When my parents and I were in the booking process for England, I begged them to relinquish some time away from London. When they asked if I meant something like heading to Blackpool for a day, I giggled and told them, quite simply, no. In response to their muddled faces, I told them that I wanted to go somewhere world-renowned, somewhere magical and beautiful, somewhere fascinating and somewhere sophisticated with a great general sense of style and a groundbreaking arts & culture scene. Basically, somewhere we wouldn’t want to leave. After a very confusing and somewhat hilarious 10 minute conversation about where else I could want to go, I finally told them that I wanted to go to the one, the only, Paris. They laughed and I honestly don’t think they took me seriously, until my dad texted me from work telling me that I needed to cough up $57 CAD for the train ticket and that we’d leave at 7:06 AM on our first Wednesday there. Was I excited? No. I was ecstatic.
When I went to London & Paris last month, I had no idea what I was in for. I had no idea that I would love it as much as I did, that I would really, really miss all of the amazing people I met or reconnected with, or that I’d already be planning a return. Today I’m going to share one of favourite days from when I was in Europe, the day my cousin Ashley took me around London. Unfortunately, the day that we decided to go, it was TERRIBLE weather…so get ready for lots of fog in backgrounds and messy, messy hair. However, despite the weather, I had an absolute blast with him, and it was really nice getting to see most of London’s major attractions on foot…because you could go right up to them or stand under them. It’s a pretty magical feeling in that city, and I’m going to share the magic with you!
For those of you who didn’t know, my parents grew up and met in England. They were happy in England until they decided to come to Canada to have a better life and gain more career opportunities in 1990. Most of their friends and family members still live in England, save for my mom’s mom who lives in Grenada and a few people on my dad’s side who are sprinkled around the world. Every so often, we go to England to do a big tour of Greater London to see friends and family, but we hadn’t been since 2005. Thus, we decided to pick up and leave at the beginning of October, and we were there for just over two weeks. We didn’t get to see everyone, but we did a pretty good job of seeing most of the people we wanted to see and somehow balancing some touristy time in there, too. The tourist stuff was really more for me, as they grew up there, they already know the place! However, I barely remember the first two times I went, so I was really looking forward to taking loads of photos and actually being able to recall the people and places my parents talk about on an everyday basis.
I’ve been meaning to share some photos of our trip with you, but seeing as I took over 1700 photos in a 15 day span (WOW), it’s taken me a while to comprise a group of my favourites. However, we’re finally here! Again, due to the sheer number of them, I’m going to break this into two parts…just to save you and your computer from that frustration, haha! Anyways, without further ado, here are some of my favourite moments from my trip to London, in no particular order. 🙂
I’ve got colours and flavours a-plenty
I’ve got textures and tones galore
You want a simple dessert?
I’ve got complexity!
But who cares?
No big deal
I want more (macarons)….!!!!!
Sorry, friends, I had to burst out my inner Ariel there for a moment. Because holy-filpperin’-flounders, what a joy macarons are!!!! I totally understand what Ariel meant now when she sang “out of the sea…wish I could be…part of that world” because I just about pranced about my bedroom exclaiming that when I ate these tonight. They are just divine, with a capital ‘D’! And by “that world” I mean the world where it is LAW for macarons to be served at least once a day. Mind you, they wouldn’t be as special, then, would they? They certainly wouldn’t be such a treat and we would probably all be well passed obesity. But, guess what!? I don’t care, I want MORE!!!!!!!
Hi friend! How are ya today? Happy Sunday to you! 🙂
So, I’m sure that many of you know based on my New Year’s resolution post and my “Cleaner & Leaner” series on my vlog channel that I’ve been trying to cut back and only eat green, clean and lean this year. Eating better has been sitting on the back of my brain for the last several months, until a couple of weeks ago, when (with the help of some awesome, motivational words from the Tone It Up ladies; check them out — they are super helpful and keep you motivated!) I realized that I am the only one who can control my well-being and that, sure, while a cheeseburger from Harvey’s tastes bomb-fricken-diggity, it’s not doing anything great for me or my body. I thought of it like this, would you rather have wonderful, delicious, can’t-get-enough-of-it taste for about 20 minutes, or a lifetime of healthiness and happiness? Or, as Raj Koothrapali would put it, “a moment on the lips…a lifetime on the hips”? The choice is clear.
So, I busted out the meal plan I made for myself last August, dusted off the ol’ yoga mat, and got to work. The two major things I need to do are get active at least once per day (even 30 minutes a day is better than nothing) and make better, healthier choices when it comes to what I eat and drink. The occasional treat is fine, I’m not going to be TOO strict, but overall, as a whole, I need to be better. One of my biggest vices is Diet Sprite. I drink drank the stuff like it was going out of business. When I was a child, I was pretty much addicted to Coca Cola, but when I turned 15 I heard the myth (though I didn’t realize it was myth at the time) about what coke can do to a flank of meat in less than a day…and decided it wasn’t for me anymore. I turned to Sprite, but then was told by my parents that Diet Sprite is better, with less sugar and no calories (and a whole heap of aspartame – something else I was too naive to realize at the time). Problem is, I’ve never been able to successfully step away from having at least one glass every couple of days…
…until now (but I don’t want to jinx it). I am trying my VERY hardest to kick the habit. It only takes 21 days to break an old habit/form a new one. If I last the 21 days, I’m hoping it will get easier from that point on! The only drinks I’ve had in the last couple of days are coffee, tea and water. I’ve been trying to get the recommended 8 – 10 cups of water a day, if not more. But, let’s face it, water can get boring. I’ve realized now that it’s not necessarily the taste of Sprite that I yearn for, it’s the carbonation and the “something other than water” taste of it! So, I hit my kitchen, did some experimenting and came up with a way to make water less snore and more…I was trying to find a word in my vocabulary that rhymed with snore and meant exciting, but the only thing I could come up with was gore… LOL.
Anywho, follow the jump to check out these super easy recipes! 🙂