Double Fantasy: John & Yoko

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Little did I know, I was about to experience a world first.

The Double Fantasy Exhibition explores the personal and creative chemistry between the iconic couple John Lennon and Yoko Ono and their Imagine Peace campaign.

The free exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool expresses their deep and powerful love for one another through film, art and music and reflects their unique, creative flare and fame which influenced peace and human rights all across the world. This campaign went on to change their lives, music and other people’s lives (fans) forever.

Personal objects have been kindly donated by Yoko Ono especially for the exhibition, even a private collection which has never been displayed before. Emotional at times to witness what is before you, the museum includes rare film of John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s family, clothing pieces from their wedding in Gibraltar, even John’s Green Card which allowed him to travel freely to visit family in Japan and Bermuda with his son Sean, music produced by John & Yoko and even the guitar which is featured in the Give Peace a Chance video.

Fans of the influential couple also have the chance to write a message to hang up in the exhibition which leaves a personal and emotional journey.

The breathtaking productivity of the event leads up until John’s tragic and untimely death on 8 December 1980.

Through interviews, quotes and the most moving lyrics, the story of their personal and creative relationship along with their political activism and peace campaigning, is told in their own words for the very first time.

An exhibition music room, overlooking the Mersey with the couple’s albums played for visitors, features album cover art.

If you would like to visit the free exhibition please visit the Museum of Liverpool’s website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

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Sharney x

 

 

Mini-Break: Dublin

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Dublin
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Dublin, the Capital of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city. 

A visit consisting of a three night stay as a short mini break. 


The Flight
Bearing in mind, I haven’t been on a flight for around six years this was a massive deal to me at the time. I didn’t know exactly the process of checking in as it probably changed in some way since I had last travelled, the security process etc, and the actual flight knowing I was going to be hundreds of feet in the air kind of still gives me slight anxiety in the back of mind.

We flew from Doncaster Airport and arrived in Dublin around the 40 minute mark. It was an actual breeze the process of taking a flight and I am so glad I have broke the anxiety barrier on being on a plane ever-so slightly. It took more guts on my recent 4-hour trip to Kos, Greece a few months after this mini-break to overcome my fears of flying. 

Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport. From the airport you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, rental car, or booking a private transfer. We decided to take the Aircoach bus which was really easy to get around with and got to our destination in under an hour.

Accommodation
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We decided to go with an airbnb apartment for a more unique feel and came across a designer apartment in the heart of Dublin with breathtaking river views. The £90pn apartment was open-plan and was recently renovated by award winning A2 architects. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny bridge. This location was brilliant as everything a tourist wants to see was in walking distance. From Temple Bar, to Trinity College everything was minutes away from your doorstep. Cross the bridge and you are in your element from restaurants, vintage clothes shops, numerous bars, Irish Film Institute and so many other attractions. I would strongly recommend this apartment and I will definitely be paying a visit here again in future. If you’d like further details on this airbnb apartment please see below for more.

thumbnail_file10Guinness Factory
A converted grain storehouse of Ireland’s most famous brewer is the most popular must-see museum in town. So as a fellow Guinness fan, it was a no-brainer to visit.
Visitors can make their way up through various exhibits until they reach the very top floor, the Gravity Bar, rewarding yourself with a breather, a quick pitstop with a bar, and an amazing 360 degree view of what Dublin has to offer, concluding the tour, a free complimentary Guinness beverage.

It’s a real unique experience which I would recommend to Guinness lovers who would like to know more about the history of the beer, its variants and most importantly – if you want to sample one of each!

thumbnail_file6-1.jpgJamesons Distillery Bow St.
We decided to take on a whiskey tasting tour at the second most popular attraction when it comes to alcohol. Jamesons Whiskey Tour. Before the tour started we decided to order a few of Jamesons cocktails – my favourite being the cocktail Black Barrel Belle, which consisted of; Jameson Black Barrel, Duo of Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Syrup, Orange Bitters, Sloe Bitters and Aromatic Bitters. Trust me, to die for.

The tour was a guided tour unlike the Guinness Factory unfortunately, however it was interesting to be taken through the processes of making the whiskey in much detail and was a great vibe. Our guide went on to discuss the triple distillation process which makes Irish whiskies unique from their Scottish and American counterparts and also got the group involved in a whiskey tasting session. It finished off with us having a better understanding of the tastes and flavours Jamesons have to offer. The tour was short compared to the Guinness Factory and the duration of this was roughly 35-40 minutes long. Although short and sweet I would say it is a must see visit and did actually prefer this location and venue a lot better than the Guinness factory.
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Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
The reason why we actually took a mini break is because of Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour coming to Dublin at Croke Park. I booked tickets by impulse a few months prior and didn’t really think twice about it being overseas I just needed to go. I have been to many gigs and concerts in my time and I do feel lucky to have the time and money to put aside to add this to the list of artists I have seen. But this has to be the best tour performance I have seen. Taylor recently added her Reputation Tour from Dallas Texas on Netflix which is available to watch now in the UK and overseas.

thumbnail_file2-3Hard Rock Cafe
Famously known for it’s music decor memorabilia, Hard Rock in any city or country is a go – to when you are a diehard music fanatic. From Jimi Hendrix’s rosary beads and shirt, Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 vest top, to Madonna’s pair of shoes that were worn in 1991 during a photoshoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, there are many gems on the ground floor of this American cuisine restaurant. The Hard Rock Cafe is a decent place to waste an evening away. The American styled meals consist of burgers, nachos, bruschetta, quesadillas – causal, family-friendly American dining. A range of merchandise is available also in their upstairs shop.

Flights, Ticket Prices, Accommodation, Websites and Other Info:

Flights from Doncaster Airport:

http://flydsa.co.uk/ 

Aircoach Bus: 
Plan your journey ahead to and from the airport with Aircoach Bus here.

Airbnb:
Price: £90 per night
Location: Next to River Liffey, Ha’penny Bridge
Website: For more details on the accommodation and host please click here.

Guinness Factory
Prices:
Adults 18+ from €18.50 

Children 13-17 (Under 13s Free) €16.00 
All adult tickets include a complimentary free drink of Guinness with a valid ID. 

Under 18s will receive a free complimentary soft drink.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en 

Jamesons Distillery Bow St
Price: €30 for the 40-min Whiskey Tasting Experience 
Ticket price includes a guided tour, four premium whiskey shots, two of which are exclusive to the distillery.

Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en-US/visit-us

Hard Rock Cafe
Location: 12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Use Google Maps for directions if needed
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Website: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/

Thank you for taking a read of this post and I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful if you are planning your itinerary for a trip to Dublin.

If you have already visited Dublin, what are your favourite attractions/recommendations? Let me know in the Comments box below.



Sharney x














10 BEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY I LIVE IN: SHEFFIELD

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Here are a few things that I have loved from living in Sheffield from the past three years, I wanted to do this post, as I will be leaving soon to live back home now that I’ve finished my studies and wanted to show a bit of appreciation for the city I love most, Sheffield.

1. It’s home to lots of great music

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From Pulp, Def Leppard to Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield has plenty of talent not to mention actors and athletes such as Sean Bean and Jess Ennis.

2. It’s the greenest city in the country

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Proud of their strong reputation, it’s estimated that in 2012-13 that waste recycle rose from 44,731 tonnes in 2008 to 50,433.

3. The Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s own free to enter winter garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built within the UK during the last hundred years. Home to more than 2,000 plants from around the world.

4. Peddler Market

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Feast your eyes and belly monthly, Peddlers showcase a line up of the tastiest street food traders with treats such as freshly made cocktails, craft beers, live music and art.

5. Visit local galleries and art spaces

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Millennium Galleries is a hot spot destination for a spot of art, craft and design. Special exhibitions are lined up throughout the year. 

6. Tramlines

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An annual music festival that is proudly situated with national and local talent. Curated and organised by a panel of local venue owners, promoters and volunteers. MainStage to local venues sip a pint and watch fresh local talent.

7. The antiques quarter

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If you like to hunt for a gem or a bargain Sheffield Antiques Quarter is the best place to find authentic antiques with affordable traditional furniture to retro collectables such as vinyl and vintage clothing. 

8. Live venues

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One of my favourite things about this city is the local live venues that just play such a significant part to our youth and culture. Over the years Leadmill has accommodated the best live music there is from Oasis to Milburn, as well as new bands on the town.

9. Famous for it’s homegrown exports

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It’s clear to see that Sheffield is an successful independent place and shows this off with off within the Devonshire Quarter with authentic gems such as Rare & Racy, Mooch Vintage and Vulgar.

10. Food

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Nothing beats Northern ‘snap’, check out Wick at Both Ends or have a trip to the Lucky Fox and feast your eyes on a donut smoothie or two.

Check out some of the links here to find out more about the places I’ve written about:

http://leadmill.co.uk

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out–about/parks-woodlands–countryside/gardens/the-winter-garden.html

http://www.peddlermarket.co.uk

http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/home

http://www.tramlines.org.uk

http://sheffieldantiquesquarter.co.uk

http://www.rareandracy.co.uk/w/doku.php

http://www.vulgarsheffield.co.uk

http://thewickatbothends.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/luckyfoxsheff/


Let me know your favourite places around Sheffield in the comments too.

Sharney x