Romantic Rendez-Vous in Paris

Carousel at Sacre Coeur

We had to race to ahead of the children to get the spinning cups - totally worth it!

I have many fond memories of Paris but the weekend my boyfriend came over is one of my warmer ones. While I’m always aware of how beautiful Paris is, I find it’s even more so when with the one I love (probably because I’m not resenting any happy couples like I did when by my lonesome). So lovebirds, hitch your cupid arrows to your backs and prepare for a post full of sweet (and cheesy) things to do in the City of Love.

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Effective Travel Budgeting: 10 Ways To Ensure You Save.

Eurosaver Cow

Every little helps!

Making a realistic budget can be tricky to get the hang of but once you do, it saves heaps. Doing a proper one takes time as you have to look up costs, but it’s worth your while; not only does it let you know how much you can afford to spend, but it stops you falling into the trap of spontaneous and unnecessary spending when in the holiday spirit; that raid on the gift store, that “novelty” photo with some randomer in a toga, that large dessert after dinner etc – it all adds up… but doesn’t have to! Continue reading


Enjoying the novelty of the box phone booths

Enjoying the novelty of the box phone booths

Fast paced, busy, bursting with British culture – the few times I’ve been there have always left me wanting to go back for more. London is also one of my most extreme shallow-pocketing experiences – both with the lengths I went to stretching my euro and how it all went disastrously wrong! Continue reading

Paris: Land of the Ou-La-La!

On top of the Eiffel Tower

This photo got me some strange looks...

Having lived in Paris for a year, I’ll be doing a lot of posts about it for ShallowPockets, revealing my favourite haunts and lesser-known places to explore. The weekend my friend, Martin came to visit is the perfect adventure to start with as some friends of his were in Paris for their first time. Only staying for a day, the pair of us gave them a crash tour – I didn’t think it possible to squeeze so much out of a few hours, but we did it and on-the-cheap too! Continue reading

Montpellier: Pulls on your heartstrings, not your purse strings

Montpellier Side Street

One of the lovely side streets

One of the great things about having a lot of friends doing a gap year the same time you are, is that there are plenty of floors or couches (should you be so lucky) around the world to sleep on for nothing. One of the floors I found myself on was that of my good friend Sean’s, in Montpellier. This gorgeous city is a 3.5hr train ride from Paris to the warm south. I’d heard a lot of positive things about Montpellier before this and wasn’t disappointed. Here’s why: Continue reading

Prague’s Restaurants: Boar, Beer and Bargains.

Well-tasty beer

Some well-tasty beer

Both being avid carnivores, Czech cuisine was a mouth-watering experience. Beef Goulash with dumplings is a very popular dish, not to mention one which is well-tasty! For food fans, there are loads of traditional dishes, such as the larded boar I tell you about later on, that will have you salivating. Street Kiosks are dotted around the place selling deliciously greasy sausages which are equally guilt-filled, and comforting. Apple Strudel is a popular dessert, and rightly so as a good one is only fantastic (Roman Billy can tell you were to get one of the best ones around town for pittance on his Jewish Ghetto tour). All of this, and a wide variety of beers to boot; Jer being a fan of sampling different beers was spoiled for choice! Continue reading

Prague: Castles. Culture. Cheap.


Charles Bridge, Prague

Charles Bridge, Prague

When I learned “A-hoy” was “hello” in Czech (spelt “ahoj”), I was set on Prague. While I may have felt like a pirate whenever I said it (accompanied by a wink and a hearty arm swing), I failed overall as all the locals laughed whenever I greeted them. At least I tried…

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