10 I’d love to visit! ✈️

This is going to be a really brief blog, just because I feel like I talk about travelling wayyyy too much. So I’m basically just going to list a place and a reason or two why I want to go.

  1. Rome – The history, and the romance I think the two combine just make it a dream destination.
  2. Berlin – Again the history, mainly the Berlin wall. I think it would just be incredible to see where the divide was created, and of course the museums. Also I wouldn’t mind going around christmas time to go to the christmas markets.
  3. Krakow – I know all of these seem to be linked to history but I’d like to go here because It’s easy to get to Auschwitz, but also I’ve heard the city is beautiful and cheap!
  4. Paris – another city of love (sad I know), but I always planned to go here since I did french at GCSE! And I love pancakes. And I secretly want to know just how big the Eiffel tower is…
  5. Ireland – this one is for a few reasons. It’s partly because if how pretty it looks of P.S I love you, partly because of the titanic museum up in Belfast, partly because i imagine it’s scenery is quite similar to Iceland but with trees and less volcano’s and partly because I mean the Irish accent…come on!
  6. Miami – one thing you’ll be pleased to know is that this is in no way history related. This trip would basically be for the sun and adventure…and by adventure I partly mean rollerblading along the beach boardwalk…because you know…why not!
  7. Canada – basically when my granddad was in the RAF he was based here for a while, so it’d be nice to see some of the things that he saw while he was there.
  8. Budapest – I honestly just think it would be interesting to see the culture of this place, on photo’s it looks incredible!
  9. Rio – this would mainly be for the carnival, it just looks amazing!..a once in a lifetime experience as some would say.
  10. Maldives – does this really need a reason? I mean haven’t you ever seen a photo? 😮 (If you haven’t there’s one linked to this post!

Well that’s my brief list…where would you like to travel to the most?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

As another year passes, we all start to write a list of our hopes and dreams for the year to come. This year I’m not going to do that, what I will do though is promise myself that I won’t live this year on cruise control. I won’t let opportunities pass me by this year, and I’m going to try my best to step out of my comfort zone. This year for me is the year of travel, taking risks and finding adventure. So lets get started shall we, and as Leonardo DiCaprio said in Titanic…

MAKE IT COUNT.

Top 10 Films…

This is just a quick list of my top 10 films, that I like to watch when I’m down, ill, or even just bored. They never let me down!

  1. Dirty Dancing
  2. The Wizard of Oz
  3. Titanic
  4. P.s I Love You
  5. War of the worlds
  6. Ironman
  7. Despicable Me
  8. Les Miserables
  9. Aladdin
  10. Mrs Doubtfire

They’re my top films anyway and all my own opinion as I know a lot of you will disagree with some. Let me know what your favourite films are in the comments below :).

 

The fault in love…

After putting it off for quite some time, I finally saw ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. When this book first became big, like many others I went out and bought a copy of my own. Having heard parts of it from other people who had read it, I understood that it was about a young girl who had cancer and fell in love. However I never actually got round to reading it for myself (yet), seen as I am so caught up with the books by Mitch Albom. So instead I decided I would watch the film first, and then read the book later to add more detail to the story. As films always tend to miss details out…which is fair enough as there is a lot of extra detail in books to allow the reader to picture it in their own mind.

There are two main focuses in my opinion within this film. The first is the awareness of cancer in young people. For me I still don’t think people are as aware of this as they could be. Now I know that when a cancer case regarding a child enters the news, there is normally a lot of detailed coverage regarding it to ensure people know as much as possible about the surrounding factors. However I still think there is a lot more we could know about it. For example the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, or even just knowledge of support groups for young people with cancer or for family and friends with cancer. None of this which I personally knew. I don’t think anyone really expects there to be anything wrong with someone who is so young, not just regarding cancer but any type of illness, and I think that’s the main concern. We don’t expect the unexpected, therefore it completely throws us off when it happens. I think the writer John Green and the director Josh Boone did an amazing job at trying to put in as much detail as possible, about the different types of cancer included in the film.

The second focus is of course the love that is shared between Hazel and Gus. I think this was amazing and touching to watch. The actors did an unbelievable job in this film. Making not only their love for each other, but their pain with the cancer so believable. Meaning the two just contrasted so much more throughout the film. I think people who watched this film will always remember Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in later projects for this, and commend them for it. They really show the hopes every romantic has for love. A love that is boundless, that can last for an eternity in such a little time and then go on with them for a lifetime after. I think this will affect the romantics of this generation, in the same way Titanic did for my generation.

Overall an amazing film in my eyes and I’m sure the book will make it that much better with the added detail!

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

Hopes for love…

The 1997 film Titanic taught me a lot about love. Being a young age when it came out on ‘video’ means this was the first real influence I had about a different type of love. Much different from the love between family members. In fact to be specific it showed me two different types of love.

The first and most evident is the love between Jack and Rose. I call this the ‘Dreamers Love’, quite simply because those who dream of finding and keeping love mainly have this type in mind. The kind of love where you heart skips a beat whenever they enter the room, where they make you forget everyone and everything around you and where most of all you’ll do everything you can to be with and stay with that person. Throughout the film we see this, and through the scenes shared with Rose’s mother or Cal we can see a very strong contrast between the love she receives and the love she wants and deserves.

The second type of love you see in Titanic is a controlling kind of love. Where it appears only one person is in love, and therefore has a lot of anger towards the other. However I’m sure Cal’s actions towards Rose isn’t just because she doesn’t love him. As Cal has a lot of money (meaning lots of power), he believes he also has the ability to control everyone around him by buying them. Which is no kind of love I particularly desire, and in the end he realises that love doesn’t work like that. That eventually the person being forced into submission will always break free.

I think this film in particular influenced a lot of people of all ages and all over the world about their views on love. Not just because of the story line and the characters, but also due to the actors relationships. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet clearly have a great bond and friendship, which allowed them to work together comfortably meaning the overall relationship between the characters Jack and Rose was very believable. In a way I think many couples would aspire to be like that, maybe more so from a females point of view.

The main thing I personally took from the film is how love can be, but not always is… maybe this is just me being overly hopeful, but I don’t think anyone should settle for any less than what Jack and Rose portrayed. You may not find love as soon as you want to, but don’t give up. I believe everyone can find something like this. Someone who can save you from the worst situations possible (maybe not literally like Jack but you get the idea). Keeping searching…

“Love each other or perish,” Morrie Said. “It’s good, no? And it’s so true. Without love, we are birds with broken wings.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.

I have a confession to make…

I love Titanic.

I’m not just talking about the 1997 film (although I do love that too…mainly due to Leonardo DiCaprio). I’m talking about everything titanic related. For instance if you walked into my room you’d think you had just walked into a museum. I have books, newspaper articles, documentaries, posters, document replicas, the list goes on. I don’t know what it is about the tragedy that makes me so interested, maybe it’s just due to finding out everything I can about how something like this happened and how much of an impact it really had. Not just on the family members but also on the people who were involved with the building and developing of the Titanic before it even entered the ocean for it’s maiden voyage.

I’ve always been fond of history but even that’s not the real reason I’m interested in this as much as I am. From a different view I am also curious about where they all ended up, but that’s the spiritual side of it all so I’ll leave that be for the moment.

“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People We Meet In Heaven.