February 25, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Wales

Portmeirion, North Wales


We spent about a week of our vacation touring around Wales. I have been here a few times now, mostly to visit family. Every time I come back I fall a bit more in love with this beautiful country.

Do you have a favourite spot that you would recommend?

February 20, 2015

A day exploring the delights of Marylebone, London

Today I am excited to have Lucy take over the blog. Originally from London she is here to talk about one of her favourite places. All the more reason I should plan another trip.

Hey there, I am Lucy from Lulabelle Lifestyle and it is so great to be guest posting on The Way I Wanderlust sharing some of my Travel tips and experiences with you. I know Kayleigh spoils you with her adventures so I hope I can live up to the challenge and show you a side of London you may not have visited before.

 Just a bit of short and sweet background info for you about me; I am a brit living in Singapore who moved from London two years ago in search of sunshine and fun living on the other side of the world for a short while. Prior to moving to Singapore’s sunny shores I lived in London for a number of years and got to know my capital city very well. London never looks better than on a crisp sunny day when you can wrap up warm and wander the endless streets soaking up the history that surrounds you at every turn.



As Mayfair’s lesser-known neighbor, Marylebone is home to some hidden gems you won’t find on all of the typical tourist trails despite it being a stones throw from Oxford Street. And after working in the heart of Marylebone for 3 years I want to share my guide to getting the best out of this neighbourhood.

This affluent area is situated just north of Oxford Street and south of Marylebone Road and consists of many specialist stores, upmarket eateries and some good old English pubs.
Here is my itinerary for hitting all the highlights in Marylebone:



Start your day by heading for breakfast at the quintessentially English and family run Paul Rothe & Son delicatessen on Marylebone Lane. They do the BEST bacon sandwiches here along with some delicious home made English food at its best...think hearty soups and sandwiches on thick bloomer bread. Delish.

Then wander north along Marylebone Lane until you hit Marylebone High Street. Here you will find fashion, beauty and homeware boutiques without the hoards of tourists that you will find in Soho and on Oxford Street. Have a browse and pop into one of the English pubs along here for a pit stop too if you fancy.



After getting your morning retail fix head southwards to Manchester Square, here you will find The Wallace Collection, a national museum situated within a historic London town house. This museum is home to a large collection of French 18th Century art with some Old Master paintings to peruse. Free admission and open from 10am-5pm daily, you can also enjoy a luxurious lunch in their courtyard restaurantwhere you can indulge in French cuisine to complement the French art you have been admiring.

After lunch and browsing the 25 galleries inside the museum, I would suggest heading for an afternoon pick me up coffee at the newly opened outlet of Workshop Coffee aptly called the ‘Marylebone Coffee bar. This artisan coffee house is now situated in St Christopher’s Place a short walk so uth from Manchester Square, where you will be sure to enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in London. For real.



With the caffeine making its way through your body you will be ready to tackle some more of the boutiques which line St Christopher’s Place and the neighbouring James Street. If you really want a shopping extravaganza then wander around the corner onto Oxford Street to visit Selfridges, here you can quite literally shop un til you drop before heading to their champagne bar or Le Chalet to perk you up before dinner.

This brings me onto dinner plans (more food); there are a number of restaurants, which line both St Christopher’s Place and James Street, all of which are pretty good and very reasonably priced for London. The ones that I have tried and I really liked are Cocochan for pan-Asian cuisine, Chaopraya for Thai and Made in Italy for their metre long pizzas. After dinner stroll down Oxford Street towards the nearest underground station or taxi rank to head back home to put your weary feet up!

And there you have your guide to the perfect day spent exploring Marylebone, giving you a taste of both new and old in the heart of London.

Thanks so much for having me Kayleigh, I hope you enjoyed this post and are planning your trips to London this instance! If you want to get in touch then please feel free to message me at lulabellelifestyle@gmail.com or you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more Lulabelle Lifestyle updates. 

February 19, 2015

Oxford, England

As I fell in love with the world and characters Deborah Harkness created in her novel, The book of life, I knew someday I would make the trip to Oxford to see the world from her pages come alive.
As I delved deeper into the story I started to imagine what it would be like to attend All Souls College, or walk between the stacks in the Bodelain Library feeling the old leather beneath my fingertips.



The further we walked and the more we discovered I couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to be a student here. To spend my days attending lectures and hours reading the library. Making new friends and trying out every pub until I found my new favourite.



Each part of the city has something different to offer. Paths along the canal lead to quaint cafes and pubs. Touristy shops filled with trinkets and souvenirs are mixed in with bookstores and historical landmarks. The buildings towered over us on either side making it hard to fit everything in to one picture. I imagine the view from above is amazing.



As we wandered down the side lanes trying to figure out exactly where we were, we ran across the most curious sign claiming to lead the way to the oldest known pub in Oxford.

True to its name the building looked like it was barely holding on. Jason had to hunch as we entered the ceiling were so low, it even made me feel slightly clostraphobic. I completely forgot to write down the name of this pub to share with you. Should anyone know which one I am talking about please leave a comment.


As the evening drew to an end, the sun drenched the old stone in rich honey tones.  My skin tinged red from way to much sun, it was time to find a local pub to rest our feet and enjoy a much deserved drink. I ordered a jug of Pimms, my all time favourite drink which seems to be pretty hard to find in Canada.

February 18, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan


I have never been to Japan, in fact I have yet to travel anywhere in Asia. Eventually when I do make it to this side of the world I would love to go to the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. I have read many blog posts about this particular place and it looks amazing.

February 17, 2015

Sunsets and koala bears


Hello lovlies,

Today I am over at lulabelle lifestyle talking about one of my favourite places in Australia, Magnetic Island. We had so much fun while we were there and I could have spent much longer then a week playing with all the animals, relaxing on the beach and searching for seashells.

Head on over to read the full post and also check out Lucy's adorable blog. She currently lives in Singapore and writes about her travels and expat life.

February 12, 2015

Worcester England

Although we prefer not to make any set plans while we travel, I still had family and friends that I wanted to catch up with and make the most of our trip. Our first destination was to be Worcester. My aunt and uncle had graciously offered to host us during our stay and show us around the Midlands.


Sheltered by the Malvern hills Worcester seems to miss most of the rainy weather that England is so famous for. Clear blue sunny skies made it perfect for wandering around the canals, feeding the ducks and enjoying the patios of several small town pubs.

Although Worcester is on the smaller side for a city it still boosts some amazing sites. Worcester was the home of the Royal Worcester Porcelin, its also the location of the Lea and Perrins factory where my beloved Worcestershire sauce is made.


The above picture was taken in the oldest part of Worcester, slightly tilting but still standing and considered sturdy. Not so sure about that.


This carving was created out of a massive stump that sat in the middle of the park. Talk about talent.

The cathedral here is one of my favourites. Can you believe I was so taken by its beauty I totally forgot to take pictures while touring the inside. We seemed to have luck on our side as even the crypt was open that day, talk about feeling ghosts around you.


 Have you ever been to Worcester? What was your favourite part.


February 11, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Eiffel tower

Eiffel tower


A little something special for all the romantics out there. It just wouldn't be a trip to Paris without the Eiffel tower.



February 5, 2015

Our UK adventure


I have left pieces of myself in many different places all over the world and I'm sure I will continue doing so as I have many places still to check off my bucket list. The UK will always be one of the few places that truly feels like home. It has been over four years since my last visit, way to long. The longing for this amazing country has always been there and it finally became so strong that I promised myself regardless of whatever happened this year I was making the trip.

The moment I spot the fog drenched landscape around Gatwick airport and the lady at the customs booth welcomes me to this beautiful country, I know once again that I have made it home. The feeling that washes over me is indescribable. Giddy with excitement I can't wait to show Jason where I grew up, family and friends that I have longed to hug, and of course eat endless amounts of fish and chips.

We have three and a half weeks to explore and I intend to make the most of each and every moment. We chose to arrive with nothing planned other then the people we would be catching up with. Of course I have a long list of places that I would love to see but I prefer to just go with the flow and see where it takes me. I have always travelled this way and I find it is what suits me best.

Do you plan out your travels before you leave or do you like to explore day to day?

February 4, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Iceland


If I was heading to Iceland for vacation something that would be on the top of my list would be a tour to see the puffins. How cute are they.

February 3, 2015

Nourish


I'm a big fan of picking just one word to focus on each year. My word for 2014 was contentment. I knew that I would have to work had at this and my daily yoga practice certainly guided me in the right direction. Although I didn't always appreciate everything in my life I feel like having that word as a constant reminder kept me grounded.

This year it was easy for me. My word came to me immediately, NOURISH. Its absolutely perfect for everything that I want to work on/towards this year.

"Nourish - to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth"

Not only will nourish help remind me to eat healthy and be good to my body, it can also be used when considering career opportunities and cultivating meaningful relationships with the people around me.

I think this word will help me make good decisions, all I have to ask myself is will this nourish me. I'm excited to see where 2015 takes me.

Have you picked your word yet?




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