Diary post: a trip to Calshot beach

The week of the 23rd May, I decided to visit my boyfriend and my family for a week. We did lots of awesome things (as the week later I had exams so wanted to make the most of it), one of them including visiting Calshot beach.

Diary post: a trip to Calshot beach

Even though it’s quite close to my boyfriend’s house, I’d never actually been before but it ended up being such a lovely trip. It reminded me a little of the beach near my Grandma’s house in the north of France so it made it that little bit more special.

It was so nice to just walk arms linked together (I love doing that, not sure why though) and just chat about future plans, thoughts on current “life events” and listen to him talk about anecdotes from when he came here when he was younger.

Oh, and we treated ourselves to the forever delicious New Forest ice cream. I mean can we just appreciate this jaffa cake and bubble gum flavoured ice cream?

Diary post: a trip to Calshot beach

We actually stayed for such a long time that the tide went completely out. We arrived there at first just dipping our toes in the sea and by the time we left, we were walking where previously would’ve been too far to swim!

Location wise, we’re just on the edge of Southampton and to the right of the picture in the distance you can see Portsmouth as well as the ferry that was going to the Isle of Wight!

We consequently just started walking around barefoot on the sand, spotting crabs and limpets and just loving seeing the nature in their natural habit. Or, as my boyfriend nicely put it, “we’re in their territory now.”

We attempted taking pictures of them, but they camouflage so well it just looks like a big mess!

Have you been to any new places recently? What was it like? I’ve decided that I will definitely go to more new places in future, so other nearby beaches are next on the list!

The Frugal Frenchie x

Diary post: our 5 euro trip to Madame Tussauds

On the 17th July, the day before we were due to leave for the UK and start our summer holiday, we decided to take a very impulsive trip to Amsterdam. Once there we went to go see Madame Tussauds and here’s what I thought of it.

Normally, Madame Tussauds is around 25 euros per person, but luckily, with vouchers, I managed to get it down to 5 euros for two people, including tax! How?

Well, as you may know, if you follow my blog, I started Maastricht University in August 2016 to study psychology. A compulsory part of this course was to do a minimum of 20 hours of research participation to help year 3 students or PhD students. Unfortunately, we weren’t paid, but we did receive some vouchers called VVV vouchers. Upon looking at what they could be spent on, I was extremely disappointed. They were mostly sports shops or cafes or other establishments where I would definitely not be spending my money at.

That is, of course, when I saw that we could spend them at Madame Tussauds….

As my first visit in a Madame Tussauds I was very impressed by the quality of the wax figures and the sheer resemblance of them. I loved how everything was displayed and the general layout of the museum. We met some of the greatest music artists of the decade and then went back in time to some of the greatest artists of this century!

I was disappointed at a few things, however, but I shan’t dwell on these as I did get to visit for almost free. The first thing I noted was there actually weren’t that many figures. There was a little hall at the beginning where ET, Freddie Mercury and Angelina Jolie were displayed because they were clearly anomalies. It’s odd to think about Jolie being an anomaly, but going through the museum, I soon realised why: there were no actresses or any actors!

The sections were very limited which was probably why the museum was so sparse and had so much room for décor and details. In the sport section, there were only three footballers (one of whom I had never heard of), there was one tennis player (Nadal), a gymnast I never heard of and another figure that was so insignificant to me I can’t remember them. I was surprised that they didn’t even have Kim Clijsters, who, although is Belgian, I thought would have more significance to them than Nadal.

The music section was a lot more impressive. Again, they didn’t have very many figures but that whole floor was so well presented that I forgave them very quickly! There were old vinyl’s covering the walls, music blaring out, and coincidentally, very relevantly, Ariana Grande on a big stage surrounded by fake smoke and in a stunning dress. She was the “centre piece.”

There were also big names like Adele, Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson. There were also some Dutch DJs/radio presenters but of course, they need to put some of their own culture in too!

The other floors did surprise me in terms of what they had chosen: they had a tonne of marvel characters (which my boyfriend loved), an artist section and an “inspiration section.” Although this was just spread out across the space of a mundane house’s hallway, I had so much respect for them for including these figures. They made Anne Frank, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Ghandi, Dhali Lama and Nelson Mandela!

Overall, for 5 euros of entertainment, it was good little trip and it was great fun being vain next to all these celebrities. I was expecting a little more, and I don’t think I would go again paying full price, but I really appreciate the experience and the opportunity to visit one of these famous Madame Tussaud museums.

Have you ever been to a Madame Tussauds or the one in Amsterdam particularly? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

The Frugal Frenchie x

Diary post: Maastricht in summer

In July 2017, once I had finished my first year of university, my boyfriend and I decided to make the most of our free days before leaving to the UK, to really appreciate Maastricht, our local town and actually explore it properly and discover new things.

Even after a year, it’s easy to miss massive details simply because you’re cycling, you’re rushing or you have places to be, deadlines to meet. It’s a classic excuse. Consequently, we decided to just spend the day walking around, taking pictures and surprising ourselves.

We actually did end up discovering new things! We had never realised how beautiful the architecture was, for example. We had never realised how colour coordinated they were, or how they had different styles depending on what street you were. You never think to look at the buildings above the shops, but we did, and we honestly couldn’t believe we were in the same town we had gone through for the past year!

We also found a cute little art exhibition where tea and coffee was served through a van as well as a little camper van giving out food. There were some sculptures just being propped up in the grass and there was music playing, with a little audience of people in deck chairs. In our quest for a free toilet (ah Europe) which was not successful, we also found an old church that had been converted into a dance hall/bar/restaurant. Very untypical and unusual for its surroundings but we loved its uniqueness!

We spent a long time in the park and just walking around too. I personally love people watching. If that sounds stalkery, then I apologise, but I find it so interesting! I also love doing it at airport’s especially as you have so many different nationalities and cultures, not to mention guessing what people are talking about when you don’t understand!

Looking around, I just loved how all the kids looked so happy, everyone was sitting outside cafes and there was a wedding photo shoot happening across the lake. Everything was just film-like; it was just a perfect day.

The Frugal Frenchie x