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France Paris: A 3 Day Romantic Trip In Paris

I absolutely love Paris. Like anywhere, I always have a different experience when I visit the known capital of love. Paris is exceptional and is a great romantic getaway. I managed to book a package deal with Secret Escapes for a 3-day trip with flights, hotel and Disneyland tickets for £289pp. I wrote about this recently in ‘Where Dreams Come True: My Experience at Disneyland Paris’. Today I want to focus on my 3 day romantic trip in Paris. See the breakdown below:

3-day trip with flights, hotel and Disneyland tickets for £289pp.

Day 1 – A view of Paris

We landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport very early in the morning. I think we arrived at like 8 am in the morning! I thought this was great because we would have a full day in Paris.
We stayed at the B&B Disneyland Hotel (it wasn’t the most luxurious hotel I’ve stayed in and there are a number of hotel option to stay in), and locating the hotel on google maps wasn’t the easiest.

There were so many options and routes. The first option was to buy a single for the hotel, which cost €38.99 for two people. The second option was to get a travel card which would allow us to travel the whole of Paris for a week at just €22.89 each, (you need a passport photo for this). We decided that it would be smarter to go with the second option.

We managed to get to the hotel at around 10 am!! When we got there, we were told that we had to wait till 3 pm before we could enter our rooms! The was hella long! I think because of the shock on our faces they allowed us to enter the rooms at 1.30 pm. We had a little nap, freshened up and headed back into Paris. Of course, we headed to the Effile Tower and had a photoshoot literally. See the pictures below.

NB: When booking a romantic trip package ask relevant questions like when is check-in at the hotel etc.

We finished the night at a lovely Asian restaurant called Le Point De Sichuan and headed back to our hotel.

Day 2 – My Birthday Disneyland ?

After a lovely day trip to Paris, it was time to be a BIG kid and head over to Disneyland. We first did Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, which was a maze that took forever to go through! Then tried out a few rides. Unfortunately, Walt Disney Studios Park but Disneyland Park was a better option if I do say so myself.

We then headed back to the hotel to have some dinner and catch a nap before the fireworks.

P.S for more photos at Disneyland head over to Where Dreams Come True: My Experience at Disneyland Paris

Day 3 – Another romantic trip to Paris

The final day was also beautiful; we woke up early to have breakfast. Then checked out of our hotel room. We had a late flight so paid to lock our suitcases in their lockers and headed to Paris. We made more time to see more of the sites on Day 3:

  • Louvre Museum
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Place des Vosges
  • Palace of Versailles

We ended the trip at KONG, a lovely restaurant that serves some of the best Asian food I’ve ever tasted.


Hope you enjoyed my break down in Paris Have you ever been? What are your thoughts?

I think a post on a romantic trip is in process. In the meantime, have you had a romantic trip? Name a few below.

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Where Dreams Come True: My Experience at Disneyland Paris

Although I’ve done Disneyland in Tokyo, I still had an urge to do Disneyland in Paris. I love all things Disney like and I thought the best time and only time to go ahead and act like a BIG KID was my BIRTHDAY!

I had also seen Michelle Travels go to Disneyland and it looked absolutely amazing!

Related Post: Turn Your ‘Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips

Did Disneyland live up to my expectations?

Course, it did! Disneyland in Paris is very different from Disneyland in Tokyo. I went to Disneyland in Paris during the day and Disneyland Tokyo in the evening so they made a huge difference.

When you walk into the park, you get a real sense beautiful warmth of positivity. This is a fantastic feeling to have on your birthday.

As it was my birthday, I was allowed to choose which park we went too. I prefered the park with the castle. We got there around 4.30 pm. There are a number of shuttle buses for the parks (which are free). We got there in good time for the parade, which I loved every single minute of it.

Welcome to Disneyland in Paris

Disneyland Paris consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park is the park everybody has heard of and should go to – it has the castle. Walt Disney Studios Park, on the other hand, has a more general moviemaking theme, but it’s still very Disney. Everything looked and felt terrific. I was dressed for the occasion as always – like Mickey Mouse.

These are so many attractions within the park, including the following:

  • Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups
  • Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
  • Discovery Arcade. And more…

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There are six Disney resorts in California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and China with a total of twelve parks. These are Walt Disney World Resort (Florida) (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Animal Kingdom) Disneyland Resort (California) (Disneyland, California Adventure)!

Have you ever been to Disneyland? Let me know in the comments below. If you follow me on my Instagram, you would have seen my video experience at Disneyland.

Still, have more questions? Wait a couple more days. I have a breakdown of how I went to Disneyland and Paris in just 3 days.

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Say my name, say my name: Would You Change Your Name if You Were Asked to At Work?

It’s no surprise to me that Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are being asked to change their names at work. I have worked in several sectors and my name has always been an issue for my colleagues. I recall working in a high-end department store, where my then-manager insisted on calling me AID instead of Ade. This is pronounced Ah-day (for those of you that haven’t met someone with a Nigerian name before). This manager called me AID for nearly over a year only to stop when a former colleague corrected him. (Which confuses me because during the countless times I did correct him, he continued to say my it wrong!)   

What’s happening…

The whitewashing of BAME names is still happening despite the surge of diversity on our screens. Billions of pounds have been poured into telling stories from minority perspectives in movies and TV shows; a big chunk of celebrity athletes and musicians are BAME people– there is no avoiding us. 

Yet, people still seem to have difficulties with pronouncing non-western names. According to ITVNews more than a third of employees from an ethnic minority background are being told to change their names to something more English.  

I, on several occasions, have had requests to change my name. When it comes to having a supposedly “unique” name, English people, in my opinion, are the worst at even attempting to say your it correctly. I’ ve had people who willfully ignore how to pronounce my name. Telling me: “I will pronounce your name how it’s spelt, darling!”.

Final Thoughts….

It makes me sick because your it’s your identity; if someone can’t have the respect to even try to pronounce your name correctly. It says more about them than you.   

I’m still learning but I have now learned that my name is who I am, and if you can’t learn to give me the common courtesy to pronounce it properly you don’t deserve to speak to me. You should be proud of your name and don’t change it for anyone.  Read – Don’t TOUCH, Ask Q’s About MY HAIR

Have you ever had to change your name for people? If you have, share your story in the comments below. 

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Turn Your ‘Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips

Traditions can be a right drain, especially those that hinder your growth or those that you simply don’t enjoy. Every year my mother made an effort for my birthday- as kind as it was. It usually involved some sort of birthday party with people I didn’t like or care about. For that reason, I, in the past, have always hated celebrating my birthday. I would be forced to wear some fancy dress where I would be forced to sit and look pretty!

For my 21st I decided to change this tradition and celebrate my birthday travelling – the one thing I love doing!

Drake said it first, “Turn Your Birthday into a Lifestyle”. I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of Drake, but when Char from MemoirandMusing– mentioned the lyric to me I recognised I had already been doing it for 8 years! Yes, that’s right, since my 21st Birthday, I have made an effort to book a flight for my birthday. These are the countries I have been too so far:

Nigeria Age 21

Spain Age 22


Nigeria – 23

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Dubai – 24

Dubai Aged 24

Germany Age 25


America – 26 (New York, Houston & New Orleans)


Portugal 27

Portugal Age 27
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France 28

I’m sure you already know that I spent my 28th Birthday this year at Disney Land Paris with le bae! See the pictures below:

I’ve always believed that you should always do things you enjoy for your birthday and I have recognised that travelling is something I love to do, so why not do it for my birthday? Since it’s my B-Day Week still ( BIG UP TO MY FELLOW VIRGO QUEENS AND KINGS!! ) I figured I’d share my top tips on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle!


6 way on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle

Plan ahead

And give your job notice that you’ll be taking your birthday off. Don’t! I repeat, don’t go to work on your birthday! You shouldn’t be going to work on your birthday! You should be catching a flight or already abroad. The only way to do this is by planning well ahead – I mention this in a previous blog post, particularly on my post – Make It A Habit To Visit A New Country Yearly.

You are supposed to enjoy yourself on your birthday! If you love your job then, by all means, go to work, but as a travel blogger doesn’t it make more sense spoiling yourself to a holiday on your birthday? Of course, so book that flight!

Splurge

Don’t be afraid to splurge it’s your birthday for crying out loud! Let your birthday be the one day a year when you’re allowed to partake in ONE thing that you’ve been saying no too.
Obviously, this won’t work if it’s a significant addition to something terrible, like alcohol or smoking, but sometimes this can work wonders. Allow someone to treat you to something beautiful or better yet treat your damn self!


Book that flight

As I said before, I have travelled every year for my birthday, and I tend to try and go somewhere new if I can! Well except this year and Nigeria – I mention this in a post where I write why It’s So Important To Visit/ Go Back Home

And it is easy to go away for your birthday! Even if it’s the only time, you travel in the year! Let it be for your birthday! It goes back to my first point, plan ahead = book your flight well ahead of your birthday, that way you have something to look forward to for your birthday.


Do what you want

I know I make a big fuss about travelling abroad for your birthday, but you honestly don’t have to! Do what you want to do for your birthday. Do you enjoy going to the spa? Or simply just not celebrating it all? Then do these things! You don’t have to do something to please others do it for yourself.

I can’t keep reminding you – that it’s your birthday you are entitled to do exactly what you want!


Sleep well the night before

I’m not one to share when I’m flying out, but this time I think I can as I’ve already flown out! I flew out two day’s before my birthday and knew that I was going to need all the rest I can get. My birthday is always abroad, and it usually involves lots of excitement, which can be extremely exhausting! So be sure to get some rest before your travels.


Try something new

Other than travelling, I must admit that I do enjoy a good meal. I love trying out new types of food the craziest I’ve tried is duck feet and shark! Not something I will be eating again, but I think on your birthday you should try something new.

So now I have shared my top tips on how to turn your birthday into a lifestyle. Tell me how do you plan to spend your next birthday?

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Why I Would Go Back To Lisbon Again & Again

I really enjoyed Portugal. I’ve been to many cities in the world, but Lisbon was one that I thought wow I will be coming back here again.


I enjoyed the sun, the culture, the architecture. It’ s a European city that is extraordinarily budget-friendly, and not to mention very easy to navigate and explore in-depth. Although I met my friends who were already there, so I didn’t get to experience everything. I still feel like what I did see was enough for me to want to go back again.

Why would I go back to Lisbon…

I would go back to Portugal for several reasons and if you’re interested in finding out why then carry on reading below:

Lisbon is so chilled…

Unlike every other European city, I’ve been too. I really enjoyed the calm and gentleness of the city. Of course, we had a few issues here and there, but overall the city had a sense of real welcomeness which I can assure you hasn’t happened in every country I’ve been too.

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A real, unique infrastructure…

Lisbon had a real mix of baroque and neoclassical buildings, including cathedrals and palaces. The city is a combination of old and new, with beautiful modern buildings constructed near renovated historical landmarks and ruins. I enjoyed the infrastructures because I hadn’t seen anything like it before it was covered with azulejo tiles, a style that’s rarely seen outside the country.

It’s an excellent place for new travellers

If you have considered travelling, but are yet to do so, then, I would suggest Lisbon. I clearly enjoyed Lisbon. I touch on the not so glam aspects and the exciting elements. I understand that if you aren’t a traveller, then travelling can sometimes be a little scary. However, Lisbon is a great place to start and shake off those travel fears (if you have them).

It is effortless to navigate, there is a metro, and uber is exceptionally cheap with great options for Airbnb stay.

There is a mixture of experiences

Lisbon is an excellent place for food. I enjoyed the egg tarts *the best I’ve ever had* and oh my there seafood was absolutely fantastic. I was blessed to go to one of the best seafood restaurants in town. If you would like to try then head over to Ramiro. Thank me later!

I also was given a lovely place by Temi @thepalateport to go to Bonjardim and it was absolutely amazing!

Travel Tip: Let people on your social know where you are. Try and engage with them, ask them what you should do! People usually come up with something.

I really enjoyed Lisbon, and I will most definitely be going back again. What about you have you made a trip to Lisbon? Is there a country you have loved and would like to go back too?

Also Read: Turn Your ‘Birthday Into A Lifestyle With These Tips

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7 Things I Wish I Did Differently for My Study Exchange Abroad

I like many other study exchange students, wasn’t prepared for my study exchange. Back in 2013, I flew out to Singapore for seven months and studied at the National University of Singapore. While I had done a little research on Google I didn’t really know that much about the country. I was flying abroad blindfolded with no plans for what I wanted to do while I was in Asia. I was blessed enough to meet people who pushed me to go on trips.

Sometimes I look back now and have some regrets about things. Things I wish I knew and did before and during my stay.  

Created a list of things to do in Singapore 

I know I mentioned earlier, doing a bit of research on Google, but my research was limited. I had heard that Singapore had a number of laws and was a lot stricter than the UK. This scared me to memorise all the laws. Things like not bringing chewing gum or eating on public transport where things to note. I spent ages going on about the injustice of not being able to have chewing gum that I didn’t make time to think of the things I could do whilst living in Singapore.

Don’t get me wrong. The first month or so I did the Singapore Sling, ate some amazing street food. And when my family came down, I went to the Singapore Zoo. I still wish I did more. I recently went back to Singapore this year and realised how much more of the country I could have explored. Taking the time out to read up on some blogs may have helped me see such a beautiful country.  

Here are a few things I wish I considered before moving to Singapore:

Packed what I needed  

When my airline told me, I was only allowed one suitcase. Nearly grabbed my chest! I was so upset how can I only take one suitcase! I, of course, shipped another suitcase to meet me in Singapore.

At the time it felt like it was needed but in reality, I wish I had thought through what I needed to take. Maybe ask questions like ‘Ade are you really going to wear this?’ There were a number of things that I didn’t end up wearing and didn’t actually need. Depending on how long your study exchange is. You will need clothes to cover your time whilst you are out there. Pick clothes or things you can layer for any climate.

I say this because I spent a few days in Australia and met quite a cold country. Well for someone who had been living it a hot climate. Think about things you have to take and stock up. As a black girl, there may be products you won’t find abroad so stock up on them also.

Don’t make your bag heavier than it’s needed.  

Started a YouTube Chanel or a Blog  

This is something I have mentioned in my previous post like ‘Feel the Fear & Do it Anyway’. I do wish that I started a YouTube channel. My study exchange was a period of my life that should have been shown, but like every young person, I allowed fear to stop me. Don’t get me wrong I am so happy where I am with my blog now. However, it doesn’t stop me thinking about how cool it would have been if I started My Breaking Views back then. I could have talked about all the countries I visited in South East Asia. Even if you don’t want to have a social media platform it’s a good idea to keep a journal. That way you can look back at your experiences.  

Knew when to stop  

There were a few times like other study exchange students, that I let a little too loose studying abroad and ended up regretting it the next day. Wish I had known my limits and understood that going out didn’t have to mean doing the most. I remember a study exchange student going out every single night! I wish I had the energy to do that myself.

Taken that job  

I was in the final year of my degree whilst living in Singapore so I had a lot on my mind. One was looking for another job! Funny enough I did actually get a job out in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, my mother was adamant that it was a bad choice and put me off it instantly! I wish I had a bit more backbone then and decided that it would have been a good move for me.

Abroad you will be introduced to a new set of people from around the world. Take it in and use the time to network and connect with people.  

Taken a photography class and invested in a good camera  

Back when I moved to Singapore, I was terrible with the camera. I had a little small iPhone 4s and thought back then that I was doing bits! Wish I knew then the importance of good quality pictures. I started to become more and more concerned with how I looked in a picture. And almost half the pictures (if not more) I took were of me standing in front of this or that doing the same pose!

I wish I had learned more about photo composition and what makes a good quality photo before I moved abroad. Singapore has some absolutely amazing photo opportunities that I see people taking even today. I missed the opportunity.

Chilled out a bit more  

I don’t know if I ever told you the story. The one where I had a break down in the middle of a jungle.

No, I haven’t? Well to cut the story short me and four of my friends decided to go hiking to see a waterfall. My friend fell and had a minor concussion and I literally panicked for my dear life and experienced a breakdown. Thankfully, my friend came around and to my surprise wanted to keep going. Once we got to the waterfall it was like nothing ever happened. I wish I was just a bit calmer sometimes.

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These are the seven things I wish I knew before going on my study exchange. I try not to dwell on things too much. However, I sometimes wonder where I would have been today if I had started my YouTube channel back then or even started the blog.

At the same time, I think I can still learn from my mistakes and encourage someone not to make the same.

I tend to only speak positively about my study exchange hence why this post wasn’t the easiest. I guess it only means another post is coming up!  

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