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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunny Sundays on Brick Lane

Sunny Sundays on Brick Lane
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
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Besides Camden, Brick Lane is one of my favourite London haunts. Just a stones-throw away from eerily quiet husk of the City, the vibrant and eclectic Brick Lane pulls you into its warm, glowing and chaotic embrace. The Sunday market is truly brilliant. It's a bustling junkyard peppered with street performers, and great food and drink. A perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday with your favourite people

We walked for less than five minutes and spotted tango dancers in the street, a man playing Smells Like Teen Spirit on guitar...with his teeth, and a band rocking out in the back of a parked van.


A perfect afternoon (ok, my perfect afternoon) on Brick Lane would consist of:

  • Sitting in the delightfully twee garden of the Vintage Bean Cafe (Cheshire Street), kicking back with a coffee and some of their amazing cakes
  • Popping a little further along Cheshire Road to Beyond Retro and leafing through the rails of immensely quirky vintage clothes. A personal favourite for old leather satchels
  • Browsing the Brick Lane Bookshop, which is entrenched in history, community, and protest. And we all know I love anything that is born from a huge FU to the establishment
  • Grabbing a salt beef Beigel from Brick Lane Beigel Bake. This is standard - whether you're a well-seasoned visitor or tourist, it's not a Brick Lane visit without one. Beware: the queues are always out of the door and don't expect any seating inside - it's an in-and-out job and best enjoyed sat on a kerb down one of the side streets nearby
  • Head to Rough Trade to peruse the wide variety of vinyl on offer (if you haven't already bankrupted yourself on many of the vinyl stalls on the market), and then a session in the Rough Trade photo booth. If you're sticking around Brick Lane for the evening then they also offer a great variety of live music and entertainment.  









Saturday, 20 May 2017

Rome: a long weekend in the Eternal City

Rome: a long weekend in the Eternal City
Saturday, 20 May 2017
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Rome. The Eternal City. I was utterly bowled over by the architecture, the weather, the handsome Italian men and, of course, the food. 

Being the first time either Mic or I had visited Rome, it was a perfect weekend combination of sight-seeing and kicking back with Aperols and yummy Italian food. I am not ashamed to admit I ate three-cheese pizza (and everything else I could fit in my face) every day whilst basking in the glorious Italian sunshine. 

Tips for Rome:
  • Book a 'hop on, hop off' bus ticket. For the day it costs €19, and allows you to take a guided bus tour around Rome. You can hop on and off at any of the 12 stops and the buses come every 15 minutes. 
  • The Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful, romantic sights I have ever seen (if you can block out the hundreds of tourists who, like you, are trying to get that perfect photo)! Don't forget to throw your penny with your right hand over your left shoulder to ensure your return to Rome! 
  • The gelato is out of this world. 
  • The iced coffee is unlike anything I've ever tasted. I want to bathe in it, like the gluttonous caffeine fiend I am. 
  • Colosseum tickets are €12 (without the tour). Skip the lengthy queues and book yours in advance.
  • I really recommend the seafood risotto from Yume.
  • Visit the churches. They are breathtaking. Don't forget to dress appropriately - no bare shoulders or anything above the knee.  
  • WEAR. COMFORTABLE. SHOES. Shit shoes + cobbled streets + 15000+ steps per day (thanks, pedometer) = sore legs. Be ye not as stupid as me. 























Monday, 13 March 2017

Sahara adventure

Sahara adventure
Monday, 13 March 2017
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Previous post here.

With our flights rescheduled for Thursday  we woke on the Monday morning with two aims - find another place to stay, and book a trip to the Sahara Desert.

With both successfully done, we relaxed in our new riad that evening ready for the 12 hour journey over the Atlas Mountains the following day.

Tip: If you decide to go on an excursion, do not book in advance. This can cost 3x more. The Sahara trips take up to 15 people a time and most of the time the minibus isn't as full as they'd like. We spoke to the agent on the Monday and said we'd like to do the trip the following day and he gave us a deal at £37 each. This included travel there and back, a stop-off at a Kasbar and some Berber villages in the mountains, a sunset and sunrise camel ride, and dinner and breakfast. Bargain.

There's not many words I can write to encapsulate how breathtaking and wonderful this adventure was, so I'll let the pictures do the talking and fondly remember the night I spent dancing barefoot in the Sahara Desert under a blanket of stars.*

 
 
 
 
 camelll
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*Clumsily dancing. Because I severely pulled my groin muscles whilst riding the camel. It HURT.