So this week we FINALLY went back to Paris and I couldn’t be more excited than to tell you all about it. After our disaster trip last year for my 30th birthday – this year, on my 31st we decided to head back to Paris for a second go, to do everything we missed out on the first time!
As we only had 3 days I decided I didn’t want to stress about getting the perfect blog photos or Instagram shots – and we just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It was a bit drizzly and my hair was frizzy but I was ok with that. I was just pleased to be there! I also found walking around a huge city with a giant pregnancy bump pretty hard, on a couple of the days where we walked a lot I had a lot of Braxton Hicks – I’m sure the local’s were wondering what I was doing as I was leaning on walls and lamp posts in the street to try and get them to go away, my pregnant body wasn’t a fan of Paris, sadly. But, I was determined not to let this get in the way!
So, of course even though I said I wasn’t going to blog – in an amazing city like Paris I still had my camera to hand and have taken a few shots and video clips of our weekend in Paris, which I’ve cobbled into a low-key post and vlog…. I can’t help myself.
Sightseeing: We spent a busy day seeing the main sights of Paris. Of course, we had to visit the Louvre Museum, although it was so huge I feel I have only just scratched the surface! I saw the highlights though, such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo, plus I loved the Egyptian section too. One day I need to spend a whole day there and see everything from top to bottom.
One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is take a trip up the Eiffel Tower! Even though Vee is scared of heights she said she’d come with me, although I had to do the top bit on my own and leave her on the second level. It was amazing and so worthwhile, you can see for miles from the top! It was a bit of a cloudy day but it didn’t spoil the views at all, it was a dream come true to finally all the way to top!
Food: One of my favourite things about France is the amazing food – mainly, all the sweet treats! On our first day we went for afternoon tea at my very favourite tearoom, Angelina. I ordered exactly the same as last year (and quite possibly my favourite combination in the world) – Tarte Au Citron with the famous rich Angelina Hot Chocolate. I then made it my mission to find the best Tarte Au Citron in Paris, and ate quite a few over the 3 days. Nothing beats Angelina though!
Going Out: On our last night we got all dressed up for a night at the Moulin Rouge. Even though I love being pregnant and having a bump, I haven’t felt glamorous or stylish at all in months. I find maternity clothes so frumpy! So, I when when Tiffany Rose got in touch and sent me their beautiful Willow Gown in Eclipse Blue to wear for my birthday celebration I couldn’t have been more excited. I spent ages on my hair and makeup and honestly felt like a million dollars for the first time so long. It’s the most flattering dress I’ve ever worn, plus it was super comfortable too.
Our evening at the Moulin Rouge was fabulous! The show wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I was picturing burlesque, but I’d say it’s more of a cabaret, crossed with Cirque du Soleil – but it was crazy, colourful and fun nonetheless and a real experience. The only slight dampener of the evening was that they used live animals in the show (who didn’t look very happy to be there) – this made me feel a bit awkward and sorry for them, which is a real shame.
We also enjoyed eating out in our favourite district of Paris, Montmartre. Snuggling in blankets we sat outside and watched the world go by over French Onion Soup and a (very small) glass of wine.
Lastly, here is a little video I made of the best bits to capture the moment too ….
Collaborative post with Tiffany Rose & Eiffel Tower, all words opinions are my own
Today marks the anniversary of the Paris Terrorist Attacks and a year since this picture was taken in a devastated, deserted city. It was also my 30th birthday weekend and one of the scariest experiences of our lives. Thankfully, we were safe and thats all that matters. Last year we didn’t really get to see much of the city, my birthday present of tickets to the Moulin Rouge were cancelled and we went into hiding until we could get home again. It was truly terrifying.
A year on, I refuse to let terrorists ruin a beautiful place and taint our memories. We’ve decided to go back and relive the moment that should have been. Tomorrow marks a new day and a new experience – we are going back to Paris and will hopefully I will finally get to see the city in all it’s glory, once and for all. Plus I get to turn 30, again!
May this post be a reminder to keep those who were lost on 13th November 2015 in our hearts and to be thankful we get to live and experience new things again. We have been given a second, third, or fourth chance at things, however there are so many on that day that weren’t so lucky……..
So, you might have noticed it’s gone a little quiet around here. I’m so sorry about that! The last couple of weekends have been super stressful as my blog was hacked, repeatedly by an unknown person. I spent hours fixing it, only for the hackers to get back in within hours, I couldn’t have been more angry and suddenly quite scared as to how they were getting past all of the security I’d put in place. I’m not even 100% sure what happened, but I’ve had some super people looking after me and I’ve paid for it to be professionally cleaned up so I’m hoping – fingers crossed – that we are out of the woods with it all, but every time I type in my URL, I still hold my breath and hope for the best. All I can say is if you are a blogger, take care of your security, update EVERYTHING (plugins, themes etc) every day and change your password regularly. I did all of that and they still got me. RAGE.
So, while my blog was down I got busy and created something a bit different this time – it’s my first proper vlog! I made the first part on our holiday to Malta. We spent 5 nights on the island of Gozo, so this is all about that, part two will be coming soon too. I absolutely loved vlogging and think I might do a couple a month now – this was a first attempt (apart from a dodgy one I made in 2014 that is 80% photos) so be kind and please do let me know what you think!
After a dramatic couple of weeks, I’ll be back to normal posting now things are back on track – so until next time!
When your life is going to change in a big way, I guess it’s only natural to start thinking about past experiences and how things are going to change for the future. Obviously, I’m over the moon that baby peaches is on the way, but sometimes I can’t help but think about how one of my biggest passions is going to change in a big way. That passion is, adventure travel! Travel has always been something deeply etched into my being, I travelled as a baby, a child and a teenager and continued to travel into my adult life. I then turned my passion into a career as I worked as cabin crew for 2 years, then as a travel agent for 8 years. So, my passion for travelling the world really has been with me a long time. I’m sure we will travel with baby peaches, however, I know from experience of booking family holidays that things will change as a party of 3! My love for travelling doesn’t have to stop, it’s just going to be different that’s all. Instead of trekking in South America, I’ll be going on a luxury Iglu Cruise or booking an all-inclusive beach holiday – however, I know it’ll still be amazing and I can’t wait to show our little girl the world. So, while I’m reminiscing, I thought I’d share some of my favourite travel destinations, some funny stories and a few dodgy old holiday snaps. Here are my best bits:
I was lucky enough to visit Delhi in India in 2007 for a work trip. Yes, that’s me with the brown hair (not sure what I was thinking there!) I remember it was an amazingly overwhelming culture shock, the sights, the smells, the endless heat, but I loved every moment of it. India will always be one of my favourite places in the world, it is absolutely crazy, busy and smelly at times but it’s so beautiful. We were lucky enough to visit places like the Taj Mahal, although I remember being torn by the fact there was a 5 star hotel (in the bottom right picture) that was right next to a slum. As well as visiting the posh hotel we also played with the children of the slums, and as I was so young, this gave me so much to think about to see such poverty. This was one of my big life lessons that totally put my life into perspective and made me realise how lucky I am. The heat was also incredible, it reached 46 degrees during our trip, crazy! I think if I went back, I’d be a little older and wiser now and I’d be a little more prepared!
In 2008, I was lucky enough to travel for work to Rio De Janeiro. The trip feels like an utter blur, I remember being so tired from the flight I can barely remember half of it! We were lucky enough to see some of the top sights, like Copacabana Beach and the Corcovado. After seeing Rio in so many pictures I had to pinch myself I was actually there! We then went into the Amazon where we got to meet a tribe that still live within the rainforest, I remember being horrified when a man just wearing nothing but a very skimpy leaf pulled me up to dance with him. I flew all over the dance floor to the sound of their panpipes and drums as he spun me round!
My next adventure was to Australia. Look how young I look in these pictures! It was a whirlwind tour, visiting 3 different places, Melbourne, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Sydney, all within the space of 10 days. I’m not sure I’d have coped with that sort of itinerary these days, but back then I was in my element! (Remember those days when we didn’t need sleep!?). I remember worrying about all the creepy crawlies and checking my shoes/bedding/toilet seat for spiders at every opportunity. We slept one night under the stars by Ayers Rock and I was such I was going to be eaten by something! My favourite memory was watching the sunrise come up over Ayers Rock, as the light changed, so did the colour of the rock, it was magical!
A couple of years later, I travelled to Borneo and got the once in a lifetime change to meet the orangutans of Sepilok Rescue Centre, which was an absolute dream! We also stayed in a really lovely hotel and somehow I managed to get upgraded into a room with a huge jacuzzi on the balcony, which I had all to myself, I couldn’t believe it! My favourite moment from Borneo was getting up in the middle of the night to watch a turtle laying her eggs on the beach, I can still remember our guide running through the ‘hotel’ (which was just basic beach huts to be honest) shouting ‘it’s turtle time!!‘ to wake everyone up for the moment.
My most recent adventure and if you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you’ll have read all about this already! Both V and I travelled to Peru a couple of years ago and it was one of the most amazing but hardest trips I’ve ever done. I was really affected by the altitude, but we managed to do the Inca Trail, even though my lips went blue and I was out of breath with every step. It really was a spiritual, life changing experience, with a lot of funny moments along the way, such as when V drunk a frog milkshake (that literally had a frog blended into it) and don’t even get me started on the quest for a clean toilet on the Inca Trail (spoiler: it doesn’t exist). Peru was just so amazing, I’d go back again in a second!
Ahh, so many amazing memories. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me! I’d love to hear some of your travel stories, either before or after babies, please do tweet me, or share them in the comments below!
Post contains some collaborative links, however all words, opinions and travel stories are my own