We have arrived in Ireland! After a 3.5 hour delay, we made it to our final destination. This trip (holiday) is flying by! I’m reflecting on all the fun we had in London. I’ll keep this relatively short again - just a brief overview of our past few days there. Happy to answer any specific questions any of you may have!
Day 1: Arrived
We stayed in Westminster area so explored this area first! Westminister Abbey, Big Ben (under construction), Churchill War Rooms, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Wellington Arch, Kensington Palace.
Day 2: London Exploration
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe (original spot as well), Old Operating Museum, Southwark Cathedral, The London Bridge Experience & London Tombs, London Bridge, Monument, All Hallows by the Tower, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard
Day 3: More London
Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour, Windsor Castle
Day 4: Stonehenge, Oxford, Windsor Tour
Day 5: Paris Excursion
River Cruise, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Lourve Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral
Looking forward to our next adventure here in Dublin! Let me know if you have any suggestions! :)
”Hello from Prague”
Switching up from the string of Disney blog focuses, we have commenced on vacation! J and I are first in Prague emerging ourselves in their culture. I have to say that out of all the places we planned on going to this trip/vacation, the Czech Republic was the place I was most nervous about. I was not sure what entirely to anticipate regarding the language barrier. After just a day of being here, I felt very comfortable. It turns out English is very common; I’m not saying it is fluent, but we have found it is very widely understood and most people can understand it and speak it (pretty dang good too!). It is a blessing that they (most) do, truly. Here’s what our stay has looked like so far!
Day 1: Kutná Hora (Bone Church), Old Town Square
- highlights: Kutná Hora was my TOP priority here in Prague.
Day 2: Walking Free Tour, “Date Night”
- Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, Powder Tower
Day 3: Finish Sightseeing in Prague, Vltava River Cruise
Day 4: Dresden Germany Day Trip
Prague did NOT disappoint. Onto our next leg of the journey... London! Bye for now.
I started writing this blog back in June when I went down to Florida to visit my sister who was doing a summer internship at a university in Boca Raton. Naturally, I HAD to visit her and we planned out a long weekend for me to come down there. She literally had been down there for 2 weeks when I went to visit. LOL. Of course we planned out a trip to our favorite place - Disney World! Here we are in January and we took our annual girls/besties/sister trip back in November down to Disney (again)! I have had a few requests on
details around Disney World travel and things to see/do. I get referred to as crazy because I have been able to hit all the parks in a day. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not crazy if you have a plan! Now, I am by no means claiming to be a Disney expert or advisor. This blog will give you the tips and tricks that we have learned. Besides Kady and I going there 3 times now, my parents have taken us twice; both on a family vacations and I also went down there when one of my best friends did an internship at Disney World! So again, no expert - just learn from my mistakes and good fortunes!
Download the Disney World app. This will give you everything you need built in. It has a running list of your reservation (tickets, hotel, fastpasses, etc.), shows wait times of all the attractions in the parks, you can make lunch/dinner reservations, or you can even order food to pickup! At the end of the day, we like to look at the professional pics that we loaded to our magic bands which links into my account for the app as well.
I think one of the more important parts of going to Disney is deciding what is most important in the trip, making a tentative game plan, and packing accordingly. Now, Kady & I usually do not plan until the day before or even as we are entering the park and getting a feel for wait times. I truly think you first plan on what you HAVE to hit first - like those items that you would be devastated if you couldn't do it. For example, we knew we HAD to get the Seven Dwarfs ride that we haven't been able to hit in Magic Kingdom for the past 2 times we were there. From there you have to just plan on what you can hit next and then fill the space in-between with a show or low-wait ride.
Helpful hint: Disney offers accommodations for those individuals who cannot wait in line. See your guest services the first day and they will make the arrangements for you!
Top Items to Bring:
1. Rain Poncho(s) - it will most likely rain a little bit if you go to Disney World. The mistake most people make is one of two things. Either they leave when the rain should not stop your fun because it will soon pass or they don’t pack their own poncho and overpay at the souvenir shop for one that is marked up 10x.
2. Refillable Water Bottle -this is a must for us, especially depending on the time of year!
3. Snacks - not entirely important for me, but Kady brings some and I know most people don't know you can actually bring snacks in to avoid extra expenses for them and their families. Make sure they aren't melt-able snacks!
4. Bookbag (or fanny pack!) - I think this goes without being said, but.... The wait isn't long to get through this line to enter the park and they make all the rides easily accessible to take these on so do it!!
5. Rechargeable Battery - we always use Kady's that has an awesome battery life/use. Just this time we were able to charge up both of ours to over 50% for 3 days each (so 6 charges for those of you who can't math) and she only lost 1 bar on her battery out of 4. The brand is Blackweb and here's a link similar to hers (it was a gift).
6. Sunglasses - we don't use them because EARS but there were times that we were hurting (even in November!!). :)
Did I miss something? Have questions about something else? Leave me a comment below!
It's been a hot minute. Life seems to sneak up quickly - it's already 2019! Not entirely sure where 2018 went.. Hope everyone had a great time celebrating the holidays in whatever form that may be for you.
As many of you know, my sis and I are complete Disney fanatics! I have been asked so many details about Disney, what we do, what to pack, tips, tricks, etc. that I decided to do mini blog posts to try to cover without exhausting over one large post! ha. So naturally, my favorite first - food!! Kady and I focused heavily on food this past time (November) in Disney. We tried to capture some really insta-worthy pics - sometimes we forgot and just dove in ... whoops! :) Here is the final cut for my top ten must-haves at Disney World! (In no particular order...)
Although that concludes my top 10 choices, here are other notables!
Did something you love not make my list? Share below!
*Note: none of the above food items had tree nuts in them for those of you who have to watch that!
An adventurous soul, a kind heart, and a sarcastic mouth. You never know which you will get.