I’ve been trying to think of a new topic to post about for a while (don’t worry, a Foodiaries post is in the works too), but we have really just been settling into London life and I figured it wasn’t the most exciting thing to write about, or read. But then I figured, before I moved over here I really enjoyed readying fellow expats’ blogs about their experiences moving overseas and I got a lot out of them. They made me feel a lot more prepared (we all know I’m a planner) and comfortable with what was to come. So, I thought I would share my experiences with settling into London life – including the absolute hell of opening a bank account and the black stuff you get in your nose after being in the tube all day. Continue reading “London – Home Truths”
If that title doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will.
I’ve been lucky enough to celebrate my birthday over the past two weekends. Last weekend Jeremy surprised me with a trip to Brussels, Belgium (a weekend centred around food – right up my alley).
We set off on a four-hour chocolate tour (including a workshop) of Brussels after checking into our hotel. It was a pretty grey and drizzly day, but it was actually really fun running along the cobblestone streets and ducking in and out of cozy little chocolate boutiques. The chocolate was unbelievable and we tried truffles infused with basil, earl grey tea, nutella, rose champagne and violet – just to name a few! Continue reading “Birthday, feat. Belgium, Beers, Basil, Blooms & Bikkies”
As some of you know, a few weeks ago we headed to Wales for a few days to have a weekend away with friends. We stayed in Haverfordwest, a little town in Pembrokeshire close to the coast and about two hours drive from Cardiff. Wales is fairly cheap to travel to from London via train, however a slight mishap meant that we missed our connecting train from Swansea to Haverfordwest. Note to self – don’t book trains when you only have a 9 minute window to spare between your connections. Continue reading “A Weekend In Wales”
London life has been a mixed bag of markets, museums and meetings over the past month or so. We have been back from our trip for about four weeks now and I’m starting to feel pretty settled into our new home. The past four weeks have flown by, and I was scrolling through my camera roll the other day and realised we have actually achieved and seen a lot in those 28 or so days. I’m sitting here with my coffee on a rainy London morning and thought I would jot it all down for you. So grab one yourself (or maybe a wine considering the time difference?) and enjoy… Continue reading “Lately, In London”
From Pisa, we set off for Cinque Terre. We stayed in La Spezia and made our way via train to the five small towns along the coast. We did a mixture of walking and using the train to hop from town to town, stopping in Vernazza for lunch and Monterosso for the most delicious fresh strawberry daiquiris, a swim, dinner and gelato. Continue reading “Top Deck – Cinque Terre, Verona & Venice”
After our travels through Assisi and Siena, we made our way to one of the destinations our group was looking forward to most – Florence. With three birthdays in the group to celebrate, it was sure to be a big couple of nights.
We took a short walking tour on our first morning and then set off to explore the city. Florence is a very wealthy, opulent city – pretty obvious from the numerous gold shops and high end fashion boutiques. Still, it had great shopping (even for my budget) so we spent the morning wandering around the shopping district. The afternoon was spent sweating in a laundromat, washing all of our clothes from the trip so far. Not quite the glamorous side of Florence, but it had to be done.
The birthplace and home of Saint Francis of Assisi was a beautiful city, fully enclosed in medieval walls with gates that still shut at night to protect the town within. Fully surrounded by olive trees, there are 10 olive trees to every citizen of Assisi (which is a lot). The town was immaculate – I didn’t see a piece of rubbish anywhere and it was obvious that the residents were totally dedicated to preserving this city. Continue reading “Top Deck – Cities Of Saints (Assisi & Siena)”