General, Travel

DC/NYC | Day 3

Public holidays are a big deal in America. There are less vacation days, so when everyone has the day off for something like Labour day, it’s a big occasion. Last time I was in Washington DC, I was there for July 4th – Independence Day – so I was quite excited to the city in a state of celebration once again. The weather was glorious again, and to celebrate, we decided we were going to try and take in some of the monuments and the White House over the course of the day. We walked a lot between the Zoo and Georgetown on Day 2 and expected the same, so we went armed with books and snacks, ready to take in some great views and chill out at some great reading spots, as well as taking in some history, politics and culture along the way. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 3”

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DC/NYC | Day 2

I absolutely love the first day of a holiday, when you wake up in a new place and you’re ready to explore. Labor day weekend in the USA is a major deal, so we knew Washington DC would be busy, so had sedate Sunday plans to get in some snacks and groceries, to visit the zoo, and have an evening out in Georgetown. Nothing quite like a Sunday out and about, getting acquanted with a new city, and recovering from a long Day 1/Travel day. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 2”

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DC/NYC | Day 1

There is no feeling quite liking waking up on the morning of your holiday. The buzz hits, the excitement grows, and more often than not you know that when you go to sleep that night you will be in a new place and you’ll be on your holiday. We all have our holiday routines, pack the last few things, check all your important documents (repeatedly – no-one wants a nasty surprise at the airport), get a coffee and land the cases in the car. D’you know what’s even better? When you won the flights and know you’ll be experiencing Business Class. When you’re introducing your friend to a new country. Continue reading “DC/NYC | Day 1”

Books, General

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review

Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 16 Apr 18 – 21 Apr 18

Publication date: 10 August 2017

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, YA

Description:

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love. Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Review”

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Theatre on Thursday | The Phantom of the Opera

Perfomance: The Phantom of the Opera

Performance Type: Musical

Location: Majestic Theatre, New York

Date: 8th September 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

Over the past few months I have been enjoying and immersing myself in the world of live theatre and performance. I’ve been to see plays, concerts, and musicals, and really enjoyed the variety of shows I have watched. So, after reviewing just one of these (The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Tour Date which can be viewed here), I have decided to review each theatre trip individually. And because we all like an alliterative title, I’m going to call it ‘Theatre on Thursday’.

I was going to try and do this post every week, but life got in the way, so I have decided to do it as and when I remember. Last time round, I reviewed Two Gentleman of Verona, and it’s safe to say that this week’s instalment is pretty different. Continue reading “Theatre on Thursday | The Phantom of the Opera”

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Chicago: The Windy City

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you may have seen a previous entry for the Windy city way back when I was traveling the world for a year (found here). I loved Chicago on my first visit, it’s safe to say that I feel in love with the place back then, so when I found out that everyone would join up to celebrate for a big finale together in Chicago, I was extremely excited.

It smashed any expectations and any hopes that I had, and was spectacular!! Continue reading “Chicago: The Windy City”

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The Dark Tourist | Review

Title: The Dark Tourist

Author: Dom Joly

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 19 Mar 18 – 30 Mar 18

Publication date: 2 Sep 2010

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre(s): Memoir, Travel

Description:

Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection — the schoolboy currency of Beirut. Dom’s upbringing was interspersed with terrifying days and nights spent hunkered in the family basement under Syrian rocket attack or coming across a pile of severed heads from a sectarian execution in the pine forests near his home.

These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places. And in this brilliantly odd and hilariously told travel memoir, Dom Joly sets out on a quest to visit those destinations from which the average tourist would, and should, run a mile. The more insalubrious the place, the more interesting is the journey and so we follow Dom as he skis in Iran on segregated slopes, spends a weekend in Chernobyl, tours the assassination sites of America and becomes one of the few Westerners to be granted entry into North Korea. Eventually Dom journeys back to his roots in Beirut only to discover he was at school with Osama Bin Laden.

Funny and frightening in equal measure, this is a uniquely bizarre and compelling travelogue from one of the most fearless and innovative comedians around.

Continue reading “The Dark Tourist | Review”