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Flashback Friday – Reykjavik, Iceland

 

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A few years ago, I had a strong desire to see the Northern Lights, so some research and a trip was booked! We booked Iceland for four nights in mid November.

I don’t normally book package type holidays, but I ended up booking the tours with the flight. I used Wowair,and the process was so easy, and we got a really good price. Hotel was through trusty old Booking.com.

Reykjavik is not cheap which we found out whilst there! Unfortunately I don’t have many photos for this blog post, as they are all stored elsewhere.

Anyway, whilst we was there – we completed three tours, visited the Blue Lagoon and explored Reykjavik on foot.

Two of our tours were unsuccessful! One was the Northern Lights chasing one – there was the tiniest glimmer, but not enough for me to say confidently I had seen them! It was still an experience, being driven miles and miles to where there is no light pollution, and standing in the middle of a road, on a hill looking up at the sky in Iceland!

The other tour was a whale watching one – two hours on a boat in very bad weather! As we got on the boat, the captain was offering everyone another date to come back (we couldn’t as only a short stay), or a sea sickness tablet! We didn’t take the tablet, as neither of us suffer from motion sickness. It was a very rough two hours with not a whale in sight!

The tour that was amazing was The Golden Circle tour, its a long day, over six hours – but you get driven around in a coach to see a lot of natural beauty sites. Such as Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, (where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.), so you see actual craters in the ground!, you also visit a greenhouse where they grow tomatoes. Everyone else had hot tomato soup, my fiancé and I had a bloody mary! During this tour, there is a stop for lunch, but it is not included in the price, same as the tomato drinks.

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As I mentioned, the Blue Lagoon was amazing – its a must do if you visit Iceland. Such a surreal experience, in a pool which is lovely and warm, but its freezing out and you can mountains and snow! There is Silica Mud all round the outside, so you can even give yourself a facial! In all honesty, I wish we had stayed here longer but we had to rush back for the Northern Lights tour!

So the only disappointing thing about the trip, was the lack of Northern Lights – which is all weather based, and never guaranteed wherever you go! And as you now know, I saw them a few years later in Norway.

Iceland was one of those places I didn’t think I would ever go to, and definitely wasn’t on my list! I was really surprised but how pretty and scenic it all was. Even some of the houses were so cute! I would recommend Iceland, and suggest you put on your travel plans for the future!

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, Walt Disney World

 

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When Trader Sam’s opened at Walt Disney world, I knew I had to visit! The Polynesian Village is my favourite resort, Adventureland is one of my favourite lands, and I love the tropical / tiki themes.

Last year I got the chance! Actually it was the night I was proposed to, in the evening he had made no plans as didn’t know what I would fancy. I then knew how I wanted to celebrate.

So we headed to the Polynesian and found the discreet door. You can not book tables, it is walk in only. As luck would have it, there was only one table left!

As soon as you walk in, you know it’s a different experience. Its not like the usual Disney World lounges. Its dark, there’s noises and everyone feels excitable.

The menu choices – the cocktails are all unusual, and sounded strong. We had two each, and I can confirm they are! I think they are mostly rum based drinks.

Another bonus point – if you pay a bit extra, you get to keep the glass! This is now my new collection.

So there is a lot going on in this small room, and most of it related to the drinks you order. For instance, the “views out of the windows” change when a tiki god is angered! I don’t want to give too much away as I think it’s a nice surprise for first time visitors!

But the cast members in there are great fun and clearly love the job!

The first time I had the Krakota Punch, and my fiancé had the Mosquito Mojito. Second round I had the Hippotomai-tai, and I’m sure my partner had a second Mojito.

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I love it here, its just so different, and I feel like a kid on one of the attractions, looking all around and taking it all in.

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When we went earlier this year, and had two nights in Disney before a cruise, we had to go back! Again we had a dinner before (Trader Sam’s does do food – bar snacks etc, but I’m there for the cocktails!), walked in, and two seats left, this time at the bar.

I knew which drinks we needed to have based on what glasses I wanted to add to the collection. My finace had the Shrunken Zombie head – which we was told is the strongest drink on the menu! I had the Polynesian Pearl – yummy!

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If you are looking for a quiet relaxing drink, maybe skip Trader Sams, but if you want an interesting visual treat for adults only and decent drinks – give Trader Sam’s a go!

It’s one of my new favourite must do places!

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Disney Cruise Number 1 – Disney Fantasy

My  last holiday was a Disney Cruise, it was our first ever cruise and nothing short of amazing! We chose the Western Caribbean itinerary, so we stopped at Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Disney’s Castaway Cay.

We chose a room with a balcony, to take advantage of the views. So glad we did! The room was plenty big enough for the two of us. I like that we could put the cases under the bed, and the spilt bathroom / shower room.

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The ship we sailed on was the Disney Fantasy. Just decks and decks of prettiness, and all so well maintained. There wasn’t a speck of dirt or dust anywhere! Cast Members were attentive and reliable, I felt like a celebrity! Your stateroom is cleaned twice a day – including a turn down service, with chocolates and flanimals left each night.

There was plenty to do besides just eat 24/7! We played Shuffleboard for the first time. There was the Midship Detective Agency – I don’t care if it was based for the kids I loved it! There was the pools, films, shows, activities, lounges, Star Wars Day at Sea – and to fit all this in between your Port Adventures! (the activities you book with Disney on your port stops).

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All in all, there was not one bad thing about the cruise, and I am wishing and hoping with all my might that I get to go on another in the future! I would love to try all of the ships. Also we went on a Disney cruise as a couple, with no kids. We did get  questioned and people thought we was crazy! But hey, there was 7 lounges, a cocktail of the day, adults only pool and parts of decks…

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AND I finally got to visit Castaway Cay – Disneys private island in the Bahamas! Was literally a dream come true.

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First blog post!

So… here goes. I have read and wandered nosily around other peoples blogs for a while now. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to start my own.

The older I have got, the more I have enjoyed holidays and travelling. Nothing makes me happier than looking, planning and booking a holiday. I think Wanderlust is one of my favourite words, and I love the meaning. So my basis will be that, plus days out on the weekends, reviews and anything that takes my fancy!

One of my favourite places in the world is Walt Disney World, I know it sounds like a cliché… but it is true! I have been visiting since I was 9 years old, I’m now 31! I have a lot of happy memories there, including my surprise proposal in front of Cinderella’s Castle last May!

I have had some amazing holidays over the last few years including Norway to see the Northern Lights, Bruge, Iceland and a Disney Cruise. Maybe I will do individual blogs for each trip.

For now, this is the beginning – and I have a Walt Disney World trip coming up on the horizon!

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