Top 5 sights of 2017. Photo edition.

Whilst 2017 was here i had the chance to see some of the most amazing sights i know i will remember forever, here are 5 of my 2017 Highlights.

 

  1. This breath taking view of Halong Bay – Vietnam17800479_10210898603675953_2569654345430785814_n
  2. This amazing view from the top of a mountain over looking Chang Mai – Thailand. 16487030_10210345653172536_6245185521777679810_o
    Looking for the perfect day trip out of Chang Mai including this view point watch my Youtube Video: Day Trip – Thailand
  3. This mesmerising 5am sunrise in Hoi An – Vietnam21272153_10212344435780852_7404308570545343617_n
    Thinking of visiting Hoi An check this out: What to do in Hoi An : Vietnam. 
  4. This wonderful screenshot of the best day of my life, Spending the day with Elephants in Pai – Thailand16473164_10210313210161481_234798686360280960_n
    To see more on my day with elephants follow this link: Spend the day with Elephants in Thailand.
  5. This picturesque view of an old temple in Ninh Binh – Vietnam
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    Find out what to do in Ninh Binh here: Ninh Binh – Vietnam. What to do and where to go! 

    I feel so privileged and honoured to see some of the amazing sights i’ve seen in this world and i cannot wait to see more in 2018!

    What was your favourite photo i took?,Please comment below.
    Thanks for reading,

    Danielle Jade
    x

    PEACEEEEE.

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A guide to exploring Copenhagen.

Hello everyone, i’m back with another travel blog!

Todays post is about my recent visit to the wonderful city of Copenhagen in Denmark.

 
I was lucky enough to go for my 24th birthday and whilst away on our short trip together Naomi and i managed to fit in as much as possible. Now first of all let me just say, If you’re debating the trip over to Copenhagen, then stop now, just get on skyscanner and book those (usually found cheap) flights. Its a wonderful little city and i fully enjoyed every single second we were there.

Now let’s take a look at my trip to COPENHAGEN (points to you if you said it like Brittany Snow does in Pitch Perfect Two)

Upon arrival we hopped in a taxi to our hotel, we were staying at the Ascot Hotel, right by the Tivoli Gardens. (The taxi was super cheap and cost about £20) When we arrived at the hotel, we were shown to our room, put down our bags, sorted ourselves out, put on our coats, grabbed our umbrellas and head out. We only had the evening of the first night so we head straight to the city centre and walked amongst the shops of the beautiful Strøget. The streets were lines with beautiful christmas decorations and fairy lights lit up the front of many grand shops.

 

Hungry from our flight we head into a beautiful little restaurant/cafe and pulled up our little table for two. As soon as i saw it on the menu, i was ready for it, Espresso Martini. OH boy, this was delicious just look at it;

 
It was exactly what i needed. Here i am, the birthday girl with my favourite birthday drink.

As it was my birthday Naomi had paid for us to go watch the Dans2Go performance whilst we were over there, they were doing the White Swan adagio of Swan Lake at The old Stage in Copenhagen.

 

It was a beautiful stage, for an excellently performed ballet and a perfect evening. I adore ballet, i alway have, i always will. You know that feeling you get when you see something you love so much and you feel instant joy, i felt that way throughout the whole piece.After the ballet finished, we were both very tired so called it a night.

The next day we were up early, hitting the breakfast in the hotel and ready for the day! Now, my friend Laura had just been to Copenhagen and recommended that we take the train up to the north  to Humlebæk and visit the Louisiana Art Museum. When we got there it was beautiful! The museum over looks the sea and it was stunning.

 
The exhibition that was on at the time we arrived was Yayoi Kusama, I highly encourage you to google Yayoi Kusama and bathe in the wonder of her life. Here’s a few of my favourite moments around the museum.

 

You see the first picture, all the colours are made up from singular sticky dots. You take your sticker and place it wherever you desire. It was such a cool experience.

After we had a look around the shops (I’m looking at you Sephora) we decided we would head back to the hotel. We wrapped up warm before heading for food and to what i was most excited to explore on this trip, the Tivoli Gardens. For those of you who may not already know what Tivoli Garden is, it is an amusement park that come December time is turned into the most magical Winter Wonderland.

 
Just look at the architecture;

 
The little huts, hosting different shops and stalls were the perfect escape from the bitter cold. As we wandered around the whole of the Tivoli Gardens we realised just how much time you could truly spend in the wonderland. There were a lot of different aspects to the park, you could go on the rides, shop the cabins, grab a bit to eat in the restaurants, indulge in the chocolates and treats or like we did, stroll aimlessly for hours and then grab a hot chocolate to warm up.


Perhaps what i found most amazing about the Tivoli Gardens was that it wasn’t crowded AT ALL. It was perfect, maybe that’s because we did go early afternoon but it was already dark by 5 so we didn’t miss the winter atmosphere.

As the time went by it was becoming later and later and my stomach was rumbling.
We head to the Meat Packing district in Vesterbro and found the best place for pizza EVER (bold but true statement) called Neighbourhood. Naomi and i love to eat well and these pizza were all organic! AMAZING. Also did i mention they were huge!
Check it;

  

After that we moved onto a hidden  almost speak easy cocktail bar called 1656. We had looked up places to get a drink and this one just kept popping up on the list. Now let me tell you something, this place was not easy to find. It is extremely hidden away. You would not know that this is a bar.


At first i didn’t trust Naomi when she suggested we just walk in, i was convinced it was the door to someones home! We saw one person exit and peeped around the door before entering. Once we got inside, it reminded me of a bar you’d find in Cabaret. It was very dark, with only minimal dim lighting and old chesterfield furniture filled the place. Moving on to the best part of the night, the cocktails there….OH MAAAAA. They were incredible! See for yourself;

 
They were truly delicious. Mine of course was gin based, it had in elderflower and was dressed with edible flowers. So refreshing. So adorable. After we had a few cocktails, we decided to call it a night and enjoy the walk back to our room.

The next morning we got up super early and again head down for breakfast. With it being our last day we packed and got prepared to spend out last hours in Copenhagen sight seeing. We head back through amongst the shops and carried on walking to hit some of the most popular tourist attractions.

This part of Copenhagen is called Nyhavn. Here are the little houses you think of when you picture Copenhagen . FUN FACT: Hans Christian Andersen lived in three different houses on this strip.Nowadays though there are very few (if any) that are used for living in and most have been turned into restaurants and pubs. All boasting different music, atmospheres and genres this strip is a must see for anyone looking to eat in Copenhagen.

 
Our next stop was to admire the beautiful scenes around The Royal Danish Opera House. The view here is breathtaking, you have to get a boat over to the Opera house. The calm ambience that surrounds this area can only be compared to a dream. The walk from here up to the Little mermaid statue is long but peaceful. It was a perfect sightseeing walk and a chance to relax and collect your thoughts. (Side note; If you don’t want to be silent for a while i suggest you get bikes, this journey felt long!)

 
Walking past the Royal Danish Playhouse we arrived at the Little Mermaid statue. Honestly the main reason i went to admire this statue was because my best friend adores the Little Mermaid and there was no way i was leaving without getting a photograph for her. It was busier than i expected at the site of the statue, with not a lot more around i expected it to be quiet but it was a whole group of people climbing down the rocks to pose for a photo with the mermaid.

  As we sat on a bench by the mermaid it dropped cooler and we decided to head back down to the centre, this time walking amongst the houses and heading through a beautiful park to see the Amalienborg Palace. This palace was outstanding, so grand, so elegant and as luck should have it we arrived just as the guards were changing and watched their changing of the guards parade.

 
Continuing down we head back towards the meat packing district to find somewhere to eat, after what felt like hours of hunting, we decided on a little cafe/pub and we ordered a lot of food! We had a starter of bruschetta to share, each had a main with a glass of Prosecco then a chocolate pudding and a hot drinks to finish. It was going to be our last meal in Copenhagen so we did treat ourselves. Did i need the hot chocolate? Probably not. Did it taste delicious. YES.

 
As we wandered around Copenhagen taking the scenic route to our Hotel, i was sad to be leaving. What i admired most about this trip was that it didn’t feel like i had gone away from home. Everyone is so friendly,so individual, and as a city it really does give off the vibe of such a relaxed place to be. I didn’t feel like i had any pressures or worries whilst i was there. Given, i was on a birthday break, so i literally didn’t, but also because it isn’t the largest of places to explore therefor it’s easy to navigate around and most importantly it feels safe. Copenhagen was very tranquil and very beautiful. I went in winter when it was pretty cold and i admired the markets, the theatre, the museums, the restaurants. Everything. I think it’s perfect for a weekend break. You can get a lot done in a few days because it isn’t too big. Next time i’ll be sure to ride a bike around Copenhagen as that appeared to be the most used mode of transport. Honestly, didn’t get this at first and nearly walked into a GROUP of bikers. Not my finest moment.

 
I hope you enjoyed reading my Copenhagen blog.
Let me know in the comments if you have or are planning to visit Copenhagen.

Thanks Danielle Jade

X

 

 

 

New York Diaries; Day Two

New York Diaries

Day Two.

It was now Saturday in New York City and we woke up extremely tired from the day before. This was to be expected with the amount we fit into one day! We thought it would be best to keep this morning nice and simple, to head to the bottom of Manhattan and see what Wall St. had to offer us.

As usual we caught the subway into Manhattan and down to Wall st.

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 Now, as far as what Wall st. had to offer i would say it was very minimal. The buildings are beautiful, they are very grand and the architecture itself is amazing but i wouldn’t say its somewhere i would recommend when visiting NYC. Had you still been able to get into the galleries and see exchanges i can imagine it has a whole different feel but as for my experience it wasn’t that great. We carried on around the area and gradually made our way to the 9/11 memorial site.

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Perhaps the most emotional i was all trip was being here. It really does tug on your heart strings. Such a beautiful memorial for such a devastating attack, i was overcome with so many emotions when looking at all the names engraved onto the marbled square. I think this is because i remember how i felt when i heard the news of the attack, it’s the first time naive little ten year old Danielle realised their truly is evil in the world and not everything is in our control. We stayed her for a little while before deciding it was time to make our way back into central Manhattan and catch a glimpse of our friend in the Dance Parade.

This turned out to be quite the polar opposite experience of what we had just had.
The Dance Parade was so uplifting, the parade was filled with different styles of dance from people of all ages! It was really good fun to witness and just look at these incredible costumes!

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After we managed to see our friend Emily go by in the Dance Parade we thought it would be best to head for some lunch before we ran out of time to eat! We walked a little further down the street we were on and arrived at 230 this is New Yorks largest outdoor rooftop garden and they do an all you can eat buffet brunch which of course we were going to have to try. Sipping gin and tonic on a rooftop with a huge plate of waffles and syrup i was content with my ‘lunch’ even if we were now starting to notice the severe lack of vegetables this place had to offer. I would recommend this to any of you wanting a rooftop bar but the brunch wasn’t really good for myself as the lack of vegetables and the overwhelming supply of bacon made it a little hard for me to eat anything.

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(Our view just to get into perspective how high you are)

Now, it was the perfect time for us to go and change for what we had been excited about all day. THE STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT. Remember the tickets i told you about in my post here? Well we were going to that show to see if we had been scammed or not after all.

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In our first NYC Uber, dressed and ready to watch the show we head into a super rainy and traffic heavy Manhattan. Arriving ten minutes AFTER the show started we decided it would be best to book into the later show after all, however the guy on the door reassured us we had missed nothing and said if we didn’t mind sitting apart we could go in NOW! Excellent, we’re both the kind of people who don’t mind being split up in shows as we’re not there to talk anyway so head on in. As you could predict the last two seats weren’t the ones casually in the corner – OH NO, they were the ones that required a particular amount of ‘sorry- excuse me- sorry’ just to get your but on that seat. In my case however i literally got the last seat in the audience. SMACK BANG FRONT AND CENTRE OF THE WHOLE SHOW. I was petrified, have you ever been to a stand up comedy show?

You’re basically saying pick on me please, sitting at the front. As expected as soon as i arrived i was acknowledged by the comedian who told me ‘Giiiiiirl, thats a sexy little outfit, damn. You looking for a man tonight?’ ‘Oooh no’ i replied before she made a joke of ‘how i could send them all her way then!’ These three steps to my chair suddenly started to feel like a catwalk, taking forever! She even had time to ask me ‘Do you know there people you’re sat with now?’ ‘Absolutely not’ i laughed. ‘That’s my kind of girl!’ She laughed and carried on with the show.

As the show continued i was in love. The atmosphere, the jokes the people , particularly getting to watch Judah Friedlander was an amazing experience. Gradually the show was coming to an end and after enduring one more final attack on myself as a audience member from another comedian which went like this:
HIM: looks around audience ‘How old are you?’
ME: oh me? Im 23!
HIM: ’23? Well you look 12′
I nodded, i genuinely do. Everyone laughed and he ended the show.

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Im so glad we trusted our instincts and bought these tickets even if the promised Amy Poehler of course didn’t turn up. We laughed and we had fun. It was a brilliant show and for $20 i will most definitely go back if i am lucky enough to go to NYC again.

As with it being night now it felt only right that we used our trusty phones to find a cocktail bar and go for a drink, we eventually found a little place called Dakota Bar. 

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(This was called the SAUVIGNON SIPPER which consisted of Sauvignon Blanc, Stoli Oranj vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lemon juice ) It was delicious. Now very merry and having Emily come meet us we decided it would only be right to head to the Stardust Diner and witness the spectacle there,

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Now, i feel i should mention the diner itself is exactly what you expect when you hear the word Diner, but they have singing waiters and waitresses and not like standard people who can hold a tune. These people are AMAZING, they have wonderful voices and had it not been after midnight i bet they would have been more than happy to have been jumping around and performing their hearts out like i have head may people say they saw them do. So just a little heads up, don’t go here at night, make sure you go in the day and witness them at their full potential!

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(Here we are in a suddenly very rainy NYC loving life)

Danielle Jade

New York Diaries; Day One-Part One 

New York Diaries

Day One: Part One.

Hello lovely humans who i adore in not a freaky way but in a – you can be my buddy kind of way.

Welcome to Day One: Part one of my NYC adventure.

Here i’m going to let you know all about what i got up to on my first day in the City up until Mid-Day, i have decided to split today into two parts as it was becoming an essay of a blog post.
Enjoy.

As soon as the sun peered from behind the blankety clouds of the manhattan sky that morning i knew it was going to be a good day. Up and ready to leave by 8 we were ready to head from Brooklyn and into Manhattan. If you read my previous post then you may already know that i was staying in Brooklyn however i forgot to mention the amazing bagel place just by the L train that we stopped at to grab a bite for breakfast, i think it should be a universal rule that when in New York you must get a bagel. There’s just something better about them over there. 


Like any other tourist i assumed would do, we went straight to Times Square to make it seem official that we were in NYC. Times square is exactly how you imagine it to be the lights are huge, the atmosphere is chaotic in a good way, you can see people hurrying through with their coffees on the way to work, it really did give off that city that never sleeps vibe however there was also around 20 badly put together people dressed as the most random selection of cartoon characters. Mickey mouse and Hello Kitty were very popular with around 5 of each of them, id say just the right amount to completely kill the children faith in them being real. I didn’t enjoy this. 

After that we head to pick up our New York Passes. For anyone who doesn’t know what this is, i will tell you now. Its a GOD SEND. It cost us $190.00 each which works out at around £120.00 before we went and that covered over 80+ attractions. Knowing we wanted to see a lot of places this was a super investment for us and we opted for the whole 5day package, they can do in blocks of 1,3,5 or 7 i believe. I would recommend this to anyone who is keen to explore more than just the outskirts of landmarks and maybe indulge on a few tours.

 

   

Now, the next place we went to was called City Kitchen. A friend recommended it to us and said we should meet there for Donuts. Currently studying a Broadway Dance Centre she has become pretty familiar with the city and said they were extremely good donuts. Still being full from my Bagel i wasn’t hungry however i wish i was as look at this Chocolate Nibs sensation:

 

Apparently it was just as good as it looks and for just $3 it’s a must try! After a lovely catch up we decided to be on our way and head to Central Park.

On our walk to Central Park, we purchased two Comedy tickets from a guy who was flyering. After handing over the money be began thinking that we were probably just scammed but as the comedy enthusiasts we are, we were still excited at the chance to have a laugh (and the guys hints of Amy Poehler being there was something we were willing to be scammed over if it wasn’t the case.)

Arriving at Central park we used our New York Passes to rent bikes for 3 Hours (This should have been $50pp plus another dollar for the basaket) and without meaning to we cycled the whole way around the park. By the way if you have never been before let me tell you now, ITS HUGE! you could easily spend days in there. What it has to offer is incredible.

 

One of the highlights of my trip was getting to see the Alice in Wonderland statue in there. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland as its my favourite Disney Film and i was more than determined to find this statue, so thats one thing to tick off the bucket list!

 

The park itself is beautiful and cycling around meant we got to see whats on the outskirts too, i would recommend cycling around as it really is lovely. The park all works on a one way system and there are special cycling lanes so don’t worry about being on the road, you are really safe. (Unless the person next to you is trying to take a selfie whilst riding and bumps into you- this happened to Naomi who i was with, FACT)

When the Sun came out cycling became harder and harder so we decided it was time to return our bikes and head for Radio City music hall somewhere i have always wanted to visit since i ever got the first thought of how i wanted to be a dancer. When we arrived we found out their was a tour of the building and we instantly booked on (again we used our passes however without this it would have been $26.96)

 

This tour was one of my favourites throughout the trip.

First off, the lady that showed us around was brilliant, her accent was amazing! We went all around the building, learnt so much about the history which was really interesting,we heard about the different performances that have been on there and even met a Rockette who did a question and answer with us and let us take a photo with her whilst looking at some of her costumes! 

 

I was mesmerised by everything from, being able to stand in the audition room, to the faces of the people who had performed there, to seeing the stage and walk into the room of which some of my idols had attended parties at.

   (See in the image above one of my idols Judy Garland)

It was shaping up to be one of the best days i could imagine and we were already in love with the city.

 

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see just what we got up to that evening!

Danielle Jade

It’s FINALLY here!! Have YOU started reading yet?

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Hello beautiful people, It’s finally the day.

The New York Diaries starts NOW!!

First off, i should let you know i have sectioned in out into chapters as it was pretty much a dissertation by the end of it.
What can i say? I wanted to share everything with you all!

Heres what you can expect to read all about throughout our NEW YORK DIARIES journey together…

  • Accommodation in NYC, where i stayed and how i went about finding accommodation for two for under £360 for 5 nights in NYC!
  • Sightseeing, how being a tourist in New York is super easy when you have the right plan and tickets.
  • The food, where to eat and where to avoid in the big city.
  • My personal recommendations, the highlights and lowlights of NYC. From what inspired, and overwhelmed to what let me down within the trip.

First chapter up is how you can stay in NYC for under £360 for 5 NIGHTS!
Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? 

Check out my next post to find out exactly how.

See you over there lovelies

Danielle Jade x