21 July 2011

England When It Sizzles.

Well, that's it for another post series! I really enjoyed having some wonderful bloggers, that i love and admire, writing for me about they places they live and love.

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To finish this wonderful series, i thought i'd give my 2 cents on my favourite spots in the UK.

1. St. Ives, Cornwall

I absolutely love the Cornish Coast, i could spend forever there (well, that's a little bit of a lie as i'm definitely a city girl and would probably go stir crazy in the countryside!) but i love the calm atmosphere with that hint of a buzz. St. Ives is probably my favourite spot, come rain or shine. It's rambling streets house quaint little shops stuffed with handmade treasures and one of a kind pieces. The sea front is home to your classic chippy, an arcade and scrummy fudge shops (and the occasional candy floss stand, of course!) Make sure to be around when the fishermen come into dock to unload their latest stocks of fish, where you can be sure to spot some little eyes poking above the water belonging to an adorable family of seals, hoping for some escapee fish!

2. Southampton, Hampshire

Ah, Southampton, my destination of choice for University, this September. I cannot wait to get down there now, after multiple visits i fall in love even more each time. The electric atmosphere, with a mix 2 university's students, high class women, mutton dressed as lame, the teenage girls who are way beyond their years and the elderly generation who are there to keep the place at least a little grounded. There's no place like it, and it's even surpassed my love for the capital. West Quay shopping centre is jam packed with all your usual high street love, from a massive New Look to the obligatory H&M, from an upper end Karen Millen to your classic Toppers, you name it it's there. Oh, and don't worry just outside of West Quay is our very large Primark, like i said there are two Universities worth of students residing in Southampton, and they've got to shop somewhere! Don't forget to drop by the docks, for some gorgeous scenery and plenty of eateries.

3. York, Yorkshire

I city i have frequently visited (and will again this August) this beautiful City. Steeped in history, gorgeous architecture and quirky additions, it's got everything you could want from a city break. York Minster is set grandly in the centre of York, with it's Gothic presence soaring high above the city skyline. It's beauty can be seen for miles around, and can be appreciated by everyone; something so impressive cannot be skipped. My favourite evening pastime are the Ghost Walks (1, 2), hosted by an array of impressive characters. Winding through the entire city, you see things that you might not ordinarily see and as for the stories, they'll keep you awake for hours! The Shambles are the adorable shopping streets, crammed with tiny shops selling everything from antiques to handmade one offs. Keep your eyes open at all times, blink and you'll miss something in this city!

4. Birmingham, West Midlands

The little amount of time i've spent in this great city has already shown me the wonderful amenities it has to offer. I can't say anymore without shouting from the rooftops about the Bullring, the shopping is on a par with London, possibly even better as it was the first UK city to house a Forever 21! After visiting here for a University open day, i quickly realised that despite it's cosmopolitan city status i could never live there, it's just a bit too busy, for me (which is saying something!) However, i cannot praise Birmingham City University enough, if it hadn't been for Southampton Solent's course being so perfect, i would have been there in a shot! It's city centre is crammed with everything you could ever want, from the A-Z of shops to the multiple types of cuisine it houses!

I hope you've enjoyed this series and that it may have aided your Summer plans. There are still so many places i would love to visit, where do you live and what makes it one of a kind?

- K ox


  1. I love York, one of my favourite cities to visit. So many gorgeous, quirky shops and so so pretty xxx

  2. I really want to go to all these places =)

    Bow Dream Nation xx


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