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How To Visit Venice Like A Local

Venice is one of the most idyllic cities in the world, packed full of amazing architecture, rich history and, of course, the world famous canals. It’s the perfect place for a solo trip or a romantic weekend getaway but it can get a little touristy. Going and doing all of the usual touristy stuff is fine and you’ll still have a great trip but if you really want to experience the place, you have to visit like a local. If you can find all of the hidden gems that the locals go to, you’ll get a much better feel for the city and really start to see what makes it so special. Here are some simple ways you can visit Venice like a local. 


Walk Around 
The canals are the obvious choice for transportation in Venice and you should definitely take a few trips on the water. But if you really want to get a feel for the city, walking is the best way to get around. There are so many quaint little side streets where you’ll find great little restaurants and bars. If you just stick to the canals, you might pass a lot of that by. It’s fairly easy to get lost when you’re walking around the little back streets but it’s not really a problem. The water is a landmark on all sides so it’s easy to find your way again if you do get disorientated. If you ask locals for directions, they’ll usually use buildings and landmarks to help you find your way rather than road names so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your way. 

Food Tours 
When you’re trying to do things like a local, guided tours aren’t usually that great. They’ll only take you around the big tourist attractions and nowhere else. However, when it comes to finding places to eat, there are some great food tours on offer with The Roman Guy. Instead of sticking to all of the touristy destinations, they’ll give you a great tour of all of the places that the locals eat. The food and wine is one of the best things about Italy so you should definitely make it a priority. You’ll get the chance to sample some incredible local cuisine and wash it down with a delicious glass of wine. 

Water Taxis 


The canals in Venice aren’t just there for romantic gondola rides, they’re a great way to get around as well. You’re likely going to fly into Marco Polo airport so you’ll need to find some way into the centre of Venice. Water taxis are the cheapest options which is why all of the locals use them. You can get a private one but you’ll save yourself a lot of money if you go for one of the bigger ones. If you’ve got kids under 6 with you, they’ll travel for free which is an added bonus. 

The Jewish Ghetto 
The Jewish Ghetto is one of the most underappreciated areas of Venice which is a real shame because there’s a lot of great stuff to see and do there. After you’ve taken a food tour and sampled some of the best Italian cuisine, you might be looking for a change. If you head over to the ghetto, you can find some authentic Jewish cuisine to try as well. The architecture is different to the rest of the city which gives it a unique feel. There are some great synagogues to look around and a brilliant museum which gives you some insight into the long and turbulent history of the Jewish community in Venice. The local people are all very welcoming and they maintain a lot of their traditions, so you’ll get a proper traditional Venice experience here. 

Go To The Local Market 
Most of the local people in Venice get a lot of their food and other bits from the market on a Tuesday morning in Lido. If you really want to experience Venice like a local, getting some ingredients and cooking yourself some food is a great way to do it. Head down to the market and see what new and interesting ingredients you can find to take back with you. As well as food, you’ll also find clothes, shoes and other general household items. The The Rialto Market is great too, especially if you’re looking for food. It’s particularly good for local seafood so make sure to check that out while you’re there. Just make sure you don’t get too carried away, you’ve got to get all of this stuff home. 

You could even consider taking a cooking lesson while you’re out there so you know how to make the best out of the ingredients that you buy at the markets. There’s no better place to learn about proper Italian cooking than in Venice. 

See An Opera 

Venice is best known for the canals but it’s also associated with the opera. Italy is the best place in the world to see a traditional opera. The La Fenice opera house was sadly destroyed by a fire in 1996 but it has since been rebuilt and refurbished. The opera is one of the most iconic Italian pastimes so if you want to do it like a local, you can’t miss it. 

Always Ask For Recommendations 
You can read all of the guide books you like and they’ll give you some great tips on getting around and some good places to go. But no matter how good the guidebook is, they’re not going to know every single place in the city. If you really want to have a proper locals experience, you need to find the places that the tourists don’t know about. The easiest way to do that is to simply ask the locals for recommendations on their favourite places. Ask the hotel staff if there is anywhere that they like to go and try to strike up conversation with people when you’re out and about. Other tourists might also have some good tips so ask people that you go on guided tours with.

If you visit Venice and only go to the tourist traps, you’ll only scratch the surface of what this amazing city has to offer. 

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Awesome Hobbies for Those who are Really Bad At Everything

If you are really bad at everything or if you feel as though you just can’t stick at a hobby even if you tried then you are certainly not alone with this. After all, so many people find it hard to stick at a hobby because they just don’t feel as though they are good enough, or even because they don’t have the time. If this sounds like you then here are some top hobbies that you can do even if you are short on time.

Try Cooking for Yourself 
This is simple math, at the end of the day, the more you love to cook, the better your food will turn out. This may sound strange but it is completely true. If you are worried about the amount of people that you are cooking for then try and cook for less, or even try and cook for yourself. After all, cooking is all about confidence and this takes time to build. Start out simple and then expand your skills as you go along. This is a great way for you to really make the most out of the time that you have and the best thing about this is that simple meals take less time to cook as well.



Paint
You don’t have to be an artist to try and paint. Nobody needs to know that you are painting at all, and this means that you will be able to keep it just for you. You don’t have to paint canvas either, in fact, you can paint anything you want. Try and paint while you have some music on or even try and paint a mug. Either way, painting is very therapeutic and when you get started, you will soon see how enjoyable it can be. You do have to remember that acrylic paints are most suited for beginners and this is because they are super-fast to dry and they aren’t hard to work with either.



Go to a Wine Tasting Event
Wine tasting is a great hobby. Of course, if you are finding it hard to get into wine then try and pick up a bottle of Oddbins champagne at the weekend. When you have this, try and taste for flavours, look out for anything that is distinctive and even look out for how the flavours transform as you make your way through the bottle. You don’t have to invest a lot of time in this and when you do start to take an interest you can then start to attend wine events and this is a great way for you to broaden your horizons even more. You will be able to taste wine without forking out for a full bottle and you can even meet other people who have an interest as well.

There are so many hobbies out there for you to try and when you take the time to really get invested you would be surprised at how much fun you could have. Why don’t you try some of the above hobbies for yourself today?

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Escape The Rain For A Little While!

Rain? Who said it was always raining in September? 
If it is, let’s put things straight from the start: it’s because you’re in the wrong country! The summer isn’t over yet – don’t believe your calendar or the weather forecast. There’s still plenty of time to plan a getaway in the best sunny spots around the Med and fuel your body with plenty of healthy vitamin D. If you're not too sure what vitamin D is about, it’s the vitamin that causes the SAD syndrome in winter. It comes directly from the sunlight – hence you are more sensitive to its shortage during the colder months of the year. Admittedly, you can also find other sources in the food you eat, but you’ll get the best intake from the sun. Here’s how to get a healthy dose of sunshine before the winter! 



Holiday resorts are still open
What kind of holidaymaker are you? If you love a partying place that speaks your language no matter what, Ibiza is still open for business. From sandy beaches to delicious food, you'll find everything you need and much more to recharge your batteries and forget everything about the back-to-work / back-to-school stress. The temperatures are still warm until mid-October so that you only need to pack a light cardigan to be comfortable. Can you even swim? The answer is yes; the water stays warm until December! 

Dive into history and pasta
If swimming and partying isn’t your thing, you can find plenty of other exciting spots. Italy, for instance, is a favourite in early autumn as you can get access to most touristic areas without any of the queues! When you know that tourists can queue on average over 2 hours to see Pompeii in summer, you can book your tour with WhereToRome to spend a day visiting not only the site but also the Naples region now. In fact, now is the best time to visit open-air museums and sites such as Pompeii when the weather is still warm, but the crowds are long gone. 

 

Hiking by the Med
If you’d rather have a sporty getaway; head to Corsica where the autumnal colours welcome you into the rural part of the island. Labelled the Island of Beauty, Corsica combines beautiful beaches and rocky mountains. You can even enjoy a hike through its central mountainous region. The weather remains warm – and you might need sunscreen protection for hiking – but comfortable. You can also observe the landscape gradually puts on its red and orange shades as you climb through the rocky paths. Pure relaxation. 

A sunny town with a magical bookstore
Portugal is a favourite destination for British tourists because it’s a rather inexpensive country. However, with its coast along the ocean, the water is too cold to swim all year round. Besides, Porto, its top destination has changing weather. But you can enjoy sunny days and head to the Lello bookshop when the sky turns grey. You’ll feel like in a Harry Potter film! 

Whether you’re a party-goer, an enthusiastic hiker or a culture enthusiast, a tour around the Med will recharge your body in vitamin D and keep you entertained. Italy, Portugal, Corsica, Spain; the choice is all yours! 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills || Review

When I think of the States I think of Sephora and Anastasia Beverly Hills (well a lot more comes to mind but lets face it a makeup lovers haven is Sephora). Then Anastasia Beverly Hills decided to branch to the UK, starting life on Beauty Bay, the Cult Beauty, to finally opening up a .co.uk! Yes ladies and gents they finally saw that we are obsessed with ABH and I couldn't have been more happier. Last Christmas I received the Foundation Stick as a gift under the tree. Ever since then I was hooked and needed more, but money isn't that easy to come by currently so big purchases have to wait till Christmas. But, never fear TKMaxx is here and I managed to grab some of the best bargains ever.

This is one of my favourite stick foundations, the formula is thick but creamy and blends effortlessly into the skin. The packaging is sleek and luxurious, with its black tube and gold logo, it definitely seems like a work of art. It is so quick to use, just draw a few lines on your face and blend, its that simple. The product isn't as creamy as the Revolution Foundation Stick, but that's what makes it great, especially for us oily skins. The formula isn't at all oily or greasy and doesn't feel wet on the skin, or like its melting as you swipe it on. The shade range is reasonably good, though like most brands it could be better. The overall finish of the product is semi matte and reasonably high coverage, with the added ability to build the coverage up where needed. It certainly has blown me away and I would highly recommend it if you are thinking about this product.


Liquid lipsticks are the in thing and my god ABH has got one of the best formulations I've tried. The shades I managed to pick up from TKMaxx are Madison, a purplish shade, Ashton, a brown nude shade and Naked, a light nude shade. Each their own beautiful and matte, another plus for ABH. The formulation is creamy and smooth and glides on the lips, then after a minutes the product becomes matte and lasts all day. Madison is so bold and beautiful it would look perfect on darker skin tones. My favourite thing to do with these is mixing them, Ashton and Naked make the perfect pare to create more plumper lips with the contrast of light and dark. These are so beautiful and I would recommend anyone who loves liquid lipstick to try these.






I have wanted this palette ever since it was released, well I have wanted all the Glow palettes. On an innocent trip to TKMaxx turned into a gold mind. This palette sitting behind some hair products, mine all mine and at £19 it was a true steal. This palette did not disappoint, the shades are eye catching, bright and give you that interstellar glow. There are a few shades that are really out there but are really easy to wear. Go light for a subtle look or spray that fix + and wack it on hunnie, you will shine further then the sun. The consistency is soft and applies really well, there is a little fall out of glitter when you tap the brush, but still looks blinding. I think this is my new best friend and I say if you spot it at TKMaxx, grab it and never let it go.





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