Instead of going the straight route, I decided to celebrate my wedding anniversary in Mallorca, Spain and though beautiful, it added another layer to the travel cake.
Let’s take a bite of it!
We flew business class with Air Canada to London which is always a treat. More space, better food( They served my favorite Ravioli) and sheer comfort. I highly recommend flying business on flights that are longer than 5 hours. We arrived in London on Saturday morning, quickly scurried to the American Express lounge for breakfast and to freshen up. We then spent the day in the airport waiting for our flight to Spain in the evening. Ding, ding, ding… quality time. But this also allowed me to explore to wide array of duty free shopping in London Heathrow airport.
We arrived in Spain… more details to come in my iTravel Spain post next week.
During the day, I walked around the city ( in the rain) and spent time learning London. From the Oystercard needed for the tube to the double decker buses, I wanted to learn how people got around on one of the world’s most elaborate subway systems. Though I got frustrated at times, I figured it out and got to all the places I wanted to visit. John Lewis, Warehouse and River Island ( Shop the collection using the link on the right) were all stores worth the visit when in London.
I enjoyed lunch at Marks & Spencer and was completely impressed with their intricate approach to packaged food. They had everything in their café! EVERYTHING. All packaged neatly and ready for life on the go. From high calorie creamy pastas to their “ Count On Us” low calorie packaged meals, the food looked fresh , yummy and colourful. I even took some food back to the hotel for the next day after my workout or to snack on in the evening.
So I had to check out Nando’s. I know we have it here in Toronto but I initially heard about it from the UK bloggers on Youtube. My cousin Michelle ( a research academic) took us there for dinner and it was tasty. Quarter chicken meals for everyone!
My cousin Kezia arrived in London the following day and that is when the party started. She is like a little me. I would like to say that I have taught her everything she knows about pop culture, fashion and being fab.
Kez and I dropped her bags at the hotel and headed out for lunch. We enjoyed lunch at a quick pizza spot called Pizza Express. Over a Margarita pizza and casear salad, we caught up on events back home in Trinidad, critiqued the recent Chanel collection and strategized both of our next moves in life. It was a very surreal moment to be talking business with my “not so little anymore” cousin Kezia.
Nottingham reminds me of Ottawa. Very lush and green and extremely quiet in a simple way. We headed to a restaurant called REDs True BBQ. The main attraction: Beef ribs. Beef ribs are soo hard to find in Toronto, so it was nice to have them abroad, especially with Cornbread and maple butter. YUM!
We visited the Wollaton Hall Manor where the Batman movie was filmed. My hubby was happy to check out the building. The inside was stunning and full of emotional art that even moved me.
The next day we were headed back to Toronto. We drove back to London and hopped on a flight back to Toronto. I was exhausted and pretty much slept all the way back home, I mean even in the UBER from the airport to our condo.
Though it appeared like I shopped a lot, I actually didn’t. The British Pound is killer and I just could not justify some of the purchases. But I got something for you all. More details to come :)
The main reason I was there was to spend time with family as we celebrated this monumental moment of my cousin receiving her Ph.D!
And we celebrated as much as we could, as hard as we could!
Top 5 things you need to have with you in the UK:
- Umbrella. Because you never know when the rain is going to start.
- Oyster Card. You need it to get on the Subway and buses.
- Extra Pair of Hands. There is so much shopping and food you want to buy it all.
- Google Maps. It is so necessary when travelling through London Town.
- Patience. The tube can get crazy. Be patient. Take Your time. Wait. There is no rush.