A view across the Winnie the Pooh exhibition at the V&A

I was lucky enjoy to be invited to Disney’s preview of the Winnie the Pooh exhibition in London’s Victoria & Albert museum (V&A) on Wednesday, ahead of its official opening on Saturday.

This exhibition was an absolute treat, especially for a life-long Winnie the Pooh fan like me. They had everything from movie props to merchandise, though the clear highlight was the number of original pencil drawings that made it into the books themselves. I loved being able to see these early sketches that I remember so well from my childhood.

The V&A have said they want this to be their most immersive exhibition yet, and I can definitely see why. There are letters falling from the ceiling, huge balloons at the entrance, little holes and slides for children to play, and even a little cinema room where people can lie on the floor to watch the stories unfold on the ceiling.

Watch my video of the experience at the Winnie the Pooh exhibition to find out more:

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Finding the perfect outfit for exploring a new city while travelling is always a struggle. I always look for something that will be comfortable, but is also more interesting than a standard t-shirt or tank top with a trusty pair of shorts. It’s so great to be able to look at a piece of clothing and have it remind you of a specific time and place, and that is exactly what I did in Rome this year.

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On day two in Disneyland, we did almost all of my favourite things. From my favourite stage shows, like Mickey and the Magician, to my number one ride in Disneyland Paris – Crush’s Coaster. It didn’t set out to be a day of the best bits of both the Disneyland Park and the Disney Studios, but it ended up featuring all of my highlights. We even went for our one sit-down meal of the holiday at Annette’s Diner in the Disney Village. I’ll give my full review of the restaurant in this post, but sit back and enjoy the first part of day one first.

What would you most like to see at Disneyland Paris?

 

When I went to DLP back in April, the crowds around parade time were intense. We always got a spot for the parade around an hour before it set off, and there was always pushing and shoving to ensure no-one took away your hard-earned space. In July, it was a different story. I think this is because ‘Disney Stars on Parade’ has been showing for a few more months, but it was brand-new in April. Therefore, waiting for the parade was a much more leisurely experience on this trip.

We followed the endless crowds out of the park after the parade finished. In the Disneyland Park, the parade doesn’t start until 5.30pm, so it makes sense to have an early dinner after the floats have gone past.

After consulting Twitter, we decided to go to Annette’s Diner in the Studios for our only sit-down meal of the trip. Food in the Paris parks is not particularly renowned, unlike the American counterparts. We mostly had a diet of quick service meals, trying to find the best offerings both within the theme parks and in the Disney Village, which is just outside the theme park gates.

We decided to splurge on only one table service meal as the exchange rate is so awful at the moment. An average quick service meal costs around 15 Euros per meal, while table service is around 30 Euros, which is quite a difference. So was Annette’s worth it?

Overall, I would say that it wasn’t. We did it to have a sit down meal and a different experience. However, the food quality was only slightly above a quick service restaurant. The service was also poor, so it didn’t have an exclusive feel. If you are looking for more of an ‘experience’ restaurant, expect to pay over 50 Euros per head for restaurants like Walt’s on Main Street or Captain Jack’s, which overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

We were happy with the price of food and glad that we chose to have one restaurant meal rather than all counter service, but I wouldn’t rush back. Instead, I would prioritise meals at the gorgeous Via Piano, which is just around the corner, and the trustworthy Five Guys.

Take a look at part two and see what you think.

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Is there anything better than a week off work in the summer? Maybe when I get to leave behind the hustle and bustle of London and exchange it for the peace and quiet of home in Shropshire with my family.

This year, we decided to go on a mini break to the Peak District. We stayed in the spa town of Buxton and used it as a base to visit some beautiful towns and villages throughout the National Park. It was a great two days and we discovered some lovely places that I can’t wait to share with you.

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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.

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