As much as I love coming home after a trip away, like many others I’m always prone to a stroke of the holiday blues. It’s always a little bit sad to get back to the everyday comings and goings of normal life. But alas holidays can’t last forever!

Spending a week choosing and sharing photos on Instagram always helps me keep those memories fresh and alive, inspiring me to keep writing and remembering all the wonderful things we did. I’m really enjoying getting to grips with the photo sharing app actually and as I’m working on improving¬†my photography it’s helping me focus on fine-tuning those skills. So IF for some crazy reason you are not following me on Instagram and missed all the photo fun, heres a round-up of some of my favourite snaps:

 

 

These are just a few of the many thousand, so I’m sure I’ll be posting the odd extra pic here and there when I find some hidden gems. So if you fancy following along you can find me on here – @jet.set.chick – or if you have any tips or know of any good blogs on photography do share, I’m always wanting to learn more!

Hope you’re having a good weekend, I’m back off to spend the day at the Saatchi Gallery in London, taking a break from looking behind the lens and instead enjoying my first love before the days of digital, the beautiful world of fine art.

Have a good Sunday!

 

 

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A few other commitments had popped up and I almost wasn’t going to make it to Copenhagen. But luckily, right at the last minute my plans fell through and I was able to grab my winter hat and coat just in time to join Mo and the gang in the Danish capital for a chilled out city break.

And that’s exactly what it was. We had no set agenda, just a map, warm shoes and we spent our days exploring the city landmarks on foot. Before delving into a heap of posts with all the finer details, I thought I’d share some images to give you a feel for the place.

Over the last week on Instagram, I posted some of my favourite shots from our trip, heavily influenced by the amazing architecture that Copenhagen is famous for, as well as shots that symbolised peace and calm – well for me anyway. It was a cold weekend, but the sun made it a nice kind of cold, perfect weather for strolling around, taking it easy. Lots of water, greenery and something we lack in cities back home – space.

In the spirit of peace and calm, I also thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share a pretty cool competition with you all…

The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking (available here) is a bestseller in the UK right now. One of my friends on Instagram even suggested it as a good read whilst I’ve been posting my #Copenhagen pics this week.

Have you heard of ‘hygge’ ??

Quite honestly, I hadn’t up until recently and then all of a sudden it seems to be everywhere! ‘Hygge’ is a word used to define the Danish idea of relaxation, indulgence and cosiness – exactly what we all need in life at this time of year! It does mean many other things too, it’s actually quite difficult to explain. It can mean eating, drinking, well-being… one of the definitions also sums up my trip: enjoying the good things in life with good people around you.

Best-served.co.uk, a tour company specialising in holidays to Scandinavia, have teamed up with Penguin books and are offering you the chance to see Copenhagen for yourself, learn hygge from the masters!!

They are sending two people to enjoy two nights at beautiful Hotel Kong Arthur in central Copenhagen, and also giving them a 72-hour Copenhagen Card so they can see the city, enjoy free public transport and more!

 

 

All you have to do is enter a few details here and you’re in! It takes no more than 5 minutes to enter and the competition is running until 31st December, a trip to Denmark would be a great way to start 2017, no?

So without further a-do, if you haven’t been following my Instagram, here’s everything you missed from our short break to the Danish capital:

 

 

The last time I did this was when we went to Brazil, I did a round up of Instagram pics purely so my Dad could see what was going on. Since then, he has in fact figured out social media(ish), so if it’s ok, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate him – well done Dad!! ūüôā

 

If you haven’t done so already, click here to enter the competition now¬†

*** Full T’s & C’s for the competition can be found here:¬†https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/competitions/2016/oct/win-a-trip-to-copenhagen/ ¬†– this post is sponsored by Best-served.co.uk, as always any sponsorships that are taken on are only done if I feel the content is beneficial for anyone who reads it.***

 

Have you been to Copenhagen? What did you think?

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I was finishing off my blog post on the ‘See Wales’ Sunday experience as part of the Traverse 16 weekend, re-sizing my images and I didn’t realise how many photos I had accumulated of Cardiff Castle. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed walking around and taking it all in whilst I was there.

It was first thing on a Sunday morning, I was first through the gates and I enjoyed an hour of peace and calm – all in the middle of a big city. So bizarre!

So, before publishing my piece on the amazing day that I had, I just wanted to share a collection of some of the photos I took of the Castle before setting off with the other bloggers for my day out:

(click on any image to flick through the slideshow)

 

 

 

Have you been to Cardiff Castle? What did you think? What other great castles are there I could visit?

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I’m off on my first International trip for 2016 this Saturday, back to a part of the world which for many years I called home.

I moved back to England in the summer of 1999 after having lived my whole life (up to that point obviously) in Saudi Arabia. My primary years spent living in the coastal town Jeddah, my secondary school years in the capital, Riyadh.

This trip will be my first¬†time back to the Middle East since coming here all those years ago. I’m not intentionally travelling for a nostalgic trip, but just being back in that part of the world will I’m sure bring back many happy memories.

We start in the UAE –¬†staying in Abu Dhabi, allowing ourselves some time to¬†check out Dubai, another place I visited in my younger years, way before the¬†rapid development and expansion of this super city¬†started.

After that, it’s¬†off to Saudi Arabia for a spiritual holiday. We’ll be headed to the holiest sites in the world for Muslims, situated in the¬†regions of Makkah and Madinah. Living in Riyadh I was fortunate enough to have both these cities practically on my doorstep, and I have visited them many times with my family throughout my childhood.

Like the UAE, the Saudi government are constantly expanding and regenerating the two holy sites (mosques) and the surrounding areas so I can imagine a lot of changes must have occurred in the last 16 years.

Although I’m having quite a hectic week trying to work, catch up with people and of course pack I thought I’d share a few old snaps I found. I’m quite looking forward to seeing how much has changed! (and to form my own opinion on whether its for better or for worse).

As much as I’d love to sit and spend the night reminiscing, I have some serious packing to take care of.

 

Anyone visited the places I’ve photographed above? Jumeirah beach seems to be the go to place for most people in Dubai these days… wonder if I’ll recognise it ūüėČ

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After taking a detour due to a police road block, we arrived at Llanuwchllyn –¬†knowing we had missed¬†our train. Luckily we had managed to navigate ourselves to the wrong station.

I say luckily, because the train we had missed was on its way here, so we may have been at the wrong place but it was at least the right time! Before we uttered the first word of our memorised plea, the conductor recognised our group size from the online booking and (after giggling at our stupidity) assured us we could still take a round trip. Phew!

Here are some of the pics I took from my first time on a steam train at Bala Lake Railway: View Post

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