Top things to do in Las Vegas for couples

I know Vegas isn’t everyones cup of tea, and even those who love it may file the city into the ‘stag-do and 21st birthday only’ category. It’s a city I love though, and as someone who’s only ever been as part of a couple, I think it’s the perfect location for a romantic couple getaway.

I thought I’d put together a list of my top things to do in Las Vegas for couples, as I know there are probably a lot of couples out there trying to decide whether or not a holiday to Las Vegas is right for them. Hopefully this list will convince you it’s awesome (because that’s pretty much my own opinion!) and that there are plenty of things to do in Las Vegas for couples!

1) Shopping

I know you might be shaking your head reading this first suggestion, but trust me! Las Vegas is the only place in the world my boyfriend will actually agree to shop, and enjoy it. The malls are huge, and usually themed (which makes it fun!) and there are shops to suit just about every taste and budget. My favourite has to be the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Hotel. It’s unlike any mall you’ve ever been in, just see the photos below.

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2) Go on a hotel-crawl

Las Vegas has no shortage of hotels, and just making your rounds and seeing them all is a whole day of fun. They’re all themed, and usually have their own special lobby area of attraction. My top picks for couples would be The Paris Hotel (of course!), Bellagio, The Wynn (it’s like stepping into a Disney movie), New York New York, The Cosmopolitan (new, sophisticated) and The Venetian. Once you’ve found the hotels you enjoy, you can head back all dressed up in the evening and try out their nightlife, cocktail bars and casino!

top things to do in las vegas for couples

top things to do in las vegas for couples

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3) Go for cocktails at The Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay

Looking for somewhere glamorous, exclusive and romantic? The Foundation Room is all of those things. It was the highlight of my last trip to Vegas, and my boyfriend and I drank for hours, just talking and enjoying the epic view. You literally won’t find a view to rival the view from Mandalay Bay, there is no other place quite as romantic, and it’s simply magical. The nice thing about The Foundation Room is the vibe it has too – it’s mostly couples and small groups – so you don’t need to worry about a huge stag-do or hen-party coming in and ruining the music / atmosphere or standing in the way of your view over the city.


top things to do in las vegas for couples

top things to do in las vegas for couples

4) Watch The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains are just stunning, and definitely something to make time for. Head there around 8pm, and find yourself a good spot under the trees and towards the centre of the fountains – and you’ll find it’s easy to waste away a couple of hours just watching the fountains come and go every 15 minutes.

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For a slightly different outlook, walk up towards the Bellagio Hotel and watch the fountains from the back instead. You’ll get the view that you see in the photo below. You’ll find a bit more space watching the fountains from over there too which is nice, and the view is just as good!

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5) Visit The Neon Museum

For something a little different, venture out of the main strip and explore The Neon Museum in downtown Vegas. The tour takes about an hour to walk around (it’s guided) and it’s so fun to see all the old neon signs that once stood pride of place in the city. I’m going to do a full review of the tour sometime soon – so stay tuned for more photos and information! In short though, we loved it and it was such a fun way to spend the afternoon. Especially nice because we got to venture out of the normal Vegas tourist areas!

top things to do in las vegas for couples

top things to do in las vegas for couples

 6) Experience some fine dining

On our most recent trip to Vegas we were lucky enough to visit the restaurant Alize, found at the top of Palms Hotels and Casino. The view from up there is pretty incredible (you can see right along the strip) and it’s very romantic, if that’s the vibe you’re after. We had the tasting menu which worked out to be about 10 course each and let me tell you, it was epic. The courses are all small portions (so no need to worry about unbuckling your trousers at the table…) and all beautifully presented. I tried caviar for the first time too, and (unexpectedly) loved it.

top things to do in las vegas for couples


top things to do in las vegas for couples

7) Visit a burlesque show 

As a couple, you may not be keen on visiting a strip club, but visiting a burlesque show is a happy medium. We went to 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque in The Mandalay Bay and it was so much fun. It was mainly couples in the bar anyway, so you’ll feel right at home. If you’re a little shy, I’d recommend sitting a bit further away from the bar area (as the performers do occasionally come into the audience) but if you’re happy with the idea of being danced with, then the closer the better. The girls are beautiful and amazing dancers – and have so much personality and skill.

top things to do in las vegas for couples

top things to do in las vegas for couples

8) Hit up a buffet


I’ve reviewed The Wynn buffet and The Aria Hotel buffet. Both were awesome!


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9) Hire a private pool cabana for the day 

You can visit any hotel and use their pool facilities, as long as you pay the resort fee. A great idea (for something a little more special) is to hire a private cabana for the day. At The Aria Hotel (pictured below) that’ll cost you about $500 depending on the time of year. I love the pool area at The Aria and it’s one of the best in Las Vegas – as the hotel is modern and relatively new, they’ve really built the pool area to feel like a retreat. Another I’d recommend is The Venetian.

In Las Vegas, where you’ll find beyond plenty of things to do in the evening and during the night, sometimes it can be nice just to relax and pamper yourself during the day. Relaxing poolside is the perfect way to do that.


10) Get greeted at the airport by a limo

When you arrive in Las Vegas, there is only one way to be greeted – and that’s by a limo. It’s the perfect start to your holiday and it’s the perfect surprise too (if you’re the kind of person who likes to plan romantic gestures). We’ve always booked ours through Presidential Limousines  and it’s always great, they even keep track of the flight numbers incase you’ve been delayed or held up. Your limo driver will be waiting for you at baggage claim to help carry the bags out, and then once you get into the car there is a bottle of champagne (maybe beer too!) waiting for you.

Can you think of any better welcome after a long haul flight? 😉 

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11) Book tickets to one of Las Vegas’s many shows

If you want to treat yourself and see a show whilst in Vegas, you couldn’t have picked a better city to do it in. Las Vegas has more shows than you’d ever be able to watch! For something truly ‘Las Vegas’ I’d personally recommend anything by Cirque Du Soliel (anything they do is mind blowing), or one of the iconic headliners such as Shania Twain or Penn and Teller. I’ve seen both of those, and they were amazing. The picture below is the theatre from the Shania Twain show (she comes out into the audience… so aisle seats are extra special!) and the photo below that is of the Penn and Teller magic show we saw.

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12) Gamble! 

You’re in Vegas, so why not do a bit of gambling? My boyfriend and I took to making it a bit of a competition, to see who could come out on top after a night on the roulette table. He won the first night, I won the second night. Maybe we’ll do the tiebreaker next time we visit…

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13) Do a Grand Canyon day trip 

It’s a long day as tours usually leave vegas around 7am, and return about 8pm – but it’s so worth it (especially if you’ve never been before). We went with Pink Jeep Tours and it was amazing. The tour group is relatively small compared to most, and the jeep that you travel in is comfortable and spacious, which makes the journey time so much more bearable.

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14) And lastly… Upgrade your room! 

You’re there as a couple – so chances are you’ll be spending some time in the bedroom. In Vegas you can upgrade your room when you check in for like half the price you’d usually pay. So don’t forget to ask about whether or not they have upgrades available! In 2013 we upgraded our standard room in the Venetian to a huge suite, with a dining room, office, spa bathroom, massive bedroom and living area… and we only paid an extra $25 a night for it.

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For more suggestions and advice about visiting Las Vegas – check out my other blog posts below – they’ll probably be really helpful! Have fun!

Every reason I absolutely adore Las Vegas

The best way to explore The Grand Canyon when staying in Las Vegas

Review and photos: 1923 Bourbon and Burlesque Bar in Las Vegas

Review and photos: The Aria Hotel, Las Vegas

Review and photos: The Foundation Room Bar in Las Vegas

Review and photos: The Wynn Buffet in Las Vegas

Review and photos: The Aria Buffet in Las Vegas


The best places to view the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

As someone who is positively obsessed with photography – when we decided to visit San Francisco, one of the thing I was most excited for was getting some shot of The Golden Gate Bridge.

But, as someone who was neither a local, or a Lonely Planet geek, I had absolutely no idea where I was going to get the best view of Golden Gate Bridge. I’m guessing that if I spent hour googling the best spots to take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, that there are other people out there doing it too – so here are all the places I found that offered up amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I made the little map below to help explain it a bit more. Each number on the map corresponds to a place in the list below. Hope this helps!

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1) Battery Spencer 

If you don’t mind the wind, and the hike, Battery Spencer offers some of the most incredible up-close views you could ask for. You’re basically eye-level with the bridge and it’s right there in front of you with no obstructions, and there’s an awesome viewing platform with lots of space (no need to elbow in for the best view). It’s a great place to watch the sunset too – as you’ll get the sun setting over the ocean right next to the bridge.

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2) Fort Point

Fort Point was really popular with bikers when we were up there, and it’s a little bit of a walk up, but not a difficult one. Our friends Matt and Nic pushed a pram up and didn’t struggle – so it’s no big deal.

Once you’ve walked up and taken your first bunch of photos, you can then follow a path down and round to Chrissy Fields, which offers a few more picture perfect opportunities along the way. I recommend this view for those people who want to do a bit of walking – but don’t fancy arriving at the top sweaty and out of breath! The view of Golden Gate Bridge from this spot is beautiful… of course!

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view of golden gate bridge

view of golden gate bridge

view of golden gate bridge

view of golden gate bridge

A bridge selfie… where I managed to cut out the bridge. Oops!

3) Marshall Beach

Now, we didn’t actually go to Marshall Beach as we didn’t have time – but it’s one of the reasons I’d give myself to visit San Francisco again. I wish we’d had the chance to visit and enjoy the view of Golden Gate Bridge from this spot! It offers something a bit different to the other views, as it’s from the other side of the bay.

Here’s a gorgeous photo I found from blogger Gaizattheworld who did have time to visit the beach and take some incredible photos!

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4) Take a boat tour around the bay

On our second night in the city we took a boat tour around the bay (we booked the Red and White Fleet Cruise through Attraction Tickets Direct). The boat tour lasted a few hours (there was food too!) and left from Fisherman’s Wharf – which is quite a touristy area and pretty easy to get to. Because you’re moving around on the boat tour, you get loads of shots of the bridge from a millions different angles, so it’s perfect for people who want to get a massive variety of photos.

Our cruise was the sunset cruise too – so the colours were just perfection. It was one of our highlights of the whole trip, incredibly romantic and just beautiful. Even Pad got his phone out and took some photos – and when that happens I know the view must be amazing.



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view of golden gate bridge

 Just remember to take a coat or a jacket – because holy crap did it get cold once the sun went down!


5) Chrissy Fields

You could do Chrissy Fields and Fort Point in a couple of hours – so it’s a nice idea to do both of these spots together. If you walk down from Fort point, you’ll end up in Chrissy Fields, so it makes for a nice route to take. That’s what we did anyway :)

Chrissy Fields is a beach and public park (don’t worry – you don’t need to pay!) that stretches along the bit of coastline after the bridge, and before you get to the city. It’s beautiful, and there are some lovely lifeboat houses to see, and even a little cafe you can stop at and grab lunch or a drink.

The views might not be as epic as some of the other higher-up vistas, but they’re equally as beautiful. At Chrissy Fields you’ll get photos of the bridge in the context of people and life. Whether it being a couple of dogs playing on the beach, or a few wind-surfers catching waves.

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view of golden gate bridge

view of golden gate bridge

view of golden gate bridge

6) Alcatraz Island

The one thing I could believe when we visited Alcatraz was how AMAZING the views were across the city and over to the bridge. It was one of the most stunning views of the bridge we found, and it must’ve been torture for the prisoners, to live captive in the prison, having incredible outlooks like that. The phrase ‘so close yet so far’ never rang more true.

When you do the prison tour you get taken out into the outdoor recreational area that the prisoners used. From this area you literally have the most stunning view of the bridge imaginable. Funny how the lowest society in San Francisco once had the best view – money couldn’t even buy.


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Check out these other blog posts from San Francisco, which might be useful!

Photos of Beautiful San Francisco Streets

Behind bars: My trip to Alcatraz Prison

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Photos of Santa Monica Beach: My favourite place to get sun burnt.

The photo below was the first glimpse I got of Santa Monica Beach as the bus I was on pulled into the beach front road. It was just perfect.

Since the moment that I’d arrived in LA (or even begun planning the holiday to be honest) I’d been dreaming of the beach. Living in London you don’t get that big expanse of open space – and I was just dying to be on the beach and see miles and miles of open water ahead of me.

When we lived in New Zealand we woke up every morning to the most stunning view of The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu, and it was so relaxing being surrounded by water all the time. It was the same when we were travelling, we always had a lake or beach within 10 minutes by foot or taxi.

On moving back to London last year – that’s been the thing I’ve missed the most. Water, ocean, sea.

So my first day in LA I basically ran to the beach. In slow motion.



And who can blame me? It’s a GORGEOUS beach.

Right next to the lively pie – the beach feels peaceful and family friendly and just lovely. I made camp right next to the tide line with my massive bottle of Gatorade and just spent a few hours people watching and soaking it all in. At that moment there was literally nowhere else in the world I would rather have been, it’s so beautiful.



The beach is huge too – you could walk for miles and it would still be going on, stretching ahead of you. And don’t under-estimate the walk back to the high-street beach front road either. I set off in my bare feet (on the hot sand) to walk back to the road and realised it wasn’t a quick 10 minute stroll, it was a good 20 minutes! After about 5 minutes my feet started to burn on the sand and I had to pick up the pace! I must’ve looked ridiculous.





On the quieter end of the beach there are some traditional lifeguard huts, which I loved just because they reminded me of all the old LA TV shows I used to watch like The OC. I love the photo below :)





The below photo is the little park overlooking the beach that stretches along the main road. Beautiful, wish I would’ve had time to spend a few hours sat there too.


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Photo post: Beautiful Santa Monica Pier

During my time in Los Angeles I ventured down to Santa Monica for the day and spent a couple of hours walking around the pier and sitting on the beautiful beach.

And holy crap is it a beautiful beach! It goes on for miles and miles and is full of tourist, families and locals just enjoying the beach and the sunshine. If you’re in the area, this is a beach you don’t want to miss out on.

But anyway – this post is about the pier. It’s kind of like the typical touristy pier (a bit like the UK’s own Brighton Pier, but with way more sunshine, and way less fish and chips haha).

Yes, it’s busy and packed – but it doesn’t take away from the enjoyment. Grab yourself a portion of chips, go on a fairground ride, and play in the arcades.



The pier has the best views of the beach, so make sure you have your camera ready :) it’s pretty special.


Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier


Oh and one last thing – make sure you wear suncream! I got SO burnt this day – I had the most awkward tan lines for the entire rest of the holiday. It might feel breezy being by the sea – but trust me – the sun will get you!

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First impressions of Los Angeles from a California newbie.

Growing up I always imagined that Los Angeles was where I belonged. Like my long lost home. The beaches, the walk of fame, the sunshine, the shopping – all of it seemed like this perfect place I was destined to end up. And I’ve been toying with the idea ever since it was first conceived.

Maybe it was all those teen TV shows growing up that kept the idea alive, like if I moved there I too could be BFF’s with Mary Kate and Ashley.

This summer, Pad and I booked a our big annual holiday in the States, with 5 days in San Francisco and 5 in Las Vegas (we just got home yesterday and I am writing this in my hazy jetlagged state of tiredness). But I wanted a little extra, so decided to do 3 days in Los Angeles before meeting him in San Francisco. Pad had been before a couple of times, and was pretty honest about the fact that it just wasn’t his cup of tea.

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I’d never been to Los Angeles before though and I was so excited to finally see the city, and even more so to see it on my own, and explore somewhere by myself. As someone who has done most of her travelling with someone else in tow (boyfriend, friends, family) the prospect of seeing somewhere all by myself was kind of exciting.

I was staying at The Redbury Hotel, Hollywood (read my review here) – so I was literally going to be right in the middle of everything.

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So what did I make of Los Angeles?

Well first of all, it’s really massive. There is downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Santa Monica and it goes on and on. So just because you don’t like one bit of LA doesn’t mean you won’t love another part of the city.

For me, the downtown area and the Hollywood area felt a bit faded.

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Like a place that was once something really special – somewhere really important, but it had all faded with age. I heard all the stories of magnificence, glamour and excitement on the various tours I did whilst there, and the various books I had read: from the beginning of the movie industry to the bustling 50s, 60s and 70s where the city was the pinnacle of parties, celebrity and everything in the industry revolved around the centre of the city.

You can still see shadows of what the city once was – whether it be an old vintage advertisement painted on a random wall, or a beautiful art-deco cinema that was once used to premiere classic Hollywood movies. The evidence is all there that this place was once magical. It just didn’t feel that way anymore.

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Other observations about downtown and Hollywood…

The city is a bit scruffy. I guess that comes with being so huge and spacious – but there were many areas that simply weren’t cared for, weren’t looked after and seemed a bit forgotten about.

Another thing I noticed about the city, which made feel a bit uneasy as a solo female traveller – was the sheer amount of homeless people. One day I planned to go to the local park (the weather was gorgeous) and on sunny days in London the park is usually filled with locals and families looking for some fun in the sun. So I figured it’d be the same here.

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I thought a few hours with my kindle and a coffee would be perfect. When I arrived the park was already filled to the brim. Not with families, locals or even tourists and holiday makers though. With homeless people.

Now I know that just because someone is homeless, it doesn’t mean that they’re dangerous. I’m not that stupid. But what I do know, is that as a female, travelling solo, I need to make sure I’m putting myself in safe situations. And this one wasn’t as safe as it could’ve been. It also made me kind of sad too to see all these people in a situation like that, with their entire life possessions in a shopping trolley, or a rucksack or a shopping basket. I found myself asking how the city had let it come to this, and why there wasn’t more options for these people on the streets.

I’ve never before been to a city with so many homeless people.

The areas I did like in the city…

Beverley Hills was beautiful. But that was hardly surprising! After all, it’s where the elite live, and it’s groomed and looked after because of that. If people have the money – somewhere will always look polished and perfect.

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The residential streets I explored were ‘storybook’ prefect. Exactly what you’d expect from LA I guess. Apparently Beverley Hills residential streets paint their fire hydrants silver because the normal colours don’t look nice enough for the houses and don’t match the ‘decor’. That made me laugh. But in a funny way, it kind of summed up the area.

I explored the shopping area too, the famous Rodeo Drive and surrounding streets – and as you’d expect – it was all gorgeous. Lots of beautiful people buying beautiful things. Don’t expect to be able to afford anything unless you make a habit of shopping in Gucci and friends normally!

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I also spent a day in Santa Monica (I’ll blog on more about that in time) which I enjoyed. The pier (although jam packed with tourists) is super fun and makes a lovely day away from the bustling city streets. The beach is HUGE and is truly beautiful. I found myself wasting away a few hours sat on the sand just people watching, and it was perfect.

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So overall? 

I don’t know. I’m still a bit confused about what I thought. 

I loved some parts of the city, Santa Monica sticking out the most as my most enjoyable day. Would I go back to LA? Probably not in a hurry. Maybe in 10 years or something, or perhaps if I’m after a big theme-park fix – then yes. It’s not a bad city – I just found it very difficult to love it. It’s big – so hard to get around, the public transport leaves a lot to be desired, the city is very scruffy in parts and there were times when I felt very unsafe. But at the same time, I did enjoy learning about the history and seeing the stories behind the buildings and street and neighbourhoods.

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I have a feeling, that to love LA, you have to venture further out to the suburbs and explore the beautiful coastline and beach towns. Which is something I definitely plan on doing.

What do you think of LA?

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The beautiful windows of Venice, Italy

When I was in Venice recently, I found myself taking more photos of windows than anything else. The windows were just so gorgeous, I couldn’t not. Here are some of my favourites :) Enjoy!

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Beautiful windows in Venice

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Beautiful windows in Venice

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Beautiful windows in Venice

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Beautiful windows in Venice

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20 travel GIFs that will give you itchy feet.

I like GIFs.

I also like travelling.

So I thought I would combine these loves to make an awesome (and semi-depressing) list of gorgeous travelling GIFs, bound to give anyone itchy feet. Warning: If you are sat at an office desk right now staring out at a bleak rainy day – this blog post might encourage a glass of wine after work. Or five. It may also encourage spontaneous air ticket purchases.

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And here’s what I look like when I realise my next holiday isn’t for two months…

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Image Source: Giphy.Com

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A Photo For Everywhere I Went in 2013.

2013 has without a doubt been the best year of my life. We’ve been to more places than I can count, so here they all are and I’m hoping I haven’t missed anywhere out… Also, these aren’t in any particular order!

One photo for each place we visited :) I’ve tried to choose the photo that summed the place up for me, or the photo or moment I remembered most.

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Queenstown view gondola blue

Queenstown, NZ

London shard sunshine clouds

London, UK

NYC blue building greenwich

New York City, USA

Girl in grand canyon sunshine

The Grand Canyon, USA

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Las Vegas, USA

Hong Kong slow shutter speed skyline

Hong Kong

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Phuket, Thailand

grand palace bangkok summer sunshine

Bangkok, Thailand

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Koh Samui, Thailand

marina bay sands sparkle singapore


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Angthong National Park, Thailand

kuala lumpur traders hotel view sunset

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Byron Bay, Oz

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Surfers Paradise, Oz

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Brisbane, Oz

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Noosa, Oz

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Fraser Island, Oz

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Hamilton Island, Oz

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The Great Ocean Road, Oz

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The Great Barrier Reef, Oz

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Cairns, Oz

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Melbourne, Oz

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Christchurch, NZ

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The Blue Mountains, Oz

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Bondi, Oz
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Sydney, Oz

 For more memories, and my other travel highlights from 2013, take a read of this blog post, about my favourite moments from the year.

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The Beautiful Padlock Bridge in Paris

One of my favourite places in Paris, the Padlock Bridge, is one of those spots you should really try and get down to during your time in the city. Especially if you’re visiting for a romantic getaway with your girlfriend or boyfriend. Yes it is super mushy – but sometimes you have to embrace the romance. You are in Paris….!

You can buy your own padlock to hook onto the bridge from home and bring it with you (might be cheaper!) or you can buy them from the little stalls along the riverbank. It’ll cost you about 4 Euros (I think that’s how much we paid for ours) and they all have markers pens too – for you to write your names on them before locking them onto the bridge.

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Tradition goes, that you buy your padlock, then once it’s locked onto the bridge you throw the keys into the river.

I loved the bridge, and all the lovely couples who were all throwing their keys in the river. This is the kind of thing I love when I’m travelling, it’s a place that really means something – and I loved reading all the padlocks and thinking of all the stories that go alongside them.

I took some pictures of my favourite padlocks I found – but there were so many! I could’ve stayed there all afternoon reading them all. I’d love to make a book of all the padlocks, and have photos of all the couples that match up with them… but can you imagine how difficult it would be to put that together?!

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Here’s our padlock! Maybe in ten years we’ll go back and try and find it again. A good idea (to help out your future self!), is to try and find a padlock that really stands out – and put yours somewhere near there. Then at least you’ll know what to look out for!

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The view form the bridge isn’t bad either so you may as well go take a look (even if you’re not the mushy sort). It’s right next to The Notre Dame as The Padlock Bridge is one of the bridges that connects the cathedral to the riverbanks of Paris, so it’s super easy to find. You could just follow the crowds of loved up couples – and you’re bound to find it that way too…!

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The Best Hotel Views From Our Round The World Trip.

We stayed in some beautiful hotels during our round the world adventure – but the ones that made the biggest impression on us were definitely the ones that had incredible views.

There’s something special about waking up to a beautiful view (I don’t think anyone would disagree!) and when I go somewhere, I’m always scouring the internet for the hotels with the best views. So, I figured I’d put together a list of the places we stopped and the kind of views you can expect.


New York City – An Air BnB hidden gem

This gorgeous little studio was a 5 minute walk from Times Square, and literally look right out onto The Empire State Building. It might actually have been the biggest bargain of our trip too – especially for how central we were. We knew the view would be great – but I hardly expected it to be as amazing as it was. One night we watched a huge thunderstorm over the city from our window, and it was priceless. I don’t think there are 5* hotels with views as good as this in NYC!

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Hong Kong – Langham Place Hotel

Pad and I both agree this was one of our absolute favourite hotels of the entire trip. We really treated ourselves and it was beautiful! The hotel was located just outside the centre of the city – but that didn’t really matter as we were right by an MRT station. The view was beautiful and looked out over the whole city – which was especially awesome during some big thunderstorms and during the light-show in the evening (which is what you can see below). The hotel even had a rooftop pool too – so you could enjoy this view from pool-side too.

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Bangkok – The Golden Tulip on Mandison

This hotel was another one of our favourites and our bedroom had a huge floor to ceiling window overlooking the entire local neighbourhood. In cities like Bangkok it’s just gorgeous to look out on the busy streets and the hustle and bustle outside, people watching is definitely one of our favourite things to do! They also had rooftop pool with a great views too which I think we used wayyyy to much!

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Kuala Lumpur – The Traders Hotel

We stayed in this hotel for two amazing nights and loved every second. The rooftop pool and rooftop bar were fabulous, and the view from the bedroom (which is what you can see below) was just breathtaking. I’m not going to lie – we literally booked this hotel for the view and the view alone, but the service, location and just about everything else about it was beautiful too.

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Koh Samui (Thailand) – Le Fenix Resort

We weren’t hugely wowed by this hotel, as it lacked a bit on the service side of things. But, saying that, the views were just stunning and really made-up for it’s shortfalls in other areas. I think this is the stereotypical view we all want when booking a beach holiday – so it definitely delivered!

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Gold Coast (Australia) – Mantra Circle on Cavill

We decided to go with serviced apartment when we were in Surfers Paradise and opted for the Mantra Circle on Cavill because of the amazing views it promised. It definitely didn’t disappoint. We loved working from our little balcony overlooking the lakes and I think we sat out there with ciders and beer and watched the sunset, at least 3 nights we were there. But who can blame us?

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Hamilton Island (Australia) – The Reef View Hotel

I don’t need to say much about this gorgeous view. The hotel is famous for attracting lots of birds – so we had at least 10 of these little fellas on our balcony daily. We didn’t get the best weather during our time here – but the views made up for that!

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Melbourne (Australia) – The Space Hotel

This hotel was the biggest bargain of the trip as it was a mix between hostel and hotel, and came with some amazing city views of Melbourne. We were lucky to be given a corner room so got to look out of double the normal views, and the place even had a jacuzzi on the roof terrace!

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Seeing NYC from the air: Helicopter-Style.

For my 21st birthday a couple of years ago, my amazing boyfriend (soppy bit over, I promise!) gave me one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever had. We woke up on the morning of my birthday, and he whisked me off for a helicopter ride above the city I love. It was pretty incredible – so I wanted to share a few of the photos.

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Pad booked it with Liberty Helicopters who are located in Downtown Manhattan at their own Heliport (6 East River Piers, NY NY 10004) who were just great and really made the whole thing really special. In a city where you end up queuing for big activities and day trips – we were pleasantly surprised by how short the waiting time actually was for our helicopter trip.

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I think you can book different lengths of flights, ranging from about 10 minutes to around 30 (booking is something you do have to do though – I remember the lady behind reception telling a couple behind us that they didn’t take walk-ins). Our flight lasted about 20 minutes, so we were right in the middle of the packages they offer.The prices vary hugely – depending on the length of the flight and whether you chose to go private too. We were in a shared helicopter with two other couples – but to be honest I barely noticed them there. When I think back to it – I just remember it being Pad and I.

The views were stunning – I literally cannot emphasise this enough. If you’re someone who loves New York, and you’re looking for something a bit special to do whilst you visit – then I can’t think of anything more perfect than this.

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On your flight you don’t actually fly over the city, but around it instead. You’ll notice that since 9/11 no helicopters are allowed to fly over the city – unless they’re news reporters or television crews. This doesn’t mean you don’t get the amazing views though – quite the opposite in fact. The views are much more epic when you’re seeing the city above from afar – as you really take much more of it in. Just make sure you’ve got your camera and you bagsy the window seat!

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Would I recommend it? Of course I would. It is a short but sweet kind of treat – but oh my gosh – you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. It’s not just the romance of it all and seeing such an incredible landscape from the sky…. it’s also something pretty special to be in a helicopter (because, let’s face it, that’s not exactly a daily occurrence for most of us)!

What would you recommend for people visiting NYC?


We Can’t Much Get Higher Than This: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Dubai is (and probably always will be) one of my favourite vacation destinations. There are few reasons for this; It’s like the perfect distance from UK (only 7 hours on a plane), it feels miles away from anything British, the weather is amazing and finally, it’s where my wonderful Mum lives.

One of my favourite things to do when I’m in Dubai is visit the Burj Khalifa. We don’t go up to the top every time (that would get expensive) but it’s such a beautiful building, and the area around it is so much fun – with the fountains, restaurants and shopping malls – that it’s always the place I want to go first. As with some ‘sky-high’ viewing platforms (where it’s not really worth the money) I still totally think, even after being up there 3 times, the Burj Khalifa is.

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First of all – Tom Cruise went there once (is that not reason enough?!) and secondly, it’s the tallest building in THE WORLD. It is the highest you will ever stand on solid ground, without being in an airplane. That always makes me feel a bit awesome, like…

“Holy Cow. I am so high up right now”

The views up there are pretty phenomenal and it’s hard not to stop your jaw dropping when you look over the side of the observation deck. It really puts things into perspective too – suddenly all those sky scrapers that looked so big on the ground, now seem tiny – and miles away from where you currently stand.

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The observation deck itself is very modern too – which means you actually get to enjoy the view and take it all in, the windows are floor to ceiling – which as a photographer I’m always grateful for.  There is an outdoor section (which is open air) and an indoor section, which is kind of nice, because being out in the heat can get a bit full on (especially when you’re that high up) so it’s nice to pop back indoors and cool down under the air-conditioning occasionally.

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When is the best time to visit?

Definitely in early evening / late afternoon – if you time it right (and trust me – it’s worth the extra effort to make sure you do) you’ll be able to see the view in the daytime and then through sunset and into the evening. Each different time of day and each kind of light gives something completely different and magical so, please, if you’re going up there try and time your visit so you can witness all three.

During the night-time you also have the adding bonus of being able to watch the fountains below – something you can’t really see during the daytime light.

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From experience – if you’re wanting to book during this time it’s much better (and WAY cheaper) to book in advance on their website. I think you save around 30% (don’t quote me on that though!) by booking online.

I just wanted this to be a quick informative post – as I think if you’re considering going up yourself – it’s best to just go and experience it all first hand. There is only so much the photographs can do – because when you see the views in person they are that bit more overwhelming. It really is a beautiful view and the sunsets in Dubai (being as stunning as they are) make it even more memorable. For any men reading – this would be a great place to pop the question… in case you were wondering.

As far as attractions in Dubai go, this is one of the best there is and definitely one of my favourites. It’s the world’s tallest building! How is that not impressive?

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My Entry: Capture The Colour Competition

Last year I never got a chance to enter the Capture The Colour competition – because we were way to busy with preparations for our move to New Zealand. But now we’re back in the UK – I can finally enter some of my own photos – so here goes….


A photo that I’ve always loved, taken at sunset in Dubai with one of my closest friends (yay for self timer!). This part of the world means an awful lot to me as it’s where I was born, and it’s where my Mum has recently moved back to. It’s one thing being British, but I’m also very proud of my roots in this beautiful part of the world too.



This was the view taken from my balcony in Queenstown, New Zealand. I lived there for 6 months – and you can’t possibly imagine how incredible it was waking up to this view every morning. Whilst I think many people would look at this photo and assume it’s meant for the colour Blue – for me it’s the green that makes this image pop. I love all the little green trees and their delicate reflections in the lake below, and of course the huge tree in the foreground. I honestly don’t think you could find a more perfect outlook than this.



I had a few photos I wanted to use to represent the White category, but in the end this is the one I opted for. This is the Dubai fountains, and every time I visit Dubai I make sure we go watch them at least once. The first time I ever saw them (coincidently – when I took this photo) I cried like a baby, because I was just so overwhelmed by how beautiful it was. I loved watching people’s reactions to them, the absolute awe and magic everyone feels when the water start dancing.



For me Blue is the ocean and the sky – and there is no need to be subtle about this colour at all. This photo is one of my favourites that I’ve ever taken, so I had to use it for this competition. I think it sums up the colour Blue for me, the freedom of the ocean and the neverending-ness of the sky. I like that.



When we visited one of the floating markets in the Bangkok area, this lady (in the red coat below) took my breath away. She must have been about 85 (+) years old, and there she was, working in a tiny boat, selling fruit and even flashing us a cheeky smile. I was just bowled over by her, and for me she captures the colour Red brilliantly.

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As part of the competition, we also have to nominate 5 other travel bloggers to participate, so here are my nominations:

Samuel from Nomadic Samuel

Monica from The Travel hack

Lauren from Only Chasing The Sun 

Rusja from Roo Around The World

Giulia from Travel Reportage

Getting back to the real-world. With a thump.

I’ve been back in London for about a month now – which is partly why the blog hasn’t been updated in so long (sorry about that!). I still need to blog about our time in the USA and the last part of Hong Kong – put for now I want to talk about being back home.

After 9 months of travelling, we were thrown back into London life, myself with a new job and with a new flat to find on top of that. The flat thing we got sorted pretty quickly luckily. After an intensive morning flat hunting in Balham (and feeling kind of deflating… because everywhere was out of our budget) we took a quick bus ride over to quirky Brixton. The first flat we saw we took, straight away. Right there on the spot.

It’s a cute one-bed place, right opposite the underground station (yay for a short commute!) and it has everything we’d ever need within a 2 minute walk (literally). And yes, that totally includes a McDonalds. And an M&S food.

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The print above I ordered via Printstagram, and honestly it’s the best money I have ever spent. The print is about half the size of me, and now sits in a huge wooden frame in our living room. It has all my favourite travel photos in it – and every time I look at it I can’t help but smile. I needed a reminder of our time travelling (I’m scared I’ll forget all those incredible memories we made!) so this is the perfect thing to have hanging on our wall. Every time I walk past it a different photo will catch my eye – and I’ll get a smile remembering when it was taken.

A bit about Brixton…. 

Brixton is my new neighbourhood.. and so far we’re just loving it. Sure Brixton might not be the classiest London neighbourhood – and quite often it has a bad reputation with people who have never been there. But honestly – right now, there is no where I’d rather be living.

Brixton has a fantastic independent market (with some incredible restaurants and coffee shops), lots of bars, pubs and restaurants, good shopping on the high street, awesome public transport – and an amazing independent cinema, The Ritzy (which I’ve already become a member of). Sure, it’s no Fulham (where I lived before leaving for travelling) but it’s exactly what we want right now, and we love it already.

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Pizza at Frano Manca’s in Brixton market. Best pizza ever? Yeah that’s right.

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Clapham Common (a 5 minute bus ride from our front door). A lovely place to spend those sunny Sunday afternoons. We sat here all Sunday in 25 degree heat drinking cider and reading, and I swear I almost thought I was back in Oz.

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The most lovely part of being home though? 

Being in a city I love, with all the people I love! I think I must have taken it for granted before, but when travelling I really realised how much I missed having friends and family around me regularly. The funnest part of these past few weeks has been catching up with everyone. Late nights with lots of wine. Catching up over drinks after work. Slobbing out with my baby sister (because let’s face it, that’s what siblings are good for). It’s been amazing to see all these wonderful people again! The only problem being – I want to fit everyone in at once, and there just doesn’t seem to be enough days in the week. Or more precisely – the weekend.

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Travel blues?

A little. So yeah, Pad and I have settled back into London life pretty well. It’s amazing to be back. And there is no where I’d rather be right now. But sometimes I do catch myself reminiscing a little too long about the freedom and adventure of travelling. I miss waking up in the morning and having no idea what would happen or what we’d see. And mainly, I miss the ocean and the water. After 9 months of being constantly near beautiful lakes or beautiful beaches – I find myself craving the ocean more than anything else.

I want to feel the sand in my toes. Or the adrenaline rush as you jump into cool water. I miss the beautiful overwhelming feeling you get whenever you look at a horizon that falls over the ocean.

I miss Queenstown too. I miss Queenstown a lot. I miss waking up to our stunning view and seeing those incredible blue waters of the lake outside. But I’m also learning to accept that (for now anyway) it isn’t somewhere we can live longterm, and my romance with Queenstown had to be an amazing but brief one. Because, in all honesty, New Zealand is an awfully long way away. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be going back for holidays. We definitely will.

So for now at least London life is what we’re after, and what we’re loving. 

London is a pretty stunning city to live in anyway – and it still feels like a bit of a novelty being here every day again (proven by how many photos of London I’m currently instagramming…. oopsie). There is nothing quite like the embankment on a sunny day (which luckily, we’re having in abundance at the moment)!

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Boats and Bargains – Bangkok Floating Markets

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Although many people will warn you off the floating markets in Bangkok – it was one of our highlights from the whole of Asia – so I’d definitely recommend going and seeing it for yourself before crossing it off your list.

Yes, it is touristy. But behind the tourist glaze, there are real Thai people living their everyday lives, and the culture and essence of the original floating markets from way back when is still there. In short, we enjoyed every second. Sure it was a bit busy and a bit chaotic but that all added to the experience, and trust me, you won’t experience anything like this anywhere else.

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However before I start raving on about how good it was, I should cover a few points which you’ll probably want to know before visiting. We booked a day tour with our hotel, The Golden Tulip (who we really trusted) and who equally warned us about the various scams that happen around the area – and how to avoid them, etc, once we arrived.

I’ll run through some of them below:

– If you’re getting a taxi to the markets (there are a few to choose from, we went with Damnoen Saduak as it’s one of the biggest, and closer to the city than others) then make sure you agree on a certain market and on a certain all-day / return fare. Make sure this is for the entire trip and not per person. Be clear and firm, and drivers may disagree with you once you arrive if you haven’t sorted this beforehand.

– Be firm with the driver, and make sure he drives you straight there. Many taxi drivers will often take you via shops and tailors where they earn commission is you buy anything, so be clear to him that you want to go direct.

– Many drivers will refuse to take you straight to the market, instead taking you to various piers nearby the market instead. Here, people will try to sell you boat rides to the market, claiming it’s the “only way” to get there. THIS IS NOT TRUE. So never opt for these boats. They are often 5x (if not more) the price of the paddle boats you get when you finally do arrive. This is a tourist trap you want to avoid.

– Paddle boats are available really cheap once you finally arrive, so this is really the best option and the nicest one too as it’s much more fun and feels a bit more authentic than an engined speed boat!

– Once you’re finally at the market (all of the major ones are accessible by road, as mentioned above) you’ll notice there are shops on the water (boat sellers) and there are shops in market stalls around the water. Market stalls are always cheaper than boat stalls, so if you really want something for a good price, wait until you’re off the boat to buy it.

– Try not to point at things as you go around the floating market (unless you really want to buy it), as the store owners will take that as an almost-sale and pull you into their shop. Also – never take anything from the shop owners unless you seriously want to buy it. Once it’s in your hands you essentially signed a contract of sale and they’re unlikely to take it back.

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But as long as you’re careful and a bit wary of these scams – you’ll have the best time. The four of us piled into a little row boat and got a mini tour of the market that lasted about 30 minutes. It was great. Sure, it’s a little crowded, and a bit jam packed but seriously – if you take this place for what it is then you’re bound to enjoy it. It’s such a unique experience.

Personally, I just loved seeing all the characters. These women who paddle their boats all day in the heat, are incredible. Some were like 90 years old…. and I just couldn’t help but have absolute admiration for them. The women sell all kinds of thing, from souvenirs and craft items, to clothing and food. Lots of the food is actually cooked right there on the boat.

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You don’t have to be on the boat to buy stuff!

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Another tip? Take light clothing, as being outside for this long can get pretty hot. Obviously, the floating markets are air-conditioned so you’ll want to stay as cool as possible. We took to bringing a little flannel out with us to dab our foreheads when the heat got a bit too hot! Oh, and water! Bring water. Lots of it!

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Have you been to the floating markets in Bangkok? Would you recommend any other tips for people visiting?

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Photos and Observations, The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Whilst our day out to The Grand Palace was undoubtedly the most hot and bothered I’ve ever been (seriously…. just look at the clothing regulations, and then consider wearing that in 38 degree heat and humidity) it’s also one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

I love temples, and as a photographer it’s a dream walking around places like this, because there is just so much to see. For me it’s the colour and the patterns, and I can’t think of anywhere else in the world that offers so many colours, shapes and beautiful buildings all within such a small space.

So here are a few of my photos….

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It’s funny – because in the photos it doesn’t look all too hot at all. In fact, from this distance we all look pretty comfortable in our jeans, cardigans and long dresses and proper shoes. The truth? We had to stop every 10 minutes or so just to take a breather. When we finally discovered a free water station top-up, we sat there for 20 minutes in the shade just refilling our bottles again and again and downing all the water we could manage.

We joked that you could ever come here with close friends or family. Because trying to make a good first impression here, would be near impossible. What with the whole “drenched in sweat – desperate for water and shade” thing going on. Not really what you’re after on, say, a first date!

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The shot above is one of my favourites of the day – as is the one at the very top of this post too.

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A few more things to note about this place, is how busy it gets and to be careful when entering. We were warned by our hotel (luckily) about the various scams and cons people try to pull around the Grand Palace, so thought we were pretty prepared. A few things they highlighted were; people trying to sell you overly expensive tours inside the palace grounds (a ticket should only cost 500BHT – no more), people sending you off to different entrances, so they can sell you higher priced tickets, taxi drivers telling you the palace is closed (which it never is) – so they can drive you to another one further away…. the list goes on.

It’s something to look out for and just be wary of, because you don’t want your day ruined because you had your gullible hat on. 

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Australia Is Over – Here Are My Favourite Photographs

I took just over 3000 photos in Australia… But here are a few of my absolute favourites from the month we spent there. Enjoy!

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Melbourne Street Art: For me the photo above just sums up the colours and vibrancy of the street-art scene in Melbourne. It’s probably the most colour photo I’ve ever taken and would look incredible printed on a canvas when I get home! 

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Caught Out Selfie: When we headed down the Great Ocean Road we had a kind of windy day weather-wise. This photo was meant to be a standard smiley-shot but the wind caught us out. I love it. It makes me smile every time I look at it. 

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The Great Ocean Road: The 12 Apostles was one of the most awesome and powerful views we saw during Oz, and this was my favourite shot I took that day. It looks magical and almost like the very edge of the earth. 

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Paddy: Because it wouldn’t have been half as awesome without him there beside me. And I like his smile.  

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Sydney Opera House: Our favourite spot in Sydney – and what a stunning place to spend an evening. I love this shot and I’m already counting down the days until we get to return to where it was taken. 

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Jon Quinton: I’m afraid you really had to be there to appreciate this one. 

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Sea Turtle: Because moments after I took this it swum right up infront of us and I got to touch it’s shell. It’s was a magic moment – and this photo sums it up perfectly. Plus, this whole day I was pleasantly surprised my cheapy $30 underwater camera actually worked. Bonus. 

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Stinger Suits and Snorkels: For me this photo is my favourite from our day snorkelling the great barrier reef. It was an incredible day and this photo is the one that’ll being back all the amazing memories. 

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Birds on the balcony: I loved these little birds on our balcony (at one point we had about 15!) and it really helped brighten up what could’ve been a miserable few days as we had tropical storms. So perfect timing from these little guys!

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Bird selfie: Because it’s so cute!

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Whitsundays Rain: It basically rained non-stop on us our entire time on Hamilton Island – but we got on with it and actually had a really fun time. We broke 2 umbrellas in total. Oops. 

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Noosa Sunshine Beach: I love the sea in Noosa and it was the first bit of proper Australian sunshine we had! Pad also got taken out by a massive wave shortly after this which we both found funny, and this photo reminds me of that. 

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Noosa waves: Again this just sums up Australian beaches for me. Golden, sandy perfectness. 

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Tanned at last: I only chose this one because LOOK HOW TANNED WE ARE FINALLY. It might have taken a month to get there – but we finally look like we’re travellers. Yes sun tan!

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Hammock Success: After our epic failure trying to hang our own hammock in Queenstown, we finally found a hammock to call our own! And it worked! 

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Rocks on Byron Bay: This just sums up the peacefulness and beauty of Australian beaches for me. This is another shot I’d love to get blown up on canvas when we get home. 

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Surfers on Byron Bay: Another lovely shot of surf life in Australia. We’ve really embrace the lifestyle and Pad has a new found love for the surf – and this photo sums it up perfectly. 

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Surfers Paradise Beach: One of our favourite beaches of the whole trip. Gorgeous to sit on, swim in – you name it. 

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SkyPoint View: The view at the top of the SkyPoint tower was incredible, so this shot just brings back that moment of awe when we first saw it. Just beautiful.

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Balcony Sunset: Our lovely apartment in Surfers Paradise had a beautiful view and a balcony to enjoy it from – which we definitely took advantage of! I love this photo I took at sunset – it’s just magical. 

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Brisbane: The unexpectedness of Brisbane was lovely – and this photo reminds me of how nice it was and how much of a surprise it was too. Also I’m a sucker for city-scape photography, especially night shots.  


I Heart Brisbane


Before travelling Australia I’d read up on the various places we were headed – asked around… all the usual. There were a few places that kept being highly recommended…. Noosa, Byron Bay being two of the most popular choices in Oz. Brisbane however, people kept just looking at me and saying “meh”. From the people I asked, and most people I’ve talked to, nobody seemed overly excited by Brisbane – so to be honest I wasn’t expecting much from this little city – and I was kind of glad we’d only scheduled 2 nights there.

But I loved it.

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Sure, it’s no Sydney – and there isn’t anything iconic or instantly memorable about this place – but it has a great vibe and a lovely lifestyle and I really enjoyed spending time there. I much preferred it to Melbourne  – and Melbourne was somewhere people recommended to me loads. But with Melbourne I just didn’t feel safe, and I didn’t really click with the city because of that reason.

But Brisbane I liked.

It doesn’t have a beach (which is weird for a big Australian city) but in their defence they have the Southbank area – which is a man-made beach and a swimming area that is always open to the public and free too. It was clean, friendly, safe and had a great atmosphere – and in all honesty I enjoyed it more than some of the overcrowded but average “real beaches” we’d seen elsewhere. Because , hey, you don’t have to worry about getting salt in your eyes, and there are city views right across the water. Which is pretty awesome. We both loved it.

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We spent a fair bit of our time on the Southbank, found some lovely restaurants (one of them serving nothing but chocolate related meals – amazing) and had a wander round, just enjoying the views. The views didn’t really remind me of anywhere else, they were just kind of a stock-image for a nice cityscape (if that makes sense?) – nothing recognisable or striking but still very beautiful and gorgeous to look at and get lost in.

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So yeah. It was the shortest stop on our Australian road-trip – but undeservedly. Maybe Brisbane deserved a few more nights from us – as it was a lovely city and somewhere we both really liked exploring and experiencing. But it just goes to show you never really know what to expect until you’re actually there seeing it for yourself.

We’re heading to Byron Bay next which has been highly recommended by literally everyone we’ve talked to before and during our month in Australia. I’m pretty much expecting it to be the nicest place on earth (based on the things people have told me) so let’s hope it can live up to expectations! But for now… a few more photos of beautiful Brisbane….

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Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.54.15I don’t know who these people are – but they spent like half an hour talking photos like this and Pad and I spent half and hour watching them (and suppressing laughter) as they did so. So I thought I would share the love. Still makes me smile just looking at it!