Favourite Canberra Eats

I’m forever in Canberra it’s like a second home now, I wanted to round up a couple of my favourite places to visit to accompany my brunching guide and to get you outside of the civic centre

Patissez

I can’t pass up a sweet treat so when I heard about the ‘freak shakes’ of Canberra I couldn’t not go! With fair prices, $9 for a ‘baby size’ or the regular size is $12, personally I can eat either with no problem but you are staying for lunch then a baby shake will do!

With changing choices I went straight for the ‘Micheal Jackson’ with brownie, roast Marshmallow with vanilla & chocolate ice cream!

Be sure to check them out online here.

Broad Burger

I love a good burger and am always on the hunt for a new place to try, now Broadburger have opened in a permanent home at the old bus depot markets (Kingston) it’s so easy to plan a day trip to both!

My poison is the double cheese which is coated in American mustard and tomato relish and easily eaten with a side of fries. With prices starting from $14 for a single burger chips are purchased in addition.

Be sure to check them out online here.

Grease Monkey

Located in Braddon this burger joint has people flocking from all over to try their delicious creations!Housed in an old mechanics garage just outside of the city centre centre these guys serve up burgers and fried chicken with a range of shakes or beers with prices staring from $15 Including a massive portion of fries! I went for the double deluxe which was amazing, cooked through and juicy with the greasy sauce oozing out!

Be sure to check them out online here.

Bombolini Doughnuts

Hands up who likes a doughnut? Well these guys are not to be missed while your in Canberra. Being a little exclusive makes things even more so exciting. These beautiful crispy on the outside squishy in the middle stuffed doughnuts are delish and enough to sway me to an unhealthy breakfast and an early Sunday start to catch them before they sell out at the Sunday regional farmers markets (Best be there before 10am to get your hands on one) They also are now stocking in Ainslies IGA and Deakin IGA store along with vegan choices at the cruelty free shop, delivered 3 times a week!

As they don’t have a website follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Cafe Injoy

Located in one of my favourite suburbs ‘Gold Creek’ I just love coming out for a walk and some lunch over a sunny afternoon. Cafe enjoy is located next to the Dinosaur museum with ample parking and park and fish pond for the children.

They serve their full menu all day meaning if you fancied a burger for breakie then order away!

I’ve eaten breakfast and lunch here on different occasions and am always pleased with the portion size and haven’t been disappointed yet! Chicken parmigiana is my perfect lunch but a bacon and egg roll with coffee for under $10 is a bloody bargain breakfast!

As they do not have a website sure to check them out on Facebook for opening hours.

Thumper & Miss Bunny

Another located in Gold Creek this gorgeous hideaway is located inside the old red brick schoolhouse. With fresh coffee, Toasties and cakes this is the perfect place for a catch up or a drink in the sunshine.

Another restaurant without a website, check them out on Facebook for opening hours.

So there you have it, comment below and let me know if you’ve been to any already or where else you might suggest?!

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My Favourite Sydney Markets

Having lived in Sydney for over a year I wanted to share my best loved weekend pastimes and give you all the needed info on the best markets Sydney has to offer for a wide variety of needs.

So in no particular order….

The Rocks Markets

If your looking for something a little different and want to be in the most luxurious setting then The Rocks is just the ticket. Home to the oldest settlement of Sydney, just by the harbours edge these markets go all out bringing you some of the best local produce.

Often purchasing direct from the designer/Artist where else better to look for your souvenirs for back home?  With ranges of dresses, one off jewellery and original art works and prints you’ll be sure to find something.

These are definitely the prettiest of all the markets, splayed out across the cobblestone streets and with glimpses of the opera house be sure to spend some time in the Rocks to explore the beautiful area!

The rocks markets are held Saturday & Sunday with a food market held on Friday evenings. Be sure to check out there website here for timings and seasonal variations. You’ll find the markets at the most Northern end of George Street, The Rocks.

Glebe Markets

If your looking for a more traditional trash and treasure (or a car boot for the British) then this is just the ticket. With second hand goods for sale amongst stall holders you’ll be able to spend hours looking through racks of clothing, books and CDs/records and new designs at this hip open air markets.

With food for sale and even an area to try on clothing you’ll easily be able to will away a couple of hours.

Be sure to check out the local area while these, Glebe is a hot pot for independent restaurants, bars and stores and is one lovely long road taking you to Glebe park and the foreshore for some lovely views out over the water.

You’ll find the Markets every Saturday morning at the public school located at 183 Glebe point road. Be sure to check out there website here for timings and seasonal variations. 

Manly Arts And Crafts Market

A market with a view, Manly’s markets are held just off the beach front, perfect for those who are wishing to enjoy a sunny day on the coast.

With stalls selling prints and art, jewellery and hand made leather goods is is often my first stop when bringing visitors and for when I need to treat myself to a new piece of jewellery. I’ve just brought my third ring in as many years and they are all still in beautiful condition even with wear everyday.

Getting to Manly may be a little more difficult than some of my other recommendations but I do thing Manly is a must do while in Sydney! – Be sure to take the walk to Shelly beach and see if you can spot any Eastern water dragons!

If you are lucky enough to be visiting for on the third Saturday of the month then head round the corner to Manly Public School for their markets. A trash and treasure you’ll be able to kix with the ‘real’ locals and help the school in their fundraising.(Located only a few moments walk away on the corner of Darley Road and Wentworth Street.)

Manly markets are held on Saturdays & Sunday’s on the corner of Market Lane & Sydney street. once off the ferry follow the signage to the beach and you’ll find them half way down. Be sure to check out there website here for timings and seasonal variations.

Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets

Likely the largest you’ll find in Sydney Paddy’s indoor markets are chockablock of stalls selling everything from art prints, key rings and novelty t-shirts. Held Wednesday to Sunday there’s no need to rush trying to time your days right, you can pop in for some release from the heat/rain.

They may be a little tacky but you’ll be sure to find something for anybody here! I’ve brought a ton of art and prints from here which all hangs proudly on my walls at home.

Paddy’s markets are held Wed-Sun and located on the corner of Thomas & Hay streets, Haymarket. Be sure to check out there website here for timings and seasonal variations.

Arriving Into Hong Kong

Having just visited Hong Kong I wanted to share my advice about getting around the islands of Hong Kong.

Although there is over 200 islands to explore most tourists will stick to the main areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantu Island and the New Territories all of which can be explored by the MTR.

As a tourist arriving into the city you are able to purchase an airport express travel pass. This gives guests a return airport transfer and three continuous days travel on the MTR network.

For only $350 Hong Kong Dollars per person you can collect your pass at the airport and start using it straight away! Considering an airport transfer starts from $19 US Dollars per person one way you’ve already saved.

Read up more online here.

Then get yourself out there and explore Hong Kong, posts to be loaded shortly about things to do in Hong Kong.

My Favourite Canberra Brunching

After visiting as many restaurants in my 2 months in Canberra I wanted to share my absolute favourites with you! Please note some of the places mentioned may only be open on weekends, be sure to check the opening hours before travelling!

Ricardo’s

A popular choice with the locals Ricardo’s has been a firm favourite for the last 8 years since opening and walking through the cafe doors is like walking into a dream, fridges filled with the most beautifully crafted and colourful cakes you ever will see.With a full breakfast menu I often make the choice from the menu and as I can’t resist I’ll choose my cake for takeaway with a tea and lunch at home. The usual suspects are on the list with breakfast rolls and eggs on toast, but for something more usual be sure to check out the fritters with poached eggs. I find the prices are more expensive than some of the others within my list but the cakes are worth every cent.Already have plans for my last day to head in for a takeaway cronut for the bus to Sydney… that’s acceptable travel food right?Ricardo’s is located in Jamison Plaza, Bowman Street, ACT.Check them out online here!

Trevs @ Dickson

Who doesn’t love a brunch? Tried out this spot after passing on the way to the op shops and wanted to grab something to eat and was so pleased we did.

With a full breakfast menu, With a special ‘Trevs taste collective’ a three course taster with a savoury, sweet and healthy dish all rounded off with a fresh mini juice of the day this. Mine on our visit was egg and salmon slider with French toast, covered in the special of the day with a granola fruit yogurt bowl all for only $18.50 which by brunch standards in the city is a bargain!

Be sure to head out to Dickson to try it out.

Located at 20 Challis st, Dickson. ACT

Check them out online here

Stand By Me

A hidden secret in the area of Lyons this delicious cafe is a gem of a place. As they only have a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and no live website I had to drool over their posts online of the famous French toast, Meant I already knew what I’d be choosing but as the menu can change daily for the specials I was in for a surprise!

The special of the day I visited was Salted Carmel, it came with Carmel sauce, Salted Carmel sauce, chocolate crumb and a rock of salted caramel fudge. Wowers. With your usual line up of eggs on toast and bacon and egg rolls, they have some surprises with Egyptian beans with egg and toast which was a real unusual option and I throughly enjoyed it. With most choices being $17.50 I thought the prices for something cooked so well was fair and the staff were fantastic helping with all my tables requests!

Located at 7 Lyons Place, ACT.

As I mentioned there is no website but check them out online before you visit!

Local Press Cafe

If you are looking for something wholesome then you’ve found your winner. Sourcing food locally and ethically these guys cater for all dietary requirements, dairy free, gluten free, vegan or vegetarian (although for those carnivores there is local ham on the menu)

I was massively impressed with the location, on the Kingston Foreshore with piazza under cover but with massive bifolding doors even sitting inside feels like your on the water.

With fabulous unusual choices like Breakfast tortillas or Nut waffles the foodies among you will be thoroughly impressed. I ended up sharing a dish of sweet and savoury with a second (or third depending on how you look at it) o a sweet potato brownie! All the dishes were served beautifully and taste as good as they looked!

We rounded off the feast with freshly pressed juices and smoothies. Perfection.

Located at 81 Eastlake Parade & Giles Street

Check them out online here

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Who doesn’t want to see the majestic Table Mountain up close and personal! After a recent trip to Cape Town this spring it was the first stop after landing in the city. I wanted to share my tips on Table Mountain, The How to get there and the what to do’s!

The name was given from the meteorological phenomenon that occurs which forms a billowing fabric to fall over the Mountain giving it a table cloth appearance over it’s flat surface, Table Mountain has been named one of the 7 new wonders of the world (as of 2011) and is often ranked within the top 10 sights to see before you die.

 

Getting to Table Mountain

Getting to the Aerial cable car entry is easy enough! With the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off bus dropping at the entrance it is easy to include within the package. However there is a free bus service which will take you to the same drop off point for those whom are aren’t. The MyCiTi shuttle service from the Lower Tafelberg Road stop, just off Kloof Nek Road is free of charge and runs from opening time until 7pm so for those travelling in the summer months of November to February who are hoping to wait out the sunset  this might only work for one of your journeys. There are other busses that run to the lower cable station but will charge and you must use your myconnect card to pay for the journey, and they will not expect cash. Taxis and Uber’s can be ordered for collection and will charge approx. 15 South African Rand per km.

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The easiest way to get to the top….

Is of course the cable way! A wonder of it’s own the cable way has been running since 1929 and has undergone some modernisation over the years, With new 360 viewing the floors of the carriages now rotate as you travel to allow all guests get the best views.

For the small price of 255 South African Rand (£12) you can purchase a return on the cable way to the top and back. Always ensurer to check online before visiting to check the days operating hours, And due to high winds they may not be running without any notice. I found following them on twitter meant I was always up to date.

For those who are looking for something a little more challenging you are able to climb to the upper cable station via Platteklip gorge, the most direct route. This steep hike can be done in only a few hours for those who are super fit, and can be accessed from Tafelberg Road. Please only climb while the cable car is operating, and be aware of sunset timings… You do not want to be caught out and try and climb back down in the dark. The path is well constructed but is very steep, there was plenty of opportunities to sit and bathe in the sunshine and look back into Cape Town and table bay while you climb so make sure you pack a lunch and plenty of water!

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Now What?…

Now you’ve made it to the top whether hiked or cabled you are free to spend as long as you want at the top. Personally I think joining onto one of the guided walks (which run every hour on the hour) are a great way to learn the local history of the island and to understand where you are looking out towards. With fauna on the top of the Mountain you are unlikely to see anywhere else in the world the guides are informative and  are happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you prefer to wander on your own there are three walks you can take, and with the longest only being 45 minutes you don’t have to spend all day there. Almost all of the walks once at the summit are wheelchair friendly with paved walkways and signage.

Those who are looking to stake their claim to fame are able to climb to the highest point on Table Mountain, Maclears Beacon which sits pretty at 1085 m Above sea level. Follow the yellow painted footprints on the path ways to take you to the chains and poles erected to help assist you to the rocky steps.

 

 

For more information on the cable way please visit their website here.

For more information on the City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus and it’s route please visit their website here.

Always advise others when hiking and when can be avoided please do not attempt alone. If doing so please ensure you advise your hotel reception desk and advise a time you are likely to return.

Johannesburg Things To See And Do

Being the largest city in South Africa, And the second largest city in the continent (only beaten by Cairo) you would expect there to be plenty to entertain the tourists that pass though however before I arrived I thought I might struggle to find things to do and was I proved wrong! I wanted to share my top tips on what to see and do while in Jozi.

 

Lebos Soweto Bicycle Tours 

Located in the famous south western township (otherwise known as soweto) This little hostel located in the area of Orlando West within SOWETO host daily bicycle tours in the local area. Taking you out for either 2 or 4 hours your tour guides will lead you though the houses of Orlando and take you to the main sights in the local area, Including Nelson Mandela’s house and the Hector Pieterson museum. Your tour includes lunch and they are more than happy to stop while you take photos, Trust me your phone/camera will be glued to your hands! On a side note for those not looking exert themselves Lebos also offer Tuk Tuk tours in which you can be driven around in their awesome Tuks Tuks with a guide (As shown below!)

Prices start from 430rand for a 2 hour cycle. Tours can be prearranged online here.

 

Valakazi Street & Nelson Mandela’s House

The only street in the world which can lay claim to once being the home or not 1 but 2 Nobel Prize winners; Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela, Possibly the most famous street in Johannesburg is a must see while in the area. With dining options and local bars you can easily people watch from the outdoor Terrence’s and order some authentic local South African cuisine.

Although Nelson’s family no longer live at 8115 the building has been turned into a museum for guests to see the humble beginnings the legacy started from and hear the meaningful life he lived. Nelson donated the house to the Soweto Heritage Trust on
1 September 1997 and asked for it to be kept as a museum for people to visit and learn.

It truly is a unforgettable moment and hearing the guides stories, showing us the bullet holes that still exist in the structure is heart breaking.

Entrance starts at 40rand per person. Learn more online here.

 

Hector Pieterson Museum & Memorial 

On June 16, 1976, Soweto high school students took to the streets in a peaceful protest against the sub-standard education in black schools but on the way to the stadium, they were met by the apartheid police. One of the first to be killed by the police was 12-year-old Hector Pieterson. The soon iconic image of Pieterson’s body being carried with his sister running alongside.

The memorial was opened by Nelson Mandela in the early 1990’s and the museum followed in the early 00’s. With an aim to persevere the memory of the events of the day, there are a collection of eye witness statements, pictures and historical documents and certainly plays an important part of South African history.

Another museum that may interest you if you would like yo learn more about the apartheid in South Africa you can visit the museum on Cnr Northern Parkway & Gold Reef Road. Learn more here

 

Orlando Towers

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Look no further than the SOWETO suburb of Orlando west! With the option of Bungee, Free-fall (yes you read that right, Check out the videos online on the link below) tower climbing and paint balling this place have it all. With a new cash free policy all bookings must be pre-booked online with a debit or credit card.

Check out there website for more information, videos and booking links here.

My Favourite Sights In Prague

Having just returned from a wonderful four days in the city of Prague I thought I might share my top sights not to miss… Other than Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock.

Located in the capital of Czech Republic in the kingdom of Bohemia lies the beautiful historic town of Prague. Unfortunately famous for its stag weekend reputation it pleasantly surprised me on my arrival to have only seen the one group on what might of been the busiest weekend of the year, Easter Weekend.

Any illusions you might have of a weekend in Prague I’d like to help change, as this has quickly become one of my favourite cities!

Prague Castle

This world recording holding residence to past King’s of Bohemia is recognised as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is easily the biggest tourism draw to the city. Personally I am not one for a castle tour but we happily followed the masses on a tour. The views from Starbucks roof terrace is easily one of the best you will find and provides panoramic views out over Prague below.

If you time your visit right you will be able to see the changing of the guard, that’s right just like at Buckingham Palace this is quite a big deal. Crowds will gather to watch the guards leave their post, and if you are there for 12pm (lunchtime) you will be provided with entertainment from the fanfare ceremony that happens daily.

Once you have had your fill take a slow walk back to Lesser Town down the hill. A long road lined with shops, restaurants and cafes there is plenty to see and places to stop.

Nerudova Street

One of my favourite history facts is before street numbers and road names existed there was another way people recognised addresses, With house signs which happened to be pictures displayed on a plaque above the door. If you were looking for the bakers house, all you’d have to do is look the loaf of bread picture! I love this and think it would be amazing if this of been continued even to this day… I think my house would have an aeroplane plaque! 😉 The signs have been restored on some of the houses on this street located just below Prague Castle. Take a walk back to Lesser Town passing through and see if you can spot the house of two suns.

John Lennon Wall

Located just below the castle in Lesser Town, this monument to peace, love, art and John Lennon was created back in the 1980’s after his murder. Used as a way for young Czechs to show expression through the means of Art in anger to the communism. Western music was banned in the country and repenting against this they would write lyrics from the Beatles onto the wall.

What started as a portrait of John himself has now been lost underneath the layers of paint that have been covering the walls for many years. After trying to cover the wall with whitewash and rid the graffiti it has become impossible to cover it quicker than the artists arrive. Now left to be decorated as seen fit this massive tourist attraction will be ever changing with messages that still reflect the hopes from those in the 80’s, messages of peace and love.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery

Located within close distance of the old town this old Jewish Ghetto is home to one of the most beautiful, sobering graveyards I have visited. It is believed to be the largest recognised Jewish cemetery in Europe, where thousands of gravestones are lain in the small courtyard at the Pinkas Synagogue. The synagogue after communist regime was closed and the 77,927 inscribed names of the holocaust victims were erased, but these later were restored and now they cover the entire interior of the building.

Rooftop Drinking

With such a beautiful square it would seem a shame not to see it from above in all its glory! We decided to skip the queues to climb the clock tower, after all it’s what we came to see but we still wanted the vantage point it offered. I’d heard there were some rooftop bars in the Old Town and decided to check out the terrace at Terasa U Prince Hotel. With reasonably priced cocktails we treated ourselves to a sundowner and watched the sunset from the warmth of the heat lamps wrapped in blankets.

My tip is to give the food a miss and make this a pre dinner drink.

Petrin Hill

Located close to Prague castle this proud hill sits atop the terracotta roofs and golden spires of the city below and is popular for those looking for a walk away from the crowds or a perfect picnic spot. Easily accessible from the city using the the funicular railway (also known as a cliff railway or a cable attached tram for almost vertical climbs) for those not looking for something as energetic or a short but steep walk up the 327 meters. Passing through some manicured gardens, and through the memorial to the vitims of communism there is plently of opportunities to stop along the way and once you arrive at the top there are cafe’s and coffee shops. Trust me the view will be worth it!

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Petrin Look Out Tower

Don’t think the that’s the end of the fun once you’ve made the climb! You are able to get even higher! This mini replica of the Eiffel Tower sits atop of Petrin Hill adds another 60m onto your height for some clearer views of the city below. For less than £10 per person you are able to purchase a ticket for the climb up the 299 stairs to the observation deck at the top. There is an elevator which operates at an extra cost (free to pensioners and disabled guests) for those unable to make the climb after a trek up Petrin Hill.

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 Powder Tower

Dating back to the 11th century this Gothic tower is one of the remaining castle gate entries. Used as a decorative entry to the castle grounds rather than defensive means, it was used to store shotgun powder in the 17th century hence the name “Powder Tower.” A great example of the classic Gothic architecture of Eastern Europe this tower stands proud at the entry to Old Town Square and separates the new from the old. It is possible to climb to the lookout 44 meters above Old Town Square for a small fee.

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The Best Dining Spots In Prague

I have to admit I ate some of the best meals and snacks I’ve ever had while I was in Prague so I thought I’d share my recommendations from my dinning experiences! There certainly was a lot!

*Indian Jewel 

http://www.indianjewel.cz/

After spotting an advertisement for a lunch time special we decided to give it a try. For 109 CZK you could try their 2 course menu. With a different curry on offer each day with the deal it does mean you cant be fussy, but for £3 each you can’t complain! They mix up the days with a vegetarian then meat option the next. We dinned and had the Sag Chicken which was very tasty and within the deal you receive a portion of rice and a desert of Kheer; Saffron flavoured Indian Rice Pudding.

Both were very tasty, and for only £3 it is a bargain! This worked out as our cheapest meal/snack while we were travelling in Prague and considering it’s Old Town Square location it is a great lunch stop off!

(They also offer a 3 course dinner menu for only 399 CZK, £11 each. However this is an all meat dinner, And when I asked about vegetarian alternatives there didnt seem to be another option)

 

* Joy Burger

http://joyburgerbar.cz/

Oh my good God! This place is amazing! We had walked pasted twice before I gave in and we tried to get a table, with the choice of an hour and a half wait or perch on the end of someones larger my rumbling stomach got the better of me and we crashed crashed a group of young girls meal out.

The restaurant is casual dinning and perfect for a quick meal, lunch or dinner. But be warned there isn’t many seats and does fill up quickly so book ahead where you can.

Burgers were good value between 205 – 285 ck although they don’t come with Fries on the side and are purchased separately, we ordered a portion between the two of us and it was plenty with the massive burger each. Admittedly we spent more on the selection of dips to go with them than the actual Fries with Chipotle and refried beans….

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Located a moments walk from the old town square.

* Giovanis

http://www.giovanni-praha.cz/

We stubbled across this cutesy little place while wandering down all the little cobbled streets around the Old Town Square and was so glad we chose to dine here.

The menu is a selection of Italian dishes, although personally I don’t think I could of been tempted away from the pizzas after seeing them delivered to others tables and went straight to that section of the menu!

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Located right next to the astronomical clock in the old town square.

 

* Las Adelitas 

http://www.lasadelitas.cz/

After a day wandering we happened upon Las Adelitas after noticing a sign leading into a building, Hidden within an alley way in the basement this place can be easily missed. Having only just eaten we chose to eat here the following night and booked a table, Which we were lucky to have done as this seems to be the in place and was heaving, Which just added to the atmosphere! We devoured the menu and settled on Burritos and Flautas which were served as something similar to an enchilada. After a small issue with the arrival of mine (which the staff fixed flawlessly and professionally) we enjoyed what might of been my favourite Mexican, and thanks to the staff we were offered the chance to have a pudding free of charge.

I have to add a special mention as I thought the décor and atmosphere here really makes the restaurant something special, Having travelled through Mexico I really think they have grasped the Mexican vibes and was thoroughly impressed! Even if you are only after a tasty cocktail after dinner elsewhere this place is sure to please!

 

*Trdelnik – “tr-del-nik”

Okay so I had so many of these sweet treats I lost my mind a little, I think I tried one very time we walked past a stall! They are very moreish!

So you are probably wondering what I am on about right now… These sweet treats, Sometimes referred to as a chimney cake are hollow sweet pastry/bread rolls. They are made by rolling out thin strips of dough and are rolled around a wooden stick and then are cooked on coal fires then are lathered in butter, sugar, chocolate and often Almonds or Walnuts and served piping hot… Don’t trick yourself into thinking they are anything less than 600 kcals for something as little as these!

They are the perfect street snack as they rip apart in the spiral it is cooked and be torn into  bite-sized pieces. We found them in various different ways from Nutella in the middle to ice cream! All forms are mega tasty so don’t miss out on these!

 

Why I Love Reykjavik 

  

Words can not begin to explain how greater time I had while I was in Icelands capital city! 

I have always wanted to travel to Iceland but found every time I looked it was more expensive that I expected! However for this trip I did my research and found great deals online on websites such as Expedia & Icelandair whom offer cheaper deals from London.

Our trip through Expedia was 4 nights in the new skuggi hotel with return flights from London Luton, came to less than £300 a person… Bargain! Although unlike Icelandair who offer excursions as part of the package we had to book these separately. I booked my transfers, blue lagoon, northern lights and golden circle trips directly through their website, personally I do think they monopolise the tours in the area leaving very little scope for smaller firms however when putting a search together this will be the operator you will come across constantly, if you prefer something a little more personal (rather than 80 seater coaches) there are a few companies I would highly recommend as alternatives…

  • Icelandaurora.com – if you are looking to get print worthy shoots from your trip I would highly recommend this company, the guides are also photographers and can help you take the perfect shot. Travelling on a smaller group ensures more time at each sight and the ability to have a little say in the evenings plans.

(Possibly the most expensive of the tours on offer, however if like my travel partner your aim is the perfect shot it is definitely worth paying the extra)

  • Car hire – there is no real benefit to having the guides on the tours, having your own car gives you the opportunity to visit the surrounding ‘golden circle’ route at your own pace, with free parking at most of the sights and at the blue lagoon if you are comfortable driving in a new country I don’t think you could regret doing it alone… Our hotel staff were more than happy to suggest driving and parking spots where we might catch the best views of the lights within 15 ,ins of the city centre, which would still be visible on the same nights the tours go ahead!
  •  Floating tours.com – this one I might suggest for those looking for something extra special, maybe celebrating a birthday or spoiling yourself to something romantic this company take you to a secret lagoon in small groups for you to chill under the stars, have a massage and enjoy the more rustic surroundings than that of the more popular blue lagoon, and being a evening tur during those dark winter months your even have the chance of spotting those elusive northern lights

I don’t think there’s a single person I can think of whom I wouldn’t recommend this to, any one with young children (maybe avoiding the winter) to a hen do I think would enjoy the trip alike…I don’t think I’ve ever fell in love so quickly with a city other than my second home in Sydney! Everything feels very quaint and precious, the small town surroundings make it very easy to be come comfortable and settled quickly… And less likely to be come lost 😉

The options of things to do is endless, from picturesque city strolling to day trips into the majestic unknown, Spas and hot springs and endless eateries where else could you end the day watching the auroras borealis? 

Everyone I’ve know to visit Iceland has always said how much they have loved the country, and after my great experience I think I’m overdue a 2 week stint with a road map and a hire car and see this beautiful country for more than just Reykjavik.