The best day in London!

So back in September it was my 21st birthday, Me and Ciaran went to London for the day and we had so much fun. We got the train early morning it only took us 1hr20 so we literally had the whole day there.

Firstly we went to Oxford Street had a look around the Primark there was HUGE! every girls dream but I didnt want to shop I wanted to sightsee all day so we went to find harrods. I had never been to harrods before and I just wanted to say I’ve been, it was nice to have a walk round and not everything in there is expensive, it is a really big store and can be a bit confusing while walking around.

We then on the tube to find the the London Eye, we had always wanted to go on it so when we got the chance we were so excited! It was one of the best experiences of my life the views were absolutely beautiful and it was so nice to be doing all of this alongside my best friend. It took us about 40 mins to go round and we did it just in time as when we got off it poured it down with rain and went dark and cloudy.

We decided to walk to Buckingham Palace and on the way we walked past Big Ben and were lucky enough to hear it chime. When we got to the Palace there wasnt many people around which was nice as we could go right up to the gates.  One of my favourite places in London is Covent Garden, the shops are lovely and there are so many lovely places to eat, we went to a gorgeous steak house the food was amazing.

I really love London and we had such an amazing day together, our feet were killing by the time we got back on the train to go home, but it was one of the best days ever.

img_0661

img_0666img_0693img_0712

Have you been to London? Wheres your favourite place?

Speak soon

Em xx

Mexico!

Hi everyone!

I’ve decided to write another travel blog, as I am really missing the sunshine and feeling tanned, I love the winter when its crisp fresh days, and Christmas time, but other than that there isn’t much to love about winter is there?

Last January we went to Mexico for two weeks, we flew on the Thomson Dreamliner and we had upgraded to premium economy and were so excited to see what it was all about! Because we had booked premium seats we got the lounge at Birmingham airport included and this really was a treat, you get all food and drinks included, it was a really nice way to start your holiday.

The one thing we liked about flying premium was that you didn’t have to wait around to ge on the plane as we were the first people to board. The second thing was when we arrived in Mexico the airport is so busy but we had our own lane which made it so much easier. This was also a bonus for on the way home as the had two flights home in one que line which would of taken forever.

The flight was nice we had booked the very front seats so we had extra leg room, as Ciaran is tall he found this very comfortable. The food was ok however they didn’t bring round drinks often and we  only had one meal in a 10 hour 45 min flight, so by the time we arrived we were starving! The cabin crew really weren’t great on this flight and I did complain when I got home, because on the way home the cabin crew were constantly round with drinks and that was a night flight.

Once we landed we were going to Riviera Maya, our hotel was El Dorado Seaside Suites the transfer was about 2 hours long as we had to drop other people off but it wasn’t too bad, once we arrived at our hotel we were greeted with fresh drinks and a hot towel which was a really nice touch.

The hotel itself was nice it was very clean the rooms were huge it had a jacuzzi next to the bed and we had a personal concierge to help us with any questions we had, the room service was also free which was a bonus! The hotel had a manmade beach which had a lot of seaweed but the staff were constantly trying to clean it. The sea was also full of rocks and I dont mean little stones you would walk about and bang you leg on them or swim and bash your knee, painful! The pools were nice, the one we used most of the time had double beds around it and there were only 8 so the pool was never busy, the bar staff were great constantly giving you drinks and they had swings to sit on which was nice in the shade to chill and have a drink.

There were a few different restaurants they were –

  • Mexican (obviously)
  • Seafood
  • Asian
  • Italian
  • Buffett
  • BBQ
  • Pub (our fave!!)
  • Outdoor terrace

The food places were mainly sit down restaurants where you ordered like normal however because you’re all inclusive you don’t have to pay. We really loved the outdoor terrace for breakfast it was a buffett which was just off the beach so the view was beautiful, the waiters brought round fresh orange juice and it was amazing. For lunch we usually went to the BBQ the food was lovely big juicy burgers, fresh salad, just what you want on holiday. Dinner time we tried most of the restaurants but we kept going back to the pub as it had the most variety and the biggest portions, when we went to the Italian we ordered ravioli and we had 4 pieces very small portions which we heard others complain about, even though there wasn’t a limit on how much you could order. They did advise you to book them but we would turn up and usually be seated within 20 minutes so there wasn’t much waiting around.

A few times we went to Playa De Carmen which was the town it had lovely shops and restaurants, and the beach there had beautiful white sands and the sea was lovely. One of my favourite days was Xcaret! You got to swim through caves, snorkle, bathe in natural pools, see different animals it was amazing and you got a full 12 hours there, I wouldn’t hesitate to go it is a definite must. We also went to Tulum where the Mayan ruins were, this day was so hot and we went early so I really would recommend either early morning or late afternoon as the que was huge as we left at lunchtime at the heat was unbearable we were searching for shade.

Overall we did have a wonderful time in Mexico and I dont want to end this post on a downer however I will always be honest with you. The hotel was an adult only hotel and we did expect it to be amazing however the Jacuzzi tiles were all falling off, there was a lot of building work and rubbish thrown on the sides of the paths which made the place look untidy. Also there was a whole different section of the hotel which we had access too that we hadn’t been told about which we found on the last day , it had a Starbucks and a infinity pool, a bar, such a shame we never knew about it. Also some of the people I went with got food poisoning as the chicken was raw and you couldn’t tell as most of the meats were smothered in a sauce and we found out too late unfortunately and this made two people severely ill which ruined part of the holiday! Riviera Maya is nice but you cant go off the complex unless you get a local bus or a taxi the busses are a lot cheaper so would recommend getting them however you do have to run across the main roads so be careful.

We do really want to go back to Mexico but we want to go to Cancun and see that part and discover more, so please don’t let the last paragraph put you off Mexico or the hotel we stayed in unfortunately these things happen, we still had an amazing time.

Have you been to Mexico? Let me know!

Speak soon

Em xx

img_1318img_1359img_1491img_6455img_6433img_1461

Disney World Orlando

October 2016 we went to Florida for my 21st Birthday and of course it was magical. I think you can go to Disney world whatever age you are and still feel that excited feeling in your tummy, I love when you walk in you’re faced with the castle and that in itself is just breathtaking.

14980582_10153960130055808_7079127171136597115_n

We stayed at Saratoga Springs on Disney itself and we had a treehouse which was a completely different experience but nether the less an extremely pleasant one. There was six of us all together we went to all the parks and I have to say Magic Kindgom always come first, it just has such a lovely atmosphere and its were you see most of the characters, even though there are not many thrill rides here I still enjoy going on the little rides.

We all went to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which are more aimed at our age range. I really love all the rides as they have more thrill rides such as the Hulk rollercoaster which is one of my favourites and of course its home to Harry Potter World!! I have been to Hogsmeade before but this time we got to go to Diagon Alley and oh wow it was just so exciting it felt so real! It was lovely to walk around all the shops such as Olivanders, the Joke shop and go into Gringotts bank.

I would go back to Orlando in a heartbeat I just absolutely love it there and really don’t have a bad word to say about it! We all had so much fun and it made my 21st birthday one to remember!

If your going to Disney let me know!

Love Em x

OUR NEW YORK ADVENTURE!

I have recently returned from New York it was my first time to this beautiful city and words just can’t describe how much I loved it! We booked to go to New York for Ciarans 21st birthday (hes my boyfriend you’ll hear me mention his name a lot) so on the 12th January we headed to Heathrow and flew to New York for a week away together and we were both so excited!
When we arrived in New York we couldn’t wait to get to the hotel, drop off our bags and head to Times Square, our hotel was right next to it on 47th street. We stayed at the Edison which was a smaller hotel than some of them, however it was lovely and a great location if you don’t mind being in the hustle and bustle, as it can be a bit noisy.
Im not going to write about everything we did because quite frankly I would be here all night as there is just so much to talk about, but I’m going to tell you about a few of our favourite things we did –
The Top of the Rock views were breathtaking, this was one of our favourite places throughout the whole trip. You can go to the top day or night, we chose the daytime and it was just wonderful you could see all over Manhattan.
Central Park was beautiful even in the winter, we were so lucky that it snowed when we were there, it made it looked even more magical than I thought it already was. I would recommend the horse and carriage ride, the tour guide tells you lots of information which you wouldn’t know from just walking around. Also it was nice to sit down and take in the views, also I found it quite a romantic sightseeing experience.
The Empire State building at night time was the perfect view of the beautiful city lit up. We went to the 102nd floor which is so overwhelming but honestly you have to go up there. | would really recommend doing one of the Empire State and Top of the Rock at night and one in the day then you get the best of both worlds.
9/11 Memorial was a very emotional place, the fountains are huge and give you a real sense of just how big those buildings were. It was lovely to see that they had built something in memory of the buildings and the people who had lost their lives, however words cant describe how you feel when you’re reading the names engraved. Your heart is filled with sadness and pride all at the same time, the same emotion comes over you when you are visiting the museum which is full of stories from survivors, personal belongings and objects from the day.
The statue of Liberty we saw from the cruise around Manhattan which I would recommend to do as you see so much more than just the statue, however as you can imagine in January it was freezing, this was a 2.5 hours trip which we really enjoyed.
So heres my checklist for things you HAVE to do New York –
  • Top of the Rock
  • Empire State building
  • 9/11 memorial
  • Statue of liberty
  • Central Park
  • Broadway
  • Times Square
img_292515977966_10154154350440808_1476205221460355219_n
                     I really hope you enjoyed my first ever blog post!
                                        Love Em x