#travelling

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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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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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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