5 Unique Things To Do In London

There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination.  Let’s think about London.  Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums.  They are all cool, iconic things to see!  But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like something more unique to do in London?  London is great for unique events but here I share 5 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and unique things to do in London!

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8 Dubuque Restaurants IA

Live in Dubuque Iowa or visiting the area?  It’s easy to get wrapped up in just eating at the large chain restaurants, they are near all the biggest shopping areas, with the largest car parks.  But you’re missing out!  There are plenty of independent Dubuque restaurants in the Downtown Area that are well worth visiting!  Here are 8 of my favourites!

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Between England & Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife Book!

Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book!  “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life.  For a whole year I kept a journal.  I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!

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11 Backpacking Essentials

I am a huge fan of packing light.  If I can travel with only a backpack, I will.  If I have to check a bag or am going on a longer trip, I’ll take the smallest suitcase/roller holdall I can find.  I couldn’t imagine anything worse than having luggage the same size as me and having to haul it in and out of cars, off and on public transport, up and down stairs when the accommodation has no lift/elevator.  The following items I travel with every time I go away, whether it’s for a weekend ‘staycation’ or 2 weeks overseas!  Hopefully I can help you to pack a little lighter!

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Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City, IA

The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand new hotel (opened in October 2017) located in Downtown Iowa City, just 1 mile from the Iowa Hawkeyes football stadium (which has recently made the news thanks to the new tradition ‘The Wave’, where the whole stadium waves to the children overlooking the game in the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital).  With a room rate starting at $124 per night, it definitely makes for an affordable central stay, has some great amenities and is within walking distance from things to visit such as the Ped Mall and the Old Iowa Capital Building!

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Iowa City Restaurants: Vue Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Iowa City opened in October 2017 and is home to the Vue Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, one of only a handful of rooftop bars in the Midwest. It is located on the 12th floor of the hotel and offers views across Iowa City from 3 sides!  You can even see the Iowa Hawkeye football stadium as it’s just 1 mile away!

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The Ultimate Iowa Gift Guide

One thing I’ve noticed about living in Iowa is just how PROUD people are to come from this State!  So I have trawled through Amazon punching in lots of different keywords to bring you my favourite finds for the Ultimate Iowa Gift Guide!  If you’re looking for a last minute Iowa themed gift, I think I’ve got you covered 🙂

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Tips For Crystal Ball Photography

As if I needed anymore camera gear!  I now use my iPod, iPhone, Canon Powershot (point & shoot), GoPro Hero 3, DJI Spark Drone, all the necessary mounts and travel tripods and now I’ve added an 80mm Crystal Ball (or Spherical Lens) to the collection and I love it…even though it does weigh the same as a baby elephant…Here are some of my tips for Crystal Ball photography!

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