Category Archives: Outings

Tybee Island – An Afternoon at the Beach!

Hello! Long time no speak! I just wanted to wrap up telling you about my weekend to Savannah and Tybee Island.IMG-20170208-WA0003 IMG-20170208-WA0004 IMG-20170208-WA0002On Saturday we made the short drive over to Tybee island where we lucked out with the weather; it was 70 degrees! We decide to have a quick lunch outside, which was not so quick, before heading to the beach. We were told good things about Stingrays; so when we saw it was busy, we knew it was the spot. My sisters friends tried sweet tea for the first time which I’m sure was an experience! I went with the grilled grouper sandwich. Mine tasted good and definitely filled me up. After lunch, as we head towards the beach we pass a hole in the wall ice cream shop and everyone knows there is always room for dessert.

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We meandered the rest of the way to the beach slurping on our ice cream and ended up on the beach down by the pier which you may have seen in the last song (the movie) – they make it into a fair. We made sure to dips our toes in the water and some of us may have even had on bathing suits which I think may have been a little optimistic.

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The water was freezing although, there were a few people swimming next to us. However, most people we just sunning themselves on the beach. The last stop before heading back to savannah was to drive to the end of the island and see some of the houses. These are my favourite because they are nestled between lots of trees making them almost hidden and that bit more intriguing. The beach down that end is also more isolated which is nice.

The drive back to Athens was about four and a half hours. However, we made good use of the
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Lots of Love,
Buffy x

Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

Savannah

With my sister over from England, with her Uni friends, I had to take her to Savannah, my favorite city in Georgia. I love the character the city has; all the beautiful buildings, the trees towering over them covered in Spanish moss and the squares brimming with history. If you have not visited I would definitely recommend adding it to your list, and whilst there I would thoroughly recommend Chive. Keep reading to find out about another recommendation I have for you!

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For the long Martin Luther King weekend, my sister, her three friends and myself piled into the car and made the four hour drive down. Somehow we turned it into a five hour drive which seems to be the case with us when we take road trips. We arrived late Friday night so just solidified our plans for the next two days before hitting the hay.

Our first stop of the day Saturday morning was Wormsloe Historic Site. This site is famous for its live oak mile long drive way. It is stunning!  Also, on the property is the Wormsloe tabby ruins which is the colonial estate of Nobel Jones and the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Nobel Jones was one of the first settlers to come to Georgia from England in 1733, many years later a large plantation house was built on the property. However, it is not actually open to the public and is still lived in by the owning family (fun fact: Wormsloe is the site of several movies. If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Song’ the drive way and the Plantation house are the ones from Wormsloe). The property also has Nobel Jones’ grave which you can go visit as well as some other small buildings that show what life was life during Colonial times.

 

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Trail View Tree Sitting Group

Later that day we headed to downtown Savannah. We walked around the downtown area for a while making sure to stop at the many different squares to have a wonder.  The most popular square is probably Chippewa Square since it’s where Forrest Gump sits on the bench to tell his story. Another one of interest is Calhoun Square, as this is where 432 Abercorn street is found. If you have never heard of this house take a few minutes to google it!

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We then made our way towards Bay street to put our name down for Treylor Park, a restaurant recommended by close family and friends. The host told us it would be about an hour wait until we were seated – worth it, trust me. To pass the time we wandered along River street to take a look around.

Treylor Park was great! I would recommend starting with the Treylor Park Nachos; we devoured these before I could even get a picture. Fried chicken pancake tacos with strawberry salsa are their most popular dish. Make sure somebody at the table orders these, you won’t be disappointed!  We finished up with the funnel cake covered deep fried oreos, again, gone in a flash. I would go early if you want a table; by 7:30 they were already telling large groups to try their sister restaurant Hitch.

Sign Tacos DessertCheck back next week for what we got up to Sunday!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Las Vegas Baby!

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Las Vegas with his parents for the 4th of July.

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Our flight left at 6am on the 4th and we arrived early enough to have a full first day. We were staying at the Cosmopolitan and after dropping off our bags and changing into our swimsuits we all made our way to the pool where we sunbathed and had lunch (hard life I know!). Later on that evening we had tickets for the Garth Brooks show, as well as a meet and greet!

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We got to the new Verizon Wireless Amphitheater right when doors opened and made our way to the front of the stage. There we met Garth Brooks’ tour manager who took us back to a green room. We were all a little surprised because we thought it would be more like a line where we say hello and that’s it. We were all chatting and in walks a guy with a backwards hat on. It took us all a minute to realize it was Garth Brooks!!! We all sat down and hung out for about 15 minutes before he had to go get ready for the show.

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Red Lip // Dress – Zara (similar, similar, similar) // Necklace

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I think we were all a bit speechless that he took the time to sit down and hang out, he was really friendly! After that we made our way to our seats and waited for the show to start. It was a great show and he sang all of our favourites!

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After the show we headed to one of our favourite dinner spots in Vegas; Mon Ami Gabi. We always sit outside so that we can watch the Bellagio water fountains. They bring this shredded carrot in a dressing to the table with bread to start that is really good. We ordered a few starters (chilled seafood platter, oysters and the onion soup au gratin) followed by steaks all around. For the first time ever I think we were all too tired for dessert (shocking I know).

We turned in bright and early that night. Early the next morning we were heading to Zion National Park in Utah to go on an exciting hike! Check back to find out which one!

Lots of love,

Buffy xx

Amsterdam by Bike

Recently I decided I wanted to create a bucket list. I have always sort of had one in the back of my mind but I wanted to put it to paper. I feel like I am one step closer to accomplishing everything on it (and who doesn’t love ticking things off a list?!). Anyway, one of the items I was planning on ticking off whilst in Amsterdam. Sadly, it did not happen completely. Let me explain a bit more:
The said ‘item’ on my list was to ride a tandem bike. I did ride a tandem bike…sort of. The plan for the morning before we were set to leave Amsterdam was to all rent bikes and ride around the city. My sister and I were going to rent a tandem, that was until we actually tried it. The gentleman in the bike rental shop recommended we try the tandem bike before actually committing to it. So we took it outside, which happened to be a cobbled side alley way with tons of bikes stacked everywhere. Plus it had a major slope to it. Needless to say we could not get our balance and decided to just stick to normal bikes.
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We set off on our bikes planning to go a little further out and then circle back around the city. The city is very flat and so it is easy to get around by bike. I love that many of the traffic lights actually have a set that is eye level for the cyclists. We rode out to the park where we messed around with the GoPro (we got some funny looks!) before heading off to look at the windmill nearby. From there we made our way back to the bike rental shop so that we could then get back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and head off to the airport.
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I think if I was to go back to Amsterdam I would plan on renting a bike the entire time and give the tram pass a miss. It is so easy to get around by bike and foot that unless it is raining you really don’t need to take the bus or tram. If you do rent bikes make sure you remember what it looks like! There are SOOO many bikes all around the city that I don’t know how people recognize their own!
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Our flight back was delayed by an hour and so we sat and read until it was time to board. That is unless you are mum and Catherine who sneak off to get a massage in one of those big chairs without telling dad and myself!
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Overall it was a fun quick four day trip!
Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Artists’ of the Netherlands

Our last full day in Amsterdam we spent hanging out with some of the most famous artists related to the Netherlands…Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Amsterdam is full of museums and we didn’t have nearly enough time to see them all.
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We got up early again so that we could make the most of our last day. The first stop on the agenda was the Van Gogh museum. When we got there there was already a long queue to get in and it was very confusing on where to line up. The British love their orderly queues and this was not one! We waited about 30-45 minutes in one of the lines which luckily let us in. I think one was for people with online tickets and the other for people with no tickets.
The museum was VERY busy. You feel like you are wading through people to see anything. However, I have always liked Van Gogh’s art work and so it was interesting to see. I like that it gave you background information about him and also showed you his early work because it is different from his more well know pieces. Also, you are not allowed to take any pictures!
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The next stop was Rembrandt’s house. As I mentioned in a previous post I love the tall houses that look out onto the canals and I’ll take any chance to go in one. They had Rembrandt’s house decorated like it would have been when he lived there. It was interesting to see the box beds, they were very short!
For our last stop of the day we made our way over to the Portuguese Synagogue where we had a look around.
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Dinner the last night was at a small restaurant off of Dam Square called Van Kerkwijk. This is a restaurant that has no menu! The waiters simply stop by the table and tell you what your options are.
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We started off with drinks (trusty G&T, Prosecco and Beer) and a sample platter consisting of different meats and cheeses.  For the mains we had Beef stew, Filet and a chicken thai curry. All the mains came with a family portion of fries and a salad to share.
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After dinner we made one last stop by Sweatella and then it was off to pack!
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Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Amsterdam Continued…Anne Frank’s House

The main item on the agenda for day 2 was visiting Anne Frank’s house. We had heard from people and read that the line to get in gets crazy as the day goes on! I read anywhere from 2 to 3 plus hours! For my sister and I, it was very important that we visit Anne Frank’s house (my parents had been years ago), as it is such an important part of history. This meant getting up really early so we could get in line before it got too busy!

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We all ate a quick breakfast across the street from the hotel and then took the tram to the Anne Frank Museum. We joined the line about an hour before the museum opened. The line was pretty long considering it was not even open yet. We queued for about an hour before we entered. If you are in the area I would definitely make an effort to go see the museum. I feel I gained a better insight of what Anne Frank, and the others she lived with, felt while walking through the rooms. I understand truly how quiet they had to be as well as how cramped they were while living there. It is hard to put into words exactly what you feel while you are there – obviously great sadness and sorrow but many other emotions also creep in.

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Once we left Anne Frank’s museum we grabbed a quick coffee and snack and then made our way to the Westerkerk Tower. It is only about a 2 minute walk from the Anne Frank Museum. This is a church bell tower that you can climb up that gives you amazing views of Amsterdam. This was one of my favourite things we did in Amsterdam. They only allow 6 people on each tour and I think it is because you are climbing up the thinnest steepest stairs you can imagine. It was more like climbing up ladders, especially, the closer you got to the top!

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When we made it to the top we were rewarded with 360 degree views of Amsterdam. I believe it is one of the tallest buildings in Amsterdam so the views are spectacular.

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We stopped at the Homomonument on the way to lunch.

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We had lunch at The Seafood Bar and I highly recommend the fish & chips!

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Right after lunch we stayed in the area to visit the Begijnhof (Courtyard). Inside this courtyard is the oldest (wooden) house in the city, the English Reformed Church and the Clandestine Church. From there we wandered over to the Blocemenmarkt and then to find the bench from the Movie “A Fault in the Stars”.

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Coat // Jeans (similar) // Boots – old by Camper (Similar)

In the late afternoon we took a canal boat ride through the city.

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We made one last stop before heading back to the hotel before dinner and it was Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder. In English this means Museum Our Lord in the Attic. This is a canal house that houses a secret Catholic church in the attic. It dates back to 1663 when Catholics were no longer allowed to worship as the pleased.

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That night we walked over to the Sea Palace to check it out for dinner, as well as the sunset. However, it was closed so we had dinner at a Chinese restaurant that was not far from our hotel. After that we were off to bed!

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Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Amsterdam City Break!

Amsterdam is a place I’d never visited before but it was definitely on my list of places I wanted to go. I loved the tall different multi-colored buildings that line the canals that you would see in pictures. Did you know that Amsterdam use to have a tax on the width of peoples house? That is why you see the tall skinny house – people built up instead out out! I had also read about visiting Anne Frank’s house and how everyone cycles everywhere (even that there are more bikes than people!). And who could forget the red light district and ‘Coffee Shops’. When I was back home in England my family and I decided to visit for a quick city break over the Easter holidays. The plane ride was only an hour and after visiting for the 4 days it has quickly become one of my favourite European cities.

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Our flight arrived early in the morning and after touching down we took the train into the city center. Luckily our hotel was right across from the train station so we did not have to go far. We checked in and checked out our very tiny rooms (they were still great). My sister and I shared a room and noticed after unpacking that our room had a very slight tilt to it (if you put anything on the side table/dresser and it was round in any way it would roll right off!).

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Our Hotel (the 2 to the right of the red building)

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You can see the tilt here!

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The next few hours we meandered around the city taking in the sites, sounds and smells (when you passed a ‘coffee house’). The first stop was the Waag which is Amsterdam’s oldest surviving gatehouse as well as Oude Kerk. On the way there we also had to walk through the red light district. This was definitely an interesting experience.

The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse

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Oude Kerk

Oude Kerk

After a quick lunch we decided to take the train/tram over the the Jewish Historical Museum. Right when we got done looking around we realized that there was an Amy Winehouse exhibition taking place (until 4th September) so we walked around it. From there we were all so tired that we decided to make our way back to the hotel and rest before venturing out for dinner. Dinner was at a little restaurant just off Rembrandtplein.

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Green Jacket // Black Jeans // Boots – Old by Camper (similar, similar) // Navy Jacket // Purse

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Statue of Rembrandt and the Night Watch

Statue of Rembrandt and the Night Watch

We made our way slowly back to the hotel, walking again through the red light district which was now just coming alive, stopping at one last place – Sweetella!

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After a very filling dessert it was bed time!

Make sure to stop by for day 2!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Maltby Street Market

Sooooo it has been a while since my last post. Where did I leave off? Yes, leaving Pharmacy 2. My friend and I were still a little peckish as we left Pharmacy 2 and previously she had mentioned Maltby Street Market to me. We decided that we would have a quick stop by on the way back to her flat since we could make it on the way.

On the way over we stopped by the Imperial War Museum to check out some of the outdoor displays.

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Maltby Street Market is located over by Tower Bridge at LASSCO Ropewalk and definitely worth a visit. As you walk up you start to smell all the rich aromas of the different foods cooking…Heavenly!

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It’s a short narrow street chock-full with people and bursting with all sorts of different food and drink stalls. I would recommend you go on an empty stomach (dangerous but oh, so much more fun!) so you can try the large variety of foods on offer. We made our way down to the end of the street taking in all the foods available and trying to decide what to have.

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I was very tempted by the bad brownies but managed to stay away (i’m not sure I would next time).

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We finally made it to the end of the street and after great debate of what to eat we made our choices. My friend settled on One Love Kitchen which has authentic Caribbean street food. She had a jerk chicken wrap.

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20160320_101136I went with the original comfort food and had a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon from the The Cheese Truck and let me tell you it was good!

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20160320_101546 20160320_102240There are also some little side antique shops to check out as you make your way through the market. Also, my friend told me there were a couple of good gin places if gin is your drink of choice (it’s mine!). We didn’t have time to pop into any of those but I have added it to my list for next time.

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This reminded me of the Wand Shop 'Ollivanders' in Harry Potter

This reminded me of the Wand Shop ‘Ollivanders’ in Harry Potter

I would love to swing by the market in the warmer months with friends, get a few drinks and some food, find a table, catch up and just watch the world go by (I love to people watch).

Have any of you checked out Maltby Street Market? If so, what did you think? And do you have any other Market recommendations?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x