Zip Lining in Cabo with Cabo Adventures

One of my most favorite parts of going on vacation is having the opportunity to do activities I would never have had the chance to participate in. Swimming with dolphins, a Vespa tour through Florence, going to the French Open and a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower are just a few of the favorite things that we’ve done on our travels.

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While I had planned on doing nothing but laying in the sun on our recent Mexico vacation, when I mentioned to the hubs a few of the activities I had found, he thought it would be fun to try a few of them. One of the activities we did was zip lining with Cabo Adventures. We had previously done this in Puerta Vallarta about 5 years ago with the same company and we had so much fun then that we wanted to experience it again.

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Even though I have a fear of heights, zip lining seems to take the edge off of that fear for me, at least momentarily. One thing we loved about Cabo Adventures is not only how friendly and fun their staff is, but also how extremely safe they are with their zip lines. They use a double system which helps to ensure that you’re always safe.

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Once we got to our zip lining site (about 45 minutes outside of Los Cabos), we got our gear on and rode a unimog up the mountains. From there, we zipped, slide and climbed our way up and down the mountains. There were the standard zip lines that we had done before that we were familiar and comfortable with. On this tour, there were also ones that we had not done before including a zip line that we got to ride on together, another zip line that you rode upside down, some rock climbing and rappelling and a tight rope across a river.

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But, the biggest thrill came at the end when we got to ride the Superman zip line. Prior to going on vacation, I had read about it on the website which is advertised as the longest, fastest and tallest zip line in Mexico. Prior to getting there I was a little scared about it, but nothing could prepare me for when I first laid eyes on it. When we first arrived there in our bus, our driver stopped so we could see others gliding down it. I immediately started to feel sick to my stomach seeing how high up this zip line really was.

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The entire tour I kept thinking about how that zip line was the only way down to the ground at the end and I was pretty scared to do it. Once we climbed to the top and waited our turn, I had to keep giving myself a pep talk about how I would be fine on it. Once it was my turn, the staff got me suited up and prepared to go which took a few minutes. And before I knew it, they pushed me off and I was on my way.

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I can’t even describe what fun it was going down this mile long zip line at 60 mph. It didn’t feel that fast and I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. I felt like I was gliding along and I just took in the sites as the zipped past me. Another thing I love about this company is they take such great pictures of you on the tour, so of course since hubs himself is a photographer, we had to buy the pictures and the video of this adventure. To see the video, head over to my Facebook page. You’ll get a nice and up close view of my face as I headed down the zip line!

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And, perhaps one of the funniest things ever on our trip came early on in the week when we were looking at the brochure from Cabo Adventures. I looked down and noticed a picture of hubs and I! We had done quite a few excursions with them 2 years ago when we were in Cabo and they used our picture in this pamphlet! You know how you always sign those waivers for companies to use your photos? Well, I always thought they posed these photos or used stock footage. But, it looks like they use regular, ordinary people like us! And, for the record, I’m clearly struggling to ride that bike up a mountain!

 

Rest & Relaxation in Cabo San Lucas

Last week, my husband and I jetted off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for some much needed rest and relaxation. And seriously, what an incredible time we had together. It was the best possible way to kick off 2016.

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This was our second time in Cabo. Normally we don’t like to travel to the same destination twice since we like to explore new locations, but we always said we would love to go back for whale watching season. That paired with the ability to travel there quickly made it a no brainer for us.

The weather was perfect all week long. Highs in the upper 70s meant laying in the sun all day without getting overheated and lows in the 60s at night meant maxi dresses were the perfect outfit for dinner al fresco. We loved waking up early every morning to watch the sunrise on the beach and taking naps on the hammock on our balcony.

Cabo San Lucas Photo Jan 06, 7 05 27 AMWe hadn’t been on a beach vacation in over 2 years. While we love being tourists and taking educational trips overseas, there’s something to relaxing about having a week in the sun with no plans set in stone. We had a couple of activities planned, but for the most part we bronzed ourselves in the sun which was a nice welcome from the below zero weather back home.

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We stayed at Sirena Del Mar which is about 5 minutes outside of Cabo San Lucas. When we first vacationed there for our honeymoon, we stayed 30 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas in San Jose del Cabo. While we LOVED our resort the first time we went there, the 30 minute drive into downtown Cabo meant we only ventured down there once. Staying closer to the city this time meant that it was only a short cab ride to some amazing restaurants and lots of activities.

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Our resort was fairly small and quiet, and was situated on top of a cliff which mean beautiful afternoon breezes to help keep you cool. The infinity pool overlooked the arch and being up high on the rocks meant unlimited views to seeing whales and boats out on the ocean. There was a small semi-private beach that we had access to and an activities committee that had some really fun things planned each day that we participated in.

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We played bingo, some board games, and did a little aqua Zumba. One afternoon we participated in a mixology class where we learned how to make 3 different shots and 3 different cocktails. Our favorite one by far was a cucumber and serrano pepper margarita. I’m still wishing I was poolside sipping on it!

Photo Jan 06, 3 17 25 PM Photo Jan 06, 2 51 48 PMThey also had some other water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). I’ve never done SUP before and given how much I love to work out, I figured this would be a fun new activity to try. Unfortunately, our guide did not give us instructions on how properly SUP, so this became quite the adventures for the Mr. and me. I only made it standing up once and after about 20 minutes of paddling, my knees and arms were dead tired.

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Our adventure continued on at this point because the winds and current picked up and we ended up getting pushed out farther into the ocean than our guide intended. Because of the weather change, I started to really struggle and was unable to get my paddle board moving. After 20 minutes of struggling, our guide came and helped tow me in. Since the weather had picked up, it took us over an hour to paddle back into the shore. Once I got off the board, my legs were sore and my knees were swollen and bleeding from this adventure at sea. While we didn’t have the greatest time SUP, I’m glad we gave it a try. I’d really like to give it a second go, but this time trying it out on a calm lake first before I head out with the big fishes.

And now here we are back to the hustle and bustle of reality. While I love traveling and had an amazing time relaxing with the Mr, I was beyond excited to come home and see my fur babies!

 

2015 :: Year In Review

Cheers to another year! 2015 was quite a busy and successful year for us. From travel adventures to new ventures, we kept busy most days of the year. At the end of the year, I always love looking back and seeing what exciting things we did the past year. Here are some of the highlights of 2015 for us.

I kicked off the New Year by opening my own Etsy shop! It’s been a labor of love to be able to share my creativity and make such fun and adorable items. While it takes up a lot of my time these days, I couldn’t be happier having a hobby that I really love.

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In Fitness, the hubs and I both ran Trek up the Tower for the second year in February and I ran my 7th half marathon.

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In travel, we headed to Vegas in July and in February we took a mini winter getaway to Palm Springs for some sun and golfing. I also traveled down to Kansas City a couple of times to attend my first blog conference and workshop. What an inspiring experience that was to be able to be around other ladies who are just as passionate about building their own dreams and being a #girlboss.

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Hubs and I had our second wedding anniversary and to celebrate, we headed to London and Paris. Afternoon tea, a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower and the French Open were just a few of the highlights. I love having a husband who loves to travel as much as I do.

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I also spent much of the summer and fall dedicated to my Junior League committee. I was on a team that puts together one of our fundraisers and I spent many nights working away on our silent auction. On top of that, husband and I also were producers for a local pageant. If you didn’t know, the Mr. and I met through pageants so we have a big spot in our heart for them and we love being able to spend time together doing something that we love.

And when we weren’t busy working, we tried to make some time for fun including our monthly date nights to a musical and weekend dates on the golf course.

So that brings us to the new year! As a belated holiday present to ourselves and wanting some much needed rest and relaxation, we’re kicking off 2016 by heading to Cabo San Lucas  for the week. We went there 2 years ago for our honeymoon and it seemed like the perfect winter getaway for us.

Cheers to 2016!

What’s In My Travel Nightstand Bag?

You’re probably wondering, what’s a travel nightstand bag anyways? Well, it’s a tiny bag that includes all of the essentials I need for my nightly bedtime routine.

I’m not a good sleeper at all, so I put together this bag filled with everything I need to do my nightly bedtime routine. This way, even when I’m not sleeping in my own bed, I have a little piece of home with me to make it easier to fall asleep. It’s always packed and ready to go which makes it a breeze to pack when we’re heading out of town.

So, without further ado, let’s take a peek into my nighttime bed routine!

Travel Laundry Essentials

Both my husband and I are known for getting things spilled on us. Pen stains, spaghetti sauce, and dirt are common spills on our clothes. Since we only take carry-on suitcases, especially when we travel internationally, we’ve learned how to clean our clothes on the road and how to be prepared for the spill one of us will make on our outfits. Here’s a little travel case I put together so we’re always prepared for whatever stain we may make.

 

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Paris :: Day 3

Monday was our last day of vacation. While we had a really exciting day ahead that we both were pee our pants excited about, but we were equally as excited to get back to the states to see our furbabies.

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Bright and early that morning, we met a local photographer at the Trocardero for a photo shoot. The day before we left on vacation, one of our friends posted their photo shoot from the photographer online and I knew we had to get this done. I’m so glad that she had an opening so we could have photos to document our travels and our 2 year wedding anniversary together.

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We walked all around the Trocadero fountains, the Eiffel Tower and a beautiful bridge for photos. I can’t even tell you how much I cherish these photos. I’ve always loved having my photo taken and I’m glad that I have a husband whose a photographer and appreciates photos as much as I do. I think they’re so pretty!

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Our last activity for vacation was one we both had been pretty excited about for weeks leading up to it. We had tickets to the French Open! I don’t really follow tennis but having the opportunity to see some of the world’s best tennis players play at one of the ultimate tennis competitions was a chance we couldn’t pass up.

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It was the fourth round of play so we saw 4 different matches, 2 men’s and 2 women’s. We first say Maria Sharapova play which she lost her match to another Russian player. Next up was Roger Federer and wow, what an athlete that guy is. The third match was what I had been waiting for and it was Serena Williams vs fellow American Sloane Stephens. Serena is such a powerful player and she ended up winning that round as well as the French Open all together. She blew me out of the water when after she won her round, the emcee interviewed her and she answered all in French. The last round we got to see was Dojovic.

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Going to the French Open was a really amazing experience and once we got home, I couldn’t stop checking for updates to who won each day. I think I’m officially a tennis fan!

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To round out our trip, we took a quick walk over to see the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. While we didn’t get to go inside of Notre Dome, the outside of it is just incredible to see! The craftsmanship and details on the wood is nothing like anything I have ever seen before. When I was a kid, I used to go to Notre Dame University every July for baton nationals so getting to see the real Notre Dame in person was quite a treat for me.

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And so that was our whirlwind trip to Europe! We had a great time exploring even more or Europe and it was a fabulous way to celebrate 2 years of being married!

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On the Saturday of our vacation week, we hopped on a Eurostar train and headed off to Paris. The train was a quick and smooth ride and was a really easy way to get to London from Paris.

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Once we got to Paris, we headed off to the AirBNB we rented for the few days we were there. We’ve never done AirBNB before but we decided to try it out since most of the hotels were in the $900+ range. We had a 1 bedroom apartment that we got for only $150/night which we thought was a pretty good steal. While it was fine for us to sleep in, we wouldn’t do it again. After staying in an AirBNB with a not so great bed, we decided that we both prefer staying in hotels because we know exactly what we’re getting when we stay there.

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Our first afternoon activity was going to a macaron class. We both love macarons and couldn’t wait to learn how to make them on our own. It was a 2 hour class at La Cuisine Paris and we had a French pastry chef teach us the tedious process of how to make the perfect macaron. Once you make a macaron, it has to sit in a refrigerator for at least 48 hours before you can eat them. The cold helps to soften the shell. After spending so many tiny steps making, measuring and pouring macarons, it killed me to have to wait to eat them! Luckily when we left on Tuesday they were in perfect macaron form and we ate all 20 macarons on the flight home. I’m proud to say they were among the BEST macarons we’ve ever had. The husband and I plan on making them at home when we have a full afternoon free to bake them. I’m sure they won’t taste as good since we had the help of a chef but it doesn’t hurt to try!

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The rest of the day we just wandered around Paris. We had bought subway tickets to use but we quickly realized that getting around on the subway was not as easy as it was in London. It takes a transfer or two to get to your destination. I thought it was a bright idea to walk all the way to the Eiffel Tower. It looks so close to you but it ends up being way farther than you’d like. While it took us a solid 2+ hours to walk there, we stopped a lot along th way to enjoy the sites, the parks and take lots of photos.

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For dinner that night, we dined in true Parisian style and found a creperie to eat at. I’m still dreaming of the pizza crepe we had. It was so delicious!

 

 

What We Ate In London

My husband and I are foodies and we love to try new restaurants for dinner. Whenever we travel, we make it a goal to try the best food that we can there. Before we go out of town, I’ll check Tripadvisor for the top rated restaurants and I’ll also search Pinterest for blogs and articles on where the best eats in the city are. Since everyone has different tastes, it can be hard to tell which restaurants you will like and which ones you won’t. If you’re planning a trip to London, I’d share with you the places we ate at in London and maybe give you some ideas on where to dine when you head there on vacation.

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One thing that was an absolute must do while in London was going to an afternoon tea. One of my besties told me about the fashion tea that’s at The Berkley Hotel. It’s 2 hours long and you receive a savory and a sweets course. The savory was finger sandwiches and other small bites to eat. The sweets was different cookies, cakes and parfaits that were all inspired and modeled after the latest fashion trends. Cakes that looks like handbags, parfaits with the colors of designer dresses and cookies that looked like shoes. We really enjoyed the loose-leaf tea and the sandwiches were super delicious. All of the sweets were so so so good and since we were completely full by that point, we got purse-like boxes to take the rest home with us. I know there are tons of afternoon teas to choose from but I highly recommend this one!

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Skinner’s Arms

Another must eat for us was finding some good fish and chips while in town. On our first night there, we were absolutely exhausted and didn’t want to go too far for dinner but we found this pub on Tripadvisor and it was a short walk from our hotel. I think this place was the quintessential pub atmosphere with wood as the decor and lots of locals having a pint to drink. The Wisconsin girl in me had to order fish and chips and the husband got chicken mushroom pie. Neither were the best thing we’ve ever eaten but since both were local delicacies, we had to try it. I highly recumbent finding a pub on Tripadvisor for you to go to while in London. One thing out waiter warned us about was that the true local pubs won’t have a beer brand on their name outside (i.e. Guiness)

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Fortnum & Mason

Prior to going on vacation, I searched all over the internet to find out where we could get macarons to eat while there. My husband and I fell in love with macarons on a trip to St. Maarten and ever since then we always try to find some wherever we travel to. Fortnum and Mason is a local department store that has the biggest food hall/chocolates/pastries floor ever! My eyes were so big once I saw all of the macaron goodness there! We got several flavors to take back with us to our hotel including blood orange, salted caramel, red velvet, brownie, watermelon, mixed berries and white champagne. Our favorite flavor was salted caramel but white champagne, red velvet and watermelon were all really good too!

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Tortellini Cup

We were really looking forward to trying this place out because it was rated #1 when we looked on Tripadvisor (ratings change each day on there based on reviews). I know, going all the way to London and eating Italian food just didn’t seem like the right thing to do, but hey it was highly rated out of 17,000+ restaurants so why not! We ventured out to find it one afternoon and little did we know it’s a small kiosk inside of a mall. That didn’t take away from how good it was though. It’s basically a build your own pasta with the sauce and add-ins that you’d like. It was fresh pasta and tasted almost exactly like what we ate while in Italy.

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Andy’s Taverna 

After already eating fish and chips, we were at a loss for what other local food we should try out. Since we came up short, we decided to stick with what friends had told us and that is that the ethnic dining scene in London is really good so try to eat other foods such as Spanish, Chinese etc. Since I’ve recently taken a liking to Greek food, we decided to try out #38 rated Andy’s Taverna. It was a small restaurant that was a few tube stops from our hotel. We started out with saganaki (fried cheese) which was ok. I’ve had better to eat before. When our meals came there was so much food! I ordered lamb and chicken kabobs and the husband had baked lamb. I had 3 skewers full of meat and I wish I had more room in my stomach to finish them because I loved them!

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Ben’s Cookies

Since the sun doesn’t set in London until nearly 9:30pm and we think that no meal is complete without dessert, we set out to find some. We noticed that Ben’s Cookies was rated in the top on Tripadvisor and we were seeing them all over town so we decided to get some cookies to complete the night. I’m not sure why this was rated so high because it wasn’t that good of a cookie for me. It satisfied my sweet tooth but not the best I’ve ever had.

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Borough Market

I’m still dreaming of all the delicious smells at the Borough Market. It’s basically the world’s best farmer’s market. There are TONS and TONS of local vendors and restaurants there with everything from meat to cheese to ice cream. We picked up some really good pepper cashews and cinnamon nuts to eat while we walked around. We decided to turn our little walk into lunch and we picked up a cheese pretzel, peppered foccacia bread and, of course, we found macarons and cookies the size of our heads to eat later on. Those macarons and cookies were some of the BEST ever. I wish I could remember the name of the vendor so I could order myself some!

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Gordon’s Wine Bar

After a long day of walking around, we wanted to relax, unwind and enjoy happy hour. Gordon’s Wine Bar was a recommendation from our Small Car, Big City tour guide. We tried to come here the day before, but it was completely packed with locals enjoying happy hour after work so we came back earlier the next night to get a table. It’s a long patio next to a beautiful park that’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. For 2 hours, we just sat, enjoyed a bottle of wine and a cheese plate and talked and people watched.

Selfridge’s

We heard that Selfridge’s has the world’s most extensive collection of chocolate bars in their food hall so we went to check it out. I wasn’t in the mood for chocolate after I saw a macaron stand in there. L’Amandier has a selection of macarons to choose from so we picked up 3. I don’t remember the flavors we got and while they were macarons to eat and I liked them, they didn’t compare to the ones we picked up at the market earlier in the day.

Etna Coffee

We wanted a quick snack on our last afternoon there so we could get out of the cold, rain for awhile and came across this small coffee shop near Buckingham Palace. Once we saw on Tripadvisor that they have arancini, we were sold. While we were in Italy last fall, we discovered arancini and it is amazing. It’s risotto with cheese and whatever else you want in it like pesto, vegetables or marinara sauce and then it’s fried. We had a spinach and cheese and also an eggplant and cheese arancini. I know they don’t look really good but you have to try them to understand how good they can be. They didn’t compare to the ones we had in Italy but they hit the spot for a quick snack.

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BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

I found this tour a few weeks before we left and I thought it would be a fun way to see London. We drove around in a vintage double decker bus and got to see all of the major tourist attractions while enjoying tea. This was on the last day of our trip so by this point we had seen mostly everything in town. There isn’t much of a “tour” aspect to this since the waitresses on board don’t tell much about what you’re driving past and you don’t make any stops on the tour. The food was ok. I enjoyed most of the sandwiches including a turkey sandwich, cucumber one and a salmon one. Most of the desserts had a filling in them which neither myself or husband are fans of. But at least there was a macaron to finish it off! If you’re looking for a fun way to drive past the sites in town, then I recommend doing this tour. I think it’d be a fun thing to do with girlfriends.

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Vinoteca

Since we had success the day before at Gordon’s, we wanted to find another wine bar to relax at again the next night. Vinoteca was a choice my husband stumbled across so we went there to enjoy some appetizers and a bottle of wine. Since I loved the cheese plate the night before, we ordered another one here. They also had arancini as a night special so we, of course, ordered a plate.  I can’t remember much about the cheese plate or the arancini so that tells me that I must not have liked them. Either way, it was a nice little spot to enjoy some down time.

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Patty & Bun

After Vinoteca we were still a little bit hungry and I was craving good burger. Husband came to the rescue again when he found Patty & Bun. They have 2 locations and we went to the one on James Street. It’s super small with seating for only about 2 dozen people. We had to wait outside and were told it was a 45 minute wait. Luckily you can get a table faster as a party of 2 so we only waited about 15 minutes. Since it was 9:30 pm, neither of us wanted to eat an entire burger by ourselves so we split a Lambshank burger and an order of fries. The burger was the best one that I have ever had! I wish that I could recreate it and eat it all the time! Highly recumbent finding one of its locations and grabbing a bite to eat.

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The Booking Office – Renaissance St. Pancras

Every morning we opted to eat breakfast at our hotel since it was included as a part of the hotel rewards program we belong to. I love eating breakfast out but I wasn’t in the mood to try to find a new bakery or restaurant every morning to eat at because, to me, pretty much all breakfast food is the same and you really can’t mess it up. It was a really nice buffet that had lots to choose from. Each morning my eyes were bigger than my stomach and I always took more than I could eat. I love how European breakfasts have a cheese and meat selection with it. Cheese is one of my favorite food groups in Europe because it’s so fresh there! I also loved eating english muffins every morning. They’re not as a crumbly like they are in the US. And, no morning was complete without hot tea. I always drink green tea in the morning but I had English Breakfast tea each day and I really liked it.What We Ate In London What We Ate In London

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So there’s all the places we ate! I’m really hungry now just remembering all the places we ate. My best advice when eating while traveling is to turn to Tripadvisor. Read the reviews, look at the pictures and the menu before going to see if it’s what you’d like. We’ve never really eaten anywhere super bad on vacation and I think it’s through the help of Tripadvisor that we’ve been able to know what we’re eating and if we’ll like it before we get there.

QUESTION // What’s the best food you’ve ever had on vacation?

London :: Day 4

A foggy day in London town….You’ve heard Michael Buble sing this song, right? Well, this song perfectly described the weather on our last day in London. Cold, foggy and downright dreary. Despite having some yucky weather, we didn’t let that get our spirits down on our last day of exploring the city.

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Per usual, we hopped on the tube along with the locals and headed down to Hyde Park. I wish the weather had cooperated a little bit better because I would have loved to explore more of it. From what we saw though, it was beautiful with tons of trees and green space. It reminded me a lot of Central Park.

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We had tickets to go into Kensington Palace and I was so excited to see it. I’ve always loved Princess Diana and I just love Prince William and Princess Kate so it was neat to see the place that they call home. Seeing the Queen and King’s apartments and knowing that tons of royalty have lived in this very space was interesting. All of the paintings, sculptures and woodwork in there are absolutely stunning and after how many years they’ve been there that’s pretty amazing what tip top shape they’re in!

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At Kensington Palace, there was also an exhibit featuring the Queen’s fashion through the years. Since I have a passion for fashion, I loved getting to see some of the dresses and suits worn throughout the years. I particularly loved the dresses of Princess Diana that were showcased. I noticed many of her dresses from photos that I’ve seen of her and loved getting to see them up close.

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After a cold, wet morning walking around Hyde Park, we headed over to Buckingham Palace to get a quick look of it. I was in awe of how huge it was and can only imagine the crowds that waited outside after Prince William and Princess Kate got married and made their first appearance on that famous balcony. I wish we could have gone on a tour of it, but it’s only open for tours one month out of the year in July. The flag was flying high which meant the Queen was in. I was secretly hoping I could catch a glimpse of her in a window but I’m sure the Queen has better things to do than people watch a bunch of tourists outside her castle.

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Since it was such a cold and rainy day, I was really looking forward to our afternoon tea that day! We went on an afternoon tea bus tour that took you all around the city for an hour and a half. We rode in a vintage double decker bus and had finger sandwiches, pastries and tea of course. Since it was our last day in London, at that point we had already seen most of the major sites they took us past. While this wasn’t the best tour we’ve ever been on, it was nice for us to relax our tired feet and dry off from the rain.

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London :: Day 4London :: Day 4Since we had seen most of what we wanted to see in the city center of London, we decided to venture a little bit outside of the city and visit the 2012 Olympic Park. There’s a huge shopping center and multiple hotels when you first get off at the train station. It connects directly to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is absolutely massive! We only walked around a tiny bit of it before heading back but I can only imagine how many people were there and what the energy was like during the Olympics. I officially decided that I’m adding going to the Olympics one day to my travel wish list. Seeing all of these stadiums in person was pretty cool and I would love to get to see some of the best athletes in the world compete.

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London :: Day 4 London :: Day 4And to end our busy day, we wined down at a local wine bar and then headed out for burgers to end our night in London. I have a whole post planned for all of the great food we ate while we were there so that will be coming your way in a few weeks!

We had a great time in London but we still had a few days left of vacation after this. The next 3 days we spent in Paris and we did some pretty awesome things while we were there too!

London :: Day 3

I have to admit, by the time day 3 of our vaycay rolled around, I was pretty tired. Jetlag was really kicking both my husband and I big time this trip. While we love going on vacation to new destinations, I’ve realized there are 2 types of trips : relaxing ones and educational ones. We call our trips to Europe educational because we’re on our feet all day long visiting sites and trying to soak up as much in as we can in a short amount of time. Relaxing ones are when we travel to Mexico, Caribbean or another warm destination and the only thing on our to-do list is to lay in the sun. During this trip we walked 10-13 miles each day and pair that with the 6 hour time difference which means we were tired all the time! No complaints though. I feel pretty lucky that my husband and I are able to travel the world right now.

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

I digress though. Thursday was our 3rd day in London and we had a full day ahead of us! We headed down to St. Paul’s Cathedral bright and early. My husband and I have both developed an appreciation and fascination with the architecture and history in cathedrals in Europe. St. Paul’s is stunning inside with some of the most beautiful stained glass. This cathedral is actually where Princess Diana and Prince Charles married back in the 80s. It’s a massive church with a poetry area, a crypt in the basement with tons of tombs and the whispering wall.

London :: Day 3

 

London :: Day 3The cathedral also has a whispering gallery which is 500 steps up in the dome of the cathedral. Two people can stand on opposite sides of the dome and if you lean in far enough and whisper something, the person on the other side can see. Pretty cool if you ask me!

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

We also decided to take the steps all the way up to the top. The stairs to get up to it are teeny, tiny and are open stairs so you can see all the way down. Enter my fear of heights and I was completely panicking as we walked up to the top. Once we got up there though, it was a beautiful (and windy) view of the entire city.

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London :: Day 3Afterwards we headed over to the Borough Market to walk around and get something to eat. The market is basically the best farmer’s market you can ever imagine. Cheese, bread, sandwiches, gelato-you name it, they have it here and it all smells so good!

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In the afternoon we headed over to the Tower of London for a tour with a beefeater. The beefeaters actually live in the tower with their families and they’re the protectors of the Queen. It was really neat to see and hear the story of the tower and view canons and armors up close. The Queen’s crown jewels are also kept here and boy are they stunning! One of her scepters has a 400 carat diamond in it. Talk about sparkle and shine!

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To wind down from a long day of walking, we headed to a cute little wine bar where we had a cheese plate which have become my new obsession. We loved people watching here.

London :: Day 3

London :: Day 3

Later in the evening, we headed over to Harrod’s because a girl needs to shop! I was actually really overwhelmed with how huge the store is! If you want something, they have it there. Every designer is there and they have the most amazing food hall. We also made a quick stop at Selfridge’s on the way back to our hotel because they had a macaron counter we wanted to try. If I could go back to London, I would just want to shop all day long in these stores because there’s so much to see, and try on.

London :: Day 3