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“Was our life together that unbearable?” - Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin
A 5-star read but also a tough one. Head over to my blog to read my full review!
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“My advice would be simple: Don’t let the bastards get you down.” - Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened
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“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.” - Paul Smith 
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Tony Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Lilli Cooper in Zac Posen
2. Danai Gurira in Gucci
3. Samira Wiley in Pamella Roland
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“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Fran ❤️ 1941-2013
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“The woman I design for is very curious. She loves fashion, but she is also passionate about what is happening around the world.” - Prabal Gurung
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Camila Morrone in Prabal Gurung
2. Ciara in Vera Wang
3. Martha Hunt in Monique Lhuillier
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“So there’s this boy. He kind of stole my heart. He calls me mom.” 💙
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“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” - Johnny Depp
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“Be authentic. Be yourself. And most important of all... make it personal.” - Drew Barrymore, Wildflower
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“Fashion changes, but style endures.” - Coco Chanel
Here is my top 3 looks from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. What’s your favourite look?
1. Elle Fanning in Gucci
2. Elsa Hosk in Etro
3. Paz Vega in Ralph & Russo
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Tere! My second trip abroad this year was Estonia, in early May. Little-known destination but definitely worth it. Great architectures, interesting culture, good-hearted people.
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“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Fran’s Coffee Breaks will be back in a few days so time for a little #fridayintroduction.
Hello, I’m Mal and I’m a 30-something tattooed INFJ and Anglophile. I’m a lover of books, coffee drinks and Breton stripes.
Here are a few other facts about me:
▫️I am the proud mom of a boy
▫️I graduated with a degree in British & American Literature and Civilisation
▫️I love Eurovision
▫️I am passionate about ancestry research
▫️I am currently writing a fiction set in Bristol
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Exploring The Netherlands: Amsterdam


Let’s take a moment and look back at that first smell the roses.

Visit a place that you’ve never been before.

One of my travel goals is to visit all European capital cities.
I have already visited a few of them but had never set foot in Amsterdam, capital of The Netherlands.

After reading dozens of posts on the city and listing recommendations, I decided to book a three-day stay in the Venice of the North.
And I can tell you that I don’t regret at all.
Amsterdam has become one of my favourite destinations ever – and I already can’t wait to go back there!

Amsterdam is the most welcoming and chilling place and definitely a must-see.
I may have been lucky… the weather was absolutely divine, locals were so nice and the quality of the visits made me the happiest little traveller ever.

Below is a list of my favourite moments spent in Amsterdam.
I probably have missed other amazing places – either because it was fully booked or lack of time – but let’s take a raincheck, I live just a 1h30 flight from there!

The Rijksmuseum

I’m an art lover and museum fanatic so the Rijksmuseum was on top of my list.
My main goal there was to see The Milkmaid by Vermeer but other masterpieces captured my attention and I fell in love with more Dutch artists.

I love Flemish paintings, and more particularly portraits. So the Rijksmuseum was the perfect place to satisfy that thirst of knowledge and curiosity. I was able to admire amazing art such as Woman Reading a Letter (Vermeer), The Jewish Bride (Rembrandt), The Merry Drinker (Hals), The Merry Fiddler (Honthorst) and Winter Landscapes with Skaters (Avercamp).

The museum is situated in Museum Square, where tourists can strike a pose next to the famous I AMSTERDAM sign.

The Moco Museum

During my stay, I was lucky enough to visit the Banksy exhibition at the Moco Museum, facing the Rijksmuseum.

I am a huge fan of Banksy and Bristol street art in general so I couldn’t contain my excitement at the sight of such an event.
I was able to see some of my favourite pieces, including Rage, the Flower Thrower and Policemen Kissing, which is amazing.

The Moco museum is a lovely place in itself. It’s actually a private museum hosted in an early 19th century townhouse.

Koninklijk Paleis

I love royal families, especially the British one but this time I got to know a bit more about the Dutch Royals at the Koninklijk Paleis on Dam Square.

I wandered for about an hour with my audioguide through the different rooms of the palace accessible to tourists and it was very interesting. Had no idea a Bonaparte had been King of Holland!
The central hall of the palace and its marble floors are astounding. It’s beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

The Canals

I think my most relaxing moment was the 1-hour cruise in the early evening on the canals.
The guided tour, held on a small open boat, was fascinating and I learned a lot about Amsterdam and its canals.

It’s definitely a must-do if you visit, especially when it’s a sunny and warm early evening.

Last but not least, I stayed at the Hotel City Garden on Hoofstraat, next to Vondelpark.
I can only praise this hotel – well situated, clean room and friendly staff.

Three days may have been too short but I think I made the most of my experience there.
I felt relaxed and grateful to be able to visit such a beautiful city.

Have you ever visited Amsterdam?
Is it on your travel bucket list?

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