I visited Vilnius in January, meaning that it was very, very, very cold. Much to my distaste (I realise sarcasm doesn't really come across in writing), this meant spending a lot of our weekend warming up with a cup of mulled wine or two. Luckily, Vilnius turned out to have loads of places that were cosy, friendly and served fantastic mulled wine.
I never planned on writing a blog post solely reviewing the hotel, but we had such a lovely time here that I had to! So here it is.
Hi! I’m Ellen, also known as Nell. I’m a Leeds based blogger writing about the things I love most in life: travelling, eating, and general adventures.
Follow my blog with Bloglovin
I don't write about mental health. It's not because I'm ashamed or embarrassed by my experiences of it, it's just that it's not something I want to write about - I'd much rather share exciting travel stories and wonderful food experiences with you. And although I've struggled with quite severe depression in the past, my mental health is, most of the time, not too bad. So why on earth am I writing about it now?
One of my favourite things about this trip was that I didn't do much research, so had no idea what to expect. This meant discovering lots of lovely surprises as we wandered around the snowy streets, and allowed us to experience our own version of Vilnius - although I realise that in a small city you're pretty much guaranteed to do the same things you'd have done if you'd read up on it!
Budapest isn't the kind of place that I would have thought to visit for the restaurant scene, and someone had even told me that the food was the least favourite part of their trip when they visited. But every single meal I had during my long weekend in Budapest was excellent. There was one restaurant in particular that blew me away, so here's me raving about it.
Let's pick up where we left off in part 1 of my Hong Kong itinerary, where I spoke about my first three days exploring Stanley, Central, the Zoological Gardens, Victoria Peak, Lantau, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and the night markets.
If you've read my recent post Hong Kong: A Foodie's Dream, you'll know that this was a spontaneous trip planned on a night out. Hong Kong had never been on my bucket list and, as a result, I had no idea what to expect. If you're planning a trip to Hong Kong and, like I did, have no idea how to best use your time there, please do read on and pick and choose bits to create your own adventure!
Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj) is situated in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and it has everything you would want from a European city break. I visited in September and weather was gorgeous for the 5 days (a sunny mid twenties) I was there, so this trip consisted of wandering around in the sunshine and drinking plenty of cold wine on sunny cobbled streets. If you're visiting Cluj or looking for inspiration for your next city break, read on for my must-do guide!
I'm not going to claim to be an expert on what to eat and where to eat it in Hong Kong, as I only spent 6 days there which is nowhere near long enough to try even a small fraction of the amazing cuisine. What I can tell you is my food highlights, which will hopefully serve as inspiration if you're thinking of visiting this incredible fusion of East and West.
Each year my dad and I make time for a hiking holiday together. This is our daddy-daughter time, and as I'm in Leeds and he's in Buckinghamshire it serves as a much needed catch up. This year we spent a week in the Alps, walking from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. If you're thinking about visiting Switzerland for an outdoor adventure, please read on!
This year I've decided that I LOVE Eastern Europe. My previous experience of city adventures had been Barcelona, Paris, Rome & Dublin, all of which I adored. Then in January I celebrated my birthday in Budapest and got my first taste of Goulash and great value travel. Since then I've discovered the charm of Gdansk, Krakow and Cluj Napoca which have all been rich in culture, history, beauty and (most importantly!) fun.