All posts tagged: london

More Than a Rocky Beach: Brilliant Brighton, England

It’s Wanderlust Wednesday and today’s feature is by guest writer Tiffany.  Check out her latest travel adventure, exploring Brighton, England.  Enjoy, xo I wasn’t expecting much more than a beach when I stepped off the train in Brighton, so I was happily surprised to find a beautiful, art-filled city full of amazing coffee and vintage shops awaiting my exploration. Brighton certainly lives up to its name–it’s full of colour! From colourful houses with colourful doors, to fun-loving street art and narrow, bannered street markets, the whole city feels like the set of a Wes Anderson film. Straight from the train to the beach — or that was the plan anyways. Its easy to get distracted in Brighton. Our first stop ended up being street art, vintage shops, and many, many colourful homes! If you have a bit of a thing for pretty, interesting, or colourful doors Brighton is the place for you; home owners take pride in their front stoops and entryways in a very artful way.     When we did make it to …

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Day Trip to Oxford

    Oxford is a magical place. It’s no wonder Lewis Carroll was inspired to write the equally enchanting adventures of Alice in Wonderland here. Here, in a place not more than two short hours from the bustle of London, even the River Thames is quelled by the English countryside’s mystic green. But don’t be mistaken, Oxford isn’t a sleepy green hollow for shisha smoking catapillars. It’s heart beats in synchronicity with London’s as commuter trains connecting the two pump life both in and out. Gaining speed as they rush towards the capital, the trains transform, much like the river, into a proper London rush before turning around to carry escapees to a quieter reality (or wonderland). Oxford’s magic is in its dual identity of countryside haven and bustling academic epicentre. But whether you are a London day-tripper or a resident Oxford student the city provides all the escape you need. A stroll through the university’s Botanical Gardens will inspire your imagination as you gaze at ferne leaves bigger than yourself with stems as round …

Wanderlust Wednesday: Travel Junkie’s Guide To A Weekend In Budapest

  Photo Credit: Michelle Lockwood   Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Michelle Lockwood   Perhaps one of the overlooked cities in Europe, Budapest has steadily gained ground as one of the most romantic cities.  Unlike Paris or London, Budapest is still relatively untravelled.  The beauty in this city is the fact that you can roam the streets without too much chance of hearing your native tongue.  There is something incredibly refreshing going to a city and plunging yourself head first without knowing what to expect.  You can still see evidence from the Eastern blockade around the city, but it hasn’t stopped the charm from growing.  Budapest is an incredible stop and an easy two hour train ride from Austria’s capital of Vienna.  Here you will find the top ways to fill your weekend in Budapest. Spend an evening at the Bath house The bath houses have come to be well known throughout Budapest.  It is a favourite pastime of both locals and tourists alike.  The warm waters offer relaxation and an opportunity to soak …

Wanderlust Wednesdays: Christmas in London

This week’s Wanderlust Wednesday feature is by Tiffany from My Happy Coincidence.  Tiffany is a London based blogger, photographer, and writer who loves exploring new places both within her city and the across the globe. You can explore Tiffany’s work on her blog (My Happy Coincidence) and see her photos on Instagram. _______________ Christmas in London is an encompassing experience. Wander through central London and you’ll soon find that even the smallest alleys are festively decorated. From Trafalgar Square, to Oxford street, to Soho and Covent Gardens, your hunt for twinkling lights and sparkling shop windows will not be disappointing—making the holidays a wonderful time to visit this mild city. Check out London Town’s fantastic guide to holiday lights and displays throughout London. In addition, the city is dotted with a number of charming Christmas Markets to explore. From major markets like the Tait Modern’s to smaller local ones like the Islington Christmas Market, your shopping list will soon be completed and your tummy full of wonderful, hearty market foods and desserts! Time Out London has put together a wonderful guide to finding Christmas Markets …

Countdown to Zero Waste Week

Today you are in for a real treat as Eco Chic Cayman is proud to present its first guest blogger, Rachelle, the creator of “Zero Waste Week,” a campaign in the U.K which seeks to educate and create awareness about food waste. Recent research shows that 30 to 50% of the food we produce on this planet never reaches a human stomach. It gets rejected because it’s the wrong shape, it gets trashed because supermarkets order too much and it gets thrown away by householders when they buy too much or cook too much. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people (one in eight) in the world, suffer from food poverty. Yet the irony is we already produce enough food to feed everybody across the globe! There is a grassroots awareness campaign called “Zero Waste Week” which takes place 2-8th September 2013. This year’s theme is “Use it up!” and you are invited to reconsider YOUR food waste. Not only is reducing food waste better for the environment but …