I am Ella is a travel and lifestyle blog by Ella Dvornik, voted top 3 in the UK by Uk Blog awards. I feel that there is no better gift in life then the gift of exploration, the hunger for adventure and understanding of the world. I have set off to see the world and most of it I share here.
I have been only once, but I have never cruised before. I was invited by MSC cruises once more to witness the christening of their new amazing SEAVIEW ship. It is the biggest boat ever built in Italy. This time I got to spend a bit more time on it, giving me a chance to really experience the life on the ship. We didn’t leave the port of Genoa to explore the open sea, but that didn’t stop us from experiencing the ship.
BTW: All the photos in this post were taken with Huawei p20Pro, so enjoy them.
Cruise ships are these wonderful adult theme parks, where you just sit and enjoy, and once in a while when you open your balcony door, you see a new country or a new island. It’s like enjoying a resort in many different places, except you don’t have to move from place to place.
MSC Cruise ships have a certain feng shui. It’s all glittery, sparkly, relaxing and spacious. On each floor, there are bars and restaurants and facilities for entertainment. It is hard not to enjoy all the fruits of this massive steel island.
One thing is for sure. You are not dieting on this ship. All the buffets and restaurant, even the chocolate bar, are just inviting the hedonist in you to indulge in all it has to offer. You will find yourself walking around with an increased appetite, trying to get a flavour for everything this moving gastronomic ship has to offer. I loved walking around and checking out the chefs while they made amazing food for their guests.
This time around I took Charles with me to be my Instagram husband. We decided to shoot all the photos from this trip with our new Huawei P20PRO smartphones. I thought this would be an excellet trip to actually see how great this camera is. Charles did his best to follow me around and capture the essence of this beautiful ship, so I thought… id place a photo of him…having a headache XD
I’m not going to lie. Charles and I got a couple of days without the baby, so my favourite part of the MSC Seaview was the champagne bar. We had a lovely boozy time sitting around chatting to the waiter while we tasted different flavours throughout the hour.
On the night of the christening, we had a red carpet event. So I went for this cocktail dress by Krie design. Last year i missed the red carpet event, because I gave birth and needed time to recover. This time I got to really see the gala event and what’s it all about.
Evo prvi post na mom blogu koji je na Hrvatskom, neka se i to dogodilo. Odlucila sam ga napisati na Hrvatskom jer nekako mislim da stranci vec imaju ovaj sistem u malom prstu posto puno jeftinije ,a i cesce putuju na daleka mjesta sa djecom. Kod nas su daleka putovanja do nedavno bila nedostizna pa sa novim trendom trebaju doci i neke nove upute.
Ovo ce mi biti prvo putovanje s Balie, i najduze putovanje odma na pocetku. Prije dok sam putovala sam kao travel blogger , moram priznati da sam puno posla gubila upravo zbog ljudi koji su putovali s djecom. Putovati s djecom je apsolutni hit u svijetu travel blogginga jer sve vise ljudi trazi savjete online o tome gdje da odu ,ali i sto da spakiraju i kako da se pripreme. Veselim se ovoj novoj kategoriji putovanja na mom blogu ,i voljela bi evo cak i prije nego odletim, podjeliti s vama kako sam se pripremila i zbog cega na bas ovakav nacin.
Kad putujes sam, boli te briga, ubacis odjecu jer imas vremena na putovanju eksperimentirati ali i opustiti se. Sada sve vise shvacam da vremena imam jako malo za sebe jer sam potpuno posvecena maloj Balie. Pa kako bi si olaksala putovanje, ukljucila sam mali OCD i sve pripremila unaprijed kako bi mi putovanje bilo bezbrizno.
DEFINIRANI OUTFITI ZA SVAKI DAN
Prvo sam odlucila odmah unaprijed napraviti si outfite koje cu nositi na putovanju od 7 dana. To sam napravila samo zato da ne bi gubila vrijeme razmisljajuci sto da obucem, ali i zato da na fotkama nisam uvijek u istoj odjeci. Zbog posla kojim se bavim , slike mi moraju biti raznolike, pa sam odlucila sloziti si 6 outfita za razgledavanje, plus lezerne opcije za plazu.
ZA SVAKI DAN
Outfiti su svi sacinjeni od kratkih hlacica i zanimljivih topova. Nisam previse komplicirala samo mi je bilo bitno da je udobno i da izgleda koliko toliko zanimljivo. Jedan odlican savjet je i da pakirate sve u nijansama i bojama koje idu skupa, u slucaju da vam se neki top zaprlja , da zamjenite drugim ,ali da ide na sve.
Bit ce trenutaka kada ce jeans biti oskudan i nepotreban, pa sam uzela
torbu koja se okrece na dvije strane
i naravno kupace kostime.
U tome planiram provoditi popodne na plazi, a vjerovatno cu to imati svaki dan na plazi, pa mi je ta jedna kombinacija dovoljna.
Ova torba od Desiguala mi je idealna za ovo putovanje, jer ima dvije strane, pa umjesto da nosim puno razlicitih torbi, ponjeti cu samo ovu jednu, i okretati cu je ovisno o situaciji i outfitu.
Ovaj Tummy Tea Tox caj (link) jos nisam isprobala kao sto vidite zatvoren je, tek mi je jucer dosao s dostavom, tako da cu ga ponjeti sa sobom na putovanje i tamo ispijati. Ako ga otvorim prije, strah me je da ce mi se porusti po portljazi pa cu malo ipak pricekati.
Iako postoje i varijante za mrsavljenje, ja sam uzela ova dva , jedan je za energiju tokom dana, a drugi za ciscenje tokom noci i lakse uspavljivanje. Kostaju samo 79 kuna (link) i nadam se da ce mi pomoci odrzati me na zivotu tokom ovog putovanja.
Japanke od Ipaneme su idealne za ovo putovanje jer su jedne malo ozbiljnije , dok su druge lezernije i sarenije. Zelene mogu obuci cak i navecer u restoran, zbog dizajna, dok cu u sarenima provoditi popodnevne i jutarnje sate. Ove su mi jos od prosle sezone.
Kupace sam kupila u Calzedoniji i moram priznati da su bili poprilicno skupi. Sveukupno su me kostali nesto manje od 1000 kuna. Nisam si dugo kupovala kupace, pa sam mozda izasla iz dira, ali me iznenadila cijena moram priznati. U svakom slucaju ne kupujem ih cesto pa se nadam da ce izdrzati bar dvije sezone.
Iako kozmetike imam na bacanje doslovno, ne zelim nosti puno jer onda previse razmisljam. Sa sobom nosim nanuznije.
Bb krema u boji jer je laksa od klasicnog tekuceg pudera,
Olovku za obrve
Tus za oci
Kist za puder i obrve
Puder u kamenu za svaki slucaj ako treba nesto fiksirati za fotku
I naravno mineral 89 booster od Vichy-a kao podlogu i zastitu od sminke.
Osim toga nosim i svoju tekucinu za lece i putnu cetkicu.
Ponjeti cu kutijicu za lece sa sobom u avion , a posto veliku bocu ne smijem nositi ponjeti cu male ampule fizikalne otopine od Balie, za svaki slucaj ako moram izvaditi lece i vratiti ih
Ubacim svakako i jedan parfem, eto tek toliko da se nade.
Dakle moje pakiranje za sada izgleda ovako. Vrlo jednostavno i pregledno i lako za spakirati. Necu previse razmisljati o tome sto cu obuci jer cu imati sve definirano i moci cu se u potpunosti posvetiti Balie i uzivanju na svom putovanju.
Osim odjece i nekih primarnih stvari, nosim sa sobom i sama svoje sampone. To radim jer u hotelima oni mali samponi i regeneratori nisu zadovoljavajuci, i ne volim ih. Zbog toga sto imam plavu kosu koja treba puno brige, moram i nositi svoju zastitu. U ovom slucaju nosim sa sobom Keune sun shield liniju za kosu koja ce mi pomoci da mi kosa ostane zasticena od sunca i vanjskih utjecaja.
Naravno tu su i neizbjezni faktori. Jedan malo jaci i jedan slabiji. Realno ne trebaju mi dva, ali nisam se mogla odluciti, jer ne znam koliko ce jako sunce biti.
Sitne stvari za plazu sam spakirala u sesir, prvo da se sesir ne zguzva, ali i da ustedim mjesto u koferu.
Inace bi sve zarolala, ali posto zelim izbjeci peglanje odjece, odlicila sam ovako posloziti. To zauzima vise mjesta, ali mjesta imam dovoljno, cak i viska. Super ukoliko se u zadnji cas sjetim dodati jos nesto, na primjer stikle ili nesto drugo.
Lijeva strana kofera je moja, desna je od Charlesa, jos samo fali donji ves koji je u pranju, ali osim toga, sve sam spakirala. Njabitnije od svega, ovaj nacin pakiranja mi smanjuje stres i moci cu uzivati bez da mislim jesam li nesto ponjela ili nisam.
Odjeca od Balie je puno manja, pa nje mogu i ponjeti vise. Osim nekih standardnih bodija, kupila sam i par slatkih stvari da ima za obuc kakda bude prilika. Balie ce imati vlastiti kofer, jer ce najvise mjesta zauzeti pelene i formule i dohrana.
2 OUTFITA ZA SVAKI DAN PUTOVANJA
Balie ce trebati sveukupno 14 outfita, u slucaju da bude neka nezgoda i treba ju promjeniti, uz to cu dodati i jos neke extra stvarcice za svaki slucaj, jer mjesta imamo. Pa krenimo redom.
Kupila sam mali sesiric za 39 kuna u H&M-u , na Jamajci je sada spica ljeta i moram zastiti bebu od sunca maksimalno. Sesiric sam isprobala na njoj u ducanu i bio je jedini koji nije htjela skinuti s glave s toga sam odabrala njega.
I have put my reviews on pause, since I have had a baby. You probably noticed most of my posts now are baby oriented. Being a mom is literally the only thing I do at the moment. We did however use my mom this time, to enjoy a trip back to London for 5 days. On this trip I got to stay at two hotels with wonderful views over London. I usually make my posts differently, more like a diary, but for this time i decided to slice the post down in 5 important bits, so you can easily find what you are looking for.
Our room was located on the 7th floor, and to be exact this is the room 761. It is categorised as a suite, meaning that it has a separate lounging area next to the bedroom area. It is more spacious than the standard room and has a higher view. Bedroom has an en suite , and a really epic view going 180 degres. It’s quite something. Super cozy bed was an extra plus.
Having a suite also gives you access to the executive lounge. They serve complimentary chosen drinks and bites to those who use the space. When I went there it was empty, so I took a chance to take a couple of photos. Only thing missing was the music.
In close proximity of the hotel, well just around the corner to be exact, there is a really nice pub. We grabbed a couple of beers there before crossing the road to try some Brew Dog. For those who are not big drinkers, only 5 minute walk away from the hotel is the Westfield shopping centre, where you can eat and drink and shop till you drop. Shepards bush is a great location for those who are coming to be touristic. It is not slap in the centre, but for that reason it is more cozy and offers different perspective. You are in central neighbourhoods only a couple of tube stops away.
Dorsett in Shepard’s bush is quite architecturally pleasant from the inside. The open space above the bar is definitely one to call for a selfie. Warm brownish, gold and grey tones leave a nice sense of calmness.
Breakfast area is very nice, offer on the buffet table is quite predictable for a breakfast, they also serve some dishes a la carte. My room had breakfast included, but usually you do’t get it by default.
Hotel also has a gym, not big but smells like it has not been used yet.
5. OVERALL EXPERIENCE AND THOUGHTS
I really loved the location of the hotel. Because it was a bit further out the rooms were a bit bigger. There were many things in close proximity, and it wasn’t crowded with tourists. The staff was polite and helpful and rooms were cleaned on time. I would suggest this hotel, to those who have maybe already been to London, and are not obsessed with seeing all the tourist attractions. Hotel is near to all of them, but it will be a great choice for someone doing business, or just coming in to have a chilled week with no stress.
Last week my work took me to Trieste. I was actually supposed to be super pregnant at this event, but since I gave birth earlier, I managed to show up 2 weeks after giving birth to come and check out this cruise ship.
We drove to Trieste from Zagreb, for the ceremony. This ship will be leaving Trieste and travel 20 days to Miami, from where it will cruise the Caribbean.
I won’t be making that trip, but I was curious to see who goes there, and what there is inside. And you will be just as impressed as I was.
A shuttle bus took us from parking to the ship. The process of getting through is really similar to going on an aeroplane, but much quicker, as people board the ship throughout the day and not at the same time. The ship is to say at least enormous. We were joking it is as big as 2 neighbourhoods in our city. It takes 5000 passengers and 2800 crew members. That’s almost 8000 people aboard one ship. It’s a floating city.
Getting inside is quite scary. Some people know where to go immediately but for most of us newbs, it was a slow process. A couple of hours in, and you get the hang of it. The ship is so big some people say you don’t get to see everything in 7 days in amongst stopping and sightseeing. I was curious to find the lobby and see what sort of entertainment there is.
We were greeted by a guide and she took us across 2 floors. The tour of 2 floors took almost 2 hours, and there is 17 of them! So you imagine how long it takes to look at the whole thing, and we didn’t even get to go inside of any shops, we just walked through.
Everything is sparkling, dazzling, big, shiny and bright. It’s like Christmas on water. Your eyes keep going left and right and you have trouble focusing on one thing.
What I was most curious about were the cabins. There are cabins with inside windows, with balconies and there are a couple suites for bigger families in the yacht club. But other than that most rooms are up to the same standard so you don’t get many class of rooms like you would in a hotel. I got to check out the cabin with the balcony, and it was really decent in size. For example, most London hotel rooms are this size if you don’t go all Royal Family on them.
The whole ship is just very impressive. Outside decks are lovely, and I can only imagine how lovely the views and sunsets are when the ship is afloat. We didn’t have very nice weather that day, but I would really love to experience just sitting outside sipping on a cocktail somewhere in the Caribbean sea.
There are interactive screens across the ship which saves the paper, and it’s much easier to use than a map. An app is also available to download. You can book excursions or restaurants directly from the screen by scanning your bracelet on the scanner. It is a very nice modern touch, and a very well thought out piece of technology. Every time you stop in the city, it shows you available tours or things to do from which you can then choose from. You can pretty much find anything, from shop locations to city guides.
On the Ship, somewhere amongst the endless floors, hallways and corridors, there is a middle section with all the bars. One of them is this luxurious chocolate bar which is overall quite impressive. Just behind the servers, there is a chocolate wall ”waterfall”. We all stood there imagining what it would be like to just dip our fingers in that brown liquid heaven. Of course, you can’t do that.
But other things could make you happy, like beautiful handmade ice cream, and lovely chocolate bars. Take them home as a memory or just eat them all! You only live once.
Those in need of thrill can try their luck in the casino. Who knows, maybe luck is on your side and you get to win another cruise or even some money to pay for one.
Decor has been done to every single detail. There os something to see everywhere. Theme bars have their own sports memorabilia, and disco is quite retro with authentic details.
I think there is nothing you can’t eat on board. Pretty much every cuisine on this planet is on board of this floating city. Some restaurants are inclusive of your full inclusive tickets, and some you have to pay for of course. Some are just too good to be offered to everyone because other people would never get their turn.
My favourite part of this ship was the champagne bar. For someone who has not been drinking for past 9 months, this was a perfect occasion to sit and have a couple of glasses of bubbles before heading back to Zagreb.
We were tired out by this glorious monster, and are really hoping we get to go on board one time, for a longer period and actually experience all of it’s glory while cruising over the ocean into the unknown.
Hey folks! This one is super overdue! Like extremely overdue!
So let me first apologise for being so late with this post and explaining why it took me so long. I visited Bushmills in April this year. Yes, April! I had a problem! Actually, I had two problems!! First, when I got there my camera decided to die and so I went on to use Charlie’s phone to make the photos of the whole experience. And that worked quite well. The only problem is, upon return Home, I didn’t transfer them immediately and not long after Charles broke the phone. It took a lot of work to find someone who could help me save some of the images on that phone, and last week I got the happy news, and finally, I get to write about my trip to Ireland!
So as I mentioned before, Charles and I took a short weekend trip to Ireland to visit the Giants Causeway!
We took a flight from London and flew into Belfast, from which we got a rent a car and started our journey. Since we only had two days we immediately started checking things off our itinerary. Our first visit was the Dunluce castle, which was not so far from the Busmill. I hope you excuse the gloom in my photos, but the weather was not on our side, and it was very hard to catch good light in the rain. Dunluce castle, unfortunately, is not really a castle anymore. It has turned into ruins, but it is still interesting to see how it all looked back then. I was maybe 9 weeks pregnant then but I was sooo tired all the time it was hard to keep up.
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It was very windy in Giants Causeway that day, but we could not miss the opportunity to go and see it. Once you arrive to what seems to be a museum, you have two ways to get to the giant’s causeway. You can walk and have a walking audio tour, or you can take the bus. I opted for the bus, because it was so freaking cold, and I hate the wind. I was so impressed with everyone who decided to walk there, it was really cold and not for me. Once we got of the bus we had a nice sight. Giant’s causeway is a very unique place and if you are ever looking to make a unique photo of a great invention of mother nature, then this is the place to go.
Ah for all of those whiskey lovers, this is a heaven on earth. While we stayed in the Bushmill, there was an opportunity to visit the distillery. No photos were allowed inside the distillery but nevertheless, it was a unique experience. I actually didn’t get to try the whiskey since I was in early pregnancy, but Charles took a wiff of all kinds and just went for it!
Okay so this was totaly not what I expected. I saw pics of it online and it looked so much different. I guess it varies during th seasons. Here the trees were naked and they didn’t look so fantasy like, but I guess it’s okay to show a different perspective. i bet loads of people come here and look for a great angle to take a photo of, but this is what it is like in reality. Still cool, but not as cool as the google shows.
I’m so sorry i can’t show you more. We were supposed to go and visit this epic rope bridge, but it was so windy they closed it. I guess that would have been a great adition to our trip. But never the less, I believe we have seen enough for the 2 days we spent here. In my next post read about where we stayed. It is really epic.
After some relaxing time we were taken to the Romanos Luxury villa, which is beyond spectacular. I enjoyed some lunch in bed, dessert in the huge lounge, and the private pool of this amazing villa.
And soon it was time to eat again. We were taken to the restaurant in the resort where we again got introduced to the greek women singing and making Greek pasta dishes. It was a very special moment where we shared food and spoke about the culture and food of course.
A walk on the beach followed a very big meal. Beaches are absolutely stunning. Pure sand and lovely blue sea.
All in all, the last day was full of relaxation where we really got to enjoy this amazing luxurious experience.