What the eye sees first it always remembers
Rome was my initial glance at Europe, it holds to be my favourite city
Why do I like it most?
Perhaps it’s the sense of familiarity, or it’s aura
Or maybe it’s character and it’s people’s loud nature
The food is delicious and made with love; it’s touch of old and tradition is inspiring
It’s a sassy city, it’s men and women are well dressed
Their dark skin against their white cotton clothing and scattered Jewellery excites me
It’s an understated classy, not as snobby and straight A as Paris, a city with attitude, roughness and oomph
I love Gelato, it’s a treat that I can have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, also brunch and every time I want something to munch
It’s buildings are grand, you walk the city as though you’re walking through history
The Vatican City itself is something else, I’d do it no justice if I attempted to describe it
If you’re planning to visit anytime soon then consider yourself lucky, I’ve just done the hard work for you:
Comfortable shoes are a must, but keep it stylish – it’s a crime to let ease over looks take priority.
Walk around the city, every street is different, every corner has a huge building with history that interest those that are not even interested.
The Vatican City, Museum and Sistine Chapel are a must, waaaaw.
Now, let’s take a pit stop for food ..
Prepare to CARB LOAD, a term that makes me uncomfortable but you cannot escape it, so let’s make it worthwhile:
– For traditional Pasta you must visit Trattoria Da Enzo, a really popular restaurant, one I recommend you book in advance to avoid the long wait, trust me you will be waiting.
– For traditional Pizza, visit Pizzeria Ai Marmi, very casual but delicious!
Gelatoooooooo, yes. Take my word when I tell you that we tried every good Gelato in the city, here are the best well known, best ranked and most delicious:
– Gelato Giolitti ( The oldest Gelato place in Rome)
– Fatamorgana Gelato
– Gelato Di san Crispino
– Gelato Del Teator
If I was born Italian I’d say Rome’s mid city feels like home, but awkwardly enough I’m not.
Third time lucky, forth is what I look forward to.
I call it crazy love ❤
It’s known that Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and popular cities in Spain so you expect it to look as sharp as they say it is, Madrid on the other hand has been a wonderful surprise.
Seeing the city for the first time shuffled all my presumptions of what I thought it would be. I expected it to be dated, instead it’s archeitectually modern, naturally spacious and has all the features that a city should have, that being white European historical buildings, a great Castle, a huge natural park, great food, and a calm crowd.
No doubt, if you walk outside the city the surrounding neighbourhood does feel like Spain with it’s narrow streets and apartment blocks that are covered in painted walls.
Do I recommend you visit Madrid? Absolutely. After spending few days there, and travelling with two food finders, here is what I recommend you do?
1- Visit the Parque De El Retiro: Natural park, and absolutely gorgeous.
2- Visit Jardines De Sabatini: Castle for great views
3- Walk around the city centre
4- Their Art Gallery is also a must do for those that enjoy casual visits.
In terms of food & drinks, here’s our favourite hot spots:
1- Bump & Green: An organic cafe for Breakfast or Lunch, one of my favourites so far.
2- Pum Pum: A cute cafe, outside the city centre, great good and you get to feel the neighbouring suburbs of Madrid
3- El Sur: For lunch or dinner, has traditional Spanish food
4- San Gines: Churros, of course, this is a MUST
You can’t leave Spain without some Sangrias. to see the view of the city the NH Collection Hotel has a hidden rooftop bar where you can snap away the city of Madrid, along with the Oscar Hotel with it’s chilled bar scene and delicious cocktails.
NH Collection, Madrid, Spain
If you’ve been, what did you like most?
Freedom of expression I suppose is our individual right to express our ideas and opinions freely, and with that comes exchange of opinions and agreements as well as criticism and disagreements.
I tend to articulate my thoughts in writing or through imagery that marry to lyrical words of things that often only make sense in my own mind. I’ve received more feedback that says “I don’t get it” instead of ” I see” and my response is always “It’s my vision, you don’t need to understand it”.
“Pointless Noor, you need to cater to the reader, isn’t that the point of writing?” few have said, however; if I were to do that I’d be limiting my voice, and spoon feeding your eyes things that most likely you don’t even care about, so I choose otherwise.
Without variation we’d be bored. If we all wanted to listen to Jazz, we’d not appreciate Rap or Soul. If Diana told Harry to be just like William, then Kate would of had a problem choosing between William and Harry. Now you’re thinking, how do these examples even relate? They don’t need to, but I believe they do.
Music, dancing, art, writing, reading, debating, screaming, crying, fighting, hugging, kissing, sleeping, travelling, laughing, eating, fashion, understanding, kindness, the sun and rain – in my opinion, are the most expressive forms of freedom.