Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I have looked forward to coming back here for so long and in our first two days of wandering it certainly hasn't let me down
Moving in to our own place tomorrow in West Village (went for a sneaky peak at it today), so we can live like real Manhattanites and eat lots of pop tarts and captain crunch. Pics to come!
Hopefully I may run into a couple of celebs in the area (comeon Miranda and Orlando, i know youre here somewhere!)
And gearing myself up for some serious shopping- theres just so much i dont know where to start!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Anyone in my family will tell you that I am the worst at bartering...and I will freely admit it is not my strong suit. While normally stubborn as a mule, when it comes to buying goods without a fixed price I get all nervous, stumble over my words and usually give up, offering more than I had originally planned.
Even though it is common practice and expected in countries like Bali and Morocco, the thought of undervaluing and offending a merchant scares me- though theyre most likely to rip me off in the end anyway.
So arriving in Istanbul meant I had to pull up my socks and stick on some balls so I could go home with a special something.
Of course my ring obsession over took me and as soon as I spotted these 3-stone beauties I knew I’d regret leaving without one.
Jonno’s advice is always to go in and offer your best price, never budging, and if they don’t like it they can get stuffed. Well that didn’t work with the first shop keeper.
In the end I picked out the ring above, for a little more than I’d hoped but am completely happy with my choice.
We have one more day in the city after our coastal adventure to Olympos and I am going to give it a go again...more rings of course (and maybe a sneaky bracelet!)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
After a couple of days in Paris I very quickly learnt that one of the Parisians favourite things to do is to pack a picnic and head to one of the many beautiful gardens scattered around town.
So on our final day (and after days of amazing weather), we- myself, Jonno and my cousin and gracious host Jan- decided to pack ourselves a very French picnic and cycle down to the Luxemburg Gardens.
With a selection of cheeses, cold meats, salad, a crisp bottle of wine and some delectable macaroons we headed out, hopped on our bikes...and then of course, it rained. No, not rained, poured.
After a quick stop off in a coffee shop we snaked our way to the Louvre and decided to perch there with our picnic.
We lasted there longer than expected before security very nicely asked us to move on (after a photo of course).
At 3.30pm after four tries we finally plopped down under the rotunda in the magnificent gardens and did as the Parisians do.