#winterholiday

Zermatt – My Favourite Place On Earth

We set a flight on airline Alitalia from Rome to Zermatt, Switzerland on the 1st of December, which we had to also take two trains  to reach our final destination. All of this travelling kept me in such suspense of what was awaiting behind the snow capped mountains. The train rides were so beautiful i literally stared out the window the entire time, it was breathtaking! When we arrived this small little ski town exceeded my expectations from the moment i step up on their beautiful little streets (which do not have cars).

We arrived at dusk after a 8 hour day of travelling to walk down a beautifully lit street with christmas lights covering the wooden/log style chalets. I felt like i had just stepped into a Christmas Village, I was instantly in love and I knew from that moment I wouldn’t want to leave after the two nights that awaited us. We took a five minute stroll to our hotel from the train station and we were warmly welcomed by the owner; Boris of our Hotel Walliserhof Zermatt 1896, which as you may have guessed has been running since 1896 as a family owned business. Little did we know the place finished renovating and re-opened that exact day that we set foot into this beautiful hotel! Our room was decently sized and which there was not many rooms which gave it that quaint vibe about the whole place.  http://www.walliserhof-zermatt.ch,

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Eating in Switzerland

Each morning you would come down to the restaurant area and spread out would be freshly baked bread, homemade jams, egg and bacon freshly cooked and even a waffle maker to make fresh waffles! It honestly was the best hotel breakfast and I wouldn’t of asked for anything better.

At night the Restaurant, Theodors Stuba opened at 6:00pm which had some swiss traditional dishes which we had to try. We had a meat fondue which consisted of thinly sliced pork,veal and beef which you use fondue forks to dip into boiling hot water that cooks your meat and once your meat is cooked you dip the meat into a range of sauces and condiments to try all the different flavours. Also on a seperate night we  tried out the classic cheese fondue which was to die for!!

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Skiing

We hadn’t originally planned to go skiing due to the cost but once we got into the small ski village we decided that we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to ski on one of the most beautiful places in the world. The skiing for both Justin and myself for the day totalled around $700.00 with ski and clothing hire as well as a personal instructor for three hours! The Matterhorn was more mesmerising than I would have ever thought. At least i had an amazing view while I made a fool of myself learning how to ski with our instructor which he kept calling me princess haha ( I wasn’t that bad). I soon got the hang of it and we took a few videos and photos to remember one of the most incredible days! We followed our ski day with a hot chocolate at a beautiful cafe on the main street and did some shopping for some Christmas decorations. Overall the experience was well worth every dollar (AUD) spent.

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Overall our trip to Zermatt was worth the long train rides and all the money spent! The accomodation set us back $437.00 for two nights, i would highly recommend giving this place a visit but please be aware this little town is not cheap but you will walk away with the most beautiful memories as well as meeting some of the most friendliest people!

Where have you travelled in Switzerland?

Next stop Paris! Stay tuned,

Sharnee xoxo

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When In Rome….

The holiday has finally arrived!

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After 20 plus hours of travelling we arrived in Rome at 1:00pm on Tuesday the 29th. We paid for a transfer from the airport to the hotel to save us the stress of organising a taxi. My first impression was that every single building/house was so old and that they had beautiful trees, it was slightly disturbing the first time I saw an army officer holding a gun as big as me as it’s certainly something we don’t see in Australia (thank god).

Our accomodation of choice was the Starhotels Metropole which I was happy with the service and pricing. The hotel was $362.00 for two nights with breakfast included, which i was very impressed with. There was also plenty of eateries so you could just step out and get a bite to eat after a long day of exploring! The first night we went to this cute family run restaurant and I must say Justin had the most amazing Lasagne.

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Since arriving we have come into the best of luck with weather, crisp mornings with sunny days which makes for great exploring weather so we decided to use our Hop On Hop Off bus tickets to see Rome as a whole. The monuments are just breathe taking, it’s nothing you can ever imagine especially when you come from Australia where there is nothing that old.

When in Rome our main highlights that we saw were The Colosseum and The Vatican. For these two tours we did private tours so we were one on one with our guide. They both went for 3 hours each and they were very informative. These tours were booked through https://darkrome.com. As these were one on one tours we paid about $800.00 but we do not regret them and would defiantly recommend this company!

We obviously saw quiet a few other historic buildings but these two were defiantly the most breathtaking! However the one thing i was most excited for was to see Rome dressed up for the festive season and the pizza…. however from my experience both of these did disappoint but you take the good with the bad, not everything can be perfect!

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the-vatican

My overall feel of Rome was that it was defiantly beautiful but I constantly had a very unsafe vibe about it, I don’t know if this was because it was our first stop and I may have been home sick without knowing it or the fact that I found most people I came across very rude. I am unsure of if I will explore Rome again but regardless I am glad that I got a small snapshot of this historic city! If you have travelled to rome, how did you like it?

Our next destination that I will be writing about will be Zermatt, Switzerland.

Stay Tuned,

Sharnee xoxo

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How Time Flies…

As I sit here with my chia and fruit toast I thought “it’s been a while since my first post”.

This blogging stuff is harder then I thought, trying to get the time to write a blog can be hard, especially when you love to watch your favourite cheesy reality TV shows and Making A Murderer, which is defiantly a must watch ( if you haven’t heard already).

I have had a positive three weeks, for the most of it anyways…

Work is slightly stressful BUT I have just booked our European holiday for winter in November-December this year! I am beyond excited (and slightly anxious) already! I have already started looking at wanting to buy big coats and beanies so I can be snug as I look up at MT Matterhorn with snow top peaks in Switzerland, frolicking around at Disneyland at the greatest time of the year and sipping mulled wine at the Christmas markets! Oh and the amazing Christmas Windows at Harrods in London!

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Our trip looks a little something like this:

Perth -> Rome -> Switzerland -> Amsterdam -> Paris -> London -> Glasgow -> Dubai -> Home Sweet Home!

I would love to fit in Ireland but we will see how we go!

Now I’m on the hunt to find a good camera to capture all of these moments, I have always wanted to do a photography course but more for landscapes, I don’t think this is something I can afford to do this year but it’s defiantly on the bucket list!

This month I have also have seen the new movie “The Revenant”! This move was absolutely amazing, after watching the movie I decided to read about how it was directed and filmed, this is a must watch and you will appreciate it even more once you know what Leonardo DiCaprio and the Actors went through to accomplish this absolute masterpiece! (Leo will win an Oscar this year!)

I’m also very proud to say that my mum is on her way to quit smoking, which I think is absolutely amazing! 🎉🎈

Well that was a couple of the highlights of my month, nothing extravagant but my goal is to try and post every one to two weeks to make my content consistent.

My next post will be about my experience at The Cosmetic Institute, so keep on the look out !

Enjoy your Sunday 😉

Sharnee ❤️

 

 

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