The Best Bits | January 2017

Hello again,

The first Best Bits post of this year is quite a simple one. Here are the three best things that happened this January…

Budapest

Me and Cem went to Budapest from the end of December into the beginning of January and had the best time. We split our time between walking for miles to see all the sights and unwinding in the spa. My favourite parts of the holiday were ice skating, walking up Gellert Hill and seeing the government building light up at night. If you were wondering what Cem’s favourite part was, it was probably the GIANT pizza that he ordered…

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Passengers

I’d wanted to see this film for a while and I’m so glad that we got to see it in the cinema. It’s essentially about two people being stranded on their own in a spaceship. That’s a really boring description but if I say anything else about it then the story will be spoiled. I’d highly recommend it anyway!

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Getting a job

I finally have a job! I haven’t had any paid work since the summer because I’ve been focusing on uni and finishing my 3 month social media internship. My internship didn’t quite end because I now have a proper job there and couldn’t be happier. I genuinely love being there so being paid for doing it is just a bonus.

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As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know what happened in January for you…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Gellért Hill and The Biggest Pizza | Budapest 2017

Hello again,

When me and Cem went to Budapest, one of the places we really wanted to visit was Gellért Hill. It’s essentially a 235 m high hill overlooking the River Danube. The bottom of the hill starts next to the Elisabeth Bridge, which we crossed to get to it.

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It only took us about 20 minutes to walk to the very top, which was a bit of a mission seeing as it had been snowing for two days by this point. Walking up stairs that are covered in ice and snow isn’t easy at all.

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The sun was also starting to set so we tried to get to the top as quickly as possible so we wouldn’t have to walk back down when it was pitch black. Still, I doubt the view would have been as pretty if we’d have gone before the sunset.

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This statue sits about half way up the hill. I didn’t know anything about it before we visited but I had a little look online and read that the man holding a cross is Gürz Elyas, a holy man from the Bektashi order whose shrine and grave on top of the hill was a place of pilgrimage in the 17th century.

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Luckily by the time we got to the top of the hill, the sun hadn’t finished setting so we could walk back down without slipping over. However, Cem nearly fell down the stairs at least 7 times. He didn’t manage to fall over completely though, which is an improvement on our previous ice skating adventure…

As you can see, it was well worth the steep walk.

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As a reward for walking so far throughout the day, we decided to order pizza instead of going out for dinner. I’m not a huge fan of pizza so I just got a standard size one and only managed to eat 2 or 3 slices. You can probably guess that the rather large looking pizza is Cem’s. He didn’t finish it which I was quite relieved about. Surely no normal man can eat a pizza of that size…

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As always, thanks for reading!

Let me know if you’d be interested in visiting Budapest…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

5 Places I Want To Visit In London

Hello again,

Before I moved to London, every time I visited I made sure that I acted like a real tourist and went to as many places as time would allow. Since moving here, I haven’t had much time to actually visit the places I’ve wanted to. This is really annoying because I have such an urge to go to places I’ve never been to before. Hopefully, when I go back after the holidays I’ll have more time to explore…

 

Holland Park

Holland Park looks so tranquil and quiet, definitely a park I would enjoy strolling through. Compromising gardens and woodlands, the park is a massive 54 acres: plenty of room to go for a long walk. What most intrigues me about the park is the two Japanese gardens – the Kyoto Garden and the Fukushima Memorial Garden. I’d love to visit both of those.

The Kyoto Garden

Highgate Cemetery

I originally just wanted to visit Highgate Cemetery just because I knew it was a place of rest for famous figures such as Karl Marx, George Eliot and Christina Rossetti. However, this was before I had seen pictures of it. It wasn’t until The Michalaks vlogged about it on their YouTube channel that I saw how wild and beautiful the cemetery is. It looks like a forest from a fairytale.

The graves of Highgate

The Scoop

I’ve walked past The Scoop more times than I can keep track of, but I’ve never actually had the opportunity to sit there and watch something. I really want to go and watch a film there one day. I wanted to go in October when they were showing Still Alice but I couldn’t make it because I was at uni. Hopefully there’ll be other times when they’re showing good films. I bet it’s nice to sit outdoors under the stars and watch a film, not that you can really see the stars in London.

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Columbia Road Flower Market

I love flowers. I love markets. It seems stupid that I don’t visit the Columbia Road Flower Market, doesn’t it? I honestly didn’t know that such a thing existed until I was reading Time Out. From what I can see in the pictures, it looks like I’d really enjoy going there. I might even buy myself some flowers like the romantic fool that I am. Surrounding the market is an abundance of small boutiques, galleries and cafes. Sounds like Courteney heaven.

I think I’ve died and gone to florist heaven

Columbia Road Flower Market

Richmond Park

I’ve read quite a bit online about Richmond park and the things I most want to see are the Isabella Plantation and the herds of deer. The Isabella Plantation is a large area of woodland which was planted in the 1830’s. I think it would be better to walk through the garden in April or May, which is the time that the peak of the evergreen azaleas that surround the ponds and streams. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard Richmond Park mentioned in another Michalak vlog. If they go then it must be pretty fantastic.

The Isabella Plantation

Fun face: 300 Red Deer and 350 fallow deer live in Richmond Park. God, I’m a geek.

Thank you for reading!

Let me know if you have any suggestions for me or if you’ve been to any of the places that I’ve listed…

Ways you can reach me:

  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
  • Twitter: @courteneyjn
  • Instagram: @courteneynoonan

Bye for now,

Courteney x

 

 

 

Exploring London and The Intern Premiere – 27/09/2015

Hello again,

Since I don’t officially start university until this Tuesday, I’ve had a week to explore London and enjoy the sights. So far I’ve been getting to know the area I live in and have managed to go shopping A LOT.However, Monday was a bit more interesting this week…

Hyde Park Corner

I got off the tube at Hyde Park Corner because I originally decided that I was going to go to Speakers Corner; I’ve been told that the debates can be quite eye-opening and interesting. Unfortunately, nobody was there. After that, I decided that I’d walk past Buckingham Palace whilst I decided how I was going to do with my day.



Buckingham Palace

The beauty of the Palace never ceases to amaze me. Standing outside of the tall gates is actually slightly overwhelming, I imagine that’s what the hundreds of people stood around me are also thinking. It’s so grand and posh; I wish I lived there.



St James’ Park

After walking past Buckingham Palace, I decided to walk through St James’ Park, seeing as I’ve never actually bothered to before. What a lovely walk it was. There we so many ducks and elegant swans being fed by passers by and the sunshine allowed people to picnic and read on a blanket on the grass. Even though it was brimming with people it was a very peaceful place to be. From where I was walking I could see the London Eye peeking over a row of trees.

    

Trafalgar Square

When I’d finished my afternoon stroll I stopped for lunch in Trafalgar Square and decided to walk past the National Portrait Gallery. I do enjoy walking around the gallery but decided that it was probably best to make the most of the hot sun today. I love seeing all of the street performers that cluster on the Square; there was even a man dressed as Yoda. I made sure I put a few pennies on the Union Jack to support the artist that drew it.


 

Leicester Square

Since I was so close it felt silly not to wander through Leicester Square. I don’t really care for the shops they have there though, they’re a bit too upmarket and pricey for me. However, they did have a H&M. As I was passing through I noticed that some workers were setting up barriers in preparation for the European premiere of the film The Intern. I made a note to come back later if I had time in the hopes of meeting Anne Hathaway. One can dream.


Covent Garden

Covent Garden was extremely busy. People seemed awfully eager to get into the market and drink wine on the balcony. There was also a street performer that had grasped the attention of the majority of the people there. Interestingly, whilst passing, I found SEVENTEEN of the Shaun the Sheep sculptures all in the same place. How strange. I took a picture of every single one.


The River Thames

Seeing as I was in the mood for exploring, it seemed rude not to walk along the River Thames. With this thought, I climbed the stairs of the Waterloo Bridge and took a moment to gasp in the beauty of the whole scene: from the London Eye on my left to Westminster on my right. After that, I spent 20 minutes watching a street performer called Tom. He was incredibly talented and comical in equal measure. He managed to successfully juggle, on a seven foot unicycle, whilst blind-folded, WOW.


 

The Intern Premiere 

After a short break from walking I decided that I had enough time to walk back to Leicester Square to join the crowds bowing down to the red carpet of The Intern premiere. I stood there for around two hours; I was squashed. In the end it was all worth it as I managed to take a picture of the beautiful Anne Hathaway. Herself and Robert De Niro were very charming in their interviews. What an experience.


Thank you for reading!

I’m definitely thinking of writing more posts about what I get up to in London in the future.

Ways you can reach me:

  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
  • Twitter: @courteneyjn
  • Instagram: @courteneynoonan

Bye for now,

Courteney x