Giving thanks for this beautiful life :)
Giving thanks for this beautiful life :)
My sewing starter kit !
The Museum of Natural History - London, England
When we were in London we visited two museums, this was the first that we saw. It was set up to appeal to children as well as adults, so I can imagine some people might not take it as seriously as other museums - but I was fascinated by it (probably because I don’t know much about this stuff but I love to learn about it). Every exhibit had tons of fun facts about the planet we live on, how it functions etc. I had a great time, if I lived in London I would probably go to this museum monthly just to learn all of the information they give you (maybe that’s extreme, but I would definitely go there more than once!).
Notre Dame de Paris- a gothic masterpiece
So this trip has turned out to be a little bit different than I had assumed it would be. It’s been absolutely amazing still, we’ve seen so many exciting cities and cultures and famous landmarks, we’ve tried some delicious food and seen some really cool things too. But my husband and I had thought we would have more down time to just hang out in whatever country we were in and read and blog etc. But because it’s our first time doing any sort of travelling trip we planned to have 25 days and visit 5 cities in 4 countries. Well factoring in travelling we only really had around 4 days in each city. Although 4 days seemed to definitely be enough to see everything we had wanted to in each city, it didn’t leave us much time to just hang out and relax and take in the city like we had hoped. We realized that we would need to stay in a place for much longer to be able to do that and still see all the sights.
So that was a big learning for us, and in the future we hope to do a much longer trip than this one, where we can really be free travellers and go wherever our hearts desire and do whatever we feel like any given day.
But for now we are in London, England and having a great time! Yesterday we went to the Museum of Natural History and I just wanted to grab a notebook and study everything because it was all so interesting! Also, the way that museum is laid out, the building it’s in and the design they but into everything is definitely a sight to behold.
After that we ate lunch in Hyde park (quickly because it was freezing cold!) and took a walk into the heart of the city. We arrived just as the sun was setting, at Buckingham Palace and watched the guards and took some photographs, then we moved on and arrived at Big Ben once the sun was down and the lights were bright and glowing. We also took some photo’s of the London eye from across the river, and then headed home to get some rest for today.
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
So the last time that I posted something about our trip we were in Venice, since then we have stopped in Barcelona, Spain for about a week, and arrived in Rome the day before yesterday. I’ve been having a hard time finding the time to do much else other than journalling and reading when we get home in the evenings, but now that it’s halfway through our trip and I’ve only made one blog post I’m a bit bummed. So I’ve convinced myself to try and post something daily, even if it’s it just a picture and a few words.
We arrived in Venice, Italy last night around 10pm. We basically went straight to our hotel because we were so jet lagged and had to wear our heavy backpacks through the city.
Today we explored all over Venice, we pretty much walked around all day -with the exception of breakfast and dinner. Venice is a stunning place, everything here has intricate designs and fine details, yet it all works together beautifully and none of it is too much. Here are a few photographs I took today.
The first photo is of a canal, one of many in Venice - and they are all this beautiful.
The second photo is of my husband sitting with our delicious simple breakfast - he had a large panini with grilled vegetables and I had a croissant sandwich with some delicious thinly sliced meat and fresh herbs (I wish I remembered the actual names of our food - perhaps we will see them again and I will share the names with you). We both agreed that the unique bread of our sandwiches was our favourite part.
The third is of a Gondola sitting in at the docks.
And the fourth is of a man sitting in his water taxi at the docks.
Unfortunately my laptop seems to have broken on our journey here, so Moeen and I have to share a computer. So I won’t have time to share too many details of our trip, but I definitely will when we get back home.
Thanks for following our journey!
Wake 4:45am. 6 hour shift. 8 hour flight. 8 hour layover in London. 2 hour flight to Venice.
Arrive at 10pm on Sunday in Venice, Italy totally exhausted and ecstatically excited.
After months of anxiously waiting, weeks of planning and counting down the days, and tons of chaos, tomorrow we are finally heading off to Europe!
My husband and I have made some big decisions in the past 6 months. At the beginning of last semester (around October), Moeen - the love of my life - and I decided it was time for us to take a leap forward and become husband and wife. So, after a ton of planning (especially from his mother who was basically our wedding planner) we had our wedding the following January. Given short amount of time there was for planning, it turned out to be a perfect and absolutely beautiful day. Both of us do believe that it was the most special and perfect day of our lives so far.
So after deciding to get married, we realized that it would be a good idea for us to take a semester off from school and settle into our new life a bit, but having free time as a student is rare as most people know, and the temptation to travel is too intense when you have little tying you down…so a few months later here we are, only 24 hours away from throwing everything we need for the next month on our backs and flying across the world to immerse ourselves in a variety of beautiful cultures.
Feel free to follow our story as we travel through Italy, Spain, France and England in 25 days, as newlyweds and first time travellers. It’s sure to be one heck of an adventure!
Make sure to check out his blog as well, he’s a talented photographer and he’s bound to upload some gorgeous pictures of our trip. http://eshraghi.tumblr.com/
Thanks for reading,