Cruisin’

In a couple of hours I will be on a plane to Stockholm, Sweden to begin my Baltic cruise. I don’t know how good my internet access will be but hopefully I will be able to update as regularly as possible.

I’ve been having bread and bread for breakfast every morning here at the hotel because that is the only thing included on our American Express package…. I never thought I would say this but I actually am growing to fear the likes of a slice of toast. Too many carbohydrates. I cant wait to eat fruit again! My god!

See ya on the high seas

Francois the Waiter: A Love Affair

Thanks to American Express, my mom and I get a free breakfast every morning at the Dorchester Hotel here in London, which, may I add, is an amazing deal because the bill comes out to about £51 which in US dollars is about $91. A price that is absolutely ridiculous for 2 croissants, coffee, and juice. Nonetheless, what makes the rest of the price completely worth it is our waiter, whose presence we are graced with each morning..

Francois, or so I have named him, because I am way too chicken to ask his name, is our young French server from Nice who smiles at me from across the room..I have fallen completely in love and I don’t even know his name! What is with me and european men, I am dying. I think at the end of my stay at this hotel I am going to leave him with some contact info so when I get back to London on the 30th I can see him again..

This is a totally irrational obsession, but he is a gorgeous Frenchmen, what do you want me to do? Today he waved good morning to me and forgot to pay attention to another server walking toward him with a huge tray of stuff, they ran into eachother bc he was looking my way and the server dropped everything. This is love folks.

Haha! Anyway, we went to Indian food last night which was absolutely delish. Though, my mom wanted to go to an upscale place (one Michelin star) while I would have been totally content at a hole in the wall Curry House. I guess I’ll have to reserve that for another time. We also saw Westminister Abbey, the burial place of celebrities such as Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Mary Shelley, David Livingstone, Lewis Carroll, etc.

OK, that’s all for now, I need to take a cold shower before I start thinking about my french lover again.

Au Revior!

Eye See London, and Stones

Thank God for free internet access at this hotel or I would be totally out of my element.
OK so, a bit of updates to be had here, in the past few days mom and I have been all over England it seems. Though one of the downfalls of being an only child is that I have almost zero alone time and I feel myself slipping in and out of sanity….no bother I suppose. How can I complain I am in one of the most amazing metropolises in the world.

Yesterday we went to the London Eye, the big ferris wheel built on the other side of Big Ben to boost tourism here in london. Though I have never been afraid of heights in my life, for some reason the ride had me feeling a little uneasy, perhaps its the fact that each little ‘eye pod’ is connected on the outside of the wheel and it was just inexplicably creep0la.

Forced Smiles on the London Eye
Forced Smiles on the London Eye
Eye Pod
Eye Pod
What's up ben?
What's up ben?

After our visit to the London Eye, I was feeling completely delerious and had to get away from my mom for a hot minute. As I’m sure you can understand, 24/7 with 1 parents solo is a little intense, especially because I am known to be a tad hot tempered and as i’m sure you can imagine it gets a little intense… So after a healthy fight I was able to have a change to break off and explore the city by myself for an hour, ipod in hand, and open minded. I even caught the changing of the guard over at Buckingham Palace, a truly glorious sight.

Buckingham Palace CHanging of the guard
Buckingham Palace CHanging of the guard

The crowd was a little hectic but it was interesting to be in such an international crowd, somethin I would have never experienced while in Irvine.

We also hit up the Absolut Ice bar, an essential while here in London. The bar is kept at a cool 20 F in order to keep everything (that is made out of ice) including cups, the bar, and…the bartenders, completely frozen. It costs 12£ to get in but that includes your first beverage. I must admit its  a little overpriced but again, this is the price of tourism..

Absolut Ice Bar
Absolut Ice Bar
Another Ice Bar shot
Another Ice Bar shot

Oh god, as I am typing this my mother is screaming at me because I didn’t properly explain to her how to upload photos on facebook. fuckkkk my life. I cant wait until september 19th when I return to my native Italia!!

OK ok i need to move on with my travels, we went on a 9hr bus tour with a bunch of Obese americans to Windsor Castle, the city of Bath (home of Jane Austen, and the famous Roman bath houses, and of course Stonehenge) Here are some photos from the days tour.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
Changing of the Guard at Windsor CAstle
Changing of the Guard at Windsor CAstle
Roman Baths in the City of Bath
Roman Baths in the City of Bath

To be honest, I was very excited to see Stonehenge, and my expectations were not disappointed. For some reason I have an intense and irrational fasication with unexplainable monuments of prehistory. I had a minor aneursym seeing this magnificent site… I mean, how could you not be overwhelmed by its awesome ness?? The unexpected part was that it really is located in the middle of nowhere, about a 3 hour bus ride from London. Because we came in off-season there were barely any tourists either, which made the experience all the more magical

THE Stonehenge
THE Stonehenge

Grassroots 021Ok, that’s about all for now. We are in London until friday Sept 5th and then off to Stockholm, Sweden to begin a new adventure. I dont know how good my internet access will be once I leave London but I will try my best. Nonetheless, I have been takin a shit load of photos and plan to upload them all once I return home.
Miss you and love you all

Until next time…..!