The Creative Blogger Award.

This was the first award I’ve been nominated for and I thought it would make a good light read. Thank you to fightalone for nominating me! I was also nominated by justsahee.blogspot.co.uk so thank you also for thinking of me! It’s still weird to me that other people are reading my blog. I’m also sorry that it has taken me around a month to get this out and posted! I’m still trying to figure out my blog posts and schedules and I think I’m finally getting something done about them!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify the nominees.

2. Post the link of the blog that nominated you.

3. Share five random facts about yourself.

I nominate the following:

lilrant

Alice’s Wonderland

missamrunaway

organicbynerve

pinkgirlgreyworld

desire4beauty

mrsdimplesbeauty

thislittlediary

delveintodem

cremesheen

thepinkimpact

rachel ellis fashion and beauty

somedaysunny

When I was choosing bloggers I tried to choose those who hadn’t done it before, but if you have and I’ve nominated you then I am sorry! I love all of these bloggers, they’ve all got amazing blogs, it’s awesome to be part of a community of people who are all doing their own thing but are also supportive of everyone else.

Here are 5 random facts about me –

 1) My last name is Gentleman, it’s pretty unique. When I tell people they tend to ask me if I’m telling the truth or not, but yes! It really is my last name.

2) I practise meditation every day, my dad introduced me to meditation and Buddhism and I’ve been practising for almost a year now.

3) I am one of 6 children, I have two brothers and 3 sisters.

4) I’ve been and Auntie since I was five years old, my oldest niece is almost 13!

5) I love Art, I’m pretty creative and I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember but I haven’t done so much since leaving school.

I hope those were some interesting facts. I haven’t done many personal posts yet here on my blog so I thought a short personal post would be nice, for you all to get to know me a bit better.

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Touring London.

Hello everyone! It’s so good to be blogging again! I’ve missed it the last week. I took a break because I was unsure of where my blog was going and what kind of posts I wanted to get out there. But there is nothing like coming back on a fresh week and talking about something that you love! I’m always afraid that my posts are becoming lackluster and that my heart isn’t in it but then I find something I love to talk about and I get excited again.

Living just North of London means that it’s only a 40 minute train journey away and it means visiting as often or as little as I want. The train can be expensive for the day though unless you have a specific place to go and are staying for your time in London. I always get confused with the underground and am never sure which zone I need (if you have been to London I’m sure you’ll know what I mean).

This weekend my parents were taking my two oldest nieces to a day out in the city and they kindly invited me and my sister along! I love spending time with my family so I didn’t want to decline.

Since it was my nieces first time in the London, my parents decided to take them on a tour bus around, showing all the tourist sites. I’ve been to London a few times and seen all of them but it was still fun to go around and see it on a tour bus and showing my nieces around.

Here are some of my photographs from the day, most of these were taken on my phone because I dropped my camera and for the whole day I refused to use it in case I found that it was broken so it stayed in my sisters bag for the rest of the day. I tested it when we got home and to my relief it wasn’t broken, phew.IMAG1824a We used a company called Golden Tours  but there are loads to choose from, this one was significantly cheaper. Most of the companies offer a hop-on hop-off service, which means for a certain time period, you get to use the buses around London, getting off at whichever stop you like and then getting on again wherever you like. This company also have a boat trip included in the price and other companies you had to pay extra for the boat ride. Or you can stay on the bus and not worry about a ride across the Thames! We started at Trafalgar square and as you can see it was absolutely packed. It was a pretty nice day so I guess everyone had the same idea. I’ve been to Trafalgar square in the pouring rain and even during the Winter and it has always been busy. I’m yet to see it empty. IMAG1825a We then got onto the tour bus and they gave us headphones so that we could plug them in and then listen to a tour guide, which explained a lot of the buildings, with lots of facts about The Great Fire of London and The Blitz during world war 2.

Some tour bus selfies for your viewing pleasure.IMAG1828a

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I was just trying to give myself a halo using the sun rays (which I was being blinded by) and then I realised I was taking a selfie with a tourist. Smile!

London has a mixture of old and new buildings. The majority of the more modern buildings are covered in completely glass windows whilst the older buildings are more Gothic. Some of the buildings used to be warehouses. They are now mostly offices or have been converted into businesses.IMAG1836aIMAG1838aIMAG1844aIMAG1854a IMAG1861a Then of course you have the buildings and attractions which London is famous for.

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Because you can get on and off the buses as you like during the day, it makes it easy to walk around and see everything a lot better. You can get off at all the major attractions so you don’t have to worry about finding them yourself and you can get right back on in the same place. It also means you can get off and grab lunch wherever you want!

After we were done with the tour, we went down Oxford Street and looked in a few of the shops. But it was so busy and it was hard work just walking down the street. In Oxford Street you’ll find The Body Shop, Zara, Next, New Look, Debenhams, John Lewis, Selfridges, River Island etc. and the worlds worst Primark I have ever been in. I never want to go in there again!

If you’re thinking of going to London but are not sure if you’d like to go on a tour or not then I recommend it. If you’ve never been to London before then it can be a great way of showing you round before you start venturing out on your own. It’s also good for getting around since you can get on and off whenever. Plus it’s a quick way to see all of the sights during the day, if you’re not in London for a long stay.

If you would like to see more pictures from the day then you can find them on my Flickr here.

One more thing, my little sister finally put out her first blog posts so you can go and check them out and follow her blog here!

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A Letter From Fia!

Hello everyone! I don’t usually post on a Saturday but today is an exception. The lovely Fia from http://www.fiaessen.com/ asked me if I would kindly have her on my blog to tell you all a little about her latest book. Of course I said I would and so she has written a short letter to you with some information. Please go on over to her website, check out her social media and her book, all of the links are at the end of her letter.

Hello!

My name is Fia Essen. I’ve been an expat since childhood. I grew up in the stables of the Middle East and Southeast Asia, surrounded by horses, philandering polo players, and the occasional Boa Constrictor. Currently, I live in Athens, Greece with my Yorkshire Terrier.

I’m an author. Two of my novels have been published this year and I’m currently working on a third. I love to write. I get to make up stories on the job. How cool is that?  But as I’ve discovered since I made the decision that I wanted to become an author, the actual writing is a relatively small part of being an author. Promoting my books and finding readers takes up a lot more time and effort. That’s why I’m incredibly grateful to Amber Elizabeth for allowing me to invade her blog today so I can tell you a little about “Ariel”.

Ariel is a half-English, half-American, lifelong expat who was born in Hong Kong and now lives in Singapore. At the age of thirty-four, she is in debt and out of luck. She used to have a great career, a penthouse she shared with her boyfriend of ten years, and a group of fun friends. Now she has a dead-end job, a rented hovel of a home, and a rising stack of unpaid bills to keep her company.

Her friends and family think she quit her job. She didn’t. They think she was the one who ended the relationship with her boyfriend. She didn’t do that either. They also think she quit driving due to a sudden concern about her carbon footprint. But the truth is her license to drive was revoked when she was arrested for driving under the influence of red wine mixed with diazepam. She had only consumed half a glass of wine and she thought she had taken regular painkillers, not prescription drugs, which she tried to explain to the arresting officer but he wasn’t in the mood to listen to her explanation.

Ariel, in essence, is a story about finding the courage to pick yourself up when you’ve hit rock-bottom and starting over. Of course, there is also intrigue and romance in the book. Ariel is summoned by the mysterious Muse Agency and she has no idea what they could possibly want with her. She meets a charming Irishman who makes her feel alive again. But can she work up the courage to take another chance on love? I’d be thrilled if you read the book and find out!

You can find Ariel on Amazon in paperback and Kindle here: http://mybook.to/ariel

And if you’d like to get social with me, you can…

Visit my Website – http://www.fiaessen.com/

Follow me on Twitter – @FiaEssen https://twitter.com/FiaEssen

Join me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fiaessen 

Thank you!

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