I Am At Mayfield Lavender

I Am At Mayfield Lavender

I am an avid TimeOut London reader. It's where I discover new places, and hear about the latest events that are happening in London. I recently saw a picture of a friend frolicking in the fields of  Mayfield Lavender on Instagram, and as soon as I did, I just HAD to schedule a day to visit. Lavender fields are usually regarded as exotic, and are reminiscent of the fields in the South of France. Luckily, I was just in time to see some lavender fields before full harvesting. Half of the field had already been harvested and the rest will be harvested mid-September. Although it wasn't as purple as I expected, it was absolutely beautiful and very calming to be there. There was also a small shop selling everything lavender, and a cafe to grab a bite. It's also just £1 to enter the fields, cheap and cheerful! Directions to Mayfield Lavender from Central London: Overground train to West Croydon from Canada Water. From West Croydon...
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I Am In Poole

I Am In Poole

For the first May Bank Holiday, I found myself in the North of England at York and the Lake District. For this Bank Holiday, I instead headed South to Poole! In fact, this getaway was a nice surprise planned (and perfectly executed) by my friends for my birthday. I'm not a huge birthday person, I usually wake up grateful to see another year, and just get on with my day (maybe wearing a new outfit). 8am on a Sunday morning, I found myself in a car on the way to Poole - AMAZING! Poole is a large coastal town in Dorset, and boasts an amazing sand beach architecturally extravagant houses like nothing I had seen before in the UK. We spent two days in Poole, staying at the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth. This was really convenient as Poole is only a 15 min drive from the Poole beach meaning we were close to everything we wanted to do. We first headed to...
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I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

I Don't Know Who To Travel With!

Choosing the right travel companion is a key part of (almost) guaranteeing a smooth sailing holiday. Although frequently overlooked, I cannot emphasise the importance of selecting a travel partner carefully, and to not simply plan travels with anyone available at the time. As a young child, I only ever travelled with my parents, immediate or extended family. At that age, this is great. As a young adult and into my early 20s, I became more selective with which 'friends' I wanted to travel with. There's a famous saying that states that: 'You don't know the true colours of a person until you live with them, travel with them, or have dealings with them.' I can't vouch for this more. Although I have not personally had any issues when travelling with friends, I do notice the importance of having similar interests and lifestyle when on a holiday with someone. Something as basic as where to eat could cause an issue if one person wants to go somewhere a...
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How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

How To Pack Light For Mini-Getaways

As soon as I confirm a holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is: 'what am I going to wear?' I ponder over the question until the night before I travel, then panic at 1am trying to lay out half-decent outfits. Having become quite the travel connoisseur over the past few years, I thought it would be nice to share my tips with you all, to help you pack quick, pack right and pack light! 1. NO IFS NO BUTS NO MAYBES Banish that voice in the back of your mind telling you that you MIGHT want to wear this, and that you COULD take three outfits for one day and choose later. NO! NO! Just take one outfit per day, appropriate for the environment, weather and activities that you will be engaging with. Otherwise, you will end up with double the amount of clothes, half that you won't wear. Take one outfit, and you'll just HAVE to do with that one. 2....
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I am at Lake District, Windemere

I am at Lake District, Windemere

Continuing on from my last blog from York, I also visited the Lake District. I did plan on a whole day there but unfortunately the planned day was wet and miserable. Instead, I visited on the following day and managed to roam about for a couple of hours. I have visited the Lake District once before. The Lake District is a beautiful wonder of the UK and I do feel at peace when I visit. At first, we drove to Windemere and walked around for a bit before grabbing some lunch. As I only had two hours before having to return to London, I could not explore as much as I wanted to. Below are some photos that were taken that morning. I hope to revisit the Lake District this summer and hopefully I'll be able to explore properly in the summer heat. Have you ever visited the Lake District? Are there and specific areas that you would particularly recommend? - A Y...
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Best Free Skyline View of London!

Best Free Skyline View of London!

  I consider myself a tourist even in my own city, London. I try to regularly adventure through parks, taste new restaurants and meet new people at group meet-ups. I recently found out about the Sky Garden at the top of the (relatively) new Walkie Talkie building. The Sky Garden is free to visit with prior booking. Once inside, there isn't a time limit and we were free to purchase drinks/ snacks and to sit down and wander around for as long as we wished. We chose 3pm as our entry time to allow us an experience of both the day and night (sunset is now 4pm)! The Sky Garden was fairly busy (due to the festive time of year) but numbers were controlled due to the requirement of a previous booking. I wouldn't really call this a 'garden', there were a few pots of plants here and there, and it DEFINITELY did not feel garden-like. Never-the-less, it was a pretty location and...
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8 things to do for free in NYC!

8 things to do for free in NYC!

I've just come back from a few days spent in New York City! Super exciting, I know! It was my first time in the United States of America, and what better place to break the American ice, but to visit NYC. I will subsequently be publishing a few posts detailing various places that I visited and food that I would highly recommend. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of places to go and things to see that are completely FREE - aka, ZERO pounds, pence, dollars, cents... Read on to undercover the gems of NYC! 1. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens - free all day Tuesdays Highly recommend! 5* - absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. A perfect place to get away from the buzz of Manhattan. Also, free WiFi throughout the park - a mega-bonus. 2. New York Botanic Garden - free all day Wednesdays 3. NYC Aquarium - free after 3pm on Fridays 4. Staten Island Ferry  This journey is about 25 minutes and is a beautiful alternative to...
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A to Z for a weekend away

A to Z for a weekend away

Weekend away?  Here's a list of things you'll definitely need! All-purpose shoes Back-up plan Chargers *team iPhone know the struggle* Diary Endorphins, and lots of it Flip-flops Good-company Hat Itinerary  Jeans Keep calm and carry on Lack-of-sleep Money Novel Optimism Plan *alternatively, refer to letter S* Questions Roof *or tent, if that's your style* Spontaneity Toothbrush/ toiletries Undergarments/ Umbrella *priority dependent* Vagary *def: an unpredictable instance*  Weather-permitting gear Xylophone *who knows where your travels may take you* Yesability  Zest Are there any other weekend-away necessities that could be added to this list? -A Y-...
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I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

I am at Old Montreal and the Old Port

When speaking to anyone from Montreal, they are quick to ask if I've visited Old Montreal (vieux-Montreal). I was told that it has a very European feel and is a pretty place to visit. It has been on my to-go list for a long time, and so I finally managed to check it out! It is located downtown, and very easy to access via a number of Metro stations. Once getting to the Old Montreal area, I completely understood where the parallels of a 'European' city originated from. The cobble-lined streets, small cafes outside and red-brick buildings definitely reminded me of my trips to Italy, France and Spain. It felt like a city a distance away from Montreal. I also walked across to the Old Port and admired the view of the city from ground level. It really was a glorious day (*British person talks about the weather again*) and an amazing day to explore the Old Port. There is also a...
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Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Guide to creating an impressive blog name!

Thinking of a name for my blog caused me so much pain, and led to weeks of procrastination, delaying the birth of I Am In A Place. So what's the story behind my blog name? My name is Amina. My blog name is I Am In A Place. As you can see, my blog name has incorporated my name in a subtle way. It also epitomises the purpose of this blog - to share my location, be it a different city, mindset or place. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by some very intelligent and creative people, who suggested a few names for my blog before coming up with this one. Here are some questions that I asked myself and considered when thinking of a name. 1. What do you want you blog to be about? It's very important that you have an idea of what you want to talk about. Be it fashion, travel, lifestyle, cooking etc. Once you know what you wish to...
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