#Globetrotting

I Fell In Love With London

 

 

Oh London!

How I wish that I could live abroad for a year, this would be the place that I would choose.

We arrived in London after a 2 hour (I think) trip on the Eurostar. We arrived in the afternoon and by 4:30pm it was pitch black outside. We stayed at the Citadines in Trafalgar Square, these were apartments which was perfect as it wasn’t too small, however there is a high price you pay when you stay so central but I wouldn’t of changed it for the world! We stayed for six nights and this cost $1900.00. I had my eye on this hotel for months and originally it was $2400.00 however after the Brexit the price plummeted  by $500.00 over a one week period, I am so glad I waited!

On our first night we walked to Oxford Street which took us about 40 minutes but it was so well worth it as the streets were lit with Christmas lights and just walking around somewhere new is always exciting. I would much prefer to walk if it is an option then to drive everywhere, which we learnt the hard way one night when it took us an hour to get 10 minutes down the road. We straight away went into John Lewis which was gorgeous and had the most amazing Christmas displays in their windows. We then went to Marks and Spencer and River Island where we bought some amazing coats and of course our Christmas Jumpers! We finished the night at Pizza Express and that was one of the best decisions, you have to try their garlic dough balls. My mouth is literally salivating at thought of them!

London had so much to offer, just from our walk on our first night I knew we were in for a great week! This blog would go FOREVER if I individually listed everything we did and went into detail so I might just do some individual blogs for the activities. However this is a list of what we did while in London.

  • Zed Events Zombie Mall Experience – OH MY GOD, it is frustrating trying to explain how AMAZING this was, i was the only girl and we had grown men shitting themselves. This experience is so real and goes for 2.5 hours, Justin and I have already agreed that we are going back to London just for this experience. The cost was $200.00 per person.
  • Lords – The Home of Cricket   – This was surprisingly amazing, my highlight was that we got to see where the queen sits when she watches a game. We then had lunch in the Lords Tavern which was such a great way to end the tour. $30.00 for the 100 minute tour.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter – I don’t think I need to say much for this, the experience was amazing and seeing all the props they used in the movie was surreal. Loved every minute of it and we just had to walk out with a wand each. The butter beer was one thing I must say I wish I didn’t try haha. If you do wish to try the butter beer its best to pre book this before the day. Tickets are $65.00 per person.
  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Well this was just magical, ice skating with my man, had my first experience of mulled wine and went on a five looped roller coaster, I was defiantly in my element. FREE entry however experiences in the park cost and its best to pre-book.
  • Arsenal Stadium Tour – Self guided audio tour, this was okay. This is something that you would appreciate more if your a soccer fan or just a sports fan in general. The cost was $35.00 per person.
  • London Dungeons – This experience really educated me on the dark history of London, however I did not find this scary in the least especially after doing the Zombie Mall Experience. It was quiet funny though and I think it’s a great way to gain knowledge while having fun – $30.00 per person for about 90 minutes if I remember correctly.
  • Jack The Ripper Tour – This Ripper tour is the best one out there. I felt uneasy the whole time and our guide knew so much, he has also created his own book which you can purchase at the end of the tour. We defiantly tipped him and I was not shy at looking at the photos of the women that were murdered (as morbid as that sounds). It’s so interesting and sad to know that these women died and no one has ever been sentenced for these gruesome murders. Cost is $20.00 per person for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Hamleys – This place is heaven on earth, we are big kids at heart so having seven floors of different toys was so joyful and I hope that I one day can take my future kids here. As this is a store there is no entry fee but bring some cash with you to buy one of your favourite toys from your childhood.
  • Madame Tussauds – I have previously been to Maddam Tussauds in Singapore but we just had to go to the one in London as they had a section for Star Wars and seeing real life replicas of Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes was a highlight. The tickets are quiet expensive at almost $50.00 per person and it can be very crowded.

 

When we weren’t doing the above we were indulging in food,hot chocolate and browsing the streets of London and shopping like there was no tomorrow. We ended up sending some of our stuff back to Australia while we were there to try and get more room in our suitcases.

I miss you London and if we weren’t building a house I would be booking a trip back to you this Christmas. London defiantly stole my heart and I am intending to visit again in the next few years.

Next stop on our journey is the beautiful seaside town of Brighton, stay tuned (I promise it won’t take me 4 months this time).


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Paris was not what I expected….

We arrived in Paris on the 3rd of December after multiple train rides that took around 7 hours. The train systems are so easy to use and this was something i was very nervous about but I have to be honest it is very relaxing watching the scenery fly past.

We stepped off our train at 4:00pm and had to meet our group at 6:00pm for an amazing night ahead. The traffic was horrendous and our taxi driver just dropped us off in the middle of all these people and had to try and find our hotel while lugging around our luggage, we defiantly looked like tourists. We were staying at the Citadines Les Halles which was $245.00 for the night but the location was so convenient and it was a small apartment style room with a little kitchen.

We quickly got our shit together, i put on some new clothes, fresh make up and we were out the door.

Firstly we had a dinner cruise on the Seine River where you were seated by yourself with your partner/family so you had privacy. I honestly thought we would hop on a fairly average boat to have a normal dinner but I was defiantly wrong about that. The boat was amazing with glass all around so you could see all the sights while having your dinner. The waiters were attentive and impeciably dressed. The river cruise was about and hour and a half which was perfect, seeing everything at night was just that little bit more magical.

We then moved on to the Eiffel Tower, we decided to go to the highest floor which you had to wait in line for on the 2nd floor for about 30 minutes in the freezing cold because it was so windy up there. Once we got up there we had a quick look and went back down, it was way too cold. I enjoyed looking at the Eiffel Tower from afar rather going up it as I feel the beauty in it for me is the way it looks. We were given around an hour and a half which was perfect, however i feel like in peak season you may be rushed and unable to go up to the highest level in that time due to wait times.

It was about 11:00pm when we set off for the Moulin Rouge, I was so cold that when I got into the bus I just fell asleep. I was still feeling jet lagged and we had not stopped since we landed in Europe, it all started to catch up on me so I had a little nap which reset the batteries! We had a bottle of Champagne and sat with two lovely couples, one couple were from San Fransisco which the guy was very successful and did frequent trips to Europe for Business. They love kite surfing and are actually coming to Perth as they had heard its one of the best places to Kite Surf, I also recommended that they scoot on up to Geraldton (my home town) as I’ve heard it is also great for Kite surfing. The night was full of amazing costumes and enough boobs to last you a life time haha! It went from 11:30pm to 1:30am, once it finished I had quiet a lot of energy and I could of almost explored the nightlife but I knew we had a big day ahead as we were setting off to Disneyland for three nights. So I saved my energy and went home and literally fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

I booked our tour through Viator and it cost us $750.00 for two people, it may sounds steep but we had such a lovely experience and it was relaxing knowing that you didn’t need to organise to get around to each activity.

We did a small amount of exploring the next day in Paris but we did have limited time. Originally Paris was somewhere I was not looking forward to due to the attacks that had happened over the past year but as soon as I got there I felt so relaxed, the vibe in Paris is just amazing. The buildings are just so elegant, especially the ones we passed on our river cruise. I really did fall in love with Paris and next time I will defiantly stay for longer.

Next stop, Paris Disneyland! A dream come true…..

View from our hotel the next morning.

 

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