Yay!! It’s arrived.. I’ve been waiting on this since Thursday….
Look out for my October Payday Haul post coming later this week…
The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.
14 March – 19 July 2015. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.
The man himself, Alexander McQueen.
The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum’s top 10 most visited exhibitions.
I’m excited as I have my ticket booked for 23rd May 2015.
13th October 2014, this was my first full day in Rome and I had lots of sightseeing planned. I aimed to cover the following and take in as much culture, history and beauty as I could.
* Roman Forum
* Trevi Fountain
* Spanish Steps
Firstly I needed to collect my Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass which covers me for all public transport, trams, buses, metro and the train. The pass also included the hop on hop off bus, which did a circuit of the major sights.
If coming to Rome I would recommend this at a cost of €95, it is a bargain as it’s valid for 3 days from the day you collect it.
Pass collected & ready to be a tourist!
The Yellow Omnia pass covers you for the Hop on Hop off bus tour, and gets you in absolutely FREE and que jump to the following The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, St Peters Prison (Mamertine), Basilica of St John in the Lateran & Cloister, St Peters Basilica. The Roma pass covers all the local transport and also gets you into 2 major attractions free and after that then you start paying a discounted rate.
My first stop was Basilica of St John in the Lateran & Cloister, the cathedral of the Pope. As this was literally next door to where I collected my passes. I wondered round for just over an hour, taking in the atmosphere, the art work, sculptures, monuments, architecture and just the beauty of the cathedral. Here are a few snaps which I took:
My second stop was to be the Colosseum, The Roman Forum & Arch of Constantino. I was just blown away by the size of the Colosseum, it’s just an amazing piece of architecture and not forgetting the history behind it. The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world.
The Arch of Constantino was next, on the way to the Roman Forum. Just the history of both of these places.
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome, and the only one to make extensive use of spolia, re-using several major reliefs from 2nd century imperial monuments, which give a striking and famous stylistic contrast to the sculpture newly created for the arch. The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. This route started at the Campus Martius, led through the Circus Maximus and around the Palatine Hill; immediately after the Arch of Constantine, the procession would turn left at the Meta Sudans and march along the Via Sacra to the Forum Romanum and on to the Capitoline Hill, passing both the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus.
My last attraction was the Trevi fountain, wasn’t much of the WOW factor as i thought it would be, as it was having works being done on it so I’m planning on going back to see it in its full glory. But I did throw my coin in and make a wish…
So overall my 1st full day in Rome was busy but I had a fab day but didn’t get all of what I wanted to do…
I hope you have enjoyed this blog..
12th October 2014
Well this is my first holiday on my own.. I was a little nervous on the build up to the actual date but as I got on the train heading to the station I felt comfortable and not nervous at all. I’d checked in to my flights online but I went through security and then headed to my gate ready for boarding and then it started to kick in that I was going on my own….
There’s no going back now…
The flight was ok, passed quite quickly. When I landed in Italy the weather was lovely hot & sunny about 28 degrees…
I got on my transfer from the airport to Rome City Centre and then had to make my own way to my hotel. This would be an adventure. I got on the right bus with the help of some friendly locals, but some how still managed to get lost by getting off 2 stops to late and ended up walking for 30 mins to my hotel from the bus stop.
Eventually I made it to my hotel and checked in!! I was shafted and had to go for a little snooze, as I’d been awake since 8am on the Sat morning.
Well not much happened on my 1st day in Italy, so I made my way to the hotel and made myself comfortable as it was a tiring day over all…
It’s been 21 days since i last had my nails done…
They were due to be redone and I managed to get an appointment with my friend (Betty Crowson http://www.bettycrowson-beauty.co.uk ) who does my nails regularly.
I fancied an autumn theme so went for Posh & Diva Chic with a bit of nail art on my accent finger.
Well my payday’s, yes you read that right PAYDAY’S have arrived, so to cheer myself up (as I’ve been feeling bit meh over the last week or so 😟) I did a bit of retail therapy…
It always puts a smile on my face, who doesn’t????
I’ve ordered a few things online and also popped into Primark (it’s hard to believe but it’s been about 2 months since I’ve been in there!!! 😬😬) after work as it’s Late Night shopping till 8 on a Thursday & Friday in Peterborough. I had only originally nipped into town after work to meet my sister and nephew for a quick coffee and catch up at Costa’s..
Keep an eye out for my October Payday buys….
Sorry in the shortage of blogging about my trip to Rome. I returned back in the UK late evening on Wed 15th Oct.
Since then it’s been back to the normal regime… WORK! 😕
But I have a rare sat off this week so I’ll be posting my holiday blogs with a few pictures!!!
It’s been a few weeks now since I’ve had my gel nails done. My usual nail technician is fully booked so had to go to a substitute..
I booked an appointment at http://www.beautiful-truth.co.uk which is a local beauty salon offering a range of different beauty treatments, I went for nails as they need doing and I was off to Birmingham for a night out for a mates 30th.
Thanks for reading…