During my trip down to London I managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the Imperial War Museum which btw exceeded my expectations which were already high. Being a history student, most museums do interest me but the Imperial War Museum specifically has been a museum I had wanted to visit for a long time. Firstly the entrance of the building is so magnificent and the grounds are so fresh and clean with picnic benches if you were to bring a packed lunch for the day. I think there are 5 levels to the museum and there are different types of exhibitions on at various times in the year. One of the exhibitions that is on just now is the fashion on the ration, focusing on how women made the most of their appearance whilst goods were rationed. For example, they substituted lipstick for beetroot juice. There was a free craft class on to create a headscarf women during WW2 would have worn.
Both the world war exhibitions were fabulous, they even have the original artefacts such as THE Union Jack the Japanese used to surrender and one of the original plans the Nazis had to invade Britain. On the rooftop is the Holocaust exhibition which is only for age 14+. It is a very moving and an emotional experience reading about personal accounts of how individuals were treated during the horrendous time by the Nazis.
I finished my time at the museum by a visit to the shop which again, was fabulous. I picked up a pen which looks like a lipstick, a nametag they would have used for children during the blitz, a rations book and an original sheet of newspaper for my dad.
I truly would recommend the IWM for anyone who has the opportunity to visit, you really could spend a whole day there and either eat in the café or bring a packed lunch. I fully intend to return for a longer visit. Oh and I should mention that it is free entry a great educational daytrip for all the family
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So last Saturday I headed to London for the weekend and flew back Monday night. From Glasgow to London is possibly the quickest flight ever, we actually spent more time circling the hold at Gatwick than we did in the flight itself. Funnily enough I had never been to London before so naturally I wanted to see the sights and do all the tourist stuff but with only one weekend it was a race against time. We stayed in the Pimlico Area which was really handy for Victoria.
I power walked through the streets and up and down the tube stations jumping from all the different tube lines to make sure that I crammed as much as possible into my weekend. I visited Buckingham Palace *and the Queen was in residence*, posed in a photo booth in Topshop Oxford St, made a visit to the massive Lush, munched down a Shake Shack on Saturday night in Covent Garden, mosed around Victoria and Victoria Station, saw Big Ben at Westminster, jumped off the tube at Tower Bridge and went to the Emirates Experience flight simulator with my brother in Greenwich AND visited the Imperial War Museum ALL IN 1 WEEKEND
I’ve left London with many memories ( and a lighter bank balance) but I truly loved my weekend there. Next time I’m aiming for visiting Leister Square, Notting hill and Primrose hill as well as many other areas of London such as Shoreditch.
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~ Makeup / Travel ~
Micellar Cleansing Water ( baby version)
Mitchum 48 Hour shower fresh deodorant
Mini Toothpaste and Brush
L’Oreal True Match Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Kiko Blush and Highlighter Chubby Stick
Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner
L’Oreal Flutter Mascara
Sephora super moisturising lip balm
Kiko Purple Eyeliner
Kiko Orange Lipstick
Bourjois 3d effect lip-gloss
I really enjoy packing for a trip away 1) because I love organisation and 2) if I’m going to a new city or on a holiday it’s really exciting!
What I tend to do is lay out my clothes onto my bed and start to plan outfits so that once I’ve arrived at my destination I’m not standing in a pile of clothes trying to match together an outfit and instead I can get ready quickly. This also helps me from over packing.
I try to go through in my head everything I wear from morning to night so I don’t forget PJ’s and socks ( which often I do) If your wanting to take something that is bulky like a jumper or hoodie that is struggling to fit in your case, wear it for travelling.
The flight I’m getting tomorrow to London doesn’t allow me to bring a handbag on board *cries* so I need to make sure that beauty products and makeup can fit in my case once I’ve been through security. But I’ll follow up this post with a what’s in my travel makeup bag
Make a list of bits and pieces you plan to take the morning or evening that you are leaving for the airport for things such as toothbrushes and makeup brushes
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I really do have some of the main traits of a Virgo one being that I thrive organising myself and planning. I think my family and friends could vouch that I really love planning, and sometimes I’m the one making all the plans. But what’s more fun to plan than a city break?
I’m by no way a ‘professional planner’ but I do consider myself someone in the know cause I’ve helped organise quite a few trips, dinners etc.
Firstly for a trip print out/ buy anything that will be useful i.e. maps/ tube maps / language guides etc. anything that is going to make life easy once you arrive at your destination.
Secondly, for accommodation search sites such as Trivago and Trip Advisor to find the hotel/hostel/apartment that’s in your budget located at a central location that is easy to get to. Looking at the reviews of hotels is really useful in finding out what others thought of the place where you are thinking of making your base for the trip.
Plan out your budget. How much flights/ buses/ tubes/ trains are places you want to visit in the city, places where you are going to eat and general spending money.
I find writing a list of everything I want to do is useful as its realistic and surfing the web is great at figuring out how much things cost, e.g. museums, cafes, monuments.
Create a schedule. it doesn’t have to be exact but it means that the days you have in the city you are going to wont be wasted and you’ll be able to cram in everything you want to do and not leave disappointed.
Plan what you are going to wear the night before. It saves you wasting time in the morning and means that you can make the most of the full day ahead.
Have a back up plan. Especially if your travelling alone like interailing etc. so that if you become ill or something is stolen you have emergency money and a contingency plan.
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I’ll do a follow up post soon on what I take on a city break