My Dubai Travel Diary

𝑀𝒢𝓃-𝓂𝒢𝒹𝑒 𝒽𝑒𝒢𝓋𝑒𝓃. π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ύπ“ˆ π“Œπ’½π’Άπ“‰ π’Έπ‘œπ“‚π‘’π“ˆ π“‰π‘œ 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒹 π“Œπ’½π‘’π“ƒ 𝐼 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝓀 π‘œπ’» π’Ÿπ“Šπ’·π’Άπ’Ύ. π’Ÿπ‘œπ“ƒ’𝓉 𝓁𝑒𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 “𝓂𝒢𝓃-𝓂𝒢𝒹𝑒” 𝓅𝒢𝓇𝓉 π“…π“Šπ“‰ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π‘œπ’»π’» π“‰π’½π‘œπ“Šπ‘”π’½ π’·π‘’π’Έπ’Άπ“Šπ“ˆπ‘’ π‘œπ“ƒπ’Έπ‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š’𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒 π“Žπ‘œπ“Š’𝓁𝓁 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 π“Žπ‘œπ“Šπ“‡π“ˆπ‘’π“π’» 𝒾𝓃 π’Άπ“Œπ‘’ 𝒢𝓉 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝒢𝑔𝓃𝒾𝒻𝒾𝒸𝑒𝓃𝒸𝑒 π‘œπ’» 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓅𝓁𝒢𝒸𝑒. 𝐡𝓇𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 π“π’Ύπ‘”π’½π“‰π“ˆ, π’Έπ‘œπ“ƒπ“‰π“‡π’Άπ“ˆπ“‰π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” π“ˆπ‘œπ“Šπ“ƒπ’Ήπ“ˆ, π’Ώπ’Άπ“Œ-π’Ήπ“‡π‘œπ“…π“…π’Ύπ“ƒπ‘” π“ˆπ“€π“Žπ“ˆπ’Έπ“‡π’Άπ“…π‘’π“‡π“ˆ, π’»π‘œπ‘œπ’Ή π“Œπ‘œπ“‡π“‰π’½π“Ž π‘œπ’» π“ˆπ’Άπ“π’Ύπ“‹π’Άπ“‰π’Ύπ‘œπ“ƒ, π“‹π’Ύπ‘’π“Œπ“ˆ 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 π“ƒπ‘œ π‘œπ“‰π’½π‘’π“‡ 𝒢𝓃𝒹 π“…π“Šπ“‡π‘’ π“π“Šπ“π“Šπ“‡π“Ž π‘’π“‹π‘’π“‡π“Žπ“Œπ’½π‘’π“‡π‘’ π“Žπ‘œπ“Š π“π‘œπ‘œπ“€. π’œπ“π“ π“ˆπ‘’π“ƒπ“ˆπ‘’π“ˆ π“ˆπ“‰π’Ύπ“‚π“Šπ“π’Άπ“‰π‘’π’Ή. π’―π’½π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ύπ“ˆ π’Ÿπ“Šπ’·π’Άπ’Ύ.

Arrival

Flight: We boarded our early Friday afternoon flight from Larnaca airport to Dubai with Gulf Air and had a quick 1-hour layover in Bahrain.

Arrival in Dubai: We landed in Dubai around 8pm in the evening. First thought – “Wow this airport is huge”! We then made our away out of this massive structure and hailed a taxi to our hotel.

Hotel

Five – Palm Jumeriah
Our hotel was situated at the beginning of Palm Jumeriah

Luxe Suite with Sea View

Bathroom
Welcome spread
Glass of bubbly – perfect way to start our holiday
View from our balcony
Entrance of the hotel
Hotel entrance – bright and beautiful
Pool

We arrived at our hotel in the evening and as soon as we checked in and dropped our bags off we were eager to explore the hotel and maybe even have a cheeky cocktail or two.

We headed down to the bar at the beach called Praia and enjoyed a cocktail and of course some Shisha
G&T 🍸
Babe

We were so excited to be in Dubai that we forgot to eat and by the time our hunger pangs kicked in all the restaurants were closed and so our only option was room service – which we were not unhappy about πŸ™ˆ

Day 1

The first day in Dubai started like any other day – coffee and journal and on this occasion a traditional Arabic pistachio-filled date ✨

Morning Ritual ✨

We then headed down to the pool for a refreshing dip in the pool πŸ’¦

Absolute bliss

After a little swimming session we headed down to the beach

As beautiful as it was, we couldn’t stay at the beach as the temperature of the water was one that you would have a bath in ♨️

In the afternoon we hit Dubai downtown area. First stop was Dubai Aquarium.

In his element πŸ’™πŸ 
It was an amazing experience to see these beautiful creatures up close.
Photobombed

We then headed up to Burj Khalifa – tallest building on Earth

The height was dizzying but the view was spectacular
Couldn’t resist some cheesy holiday photography πŸ˜‚ 

We concluded the day with stroll near the Dubai Mall, dinner and fountain show.

Downtown Dubai

Day 2

The second day of our holiday started with breakfast and relaxing by the pool

This pool is goals πŸ₯° 
Soaking up the sun

In the evening we went for a stroll on JBR The walk and met up with a friend for dinner, drinks and of course more shisha

JBR

Day 3 – My Birthday

Our 3rd day in Dubai started early – 4am pick-up from our hotel, just in time to watch the sunrise while riding camels in the desert 🐫🌡

One of my happiest days ❀️
led through the desert by our Beduin guide
Desert fun

And now time for Arabian breakfast in the Beduin camp

Entrance of the Beduin camp
Breakfast

At lunch we headed back to JBR as we were so impressed the previous evening that we wanted to see in daylight too

and more food

In the evening we went to the penthouse bar in our hotel – I say with confidence that this is the best bar that I’ve been to so far in my life! Everything, the atmosphere, the drinks, the view, the music, absolutely everything was perfect!

We wrapped up my birthday and our final day in Dubai with a 5 course dinner in the beautiful Italian restaurant Quattro Passi

Overall, I had the most amazing experience in Dubai and will definitely be visiting again soon!

until next time x
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How to do Paris in 3 days

Paris! Not much else needs to be said. The capital of romance, fashion, luxury and all things glam. Everyone needs to visit Paris at some point in their lives. There’s so much to see, so much to learn, so much to experience!

This week I’d like to share with you our little trip to Paris and how we managed to squeeze the best of Paris in 3 days!

Outbound

Airport selfie! Every trip needs one πŸ˜€

 

 

 

Booking our flights to Paris couldn’t be easier. We found a great deal from Skyscanner.com. Two tickets, Manchester – Paris (with return) under Β£100!

Where we stayed

We stayed in Best Western hotel in Montmarte, 2 minute walk from the Sacre-Coeur. Upon arrival, we were so surprised about the size of the rooms. They were tiny! But, we got used to it pretty quickly as everything in Paris is super small πŸ™‚

Travel in Paris

To get around Paris we used the Metro. It got us pretty much everywhere we wanted to go, and at a very good price. I believe they have something similar to an oyster card but as tourists we just opted for purchasing single tickets everytime we wanted to travel. One ticket = One journey. Simple!

Day 1

Breakfast

Excited to wake up in Paris, we got ready and headed straight for the Eiffel Tower, obviously! On the way there however, we couldn’t resist theΒ cute little cafe’s and so we sat down for a traditional French breakfast. Creme coffee and a croissant. That croissant though!

Eiffel Tower

Then we saw it! The magical Eiffel Tower! My first impression was “My goodness, it’s so big!” haha. I have seen so so many pictures of it in my life, but nothing compares to seeing it in real life!

And then..Β the photos started flowing! You can never have too may pictures of the Eiffel Tower, right?

Sitting on a map, yes. Tourist hacks 101.

<3

Champs-Γ‰lysΓ©es &Β Arc de Triomphe

Then we headed for the famous Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe which is super close to the Eiffel Tower, about 5-10 minute walk.

Walking down Champs-Elysees was beautiful. Come early afternoon, we decided to sit down for a latte. This is a latte in Paris! Or more like a full-blown coffee flavoured milkshake πŸ˜€

And of course, macaroons!

Saint Michel

Pronounced Saint Michelle, this is the area where the Notre-Dame is located. We fell in love with this area! It was so lively and full of happy people. We loved the buzz.

Notre-Dame

Stunning!

And of course we ended the first day with a sugar overload! Just couldn’t resist a warm waffle with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Day 2

Breakfast

We arose to another carb-laden breakfast! French breakfast = croissants, pain au chocolate, baguettes etc (i.e. CARB OVERLOAD) while French people = super slim. Something doesn’t add up here πŸ˜€

Louvre museum

The spectacular Louvre museum!

My joy and pride <3

 

Many people who visit Paris only see the Louvre museum from the outside. If you go Louvre, you need to actually go into the museum! It is phenomenal!

 

Mona Lisa in all her glory.

Royal suite

Jardin des Tuileries

Although this looks very much like the Arc of Triamph, it’s actually the entrance to the Tuileries Gardens.

You can see the Eiffel Tower from the gardens.

Beautiful!

Arc de concorde

After the gardens we headed down to the arc of concorde.

Breathtaking.

Pit stop for coffee.

Cheese and wine o’clock

In the evening we headed down to a local brasserie in the Montmarte area.

 

I will never forget this moment. It was just so special. It was one of those moments were I just felt insanely grateful. I remember thinking to myself ” There is nowhere I would rather be in this moment than here”. In Paris, with the person I love, eating delicious cheese and drinking phenomenal wine. Five stars.

Day 3

On our final day in Paris, we woke up and had breakfast at the hotel. Although we were 2 minutes away from the Sacre-Coeur we left it to the last day of our trip.

This was one of the most beautiful cathedrals I’ve ever seen. The energy inside was unbelievable I remember feeling so calm and peaceful, I didn’t want to leave. Β But sadly they didn’t allow us to take pictures.

<3

While we were in the area we decided to explore it fully and just got lost basically!

Anyone who has been to Paris will know that the Parisian crepes are everywhere and they will haunt you until you get one.. or two!

Pantheon

And finally, we ended the trip with a visit to the Pantheon.

Beautiful.

Paris was absolutely wonderful and I cannot wait until I visit again! Obviously, there is so much more to see and experience, and so until next time xxx