Day Out In Birmingham

I ventured out of the house last Friday and went to Birmingham with my boyfriend for our 2 year anniversary! We booked tickets for the SeaLife centre as I had never been before! As we arrived early to Birmingham, we decided to explore Birmingham for a few hours before we had to go to our allotted time slot! PS- I did take all photos on my iPhone, so if the quality isn’t top notch, that would be why!

Currently, I’m on a budget, but Ben (my boyfriend), decided he wanted to do a bit of spending! So Jack Wills was our first destination and of course I had to take a photo because just look at that chandelier!

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Our food of choice was Eat. as they do affordable yet really tasty food! And they also do the BEST pink lemonade I have ever tasted so that’s always a bonus!

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I had to pull myself away from the makeup counters, especially Urban Decay. I was crying inside. Everything else I definitely couldn’t afford, let alone a Naked palette!

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Once Ben had finished his first half of the shopping trip, (which felt like a year!), we made our way to the SeaLife centre and it was such a pretty walk! My local town is Walsall, and it is nothing special! So whenever I travel to Birmingham, it never fails to amaze me!

I’ve never been to the SeaLife centre before, so as it was my first time everything was so cool! The little tunnel where all the fish are swimming around you is rather amazing, (although little children run around your feet and everybody is taking selfies with the fishes…). Besides that, it was a really awesome place to go! However, I don’t think I’d pay £12 to go again, just a bit pricey in my opinion!

Finally, we ended the trip with a bit more shopping, before exploring Grand Central and all the awesome food stands and shops they have to offer! Although I’ve been to Birmingham since Grand Central has been open, I’ve never seen the second floor and looked at what they have to offer! Needless to say, I was rather amazed!

All in all, it was a great day out and I enjoyed our second anniversary together exploring and adventuring, which is what we both love to do!


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Disney Dreamin’

As I sit at work, reality is beginning to settle in and I am missing my second home more than ever. Whilst looking back on my most recent trip to the most magical place on this earth, the motivation to reach my dreams of working for Disney is becoming stronger with each glance at the castle. I know that some people wonder how Disney can mean so much to me, and it is almost impossible to explain why a photo of Walt Disney can make me emotional. The joy and happiness that Disney has given me throughout my childhood and challenging times through growing up is difficult to count up. Disney isn’t just for children, adults need just as much happiness and faith, if not more than children do. The first time I watched Tangled was when I realised just how much Disney meant to me. I just cannot wait for all my exams to end and finally be able to focus on my future and what it is I want to do for the rest of my life!

Now that I have done the soppy introduction of how much I love Disney, I’ll get on to my actual trip! Even though travel took us almost 15 hours each way due to travelling by coach and facing the motion sickness that a ferry can do, nothing could take away from how magical this trip to Disneyland Paris really was. We had two full days in the park, and it was a struggle to fit everything in, but with all of the new additions to the park such as Ratatouille land and The Forest of Enchantment, as well as experiencing Swing Into Spring for the first time, I made sure to see everything that I’ve never seen before! Seeing all the flowers and meeting the characters again made me more than happy, and watching Disney Dreams on the castle made me cry a few tears as always! But one of the best parts was having Peter Pan blow me a kiss from the parade float, of course! Sadly I didn’t get to meet him on this trip and was graced with Captain Hook instead!

As I plan my next trip and price everything up, I will leave you with some of my favourite photos! Thank you for reading! x

 

 

Personal Top 5 Attractions at Disneyland Paris!

Disneyland Paris is a place I have been travelling to since I was around 5. Without fail, it was my families holiday destination every year! Still I cannot get over the atmosphere of magic and happiness everywhere, as well as that first moment on your trip where you walk down Main Street USA and take a glimpse of the famous castle.

As a Disney enthusiast, I often class Disneyland Paris as my second home and I can never overcome shedding a few tears on the Eurostar back home! As my trip is quickly approaching (25th March!!!), I felt it was only right to create a post on my top 5 attractions to visit while you’re there, or should I say top things to know before you go! (If you have visited Disneyland Paris before, you will understand that reference from the TV inside the resort’s hotel. If not, I may look a tad strange right now!)

5. Armageddon: les Effets Spéciaux

Located within Walt Disney Studios Parks, this special effects ride is overlooked quite a bit, yet it has become one of my favorites over the years!Armageddon.jpg

Armageddon is an attraction based from the 1998 Walt Disney Studio’s film, and takes a scene from the film and incorporates you as their new actors! If you are familiar with this film, the scene included is where they are on the International Space Station with the Russian astronaut, just as the meteors are flying into the ship and a big explosion occurs. The ride is fantastic whether you have seen the film or not, as the shaking metal floor and the huge fire pit and oil explosion creates the feeling you are actually in outer space experiencing this (minus the space suit!). If you are ever planning a Disney trip, make sure Armageddon is an attraction you visit!

4. Discovery Arcade

If you are CRAZY on lights and beautiful sites and walkways like me, (rather strange I am aware), then Discovery Arcade is a perfect attraction and visit for your Disneyland Paris trip! discovery arcade

Discovery Arcade, located on Main Street USA, is an attraction in which allows you to walk down the strip and gaze into the various decorations displayed within the shop windows. 1920’s America is one of my favorite periods of history from the music, to the musicals, to the fashion! Therefore the entire feel and atmosphere throughout Main Street always captivates me! I particularly enjoy walking through the Discovery Arcade and various walkways after watching Disney Dreams at night! I feel it is the perfect way to end a tiring, yet exciting and thrilling day at the parks!

3. La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty’s castle)

You are probably surprised as to why I have chosen this as my 3rd top attraction! Unlike other castle’s at other resorts across the globe, Sleeping Beauty’s castle allows you to go inside and explore! Including a dungeon containing the light sleeping dragon ready to eat you up for dinner, to Disney’s ever famous stain glass windows of the famous movie, this attraction sure is one of the highlights to anybody’s trip whether you are on a romantic get away with your significant other, or a family trip!

As well as being able to explore inside the castle, you can also discover the glass shop which displays figurines and statues made entirely out of glass and various diamonds, while also possibly being able to see one created inside the shop! Finally,my favorite part of this attraction is being able to view Fantasyland from a higher perspective and look at the beauty and magic that this resort has to offer.

2. ‘Its A Small World’

From the song referenced within Hercules and The Lion King and possibly more, to the happiest cruise to set sail, Its A Small World is a perfect attraction for literally everybody and anybody!

Its a Small World is a must when on a Disney trip! This ride literally captures me and makes me feel like a little kid again which is how you should feel while at Disneyland! The song will be in your head for the rest of your life, and yes you will annoy absolutely EVERYBODY when you come back from your trip as you will not be able to stop singing it! Apart from that, this ride is one of the highlights of every trip I have taken to Disneyland Paris from the final scene with the extravagant lights and costumes. It is also what this world needs to realise at this moment in time!

1. STAR TOURS

On my last trip, I must have gone on this ride about 5 times because it is literally my favorite ride of all time! It was extremely difficult to narrow all my favorite rides down to 5 but this one definitely has the top spot at Disneyland Paris!

Star Tours has become a family favorite within my house, from the waiting in the queue with all of the decoration and themes, as well as feeling you are aboard one of the ships from Star Wars! Knowing that this ride will be closed on my next visit makes me extremely sad, but the thought of the ride becoming even better through refurbishments makes me completely excited at the same time (what a juxtaposition!) Since the release of Force Awakens, my love and adoration for Star Wars has completely flooded back! The merchandise from the gift shop will be too much for my purse to handle, let me tell you that right now!

Narrowing attractions down to 5 was super difficult! Having to exclude rides such as the Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom Manor, Space Mountain Mission 2 and Big Thunder Mountain wasn’t easy let me say that! These 5 however, leave many memories from years and years and remind me of how amazing my childhood was thanks to Disney!

I hope you have enjoyed this! This has been my first ever blog post so I do hope you have enjoyed it! I know that I have enjoyed creating this as it has made me utterly and completely mad about going soon! 

Thank you for reading!