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Welcome to Disneyland, the most magical place on earth!

Welcome to Disneyland, the most magical place on earth! I had been waiting for this day all of my life and it was finally here.

Here is a little recap of our time spent in the magical world of Disney.

As it was Christmas the hotel and the park was completely draped in everything Christmas. I was completely in my element, I felt like I had been taken back in time and I was a kid again. This place was like a dream come true, I wish every kid could experience Disneyland as it is so magical.

As we stayed in a Disney hotel we got an extra hour of magic in the morning before the park opens. But don’t be fooled as there is obviously a lot of people staying at the Disneyland hotels so you do have to queue for a little to get in the park. The perk though is there is no where near as many people for the first hour.

Every morning it was a brisk -1 degrees, as soon as we stepped out our two layers of socks felt soaking wet but we tried to not let that dampen our spirit so we would head straight for the rides.  You are completely immersed when you are on the ride, it makes you feel like you are in the movie itself, it all just brings it back to the fact that it is so magical.  The Haunted House was my favourite ride in Disneyland, it was so detailed and as the name says you really do feel like you are in a haunted house.

You also have the Walt Disney Studio Park next door to Disneyland where it was more of a Movie World style vibe. I could not tell you which ride was my favourite as I have to admit this park was more of a ride oriented park and I feel it had more thrills, I absolutely loved it. I am glad that both parks have a different vibe as I feel each day felt different and not as though you are repeating the day before.

Now for our accomodation, we paid $1700.00 for three nights which came with a dinner voucher for the three nights that we stayed to go to any restaurant  of our choosing. A lot of people told us how expensive this was but at the end of the day it is an experience and I felt like it took a lot of stress out of this part of our holiday as it was so close to the parks and we could go out shopping in the Disney Village. The next time we go to Disneyland which will most likely be in America, I’ll defiantly be staying at the Disney accomodation as it really was worth every dollar spent.

The one down side about these parks is as they are so busy at lunch it is impossible to get something to eat, the queues were huge so I found that we had to book a table at the restaurants a couple of days in advance as well as dinners. I am glad we went in the low season, even though it is Christmas there wasn’t as many crowds as there would be in Summer when it is warmer.

The most magical part of our time was the fireworks at the end of the day near the castle, they play like a twenty minute Christmas themed movie of all the different Disney films that really tug on your heart strings, it was absolutely incredible.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to spend 3 nights here and it was defiantly a highlight but at the end of it I was ready to move onto London and I could not wait to stay in one place for one week and really delve into a city.

If your looking at heading to Disneyland, check out their website.

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Goodbye Disneyland, I hope we meet again,

Next stop London…

 


 

 

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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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Zermatt – My Favourite Place On Earth

We set a flight on airline Alitalia from Rome to Zermatt, Switzerland on the 1st of December, which we had to also take two trains  to reach our final destination. All of this travelling kept me in such suspense of what was awaiting behind the snow capped mountains. The train rides were so beautiful i literally stared out the window the entire time, it was breathtaking! When we arrived this small little ski town exceeded my expectations from the moment i step up on their beautiful little streets (which do not have cars).

We arrived at dusk after a 8 hour day of travelling to walk down a beautifully lit street with christmas lights covering the wooden/log style chalets. I felt like i had just stepped into a Christmas Village, I was instantly in love and I knew from that moment I wouldn’t want to leave after the two nights that awaited us. We took a five minute stroll to our hotel from the train station and we were warmly welcomed by the owner; Boris of our Hotel Walliserhof Zermatt 1896, which as you may have guessed has been running since 1896 as a family owned business. Little did we know the place finished renovating and re-opened that exact day that we set foot into this beautiful hotel! Our room was decently sized and which there was not many rooms which gave it that quaint vibe about the whole place.  http://www.walliserhof-zermatt.ch,

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Eating in Switzerland

Each morning you would come down to the restaurant area and spread out would be freshly baked bread, homemade jams, egg and bacon freshly cooked and even a waffle maker to make fresh waffles! It honestly was the best hotel breakfast and I wouldn’t of asked for anything better.

At night the Restaurant, Theodors Stuba opened at 6:00pm which had some swiss traditional dishes which we had to try. We had a meat fondue which consisted of thinly sliced pork,veal and beef which you use fondue forks to dip into boiling hot water that cooks your meat and once your meat is cooked you dip the meat into a range of sauces and condiments to try all the different flavours. Also on a seperate night we  tried out the classic cheese fondue which was to die for!!

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Skiing

We hadn’t originally planned to go skiing due to the cost but once we got into the small ski village we decided that we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to ski on one of the most beautiful places in the world. The skiing for both Justin and myself for the day totalled around $700.00 with ski and clothing hire as well as a personal instructor for three hours! The Matterhorn was more mesmerising than I would have ever thought. At least i had an amazing view while I made a fool of myself learning how to ski with our instructor which he kept calling me princess haha ( I wasn’t that bad). I soon got the hang of it and we took a few videos and photos to remember one of the most incredible days! We followed our ski day with a hot chocolate at a beautiful cafe on the main street and did some shopping for some Christmas decorations. Overall the experience was well worth every dollar (AUD) spent.

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Overall our trip to Zermatt was worth the long train rides and all the money spent! The accomodation set us back $437.00 for two nights, i would highly recommend giving this place a visit but please be aware this little town is not cheap but you will walk away with the most beautiful memories as well as meeting some of the most friendliest people!

Where have you travelled in Switzerland?

Next stop Paris! Stay tuned,

Sharnee xoxo

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Tanya Bakes – French Toast

This post has taken my a while to write as I have just been absolutely flat out but finally here it is.

Cooking and baking has recently become a bit of a passion of mine and Tanya Burrs new cook book “Tanya Bakes” is certainly not helping that. Justin is defiantly thanking me however my body is not! Tasty brunches and naughty treats in the afternoon is what it is creating but it is all worth it as they taste so good!

I recently tried her French Toast recipe and fell in love. It’s easy and it looks great, perfect for impressing some overnight guest but easy to whip up without any stress. You can make this recipe with and without the mascarpone filling, which my version was without as I have no idea what it tastes like. Finish off with either the berry coulis or a generous helping of maple syrup and dust with some icing sugar for the perfect finish.

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This recipe serves one, I doubled the ingredients for Justin and myself.

Ingredients:

  • 50g Blueberries
  • 50g Rasberries
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons icing sugar
  • 50g Mascarpone (if desired)
  • Thick sliced bread (I used Brioche)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Knob of butter

To prepare coulis, place the berries in a sauce pan over a medium heat and stir in a tablespoon of icing sugar until the berries start to break down, keeping them warm.

If using the mascarpone, mix with remaining 1/2 tablespoon of icing sugar until smooth. Slice a deep cut into the side of your bread and inset the mascarpone filling.

In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs with the cinnamon and dip the bread in on both sides, allowing the bread to soak up as much of the mixture as possible. Then heat a knob of butter in your frying pan over a high heat. Once melted, drop in the eggy bread and fry on both sides until crispy and golden (mmm).

Transfer to a plate and cut in half serving with the berry coulis and a sprinkle of icing sugar for decoration.

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Refreshed and New Look Blog.

I have seriously been MIA recently. I have had a lot going on personally, good and bad and I have also been transferring my blog from a WordPress blog to a self hosted WordPress blog. This has been very time consuming and harder then I thought but I got there and I am happy I gave it a shot.  For any of you that are bloggers and looking at going to a self hosted blog, i used Hostgator. There is a small fee for running your own site but you have less limitations on what you can do. I also purchased my layout from http://www.bluchic.com.

I would extremely appreciate it if you could give me any feedback if your looking through the site and see any glitches or weird stuff going on. I am not really a fan of how my site looks through the mobile site but I do love the Desktop version much better!

I have to admit I have been glued to my Mac for the past 7 hours tweeking things so I am going to sign off and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

Have a great and positive week ahead!

Sharnee xoxo

 

 

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How Time Flies…

As I sit here with my chia and fruit toast I thought “it’s been a while since my first post”.

This blogging stuff is harder then I thought, trying to get the time to write a blog can be hard, especially when you love to watch your favourite cheesy reality TV shows and Making A Murderer, which is defiantly a must watch ( if you haven’t heard already).

I have had a positive three weeks, for the most of it anyways…

Work is slightly stressful BUT I have just booked our European holiday for winter in November-December this year! I am beyond excited (and slightly anxious) already! I have already started looking at wanting to buy big coats and beanies so I can be snug as I look up at MT Matterhorn with snow top peaks in Switzerland, frolicking around at Disneyland at the greatest time of the year and sipping mulled wine at the Christmas markets! Oh and the amazing Christmas Windows at Harrods in London!

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Our trip looks a little something like this:

Perth -> Rome -> Switzerland -> Amsterdam -> Paris -> London -> Glasgow -> Dubai -> Home Sweet Home!

I would love to fit in Ireland but we will see how we go!

Now I’m on the hunt to find a good camera to capture all of these moments, I have always wanted to do a photography course but more for landscapes, I don’t think this is something I can afford to do this year but it’s defiantly on the bucket list!

This month I have also have seen the new movie “The Revenant”! This move was absolutely amazing, after watching the movie I decided to read about how it was directed and filmed, this is a must watch and you will appreciate it even more once you know what Leonardo DiCaprio and the Actors went through to accomplish this absolute masterpiece! (Leo will win an Oscar this year!)

I’m also very proud to say that my mum is on her way to quit smoking, which I think is absolutely amazing! 🎉🎈

Well that was a couple of the highlights of my month, nothing extravagant but my goal is to try and post every one to two weeks to make my content consistent.

My next post will be about my experience at The Cosmetic Institute, so keep on the look out !

Enjoy your Sunday 😉

Sharnee ❤️

 

 

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My Sanctuary

Hi Chums!

My first light hearted post is going to be about the place I love most… My room!

I live with three boys, one being my partner and they are great room mates! In saying that my room feels like my private space, where I love to update myself on the youtubers I watch, catch up on some recorded TV from our Foxtel or just to have a read of my new favourite book!

I have my days where I can be a real home body! My room really is my sanctuary and I often have people comment on where I buy some of this things that fill my room!

My favourite bargains that I have picked up recently was my bed spread. Having animals that come on to your bed, I find its best to go with cheaper alternatives as we have learnt the hard way and had some lovely but expensive bed spreads ruined since bringing little yoda into our family.

The following I have bought at a couple of stores that I love ❤️

Kmart being the most popular amongst us Aussies, you can always get a great deal!

Kmart Queen bed spread – $25.00

Throw rug – Typo about $20.00 on sale!

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Kmart Fairy Lights – $7.00

Typo Cushion – $10.00

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Zoe Sugg, Girl Online and Girl Online On Tour at the time of purchase was about $20.00 each! These are my current reads while I have been off work.

Conscious Candle Co in  the scent Golden Amber. This was given to me by Justin’s mum so I am unsure of where to purchase this but I must ask because it smells amazing! I’ll always have a candle going while reading or relaxing!

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Also a small tree that I purchase around Christmas it was about $7.00 to $10.00 and I love it so much that I’m keeping it up. 😋

Aswell as a Scentsy burner – “Remember to stop & chase the fireflies”. This was given as a gift but they usually range from $35.00 +!

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I hope you enjoyed an insight to my bedroom! I am very lucky to have a boyfriend that lets me decorate how I would like. There’s only one thing that could complete this room and that would be a Mac book pro for my favourite game EVER; The sims 4! Maybe one day 😉!

Have a lovely Sunday!

❤️Sharnee xoxo

 

 

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