Spring has sprung and this slight sighting of sunshine has me itching to get away, Holiday season is fast approaching, but if you can’t wait that long check out my 5 best city breaks.
Why not treat yourself to a mini break, and get in the mood for summer 18.
NEW YORK STOLE MY HEART
New York literally stole my heart, I was lucky enough to spend a little over a year living and working in New York and without wanting to sound cliché it was quite possible the best experience of my life. New York is hustle, bustle and rooftops, what more could you want from a city break.
There’s so much to see and do in New York I could write a book, but a few of my fave places would have to be;
The highland is a disused rail track which has been made into a beautiful walk way elevated above the streets of Manhattan. Its a great place to grab a coffee, have a walk and take in some of the city sights. It’s also based in the Meatpacking district which has some amazing bars & restaurants - defiantly a must when in NY.
Think Gatsby The Jane by day is hotel and by night its dancing on the tables in front of a roaring fire,under a rather large glitter ball. I had many a night at The Jane and would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.
Obviously NYC is known for being an amazing place to shop, unfortunately 5th avenue as nice as it is, was slightly out of my price range. Canal street is a great place to shop, great fashion and affordable prices - worth a visit.
Writing about New York brings back the best memories, its a great city and everybody should visit at least once in their lifetime - well in my opinion anyway ;)
My second favourite city and a little closer to home. Barcelona it is a beautiful city with its winding streets and beautiful architecture, it really is very pretty. A total different vibe to NY with a more laid-back feel, sipping a cocktail on the marina and having a walk on the beach. Again lots to see and do in Barcelona, here are my top three.
La Merce Festival
This was quite a strange experience but a good one. This takes place at the end of September the festival held in Barcelona “La Merce Festival” which is a parade through the streets, its also know as the “Fire run” and you may feel the urge to run. The fire run consists of what I can only describe as Kathryn wheel fireworks being consistently lassoed in the air whilst the sparks fly out in to the crowd. Health and safety is out of the window. This is a great event and lots of fun
A lovely park which has great architecture and a fabulous view over Barcelona, on a sunny day this is the place to be, very relaxing and lots to see.
I always like to take a walk on the marina and wonder who owns all the amazing Yachts, and Barcelona has a lovely marina area grab some food and a glass of wine and retire to your yacht on an evening or maybe just head back to your Airbnb - we can all dream.
PARIS OUI, OUI
Paris the city of LOVE I went to Paris for my 30th and loved it!
Another pretty city, with lots to do and see, and super easy to get to on the Eurostar which can be cheap and cheerful.
If like me you like to take in the scenery of cities then I would recommend taking a boat trip down the river Seine, you can even book a meal whilst you cruise along, taking in all the lovely sights, such as the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre to name a few. (probably a good idea to try bag a window seat)
The famous Eiffel Tower is something most people have done or would like to do, the views from the top are pretty spectacular, probably a must when in Paris.
Open Top Bus
This is a great way to see all the sites a hop on bus is great to do on any city break, you get to see all the sights and it save’s those little legs.
Amsterdam is a great weekend trip especially if you take the overnight ferry (probably the best disco in town) lots of fun with a good group of friends. Although the trip itself in Amsterdam is rather short I’d advise to stay over the night and head back the following day.
Lots to see and do in Amsterdam, including some fab bars, restaurants, and boat trips
Berlin very industrial and not the prettiest of cities I’ve been to, however I visited Berlin at Christmas and the Christmas markets were great. Plenty of winter clothing would be needed if you head out in December as it was bitterly cold. (We have some lovely Parka coats over at House of 925 which would be perfect for Berlin winter weather ;)
Lots of museums to visit, I’d recommend a visit to the Holocaust memorial ( memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe) this memorial is a maze of concrete blocks varying in different sizes. Located near the Brandenburg Gate which is also rather impressive.
When in Berlin the Berlin wall is a must see or should I say the remainder of the wall.
It’s a great little city especially if you’re into your history.
Here at House of 925, we’re all about the travel and we hope if you book a city break this year you have the best time and remember to check out our website for your city break outfits. www.houseof925.com
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