Travel

Visiting the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

Recently I visited the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, “home to historical royal carriages and one of the finest working stables in existence.”

It’s fun for me to find things to do in London I haven’t done before. While I’ve been to Buckingham Palace numerous times, I’ve never visited the Royal Mews, and I was excited to see the carriages and to learn more about their history and significance to the royal family.

The entrance to the Royal Mews is located to the left of the palace. Follow the sidewalk around the palace and you’ll run into it. I’ll include all the necessary details pertaining entry (opening hours / ticket prices / etc.) at the end of the post.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Away Carry-On Luggage Review

Just before leaving for London, I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand. This was an investment, made possible by my graduation $$. (Shoutout to all my lovely relatives and friends!).

The Away brand seemed to be popping up everywhere – in blog posts, travel articles, my Instagram feed! I don’t generally purchase something simply because everyone else is, but the hype surrounding this brand prompted me to do further research.

To be honest, the luggage originally caught my eye because I loved the way it looked. I think the Away luggage is super stylish (as proved by all the aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts!). But I wanted to know if it was worth the price – if the quality was what everyone said it was.

I took the carry-on to London (on an international flight), and since then I’ve taken two weekend trips, so I think I’m in a good position to write a thoughtful review.

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Travel

How to Enjoy a Warm Weather Day in London

Just as I blogged about our unexpected week of snow here in London, I must also blog about our unexpected (but welcome!) week of warm temps! It is a beautiful thing to walk out the door and see the sun shining. It’s only when the sun comes out – on a cloudless blue sky day – that you realize how much it’s been missed. Also, how nice it feels to be totally warm and dry.

This week, we’ve had temps in the 70s and even 80s. It’s as if we’ve completely skipped spring and into summer. You walk down the block, and everyone has ditched their raincoats and umbrellas for tanks and t-shirts.

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Lifestyle

First London Vlog: What I’ve Learned Vlogging

So I’ve published my first London vlog! The video chronicles my first month in London. The vlog is live on my YouTube channel, and if you’re interested, I’d love for you to check it out. I really enjoy creating videos to commemorate my experiences, and that’s what the vlog does for me. I started vlogging at the beginning of last summer (June 2017), so I could make videos for family and friends about my internship in New York.

Of course, I’d like to keep it up while I’m here in London! I’m making memories here that I never want to forget, and I love video because it captures so many things – action, moments, emotions – that photographs alone cannot.

I want the vlog to complement my blog. I believe they serve different purposes, but both platforms are incredibly powerful.

That’s why today, on the blog, I’ll be giving the videos some context through my written word. Specifically, I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned about vlogging over the past 10 months (has it really almost been an entire year?!).

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