A lovely day in London.

 

I travel to the UK quite often, normally to South East England, the seaside of Kent. It is absolutely beautiful there.  However, every time I have the opportunity of going to London, which is where my sis and one of my besties are currently living, I happily take it!

I’d say that London is most probably one of my favourite cities in Europe. Its hustle and bustle, all the amazing free museums and art galleries/exhibitions, the historic architecture and old stunning buildings, the food culture, the black cabs and red buses, its tucked-away shopping streets; its characteristic theatres, old English pubs and coffee shops; the riverside area; the music scene, etc (…). Plus, for a nature lover like me, the fact that you are never be far from a park is just another thing that allures me about this big city! There is always something exciting happening in London and I feel like you can never know the city too well as it is always changing.

I travelled to England about two months ago to visit my boyfriend and we decided to go to London for a day. I though I’d share what we did there as we both had such a great time, despite the grey-ish weather. Plus, as you guys must know by now, I love to talk about all my happy experiences and could not miss this opportunity.

We headed to London early-ish in the morning and shortly after having a quick breakfast at home. My boyfriend had some coffee and toast and I had a bowl of soya yoghurt with berries.

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We had a lovely and smooth train journey and we arrived to London at around 10:30am.

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11pm: Lovely stroll around St. James Park. Okay, the weather might not have been great but it did not prevent us from enjoying the greenery.

 

1pm: First stop – Restaurant Tibits. Since the day started early, when lunchtime came around, my boyfriend and I  were craving some yummy, filling and nourishing food. This vegan lunch just hit the spot! As the planner that I am, I had looked up this restaurant prior heading to London and it did not disappoint one bit. Undoubtedly, one of the best vegan restaurants we have ever been to. Even though it’s a self-service buffet, you can taste just how fresh the ingredients are. This place is seriously a haven of health with a great atmosphere and its wide variety of plant-based (main and dessert!) dishes is to die for.  It might not be the cheapest restaurant in London to get some food but it is certainly worth the money.

2pm: Catch up with my sis over a cup of green tea at the cafe bar at Royal Albert hall (no photos taken). At that time she was finishing her PhD at Imperial College London and undergoing the busiest and most stressful time since she started her studies. I was super glad that she took a break from her PhD thesis to meet us. She was able to take her mind out off it for a couple of hours and we all enjoyed the time we spent together.

 

 

4pm: A walk down Regent Street. Its beautiful architecture towering along both sides of the road amazes me every single time I see it.

 

 

5pm: Tea O’clock. Well, at least for me. Apparently, I am the only one in this relation who is not British but has the habits of someone who is! haha We have also met up one of my best girlfriends, whom I hadn’t seen in over two years, at this lovely English pub. It was so nice to be reunited with her and realise that nothing has changed between us since we both move to different countries. I have missed her so much. Seeing her again has also reminded me of how important is to make the effort to keep our friends close in order to maintain lifelong friendships. ♥

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7:30pm: Musical “Wicked” at Apollo Victoria Theatre. I really enjoyed watching it in the company of my love. I’d say that the narrative and overall performance of all actors and actresses involved is superb. The singing, the dancing, the lovely scenes were kind of magical as well as how the entire story unfolded.

 

All in all, it was a long but oh-so-fulfilling day! It was so nice to build some new and beautiful memories in London, which is the main reason why I love each and every time I go there; whether it is for several weeks in a row or just for a single day.

 

Hope you have enjoyed reading this post! Have you ever been to London? If so, did you enjoy it? What are things that you find most fascinating about the city? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

Much Love,

Blissfully grateful

One day at the largest flower garden in the world: Keukenhof, Holland.

For those of you who don’t know I live in Holland for nearly two and a half years and absolutely love it! The fact that Holland is a relatively a small country doen’t take any beauty out of it. There is so many wonderful cities to visit and amazing things to experience. Today I am here to talk about one of them: Keukenhof, the largest flower garden in the world.

Keukenhof, best-know as the Garden of Eurone –  is the largest garden in the world with 32 hectares of flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes. Sounds almost surreal, does not it? Now that I have the chance of visiting it in fesh, I would best describe it is as this beautiful paradise full of an abundance of colourful flowers that adorn 15 kms of pathways. Everything that surrounds just glows. It is so vibrant and aesthetically pleasing that you just get lost in Nature’s beauty by walking through the vivid and vast gardens displaying so many different vivid blooming flowers.

Visiting Keukenhof has been on the top of my bucket list of ever since I moved here and this year I have finally crossed it off. I had high expectations and this beautiful spring-flowering park did not disappoint. I encourage any person who lives or come to the lowlands in Spring time to visit Keukenhof. It runs from Mid-March until Mid-May every year.

I thought that my parent’s visit in the middle of April could not be a more perfect occasion to go to Keukenhof. Since they love being out in the Nature and have a soft corner for flowers, I decided to surprise them by buying the tickets before hand and taking them there without telling the destination or plan for the day. Seeing how amazed and thankful my parents were as soon as they realize where they were made it all worth. It felt great to be able to do something nice for them.  Plus, it turned out that I could not have picked a better time to visit it. From what we heard that day, we went just when Spring was at its peak and tulips were in full bloom. It was an unique and magnificient experience to see such a wide range of different spring flowers in bloom, like tulips (my favourite 🌷), daffodils and hyacinths.

There is just this brief remark that I feel like I really need to share with you guys though. The challenge of visiting this flower garden is, undoubtedly, to take a picture with tulips without getting it photobombed by someone who was not supposed to be on it! Believe me, the struggle was real!! haha

Anyway, the Keukenhof gardens are located just outside Lisse, a cute little town in the South of Holland. Lisse is known for its scenic, long and colourful strips of tulip fields, which are in fact one of the country’s most photographed landscapes. Seeing this  wonderful scenery left me absolutely mesmerized and reminded me that there’s so much beauty in the world. Being outdoors and somewhere new allows me to fully immerse myself and, in a general way, just appreciate life more. ❤ It is impressive how Nature never fails to amaze me.

This garden certainly shows the real essence and beauty of Holland. If you love flowers, then you won’t want to miss this. Do yourself a favour and add this place to your bucket list. Trust me, you are going to literally have a “blooming great time”! 🙂

Here are some of the photos:

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Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful