Summer 2014, you are wonderful.

Summer 2014 has been wonderful so far, I’ve been on various trips which can be counted as some of the amazing experiences of my life so far. Besides all the travelling, I hope to receive my driving license before I move back to uni, as I found myself preoccupied with a fairly intensive driving course and having passed my driving theory test not so long ago! PHEW. so fingers crossed.

In my spare time, as you probably know I hopped on the train and commuted frequently to Cardiff. HOW I MISS THAT CITY. As I am trying to find out the perfect place for afternoon tea, Pettigrew Tea Rooms is located in the beautiful Bute Park at the city center by the Cardiff Castle (some pictures of the park can be found HERE). It has been rated the top tearoom in Cardiff, so being a foodie like myself couldn’t resist the temptation. Last week I also discovered an organic food/bar called Milgi. Being a huge fan of healthy and organic products, I stopped by on a Friday night which was surprisingly busy for a bar of its size on City road. What I loved about the place is that not only it has the eco-feel reflected in its interior design as well as the mugs/cups of the drinks it serves but also it’s a relatively quiet place to enjoy drinks between friends and family as opposed to the main stream pubs/clubs which are pretty rowdy on weekend. Places like these are hard to find these days.20140724_161608_副本IMG_20140801_215043_副本

Sunshine in Rhodes, Greece

 Just came back from the sunny Greek island that I previously mentioned, I had an amazing time and cannot wait to blog all about it!

Rhodes (Rodos) is an amazing island, very close to Turkey which explains the theme of its building and culture being somewhat different from previous island that I’ve visited. It’s full of history, having found that out in a museum I visited; rather truly amazing to see the changes of the island throughout different period! Any cultural lovers are highly recommended to visit.

OLD TOWN

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So we spent every morning wandering around old town, it’s surprisingly big and can get easily lost if you don’t have a map (which we didn’t at the time but thankfully a kind local shopkeeper gave us a map of the old town). As some might already know, one of the sites worth to see is the Grand Master’s Palace, I will post some picture of its interior design in the upcoming post.

overlooking to the Harbour
Overlooking to the Harbor

I found the locals are super welcoming, I visited this local cosmetic boutique as I wanted to buy some handmade soap. Yanni, the owner who kindly guided us to his favourite coffee shop in one of the small lanes of Rodos,  there we had the BEST Freddo Cappuccino ever!

IXIA BEACH 

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Ixia was the place where we stayed, I really liked the location as it is close to Rhodes Town (approx 8 euros by taxi and 2 euro by bus). This spot is also perfect for watersports as shown in the picture above, there were ALOT of windsurfers and during our second day, the waves were huge!! Oh, and of course, another amazing feature about Rhodes, Ixia?

THE PERFECT VIEW OF SUNSET
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the perfect ending
the perfect ending.

Magnificent isn’t it? I don’t think the pictures do the justice. My first sunset pictures, it was breathtaking! We actually ended our last day in Rhodes on the roof top of our hotel with Champagne, salmon pasta whilst over-watching the sunset, couldn’t ask for another perfect end to our holiday!  

 

Discovering the Welsh life – St Fagan’s

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IMG_0652IMG_0663It’s a pity that I haven’t visited this place sooner during my time at Cardiff university. St Fagan’s, ah I remember the days when I visited with school on a Welsh trip, this place is a perfect spot for family day out, educational tours for discovering the ancient Welsh life. I think it’s the biggest open air museum in Wales, and of course the best thing about this place to visit is that it’s free, besides the travel expenses which I paid £3.00 catching the bus from Cardiff Central station.

It is indeed a wonderful place especially on a sunny day, as you can see, there are picturesque sceneries almost everywhere you go. For nature lovers or photography fanatics like myself, this  is heaven.

 

 

Here Comes Summer

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(pictures taken at Bute Park, Cardiff)

Officially the end of the term, how time flies! I have finally completed my first year in Law school. The whole experience would be described as the most challenging, emotional, crazy & fun! As I finished packing and returned my keys back to the residence’s office, I felt an overwhelming emotion. Sad, for saying goodbye to all of the friends I made at university ( particularly it would be rather strange not seeing all of my crazy flatmates around and our weekend cookery sessions which usually turn into a disaster then a huge clean up session followed right after). Of course the freedom of living on my own! Yet again, as I should probably make another announcement, I am super excited for my upcoming trips this summer.

First destination: Rhodes Island, Greece. Great pictures and travel tips will be posted! 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Let there be light / colourful watercaves

I’m really glad this week’s topic came up in the Weekly Photo Challenge, I’ve been wanting to show you guys my adventure to Benxi watercaves from my summer holiday to China. It’s amazing how the illumination of the light shown in this water cave, very clever of them to think of such a beautiful idea! enjoy!

(These photos were captured by my Samsung Galaxy S4)

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Tour around campus

It was a lovely day in Cardiff, so I decided to take some pictures around campus like I promised! I love the university park because it’s rare to have a quiet space in the city, but in Cardiff we have the best park! As soon as you enter, the city atomsphere disappears and you can just get your mind wonder indulging in nature. I was born a city girl but having spent my 8 years in the welsh countryside, I realised the importance of having a good balance of city life and peace! So here, I feel like home.

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Below is a picture of my hall from the outside, I love it! We also have a private garden and even a cat! Guys, feel free to ping back with pictures of your favourite spot at whichever university you attend! I would love to see them!
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Weekly Photo Challenge : Inside – Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

It’s time for my favourite post again! This week’s photo challenge, I would like to share the inside of the Catherine Palace. That’s right! Mum and Dad went to visit Russia this summer during which I was in China at the time. This awesome grandeur can almost rival the magnificent Versailles, I think I’ve run out of adjectives to describe all those breath-taking interior decorations!

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INSIDE:

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