My London Trip.

A couple of weeks ago now I travelled down to London to visit a very good friend of mine. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and I also hadn’t been to London in a very long time, so I thought it would be the perfect day out! The weather wasn’t brilliant but we did manage to get around a lot of places during the day. It was a really great day exploring our Capital City and being a proper tourist.

We had brunch at a place called ‘The Caravan’ and it was lovely. It was a really cute, little place which had a fantastic environment and served the nicest food. I had a very unusual meal. The base was beans mixed in with kidney beans with a real kick of spice which I really cannot remember what it was! On top was a fried egg with a side of toast and fried mushrooms. It was completely different to anything I have ever had before but it was delicious.

The nicest brunch I have ever had!

We headed over to South Kensington and visited the V&A Museum and looked around there for a while. We saw some very interesting treasures! We really wanted to visit some of the exhibitions they had on as there were a few based on Photography and Fashion that we really would have enjoyed. But it was really expensive and we didn’t have the time to spend as much time as we would have liked in there, to warrant spending the money, which was a bit disappointing! Knights Bridge was next and we, of course, went into Harrods to have a little browse. I just adore that shop, I will come out with loads of bags in my hands one day!

One entrance of the V&A!

The weather brightened up a bit after dinner so we decided to head to Southbank and walk along the Embankment and across one of the bridges. We visited a few things along the way, including this really cute little beer garden.. We even learnt CPR too!

This was the cutest little beer garden!

Covent gardens was great as usual with all its little markets with so much to see. I just wish I had taken a bigger bag so I could have bought some of the lovely things I had seen. From there we walked over to Leicester Square and visited M&M world. I love it in there and I love M&Ms, we both left with a bag of them which cost a fortune!

I wanted to look around Soho and see where all the bars were, so we walked through china town and into Soho. There wasn’t much to see during the day but it was still nice to see where everyone enjoys a good night out.

Oxford Circus was one of our last stops where we looked around a few of the shops and did a little bit of shopping, to end the day off nicely. I wanted to head back towards Westminster so I could take some more photos, and when we arrived, there were floods of people protesting outside the Houses of Parliament. They were protesting about the NHS, it was great to see everyone come together and share their passion and concern on such a massive topic. To finish the day off nicely we went for tea at Prezzo at Kings Cross station which again was really lovely.

I love Big Ben, such a fascinating building!
The London Eye.

I had a really great day, I really do love London and loved being a tourist for the day! I have promised myself that I will visit more often, so I can learn about and visit different places, there is much I haven’t seen yet!

Have you visited London recently? Do you recommend anywhere I should visit on my next trip down south? Let me know!

Emily Jane

Cyprus ZOO.

We visited the zoo while I was in Cyprus. We saw some fantastic animals and I wanted to share some of my photos with you.

I was so excited to see the elephants as I have never seen one in real life before, and I really love them. The Tigers were pretty cool too, quite scary at times when they were pacing up and down the cage. I was so surprised by some of the animals I saw, I wouldn’t have thought it was the right environment or temperature for some of them.

Here are some of the photos I took. Some are not brilliant as they were in cages but I did get some great ones too!

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* The Elephants having a little giggle!
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*He wouldn’t stop pacing up and down the cage!
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* I really wish I had paid to feed these amazing animals.
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* I think he wanted to escape!
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I couldn’t get him to turn round.
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This little fella is so adorable!
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He was trying to eat me! Cute little baby cub 🙂

Only a short post this one, everyone knows what zoos are like, so theres not much to say about it, ha! I just wanted to share some of my  favourite photos from the day. I hope you enjoyed them!

Emily Jane

Cypriot Easter.

Experiencing what the Cypriots do at Easter was absolutely fascinating! Easter is a really important celebration for them, there was a really sense of community and love for family over the 5 days. Myself and my auntie really enjoyed celebrating such a great tradition with the Cypriots.

They celebrated over 5 days from Friday 29th April – Tuesday 3rd May and there were so many little traditions we experienced, that took place each day. On the Friday all the adults had to buy a candle, which had a toy attached too it, for all their godchildren. They were all over the place, and with so much choice available, with every little toy you could think of, from a toy car to a Barbie doll! As my auntie is my godmother she bought me one too, take a look below! (Mine didn’t have a toy as I am over 18, ha! I had a adult candle). They also buy chocolate eggs which again have toys inside! They are much more extravagant than our Easter eggs..

*My Cypriot Easter Egg!

The main day for them was the Saturday where they celebrated at night from around 11:30pm. They all went to church with their candles and stood around a bonfire. We got there around 11:20 and there was already a massive crowd stood waiting around the church. Bang on 11:30 the priest started to read out their hourly mass. Obviously we couldn’t understand what he was saying as it was all in Greek, but this went on for half an hour. At 12:00 the fire was lit. On top of the fire was a stuffed dummy, which was supposed to represent Judas and him being burnt because her betrayed Jesus. The dummy dropped into the fire and created a massive bang which kept repeating every 5 minutes. At around 12:15 the church all went dark and the preaching stopped for 2 minutes and the whole church and its surroundings were in silence. It was such a special, I would say magical moment to experience. Once that time was up, people started to flood out of the church with their candles lit. I assume that they were lit inside by the priest. They then went round the crowd lighting everyone’s candle and everyone came together to make sure everyone candle was lit throughout the crowd. Once everyones was lit, the bells of the church started to ring, the priest said something in Greek and then everyone raised their candles in the air and repeated what he had said. The whole crowd then began to sing, and this went on for 10 minutes. Whilst this was happening the priest lit 3 big candles on the balcony of the church, and when the singing came to an end, he blew them all out. Again, everyone was completely quiet for around a minute. Another amazing magical moment! Everyone then started to walk away with their candles. We were told that you have to try and keep your candle lit until you get home and keep it lit until it runs out. All the streets were covered with people and the only light you could see was the candles, until fireworks appeared whilst everyone was walking the streets. It was absoutely mind blowing, a really special evening! A very communal, friendly atmosphere and a really great tradition!

Me & my auntie with our candles 🙂

I really enjoyed the night with my auntie, I felt so lucky to have experienced such a special evening, being able to take part too. I just loved the feeling of all being together celebrating something special. It was a really fantastic evening that I will never forget!

The Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were all rest days, where the Cyriots did nothing other than be with family. It was like a ghost town on the Sunday, everywhere was closed down! Some things started to open on the Monday but some remained closed until the Wednesday morning. I obviously  don’t know everything that the Cypriots do around Easter but this was just what I experienced and was told about their important celebration 😁

I was so happy that I went to Cyprus whilst it was their Easter, I love learning about and understanding other traditions. It was a real eye opener, I really did love it!

Have you experienced any traditions that you really enjoyed? Let me know below.

Bye for now,
Emily Jane