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10 Tips For Doing Disneyland Paris With A Baby

25th May 2018
Disneyland Paris Illuminations, the castle has stars projected on it and blue fireworks go off behind.

If -like me- you’re a grown adult who loves Disneyland, you might be wondering exactly how soon is too soon to take your new baby to the happiest place on Earth. On the one hand, they’re not going to remember it … But on the other, you’ve spent the past few months sleep deprived and feeding a small thing every few hours. So the thought of strapping a pair of ears to your head and being the child again is quite appealing. It’s also quite a safe first holiday, given the Disney parks are geared up for families and Paris is a short flight away. Due to a last minute change of plan, I had to arrange Disneyland Paris with a baby in mind pretty quickly. And so I thought I’d share what I learned through organising our recent holiday.

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Our Anniversary Weekend In Iceland

22nd May 2017
anniversary meal

A few weeks back we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been a year already, although in some respects it feels like ages ago that we were stood by that glacier and worrying about transporting our cake. After all in the year that’s passed, we’ve been to the top of the World, on five other trips, completely renovated our house (whilst living in it, hashtag never again), bought home Hekla the British Shorthair and are now expecting a new arrival of the non-furry variety. It’s been quite a year!

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Lanzarote Photo Diary

25th March 2017
lanzarote

For my husband’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a bit of Winter sun. I can’t believe I managed to keep it a secret! When he finally learned we were going to Lanzarote he was really excited. We scarcely go to sunny destinations and are notoriously bad at ‘relaxing’ when on holiday, so this was a very different kind of holiday for us.

In the interest of totally switching off, I took a week away from the internet and didn’t bring my camera. The challenge of taking photos with just my iPhone (and GoPro, I know it’s water resistant but I didn’t fancy testing it that much!) was quite fun and I enjoyed not lugging all my camera stuff along with me.

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Finnish Lapland

21st January 2017

This is a weird post to write. Looking back at my photos it looks like Finnish Lapland is as magical a place to visit as any other I post about, but my experience was overall a negative one. I wouldn’t dream of writing a post slating a country or area, or even type of holiday as it’s very subjective and I can’t stress enough that as expected, Finland and more specifically Lapland are absolutely beautiful places. However, the hotels we stayed in -which are World renowned, just this morning I saw it featured on Forbes- completely ruined it and a quick glance at TripAdvisor shows that I’m far from on my own in feeling that way.

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NYE At Disneyland Paris

3rd January 2017

I’m not a big NYE fan. As a rule I tend to stay indoors and maybe watch the London fireworks on TV. Two years ago I went to Reykjavik and watched the fireworks there which was truly epic, as they set off 500 tonnes of fireworks, flares and seemingly anything explosive. Fireworks can only be bought for New Year’s Eve and all the money raised is donated to the Icelandic Search and Rescue.

We loved it so much, the following year we returned but managed to miss the fireworks due to bad weather and delays. Unbeknown to me at the time, this was to become my New Year’s Eve tradition.

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Svalbard

22nd December 2016
polar night

We only stayed in Svalbard for four nights as I knew in the darkness there would be a limited number of things to do and see.

We spent the whole time exploring, often until late at night as the lack of daylight was disorienting. As taking photos in such dark conditions was really difficult, I’ve got nothing more than bad phone snaps from the trip, so I apologise in advance for the bad quality!

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76 Days Of Night – The Svalbard Polar Nights

30th November 2016

I have to reiterate how bad the photos I’ve taken in Svalbard are. I feel frustrated whenever I look at them but in terms of photography I can’t imagine worse conditions, light is afterall pretty essential!

The photo at the top of this post was of the mountain opposite our hotel, whilst I was testing my settings incase the Northern lights decided to show up. It’s one of the only photos I took with my SLR as it was so dark.

As Svalbard is so far North -78° North and the last land stop before the North Pole- during the Polar night the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon at all for several months.