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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
time…. Check this out!
Lots of Love,
Buffy x

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 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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Train Station

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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

Throwback Thursday #TBT

Hello All,

I hope you are having a nice week so far. I was looking through some of my old pictures and found these. These are a throwback from when I went home in February/March earlier this year. I love going over the Headley Heath for walks and sometimes even horse rides. The views are really pretty and there are lots of good trees to climb in between dodging the cows that roam about. My sister and I would go over here daily to walk Leo and it was so refreshing to be outside for those few hours.

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Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Flashback Friday

While I was back in England a few months ago I spent some time in Oxford….Since it is Flashback Friday I thought I would share.

The lamp post from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The lamp post from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Lion from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is on this door.

The Lion from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is on this door.

When we arrived we headed straight to a lunch spot my sister recommended: Turf Tavern.

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It is a small pub that you have to go down a small alley way to get to. It seems that other buildings were just built around it. It has so much character!

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After a very filling lunch we headed to a covered market area where we yet again had more food…

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These were amazing! While munching on cookies we explored more of the small shops.

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One of the last places we visited was a Harry Potter shop.
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What are some places you guys recommend when visiting Oxford? My sister now lives there so I know I will be back the next time I am across the pond.

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Bob Bob Ricard…

My husband (Corey) and I always try and find a new (fancy/different) restaurant to try whenever we venture back over the pond to good ol’ England. Last time it was his pick – Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden (very good!). This time it was my turn to choose and Bob Bob Ricard was top of my list, it had been for about the last 4 months! I was excited not only to try the Russian inspired British menu it had on offer but also wear the new dress Corey had got me for my birthday.

We took the train up to London, looking as elegant as possible (as required), and made our way to Piccadilly Circus.

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Coat // Boots // Black Tights // Clutch

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Dress // Blazer – Zara (old) similar here // Earrings – Chloe & Isabel

DRess detail

Jewelry

Bracelet – All Saints (old) similar here

Bob Bob Ricard (BBR) was nestled between side streets right past the Golden Square (a historic square in the heart of soho). We were immediately greeted and sat as we walked in the dimly lit entrance way. Our table was a small booth close to the bar and it, of course, had the signature “Press for Champagne” button which I did end up pressing (cheeky – how can you not?). The interior of this place was ornate with a strong Art Deco theme. One word – Beautiful!

the bar by our table

the bar by our table

This was the table we sat at

This was the table we sat at

What followed was a great meal with some really tasty cocktails and drinks!

We started with -18 degrees Voht-kah (said in a Russian accent) shots before really taking a good look at the menu.

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Menu

Apéritifs were ordered – I had a dirty Martini and Corey had a glass of white wine.

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When the starters came we dug right in. We over ordered and so there was so much to choose from – Waldorf Salad, Sea bass Ceviche with avocado, oysters, and Truffled Siberian Pelmeni (a Russian inspired dish of dumplings filled with crab and lobster).

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Waldorf Salad

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Oysters

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Ceviche

Starters

For mains I ordered the Lobster mac and Cheese and Corey had Filet Mignon Rossini (served with Foie Gras and truffle gravy). We then shared the truffled mashed potato and crushed peppered sweet corn.

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In between all the deliciousness I pushed the “button” and received a lovely glass of champagne while Corey decided to try the “oyster martini.”

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Cheeky champs Oyster drink

Pudding consisted of the BBR signature Chocolate Glory (to share) and one last cocktail – the passion fruit & Elderflower martini. Sadly the video I took of the Pudding will not load on here but here is what it looks like.

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Last cocktail

Last cocktail

After dinner we headed to London Bridge, over by the Shard, to meet some friends for one last drink at a local pub before taking the last train home!

Overall a great night! Thanks for reading.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Da Vinci, Chatres & Chateau Amboise

Our last day in France was spent visiting Château Royal d’Amboise, Clos Lucé (the home where Da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life) and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (famous for its stained glass windows). There was also a cheeky last pain au chocolat in there (how can you go to France and not?)! Enjoy.

First stop: Château Royal d’Amboise.

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Château Royal d’Amboise

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View of the Loire River

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The Chapel on the Left is where Da Vinci is buried

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Da Vinci’s grave

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View of Amboise from the Château

Grounds of the Château

Grounds of the Château

Next stop: Clos Lucé

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Rest break for a quick bite to eat!

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Yummy!

On the way to the airport, our last stop: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres.

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amazing stone work!

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Overall a really good trip with excellent weather!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Troglodytes and Wine

Our first stop in the Loire Valley was our hotel….we wanted to stop and unload before heading to out first wine tasting. Luckily they were right next door to each other. First let me tell you about our hotel – Le Clos de L’Hermitage. It was a cave!

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Entryway

Hallway to rooms

Hallway to rooms

One of the rooms

I always enjoy staying in different types of hotels and now I can tick cave off my list! When we all initially walked into the hotel we had a MAJOR concern; it was so hot. However, we were informed that it would cool off to 18 degrees (it stays that all year round). When we did return later that night it had cooled off significantly and I will say I thoroughly enjoyed staying in it.

After dropping everything off we made our way to Caves Duhard – another cave. This place specializes in wine gastronomic and collection; they do not actually make wine here but buy, mix, and store it. We had a tour of the cave where all the wine is stored and then finished off with some tasting!

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Dinner was in the small town of Amboise (the town we stayed in) and then it was off to bed in our cave.

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The next morning we woke up bright (not so much) and early and headed off to some vineyards.

The first was Château Gaudrelle where we were greeted by Anemi, the biggest dog you have ever seen, that liked to play/carry rocks around. We had a tour of where the wine was made (again in caves) and then sampled some. The actual vineyard (where the grapes grow) was above us so we did not get to see that.

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Friend for the Tour

Our friend for the entire tour!

Me in the cave

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Used to remove debris from the bottles (sparkling wine) – now this is done by machines.

Wine tasting

The rest of the day was spent wondering around Amboise looking for a nice place to eat lunch. Later in the afternoon we headed off to our last winery, Cave des Producteurs de Montlouis, accept this time it was a co-op where they do not grow their own grapes but buy the juice from growers and then make the wine themselves.

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The last night we had a quick dinner in town before heading off to pack up and spend the last night in the cave.

Stay tuned for what we got up to on our last day in France. You will see where Da Vinci lived, is buried plus a very famous stained glass window!

Thanks for reading!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x