Photo Snapshots || The Museums Of Florence

Life As Unusuals the museum of Florence

Sometimes I’m in the mood for museums and sometimes I’m not. When we went to Florence in October, there were quite a few museums I was in the mood for.

I admit, writing about museums is definitely not my forte, I don’t go for the review angle, I don’t really go for educational either. I’d say my angle is more of a “look at all this cool shit” angle.

So, since it’s the weekend, my birthday weekend I might add, I’m leaving you with a bit of cool shit from a few of the museums we went to in Florence.

I, however, am off on a birthday hike somewhere in Belgium and then we’re going for Thai food. Tomorrow, I think we will go and watch the new Hunger Games film at the cinema, since we haven’t been to the cinema in years. I still miss my Cineworld Unlimited card.

To the museums!

La Specola Zoology Museum, Crystals Exhibit

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Paleontology Museum

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Museo Galileo Science Museum

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I still have a few photos to share from the main exhibit of the zoölogy museum which I am most definitely in the process of (not) doing and I realise that the majority of photos from the science museum are globes. But globes are cool.

That is all. Have a great weekend Peeps! 

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Ireland || A Weekend In Dublin

Life as Unusuals a weekend in dublin ireland

I’ve just finished editing and sorting the photos from our trip to Dublin and now I feel like I don’t have a lot to say about it.

I feel like we didn’t plan anything special to do, when actually we had a fantastic Sunday going for a hike and then went looking for wild deer on the Monday. But when I think about Dublin and I think about all those lists of “Things To Do”, we did none of them and for the first time I’m bothered by that and I can’t write. The stupid thing is, we didn’t do any of those things because we don’t like any of those things.

Dammit brain, you’re cramping my story telling!

Back to the trip. We’re going to power through because I have stories to tell and photos to share.

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life as unusuals weekend in dublin

Saturday

For a change, we got a flight at the reasonable time of 9am. We arrived around midday and managed to work out the public transport and make it to our AirBnB by the time we’d said we would.

You know, of all the things you have to do in foreign places, navigating public transport is my least favourite thing it’s all: how much is a ticket? Do I buy a ticket before the ride or on board? Do I need to say where I’m going? Where’s the bus stop? Is that the bus or the tram stop, or both? Do they announce the stops or do I have to guess? Do the buses run on Sundays?

We had some gorgeous weather so after dropping off our bags we went to catch the bus into the city centre after working out how the travel cards worked of course. This was made infinitely easier by a friendly shop assistant and an even friendlier lady buying some lottery tickets.

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We didn’t have anything planned for this afternoon, so we wandered about heading vaguely in the direction of Trinity College and just enjoyed the friendly people and the sunshine. I must admit, my first impression of the city wasn’t that great. I loved the sunshine and the friendly people, but the city itself, it didn’t feel like my cup of tea. I felt a bit crammed in and with it being Halloween, it was just a little too busy.

After we visited Trinity College we headed to the Zoology museum which wasn’t too far from the college. We are predictable people, if there are dinosaurs or other animals too be seen, we’ll be seeing them. Although no dinosaurs this time, since we left the zoölogy museum at closing – which was free to enjoy, I might add. I love free.

After this we went in search of food. We ended up at Govinda’s a buffet style vegetarian/vegan place, which was recommended to us, we grabbed a bit of everything and took the bus back to our AirBnb and retired for the evening.

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Sunday

I really wanted to go on another hike on this trip and since we had a full day in Dublin on Sunday, it was the perfect day. The plans started with taking the DART train to Howth from the city centre and doing a 10km hike around the cliffs but since the weather was so great we decided we’d just walk to Howth from where we were staying. Turning our 10km hike into a 20km walk and hike.

It sounds like a crazy amount of walking, but for us, it was perfect. The weather was great, the walk was pleasant and it’s the best time to just talk to each other. We have the best chats when we’re out walking. After a pit stop to refuel with some chips — real chips. Thick chips. We may have had them twice that day. I regret nothing — we headed off on our 10km coastal hike.

I have a few more photos and stories to share from our hike in another blog post, so I’ll leave you hanging in suspense until then.

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Monday

The day where we headed out in I-can-see-nothing fog to look for deer in Phoenix Park, a park that was a lot bigger than anticipated and with only a vague idea (provided by some strangers words on the internet) of where the deer have previously been seen.

But we found them. It was the perfect end to our trip, watching the fog lift to reveal about a hundred, maybe more, deer grazing on the grass.

Although, the idyllic view was ruined by some twats in the distance trying to take a selfie with a deer, with a selfie stick. Seriously?! Can’t people enjoy the nature and wildlife without taking a photo with it? I promise to give you ample deer photos in the future. They deserve a post all to themselves. After that, we headed back to the airport and back to Belgie-land.

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And that was our trip. We didn’t do much, in terms of the must-do, must-see things, but we did our own thing. We’re just not those people and reading this post back, I’m OK with that. I don’t know what my brain was thinking.

I’m not sure I want to visit the city again, but I’d like to go back to have the chance to visit the botanical gardens, more of Phoenix Park and head out the Kilmainham Gaol to get a tour of the old prison. I think I’d be happy to use the flights to Dublin as a way to see more of Ireland.

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How do you feel about the “must-do, must-see” lists?

 

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Photo An Hour || 21.11.2015

Life as unusuals photo an hour November

Welcome to another photo an hour post! Which I may have forgotten about half way through the day but still managed to come out with eight photos overall. Not too shabby. Despite having no evidence, this weekend was very productive. We’ve sorted out some new backpacks for New York (and all future travels) and some new, very adult, winter coats. They have detachable fleeces they are that responsible and adult-y.

With any luck the bags will arrive this week and we can try them out on my birthday hike on Saturday. Yup, it’s my birthday on Saturday. Don’t worry I’ve already upgraded my bus pass to the old people’s one. Kris is still on the under 26s bus pass and I hate him a little for it.

I’ve also been making some headway on setting up my new WordPress site, which, despite people giving the impression it was oh so simple, WordPress is a mindfuck. A widget here, a widget there, what the hell, I’m partially regretting starting it all but now I’m invested in the finished product so I’m sticking it out and occasionally yelling abuse at no one in particular. But it’s coming together and I’m liking it.

So Saturday, what did that look like?

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9am :: Saturday started off great! I was really awake around 8am and Kris wasn’t so I enjoyed a whole hour of on and off boyfriend harassment in the form of wiggling a lot, making seal impressions and just generally being an all round dick. It was a good start to the day.

We then had tea and coffee as usual.

10am :: I don’t wear real pyjamas, I wear Kris’s tees that no longer fit – usually through dryer shrinkage – and I cut the necks out. I like a lot of neck room in my PJs.

Another good-to-know fact about me.

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11am :: We missed the bus to the pet store. Predictably. We hadn’t even left the house and we knew we’d missed the bus.

Since we had half an hour to wait, we went in search of a store we’d found a while back that sold some good vegan and cruelty free things. We didn’t find the store, we were on a completely different road to it. By the time we’d worked that out, we’d walked a bit of the way to the pet shop and decided to walk the rest.

We beat the bus by about a minute. What a win.

12am :: Pet shop done in enough time to get the next bus going past to the travel shop, AS Adventures.

This hour’s photo sets the scene for the rest of the day. Light, scattered showers my arse.

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1pm :: I have yet to master taking photos in a shop. How do you not feel like a total twot? Still, I quickly snapped this photo of the pretty patterns and got straight back to shopping in the adult section before anyone saw me being a twot.

2pm :: Coats purchased and waiting for another bus home. There was nothing in sight apart from these pretty yellow flowers.

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4pm :: Missed a few hours as we were researching backpacks and working out where to order them from, so here’s a photo of our late lunch.

Kris was feeling all cheesy so we made this nacho cheese sauce thing – absolutely not for pasta – and combined it with pasta. It was the first recipe we found and it was thick, salty and just kind of strange but did fulfil Kris’s cheesy pasta needs. I tried to tone down the cheese-ness by adding tomatoes but gave up half way through.

9pm :: Missed more hours glued to my laptop screen looking at backpacks, watching videos of people packing backpacks and measuring how tall Kris was to decide whether he needs a small or large backpack. We finally settled on two Osprey Farpoint 40 ones.

It was time for tea and biscuits after all these backpacks.

And that’s it, how was your Saturday? Linking up with Jane and Louisa as usual!

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