5 Ways You Can Become A Tourist In Your Hometown.

Have you ever thought about becoming a tourist in your own hometown? – Well with these tips you can be a tourist in any hometown.

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A couple of weeks ago, I never thought of the idea of becoming a tourist in my own hometown. To be a tourist, it does not mean that you have to travel somewhere within the same country or even to somewhere abroad. A tourist is someone who is visiting a particular place and/or town for their own pleasure. If you are an adventurous person, like me, then you can easily become a tourist in your own hometown.

Photograph/Document Everything 

It is very important for a tourist to record (photograph) and/or document (journal) everything, including all of the activities that they do. It doesn’t matter what equipment you use, whether if that is a professional camera, phone or tablet. What’s important is that you capture every unique moment and treasure it for a lifetime. Being a freelance photographer, I can confirm that by doing this people within that place/city will instantly believe that you are a tourist. I love taking photographs of absolutely everything and even if I am just having a little photoshoot, people have still assumed that I am a tourist and have offered to take photographs of me in front of buildings, so this DEFINITELY WORKS!

Learn About The History

Speaking for myself, I can hold my hands up and admit that even I do not know about my hometowns history. Don’t get me wrong, I know a couple things, but in general I don’t have a great deal of knowledge. I think that it is important for everyone to know the history about their hometowns. A majority of places/city’s will have information at all of their tourist attractions or even a local museum.  Fortunately, my hometown is filled with lots of tourists attractions and is well-known for their beautiful buildings/statues that is accompanied with a museum.

Try Out A B&B or Hotel 

Ok, so this one is a little bit out there. But, I think that to really become a tourist in your own hometown you should definitely try out and/or review some of the B&B’s and hotels. Not only are you exploring your own hometown, but you are also having the opportunity to review the accommodation that your  hometown offers. You would be able to give the best recommendations and use your knowledge to pass on to others who are visiting your hometown.

Do Something New

Even if you think you have been to all the tourist attractions and you know enough about your hometown… there is always more! My hometown is filled of little independent shops, including restaurants and little coffee shops. You should visit lots of places, take photographs and learn something new. Going the extra mile to find out about something that not a lot of people would know is definitely a way to be recognised as a tourist. I have recently been looking and trying out the independent shops in my hometown, instead of the well-known retail stores.

Take Something Memorable Back With You

NOT JUST PHOTOGRAPHS!!!! There is actually a lot that you can take back with you. Whenever I go away on holiday, I would always bring back something as a memory from that particular holiday. It can be anything, such as a souvenir, ceramic bowls or mugs, sea shells, tickets etc. I think that it is important to keep anything that reminds you of that visit.

These are just some of my tips on how you can be a tourist in your hometown. As someone who loves to travel, I think it is a great way to explore the world without having to pay for a whole holiday. You should definitely explore and check out your own hometown.

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Visiting St. Giles Hilltop In Winchester.

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A few months ago, me and my friend decided to go on a little adventurous walk to explore one of the most well-known hills in Winchester. It was a very foggy morning, but this did not stop us. I have heard a few people talk highly about St. Giles Hill, but never thought it would be as incredible as this. It is a great way to see the whole city, especially as it’s conveniently at the bottom of town. It is very difficult to explain how mesmerising it was, so I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

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WOW! Isn’t this view just absolutely incredible? They were right. The view is absolutely astonishing. It is so beautiful to stand up at the viewpoint and experience the outlook upon the whole city. As you can see from the photographs, St. Giles Hill is completely safe with a metal barrier in place to prevent any injuries. There is a map to the left which gives an indication as to what you are looking at in relation to the buildings within the city.

It was actually quite easy to get to the top of the hill as there were a few different routes to take which is, of course, completely dependent on your personal health and fitness. The incline up the hill would vary and some routes would have taken longer than others. I found it no problem at all getting up to the top of hill by following all the signposted directions. It roughly took a few minutes to stroll up the hill and it was definitely worth it.

Personally, I think that St. Giles Hilltop would be a perfect spot for a romantic date, whether if that is at night or during the day. There is a big massive field at the top of the hill with benches located around, so this would be ideal for little picnics. It is honestly something that is 100% worth experiencing which is no hassle at all and is completely free!

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If you’re a lot like me and you enjoy exploring, travelling, and even sightseeing then this is perfect for you. I spent approximately 45 minutes up there admiring the view, capturing shots and watching the city move. I will definitely be visiting St. Giles Hill again, perhaps when the weather isn’t foggy. I think I am going to try come up the hill in the evening to capture all the bright lights. I just think it will be beautiful!

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Autumn Walk.

Autumn is definitely my favourite time of the year to go out for adventurous walks. I love how it’s that perfect weather. It isn’t too hot, nor is it too cold… It’s just right. Autumn is just perfect for exploring and for enjoying a good walk with friends or family (or with anyone). I love wearing comfy and cosy clothing around this time of year as I feel like it compliments the weather exactly. Autumn walks mean stepping on crunchy fallen orange leaves and hunting for the biggest conkers.

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img_1592 img_1354On Sunday’s I generally stay inside to revise and keep up with my university work. I had been working very hard, this morning and afternoon and needed a bit of fresh air, so Hannah (my friend) and I decided it would be a good idea for us to go on an autumn walk and explore the back streets of Winchester that we hadn’t been to before. We didn’t go out for long, just over an hour, but it was enough for me to clear my head after all the work I have been doing.

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Autumn walks are a great opportunity to capture some beautiful shots, especially of nature and of course, of each other. Hannah and I are like each other’s photographers which is perfect because we are both bloggers and as you know getting photographs can be difficult. We had a lot of fun this evening and actually came up with names for our cameras… We have Carol (Hannah‘s camera) and Carl (my camera). I definitely recommend taking your camera, tablet or phone with you with you whenever you decide or plan to go for an autumn walk as you never know what you might see. It is always good to capture the unexpected.

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Cider Tasting At The Stable || Blogger Event In Winchester

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and looking forward to this brand new exciting blog post. I am very happy to be sharing this post with you which is why I decided to write it straight away and share it with you as fast as I could. Earlier on today at 15:00, I attended a Cider and Pizza tasting session at The Stable in Winchester which lasted for approximately 2 hours. This event was a special one created by Fran at Page and Peachy Events, predominantly for bloggers to meet up and interact with one another… and of course try all the amazing ciders and food that The Stable has to offer. I am so grateful I got the opportunity to attend my first blogger event especially with the lovely Fran who is very welcoming and a great host.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

I was very impressed when entering The Stable for the very first time. It is absolutely beautiful with big large spaces between each table, large windows overlooking the beautiful town of Winchester and the building was just lovely to look at. I thought it was very clean and definitely a high standard food place. I am definitely so pleased with myself for attending the blogger event today and grateful for the invitation. I have met so many amazing and lovely people who I never would have met before if it wasn’t for this event and of course I have had an amazing experience at The Stable that I can honestly say I will be returning for dinner very soon. The food there is outstanding and I would love to go back to try more of what’s on the menu.

Cider Tasting Scoring System

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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

The Cider tasting consisted of 9 different types of Cider which are all sold at The Stable. Our task was to try a small sample of each Cider; giving our honest opinions about each one. We had to rate the Cider based on appearance, aroma, and taste all out of 10. The idea of this was to identify which one was our favorite. The total score for the Cider being tasted was out of 30. I think this was a perfect way to figure out what the perfect Cider is for you. I really liked how knowledgeable and professional the Cider Master was who was Will. He was full of information and was brilliant of him to know the answer to every question that we had. The Cider tasting event was well thought out as everything was running according to plan which was clearly represented as the host and cider master always had something going on. I was really impressed with how generous they were with the cider and always ensuring that there was plenty of glasses and water available.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Photographs Of The Cider Tasting Event

Alongside, the Cider tasting The Stable were very generous by offering us appetizers of bread, cheese, meat and dips which was a lovely surprise. I liked how they catered to those with dietary needs such as vegetarian. I enjoyed this cheese on bread as it went down well with the Cider. I thought they both complimented each other well. It also made it easier for me to get rid of the previous cider taste in my mouth. The photographs below will demonstrate the food provided along with a couple of glasses of Cider that I had the privilege of tasting.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

 

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

 

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Halfway through the Cider tasting, we were generously given 8 different pizzas for us all to try. I thought this was really nice of them to do as it was very unexpected. I thought that even just the appetizers were lovely then they did this for us too. As you can see the pizzas look incredible. I am so sorry if reading this post makes you hungry or thirsty, but honestly, they tasted so fresh and healthy and did not feel greasy at all. I thoroughly enjoyed the pizzas a lot. I am very impressed with how we were treated today at The Stable which I why I will definitely be returning very soon.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Thank you so much to The Stable who kindly held the blogger event for us. I had such a great time. I feel like I have said this a lot, but I really have loved every minute of it. It has been so much fun and I loved trying new Ciders for the first time. I am not a drinker at all, but I now feel like if I went to a Cider place or to The Stable, I would be able to order a drink that I am happy with and that I am comfortable with what I am drinking.

Goody Bag – Thank you so much, Fran, for the adorable goody bag. I love it so much. I didn’t think among everything we got and tried already today… I really didn’t expect this. You have been an excellent host and I am so grateful I was invited today. This has been a very good first blogger event for me. I am looking forward to sharing with you what’s inside the goody bag.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Not only do I keep to keep the cute fabric bag, there is also:

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

I just want to say huge thank you to Fran for creating this blogger event. I have had a lovely day and I am looking forward to trying all the amazing things in my goody bag. I am looking forward to doing another blog post reviewing the products in my goody bag. I am very happy to have met you. You’re a lovely person and an amazing host.

Please get in contact with Fran here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/page_peachy or https://twitter.com/apageofme

and The Stable here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StableRestaurants

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stablepizza/

Website: https://stablepizza.com/locations/winchester/?utm_source=googlemybusiness&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=googlemybusiness_website

Thank you for visiting my blog again. It means so much to me. Don’t forget to get in touch by commenting or on social media even if it’s to say hello. It makes me so happy to hear what you have to say. I hope you have a great week ahead.

 

Visiting Marwell Zoo.

Last weekend, my partner and I thought it would be a nice idea to go to Marwell Zoo, in Winchester, for the very first time. I have never actually been to a zoo, so this was very interesting yet overwhelming for me at the same time. In this blog post, I will discuss my time there as well as show you the beautiful photographs that I captured. There are many discussions about whether or not zoos are good or bad, in regards to the welfare of the animals and the ideologies that they should be free and not ‘caged’. I am for the idea that animals should have as much freedom as possible and should live a healthy equal life.

Marwell Zoo was actually rather lovely and at the same time, I was thinking whether or not it’s cruel for them to be kept there. I have never been to a Zoo before so this was difficult for me to make a judgement on. I thought the animals seemed happy and had plenty of space to move around, as well as a lot of food and water. I think that zoos are a good idea if the animals are happy, cared for and have plenty of freedom. Every animal that I got to see had a lot of space to move around and were cared for at all times. The staff at Marwell are very compassionate and care about the welfare of the animals. I felt like the money I paid to visit the animals would be well distributed and that would care for the animals. It was really nice to see these animals in real life because I haven’t seen any of them before. Although I have only been to one zoo in my life, I can only talk about this from my own personal experience. Below are some photographs which I managed to capture so that you could see for yourselves the animals I saw.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

I hope you enjoyed looking at the photographs I captured from Marwell Zoo. I honestly do not have a problem with this Zoo. It appeared to be well run and that the animals come first which is beautiful. It was so mesmerising to see all these fascinating animals and I hope that should I go to another zoo again, it would be just as equal and compassionate. Thank you so much for heading over to my blog. It does mean a lot to me and I am grateful to everyone who comes on. Don’t forget the have a look at my other blog posts and more importantly my photography pages. The full gallery of Marwell Zoo can be seen here. Don’t forget to comment below of what your opinions are on zoos and whether or not you have been to Marwell.