Monday, 1 September 2014

The Ghost Bus Tour - London's only frightseeing tour



Let me tell you a little bit more about the tour. The London Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour through the dark heart of the capital. The bus tour shows London's gruesome past, while seeing the city's most famous sites such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and last but not least London Bridge.

The tour is not only interesting, but also really scary yet mixed with the best of British humour. While I laughed one minute, I was scared the next and one time I nearly jumped on my friend's lap. Maybe I should add, that I am scared easily and I was glad to be able to bring my friend with me. I could tell you everything about the ride, but I don't want to give away too much information about the tour. You really need to experience it for yourself.

The tour runs daily at 19:30 and 21:00 and departs from outside the Grand Hotel, opposite the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Avenue off Trafalgar Square. It is very easy to find and it's only a two minute walk from Charing Cross Station and not much longer to walk from the Embankment Tube station. While last minute tickets may be available on board, I would recommend booking the tickets in advance from The London Ghost Bus Tour website. Tickets cost £21 for adults, concession tickets cost £15 for children and students and a ticket for a family of two adults and two children cost £57. Depending on traffic the tour takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and you will be dropped off at the stop on Northumberland Avenue.

>>The London Ghost Tour Bus<<

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August Summary



August has been a lovely month for me and I can't believe how quickly it passed. Summer is coming to an end and soon it is time to get my autumn wardrobe out. I blogged 33 times in August, so roughly one post per day and it has been nothing but great. I am always looking forward to all your comments.

I started August with finally buying a new laptop or rather a Chromebook just to discover a few hours later, that my iPhone stopped working and I needed to buy a new one. If you have missed the post, you can read it here >>May the Chromebook be the best thing for blogging ever?<< . Since buying my new laptop, blogging has become an even better experience and I don't miss my old laptop at all. I also wrote about my lunch at >>Shake Shack Covent Garden<< and my >>casual dining experience at Genji Sushi<< inside the Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street.

Shortly afterwards I booked a >>weekend getaway to Germany<<, visiting friends and family in Cologne and Frankfurt. While my weekend was great, I was rather annoyed with Easyjet, who is >>not so easy after all<<. While in Germany I stayed at the >>Roomers Hotel in Frankfurt<< and the >>Tryp Hotel at Dusseldorf airport<<. I am also >>travelling to Istanbul<< at the weekend for a week and I am very excited. Find out what I >>would like to do in Istanbul<<. If you are thinking about planning a holiday, try out the new travel search engine >>Amadeus.net<<>>Bimuno TRAVELAID Probiotics<<are a great product and should you suffer from an upset stomach while travelling, this is the product for you.

I took the children to >>Manic Monsters in Edenbridge<< and also wrote about the >>Germans in Britain Exhibition<< at the German Historical Institute, which will start on the 18th of September and run until the 24th of October.

Of course I also baked a lot in August and you can find a great recipe for >>Gluten-free Brownie Muffins<< and dairy as well as flour free >>Peanut butter chocolate chip biscuits<< here. Inspired by a recipe discovered at my local Slimming World class, I tried out my first >>low-carb Paleo friendly quiche<< with success.

While I am not a fashion blogger, by all means, I was asked to write a blog post for Bonprix and I chose >>my favourite pieces for apple-shaped women from their swimwear collection<<. You should also have a look at the >>Little Mistress<<website and their collections and you can read about >>the PR day for the new Fearne Cotton Collection<<. I gave an insight into >>my daily make-up routine<<and the >>content of my handbag<<.

My friend Nina is leaving in two weeks and I wrote about the last time >>we went shopping together and our fantastic dinner at >>Inamo St. James<<. Last but not least, I would like to tell you about the >>Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea<<, it is a great alternative to black tea and try to swap your children's lunch box crisps for >>ZOOBs vegetable based snacks<<. They taste absolutely amazing. Thanks to Facebook I found out about a local business >>A Vintage Affair<<, a family run company who hires out everything you need for a vintage themed party.

In August my blog had over 7000 unique pageviews, and gained many more followers across all my social networks. While blogging is not about numbers for me, I am grateful people enjoy reading my blog and leave great comments below my posts.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dinner at Inamo



My friend Nina is moving back to Germany soon to pursue her studies and last night was our last opportunity to spend an evening together. We started off with a ride on the Necrobus, a theatrical sightseeing tour, showing the darker side of London while providing a piece of comedy horror theatre. It was great and I will blog about it on another occasion. Afterwards we went for dinner to Inamo St. James, I didn't tell my friend about the restaurant until we got there and of course she loved it.

Inamo St. James is an innovative oriental fusion restaurant, that combines interactive ordering with a high standard of food. Located on Regent Street in the West End, just off Piccadilly Circus, Inamo St. James is the perfect place to impress your friends and family. Inamo uses E-Table, the world's first interactive food ordering system with overhead projection technology to give the customer complete control over their dining experience. In addition to ordering food from the interactive table, guests are able to choose from a range of virtual tablecloths, view the Inamo chefs working in real time using the 'Chef Cam' function and explore a wide range of practical services such as taxi booking facilities.

We started with ordering sparkling water and sake mojitos. Mojitos are my all time favourite and they are made with honjozo genshu sake for a special twist. What we ate as 'starters': edamame beans £4.25, crispy silky tofu £6.25, tomato and avocado salad £5.75, seared tuna sashimi £7.50 and a salmon sashimi plate for £5.50.

Inamo does not have starters and main dishes as such. The idea is to order a selection of small, larger and side dishes and hence we didn't order much after our first round of food. My friend ate a spicy Aubergine dish, for £5.25 and even tough it was a side dish it was a huge portion. We actually shared the bowl and it was so delicious. I love Black Cod and if it's on the menu I will order it. I discovered the dish at Nobu and while it costs a whopping £42 there, it only costs £18.50 at Inamo while tasting just as good.



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Planning my trip to San Francisco with Amadeus.net



My friend starts studying in San Francisco this September and as I have never been to San Francisco I would like to visit her for a week in December. I am slightly flexible with my travel dates but would prefer to fly a week over Christmas, leaving London on the 20th of December and returning on the 27th of December. I am guessing that flights over Christmas will be rather expensive and have chosen Amadeus.net to find the cheapest and most convenient flights for me. Amadeus.net is a great alternative to the usual travel search engines and I would like to tell you a bit more about the website while planning my trip to San Francisco.


Instead of searching for different outbound and inbound airports I can just type 'Fly from London to San Francisco leave 20 Dec return 27 Dec' and Amadeus.net does everything else for me. How easy is that? It will then take me to the next page with the flight results.


While common travel search engines would show me the cheapest flight first, Amadeus.net actually shows me the most convenient flight that doesn't cost much more than the lowest priced flight. This is a great plus, in this case the cheapest flight from London to San Francisco costs £814 but both flights have a stop and are not direct. I prefer direct flights and I am happy to pay extra for this. Of course Amadeus.net has a filter, I set it to non-stop flights and my airline of choice is Virgin Atlantic, as I am a Flying Club member and collect miles and tier points for this route. The cheapest direct flight with Virgin Atlantic comes out at £962, not significantly pricier than the cheapest option. I can now add my chosen flight to my travel plan, which I unsurpringly name San Francisco.


I can add different links to the website, for example, museums I want to visit or restaurants I want to dine at as well as the hotel I want to stay at. This is especially fantastic for me, because until now I always ended up saving links and details of my trips on Evernote and while that was okay, the options on Amadeus.net are so much better. Should you try the website out, don't forget to make your plans public if you like and share it with your friends and family.


Amadeus.net is not a transactional site, meaning you cannot purchase anything directly from the site. I am a frequent traveller and always used known travel search engines to find the cheapest and most convenient flights for me, but I have never booked a flight directly through the website. Instead, I usually book the flights directly over the airline's website, hence why I don't see it as a problem, that I cannot book flights directly through the Amadeus.net site. However, when selecting the flights, a tab opens up showing you different prices and a button to click on to get to the airlines and travel agents' websites.

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The website is still in an intermediate phase, and while it is already great, I am sure that even greater things will come from this website. Have a look for yourself, plan a trip and don't forget to change it. What do you think of the website? All your comments will be highly appreciated.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Mirabilia Organic Olive Leaf Tea


Who doesn't love tea? I start my mornings with peppermint tea, followed by many more cups throughout the day. Until now I always stuck to a few different ones, but was excited when the people behind the Mirabilia tea asked me to review their product.

Mirabilia is an organic tea made of olive leaves. Olive leaf tea is unique, it is mellow and soft with a multitude of health benefits. It is a great alternative to black tea. The tea is made from organic green olive leaves and they are quickly dried to maintain their health enhancing properties. The leaves are handpicked from olive groves in Abruzzo, known as the Green Heart of Italy. It is said to contain more antioxidants and Vitamin C than green tea; We all know the health benefits of green tea, don't we? The tea is also free from caffeine or tannin and can be enjoyed by the whole family.


One pinch of olive leaf tea will provide at least two cups of tea. I covered the bottom of a teapot and added just boiled water. The Olive leaf tea needs to be steeped a bit longer than normal tea to obtain the optimum flavour. It is recommended to let your tea brew your about five minutes for maximum enjoyment.

I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about drinking olive leaf tea at the beginning. However, it tastes amazing. I actually like to drink it cold with a bit of lemon, of course it tastes hot with a lemon great as well.

Mirabilia Olive Leaf Tea can be ordered on their website. Get your >>Olive Leaf Tea here<< . A 30g bag costs £4.69. Have you ever tried olive leaf tea? What did you think? Feel free to leave your comment in the box below!

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