Two Cities of Love

Two beautiful cities, both beginning with V, and only 75 miles apart, 1 hour and 20 minutes by train. Two cities synonymous with romance and epic love stories, each filled with magical and mysterious tales. If you are staying at the nearby Lake Garda and you are interested in culture and city sightseeing they are the perfect addition to your visit whilst holidaying in the region.

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I first fell in love with Venice when I visited on a school trip. I love the water, so to be able to explore a beautiful city literally floating on water was a dream in itself. With countless bridges, the lapping of water against stone walls and the beautiful balconies, there’s a vibe about this city that is so mysterious and magical. There is also a peacefulness that lingers over the city. Masks loom from independent shop windows and little pathways between tall houses break open into courtyards home to beautiful, pristine churches.

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“Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” – Frida Giannini

The main difference between my first trip and my second, almost ten years later, was the full on tourist trap that is has become. I would say it’s a shame, but not for the people of Venice who of course would welcome tourism as a vital source for the economy. Whilst there is the odd tourist with a shiny new selfie stick looming on bridges and in gondolas on the canals, there is also a calmness and to even take one turning off the tourist track leads you to the serenity of residential Venice. For those who want the unique Italian experience, even just for a weekend, this would be the place to go.

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“What about damp? What about flooding? Wouldn’t it make sense to have a little lawn or garden as a sort of buffer zone between the house and the water? But then it wouldn’t be Venice, said Connie’s voice in my head. Then it would be Staines.”- David Nicholls, Us

More recently I visited the gorgeous city of Verona. This ancient walled city was one that I had only briefly thought about visiting and now I am so glad that I had the opportunity. I am a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet, so to be able to visit Juliet’s balcony was a dream come true. It was truly incredible to see just how many names and padlocks were there, as well as the number of people that can fit in one courtyard! There’s so much love in the world but it seemed like it had all accumulated in this one place!

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“Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet

I was amazed at the stunning architecture of the city. Walking through the walls of the city it was amazing to see the cobbled streets and the huge Roman amphitheatre, Arena di Verona, towering over the city and its citizens and visitors, famous for its opera which fills with over 15,000 spectators per performance.

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I was pleasently surprised by Verona and plan to return to this beautiful, intriguing city soon to explore it further. Would love to hear about any particular places you have explored in Verona! I’m looking for some more places to adventure to which are off the beaten track. Feel free to tweet me @prettyandpetit

Have you visited the cities? Did you have a preferred city? Let me know in the comments below!

Becky

Pretty & Petit

 

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UK Blog Awards – Voting is open!

I’ve entered into the UK Blog Awards under the Lifestyle and Events categories, so if you enjoy reading my little blog please take a second to vote for me! Whilst you’re on there make sure you take a look at all the other fabulous bloggers that have entered – there’s some truly wonderfully written blogs out there.

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Thank you!

Becky
Pretty & Petit

27. Impossible to Buy For

For those of you who are stuck for ideas on what to buy for loved ones for Christmas this year don’t despair! I have a fabulous business to share with you this week called Impossible to Buy For.

Impossible to Buy For is a website suited to those who are totally stuck for gift ideas for loved ones in the run up for that special occasion be it Christmas, Birthday, Valentines Day etc. Set up by blogger, Louise Croft who owns blog, Pauper to Princess. All of the gifts are supplied by Amazon to provide gifts for literally everyone in your life!

“So many of my friends and family are impossible to buy for, and I knew I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way, so I figured it was time to fix the problem.” – Louise Croft, Founder of Impossibletobuyfor.com

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What I love about Louise’s website is how easy it is to find a gift. What I often find with larger department store websites is that it can take a while to find the perfect gift but this has all the ideas in one place for any budget.

So are you looking for some gift ideas? I’ve put together a few lists for you below for the different people in your life! I hope it provides you with some inspiration!

Gifts for the lady in your life

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Kate Spade Watch – £173.50

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Pink Lemonade Candle – £12

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Bottega Gold Prosecco – £47.99

Gifts for those who love a good book

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Invisible Bookshelf – £39.90

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Dawn O’Porter Book – £14.99

Gifts for those who love to bake

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Macaron Pyramid – £22.81

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Mug Cakes Recipes – £3

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Retro Waffle Maker – £27.15

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Chocolate Brussel Sprouts – £9.95

Gifts for the creative ones

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Artistic Clutch Bag – £29.99

 

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Illustrated Map of London – £13.99

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Vogue Colouring Book – £7

and of course I have to include my total faves!

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LOVE Light – £29.99

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Dressing Table – £69.97

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Fujifilm Polaroid Camera – £76.49

Do you have any gift ideas? Share them with us in the comments!

Click here to visit the full range of products available.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

Images taken from impossibletobuyfor.com

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 21

Prompts

Something you are proud of

Ok, so this might only be a little thing – and I’m only part of the way there, but I’m exceptionally proud of the fact that I passed my theory test for driving for the first time last weekend! I just couldn’t get to grips with the Hazard Perception part of the test at all in all my practise sessions, always clicking a second later or not scanning the screen properly, so I really revised this part of the test. I felt anxious before the exam too as with regard to the multiple choice section as least I could have some idea of what I would be asked whereas with the Hazard Perception it was more about spotting the hazards whilst on the road which is obviously more of a real life scenario!

On the multiple choice I got one question wrong which was the stopping distance in tunnels. It was the last question on the test and my mind just went totally blank! I managed the rest ok and made sure I checked all of my answers 3 times at least.

So, yey me! I’ll be on the road in no time 😉

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Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 20

Prompts

Something you love to wear

I love to experiment with different styles and colours. I absolutely love patterns whether that be a simple floral pattern or a unique printed pattern. I love to dress up in different items and definitely have a bit of a shopping addiction with the amount of clothes I own in my wardrobe!!!

My favourite international clothing brand has to be Black Milk clothing. Based in Australia, they offer an amazing range of unique printed items. Over the years I have collected Disney princess leggings, snowflake leggings, a Christmas ribbon printed dress, a pumpkin printed dress and a spiderweb skirt. I absolutely love how each item is handmade and is made with such care. I always feel like every item I receive from them is of the highest quality.

My favourite type of clothing has to be the A-line skirt which I often wear with bardot tops for a cute, girly outfit. I often wear a black striped skirt with a black bardot top which has a particularly Parisian feel!

My favourite A-Line skirts..

Warehouse Metallic Paisley Print Skirt - £38

Warehouse Metallic Paisley Print Skirt – £38

Monki A-line 70'S Suede Skirt - £60

Monki A-line 70’S Suede Skirt – £60

River Island 70'S Geo Zip Front Mini Skirt - £30

River Island 70’S Geo Zip Front Mini Skirt – £30

Embroidered Jacquard A Line Mini Skirt in Black - £25

Embroidered Jacquard A Line Mini Skirt in Black – £25

Red Abstract Jacquard Woven A-Line Skirt - £10

Red Abstract Jacquard Woven A-Line Skirt – £10

Do you have any particular favourite items of clothing?

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 19

Prompts

Something You feel strongly about

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I seriously dislike the word ‘hate’. I don’t feel like I ‘hate’ anything. There are things that make me feel uncomfortable and there are things that I dislike – certain tastes or smells for example, but I would never say that I ‘hate’ them. I also feel extremely uncomfortable when people talk about their hatred for other people. How can anyone justify their hatred of someone? Usually a feeling of ‘hatred’ stems historically or through a feeling of peer pressure, through isolated groups attacking one other. When asking someone why they feel the anger that they do I would bet 9 times out of 10 at least that they would not be able to reasonably justify their answer.

Hate is such a negative word. How can anyone be happy when they use it? How can anyone think positively and work towards a brighter future and better relationships when using it? I found an interesting definition of the word which interpreted the word as stemming from fear, anger or sense of injury. At least two of those words are associated with the person using the word feeling threatened by those they are targeting. I wonder if the same can be said for current situations in the world, whether action is being taken through fear or the sense of being threatened with injury or even death. It’s a thought worth considering. It could also be interpreted as a sign of weakness, and therefore that hatred can be stemmed through a feeling of weakness. The third word, anger, is often incorrectly associated with hatred but in fact these are two very different feelings and emotions. It can be argued however, that extreme anger is a form of hatred as severe action is carried out at this point.

In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. Although many psychologists believe hatred to be a form of attitude rather than a temporary emotional state.

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How do you feel about the word ‘hate’? Is there anything you feel strongly about?

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 16

Prompts

Something You like about yourself

So I am going to do this via two different approaches, mentally and physically.

Mentally – I like my ability to care for people. Although this might be too much at some points, I find my ability to care for people is what makes me, me. I like to be nice, and I like to do things to help people. I used to be in the Brownies, so maybe this was where my conscientiousness came from – I remember pouring cups of tea at one event. I’ve always liked to be of assistance to people, that’s just always been my nature. I think it’s definitely a good feature to have!

Physically – I like my curves. I wouldn’t say I struggle with my weight. When I was younger I was ultra skinny but as I have matured I have definitely “filled out!” I don’t mind this at all and I’ve never thought I needed to lose weight. I like to keep fit and healthy by exercising at the gym and by walking. I hope to take up cycling shortly which will also give me an incentive to keep fit!

How do you like to keep fit and healthy? Share your tips in the comments below!

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 15

Prompts

Something You have done right

I have always wanted to work in events. I am quite a creative person and so to have the ability to develop ideas through events and to create something others can enjoy is such a passion of mine. I have recently been promoted into an events role which I feel is something I have done right!

I feel that throughout my career path I have developed a whole range of skills. Studying a degree in media, I enjoyed the different topics but I felt unsure as to what role I could go into upon graduation. On leaving university I wanted to develop my administrative skills and so started off by working in an estate agent, developing my digital skills and customer service skills. From this, I found that I particularly enjoyed the marketing aspect of my role and so, developing my knowledge through a qualification in marketing I moved into the role of Marketing Assistant at a busy college in central London. Over the past few years I have developed this role, managing internal events and attending careers fairs nationwide. I recently received a promotion which means I can now take more responsibility in my role which is really exciting. I look forward to producing lots of creative events going forward and really developing my role further.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 13

Prompts

Share a quote

Pinterest is my absolute favourite for finding inspirational quotes – I literally have a whole board full of them! I don’t have one particular favourite so I have included a few below, as well as a link to my full Quotes board on Pinterest!

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Follow Becky’s board Quotes on Pinterest.

Becky at Pretty & Petit

#LoveMe Challenge – Day 12

Prompts

Share a flaw

I think I have a few flaws – a few weaknesses, but I feel that I am trying to address each of them positively and working towards resolving them. I think my most major flaw however, which may also be seen as a positive, is my ability to care too much about people and things. Christmas, birthdays and weddings I tend to go overboard on family and friends especially with the hampers I have started creating! Whilst this has an obvious negative effect on my bank balance, I do enjoy filling the hampers with things I know my family and friends will absolutely love.

In my career, I always offer to take on additional work with additional responsibility and always want to look after and care for others. When I was younger I wanted to be a nurse, always wanting to care for those who may have fallen in the playground and I am still offering advice to friends now on the best treatments!

I do have a habit to put others before myself. Sometimes this feels like it can put pressure on me and I have in the past managed to overwhelm myself, taking on too much additional responsibility which at a time of a serious bout of anxiety I was undergoing, perhaps was not the wisest decision to make! I do however, like to care and I personally think it is such a lovely quality to have. So whilst I do care a little too much sometimes I do still see it as a positive and now I am just working towards finding a balance.

Do you have any flaws? What do you think they are? How are you working to adapt or rectify them?

Becky at Pretty & Petit