Saturday, 26 February 2011

A stranger in my own city

The past few days, I've been with my cousin who is visiting from Australia. I don't know what you do when you have visitors, but given my city's long history, we're kind of obliged to take them around the tourist trail. I have recently begun to appreciate the architecture and history around me, but I haven't been sightseeing for a long time. It was really good to rediscover the museums, attractions and especially the cathedral. They charge you admittance now which seems a little off to me, what would Jesus have to say about that? He'd go in and throw their admittance counter over, I suppose. Anyway, it was worth it to look around again after all this time, and I would definitely recommend a romp around your own home town if you have the time. Try doing each of the following for a good day out pretending to be a tourist:

1. Go somewhere with a view. It's always good to see the place from a different angle so search for a tower, hill or something where you can go to the top and look down. Obviously not everyone has something like this, so just try and find a tall building, maybe a shop or cafe, that you're allowed into which has windows looking out onto the city.

2. Take advantage of free stuff. I don't think people really use the various offers of free admittance and events to their full extent a lot of the time. If you know of somewhere you can get in without paying, try it! If you only know places with admission charges, check that you actually need to pay, as some places will give special offers for students etc. Failing that, you can look out for events which allow you to go where you couldn't normally.

3. Try a new cafe or restaurant. I have a favourite cafe, it's called Cafe Monde and I have been there 4 times in the last week! It seems that I need to get out of my rut, which is why I was pleased to shake it up a bit and go to Patisserie Blanc, which was completely different. If you're ever lucky enough to go there, the mushroom croissant is gorgeous! Anyway, the point is that by sampling  the cuisine of a new place you can discover somewhere you love.

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LoveE ♥ said...

You look absolutely adorable! Sounds like so much fun, and the pictures look amazing :)

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Unknown said...

Loved it :)

Camille said...

i love your bun! it's so different! how did you do that??

mary louise said...

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Catherine said...

Those photos are glorious! I don't have many relatives, let alone relatives/friends that visit, but if I did, those sound like some great tips. Your coat is adorable, by the way!


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Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I am going to follow these steps in San Francisco. I love your outfit.... Particularly beautiful.


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amanda archambault said...

Your outfits are very good! Super chic and artsy.
Australia sounds fun! I've always wanted to visit there. One day im going to visit Sydney
Great post! Thanks for sharing,
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elizabeth jaime said...

Love those shorts/skirt? (Can't tell what they are!)

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Anonymous said...

beautiful feeling in the photos!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Nice to see that cute coat getting some wear... and yeah, I think it's very important to be a tourist in your own town!

Unknown said...

love all of these photos :)and of course that cute coat:)
nice blog!i'm gonna visit it again :)
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Unknown said...

I love your coat, it's stunning & you look amazing in it!! Your photos are gorgeous. I love your tips! It is so true. Even in everyday life my fiance and I are always taking advantage of free stuff (admission, parks, etc) when we can't think of anything to do.


The Trend Spotter said...

how cool is finding well dressed people in the streets!! such a pleasure! lovely girl btw! congrats on ur blog is very easy to read!