22 Sep 2015

London Calling

To celebrate Karl's stepdad's 60th birthday we surprised him by putting him and Karl's mum in a lovely hotel and showing them what London has to offer! We started the morning (pre-noon) with a champagne filled London Eye experience (I definitely needed the alcohol to calm my height nerves!). Going to the top was terrifying but the views easily distracted me and on the way down I enjoyed every minute. We then headed to moroccan restaurant Moma on Regent Street for tagine which certainly matches Marrakesh. After a few spoilers from the rest of the group (Dave didn't know what we was doing all day!), we headed straight into The Ice Bar next door for a 'cold' drink. It's safe to say wearing sandals was a terrible idea... After warming up again we got dressed and made our way to Embankment to board our boat for the evening with Bateaux which specialise in restaurant cruise experiences along the Thames. We were treated to a 4 course meal with a live band, saxophone & piano player accompanied by a soul singer, so after the sunset we danced the night away on the Thames...

Happy 60th Dave!


19 Sep 2015

Barcelona Day Two

After our first incredible day followed by rooftop cocktails at a nearby hotel in the evening (Hotel Pulitzer) I found it hard to wipe the smile of my face the next day. Once we'd wolfed down the best huevos rancheros we coluld find at a small local cafe we set out to explore almost the entire city in one day. Starting with the Arc del Triomf, which gives Paris' a run for it's money with a pathway lined entirely of palm trees up to the big guy. After battling our way through all the selfie-sticks we hopped back on the metro to Sagrada Familia, a truly stunning monument. I came to Barcelona around 13 years ago for a sports tour and I remember the first time I saw it, wide eyed and open mouthed I said 'It looks so old but it's not even finished?'. Now to see it once again and how they are restoring parts of the church which exactly replicate the original construction and it's still not finished - it is one of the world's wonders. We set up camp at a local tapas bar and ate our weight in Patatas Bravas and Calamari while planning our next stop - Park Güell and Casa Batlló. 

I have a feeling we will be back Barcelona... 


13 Sep 2015

Barcelona Day One

We touched down in Barcelona at around 11:00am and after a bit of back and fourth in the airport trying to decide if we should get the metro or bus, we got the aeroport bus which goes straight into the centre of Barcelona (Plaça de Catalunya) in less than 20 minutes for 5.50EUR each. A short walk from the centre along La Ramblas, was our hotel (Petit Palace Museum) - we were a few hours early for check-in so we dropped our luggage off and was assured that when we returned after 2:00pm we would have one of the best rooms available. After some exploring we headed back to the hotel and wasn't disappointed when we got to our insanely spacious room - champagne chilled on ice, heart shaped lindt chocolates on the table, bathrobes and a jet-powered bath with rain shower. I couldn't reccomend our hotel enough, incredibly accomodating staff, free wifi, great location and amazing value. We paid around 250EUR for 2 nights with a romantic package (late check-out, champagne, chocolates, bathrobe and slippers)


6 Sep 2015

He put a ring on it!

Some of you may have already heard our extremely exciting news but in case you haven't, WE ARE ENGAGED. On the 6 year anniversary of our first official date on the roof terrace of our barcelona hotel room while I was in nothing but a dressing gown, no make-up and wet hair, Karl asked me to marry him. After 10 minutes of uncontrollable crying, I of course said yes, I mean look at that ring! Not only is the yellow sapphire diamond the birth stone of September, but Karl designed the ring himself which took almost 7 months of planning and designing, and also documented the entire process in a very personal photo book. I am one lucky girl <3

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