London: The National Gallery & Science Museum Review (2020).

Do you ever just get the urge to do some exploring and learning simultaneously? Well, I do!

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London is definitely one of the most major cities close to me that has an enormous amount of museums to offer – all of which have their own purpose. As I had never been to either of these before, I decided to check them both out. Also, I decided to check these out for one of my university modules, so it was a WIN-WIN situation.

The National Gallery 

The National Gallery is a major tourist attraction in Trafalgar Square in Central London. It was founded in 1824 and has a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is an art museum that displays a range of different paintings, drawings, and photographs. An art museum or gallery like this is a building or space that displays art, usually from the museum’s own collection that is open for the public to view. They can also be used for multi-purposes including, artistic activities, performance art music concerts, poetry readings, and many others.

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum as the artworks were just exceptionally brilliant. I loved all of the large-scale ones as they were just so beautiful and quite breath-taking. The National Gallery is a very beautiful museum inside and outside as it is a traditional museum, large and very open-spaced inside. I really liked having a look at what they have to offer and I highly recommend that if you are a lover for art, you too will enjoy it!

The Science Museum 

The Science Museum is a major tourist attraction on Exhibition Road in London. It specializes in science and technology, but more specifically on the history of science and how technology has made an impact on the development of science. The museum has developed significantly since it first opened as there were mostly static displays of objects, but now many of the displays are designed for the visitors to participate. It is beneficial for educational museums to display a range of displays in many forms as individuals learn differently from one another. It is a prime example of how the development of technology can encourage the audience’s participation which can enhance active engagement.

The Science Museum is a very fascinating museum that has a wide variety of interactive and immersive sections for children and adults to visualize how such things became possible. I absolutely loved visiting the Science museum, especially the space section as it was interesting and visually pleasing to look at. It was very educational, as well as insightful to see how technology and science have developed over the years. They also have the opportunity for visitors to try their new 360 virtual reality and Tim Peake simulation to capture the audience’s engagement, as well as demonstrate what it would be like.

I 100% recommend these museums, especially if you want to explore and have a good time.

Bateaux London Dinner Cruise.

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An Introduction to Bateaux London …

“Bateaux London’s fleet includes two handsome boats, River Room and Glass Room, specially designed for dining and celebrating on the water. As the boat sets sail, enjoy fresh food served to your table while London’s landscape unfolds around you. Our tailored entertainment enriches the experience and creates a truly timeless atmosphere that you, a partner, family or friends will remember for a long time to come. Choose from a classic dinner cruise, an afternoon tea cruise or a lunch cruise and enjoy sparkling wine, live music and spectacular views of London. The history of the river is narrated as you sail” (Bateaux London, 2019).

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What Did I Think of Bateaux London?

From the very start to the very end, I felt like a very important person. The staff were ever so friendly and were professional at all times. It is definitely one of those dressier events, clearly, I didn’t know that. It was a great experience to have lunch whilst taking the tour of London. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and found myself wanting to sightsee rather than eat my lunch LOL.

The food was really nice, although there was not a vegetarian option available. They just took out the meat from the main course of what everyone else had. The starter was a choice of bread and butter, soup, and a couple other things. The food was not anything special, but I do think that you pay for the experience of the whole thing, rather than the food specifically. Sadly, the drinks were not included and the prices were extortionate – for two small Proseccos we paid £18.00. As the meals were spaced out over the 2-hour tour, I found myself not getting very full. I was still hungry by the time we got off. Personally, the food isn’t really worth it, so if you’re going to expect an amazing meal, then this isn’t the place. If you want an exceptional experience and an amazing tour of London, then you will LOVE IT!

Check out the website here: https://www.bateauxlondon.com/

Reference: 

Bateaux London (2019) Bateaux London Dinner Cruise. Available at: https://www.bateauxlondon.com/. [Accessed 24 May 2019].

 

 

 

Staying At Villages Nature In Paris.

Just a heads up, this post will mainly consist of photographs as I think they speak well for themselves…

As you are all completely aware, I went to Disney Land Paris with Kevin and his family a couple of weeks ago. This accommodation was booked by Kevin’s parents which is the NEW resort introduced by Center Parcs, known as Villages Nature Paris. We stayed in this beautiful resort for 3 nights, whilst we visited Disney Land for two days – see post here. The dates of travel were Saturday 20 April 2019 – Tuesday 24 April 2019. This resort is in partnership with Disney Land Paris and is one of their recommended accommodations. The good thing was that we were able to collect our park tickets at the reception here at Villages Nature and hop on the number 47 bus which took us to Disney Land for 2 euros.

What Did The Accommodation Look Like? 

Our accommodation was absolutely beautiful! We had a 3 bedroom apartment that was designed for 6 people. This worked out well as there was 5 of us, so we had no issues there. There was one bedroom upstairs with two single beds, as well as a second bathroom. Then, downstairs had a king size bed which led to the other bathroom and jacuzzi. The final double bed was in the lounge area. I absolutely loved the layout of the apartment and I thought it was very spacious considering there was 5 of us. My favorite part was, of course, the jacuzzi and the balcony with the most incredible view. I have never stayed somewhere with a jacuzzi, nor somewhere with an incredible view like this before. I was very surprised to have been given towels, dressing gowns, and slippers which are complementary to all guests. I loved the whole atmosphere and the vibe this apartment gave. I cannot fault it at all…I mean it’s PERFECT!

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What Activities Can You Do?

There are many activities that you can do at the Villages Nature Paris resort, such as:

  • Bowling
  • Swimming
  • Golf
  • Bike Riding
  • Karaoke Nights
  • Arcade
  • Farm

A majority of these activities are free, although there are some which you do need to pay for. I think the prices are reasonable considering it is a popular tourist resort. During our stay there, we went to the farm, bike riding, arcade, and swimming pool which was so much fun. There are many pools indoors and outdoors with floats, slides, and many things for you to do in there. I had so much fun in this swimming pool and I 100% can recommend it. In my opinion, I think that it was a little over-whelming staying in a resort like this with so much to do, but then having to leave to go to the Disney Land resort. There are so many activities to do in Villages Nature, so if you’re visiting for a week – I would 100% recommend, purely because you can spend two days in Disney Land, and then explore the beautiful Villages Nature resort – which is totally worth it!

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Tips & Advise 

  1. If you are staying in a similar apartment that I stayed in, then I would suggest that you either bring your own snacks and food or purchase food from the Supermarket on site. The reason for this is that the food restaurants on site are extremely expensive. I had small macaroni cheese and diet coke for £15 which is just way too much. If you can afford to eat out every night then that is up to you. I would recommend eating out one of the nights, and then make your dinner for the other nights. In our apartment, we had a fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, and cutlery, etc., so you have everything you’ll need in that area.
  2. For the dates that you are traveling, I think it would be wise to check what times the buses run from Villages Nature to Disney Land. On our way there, we got lucky as it arrived when we got there, but the second time, we had to wait around 30 minutes for the bus. There is a timetable of what times they arrive, so double check it so you aren’t wasting time just hanging around.

I hope you enjoyed this little accommodation review. If you would like to see more of these on my blog, then please let me know. Also, if you are considering visiting this resort and you have any bursting questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Have a great week!

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.

10 Tips For Visiting Disney Land Paris.

As you have probably seen from the overload of photographs on my Instagram story and feed – I have recently just got back from a little visit to Disney Land Paris.

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I had the most amazing Easter bank holiday in one of the most magical places in the world and I am forever grateful. I have decided to do this post to give tips and advice to those of you who are considering taking a visit to Disney Land, whether if it’s for a couple of days or even a week. Some of these are probably obvious, but I think it is crucial that they are mentioned considering it made my stay stress-free.

Tickets/Disney Pass

I 100% recommend booking your tickets way in advance, not only to save time in the queues but also because you can get deals to save on the prices too. Personally, I think that 2-3 days in the park is by far enough time. It obviously depends on how old everyone is, as you will not want to go on every ride, especially if you’re a 22 year old like me. It is the exact same for younger children as they might not be tall enough for the bigger rides. Therefore, it is a good idea to do some research so you only book the number of days that you actually need.

Pack a bag

It is very important to know that you are allowed to take bags in with you, even on the rides. A standard rucksack would be ideal. I recommend packing a bag with plenty of snacks, and anything you think you will need for the duration of the day – including sun cream. Your bag will get searched/scanned at the entrance, but this is the rules for all. The prices for food and drinks at Disney Land is extortionate like you wouldn’t even believe me. You can expect to pay at least 4 euros for singular ice cream, 4 euros for a small bottle of coke, meals (such as small macaroni cheese, bottled water, apple, and crisps) will be around 15 euros – and they’re not even worth it! I 100% recommend packing a sandwich or at least only eating out at Disney Land once a day – unless you can afford it of course.

But not too much…

I know, I know – I am contradicting what I just said, but you’ll thank me when you’re there. Only pack with you the things you will actually need. You will have to carry this bag with you for the whole day and whilst queuing up for rides for up to 2 hours long. When I went to Disney Land, I took with me a reasonable size bag on the first day with lots of snacks, a jacket, and my camera equipment. To be honest, I should have estimated how much I was going to eat, as well as checking the weather app as I did not need as much food or a jacket because the weather was LOVELY! If you are going for a few days, I would spend one day going on a few rides, explore the parks, and take all the fancy photos. Then, the rest of the days I wouldn’t take your camera equipment as you will have all the desired shots.

Take an empty water bottle 

DO NOT BUY WATER BOTTLES! If you take your own water bottle or any drink bottle for that matter then you can simply just fill your bottle up with FREE water from their fountains. The water fountains are located outside every single toilet. It is much better to do this as it is completely free, saves the environment (less plastic), and could save you a lot of money as their drinks range from 3-6 euros – even for water!

Wear sensible clothing 

Whilst dressing cute and all appropriate for the weather is a priority. It is always important to think about the activities and the duration of the day. On the first day, I arrived at the park at around 09:30 and didn’t leave until 23:00. As you can probably tell, this was not intended and we only stayed to watch the Disney Illuminations, which by the way is fantastic. It starts at around 22:00 and because my accommodation was around 30 minutes away, it was better off just exploring the park for the whole day. It is important to dress accordingly to the rides you are going on, any activities, as well as weather changes, and perhaps extra or spare clothes. Personally, I recommend covering up, especially if it is hot as I found it uncomfortable sitting on the rides with my skin touching them. To be honest, just wear what you feel most comfortable in!

Stay locally 

Although staying at the Disney Land resorts can be expensive, I would definitely try and consider paying to stay at one. I stayed at the Villages Nature which is an alternative to Center Parcs. The accommodation was absolutely incredible and I loved it so much – there will be a review post very soon. But, it started to become quite pricey as we had to pay for the bus every time we went to Disney Land and travelled back home again. This wasn’t very much of a problem as it was approximately a 20 minutes bus journey. If you can stay as close as possible, then definitely do. There is nothing worse than getting a bus very late at night or in the beautiful sunshine.

Plan your route around the park

I 100% recommend that you download the Disney Land Paris app before you travel. You will be able to see the maps of both parks, find your way around, know the waiting times for rides, as well as find out about any events or activities happening during your stay. I found this very useful, especially whilst planning what to get done on both of the days I was there for. This is the best way to get the most out of your holiday.

Buy Disney merchandise 

Without a doubt, you should head over to some common retail shops to buy some Disney outfits, pajamas, accessories, and anything that you think you would actually use. You can see what I bought here. Fortunately, I already owned the classic Minnie Mouse ears from my last visit 5 years ago, so I took these with me. I also took a mickey house t-shirt, make-up bag, shopper bag, and night-dress. I wanted to be full on Disney-fied! It is so much cheaper to purchase some Disney items before you travel, as I can guarantee you will be tempted to spend hundreds on merchandise. Personally, I could not afford to buy an outfit from Disney Land, barely enough for the ears, so if you want to be a part of all the fun and dress up for less, then do that!

Be prepare to SPEND SPEND SPEND! I have never travelled to anywhere as expensive as Disney Land Paris – even for a small bottle of diet coke I was surprised. 

Did this post help you out and answer any questions you had? If not, just send me a message and I will try to help.

If you have any tips and advice for others comment them below so everyone can see them.