Flying Through London

Until Wednesday, I had never been to London before. It was something that I had always wanted to do, but had never done. When the opportunity to go for a work conference was given to me, I jumped at it. The only downside was that I would be arriving and leaving on the same day, visiting the conference and trying to cram in as much sightseeing and shopping as possible.

With my train and tube tickets booked, I boarded my early morning train and headed south. Most of my journey was spent jotting down ideas for my blog and trying not to worry about getting lost on the Tube.

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Thankfully I managed to get around without getting lost, but there was a lot of googling and double-checking before committing myself to a platform. Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, and as nervous as I was, I really enjoyed navigating my way around and exploring this new (to me) city.

Sadly the trip was far too short, and I only had two hours to do a little shopping. My first stop was in Islington, and I wandered around a few fantastically quirky shops. I did not manage to get to The Hummingbird Bakery but I will be sure to visit there next time.

My second stop was Oxford Circus, and I made my way over to Liberty. Having watched both series of the documentary all about the inner workings and life at at Liberty, I was desperate to visit it and it did not disappoint.

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Sadly I did not buy too much, but I already know that I will be returning to spend more time in this vibrant, busy city. The amount I did here is tiny compared to all of the things that there are to see, do and experience. Where do you suggest I visit when I return to London?

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Down to Devon

For Christmas, I decided to surprise my parents with a holiday to Devon, on the south cost of England as part of their gift. My parents have not been away in 10 years, and I knew that this was exactly what they needed. I made them really cute vouchers and loved watching their reactions as they realised what had been planned for them. I’ll be sharing a few highlights with you over the next few weeks, but I thought I would give you a quick update.

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We have been to Devon before, about 15 years ago, so I knew roughly how long it would take to get there and that it was a place my parents and I had really enjoyed visiting. It was lovely to see their excitement build as the holiday came closer and closer, and I really loved going shopping with my mum for holiday clothes…everyone needs new clothes for their holidays right?

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I had decided to book an apartment so that we had more space and could come and go as we pleased, eating in or out and without needing to think about when a hotel stops serving food…I really like midnight snacks! The apartment was beautiful and it was the perfect place to relax after a long day of sightseeing, and would have been perfect for staying in if the weather had been bad.

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The weather was perfect and we were able to spend our week exploring lots of coastal places. My dad and I even went star gazing as there is much less light pollution than in Manchester. The beach was absolutely beautiful and I could have happily stayed there forever. This holiday was so needed, and my batteries are all recharged ready for my next adventure.

Where did you last go on holiday/vacation?