Rocketman Film Review

**** 4 stars 

Rocketman is a biopic charting Elton John’s rise to fame and his musical success, directed by Dexter Fletcher. Everyone has been calling the biopic a “musical fantasy” and I have to agree – they’re spot on. In parts, it’s quite bizarre, but in a good way (there’s a song performed under water, for example). Fletcher lets his imagination run wild. It definitely screams Elton John. There is something special and unique about the way Elton’s classics are woven into the story about his journey to stardom. They fit in quite effortlessly, so much so that sometimes, it feels like you’re watching a musical.

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Ever since I was a child, my favourite Elton John song has been Your Song, and I got goosebumps when it played in the film. I loved the simplicity behind the scene. Elton sits at the piano in his childhood home, and the notes flow with the lyrics as soon as his fingers grace the piano. His grandmother, mother and long-time collaborator, Bernie Taupin, watch in bewilderment as he plays with ease. The Troubadour scene is also fantastic – and it’s here you’ll see exactly why the film has been branded a “musical fantasy”. Other scenes which stood out to me are the ones where reality seems to freeze for a moment, when Elton in the present comes face to face with a young Elton (then called Reggie Dwight), battling with who he used to be and who he has become. The musician’s struggles with family life and addiction are also depicted as you go along, adding a sense of depth to the movie.

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Taron Egerton’s performance of Elton John is surprising and one he will be remembered for. What sets this film further apart from the hugely successful recent Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is the fact that Egerton does all the singing (and he does so pretty superbly too). Richard Madden also makes his mark – and his singing is surprisingly good too. No doubt both actors have shown their versatility with the portrayal of their characters. After you finish watching the film, you will probably be able to smell that Oscar nomination a mile away.

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This biopic shines as bright as the costumers within it – although it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. While it’s supposed to be a biopic, it does feel like more of a musical, with touches of fantasy threaded throughout. It is this that perhaps allows it to embark on a journey that shoots outside the confines of what a traditional biopic can be. After all, it’s in the name – Rocketman.

Have you seen Rocketman yet? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Love, Chloe

The story behind one of my favourite photographs

Hi friends,

I had found this writing prompt recently and a photo came to mind straight away, so I thought I’d share it with you all.

“Write about one of your favourite photographs and the story behind it”

To set the scene, the year was 2010. I was in Rome on a choir trip with my school. We were exploring the Colosseum. I’d looked forward to this moment forever (and everyone had admittedly dreamed of this since watching the Lizzie McGuire movie when we were younger). The Colosseum was pretty breath-taking and it felt surreal to be exploring it. Many people had given up wandering around for the day. Everyone else sat on the steps of the Colosseum, seeking refuge from the sweltering Roman heat. A stray cat was also nearby, sitting as still as some of the Roman figurines that were being sold to tourists outside. Everyone found themselves amused by the cat to take their minds off the temperature.

After taking a few photos of our new furry friend, I decided to wander around with my camera. Back then, I was 14 years old and I carried a little pink Fujifilm camera with me. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Beneath the stone walls of the structure I constantly found myself in awe of, I searched for interesting angles, perspectives, and moments. I’d probably taken a few dozen pointless photos of the same thing. It felt difficult to capture how incredible the architecture was in its entirety (and we know Rome wasn’t built in a day). So I’d put pressure on myself to encapsulate its beauty.

Then I spotted a figure wandering through the corridors, wearing a bright orange hat and carrying a pink umbrella. Inspiration struck. Their outfit seemed to contrast the interior of the building, and set themselves apart from all the other tourists in plain clothing. The figure looked like she was dancing effortlessly though the walled corridors of the Colosseum. The walls seemed to frame her silhouette perfectly, allowing the composition to fall into place. I thought the scene looked like something out of a movie, so I took a photo as quickly as I could, in fear of missing such a magical moment.

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Maybe it’s not one of the best photographs I’ve taken, because the quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s one of my favourites. Quality isn’t always everything and that’s something it has taught me. It taught me that photography is a craft. How you craft a photograph is vital and there’s a lot that goes into it. More than most people think. The timing was spot on and I’ve learnt that with photography, timing is key.

There is also an element of nostalgia attached to it. This photo helps me remember what happened that day – from the long queue we endured to get into the building (it was worth it), the Roman figurines being sold outside, some of our group being ripped off for a photo by a man dressed up as a guard, and the cute cat we found inside. There is power in a photograph. It worked out exactly how I’d envisioned the final thing would look like in my head. As soon as I took my photo, I had in mind how I’d edit it to make the subject stand out, to convey just how vividly she had stood out in that moment. I took a few photos of the Colosseum that day, but this one remains my favourite. My friends still remember it too. Seeing it now almost takes me back.

A beautiful moment captured in a beautiful city.

Love, Chloe

My Top Day Trips from Nice

If you’re visiting the French Riviera and you’re staying in Nice, you should definitely consider taking daytrips to nearby places like Saint-Paul de Vence, Cannes, Monaco, Eze Village and Menton. You won’t leave feeling disappointed and when travelling, it’s always nice to take a daytrip, or two!

FIRST THINGS FIRST –

WHERE TO STAY IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA

When I visited the French Riviera, we picked Nice as our base because we’d heard lots of great things about it. We chose to stay in Nice was because it’s easy to access other places from there, and it has good transport links. Our hotel was a 5 minute walk away from Nice’s main train station, which was excellent for us as we’d pre-planned a few daytrips during our stay.

Read my blog post on my time in Nice: https://chlovertherainbow.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/a-nice-time-in-nice-france/

If you’re deciding on where to stay in the South of France, I’d recommend doing a bit of research and deciding on what works best for you. Cannes is another great option. If you’re looking for somewhere quieter and more relaxed, Eze Village or Menton might be for you, although these places are a little more isolated. It’s your preference really.

Now let’s cut to the chase. Here are my tips and suggestions for daytripping from Nice. There’s a lot to see and even if you don’t see it all (which you probably won’t, there’s always more you can see no matter how much you fit in) then it gives you an excuse to come back!

SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE

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Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the most popular tourist hotspots (and rightly so) in the French Riviera. It’s a beautiful French village filled with cobbled walkways and independent art. You’ll find yourself swooning over the fascinating art in the windows. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves to show you just how quaint and lovely it is.

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Getting there: we took the bus from Nice and the views you’ll see along the way as the bus winds its way up to the village are so scenic and lovely.

CANNES

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Visiting Cannes made me feel like I was in Mr Bean’s Holiday. I was super excited to see the Promenade de La Croisette (links the beach and the city) and the Cannes Convention Centre, where the infamous Cannes Film Festival takes place annually. Le Suquet was another gem we found, it’s the old quarter of Cannes, where we were treated to some pretty views of the city as well as the Eglise Notre Dame d’Esperance. Since I love my street markets, we also visited Cannes’s Marche Forville.

 

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Getting there: We travelled to Cannes by train, but you can also access it by bus, although it might take you a while and it could be pretty long if you’re stuck in a traffic jam. The bonus of taking the train is that it’s quick, cutting down your journey and leaving you more time to explore. However, the bus can also have its advantages with scenic coastal views along the way.

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TIP: when taking the train from Nice’s main train station (Gare de Nice Ville), come prepared! The ticket machines only accept coins or card, so ensure you have the exact change if you’re using cash. If you want to purchase your tickets in person, there is a lengthy queuing process (you have to tear off a ticket from the machine and wait your turn). This can take forever as lots of people wait to be seen.

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MONACO AND EZE VILLAGE

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TIP: Combining two daytrips in one day is an easy way of exploring when you’re short on time. It’s almost like two for the price of one.

We visited Monaco during the morning and took a bus to Eze Village in the afternoon because we felt splitting the two places across one day was more than enough time to see what they were like.

First, let’s talk about Monaco. Casino is a buzzword that I’m guessing will come to mind for you. You’re right (partly). Before I travelled to the French Riviera, I did some research on Monaco and what to do there. Opinion was split over visiting Monaco, which I found strange. Many people, to my surprise, said they’d skip Monaco altogether! I wanted to formulate my own opinion on it, so decided to pay it a visit. If you’re into your casinos, you’re most likely going to enjoy it (it’s famous for them). For me though, I preferred seeing the local markets (which we happened to find when we got lost on the way to the casinos) and the locals were super nice.

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Seeing where the Grand Prix takes place was also amazing, my dad is a massive fan so I made sure to put this on my list. We also visited the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, which I loved as I love love LOVE the ocean. The walk to the museum was dreamy, as we ventured along a (quite long but beautiful) pathway by the coast. The palaces and gardens are extravagant too. I wouldn’t say I’d skip Monaco, but half a day to a day of exploring is probably about enough time to see it.

Onto Eze Village, and I don’t think I’d ever visited a little gem quite like this one before. Eze Village is a medieval village on top of a hill. You can see the Church on the hilltop in Eze Village from a distance and you can also climb up to it too. There’s also a botanical garden at the top of Eze Village if you’re into your plants. From the Jardin Exotique, you can see jawdropping views. I’d definitely recommend you pay a visit. It’s unmissable.

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To round things up about Eze, I have to tell you about the food, the glorious food! We ate some delicious food at the bottom of Eze Village at a restaurant called Pinocchio. I would definitely recommend it if you visit Eze. I demolished some delicious spaghetti bolognese and the best part was that I could sprinkle over copious amounts of parmesan cheese. I don’t know if it’s a French thing, but the really nice waiters gave me a little bowl of parmesan (that I had all to myself) instead of grating over a little amount, like the usual. So I could call the shots and say when. It’s the little things sometimes.

Getting there: we took the train to Monaco (you can also take a bus from Nice) and then we  caught a bus from Monaco to Eze in the afternoon. Or if you fancy it, you could drive there in some pretty cool wheels like these, if you’ve got them.

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MENTON

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Ahh Menton. Trust me, if you ever visit here, you will breathe a sigh of relief, a sigh of contentment when you visit. It really is that beautiful. We visited Menton on our last day and it’s safe to say we saved the best to last. I honestly cannot say enough lovely things about Menton, it felt like a dream! Menton is close to the Italian border, so you’ll discover a fusion of Italian and French influences, and the colours are simply wonderful.

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There is plenty to see in Menton so you’ll be far from bored. Not only is the beach breathtaking, Menton is home to the Jean Cocteau museum for all you art lovers out there. I was in my element. One of my highlights in Menton was climbing up to the viewpoint past the church. We were surrounded by flowers and the view beneath us was just magnificent. You know when you visit a place and you wish you would be there forever? That’s how it felt. I felt nostalgic for that moment on that view point as I was experiencing it. That’s spectacular in itself. If you’re looking for unforgettable views, make sure you pay a visit to the Cimetière du Vieux Château. It’s an effort to walk up the hill but it’s ridiculously worth it. I’ll never forget the views from here.

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Getting there: we took the train and it was lovely because the views along the journey are wonderful. You can stop off along the way if you have extra time and purchase a particular travel ticket. Do some research around this if you’re able to, it might be worth it. If we had longer, we definitely would’ve done this.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, my time in the French Riviera was amazing. I think we had the perfect amount of daytrips so we could explore to our hearts’ content, but we also managed to see enough of Nice at the same time. In the future, I hope to go back to visit a couple more places that I missed. If only I’d had a few days more…

PLACES I’D LOVE TO SEE IF I GO BACK

Other places that I didn’t manage to see but I hope to visit one day are

  • Villefranche-sur-Mer (easily accessible by a bus from Nice)
  • Grasse (famous for its perfume industry, you could combine this with a day trip to Cannes)
  • Antibes (great beaches)
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer (a picturesque town known for its pebbled beaches)
  • Saint Tropez (best known for beaches and nightlife)

Have you travelled to the French Riviera or will you be going soon?  What have been your favourite daytrip locations if you’ve been before? Are you planning on any day trips if you’re travelling there in the future?

Leave your comments with me below. As always, I’d love to hear from you!

Love, Chloe

USEFUL LINKS

Taking the train from Nice http://www.bestofniceblog.com/transport-in-nice/train/

Buses in Nice http://www.bestofniceblog.com/transport-in-nice/buses-in-nice/

SNCF https://www.sncf.com/en

 

My favourite thinking spots in London

London life is stressful, everything is always so fast moving. Rush hour on the tube is enough to make you want to pull your hair out. I guess it’s easy to find yourself caught up in the chaos. People can sometimes forget to just stop and breathe.

Here are some spots I love to frequent when my mind needs to unwind. I visit these places to think about things, or even when I want to think about nothing.

Side note: all the places I’ve listed are free to visit.

Kensington Gardens

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Kensington Gardens are a short walk away from Exhibition Road (where you’ll find most of London’s museums like the V&A and Science Museum). You’ll stumble upon an array of wildlife, from squirrels, parrots to robins. It is a nature lover’s paradise. If you’re like me and love flowers, going through the Flower Walk here is an absolute paradise. It’s best to visit in the Spring or Summer, but it’s equally pretty in the Autumn and Winter seasons.

Trafalgar Square

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Somehow whenever I’m in London, I usually find myself back here at the end of a day.  It’s the perfect spot to wind down. Almost like a central point for me. Usually when I come here with friends, we spend ages talking about everything and nothing. You can also visit the National Gallery from here if you want fill your heart with some art.

Regent’s Canal

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I don’t come here as much now that I’m no longer at university. When I was studying though, walking by the canal was one of my favourite things to do. It helped me when I need a break from coursework and exams. It’s a great place for running, cycling and picnics in the summer.

Regent’s Canal is also a great spot for photography, as you have a mixture of the urban and natural world right in front of you. This allows you to experiment with contrasts.

Albert Bridge

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This bridge is without a doubt my favourite bridge in London, perhaps even the whole word. I’m yet to find another bridge as beautiful as this one. Walking along this part of the River Thames at night with the bridge in the distance is so soothing for me. I love being by water. It’s oddly calming.

There was one notable time where I walked over this bridge as the sun was setting and all the birds were flying over it in circles. It was like something out of a movie.

I also like to take a bus ride over Hammersmith Bridge at night, so I can see Albert Bridge lit up from a distance, whilst also passing over another beautifully lit up one.

Southbank

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It might sound like a typical tourist spot but you will find locals and tourists alike here, strolling along the Thames. It’s almost a part of my routine when I’m in the area.

Usually the Southbank always has something going on in the area. There’s a 99.9% chance you’ll encounter some buskers singing some lovely tunes or find street artists dancing or performing magic tricks. You can normally tell when crowds of people gather around in certain parts to watch them. Sometimes I’ve seen crowd singalongs with musicians busking. Once I found some poets by the river, who were writing poems for the public (on typewriters!) about any subject, and then you could pay what you thought it was worth. You might even walk by some artists drawing the city.

Primrose Hill

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Any Londoner will tell you that Primrose Hill is a lovely gem worth seeing. The walk up the hill honestly isn’t that bad and it’s worth it once you reach the top. It feels like you’re temporarily away from the city when you’re here, when in actual fact you’re not really away at all.

From the top of the hill, you can see wonderful views of the city in the distance. I’d say it’s a fantastic spot for picnics with friends and it’s ideal if you want to have a sit down and read a book. It’s awfully picturesque. From here you can also easily access Camden Lock and its markets by walking a short distance.

Tip: Primrose Hill is one of the best spots to see cherry blossoms in London

Viewing platform at the Tate Modern

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Keeping with the theme of seeing the city from up above, my next spot I love to wind down at is the viewing platform at the Tate Modern. Once inside the Tate Modern, you take a lift up to top floor of the Blavatnik Building. You can see breath-taking views of the city, and you’re not even that high up. Well you are but compared to the Shard or the Sky Garden, it’s an adequate height to find amazing views. It’s completely free to visit and I could spend ages here, just watching the city go by.

Where do you go when you want a break from city life?

Leave your favourite places in the comments below.

Love, Chloe

How to find cheap theatre and cinema tickets in London (featuring a mini anecdote)

We were sat in the Lyceum Theatre, in the Royal Circle, eagerly waiting for the curtains to come up, so we could finally marvel at the delights of The Lion King musical. Both my friend and I had waited for this for years. I felt lucky.

Just before the musical was about to begin, the little girl next to us pointed towards the stalls section, and said:

“Mummy is that where the people with money sit?”

And it made me feel a little bit sad.

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It made me stop and think about just how expensive it all is. It’s not every day you’re able to go to the theatre and that’s largely due to the fact that the prices are often ridiculous. We were lucky enough to find inexpensive tickets during the sales. Most of the time, you’re bound to spend nearly 60 quid (if not more) on a single ticket, and that’ll be to sit right up there with the Gods. It leads us to ask the question: is it really affordable? Is it worth it (especially if you’re sat behind a really tall person)? We were really grateful to be there to watch the Lion King. It was an amazing show and I’ll never forget it, because it was a once in a life time experience.

Theatre tickets aren’t the only things that are excruciatingly expensive nowadays. For a single adult ticket to the cinema, you can expect to pay around £13. That’s risen considerably since the prices I remember seeing as a kid. My favourite (almost secret) cinema in Central London that I often frequent has also recently doubled its prices so much so, that it’s not my favourite anymore.

For those of us that love the arts, theatre and film, it can be annoying. Seeing a musical, play or a film is a wonderful encounter with life. Often it’s a temporary escape from the stresses of our everyday lives. Don’t panic though. There is hope for all of us musical, drama and film lovers out there. There’s always a way around things. I’ve learnt to search for affordable deals. Sharing is caring so I’ve drawn them all up for you in list form (because who doesn’t love a list?).

Tips for finding affordable tickets for the theatre and cinema in London:

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  • TodayTix (app) offer discounted theatre tickets and ticket lotteries daily
  • Enter ticket lotteries for shows like Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and The Book of Mormon – you never know your luck and these are usually discounted tickets!
  • Although it sounds like effort, day tickets are worth it. I did this for a bit during my studies at university and if you get there early enough, you can buy front row tickets or sit in the stalls at a fraction of the price of what other people in the same section as you have pre-paid. For tips on how to day seat West End shows, take a look at TheatreMonkey’s website: http://www.theatremonkey.com/dayseatfinder.htm

 

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  • Sign up to become a Vue cinema member (it’s free!) and you can see a film for just £4.99 on a Monday as part of their ‘Super Mondays’ offer
  • Some cinemas and organisations like the BFI offer discounted tickets if you’re aged 16-25 or a student. If you’re unemployed, you can also purchase tickets at child prices in some places like the Ritzy in Brixton: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/info/Ritzy_Picturehouse It’s worth checking these out so have a browse
  • You can get £3 tickets with Odeon Silver Cinema if you’re a senior aged 55+
  • Make the most out of deals like 2 for 1 cinema tickets with Meerkat Movies, comparethemarket’s customer rewards programme
  • Avoid the cinema on a Friday and weekends because it’s usually the most expensive
  • Keep an eye out on social media – sometimes you can get free advanced screening tickets for films that haven’t been released yet
  • Apply to win tickets to attend movie premieres – a couple of months ago, I entered a competition with the Metro to win tickets to attend the World Premiere of Bohemian Rhapsody, where I was lucky enough to see the stars on the red carpet, and also watch the film on the big screen afterwards
  • If you are a subscriber of The Times, you can redeem 2 for 1 Odeon Tickets to use on weekends or Mondays

 

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If you’ve got any other tips, leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear them!

Love, Chloe

4 tips for making the most out of your university experience

University is an exciting time but it can also seem daunting. I know I was feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement when I first started. It’s completely normal to feel slightly anxious about it, but your time at university will give you some of the most memorable experiences of your life. It’s a time you’ll want to look back on when you’re older. Here are a few tips I’ve put together on how you can make the most of your university experience.

Get involved

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Whether it’s Freshers, joining in with societies or volunteering, there are plenty of activities outside of your studies that you can get involved with.

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Get involved with Freshers’ events during the first few weeks. They’re a great way to form friendships and find fellow course mates before you get fully stuck into your studies. There’s no doubt that you’ll probably create an array of memorable experiences during your first few weeks! Freshers events usually take many forms too – from club nights, fancy dress, bowling, discounted theatre trips and much more. Pay a visit to the Freshers’ Fair to find out more about what your university offers. There’s something for everyone. During my first week at university, I watched a film on a floating cinema on the canal. I thought that was pretty cool.

Societies

Join a society. If you have hobbies or sports you enjoy, you can still keep up with these at university. They’re one of the best ways to form friendships with people who have similar interests. You could even take up something you wouldn’t see yourself doing; you might surprise yourself and enjoy it. You can also start your own society if there isn’t one that takes your fancy – and this will look great on your CV too!

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new people, gain new experiences and give back to the local community.

The future

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Yes, the future. It’s something we all dread. It sounds scary and it might seem far off from now, but there is a future for you beyond university life. Don’t leave things to the last minute and use your years at university to build skills and experience outside of your studies. See your time at university as in investment in your future.

Internships and part-time work

Internships are a good way to start. You can gain experience in a sector you might be interested in. Doing this kind of work not only gives you transferable skills, but it could also help you find out what type of career you want to go into. You’ll find out what works for you and what doesn’t work for you.

If you’re thinking of interning while studying, it’s best to research and apply early. Having experience early on your career will make you more attractive to employers and means you’re more likely to stand out when you’re applying to jobs in the future.

Part-time work is another way of gaining experience and supporting yourself financially whilst you’re working towards a degree.

Careers advice

Use the careers service at your university – they can give you advice on your career path as well as help you with your CV and interview preparation.

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Take care of yourself

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University isn’t easy and it can sometimes take a toll on your mental health. If things are getting a bit too much, take some time out for yourself. Many students often face mental health difficulties because of a wide range of reasons. It’s not uncommon. If you’re struggling, it might help to talk to a friend or family member you trust. There are also plenty of services to support you like your university’s advice and counselling service, and you can talk to your personal tutor too.

Practice self-care whilst you’re at university as your health comes first – it’s important to maintain a balance between work and play, so try not to overwork yourself.

Have fun and have faith

As cliché as it may sound, don’t forget to have fun! University is supposed bring out some of the best times of your life. You’ll make amazing friends and take part in unforgettable experiences. It’ll be over in the blink of an eye so enjoy every second while you can.

Finally, in the words of Ms Elle Woods, you must always have faith in yourself.

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Have you got any tips for making the most out of university?

Share your thoughts and experiences with me in the comments below.

Love,

Chloe

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Useful links:

AbeBooks

Samaritans

Students Against Depression

 

A nice time in Nice, France

Hello friends.

A couple of weeks ago, my sister and I decided to book a last minute trip to Nice, France. We were there for about 6 days and we had the loveliest time, so I wanted to write about it.

During our time in France, we were based in Nice, in the South of France. We took several day trips from Nice which I’ll combine in another blog post for later. The main focus of this post will be sharing some of my favourite spots in the city.

One of the places that stood out to me in Nice was the Place Masséna, a historic square located about 10 minutes away from where we were staying. Each time we’d come back from the day’s adventures, we’d pass through here to get back to our hotel, and it was an absolute pleasure. The Galeries Lafayette are located in this part of the city, their outside painted in beautiful shades of pink (my favourite colour) and orange. The floor is tiled black and white, contrasting the pink and orange of the buildings. It is a wondrous sight, especially beneath blue skies.

Within the Place Masséna, we also found the Apollo statue, made from white marble, which stands tall over the fountain.  This was a favourite spot for both locals and tourists. It was nice to sit here and watch the city go by.

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Located next to this part of the city, is the Promenade du Paillon, one of Nice’s public gardens, with an array of palm trees, roses and other plants. In the middle, runs a massive lawn with fun water fountains that everyone loves to run through (no matter how old you are).

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A visit to Nice would not be complete without trips to the old town (Vielle Ville). The old town is filled with narrow cobbled streets and the buildings are pastel-coloured with people selling an array of items from textiles, perfumes, meat and cheese and it is a haven for restaurants (beware they can be a bit pricey here as it’s one of the main tourist areas).

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We ventured here on our first night in the city, where we ate our first meal too. I’d heard great reviews about a pizza placed called Pizza Pili on sites like TripAdvisor, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s nestled in one of the side roads of the old town, that we almost missed it! We decided to order the ‘bayonnaise’ pizza (yes you guessed it, it has bacon) from the little window where one of the chefs was working. It was a delight and satisfied our hunger. How could something so simple taste so good? To top it off, it was only 7 euros for a whole pizza so it was a complete bargain (and it fed both of us)! It’s perfect if you’re on a budget. We sat at the little table by the shop and ate as the evening drew to a close. It was a nice way to spend the first night in Nice. Pizza is always a good idea.

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Now onto one of my favourite things when exploring a new place: markets. Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good flower market (flowers AND markets, what a dreamy combination?). So when I heard that Nice had one of the country’s special markets, I had to put it on our list of things to see. We visited it on our last day in the city and it was so busy, packed full of tourists. The smells and colours were all wonderful though. If you’re someone that loves your flowers, definitely put it on your list. Stallholders were also selling other products ranging from fruit and vegetables, lavender, cheese, and socca (a local delicacy).

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Other places in Nice we visited were the Matisse museum, which is located in Cimiez. If you love your museums, you can buy a ticket here that also gives you free entry to several other museums in the city for a 24 hour period. We also trekked up Colline du Chateau and got some amazing views of Nice from above (be aware of your surroundings if you visit this – it’s an area popular with tourists so pickpockets operate this area).

Finally, I’d like to talk about the seaside in Nice (Promenade des Anglais). It was beautiful. My favourite time by the seaside was on our last night, when I took a walk along the promenade to the port and back, whilst the sun was setting. The pink from the sunset and the blue from the skies blended together as the evening set in, leaving lovely pale pink tones over the seascape. I sat on the beach and watched a group of people play some instruments with the waves lulling back and forth in the background. It was probably one of my favourite sunsets I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime, and I felt extremely grateful. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful trip.

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Have you ever been to Nice or are you thinking of going? Share your thoughts with me below. I’d love to hear them.

Love, Chloe

 

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Introductions

Hello blogging world!

My name’s Chloe. It’s nice to (virtually) meet you.

I’m a 22 year old geography graduate living in London who is interested in places, art, photography, words and travel.

This will be a space for me to share my adventures with you, from those abroad to explorations at home in London. I’ll also be sharing some photography, perhaps some writing, as well as thoughts and advice.

Writing has always been a passion of mine from ever since I can remember so I have decided to create a blog.  I have previously written a blog but things weren’t working out. So, I’ve decided to start afresh with a brand new site. It feels like now is the right time to do that. This new start also falls nicely in sync with the fact Spring has recently begun and as I’m currently writing this, it’s Easter Sunday. It makes sense in my mind.

Here’s to new beginnings.

Love, Chloe.

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