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My Top 10 Inspirational Travel Photographs

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Inch Beach, Ireland

Inch Beach, Ireland

Parliament Buildings & Big Ben, London, England

Parliament Buildings & Big Ben, London, England

Paris, France

Paris, France

York, England

York, England

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

Outside Notre Dame, Paris, France

Outside Notre Dame, Paris, France

Beside Westminister Abbey, London, England

Beside Westminister Abbey, London, England

Carrick-A-Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Carrick-A-Rope Bridge, Northern Ireland

Comment below letting me know what your favourite photograph was! ūüôā

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Visiting Camden Market in London, England

906870_10152742301495032_1409696893_oIn my most recent trip to London, I went to the Camden Markets three times.
It’s one of my most favourite places to go, and not just to shop, but to walk around.

I would have to say that it is one of London’s hidden gems for tourists. Even the majority of my British friends had never visited, which I was totally shocked by. The Camden market in Camden Town is definitely a highlight for anyone visiting London, England.

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

SHOPPING. EATING. ANTIQUES. PEOPLE WATCH. INDULGE. WALK AROUND. (In a nut shell)

You could literally spend a whole day at the markets in Camden Town; from vintage clothing, to¬†unique¬†antiques, beautiful¬†jewellery, delicious food, and¬†everything¬†in between at reasonable (often cheap) prices.¬†Need a new dress for summer? Camden has it. Need neon clothes to go raving? Camden has it. Want to indulge in delicious homemade sweets? Camden has it. Don’t know what to buy? I’m sure you’ll find something at the Camden market.

You really has to see for yourself how amazing Camden Town is. Take a friend or your family, and you’re bound to have an amazing day walking around. It really is a great day out in London, for tourists & locals.

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HOW DO I GET THERE?

Camden is in Zone 2 and I would suggest that you not drive here, but either take the Tube or Bus, due to the congestion and limited parking spots. You can get to the Camden Market by getting off at the Camden Town Tube Station on the Northern Line (Black).

In terms of using bus transportation,  you can get to Camden Town by taking the following buses at:

Kings Cross Station: 214
Liverpool Street: 214
Euston Station: 168, 253
Victoria Station: 24
Leicester Square: 24, 29
Trafalgar Square: 24, 29
Oxford Street: 274
Marble Arch: 274
London Planetarium: 27
Tate Gallery: 88
Clapham Common: 88
Elephant & Castle: 168
Notting Hill Gate & Portobello Road: 27, 31

It gets extremely busy at the Camden markets, more so on sunny days or weekends, so be aware that it is a crowded area. BUT DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM GOING! My mother, who is very¬†claustrophobic, managed to have an amazing time at the markets. She even said it was her “favourite thing to do in London”. Apparently visiting me wasn’t her favourite thing ¬†coming to London… Thanks mom.

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If you are on a budget (like me), I always suggest taking a walk down the Camden Lock Village Market, where you can find an assortment of ethnic and savoury dishes for £4. From Thai, to Japanese, to Mexican, to Indian, this area near the water has a variety of choices to have a nice lunch at a reasonable price.903182_10152740142405032_1689839211_o

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921490_10152742300985032_1459761354_oIf you are with your family, or want to go to a¬†restaurant¬†near by, I would highly recommend checking out Fogg’s for some delicious British cuisine and amazing burgers + chips (fries) under ¬£10. I took my mother and grandfather here and they really enjoyed the food and service. It’s located on the main street of the camden market and shops.

Check out the menu for the restaurant here: http://www.foggsrestaurant.co.uk/
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P.s. Stop by Mimi’s Cupcakes in the Camden Market for one of the best cupcakes you’ll ever have! For¬†¬£1 you can get a mini cupcake of any flavour! They have some of the most delicious flavours like Oreo, Bubblegum, Chocolate Fudge and Wild Berries (my fav). And no, I wasn’t paid to promote this shop; they just have the best darn cupcakes I have ever had and feel the need to share it with those who visit the Camden Markets!

Have you been to the Camden Market? Do you plan on visiting?
What’s your favourite place to shop or eat in Camden Town?
Comment down below because I’ve very interested in knowing your time in Camden!

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Top 10 (FREE) Attractions To See In LONDON, ENGLAND


Transportation costs to London can be quite pricey (Especially if you are coming from North America, like me), however, once you get to London, there are A LOT of things, places, and events to see for FREE! That’s right! FREE! The list contains a variety of¬†attractions¬†from museums to shopping areas, and from historical buildings to beautiful, royal parks. One may say that the following attractions are “priceless”, because indeed, they are…

1) BIG BEN

Probably the most photogenic and overly photographed site in London, Big Ben represents the worldly iconic symbol of England and is a marvellous structure to see; along side the parliament buildings as well. Capture the building itself from across the river or on the Westminister Bridge.

2) Abby Road

Iconic for being The Beatles¬†sleeve for their 11th studio album, Abby Road is a popular tourist attraction for many (not just for any Beatles fan). Gather 3 of your friends and head to Abby Road to capture a photo of you four crossing Abby Road that will probably be your most “liked” Facebook profile picture. P.s. Click ‘Abby Road’ above to check out a live broadcast of people crossing the iconic Road.

3) Hyde Park

No matter the season, this beautiful, royal park will be that relaxing and¬†tranquil¬†moment you’ve been waiting for after such a stressful, yet exciting day of travelling in unknown territory.

4) Princess Diana Memorial Walk / Fountain

I have yet to visit this tourist site, but I know it’s beautiful and 100% free. It’s not far from Buckingham Palace, and so, if you are in the area, make sure you check out the memorial for Princess Diana.

5) Camden Market

Now the fourth¬†most popular tourist attraction in London, Camden Market¬†specializes in alternative fashion, vintage, emerging designers, and funky clothing stores, as well as unique items. It’s also a great place for people watching… if you’re into that sort of thing.

6) Harrods

It’s extremely pricey to physically buy something at Harrod’s, but to actually visit and be amazed by this humungous department store is free. Just don’t fall into temptations, especially if you’re obsessed with buying shoes; you may just walk out ¬£3000 in debt. yeah… ¬£3000 for a pair of shoes, or maybe just one shoe? Check out my vlog below to witness this pair of shoes at Harrods!

7) Trafalgar Square

This square is¬†absolutely¬†beautiful and in the heart of London.¬†This iconic attraction has many sights to see including the National Gallery (see below) and Nelson’s Column.¬†It is both a tourist attraction and the main focus for political demonstrations.

8) National Gallery

The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square and has more than 2,000 works on display from 1260 onwards. All of the great names in art history can be found here, including Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Titian, Turner, Monet, Da Vinci and Van Gogh. The cost is free and it is an absolute MUST-SEE in my opinion.

9) Westminister Abby

Unfortunatly, Westminister Abby relies on admission fees from visitors to cover running costs. However! You may see the inside of the Abby for FREE for those who want to worship. The abby never charges those who want to pray or worship inside; so keep this in mind if you want to avoid paying the £16.

10) British Museum

Depending on the time you visit London, the British Museum often have free exhibitions and displays that you have to book ahead of time to see. If you visit London during a free exhibition and display event, then definitely check out the British Museum; other then specific times, unfortunately, it does cost money to visit the museum.

CHECK OUT MY YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LONDON, ENGLAND (CLICK HERE)

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Check Out My Travel Videos!

What have I been up to this¬†glorious¬†October week?¬†Well…

I started to study… wait, what? Yeah, that’s right! I actually go to school!
I’ve realized that after all the vast amounts of trips that I have embarked on… I NEED TO GET TO WORK! The non-existing¬†pile of schoolwork has grown into has grown into this grotesque heap of essays and readings. Ew.

Besides actually doing work, I’ve been planning my christmas vacations and various other travels, which I will be keeping a secret for now… That’s a secret I’ll never tell! x

ALSO! I’ve finally edited my videos for my youtube channel, in which I will upload “vlogs” of my travels and for my family and friends to see what I’m seeing, and for them to live¬†vicariously¬†through me, if they wanted too.

So, if you would like to check out my videos on where I am, and what I’m doing in London, Oktoberfest, and Scotland: Check out my channel here!

INTRO VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD4d5R5Ayz4
LONDON DAY 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJPtGRovY-0&feature=plcp
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ONDON DAY 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15P3kW_Q4io&feature=youtu.be&a

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Next Stop: London, England

Where Do I Begin.. to express my love and amazing trip to London, England…

Bloody hell.

IT WAS AH-MAZING. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE; SO MUCH TO DO.

I plan to go back very soon.

In the meantime, I will share with you my itinerary of all the things I did in the 3 days I was in London.

DAY ONE

  • Read about it here

DAY TWO

  • After a crazy night out in London with Joey and Danielle, we woke up a tad late in the day (partially due to going to bed at 4am, but also because of jet lag). Danielle’s auntie decided to help Joey and I plan our day out with a partial hand-made map of london with all the key locations, historical sites, as well as suggestions for little shops/restaurants along the way there.
  • We began our journey through the beautiful paths of Hyde Park. Did I mention how beautiful it was? Because it was; I couldn’t manage how stunning and¬†gorgeous¬†it would be throughout the change of seasons. Those who walk through it daily are some very lucky chaps.
  • Joey and I got sidetracked on our way to Buckingham Palace as a huge parade for the ending of the Paralympics was in the midst of beginning. The parade was being held right in front of Buckingham Palace, so we never got to see our first iconic English building on our¬†adventurous¬†journey through the busy streets of London. Even the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk was blocked off for the parade. Sad face.
  • As we¬†squeezed¬†through the massive and excited crowds, we managed to get to one of the most historical and significant icons of London; Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings.
  • Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings are a sight to see. You get the best view from the¬†Westminster¬†Bridge, which is where the photo of me on the right was taken. The architecture and building itself was¬†magnificent. A real sight to see.
  • In the central area where Big Ben and the Parliament Buildings are located is the¬†Westminster¬†Abby, as well as various other historical buildings. To get into any building costs money, in some cases, about 16 pounds (25 CAD) to 25 pounds (40 CAD). We decided to choose the cheaper route and take pictures from outside the building and move on.¬†
  • We decided to buy a ticket to go on the London Eye, which was well worth the pounds. For those who don’t know what the London Eye is, basically, it looks like a giant ferris wheel that slowly takes you up to a height where you can see an incredible view of London. I would recommend it to anyone to go on “The Eye”, basically the view is just¬†phenomenal.
  • Afterwards, we decided to be very North American and grabbed some Starbucks and use the wi-fi to message Danielle, letting her know where we were, as well as upload pictures and message others (with out iPhones, since I still wasn’t on a british network at the time and wasn’t paying for international charges)
  • On our way back to Danielle’s aunties place, we decided to check out Covent Garden market, which was really cool. Lots of little shops, flea markets, live music playing, street performers and the roads reminded me of Old Montreal.
  • On our detour back home, we came across¬†Trafalgar Square, which was really beautiful and extremely busy. That is where the National Art Gallery is located, however, by the time we got here, there wasn’t much time left in the day. I plan to go back to this Art gallery as it is free and showcase lots of amazing works of art; another day, another time.
  • As the parade for the¬†paralympics began to die down, Joey and I managed to catch a peak at Buckingham palace, as well as managed to take a picture with one of the Queen’s guards.
  • We managed to get back right before night began to fall and had a lovely Indian dinner. This was our last night in London, and an early one, seeing as how Joey and I would be catching an early bus from London to Leeds; where I will be living for the next 10 months.
  • But that journey to Leeds is another story.
  • Click here for my journey to Leeds.

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I was extremely happy that Joey and I were able to fly to London two days early as had been expected and stay at my friend’s aunties place in order to experience London for the first time. I was extremely grateful for my stay and will¬†definitely¬†be coming back to London very soon. x

~Ryan

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