Brighton bliss

Good morning lovelies,

Hope you’re having a fab week – the weekend will be here before you know it! If you’re looking for an amazing day trip/weekend away in the UK you absolutely HAVE to add Brighton to your list. The beach town is only an hour away on the train from London and has a completely different, chill vibe from the capital.

You’ll find pebbled beaches, vintage clothing markets, quaint cafes, boardwalk bars and entertainment for the entire family (games and rides!). What better why to enjoy a bottle of bubbles than on the beach, am I right?

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Not to mention the city has some AMAZING street art. There’s an eccentric feel that I’m kind of obsessed with.

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As I perused amazing vintage clothing racks and handmade jewellery stands – I could not resist buying two gold rings, a hemp bracelet and a Minnesota Vikings NFL jersey (£5 for each!)… there’s something for everyone.

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So head to the coast and embrace that Brighton bliss! I promise you will not regret it.

McK xx

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Queen of Warwick Castle

One thing that lured me into moving to the UK was the absolutely insane amount of history at every corner.

The other week my boyfriend and I were driving back to London from my cousin’s wedding in Birmingham when we saw a sign for Warwick Castle. My “Should we stop?!” was met with his “Fancy a trip to Warwick?” – and we were off! And boy, I’m so glad we opted for the spontaneous day trip to this gorgeous gem.

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Warwick Castle is a medieval castle that was built in 1068! It was originally constructed by William the Conqueror – and he went BIG. This castle is absolutely massive. So massive it took about three hours to go through all of it! You’ll find beautiful, elegant bedrooms, gold-lined ballrooms, exquisite galleries, dining halls — even an enormous walk-in wardrobe for the ladies. I could do with that! But, you’ll also find eery dungeons, metal shops and walls of armour in its basement. The history is literally peeling off the walls. 
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The castle grounds are stunning as well. Not only will you find beautiful gardens and grounds, but you will get a front row seat to experience jousting, bow and arrow target practice, live musical entertainment and wildlife.

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The castle is located in the historic town of Warwick, which boasts an array of adorable tea shops, charity shops, pubs and a market. After we were finished perusing the castle, we headed to the pub for a cheeky pint.

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A day like this is exactly what makes England so unique. Which castle or palace should I go to next?!

McK xxx

North Carolina’s cotton candy skies #TravelThrowback

Hi beauties!

I don’t know about you, but now that the chilly September weather is starting to creep in (don’t get me wrong, I love autumn… PUMPKIN EVERYTHING, PLEASE!), I can’t help but reminisce the stunning cotton candy skies of the Outerbanks of North Carolina from this summer.

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A few weeks ago I was able to take a break from the London life and surprise my family at our reunion on the beach. Not only was there incredible company, lots of laughs and sizzling weather, but the sights were something out of this world.

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These are the views you will remember for a lifetime, which is why I am claiming today #TravelThrowback… I just want to live in the past for a least a little bit. Is that so bad?!

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Hope you all have a gorgeous Tuesday!

McK xx

Cascais, Portugal: The land of palm trees and custard tarts

Happy Friday!

Hope you are as excited for the weekend as I am! I’m heading to the cinema this evening and then to a brewery tomorrow afternoon. Bring on delicious craft beers 🙂

Even though I’m seriously looking forward to the weekend, I’ve still been reminiscing about my recent trip to Portugal — aka my favourite citybreak so far! I’ve covered the fabulous cities Lisbon and Sintra so far on the blog, but now it’s time to focus on this little gem — the sea-side Portuguese town of Cascais. Only 30 minutes away from car or metro, this is the perfect day trip from Lisbon.

What is there to say about this darling little palm-tree lined town? For starters you have quaint streets filled with shops, cafes and bars. Every shop window seems to have something that literally triggers stars and hearts in your eyes — whether that’s a cute little leather crossbody bag or a healthy scoop of gelato.

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Clearly, I could not resist from indulging in the traditional Portuguese custard tarts. These are absolutely to die for! If you go to Portugal and do not try one (or two or three!) of these perfects little treats you might as well not have even gone! I’m serious, they’re just that delicious! Why not pair it with a little cappuccino for a caffeine boost 🙂

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Although the streets that weave in and out of Cascais are absolutely adorable, the real gem is where the sand meets the sea. We enjoyed fab views of a turquoise marina and a quiet little beach… the perfect place to perch up and get lost in your favourite book or have a picnic (if it’s not too windy!).

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Although Lisbon seems to be the star attraction in this part of Portugal, Cascais is the perfect little day trip to break up your sightseeing in the capital. I mean, just look at that view 🙂

xxx

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Lovely Lisboa! Why you need to go right now

Hello, lovelies!

Hope you’re having a fab Saturday! Today I’m dodging this dreadful Easter weekend storm in London and staying put on my sofa. Sometimes you just need a little Netflix in your life, am I right?

I’ve finally had a chance to post gorgeous pictures of a recent trip I took. If you’re wondering where to go for your next city break… I have the answer right here: LISBON, PORTUGAL.

Not only is this city absolutely beautiful, with its rustic charm and unique mosaic tiled buildings, it has everything you need in a weekend getaway: gorgeous sunshine, restaurants to die for, beautiful architecture and the most friendly culture I have ever encountered while traveling. Even our AirBnb host left a delicious bottle of traditional Portuguese green wine in the fridge, awaiting our arrival 🙂

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Our days were filled with sightseeing, strolling down the city’s cobblestone streets (clearly obsessed!) and experiencing gorgeous castles and palaces. And, of course, indulging in traditional Portuguese food including custard tarts, seafood rice and codfish cakes.

One HUGE advantage of Lisbon is its affordable nature — you can find a delicious glass of Sangria for only 1.50 Euros (literally I could not believe it, especially coming from London). A daily travel card, which includes metro, bus, tram and water taxi, is only 6 euros. This place is a steal 🙂 not to mention our adorable AirBnb was authentic and in a prime location (in the Alfama waterfront neighbourhood) for an incredible price. Have I convinced you yet?

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And not only were we able to explore Lisbon, we were also able to experience palaces, castles and quaint cafes in the neighbouring cities of Sintra and Cascais. Just think colourful castles, waterfront restaurants and adorable family owned shops. Posts to come on those, of course 🙂

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to experience Lisbon yourself!

xxx

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Tis the festive season! Christmas markets are calling my name

Christmas joy is in the air! I made my way to Germany for the first time and discovered my new favourite tradition … browsing through quaint, festive German Christmas markets! From delicious bratwursts to warming gluhwein and handcrafted tree ornaments, Dusseldorf offered cute little stands to suit any and all tastes!

Dusseldorf Christmas markets | Photo by McKenna
Dusseldorf Christmas markets | Photo by McKenna
Photo by McKenna
Photo by McKenna
Photo by McKenna
Photo by McKenna

And when you need a quick break from shopping … we eat cake!

Nomz | Photo by McKenna
Nomz | Photo by McKenna

Then we get back to eating and shopping!

Pretzels for days | Photo by McKenna
Pretzels for days | Photo by McKenna
Altbier, three regional sausages and sauerkraut | Photo by McKenna
Altbier, three regional sausages and sauerkraut | Photo by McKenna
Handcrafted wooden Nutcrackers | Photo by McKenna
Handcrafted wooden Nutcrackers | Photo by McKenna

Now let’s talk about the beer… in Germany an empty glass simply does not exist. The second you come to the last sip of your drink, a refill hits the horizon before you can even blink an eye. It is just FANTASTIC.

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Keep them coming

It’s safe to say I’m in a Merry Christmas mindset now! Just call me Mrs. Claus!

Home sweet home xx
Home sweet home

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Living the London life

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Every MDW I’m usually soaking up the sunshine on an East Coast beach with a pina colada in hand, Ray Bans on. Well, not this year!

Since my last post I have hopped across the pond and moved to London! This means Coffee and Cobblestones will be shining a spotlight on the everyday beauty and vibrance of good ol’ Londontown!

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Big Ben
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From boozy brunches to gorgeous flower markets, my goal is to unveil every hidden gem this grand city has to offer 🙂

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