The City Of Love?


It’s that time of year again, everyone is going on holiday and although we had no trips planned (we’re saving for a car) I’m wondering if I couldn’t just squeeze in a mini break for the two of us. We’re big fans of the states, the quintessentially ignorant tourists who know only our own language and so travel to only English speaking countries. That being said there  are a few European destinations I’d like to tick off my list and Venice is one of them. Was our anniversary not in January I would have considered it then but there’s only one place I’m willing to fly to and be cold and we just don’t have a big apple budget right now. So I’m considering Venice in October when we have a little time off, I will have been so envious of everyone’s holiday posts all summer it would be nice to have something to look forward to.. and lets not forget all of the holiday prep posts I will be able to write! If you’ve been following me for a while you will know I am a fickle fish and it’s quite possible I will change my mind entirely between now and then but today will mostly be used looking for cheap flights, somewhere to stay and things to do and see in ‘The City Of Love’ – I hear it’s not ideal to go in the height of Summer because of (how do I put this?) the smell so I’m thinking Autumn is perfect and there’s surely no place more Romantic? Paris? Fickle!

Am I the only one that looks to bloggers for pictures and reviews on holiday destinations as well as beauty products? Look how beautiful the city is on Irene’s Travel Blog

Miss BB





  1. 12 April, 2013 / 11:19 am

    Hi Khila,

    I went to Venice with my partner in September 2011 and it was still very warm (shorts and vest tops weather!) but not unbearable. I did post a few photos on my blog but I have to admit that I am not a blogger at all, I’ve done about 5 posts in my life all for to show my friends only but feel free to take a look.

    One thing I think it’s important to say is that it is VERY expensive in Venice. A glass of diet coke was 23 euros. Thats the best part of £20. That wasn’t in a fancy restaurant, just a normal cafe! They can get away with it because Venice is like Disneyland in a way, it’s just for tourists and they know tourists can be ripped off. I just thought I should mention it because you suggested that you are saving for your car and I am assuming you won’t want to spend an awful lot on your holiday.

    Also, Venice has been known to flood in October. Naomi from the Rockstar Diaries blog took her two young children last year and they got stuck with the buggy as the streets flooded.

    I hope I’m not being too negative, I just thought I’d be honest. Venice is sooo beautiful. It’s honestly one of the prettiest places I’ve been to but it is very busy and expensive. We spent 3 days there (2 nights) on our way back from Rome (which I loved more!) and that was more than enough as it’s a really tiny place.

    I saw your tweet about Paris and I have to admit I’d recommend Paris over Venice. You can get cheap Eurostar tickets if you book in advance and in general its a lot cheaper (hotels etc). I’ve been 6 times as I love it so much and there’s always something new to do.

    I know you will have an amazing time whatever you do and I can’t wait to see your posts about it! xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 April, 2013 / 11:26 am

      thank you!! i’ve been to paris but Lee never has so I’m now considering taking the kids to London and going to Paris separately lol

  2. 12 April, 2013 / 11:38 am

    Hi were in exactly the same predicament. We’re saving for a deposit on a house so we’re trying soooo hard not to spend on unnecessary things.
    With everyone talking about holidays i thought sod it we both have a week off in July and booked 5 days in Paris.
    Now i actually have something to look forward to. Woohoo 😀
    Hope you get to go away because it’s nice to get away, everyone needs some sort of break 😀


    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 April, 2013 / 11:26 am

      Oh gosh it feels like forever since we went away and I need something to look forward to lol

  3. 12 April, 2013 / 1:40 pm

    I went to Venice in late June last year (for my birthday) and it was incredible. The weather was 30+ degrees everyday and we spent some amazing hours getting lost in the little streets. Step off the main thoroughfares and you’ll find some gorgeous little piazzas, full of amazing little restaurants. And gelateries! Visit the islands for other things to do too – like a beach (!) and glass blowing!

    I lived in Paris for a year too – city of love maybe BUT it can feel a little like being on a ‘conveyor belt’ of couples! Have you ever been? xo

  4. 12 April, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    After nannying in Venice for two months I can assure you that it’s absolutely heavenly all year round, and October is USUALLY a good time to go…although it can rain, and if it does you’ll know about it as the flooding can be preeety horrendous. Needless to say, food and museums are pretty pricey, but the wonderful thing about the city is that you can wonder aimlessly around, getting lost and found and then lost again, and not caring at all….
    If you do decide to go I’d recommend visiting the small surrounding islands, like Murano and Burano. There are so many other things to see, but these are just wonderful – and Murano is a goldmine of gorgeous jewellery. Ooooooh, I’m getting Venice cravings just thinking about it!!!

  5. Vee
    12 April, 2013 / 6:20 pm

    Hello! Yes i am from italy so i would say venice is good but at night is a lil dead. But iwhen you are there you can easily going to padova aswell.
    U cud consider verona.. It is romantic aswell.
    Or florence! In my opinion is a very cool city esp in autumn!
    My hometown is pisa so yes i am a fan of florence!
    My fiance is english so every 2 weeks i m over in manchester!
    So if you need a help feel free to ask cos i know all flights routes! Lol.

    Ps. Love reading your blog!


    • missbudgetbeauty
      13 April, 2013 / 11:24 am

      Hi Vee,

      I actually work for a company who transports a lot of beer from Padova.. small world.Thanks for your advice! x

  6. 13 April, 2013 / 11:44 am

    Venice is beautiful! Only need two full days to site see though! It’s like no other place in the world! I recently went n got engaged there so it’s pretty romantic <3

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 April, 2013 / 5:53 pm

      aww! perfect place to go when newly engaged I would imagine

  7. 13 April, 2013 / 7:17 pm

    I’d love to go to Venice. It looks so pretty. The boyfriend and I have got two weeks off in September so I think we’re going to go to Italy at some point then.
    I’d highly recommend visiting Croatia if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more affordable than Italy – loads of beautiful coastline, gorgeous islands and some cultural hot-spots. We’ve been in September for two years in a row and it is still very warm at that time of year. A good option would be to stay on the mainland for a few nights (Split or Dubrovnik would be good places) and then stay on an island for a few nights.

    Lucy x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 April, 2013 / 5:51 pm

      aww that would be so romantic and croatia.. never considered it but will do some googling

  8. 14 April, 2013 / 8:17 am

    Hello, we went to Italy last year (at Easter time). We flew to Venice, then went to Podova and then Verona where we flew home from.
    Venice was very beautiful but smaller than I was expecting. It is indeed quite expensive but never we saw a diet coke at 23€. Clearly Katherine got ripped off. Gondola tours are very expensive (I believe 70€ for 30 mins). However, you can use some “taxi gondolas” (cant remember the exact name) to cross the Grand Canal. It lasts a few minutes and it costs 50 cents and you get to go on a gondola.
    We only stayed in Podova 1 afternoon as there’s not much to do there.
    Verona was very nice but also very small. There, you have to go and see Juliet’s house and obviously touch her boob 😉

    We just got back from Morocco (Ideal if you want some sun and a fairly cheap destination). We went to Tangier, Marrakesh, Essaouira & Casablanca. It was our 2nd time in Marrakesh as we love it. It’s just so different. Check out my blog as I soon should be writing about it 😉

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 April, 2013 / 5:50 pm

      I think perhaps Venice is for couples more than families.. would love to go just the two of us, thanks for your tips x

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