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Weekly Round-Up

Weekly Round-Up

Bonjour, ca va?

This week has been one of my all-time favourites. Period.

Never did I think I’d be swanning around the Parisian streets eating macaroons and meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland! But I did! And I’m going to tell you all about it!

Jess Stoddard with a macaroon in Paris
Pistachio macaroons give me so much life!

When your friend from work asks “What are you up to 12-15th January?” and your reply is “Nothing”. Then you don’t expect the response to be “Great, because I’ve booked us a long weekend away to Paris!”

I mean, WHAT?!?!? But oh my goodness – YES!! BEST. FRIEND. EVER!!

So, fast forward two months and on a rainy Saturday morning at 4 am, I’m dragging myself out of bed for a 7 am flight to Paris.

We flew from Manchester Airport and arrived at our hotel at 12 pm, just in time for check-in. We dumped our bags in our room as quickly as possible and headed out to the sounds of the city.

Baguettes. Croissants. Espresso. And not to forget the macaroons. I was in heaven!

So much walking around cobbled streets, with gorgeous houses aplenty!

Of course, we did all the touristy things – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre and the Sacre-Coeur.

A photo of Paris' Notre-Dame
Notre-Dame – Paris’ gothic cathedral
Jess Stoddard jumping in the air in front of Paris' Eiffel Tower
If you don’t do a jumpy photo at the Eiffel Tower, did you even go?
The Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum – Mona Lisa’s home
Jess Stoddard outside Paris' Sacré-Cœur
Sacré-Cœur, the Sacred Heart of Paris

Personally, though, my favourite was the little-hidden streets – experiencing Paris like a local. Sitting outside with a coffee, watching the world go by.

Of course, Disneyland was everything I wanted it to be. Yes, I may have cried – multiple times. But I’m sorry, I have waited and dreamt of the day I visit Disneyland for 22 years. That’s a lot of emotion to come out at once!

Jess Stoddard with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Paris
Meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland Paris was a childhood dream come true!

The highlight was definitely how magical it was. It did not matter whether you were five years old or 60, there is something worth smiling about at Disney.

Jess Stoddard posing with the Disneyland Paris castle.
Hey MTV, welcome to my crib

So, after a lovely long weekend in Paris, it was back to reality.

Oh yes, straight back to uni on Wednesday. If I’m honest, I think I prefer Paris.

But, Wednesday came with photos for my university societies, so pole dancing and Hive Radio! It was so lovely to see everyone and catch up after Christmas break.

On Wednesday evening, things got exciting. It was the press night of The Band at The Lowry Theatre. I saw the show the last time it was in Manchester, September 2017. It was incredible! I was singing and dancing along to all the best Take That hits.

I thought my Take That knowledge was quite good – until I was interviewed and asked questions about them. I did terrible! Well, you can see for yourself…

The show is one until Saturday, January 26th, and you can buy tickets and get more information at thelowry.com

Thursday was another dramatic day – I went to see Moscow City Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet at the Palace Theatre. Even though there were moments where the dancing and music was a tad out of sync, it was an excellent piece of dramatic, classical ballet.

Jumping into the weekend, it was an exciting one.

On Saturday, I attended the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA for short) awards night at the Principal Manchester Hotel. The evening was a celebration of local musicals and plays.

Jess Stoddard at the NODA Awards January 2019 at Principal Hotel wearing a Coast dress
At the awards night at the Principal Hotel. Dress from Coast.

I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Best Supporting Female in a Musical, for my performance as Mama Morton in Chicago. Even though I did not win the award for my category, Chicago went away with the Best Musical award! It was such a lovely evening catching up with everyone from the cast and sharing that night with everyone.

After a meal and the awards, all the guests enjoyed a disco until the early hours (ok, I was in bed by 12, but I did party for a bit!)

A busy week for me, but that’s no change. I absolutely loved Paris and can’t wait to write my guide to visiting the beautiful city on a budget!

Anyway, I’m currently sat in a Monday morning lecture, so I need to get back to work!

Have a great week my loves,

Jess x

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