Florida

The Literary Suburbs of Key West

This article originally appeared in Hayo Magazine

When my Lee suggested visiting Key West on our Florida holiday, I wasn’t all that excited. I mean, I hadn’t really heard of the place and didn’t know what was there.

It was only when I discovered its literary heritage, did I get excited. If you’re a book lover, I’d say this one of the most amazing places you can visit. Key West just oozes literary love affairs, starting with Hemingway. His house is in a prime location (and it’s massive!); the man had taste. It’s also fairly cheap to visit; a measly $13 entry and this includes an optional tour from one of the Hemingway house experts.

Sweden

My City Guide: Stockholm in 48 Hours

This year, my Dad got married in Germany and so we decided to really make the most of our time abroad with a multi-city trip by train. As a result, we ended up touring one of the most beautifully rural places in the world: Scandinavia. 

After stretching our legs and testing the water in Copenhagen – you can get my Copenhagen city guide here – our journey continued into Stockholm. Travelling by train through Scandinavia is perhaps one of the easiest and cost-effective travel experiences I’ve ever had. Copenhagen to Stockholm was fairly straightforward and consisted of a train to Copenhagen airport, a train to Malmö where passports were checked, and then a straight train to Stockholm itself. It’s quite a long journey, with about 6 hours of travelling in total, but the trains were pretty comfortable – as comfortable as trains can be – with free Wi-Fi and an onboard café – their toilets weren’t too bad either. 

Denmark

My City Guide: Copenhagen in 24 Hours

Copenhagen is one of those places that you always say ‘oh it would be nice to go there’ but it never really makes it any further up on your list of priorities. To me, most of the Scandinavian countries sit in the same boat, so this summer, I decided to tackle three countries in 8 days. 

Rather than fly into the beautiful city – which may have seemed like the logical way to travel – I travelled by train from Germany. This in itself was an amazing experience. A few hours on the train, followed by a short ferry ride from Puttgarden to Rødbyhavn and then another couple of hours on a different train – although the ferry ride was due to some sort of technical difficulty, because apparently the train actually goes over the water…on its own ferry.

Denmark Norway Sweden

Travelogue: My Time in Scandinavia

This article originally appeared on the blog Be for Beauty but has been updated here.

My dad got married this summer which was amazing. And so we decided to make the most of the opportunity of being abroad and embarked on an 8-day Scandinvaian tour to visit some of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Scandinavian stop #1: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful city with a rich culture and one that is – I feel – often dismissed when it comes to travelling Europe. Generally speaking, people favour the hotter, more affordable destinations in Spain and Portugal. So this summer I decided to take on the challenge of touring Scandinavia, and my first stop was Copenhagen. 

UK

My Experience at the Foyles Discovery Day

Many of you will know already that writing is my first love – it always has been and always will be. The more I travel, the more I want to document these adventures which allows me to combine my two greatest passions.

On Saturday, I travelled to London to take part in Foyles Discovery Day where I was able to pitch the novel I’ve been working on to a literary agent from Curtis Brown or Conville and Walsh, followed by a mini Q&A session with another agent.

For me, this is the height of excitement – and a real test of skill.

I decided to be extra prepared, so I put together the synopsis of my novel, printed out the first page and packed my bag the night before so I was all ready to go. Being me, I was secretly looking forward to the train journey, the ability to sit down and crack on with stuff I’d been meaning to do for a while, or continue reading the irresistible A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon – a great read I highly recommend.

Croatia

Croatia: The Hidden Beauty of the Coast

This article originally appeared in Hayo Magazine

The Istrian coast is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. With Croatia’s uncertain history, it seems almost impossible that the country could harbour something so stunning. Rovinj, Poreć and Pula define the coastline and share a rich history – and this is where we were.

We stepped off the boat onto the Rovinj dock and cast our eyes towards the old town on the water. The pastel pinks and yellows of the buildings stood in stark contrast to the bright blue water.

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  • I never really know what to do with myself in photos...
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I’m not an insta perfect poser which means we generally end up with nuggets like this 🤦‍♀️😂
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This dreary weather and storm Dennis is making me crave a holiday.
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Whilst we hibernate and avoid the bad weather, I’ll be dreaming of New York.
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May even finish doing our photobook this weekend 🤦‍♀️
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  • This is a coffinette.
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It’s where Tutankhamun’s liver was stored in his tomb *shudders*
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And it’s the first time this artefact has been outside of Egypt. Creepy and fascinating.
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The second photo is a sculpture of Horus that sat atop one of Tutankhamun’s chariots...less creepy.
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I absolutely love Egyptian mythology. Growing up, I was obsessed with ancient Egypt and desperately wanted to be an Egyptologist. It’s a little (maybe a lot) more gruesome in real life but it’s still a fascinating civilisation.
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I went to the Saatchi Gallery in London at the weekend to visit the new Tutankhamun exhibition they have. It’s commemorating 100 years since Howard Carter discovered King Tut’s tomb, and many of the artefacts on display have never left Egypt before.
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It was an incredible experience that’s left me with a longing to visit Egypt.
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If you’re interested in the exhibition, there’s a blog now live on my website 🙌
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  • On Sunday, I went to the Saatchi Gallery in London to visit the Tutankhamun exhibition.
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It was an amazing experience with so many artefacts having never left Egypt before.
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There were 150 funerary artefacts in total, discovered by Howard Carter in King Tut’s tomb, including over 400 shabtis (small figurines of workers thought to serve the pharaoh in the Netherworld, many of which had their own miniature tools, determining which trade they would be doing in the afterlife)
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It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The exhibition is in London until 3rd May before it leaves for Boston. It’s the final world tour these artefacts will make before making their way to the new museum in Egypt. —
On a side note...a distinct lack of Egyptian themed emojis out there!
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If you want to know more, head over to today’s blog post; I share the full experience and more photos of what was on display. Link in bio.
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