Before this trip I had never even heard of The Sky Garden but I can tell you right now I was missing out, it is beautiful! This mini botanical garden area is 155m up in the air, with 360 degrees panoramic views and spots to eat, you could spend the entire day up here! The first amazing thing about this place is that it is free to get into! Free! All you have to do is book in at a certain time, there are limited spaces available each day. Check out ticket times and options here. Although the ticket permits you in for an hour at a time, there is also a restaurant and a bar so you can be fed and watered, if you want to experience the Sky Garden for longer. In the main section of the Sky Garden there is the Sky Pod where you can have coffee and cake or I choose some delicious lemonade. It is going to be a bit more expensive but it’s such a nice atmosphere. With the plants and the flowers it gives this fresh air feeling. Also I have allergies and I can assure you you I didn’t sneeze once, which was great. Now lets talk about the view. As you are 155 meters up there needs to be safety procedures so there are thick panes of glass for you to look out at. This does mean that they are a bit grubby and there will be reflections but it is still an amazing view. Watching busy London from above is really interesting, watching boats go by and cars go over the bridge, it’s such a great vantage point to watch the city. I definitely recommend this gorgeous place, check out the website and book a ticket. Also thanks to the couple who perfectly fit in this image. Hope you’re well! Thanks so much for reading!
First off lets talk about The Breakfast Club. I have heard great things about this place for about two years now and I have been desperate to try it. Thankfully this place was so close to where I was staying in London. I usually test a place by their eggs Benedict and a flat white coffee. They are my staples if I go out to breakfast. I threw in some breakfast potatoes and a freshly squeezed orange juice to my order to make this breakfast the ultimate indulgence! It was so tasty and everything you could want to start your day of exploring and walking around London. Definitely recommend. Check out their locations here. They are open late so you can have breakfast whenever you like! Perfection. This breakfast will set you back a bit, this food was just under £20 but I went all out, you can find cheaper items on the menu. Now lets talk about the second place that was around the corner from where I was staying that I loved. Pizza Union! Ah if only they were in Ireland. It is a proper Italian style pizza place with a big stone fire pizza oven. It has a quick service and delicious food. I recommend you get what’s in the picture, a delicious pepperoni pizza, their garlic dip, which is amazing for £1 extra and a Limonata, which, in my opinion is the best drink on earth! This meal will cost you under £10 and you will be full and happy. There are only two locations check where they are at here.
Note: Both of these locations are in Spittlefields.
Usually I snack when I travel so these food posts are few and far between but I wanted to share these two places with you because I have been thinking about them since I’ve been home. How much do you want pizza right now?
In all my years of going to London, I had never been to the British Museum. So when I had some free time on a recent trip I headed straight for it. The only tip I have is, and this goes for any museum visit in London is to go early, especially at the weekend! The British Museum is free to enter, which really is wonderful. The building is so grand and it is very impressive. As a first time visitor it can be a little confusing where you should start but there is a big information point inside the door where I am sure they will point you in the right direction. It get’s very busy as time goes on so it can feel very cramped but just respect other people and let everyone have a turn. Remember manners people! Museums are really important so that we can learn and understand history. People don’t often get the chance to travel and see artifacts that are native to that country so I understand the need for museums. I got to the Rosetta Stone and it was so crowded and people had to squint to see the information written beside it and there was different information on each side. Which was a shame but still really great to see such an import piece of history that deciphered an amazing ancient writing system. Although I understand the need for places like the British Museum, I have to say that I felt very emotional walking around the Parthenon room. In school I learnt about Greek and Roman architecture and mythology and having been to the Acropolis and seeing how incredible that site is, it’s horribly sad to see the amazing elements of the Parthenon sitting in a grey, cold room. There was a caryatid all by herself! As interesting as The British Museum is, it really does feel that the artifacts that decorate this building aren’t theirs, and sometimes it feels like it should be back where it belongs. Maybe it is just the fact that I have been to the countries where these pieces come from that I have more of an emotional connection but I just didn’t really feel comfortable there.Thats not to say this building isn’t impressive and the design isn’t immersive but to be honest if you are going to have big pieces from places with such a rich history, I would have liked way more information! I suppose I would just like a person like my sister beside me all the time who can explain it’s history in such an engaging way! Definitely go for a visit, there is so much to see I am sure I actually saw very little!
I booked this trip to Norway last December and now that I am back it kind of seems like a dream. If I squish the time I actually spent on Norwegien soil, I had two days. This seems crazy to me. I didn’t sleep much and I drove a lot. Over 1200km.
I decided to drive from Asker to Bergen, I didn’t have a plan, I just had points of interest that I wanted to see. so I just drove. The roads at this time of year (April) were perfect to drive on. I did get a little worried at night time because the temperatures were dropping to -8 to -13 degree weather but there were no disruptions to roads what so ever. Also note this time of year Norway is gearing up for tourist season and roads will be opening back up again. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, around every corner is another huge mountain, fjords, moose, lakes, it’s never ending even with all of the tunnels! I feel like I saw nothing and loads at the same time. I was enamoured.One thing I didn’t do enough of was get out of the car and get closer to beautiful things along this route. All in good time though. I also didn’t see that many waterfalls I think I saw two my entire time!
This magical part of Norway was incredible! It’s a frozen, snow covered, beautiful landscape. I drove through this area at night and it was crazy, there was so much snow on either side of the road, it seemed like I was in another world! I get very giddy around snow.When the sun shines it is absolutely gorgeous, like a Windows screensaver. I took a moment to sit and take it in. Absolutely stunning! I also saw arctic hare, gah just incredible! Although the roads can freeze over it was fine to drive on, just slow and don’t brake like a mad yoke. I would love to see what these roads are like in the height of winter, it must look like you are in a thick cloud. Maybe one day.
I have now discovered that this is getting a big renovation of bridges and look out spots but when I was there it was blocked off and full of building materials! However, the area is awesome. This waterfall drops 100ft down into the valley and is so gorgeous, I would love to go down and see it from the bottom. I am sure it will be wonderful when it is finished, it’s a great location which deserves the best view.
In the little town of Aurland you start your accent to the Stegatein lookout point. It’s not a very busy area, so the roads get narrower. The road to the lookout point is your classic mountain windy small roads so shudder to think passing a tour bus up there. Once you get up to the top, there is information and toilets but they are closed in the winter time and reopen in summer. Then you walk down the incredible platform and wow is it amazing. I was lucky enough to have the place to myself for a bit before a van full of people showed up. As I was snapping away and recording some video, a cruse ship left port and was going down the Fjord. It was a postcard scene. The water was such a beautiful blue and the mountains were huge. It was gorgeous. I recommend you stop off here because it is amazing.
Bonus Thing to See
If you have the time and inclination, find the little alpacas. So cute! They aren’t big on people so they will walk away but this was my first time seeing these adorable fluff balls in real life so I had to park up and say hello. I am not going to tell you where to stop so try and find them if you are on the road.
I am so excited to share this review with you not only because I think this information is very valuable to my fellow camper van travellers but because this is what I wanted my first rental to be like!
In summary: I loved this van, I love this company, I will be back to use it again but now lets get into the details.
What I Loved
I love that their vans are new, they are 2014 models and haven’t racked up that many kilometers. I choose a plain outside because we all know how last time worked out for me, if you didn’t see it check it out here. I loved this van by the end of my trip. It was fantastic and had everything you could possibly need!
Unlimited Kilometers! Now if you read my previous post on rental thats what really bummed me out because I can drive a lot at once. I am so so grateful that Nordic doesn’t charge for extra kms and I hope it wont change. In the three days I drove over 1200km and it was incredible that I didn’t have to worry like I did last time!
Free wifi! Once again I am just going to say that I love this rental. Each camper has a wifi dongle and as long at it is charged you will have wifi, this was perfect for me as I used google maps for the entire trip and i got to Facetime my family.
Most importantly, everything worked! I cannot express how easy this trip was with this camper. It really had everything you could want from the correct cables and adaptors to kitchen supplies this van seriously had it all and I 100% recommend!
What I Didn’t Like
The front part of the car and the back sleeping section are completely separate which means if you have the heating on in the front it wont warm up the back at all really. This only becomes an issue if you are wilderness camping because each van is equipped with a heater that you can plug in at a camp site. I didn’t opt to sleep in campsites and I have to say I was freezing and didn’t sleep well at all. At one point during the night I actually got into the front bit of the van and slept in the front seat with the heater on. Basically, my advice is to find a campsite and stay there, be warm and snuggly with your heater because you will get a much better sleep!
The only other thing I didn’t really enjoy was how much it cost but Norway is deemed one of the most expensive countries in the world so you have to take that and the fact that it is your car and accommodation in one, into consideration. For three days I paid about €400 and this isn’t peak season but also not completely out of season so this price will vary. Also note that Norway charges you for going through the tunnels, which there are so so many of, going over bridges and then they also have tolled roads so there may be extra charges you aren’t aware of at the time. There are cheaper ways to travel but I have to say I don’t regret this decision. I had an amazing time!
Pick up wasn’t stated on the booking so if you have a pick up in Asker go to the corner cafe called Lancelot (turn left when you leave the train station) and a van will be parked there at your agreed time.
Sleep in a campsite! I know it’s extra money and isn’t as flexible but I was so cold. So if you run cold normally you have been warned!
Petrol Stations are everywhere. You will be fine for petrol or a snack.
Watch out for speed cameras! They are plentiful and can sneak up on you.
All you need is a valid drivers licence. So once again under 25 friendly!
Try not get distracted by the utter beauty of this amazing country!
So since my trip to Iceland last September I have been on four solo trips and I have planned another three this year.
I have heard the usual stuff when I first told people I would be going it alone. Could you not find anyone else to go? Can you just bring someone else? You might meet your dream man! All of these statements make me want to punch a tree so in order to try stop all of this, I thought I’d write about it.
I love my own company
Now I know this is an unpopular thing to love yourself or be alone with yourself these days but truly, honestly, I love me. It is that simple.
I don’t want to worry if you are having a good time
If I organise a trip with people I feel like I need to make sure they are having a great time, if they are not smiling ear to ear I feel like I have done something wrong. Yeah I know I exhaust myself just thinking about it. It gets annoying and my need to control drives me nuts.
I also don’t want your input
This sounds harsh but you see I like doing what I want, my job involves making travel itineraries that gets my team from one place to another in the best, most efficient way possible so I am pretty good at timings and where to stay, so on, so forth. Also I can drive 14 hours straight to get to where I want, some people wouldn’t be game for my kind of adventure. There have been times in the past where I thought I should have been somewhere longer but because the group wasn’t into it, we didn’t end up staying longer which I think was a mistake.So there it is I’m not going solo to find love, I don’t do it because I can’t find people to go, I do it because I have the freedom to do whatever, to fail, to spend however long I like taking pictures, vlogging, snapchat, instagram. I also love being reflective and self aware so that time away gives me the opportunity to recharge.
If you feel the same as me, don’t let anyone make you feel like you are weird or a loner because you want to go off on your own. There are loads of people doing it, you may be travelling alone but you definitely aren’t alone.