(My ) London

Chelsea,London

Recently I’ve received an e-mail that put a smile on my face. Why? Because I got invited to an afternoon tea to one of the most luxurious London hotels. A free afternoon tea in exchange for my review here on the blog sounds fantastic, don’t you think so? But there’s a slight problem. The kind lady who sent me this invitation didn’t realize that I don’t actually live in London. Although, if you check my about page you won’t get confused about my location but I do admit that my blog name might be slightly misleading.

However, I chose The Red Phone Box travels as the name for my travel blog simply because I’m crazy about London and because I’ve visited it many times. My loyal readers and blog friends know all these too well but I guess that someone who just stumbled upon my blog might think that I live in London when they see so many London posts. Unfortunately, I don’t live in London. I live in Croatia. I did live briefly in England a long time ago (but not in London). My obsession with London (and to be quite honest with all things British) is something that I developed through books and movies from my childhood (you see, watching telly is harmful for young children 😉 ). I was in love with London even before my first visit in 2006.

So, the reason behind this long introduction is to say that I’m deleting my blog page (my)London in order to avoid further confusion. But I’m leaving the page London posts on my menu because I have many useful London posts for you. What you can see below is the content of my previous blog page (my) London. I wanted to keep it in some form so here you have this blog post instead of a page on the blog menu:)

Here are some of my London favourites:

MY FAVOURITE TOP 5 TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

1. Big Ben
2. Tower Bridge
3. London Eye
4. Tower of London
5. St Paul’s Cathedral

MY FAVOURITE DEPARTMENT STORE
Fortnum & Mason (Piccadilly store)

MY FAVOURITE PUBLIC TRANSPORT

1. the Tube
2. the Thames Clippers
3. the Emirates Air Line
4. the red double-decker buses

MY FAVOURITE TUBE LINE
The Circle

MY FAVOURITE NEIGHBOURHOODS
Bayswater and Hampstead

MY FAVOURITE PARK
Kensington Gardens

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUMS
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Natural History Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum

MY FAVOURITE MARKET
Portobello Road Market

MY FAVOURITE SKYSCRAPER
the Gherkin

MY FAVOURITE STREET IN THE WINTER
Regent Street

MY FAVOURITE BRIDGE
Millennium bridge

MY FAVOURITE RIVER SIGHT
St Katharine’s Dock

MY FAVOURITE PUB
Prince Alfred

MY FAVOURITE BUSINESS DISTRICT
Canary Wharf

To read about all of these attractions and some other check my page London Posts. 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday:Orford Castle

Orford castle

 

It’s still too hot for September here so I thought that a snowy photo might cool me off. This photo was taken in 2010. It’s Orford Castle in Suffolk, England.

 

 

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Let’s Pack For A Week Holiday With Cabin Luggage Only

World Rose

There are many among us who do not have the ability to travel light yet they equally hate handing over cash to an airline company for their ultra-heavy luggage who is already making a ton of money! Another aspect that turns people off from packing a heavy bag is that they will eventually need to stand in a long queue to collect their belongings.

To help people in times of such a dilemma, we have put together a few tried and tested tips that they can easily carry out to make their cabin luggage light yet hold all the necessary items they need in a week’s holiday. Let’s take a look now, shall we!?

 

Take the right cabin bag

When one gets their hand on the perfect cabin bag then it can be considered that half the battle is won! If not, then get ready to pay till your heart bleeds at the check-in counter!

The baggage limits vary with the airline you choose which is why you should take careful measures to make sure what is the maximum amount of weight you can carry in the cabin as per the airline you have chosen for your flight. It is advised to be vigilant if you have connecting flights or are planning to travel back to your place of origin via a different airline.

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My blogging tips for first-time bloggers

letter box in San Marino, people used to write letters before about their adventures, now we blog about them:)

So you’re thinking about starting your own blog but you think you won’t be able to do it? Don’t worry, all it takes to start a blog is a few good ideas and some spare time. I launched my travel blog three years ago without any previous knowledge about blogging. I’ve been reading several travel & lifestyle blogs for a while and one day a thought came to my mind: Why don’t I start blogging about my travels too? I had no knowledge about website design or SEO or any other technical part of blogging but honestly you really don’t need those things when you’re just starting. You just need some free time to learn the basics of how to set up your blog. Of course, you’ll need to make several decisions at the beginning such as which blogging platform to choose, whether to go free or self-hosted, whether to buy your own domain or not…. But I won’t be talking about that here. If you need that kind of advice, look further. Here are tips that will help you to grow your blog once you’ve set it up.

My blogging tips for first-time bloggers

 

Blog about what interests you

You might be into fishing or boxing but for some reason you think that nobody would be interested to read about that so you decide to write about cats even if you don’t particularly like them, but hey  everybody wants to read about cats, right? Wrong! If you’re not interested in what you’re blogging about, whether that’s fishing or fashion or cats, your readers will soon feel that and won’t follow your blog. Write/blog about what interests you and you’ll soon find readers who are equally passionate about your topic as you are and they’ll follow your blog.

 

Be persistent

It takes time to get noticed and to gain readers and followers. Don’t worry, if you just focus on your writing and continue to hit that publish button you will get noticed. Don’t quit just because you’ve posted 10 posts and have no likes/comments yet. Continue to blog and follow the tips below and your blog will grow.

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Life & blog update: August 2018

Big beach in Baška on island Krk

August was a month of beach time and relaxation. My husband had two weeks off work so we spent most of that time on island Krk. I shared a couple of photos from our holiday on Instagram. We visited town Krk and the big beach in Baška. We also left the island for dinner one day and had a very delicious meal in Fužine in Gorski kotar region of Croatia. Apart from that there were a couple of board gaming nights and dates with my friends.

Baby V. is great. He’s growing all the time. He’s now almost 10 months old. He really enjoyed the beach time. We’ve even been to a couple of concerts with him 🙂 We’ve planned a couple of more day trips but the weather made us postpone our plans.

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My 3 year of travel blogging

in San Marino this year

It’s been three years since I pressed publish on the very first post of The Red Phone Box travels. And here I am still blogging about my travels (and occasionally about my life & baby). THANK YOU for sticking around!:) Thank you for all your wonderful comments and likes and shares whether you’re following my blog via WordPress or as an email subscriber or if you’re following me on Bloglovin‘. Thank you also for following my blog on its social media channels Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ . Cheers to you all!

What has happened in my third year of travel blogging? Well, a bit of travel and a whole lot of everything else!:) I was pregnant and then I gave birth and now I spend my days chasing after an adorable and already mischievous 9 and a half month old baby who crawls at the speed of light! But hey, I can’t complain!:) You can find a few baby posts on my blog but it is still very much a travel blog where I share stories from my past and current travels. Some of my posts are more personal while some are more informative but I enjoyed writing them all. Since we’ve become a family we went on several trips with our baby boy V. We visited a lot of places in Croatia but I haven’t blogged about that. I did blog about our first day trip abroad to Udine in Italy and I still need to finish all my posts about our amazing trip to wonderful but tiny San Marino.

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