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You Should Be Here: London Travel Guide (Tourist Edit)

 

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If there’s one place that gave me everything I wanted and missed it was definitely London. From the history embedded in it’s buildings to Christmas markets around every corner and more neighborhoods left for me to explore the chilly weather couldn’t dare keep me away from exploring you. I may have spent a few more pounds than I intended, but it was worth every pound you placed on my waist. Oh, London! You were everything I expected you to be and so much more.

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Stay

I’m always interested in staying in hotels that have more to offer than a place to lay my head. There are many boutique hotels that offer unique style and helpful perks. One of those places is Good Hotel. Good Hotel is located in Newham’s Royal Docks. Sharing a characteristic from homes like the ones known in its hometown Amsterdam, I was immediately attracted to seeing this hotel floating in Newham’s Royal Docks. While staying here, I’d suggest getting a room with a view. Crack open the window and hear the peaceful waves as you drift asleep in the very comfortable bed. There were many pluses but, I’ll only give a few so you can check out the rest on your own.

+Location: The Queen Victoria station was a short walk across the street. The location is not too far from the city centre (approx. 15 min).

+The Dining Room: Oh the food at the restaurant! I’m not a fan of eating at hotels. They typically serve very basic things so I opt-out and choose to go elsewhere. Well after glancing at Good Hotel’s dining menu and loving the waterfront view, I decided to give it a try. And boy, was I pleased!

+Handy: The hotel provided a device called a “Handy.” We took it everywhere. I mean, EVERYWHERE! So what is this “handy” thing you speak of? It’s a cellphone with 4G internet service and free phone calls. You’re able to take it with you while you explore the city. This became so very useful for navigating the neighborhoods and especially knowing exactly which tube to take using Google Maps. So necessary for any explorer of new lands!

+Environment: Living room, dining room, bar, and work spaces- There are many areas on the ground floor to dive into your creative flow.

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See

Since this was my first time going to London, I knew I had to get all of the touristy stuff out of my system on the first day. I didn’t have many on my list, just the musts. Except the one thing I didn’t get to do was take a picture with the guards and their hats. You know, like in the movie What A Girl Wants with Amanda Bynes. Eh…maybe next time!

 

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Tower Bridge- London, United Kingdon

I have seen many bridges around the world and this one is now one of my faves. The Tower Bridge, not to be confused with The London Bridge, is beautifully constructed with twin towers providing opposite horizontal ways for a pedestrian walk and vehicle accessibility. The bridge crosses over the River Thames, providing a nice place to overlook parts of the city. The first thing that brought me to awe was the vibrant blue, white, and red painted on sections of the bridge making it one to remember. I did not get a chance to go on a tour but if you’re interested in learning about its history and have time during your travels, check out the landmarks website here.

A few other landmarks to visit:

+Tower of London

+London Eye

+Buckingham Palace

+Palace of Westminster

+River Thames

+Piccadilly Circus

+Covent Garden

+London Bridge

London is so rich in history I think your time would be best spent taking a hop-on hop-off bus tour. This was a first for myself and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I chose to take The Original Tour. At the time of our visit they were offering a 48 hr pass which included admission on several of their bus lines, a radio/ in-person tour guide, and a free Thames River cruise. Though I did not get on a bus that had an in-person tour guide, I found the radio tour to be a great mix of history and humor. Where was she when I was taking World History II in undergrad?

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Houses of Parliament- London, United Kingdon

My only disappointment:

So the one thing I did see but didn’t really get to see was Big Ben (hints why I have no photography of this well-renowned landmark). He was too busy getting a “face lift” the day I arrived, with so many construction materials around each side…this was a bummer. But I’ll be back for ya in the summer, so you better be looking good!

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” -Anita Desai

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After a nice stroll across the bridge, I made a brief stop to take it all in at London Tower.

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Tower Bridge

Eat and Drink

I ended up grabbing a quick bite at Pret A Manger and dined at Good Hotel which was perfect after a flight and  a day out touring the city.

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The Red Telephone Booth of Course!

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Have you ever been to London? What was the highlight of your stay? Share in the comments below.

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You Should Be Here: Tbilisi, Georgia

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I recently had a peaceful weekend getaway to Tbilisi, Georgia. I remember looking up places I wanted to visit months before moving overseas, and this one was definitely one of them. This time of year was perfect, as I wanted to escape to a country not too far but one that still made me feel I was in a new location. I also needed a place that made me feel like the season had changed and some relief from the heat in the UAE. Between the subtle chill and colorful architecture, I was not disappointed at all. This destination is definitely overlooked. If you’re looking for a small city with big charm, here’s where you should be!

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Eat and Drink

Authentic Georgian Cuisine:

Khinkali

Khachapuri

Georgian Wine

Georgian Lemonade

Play and Do

Old Town Tbilisi

Freedom Square

Sulphur Hot Baths in Abanotubini

Furnicular Railway

Mtatsminda Park

Cable Car

The Mother Georgia State

The Chronicle of Georgia

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Have you ever thought of visiting Tbilisi, Georgia or have been? Share by leaving a comment below!

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You Should be Here: The Next Time You’re in Atlanta!

It seems like Atlanta is growing day by day. Don’t believe me. Just try driving down 75/85 on ANY given day of the week. That just means there’s more to see and do, and the traffic never stopped me anyway. I share my my favorite spots to eat and a few things t do in three neighborhoods: Virginia Highlands, Ponce de Leon, and Midtown.

Poncey-Highland

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A mix between the neighboring Ponce de Leon and Virginia Highlands, you can find Ponce-Highlands. This area caters to families and young professionals who have decided to live and work in the Atlanta area. From luscious green parks to small business and restaurants to lovely street art, you’re bound to find something that appeals you.

Eats
Sweet Auburn
I never let a trip to Georgia pass me by without making a stop here. I’m a sucker for bbq. I usually get their pulled chicken, but I recently tried there wings. Magnifico! I also love the rustic vibe of this place and how they have a community dining table which is perfect for a solo traveler like me.

-Folk Art
This is the place where my foodie adventures began. On my birthday, May 2014, I created a foodie tour for myself of different restaurants all around the city. This is one you cannot miss. Have you had their brunch?!

My fave: French Toast and a side of their fried chicken along side a mimosa will have your morning feeling just right! I guarantee it.

Other places to eat in the surrounding area:
-The best WholeFoods I’ve ever been to (and I’ve visited a lot)
-The Vortex

-King’s Pops (an ATL favorite)

-Front Page News

-LaFonda Latina

-Honey Bubble

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Majestic Diner

-Fellini’s Pizza

-Gusto!

-Noodle

-Ponce City Market (several places to eat)

Things to Do:

-Go visit small boutique and custom goods shops such as Paris on Ponce and Citizen Supply with goods from local artisans.

-Take a bike ride through Freedom Park.

-Little Five Points is not too far. Check out the artsy scene here with vintage shops, bars, and street art on the corners of buildings.

-Watch an indie film at Plaza Theatre.

Midtown

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Ohh Midtown, you have grown on me. This neighborhood used to be a little too polished for my liking, but I love how the Midtown Alliance initiative has worked on making this area more of a community. In Midtown, you’ll find the Woodruff Arts center, historic neighborhoods, history, and places t stop and play. Midtown offers an experience and a beautiful city backdrop you’ll definitely want a picture of. In the mix between lifestyle, culture, art and business, you’ll understand why Midtown Atlanta was voted a 2016 “Great Neighborhood” by APA.


Things to Do:
-Checkout the “Autoeater” sculpture
-Take a picture at the midtown sign
-Play ping pong, Badmiton, etc. at one of the community play areas at different parts of the city.

-See a show at the Woodruff Arts Center or take the kids to the Center for Puppetry.

-Go see the new exhibits indoor and outdoor the High Art Museum.

-There’s most likely some festival happening in Piedmont Park, always.

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Eats.

-Woody’s Cheesesteaks (my all-time fave/go to)

-LaHacienda (soooo good!)

-5Church Atlanta

-Midtown Tavern

-The Nook at Piedmont

-Cypress Street Pint & Plate

-The Flying Biscuit

-Lure

-Tin Lizzy’s Cantina

-Zocalo Mexican Kichen & Cantina

-10th & Piedmont

-Mary Mac’s Tea Room

-Proof & Provision

Check back for updates and the Atlanta Coffee Shop Guide!

 

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The Coffee Corner- Las Vegas Edition

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Welcome to The Coffee Corner, Las Vegas Edition!

All of these coffee shops have a unique vibe of there own. From the menu to the quality in service, you’re bound to have a wonderful experience in an equally appeasing atmosphere. Below I share a little bit about each of their uniqueness, but it is only a glimpse into the many many times I have visited each of these places. So grab your cozy sweater, a good book, or a friend before heading to any of these coffee shops, as you are probably going to spend more hours than you think.

Sunrise Cafe

This is my favorite spot to go to on Sunday mornings. The sun shines through the windows and there’s always a fresh bouquet of flowers. The coffee is so good, I can’t pick a favorite. Along with the many coffee choices, they also have a menu with vegan and vegetarian options.

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Mothership Coffee

Mothership Coffee is known for having some truly delicious coffee. No need for dirty pot coffee, the beans are ground fresh. Something I really like is the aesthetic of this coffee shop. The lights are bright and the smell is welcoming.

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Simple Latte

Sambalatte Torrefavion- Boca Park

There are several Sambalatte’s around the valley, but I really like going to the location in Boca Park. I typically come here to do work, as this place can get pretty busy. Because of the upstairs downstairs design in this location, all the people make me feel cozy and motivated in a sense because we are all working or chatting up our friends.

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The Rainbow Latte

Loftti

Loftti is one of a kind. It’s the place where I my creative juices come to life. There’s nothing like having a huge cloud of cotton candy, it just makes everything abut this place a little bit sweeter!

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Iced Chai Latte with a Pink Cloud

Bad Owl Coffee

There aren’t many themed coffee shops that I have been to. But, I’m sure every Harry Potter fan would not be disappointed coming here. The coffee is great and they also offer food on their menu now. Sweet! I don’t want to spoil this place for you guys so I decided to only post one pic and remeber: “I must not tell lies…”

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Iced Biscoff Cookie Latte

Makers & Finders Coffee

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A few other faves:

Serenade

Jozo Coffee & Tea

Illumilatte Brew Society

Grouchy John’s

Public US

Pour Coffeehouse

Vesta Coffee Roasters

Avery’s Coffee

Madhouse Coffee

TIABI Coffee & Waffles

The Cuppa Coffee Bar

 

 

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You Should Be Here: Las Vegas Travel Guide (Locals Love)

Whenever I mention to anyone that I live in Vegas, they always say, ” Oh, I couldn’t live there. I’d lose all my money!” Well, as a local, we find there is so much more to Vegas than S. Las Vegas Blvd, otherwise known as, THE STRIP. In this guide, I share all of my favorite foodie spots on and off the strip to give you the full Vegas experience. From coffee shops to brunch, you’re bound to create a trip that is unforgettable.

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Design-Public School 702
-Hash House a Go-Go
-Babystacks Cafe
-Echo & Rig
-E.A.T.
-The Original Sunrise Cafe
-Sacks & Yolks
-CRAFTkitchen LV
-Crepe Expectations
-The Egg & I
-BRIO Tuscan Grille
-Squeeze on Fort Apache
-Griddlecakes
-Metro Diner
-DW Bistro
-Egg Works

Design-Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
-The Pizza Kitchen
-Big Ern’s BBQ
-Jumpin’ Rice
-Kitchen Table
-Rollin Smoke BBQ
-Chow
-The Perch
-Big Ern’s BBQ
-Bruxie
-MTO Cafe
-Therapy
-SkinnyFats
-Streetside Pho

Design-Goong Korean BBQ Restaurant
-La Comida
-Lola’s
-Jinya
-Le Thai
-Ellaem’s Soul Food
-M&M Soul Food Cafe
-Pizza Rock
-Lolo’s Chicken & Waffles
-Peppermill
-Mundo at Mingo
-Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
-Secret Pizza at the Cosmpolitan
-Juam’s Flaming Fajitas & Cantina
-Rhythm Kitchen
-HoneySalt
-Letecia’s Mexican Cocina

 

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-Rose. Rabbit. Lie
-Goldspike
-Commonwealth
-Pkwy Tavern
-Chicago Brewing Co.
-Park on Fremont
-The Bling Pig
-Banger Brewing
-Bunkhouse Saloon
-Cabo Wabo Cantina

 

Got Sweet Tooth?
-Cream
-tsp. Baking Company
-Rolled Ice Cream
-Recess ItalianIce & Desserts
-Donut Bar Las Vegas
-milk.
-Sprinkles

Vegetarian/ Vegan
-Vegenation
-Bronze Cafe
-Veggie House

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-Red Rock Canyon National Park
-Mt. Charleston
-Goldstrike
-Lake Mead
-Hoover Dam
-Colorado River
-7 Magic Mountains

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Need a Quick Getaway!
-Southern California & Utah are he neighboring states with much to offer.
Coffee shops are pretty much my thing. I enjoy going to different coffee shops depending on my mood. Want to know my coffee shop faves in Las Vegas, plus more? Click the link here.

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Have any spots that are your faves that you’d like to add? Share them below.
And if you’re looking for something specific, drop your question in the comment box.
Viva Las Vegas!!