The Everglades, Keys and Fort Lauderdale…

Of all the times that we have travelled to Florida, we have never quite managed to make it to the Everglades or The Keys. We always seem to become swept up in the lights of Orlando and the beaches in North Florida. I think that there’s just so much to do and explore that we always seem to run out of time. Anyway, on this occasion, we decided to fly to Miami and explore the southern part of the sunshine state.

Our first stop was The Everglades, a gorgeous national park oozing with wildlife and greenery. We went on an airboat tour from The Everglades Holiday Park . The airboat was super fun and our host very knowledgeable. I loved feeling the wind in my hair and looking out for gators. Luckily we managed to spot quite a few on our trip. They are such majestic creatures and I feel like I learnt a lot about them from our trip. The only downside to the airboat tour was the part at the end where you have the option to hold a baby gator. It had its mouth tied shut and I just felt like it was completely unnecessary. Nobody needs to hold an alligator and the poor little thing must have felt terribly vulnerable. That being said, I would still highly recommend the boat tour and I think that overall they have good intentions with the wildlife.

Next stop was a trip to Key Largo. I had heard how dreamy the Keys are, but I didn’t imagine that they would be quite so lush. I immediately fell in love with the chilled atmosphere, crystal clear sea and how genuinely beautiful they are. The sea was warm and inviting. Possibly the clearest sea I have ever seen and still as a Polaroid. I could see fish everywhere and it was just so, so lovely. We found a little hidden beach tucked away behind some (also dreamy) houses and just existed there for a while. The winter has felt terribly long (and appears to be never ending – snow over Easter, say what?!), it was so, so nice to soak up the sun and feel it on my skin. I loved walking around in flip flops and a sundress. The temperatures were 27/28 degrees every day and it was absolutely divine. What a treat.

Continuing our beach theme, we headed over to Fort Lauderdale for a sunset stroll on the beach followed by dinner at a restaurant with live music that kisses the coastline. We also had a look around the shops. Fort Lauderdale is quite lively in the evenings, so I would definitely recommend a visit.

Have you visited Southern Florida?

L x

A cruise around London Town…


Aaah, London. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, and thankfully the one I call home. Underneath its often grubby exterior, London is such a gem. There’s always something new and exciting going on and I have so, so many fond memories that were created here. That’s why I was extra excited when PGtips invited me along to their Green Tea boat party on the Thames. I literally couldn’t wait to go. 

Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not your stereotypical British tea lover, but I am a big lover of the iconic PGtips Monkey. My Mum is besotted with PGtips and I loved collecting everything they were dishing out when I was a child from hologram fridge magnets down to cuddly chimps, we’ve always embraced the brand. Fortunately I was allowed to take a plus one on our boat trip, so took along Mumsy to try out the various flavours of green tea, mocktails and tasty nibbles.


We had a little walk around town before finding the pier and boarding the boat, ready for our little adventure.


The boat was really nice, and I loved spotting Monkey hanging around.


We found a little table with comfy chairs ready for our trip along the Thames before spotting the nibbles that had been laid out for guests. Ever a fan of food, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and had a delicious plate of chicken satay, sandwiches and fruit. 


Soon enough some of the lovely folk at PGtips brought over some strawberry green tea and iced tea mocktails. The strawberry tea was super lush, even I (who is quite fussy), enjoyed it. I love that PGtips have created some gorgeous flavours for their green tea. Life is about variety and it’s great that they have expanded the brand. 

I would say that the colour palette of the trip was green, and rightly so as PGtips have carried out a new research report which has found that green colours in the home and workspace help boost productivity and positivity. I think that green is quite a zen colour and reminds me of warm summer days out in the sunshine. I’m always most productive on sunny days, so I imagine that this report is quite accurate.


After having a nibble and refreshing our palettes with some green tea, we stepped out and enjoyed views along the river Thames. When you are familiar with London, it’s often easy to forget about the sumptuous architecture and gorgeous skyline. The trip reminded me of the amazing sights that we have in London and it was nice to take a few moments to take it all in.


The cruise soon got extra exciting as we were presented with a six metre high monkey that had been made out of 110,000 leaves! It was a wonderful surprise and everybody on the boat got snap happy (including my Mum who has recently upgraded to a smart phone!).


It was great to see Monkey bobbing around with the London Eye in the background, the sunshine just breaking through and glistening upon the Thames.

Sadly all good things come to an end eventually and our cruise was no exception. We had a lovely time and will reminisce about our trip every time we have a cuppa!

L x