These last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind in all the best ways. We ended September with a wedding just outside of London in a town called Canterbury, and were able to tack on a few extra days at ten end of the trip in Paris. It’s so devastating to see what has just happened in Paris recently, I am thankful I am able to look back on my time spent there and reflect on what a beautiful city it really is.
We started our trip flying into London and stayed at the Z Hotel in Soho, a super cute hotel that has compact but well thought out rooms, making it perfect for the traveler who wants a bit of luxury but plans to be out and about in Central London also. A fun perk of the hotel, is the trendy lounge offering complimentary wine and cheese at night. It was such a wonderfully centered location and made getting around the city that much easier.
A friend had suggested making a dinner reservation at Hutong in the Shard Hotel which we had done a month in advance. We made it for four, and our friends who were getting married in Canterbury joined in. My husband and I went early to enjoy a drink at the bar which makes incredible cocktails. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are passing through London at any point. It is a beautiful upscale Asian restaurant overlooking all of London with floor to ceiling windows with incredible views. Dinner was delicious, and we managed to work some of it off by dancing a bit at a nearby pub that had a fun band. All in all a fantastic night.
I finally had a chance to check out Charleston, South Carolina a couple of months ago and I fell in love with the picturesque city. I figured I would, as I love the charm and magic of the south. My In-laws were just finishing up a year long boat trip they had started right around our honeymoon last year and we knew at some point we wanted to visit them aboard. When my husband suggested flying in late one Friday night and staying for about four days I loved the idea. My mother and father in-law had docked their boat at St. Johns Yacht Harbor on Johns Island then rented a car to pick us up from the airport as well as have some wheels for the next few days. I would say, If you are staying right in downtown Charleston.. renting a car isn’t totally necessary, but if like us you were staying about 20 mins from the hub of it all.. then its worth it. This was one of those trips where I actually had time to relax and we even managed to work out almost everyday we were there. I have to say.. its always a great idea to pack at least one workout outfit and a pair of sneakers. It makes coming back from a vacation so much easier when jumping back into a schedule and keeping up with workouts.