“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” and how appropriate this is to describe 2018 for us. I am pretty sure Charles Dickens was in no way referring to Brexit and loosing jobs, but he was pretty close to that. Don’t worry, this will not be a demotivating post, I am not one to talk about the empty half of the glass. On the contrary, for you and for me, I will do a summary of the best of 2018. The best memories, the best travels, the best cafes and the best oufits.
Even though it was a challenging year for us, looking back now, we actually travelled to the most amazing places: from an exotic one, to a few British beauties and than to the City of Love for our birthdays.
Now this is a place that I wouldn’t have dreamed of travelling to in my wildest dreams. Funny thing is, ever since we went, my dreams became wilder. If you are not a fan of sun, turquoise water and free Pina Coladas, this is not the place for you. I could not recommend this place more, paradise on Earth does exist.
When my parents visited early summer last year, we wanted to show then how a city at the seaside looks. People are calmer, they actually have time to walk their dogs, to look at the flowers in the most beautiful Botanical Garden, they run on the beach…a dream, what can I say? I am wondering how come we still live in London.
Cambridge or Oxford, this is the question? Well, not mine because I studied back in Romania, but we did ask ourselves this question when we wanted to visit the cities. We started with Oxford which actually made me jealous of the life students seem to have here, and we left Cambridge for later…which turned out to be this year (possibly).
Now this is a city that I’ve seen a lot on Instagram stories when (now, Princess) Megan and Prince Harry got married and I was surprised that even after 2 months, people still had their engagement picture in the window. Again, a slower paced city, but looked like 90% of the people on the street are actually tourists.
Southampton – Cruise Ship
Daniela, our photographer and videographer friend has worked on a cruise ship for nearly 2 years now and we only managed to visit her this past summer. Needless to say that we were left speechless at the beauty of the ship. Fun fact, she knows both Paul and I the best out of all our friends, so it was only necessary that she must take our engagement pictures, right?
This trip was another dream come true. A very short one, from Friday until Sunday, but it was our birthday weekend. Both Paul and I were born on the 18th of August, so it was never nicer celebrating my/our birthday. I have never been to Paris before and I came with huge expectations, and guess what: they were fulfilled!
This is another birthday trip. Mom’s 50th this time! We all fell in love with the city and the AirBnb that we had, but not with the wind. London, surprisingly is much, much warmer and we didn’t expect temperatures to drop this much, so it was a bit of a challenge to walk around. All in all, we still had a very good time.
I loved doing this “the best of 2018” and the year seems to look even better summarised. At the end of the day, I choose to remember the good things and in 2 years time, that’s exactly what I will remember anyways. It is so strange how the entire year I felt like I haven’t travelled much, but now seeing all the places I’ve been to, it’s not bad at all.
Can I wish for myself that the new year will bring even more travelling?
Wanderlust and coffee kisses!