Yay it’s Easter and for me that means 11 days off! We have a ton of bank holidays over here in the UK including the royal wedding (I’m sure you haven’t heard much about that lol) and I’ve taken a couple of days off in between them so I have a nice long stretch off.
Here are my plans for my days off …
1. See family - my cousins are coming to visit over the weekend so it will be nice to catch up with them.
2. Shopping – I want to find that elusive lipstick and get some more summery outfits.
3. Easter eggs – I can’t not have a couple. I heart chocolate!
4. Writing and reading – I’d like to do some writing and tuck into some good books. I’ve brought a few in anticipation so I’m looking forward to getting into them.
5. Watch Doctor Who – the new series starts tomorrow yay. This is one of my favourite shows so I’m super excited to see it.
6. Watch films - Harry Potter, Iron Man 2 and Knight and Day on DVD. Again brought in anticipation of the break, looking forward to watching them. I’ve seen HP at the cinema but haven’t seen the others. I enjoyed the first Iron Man film so I hope the sequel is good.
7. Try and be a bit healthy - I want to eat more fruit and do some walking whilst I’m off. As the weather is looking nice this should be easy to do.
8. Sunbathe – the heat wave is supposed to continue so hopefully I can look a little bronzed by the end of the break.
9. Get my nails done – I get acrylic tips in french polish style done every couple of weeks and will get them done today so they’re looking good.
10. Rest. It’s been a hectic few weeks so I’m just looking forward to a restful time off. And of course, I’ll crack out the Pimms!
I shall also make an effort to keep posting and reading!
What are your plans for Easter?
Posted by Victoria-writes on April 22, 2011
Okay so I spent most of my weekend searching Paris hotels. My previous post was a bit of a confused rant on the subject with me toying with staying in a big chain in the centre as I don’t know the city.
Then I changed my mind My mum and I (who I’ll be going with) sat down for a take 2 search and found a gret deals on 2 hotels – one ranked 12 on Trip Adviser, a boutique hotel with 12 rooms and the other in our newly purchased AA guidebook – a boutique hotel with 34 rooms designed by Christian Lacriox (flash back to Ab Fab “It’s Lacriox sweetie!” )
Anywho, we checked out the websites, compared priced and drove ourselves mad reading reviews AGAIN (as you know, we spent the day before doing the same thing). FINALLY, we made our choice for these reasons:
1. It appears to be a great location in St. Germain, perfect for exploring.
2. The smaller hotel seemed a bit coupley and the chain hotel impersonal and more expensive.
3. The hotel si really quirky looking - obv as it was designed by the theatrical designer and seemed a good choice for 2 chic and fashion conscious ladies (or so we tell ourselves!!)
4. Good value – the cost was in the middle of Paris prices and we got a room upgrade with it.
5. Ranked 114 on Trip Advisor out of 1,800 so seemed pretty well recommended.
and to be honest we were so sick of our indecision, we just bit the bullet and booked!
so here’s where we will be spending our weekend in March:
I will report back on whether it was a success or not then but finger’s crossed we made a good choice!
Either way, I’m sure we’ll be out and about most of the time. I best start saving
Posted by Victoria-writes on January 24, 2011
I didn’t blog yesterday as planned so two are arriving today! Basically I spent most of the day trying to book a weekend in Paris for my b’day in March. sigh.
I’ve never stayed in Paris before, just done a day trip so I’m looking forward to really seeing the city properly and eating some lovely French food! Bread, cheese, cakes, croissants mmmm It’s so tough when you don’t know somewhere to book a holiday. I’ve read reviews from newspapers, read Trip Advisor till death and compared countless prices on Expedia, Last Minute etc. It’s quite mind boggling – a hotel will have a 5 star review next to 1 star review – who the hell is right?!!
When I went to New York I choose the Waldorf Astoria – well known and central and Hilton’s are generally of a good standard but I was disappointed, I didn’t feel it was worth the impressed looks I got from people when I told them wherre I was stayng. The locaiton was spot on but the room was basic and breakfast overpriced.
So What to choose for Paris? I’m leaning towards a chain hotel in the centre so I can be sure of a good location and the basics will be good. I’d like a boutique Parisian place really but I’m going round in circle trying to find one that fits my budget and reviews well.
I just wish there was less choice and it was easier. It’s such a risk on holiday finding a good place to stay and I admire people who can find hidden gems! But even with the stress of booking it all, I’m really excited about seeing the city and will def post about it in March. And I better source some chic outfits to wear while I’m there too.
In the meantime, any tips for Paris or hotel faves give me a shout! All advice very welcome
Posted by Victoria-writes on January 23, 2011