5 Days In Barcelona.

I have had the most incredible 5 days in Barcelona (Monday to Friday). I thought it would be good for me to explain what we did in those 5 days and the amazing things that I captured. I went to Barcelona with a group of friends. There was 5 of us in total. If you’re planning on going to Barcelona and you would like some advice on anything at all, please just let me know and I will try my best to point you in the right direction.

We travelled to Barcelona by plane with Norwegian air on Monday 29th July at 06:50am. I would definitely recommend travelling to Barcelona around this time as it gives you the whole day to settle in and to explore bits of it without wasting a whole day travelling. We arrived in Barcelona at 09:50am (as the time difference is 1-hour in front). This post is going to be structured in a similar way to a diary. I will indicate what we did each day, and I will try to demonstrate this with a range of photographs.

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The weather was absolutely beautiful, if not too beautiful on some days hitting 32 degrees. It is very important to keep loading on sun cream to ensure your skin does not burn and that it is hydrated throughout the day. I was lucky enough to receive two different types of sun cream from the Green People (a blog post will be published shortly) to keep my skin hydrated and lowered the risk of getting burnt. I would definitely use this brand again as I did not burn at all. The only part of my body that went slightly red was my shoulders purely because on the first day I forgot to use sun cream.

Day 1: Monday 29th July 2019

At 09:50am we arrived at Barcelona airport. There was a range of transport that we could have taken to get us to our apartment including, a taxi, metro, or a bus. As we had a lot of time ahead of us, we decided to get on the AEROBUS which was around 5 stops in total. We looked on Google Maps and what bus stop was the best one for us. I believe it was called Espanya or something like that. This bus ride took approximately 15 minutes. It was then only a small walk to our apartment. We stayed at Aparthotel BCN Monjuric (a blog post will be published shortly) and it was absolutely perfect. Once we had checked in around 12:00pm, we decided to take a little walk until we came across the Arena, which is simply just a shopping mall. We had a small bite to eat, done some shopping, and headed to the famous street La Rambla. We didn’t stay out too long, just went for a walk, had a couple of drinks, and got the metro back to the apartment as it was only two stops away.

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Day 2: Tuesday 30th July 2019

This was one of my favourite days, but not so much everyone else’s. The original plan was to just spend the day at the beach. We all decided that it would be a good idea to take a walk to the beach and sightsee at the same time. The walk to the beach is around 1-hour. We decided to take a route that would stop us off at popular spots, including the massive fountain and Parc de Montjuic. The route was absolutely beautiful, and I am so glad that we did actually do this because if we had gone to the beach straight away, we would never have seen all of these incredible views. 4-hours later once we had to the beach, we went to McDonald’s and then sat on the beach for around an hour before we went back to the apartment and just played some games and quizzed with one another.

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Day 3: Wednesday 31st July 2019

This day was quite a chilled day. We stayed in the apartment until around 1pm before we decided to go to La Rambla to go to a couple of shops, have some lunch, and go to The Big Fun Museum. I LOVED the museum so much. It was something that we needed to do as a group. We all LOVED the ball pit, probably a bit too much, but it was a lot of fun. Afterwards, we headed towards Hard Rock Café and found the Barcelona Cathedral. I thoroughly enjoyed this day as it wasn’t actually planned out. We just went for a casual stroll and came across things that we liked and just explored. After this, we just went back to the apartment and spent the evening in the rooftop pool.

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Day 4: Thursday 1st August 2019

Thursday was again a very chilled day. Myself, Kevin, and Charlie took a morning stroll playing Pokémon Go and then we went to Sagrada Familia. This was definitely the highlight of the whole holiday. It was just absolutely stunning, and I think the photographs speak for themselves. After this, we had some lunch and went for a little stroll down La Rambla. We went back to the apartment a little early today around 4pm as we wanted to charge up our phones for the evening. We went back to Parc de Montjuic and watch a street dance performance followed by The Magic Fountain show which is just insane. If you ever go to Barcelona, you MUST see The Magic Fountain at night. It is an hour-long FREE show and is just so wonderful.

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Day 5: Friday 2nd August 2019

This was the day to say goodbye to Barcelona. Our flight wasn’t until 5pm, so we spent half of the day in the apartment, went for lunch and took another walk down La Rambla until we had to catch the metro to the airport. We flew back to Gatwick with Vueling Air.

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I hope you enjoyed this little post. I didn’t want to bombard you with too much information and realised that the photographs probably speak for themselves anyway.

I also vlogged the 5 days in Barcelona over on my YouTube channel, or just click the link down below:

 If you have any questions or anything that you would like to know about my stay in Barcelona, just comment them down below or message me directly on my socials or email.

 

 

 

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48 Hours In Disney Land Paris.

I have had the most incredible 2 days (Sunday and Monday) at Disney Land Paris with Kevin and his family. I thought it would be a lovely idea to tell you all about it and show you some beautiful shots I managed to capture. I have actually been to Disney Land before, but to be honest I couldn’t remember anything as it was five years ago, so it was like I was visiting it again for the very first time.

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We travelled to Paris on the Eurostar in the morning of Saturday 20, 2019, at around 10am and arrived outside Disney Land at around 2pm. I 100% recommend travelling on the Eurostar, if possible, as it is so much easier than a plane and completely stress-free. I will be doing a separate post about that, so stay alert. We then travelled to our accommodation which was absolutely incredible and soooooo beautiful – it was called Villages Nature: Paris which is an alternative for a Centre Parcs. Again, I will be doing a separate post about this. We were booked in to stay here until the morning of Tuesday 24, 2019. Although it appeared that we were visiting Paris for 4 days, it was technically only Sunday and Monday as Saturday and Tuesday were days to travel to and from.

Oh, and the weather was beautiful, we definitely got lucky with that!

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If you know Disney Land, then you’ll know there are two parks. We decided to spend Sunday and Monday in separate parks to get all the things done that we wanted to. The park we went in on Sunday was the big ride park – well that’s what I called it! It had pretty much all of the adult rides in, except Space Moutain which was in the other park. We managed to get on all of the rides that we wanted to, except Aerosmith as it broke down when we literally got to the barrier of being the next people on.

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As well as that, we were lucky enough to watch a few street performances which included, magicians, juggling, hula-hooping, dancing, and a special performance from many superheroes as part of there Avengers which was great to watch. In between both of the parks, there are many restaurants and shops that you can go in. To warn you though, the prices can be excessive – please see my post here with tips and advice.

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And then, we went to the park which has all the kid rides, adventure parks, main street, and the famous Disney Castle. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and of course, I had to get lots of photographs taken. If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have seen the overload of Disney pictures – I can’t help it that I love them all! It is such a magical place and when you’re there it is like you’re in somewhere fake, like a movie. I loved it so so much, and the feeling when you see it for the first time is just breath-taking. There is so much to see, and many things which just look spectacular.

Walking down Main Street was my absolute favourite thing…

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Main Street is the most perfect spot for getting all those Instagram shots. Although it’s very busy – you have to wait sometime if you want a clear background. Along the street, there are many Disney stores, restaurants, and many other specialized shops. It is a beautiful street with friendly people which leads to the most famous castle of all.

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I cannot recommend Disney Land enough. It is absolutely beautiful and perfect for getting some beautiful shots, as well as having a great time watching performances and going on rides. I can whole-heartedly say that visiting Disney Land is up there in the top 5 things I have ever done. I don’t want to spill too much or share a lot of photographs as I want to leave some surprises for yourself.

If you’re visiting Disney Land Paris and you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to write them in the comments. I would love to answer any of your queries.

Why I Love London & Why You Might Love It Too?

London is obviously one of the most popular cities in the U.K., To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the most popular city in the world. I absolutely love visiting London, even as a fellow citizen of the U.K. I think it is absolutely beautiful and so so different from the little town I am used to living in.

I have visited London a fair few times and there are still plenty of things that I want to do and see in London. So, I can imagine why it is so popular and why everyone loves it so much!

Let’s see what I love most about London, and perhaps some of these things will interest you too.

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This photograph was taken on the London Bridge linking to Embankment – a perfect view of the London Eye.

Tourist Attractions 

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. Tower of London
  3. Tower Bridge
  4. Big Ben
  5. London Eye
  6. Parliament
  7. Piccadilly Circus
  8. Trafalgar Square
  9. London History Museum
  10. Westminster Abbey
  11. Hyde Park
  12. Covent Gardens
  13. M&M world
  14. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter (see post here)
  15. London Sea Life Centre
  16. Jack the Ripper Tour
  17. London Dungeons

Culture and Tourists 

Whenever I visit London, I am of course a tourist exploring the beautiful city, but what I love most is how diverse the culture is. It is amazing how so many people from around the world can meet in one city to enjoy exploring, traveling, meeting, and assisting one another with their travels. Meeting new people is what I love to do most, and to be honest, a great way to meet new people is to ask them to take a photo for you – trust me they will help you because everyone is so friendly!

London Underground 

The London Underground is a public rapid transit system to assist individuals with their daily activities. Trains are available between 2-5 minutes which make it very convenient. Most of the trains are underground, although some appear to be overground. The underground has its origins in the Metropolitan Railway, the worlds first underground passenger railway (read more here).

I have used the underground every time I have visited London, even if the places I am going to are one stop away. The London Underground is definitely something that everyone has to have the experience of using. I love using them so much that I actually find it kind of fun.

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The History 

London is very well-known for its history including the Plague, Civil War and the stories of Jack the Ripper. There are many historical places to visit in London, not only the museums, but tourist attractions focused on specific events. In Addition, The Royal Family are of course very important to the U.K. and one of the prime examples of why Lonon is so popular.

London West End 

As a Drama student, of course, this would be one of the reasons why I love London. London Wet End is absolutely mesmerizing. There are always at least 6 shows that are available to the public. I have watched a wide variety of shows at Piccadilly Circus including, Wicked and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I 100% recommend visiting a show in the theatres as they are incredible, even if you are not a huge fan, I am positive you will love it!

The Food

With plenty of street foods, fast foods, and restaurants you will definitely have a lot of options. There are many places to try new foods from all over the world. The street markets offer a wide variety of foods. I recommend trying a little bit of everything, so you get the full experience.

 

These are just some of the things that I love about London, what do you love most about London?

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel To The Philippines.

Visiting the Philippines is something that I will never forget for many reasons. In April 2017, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to the Philippines, with Kevin to meet a majority of his family for 3 whole weeks. Of course, there was plenty of exploring, adventurous outings and a lot of relaxation; as it was still a holiday. Unfortunately, looking back at the photographs, it appeared that I did not take many, nor are the ones that I took are any good of quality. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what I did when I was there. If you want that then comment below and I will save it for another post.

In this post, I will be giving you a simple breakdown of my favourite reasons as to why you should visit the Philippines. In my opinion, I think that being given the opportunity to travel somewhere and experiencing another culture is the most amazing thing and you should really take something from it. IF YOU CAN… DO IT!

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Baluarte (Vigan) – Mini Zoo and museum

One of my top reasons, as to why I recommend visiting the Philippines, is that everyone is so friendly. There was not at any point a moment where I felt like I wasn’t being treated fairly or that anyone was rude to me. Everyone who I had came into contact with were genuienly really nice. I had a rather pleasant stay and thought it was lovely how there was no language barrier. It’s not that I expected people to be rude, but I recognized straight away how nice everyone was, despite me feeling nervous/worried in another country and I think that is something that I will always remember. I had never been this far away from home before, so it really meant a lot to me and I appreciated it a lot. Plus, it is a cheap place to visit, not including the flight, but in general for the activities and food etc,. It’s very good value for money!

Beaches & Tourist Attractions

There are many many beautiful beaches and tourist attractions in the Philippines. I am sure you have seen those photographs of the most beautiful, calm and clear beaches… well imagine loads of those. That’s exactly what it is like!

During my time, I mainly stayed in Manila. Although, that was a city so we did have to travel to all the beautiful beaches. As you can see from the image below, their beaches are clear, stunning and just look completely peaceful. I really enjoyed visiting the beaches there as they just look so stunning and clean which is a completely different atmosphere compared to the UK. I 100% recommend these places, if you’re looking for places to visit during your stay.

Beaches

  • Vigan
  • Boracay
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Vigan – city, and province of locus Sur, Philippines.

Below are a list of tourist attractions and places that I was fortunate enough to visit:

Tourist attractions

  • Woodland Adventures – climbing mountains
  • Pottery making
  • Baluarte – mini zoo, museum, large sign (perfect for photos)
  • ShowTime – ABS-CBN – a talent television show – I had the wonderful experience of watching the filming and also taking part on stage at the beginning for their introduction.
  • Pet Cafe’s
  • There is a lot of places for your visit, as well as beautiful sights along the way.

Shopping Malls & Markets

I’ve never seen so many markets and shopping malls during a holiday before and I never even knew this was possible, not to mention how big they are. During my stay in the Philippines, I only really visited the malls in Manila… I say only, but I still remember visiting many of them. They have a lot of SM’s which I think actually stands for Super Market, but please don’t quote me on that. Also, I visited a smaller mall called Robinson’s which I remember a lot because I bought some new flip flops (smart shoes) and a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. In the malls, you can find a range of shops, such as boutiques, supermarkets, fashion outlets, restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres, internet cafe’s, and basically everything that you could possibly need all in one place. I could have literally spent a whole day in a mall, there’s just loads to do.

I won’t forget to mention all of the street foods and markets which you can find everywhere, even on the street LOL. I remember, when we were there, we were stuck in traffic for a couple of hours and as we were sooooooooo hot and hungry, we managed to get out of the car to get water and food at one of the street markets and still make it back into the car in time. Honestly, you’ll be so surprised. I just found it absolutely mesmerising. I think it is mainly due to the fact of how different it is in comparison to the UK.

Weather & Climate

I know what you’re thinking and yes this is so obvious! But, the WEATHER is definitely up there in my top 10 reasons why you should travel to the Philippines. It is so nice to go somewhere that is really hot, even when there is no sun! Of course, it was very humid and yes as soon as I stepped outside of the apartment, I was boiling and sweating but it was a great experience. I would recommend putting on sun cream/lotion regardless as it is a really good way to not burn, but also to keep your skin moisturised. I had many occasions where I had dry skin which wasn’t always from burning, but because my skin got a bit dried out.

Experience

One of the things that I really loved about going to the Philippines is the whole experience of it all. It is very eye-opening and does make you feel either really appreciated or give you an awareness of what is going on in the world. I found it so fascinating being able to experience what it is like living in the Philippines as well as learning a lot about their culture. It is actually amazing how different it is to the UK which is why I will never forget my visit. I am going to be completely honest, it was a little overwhelming.

I want to start documenting all of my travels and all of the great things that I am fortunate enough to experience. I really want to travel to a few places this year, so please give me some recommendations.

Where are your favourite places to visit?

10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Belfast.

Hello everyone, welcome back to another one of my travel blog posts. As you can tell from the title of this post, I will be giving you tips on 10 things you must do when visiting Belfast in Northern Ireland. I went to Belfast with my boyfriend Kevin where he got the chance to meet half of my family that live over there. We had a great time interacting and engaging with everybody. It was lovely for me to see all my family again as I only really see them like once a year or every other year. We only went for 3 nights which flew by… to be honest, it was rather nice to just have a few days off work to chill. Fortunately, the weather was lovely for 2 of the days we were there and the last day is when the rain came on which didn’t really bother me as I felt like we needed it. I really enjoy going to Belfast because it isn’t that far on the plane and it has some great historical buildings and landmarks. I did a post similar to this one which was published after I went to Amsterdam, you can view it here: https://bryoniburnsblog.com/2018/05/23/what-to-do-on-a-short-city-break-in-48-hours-amsterdam/

Photo was taken outside the Belfast City Hall

1. Belfast Town Centre

I know exactly what you’re thinking and of course, with most Cities, you would typically go to their city centre to explore the shops and get a rough idea of what it’s about. However, I honestly believe that, as a tourist, you have to go to Belfast City Centre, not just because it’s the city, but because it has a lot of beautiful old-fashioned buildings that are known as they’re famous landmarks. Belfast town is absolutely massive! They have multiple shopping centres, theatres and of course a lot of tourist attractions. They have multiple old-fashioned historical buildings that are used as everyday shops. For example, the first photo below is a Primark. It is just absolutely beautiful. From the outside of the building, you would never know it was a Primark unless you saw the sign. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see everything as I was only there for 3 days, however, I do know that the next time I get the chance to go to Belfast, I would love to do one of their hop-on-hop-off sightseeing 2. Bus City Tours.  I think it would be beneficial and probably the best way to see the most important landmarks in Belfast. I believe that as a tourist it is important that you get the most out of going on holiday which is why I try to do a lot of stuff in a short amount of time.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

3. Belfast City Hall

The Belfast City Hall is a beautiful landmark, even just from the outside. Luckily, I managed to go inside, for FREE, to have a look at their interior and the glassed stained tinted windows. It is part of their exhibition to have pictures of the most famous landmarks on them. There isn’t too much to write about this because it is something that you’d have to go to yourself. It is definitely a popular tourist attraction as it was fairly busy with tours happening when we went. I will let the photos speak for themselves. I went a bit happy crazy with the camera and took photos from every angle, but here’s a few:

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Standing outside the Belfast City Hall – photo was taken by Kevin Turingan
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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 
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Of course, I had to get a snap on these stairs – photo was taken by Kevin Turingan

This is one of many beautiful glass windows which has been designed to inform tourists of some of the most famous tourist attractions in Belfast. For example, the two yellow cranes, the big blue-fish and the building of the Titanic, including the Titanic museum open for visitors.

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Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns 

4. Titanic Museum

The Titanic museum is an interactive museum open for the public, from 2012, to give them the Titanic experience. You get to explore the shipyard, walk the decks, travel to the depts of the ocean and uncover the true legend of Titanic in the city where it all began. If you are into history and like to find out the truth to get a better understanding then I 100% recommend this. I am very much into history and I love learning about the past. I thought this was incredible. The museum is so life-like and it does give you the feel like as if you are on the Titanic. I was able to capture some great photos to give you an idea of the sort of things that you can see.

Standing at the front of the NOMADIC ship
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Unfortunately, I was unable to upload The Ultimate Titanic Experience, so here is the YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA4taWMtS9A&t=125s

5. ViewPoint From Hannahstown Hill 

A part from Hannahstown Hill, there are many places where you can get a beautiful view of Belfast. There are many mountains surrounding the City Centre which creates beautiful views all around you. My favourite place to stand to look at Belfast City is the viewpoint from Hannahstown hill. I managed to get a little photo of this, although, it was slightly foggy the day I decided to adventure up. I just think it is absolutely beautiful.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

6. Range Of Shopping Malls: Kennady Center, Burcher Road, Lisburn

Other than all the beautiful tourist attractions, Belfast is well-known for having a lot of shopping malls. Whether if they are small or big… they are everywhere. I absolutely loved spending a whole day shopping and travelling to all the shopping malls. It is so nice to see all the different shops, especially ones that I have never been to before. I didn’t actually buy a lot which is unusual for me, however, I did buy from Urban Outfitters and Primark. I had to be careful with my purchases as I had to make sure I could fit it in my suitcase to bring home. I suppose this is good because we all know I love shopping. I would have bought loads LOL. I have attached a couple of photos below for you to see what I bought in Belfast.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns
Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

7. Lisburn Bowling Alley & Arcade 

For mine and Kevin’s last night in Belfast, we decided to do something that we both love to do. We decided to go bowling. Bowling is so much fun and I love it so much. I get very competitive though. We played two games and guess what… I WON BOTH OF THE GAMES! I am pretty sure that Kevin didn’t let me win LOL. We had a lot of fun and it was lovely to just spend a little time together. We both work full-time which does make it difficult for us to actually spend time and do things together. I honestly had so much fun. After, bowling we went into the little arcade which is right next to the bowling alleys. There were so many games to play and the fun part was winning the tickets. Our favourite machine to play was the flappy bird game. It was sooooooo fun much. I loved how it was two player and after you got tickets for a prize. We managed to win 428 tickets and we chose 2x Rubik’s cubes, a large rubber and a dancing laughing emoji. These were just small prizes as it is designed for children, however, we did have fun… I must admit.

8. Grand Opera House: The Wizard Of Oz 

As you all know, I am a big fan of shows and I love to watch shows in London on a yearly basis. It was so lovely for my auntie to plan a show for us to watch and boy what a great show it was indeed. We watched The Wizard Of Oz that was a children’s production. It was very clever and well thought out. I loved how many children there were apart of this production. At one point, there must have been over 80 children on stage. All of the children were brillant and definitely very talented. The girl who played Dorothy was incredible…like mind-blowing. I am honestly so pleased I had the chance to watch a production like this as it was definitely a lot different to the types of productions you see in London. Being a Drama student, hoping to pursue my career as a Drama teacher, I love to watch shows to give me ideas on what I can do to make my acting different or better. I have definitely learnt a lot from watching this childrens production.

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

 

Photo was taken by Bryoni Burns

Things that I want to do in Belfast next time:

9. Belfast Castle

I am very intrigued by the history of places that I travel to which is why Belfast Castle is definitely up there on my things to do. I have been for mini holidays to Belfast 5 times which is why next time I know I am 100% visiting the castle. I have looked it up online and the photos taken of it are absolutely stunning. As you are probably aware, I love visiting places that have big historical old-fashioned buildings that have history to them. I think they are mesmerising and I love capturing these types of photographs.

10. Belfast Zoo 

I would love to visit Belfast Zoological Gardens to see all the cute animals and take some beautiful photographs of them. I went to the zoo for the very first time about a month ago and absolutely loved it. I liked seeing the animals up close for the very first time and seeing how they live. I would really like to visit the zoo in Belfast to see what it’s like and how different it is to Marwell Zoo that I went to.

Thank you so much for popping back onto my blog. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and found it somewhat useful. If you have any feedback, opinions, comments or any ideas for me, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Stay tuned for more holiday blog posts. Have a great day!