What an amazing hot day it was today in London! Finally! I really hope it will stay like this for the next 3 months.. and if it does the only thing we still need is a pretty beach:) If the weather is good at the next weekends we will be heading over to some beaches close to London. I heard Eastbourne and Broadstairs have some nice (UK-nice..) beaches. So we’ll check them out and I’ll let you know if they are worth going to. At the last July weekend we are gonna go on a little beach summer weekend trip somewhere in Europe. Not sure where yet as we haven’t booked it yet haha //If you are after some fun summer venue in London, check out the Summer Festival at London Bridge. I had to pick something up in Bermondsey today and decided to walk back to the tube along the river. That’s when I took the photos.
Looking for a hotel in Lima to get your Peru trip started :)? There are lots of good hotels in Lima nowadays and the choice can be quite overwhelming. To filter out already the majority of hotels, focus on two areas only: Miraflores and Barranco. I personally would always choose Miraflores as I lived there for 7 months some years ago and it’s probably the best area for tourists. Though Barranco is becoming quite hip and has some great options to stay also.
Inkari Hotel Miraflores
The last time I went to Miraflores I opted to stay in the Inkari Hotel Miraflores which is a beautiful 4-star hotel located a two-minute-walk from the Parque Central de Miraflores. I loved the design of the rooms which looked very elegant and reminded me a bit of the hotel rooms in old movies from the 40s.
My favourite part of the room was the bathroom though which had a little jacuzzi that would change colours. I totally loved it and desperately needed it after our long trip of travelling through Peru up to Bolivia and back by bus.
Miraflores was the last stop of the first five months of our world trip which went through the Americas. So the only stuff I did in this last week of the trip was meeting my old uni friends in Miraflores (read here why I have uni friends there), going surfing everyday, eating and drinking out and going to the SPA :) Awesome holiday!
The Inkari Hotel Miraflores is perfect for all these activities. All shops and cafes are just about 5 to 20 minutes walking distance away from the hotel and you can walk to the beach in under 30 minutes (including descending down to the sea level). There are lots of taxis around which cuts down the journey to around 5 minutes to get to the bars and restaurants and 10 minutes to get to the surfer beach. Barranco, the other area worth visiting, is also just around 10 minutes away by taxi.
Have you been to Lima? Where did you stay and what did you enjoy most?
Every year during the summer months the SEA LIFE London Aquarium opens up its door late at night for the SEA LIFE After Dark event for adult fish enthusiasts. I had been to the SEA LIFE aquarium in Brighton which I really loved. I probably spent around 4 hours there starring down the fishies like a little maniac haha. So I couldn’t wait to finally visit the London Aquarium as well. Just to put things into perspective: I LOVE scuba diving and snorkeling. I once even had a goldfish tank in front of which I happily spent extended periods of time watching the goldfish go about their business (and yes, they are not the smartest..).
So last weekend the day had come to visit the London Aquarium. Upon arrival at the SEA LIFE After Dark event you are welcomed with a glass of Prosecco. Some people might need to take a big sip right away as you will be heading straight over to the glass walkway with sharks swimming just beneath your feet. I went with a friend of mine to the event who – while sipping her Prosecco on top of the shark tank – also discovered her enthusiasm about marine life. Yeey :)
We then spent the rest of the evening strolling through the various sections of the London Aquarium and discovering the different tanks and species. There were lots of places to sit down (event right in front of the tanks) and you could purchase more drinks at either of the two pop-up bars. Enjoying a glass of wine and catching up while being surrounded by stingrays, turtles, crocodiles and jellyfish really is an awesome way to spend the evening :)
The SEA LIFE After Dark event starts at 6.45 pm and ends at 10.30 pm with the last admission at 9 pm. It’s adults only so there is finally a way to visit the London Aquarium without kids running around or piling up in front of the tanks.. There are still tickets available for this summer. Check out SEA LIFE’s website here to book them in advance.
Photos: Sorry about the bad quality… I forgot my camera and it turns out my phone does not have the best lens for dark lighting conditions.
To the animal rights activists amongst you: Yes, some tanks look borderline too small as it’s usually the case with zoos and aquariums :( The Brighton SEA LIFE has bigger tanks. Yet SEA LIFE does a lot of good behind the scenes in terms of conservation efforts. Besides educating visitors about marine and freshwater wildlife, SEA Life also runs breeding programmes. Also, some of SEA LIFE’s aquariums rescue and release injured animals such as seals and turtles. Read more about it here and here.