TRAVEL: Brilliant Bristol!

Nested deep within the West Country is the lovely little historical city of Bristol. Voted Britain's most sustainable city, it is not just savvy in its environmental and economic ways, but it's full of hidden treasures which would make it the perfect little British city break. This blog post is in written in collaboration with The Vincent Retirement Living, a brand new, stunning complex of retirement apartments.
  

Bristol is home to some of the most intricate architecture in the UK. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, hanging gracefully over the Avon Gorge, is by far one of the most intriguing parts the city and this is before you even get into the centre! It's a must see for anyone who has never visited Bristol before. The city itself, in all its vibrancy is home to some incredible restaurants, and places, so here is a little breakdown of some of the cities must-see places! Getting around Bristol is relatively easy on foot, and wandering around the pleasent streets, will allow you to uncover your own little spots of happiness. 



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St Nick's Market

This is a vibrant bustling Georgian arcade, which is home to some quaint little shops, stalls and cafes, and it is the place to find unsuual and one-of-a-kind pieces, for home and for yourself, making it even more of a place to visit at Christmas, to tick off some of the gifts that are burning on your ever-growing Christmas-list! During the festive season, you're never too far from a bag of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. It's fun and friendly, and attracts all walks of life, and you're sure to find something to do; not to mention some of the shops and stalls are extremely Instagram worthy! 

The Clifton Observatory

This is for all the sight-seers who are keen for stunning photography, picturesque walks and a dollop of history on top! It is the pinnacle of the magnificent city, boasting the best views, and can easily hold its own to some of Europe's prettiest cities. There is also the famous Gyhston's cave which leads you to the incredible views, but when the sun is out, the views are better, foggy weather isn't ideal to get the full scope of the view! To go to the viewing platform, it costs around £2.50, but there is an option to visit the caves also for £4.00. The money goes to the inkeep of the area; but if you do wish to get some stunning views, then the £4.00 would definitely be worth it. If you have a few extra pennies, you can also hire it out for events. 

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Queen Square

This is one for the people who enjoy a few quiet moments in between the hustle. Queen Square is the perfect place in summer for a picnic, or in the festive season, a brilliant place to sit, think, with your Maca Tea, or drink of choice and watch the world go by. This square is very reminiscent of Oxford or Bath, with it's traditional architecture and bordered by luscious green trees. The large monument in the middle of the square is of William III. The square is also incredibly picturesque in the snow!

The Bristolian

After all that shopping and wandering around the pretty streets of Bristol, a warming drink is definitely on the cards, especially at this time of year. This one is a personal favourite, and if you're a vegetarian, then this is definitely the place. It's full of deliciously healthy and organic food that will happily cater to your vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle, and a broad range of different styles of food, which will suit everyone's needs. It also encapsulates small quirky boho chic, with classic and magical charm, especially at night and with the Chrismas fairy lights! With a counter of fresh food, and friendly staff, this is one sure place to feel satisfied after a long day of shopping!

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Zazabazar

Here is a plce for all your chocolate lovers, because Zazabazar is home to one of the most epic chocolate fountains, and is situated on the Harbourside of Bristol, it sits right on the waterside, which is such a nice bonus. With a vibrant and artsy vibe, it's offers food from every cuisine, and food for any palette. With only one other bar in the UK, it's a rare gem of Bristol and sells a whole host of different delectable plates of food. It can get very busy on the evenings, so booking is a good idea but not essential. It's a large venue, as are their dishes so if you're weak to a spot of gluttany and a splash of self-indulgance.