Notting Hill Carnival? No thanks!

Notting Hill Carnival? No thanks!

So, it was Bank Holiday yesterday, here in the UK and the Notting Hill carnival happened.

It was the second time I went, the first time was back in 2011, I had been in London for a few months and I had very high expectations about it. Everyone was talking about the Carnival as this huge, beautiful event. I didn’t like it.

I decided to give it a go again, maybe this time it would be better – I thought.

It wasn’t.

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I didn’t get to see anything close to the above pictures, although these are from the 2016 edition. Instead, I got to see many of the below scenes:

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Notting Hill carnival is Caribbean and British culture at its worst. I couldn’t really get to see the  parade, because there was a wall of drunk people, all with their phones up to record stuff they would not otherwise remember. I saw people passed out on the pavement at 6 in the afternoon, when the sun was still high. I didn’t want my son to see that. I’ve seen people getting arrested, getting violent and in general, I’ve seen more drunk people than people enjoying the event as it was. They were just wasted. Pissing everywhere, literally everywhere. It was disgusting. They could have been anywhere, they didn’t know anything, they were just wasted.

I didn’t like it and I didn’t feel safe, especially after reading that on Sunday (that was supposed to be the “child-friendly day”) 5 people had been stabbed. A total of 16 people have been stabbed this year at the Carnival.

Next year, I know I will stay at home, and save money to go to the Venice carnival instead, which is much much better on any level.

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Oh, I miss Venice! Such a peaceful city.

xx

Gloria

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Sensational Butterflies

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There is an exhibition that has been on for more than a year in London. It’s called “Sensational Butterflies” and, as you can imagine, it’s all about butterflies!

You get inside a huge sort of tent, right next to the amazing Natural History Museum and you enter the magic world of butterflies.

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I visited last August, and it was tough because I was 8 months pregnant and inside the tent is extremely hot and humid….which is the ideal climate for these butterflies, but not for heavily pregnant ladies! I have to admit, it was well worth it. There are so many different kinds of butterflies flying all over the place and you get to see them very close! If you are like, you might even get one resting on your arm 🙂

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I loved it, it’s only £5.85 to get in, and you can always pop in the National History Museum, which is FREE and leaves me with my nose up, gasping in amazement, every time I go there.

This is one of the things I love about London. Free museum. The fact that, even if you have half an hour, you can just go inside and stroll about; you wouldn’t do it if you had to pay, would you? And because it’s free, I tend to go there many times and to find different bits every time, so it never gets boring, because each visit is different from the previous one.

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I think this could be an idea of how to spend a pleasant afternoon in London now that the weather is indulgent.

Until next time!

xx

Gloria

 

Time to go back to reality

Time to go back to reality

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And here we are. I have to go back to London.

I’ve had British Airways page open on my computer for two days, I have to buy the ticket, I really have to, but I don’t want to. I wish I could stay.

On the plus side, we have a new flat, so I will be too busy browsing IKEA website to be worrying about the horrible weather, the tasteless food and the cold temperature. At least, I hope so.

Below some pictures from our last trip around home, pictures of what I am leaving.

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I hope you liked them!

xx

Gloria

Make your heart like a lake

Make your heart like a lake

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Make your heart like a lake with a calm, still surface and great depths of kindness.

-Lao Tzu –

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This is the peaceful Lago d’Idro (Lake Idro), it was a revelation as I’ve only been here once, about 12 years ago, it was by night and I don’t remember much. This is also the least popular of the three lakes surrounding Brescia (the others are Garda and Iseo). I actually really like it because it’s not full of people and it’s completely surrounded by mountains. The air is so fresh and cool, a relief in this heat!

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I am grateful I could walk around this calm place, in such a peaceful atmosphere…

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I’m traveling a lot around here and I will post more pictures as soon as possible. I hope you are enjoying your summer!

xx

Gloria

Italia

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We are in Italy for Easter, to spend some time with my family, I’ve been waiting for this holiday to come 🙂

We are in my home town, Brescia, for a couple of weeks and I’m loving it! I miss it very much every time I am not here. Brescia is in a great position: between Milano and Verona, 2.5 hours from Venice, surrounded by mountains and a short drive from 3 amazing lakes. It is also a beautiful historical city and if you are planning to visit Italy, you may want to check this area out, it has a lot to offer.

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I went walking with Daniel along the river, there’s a lovely cycle path there and I decided to go for a long walk after lunch….I am eating so much pasta here!! I really needed to move a bit!

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We’ve been to Venice for three days, this is where I studied and is by far the most beautiful city I have ever visited! Unfortunately, Venice is not wheel-friendly so if you travel by bike, wheelchair or buggy it will be quite difficult to move around, up and down all those bridges and stairs. That’s why we decided to go without the pram and to take our son in the Baby Bjorn, which is a practical solution to carry babies and toddlers when pram is not available. We spent 3 amazing days, it was very warm and sunny and not as full of tourists as usual. I love Venice and spending time there with my family and my friends from uni was great.

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We’ll be back to London after Easter and I can’t wait to start planning a new adventure somewhere in Europe!

I will attend a pottery course in Westminster from April till July, I am very excited about it and I am really looking forward to getting my hands dirty!!

Happy Easter everyone!

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xx

Gloria