Babymoon in London – Part 1

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We spent close to two weeks traveling around London, Dublin, and Paris while I was pregnant. With amazing public transport and great walkability, it was so easy to visit Europe while pregnant. Our second stop was London, England. In this post, I will go over where we stayed and transportation during our babymoon in London. If you haven’t already, check out Babymoon in Dublin Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 and stay tuned for more posts about London, Paris and our last day in Dublin!

My husband had never been to any of the cities we visited on this trip. I had been to all three, but I had not been to London since I was about 6 years old. Besides a layover which hardly counts. We spent more time in London than anywhere else and had a full 5 days in the city before moving on to Paris.

Where We Stayed

You have endless options on great places to stay in and around London. We are members of Hilton rewards and Hilton has hotels all over the world, so we try to stay in Hilton’s when we travel abroad. We racked up a lot of points over time and we those points to stay at The Waldorf Hilton, London. It was absolutely worth it!

The Waldorf Hilton

The Waldorf Hilton is a gorgeous historic hotel in Covent Garden. The hotel was built in 1908 and it’s located in the heart of the theatre district. It was a short walk to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Piazza and some of the best shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, and landmarks. One of the many bus lines picked up basically at the front door. It was simple and easy to grab a cab when we needed it. The hotel is located on a quieter street with theatres on either side of it. Even with the surrounding theatres, we heard no outside noise, which led to a perfect night’s sleep. We enjoyed the convenience of this hotel, but also the hotel itself!

Hotel Amenities

The Waldorf Hilton offers many amenities including Good Godfrey’s Bar, Homage Restaurant, a 14-meter pool, sauna, steam room and fitness center. They have a proper lobby and bar area, including a real elevator, which you don’t always get in Europe. The actual room was very small but extremely nice with stylish decor, a very comfortable bed, super soft towels, in-room tea and tea sets, bottles of water, a beautiful bathroom and a courtyard view. The room even came with a smartphone (with wifi) that we could use for the duration of our stay. Hands down it’s probably one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at in a major city. I would have spent our entire trip at this hotel if I could have.

Transportation

Getting From the Airport

London is very easy to get around. They have amazing public transportation, but like many other major cities, the airports are not directly downtown. You have a few different options to get from the airport to your hotel depending on which airport you are flying into. We flew into Gatwick and took the Gatwick Express from the airport to London Victoria. We purchased tickets for the Gatwick Express off their website as part of a special and had a 2 for 1 ticket to the Tower of London included. The tickets had to be used on our arrival day, but we arrived early enough to use this.

Public Transit Using an Oyster Card

For the rest of our trip, we each got an Oyster Card and used that for the duration of our time in London. An Oyster Card is a smart card that uses pay as you go credit and offers daily capping. This means you can travel as much as you like in a single day and the amount you pay is capped at a certain amount. You can use it to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London. The card is super easy to use by touching in and out on a yellow card reader at the start and end of your journey on Tube, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line and National Rail services. For the bus and trams, you only touch when you get on. You can add money to your card at all Tube, London Overground, and TfL Rail stations. It was super easy and efficient to travel around London using the public transportation. We started with £20 credit each and only topped up once.

Using Cabs and Walking

It’s very easy to get Cabs throughout London. London has official taxis, black cab, which can be hailed in the street or at designated spots. Taxies are always more expensive than using public transportation. There were a few times when we needed and used them. It was quick and easy. We also walked a lot during our trip. Luckily I was able to walk and while my feet hurt a little more than “normal”, it was still easy to walk around. I was in my second trimester and just starting to get a baby belly. Walking was a great way to see the city and a good way to exercise while we were on our trip. I highly recommend walking some if you can!

We loved our babymoon in London. We stayed at a fantastic hotel, The Waldorf Hilton. Transportation was easy using the Oyster card with public transportation, taxis and walking.  If you haven’t already, check out Babymoon in Dublin Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 and stay tuned for more posts about what we did in London, Paris and our last day in Dublin!

 

Frozen Ever After

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Let’s head over to Norway in Epcot’s World Showcase and talk about Frozen Ever After!

Frozen Ever After

Hop aboard an ancient Norwegian vessel and set out into the wondrous wintery Arendelle in the world of Frozen. Little ones will love seeing all their Frozen favorites including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and Kristoff along the water journey. Keep an eye out for other (more…)

MommyCon Orlando 2018

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Over the weekend we checked out MommyCon Orlando at the Caribe Royale. It was a great day filled with tons of parents information, products, shopping, demonstrations and giveaways! I attended with my older sister who was also one of the speakers and she crushed it. I was so excited to see all the hottest and up and coming mommy and baby products, some of the items were even Disney related (more…)

Kilimanjaro Safaris

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On Kilimanjaro Safaris you get an up-close view of live African animals in their natural habitats during an 18-minute expedition into the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve.

The Daytime Attraction

Located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom theme park, Kilimanjaro Safaris takes you on an open-air guided tour into the African outback. Over 34 different species of exotic African wildlife “roam” free. I have been on Kilimanjaro Safaris countless times and every trip is a different experience. You will see different animals and hear different information and the animal fact each time you ride. A lot of people suggest riding this ride first thing in the morning and while it is true the animals are a little more active in the morning, you can see animals at all times of the day.

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Babymoon in Dublin – Part 3

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We spent close to two weeks traveling around London, Dublin, and Paris while I was pregnant. With amazing public transport and great walkability, it was so easy to visit Europe while pregnant. Our first and last stop was Dublin. In this post, I will go over where we what we did on our babymoon in Dublin on Day 3. If you haven’t already, check out Dublin Part 1 or Part 2 first and stay tuned for posts about our other destinations!

On our last day in Dublin, we decided to get breakfast at a local restaurant near our hotel, walk to O’Connell Street to see the Spire, take the (more…)

On The Road To runDisney – AGAIN

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You may have realized I haven’t posted about runDisney in awhile. That isn’t because I don’t like the races or wanted to stop running. It was the exact opposite. I was signed up to run in the Wine & Dine 10K last year. Then I found out I was pregnant and my due date was the EXACT SAME DAY I was signed up to run in Wine & Dine. So needless to say, (more…)

Be Our Guest – Prix Fixe Menu Review

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Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World changed from a traditional menu to a Signature Dining 3-course Prix Fixe menu on July 27, 2018. We went to check out the new menu and eat in Beast’s Castle on the second day the menu was available. The current price (more…)

Using FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

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FastPass+ allows Walt Disney World resort guests to reserve “Fast Passes” for select Disney park attractions up to 60 days in advance of their check-in date and non-resort guests 30 days in advance of their arrival date. FastPass+ is basically a reservation to get in a shorter line for that attraction during a specific time window. This can shorten your wait time drastically or guarantee you access to a show if used correctly. It’s also completely free and included in park admission for EVERY (more…)

Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

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Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land is a cute new Toy Story themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It opened on June 30th, 2018 and we had the pleasure to visit it on July 4th less than a week after its opening. As you enter the land you are supposed to be walking into Andy’s backyard and become the size of one of his toys. It’s a pretty small Land. I don’t think I really felt the size of a toy, and my husband had no idea what the theme was besides just bright colors and toys. He loved that he had most of the toys they featured growing up (more…)

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