My Week #64 – Another Adventure

*Two peas in a pod *Hello October

*Tampopo meal *My presents from Topher

So last week I started thinking about mini holidays for Topher and I to go on next year.

We’ve already got Jordan on the agenda but for way longer than 3 days! Plus Emma will be coming for her first visit so really looking forward to that. After writing about European destinations I had in mind, they were my first port of call.

My only obligations were that I have to stick to school holidays and we have to fly with EasyJet. I’ve been saving nectar points for years and found out that after the 13th October 2017, you won’t be able to spend them with EasyJet anymore. Worry not as you can still use them with other flight brands like Expedia but I had my eyes on EasyJet so I started looking.

Now I can only blame my friends Claire and Steve (and my own addiction) for what comes next but at the time, they were on a break in Disneyland Paris. So after finding holidays to my chosen destinations were more costly than I thought they were, I just thought out of curiosity to just see how much a trip to DLP would cost. And guys, it was a whole lot cheaper than I thought it would be. In fact, it was only a little bit more expensive than the other destinations I looked at. So…

Topher and I are going to Disneyland Paris in February 2018!

I am beyond excited. As much as I wanted to go somewhere new in 2018, I don’t care. This trip is actually affordable for us and we get to stay onsite for the very first time in both our lives. My Disney bug has truly reawakened and I can’t help but start researching the trip already. That and fall headfirst into Disney hauls on Youtube – don’t fall down that black hole unless you have a serious amount of time on your hands! So yeah, all pretty exciting!

In other news, not much else going on

Topher and I went to a blog dinner at Tampopo which I’ll be blogging about next month (my content calendar is chock full of honeymoon stuff!) and I now want Pad Thai. Other adventures included me getting a free half hour session at the gym with a trainer and not being able to walk for two days after. Legitimately unfit over here! Luckily when I go to the gym by myself I seem to be doing a good enough job that I have that slight sore feeling the next day so here’s hoping I can keep it up because I already got a load of gym gear.

In terms of work my schedule is pretty open so if anyone needs a VA or social media training, take a look at my hire me page and see how I can help you and your blog and/or business.

And finally, I have started collecting Tsum tsums!

Thanks to my lovely husband who got me my first two – Pascal and Carl. Topher actually told me that he bought some Magic Cards for himself and to keep an eye out for them in the post as I work from home. So when they arrived, I called him like he wanted and as it turns out, they weren’t magic cards but presents for me! The two tsum tsums and a plush of the owl from Sleeping Beauty that I picked up and put back in the Times Square Disney Store.  This was yesterday and I was having a crappy day so it was so nice and cheered me up. I knew I kept him around for a reason!

Also, finally gone through our wedding photos and just had to share this graphic combo I made of some silly photos of me taken by our photographer. Definitely not a normal bride but it made us laugh!

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San Francisco Honeymoon Travel Diary

Our flight to San Francisco landed early afternoon on Day 3 of our trip.

We hopped on the BART train into the city as the airport is no where near the city and we were met with this:

San Francisco - fog

It still the outskirts but my oh my was there a lot of fog. I was expecting fog but it doesn’t look particularly pretty does it? We also didn’t have a good time getting to our hotel. There were hills of course and hobos a plenty. It seems like San Francisco is one of those cities where you can easily walk through good and bad streets very quickly. But not letting this deter us, we checked into our hotel and headed out.

San Francisco - hotel

We figured we’d start with an uber touristy afternoon and catch a cable car on Powell Street up(or down?) to Fisherman’s Wharf. The sun had reappeared by this point and though we were tired, it was pretty exciting. We purchased a 3 day Visitors transport Pass each that would give us access to the cable cars and buses and we were off. It was a bit of a wait for a cable car but we finally got on one that had space.

San Francisco - powell street

Despite dreaming of hanging off the side of a cable car, Topher didn’t want to do it at this point so I happily obliged!

San Francisco - diane trolley

Fisherman’s Wharf was as expected, rather busy and full of tourists but we had a great time. After food we wandered around the shops and found it a whole lot more pleasant than we found Times Square in New York. At least the shops seemed a bit different than the usual chains. I’m sure these were chains too but they were a bit more out of the ordinary for us.

San Francisco - fishermans wharf

We had originally wanted to go up Coit Tower (pictured below) but decided against it due to the fog. I’m glad we did otherwise we would have been shattered!

San Francisco - coit tower

We also decided to just look at Pier 39 from afar as I’m sure you can see the big crowd there. We were just across the way and could see and hear all the sea lions! On sunny days it gets packed apparently.

San Francisco - pier 39

You may scoff but we decided not to do Alcatraz. I did ask Topher if he was interested and he wasn’t. I wasn’t really either so we went to the Disney Family Museum instead. I was happy enough to just get a photo of it. If you do plan on touring Alcatraz, be sure to book far in advance as you can’t just walk up on the day.

San Francisco - alcatraz

Our final stop of the afternoon – evening at this point was Ghirardelli Square, home of the famous chocolate headquarters (at least until the 60s when they moved and the square was made into a historical landmark). We nipped into the shop and I got myself a pumpkin spice flavour hot cocoa. Nom. It was getting quite cold at this point so the hot drink was definitely appreciated.

San Francisco - ghirardelli square

After waiting in the cold for ages for a cable car, we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.

Day 4

We headed out early in search of pastries on our way to the Disney Family Museum. Aren’t the houses so pretty?

San Francisco - architecture

The Walt Disney Family Museum was opened in 2009 by his daughter, Diane Disney Miller and is all about the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Being a massive Disney fan, I had to give it a visit.

San Francisco - disney family museum

I had an amazing time wandering round and reading everything. I know it’s silly but it was kind of emotional – it’s crazy to think that a man who failed so many times just kept going and achieved everything he did.

San Francisco - disneyland model

This may be a bit random but I loved it and it was new information to me. During the 30s and 40s, Walt wore hats but in the 1940s he started wearing his hats in a very careless manner. His wife Lily hated them and after a bull fight in Mexico, tried to toss his hat into the ring. Walt managed to grab it before she could and as a birthday present, he had the hat bronzed into the shape of a heart and filled with her favourite flowers!

San Francisco - walts hat

After the museum, we walked up to the Golden Gate bridge which luckily despite the fog, we could just about see.

San Francisco - golden gate bridge

San Francisco - topher & diane

Then it was a bus towards Lombard Street, the bendiest, twistiest road ever! Lombard Street is actually a super long street, the bendy part is just one small bit. We jumped off the bus as close as we could and hiked up this huge hill to get there.

San Francisco - road to lombard

Since we were so tired, we didn’t walk down Lombard Street – Topher just stood on a wall to get this shot!

San Francisco - lombard street

After lunch we walked through Chinatown which is the biggest one outside of China itself.

San Francisco - chinese lanterns

San Francisco - cable car

I especially loved all the street art we saw.

San Francisco - chinatown

San Francisco - chinatown street art

San Francisco - chinatown gate

san francisco - transamerica building

Finally, we popped back to the hotel for a much needed rest before heading out for dinner in the evening. Topher finally got the courage to hang off the side of a cable car!

san francisco - topher trolley

After dinner we walked to the Ferry Building Market Place for dessert.

San Francisco - night time

Pretty!

San Francisco - ferry building market place

Day 5

We caught a bus to the Mission District for breakfast and saw even more street art.

San Francisco - mission district

Then it was another bus to the Golden Gate Park for our Segway tour with Golden Gate Park Segway Tours!

San Francisco - japanese gardens

I was really looking forward to this as I’ve always wanted to ride a segway. I didn’t realise that it’s all quite techy and you don’t so much as drive the thing as it actually reacts to your body. You lean forward and it goes forward, you lean to the side and it goes to the side. It’s like an extension of your body. I was worried about falling off but it turns out that it’s really hard to – you only do if you bump into something so it’s very important to have your own “bubble”.

All the segways were named and this was mine!

San Francisco - segual healing

The first couple of minutes were so weird but after that it was so easy. Topher and I had a blast. He actually said he didn’t want to walk ever again!

San Francisco - segway

Our tour guide was awesome too. He was a native from the Netherlands and came over to San Francisco the year before the Summer of Love when he was 17. He played in a band which opened for the Grateful Dead one time too! On the tour we not only whizzed around but we learned a bunch of history about the place as well. Like I had no idea that the Golden Gate Park is manmade. It’s actually built on top of sand!

San Francisco - conservatory of flowers

Hippy Hill – They were having a free opera concert there that day.

San Francisco - hippy hill

Tired out and slightly sunburned from the unexpected weather, we headed for lunch and a wander around the Hippy Haight District.

San Francisco - hippy street

San Francisco - haight district

We finished off our day at the Painted Ladies as what’s a trip to San Francisco without seeing them?

San Francisco - painted ladies

Day 6 was our last morning in San Francisco and that was spent at the Color Factory which I’m doing a stand alone post on next week so stay tuned.

The next post will be what we ate in San Francisco.

Check out my other US Honeymoon Adventures:

New York City Honeymoon Travel Diary

New York Food – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

San Francisco – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

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My Week #61 – Camping & Cats

*Wifefest *Fish and Chips *Pickles *Working hard

Did not do too much at all this week

The one cool thing was that Topher and I attended the wedding of one of my Freelance Folk friends, Michelle. It was festival themed and called Wifefest. We had such a great time! It was in a barn and there were games and irish dancing and a fish and chip van. Topher and I even stayed overnight in a tent. I’m not much of a camping person (like not at all!) but we survived the night and it was actually pretty fun. Afterwards we headed to a pub near our house for a Sunday lunch and then went to the cinema in the evening. I’ve now seen The Dark Tower and Girls Trip. Both really good.

I put on another 2 pounds at Slimming World

I’ve kinda lost the plot a bit. My focus is completely gone. But I haven’t lost hope. I think I just need to take a bit of time and get the honeymoon out of the way. Once that’s done I can climb aboard the wagon again. One of the Slimming World ladies pointed out to me that once I get back it will be about 14 weeks until Christmas so if I lost a pound a week that’s a stone. Until I get back I’m not going to beat myself up over it. In other news I really seem to have gotten my shopping bug back. And I blame this bag.

my week - bag It’s from Primark and it was all sold out but I managed to find one on eBay. Of course it was more expensive but I just really wanted it! I expect I would have paid that much anyway at another high street store so it doesn’t really bother me. Can’t wait to skip down Main Street with it. Less than 2 weeks to go!

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Linkorama #7

So this post is a little late but I couldn’t help but be glued to the US Election. Daaaaamn. That’s all I can say. That and maybe I booked my honeymoon flights to the USA a little soon! Have to joke otherwise what else is there?

Anyway, distractions!

Here is a girl with lovely hair. These are my hair goals right here.

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Words that are very true.

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The prettiest of the pretty kitchens

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Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, Canada – This place looks like a total dreamland!

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And in other news:

Disney World GuideHalloween at DisneyEating at EpcotDisney for Adults – Wish Wish Wish

Carrie’s whole series on Disney World made me impatient to get back to the happiest place on earth. These were just my favourites.

More than 50 yummy Grilled Cheese recipes! – Love Bakes Good Cakes

I’m just salivating reading just the title of this post. So many good ideas. I particularly want the steak one in my face immediately.

20 Self Improvements that will change your life – Breath of Optimism

You can say a lot of these are obvious but imagine if you could get all of them down!

Woman Adopts Earless And Deaf Senior Cat Everybody Ignored, And Later He Saves Her – BoredPanda

Seriously cried all the tears reading this. Isn’t the world awesome sometimes? One day I’ll do the same thing.

21 Funny Harry Potter Tumblr Posts To Make You Feel Better – Buzzfeed

I thought this would be full of all the Harry Potter tumblr posts I’ve seen before but I’m glad I clicked. I was totally wrong and I laughed my ass off!

Just Love and Hope – Nomad Seeks Home

I don’t normally include my own posts in this serious but I wrote this after Brexit and thought the basic message of it applies today as well. I really hope that hate crimes don’t rise in America like they did over here. Let’s all stick together however our opinions may differ. We’re all humans after all.

 

 

 

 

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#BEDM Day 17: Travel

Since I was a baby, travel has been a huge part of my life. Having visited over 30 countries and lived in 4, it’s safe to say I’ve always had the travel bug. Though it’s been a few years since I’ve been anywhere new, I have a few places on my bucket list that I hope one day I can visit.

1. Tokyo, Japan

A few years ago I was supposed to go with my family but literally the week before we bought our tickets, the huge earthquake and tsunami happened. We decided to save it for another time and went to Portugal instead. Since I was little I have always wanted to go to Japan as I love the culture, the food and the general wackiness of it. Hopefully the year that we visit shouldn’t be too far away as I’ve convinced Topher to go. It totally helps that they have a Disney park!

2. Reykjavik, Iceland

This seems to have been a popular choice with people in the last few years with a lot of people I know both online and off paying this city a visit – including my parents. I’m not a massive fan of cold weather but I was won over by the Northern Lights, the lagoon, volcanos and the cute colourful architecture. Fingers crossed we can squeeze this one in before 2020.

3. Oslo, Norway

Another cold weather destination. Topher loves Scandinavia and besides Iceland, this is the only Scandinavian country that I haven’t visited yet. It’s not one I’m in a massive rush to get to (I’ve done zero research into it) but I can’t leave it off my bucket list.

4. New Orleans, USA

There’s a certain fascination I have with New Orleans. I think a big part of it is the architecture, the food and the rich culture of the place. It’s only been on my list for a couple of years but it’s one that I’m desperate to visit. One day!

5. Chicago, USA

I don’t know why this one is on my list as much as the others but it’s definitely one that is here to stay until it gets done. I love city breaks and Chicago looks like a great place that would have lots of things to do. Plus I really want to try a deep dish pizza.

If you want to see more places I want to travel, you should definitely check out my travel Pinterest board. It literally makes me want to pack a suitcase every time I look at it.

What’s on your travel bucket list?

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