ZSL London Zoo

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ZSL London Zoo is located in the middle of Central London, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, nestled in the green grounds of Regent’s Park. In my five years living in London, I’d never visited the London Zoo. That changed last week when my family and I decided to spend a sunny, lovely day at the Zoo.

We saw some absolutely amazing animals (like the Okapi in the last picture below) and were able to get super close to the Lemurs at the “In with Lemurs” enclosure. We were there with my almost three year old niece and like a typical three year old, she was more interested in playing on a toy London bus than visiting the animal exhibits. Oh well…us “big kids” really enjoyed it!

xx BHF

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Easter in London

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Martin and I travelled over to London to spend the Easter holiday there. We lucked out with some awesome spring weather and had a great time visiting family, shopping for hours and visiting pubs at every opportunity. We definitely miss this busy, beautiful city, but it’s nice to be able to return often, especially when then sun is shining.

xx BHF

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Noël à Paris!

It’s chucking down snow in Bern today. It’s the perfect excuse to stay inside, watch TV, eat goodies from Paris and upload and edit the photos from our holiday.

Our Christmas in Paris was lovely, different, but lovely. We’re used to lounging around in our pyjamas until noon on Christmas day, relaxing on the couch, opening presents and glugging back the mulled wine and mince pies before having a home cooked turkey dinner with all of the fixings.  This year we spent most of our afternoon on Christmas day wandering around Montmartre , enjoying a champagne lunch and a beautiful sunset.

This was our 2nd trip together to Paris and witnessing the Eiffel Tower and the beauty of this city was just as awesome as the first time.  It was great to catch up with Martin’s eldest brother, Andrew, and meet, Kathy, one of his friends from Oxford who is originally from Vancouver (like me!).

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

xx BHF

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A Day in Switzerland: Gruyères in B&W

As I mentioned in my previous post, two weeks ago a couple visitors arrived in Switzerland; Alicia, a friend from my previous job back in London and her friend, Caitlyn, who had flown in from New York. I met up with them in Geneva in the early evening and we headed into the old city in search of food and drinks. We ended up at La Clémence – a trendy bar/café in the heart of Geneva’s old town, after very coolly and calmly crashing an art gallery opening where lifelike paintings of equally lifelike baby dolls were on display (we all agreed they were extremely creepy).

We then stumbled across a Brooklyn Brewery pub where we met some nice, local expats, witnessed the aftermath of a “glassing” (“à la police!”) and closed the bar. At this point we should have called it a night and headed back to our hostel, but someone mentioned the magic word “karaoke” and we were quickly packed into a taxi and singing and dancing until the “wee hours” of the morning.  I don’t know what it is about karaoke, but almost all of my late nights out involve it.

Our plan was to get up early the next morning to catch an early train to Gruyères, but we were all feeling fairly delicate when the first set of alarms went off the next morning. We were troopers, though, and made it to the medieval cheese town around noon. We arrived to a misty, charming village and despite our hangovers and general exhaustion, explored the castle and surrounding shops, ending with a big pot of cheese fondue (a very good way to sooth aching heads and tired bodies).

Due to the grey, foggy weather, my photos turned out a bit dull, so I decided to go with it and turn them into black and white images. I have Gruyères on my list of places to visit again in the spring or summer as it has some amazing scenery, which we were unfortunately unable to witness this time.

xx BHF

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