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Pro’s and Con’s about being in the wedding industry. Con: You don’t really get much of a December holiday. Pro: Winter is usually dead so you get to go escape the cold and go on a European vacation! Yeah : )

Dylan and I are taking the whole of July off and visiting a few places we’ve never been to before and also going to our first international music festival together!

(We’re awaiting the line up announcement!).

All our flights, and internal travel has been booked but now we’re just trying to find accommodation. We’ve decided to do a mix of really cheap accommodation and some nice (fairly priced) accommodation. If you have any tips for us we’re looking to book accommodation in Nice here Amsterdam, Croatia, Italy (we’re driving down the boot, but looking for nice places on the coast too), Suffolk (UK) and Barcelona.

 Also if you know of any must see sneaky non-touristy spots in these areas we’d appreciate all the recommendations we can get!

On my search for cool places I found this awesome hotel in Barcelona via Design Milk which I think will suit us just fine ; ) It’s called The Chic & Basic Ramblas Hotel. It looks pretty basic but has been beautifully designed.

“The designers of the hotel created an experience around the ’60s in Spain, matching the building’s 60’s vibe. With 97 rooms on six floors, the design is crisp and fresh, no-nonsense and comfortable. Using the doors of the rooms and exhibition panels, the hallway of each floor projects a specific aspect of those years: Culture and Society, Design Icons, Tourism, Advertising, Folklore, “Gauche Divine.”

How sweet is that little car in the middle of the common room?

I also found this article on the top 10 boutique hotels in Barcelona *sigh*  for one day when we’re rich and famous photographers.

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    rebecca
    March 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    How exciting! We planned our entire Eurotrip on airbnb – if you are going to tuscany, check out this place – (its a short drive from both florence and sienna and you will be so grateful for the swimming pool) – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/62193 And if you can, you MUST go to the Cinque Terre in italy. yay!

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    Janita
    March 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hi!

    You must have a look on hostelworld.com, they have lots of places (with very detailed feedback) and also some bed & breakfasty type places. i stayed in a hostel called villa saint exupery in nice last year, which was great (and not crummy like one expects a hostel to be). must-see in nice are the two big art museums; matisse and chagall…

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    hannah
    March 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    in Amsterdam we rented a lovely apartment for a week, and its a 5min tram ride to the heart of town. The host was great and told us about all the nice local markets.
    http://www.bedandbreakfastrooms.com/Europe/Netherlands/Amsterdam/1052/
    In Barcelona we also rented a nice apartment a block away from Gaudi´s famous Sagrada Familia.
    http://www.oh-barcelona.com/en/barcelona-apartments/ref_106321/
    Enjoy your trip!

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    Danielle
    March 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    We’ve used AIRBNB a lot, and have no complaints. A cool way to find a bargain, and meet some locals!

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      emmajane
      March 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the tips guys! AIRBNB does seem to be the cheapest, just wary of dodgy spare bedrooms 😉

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    kATE
    March 13, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    lOOK at my post on airbnb on http://www.katecotton.wordpress.com
    bOOKED AN AMAZING apartment in barcelona for my june holiday.

    this amsterdam hotel looks amazing
    http://www.hoteltheexchange.com/

    (have only stayed at the hilton doubletree- which i can highly recommend based purely on the warm cookies they serve!)

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    kATE
    March 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Sorry about the weird caps!

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    Cheron
    March 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I also used Hostelworld, its so HELPFUL. I stayed in villa saint exupery and really enjoyed it! You are going to have such an amazing time!

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    Sam
    March 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I was going to say airbnb is brilliant!! Someone has already mentioned it 🙂

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    Dylan
    March 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I love Europe. Can’t wait!

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    Ines
    March 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I have lived in Barcelona for 10 years and now live in Paris. I would recommend you:
    – El Born district (close the the harbor and the Ramblas) very nice design and clothes shops, nice restaurants and bars too
    – Parc Güell (nice view of Barcelona)
    – The harbor (and have some tapas by the beach)

    Don’t know how long you are staying but there is very cheap flights and ferry’s to the Balearics and as I am from the islands I would definitely go for a day or two there 🙂

    Any questions don’t hesitate!

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