I am Ella is a travel and lifestyle blog by Ella Dvornik, voted top 3 in the UK by Uk Blog awards. I feel that there is no better gift in life then the gift of exploration, the hunger for adventure and understanding of the world. I have set off to see the world and most of it I share here.
I have put my reviews on pause, since I have had a baby. You probably noticed most of my posts now are baby oriented. Being a mom is literally the only thing I do at the moment. We did however use my mom this time, to enjoy a trip back to London for 5 days. On this trip I got to stay at two hotels with wonderful views over London. I usually make my posts differently, more like a diary, but for this time i decided to slice the post down in 5 important bits, so you can easily find what you are looking for.
Our room was located on the 7th floor, and to be exact this is the room 761. It is categorised as a suite, meaning that it has a separate lounging area next to the bedroom area. It is more spacious than the standard room and has a higher view. Bedroom has an en suite , and a really epic view going 180 degres. It’s quite something. Super cozy bed was an extra plus.
Having a suite also gives you access to the executive lounge. They serve complimentary chosen drinks and bites to those who use the space. When I went there it was empty, so I took a chance to take a couple of photos. Only thing missing was the music.
In close proximity of the hotel, well just around the corner to be exact, there is a really nice pub. We grabbed a couple of beers there before crossing the road to try some Brew Dog. For those who are not big drinkers, only 5 minute walk away from the hotel is the Westfield shopping centre, where you can eat and drink and shop till you drop. Shepards bush is a great location for those who are coming to be touristic. It is not slap in the centre, but for that reason it is more cozy and offers different perspective. You are in central neighbourhoods only a couple of tube stops away.
Dorsett in Shepard’s bush is quite architecturally pleasant from the inside. The open space above the bar is definitely one to call for a selfie. Warm brownish, gold and grey tones leave a nice sense of calmness.
Breakfast area is very nice, offer on the buffet table is quite predictable for a breakfast, they also serve some dishes a la carte. My room had breakfast included, but usually you do’t get it by default.
Hotel also has a gym, not big but smells like it has not been used yet.
5. OVERALL EXPERIENCE AND THOUGHTS
I really loved the location of the hotel. Because it was a bit further out the rooms were a bit bigger. There were many things in close proximity, and it wasn’t crowded with tourists. The staff was polite and helpful and rooms were cleaned on time. I would suggest this hotel, to those who have maybe already been to London, and are not obsessed with seeing all the tourist attractions. Hotel is near to all of them, but it will be a great choice for someone doing business, or just coming in to have a chilled week with no stress.
Last week my work took me to Trieste. I was actually supposed to be super pregnant at this event, but since I gave birth earlier, I managed to show up 2 weeks after giving birth to come and check out this cruise ship.
We drove to Trieste from Zagreb, for the ceremony. This ship will be leaving Trieste and travel 20 days to Miami, from where it will cruise the Caribbean.
I won’t be making that trip, but I was curious to see who goes there, and what there is inside. And you will be just as impressed as I was.
A shuttle bus took us from parking to the ship. The process of getting through is really similar to going on an aeroplane, but much quicker, as people board the ship throughout the day and not at the same time. The ship is to say at least enormous. We were joking it is as big as 2 neighbourhoods in our city. It takes 5000 passengers and 2800 crew members. That’s almost 8000 people aboard one ship. It’s a floating city.
Getting inside is quite scary. Some people know where to go immediately but for most of us newbs, it was a slow process. A couple of hours in, and you get the hang of it. The ship is so big some people say you don’t get to see everything in 7 days in amongst stopping and sightseeing. I was curious to find the lobby and see what sort of entertainment there is.
We were greeted by a guide and she took us across 2 floors. The tour of 2 floors took almost 2 hours, and there is 17 of them! So you imagine how long it takes to look at the whole thing, and we didn’t even get to go inside of any shops, we just walked through.
Everything is sparkling, dazzling, big, shiny and bright. It’s like Christmas on water. Your eyes keep going left and right and you have trouble focusing on one thing.
What I was most curious about were the cabins. There are cabins with inside windows, with balconies and there are a couple suites for bigger families in the yacht club. But other than that most rooms are up to the same standard so you don’t get many class of rooms like you would in a hotel. I got to check out the cabin with the balcony, and it was really decent in size. For example, most London hotel rooms are this size if you don’t go all Royal Family on them.
The whole ship is just very impressive. Outside decks are lovely, and I can only imagine how lovely the views and sunsets are when the ship is afloat. We didn’t have very nice weather that day, but I would really love to experience just sitting outside sipping on a cocktail somewhere in the Caribbean sea.
There are interactive screens across the ship which saves the paper, and it’s much easier to use than a map. An app is also available to download. You can book excursions or restaurants directly from the screen by scanning your bracelet on the scanner. It is a very nice modern touch, and a very well thought out piece of technology. Every time you stop in the city, it shows you available tours or things to do from which you can then choose from. You can pretty much find anything, from shop locations to city guides.
On the Ship, somewhere amongst the endless floors, hallways and corridors, there is a middle section with all the bars. One of them is this luxurious chocolate bar which is overall quite impressive. Just behind the servers, there is a chocolate wall ”waterfall”. We all stood there imagining what it would be like to just dip our fingers in that brown liquid heaven. Of course, you can’t do that.
But other things could make you happy, like beautiful handmade ice cream, and lovely chocolate bars. Take them home as a memory or just eat them all! You only live once.
Those in need of thrill can try their luck in the casino. Who knows, maybe luck is on your side and you get to win another cruise or even some money to pay for one.
Decor has been done to every single detail. There os something to see everywhere. Theme bars have their own sports memorabilia, and disco is quite retro with authentic details.
I think there is nothing you can’t eat on board. Pretty much every cuisine on this planet is on board of this floating city. Some restaurants are inclusive of your full inclusive tickets, and some you have to pay for of course. Some are just too good to be offered to everyone because other people would never get their turn.
My favourite part of this ship was the champagne bar. For someone who has not been drinking for past 9 months, this was a perfect occasion to sit and have a couple of glasses of bubbles before heading back to Zagreb.
We were tired out by this glorious monster, and are really hoping we get to go on board one time, for a longer period and actually experience all of it’s glory while cruising over the ocean into the unknown.
Hey folks! This one is super overdue! Like extremely overdue!
So let me first apologise for being so late with this post and explaining why it took me so long. I visited Bushmills in April this year. Yes, April! I had a problem! Actually, I had two problems!! First, when I got there my camera decided to die and so I went on to use Charlie’s phone to make the photos of the whole experience. And that worked quite well. The only problem is, upon return Home, I didn’t transfer them immediately and not long after Charles broke the phone. It took a lot of work to find someone who could help me save some of the images on that phone, and last week I got the happy news, and finally, I get to write about my trip to Ireland!
So as I mentioned before, Charles and I took a short weekend trip to Ireland to visit the Giants Causeway!
We took a flight from London and flew into Belfast, from which we got a rent a car and started our journey. Since we only had two days we immediately started checking things off our itinerary. Our first visit was the Dunluce castle, which was not so far from the Busmill. I hope you excuse the gloom in my photos, but the weather was not on our side, and it was very hard to catch good light in the rain. Dunluce castle, unfortunately, is not really a castle anymore. It has turned into ruins, but it is still interesting to see how it all looked back then. I was maybe 9 weeks pregnant then but I was sooo tired all the time it was hard to keep up.
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It was very windy in Giants Causeway that day, but we could not miss the opportunity to go and see it. Once you arrive to what seems to be a museum, you have two ways to get to the giant’s causeway. You can walk and have a walking audio tour, or you can take the bus. I opted for the bus, because it was so freaking cold, and I hate the wind. I was so impressed with everyone who decided to walk there, it was really cold and not for me. Once we got of the bus we had a nice sight. Giant’s causeway is a very unique place and if you are ever looking to make a unique photo of a great invention of mother nature, then this is the place to go.
Ah for all of those whiskey lovers, this is a heaven on earth. While we stayed in the Bushmill, there was an opportunity to visit the distillery. No photos were allowed inside the distillery but nevertheless, it was a unique experience. I actually didn’t get to try the whiskey since I was in early pregnancy, but Charles took a wiff of all kinds and just went for it!
Okay so this was totaly not what I expected. I saw pics of it online and it looked so much different. I guess it varies during th seasons. Here the trees were naked and they didn’t look so fantasy like, but I guess it’s okay to show a different perspective. i bet loads of people come here and look for a great angle to take a photo of, but this is what it is like in reality. Still cool, but not as cool as the google shows.
I’m so sorry i can’t show you more. We were supposed to go and visit this epic rope bridge, but it was so windy they closed it. I guess that would have been a great adition to our trip. But never the less, I believe we have seen enough for the 2 days we spent here. In my next post read about where we stayed. It is really epic.
After some relaxing time we were taken to the Romanos Luxury villa, which is beyond spectacular. I enjoyed some lunch in bed, dessert in the huge lounge, and the private pool of this amazing villa.
And soon it was time to eat again. We were taken to the restaurant in the resort where we again got introduced to the greek women singing and making Greek pasta dishes. It was a very special moment where we shared food and spoke about the culture and food of course.
A walk on the beach followed a very big meal. Beaches are absolutely stunning. Pure sand and lovely blue sea.
All in all, the last day was full of relaxation where we really got to enjoy this amazing luxurious experience.