"One of the small marvels of my first trip to Europe was the discovery that the world could be so full of variety, that there were so many different ways of doing essential identical things, like eating and drinking and buying cinema tickets."
— (via travelling-dreams)
Hahahaha! I am reading my entries and have found several stupid mistakes. SORRY! :/
Hello again! I know it has been too long. This post is long overdue and hopefully I can remember all of the good stuff. I have been procrastinating because as you can see… there is a lot to say.
Thanks to my dad, I attended 3 different concerts during my visit to London. It would have been 4 if Elton John didn’t get sick. I attended The Who concert with my dad, aunt Susan and my dads friend. I don’t know much about The Who but I had fun with some family and recognised a few songs I could get jiggy with.
The first concert I attended was (July 5th, 2013) the British Summer Time in Hyde Park. Bon Jovi was headlining that night. My dad surprised me. I thought we were just going to explore London and the humongous mall that is near Hyde park. I thought that it was a bit odd that my dad was taking me to one of the central places to shop in London. He hates shopping and I didn’t have all that much money to spend. I thought I would at least be able to check out a new part of the beautiful city. He told me we had a lunch date with some people and directed me past Hyde Park. There was obviously a huge event going on that I was oblivious to. We just went over to check it out. My dad said he wanted to ask somebody a question. Not a lot clicks very quickly in my brain so I had no idea he was getting tickets until after we were actually walking in the venue. I was so friken shocked. We were in the spiffy area of the venue as well and I was only wearing crappy touristy, active wear… I can only imagine how much these tickets would have cost.
This section was seperate to the general public to the side of the stage. There was a nice outdoor loung area and a building with a spiffy festival bar, chairs and tables, art you could purchase, and tones of food and drinks. OMG the food and drinks… UNLIMITED! There was a buffet. I dug into the salmon. That was my favourite main. Best salmon and salad I have ever tasted. After the mains, I tried all of the deserts. All the drinks were unlimited as well so of course I took advantage of that. Yes. That includes alcohol. There was a lot of wine consumed that night. I was in heaven. I think I offended a lot of people there because of what I was wearing and how I had no idea what half of the food there even was.
I saw Bush perform first. I loved them! They were awesome. There weren’t a lot of people there that day/night compared to the tickets available for such a huge venue. Bon jovi was really fun. I got to sing along to his songs like I would in the pub but he was right in front of me. Sooo much alcohol was flowing.
The next day, I was prepared. I was so excited to see The Rolling Stones but I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know too many of their songs off by heart and I didn’t want to seem like a douche taking up a seat that could have gone to a die hard fan.
Before the RS started, one of the bands playing were Temper Trap. Unfortunately not a whole lot of people knew who they were. I was originally trying to get near the stage but nobody was feeling it so I went back to my seat on the stands situated to the side. I was dancing by myself.
There was another band that played that I had never heard of before. I friken loved them!!! Gary Clark Jr was amazing. I couldn’t stop moving to their sound. Check him out STAT!
Right before the Rolling Stones started, the place was packed. All the seats were filled. There were no spaces in the grass. There was literally a wave of a few thousand people who eventually looked like ants when you looked toward the back of the park. It was a very different sight to the previous night for Bon Jovi. My dad and I were in the back of the stands but in front of the corporate booths to the side of the stage. There were all kinds of people there and everybody came alive once the Rolling Stones started playing. There were a group of 3 older men in front of us. They would have been at least 75 years old. You could tell they were reliving their past. One of them was so drunk. His friends kept telling him to calm down but he was so happy and excited. He would dance while spilling his drink and try to get the 16 year old to wake up and start moving next to him. The 16 year old was with his family. He would just stand there with his arms crossed while his dad was having the time of his life singing, dancing, drinking, hitting on women around him while his wife was having fun with their daughters. My dad was sitting next to a really fun, nice Swiss couple who were heavy on the green. The guy offered me some of his amazing green during the beginning of the concert. I hesitated because my dad was literally between him and myself… but of course I partook. I was at a friken Rolling Stones concert with green in front of my face… um yes please! My dad looked at me in shock. After the people in the Corporate boxes found out what was happenning, it was a frenzy.
I had so much fun that night. The Rolling Stones were awesome and the energy of the people made it so much better. I will never forget it.
Here is a video of the concert so you can have an idea what it was like…
The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up Live Hyde Park 2013
After I got back from my Topdeck tour, my Aunt Susan came to visit us. So my dad, aunt, and I went on a little road trip. The main reason we went was because my aunt wanted to do a bit more research for our family tree. We stayed at the St Michaels Hotel and Spa in Falmouth. It was so nice. Best hotel, location, room (all to myself), and food. I was the youngest person staying at the hotel though. There were mostly older couples. Anyway…
I loved Cornwall. It was so pretty. The locals are very nice and proud of where they come from. I really don’t blame them. Cornwall has a bunch of history behind it. Which of course means there are a lot of really old buildings with stories behind them.
Falmouth = :D
I didn’t know before I visited but Cornish ice cream is world famous and I now know why. I tried some the first night and it was love as soon as it touched the first taste bud. I didn’t care about the calorie intake. I just wanted more of it. I had at least 2 servings (at different times) of ice cream every day I was there. I wish I could import a truck load back with me :(
These are at the Falmouth shops. So cute.
My aunt Susan and i went on the ferry to see the sight while my dad was ill at the hotel. I wished he could have seen the sights. As you can see, it was definetly worth sitting on a boat for an hour. I could have done it a lot longer.
There was an old boat yard with a whole bunch of big, old, ratty sail boats on our drive around town.
We visited Penzance. Of course I had to try yet another scoop of ice cream. Cream and strawberry scone flavour. I remember it like it was yesterday… and there were these boats sitting on the sand during low tide. There were also people walking around them. it was just really odd to see something like this.
We visited St Michaels Mount while we were there. You could only get to it during the low tide otherwise you had to pay to take a boat. It was pretty neat from what we saw. We didn’t have time to go all the way to the top.
My aunt Susan found a man who is a distant relative living in a quiet town. After stopping over at his (unfortunately I forgot his name :/ ) house to talk about the family, he took us to the cemetary to look for an old family members tombstone from the late 1700’s. He was so cute and so nice.
The cemeteries church had to have been older than 300 (maybe) years old. I had been in a lot of churches during my visit to Europe and this was very different. There was a lot of beautiful old wooden carved pillars. The old floors were also different. The imperfections about it made it perfect…
It wasn’t as over the top like a lot of other churches, which I loved about it. Unfortunately you can’t see the details in this picture as I wasn’t supposed to take it in the first place. I had to be super sneaky…
This is a two way road if you can believe it. These roads were the only roads around. It was beautiful but scary at times. All of the sudden there would be a car coming the other way and we had to push ourselve against the long grass to get through.
Just a selfie taken at the hotel… I was so hapy in Carnwall. I can’t wait to go again.
Tyrol, Austria wasn’t too eventful. I would have gone paragliding if the rain didn’t start. We stayed in a cute bed and breakfast like place. It was nice because our group had the whole place to ourselves and there wasn’t much around so we all had a layed back evening. Jenga and cards were played. Kevin was jamming on his guitar. I had a lot of hot chocolate. Others had some strudel. The view from our room was perrdy.
Views from the bus :)