“Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.”
– Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy
Planing is half the fun…sometimes.
Getting ready for our trip. This time we are organised, we have booked our hotels, our in country flights. We have booked the car and tickets to events.
We’re making use of our loyalty points and programs. Even I am impressed with our organisation skills.
Elf tip: We love Hotels.com – you collect nights from stays and these add up to free nights in lots of lovely locations.
We’re a month out from our trip so next on the list:
It pays to be ready and prepared.
We’re off to one of my favorite places, The Natural History Museum! This time we are going to see the new Venom exhibition.
First of all, book tickets, the queue is something else entirely. The size of it would strike fear in to the heart of even the most dedicated museum lover. Luckily we have booked tickets, so with rather smug smiles we sidle past the massive line and straight in.
The exhibition, is beautifully put together, with lots of information and specimens as well as real life survival stories. We spend a wonderfully morbid hour and a half perusing the fangs and barbs of snakes, jellyfish, spiders and all sorts of insects.
Get in before it closes, if you are a member it is free!
The start of something is always the hardest part of the journey.
2018 has started and there are many things to reflect on and many things that need to be started. Our plans for this year’s travel and adventures are well on the way.
Part of the delay in the kick start of this year has been the other writing love in my life, my play writing, has taken a front seat at the moment due to my second play being published. I have put my links at the bottom of the page in a shameless self promotion.
No excuse is a good excuse, I know. But in any case this is an excuse that I am proud of.
Any way, on to the next thing, we’re off to an exhibition at the National History Museum. More to follow…
We are looking at the blank slate that is 2018 and making some plans and brainstorming some ideas for the year to come.
We’ve booked in a trip to Australia and to Hong Kong and are raring for that one. We are making plans for a trip to Wales and possibly back to Edinburgh.
Also on the cards is a British Sign language course or many a French Class. We are definitely signing up for a cooking course and have an adventure in Covent Garden planned.
But….we are on the look out for inspiration, what should we do? Where should we go? What are your favorites?
Making plans is full of excitement!
So, we wanted to share some of our favourite secret things we have learn on our travels. In no particular order:
Amsterdam – Vondel Park
If you want something low key and easy on the wallet whilst you are in Amsterdam, we thoroughly recommend a Picnic in Vondel park. Lots of the supermarkets sell little BBQs that are disposable, grab one and join the locals. Really is wonderful.
Porto – BBs Bar
For the best view and money saving beer. Head under the bridge on the Porto side of the river and grab a cheep beer from BBs, then grab a bit of wall. Perfect. Simple as that.
Ouse Valley Viaduct
A short train trip from London and a walk will bring you to this wonderful location. This Viaduct was built in 1841 and it something to behold.
Esposende (Northern Portugal) – De Lili & Ca
For the best pastry you can imagine…only you can’t imagine a pastry with pumpkin that would taste like this. Really Pasteis de Lili are something else! Covered in icing sugar and crisp pastry, perfect with coffee.