First things first, I LOVE London! It’s such a fantastic place and I like to go up as often as humanly possible. I love it’s energy and diversity. There really is SO much to love about it. But before I turn into a tourist information broadcast I’ll get back to the point which is to tell you all about the lovely day out that Helen & I had on Tuesday.
The day started off with the obligatory travel chaos between Eastbourne and London but after we FINALLY got to Victoria we headed straight for Liberty! And were greeted by the combination of two of my favourite things – DR Martins & Liberty print!
Not the best photo as the shop window was pretty shiny but you can see the Liberty print bag to match the DMs!
After drooling in Liberty I dragged Helen into Hamleys as I do have the mentality of a 7 year old! On the top floor they had some fantastic Lego models!
Yep that is the Royal Wedding made out of Lego!
I hung out with these two fellas
A very Royal reception! I especially loved the corgis!
Oxford Street all decked out ready for the jubilee
We had lunch at a gorgeous Bella Italia, if you like Italian then go to a Bella Italia if you get the chance, the service is always fantastic and the food is gorgeous http://www.bellaitalia.co.uk/
After lunch we walked along Oxford Street with a quick trip into the Disney Store (7 year old mentality strikes again)
Our destination was The Wallace Collection which is a real hidden gem and is simply beautiful! http://www.wallacecollection.org/
The Wallace Collection
Fountain in the grounds
In I go ……
I want this sofa!
The Armoury was fantastic
My favourite room
Wish my landing looked like this!
I thoroughly recommend the Wallace Collection, it really is lovely. It’s free to get into and is pretty small too so you can nip off of Oxford Street, escape the crowds and look at some lovely art work.
I had a lovely walk to Pevensey and it’s castle yesterday and took a few photos along the way.
This is the oldest Norman era church in the UK
I’ve always loved Angel gravestones
Although she looks quite eerie in black and white
No I don’t know why there’s a man hole cover in the woods either!
I love Weeping Willows
Inside the castle walls
What better way to spend a beautiful, warm, spring Saturday than at the Wishing Well Tearooms (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wishing-Well-Tea-Rooms/128528910491595). They have beautiful gardens, delicious homemade cakes and scones and inside it’s decorated in a gorgeous twee manner.
The beautiful gardens
Mum in the sun
Helen awaiting tea!
Well since I was going for tea it was only right to dress in a vintage-style tea dress no?
We got up early Saturday morning as we wanted to get some sightseeing in before the evening’s concert. So we were at the Trevvi Fountain about 9am which was perfect. There weren’t a huge amount of tourists and it was still fairly cool. The Trevvi fountain was my favourite part of Rome, it was just gorgeous.
The Trevvi Fountain
Morning sunshine hitting a church next to the fountain
So few people around
I still can’t get over the sheer amount of stunning architecture on the buildings
Me and Helen at the fountain
Even the street lamps are beautiful
Me enjoying the nommiest thing known to man – Nutella ice cream!
We even managed to find a book shop that stocked English books! A holiday is nothing without good books!
Me with the 30 Seconds To Mars guys later on the same evening during my unfortunate ‘Jacket Incident’
I absolutely adored Rome and I really want to go back and explore more with some more time on my hands. I’m really excited to go to Florence with Helen though as I hear it’s even more beautiful than Rome!
I went to Rome with Helen in June of 2011 to another 30 Seconds To Mars concert. I absolutely adored Rome and was blown away by it’s beauty.
On the sightseeing bus
I loved the details on the buildings
Aren’t they gorgeous?
Me and Helen being tourists!
My favourite building in Rome is the Spanish Steps
Aren’t they beautiful?
I was blown away by the architecture
By far the most impressive building was the Coloseum, it just appeared out of nowhere in the city centre!
The bridge over the River Tiber
My arty photo!
Enjoying a Hurricane cocktail in the Hard Rock Cafe 😀
Wednesday was gig day and we woke up to find that it had snowed REALLY heavily. We needn’t have worried though since in America people just get on with their day no matter how much snow there is!
We fortified ourselves for the day and night ahead with the world’s biggest pizza (this was a medium one :o)
Bobble-hatted and logo-ed up and ready to go!
Enjoying an incredibly strong Jack Daniels before the show!
Ok so I couldn’t resist sneaking this pic in again!
Heading back to the UK 😦
It was also weird being able to look across the river into another country (hopefully I’ll get to visit the Canadian side of the falls one day)
The USA & Canada in one shot
Me and Helen on the viewing platform – technically half way between America & Canada
I have a thing about icicles!
The best part of the day was discovering the Hard Rock Cafe!
We were the only customers so we had full run of the gift shop and were chatting to the staff for hours (two of them were even going to the gig the following night!). I also discovered that you can have a Hard Rock Hurricane which caused much amusement since Hurricane is one of my favourite 30 Seconds To Mars songs!
I also love that you can keep the glasses so I now have Hurricane glasses from Niagara Falls, Rome and London
Me and my Hurricane!
I found this lil fella in the gift shop too – wonder who he reminds me of?
My Niagara Falls and Rome Hard Rock Bears
Last year me and my best friend Helen went on the trip of a lifetime to Niagara Falls to see our favourite band 30 Seconds To Mars, I’ve already posted the photos from that show, these are the photos of the rest of the trip.
The view over Nova Scotia
Geeking already! Our plane at Heathrow Airport (A Boeing 767 for geeks like me)
Detroit Airport – covered in snow but still full functioning (take note UK).
From Detroit we took a flight to Buffalo.
After our 8000 mile trip were welcomed by the comfiest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in in Amherst.
Of course I was quick to take a sunset photo from the window!
The next day was a beautiful winter’s day and despite it being -10c it didn’t feel it, we realised this was because it was a dry cold rather than the damp cold we’re used to in the UK. We took the opportunity to walk off the previous day’s flight by wandering to the local mall. Here we encountered the coolest shop in the world Hot Topic where I spent most of my holiday funds! http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Homepage.jsp . We also discovered the phenomenon of ‘Power Walking Grannies’
We spent ages in here sniffing all the candles!
I was also very excited to find a US Exclusive Artwork version of 30 Seconds To Mars’s Beautiful Lie album!
Excitement of the day was caused when we found a HUGE Barnes & Noble (we both love reading) and I also had my only cup of tea of the entire trip and discovered the loveliness of Red Velvet cupcakes 😀
The next day we took a trip to Niagara Falls, all I can say is WOW!