London: The National Gallery & Science Museum Review (2020).

Do you ever just get the urge to do some exploring and learning simultaneously? Well, I do!

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London is definitely one of the most major cities close to me that has an enormous amount of museums to offer – all of which have their own purpose. As I had never been to either of these before, I decided to check them both out. Also, I decided to check these out for one of my university modules, so it was a WIN-WIN situation.

The National Gallery 

The National Gallery is a major tourist attraction in Trafalgar Square in Central London. It was founded in 1824 and has a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is an art museum that displays a range of different paintings, drawings, and photographs. An art museum or gallery like this is a building or space that displays art, usually from the museum’s own collection that is open for the public to view. They can also be used for multi-purposes including, artistic activities, performance art music concerts, poetry readings, and many others.

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum as the artworks were just exceptionally brilliant. I loved all of the large-scale ones as they were just so beautiful and quite breath-taking. The National Gallery is a very beautiful museum inside and outside as it is a traditional museum, large and very open-spaced inside. I really liked having a look at what they have to offer and I highly recommend that if you are a lover for art, you too will enjoy it!

The Science Museum 

The Science Museum is a major tourist attraction on Exhibition Road in London. It specializes in science and technology, but more specifically on the history of science and how technology has made an impact on the development of science. The museum has developed significantly since it first opened as there were mostly static displays of objects, but now many of the displays are designed for the visitors to participate. It is beneficial for educational museums to display a range of displays in many forms as individuals learn differently from one another. It is a prime example of how the development of technology can encourage the audience’s participation which can enhance active engagement.

The Science Museum is a very fascinating museum that has a wide variety of interactive and immersive sections for children and adults to visualize how such things became possible. I absolutely loved visiting the Science museum, especially the space section as it was interesting and visually pleasing to look at. It was very educational, as well as insightful to see how technology and science have developed over the years. They also have the opportunity for visitors to try their new 360 virtual reality and Tim Peake simulation to capture the audience’s engagement, as well as demonstrate what it would be like.

I 100% recommend these museums, especially if you want to explore and have a good time.

New Year, New Me 2020.

We’ve heard that before haven’t we… (New Year, New Idea 2019.)

Happy New year everyone! Let’s have a little chat.

I know I haven’t that active on my blog for a few months, but that is simply because I have had a very very busy couple of months. I moved house, I have a new job, and uni has just been…well, STRESSFUL!

I have decided that I want to get back into blogging, but perhaps gradually, as I don’t want to worry or stress about not getting a post up on time. I would like to publish once a week, every Wednesday starting from today. YAY! I will be sorting out my blog over the next few days and only having the things on here that I really want to have. I will be removing my YouTube channel, due to not having time to commit and plus I have plans for May that I am extremely excited about.

What’s happening in 2020?

  1. I hope to have completed all of my uni work, including my dissertation and that I graduate with a 2:1. Then, I hope to have gotten into my chosen school as a secondary teacher in the Drama department for my teacher training course.
  2. I will be starting my own Podcast in May. This will be an educational podcast with tips, tricks, skills, and advice. I am in the process now of composing a schedule for each episode for my first season which is why I have decided to pause my YouTube channel. I love being creative and having something to work on. YouTube was a lot of fun, but due to the fact that I will be teaching in September, it just would not work out. I am very excited to be creating a Podcast because I want to help students all around the world and that is what I am passionate about.
  3. I would like to go on a few little holidays this year as well. I am planning on going to Krakow, Sofia, and Valencia. I love visiting cities that have history and culture. I love learning about the world. This year these places are on my bucket list. Krakow is somewhere that I have wanted to visit for a couple years now, and I feel like I am ready. I think these places will be educational and insightful, especially for when I become a qualified teacher.

2019 you have been a blast, but I am definitely looking forward to 2020. I want to make this year my best year so far. I know we all say that, but I truly mean it. I am looking forward to graduating, my little visits away, and starting my educational podcast.

Please let me know some educational topic ideas that you would like me to discuss on my podcast. I will be discussing my own tips and advice, as well as essay writing. I would appreciate any ideas that you have, so I know I have covered everything. Please comment below or email me: Bryoni.Burns@outlook.com

Have a happy new year… HERE’S TO 2020!!!!!!!

 

 

The Best Photo Spots In Barcelona: The Most Instagrammable Locations In Barcelona.

Going on holiday is the perfect reason to get some of those desirable travel/holiday Instagram photos. You know the kind of photos I mean. I recently just go back from Barcelona and of course, I just jumped on the opportunity to capture some ‘Instagram photos’ that I thought would look great on my feed. Just like any other city, most of the great spots are the ones popular by tourists.

This blog post will mainly consist of photographs, followed by the exact location so that you too can find these great spots. I think the photographs speak for themselves. I know everyone’s idea of ‘Instagrammable Spots’ is going to be different, but these are just mine. I’m sure you can capture your desire photographs here too.

Here are some of my favorite spots:

La Rambla

La Rambla is one of the most popular streets in central Barcelona. It is a tree-lined pedestrian street that is filled with many many shops, including retail, food, tattoo places, and basically everything!

The photographs of myself are taken at the end of La Rambla, closest to the beach. I found this road and fell in love with the composition of the trees. I just loved this spot and thought it would be perfect for my Instagram. The photograph of the Ice Cream is taken down the middle of La Rambla. I found an Ice Cream Shop, and just took the photo as soon as I stepped outside. I have to be quick of course before it melted.

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Parc de Montjuic

Parc de Montjuic is a massive piece of land that is filled with green lands, including hills and lots of beautiful tourist spots. It took us around 3 hours to walk and down the whole park, although the views made it worth it.

I absolutely LOVE these trees. They are pretty much everywhere in Barcelona. As soon as I would see one, I would grab the camera and get a quick snap!

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The Magic Fountain

The Magic Fountain was the highlight of my whole experience of going to Barcelona. The area around The Magic Fountain is just beautiful and it really is just mesmerizing. You would definitely get some great photographs at night during The Magic Fountain light show. Unfortunately, I did not take my camera with me, so I didn’t get any ‘Instagrammable’ photos of it at night.

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions that offers an opportunity to view the inside. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our hands-on tickets so, we just took some great photos from the outside. I know that the inside is just as beautiful and you can get some amazing photographs on the inside, so if you get the chance to, then please do that. You can see in the last photo how busy the place really is. Although is you follow the path round to the other side of the pond, you can get a really good spot with no one in the background.

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Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral is located near to La Rambla and is the Gothic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. We found this just randomly on one of our walks to a museum and I am so glad we did because it is just absolutely stunning.

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These are just some of the most ‘Instagrammable Spots’ in Barcelona. If you would like to see more of these kinds of posts then please comment down below. I can add to this or do a part 2 if you like.

Have you been to Barcelona? What was your favorite spot?

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For those of who you don’t know, I have just got back from the beautiful sunny Barcelona and this is just everything that I needed.  This post is in collaboration with Green People.

**All criticism is my own and I can hands down say that I am being 100% honest when talking about these products**

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What Is Green People?

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Green People offers high-performance products and believes that nature and science go hand in hand. Green People organic skincare products restore and balance the skin and hair’s natural moisture levels with amazing skin feel, whilst also caring about environmental issues and sustainability.

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What Products Will I Be Reviewing?

I was lucky enough to receive two full-size bottles from the Green People’s sun care range. One being the EDELWEISS SUN LOTION which is a NATURAL TAN ACCELERATOR and the SCENT FREE SUN LOTION which is REEF SAFE OCEAN-FRIENDLY.

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The Scent Free Sun Lotion is reef safe, ocean-friendly, non-irritating, non-greasy, 84% organic, and water repellent with an SPF of 30 high. This sun cream is perfect for sensitive skin and is UVB and UVA protected, just like the other one. It is designed to care for sensitive skin and is naturally free from synthetic fragrance and essential oils. This bottle is priced at £22.50.

I only used this suncare lotion on day 1 of my 5-day holiday. This isn’t because it was bad in any way, I just preferred using the natural tan accelerator as I wanted to get an even glow. I thought this one slightly more liquidized which rubbed in smoother and more evenly than the other one. It is 100% scent-free as I cannot smell any scent. If I had to describe a smell, I would describe it as a similar smell to dermal cream. It is still fresh but in a different way. I would recommend using this one if you are exposed to the sun a lot or are spending days directly in the heat, in a pool, or sunbathing. It has a relatively high SPF and would protect those areas which needed it most. I put some of this one on my forehead, shoulders, and elbows as those are the places which get burnt fastest usually, and also, I have eczema on my elbows, and this helped it a lot.

The Natural Tan Accelerator is non-irritating, non-greasy, 86% organic, and water repellent. It has an SPF of 15 medium and is perfect for sensitive skin. It has UVA and UVB, also known as aging and burning protection. This natural tan accelerator speeds up the tanning process by 25% and reduces fading by 50%. This bottle is priced at £21.50.

I absolutely loved using this product and out of the two, this one is my favorite. I found it was very hydrating, non-sticky, and enhanced a natural-looking tan. I LOVE the smell of this sun cream as it smells so fresh, almost like flowers which I like. I used this one 4/5 days of my holiday and I do believe that even know I had sun cream on, I still managed to get an even coverage of a tan. It did not leave any stains on my clothing, and I applied this approximately 3 times a day. More importantly, when I got out of the pool. I can now say hand on my heart that I will be using this self-tanning sun care in the future.

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If you would like to try this out yourself I have a very generous discount code: BRYONIB20 for 20% OFF!

5 Days In Barcelona.

I have had the most incredible 5 days in Barcelona (Monday to Friday). I thought it would be good for me to explain what we did in those 5 days and the amazing things that I captured. I went to Barcelona with a group of friends. There was 5 of us in total. If you’re planning on going to Barcelona and you would like some advice on anything at all, please just let me know and I will try my best to point you in the right direction.

We travelled to Barcelona by plane with Norwegian air on Monday 29th July at 06:50am. I would definitely recommend travelling to Barcelona around this time as it gives you the whole day to settle in and to explore bits of it without wasting a whole day travelling. We arrived in Barcelona at 09:50am (as the time difference is 1-hour in front). This post is going to be structured in a similar way to a diary. I will indicate what we did each day, and I will try to demonstrate this with a range of photographs.

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The weather was absolutely beautiful, if not too beautiful on some days hitting 32 degrees. It is very important to keep loading on sun cream to ensure your skin does not burn and that it is hydrated throughout the day. I was lucky enough to receive two different types of sun cream from the Green People (a blog post will be published shortly) to keep my skin hydrated and lowered the risk of getting burnt. I would definitely use this brand again as I did not burn at all. The only part of my body that went slightly red was my shoulders purely because on the first day I forgot to use sun cream.

Day 1: Monday 29th July 2019

At 09:50am we arrived at Barcelona airport. There was a range of transport that we could have taken to get us to our apartment including, a taxi, metro, or a bus. As we had a lot of time ahead of us, we decided to get on the AEROBUS which was around 5 stops in total. We looked on Google Maps and what bus stop was the best one for us. I believe it was called Espanya or something like that. This bus ride took approximately 15 minutes. It was then only a small walk to our apartment. We stayed at Aparthotel BCN Monjuric (a blog post will be published shortly) and it was absolutely perfect. Once we had checked in around 12:00pm, we decided to take a little walk until we came across the Arena, which is simply just a shopping mall. We had a small bite to eat, done some shopping, and headed to the famous street La Rambla. We didn’t stay out too long, just went for a walk, had a couple of drinks, and got the metro back to the apartment as it was only two stops away.

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Day 2: Tuesday 30th July 2019

This was one of my favourite days, but not so much everyone else’s. The original plan was to just spend the day at the beach. We all decided that it would be a good idea to take a walk to the beach and sightsee at the same time. The walk to the beach is around 1-hour. We decided to take a route that would stop us off at popular spots, including the massive fountain and Parc de Montjuic. The route was absolutely beautiful, and I am so glad that we did actually do this because if we had gone to the beach straight away, we would never have seen all of these incredible views. 4-hours later once we had to the beach, we went to McDonald’s and then sat on the beach for around an hour before we went back to the apartment and just played some games and quizzed with one another.

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Day 3: Wednesday 31st July 2019

This day was quite a chilled day. We stayed in the apartment until around 1pm before we decided to go to La Rambla to go to a couple of shops, have some lunch, and go to The Big Fun Museum. I LOVED the museum so much. It was something that we needed to do as a group. We all LOVED the ball pit, probably a bit too much, but it was a lot of fun. Afterwards, we headed towards Hard Rock Café and found the Barcelona Cathedral. I thoroughly enjoyed this day as it wasn’t actually planned out. We just went for a casual stroll and came across things that we liked and just explored. After this, we just went back to the apartment and spent the evening in the rooftop pool.

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Day 4: Thursday 1st August 2019

Thursday was again a very chilled day. Myself, Kevin, and Charlie took a morning stroll playing Pokémon Go and then we went to Sagrada Familia. This was definitely the highlight of the whole holiday. It was just absolutely stunning, and I think the photographs speak for themselves. After this, we had some lunch and went for a little stroll down La Rambla. We went back to the apartment a little early today around 4pm as we wanted to charge up our phones for the evening. We went back to Parc de Montjuic and watch a street dance performance followed by The Magic Fountain show which is just insane. If you ever go to Barcelona, you MUST see The Magic Fountain at night. It is an hour-long FREE show and is just so wonderful.

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Day 5: Friday 2nd August 2019

This was the day to say goodbye to Barcelona. Our flight wasn’t until 5pm, so we spent half of the day in the apartment, went for lunch and took another walk down La Rambla until we had to catch the metro to the airport. We flew back to Gatwick with Vueling Air.

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I hope you enjoyed this little post. I didn’t want to bombard you with too much information and realised that the photographs probably speak for themselves anyway.

I also vlogged the 5 days in Barcelona over on my YouTube channel, or just click the link down below:

 If you have any questions or anything that you would like to know about my stay in Barcelona, just comment them down below or message me directly on my socials or email.