This was my second visit to Bath but this time I stayed for a weekend rather than a day trip and I recommend you do the same. Just an hour and a half train journey from London and you arrive in the most beautiful old town, it’s not like any European old town it is unique.
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Well I am in count down mode now (43 days) until my trip back home to New Zealand. I have lived in London for almost four years and this is my second trip back so to say I’m excited is an understatement. Here are some of the things I am looking forward to most from the mother land.
1. Family and friends
Of course this is number one because they are really the only reason to go home. On my last visit my nephew was 8 months old, now he is a walking, talking little boy who I just cannot wait to spend time with. Spending time with my friends and family is the most important thing for me to do this trip back and I can’t wait to do it over a few kiwi wines.
|Me and my family on my last night in Auckland – April 2010|
I do love my food and especially all the treats I have been missing these past four years. First and foremost it’s Mums pavlova (nothing compares). Mince and cheese pies, Georgie Pie, Burgerfuel and pretty much all stuff I shouldn’t really be eating but I will just have to indulge!
Although the winter hasn’t been bad here in London (so far) I am so looking forward to a bit of a sun and temperatures higher than 10 degrees. I can’t wait to sit on the balcony at home that overlooks the sea, go for walks on the beach and get some Vitamin D in me.
4. Rediscovering Auckland
The plan is at some stage to move back to New Zealand with my other half, so I have to spend this trip really selling it to him so this will involve me taking him to all the good spots around town and do lots of beach days. So rediscovering my home town will be something really fun for both of us. Ideas wanted! Sorry for the bad quality of photo, I took this picture from a tiny Fresno plane.
5. Driving a car
I know this may seem like a mundane activity for most but I haven’t driven a car since moving to London. Last time I went home I relished being behind the wheel and I’m sure I will feel the same this time.
Go to the London dungeon
Have lunch somewhere in central London
But it went something more like this:
Go to London dungeon, see the queue, ask how long, decide that 2 hours is too long, walk away.
Walk over Westminster bridge and admire Big Ben (cue the selfies). Walk down Whitehall past Downing Street, past horse guards (cue awkward picture next to soldier and horse). Laugh a lot because the horse tried to get into Nikki’s bag. Walk through horse guards and down The Mall to Trafalgar Square, discuss whether or not we should climb on the lions. Decision made, although how is the next obstacle. Watch how others attempt, jump up onto lions, take photo, get told off, get down.
Go into the National Gallery to see Van Gogh’s two sunflower pictures, told that the wait is 45 minutes, decide against, peak through the door as they open it, tick done! Go through the maze that is the gallery to the 4th floor which is an incredible restaurant/bar overlooking London. Amazing views! £9 cocktails later and we were a little bit chirpier than before. Walk through Leicester Square, find movie theatre playing retro films, go inside and find times for The Breakfast Club and Labrinyth, take photos in China Town, walk through Soho searching for a bar with the name of a bird.
Now this is just one of those memorable days you’ll always remember with good friends and great memories. You have to love those random, crazy, totally unplanned days.
The main attraction was of course the exhibition, which was smaller than I expected if I’m honest but still worth the trek out there. For me the overall winner was well deserved. It was a picture taken in my home country of New Zealand and it was taken by an Australian photographer. There was a good variety of pictures and I like to see the comments from the photographers and the specifics like shutter speed and aperture is useful but the only thing is they were so small! It would’ve been nice if they were bigger. The best part of course is that it was free! London doesn’t happen to be expensive all the time.
Here are some of my favourite pictures from the exhibition.
|Taken in Wellington, New Zealand|
|My favourite picture of all|
|Young astronomy photographer|
As an avid traveller I must admit it feels a little weird not heading off to some exotic location or European city for the week but pennies and pounds must be saved for upcoming summer nuptials. So what better way to spend the week than exploring my adopted home town of London. So here are my plans for the week:
1. See Van Gogh’s two sunflowers together at the National Gallery.
These two pictures are on show at the National Gallery from January 25th to April 27th for free. This is the first time they have been shown together for 65 years. One of the pictures is already owed by the National Gallery and the other is on load from Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I love popping into the National Gallery to see this iconic picture so I am really looking forward to seeing the two side by side.
Here is some more info.
Image: National Gallery
2. The London Dungeon
A friend asked if I wanted to go to this so after doing some research via blogs I found out there were a lot of people who loved it and hated it so I decided it was time to go and find out for myself. I have acquired a 2 for 1 pass (which helps with the £20 entry) to it and am looking forward to seeing what it is like. Plus a stroll along the South Bank is always a nice thing to do.
3. Find a wedding florist
I have been warned that as soon as you mention the word wedding to any florist the price could literally double so I am looking forward to this and not all at the same time. This week it is my mission to find and book a florist for the wedding. Let’s hope there are some kind hearted florists looking to help a poor kiwi girl who is on a budget for her London wedding. I know nothing about flowers and have no idea what I want so it should be interesting!
4. Visit the Royal Museum Greenwich for Astronomer Photographer of the Year
This exhibition has been on for quite some time but like always time goes so fast here in London you always leave it to the last minute. it closes in a weeks time. I love Greenwich village so I am looking forward to getting out there to see this exhibition. My other half is a space nut so it will be nice to see these photos together and it’s free, which is always a bonus.
I am finally going back to this gorgeous English town in the West Country after first going more than three years ago. Last time we had planned to go there were floods and we had to cancel so this time I am totally pumped and looking forward to this weekend away with friends. The boys are hitting up a Bath Rugby game whilst my friend and I will have a girly afternoon at a spa. Lets hope the rain stays away and the suns shines.