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Guest post series #placestovisit – Why You Should Visit Krka National Park, Croatiapos

Today’s post is written by Sarah from that squat bot, if you would like to know more about Sarah please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find her details.

Croatia is a beautiful country with stunning landscapes, rolling mountains and excellent food and wine. If you wanted to stay around the coast, I wouldn’t blame you – the glittering ocean, the Dalmatian islands dotted throughout, and the incredible sunsets are certainly a draw.

What if I told you there was a place equally as stunning a little inland, just an hour from Split – and that in going here, you would get the chance to swim in a waterfall? It’s true! Krka National Park is a bus ride from the second largest city in Croatia, and is well worth the trip to walk around the forest and breathe in the magic of the waterfalls.


How do I get to Krka?

We got a bus from the station in Split, which cost around £20 return and took an hour and a quarter to reach the village of Skradin. From there you go into the glass visitor centre to buy your ticket to Krka (around £7), then you hop on the boat which takes you to the park. The boat takes 25 minutes but this is definitely a part of the experience!
You don’t seem to need your ticket for the rest of the time you’re there, but keep hold of it just in case. I’d recommend booking your return bus journey, as the buses back can get busy and ticket holders are prioritised.

What to take to Krka

Before going I read that you had to take your own food and drink as there was nothing there – but this isn’t true! There are quite a few places to buy food and drink, although I would imagine they are fairly expensive. You can’t go wrong with grabbing a sandwich and a pastry from one of the bakeries near Split bus station – just remember to take all of your rubbish away with you when you leave – and take cash along too.


You do not want to miss out on the chance to swim in a waterfall, so the main thing you’ll want to take to Krka is your swim kit, beach towel and swim shoes. Pretty much all swimming in Croatia requires neoprene swim shoes and Krka is no exception. There are just toilets to get changed in which you have to pay for, so if you can arrive in your swimming kit then it’s going to be much easier for you.

Finally, don’t forget your walking shoes and camera to capture the stunning views!
What to do in Krka

The main thing that drew me to Krka was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall, as this is a real bucket-list-ticking moment! However, be aware that unfortunately there are restrictions where you can swim, and you can’t swim under the actual falling water – I heard a staff member say they had to cordon off areas as people were getting silly jumping off. A real shame, but it’s good to know our safety is paramount.

The swimming area gets deep quickly, the current from the waterfall is powerful, and you can easily get swept into some big rocks so you do have to be a strong swimmer to get out there. However, there is a shallower area if you’d just like to relax, get some photos, and tick it off your list!


I must admit, although the main draw was the waterfall, the most beautiful thing about Krka was the forest and the lovely walk you can do around the park. It takes an hour to get fully around, and although there are some hills, it’s fully accessible with step alternatives and wooden gangways that lead you over streams. There are so many waterfalls within the park and there are many viewpoints at which to grab photos of them at.

Should I get a guide or do an organised trip?

It’s up to you and what you’re used to, but I don’t think it warrants it. It’s easy to book your bus online or in the bus station – information is clear and everyone speaks good English – and once you’re in the park it’s simple to navigate around. All you have to do is enjoy the views.

It may be away from Croatia’s glittering coast, but Krka National Park is not to be missed on your trip to Croatia!

Health & Beauty · Life

Easy winged eyeliner tip

I was shown this tip by a wonderful friend and it is so easy! I am the worst at eyeliner and if I can do it anyone can!

Start by doing a normal eye outline, I like the Avon Glimmerstick in Cosmic Brown, but tbh any eyeliner which works for you is fine. 

Take a Kirby grip/bobby pin/hair clip. You know the ones, with the little V at the end. 


Then colour the bobby pin V with a felt tip style eyeliner, again I like the Avon one but any will do. Then press the V on to the corner of your eye so the straight part goes up from your bottom eyelid line and the top of the V goes towards the upper eyelid line. 


It will leave a little stencil of the V on the corner of the eye which you then colour in to make the perfect wing. 

Check out my video here for the full tutorial!

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Guest post series #placestovisit – Why I Love My Adopted Home In Barcelona & Why You Should Too?

Today’s post is written by Charlie from world of travel photography, if you would like to know more about Charlie, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

You may have heard about Barcelona in the news quite a lot recently. Since summer 2 major events have taken place which haven’t exactly painted the city in the best light, which is why I feel so passionate about writing this post. First there was the, quite frankly sickening, terrorist attack back in August and more recently the unrest about Catalonia (the region in Spain where Barcelona is located) voting to become an independent state and attempting to break away from Spain.

Both of these events however do not define this beautiful city that I have come to call my home and I feel as though the other side of the story needs to be told.

Firstly let me start by saying this isn’t going to be a politically driving post, this is just me showing you why I love it here and why, if you haven’t already, you should plan your next escape to this little corner of the world full of so much culture, fun and things to do.

Let’s start with a little background information

You can think of Spain as less of a country as a whole and more of a union of smaller regions which came together to form what we know as Spain today. In total there are 17 autonomous regions within the country which have varying degrees of independence from the central government in Madrid.

Catalonia is one of these autonomous regions.

You might think that in Spain the language everyone speaks is Spanish right? Well while this is true for 99% of the population there are also 3 other main languages spoken, the largest of these other languages is Catalan which is from Catalonia. In total 17% of the entire country of Spain speak Catalan (as well as traditional Spanish, or Castellano to give it its true name) so you can see that Catalan culture is well and truly alive and kicking.

This strong connection to their roots makes Catalans and the city of Barcelona a melting pot of traditional Spanish culture and Catalan culture. If your thinking ‘well Catalan can’t be that different from Spanish’ you’re wrong. It’s not a dialect, it is its own language entirely. I speak Spanish and can only just about understand the odd word of Catalan here and there.

The fact that the people of Barcelona identify so strongly as Catalan rather than solely Spanish is the reason the independence movement has gained so much momentum recently, but like I said this isn’t a political article so let’s move on to one of my favourite things about the city.

The architecture  

Barcelona is known the world over for its stunning buildings, mostly thanks to the 19th century architect Antonio Gaudi who used the city as his playground for creating his masterpieces. His most famous piece being the Sagrada Familia, a unique church that takes pride of place in the centre of the city.

The Sagrada Familia

It’s impossible to come to Barcelona and not see some of his creations. They are dotted all over the city, each one unique but at the same time distinctly ‘a Gaudi’.

Casa Batllo, another one of Gaudi’s creations

And finally we come to Park Guell. Gaudi designed it as a place for the local community to enjoy his unique style of architecture whilst looking out over Barcelona with a clear view all the way down to the sea.

Park Guell

The cities’ easy going vibe and eclectic mix of nationalities

Barcelona is anything but unwelcoming. As you walk through the narrow alleyways of the Gothic Quarter or down the famous La Rambla you will hear every language being spoken under the sun. The city is a metropolis in the true sense of the word, people from all over come to Barcelona to both visit and make a new life for themselves. Everyone is welcome here.

(PHOTO 5 Caption: La Rambla)

What sets this place apart from other big European cities is something intangible, its vibe. This is largely thanks to the fact Barcelona is situated on the coast and has a beautiful beach which for some reason seems to make everyone take life just that little bit slower. During the summer months people sunbath by the Mediterranean Sea, others can be seen playing volleyball and laughing with their friends. Then at night the beach turns into a chilled out bar under the stars, groups of friends sitting on the sand with beers and sangria in-hand chatting away late into the night.

Barcelona Beach found right on the cities’ door step

The food

You can’t talk about Spain without talking about the food. This gets even more interesting when in Barcelona. The Spanish/Catalan mix really comes out when eating in this part of Spain. While you can still get a great Paella you’ll also find other traditional Catalan dishes with a Spanish influence on the menu.

Traditional Pa Amb Tomàquet Flickr Creative Commons Credit

Find a great little local cafe and order Pa Amb Tomàquet (toast with blended tomatoes and plenty of olive oil) for breakfast, or if you’re there in the right season some char grilled Calçots (a type of long thin onion that is cooked over bare flames and served with Romesco Sauce).

Calçots & Romesco Sauce Flickr Creative Commons Credit

I hope I’ve inspired you to visit my favourite city in Europe, if I have I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If you have any questions about Barcelona drop them below as well and I’ll make sure I reply and help out as much as I can!

Thanks for reading.

The Author

Charlie is a travel photographer who shares his experiences and work over on his blog World of Travel Photography. Since a young age he has been passionate about travel and using photography to document the world as he sees it. Recently he has turned his attention to helping his readers get on the same path and turn their hobby of photography into part-time or even full-time work.

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Life

Mum guilt; don’t let it burn you out

As a mum you are busy all the time, there are a million jobs which need doing all the time and, let’s be honest, there isn’t enough time in the day to do them all. 

I have been seeing a “Time to Talk” CBT specialist about my anxiety and last week we had a discussion about Mum Guilt. It wasn’t a term he had come across before and the discussion ended up being very insightful, so I thought I’d share. 

As I see it there are two types of Mum guilt; there is the guilt of making your child go to school, even when they are clinging to you crying that they don’t want to; because you know it is best for them, then there is the guilt of sitting down and having a hot cup of tea while the Baby sleeps, where you could be using the time to do housework. 

The first type is hard on you but i want to talk about the second kind; the one where you feel bad for having a few minutes “me time” because you know you have a dozen other things you “should” be doing. 

Everyone deserves a bit of “me time” and a bit of peace and quiet to do something they enjoy. Not only do they deserve it but it’s good for you, you can not live your live only doing things for others; it’s not healthy, you need to be you too. 

So take that time to have a bath and read your book, join that exercise class you have been thinking about, sit down and have a cup of tea and a cake while thinking about nothing. Don’t let yourself disappear and just be “mummy” all the time, you are not just a child cared and house cleaner and cook, you are still you! Don’t feel guilty for doing something which brings you joy, the housework can wait!

Fashion

Top tips in choosing a party dress

It’s the time of the year again when Christmas is fast approaching and you know what is that mean? Party party party….so shopping for a party dress is on the list.

I honestly love dresses and I have loads in my wardrobe that I always end up confused as to what to wear when I get invited to special occasions such as a Christmas party.

Choosing the right party dress can be daunting if you feel like nothing suits your body shape, style or budget. For me, I like to look around and one of my favourite place to look at is the party dresses from quiz. One of my favourite dresses I wore at Christmas was from them.

Quiz offers a great selection of dresses so there is something for everyone. When it comes to an evening party, you could never go wrong with sequin dresses that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Make other women green with envy with this beautiful green sequin dress.

Royal blue definitely gives a wow factor to any body shape either a skinny or with curve.

Be the lady in red and look sizzling hot with this style. This remind me of the dress I wore on a Christmas party with friends.

Be that elegant lady in navy and look divine in either short or maxi dress.

Gold will makes you look like a million dollar goddess and this remind me of one gold sequins dress I wore one new year.

With so many choices nowadays, dress shopping can be a nightmare. Don’t worry because finding that perfect dress is now easy with this tips from my fellow bloggers who shared their ideas for choosing the right party dress.

Katie from Mummy in a tutu said, In person shopping can be stressful. Order a few dresses online and then try them on in the comfort of your own home. Then just return the ones you don’t like. Simples.

Hayley from Devon Mama said, Try sitting down in it as well, I’ve had so many dresses that are lovely when stood up but SO uncomfortable to sit in – definitely something to bear in mind for a party that involves eating!

Ann from Rainbows are too beautiful said, Think comfort. Parties can be stressful too so don’t put in an added pressure via a dress that’s annoying

Lynette from Reclusive Fox said, Wear the dress that you’re most comfortable in. At the very least you don’t want to be dealing with sequins sticking in your boobs! If you’re comfortable you’re more likely to forget about the outfit and focus on the fun of the night.

Emma from The Money Whisperer said, Can you see the Spanx through it 😂 (essential nowadays!)

Laura from Five Little Doves said, Always think about what kind of bra you can wear with it! My days of going bra-less are over after 5 kids!

Holly from Thrifty Mum said, Is it something you’ll wear more than once? Otherwise it might be worth renting a dress instead.

Naomi from Not a perfect parent said, There are always plenty of dresses in a sale, It’s always my first go to place now. I managed to pick up the dress for my daughter’s christening for a bargain £9 that had been reduced from £70!!

Clare from Wild Mama Wild tribe said, Order lots and try on with a friend in nice natural light and a glass of wine! not a grotty changing room then use free returns to send bad ones back

Nyomi from Nomi Palony said, Take photos of you wearing the dress – often, how something looks on camera is not the same as in the flesh.

Debbie from My Boys Club said, Don’t get hung up on the size on the label – go for the one that fits.

Clare from Emmys Mummy said, Wrap style dresses are very forgiving and go for patterns or darker colours as they hide and spilt drinks by the end if the night lol

Folakemi from Peacocks can fly said, Try several and ensure they blend with the accessories,heels and the bra you intend to use with it. if it feels uncomfortable it probably looks uncomfortable.

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food · Recipes

Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

I got this delicious recipe from Mummy in a Tutu’s site. It is, what I call, a “store cupboard cake” with no fancy ingredients needed.

All it needs is self raising flour, all spice, butter, brown sugar, eggs, milk, apples and sultanas. 

Check at Mummy in a Tutu’s blog post for the full recipe. 


Great eaten hot with custard or I made salted caramel butter icing for the top of the cake.

This recipe is so tasty!

Days out · Life · travel

Guest post series #placestovisit -Alternative Things To Do in London.

Today’s guest post is written by Daniel from travel weekly and he is going to share about alternative things to do in London. if you would like to know more about Daniel, please scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can find his details.

I have the privilege to live close to the capital city of the UK, London. It’s home to a wonderful range of things to explore and see in London. I have rounded up my top 10 things to do in London from my extensive time testing

Try one of the many Rooftop bars.

As London always builds skyscrapers. With some theses comes a rooftop bar. With the warmer weather slowly returning to the UK. It would be a great idea to go to one of the many rooftop bars. One rooftop bar that used to be a car park is now a rooftop bar and it is situated in Peckham and called Frank’s Café. There are hundreds more of rooftop bars, but they are more expensive.

CATCH A QUIRKY Rooftop cinemas screening.

Leicester Square you might think is the best place to go to the cinema but they are very pricey. Instead, try one of London’s quirky cinemas. On a nice sunny day why not try out one of London’s many outdoor cinema options. Luna Cinema holds screenings in London Park and the sky Garden. Also looking something more different, try out the Rooftop Film Club that turns the rooftops in east London to a cinema for a night that cost £15 for a single ticket. Head below ground in winter to the vaults under Waterloo Station for the Underground Film Club. You can get some rooftop Cinemas that come with a Jacuzzi cinema.

Explore what little Venice has to offer.

Little Venice, with its beautiful canals and waterways, can be found just to the north of Paddington., This picturesque neighbourhood is home to quirky waterside cafes, cosy pubs, and charming restaurants. Regent’s Canal starts for Little Venice and ends in the Docklands. One restaurant I have been in Little Venice is a nice Cafe Laville. They serve great quality Italian food with views of the canal.

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THE HIDDEN ROOF GARDENS OF KENSINGTON.

After a long day of exploring London’s great spots. Why don’t you try the Kensington roof gardens? It is a great spot to just wind down and relax. It is also a rooftop restaurant that is hosting 1.5 acres of fruit trees, shrubs, lavender and plenty of other greenery. They even have real flamingos, exotic ducks, and stream full of fish. The great thing about it that it is free entry but check when it is free to the public, as they provide lots of private functions.

Junkyard golf

The junkyard golf club is a crazy golf with nine themed putting greens in Brick Lane. The place is made from reclaimed junk. Everything from Barbie dolls to car body parts has been used. As well as the nine-hole ‘green’, Junkyard Golf Club features a large bar area, a kitchen run by the Fabulous Burger Boys. Tickets only cost £9.50 to play.

Rooftop East

Rooftop East is a rooftop bar and events that is on the top floor of a car park in Stratford, Has a wide range of activities that change all the time to keep you occupied so check the website as now they have ice-skating and curling, In the past they have done bowling, golf, baseball and lost more activities. Prices are mid-range in the grand scheme of things, but the good news is you won’t be paying through your nose for a glass of wine.

About the author

Daniel cowen-Rivers

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog.

I’m 22 years old and originally from Buckinghamshire, England. I specialize in Photography, I try and spend a much of my free time traveling as I can at every opportunity!

I started this blog to showcase the destination I have been too and helpful travel tips o help people travel more.

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