Archives for October 2013
Not a lot planned just family visits, a trip to Ikea, a few London things and a day trip to Bath. Really looking forward to going back to this beautiful gem of a town in the west country. I first went there in 2010 and wrote about it in City of Bath (one of my highest viewed posts to date).
When I first moved to the UK I had no family here and just a scattering of friends so my first Christmas was spent in Egypt (pre up rising), you can read about it here.
|Me heading off to Egypt|
|Valley of the Kings on Christmas day|
My second Christmas was after I met my now fiancee, instead of spending it with his family we decided to go on a safari as it was quite resaonably priced for that time of year and as we are both teachers, having two weeks off and not going abroad is a crime in our eyes. We had Christmas day in the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania, followed by a bbq at the camp site.
|Sunrise on safari Christmas day|
Last years for the first time since moving here I stayed in the UK, we spent the day with Dans family in Weston Super Mare after spending some time in the Lake District. Again this year we are staying in the UK, just venturing a little further to the island of Jersey in the channel islands to spend it with Dans sister who lives there. We would have liked to go somewhere exotic like Sri Lanka or do another safari but this whole saving for a wedding business is happening so we have to rein it in for just one year.
|Everyone loves a Christmas jumper|
I am really looking forward to another very different Christmas, I doubt it’ll be a white one but I know it will be a great one.
|Pub in the Lake District|
I usually blog about my travels and the fun and interesting things I do in London and in the UK but I have found recently the more personal posts I write get a lot more views so here I am being a bit more personal.
This blog was started so I didn’t have to write various emails to family (pre Mum and Dad having facebook and skype). It was a chance for me to write down the things I was experiencing here but also a good place to show my favourite photos. In the beginning I wrote very short and sweet posts about what I did in these places but as time has gone on and my readers have increased I have changed it more to suit the reader.
I love seeing new places, travelling is my passion and I have really enjoyed writing about it and sharing it with others. I have had so many positive comments from friends and complete strangers from around the world, so as long as people read it I will keep writing it. I feel very blessed to live in not only a great city but to have a job that allows me to travel as much as I do, I have just visited my 35th country and have enjoyed every minute of my travels throughout the past three and a half years. My blog will be slowing down on the international travel as of now as me and Dan are getting married in August and are saving our pennies for that but rest assured I shall be spending more quality time doing great London things and writing about them.
My favourite posts from the past:
Vienna is a fantastic city to just walk around and marvel at the grand buildings. It is very clean, friendly and quite cheap. Our first evening was spent wandering through the old town and surrounding area. We stumbled across a fabulous food festival right outside the gigantic Rathaus that had a variety of Austrian food and everything from Mexican to Australian and plenty of local wine. The backdrop of this food festival was an opera that was being projected on to the cathedral. They must do this often as last time I was here they were doing the same thing except it was streaming a Tiesto gig that was happening somewhere else in the world.
We sat in the park and ate and drank and enjoyed the opera until the early hours of the morning.
The next day was spent walking through the grounds of the Schlosspark Schonbrunn. I had visited this park on my previous visit but it still blew me away, it is a great building with beautiful grounds and offers a good view over the city. Remember only pay if you want to go into the building!
The next stop was museum quarter, unfortunately you do have to pay go into the museums here so you must pick wisely. It is a great place to just walk around if you aren’t into museums. We chose the Leopold Museum as it had an Egon Schiele exhibition. Entry was £15 so we spent the afternoon in there which was delightful as it was air conditioned and it was baking outside. The exhibition was very enjoyable and I particularly liked his self portrait.
I loved my second visit back to Vienna but although I love the buildings and it is a great city to walk around I found it missing a special something.
Have you been to Vienna? Did you feel the same way?
|Sampling the local wine and beer|
From the second this guy and his band stepped out on the stage it felt like I was witnessing something pretty special. His soulful tone, cute dance moves and constant interaction with the audience left me wanting more. At one point he even handed out Hennessey and ginger ale to people in the crowd. I also loved how he very politely told people to put the phones and cameras down and actually be there in the moment.
Heaven was a great little venue too, I got my usual front left spot and could easily see everything and there was plenty of room for dancing. I also just loved hanging out in central London on a Monday evening.
Check him out here on his youtube channel