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The Veggie Blogger on Blogspot

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It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here but the good news is that I am pleased to announce my newly ignited blogging passion, the bad news is that I have gone to the other side. I have created a vegetarian blog called ‘The Veggie Blogger’ where I have written reviews and talked about places I have visited relating to the Vegan or Vegetarian lifestyle. I have taken a real interest in Veganism lately and I am currently cutting down on the consumption of dairy products.

All I have to do is work out how to gain an audience like I have on WordPress. I noticed that I have had views but I don’t seem to have any followers. I would love to have an active blog where people comment regularly but it all seems a little more difficult on ‘Blogger’. If anyone has any tips or suggestions on what I can do to reach an audience on Blogger then please leave a comment below.

200th Post celebrations

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Another milestone reached in my blogging ventures so I thought I would mark the occasion. When I reached my 100th post I decided to share my 10 favourite posts since I started blogging so I thought I would do something similar and share my 10 favourite posts since my 100th. Many of the posts have a lovely collection of photo’s to go with them.

  1. Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium I’m currently looking forward to the opening of this cafe which looks like it’s set for the beginning of next year. It is very exciting and I’m sure once I get to go I will let you all know what it’s like. I’ve got a feeling that it’s going to be very popular.
  2. Consuelo Parra – Digital Art An artist that I discovered this year. Check out some of the pictures that I have included in this post.
  3. Ronan Keating Live This seems like ages ago, I can’t believe it was at the beginning of the year. How time flies!
  4. The Struggle One of the few Poems that I wrote this year along with ‘Defeated’ and ‘Don’t Judge Me’ which I’ve also included in this list. I’m hoping to compile some more poems for 2014 because I’m not that bad at writing them.
  5. Egg-Citing Art Lots of giant egg designs in Covent garden. There are so many photos.
  6. Defeated
  7. Don’t Judge Me 
  8. A Damp Day in Camden Town This is the only time I visited Camden this year. I hope to go again next year. It’s so hard to find the time to fit everything in. There are lots of places that I had hoped to visit this year but didn’t.
  9. Carrie Hope Fletcher Photos of Carrie performing at this years ‘West End Live’. She has become one of my favourite YouTubers.
  10. Garden Wildlife It’s surprising what you can find in your own back garden. See what you can find.

Disneyland Paris – Day 2

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Getting up at 6:30am on Saturday 31st August was a killer but we had to be ready for breakfast at 7:00. I could quite happily eat croissants and Pan au Chocolate every morning. These were accompanied by a choice of serial, fruit cocktail, yoghurt with apple puree, toast with spreads and cheeses. Juice, tea a coffee were available to self-serve. We had everything we needed to start an energetic day, and once we were done, we went back to our room to get ready for the parks. This time I had everything planned out, and the fact that we had a two-hour head start before the regular ticket holders (people not staying at a Disney hotel) arrived made it even better. First stop was Fantasyland where we enjoyed some of the smaller rides such as ‘Dumbo the Flying Elephant’, ‘Mad Hatters Tea Cups’ and the rather amusing ‘Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Unfortunately ‘Peter Pan’s Flight’ was closed for maintenance. And despite a spot of rain, it didn’t ruin our morning.

Our next stop was Discoveryland and ‘Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’ which was fun. By the time we had finished those rides and had a walk around, it was 10am and time for all of the rides to open, so we headed to Adventureland where we went on ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril’ which is a looping roller coaster. We then took a short walk to Frontierland where we obtained a Fastpass ticket (which is free) to come back to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ (one of the most popular rides and one with the longest wait time) in the afternoon. To pass the time we went to ‘Phantom Manor’ which is pretty self explanatory and then back to Fantasyland where we met our first character.

We waited around 45 minutes for ‘Winnie the Pooh’, the queue was quite long and we had back ache by the time we reached him. It was worth it as he was adorable. I know! your thinking ‘it’s just a guy in a costume’. But the characters have been well trained and their mannerisms are spot on. it’s also great to see the reactions from the children.

It was then time to return to ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ for a short wait with our fast passes. This is like a high-speed mine train with no loops but a fantastic view of the surrounding area as you go around. We had worked up quite a appetite by this time and went ‘Earl of Sandwich’. It’s great value for money but unfortunately I didn’t find the food as enjoyable second time around but it was still good none the less. After that quick stop, I introduced Jordan to the ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’. The queues were all quite long for the rides here but it was nearly time for the action packed stunt show so we went to watch that.

We still had ages left in the parks. That early start meant we could pack a hell of a lot in, so we Witnessed the ‘Stars ‘n’ Cars Parade’ in the studios park and ‘Disney Magic on Parade’ in the Disneyland park, both of which I had seen last year and you can view my photo’s by clicking on the links. We went on my favourite ride, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith’… a high-speed loop-the-loop, indoor ride accompanied by Aerosmith tunes which I always find myself singing along to.  Jordan got to meet Minnie mouse and after a tiring day we decided that it was time for dinner.

One of my most recommended eateries is Annettes Diner. This is a 1950’s American, Rock ‘n’ Roll style diner. The staff are friendly and occasionally burst into song and dance for the customers entertainment. Jordan had a standard cheese burger and fries which isn’t as big as most of their other burgers. I loved their veggie burger and their deserts are delicious. some of the waiters/waitresses may also serve you on roller skates, which must take a lot of skill.

To round off the evening, we purchased some Minnie mouse ears in one of the stores and went back to the Disneyland Park to wait for the ‘Disney Dreams’ event, made up of lights, lasers and fireworks. Images are projected onto Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to make up a little story. It really is amazing. People tend to begin their wait up to an hour before the event to ensure a good spot and it can get pretty packed. It started at 11pm and lasted around 20 minutes. Because of the crowds, we had to then endure a very slow walk out of the park and by then we just wanted to go to bed and rest our poor feet.

Disneyland Paris – Day one

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Myself and my niece Jordan arrived in Marne La Vallee around 2pm on Friday 30th August after a comfortable ride in Eurostar’s Premier class. First of all we headed to Disney Village to make a booking for the evenings meal at King Ludwigs Castle. Then we went straight to the Disneyland park where I introduced Jordan to the magic. Her reaction to Sleeping Beauty’s castle was basically ‘WOW’ which was pretty much my reaction when I first saw it over a year ago. Thanks to 365DaysAtDisney’s Blog post  I managed to see the dragon that resides beneath the castle this time (something I missed on my last visit).

After a little stroll around we began queueing for rides which isn’t the best thing to do in peak season. My last visit back in May 2012 was much quieter so queue times were obviously much shorter. From what I can remember, we started off going from land to land randomly aiming for rides with shorter waiting times. Any plan that I had went out of the window at that point.

A day goes incredibly quick in Disneyland and before we knew it, It was time for dinner. We made our way to ‘King Ludwigs Castle’ at 7pm only to find there was barely anyone in there so needn’t have booked. Despite not being very busy at this time we still waited a good 20 minutes to be served. Fortunately the wait was worth it as the Pizza’s we ordered were delicious. The deserts didn’t disappoint either and we went back to the hotel happy bunny’s with full tummy’s for an early night to prepare for day 2’s shenanigans.

A Sunny Day in Hyde Park

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I nearly forgot all about this collection of photos that I took in Hyde Park during the Big IF London Rally. I had been meaning to post them for a while. As you can see I took a real interest in the Prince Albert memorial.

Funchal, Madeira

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Funchal in Madeira is a Portuguese island off the coast of Morocco. This was one of my favourite ports of call. So clean and bright… I’ll let the photos tell the story!

Agana Mountains – Tenerife

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The second part of our excursion (Sat 11th May) took us high up into the Agana Mountains. The photos I took were lovely, but I feel that they didn’t do the place justice. You had to be there to really appreciate the awesomeness of this experience.

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