Belgium: Grand Place

The picture below was taken in Brussels’ Grand Place, it was taken in our second day there. Our hotel was just around the corner and we frequented this square a few times.

During our stay, we tried walking everywhere so we would get to know the city more. We tried to eat in restaurants that locals did and even tried food that weren’t sure what they were; this is the main reason I love travelling. It is to get to know the city or country and for a few days experience their lives, get to know their culture and try their food.

Here is Belgium’s Grand Place.

Grand Place, Belgium

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Venice: The Grand Canal

The picture below was taken on our way back to our hotel in our last day in Venice. We both struggled with the weather, it was hard walking and taking pictures was even more. I spent most of the time tired and taking lots of breaks, think my pictures show it. The amount of effort put into them was very little; therefore the amount of good pictures from these two days are just a few.

Venice, The Grand Canal

Scotland: Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town and it runs between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. I took the photo as we were walking towards the palace, the sun had set and we had some lovely colours in the sky. Edinburgh’s Old Town is beautiful, the buildings are full character and history. Edinburgh is now one of my favourite cities, along with Florence and Paris.

Edinburgh - Royal Mile

St. Pancras Station

The picture below was taken last year before we took the Eurostar to Belgium. We had arrived to the station very early, so we had plenty time to have some lunch and take some pictures around the station. The station is very impressive and also a great photography subject. This photo is my favourite of the bunch!

St. Pancras Station

England: Devon and Somerset

The photo below may seem to have been taken in an exotic location but it was in fact taken in the South of England. After we came back from our short stay in India and before we were due back to work (with me feeling better after taking my antibiotics); we decided to take a short trip to the south of the country. We spent a couple of days in Devon and Somerset resting and enjoying the beautiful weather (an odd occurrence here in Britain). It was a mini honeymoon we got to have before going back to work.

England - Devon

Wales: The Ffestiniog Railway

This is my travel Thursday post, we had a power cut yesterday and wasn’t able to finish my post.

My family came to England in 2011, it was the first time they were all here. Hubby and I decided to take them to see as much as we could in the three weeks they had here. We went to London, North Wales, Scotland, York and the Lake District. While in Wales, we took them on a steam train from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. It was one of my favourite activities that we did while they were here, a very unique experience!

Here is my favourite photo of the day 🙂

Welsh Countryside

…and here is a picture of the train!

Steam Train Wales

India: Qutb Complex, Delhi

The Qutb complex

I find it very hard to look at my pictures from India and for the last few years I have somehow managed to find reasons why not to edit them. Looking at the pictures now makes me very sad. We arranged to go there for our honeymoon and it was the country that we both had dreamed to visit.

A few days before our wedding, I got a bad throat and chest infection. I think it was mostly due to the stress and tiredness of planing a wedding (I am a perfectionist, so planning my perfect wedding took its toll on my body). The day before our wedding, I had lost my voice so we were all very worried that I wasn’t going to be able to say my vows. After gargling lots of tea, honey and lemon the night before; I managed to get some of some of my voice back. I was able to say my vows and thank our family and friends for joining us. Our wedding night wasn’t the romantic night we had hoped for, I spent it coughing and being sick. My poor husband had to be true to his vows (‘in sickness and in health’) very soon!

Thinking about it now, it wasn’t only the chest infection that made me so poorly. It was also the Malaria tablets that I had been taking that had not agreed with me at all.

Anyway, we still managed to get to the airport and fly to India the next morning. It was when we arrived to India that I noticed that I had left my antibiotics home. India was very hot and humid (Monsoon season), and it made me feel a million times worse. I got completely dehydrated, had a bad fever and my body wouldn’t stop shaking. Our first night there is just a blur. Because of it next morning we decided to return home.

Our flight was scheduled for the next day so we were able to see a little bit of Delhi. The picture below was taken in the Qutb complex, an area that hosts old monuments and buildings.

Not staying in India is one of my biggest regrets. I wish I had stayed and seen how my infection developed but I wasn’t thinking properly and just wanted to get home and rest. We are hoping to go back sometime in the future and resume our honeymoon but only time will tell…

Morocco: Dunes of Erg Chebbi

It is again that day in the week in which I get to reminisce about the adventures that hubby and I have had the pleasure to share together. We both love travelling and love seeing new countries and learning about new cultures. Wish I could say I have seen and experienced as many countries as he has but sadly I haven’t . He took a year off work and decided to travel around the world. Okay, he didn’t see all the countries around the world but he managed to see a few countries in Asia, Australia and South America. I hope one day to visit all those countries too!

We went to Morocco a few years ago and although I got very sick towards the end of our stay; I enjoyed every minute we spent there. Morocco is a beautiful country and we had so much fun. For me the highlight of our stay was spending the night in the dessert. I had never seen so many stars in the sky, we sat by a campfire while hearing our hosts play some music. It was a very unique and unforgettable experience.
Today I am sharing a picture I took right before I got back on my camel after stopping to see the sunrise. Amazing!

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Isle of Bute: Firth of Clyde

Travel Thursday:

The picture below was taken four years ago in the Isle of Bute, Scotland. Bute is very beautiful, we fell in love of the Isle as soon as we arrived. We drove to the southern part of the island and made our way uphill to the ruins of St Blane’s Church. The picture below was taken at the top of the hill which has views of the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran.

Firth of Clyde

Day 212 – A day in Paris…

I took over 290 pictures in that one single day in Paris. It took me a couple of days to go through and edit them. It was even harder to choose just a few photos for this post, I hope you enjoy them 🙂

It was loud thunder that woke me up that morning, followed by some lightning and more thunder. I can’t remember the last time I woke up to that sound. I don’t usually like the sound of thunder but on this day I loved it. It may have been that we were in Paris and even loud thunder adds to the romanticism of this city. After some breakfast we made our way to the Gare de Lyon, left our bags there and walked to the Seine. Got tickets for the Batobus which took us to our first stop, the Louvre.

Seine River

Near Gare de Lyon

Near Gare de Lyon

Sparrow

Batobus route

Batobus route

View of Seine River

View of Seine River

Paris

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Louvre

Louvre

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel

Statue

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel

Arc de Triomphe du Carroussel

Louvre

Louvre

After taking some pictures around the Louvre we walked back to River and made our way to the next stop. Can you guess what was our next stop?

Graffiti
Paris

Eiffel Tower

By the river Seine

Yes, our next stop was Paris’ Iron Lady. The picture below is my favourite of all the ones I took on this day, so here it is picture 212.

Eiffel Tower

After queuing for a little while, we made our way to the top. Last time we visited the tower we took the stairs and only made it to the second floor, but this time we went for the elevator which took us all the way to the top. While at the top we both had some champagne and toasted to the place which started our journey as husband and wife. Below are some picture we took while at the top.

View of Paris

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Top of the tower

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Champagne

After spending some time exploring each floor of the tower we made our way to the final stop of our little tour. We went to the Notre Dame, we walked around it, took some pictures and then had some food. As we were leaving the restaurant a monsoon like rain started and we got completely soaked, the rain was so bad that the sole of my shoe came off. Yes, I had to walk the rest of the way back with a sole-less shoe. Before we made our way back though, we stopped by the Pont des Arts and as we didn’t do last time, we attached a padlock with our names and the date of our engagement.

Living statue

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

The Pont des Arts

Padlocks

Square Jean XXIII

Notre Dame

Once the rain stopped we walked back to the station and took the overnight train to Venice. We really enjoyed our time in Paris and just wish we had more time to enjoy it.