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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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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.

Disneyland Website

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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When In Rome….

The holiday has finally arrived!

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After 20 plus hours of travelling we arrived in Rome at 1:00pm on Tuesday the 29th. We paid for a transfer from the airport to the hotel to save us the stress of organising a taxi. My first impression was that every single building/house was so old and that they had beautiful trees, it was slightly disturbing the first time I saw an army officer holding a gun as big as me as it’s certainly something we don’t see in Australia (thank god).

Our accomodation of choice was the Starhotels Metropole which I was happy with the service and pricing. The hotel was $362.00 for two nights with breakfast included, which i was very impressed with. There was also plenty of eateries so you could just step out and get a bite to eat after a long day of exploring! The first night we went to this cute family run restaurant and I must say Justin had the most amazing Lasagne.

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Since arriving we have come into the best of luck with weather, crisp mornings with sunny days which makes for great exploring weather so we decided to use our Hop On Hop Off bus tickets to see Rome as a whole. The monuments are just breathe taking, it’s nothing you can ever imagine especially when you come from Australia where there is nothing that old.

When in Rome our main highlights that we saw were The Colosseum and The Vatican. For these two tours we did private tours so we were one on one with our guide. They both went for 3 hours each and they were very informative. These tours were booked through https://darkrome.com. As these were one on one tours we paid about $800.00 but we do not regret them and would defiantly recommend this company!

We obviously saw quiet a few other historic buildings but these two were defiantly the most breathtaking! However the one thing i was most excited for was to see Rome dressed up for the festive season and the pizza…. however from my experience both of these did disappoint but you take the good with the bad, not everything can be perfect!

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the-vatican

My overall feel of Rome was that it was defiantly beautiful but I constantly had a very unsafe vibe about it, I don’t know if this was because it was our first stop and I may have been home sick without knowing it or the fact that I found most people I came across very rude. I am unsure of if I will explore Rome again but regardless I am glad that I got a small snapshot of this historic city! If you have travelled to rome, how did you like it?

Our next destination that I will be writing about will be Zermatt, Switzerland.

Stay Tuned,

Sharnee xoxo

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Bali Reflections..

As I sit here typing, I am listening to the amazing live band that is down by our pool area after a candlelit buffer dinner…. while I am getting bitten by mozzies.

All Seasons Dinner'

Sunday evening i said goodbye to Justin for five nights, we have not been apart for this long in years, so for me I still had a little sob when saying goodbye. Part of it came from not knowing how my anxiety would cope without the one person who seem to be able to calm me and the other half was knowing i was sleeping on my own for the next 5 nights.

Our flight was smooth, until we landed…. the pilot commanded that we were to keep our seat belts fastened as security was coming on board the plane. We then had six airport security come onto the plane and everyone by this point are absolutely pooping themselves, half of us thought there may have been someone found on the plane to be dangerous (of course I was thinking worse case scenario). The security then escorted a lady off the plane, she had been smoking in the toilets during the flight. Nice start to our trip!

We stayed at the All Seasons Legian, which I absolutely love. The room rates are so cheap but you still get quality, some areas were a little run down from when I last visited two years ago but I still felt everything was clean and the beds/ pillows are so comfortable! I ended up having an amazing asleep considering I was worried I would be anxious by myself.

Unfortunately the first couple of days my mood was very somber,  I love spending time with my family but I couldn’t help feel like something was missing and that was Justin. Over these couple of days we discovered some amazing shops throughout Seminyak and some great cafes to take my mind off of Justin. After a couple of days had past, I finally loosened up and started having a much better time. My mood was much brighter, the smallest things began to put a smile on my face. There is nothing better then waking up to the sounds of mopeds on the streets and that warm, balmy feeling of the Bali sun on your skin when you step out of your hotel. I started to love every hello you receive as you walk down the street every morning to go exchange more cash to spend more money.

Over out stay we had a few favourites when dining out, every morning we went to a Cafe called Bella Vista in Legian, amazing coffee and lovely people. We also love to dine out at Mozzarellas in Legian, the menu is long and has something for everyone. We also had  a special dinner at Ku De Ta, this is not a cheap place to eat but is the same pricing as what you would spend in Perth but a lot nicer!

During our stay we had a lot of overcast days and periods of rain, our last full day was absolutely beautiful, the sun was shining and the pool was welcoming and all I wanted to do was sip on icey cold drinks. When it gets too warm I would duck into the All Seasons Spa for a balinese massage. When we visited Bali back in August 2014 there was never any cloud cover, so my next trip I will be planning to visit around August again. Bali is great either way but I do enjoy when the sun is out a little more then the gloomy clouded days.

Travelling to Bali feels like a home away from home but there are certainly parts of Bali that can defiantly make me feel down, being unable to brush your teeth using the tap water (it is even harder with Invisalign) and in particular the Bali dogs that are in very bad condition. I try and do my part by donating or buying food for them. I also wonder what its like to live the life of the balinese but then I remember something, we westerners live a very lavish lifestyle and the balinese live a much simpler lifestyle, they may have things harder then us in ways but in life “things” or materialistic objects are not what is important, its how you treat people. I always walk away from Bali not thinking about how little they may have compared to us but how they are the most beautiful and kind people  I have ever met .

This is my 4th trip to Bali and every time I have come here I’ve done it in a different way. I have learnt that it could be very easy to see the negative side to coming to Bali but when I look at the positive they most certainly out way the negative.

Time and time again, Bali steals my heart.

P.S It is now Monday and its my last day of holidays (Noooo)! Our plane on Friday ended up being delayed for 2 and a half hours, I was feeling very unwell and the flight its self was terrible (lots of crying kids and two people had a full argument right on take off). Oh well, glad to be home.

Bali Streets

SOUQ

Bella Vista

KUDETA

 

 

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Rose Avenue Bali; A Pastel Pink Haven

Like most people when I travel to bali, I love to walk past the endless shops in Seminyak and just have a little squizz to see what is on offer. It’s not very often i will fall madly in love with a store because face it, it really just feels like your looking at the same stuff rose avenue 2constantly but then I found Rose Avenue. Now if you love pastel pinks, rose gold trimmings, cute pillows and small decor for around the house, then this is your store! They had a small upstairs area as well with decor for kids bedrooms ( I was wishing i had a kid at this point!).

I could have went absolutely crazy in there BUT I had to think of Justin and make sure I do not make our bedroom any more feminine than it already is. I made another quick stop there today for the second time to make sure there was nothing else I was needing!. Now this store is not exactly cheap, I do however feel that everything in there is worth what it is priced. I also spotted a Gooseberry Intimates store that I must check out.

I may be a little late discovering this little gem but for those of you that have not heard of this store, go check it out on your next trip to Bali!

Address : B Oberoi No.44, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

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