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Weekend in London!

Hi everyone! This weekend I headed to the best city in the world with one of my closest friends for a night at London’s O2 arena to watch Lee Evans on tour. I bought tickets last November and had been looking forward to this weekend for so long that I couldn’t wait to arrive! image I met my friend at her house in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and we caught the train to Kings Cross station before navigating our way across the tube lines until we arrived at the famous Millennium Dome. I’ve been to this venue before to see various shows and concerts and it’s size and stature has always blown me away and I absolutely love it’s design! 02  02 pic The O2 isn’t just a concert venue, it’s so much more than that. With a multi screen cinema, bowling alley, numerous bars and plenty of well known restaurants you could come here just for an evening out with friends or to spend the afternoon lunching. You could even climb the roof of the dome if you are feeling a little more adventurous… That’s definitely on my to-do list for the next time I visit! cinema cabana After arriving at the venue just before 5.30pm we had plenty of time to kill before the show and so we headed for some dinner and drinks to help pass the time, plus we were incredibly hungry! There was so much choice that we could’ve eaten in about ten places but we opted the all you can eat Chinese, The Water Margin, which was great value for money and the food was brilliant! The dinner deal was £14.80 per person with drinks payable separately and this entitled you to as many food courses as you could manage; with three plates each it’s safe to say that we certainly made the most of it! chinese After our meal we headed to the ticketing entrance and made our way up to block 410 to take our seats (row R, 671-672) which I must say were very high up but we had a great view of the stage and the whole arena. We were directly opposite the stage and I’d sat in similar seats at a concert there last year so knew what kind of view to expect. empty arena me n steph Lee came out on stage at 8pm and played a fantastic show until 11pm so he kept us entertained for hours! He was absolutely brilliant and so funny with all new jokes that had everyone in stitches; my cheeks were hurting so much from laughing! There was a short interval at around 9.30 and a brilliant finale which involved Lee donning a sparkly jacket and playing the piano dedicating a song he’d written to his wife who was in the audience that night. He sang brilliantly (I didn’t know he was that talented!!) and then ended the show with his famous rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody which had the whole audience rocking and everyone was on their feet. It was a fantastic end to a truly amazing show and we had a brilliant night! lights After making our way to the packed tube station and heading back to King’s Cross via the Northern line we arrived back at Hatfield train station at around 1am well and truly exhausted and ready for our beds! But I had a brilliant time and am already planning my next show night as I can’t wait to return to The O2! me n steph kings cross My next trip is a spa day in Oxford which is coming up on 18th October so I’ll keep you posted on that and the other adventures I’ve got planned for the rest of the month! For now, thanks as always for reading, and I’ll write again soon. Love Jess x

Lazy Saturday, Busy Sunday!

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine consisted of being lazy on Saturday but very active on Sunday which is strange as it’s normally the other way round for me! I worked on Saturday morning but afterwards came home and had a ‘chill out’ afternoon reading magazines, watching the telly and hanging out with my family. I was waiting for The X Factor/Strictly marathon and wasn’t disappointed – both shows were great and I was glad to be having a night in rather than going out on the town!

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After an early night I was up on Sunday morning at 7.30 feeling refreshed, energized and ready to do something fun with my day! I was supposed to be heading over to beautiful Bath with a friend but plans got changed so I ended up taking my little sister to the famous Cotswold Wildlife Park where we have been going since we were tiny! The weather was great and looked set to stay for the day so we got in the car and drove all of 8 minutes before we arrived at the park itself.

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Entrance fee is £14.50 per adult and £10 per child with discounts for families and over 65s. I’ve always thought the fees were quite expensive, but £24.50 for me and my sister to go and enjoy a great day out together definitely sounded reasonable to me! The park itself is big but not excessive and can easily be done in a day – we spent 4 hours there in total but stopped for lunch as well.

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There are all the usual suspects you would expect to see at a zoo, including lions, rhinos, zebras, meerkats, penguins and many more but, for me, the highlights were the new giraffe enclosure which has not long been opened, and the brilliant Madagascar Walk-through Experience which opened in 2008. There is so much to see and do at the park, with daily feeds & talks from the knowledgeable staff members who clearly love their jobs, and the beautiful grounds & varied animals really make it a top family day out.

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If the weather’s good, take a picnic and place yourselves on one of the many greens around the park, some of which are near to the animal enclosures, for a lovely relaxed atmosphere. You can however make use of the park’s canteen and treat yourself to a full hot dinner (loads of choice although a little pricey) or make use of the kiosk like we did and go for a simple yet satisfying hot dog and chips with extra ketchup!

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The Cotswold Wildlife Park will be listed in a new monthly feature of mine, Top Five Things To Do In… where I use all my knowledge and opinions about different areas I have visited and compile a handy guide of the best places to visit in the relevant areas. Watch out for this in the next month – I promise to make it good!

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about the park please get in touch and I will do my best to help you! Alternatively, please visit the website: http://www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk/

Hope you enjoyed reading my latest post – my new adventures are coming up soon!

Love Jess

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Signs You Should Be Working for Disney

Signs You Should Be Working for Disney.

Hey everyone, me again! I love this blog post and just had to share it with you all! I’ve been following Elly & Caroline’s blog as they’ve been working in Walt Disney World and I’ve always been fascinated to know what it would  be like to be a Disney cast member!

I’ve recently thought about applying for Disneyland Paris but I don’t speak much French at all and I don’t have the guts to do it yet! I’ll give it a bit more thought, but for now I’ll stick to reading the girls’ wonderful adventures!

Have you ever thought about working for the Walt Disney company? Maybe you’ve worked in the Disney store or you’ve worked in one of the parks themselves, please get in touch as I’d love to hear from you!

In the words of Tigger, TTFN! 🙂

Love Jess x

New week, new start!

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂

So its a new week and a new start for me as I have decided to relaunch my blog under a brand new name: Journeys with Jessica!

What do you all think?! I wanted something a little catchier than just my name followed by a few numbers so decided to take the plunge and change it up altogether!

There were a few names in the mix and I narrowed it down to three choices, but in the end Journeys with Jessica came out on top as I feel it best describes what I do! I don’t just visit places on a whim, I really plan my trips and experience lots of different things when I’m away so, for me, it really does feel like I’m on a journey.

I’ve also come on a bit of a journey by writing this blog, and it’s something which I am proud of and am keen to develop more and more. I can’t wait to write all about my future trips!

So here’s to new beginnings and, hopefully, the start of something very exciting for me! I’m planning to set up a new dedicated Twitter page and ill update my Trip Advisor account accordingly,  but for now please keep reading and thanks for your ongoing support!!

Please note that my old address (jessicalouise1601.wordpress.com) has now been deleted so you’ll have to use my new address to access my blog, it doesn’t automatically redirect I’m afraid! Please visit journeyswithjessica.wordpress.com in future.

Have a good week everyone 🙂

Love Jess x