Cinque Terre – Italy

Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.

 I have some time booked off in September, and I really want to go away for a few days for my birthday and get some sun!  I really want to go to Sorrento but pricing it up its getting quite expensive. I was scrolling thru Pinterest this morning and Cinque Terre came up on my feed and some of the pictures just look so breathe taking…

I keep looking at images and its making want to go even more..  Some of the Walking treks from from one town to another look beautiful, I am defiantly going to look into and price it up.

 

Hope you are all having a good Monday 🙂

Love for Liverpool ❤❤

I had a few days away in Liverpool at the end of Feb. I’d been before but stayed in Wallasey when I was a lot younger.

My main purpose was to meet up with someone that I’ve been talking with for 5 months, but I was also going to have a few days of exploring & also soaking up the Liverpool history & culture.  There was a few things to see but I didn’t get chance to see them all do it gives me an excuse to go back 💁🏻💁🏻.

I went to a few museums while I was there & they were all free!! The one which I was most impressed with was the Titanic Exhibition at the Martime Museum.. Was quite touching & emotional seeing all the names of all the passengers & crew along with letters from children who’s parents where onboard!! 😢. 


Albert Dock is also a beautiful area to walk around and they have Love Locks on some of the chuncky chains which I think is so cute 🔐❤️


I just love this city!  It’s not just the city I’ve fallen in love with.. ❤💙

San Marino

I took myself out on a little day trip today 24th September 2016 to San Marino, Italy.  

San Marino is its own country within Italy.  It became independent from the Roman Empire on 3rd September 301a, the computable is City of San Marino and has a population of around 33,020.  It is situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. San Marino is neither a manner of the European Union or Eurozone but still has Euros as its currency.

It’s 10km from the Adriatic Coast at Rimini, where I am having a few days away for my birthday..  The highest point in the country, the summit of Monte Titano, is 749m (2,457ft ) above sea level. San Marino is the 3rd smallest country in Europe, only Vatican CIty and Monaco being smaller and I can now say that I have the full pack as I have been to all three…

Anyway that’s enough of the history.  There is a regular bus service from Rimini train station to San Marino, which costs 10€ return which isn’t to bad and the journey on the coach isn’t too bad either, the journey itself is roughly about 50 mins and you get some good views as your going up.  I would say the main points of interests in San Marino are The Three Towers which are located on the three peaks of Monte Titano in the capital. 

The three towers are 

Guaita: the oldest of the three (Constructed in the 11th century)

Cesta: located on the highest of Monte Titano’s summits (Constructed in the 13th century)

Montage: located on the smallest of Monte Titano’s summits (Constructed in the 14th century & still privately owned)

San Marino is such a lovely place, some much history and culture to take in, there is plenty to see and do there, they have a few different museums, there is even a museum of torture so you can see how they tortured people all those years ago, I didn’t go and look round this one just entering and seeing the displays at the start put me off!!!

There are also some lovely little shops and alleys to explore, is just so pretty.  The shops have some beautiful Italian leather bags and purses, as well as a few designer shops too.

Here are just a few pictures of San Marino 😊


Hope you’ve enjoyed this post on San Marino.. 

lots of love

Carina

XxX

Macmillan South Downs Mighty Hike Weekend

It’s Monday and I’m aching, sore and stiff in some places. Why I hear you ask?  The answer is because on Sat 11th June 2016, I completed the South Downs Way Mighty Hike from Brighton to Eastbourne in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.  Before I completed this hike the furthest I had walked was 7.5 miles round the local rowing lake in Peterborough so completing the 26 miles was a massive achievement for myself.

I chose to do a mighty hike this year instead of a coffee morning as I wanted to challenge myself and make my dad proud, as it was 4 years this year on 2nd June that he has been gone.  The sponsors have been coming in and some people have been very generous, I am currently sitting at £829 in total (Just Giving/Text or Cash) I’m only £171 away from £1000 which I would love to hit so I’m hoping over the next few days I will get a few more sponsors in!!

If you would like to donate the details are below:

http://www.justgiving.com/rini or Text: STEA67 with the amount to 70070

(please leave your name when donating so I can thank you on my facebook/just giving page)

I DID IT!!!!!

Here I am with my champers and medal!!!

This was a happy sight to see… Mile 26!!!

The Seven Sisters

Some of the scenery that I saw along this hike was stunning and breathtaking. England has some most beautiful places to visit, and the south down way is defiantly one area to visit, there are different parts of it you can walk and pick up more or less anywhere along the way.  The Seven Sisters country park is a lovely area to visit also, some of the views you get of the English Channel are beautiful, and on a good day you can see quite far out. But beware of the cliff edge as it isn’t fenced off.

So if you would like to donate to a fantastic charity the details are above… And I’m signing up to another before the end of Aug for 2017…

Lots of Love

Carina

XxX

Dublin, Ireland

I’m head off to Dublin for a Hen weekend from 8th to 10th April, which I’m looking forward to as it will be my first break away this year.  There is about 27 of us heading to Dublin so i think its going to be quite a mad weekend…

I’m hoping to have a little free time as I’m looking at do a few things while I’m there and yes it will include a little bit of shopping.  I’m want to be a tourist and go see the following:

  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Dublin Hop on Hop off Bus Tour – these are a great way to see the city.
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Croke Park Stadium Tour

If anyone else have any other suggestions of things to do, places to visit or eat and drink that would be fab.  Also some good shopping haunts???

Hope you are all having a great Monday?

Lots of Love

Carina

XxX

Macmillan

It will be 4 years on 2nd June that I lost my dad, the last few years I’ve always done a Macmillan coffee morning but this year I wanted to do something different.  After looking over the website I saw they were doing some hikes, so I thought right I’ll I’m going to challenge myself and register and that’s what I have just done!
I will be part taking in the South Coast Mighty Hike 2016 on Saturday 11th June 2016.
There is a link below if you would like to donate, all donations are welcome large or small…..
Or text STEA67 with the amount to 70070
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend… And have lots of fun…
Lots of Love
Carina
XxX

Post New York

It’s been 2 days now that I’ve been back in the UK from my little holiday to New York.  I’m slowly getting back in to the UK time zone, but I booked today, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th so i know that i’ll be back to functionally normally…

Anyway back to what the post should be about! My holiday to New York! 


  OMG.. NEW YORK.. What a city!!  I have totally fallen in love with New York, London has now become my 2nd loved city…  I can honestly say that it was exactly how I thought it would be, hustle and bustle, the bright lights, the people the shopping.. It has the whole Sex and the City Vibe going on, I felt like I was my own Carrie Bradshaw element.  There is so much to see and do in New York and quite a lot of it is free, but there some attractions which you have to pay for, but if your there and you want to see these attractions then they are worth the money..

On the 5th Dec 2015 I did a Pre New York post, talking about how excited I was and what i plan on doing while i was there, we went for 4 nights 5 days so we had a good few days to cram in as much as we could.  I had a Sex and the City booked which i did on the 29th Dec, this was 3.5 hours long but it was good as you see some of the locations in which some of the series and the 1st film.  If you’re a SATC fan I would recommend this tour, as its good to go round and see some of the places that the girls have visited through out the series and the film.

So out of my list of things I wanted to do I completed the following:

  1. Sex and the City Tour
  2. Ground Zero & 9/11 Museum
  3. Grand Central Station
  4. Rockefeller Centre
  5. Central Park
  6.  Strawberry Fields & Dakota Building
  7. Times Square
  8. Bus Tour – Uptown, Downtown Tours & Night Tour
  9. And lots of Shopping 


I still have a few things to see and do in New York so its another reason for me to go back, it won’t be till 2017 so i have plenty of time to save.  I just love the city, its vibrant, trendy, great views, skyline, Designers, Fashion, Shopping it has everything and has something for everyone…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog, I’llpost some of my pics for you all to see..

Lots of Love

Carina

XxX