I live in London, but it’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday of commuting and visiting favourite places. Before long, you’ll realise that you haven’t been anywhere new in weeks. This is particularly awful in the capital city, where there is so much to see and do. From cobbled side streets to imposing world-wide icons, London has it all. I think it would be impossible to see it all, but I want to make sure that I get to see and enjoy as much of my city as possible.
My parents and sister decided to come down to visit for a few days, which was the perfect excuse to get out and explore more. We walked over 45,000 steps over the three days, so it’s fair to say that we got to see a lot of the city.
Here are some of my highlights.
With a Disney trip, there must come a vlog series.
I am very excited to share the first installment from my trip to Disneyland Paris in April 2017. I’m now an annual pass holder, so you can expect more visits coming over the next twelve months as well.
Now it’s time to watch the vlog, and don’t forget to read on for the behind-the-scenes as well.
The day started with a fair amount of stress as I had to get to St Pancras International train station for 6am, which is more difficult than it sounds when the tube doesn’t start running until 5.30am. I made it with plenty of time, though, and we had a lot of room to spread out in the carriage. International travel via train was even more simple than I anticipated. There was airport-style security at the station, but then we started hurtling through the countryside, stopping a few times in UK stations, then in Calais, and then we changed in Lille. We had an hour to kill here, and then it was onto a slower train to Disneyland Paris itself. The station here is about 50 metres from the security checkpoints to get into the parks, and just across the road from all the bus stops. That meant we could walk straight out of the station and onto our hotel bus. The entire process was smooth and stress-free. I can’t recommend the Eurostar enough.
After the others had freshened up and we had left our bags at the hotel, we headed to the parks. It all got a bit much for me as we walked into Disneyland for the first time. With the music and atmosphere, it felt just like Disney World in Florida. It seemed so weird to be stood there. More than anything, it made me realise how much I miss Magic Kingdom.
Everything was equally overwhelming, but we got to do a few rides and eat a Casey’s Corner hot dog while watching the new Princess Show.
All in all, it was a fantastic first morning and afternoon in Disneyland Paris.
Update: Part 2 is here as well! Take a look:
Whenever I go on holiday, I tend to keep every ticket, scrap of paper, and memento that I can find. Rather than taking pride of place back home, they tend to stay in a pile in a drawer somewhere, to be pulled out every few months and looked through.
I decided that this wasn’t good enough, especially when I had so many maps, stickers, and memories saved from my trip to Florida in October 2016. The mass of paper was being ignored and was taking up a lot of room in my drawer. I decided to fix two problems in one and made the most of these mementos by displaying them permanently in my room.
Here’s how I did it.
I have enjoyed getting to know ‘my’ London so much over the last two years. As much as I love the lights and buzz of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, there are other parts of the city that make this new Londoner feel a lot more at home. Here is my run down of my favourite slightly lesser-known parts of the city, as well as the ones that I want to explore more.
Even though I live here, there is so much to see and do, so why not try something different next time you’re in the capital?
As soon as I stepped through the door of Generator London, tucked away in a residential area only a stone’s throw from King’s Cross, I felt like I’d become a tourist. It’s strange to be surrounded by people exploring my city, but it automatically made me feel excited, remembering all the hostels I’ve stayed in around the world.
Generator isn’t a normal hostel, though. It’s fair to say that it’s a lot more clean, innovative, and pretty than a lot of the places that I have stayed in. With lots of social areas, including a piano for anyone to put on a show, this is a social space for London travellers.
So why was I pretending to be a tourist for the evening? Generator invited a handful of London bloggers to find out about the hostels around Europe, give cocktail making a try, and even flip a few pancakes on camping stoves. It was an unusual evening filled with chats, laughs and stiff drinks. Sounds perfect, right?