The Best of San Francisco

Hi!

After 2 days of jetlag, I finally have some time to write a blog! The last 3 days of my epic USA adventure were in San Francisco. I thought it would be a nice idea to tell you guys what I think you really should do in San Francisco. So here it goes :

  • Alcatraz … By night! : Alcatraz is one of the most famous prisons in the world. It used to hold very bad criminals and it is now one of the top attractions in San Francisco. The night tour gives your experience a special vibe. There are also many activities on the night tour. It is a really fun experience and thanks to the fact that not many people may take the night tour at once, the prison isn’t too crowded and you can enjoy your experience on your own terms. Note : you need to book this tour 3 months in advance because the tour is a tour that everyone wants to take!
  • Take a Cable Car to the Fisherman’s wharf: I have to say that this is really touristy but it is really fun to do. I had to wait a long time before it was my turn to get on the Cable Car, but it is definitely worth it. You see a lot of San Francisco in a short time and you can experience the steep streets of this magnificent city
  • The sea lions on Pier 39 : You just HAVE to see this. These animals are super cute and they are so fun to watch!
  • The Golden Gate Bridge : This is an obvious one. This is like the Eifel Tower in Paris. If you haven’t seen this, you haven’t seen San Francisco
  • Shopping : The streets around Union Square are the streets where you can shop till you drop. There are many fun shops including an Adidas store and a Disney store

The Coffee shop I visited : 

SightGlass Coffee :

This Coffee shop is very hip and trendy. It looks like a very cosy coffee factory and when you walk inside you start floating on an amazing coffee smell. The coffee itself is delicious. This coffee shop gave me the best coffee I have ever drunk. I had a Cafe Mocha (chocolate + coffee ) and I was seriously sad when I realised my cup was empty. Also, they make these very nice coffee paintings in your coffee with milk. If I would live in San Francisco, I would definitely be a regular.

 

Sneak peek of what’s coming

Hi guys!

you haven’t heard a lot of me the last month because of exams and other responsibilities but I’m back now! Currently I am enjoying the sea and the beach in De Panne and you guys have been able to follow me on snapchat and instagram, but there is so much more to come.

I’ll be doing a lot this summer and you guys will be able to enjoy everything with me. Here is what’s to expect :

First of all I’ll be going to Rock Werchter next week! This is a Belgian Rock festival. It is my first time going to a festival so I’m a little nervous but I think it’s going to be an experience that I will never forget. You will be able to follow me on instagram and on snapchat (laura_lachertje) to see what I’m doing. I am also going to be making a little youtube clip with my iPhone (because I’m to scared to take my GoPro with me, but I did buy myself a fish eye and an ultra wide lens for my iphone!) so that you guys (and maybe there are people who are sad that they can’t go) can experience the nicest Rock Werchter moments. I’m also working on blog posts about “what to bring to a festival” (festival essentials) and “how to deal with a rainy festival and how to still have an unforgettable experience”. The weather man said that there is going to be rain at Rock Werchter but I bought myself cute rain boots so everything is going to be fine ;).

Second : the 10th of july I am taking the plane to the USA. It’s the first time taking a plane and going on a vacation without my parents, and that makes me a little scared. I’m going with my boyfriend and his family and it is a big step for me because me and my family went through a very bad car accident in Sri Lanka 3 years ago. I almost lost my brother and my mother and I’m still not fully emotionally recovered from it. (I will be writing a blog about it, or maybe even a book about the most terrifying and hardest moment of my life when I’m ready for it). But back to the point, I think it’s going to be a hard step for me but it is a necessary step to get on with my life. And I’m actually really excited about the USA road trip that I’ll be doing so I think it will be just fine! We are going to explore the West Coast. From the very fabulous L.A. to the wild wild west to the Golden Gate Bridge.  I will be making a few YouTube clips about my roadtrip and there is going to be a small diary (daily blog) on my blog so I can keep you guys up to date on what I’m doing. Maybe I will even give you guys enough inspiration for a road trip next year! You will also be able to follow my adventures on foot on snapchat and instagram!

Third : I’m going to Spain in September! I am going to Marbella, Sevilla and Granada. This is going to be amazing and I’m also really looking forward to this adventure. Loads of blog posts, clips and snapchats coming!

I am looking forward to sharing everything with you guys and I hope you guys are looking forward to it aswell!

XOXO

Laura (licious)

 

My Must-Do’s in London

Hye! It’s been a really long time but I’m back now! And today I’m going to give you guys the must-do’s in London in my opinion. I really love everything about London because you get a different feeling everytime you get out of another subway. Sometimes you get a Harry Potter feeling, Sometimes you get a New York feeling and sometimes you get that typical british feeling. If I could I would definitely go and study there for a year. And maybe I will do this one day, but let me start with my favorite things to do in London.

The Culture Freaks.

For the Culture lovers, there is lots to do in this beautiful city. And I’m going to give you my top 3.

3. The big ben : This is the first thing you think about when you hear the word : London. So this is definitely something you need to go check out when you are wandering around this magnificent city.

2. The Tower of London : This is also one of the most imporant and most visited things in London. If you want to see guards walking around in a fortress and if you want to have a beautiful view over Tower bridge you should definitely hop in.

3. Westminster Abbey : The place where the most important kings and queens of England are laid to rest. This was one of my favorite things in London. This abbey is not only beautiful on the inside and outside, there is also a lot of London’s history to find in this place. It’s very beautiful and definitely worth your time.

The shopping Addicts

If you are into shopping, or just looking at the clothes (because you can’t buy everything… sadly), London is the place to be! There are 2 very imporant shopping streets, Oxford street and Regent street. They are both very beautiful but yet very different.

These are my favorite stores in London (you should go and take a look there, for sure)

  • The Disney Store – Oxford Street : As an incredibly over the top disney freak this is a store that can not be missed. It’s just like a little magic palace with loads of disney stuffed animals and also loads of star wars related stuff.
  • LUSH – oxford Street : This store is amazing. It has 3 floors!! 3 Floors of the best bath products in the world. It was a little bit of heaven for me, it will definitely be that for you guys too!
  • Mango – Regent Street : As some of you may know, Mango is one of my favorite clothing brands. I just love the way the clothes are very simple, yet very original and chill.
  • Hamleys – Regent street : This is by far one of the biggest and happiest places in London. We are talking about a toy store with 5-6 floors (I think). And when you walk through the front doors, it’s like walking back into your past. Back into you childhood. It’s like you are walking straight into a dream. I think they have all of the toys that are made in the world stored in this place.

People who just want to have fun : 

There are 2 things that I really enjoyed doing!

  • Madame Tussauds : I think everyone knows, what this place is. But what I really liked is that there is a temporary star wars section! It’s very nice and the actors look very real. There is also a 4D experience of Marvel that is very fun
  • London Dungeon : This was one of the most fun things I did in this beautiful city. The London Dungeon is located next to the london eye. This is a place where incredible actors walk you through the scariest events of London’s history. From Jack the ripper to the Black Plague.

Harry Potter Fans

For Harry Potter fans there is a lot to do in London. First of all you have the London warner bros studio tour. This is one of the nicest and most breathtaking experiences of my life. It was very special and I will never forget this tour. I had tears in my eyes in the beginning of the tour, it was incredible. The only negative point is that the tour is a bit expensive.. But there are loads of other Harry Potter sets to visit :

  • King’s cross : In this station you can go visit the place where they filmed (the wall between platform 4 and 5), there is a Harry Potter store and you can take a picture on “Platform 9 and 3/4”
  • the Glass house in Leadenhall Market : The house they used for the Leaky Cauldron
  • Borough market : Hagrid and Harry walked under the bridge next to this very nice market (which is very recommendable for people who love food).

These are the things I enjoyed the most in London. I hope you guys liked my post!

See you next time! XOXO

 

A little bit of scotland!

Hye!

Today I’m going to talk about Scotland! We went there for about a month so there is A LOT to talk about. A little bit too much to talk about actually… So this is what I’m going to do.

I’m going to talk about the things I loved the most about Scotland.

First of all, what I really liked was the fact that you can visit places they used in the Harry Potter series. You may not know this yet but I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’m one of those fans that has wands and maurauder maps and that sort of stuff. Oh, I also have a Gryffindor scarf.

Fun fact : Although they planned on filming most scenes in Scotland, they ended up just using the scenery as background for the movie because they couldn’t film there. Wanna know why? … Because there were to much midges (a more evil version of mosquitos) and the actors couldn’t concentrate nor act because of those midges. Now, you may think that they overreacted but actually it is a very big problem for tourists in scotland because those little insects can be very devious, painful and most of all VERY ANNOYING

But back to the point. The Harry Potter Locations in scotland were my absolute favorite things to do while I was travelling through Scotland.

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 the Harry Potter forest used in Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban (My favorite)!

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THE place where Hagrid’s Hut used to stand

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The Harry Potter lake AND the bridge used in one of the most memorable scenes of the harry potter series! We were even lucky enough to see a train ride over the bridge! (btw is that a dementor in the corner of my last picture??)

What I also LOVED about Scotland are the many castles and the medieval feeling you get when you are driving through one of the most magnificent landscapes in the world

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Now, I’m going to show you some photo’s we took of some breathtaking castles

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This Castle is called Inveraray Castle! This Castle is used in Downton Abbey

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This castle is called Eilean Donan Castle. This castle has been the set for many movies :

  • Bonnie Prince Charlie starring David Niven (1948)
  • The Master of Ballantreee starring Errol Flynn (1953)
  • The New Avengers (1976)
  • Highlander (1986)
  • Loch Ness (1996)
  • James Bond – The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • BBC One Television Idendity (1997 – 2002)

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this is one of the most beautiful castles I have ever seen (sadly I have forgotten it’s name)

There is so much I loved about Scotland, I think I loved about everything, but one of the most nicest things I did is …

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STAFFA! It’s one of the smallest islands in Scotland and you can go on a search for Puffins (small birds that look like penguins).

These are my absolute favorite things about Scotland, but as I said earlier, I kinda love everything about it!

Bye! x