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Friday, 18 August 2017

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide
Friday, 18 August 2017
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When I was at university studying for my undergraduate degree, all those years ago, I was lucky enough to have a year abroad in Strasbourg, France. Whilst I was there, I made friends with people from all over the world which obviously means ample opportunity for travel. One of the people I was closest to out there is my good friend Antonia, a German girl who lives in the heart of Bavaria, just outside the beautiful city of Nuremberg. I’ve been saying that I would go to Nuremberg and visit Antonia since I left France, and this month I finally did it and was able to reunite with my friend and also visit the most incredible German city.

I love a good bargain when travel is concerned so finding flights to Nuremberg from Manchester for just less than £40 return was pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned. I also had the added luxury of staying in Antonia and her boyfriend Benni’s beautiful apartment in Erlangan, a cute little town just ten minutes away from Nuremberg itself. Cheap trip, great people and a new city to explore? Yes, please.

Of all the cities I’ve visited this year (and there have been quite a few, albeit mostly French), I think that I’m going to take the plunge and say that Nuremberg has definitely been one of the best, if not THE best that I had the privilege of visiting. The entire city reminded me of Strasbourg, and had such a colourful and warming medieval vibe about it that I haven’t really personally witnessed outside of Alsace. Part of the appeal in going to Nuremberg, other than the much needed catchup with Antonia, was because of its amazing historical background, with the city famous for being the base for Hitler’s Nazi rallies before and during the Second World War. It was also where the famous Nuremberg trial (duh) took place. The places reeks of history and I was so excited to explore and unravel some of it. Day two of my trip to Germany took us straight into the midst of it all and I am so excited to share some of the amazing places we got to see.


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Our first stop was a trip to see the Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelaende (yes, they are real words!!!), which is a museum built on the grounds where the famous rallies took place. This was the one thing that I wanted to see the most when I was in Nuremberg, because of my fascination with the World Wars, and I am happy to say that the experience did not disappoint. With entry priced at just 3  with a student ID card (which, fortunately, I keep in my purse just in case, despite no longer actually being a student), it’s excellent value for money and well worth seeing. The museum is poignant and explains the relevance of Nuremberg during the war.  There’s a lot of information available to you, but with an audio-guide in hand you can pick and choose which exhibits you listen to and how much you expose yourself to. It’s quite heavy and really makes you think, but makes for a beautiful and informative experience. You also had the opportunity to look at the place where the rallies took place. It’s crazy to think that just decades ago, Adolf Hitler was stood in the same place giving his speeches to the masses. We were quite glad to do this at the start of the day, as we did leave feeling pretty down in the dumps, but I would definitely go back given the opportunity. We went early-doors, at around 10am, and it wasn’t too busy but I’ve heard that it gets quite packed in the afternoons so consider that when deciding when to take your trip there!


Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg


Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Having filled our historical quota for the day before lunch-time had even arrived, we drove back into the city and parked up ready to explore. Walking around the beautiful medieval city was fantastic and I can’t put into words just how beautiful the place is. The photos really do not do it justice. We ate lunch on the riverside in a beautiful Mexican restaurant and planned the afternoon ahead of us. We wandered around the city for around an hour before visiting Nuremberg castle, Kaiserburg Nürnberg, and took in the cityscape from the top. Again, the castle reminded me of being in Alsace and in Haut-Koenigsbourg so it was nice to see another, similar castle and have those lovely reminiscent feelings. Selfies taken, city scape viewed. Just look at that view.


Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Antonia had a sneaky look on her face when we were at the top of the castle and she revealed that she had a little plan in her head. She took me wandering through the winding Bavarian streets and finally, we arrived at Weissgerbergasse which is the prettiest street that I’ve seen in a long time! We grabbed ice-cream and wandered around, taking lots of photos and enjoying the views. 

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We wandered back to the centre and came across the Altstadt, where there’s a beautiful church. One of my favourite attractions wasn’t actually an attraction at all. It was a gorgeous metal map of the city, perfectly adapted so that blind people can use it to help them with directions. It was a really beautiful touch and it was lovely to see a scaled model of the city. We finished up the day with a little window shopping, wandering back through the Old Town again.

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg

Travel: A Day in Nuremberg - The Travel Guide | Hollie in Wanderlust | Travel Blogger | City Guide | Nürnberg


I think I have well and truly fallen in love with this city and I can’t wait to return next year.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Beauty: Curls for a Good Cause with GHD #BreastCancerNow

Beauty: Curls for a Good Cause with GHD #BreastCancerNow
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
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Of all of the events that I’ve attended over the years, I think my favourite ones to go to are hosted by Natalie at the Liverpool John Lewis counter of GHD. There’s absolutely nothing better than learning all about hair and different styles; all the more so if there’s a charity to support at the end of it all. Along with Danielle, Josie and Amy, pink lemonade in hand, we joined Natalie at the GHD counter, excited to learn all about the amazing work GHD has been doing in support of Breast Cancer Charities, particularly Breast Cancer Now.


Inspired by the pink infusion tone that has been popular EVERYWHERE recently, GHD have taken a leaf out of a lot of brands books to get involved in supporting research into global breast cancer charities. Since starting this collaboration 13 years ago, GHD has raised over 10 million pounds and have brought out a limited edition Pink Blush Collection with some of the proceeds going towards additional Breast Cancer Research.


Natalie talked us through the new collection and told us all about the work that GHD are doing with Little Princess Trust, collecting hair donations to make wigs for children suffering from cancer related hair-loss. In light of this, the new collection’s how-to content focuses on shorter hairstyles. My hair is no where near long enough for hair donation, unfortunately, but I’m almost tempted to have the chop anyway just so I can style these beautiful trends.


Of course, it wouldn’t be a GHD event with Natalie if she didn’t take the time to style our hair. My hair is incredibly thick so I’m usually a bit apprehensive to have curls put in it, for fear of making the stylist work on my hair for hours at a time. With loose curls in mind, Natalie worked wonders and my hair was beautifully curly in less than half an hour and I was all set to go out and about on the town.



You can purchase the new GHD Pink Blush Collection on GHD stands and online. Prices vary but each product includes a donation to a Cancer Research Charity.  


Friday, 11 August 2017

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Friday, 11 August 2017
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I am the queen of spontaneous book purchases; it has to be said. I’m also a sucker for pretty book covers. Combine the two, and right there is the reason why my bookshelves are so overflowing with unread books. Sue me. Following this pattern, this month saw the purchase of the most beautiful looking book I’ve seen in a very long time: We are Okay by Nina LaCour.

I’m going to start off by saying that this book was one that I absolutely could not put down. Having read a book in which Nina LaCour had collaborated with before, I thought I was oh-so-familiar with her style of writing and naturally, I was very optimistic. Nothing could have prepared me for the beautifully written prose that We Are Okay is all about.

The story concerns itself with the few months following the death of our protagonist’s Marin’s grandfather, and the difficulties she faced after isolating her friends and everyone who cared deeply for her. Having lost her mother when she was a young child, Marin is no stranger to grief but losing her grandfather seems to have had an inexplicable affect on her mental and emotional health and wellbeing, to the point where she isolates even her best friend, Mabel, a girl with whom she had an experimental, romantic relationship. Immediately after learning of her grandfather’s passing she reorganises her flight to New York, where she will be starting college shortly, and leaves everything she has known behind. The story picks up with the arrival of Mabel to her student residence over the Christmas break and follows their reunion, uncovers their grief and explores relationships in a way that I have never before been witness to.

The book skips backwards and forwards between the past and the present day, uncovering different aspects of Marin’s life and exploring the relationship that she has with Mabel. We learn of how their friendship blossomed from nothing into a strong, loving and trusting one, and how it fell apart after the demise of Marin’s grandfather. We witness the rebuilding of this relationship, slowly and delicately, culminating in an entirely different sort of bond. The writing style if beautifully effortless and the characters are ones with which you form an instant bond.

I absolutely loved this story and devoured it in a very short and enjoyable sitting. I found myself wishing that there was more to the story and finishing the tale left me feeling devastated but full of hope.


5/5