The War and Peace Revival

So this post is very overdue but it is a post that I had planned to share with you so even though it is very late, I hope you enjoy it anyway.

The War and Peace Revival was held in Kent at Folkestone Racecourse back in July.

I had never been to this before my my family went last year and really enjoyed it.

If you don’t know what the War and Peace Revival is a military and vintage festival.
There is so much to do here; such as watching action packed battle re-enactments, stalls to browse through and buy from, lots of live music, explore the vintage village and explore many military vehicles.

You definitely don’t have to be into military and war to attend this. I am not into the war side but I love going and looking at the vintage pieces.

So many people get involved in this festival and many people dress up for it.

Here is what i got up to on my day.

We started with a look round the stalls.

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I managed to buy the above U.S.A Miltrary jacket for just £3.

We then made are way to look around the vintage stalls.

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I then got my hair done, by a lovely lady in one of the vintage stalls.

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I loved the hair and will definitely be trying to re create this at some point.
After getting my hair done we went and got a bit of lunch before meeting up with some friends and exploring a bit more.

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We finished off the day by listening to a bit of music, before catching the train home.
I loved this lady’s outfit.

The War and Peace Revival will be held at Folkestone Racecourse again next year, From the 22th – 26th July, I will be definitely going again!

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Fairytale Tag

I have seen a few people post this tag and have really enjoyed reading everyone’s answers, so here are my answers to the questions.

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Snow White – do you consider yourself beautiful?
No, I would definitely say I care about how I look though.

Sleeping Beauty – how many hours sleep do you get a night?
I always try to get at least 8 – 9 hours a night.

Cinderella – do you have a curfew?
No.

Rapinzel – do you love being outside?
Yes. I love doing things outdoors.

Red Riding Hood – do you trust strangers easily?
To a certain extent I would.

The Wolf and 7 Young Kids – are you easy to fool?
I would like to say no but I probably am easy to fool.

Beauty and The Beast – what makes someone beautiful in your eyes?
I think someone who can make you laugh and enjoys doing the same things as you.

The Little Mermaid – what would you sacrifice for love?
I wouldn’t be with someone who would make me sacrifice something for love.

The Frog King – what do you find disgusting?
Smoking, the smell is so disgusting.

Jack and The Beanstalk – what plants do you have?
I don’t have any, but I live with my parents and my mum has loads.

Puss In Boots – do you have any pets? If not do you want any?
I have a Jack Russell called Harry.

Bluebeard – what Is your weak point?
Chocolate. 

Pinocchio – what is your biggest wish? 
It used to be to go to New York but I did that in 2013 so I would say now it is to travel.

Peter Pan – what is your mental age?
I would say 25 because everyone always says I seem older than I am because I’m sensible.

The Star Monkey – what is your most valuable possession?
A cuddly dog, that I have had since I was a baby. It is irreplaceable.

Golden Mary and Pitch Mary – are you a hard worker or a lazy worker?
100% a hard worker. I like to keep busy when I’m at work, even if it’s dead I will be doing something.

The Princess and The Pea – are you sensitive?
Sometimes.

The Worn Out Dancing Shoes – do you party?
I like to go out and have a good time with my friends but I’m not the sort of person that goes out every weekend.

The Emperors New Clothes – do you care about your clothing?
Yes, I care about what I wear when I go out, but when I’m indoors you can find me in trackies or something comfortable.

The Brave Little Soldier – do you consider yourself brave?
When I have to be brave I can be.

Have you done this tag? If so leave me the link to it below so I can check yours out.

 

The Reading Tag.

I saw this tag on @hellojanuaryUK blog which is all about reviews of books, if you love to read her blog is definitely worth a follow.
I love to read myself so thought I would share my answers with you all.

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1. Do you have a certain place for reading at home?
I mainly read at home either in bed or in the garden.

2. Bookmarks or random bits of paper?
I normally use random bits of paper or I fold the page I am on.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?
I will normally stop after a chapter unless I’m super tired and I will just stop at the end of a paragraph.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
I will normally have a drink next to me but I don’t usually eat.

5. Do you watch TV or listen to music whilst your reading?
Never.

6. One book at a time or several?
I only ever read one at a time!

7. Reading at home or everywhere?
Mainly at home but I can read anywhere.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently in my head.

9. Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?
Definitely not, this could ruin the book.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
It always ends up broken. I think that this shows the book is read and loved.

11. Do you write in your books?
No.

12. What are you reading now?
The Flavours of Love By Dorothy Koomson.

Have you done this tag? Please send me links if so, I’d love to read them.

Bucket List

I started this list a few years ago – things I would like to do before I’m 30. I mentioned it in my 25 facts about me post so thought I would share my list with you, although the list is growing and it is now more of a bucket list – no strict time frame!

Some of these I have already completed, but a lot I haven’t.

1. Go to New York City.

2. Own my own car.

3. Learn how to sew.

4. Learn French.

5. Go to Paris.

6. Do the Race for Life.

7. Buy macarons from Laduree.

8. Dance till 6am.

9. Go to Las Vegas.

10. Go to Walt Disney World Florida.

11. Start a blog.

12. Be and extra in a TV show or film.

13. Have a mortgage.

14.Go to the Lock Ness.

15. Watch the London fireworks on NYE from a hotel balcony.

16. Buy a designer handbag.

17. Have a high end afternoon tea in London.

18. Learn something practical. (I.e. how to change a tyre or a fuse)

19. Work in my dream job.

20.Go to Ireland.

21. Raise £700 for charity.

22. Give blood regularly.

23. Do the boxing day dip.

24. Do a house clearance.

25. Go to a football match.

26. Sit in a box in a theatre.

27. Stay in the Ritz, Plaza or Savoy.

28. Fly a plane.

29. Play the piano in St. Pancras station.

30. Walk over the O2.

31. See the Northern Lights.

32. See whales in their natural habitat.

33. Meet the Spice Girls – or one!

This list grows weekly! Have you got any particular things you want to do before a certain age? If so leave me a comment or tweet me what they are – would love to hear from you.

 

25 Random Facts About Me!

The fact lists were going around YouTube and blogs a little while ago, but I never got around to doing one myself so I thought it was about time I shared some facts about me.

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1. I love to read

2. I’m allergic to cat/rabbit hair

3. I’m afraid of thunder and lighting

4. I met my oldest friend on my first day of nursery and we are still friends now

5. I have a scar on my leg from climbing over a bar wired fence when I was younger

6. I have an older sister

7. My hair colour is completely natural

8. I had speech therapy as a child (I still can’t pronounce my T’s or Z’s)

9. I can’t get in my bed at night without making it first

10. I don’t like tea or coffee

11. I’m a personal licence holder

12. I love anything Disney

13. I would love to travel more in and out of the UK

14. I love spending time with my family

15. I have one tattoo on the back of my neck

16. I have never smoked and I never will

17. I’m partly deaf in one ear

18. I’m a trained beauty therapist and make-up artist

19. My favourite food is pasta

20. I created a list of 30 things I want to do before I’m 30

21. I love going to boot fairs

22. I quite often say stupid things without thinking

23. Most of the friends I grew up with I am still friends with now

24. I have a large handbag collection

25. I’m not a big fan of fireworks or lifts

So there you go, you know a little more about me. Did you do a random fact post? Send comment with the link, I’d love to read.

My 6 Top Paris Tourist Attractions

Rather than do weeks of reviews on different places I have summed up my 6 top tourist attractions in Paris.

Eiffel Tower

This is obviously the biggest and most obvious tourist attraction of them all, and was top on my to do list.
The sights from the top are amazing and well worth queuing for.

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To go to all floors the ticket will cost you €15. However I actually went through as a ‘teen’ and only paid €13.50.
The Eiffel Tower is definitely best to see on a Sunny day so you can see the views clearly.

Tip – Go early in the morning to beat the queues.

Arc De Triomphe

This is another famous attraction worth climbing up to see the 360-degree view (unfortunately one end was under construction on my visit).
To get to the amazing view you have to climb up the never ending steps (there is a lift for the disabled) being centre at one end of the Chante Elysées you can get an amazing view of the road itself as well as a great view of the Eiffel Tower.

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Being centred in the middle of one the worlds busiest roundabouts is a fun place to watch the craziness unfold in front of you. There is a underground tunnel to reach the Arc you don’t have to try and cross.

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At the bottom of the Arc also lays the flame lit daily for the unknown soldier – it represents the great dead.
Tickets cost €9.50.

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Tip – If you live in the EU and are between the ages of 18 – 25 with ID on you, you can go in for free.

Notre Dame

Being a big Disney fan this was a building I wanted to visit.
The building from the outside is spectacular, the amount of detail put into it is unreal.

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To go into the main building is free, and worth going in for a look around. The building is beautiful, you are not allowed to use flash photography inside so the pictures really don’t do it justice.

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You can go up the towers, the entrance to this is round the side of the building. I would of loved to do this however we just didn’t have time on our short trip. And now I have an excuse to go back!

Moulin Rouge

This was a high light of my trip. I have done a full separate review – click the link to read https://katieguilding.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/moulin-rouge-review/

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The Louvre

The Louvre museum is most famous for the Mona Lisa.
It’s probably the biggest art museum I have ever seen, you could walk around it all day and still not see everything!

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The main reason I went was to see the famous the Mona Lisa, I don’t think you can go to the Louvre and say you haven’t seen her.
We only spent a couple hours looking around simply because we did not have enough time to look around it for a whole day.
If you enjoy looking at art you will probably want to dedicate a whole day to this rather than a couple of hours. Tickets cost €12

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Tip – Want to take lots of posing photos without the crowds in the background? Go past it on a Tuesday to take you photos as the museum is closed meaning there are a lot less people hanging around the area.

Sacré-Cœur

The Sacré-Cœur is a very beautiful Roman Catholic Church located on the highest point of Paris.
I never actually went into the building, but came to the area to see the best sights of the city.

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There is a great atmosphere up here everyone just seems to be enjoying themselves.

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Tip – Go at sunset. Watch the sun go down and the lights of the city begin to turn on, it’s beautiful.

Moulin Rouge Review!

This was a show I have always wanted to see and I have always told myself if I ever went to Paris I would have to go.

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So when we booked our trip this was on my list of to dos! But looking up the prices before my trip I realised how expensive it is to go. But as Christmas was coming up I asked for money that I could put towards my ticket.

There are separate prices for the Moulin Rouge, €99 just for the show, €109 for the show and a half bottle of champagne or €180+ for the show and dinner, we all decided to go for the €109 option so we could enjoy the show with a glass of bubbles.

We also opted to book to see the show at 9pm with plans to have dinner before hand.

Just seeing the iconic windmill outside got me excited!

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You are not allocated a seat as such (your tickets don’t have seat numbers) but on arrival you are promptly shown to a seat/table that is for you. We were sat on a table for 6 on the left hand side of the stage, on the slightly upper level. I was surprised at how small the venue itself is. No one else was seated with us but there is a chance you can be seated on a table with others – I guess it depends on party numbers etc.

After being seated a waiter quickly came over with our Champagne to open and serve it for us.

The Show!

The show itself was amazing. It keeps you hooked the whole time, the dancing is spectacular and the outfits worn are so glamorous. The show does has topless dancers but to be honest there is so much going on you barely notice. Some of the acts throughout the show have you open mouthed and gasping! There is also a lot of light hearted humour in the show that had the whole theatre in laughter.

Throughout the show you have waiters coming around and topping your Champagne up for you, which was lovely I didn’t have to poor a drink all night!

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There is strictly no photography allowed before the show or during, there is a photographer who comes round to take photos of you before the show starts but unfortunately they did not come round to us, which is a shame as I probably would of bought the photo. However once the show is over the friendly waiters came over and offered to take photos for us on are own personal cameras.

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Was the show worth the expensive price? Without a doubt!!

I had high expectations before I went to the show but they still managed to completely exceed them.

If I get to return to Paris  I would love to see the show again. And if you are ever in Paris make this something you must do!

Have you ever been to the Moulin Rouge? If so what were your thoughts?