London Shopping Haul

The one thing I have learned while traveling, is back packs are handy. Your hands are free and your can fit a lot in a back pack. The down side is, they aren’t ideal for edible souvenirs. I had my camera in my back pack and the movement of my walking, must have been bashing the Harrods chocolate. It was still edible, it just didn’t Harrods perfection. 

I know before I flew with Ryan Air I was worried about the personal item size. The back pack I bought for traveling, is slightly bigger than Ryan Air personal item size. I bought a few things in London, so am going to show you what I bought. It will be a fun way to show, how much you can really fit under the seat (take as your personal item). 

What I bought :

LEGO VIP poly bag *free with over £75 spend
Laduree Macaroons 
Harrods chocolate 


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LEGO Mosaic

Have you ever wondered what you’d look like as LEGO ? If you didn’t know my website before, chances are you’ve probably landed here googling “LEGO Mosaic”. I got my LEGO Mosaic, at Leicester Square Store in London. I thought it would be fun, to share my experience of the LEGO Mosaic.


I headed into the LEGO store and went up stairs. The Mosaic maker is beside the tills. I went to the tills and asked if I could buy the LEGO Mosaic and paid. 


I then went over to the Mosaic Maker. There was no one waiting, so it was nice not feeling rushed or awkward getting my photo. There was a worker watching it. She was really nice and said it takes 3 photos, but she could reset it as many times as I wanted. It’s set the same as a passport machine, except they have a little LEGO figure where the camera is. It looks funny, like the little LEGO man is taking your photo. The first set of photos I done 3 different poses. I didn’t think it looked like “me”. The second set of photos, I was more happier with. The worker offered to reset it again, but I didn’t want to risk it incase I didn’t get as good photo. 


I clicked the photo I liked. It gave me options to filter it. The photo looked different each filter, I clicked on. I opted for the original photo, although am not sure how how LEGO has my face gray and I have a lighter colour forehead ? Haha. Also I have 1 black LEGO on my lip.



It was fun doing the LEGO Mosaic. It’s not something you can do everyday. It costs £99.99 for the LEGO Mosaic. It is expensive for what it is, but I think when it’s something you can’t get somewhere it’s worth the money. 


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1 Day Itinerary | London


The day after visiting Dublin, I headed to London. I hadn’t visited London in a few years. After I found a cheap flight with Ryan Air I decided to be a tourist and head to London. I acted like a tourist and searched “London” on Instagram. I saw on Instagram photos of macaroons at a shop called Laduree, so I knew I wanted to visit there. The LEGO store in London has a photo mosaic. I thought if I go to London, am going to get my LEGO face mosaic haha. I looked on google maps and planned out a route.

The flight was at 06:50, so I got to the airport for 5am. Then I wandered around the airport. I went to Bar Burrito and got a sausage in a roll and a drink. There wasn’t many people with hand luggage suitcases, so I think that helped the plane take of in time. I would say the 07:50am plane, was more a work commute plane. It landed on time and I was booked to get the National Express buss for 08:45. I headed to find the buses and wait for the bus. I choose National Express bus, as I’d used them before. It was my first time traveling to London myself, so I opted to use National Express again. I think I forgot how long the journey is from Stansted to London. It’s safe to say the flight is quicker, than the bus journey. It’s over an hour from Stansted into London. 






I got of the bus at Baker Street, then I made my way to Harrods. It was about half an hour walk, so I headed through Hyde Park acting like a tourist. As I hadn’t been to London in a few years, I used Google maps to find my way to Harrods. Whenever I visited Harrods, I loved getting the chocolate that has Harrods on it as a souvenir. I headed to the food section in Harrods and got some Harrods chocolate. 

After visiting Harrods I headed to Laduree. Laduree is actually part of Harrods, so you can cut through or come in from their own door they have. They had soo many nice colours and flavours. Laduree are expensive macaroons, but it’s not like I can buy them everyday. The nearest store to me online, shows London. I went for the box of 6 for £14. 


On my way to Leicester Square, I decided to play the tourist and stop for a photo outside Buckingham Palace. Am sure I have photos, back when I was 14 standing outside Buckingham Palace haha. When I tried crossing the road one of the Royals went by in a car (Eugenie or Beatrice). 


I found my way to Leicester Square and headed into LEGO Store. I did actually redo my makeup, thinking I better redo my makeup for my photo (not that LEGO could pick up on makeup haha). It was actually quite fun. You get 3 shots, but the worker said she could reset it, as many times as I wanted. I done 6 photos, before I was happy with my photo. The LEGO box is bigger than Ryan Air personal item size, so I was worried about getting it on the plane home. I did have a plan, if it was too big. As there’s 4 small boxes, I planned to take them out and break the box. Lucky it fitted under the seat.


I then headed to the M&M store. I love the M&M store in New York, as they always have different flavours. I was disappointed in the London one. It’s the same ones you can buy in shops, but the colours are separated. They did have a MINI car in store, so I had to get my photo. 



I stopped for Lunch at Shake Shack in Leicester Square. The vanilla milkshakes are the best in Shake Shack. I ordered a hotdog, cheese n chips and a vanilla milkshake. 


I then walked along Oxford Street and Bond Street, before making my way back to catch the bus back to the airport. 

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Ryanair | Edinburgh - London


When you think London, you think London City. Budget airlines fly to Stansted, Luton and Gatwick. You forget that you spend more time getting from the airport to London, than the flight. As I’ve not flew to London in a few years, after finding a cheap flight to Dublin I was curious what the price would be to London now. I found a flight for £22 return with Ryanair, the following day after Dublin. The flight was with Ryan Air, Edinburgh to Stansted. I booked, as a random day trip so I wasn’t paying extra to pick my seat. Again I got allocated a middle seat, both ways. 

The flight was at 06:50, so I got to Edinburgh Airport for 5am. Edinburgh Airport carpark and the Airport itself, was a lot busier than the day before. I ended up getting a breakfast roll at Bar Burrito and wandering around the shops. 

The flight took off and landed on time. On the flight home, I bought things in London and had bags, that was too big to fit in the tester bag box. I had planned if it didn’t fit, to open the Lego box up and break the box up. One of the airport staff shouted over when I was trying to fit it saying “if you bought it at the airport it’s fine”. I said “I didn’t”. He replied “it’s fine you’ll still get on”. I was worried it wasn’t going to fit under the seat, since it didn’t fit in the tester box. The flight was an hour delayed. The over head department, is for priority only and was still open when I got on the plane. The other flights, the over head was closed by the time I got on the plane, so anyone could have easily used the over head. I got on and my bags fitted under the seat (they were bigger, than Ryan Air personal item size). I sat down and the pilot made an accouncement saying “we are short staff tonight”. It made me laugh. It was like they don’t care what they say. 

I’ve seen a lot of bad reviews on Ryanair, but for £22 flight you can’t complain. I think as long as your items fit under the seat, they don’t care. Though it could be the fact, they were short staff haha. 

The photo below is the bags I had, on the flight coming home (bigger than Ryan Air personal bag size) and fitted under the seat. 

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Kilmainham Gaol | Dublin


If am ever looking for ideas, I can always rely on my friend Jasmine to come up with things to do. She’s also my fashion stylist haha. She found the back pack I liked for traveling. When I told Jasmine I booked Dublin, she asked what I had planned. I said no idea, Guinness ? She came back with a list of ideas. One of them was Kilmainham Gaol. If you’ve never heard of “Gaol”, it’s an old jail museum. As I visited Melbourne Gaol, I was interested to see Dublin Gaol. I looked on the website, there was set time slots and some fully booked. I was booked for the Guinness Store House for 11am, so the nearest time slot I could make was 1:45pm. 

Kilmainham Gaol is really strict. There was security on the door. I walked up and showed my booking on my phone. One of the security told me to follow him to a room, where others in the group were waiting. Once everyone in the group arrived we had to stand in a line and show our booking to the tour guide. Before the tour began, you are warned it’s a 1 hour tour. If you need to leave early, they’ll radio for someone to come and walk you back. We went through all the jail sections and got told about all the history. It was like the tour guide was tuned to something. He didn’t have an ear piece or anything on. Every time he gave a story of the history he’d stop and have a moment on silence, then start up again. Sometimes we can forget things, though he done it throughout the whole tour. He just seemed to stop and say “hold on a minute”. It was like someone was feeding him information, then he’d start talking again. The main hall reminded me of Melbourne Gaol. Kilmainham Gaol is interesting to see, if you like Gaols and into history. I personally liked Melbourne Gaol better, you could walk round yourself. Dublin Gaol is a guided tour, you’re in a group at all times. 
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Guinness Store House | Dublin

Dublin is famous for Guinness. So when I was heading to Dublin, I knew I wanted to visit Guinness Store House. The website lets you could book online and save €6.50. It seemed silly to get a cheap flight, only to pay full price on the day to visit Guinness Store House. There was time slots, which I couldn’t understand, as the website talked of “self guided tour”. Personally I prefer self guided tour, to be able to walk around myself. My flight was due to land in Dublin at 09:25. I then looked on Google maps at how long it would take for the airport bus to get from Dublin Airport, to the city centre and the walk from the city centre to Guinness Store House. I took the risk and booked the 11am slot. Thanks to Ryan Air and Google maps, I made it to Guinness Store House at exactly 11am. 


I went to the self checkout, scanned my barcode and got a ticket out. The website stated you get a free Guinness with your ticket. I was messaged my friend  joking to her “where do I get my Guinness, I need it now after that stress”. (The airport bus was going up 1 street, down the next. I didn’t think I’d get there on time). My friend replied are you that stressed haha. 




I don’t think the time slot makes a difference. Although I wouldn’t want to risk being late, incase they didn’t let you in. It was interesting walking round and seeing, how it’s been made through the years. I would say Guinness Store House, is a thing you see once. I can’t imagine going back to see it again, as “I’ve seen it”. I would say it was worth seeing Guinness, because that’s what Dublin is famous for. It costed €18.50 to get in, but you do get a free pint with your ticket. The fun part was pouring the pint. It was actually quite fun pouring a pint. Am not saying I loved my pint, but am not say my I hated my pint of Guinness haha. I did come home with Guinness fudge, which I would say tastes nicer than the drink.
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