth it.

Once you have explored the markets, it is probably about time to grab some late lunch therefore, you should make your way to the Southbank for some incredible street food and a beautiful view of London Bridge from the roof garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The street food market is truly international from Korritos (Korean burritos), Ethiopian stew and Morrocan tagine, there is something for everyone. Thereis something  quite perfect about London on a bright crisp day, and walking along the Southbank allows you to fully admire this great city. If you want an alternative view, grab a water bus and head to the Emirates Air Line for a birds eye view of London- that would truly end your perfect day.

Let me know if you trial the perfect day in London, I’d love to hear about it. But remember your company makes the perfect day so take someone special and super fun!

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Told by Poppy: 1st birthday

Hello sweet peas,

Can you believe this is the 1st birthday of my little blog? This time, last year I began Told by Poppy and so far, it has gone really well. My writing style has definitely altered over time but I hope I have kept a consistent feed of interesting and entertaining blog posts. I have several big posts of travel and university life coming up in the next couple of months, and I am looking forward to sharing them with you. My New Years Resolution is to be more structured and organised so hopefully, this will reflect in my blog also. In order to celebrate the BIG DAY, I thought I’d look back on some of my favourite posts throughout the year.

Copenhagen

This time nearly last year, my friend Laura and I jetted off to Copenhagen for a cheap city break and we got up to plenty of mischief. It is MAD to think that it has been a whole year but what a great way to start 2015.

Six key challenge

Living in halls made my university experience. Every day was a laugh unless the joke was on you…

Post party wakeup 

Reading back on this has made me realise what a boring Second Year I am. Last year we went out 3-4 nights a week and it was always hectic. This doesn’t mean I’m not having fun, it is just a completely different uni experience.

Why I am voting

This is only a small post but I still think it is very poignant as a young woman.

Goodbye First Year

Reading back on this is making me all nostalgic. I loved my first year of university and couldn’t have asked for a better one.

Day 3: Ait Ben Haddou

This was the official beginning of the two-week road trip Jordan and I went on. This small remote village in between Marrakesh and Fez was a wonder and the journey across the Atlas Mountains was incredible.

Day 8: Volubilis/Chefchaouen

This was such a fun day, I still remember it so clearly. Also, the photos Jordan took of Volubililis are beauuuuuutiful so please go check it out!

Morocco: what you need to know

This post is a reflection post with facts, advice and my opinions of wonderful Morocco. Very useful if you plan to visit the country.

London- my second home

Like the title tells, I LOVE LONDON. This post tells you my favourite things to do in my favourite city.

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I have now lived for 20 years and so I thought I’d shared what is going on in my head with you.

Well there you go, I hope you enjoy reading some of my favourite posts of 2015. I look forward writing for you this year as well.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Wanderlust

Hello sweet peas,

As the weather gets wetter, colder and just downright miserable, the thing I crave most is to head straight to the nearest airport and hop on the next flight.  Looking through holiday photos from summer makes me very nostalgic and deepens my desire to travel again once more. It reminds me of the happy times, adventures, excitement and laughter. I had such an incredible summer in Morocco, Cyprus and Portugal, I can’t begin to explain! I am always at my peak of happiness when I’m travelling and there is nothing better than knowing you have flights booked for your next adventure. Hence I am currently feeling slightly down, especially as my tan is finally fading.

Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love Christmas but apart from a few frosty nights, English weather is miserable. I would absolutely love to go abroad to experience a Christmas with different traditions and see a country full of festivities. Maybe Berlin to visit the famous Christmas markets with lots of snow or Barbados to celebrate Christmas day on the beach, anything new would be perfect for me.

In January I am going to Budapest for a couple of days with the girls from uni as a post exam celebration. I am so excited. I have not travelled much of Eastern Europe apart from Slovenia back in 2011 and I’m ready to explore some more culturally rich places like Hungary. But that just isn’t enough. I think having the most incredible two week roadtrip in Morocco back in July (check out my daily posts to see what went down!) has left me with this hunger to explore more.

Where to next you may ask? I am thinking island hopping in South East Asia, a Scandanavian adventure, a road trip of South Africa and visiting Brazil’s carnivals. This however all takes time, planning and money which as a student, I don’t have a lot of any. With all things considered, I am on my placement year starting next summer so will be travelling Spain and Italy anyway. I’m sure that can subdue my wanderlust for now I hope.

Have you guys planned any adventures? I’d love to hear so leave a comment!

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

 

London- my second home

Hello sweet peas,

This summer I have been in London a lot. Living only an hour away by train, it is so easy to go on day trips into my favourite capital city. The majority of my family also live in and around London so I am there a lot. Now being at university and making more friends further afield, London is a good central place to visit. I am very lucky to say that I am quite well traveled at the age of 19, but out of all the capital cities I have been to, London is my favourite, always.

There is just something about it that never ceases to entertain or excite me every time I am there. The buzz of the city and the manic rush hour commute on the underground. The diverse community who live there and their influence to the different foods, clothes and city culture. The iconic buildings of central London and their random names: the Gherkin, Cheese Grater and Walkie Talkie, that fill the sky. The swanky restaurants and hotels in Covent Garden and on Fenchurch Street, to the food markets and jazzy exhibitions at Spitalfields Markets and on the South Bank.

You can be a tourist for the day and do the London Eye, London Aquarium and the London Dungeons. You can go on a shopping spree down Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden for big and small brands. You can get lost in Camden’s markets, bartering for shisha pipes, jewellery and vinyls whilst eating some of the finest and most diverse food you could ever find in one place. You can hire out Boris Bikes and follow the history that surrounds the city including the royal family, whom I think keep England quintessentially English with the grandeur of royal weddings and changing of the guards at Buck House. Moreover if you still feel like you haven’t done enough, why not visit one of the many museums or galleries like the V&A, Natural History museum and the Saatchi which hold so many incredible pieces of artwork and fantastic exhibitions. You are spoilt for choice and that is only a drop in ocean of the other galleries across London.

I swear by the Time Out London for quirky and one of a kind experiences in London. Two years ago, I surprised Jordan by taking him to the International Pillow Fight day in Trafalgar Square. All I told him was to keep the date free and the night before, to bring a pillow- he had no idea. Part of me was worried that it wouldn’t amount to much however over 2000 people turned up with pillows and all you could see was white feathers. That is one surreal memory that I’ll keep hold of forever and have to thank the Time Out London that I casually skim-read through. I have done the majority of tourist things, many encourage you to do including numerous West End performances, the London Eye and the yellow London Duck Tours. But one of my absolute favourite things to do with my mum is go to Shakespeare’s Globe, located on the River Thames, and see a play. During the summer, they put on international performances which are so much fun. I have seen a Bollywood ‘As you like it’ in Gujarati, ‘King Lear’ in Belarussian and this summer I saw ‘Richard III’ in Mandarin Chinese. With £5 standing tickets and English prompts on screen, there is no reason not to!

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I would love to hear your London adventures and look out for my next post on London later on this year.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Payia, Cyprus

Hello sweet peas,

How has your summer been? Hopefully full of travel, relaxing and soaking up the sun. I have been super busy over summer and have travelled quite a bit. Back in August I spent 6 days in Payia, Cyprus, just outside of Paphos, with my family and it was bliss. The last time I visited Cyprus I was 18 months so it is fair to say that it was a new and exciting experience for me. Cyprus, in general, is a classic tourist beach holiday for most which is usually well deserved for many full time workers. Although I love being constantly on the go, sometimes it is the ‘lying by a pool reading a book and taking a dip in the sea’ holidays that are the best in terms of giving your body, mind and soul, a chance to truly relax and forget all your worries.

We stayed at this sweet villa on top of a hill with a large pool surrounded by palm trees. You could see the sea from our balcony and everyday the sky was a perfect blue. The surrounding area were fields of banana trees, pomegranates bushes, cactus flowers and melons. It was such a refreshing environment to be around, a lot more interesting than English corn fields. The heat was a constant 34 degrees and above, only dipping in the evening to 22 degrees. Thank goodness for air con because sleeping in hot temperatures is the worst! We lived a twenty minute walk from Coral Bay, the main tourist strip, which wasn’t bad at all because you could still feel the sea breeze. Coral Bay beach is described as a small piece of paradise and I could kind of see what the locals mean. The beautiful clear water with some gentle waves against dark sand made the bay very picturesque. It wasn’t very busy nor very big in terms of size but it made it a more relaxing place. Also I would definitely recommend Paphos water park to anyone. All the big slides and rubber ring fun means no matter how old you are, you still feel like a kid.

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Our family holidays are very chill. We eat out sometimes, other times we are in the pool till late whilst Dad is burning meat on the barbecue. One thing I love about holiday is the yummy salads, meats and cheese for lunch and dinner. So much flavour, spice and healthy eating that tastes delicious. Oh and of course plenty of watermelon and ice cream if you fancy something more. Yet in the local supermarket, there was a whole aisle of Tesco Value food so you never felt too far from home.

One night Jordan and I went out to Pafos for dinner and drinks. We took a long walk by the coast and watched the sun set before eating. The sky was lit with blues, purples and oranges whilst the sun was a bright red; absolutely mesmerising. Jordan took loads of photos, using different lens and filters, and he got some awesome shots. Hand in hand we wandered down the strip and ate at sweet restaurant with Cypriot live music. There wasn’t a huge choice of places to eat but the food was really good and the atmosphere is very chilled. We had some cocktails which are always fun before getting the bus back to Coral Bay.

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There is just something about lazing by a pool, reading and drinking, and soaking up the sun. I much prefer fun filled holidays with lots of travelling and sight seeing however a week of pure relaxation was definitely needed. The only thing that puts me off Cyprus is the 4 hour plane journey. It’s just too long and flying with Ryanair makes it even more uncomfortable. But I wouldn’t let that put you off! Interestingly enough, our taxi driver told us that Cyprus has a limited period of tourism, between June and September. Unlike Tenerife and the Carribeanan, there are no Christmas tourists looking for heat therefore only 5 out of 50 hotels in Paphos are open. How mad is that?

Only six days in wonderful Payia and I brought an excellent tan back to the UK. where did you guys go on holiday this summer? I’d love to know.

Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Morocco: what you need to know

Hello sweet peas,

Since being home in gloomy England, I am seriously having trouble with battling my travel bug. Apart from small holidays, the Moroccan roadtrip was my first independent holiday and I just want to be abroad again exploring. I could of easily taken a gap year to travel to my heart’s content however I knew I would probably never go to university and stay in the deep jungles of Borneo or something crazy. Anyhow I’ll just have to continue to fitting in travelling inbetween the rest of my life. For anyone inspired or planning to visit Morocco, I thought I would share with you what I noticed about the country because there was plenty of stop and stare moments.

1. The watermelons looked like they were on steroids.

I am being completely serious, probably bigger and heavier than a 5 year old. They were also delicious, we ate plenty whilst we were out there.

2. One thing Morocco exceeds in is fancy street lighting.

Especially in cities; Ouzazate, Chef Chaouen and Rabat were stunning cities and the obscure and intricate street lighting added to the charm.

3. If you speak more than one language, speak a different one instead of your mother tongue.

Whenever a local found out that I was a languages student, they were impressed and began blabbering at me in Spanish and Italian. Not only did it give me a chance to practise and improve my langauge skills, it also eased langauge barriers in difficult situations. Most Moroccans know at least 4 langauges: Arabic, Berber, French/Spanish (depending on North/South of the country) and English. They are such clever people, it makes me want to learn more languages.

4. The road is your friend and foe.

The only rule taken very seriously by Moroccan drivers is the speed limit however that is due to the numerous police stops on the road. The speed limit in general is quite slow, on average being 50-100km/h, with constant change. Due to all the police stops, many cars flash at you warning you to slow your speed as police are waiting around the corner. No one wants a speeding ticket. What I noticed also was the fact they let tourists off very lightly which is always a bonus. Apart from this, the roads are chaotic with cars, bikes and donkeys all racing along in no real order or fashion, so good luck.

5. The amount of litter in Morocco is astonishing.

On the beach, desert, in the medina and in the mountains- there is always some litter. It is such a shame the beautiful environment is a victim to plastic packaging, broken glass and bin bags of rubbish, but dont let that deter you from visiting Morocco because the overall beauty outweighs the waste. It would be a good idea if the government enforced more efficent waste and dumping laws in order to look after the planet but also to look after the country.

6. They love their king.

Or at least that’s what it is meant to look like. Pictures of King Mohamed V are everywhere; hanging up on the walls of restaurants and homes, on billboards by the road and everywhere else for that matter. In some of the pictures he looks particularly suave and in the Marrakesh Medina there is a specific entrance dedicated to the king himself. It was beautifully decorated with photos, lights and paintings, and just something Jordan and I randomly came across- definitely try and find it!

7. Be respectable by covering up.

Being a Muslim country, it is important to respect their traditions and customs. Both men and women, as tourists, should cover their shoulders and knees just out of politeness and to avoid hassle. Whilst I was out there, I wore a lot of strappy tops with shawls to battle the heat as well as dressing accordingly. I found the men gave me little hassle in comparison to other female tourists in short shorts plus baggy harem pants are cooler. Also by having shoulders, cleavage, legs etc. on show, the local women do not welcome you with ease, almost in the sense they are embarrassed for presenting yourself ‘naked’. You shouldn’t worry too much about what to wear, just be sensible. You can still look fashionable and respectful at the same time.

8. Travelling during Ramadan has its bonuses.

Although many tourists are put off by Ramadan because many shops and restaurants are closed during the day, I found it to be really nice not bumping into other tourists 24/7. It meant we could really experience the country without any foreign distractions and get to know the locals. Also everyone is very tired during Ramadan due to fasting therefore there is less street hassling and more day-to-day life.

I cannot emphasise how much I enjoyed travelling around Morocco and I am so excited to begin planning 2016 adventures. At this moment island hopping in South East Asia looks appealing but we shall see.
Keep smiling,

Love Poppy x

Day 13: Agadir/Marrakesh

Hello sweet peas, 

Today is our final night in Morocco before jetting off home early tomorrow morning. I have had so much fun in such a wonderful and diverse country.

Again we had a long sleep, breakfasted and played with the teeny tortoise before wandering down to the beach for some sunbathing. It was foggy but still really hot. This holiday has been so go-go-go that just laying on the sand was quite relaxing. We stayed there for a couple of hours and then headed off to Marrakesh to return the car and offically end our road trip. The car journey took longer than expected so we didn’t arrive until just after 6pm. However that wasn’t an issue because we have already spent plenty of time in the city esrlier on in the trip. I am not going to miss the bizarre driving in Morocco nor the many police stops which put me slightly on edge. 

Marrakesh was flocked with tourists, it looked so weird compared to the start of our holiday. Literally as soon as we got out the taxi, all you could see was white/burnt holiday makers in a wide range of clothing. Some women covered, others in next to nothing and generally more families and groups of travellers. We dropped our things off in the Mon Riad, where we had stayed before, and suddenly realised how burnt we were- and I mean red tomato burnt. We had sat outside in sun during the hittest part of the day but due to fog we didn’t bother with sun cream. Classic us to do that on our last day. We went out into the night market and it was so vibrant with snake charmers, monkeys on leashes and men selling orange juice. It was so different compared to during the day because everyone is sleepy from fasting and the stalls are bare. We were basically dragged to a small pop up stall for dinner but it was really tasty. Mixed grilled kebabs and Moroccan soup for less than £6 each, absolute bargain. Whilst we were eating, multiple people tried to sell us things and Jordan got sassy with them. It was nice to sit and eat with other locals instead of grumpy tourist, it is so much more enjoyable. Dont get me wrong I am also a tourist but I much prefer to be emerged with the culture and  not ask for chips. Afterwards we went for a walk around the Medina and it was so beautiful. We had visited it before but I forgot how colourful and brigh it was. The only problem is you can’t admire anything too much otherwise the shop keeper begins to hassle you and try to sell you things. Even though we had been before, we still got lost but we also found other parts we hadn’t explored before. 

We strolled back to our lovely riad, very content and warm (probably from the sun burn), and went to bed. Our flight is at 9:25am so we need to rise early and make a move. I can’t explain how much I had enjoyed myself these past two weeks in an exciting country with my bestfriend. I am so grateful to have had such a great experience and would 100% recommend Morocco to anyone as long as you don’t waste it all on a beach or by a pool. I really hope you have enjoyed my almost daily blog of my trip and I will continue to blog my travels when they come about. Next stop is Cyprus at the end of August and Portugal in mid September, so watch this space.

Keep smiling, 

Love Poppy x  

Day 12: Agadir

Hello sweet peas,

Today was another super chilled day with a lovely long lie in. The last couple of days are beach days for relaxing after manic 12 days of travel and fun. We set off to Agadir just after lunch and arrived about 3pm. For the first 20 minutes, we were locked out of our BnB which wouldn’t have been so bad if we weren’t bursting for the loo. The actual place Riad Les Chtis Agadir was lovely with a small rooftop terrace and a teeny tortoise roaming in the flower beds.

Both Essaouira and Agadir are very touristy places and it’s weird being around other white people. It was also weird not having to cover up as much as people were in bikinis and short skirts. That evening we went down to the beach and messed about in the cold sea. It was still very warm and the water was so volatile. Later we watched the sunset dip behind the mountain whilst many people gathered to picnic on the beach for Ramadan. On the mountain there were three words in Arabic arranged like a triangle which said God, Country, King according to a man trying to sell us crap jewellery. As it grew darker, the words lit up and the whole place looked idyllic. Agadir is a typical beach holiday destination for most however the beach was quite dirty in parts and  there were alot of people hassling you for money. We had dinner, and what would be my last Moroccan tagine, and returned to the BnB. Today seems like a really short day because we haven’t been very productive in comparison to other days. But we are on holiday so it’s all about relaxing. 

Keep smiling, 
Love Poppy x