A Palace in Granada

Granada is home to one of the most extensive palaces and fortresses I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. The mouldings and tiles are beautifully intricate in design, in addition to the spacious gardens that were blooming with flowers.

La Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra wall mouldingsLa Alhambra wall paintingsIntricate details of AlhambraEvidence of the Arabic past in Granada, SpainGardens in La AlhambraGardens in the Palace at Granada

Nowadays Alhambra, the name of the area, is a tourist attraction but it once stood as a fortress. It was created initially for military purposes which included a medina (city), alcazar (palace), and an alcazaba (fortress).

Alhambra derives from the Arabic language meaning “crimson castle”. You can see from some pictures of the palace that when the torches are lit upon the palace it gives off a reddish colour. If you look at some of the pictures you can see evidence of the Arabic language in the design and mouldings.

Alhambra, Granada, SpainAlhambra buildings Alhambra fortressGiant door in Alhambra

It took a long arduous uphill walk to get there so we naturally stopped several times along the way for breaks and popsicles. Once you get to the top though the views are sparse and spectacular.

Walking in Granada, SpainJoanna stopped for a walk in the streamAlhambra from a distant Views from AlhambraAlhambra Granada Spain

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Phobia of Fish Discovered in Istan

On June 3rd, 2012 I went fishing and kayaking in Istan with my friend Joanna and her parents. The scenery was so beautiful and the best part was that we were the only people, except for a few annoying teenagers, within the whole reservoir.

Joanna and I were a little hungover after hitting one of our favourite bars, Room 101, for some Caipirinhas so we enjoyed paddling in the kayak.

Chilling in the kayak in Istan

Our guide, Captain Amer, showed us how to fish for bass which is actually hard! We brought a feast of cheese, meat, and fruit, giving us a reason to stop for lunch three times. The scenery was beautiful with mountains surrounding us and crystal blue skies, it’s a must if you get the chance to visit Marbella.

Although the girls unfortunately did not catch any fish, Joanna’s dad was like a fish whisperer and caught five.

I will admit that I think I have created an irrational fear to fish. I never want to be the prissy girl but every time the fish was near me I would squeal in such a high pitch that only dogs could hear. This only got worse when it came to killing and gutting the fish, which left me agape. This also made me wonder…..for times like these a boyfriend would come in pretty useful (All macho men may apply :-D) We were also allowed to bring our catch home for dinner, YUM!

Fishing in Istan, SpainIstan, SpainConquering the kayak in Istan

My life in Marbella

I  lived in Marbella, Spain from August 2011 until September 2012 and it was the best time of my life. I worked for the most amazing employers at Manifesto Design and yes I did get to party rather extensively.

I have the fondest memories of walking along the boardwalk in the sun with my gaggle of girls, deciding upon where we will enjoy tapas and euro beers. I’m a girl who enjoys simple pleasures.

Travelling and exploring a new culture is an experience I feel lucky to have had. The parties were pretty damn awesome as well 😀

This is also the place where Joanna and I became the best of friends, I had an Italian romance, gained valuable knowledge in the Marketing and PR industry, and grew up. So Marbella has a soft spot with me.

Here are some pictures that will hopefully encapsulate my time in the crazy city of Marbella.

This was one of our first nights out in a local bar in Fuengirola with some friends.

One of our first nights out in Spain

One of my first press invites to a Marbella party that was so cool.

First PR appearance in Marbella

Art Gallery opening

Nightclub Opening in Marbella

Enjoying the night in Marbella

Eating a nice Mexican

Night out in Puento Banus

Drinks with the girls in Marbella

Birthday Dinner in Puerto BanusNew Year's Eve in MarbellaNight out in MarbellaMarbella Art FestivalNight time dipAnother party in MarbellaSan Juan in MarbellaDinner for San JuanEnjoying some supper for San Juan Marbella

On our last day in Marbella I decided I wanted to get my ear pierced.

Where to pierce my ear before leaving Marbella

 

Roaming in Ronda

Ronda is one of the oldest cities in Spain and dates back to the Neolithic age. Pileta’s Cave has one of the best cave paintings of that era in Andalusia. Whilst the ‘New Bridge’ and the bullring of the Royal Calvary Order of Ronda are the symbol and soul of this great city.

There is so much history and culture surrounding this city but the real reason when went on a road trip to Ronda was for the puenting. Puenting is the like bungee jumping. You jump off a bridge and savour the free fall experience. I’ll be the first to admit that I was too chicken to try this out myself, which I kind of regret to this day. It looks awesome!!

Practising the jump for puenting

Getting ready for the puenting

Finally they jumped

After the jumps photo

You can see the video of their ‘last words’ on my friend Anna’s blog.

Now back to the historical part of our visit. We did a lot of eating and walking. The best feature, in my opinion, was the Puente Nuevo (The New Bridge). Towering 120ft above the canyon floor, this bridge offers the best viewpoint for viewing the vast of Ronda. We unfortunately didn’t get enough time to do everything we wanted to do, but it was still a great experience.

Anna and I in Ronda

Ronda is a place for romance

The New Bridge, Ronda Spain

La Ciudad Ronda, EspanaLa Ciudad Ronda, Espana

A day in Ronda that included bridge jumping

All of us with the instructor for Puenting in RondaI know that this title may make me sound really exciting but far from the contrary. I’m afraid  I have mislead you and during this great activity I was the photographer. For one of the remaining weekends we had in Spain my friends all decided they wanted to go ‘puenting’ whilst we were visiting Ronda. Juliet, my ever worried mother, would have had a heart malfunction if she thought I was doing this. So I decided to spare her any pain and take my rightful place as videographer and photographer.

Practicing the jump

To explain ‘puenting’ simply, it is the same as bungee jumping with a few small differences. You always jump off a bridge and instead the harness is strapped around your arms and legs rather than just your legs. The biggest difference is that you swing when ‘puenting’ whereas  if you bungee jump you’ll be bouncing. Both have that freefall experience that when I look back on it I wish I did go through with the jump, but don’t worry there will be loads more chances for me 😉

I filmed everyone’s “Last Words” you know in case anything happens haha You can view the video below. Congrats to Joanna, Sergio, and Rokaya who jumped on the 8/2012!!!!

After this adrenaline rush we all had a walk and lunch in the beautiful city of Ronda. This prehistoric city dates back to the Neolithic Age and has fantastic rock paintings of Cueva de la Pileta.

Sergio and Joanna playing in the toy store in Ronda

Discovering the palace in Granada

Alhambra Palace entrance in Granada Granada is located in Andalucia, Spain which is currently where I’m living at the minute. The province is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, where a lot of winter skiing and snowboarding takes place. One of the most visited attractions in Granada is the Alhambra Palace, which is known for its Islamic roots. When we visited the palace we weren’t expecting how large it was going to be. It took about 3 hours to walk around the whole place and the views were spectacular. Here are some snaps from the trip, hope you all like them!!

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My Birthday Wishlist

Jamie Birthday Wishlist

It is my birthday on 24th of August, so only 24 days to go until I’m 22! People have already started to ask me what I want for my birthday so I thought it would be best to do a blog post. So going from left to right, let’s begin with my Birthday Wishlist!

  • Eats. Shoots & Leaves! Punctuation Book
  • I love Sam Bourne and his writings so any of his books would be greatly appreciated (Have already read The Chosen One)
  • I’ve recently discovered my adventurous side and would love to go paragliding
  • The Dressmaker’s Technique Bible book
  • P.S. – I Made This book (from the well-known blog P.S. – I Made This)
  • Angel perfume by Thierry Mugler (my favourite)
  • The next picture is one that I adore. Someday when I finally settle down in a place I will have a DIY and sewing room therefore becoming the next Martha Stewart, but until then anything to with studs, ribbons, material, hot glue gun, buttons, sequin, spikes, paper, threads, etc. would be appreciated
  • I’m really into boho/indian/chic style and this hand harness is perfect and only 3.99 from New Look
  • Kindle, after travelling with all my books to Spain I’ve realised that a Kindle might be a good investment
  • And finally, the Lauren Conrad Beauty book to add to my collection, yes I am a Lauren Conrad fanatic.

Fishing and Kayaking in Istan

Kayaking and fishing in Istan 1Last weekend I went fishing and kayaking in Istan with my friend Joanna and her parents. The scenery was so beautiful and the best part was that we were the only people, except for a few annoying teenagers, within the whole reservoir. Joanna and I were a little hungover after hitting one of our favourite bars, Room 101, for some Caipirinhas so we enjoyed paddling in the kayak. Our guide, Captain Amer, showed us how to fish for bass which is actually hard! We brought a feast of cheese, meat, and fruit, giving us a reason to stop for lunch three times.

Although the girls unfortunately did not catch any fish, Joanna’s dad was like a fish whisperer and caught five. I will admit that I think I have created an irrational fear to fish. I never want to be the prissy girl but every time the fish was near me I would squeal in such a high pitch that only dogs could hear. This only got worse when it came to killing and gutting the fish, which left me agape. This also made me wonder…..for times like these a boyfriend would come in pretty useful (All macho men may apply :-D) We were also allowed to bring our catch home for dinner, YUM! Here are some pictures of us two enjoying the Marbella sunshine and Captain Amer’s activities.

Kayaking and fishing in Istan 2Kayaking and fishing in Istan 3Kayaking and fishing in Istan 4

Art Watson Gallery Opening

Art Watson GalleryThe best part about my work placement is the great events that my friends and I get to attend along the Costa del Sol. We recently got the chance to view the Art Watson Gallery exhibiting artist Dom Pattinson at the Marbella Club Hotel. The champagne was bubbling and the heat wave made the evening feel as if summer has hit the coast. Sorry to my friends and family in England reading this, merely trying to reiterate a picture for you……..not a great excuse to throttle me :-S

Anyway back to the rather exclusive artwork. Not only had Dom Pattinson sold his collections at London and New York fairs but he has exhibitions in Singapore, Valencia, and Australia. The theme is Graffiti and Street Art Movement and I’m not sure if it’s my still youthful mentality but I love the artwork. Reminds me of Banksy in some ways.

Another attraction at the event is the Rock-Box-Series which are miniature replicas of the world’s most famous gigs, created by Phil Wainman.

I have attached a few photos for everyone to have a gander. Those who are art savvy your comments will be very much appreciated to help me avoid rambling. This will help me offer more sophisticated injections within a conversation rather than hovering over the bar, I do love champagne though 😉

P.S. I decided to wear an ESpirit dress, with my friend’s leopard print belt, and beige heels from Dorothy Perkins

Myself at the Marbella Club Hotel Art work at Art Watson GalleryMy friend Joanna enjoying the Art Watson GalleryGraffiti and Street art canvas picturesSonia with a rather vocal painting Rock n Roll miniatures

An amazing night at Infuschia restaurant and Tibu nightclub opening

Infuschia Restaurant in MarbellaWe had a great time at the Infuschia and Tibu opening in Puerto Banus. The food was great and there was a live demonstration at the Teppanyaki table, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I was joined by my gorgeous ladies Sonia Muneri and Joanna Keeton. Here are a few snaps for everyone who wasn’t able to make the event. I decided to make the most of my new tan and wear predominately white; Zara white tailored shorts, a LOOK white blazer, to add a pop of colour I wore an orange strappy top from Topshop, and colour block heels also from Topshop. To accessorise I wore a large jewelled necklace with dangling spikes from Accessorize.Infuscia and TIBU opening

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