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Troisième jour à Paris

13th of March 2019 – Shopping & flying home

Our last day had come upon us. After a small breakfast we finished packing and checked out at 11.30 am. We had the whole afternoon because our flight was scheduled to 8.30 pm. We found our way out of our hotel to the nearest street and started walking. There were shops after shops and I tried to visit as many as I could. I ended up buying a black scarf and a oversized denim jacket at a Parisian shop. We also stopped to get some macrons which taste delicious.

We stopped by Zara, H&M, Mango and other high street stores before we settled for lunch at 1 pm after it started to rain. We had our last proper meal in France with success. Time flew by and before we knew it, it was time to make our way back to our hotel to gather our suitcases and head to the airport.

This getaway felt surprisingly longer than only 3 days. I guess I also had someone to look forward to seeing at home which made the departure much easier.

Watch my recap of my Paris holiday here!


Elizabeth

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London recommendations

Here’s a one-on-one on what I’ve learned and experienced through my London trip. I hope you enjoy and find these tips useful.


Flight: Ryan Air. I almost always use Ryan Air when I want to fly cheap. I haven’t found any other cheaper flights and it’s great when the flight isn’t longer then two hours! I couldn’t bear to be cramped in a tight space longer then that. We got our tickets for less then 100 pounds for 1 person, back and forth with a seat reservation. We decided to order one luggage and surprisingly that wasn’t so expensive.

Hotel: 27 Paddington hotel. This hotel I found through booking.com and before I made my deciton to upgrade from another hotel I also looked on trip advisor. It’s a great place to read reviews from people and also see how it actually looks because visitors can upload their own pictures. The rooms are very clean and you get room service every day if you’d like. The hotel is divided into to tall buildings besides each other. You get a continual breakfast included and this is served in a little room by the reception overlooking the street.

Outdoors: Hyde Park is a wonderful park with lots of nature and animals. We went there every day, feed the squirrels and also to go from one place to another. It has a river in the middle and a bridge half way through so that you’ll be able to cross to the other side. You can go through Hyde Park to get to Harrods or Oxford Street.

Sightseeing: London Eye & Sea Life <- Direct link to buy a one day pass to London Eye and a 30-day open pass to Sea Life. You’ll also get a 4D experience and the possibility to take ‘green shot’ photos with your choose of background. You’ll get the most amazing view from the paris wheel and it’s a sight to be seen at night. Suitable for adults and children. Sea Life is a big aquarium with all types of fish you can think of. It will take you approximately 1 hour to go through the whole aquarium and you’ll be able to take pictures or video.

Shopping: Oxford Street & Harrods are defiantly the two main shopping markets. Harrods is a huge mall with all designer brands you can think of. In the area you’ll also find Topshop and other high end brands. Oxford Street is legendary and I don’t think you can visit London without going to the o so famous shopping street. Form high end shops to middle class and cheap shops, you’ll find it all. River Island, Mango, Primark, Victoria Secret are just a few. If you’d like something to eat whilst shopping I recommend turning away from Oxford and in to smaller street where they usually have restaurant after restaurant to choose from.

Food: Chili Chutney Waterloo – European & Indian restaurant near London Eye. A cute little restaurant we found whilst we where at the London Eye. You’ll get a lot for your money without having to pay a fortune. They have a range of spicy foods, vegetarian options, meat and chicken or fish to choose from.

Taxi service: Exclusive airports <- you’ll often get a discount when booking online. The best spend money I could think of. I hate rushing with my suitcase through public transportation, especially in a city I don’t know. That’s why is was crucial to find a taxi service to and from the airport. You type in your dates, pick up and final declination, name and time, and they’ll pick you up wherever you need. Nice, clean cars with good drivers.


I hope you found this useful for your next London trip. I will defiantly go back if the opportunity arrives.

Elizabeth

 

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Let’s talk about London

Today I have an ‘home office’ day and I’m trying to edit my London video which will come out on YouTube soon. In the mean while I thought I’d tell you about London. I’ve been home since Friday and I already missed it the moment we had to leave.

We stayed 5 days, 4 nights. After my first booking I re-booked and found a cute, little hotel called 27 Paddington hotel. This was made through booking.com and we got free wi-fi and breakfast. The staff was nice and the rooms were very clean, which they cleaned every single day. The only downer was the hard bed. We had a nice big shower, closet and a little TV with some english channels. We also had access to a kettle and could make coffee or te with little milk containers. The hotel was very central, only a 10 minute walk to Hyde Park. We would go there almost every day and fead the squirrels or just look at them. Oxford Street was about a 15 minute walk from the hotel and then we often took black taxi’s if we were going further, like London Eye.

We managed to see a lot and experience a great deal and it’s defiantly a place I would come back to. I also highly recommend 27 Paddington hotel because it is quite cheap and very central which I think is uber important especially in a big city. It’s a great location for those who like shopping, sightseeing and parks.

Elizabeth

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London

The last couple of days have gone to planning, organizing, and stressing, just a little bit. I’m an expert at stressing. Everything should preferably be planned and perfected at all time. I’m traveling to London on Monday and as much as I do like traveling, I also get anxious. I want my holiday to go as smooth as possible without any detours. I want most things be pre-order so that I can enjoy my stay as much as possible.

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I’ve made a last minute re-booking of my hotel. After choosing a rather cheap but ok looking hotel, I went on trip advisor and was repulsed by the review that I needed to find a different hotel. Fingers crossed.

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Debating on weather I should go back to bed and close my eyes for a minute or two. Or stay awake and make myself some breakfast. Still got a days work ahead of me and so many things I should have done..

Elizabeth

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One trashy motel after another

Day 4: Key West

Today we started the day waking up unnecessary early to get breakfast at Starbucks before the rush started. Sitting outside wih our 50 dollar breakfast while tanning. Getting back to the hostel just before the pool opens and we’re ready for a swim before hitting the road.

Whiles driving over bridge after bridge, island after island only seeing water on both left and right as long as the eye can see, we arrive Key West after 4 hours in the car with only 3 stops along the way.

Unbeviebly beautiful this world but I have to say that Key West wasn’t all that.

Trashy motel rooms that are getting worse by the day. Luckily we’re only staying here for one night and then it’s of to Miami. And after a beer, one cocktail and a round of biljard hitting the bed sounded real good. And after walking home getting a bit lost at first I’m lying in the bed while Pirates of the Carribian is on in the background.

But I think the night will end soon after reading a bit of The Help.

Elizabeth