31/08/2017

Restaurant: Four To Eight - Covent Garden, London


What a way to start the weekend! We headed down to Four to Eight - a contemporary and independent Italian restaurant nestled in Covent Garden. With only a few tables joining us in the restaurant in our time there, we were treated like royalty and left not only with very happy bellies, but also feeling like we'd made friends with manager and waitress.
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29/08/2017

Afternoon Trip to Portmeirion, Wales

Last week, we went to Chester for the week to visit James' family and on one of those days, we took a cute little day trip to Portmeirion, which is on the coast of North Wales. The drive took an hour and a half, with such a scenic route for the most part and we got these just on time for our 2 course lunch at Castell Deudraeth.

After a very fulfilling lunch, we were all stuffed and ready to take a nice stroll. It was a short walk down to Portmeirion Village, where the film The Prisoner was filmed. The village itself was very pretty, very toy like with all the block colours and perfection.














Have you ever visited Portmeirion? What do you think of it?

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27/08/2017

Afternoon Tea: The Tower Hotel - Tower Bridge, London


Hello beautiful people - we are back! As you should know, we have taken a couple of weeks off from blogging as we needed some time to recover and allow you lovely readers to catch up with our posts from our travels. If you are new to our blog, or have been gone completely missing from the face of the Earth (or maybe just our Twitter feed), you can catch up here.

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24/08/2017

Lifestyle: Where Would You Eat If You Won The Lottery?

We've all thought about that one question or have at least been asked several times in our lives
"What would you do if you won the lottery?"

But before even thinking about winning, you have to play. I remember the last time I played on the day I turned 18, had no idea what I was doing but now there are so many other ways online to play online such as LottoLand as well as around the world with the Irish lottery and the US Powerball.

Playing is only part of the fun, winning is what it's all about! If you haven't thought about it before, then you're a liar! Of course you've thought about that dream house, dream car, travelling the world or if you're like us, all the high end places you'd like to eat at that you wouldn't be able to afford on a regular day.

Bob Bob Richard

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22/08/2017

Travel Tips: What We Learnt in Europe


As I'm sure you know, we spent 5 weeks away this summer Interrailing around Europe and quite simply had the most incredible time. We planned our route, where to stay, and what to do and eat with a mix of in advance and spontaneity, but with having been to none of the places we were going before, there were always going to be lessons learnt along the way.

We thought we'd share our top 10 insights which we don't think many people talk about or get written about much on other travel blogs, forums and sites like TripAdvisor. These are in no particular order, just the ones that have stuck with us the most.

They take their bike lanes very seriously

Our first stop was Amsterdam, where there are statistically more bikes than people, so of course we were expecting bikes to be everywhere. They were, but nothing prepared us for the strict yet unwritten rules of their bike lanes. The most fooling part of all is that most of the lanes look like pavements, so if you go, always be prepared to check before you even turn or cross the road - they literally fly at you from nowhere!

No J-walking

Our Interrail stops had varying levels of attitudes of when to cross the road. Berlin sticks in our mind as a place where people only cross when you're given the green man, even when there is literally no one around. With coming from London where crossing signs mean next to nothing, it was certainly a surprise and a little weird at first.

Always carry change, pay for toilets

We left London for our trip with no cash whatsoever but instead armed with our multi-currency Revolut card. It was great to have but when it came to things like needing the toilet, it caused us a few painful problems! In most places we were charged for public toilets, even in McDonald's. Carry change and be prepared to pay to pee!

Some places still allow smoking indoors

It seems crazy to think that it wasn't that many years ago that in the UK this was the case too, and it seems like other countries still have a lot of catching up to do in order to change laws. Many restaurants and bars still allow smoking indoors and it may be worth checking before you go in or book a table if you don't like it.

Apple maps doesn't support some European countries - use Google maps

One big surprise was that Apple Maps often didn't know the route for us to get from one place to another via public transport. Luckily, Google Maps did, so get the app downloaded before you set off.

Always validate your travel ticket

Another shock we had was the way we had our public transport tickets checked in every country we went to, other than Paris. There are no gates to get through to tube lines, and no checks by bus drivers that you have a ticket - you just get on. Instead, many cities had a machine onboard a bus or inside a tube station where you stamp your ticket, and then it becomes valid for the period specified on your ticket. The only time you will get checked is when a travel officer randomly hops on board to check tickets. It's incredibly tempting to risk it as there is a 90% you'll get away with it, but the huge fines that can be imposed meant that it's really not worth it. Our tickets were checked twice in the 5 weeks we were away and luckily, we took the safe option to buy tickets.

80% of places don't take card

The further we got away from the UK, the more normal it seemed for restaurants and shops to only take cash. It was a pain to be honest, although more often that not there was always a cash machine nearby.

Not all European countries have Euros as their currency

We crossed between 5 currencies during our time away - Euros, Czech Kouna, Hungarian Forints, Croatian Kouna, and Swiss Francs. We used the Revolut card for the entire trip to make sure we used cash only where necessary. Give it a Google if you don't know how it works - it was a saving grace!

Zebra crossings are not always zebra crossings

Simple one - in some countries what seems like a zebra crossing is just where they recommend you cross. Cars don't stop for you.

Even if it's a traffic light crossing, be cautious

We remember this especially in Budapest, but we know it happened a lot in other places too. If there is a green man to cross the road, cars turning the corner to go through the crossing can go through even with pedestrians crossing. All the lights do is determine who has priority, but the more daring drivers will make it a close shave. Be careful!


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05/08/2017

Waffle Factory (finally) | Brussels Day 4

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Waffle Factory - Rue du Lombard 30

After practically telling ourselves and even sharing it with all of you that we'll be going to the Waffle Factory for the past 3 day, we have FINALLY done it!
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Mannequin Piss & Grand-Place | Brussels Day 4

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As it is our last day here with very little time, we packed up our bags, checked out of our Train Hostel, we made use of our last travel Brussels Card and headed out for our last main meal. With our train back to London being in the mid-afternoon, there was only so much time we had left to explore.


So we did out last few laps around the centre and here are the shots we took:







Thank you so so much to every single one of you who have made it this far into our travels, it had been an amazing experience and we're so happy to have been able to share it all with you! We hope you'll continue to join our adventures when we're back to our normal routine again!

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary Brussels Card for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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04/08/2017

The Brussels Journey's Beer and Chocolate Tour | Brussels Day 3

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It's our last full day of Interrailing and we couldn't think of a better way to end than filling our stomachs with chocolate and beer. That would be the case anywhere, but with being in Belgium, it's pretty much customary. We embarked on Brussels Journey's Beer and Chocolate Tour, full of amazing food and drink, great laughs, all in the company of an amazing guide and fellow tour members.
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Atomium & Mini Europe | Brussels Day 3

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Today is our officially our last FULL day in Brussels, as well as it being the last full day in our travels, so we obviously had to go visit one of the main landmarks of Brussels, the Atomium.

Unfortunately we didn't go up the Atomium, the line was way too long and we just didn't have the time because we have planned to visit Mini Europe. So we jut took our typical pictures outside the Atomium, pretending to hold it up and all!



Then we headed over the bridge and went to Mini Europe, which we got a little discount using our Brussels Card. What better way to end our last full day of travelling than to re-live our adventures once more in miniature form.



Mini Europe allows you to see of the famous landmarks in each country, along with some facts, the capital, the population and so many interesting facts.



I, Jessica have actually been here once before in my younger days, but I thought it would be a fun quick little thing to do before heading off to the main event of the day, our Chocolate & Beer Tour, which you can read all about in the next post.

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary Brussels Card for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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03/08/2017

Cinnamon Swirl, Cup Pasta & Belgian Waffles | Brussels Day 2

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CafĂ© Capitale - Rue du Midi 45

It always feels like it's been a while since we've been to a proper little coffee shop, it doesn't seem like we've been to many on this trip. We found this little gem whist walking around yesterday and vouched we'd come here this morning.
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Choco Story, Comic Strip Centre & Trail | Brussels Day 2

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If you've seen our post from yesterday, you will know all about the Comic Book Strip Trail that we have embarked on during our time here in Brussels. With extreme weather wiping out most of the afternoon, it means that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us in the coming days to find all of them - but here is what we found today...








Between finding art murals and going to the Comic Strip Centre, we made our way to Choco Story - a small museum on the history of Belgian chocolate. Although the museum wasn't as great as we thought it would be, we did watch a quick demonstration on how to make praline chocolates, and taste it afterwards as well! Delicious!


Back to the topic of Comic Books and not only is there street art all around the city, but also a museum about the history of the comic book, the process of designing, drawing and refining the stories. Jessica as a former art student was her in her element, and surprisingly as a man who has never been able to draw a stick man, was also intrigued! 



It did make me wish I was able to draw something close to the extraordinary art pieces we were surrounded by, and that I had the patience for it, and that I read more comic books as a child - I guess it's never too late!



As mentioned, the weather meant that the later part of the afternoon led us back to the hotel to take cover. Hopefully it will clear up by tomorrow so we can go over to the Atomium and finish up our Brussels and overall Interrail adventures!


Disclaimer: we were given complimentary Brussels Cards for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.

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02/08/2017

Belgian Fries from Fritland | Brussels Day 1



Fritland - Rue Henri Maus 49

Our first day in Brussels and in all honesty, our timings have been all over the place. So a full warning that there is only one meal shared in this post but a very good one to be fair.

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