Thursday, August 25, 2016

Love and the London Eye

Since we are off again on new adventures soon and leaving London, boyfriend and I have been scrambling to fit in the few things we meant to see here and just hadn't gotten around to. Plus we had a few credit card rewards to spend! Always nice.

We decided to use some of those rewards to book the Ripley's Believe It or Not attraction and the London Eye.

<-- One very large rocking chair.

The London Eye was WAY better than I expected. People don't always say very nice things about it, but I was blown away by the views. It's far from a photographer's dream, however. It's surrounded by glass and the round shape makes it quite the challenge to take a photo without a twisted half an arm reflection popping up. As it is, I took about 60 photos (couldn't help it) and only those you see here were really worth seeing (and no lie - most of them are shamelessly stolen from boyfriend's phone). A parent (who undoubtedly had much more important things to think about) had their stroller leaning right where big ben could be seen. Thus, black lines and gray netting reflections made a consistent appearance upon later review. Still, you can't ignore the stunning white on blue with all of London in the background.
Best view of parliament I've seen (better than the Shard for sure) 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rose Gardens at Greenwich Park

After the obligatory visit to the Prime Meridian (post later), we rode bikes through Greenwich Park and stumbled across this beautiful rose garden. I immediately dropped the bike and went to bask in the photography heaven. Please enjoy some velvety perfection:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

*No spoilers, I promise* It was chilly when I woke up at 3:29 AM in New York last September. I frantically grabbed my phone to check the time, breathed easy when I realized I had 31 minutes to get settled. I put on tea and opened my laptop to get ready. The moments passed in silence while boyfriend slept beside me occasionally grumbling about the stupid tickets and why do I need to see it right when it comes out. Gryffindor, of course, hadn't moved from his snugly spot at the end of the bed because he never gets up before 7 AM.

Finally, the moment arrived and I clicked to join the queue for tickets to the new Harry Potter play. A play! Yaaaasssss Jo, always my hero. After waiting for about an hour and messaging back and forth to my few equally mad Harry Potter loving friends who were also waiting (who all got through before me by the way...the injustice of it all), the screen changed and I got to choose my tickets. What do you know that months later I would find out we were moving to London? I was fully prepared to fly here just for this play. Life is such a fickle friend.

So, once you've secured your ticket - whether that's by one very special gift, the Friday Forty, or new tickets being released - here is your guide to how to babysit the Cursed Child like the completely crazed Harry Potter fan I know you are:

1. If you ended up with full day tickets, you are like me and should consider yourself lucky. All the other sad souls who have to sleep in between Part 1 and Part 2 will be cursing you. Or worse, only being able to see one Part. I just physically shuddered. So, wake up, have a nice breakfast, and don your most nerdy Harry Potter themed attire. I promise you, you won't regret it. Yes, there were a few theatre-goers who wore plain clothes. HOWEVER, the really cool ones were sporting ties, socks, tops, backpacks, you name it.