The Tower of London is one of England’s oldest landmarks. Built in 1078, by William the Conqueror, the original tower (known as the White Tower) has stood in the heart of London for over a millennia.
As such, its steeped in history, tradition and rumours. Meanwhile, its rooms are filled with treasurers and artefacts. Its no surprise then that well over 2 million people flock to the see the Tower each year. But, at £25 per person (£12 for children) is a visit worth your time and money?
From me, one of the best things about travel is the amazing people you meet along the way! However, when mingling with fellow travellers and locals, once they find out I’m English there are several inevitable questions which are sure to come up in conversation.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for a little bit of small talk but, some such questions inadvertently spark an inwards eye roll and here’s why:
The City of Westminster is perhaps London’s best known borough. After all, its home to many of the cities most iconic landmarks, including: Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Big Ben.
Growing up less than an hour away from my nations capital consequently resulted in countless obligatory school trips and family outings to this famous borough. Thus, here’s my guide to the must see sights within this historic heart of London:
Although travelling to our Earth’s remotest and undiscovered Magical Places is all well and good, there’s certainly a few equally as magical cities which have inspired my wanderlust, fuelled my desire to explore, and captivated my imagination. But alas, money, time and accessibility has meant I have not yet been able to explore the following cities at the top of my Bucket List. However sometimes the waiting makes it all the more worth it… right?
Ah, the Grand Canyon, stuff of legends! Averaging 10 miles wide, 277 miles long and a mile deep in sections, it’s no surprise that it’s seen as one of the 7 wonders of the natural world.
It’s vast scale and millions of years of history has always fascinated me. As such, finding myself in Nevada it seemed unwarranted not to explore this magical natural formation.
Following an eye opening First Impressions of the Mythical Las Vegas , our choice of accommodation – The Cosmopolitan, set the stage for the rest of our visit to be filled with disbelief and immeasurable grandeur.
None the less, home to 6/10 of the worlds largest hotels, choosing your base within Vegas can be somewhat overwhelming. The city houses an endless amount of accommodation, with each hotel offering a unique niche, style and experience.
So why The Cosmopolitan?
Ah Vegas! The home to epic stags, wild weekends and memories that shouldn’t be mentioned in front of your gran…
My experience in Vegas was set to be more tame, thanks to Americas drinking age of 21 – Sigh.
Still, leaving Death Valley National park, I was beyond excited to spend some time within the famous city….
Furnace Creek Inn, and its sister accommodation (Furnace Creek Ranch) amount to form Death Valley’s main service centre. Thus, using the inn as a base camp, you can easily access the National Parks main ‘attractions’ within 1-2 days… Depending upon what pace you want to explore at.
Death Valley is a far cry from the conventionally thought California. None the less, Its alien landscape offers unique beauty, while its vast vacant spaces allow for self reflection and wonder.
From a base camp of Furnace Creek (Home to the parks visitors centre) it is possible to visit most of the deserts highlights within one jam packed day…
Departing from Yosemite National Park, we embarked on the longest drive of our All American Road Trip; a gruelling 7 hours behind the wheel… But boy was it worth it!
Leaving the Green Wilderness of Yosemite behind us, we headed further inland to our destination – Death Valley. Although long, the drive is one Road Trips were built for!