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French Alps

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Hannah x (1)

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*insert name* will you accept this rose?

WARNING: This post will contain spoilers if you have not seen the final of The Bachelor 21! Therefore if you have not seen it (let’s be real for a minute, who hasn’t seen it though?!) and don’t want to find out then do not read on.

So last week saw us the end of The Bachelor 21 and yes, though part of me is ashamed to admit it, but this year I have been initiated into Bachelor Nation. (*facepalms yet is also so happy inside*) It was thanks to my new American friends that I became exposed to this series this year (I do realise it’s like I’ve been living under a rock my whole life – please don’t judge me too harshly haha!)

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For those of you out there who are not familiar with the show (and I know you guys exist because before this year I was one of you!), The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series is one of the ultimate series in reality TV which aims to help one lucky(ish) man or woman find love from a choice of 30 men or women. (I know you’re already cringing inside but so was I when I first heard about it). Each week there is a 1-1 date that the Bachelor/ette chooses and then a series of group dates where basically people lose all sense of shame in trying to be noticed and win the affections of The Bachelor/ette, all in the hope to get a rose (with the infamous question – will you accept this rose?) which will see them through to the next week and eventually to the final where (they hope) there will be a proposal/engagement.

So what happened in this series? Well what didn’t happen is probably more the question we should be asking! I was repeatedly told by my friend that (in the words of Chris Harrsion…) this was one of the most dramatic seasons yet! We found it hard to try to call what was going to happen which kept us hooked even more on watching every week! From Liz who had already had previous history with Nick to Corinne who still has a Nanny at 24 years old (no, I’m not joking.) I can safely say that The Bachelor 21 contestants did not disappoint in providing interesting entertainment to watch each week, finally ending with Nick proposing to Vanessa (and happily ever after?…maybe, we don’t know it’s still such early days in their relationship!)

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My feelings on this whole saga was a mixed bag but ultimately I was left wanting to watch more each week!

What I liked:

  • Every week I laughed at some point; the contestants just being crazy or delusional and Nick coming back to a comment with ‘Okay.'(it became a bit of a joke that me and the girls had with one another).
  • Seeing all the amazing destinations that they were flown to each week and watching the 1-1 dates and wishing that I could go on those dates.
  • The fact that the series is so exaggerated and staged that it gives you a chance to kinda ‘escape’ the real world albeit for 1.5 hours a week.

What I didn’t like:

  • Some of the decisions (including the final one) Nick made were just not okay.
  • The fact that I had become sucked into wanting to watch more and find out more (now following a lot of contestants and Nick on social media).
  • The fact that sometimes after watching an episode I felt my brain turning to reality TV mush.

Overall I would say that yes I would watch another series of this! (definitely cannot wait for Rachel to be the new Bachelorette and for Bachelor in Paradise)

What are your thoughts on this series? Have you seen it before? Would you be interested in watching it? Let me know!

Hannah x (1)

What a gorge-ous place!

(Pardon the pun haha!) Yesterday (19.03.2017) I went with a group of friends to Verdon Gorge. It is situated in the south-east of France and is in the midst of the Provence, Alps and French Riviera region and is considered as one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons. We stayed around the town of Quincon which is near to the lower gorge. There isn’t much more for me to say about this trip other than we had a great time exploring and the views were stunning! Here are some of the snapshots I wanted to share 🙂

I will be posting some more trip info soon of other destinations! Stay tuned!

Hannah x (1)

What a ‘Diamond’!

For those of you who may know me quite well (and for those who have had a nosey around my blog) you will know that I am someone who loves a good book. Now yes I did read before coming to live in France but admittedly I did struggle (like so many others) to find the spare time to do it back home in Manchester.

If I had to summarise the types of books I read, I would say fiction over non-fiction and within the fiction bracket my go-tos would be a good romance novel, fantasy sometimes and I’ll always be up for reading a good comedy. Cliché I know but voilà this is my taste in reading haha. Never would I have thought I would be adding Crime/Thriller/Mystery type novels to my list until I stumbled across The Secret by Katerina Diamond.

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A ‘must-read’ for all the crime fiction lovers out there – definitely not for the squeamish

I came across thie absolute gem whilst browsing the iBook store back in mid-January I think? Something about the cover drew me in (definitely the cake – always intrigued by cake) and I had a read of the description:

“Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom.

DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her

As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried”

I am 100% not going to give you any spoilers or talk too much about the plot other than the fact it had me completely hooked, I could not put this book down. I think I finished it in about 10 days (I realise other people may have a booked finished in 10 hours but between work and other stuff this was a fast finish of a book for me). Word of warning: this book is quite brutal and I would say it is definitely not for the faint hearted, Diamond is quite descriptive with some of the scenes that happen in this novel.

The book itself is written in third person (this will make a difference to some of you out there). The way the book is written is quite cool in the sense that you have different parts of the overall story being told and they do link together somehow (the fun is definitely trying to figure it out and the satisfaction you feel once it all falls into place). Admittedly I did also find the book a little difficult to get started with because of this but once I got used to it, I was away and no one could stop me haha!

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Also a great ‘must-read’ for crime fiction lovers

Towards the end of reading The Secret I discovered that Diamond had another novel The Teacher and researching a little further into them both, I think that this was actually the first novel she wrote (and this is now the book I am reading – so if you have read it please no spoilers!). Both books’ protagonists are DS Imogen Grey and DI Adrian Miles but the books are not otherwise linked with one another so it is not a continued story line (meaning you do not have to read one to be able to read the other). However I would recommend starting with The Teacher – just down to information you learn about the characters, think it might be better that way (not a major issue if you don’t, you should still enjoy them either way).

I’m going to stop myself here before I end up revealing too much! Do you have any good book recommendations? Please let me know if you get a chance to read these books and what you thought of them!

★★★★☆ from me!

Hannah x (1)