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Vegan Cornetto

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 (This post is not sponsored, I just love vegan ice cream!)

Guys you have no idea how excited I am to have found this! Cornetto, a major ice cream company, selling a vegan version of their classic product. And it’s part of their mainstream promotion, not just some special edition they bring out once. We saw it -advertised everywhere in Venice! It was as delicious as I remember - actually it tastes better because I know it’s cruelty-free! The ice cream is made from soy, and the chocolate is dark with no milk. True to it’s original, it’s even stuffed with chocolate at the bottom of the cone - the best bit! The world is changing guys! Anyone else excited about vegan ice cream? Let me know in the comments what other vegan food I need to try in Italy! x

 

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The floating city

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My first proper summer in Europe and the heat is already taking its toll - I spent most of the day laying by the pool, scoffing gelato! By the time I actually explored the city it was late afternoon, but I still had to fight every urge to jump into the canal to cool off! Serves me right for wearing jeans... genius idea, I know. Now we’re off to Bologna, but I’ll definitely be back to the wonderful Venice. Please leave any tips for what to see in Bologna or Rome below, I’d love to know the local secrets! Ciao x

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Venezia Magica

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My photoshop skills aren’t strong enough to pretend I’m the only person who decided to visit Venice today, so please just imagine it’s only me and there’s not thousands of other annoying tourists trying to get the exact same shot, grazie. 

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Venice is the most magical city I’ve ever been to. This is my second time visiting this Italian gem, and I’m SO excited to be back here! You can almost taste the romance in air - everyone here is in love! I’m so grateful to explore this city with my boyfriend Daniel - he was definitely in love... with the pizza. I can’t blame him, we ate extraordinary pizza, authentic Italian deliciousness - in vegan form, hallelujah! This wonderful restaurant called “Bella & Brava” blew our minds. Eco-friendly packaging, FREE water (impossible to get tap water in Europe it seems, you always have to buy a plastic bottle for a million euros), several pre-designed vegan options (unheard of to have more than one) and hexagonal pizza boxes - revolutionary! If you’re in Venice, you absolutely have to go there. The Basilica = special cathedral (not to be confused with basilico = basil) was breathtaking. I had to wear a special modesty cover up for my knees, but the men didn’t have to... not sure why women’s knees are more offensive than men’s knees but hey, whatever floats your basilica (get it, because Venice is built on water...). Anyway I’m off to stuff my face with as much pasta as I can. I’ll let you know if I exceed my personal best x 

 

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Waterfall of Eden

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Another stunning day in Croatia! We jumped on the bus and ferry to Krka National Park, and it was stunning! Waterfalls galore, we were so excited to go swimming in a huge waterfall lake, and just as we were about to step in, we heard a whistle telling everyone to get out because the water level was too high. We were gutted! The whole reason we came to the park was because we heard it was amazing to swim in! But we weren’t going to come all this way and take no for an answer! The heat was unbearable, so we hiked around behind the major waterfall and found a secret waterfall spot - we couldnt swim because it was too shallow but we definitely got drenched with freezing water, especially Daniel who went right through the curtain of water into a cave! Sometimes you’ve got to get creative and break the rules a little bit... it was worth it! Next stop, Zadar - I heard there’s definitely better swimming there! x 

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Split: Croatia

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Split: Croatia

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I can't believe we nearly didn't come to Croatia! It's such a stunning country. These are a few photos we took the other day in Split, one of the cities there. We hiked in the SERIOUS heat up to the lookout point where you can see the whole town (despite the annoyingly placed trees - why would you plant them right in the middle of the view, kids?). You can't see here but I was honestly sweating like crazy. Plus, did you check out my super cool trainer/gym shoe look? Don't want to boast but I think I'm starting a trend because I've seen several people doing hikes in trainers now so... (but seriously, for some reason, everyone here is wearing ballet pumps and dinner shoes to hike up a hill! I'll always be about practicality over aesthetic. Or practically AND aesthetic. I've been known to wear a full set of polypropylene thermals under my cute jeans and shirt to University on the regular... Hannah Montana was right, you really can have the Best of Both Worlds.) Anyway, what I'm trying to say is Croatia is stunning, and I've loved every minute of it. Except for staying with the world's craziest backpackers, but that's a story for another day! x

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Acropolis

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We're back in Athens! This is our third time in Athens in the last two weeks, somehow we just keep coming back! Mostly because it's a fantastic jumping-off point for the rest of Greece. Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos - all the best islands! Of course Athens is a stunning place on it's own. This time we arrived on International Museum Day, so absolutely everything was free to enter! It was so ideal, so we adventured all over the city and saw ABSOLUTELY everything! My favourite part was the Parthenon, the giant temple built in 447BC. Coming from New Zealand where our known history only dates back a few hundred years, it's incredible to hear about the empires and constructions that happened. The Acropolis was dedicated to Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom (fun fact: I was nearly named Athena!). Everything is monumental in Athens. Now, please put your seat back upright and tray table folded away to prepare for take off... we're headed to Croatia, baby! x

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Shipwreck Beach

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I was so scared I would fall down the cliff - as you can see I'm clinging to the branches!

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Daniel climbing to the top of the mast, scaring everyone who was watching!

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This was right before I cut my toe...

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You guys, today was crazy! We arrived in Zakynthos last night, an island on the west coast of Greece. It took six hours to reach it by bus and ferry from Athens, but it was completely worth it! We originally planned to go to Shipwreck Beach tomorrow, but we found out the weather would be better today so suddenly we decided to rent a car, drive across the island and get a boat out to the most beautiful beach I've ever seen. There's a giant shipwreck on the sand, which we climbed all over. Daniel climbed right to the top of the mast, which scared me a lot actually! He was absolutely fine, it was actually me who got hurt! All I did was step down off a platform and I cut my toe on a rusty piece of the ship. We got back on the boat and then drove home, completely forgetting about my toe. On the way we stopped off at the stunning lookout where you can see the whole beach and shipwreck below, but the road was so windy and we got lost and ended up mistakingly taking a back road detour that really only suited for four wheel drive and locals told us wasn't used since the nineties... but we miraculously managed in our Suziki Swift! Fingers crossed we don't get any car damage fines in the mail! Worth it for the view though, it was SO stunning. And terrifyingly high. But gotta do it for the Instagram, right? We cooked vegan souvlaki for dinner and then I suddenly remembered I should go to the doctors, because rust in a cut can cause tetanus. In the rush out the door I smashed two plates and we lost half of our dinner to the floor hahaha... bad luck today I guess! (Quite Greek of me to smash plates though, maybe it's a sign I'm Greek at heart?). I thought going to the doctors in a foreign country would be a nightmare, but it was actually super straight forward - I just got a tetanus shot and we made it out of there in time to get another souvlaki! We're going back to Athens tomorrow, and I guess we'll see what adventure it brings!
Until then... with love, adventure and antiseptic x

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