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Michael 84

Travel Blog - Holiday Advice & Inspiration

Welcome to my travel blog! :) Read all about my adventures from the UK to the world! With stories, reviews, inspiration and more from a travel blogger. Check out the palces I've been to below.

The Best Outfits When Travelling: Here’s How To Look Stylish At The Airport When You’re Travelling Abroad

Tuesday, 4th June, 2019

What to wear while travelling - Be the stylish man at the airport

When holiday season arrives you’ll be going to the airport. You’re probably thinking of one thing:

What should you wear to travel in?

It can be a fine balance of picking an outfit which is going to be comfortable, stylish and work in the UK weather as well as abroad, whether that’s the middle of Summer of Winter.

Here is how to pick the perfect outfit when travelling, and how to nail airport style.

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Rome By Night

Friday, 20th July, 2018

Michael84 At The Trevi Fountain In Rome At Night

Happy Friday!

I thought I would do a little flashback Friday for today, and it’s from when I was in Rome…God that was around 6 weeks ago! Who else is feeling in holiday mode? Whenever we have good weather here, it always makes you want to go on holiday, right?

I clocked up a hell of a lot of miles when I was in Rome during the day, and was pretty exhausted on a night, but I had to go out at least one night and see the city in the evening. Since I was central to both the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, those are the places I went to, and they were quite bustling in the evening.

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Rome Day 3: Villa Borghese, Trastevere, Piazzas & Shopping

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

Altare della Patria at Piazza Venezia

Since I did so much in Rome on Day 1 and on Day 2, I reserved day 3 for doing pretty much anything, a free-for-all where I would just explore the city in general, go in a couple of shops and just take in Rome.

One of the places I hadn’t been and wasn’t too bothered about going to was Villa Borghese, which is a huge landscape garden type of place. It was Sunday morning, so I thought I’d have a walk around here for a while. It’s the home to a few sculptures and statues, lots of greenery and the Borghese gallery and museum.

I went to the Piazza Del Popolo which is a huge square, then to the Piazza Venezia along with the Altare della Patria, yet another cool place. In the late afternoon I went to Trastevere, which is a more traditional and old fashioned neighbourhood of the centre of Rome, and saw the Piazza Santa Maria along with a couple of other things there.

I also went back to the Vatican for another look around and to do some shopping, this is where the Hard Rock shop is.

I did the usual tourist types of shops when it came to shopping, and even though I love fashion and Rome has endless numbers of high street and high end fashion shops, I didn’t go in any, but saw plenty.

Here’s some more photos from Day 3 in Rome.

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Rome Day 2: Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Vatican, Jewish Ghetto & More

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Selfie At The Trevi Fountain

So we’ve seen Day 1 in Rome, and Day 2 was a lot of the same, sightseeing the major landmarks and sights. I saw the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Vatican, the Jewish Ghetto and a whole lot more. I packed in so much in day 2! I also had my first gelato, the first of many, which was so good and so needed, as the weather was pretty hot!

It all started at the Trevi Fountain, which was packed at around 9:30AM. This was really busy and quite hard to take photos. I thought it may be a little quieter in the morning, but it wasn’t. From there I went to the Pantheon, and took a couple of photos outside. I didn’t have any plans on going in, but I noticed there seemed to be no queue, and so I decided to go in. It’s quite an impressive little space, with lots of cool architecture.

Once I had been there, it was time for the big walk to The Vatican and St. Peter’s Square. It’s a place you have to go to when in Rome, so I did. I wasn’t too bothered about going inside, and just wanted to go to check it out.

After that I had a bite to eat, a drink and then headed to another one of Rome’s Piazzas to chill out, the Piazza Navona. I got myself a gelato and chilled by the fountain while I ate it.

From there it was yet more exploring. I went to the Jewish Ghetto which was worth going to see, with all of the ancient architecture. Then I explored more of the streets of Rome, and headed over the bridge to Tiber Island, something I never planned on doing.

That was the end of Day 2, and I saw a lot!

Check out all the photos below 🙂

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Rome Day 1: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill & Spanish Steps

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Spanish Steps

My journey to Rome started at Newcastle at around 5:45 when I got to the airport, boarded my flight and got underway! It almost started with disaster, There were strikes on in Italy, and Easyjet and Ryanair had both cancelled flights. but thankfully the strikes started at 13:00, with my flight from Jet2 scheduled to land before that, the pilot advised us of the strikes and said they’d fly quicker to make sure they avoided them.

Once I got to Rome I decided to take the Leonardo Express to the main station which is Termini and within 30 minutes or so I was there. I then had a bit of a walk to my hotel, and since I’ve never been didn’t know my way around, so it took a little longer, but I finally found it and got checked in. I’ll write a review of the hotel separately.

My first stop was the Spanish Steps. They were close to my hotel, and on the way to the Metro station Spagna where I’d take the Metro to the Colosseum. The one thing you’ll notice which I found out is that this is a chill out place to sit, which is really cool and I loved it. I spent a lot of my time there. Another thing you’ll notice in my pictures is the number of people taking selfies 😀

Michael 84 Selfie On The Spanish Steps

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I’ve Been To Rome!

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

Michael 84 Goes To Rome!

Ciao!

I’ve been to Rome! Sorry for the lack of updates, but last weekend I went to Rome in a bit of a hastily planned trip. I had lots of planning to do at short notice, then went to Rome and only got back yesterday, which is why the blog has not been updated for a while.

But I am back now, and I’ll be sharing my trip on the blog over the next few days.

Rome was never a placed where I’ve always wanted to go, but I wanted to go somewhere, and now that I’ve been I can say that I loved it! It could be the best tourist place I’ve been to, and is such a cool city. I wanted to go somewhere this year, after I missed out going abroad last year for no particular reason, I always had in mind I’d go somewhere, and just went ahead and booked it.

Everything about the planning was good; The flight times, the flight days, it’s nice and hot, and I found a nice hotel. So I was all set to go, and last weekend I did. I was there for 3 days and nights, and saw pretty much everything.

As always I’ll be posting in the travel blog, and split it up into my days and nights of being there. So over the next few days I’ll be sharing my photos and letting you know what I got up to 🙂


Recent Trip To London

Friday, 16th February, 2018

Michael 84 In London

Hey guys!

Several weeks ago I was in London when I was showcasing Life splicing for Virgin Trains, and although it was a super quick stop off in London, it was great to have a small look around to stretch my legs and check out the big city.

I love London but don’t go as much as I’d like. Since I was down there anyway I decided to check out the usual tourist spots and just have a look around the city. It was a gloomy January as you can see from the photos, and it’s kind of a different place to when I’ve been either on the weekend or in the Summer.

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Getting Stuff Done With Virgin Trains

Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Life-Splicing With Virgin Trains

Life is so busy these days! We have our personal life, work life and then there’s the online world and social media which can take up so much of your time it’s crazy. At times it can feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything we need to, and everything we want to.

Getting stuff done on the move is becoming increasingly important and increasingly popular for us to do, and I have partnered with Virgin Trains on the East Coast in their get stuff done challenge on a journey from Newcastle to London.

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TBT – Visiting Copenhagen – Exactly A Year Ago!

Thursday, 8th December, 2016

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How time flies!

I can’t believe that it’s exactly a year ago when I visited Copenhagen for the first time! I’ve always wanted to go, and it did not let me down, it was great. It is of course Christmas time, with Christmas markets and the city was so Christmassy, definitely the place to be and probably the best time to go with so much to see and do. I thought about doing another Christmas Market this year, and looked at Munich, but decided not to go. Munich could be cool, but it’s not a place where I’ve always wanted to visit, not that I’d never go, but it’s not high on my list of places I want to go to, so decided to not bother.

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TBT Tivoli Copenhagen 2015

Thursday, 20th October, 2016

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I can’t believe how fast this year is going, and that I went to Copenhagen almost a year ago! I went just before the Christmas period, when all the Christmas markets were on, and it was the first time I had been to Copenhagen. It’s such a cool place, if you ever get the chance of visiting the city I’d definitely advise going, especially during the festive period. Tivoli at Christmas is such a good time, that and the rest of the city are so festive and it could possibly be the best time to go, as there’s so much more to see and do.

One of the highlights is going to Tivoli, which is like an amusement part, but so much more than that. It’s cool if you just want to go for a look around, it’s fairly sizable, and there’s rides like the old wooden rollercoaster and a 5G “Dive bomb” style ride called Vertigo if that’s your thing. If you prefer something a little more cosy or quiet, there’s a Tivoli Christmas light show, which is on the lake every hour for a couple of hours in the evening. I took a video of the whole thing which you can see below…

It’s a cool thing to see in person, if you’re ever in Copenhagen you have to check it out.


Madrid Travel Tips & Advice

Tuesday, 9th August, 2016

Madrid Travel Tips And Advice

It seems like just yesterday I was in Madrid, and it’s a brilliant city and a place which I really loved. As always when I write about places I’ve been to on the blog, I do a roundup of advice and tips from my experiences. Here’s my travel tips and advice, and if you have any questions please feel free to add them in the comments below 🙂

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Too Late For Another Summer Trip? Where Could I Go?

Sunday, 7th August, 2016

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As you know, at the start of June I went to Madrid and it was brilliant. My plan was to go to a couple of places this Summer, but as usual, I leave things until the last minute and before you know it, it’s already August! 😀

There’s only a few weeks left, so if I go anywhere I will have to hurry the hell up, but where do I go? Where is good to go for a couple of days? Ideally I’d like to fly from Newcastle, so there’s limited options, but there are some.

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Dear Hotel Madrid Review

Tuesday, 14th June, 2016

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As you know, I recently visited Madrid, and stayed in the brilliant Dear Hotel. If you’ve read my other reviews, including The Square in Copenhagen, you’ll know that I really like modern hotels, and ones with a boutique feel. I had a look at the Dear Hotel and it looked like it would fit the bill, so I chose it for my stay in Madrid.

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Madrid Day 3 – Royal Palace, Cathedral & Bus Tours

Thursday, 9th June, 2016

So day 3 in Madrid began at the Palacio Real de Madrid, aka The Royal Palace. It actually began at the Plaza de Oriente, which are gardens right outside the palace. I had done so much and seen almost everything in Madrid by my final day, the last things on my list were to see the Palace and Cathedral, both 10 minutes from my hotel, and then I had the rest of the day free, but decided to do the two tourist bus tours to see as much of Madrid as I could where I could not walk to.

The Royal Palace is so cool. In my first couple of days I did not see many tourists, but when I got to the area with the Palace and Cathedral there were loads, they must hide out here. The cathedral is really big and also worth going to see.

For lunch I had spotted this nice little place which was a chip shop, selling cones of chips. Since I love chips I had to get myself a little cone, which was more than enough for a little snack to keep me going before doing the bus tours.

The Madrid bus tours are worth doing too, the hop on-hop off buses run regularly through the city, and there’s two routes; Classic Madrid and Modern Madrid, and I did both. The modern Madrid tour was mostly things I had already seen, but still worth doing as you get a seat and a view from the top of a bus. Tickets cost €21 for 1 day, and you can use them on both routes for the entire day, I think it’s definitely worth the money.

I finished off the day with a stroll around Puerto Del Sol, and then chilled out at Plaza De España with an ice cream.

Check out some of my photos below…

Michael 84 In Madrid

Madrid Day 2 – Hard Rock Café, Plaza De Colon

Madrid Day 2 – Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Tour

Museo de la Selección Española Visit – The Spanish Football Museum Madrid

Short Break To Madrid – Day 1 – The Sights

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Madrid Day 2 – Hard Rock Café, Plaza De Colon

Thursday, 9th June, 2016

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On the 2nd Day in Madrid I did so much! I went to Museo de la Selection de futbol, done the Santiago Bernabeu tour and finally to finish off the day I went to Plaza De Colon to check it out, and the Hard Rock Café happens to be in the area too. I had to get myself a Hard Rock T Shirt, I have a bit of a collection going on, so I needed to keep it up.

Here’s a couple of photos from day 2 of looking around Madrid. Check them out below…

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