Saturday, 31 March 2018

10 Things I Can't Live Without ♥

My UGG boots: Look...I really do not care if they are out of fashion. Those suckers are the only shoes that keep my feet warm in the winter.

Hand sanitiser: the thought of bacteria disturbs me...especially as a traveller. I know that it is lurking everywhere and always carry hand sanitiser. I also sanitise my tray table on the plane with anti bacterial wipes on every flight. 

Travel: I start to get withdrawal symptoms if I haven't travelled for more than 2 months. I could not live without travel it HAS to happen...even if it's a weekend city break. 

Winter: I like winter 10 times more than summer. I love the feeling of being cosy and sitting by a candle lit window. 

Seafood: you have probably noticed that most of my travel photo diaries contain seafood. We don't have fresh sea food in England (it is all imported and filled with chemicals/ pesticides) so I love to indulge in fish whenever I travel. 

My laptop: I don't have a TV in my flat and choose not to have one because I don't want to pay for a TV licence (we are the only country that has this bill). I tend to watch all my programmes online as a result of this. I also use it for travel research, online shopping, and to edit my travel vlogs. 

Silence: introverts need silence sometimes...or most of the time.

Eastenders: I have been watching this show since I was a child. 

Leopard print: I love leopard print. My bedroom is a mix of black, silver, purple, and leopard. That sounds so weird right? but trust me it looks good.  

Oil: this is one of the reasons why I love visiting Mediterranean countries...to bring back oil! I use olive oil for cooking, coconut oil and castor oil for my scalp. Tea tree oil whenever I have skin irritations. 

                      llondon leopard
                           xoxo


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Sunday, 25 March 2018

Observations From Stockholm ♥

So I have now visited 3 Scandinavian countries, and have different opinions on each. I hated Norway, I loved Denmark, and I loved Sweden. Sweden happens to be my most recent trip and I want to share some observations about the capital city of Stockholm.
Everyone is very attractive
Swedish people are so attractive! they have beautiful pixie shaped eyes and they are all so pretty. It doesn't matter how tall, short, thick, or thin they are. Even the old people are attractive! Slovenia is the only other country where I think at least 90% of the population are attractive.


They speak fluent English

Like the rest of Scandinavia, everybody in Sweden speaks fluent English. It is interesting when I listen to how perfect their accent is. They sound slightly American but they speak British English. I also find it fascinating how there are so many similarities between the Swedish and English. Like for example you can greet somebody with "hey" in both Swedish and English. There were so many words I read and understood because they were similar to English.


Many places don't accept cash

A lot of places in Stockholm do not accept cash and only accept card. It was annoying sometimes because I like to use cash when I travel abroad, in order to familiarise myself with the currency. It also helps me to avoid overspending because I can physically see how much is remaining.


They can handle the weather 

The Swedish can certainly handle subzero conditions. It was -9 degrees Celsius on my first day there. I saw people out jogging in leggings and long sleeved tops. I know that exercise warms you up but it was -9! the lakes had turned to ice and it was snowing.


It is very expensive 
The city is very expensive...just like the rest of Scandinavia. A pint of beer costs the equivalent of £10. A meal out for one will cost roughly £25-30, and that is just for a main course and drink. So yes it is very expensive but it could be worse. I found Norway to be a lot worse in terms of price.

                     llondon leopard
                          xoxo


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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Postcards From Paris ♥

              Friday 23rd February 2018
I have just checked in to my airbnb. The guy seems very nice, a little shy and awkward like me. At least he is friendly unlike my previous host in Rome. In the morning I went to the famous Shakespeare bookstore, and then I went to citypharma to buy lots of beauty products. Can you believe that I spent twice the amount of money that I wanted to?. Oh well it's pay day on Monday. Right now I'm going to head off to the Arc de triomphe and Champs Elysees for some shopping. Paris is my favourite city...I forgot how much I actually missed it. 

I am back and had my evening shower. I am done with major shopping because I don't want to over spend. Guess what I had for dinner? my beloved "moules frites" (mussels and chips. The waiting staff in the restaurant were horrible but the food was nice. This has probably been my only experience of rudeness in Paris so far. 

I actually fantasize about marrying a French man. They are so lovely. One thing I've noticed is that they always hold the door open for women. They are also generally well mannered. I do have to say  that the metro in Paris is DIRTY...like the filthiest that I have ever seen in Europe. You can literally see and smell the grime on the windows and floors.   
                 Saturday 24th February 2018
What a long day. I had a photoshoot today and can't wait to see the pictures. Today was more of a "go with the flow" kind of day. So I woke up at 6am because my airbnb host was moving things around. So I left the house at 9am and went to have a French breakfast. This included a croissant, orange juice, and a latte. Then it was time to head to the Louvre museum. It is a beautiful museum so I honestly dont know why I never visited it on my last trip. 

After that I went to eat a crepe. I'm worried that the egg wasn't cooked properly...French people seem to like raw things. Like they eat "beef tartare". So after the crepe I took an interesting metro journey to Galeries Lafayette. There was a drunk guy trying to hit on me. He had a bottle of whisky in his hand and was sipping from it. Everybody on the train was staring at him. So I can now assume that this kind of behaviour is not normal in French culture. 

I am on a mission to get some French knickers. Maybe that will be the main focus for tomorrow. It's strange how today turned out to be such a random day. I had plans to go to the Catacombs and Montparnasse tower but didn't. Oh well there will always be another time.  
                Sunday 25th February 2018
Started off the day with a visit to the Eiffel Tower. It was so cold today the temperature was -3 degrees Celsius!. After snapping a few photos it was time to have some French brunch. I had an omelette and a beer. Remember the comment that I made about raw eggs yesterday?. The omelette did taste a bit under cooked. Or maybe I just overcook my eggs (haha). 

After brunch it was time to head to Bastille market. The funny thing is that I went there 3 years ago and found it boring. But this time it was really cool. I got there late so I kind of had to rush, but it was still a way better experience than last time. Bought 5 pairs of lacy french knickers. Yes I'm sure they are crap market quality... but oh well. I also bought a key ring and some honey from the market. 

Time went really fast today in comparison to yesterday. It was 3pm By the time I finished at Bastille market. So I decided to take a trip down memory lane and visited "Italie Deux" shopping centre. I stayed 5 minutes away from there during my last visit. 

After this I went to get some dinner from a restaurant outside the shopping centre. Finally got to try some French onion soup. It was amazing and tasted 100 times better than I expected. I sat there and had 2 Monaco beers. It's my favourite French beer because it is sweet and syrupy. It was nice to sit there and take in the atmosphere of France for the last time. I will miss this city. 


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