Our AirBnB was so cosy and welcoming, We couldn’t have had a better place to stay in Aurland.
Our AirBnB host was called Monica and she was so lovely, really good English, If I remember correctly she was a teacher at school for cultivation. If I am wrong hopefully the girls will correct me if they read this hahaha.
The downstairs was all open once you walked through the porch, a cosy lounge, tv area and a little kitchen with a small log fire and some more seating. There was also a breakfast table by the window so you could enjoy some more amazing breakfast views.
Another great thing about the house? SHE HAD A CAT! It was super cute and made the experience that little bit more unique. She also had a little covered seating area outside the front of the house which was perfect to spend the night sat in chilling.
We arrived quite late in the evening so we had to go out and find some food. They had only a few shops in Aurland as its so small. There was a SPAR of all places so we got most of our food from there for the rest of the week! Before we ventured to SPAR we turned left out of the driveway towards a beach looking area by the house to look at the view!
The water was so clear and you could see the starfish on the seaweed. There were SO many it was amazing. The tops of the mountains were hidden by the clouds so hopefully in the morning we would see them in all their beauty! (We totally did). We continues our walk along the edge of the fjord taking in the scenery and the beauty of Aurlandsfjord. It was really peaceful and serene.
Of back to Monica’s we were ready for some sleep before exploring Aurland & Flam some more!
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So it was my wonderful friend Tasmin’s 22nd birthday and what better way to celebrate when there is only a couple of you in London from uni? The Shard, duh.
I came out of London Bridge station to find The Shard almost instantly to my right. Its an incredibly impressive building.
Naturally there was a security check as we headed inside, Bag checks and all that wonderful and unfortunately necessary business. Then there’s the incredibly fast lift ride up to the 32nd floor!
Once you come out of the lifts you can either head left, to the Oblix Restaurant, or you can head right, to the Hutong Restaurant! Both sounded lovely so we headed into Oblix!
You follow the pathway all the way around to the main restaurant where the view appears and oh my lordy lord is it breathtaking. It overlooks the Thames and London Bridge, It really was wonderful.
I arrived a little earlier than the girls so I chilled for a little bit on my own and ordered myself a £14 cocktail, and once again, it was totally worth the money.
After being sat at this table on my own for a while finishing my drink, the waitress took my drink away and a new one re-appeared and I was awfully confused as I had not ordered another drink. Turns out the two gents to my left had been sat beside me for a while and ordered me a Prosseco, and not the Cheap glass either, so after thanking them profusely, I kindly accepted!
We chatted for a while and then the girls arrived which was even better because we were seated almost immediate after they arrived.
To start we had Octopus! Never eaten Octopus before and I can confirm that it was DELICIOUS. Then for main, Shannon had a CheeseBurger, I had a Pulled Pork Sandwich and Tasmin had Lobster Linguine! And all of them were again, so so delicious!
Mine was very small but it was wonderful, It didn’t taste how I had expected it to taste like your standard pulled pork sandwich it was even better. It was smaller than I had expected being literally the size of my hand, but it was perfect none the less!
It was a really lovely meal, with a couple of prosseco’s to go with it I hope thatTas definitely had a wonderful birthday! And The Shard is a wonderful venue, I can’t wait to go back and try the other venues they have to offer there!
Before meeting the girls at The Shard I had some time to wonder around London!
SO I hopped off the tube a Green Park and sauntered on over to Buckingham Palace!
The walk through Green Park was of course leisurely an calm and the palace itself is incredible. Especially the men out side with the bug guns and hats on.
The palace was very impressive, with its big gates and large statue in front of the palace. Its a very impressive building for a very impressive Queen.
After taking a couple of photos I headed back towards Westminster but I didn’t get back on the tube, I walked it! It really wasn’t far and didn’t take too long, I literally followed Big Ben! I could see him in the distance so that was my point of direction, It took me about 15 minutes to walk!
Once I was there I had Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to enjoy! Of course Big Ben was surrounded by scaffolding which he will be for the next 4 years, But it was still nice to visit an area I had never visited before!
The Parliament building had projections onto the side of the building making it look even more photogenic by the Thames.
Of course in that area was the London Eye a well, but a ride on that is for another time.
Naturally I’ve been incredibly late with my bucket list posts purely because I’ve been to Iceland so apologies!
I am back and I have about 4-5 London Bucket list posts to do for you lot so don’t worry!
So Brad and I headed out on the 5th of November, Bonfire Night, to Wembley!
Just moving to London meant that we weren’t sure what was happening for bonfire night anywhere! But I love fireworks so naturally I wanted to do something.
I was at work on shift until 6pm which is always a nice bonus as I’m always usually working late. The Lobby of the hotel is all glass so I could see a commotion outside and it made me wonder if Wembley Park did its own fireworks!
Lowe and behold, they did!! What could be better than watching fireworks over Wembley Stadium? I actually managed to somehow speak to the organiser of the fireworks which was a nice touch and he confirmed with me that at 7pm there would be SOMETHING which was better than nothing.
So I called my man and he met me in Wembley where we watched the street entertainment that was also there consisting of light up men with drums and their funky dance routines! It was awesome to watch them dance and play back and forth.
I didn’t stray to far from work as We headed up to the 9th floor Sky Bar on the top of the hotel! So up to the 9th floor for the view of the fireworks and the stadium! What could be better!? It really was something lovely, so if you ever find yourself in Wembley on Bonfire Night head to the Hilton!
Now New Years for me this year was nothing shy of awesome which makes a drastic change to my New Years last year which was absolutely horrendous.
New years eve we just stayed in drinking and chilling out at a friends flat in central London which was lovely and relaxing after Brad and I got back from Winter Wonderland (which is written below!), it was also so nice to have New Years of work as typically I was working Christmas Eve, Day and Boxing day.
It was New Years Day that the party really started.
There was an absolutely huge all day rave at Tobacco Docks in London, and I had never been to Tobacco Docks before, so why not?
The Line up was pure Techno and House starting at 12:30pm and ending at 10:30pm, We arrived at about 4pm and what I didn’t realise was the size of the Venue.
Tobacco Docks is unreal. There were 2 floors and at least 3 different rooms all with different types of music. The main room was pure deep techno house, There was a second room just across the way from this room where the music was a lot more upbeat, and then there was The Car Park, because it was quite literally in the car park beneath the venue.
The Car Park was the filthiest room with the best music, it was unbearable warm but with a baseline and music like that, I couldn’t care less.
We ended up leaving at 10, so even though we arrived after the start time I’d say we stuck it out for a pretty decent amount of time.
Plus there is NOTHING better than being wasted on the tube, its like a whole new comical experience. The rest of the evening was spent with more drinks and eventually ending the night at 2am.
I had work the following day and was a shell of a woman I’m sure you can imagine but I would absolutely one hundred percent go back there for another event hands down. You wouldn’t even need to ask me.
New Years Day was spent at Winter Wonderland with my man!
Now they upped the game of Winter Wonderland this year as there was even more security and even more queues to get in. But it was just as wonderful although if you go without booking anything or not really taking any money then its an interesting one.
We didn’t have a game plan, I just knew I wanted Mould Wine and Something festive. So the two of us queued up before being bag searched, and then we were all systems go!
Naturally I was straight for the booze, My wine kept my hands warm as we had a wonder around the entirety of winter wonderland. Because but didn’t actually book anything, nor did we have any change, we couldn’t really go on anything, but the rides all looked awesome and so did all the German sausage stalls, entertainment and the music was so festive!
We sat down in a German Drinking Area and ate some Churros with hot chocolate to dip it into, it was lovely and although by the end of the day I was freezing it was enjoyable.
We watched people Ice skating as we hadn’t booked and It really does make you realise if you don’t book it is very very limited on things to do. Of course there are rides which you don’t have to book for but everything else like Santa’s Grotto and Ice Skating was all pre-booked!
You live and you learn,
Guess that means I’ll have to go again next year! What a Shame!