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Live the moment!

To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Anderson

Hello everyone! This is the third part of our ScotlandRoadTrip! As I said earlier everything was pre planned for this trip but no amount of research can beat the actual experience. This day was mostly spent driving around the edges of the Loch Ness. But we did not go Nessie hunting in the lake this time. The day started with a trip via the A82 on the eastern shores of the Loch Ness to the Urquhart Castle. This beautiful castle sits just beside the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. I will highly recommend going to this castle when you are in the Scottish Highlands. Unlike all the castles which are magnificent this castle’s beauty is somewhat different.

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The dramatic Urquhart Castle!

Urquhart Castle if I had to sum it up in words, I would say that this castle is very dramatic, mostly in ruins, but has a grand tower with a stunning view of the iconic Loch Ness. The castle has been witness to quite a few momentous events in Scottish history. The remains and the ruins take you back in the medieval period and you get a glimpse of the happenings, and if you are like a day dreamer like me then you would definitely be successful in going back in time. :P. We managed to reach early in the morning to avoid the peak hours when all the tour coaches arrive as we wanted to see and shoot the picturesque place when it was less crowded. The whole place has to be explored by walking, but it is not a very big area and can be even covered by people with less mobility (except the grand tower). The day was sunny and we had a wonderful time together exploring the castle, taking some good shots

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The view of the Loch from the castle!

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I have smelt better flowers before :)

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Enjoying the view and the weather was fantastic :)

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And then enjoying lying on the grass :)

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I love this shot!

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The whole trip was all about enjoying the beauty of the drive through out the Scottish Highlands. After leaving the castle we kept driving northwards along the A82, listening to good music, snacking, taking some shots and living the moment for which I am known among my closed ones hehe! 🙂

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outfit perfect for a road trip! :)

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Road trips are not measured by mile markers but by moments!

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The man behind my stunning shots and the reason for my glowing skin :P

fter the wonderful drive along the Loch, we reached Inverness, often considered the capital of the highlands. Inverness is 30 mins from Urquhart Castle. So if you plan to visit Urquhart castle, Inverness is a must visit or vice versa. The name “Inverness” comes from the gaelic ‘Inbhir Nis’ which means “Mouth of the Ness”, it’s not difficult to guess where that comes from. We had some refreshments, as Raj got to take a break from his driving. We had a little romantic time sitting on the river bank opposite the Inverness castle as we gladly gave the castle a miss, as I did not want to spoil the moment :). The Inverness castle looks so so pretty from outside but unfortunately there was some construction work was going on, so half of the building was scaffolded thus ruining our shot of the beautiful Castle.

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Inverness Castle!

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Inverness!

Tomatin Distillery coming to Scotland and not visiting a distillery is like playing cricket without a bat. hehe! Do make a point to visit at least one of the many lovely distilleries because this is the land of scotch whisky. Scotch is a combination of just three ingredients Water, Barley and Yeast (and time of course). Yet each distillery produces the golden liquid with it’s own distinctive taste. So after we left Inverness, it was time to visit Raj’s favourite spot in the highlands! We spent the better part of the afternoon tasting and buying some good scotch. :). we have the tour a miss as we had done it on our previous trip to Scotland (and we also had to save time and head towards our next distillery).

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Welcome to the Tomatin Distillery!

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Bye bye!

So after Tomatin we headed to another distillery and this one is one of the most popular distilleries in the highlands, The Dalwhinnie Distillery. I cant express in words how beautiful the drive was from the Tomatin distillery to this place. A good part of drive was through a narrow road lined yellow flowers on both the sides  with streams meandering through the fields; it seemed like the path is taking us to some dream place. The distillery falls in the village of Dalwhinnie. In the distillery you can see the making of the malt whisky and of course you can also take the whisky tour where they will give you a vivid explanation about the process involved in the making. Raj was so happy to get what he was looking for; some limited edition stuff . Of course he could only take a very small sip as he was driving. In fact I got to do a fair bit of tasting on behalf of him :). Who wants to learn driving? Finally, as content customers we bid adieu to the beautiful place with some lovely memories of a day well spent as we headed back towards Fort William. If you visit the highlands you should visit any of these, each one has it’s own distinctive place in the single malt map- Dalwhinnie, Ben Nevis, Tomatin, Glenfiddich, GlenLivet, Macallan, Glenmorangie and a few more.

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The beautiful drive to the Dalwhinnie Distillery!

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Up for a drink anyone?

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It is also a nice place to take photos :P

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Our day3 journey went quite quite well and on the way back home we visited  a small boutique cafe in the village and had some food 🙂

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The cute boutique cafe in the village!

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On the way back!

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Enjoy our travel moments through these beautiful shots!

Have a lovely week ahead everyone!

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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Hi all! This one is mainly for the ladies. But it should be a good read for the gents too if you are looking to surprise your other half with some nice beauty products. So I went for some makeup shopping and all the ladies out there probably have been in the same situation when you go out for makeup shopping; you feel like trying and buying everything. 😛 This time I tried some products from a brand which I have heard a lot  about but hadn’t tried before. It is Guerlain, a French perfumes, skincare and cosmetic brand which is among the oldest in the world (as per Wikipedia). So here are some Guerlain makeup products which I am sure you will all like. 🙂

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Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder (Sun Blondes 04)

Before buying a bronzer the two things which should be kept in mind are, whether you are going to use it for contouring or to get a sun kissed look! If you are looking for contouring always go for one shade darker than your skin tone. However, as I was searching for a good sun kissed look this one from Guerlain was the best for me. This is a 5 shade mosaic bronzing powder consisting of pinks and tans. This bronzer is a bit different from the standard brown bronzers. If you apply this then you don’t have to think about using any blusher as this gives a very nice rosy sheen to your skin.The packaging is classy, it has a mirror inside but does not come with an applicator. The texture is fine and blends very easily which has been the primary criteria in my hunt for a good bronzer. It does not  create any patchiness on application and gives a very smooth look on the skin.The powder is extremely pigmented and the plus point is, it stays longer.

 Tips for bronzers: If you are looking for a neutral or brown contouring type bronzer then I would say look out for something like Benefits Hoola. If you are looking for a bronzer which serves both as a bronzer as well as a blusher then I am sure you will love this one.

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Guerlain Rouge Automatique- 165 Champs Elysees

This is a very elegant red or you can even say a raspberry pink which looks amazingly beautiful on application. The formula feels smooth, creamy and very moisturising. This colour can be paired with several makeup looks. I am personally a matte finish lover and usually don’t go for creamy formulations but this one has really conquered my heart with its nice creamy formulation which stays on for long. At the time of buying I thought this is probably not a good buy for me as I don’t like smooth lipsticks then I explained to myself that I should always give it a try. Now I really think I would have missed something beautiful which has changed my mind on cream based lipsticks. When it comes to the packaging I can only say one thing and that is, the classiness justifies the name of the product. There is a square pull which slides down and pulls down the lid like a trapdoor while pushing out the lipstick in one smooth movement. Give it a try, you will love it.

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Guerlain Terracotta lip gloss – 06 Ebene

 I am not a fan of gloss or creamy formulation, rather I always look out for matte finish. So trying this was an experiment against my affinity towards mattish things. This Ebene shade from their lip gloss range has a very nice consistency and is quite pigmented compared to the other shades I tried from Guerlain. The shade is somewhat ambered bronze. Its like a glossy lip balm and the what I liked most in this gloss is that it is non sticky. I really don’t like the sticky aspect of a lip gloss. The only thing which I did not like was the applicator. I somehow did not feel very comfortable with it, however it might not be the same for you. I liked the packaging and the design of the tip is very stylish.

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Hope you will get what you are looking for and if you have never tried Guerlain products I will suggest go and give them a try and I am sure you will love them.

Have a lovely day with your loved ones.

Spread positivity and don’t think about what happens tomorrow, live the moment, live your life to the fullest.

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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”Travelling- It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a story teller.”- Ibn Battuta

Hi everyone! So if you have followed my previous post (if not click here to see the start of our Scotland Road trip). On this post I am sharing our experience of a trip to The Isle of Skye from the highlands. So the day began with a marvellous view of Lake Lochy surrounded by the green mountains! Ah! Morning coffee in my hand, me in my pjs 😛 and a view from the window to die for, what else do you need to make your travel holiday a memorable one? I could have sat there the whole day but of course, that was not possible as we had big plans for the day ahead of us. After getting ready, my husband made me the yummiest breakfast and I was already starting to feel a bit spoiled on my holiday :). All set, we were ready to start our drive to Isle Of Skye with plans to halt at the amazing Eilean Donan Castle which is on the way from Fort William to Isle Of Sky!

Isle Of Skye is every photographer’s choice for capturing rocky landscapes and some picturesque villages surrounded by beautiful mountains and cliffs and not to be missed the magnificent medieval castles to explore as a true traveller. 🙂 So if you think you like a blend of both, then Isle of Skye could be your ideal destination.

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Beauty of Isle Of Skye!

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I just want to travel the whole world with this person by my side

Eilean Donan Castle was our first stop. Actually I always wanted to visit this castle as I have seen so many marvellous pictures of it and from then onwards the beauty of Eilean Donan Castle has just dragged my interest towards it. This is one of the most iconic attractions to visit in the Scottish highlands and it was well worth the trip. It was raining quite heavily in the morning so we couldn’t stop at the view points on the way but the drive to the castle was fantastic with the road winding through some amazing rugged terrain through the mountains. It can get a bit busy though as the road ultimately leads to the only bridge to the Isle of Skye. The castle is surrounded by some majestic scenery. As we reached there, it was drizzling a bit, the rain drops on the river on which the castle sits was looking beautiful, I guess writing and photography cannot do justice! Somethings in life just need to be enjoyed through your eyes:) After clicking some pictures for the Blog and some for personal memories we had coffee and sandwiches at the cafe with a view of the Castle from the window. You all must be thinking this girl always talks about views and views haha! Yes I do because I am a view lover 🙂

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Picturesque!

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Frame that!

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Portree

was our next stop. It is a beautiful harbour town and probably the largest town in Isle of skye. The whole place  is surrounded by mountains and the harbour is a fantastic place to settle down for lunch. All the restaurants face the harbour so here again, enjoying the food with an awesome view of the harbour is what I had in mind. But honestly the food we had in one of the restaurants was the worst in this whole trip. All of them serve lunch till 2pm but we were slightly late and our main restaurant of choice (the Sea Breeze Restaurant) was not serving lunch anymore. After the lunch, we walked up towards the town centre where there is a beautiful spot to take pictures of the harbour with the pastel coloured houses/ restros. The best way to visit The Isle of Sky is to stay there for a day or two but since it was just a dray trip for us, we had to set off on a 3 hour amazing drive along the coastline of the Isle of Skye.The picturesque drive up north from Portree along the A855 through to Uig and back down via the A87 is not to be missed if you are on a day trip to The Isle of Skye. There are plenty of attractions on the way including the Fairy Glen, hike up the Old Man of Stor for some spectacular view of the surroundings. But we missed all of that as we were bit short of time.

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Portree! I love the pastel colours

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looks nice but tasted yuckyyy!

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Here are some clicks we collected on the various points of our road journey! I have already lived the moment and now I am sharing them with you all as memories from my Scotland diaries. I hope you all enjoy! 🙂

Have a lovely week ahead everyone and as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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A roadtrip is worthwhile! :)

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breathtaking!

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So windy it was!

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loved the drive!

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Jacket is a must as the whole place is windy all the year!

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Like a traveller! love the shot!

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Yes I use GoPro Hero4 for my videos!

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A view to die for!

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Diaries of a wanderlust!

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Dinner on the way back! Loved my mussels! do you guys like?

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A drive to remember forever!

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Isle of Skye Bridge

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Speechless!

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This was the view I used to enjoy every morning with my coffee and me in my pj’s :P

Outfits: all old clothes.

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“To Travel Is To Take A 

Journey Into Yourself’’ 

                                    -Danny Kaye

I guess speechless should be an understatement when describing Scotland! The beauty of Scotland has taken my breath away. We have travelled to so many places so far but this trip will be very close to my heart forever and that too for good reasons :). Yes as you can make an idea from the title of the post, we did a Scotland road trip. We have never done a road trip before and after coming back from the trip I am just looking forward to do it again in the near future. 🙂

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Travel plan from London to Glasgow (Scotland)

We boarded a morning flight from London Stansted airport to Glasgow. Flight time is just over an hour and by the time you feel like getting settled inside the flight you have to gear up for landing :P. But if you are an expert sleeper like me, you can still sneak in a half an hour nap in between. hehe! After landing, we walked towards the car rental counters straight away to collect our pre booked car which was going to be our companion for the rest of the trip. We booked with Avis car rentals and we were quite satisfied with their service. There are many other car rental companies at the airport apart from Avis, choose any one as all have similar services and facilities. This business is quite popular in Scotland as travellers/ tourists like to drive through out the highlands and other beautiful parts of Scotland. It actually makes sense to hire a car, as it offers you a lot of flexibility to admire the beauty of Scotland at our own pace. You can stop your car, get down and take some lovely photos of the beautiful nature and be off on your way again; which is exactly what we did. There are also guided tours from the cities which we did the last time we came to Scotland but trust me this time we have seen a different Scotland. The car makes a big difference in your travel at least in Scotland but yes if you want to see and feel the historical place in a short span of time then taking the guided tours won’t be too bad. The choice is yours :).

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Visit Stirling Castle

While mapping our travel plan, we wanted to start with a visit to Stirling Castle on the way from Glasgow to The Highlands. So as we came out of the city and drove towards the motorway leading to Stirling, I started noticing the greenery all around. It actually felt great as we were moving away from the hustle and bustle of the biggest city in Scotland. After reaching the castle, we parked our car in front (parking chargeable) of the castle and bought the tickets to enter the beautiful Stirling Castle. We enjoyed and explored the history of the castle and walked along the cobblestoned streets inside. The castle sits on top of a cliff and the view from the castle of the entire countryside around it is magnificent. It takes around 2 hours to go around the main parts of the castle after which we decided to have lunch in the Unicorn cafe inside the castle grounds. The lunch was very good and we departed as very satisfied customers towards our farmhouse cottage where we had booked to stay for the night.

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A Farm House Cottage To Stay

Leaving the Stirling Castle behind us we reached the farmhouse (about 15 minute drive from the castle) where we stayed in a beautiful Scandinavian style wooden cottage. The place was really cute, the cottage was nice and attached to it there was a lovely garden and a big patio where you can simply sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the view of the farmhouse and the animals grazing on the green grass. Oh what a lovely sight it was. When we woke up the next morning, Raj and I went for a morning walk following the trails which actually lead to the adjacent forest. Being a view lover I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the farmhouse. After finishing our breakfast we loaded the car with our luggages and some nibbles to enjoy on the way and headed towards our next destination.

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Some Beautiful Spots on the Way to Fort William

As this was a road trip, we have not only enjoyed the drive but loved the stops at the different spots and view points on this entire trip. Our first stop was the

  1. Doune Castle, it is in the village Doune which falls under Stirling district. The castle belongs to the medieval period and over time it has gradually become a roofless ruin and is now maintained by Historic Scotland, a lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment . This castle has been featured in literary works like Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Waverly” amongst others. You may all know about the popular TV series The Game Of Thrones but do you know? Doune Castle was used for filming some of the Winterfell shots in the pilot episode. I think many of you will now be more interested to visit the place :). After taking some good photos of the castle and of course myself (hehe!) we moved onwards our next point.

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  1. For some refreshments we halted at the Trossachs Woolen Mill & Weaving Shed , a beautiful place for taking a break, meeting and admiring the cute Hamish (The oldest highland bull in Britain), the old weaving machines and of course, the  wonderful view of the green mountains covered with greenery which was surely the icing on the cake. The landscape was starting to get more and more beautiful. Scotland is all about admiring the nature’s beauty and for that you don’t have to visit all the castles and the touristy places, just enjoy the moment and the beauty of your surroundings.

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  1. Loch Lubnaig , A point well worth the stop , if you follow me on Instagram, you will have probably seen this breathtaking shot and yes it was taken here at Loch Lubanig near Callander, the first of the many Lochs (means Lakes in Scottish Gaelic language) we visited on our trip. I will insist a stop over here for some good photography is a must. The lake is surrounded by the mountains, there is a beautifully maintained pebbled beach on the shores of the lake and the best part is that there are some rocks at ankle deep water on which you can stand and take some mind blowing photos creating an illusion as if you are literally standing on the water in the middle of the lake, as I did. 😛

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OUTFIT : Through out the trip I have chosen to wear super comfy clothes and a cap of course to save me from a bad hair day :p. and the backpack served me very well. It is easy to carry, spacious to pack loads yet stylish for me to team with all the outfits I wore in this trip. 🙂

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  1. Killin Village and The Falls Of Docharts, this was our next halt for some yummy lunch. I was in love with this cute village at the Falls of Docharts which is at the western end at the Loch Tay. Loch Tay is very popular for fishing. Killin village is a good base for taking walks, water sports, fishing and wildlife because it is situated at the edge of the Ben Lawyers National Nature Reserve and the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. We really enjoyed our lunch at The Falls of Dochart Inn which is right next to the falls, enjoying the gushing water of the falls through the windows. Here are some clips from Killin village. Now it was time to head towards Glen Coe Visitor Centre in the highlands.

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  1. Glencoe Visitor Centre- Driving through the magnificent Glencoe area, its an amazing   experience to see the towering mountains and the valleys all around. Glen Coe visitor centre is mainly an information centre from where one can get all the information regarding the walking, climbing, wildlife and other adventurous activities of your interest. We relaxed a bit and had some coffee and cake and by that time we were so so tired, we headed directly towards our apartment which was near Fort William. After reaching there, I felt like I was in a  dream. The apartment was beside Loch Lochy surrounded by the mountains on the north. The perfect end to a wonderful day.

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The next morning I woke up, a cup of coffee in my hand and a view to die for!

Stay tuned to see and know what happened next in our Scotland trip and which other wonderful places we visited 🙂

Until then have a wonderful week ahead

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable 🙂

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Outfit 1(at the castle)- Jeans: Zara | Top: Esprit | Bomber Jacket: Gift from my mum-in-law| Trainers: Nike

Outfit 2(farmhouse)- sports wear- Hooded jacket: Hollister | Track pants: Adidas | Trainers: Nike

Outfit3 – Jeans: Esprit| T-Shirt: Trespass| Shoes: old| jacket- Zara| Cap:Adidas

 

 

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The first two things that come to my mind when I imagine about Cambridge are, it is a fantastic university town with wide open beautiful green grasses and it is place where you can spend a lazy summer day punting on the river Cam. Cambridge is one of my favourite destinations in England. I have been here several times with my husband and spent some quality time with him, so I thought of doing this post and sharing some tips for your first visit to Cambridge.

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Getting To Cambridge From London

There are several options for getting to Cambridge from London. Taking a train or driving  are possibly the best and most convenient ways. We drove from London which takes around 1 hour and 15 mins, but beware, parking charges in the city centre are very high unless you take a park & ride service from the outskirts of the city. Alternatively, there are frequent services from the King’s Cross Station and the Liverpool Street Station. If you are coming for the first time or planning a day trip to Cambridge then taking the train could also be a wise option.

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Top Things To See And Do In Cambridge

Cambridge is well known for it’s colleges and punting on the river Cam, so sharing here some must do things in Cambridge!

  1. Trinity College : Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII and is the largest college in Cambridge. Trinity alumni consists of great noble prize winners, royalty, politicians, amongst other famous personalities. The Wren Library of the Trinity college holds some masterpieces which include Shakespeare’s works, manuscripts of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, Isaac Newton’s personal library and some other great masterpieces. The college looks beautiful and standing in front of the building fills you with awe towards this great institution.
  1. King’s College:  The other most famous college in Cambridge, Kings College is also known for its Neo-gothic architecture and a magnificent chapel and choir. The inside is vast with beautiful stained glasses and its renowned for its christmas eve programme. Colleges are typically closed to visitors during the examinations, last week of May and first week of June.
  1. Queens’ College : It is one of the oldest and largest colleges. It has buildings on both sides of the river Cam. Notable buildings include the Old Court with monorail which tells the date, astrology signs, the walnut tree court that contains the chapel of the college and the mathematical bridge that connects the older and newer parts of the college. Most of these buildings are visible from the river cam while punting.
  1. Punting On River Cam : Exploring Cambridge is never complete without experiencing punting on the river Cam. Its an amazing experience, as you can view some of the landmark places including the King’s College. There are guided tours which cost around £12per head or you can rent the entire punt by yourself and do it yourself. It’s good fun but we have seen our fair share of first timers struggling badly with the punt. But never mind, it’s not dangerous. So give it a shot if you are the adventurous type. Carry some food and drink and enjoy the ride with your friends and family. The guided tours are mostly done by the students of the college and you get a lot of information regarding the colleges, the history of the place and the typical life of a student in Cambridge.
  1. Do A Walking Tour Of Cambridge: This is probably the best possible way to save money as well as see the entire town. Cambridge is a beautiful town to walk around. Enjoy a walk in the parks, take a stroll along the banks of the river, sit down to have a sandwich and some fruits, watch people punting, lie on the grass and see the blue sky above. The Botanical garden is an absolutely beautiful place to spend a relaxing afternoon. It costs £5 to enter but is well worth a visit.
  1. The Fitzwilliam Museum : We have not been to this museum yet, both of us love visiting museums but honestly whenever we come to Cambridge we just end up spending our time punting or on the banks of the river Cam and don’t get time to go and see this museum which is an artistic opulence. If you come here do try not to miss it and get an opportunity to see a beautiful collection of the medieval manuscripts and lots more.

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As the day was perfect for a summer outfit, I decided to wear this easy breezy romper from H&M. All the other items are from H&M. I felt as light as a feather; not in weight but in my clothes 😛 as they were super comfy. Rompers, shorts, cotton dresses, off -shoulders these are some great options for travel outfits if the weather is warm! If you are planning something soon, try to pack something like this and trust me you will thank me afterwards :).

As always I had an amazing time with my husband. Cambridge is a beautiful place to spend an entire day enjoying the punting, walking around the city, seeing one of the best colleges in the UK, and some more of your interest. I hope this sweet little post will help you plan when you come for your first visit to  Cambridge.

Rest, enjoy the photos and get a feel of the place through our lens!

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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Outfit Details: All H&M

Romper, White Tee, Slip on trainers, Crossbody, Shades (not available anymore)

 

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With the temperature rising and new things getting introduced in the wardrobe, culottes and off-shoulders have become the summer staples! Summer clothing is all about feeling light and living in your clothes and right now there is nothing trendier and comfier than  culottes and off-shoulders, making them the ultimate summer style capsules. Both of them are very versatile and can be styled with multiple options to get different looks. Thus investing in a culotte or an off-shoulder this summer will be a very wise buy :).

How to create the look?

As I mentioned above, both the culottes and off-shoulder are very versatile and can be styled in multiple ways as per your liking. The culottes and the off-shoulder I am wearing here are from ZARA. Yes! I am a Zara lover. I really like their collection and most importantly I am very happy with their fit. As the day was warm and very pleasant I kept it very casual giving a street style touch finishing off with my ZARA gold sandals which I am in love with right now. This look is ideal and perfect for any informal lunch, event or brunch. In fact, after the photoshoot we headed towards a friend’s place for a brunch party and trust me, the whole day I was very comfortable and relaxed in my outfit. Summer style should be comfy yet stylish and this look will absolutely make a statement! If you love to be in heels the whole day, instead of these flat sandals, you can also style them with some gorgeous stilettos and some statement earrings. I am truly in love with this look and I will wear both of them very often this summer. The off-shoulder will go very well with a pair of jeans to get a casual look and the culottes will look perfect with a tee and a long vest.

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Location:

Somewhere around Sloane Square, which is one of my favourite places in London. I love strolling around this area and in Chelsea getting lost in the streets, white houses, posh and cute little cafes and shops all around. One place that we love to go to is the mews in the Kensington area, but this time we chose a quiet time and place for this photoshoot, no distractions and no crowd to photo bomb :P. After the photoshoot, we picked up some fresh patisseries for our friends as we walked down to the tube station to carry on with our journey to their place. As always it turned out to be a fantastic day out for both of us.

Have a fun loving week ahead with your loved ones

And as always

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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Outfit Details:

Everything ZARA

Culottes

Off-Shoulder

Sandals

pamela basu- stratford-upon-avonBe not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” – Twelfth Night

This was a long awaited trip. Turning pages after pages of some great tragedies and comedies during my graduation time, coming to the birthplace of that great man was always there on my bucket list. If you are coming to visit England as a tourist then this sheer opportunity to relive the bygone days of the birthplace of Sir William Shakespeare is not to be missed. Being the sixth most popular tourist destination in the UK, the place has several attractions which attract flocks of people from all around the world. It was only a matter of time before I decided a trip to Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon with my family. So explore this amazing place through my lens and let’s go back in time! 🙂

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We started a bit early from London, as it takes nearly 1 hour and 45 mins to reach the place. We really enjoyed the drive as the weather was really nice. After reaching the place, we straight away headed towards Anne Hathaway’s cottage, wife of Sir William Shakespeare. The cottage is beautiful and has well maintained grounds to walk around to take some beautiful shots and that is exactly what we did. There was a forest walk which I honestly did not enjoy as I was not in my Nike trainers. So I just strolled around a bit, hearing the birds chirp and feel the fresh air and when we got tired, we decided to have lunch at a cafe across the road.The cafe serves some nice rolls. Afterwards, we drove to the main town centre, to the birthplace of Shakespeare. It’s a beautiful experience and a must visit for all literature lovers.

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Here are some suggestions on things to do/ see

1. Anne Hathaway’s Cottage-  The 500 year old cottage belongs to Anne Hathaway, wife of Shakespeare, who used to live here as a child. The place is so well maintained, even the furniture and some utensils which were used in their time have been preserved very well. There is  a beautiful garden attached to the front of the cottage. I just got lost in the historic experience, beautiful cottage to live, a garden to spend some time with books! 🙂

2. Shakespeare’s Birthplace- It was believed that Shakespeare was born in this house which makes it important historically and drags visitors across the globe to this quaint and lovely town. Inside of the house has been so well preserved that walking through the doors will actually make you feel that you have gone back in time. The design is not architecturally stunning but good enough to remind you of those times. There is beautiful garden attached at the back of the house with some flowers and herbs that became known in Shakespeare’s time.

3.   Boating- Boating or the lovely cruise trips in Statford-Upon-Avon is really a must. The canal and river cruise trip will take you back in time and you will get a taste of an old England as you get to know more about the history and heritage of this place.

4.  Hall’s Croft-  A beautiful property owned by Shakespeare’s daughter Susanna and her husband John. The house has a quite big and has a wonderful walled garden which contains all the plants used by John in his medical treatments of those time. These houses are so well preserved till date.

5. Royal Shakespeare Theatre- Very obvious by its name, it was dedicated to Sir William Shakespeare. In this theatre all his famous plays are being staged along with those of his contemporaries as well as some more modern ones. It’s an experience to watch all the talented artists and feel it live. So if you are interested to feel the magic on-stage, I suggest that you book the tickets for at least one of them.

This place has so much to offer to the visitors and I am sure there are some other places too in this town which will surely grab your attention. So when you visit England, make it a point to come and see this beautiful quaint little town and leave with some special memories with your loved ones!

Until then

Stay healthy, Stay fashionable. 🙂

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Outfit Details:

Trousers & shoes- Zara

Top- Forever21

Scarf- H&M

Bag- House of Fraser

 

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Nestled in Woodstock, a market town in Oxfordshire, England, Blenheim palace is a magnificent country house sitting in the middle of an enormous estate. We spent a lovely afternoon at the Blenheim Palace, walking along the sides of the lake, taking a short and sweet buggy ride around the huge estate and lying on the green grass staring at the blue sky dreaming about places to travel as a wanderlust! We really had one of the best afternoons so far this year.

About Blenheim Palace:

It’s history takes us back in time to the purpose behind its existence. It was built to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession in the early 18th Century. The Blenheim Palace is also the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. It is now a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE and I would highly recommend visiting this place if you are bored of the usual tourist spots in UK!

The palace is about an hour’s drive by road from where we live in London and for that reason, I feel it’s the perfect place for a day out on weekends. We have been here before, so this time we decided to relax and take some photos for my outfit in some lovely spots around the palace. One can hardly run out of beautiful spots for shooting photos in this magnificent place. In fact, the property is so huge, it is not easy to cover everything in one day.

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My Outfit Look!

This gorgeous floral maxi dress is from Boohoo. The material is very light, comfortable and perfect for such summer afternoons. I absolutely love the free- spirited, feminine feel of this dress. The pink floral print gives a decadent summer vibe to the look! I have kept the accessories very minimal as a beautiful floral outfit needs nothing else to make it look prettier. The dress itself carries an expression and adds a touch of elegance to the look.This dress is ideal for any beach holiday or summer parties. If you love wearing headbands, go for it because they will look very pretty with it. I am wearing heels here as the length of the dress is too long for me to team it with a sandal and I never wanted to lift the dress up to my ankles while walking in such a beautiful place like Blenheim Palace. However, If you feel more comfortable with sandals that is also completely fine as I have always believed in going for comfort first.

So my gorgeous ladies out there, if you want to have a very sombre and feminine look, I suggest you go for something like this to spend a very romantic afternoon with the best person in your life and make every moment precious!!!

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Things you will enjoy/ do in Blenheim Palace:

There is an entry fee of £24.90 and that ticket can be converted for no additional cost into an annual pass which is highly advisable. If not anything else, you can always come back here for a walk on some picturesque walking trails or for a picnic. Given the fact that it costs millions to maintain the estate, I think the ticket prices are quite reasonable. Additional 10% discounts are also provided to the guests accompanying annual card holders on future visits.

  1. Take the Museum Tour inside the castle as it is an awe-inspiring experience for visitors.Take a walk inside the palace grounds and into the parklands. If you don’t prefer walking, opt for one of the Buggy Tours; there is a 1 hour buggy ride which will take you all around the property covering the major spots of interest.
  2. There are some breath taking Gardens such as a. The Water Terraces b.The Italian Garden c.The Secret Garden d.The Rose Garden e.The Roundel f. The Churchill Memorial Garden. Take a nice walk or relax on one of the numerous benches in one of the gardens. Each garden has its own unique beauty.
  3. For visitors with children who would like to enjoy some more activity there is the Pleasure Gardens. But I would like to mention here that it is just as enjoyable for adults. So miss it at your own peril. 
  4. It includes a miniature train ride that runs every 30 mins between the palace and the pleasure gardens. If you come with your family then Marlborough Hedge Maze is a must visit. Just enjoy, play and get lost in the maze. There is also a beautiful Butterfly House, a collection of some exotic butterflies which often sit on you as you walk though the nursery. It’s a lovely experience. There are also some beautiful little birds called Zebra Finches which are happily chirping away and add to the merry mood inside the nursery. There is also a lavender garden next to the butterfly house. But its still not Lavender season yet. So we have to save that for our next visit :).
  5. Last but not the least, if anyone of you love fishing then there is always the option to hire a boat and go fishing in the great lake (for a fee, of course). Consider this as an add on to the rest of the fun in Blenheim Palace.

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Maxi Dress: Boohoo

Sandals: New Look (very old)

Earrings: Accessorize (very old)

Lipstick shade: Rimmel 107