Last night in Mykonos

Just quickly guys, how amazing was tonight's sunset in Mykonos, our last night here and it did not disappoint 👌🏻

We followed this beautiful sunset with crepes and freddo espresso at The Taste Diaries – the second time we've been here this week oops

Officially needing that 6 week HIIT challenge I've signed up to do when back in London 😩

Greeceeee

So I've been so MIA on here, mostly because I'm currently on holiday in Greece (amazing) I really don't want to leave and head back to reality. I feel like if I did the whole trip in one post it may be too long so I might do it island by island…

We started our holiday with a Topdeck sailing tour of the Cyclades, strong winds delayed the return of a few of our boats and so our itinerary was slightly delayed, meaning we spent our first night on the departure island of Mykonos instead of in Paros. This actually worked better for Lachy and I since we had left London at 10pm the night before and didn't arrive in Mykonos until about 8am and hadn't slept (my mistake thinking it had been a good idea to fly overnight) But because after our Topdeck tour we had a week in Mykonos it didn't matter if we spent our afternoon napping on the boat.

Our Topdeck tour didn't start until 2pm and as I said we arrive about 8am that morning which meant we had 6 hours to kill with all our luggage and having not slept. We took an expensive taxi (€20 for literally a 7 minute drive- lesson learnt no more taxis) from the airport to Tourlos port (the new port) where our tour left from, we quickly discovered that there's absolutely nothing there and after walking around a bit decided to catch the sea bus into Mykonos town, much better priced at €4 for a return trip.

We ended up having breakfast at a cute little seafront restaurant called Raya, that was filled it comfy couches and an amazing view, perfect for two over tired travellers.
Breakfast was simple but amazing and fairly well priced, we ended up going back here when we arrived back in Mykonos after our Topdeck tour.
As night fell and we had met up with our Topdeck group we headed out for dinner to a lovely restaurant and then out for drinks to party our first night as a group.

More posts coming with recommendations of restaurants, things to do and my favourite islands!

MIA, London life 

So I’ve been pretty MIA on here, life is crazy and busy and I barely have time to breathe..

However I made a promise to myself I would put an effort into my blog and actually stick this through. It was my birthday yesterday and I treated myself to a new iPhone wooo…

My boyfriend took me to the Oblix restaurant in the Shard for dinner the night before and despite our initial wait for our table, everything was amazing, food was incredible as were the cocktails. The view obviously is one of the best you’ll find in London, in one direction you’ve got Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf and on the other you’ve got St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye and Big Ben. I honestly can’t fault a thing about the service and was given a cute plate with some ice cream and shortbread, with a candle and happy birthday on it, just a nice little extra touch. I ended up getting the lamb as my main and the flavours were amazing, more of Moroccan style flavours harrisa and yoghurt, the meals were expensive but they were well proportioned and I definitely didn’t leave hungry. 

Last night however I wanted to try this little Afghanistan restaurant on our high street called Ariana 2.. oh my god was it good, so cheap as well, £32 for our whole meal and we ate so much to the point where I honestly could not eat another bite and had to get my food to take away because I didn’t want to leave it. For obvious reasons the restaurant didn’t serve alcohol (not a big issue for us) but you could byo if you wanted to. I’ve never really eaten middle eastern style food before but honestly the flavours are incredible, everything tasted so fresh and every bite was an explosion in your mouth. Cannot wait to go back. 

As far as my birthday goes, I ate some of the best food I’ve ever eaten and I spent it with my love in one of the best cities in the world. I am one happy girl! 

P.S I’m so bad at taking photos of food because I am just too keen to eat it hahaha

Today…

Being real here, but I’m currently exhausted and my job is draining me so instead of monitoring my staff I’m sitting here staring out the window, praying the day is going to speed the hell up and I can get the hell out of here. I’m having a pretty rough day today feeling all to emotional, which is probably related to the fact I’m averaging 5 hours sleep a night and I’m in a constant state of exhaustion.

Currently staring out at this, and the sun day dreaming of laying on a beach, with a good cocktail and a good book. If the next three weeks so my tired, exhausted and emotional ass can do exactly that on the beaches of the Greek Islands that’d be fantastic..

I guess the upside to my job is I get to stare at a park all day as opposed to my previous building which looked out on to more grey buildings. However, in that old building I got to experience some pretty amazing sunrises.

I mean my phone camera really didn’t do this sunrise any justice, but walking along Regent Street, and seeing the sun come up over the beautiful architecture that lines the street is definitely something everyone should see… Just maybe not in the summer months when the suns up even before I am, and I’m up at 5 am.

On that note, I might bounce and actually get back to my job…

 

Paris.. take one

So my very first weekend in London was a long weekend, and Lachy had organised a surprise for me. By this point Lachy had been here 3 months already and was set up with a job, so the fact I arrived on the weekend that happened to be a long weekend was a total plus. So anyway I was completely unaware that he had organised a surprise weekend away in Paris for us. I couldn’t believe that I had found someone who would do something like surprise me with a trip to somewhere like Paris, I also couldn’t believe the life I now was living allowed for something like that.

I had never been to Paris before, but I immediately fell in love. There is something about Paris, Paris has its own feel and I honestly couldn’t help but love it. It was August and it was hot, 35 degrees the entire weekend, which was a shock to my body coming from one of the coldest winters Perth had experienced in a while.

Here is the first photo of us taken in Paris in front of the Arc de Triomphe, along with the first lesson I learnt about travelling, the early bird gets the worm, and by that I mean the streets of European cities are virtually empty before 10am, makes for the perfect opportunity to experience all the major tourist attractions without all the tourists.

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We spent our first morning roaming the streets, wandering along the Champs-Élysées and the streets of Paris, before heading down towards the Seine, giving us the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time.IMG_0292

We spent the rest of our day exploring the streets , heading to the louvre, somehow we getting there and there being no line at all. After wandering our way throughout the museum, we then headed out side to sit in the shade of the trees out the front, before heading to the Parc du Champ de Mars with baguettes and pastries from a cute little patisserie for lunch.

Spending our evening in a resturant on the Champs-Élysées drinking ice cold cocktails, eating more food than I ever thought possible and people watching. It amazing the difference in the crowds from earlier morning to now, bustling streets and thousands of people.

The next day we climbed the Eiffel Tower, heads up guys pre book everything online, not having to wait in long lines in 35 degree heat is definitely a good thing. Views across Paris as far as the eye can see make the money worth it but if you don’t want to drop that much money to climb the tower, don’t worry because you can get even better views for much less, but I’ll get to that experience later.IMG_0415

Later that evening we got dressed up and headed to the Moulin Rouge, for one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. We spent a little more money and did the dinner that they provide before the show. The food we ate was amazing, three courses and a bottle of champagne was exactly what was needed before the show. If you go to Paris you have to make sure experience this. Every act was shockingly amazing and different and worth every penny spent.

Now back to me saying about how you can get views of Paris better than you can get from the Eiffel, the next day we climbed up to Sacré-Cœur. It cost €5 each to climb and it’s a ridiculous amount of stairs to climb but if my unfit ass can do it anyone can, and the view was definitely worth the buckets of sweat that poured from me… IMG_0445

Even though on our last day the skies were no longer blue, the view was still incredible and in my opinion a view of Paris isn’t a view without the Eiffle Tower, making this view undeniably the best in Paris.

Three days in Paris was more than enough to make me fall in love with this city and I couldn’t go back soon enough.

Say what?? I’m actually here…

So its currently a Sunday evening, after a somewhat lovely “summers” day in London. We spent the afternoon at the park drinking cider and working on our tans for Greece, so we don’t rock up there in three weeks the same colour as the pure white sands.

I feel like this blog will be an amazing way to document our lives over here in London, as well as a way for me to feel like I am using my brain, since I have put my studies on hold while we are over here and my job doesn’t require an IQ score higher then 50 to do (I manage a cafe).

Ever since I was a teenager, I imagined basing myself in London and travelling as much as I can, however as I got older things in my life made me think this dream of mine would never happen…. and then I met Lachlan, and let me tell you this, never say never. My boyfriend has given me the opportunity to live this dream and it’s 100x better with him by my side, than what it would have been if I were to do this by myself. Since we’ve been here we have tried to travel as much as possible, its super easy when companies like Ryanair and Easyjet sell flights for ridiculously low prices, seriously they’re so cheap. In Australia I would pay like 3x the amount just to fly to a different city, but £20 for a return flight to Spain, I’m there!

I am not a writer, I’m not going to pretend to be a perfect writer, in fact my brain tends to lean towards the science side (hence the psychology degree), so please forgive me if my grammar isn’t 100% perfect and sometimes my sentences may be too long, but that’s just me. I feel a little self conscious about this, not that I am expecting anyone to ever read this but it’s a little weird putting this out there. I’m honestly just an average girl (seriously I’m currently sitting here with BBQ sauce stain from my dinner on my shirt), who has somehow managed to end up living this life of travelling and love.

Anyway, I think this is enough for my first post,
But I’ll be back,

Love Hannah