Tenerife – A Magical Island

Summer 2015 has finally began with a family holiday in Tenerife, Spain. As many of you might know, unlike other ‘normal’ British holidaymakers, Spain was never a top destination on my list and by this, I don’t mean any insult to the country itself (it is a rather beautiful place actually.* emphasis added*)

From above, soon after the captain’s safety announcement for landing. I was captured by the amazing landscape of the island and its stunning coastlines. On our way to the hotel, I cannot help but to admire my surroundings in the back of the taxi, especially those gigantic palm trees along side of the road, the green shaded leaves contrasting the red roof of that typical Spanish houses. So tropical and picture perfect.

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Tenerife is a wonderful island with plenty interesting sights perfect for all types of holiday makers. My family, especially my dad who loves visiting different sights, had once again, decided to rent a car to see the entire island. Although I am aware that most holidaymakers prefer chilling by the pool and making the most of their ‘all inclusive package deals’. ( I don’t blame you!). For me, I felt that the opportunity to visit various parts of the island was too good to miss. While there are excursions that you can book directly from the hotel, I would recommend hire a car for its convenience and that the map/road signs around the island were fairly straight forward.

El Teide 

One of the sites highly recommended by the locals, the lady at the hotel reception could not stress enough for us to visit. According to Wikipedia: Mount Teide is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Its 3,718-metre summit is the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the islands of the Atlantic. Although I do admit that the drive around the mountains were pretty scary and narrow, at one point it certainly felt the road to the El Teide National Park was endless and kept reminding myself not to look down. But I promise, once you reach the destination, the view was magnificent!

By the foot of El Teide, you may take a cable car which takes you to the summit. By this point, I had almost forgotten how high we climbed in the car and was curious enough to purchase a ticket to see view from El Teide. Unfortunately, me being my usual self and not wearing the appropriate footwear and clothing, being the only one wearing ballet flats and a dress amongst a bunch of hiking fanatics in their fancy hiking gears. I couldn’t do any actual climbing so I rested by the entrance area near the rocky patch and enjoyed myself there.

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El Drago

the thousand year old dragon tree, it was another hidde  treasure of the island. Located far away in a little town called Icod de los vinos. You may find great wine and lots of souvenirs at a much cheaper price compared to other parts of the island .

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possibly another breathtaking view of the cliffside near the west side of the island. By the time we reached there was at sunset and the view was magnificent! I certainly fell in love with everything on the island.
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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.

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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! 

Shopping and Spa day in China

13 hours later, I arrived at Sheng Yang airport and picked up by mum at the arrival gate. I almost slept through my plane journey which is a good decision since the on-flight entertainment system wasn’t so good. One of my ability that I boast about is the fact that  never have or had jet lag. Ever. There I was finding myself shopping around the busiest high street with mum and went for sushi the very next day. Oh and IT. WAS. YUMMY. I almost forgot how cheap it i to dine out in China; even something like sushi which is a treat to an ordinary student like myself during my time in Britain.

In the last two days,  l literally ‘shopped until I dropped’ as I;ve ben feeling rather tired around 8pm after a long shopping trip! Photos will be up soon showing my latest purchase another day. Today, I visited my great-grandmother, it would be rude not to especially  the sole purpose of this trip was to celebrate her 90th birthday. She was not informed that I’m back for this event, therefore I was greeted with such a surprised look when she opened the door! WHAT A SPECIAL MOMENT.

Besides that, I visited a spa nearby with mum. We treated ourselves with a massage, milk and honey treatment and later a korean styled sauna (forgive me for calling this, it sounds silly but it’s basically a sauna with a korean styled room with a tea-table in the middle, so naturally we had tea!) Oh the feeling afterwards, unbeatable! You feel like loosing 5 pounds off weight! It was such a treat in the cold weather!  

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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Next Summer Destination- Rhodes, Greece

 

In between my tutorial preparation, I’ve been given myself some break to think about all the places I would like to go next summer. Somewhere historical with plenty sight seeing, lovely sunshine and beautiful beaches! I’ve never visited Spain before but the idea of many party towns is a little off putting for me because I’m not a big drinker. Having looked around, I decide to make Rhodes, Greece my next destination.

In my research of Rhodes, Lindos is the prettiest looking place but since it is so far away from the main attractions and the airport. I will be staying in the middle of Rhodes town where there is a castle & Old town which is a small town full of history dating back to the Middle- Ages ( my favourite era) and many more! It will be perfect!