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My Top Things To Do & See In Berlin

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Since having my little boy over 2 years ago, I thought that adult trips away were a thing of the past. But when my brother announced that he was planning a trip to Germany and that I should join him. I could not resist. As many of you probably already know, my whole family live in Australia. Perth to be exact. Family weekends away in another country were just not feasible when I was growing up. So the thought of exploring a new country with my brother was beyond exciting. We could party hard, explore a new culture and catch up all at once. Plus I had never been to Germany and had heard so many good things about it. So I booked my flights and had a 4 day weekend in Berlin. Here are My Top Things To Do & See In Berlin.

 

The Berlin Wall

Berlin

One of the first things I was keen to see was the Berlin Wall. After watching Bridge of Spies not that long ago, I was intrigued by this part of German history. That was scarily not that long ago. There are only a handful of sites in Berlin where the original wall still remains. The most famous are Check Point Charlie and The East Side Gallery.

The East Side Gallery was something I had on my to do list and was my first stop when I arrived. Mostly because of the controversial and widely famous art works. It is a huge tourist area and I would recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds and get the pictures you want. I was both impressed and underwhelmed with the gallery. The gallery itself is very long and after a few miles we stopped and turned back. There are only a small number of really good art to see despite the wall being covered. And the crowds of people were too much.

What was impressive was to see the actual wall. There were two walls built with a space in the middle of them called “The Death Zone’. Near the East Side Gallery they have a part where both walls still stand. It is eerie visiting it and knowing the turmoil many people suffered trying to escape.

 

Holocaust Memorial & Nazi Museum

I had seen pictures of this memorial on the internet and thought it was essential to check it out. I was not disappointed. The memorial is a work of art unlike anything else. It is not only clever and unique but is also haunting and thought provoking. Designed by Peter Eisenman, the site covers 19 000 square metres with 2711 concrete slabs of different heights spread across it. It is a beautiful place of remembrance and is open 24/7. I think it set the tone very well and really evokes an emotional response.

If you are interested in how the Nazi Party was able to take over Germany, then you need to visit The Typography of Terrors. It is a museum dedicated to Nazi Germany and starts from the very beginning to the end. It is a very disturbing at the same time informative museum and leaves you in disbelief at how it all happened. I was impressed at how open they were about their past without shying away from questions about why the German people at the time fell under the nazi spell.

 

Brandenburg Gate

Probably the most famous monument in Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate is another must see attraction. However the gate is more than just a neoclassical structure which had it’s Quadriga stolen by Napolean. It is a symbol of a united Berlin after the Cold War and fall of the Berlin Wall. When I first saw the gate, it was the finish line for the Berlin Marathon and was swarmed with proud runners taking pictures with their medals. But when I returned later in the night I saw just how beautiful and symbolic it can be. I would suggest visiting it in the evening as the sunset makes the lights around it very spectacular.

 

House of Small Wonders

For me a very important part of travelling is food. I always want to visit the best places for food and drink and I make sure to do some research before I go. One cafe that was an absolute must for me was The House of Small Wonders. This quirky little cafe is unlike any other. It looked like it should have been set in a Tim Burton movie. The plants hanging off the wall, the vintage props everywhere and the menu inside a book all made this cafe an instagrammers heaven. The Food was also quirky as I tasted steamed eggs and an apple cider smoothie for the first time! I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for something different and photo worthy.

After a great few days exploring with my brother I was eager to get home to my baby. It is funny how we crave getting away yet miss them as soon as we leave. Overall I enjoyed Berlin and can’t wait to explore more of Germany in the future.

Liked this post? Then check out our West Coast of Scotland Roadtrip

 

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Barbados & St Lucia : The Best Destination For The Ultimate Honeymoon

As a lot of you already know from my instagram feed ,my husband and I spent our honeymoon on the gorgeous islands of Barbados and St Lucia.

We had researched a lot of destinations for our honeymoon and decided that the Caribbean was the best option for us. The fact that is was a direct flight from London to Barbados, and that we would be able to bath in the sun in the middle of December was a deal breaker. The only down side to the trip was spending 10 days away from our son however we knew that if we brought him with us it would not have been a honeymoon.

Check out my first ever blog highlighting our trip at the bottom of this post!

BARBADOS

We arrived in Barbados and were immediately greeted with a rum cocktail and balmy weather. Staying at The Coral Reef Club, where we were right next to the beach. Made the trip so much more magical!

A tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, a night out at the Oistins fish fry and jet skiing on these crystal clear beaches took up most of our time. Not staying longer is our only regret and I am convinced that these are the best beaches in the world!

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

St Lucia

After 4 days, off we went to St Lucia where we stayed at the epic Ladera Resort. Which is one of the only hotels in the world to offer 3 walled rooms! St Lucia is less touristy than Barbados however the untouched nature makes it breathtaking.

On our first day we climbed the Gros Piton, which is a 4 hour hike! It was a challenge but rewarding afterwards. We did a Rainforest Tour where we hiked down to a beautiful little waterfall. The water was cold but very refreshing after walking in the hot sun. We covered ourselves in skin purifying mud at the Sulfur Springs and zip-lined across the rainforest to fill some of the days with a little adventure

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

Barbados & St Lucia

The Caribbean is definitely a must see destination, especially Barbados. The beaches and friendly people are the highlight for me. I have already made plans to come back on our 10th year Anniversary!

Check out my vlog highlighting our trip. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

 

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Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel & Place We Got Engaged!

I have always been a huge fan of Disney. So it should come as no surprise to me that at 30 years old I still choose to watch disney films in my spare time. I am not ashamed to admit it. I love a fairytale. So lucky for me, I got engaged in the most fairytale hotel on the planet, and I don’t think any other luxury hotel can ever compare.

In the summer of 2015, Lee and I had planned a return trip to France. This time focusing on the South of France. We were to attend a wedding in Bordeaux and then travel across to Lyon while stopping off and visiting areas along the way. One of our stop offs was in Champagnac-de-Belair, Dordogne, and it would end up being one of the most important moments of my life.

Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel

Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel

I didn’t know much about where we were going. I had seen a quick photo of the hotel Lee had booked and thought it was nice. However nothing prepared me for just how nice it was.

When you arrive at the hotel, The exterior doesn’t give much away. The beautiful grounds are well hidden from the outside. It is only once you step inside and are escorted to your room that you are made aware of its magical atmosphere.

Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel

Fine Dining & Infinity Pool

Private Tennis Courts, Infinity Pool and A Michelin Star Restaurant, it was a perfect getaway for our 1 night stay. We explored the gardens and grounds, laid by the pool and enjoyed a 3 course Michelin Star Menu. I was 6 weeks pregnant at this point and was gutted to not be able to enjoy the wine and cheeses of France at this Luxury Restaurant. However the staff were very accommodating and made me a non alcoholic cocktail and helped me choose the best dishes on the menu. ( for all you Mauvaises langues, Lee had already asked my stepdad for my hand in Australia months before and he had planned this trip before I was pregnant)

Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel

After our amazing meal on the terrace next to the lake, we went up to our hotel room. I jumped straight into my pyjamas as soon as I got to the room. Only to have Lee tell me to get dressed again. He wanted to sit and take photos on the balcony. The real reason of course was that he was going to propose. So me sitting in my grandma pyjamas would have taken the magic away just a bit! Oops!

The next day we had a beautiful romantic breakfast on the terrace before setting off to Lyon. We were buzzing from our big news and couldn’t wait to tell all of friends and family!

If you are looking to feel like you are part of a Disney film. Then Moulin Du Roc is definitely the place for you. It is hands down the best hotel we have ever stayed in. To book the hotel and read all the amazing reviewvisit Le Moulin Du ROC.

Le Moulin du Roc : Luxury Fairytale Hotel

Are you getting engaged or planning a wedding? Then check out my post of my 5 things I learnt while planning a wedding 

 

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Oh the joy of traveling with my 8 month old son

So the day that I had been looking forward to and dreading at the same time had finally come. I was heading to Australia for 2 months with my 8 month old son. I had come up with this brilliant plan when I was pregnant and was convinced it was the best plan ever. I would get to bask in the Australian sunshine, while Husband to be was working offshore and would get to hang out with friends and family, and be back home in time for Christmas. How amazing! Right?

But since giving birth I have realized that parenting is not as straight forward as I had originally thought or hoped and the thought of such a long flight alone with my baby was starting to weigh down on me. My son despite his cute chubby face, at times, liked to take on the persona of a demon child from hell and I wasn’t sure how he was going to react on a plane.

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But despite my anxiety I tried to be positive. The flight from Aberdeen to London and Singapore to Perth were both fairly short, I could entertainment him. What I was really nervous about was the 13 and half hour flight to Singapore. How could I keep him still and entertained for 13 hours when even at home with all the toys and rooms to play in he got bored and frustrated very easily. My hope was that he would sleep. It was a night flight after all, so it would be like night time at home right?
We board the flight to Singapore and to my surprise my son was in the best mood. The two seats next to us where currently empty and he was happy sitting and smiling at everyone while I packed our things away and prepared our seat for the long journey. I was briefly overcome with pride as he charmed all of the flight attendants including the middle aged man sitting nearby.

But my positive mood slowly started to fade when two young women plonked themselves on either side of us with ” oh no, not a baby” expressions on their faces. Have the seats shrunk? I honestly do not remember seats being THAT small. We were literally touching shoulders and at one point I was thigh to thigh with one of them. Cringe! It would have been awkward in a normal situation but as the girls get settled I see the expression on my sons face as he realizes there are two people with long hair and smartphones just a tiny arms length away. And so the struggle begins.

After what seeemed like an eternity wrestling with my 8 month old in the worlds tiniest space so that he would not grab hold of or jump on one of the two girls next to me, bassinet was finally up and I could finally eat my dinner and try and get some shut eye myself. When he went to sleep in the bassinet almost instantly. I felt triumphant! This was going to be easy!!!! …..I spoke too soon.
Just as all the other passengers were snuggling up to go to sleep, little one suddenly found his voice and decided that he wanted to squeal and scream in the highest pitch he could make for as long as he could. Nothing I did stopped him. Shoved a bottle in his mouth, nope! Dummy? Nope. Handing him his new toys especially bought for the plane ride…hell no! All I could do was try to quiet him while I wished I could crawl into a cave and hide.

It was strange, was this some super plane? Because as soon as we boarded the plane it seemed as if my son had suddenly acquired all these new skills. If it wasn’t the sudden high pitched squealing, it was the sudden ability to climb up on to anything and everything. Or his new found super hearing, where he could hear a food packet open from across the plane. I pitied the passengers who dared eat within sight of my little one, as they were instantly greeted with loud grunting and a death stare until he was able to get hold of whatever they were eating. Luckily I was prepared and could distract him with his own snacks.

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After what seemed like eternity he finally quieted down and started to fall asleep. Only downside was that he only wanted to sleep on me. The bassinet was useless and it was going to be a very long and tiring journey for Mummy, but we made it and I didn’t even need a to supply goodie bags to my fellow passengers. Now every time I see parents boarding flights with their children, I have an immediate respect and understanding for them. It is not easy, and the fear of other passengers reactions can be overwhelming, but take it in your stride. You and your child have every right to be on a plane as they do and the journey will not last forever.

I had survived a 30 hour journey from Scotland to Australia  alone with my 8 month old and if I can do it, any body can. Now I feel I can conquer anything. Bring on the sunshine! 

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