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Old Spitalfields Market & Brick Lane: London PART 2

Another London ambition fulfilled! The next stop on my London day trip was Old Spitalfields Market. I will admit, this was the first time in the day where I got a little lost. I don’t think I’ve ever walked up and down the same street three or four times in quick succession while holding my iPhone with Google maps open. I found it eventually though.

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Then off to Brick Lane!

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I’ll definitely be going back one day. 
 
Next up, the final part of my London day trip which was Covent Garden and Neal’s Yard.
 
What’s your favourite place in London or if you’ve never been, where would you most like to visit?
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A Day Trip to Leeds

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Topher and I took a day trip to Leeds…in October last year. Yikes! Being a lover of travel, I’ve found that there is a long list of places that I have never visited. And an embarrassing number of them are less than a two hours drive away.

So when I found out Topher was going to a gig in Leeds one weekend I suggested I drive him over and we make a day of it. Then when he goes to his gig I could flee back home. Here’s what we got up to:

We started with brunch at Hepworth’s Deli and Kitchen based on recommendations from ye olde internet. It was about a 10/15 minute wait for a table as it’s a small place and we perused the menu while we waited.

Topher went with the Hepworth’s Breakfast and I went with the buttermilk pancakes. When we went they had some pancakes covered in parkin that they don’t appear to have anymore according to their website.

So of course I chose that. I couldn’t say no to parkin. I think it’s illegal to if you’re from Yorkshire? I kid.

Anyway, it’s been years since I had parkin – reminds me of my grandparents as they used to make it all the time. It came with a salted caramel sauce and cream.

Topher loved his breakfast and my pancakes were tasty. The only downside was that the parkin clusters on top of the pancakes were on the stale side. Maybe that’s why they’re not on the menu anymore? Either way I still covered them in the cream and hoovered them down.

Bellies full we set out to explore the city centre.

First on my agenda (before browsing the indie shop scene) was to have a wander through the many arcades you can find in Leeds. Definitely not many knocking about in Manchester. I only know of one personally (oh and two tiny ones) – how about you? They’re so historic and pretty and I couldn’t help but look up in every single one I went in. Sorry to any locals I almost bumped into!

Then we hit the shops. Damage was done. I would have done a haul post but I got so excited to put everything away in it’s place when I got home that it would be too much work now. Lots of pretty things though – including our COCO canvas you can see in my gallery wall post. I took one photo inside a shop. Here it is.

While we strolled around we kept our eyes peeled for street art as I’m a big fan of it.

So annoyed to see the famous hello street art coned off with loads of building materials in front of it. Lost out on a basic bitch standing in front of a colourful wall shot. Maybe next time…

By this point it was hours later and we were all shopped and walked out. Time for a late lunch. I’d heard good things about Trinity Kitchen (a street food place in the shopping centre that has a mix of your favourites and also some pop up stalls) so we wandered over to see what we could find.

Avoiding anything we could easily get back in Manchester (sorry Pho) we found ourselves drawn to a pop up Cuban place. These loaded fries were out of this world. So good that Topher and I got one each. A pretty rare thing for us as we usually like to get different things and share so we can try lots of things.

Then it was time for me to head home and leave Topher to mosh the night away. We had a great day and would definitely return to Leeds. It was a fun mini adventure!

Have you ever been to Leeds?

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#BEDN Day 2: Travel

#BEDN Day 2: Travel

Travel is a big part of my life and I consider myself very lucky to have visited over 30 countries in my 30 years on this planet. One of the places I’ve visited the most over the years is Amman, Jordan. I’m half Arab and have a rather large family that resides there so every year I go to visit.

This year was a bit different. Topher was doing all the touristy things for the first time (his third trip to Amman itself) and also his sister Emma was coming for the very first time. We had a blast and I wrote about all our touristy travel adventures here:

The Dead Sea

Wadi Rum

Petra

So this is the final instalment of our general wanderings in the city of Amman itself. Jordan may not be at the top of your travel bucket list but it’s definitely somewhere you should consider visiting once in your life.

The Boulevard

Arabs love their shopping malls. So we tend to go to a lot of the ones Amman has to offer. I remember when the first one was built when I was a teen. My cousin and I loved shopping and used to go all the time when I visited. The Boulevard is an outdoor shopping street which is very pretty and always has something going on. Plus this time I noticed loads of street art has popped up since I was last here.

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Taj Mall

This is our local mall and has everything we need including a cinema. How cool is this back to school display?

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Amman Citadel

When you think of the Middle East, you don’t tend to think about the Romans but they were definitely here!

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Somewhere downtown

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Definitely downtown

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I’m seeing more and more tourists in the past few years and it’s pretty cool to see. I don’t tend to venture downtown much as I spend a lot of time with my family but it was nice to have a wander this year.

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The instagrammer in me was very excited to see these colourful steps!

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On our first night we went to a concert in the Roman amphitheatre which was really awesome. Literally sitting in history.

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Next year will be the first year I won’t be able to go so bring on 2020!

Where’s your favourite place to travel?

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Honeymoon Video – A Music Video of our Travels

I finally did it. I finished editing Topher & I’s honeymoon video last night.

I’ve been doing it in bursts over the last 5 months (has it really been 5 months?!) and I just bit the bullet and got the last of it done. It’s long overdue but here it is:

For newer readers – my husband Topher and I got married last July and went on our honeymoon in September. We visited New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and then back to New York again. All in 2 weeks. Yep. A little bit nuts. Topher says I almost killed him with all the walking we did! But he agrees that it was the best holiday ever.

Check out my honeymoon posts:

Part 1: New York

What we ate in New York

Brooklyn Street Art

Part 2: San Francisco

What we ate in San Francisco

Color Factory

Madonna Inn & A Californian Roadtrip

Part 3: Los Angeles 

What we ate in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood

Disneyland California Resort

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Colour Walk Manchester

I’ve always been a fan of colour. A small pleasure I had as a teen was wearing as many colours at once as possible to upset my parents who prefer things to “match”. So earlier this year when I found out about a Facebook group called In Colourful Company, I had to join it.

It’s a group of colour hunters who share their love of anything bright and lovely. One of the best bits of the community is their organised meets around the country to go on “colour walks” which is essentially pretty street art hunting. It’s right up my street so when they came to Manchester I had to go!

It wasn’t hard for everyone to meet at Piccadilly station – we just had to look for the rainbow balloons and the hoards of people dressed brightly.

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Once everyone arrived, we were off!

Colour Walk Manchester - stage and radio

Colour Walk Manchester - ethnic

Colour Walk Manchester - fox

Colour Walk Manchester - old couple

Did anyone else used to watch Danger Mouse as kids? I bloody loved it!

Colour Walk Manchester - danger mouse

We went past a communal garden project so I had to get a couple of snaps of these beauties!

Colour Walk Manchester - dahlia

Colour Walk Manchester - flower

Colour Walk Manchester - miserable bastards

Colour Walk Manchester - mary berry

Colour Walk Manchester - skulls

Colour Walk Manchester - twitter twat

Colour Walk Manchester - bee

Colour Walk Manchester - hope

I loved that there was a nice mix of sprayed art and stencilled posters dotted about. Lots that made me chuckle!

Colour Walk Manchester - shutters

Colour Walk Manchester - yellow

Does anyone else get annoyed when people tag on top of pretty street art? Tagging just ruins it.

Colour Walk Manchester - bear hat

Colour Walk Manchester - colour hunters

I’ve already instagrammed this one below as I thought my freelancer and artist friends would find it amusing!

Colour Walk Manchester - artist wanted

Colour Walk Manchester - girls

I hadn’t been able to get a close look at these murals since they were done in Stevenson Square so it was great to finally get the opportunity – and some photos!

Colour Walk Manchester - stevenson sq

Colour Walk Manchester - peace

Thanks to Nicola for taking this pic of me! I rarely get to take photos of myself these days since I’m always the one behind the camera. How awesome is my red coat btw? It was only £35 at New Look and is proper coat material. It comes in different colours too.

Colour Walk Manchester - i heart mcr

Colour Walk Manchester - stevenson square

It wouldn’t be a Manchester walk without a visit to the Vimto statue!

Colour Walk Manchester - vimto

Colour Walk Manchester - magnet

Colour Walk Manchester - mural

Colour Walk Manchester - afflecks

After all that walking, loads of us were starving so we finally headed to our final stop, Font just off of Oxford Road.

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Font

It’s been years since I went to Font which is funny as I practically lived there as a student. Who could say no to £2 cocktails? And I can’t believe it but you still can get £2 cocktails! Nice to see that inflation hasn’t reached everything.

I had a unicorn juice which was very instagrammable though maybe not the tastiest thing on the menu. The stuff at the bottom was delicious though.

Colour Walk Manchester - unicorn juice

And for food I had short rib poutine fries. Delicious and just what I needed after all the walking

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Overall it was an amazing day and I can’t wait to do another one. Highly recommended!

If you want to see more street art, check out my Manchester Street Art Post and my Nottingham one.

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