Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas – Balcony Stateroom

I've always wanted to go to St. Petersburg in Russia, and when I was booking my holidays, I knew this was the trip I was going to make it happen! I needed to start crossing things off my "must see" list. I quickly looked a lot of cruise lines, and picked Royal Caribbean as I've traveled with them the previous year and loved my trip! Now that I knew this brand was worthy of my time and effort, I found this ship that stopped at my port! I booked it and here's the stateeroom we stayed at!
My first cruise many years ago was a balcony stateroom. Ever since that cruise, it is the only option we choose as we never realized how much we actually use the outdoor quiet space! We always have the 2 beds pushed together, and these beds were really neat as it's not rectangular! It's perfect as I don't hurt myself as much when I run into the corners! It does have enough room as well, probably because we are short!
Right next to the bed was a little seating area, which is great! We actually sit there if we want, or put thing there. It's nice to have some living space and it's large enough. I believe some of the rooms, this is a pull out sofabed, but I do not know if ours was! We left it as it is and used the little table. Sometimes, we'd sit here and eat off the little table, if we're not doing that on the balcony! It's quite nice to have options!
Then, the bathrooms onboard are always more compact and only essential things should be brought onboard these cruise trips. We had plenty of space as there's only 2 of us and I'm the one that has "stuff". There is storage behind the corner mirrors but there's also a lot of storage throughout the room too!
Showers can be difficult if you're use to a lot of space, or if you're more wide/broad. Even I hit my elbows on the walls when I'm trying to wash my hair, but I can move around.. so I never needed to upgrade to bigger bathroom staterooms or anything like that. But, it's something to consider if you feel like you spend a lot of time in the shower, or simply won't fit.
The last part to the stateroom would be the desk/vanity area. It offers everything here! From outlets, to sitting area, mirrors, drawers, and more storage area! It's the main area for us as we come in and out and put everything in this area.. we do try to clean it up nightly so it's not clutter.
I did a small room clip as well, but these cabins/staterooms are plenty of space for 2 and sometimes 3 people. I would personally think it's really crammed for more guests. This cruise that we took was the best cruise to date and we visited Copenhagen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Saint Petersburg and Helsinki! Although I've been to a few of these places before, Eastern Europe and Scandinavian places are my favourite!
The clip above is the tour of the room! Like I mentioned, it's enough space, but small if you're use to North American luxury hotels!

Cafe Churchill

It was a cold, rainy London morning in September when we decided to take a walk through the touristy area. When we got towards Westminster Abbey, I realized how hungry I was -- and there wasn't much food options nearby. So, we walked towards the Parliament buildings, we found Cafe Churchill where we quickly popped inside to dry up and fill up on our bellies.
This location was really cute, with little table outside - which I can't see anyone utilizing in the rain, but probably perfect for the nice days without the rain! Once we walked into the cafe, we saw this pastry display where I got excited! I love pastries!
We both sat down and asked for some English Tea and I wanted mine with lemon. It was so nice to have and anything hot like teas really warmed me up from the inside out! I know it's just a normal tea, but it was just great timing for this tea.
From entering the cafe, one of the first things I saw was croissants and I noticed a Giant Almond Croissant so I knew that was something I would need to order. The croissant was nice and fresh, crispy layers, subtle sweetness from the powdered sugar, and the sliced almonds made a for a delicious treat!
I thought a croissant for the 2 of us wouldn't be enough, so we also ordered a Ciabatta Salmone which is a great sandwich of smoked salmon, cream cheese and lettuce on a ciabatta bun. This was a little disappointing compared to the giant almond croissant. This only had 2 thin slices of smoked salmon, and there wasn't much cream cheese or even lettuce either! The bread was really good as I believe it was fresh. None the less, I ate it up and continued on my journey.
Overall, it was a great experience, and it definitely gave you a small town feel in this cafe! If I'm there, I'd definitely stop by for an almond croissant again though! Cafe Churchill on Urbanspoon

Cafe Churchill

Westminster/Millbank 49 Parliament Street, Westminster London, United Kingdom (020) 7930 7676

New Armouries Café – Tower of London

Okay, I know it's not a restaurant review, but it was a perfect snack review as we were looking for a little sugar in our system during our visit to the Tower of London. we popped into a cafe called New Armouries Cafe and it was almost a cafeteria style cafe - where you pick up what you'd like to eat/purchase and the pay for it.
As we were here only for a little treat, when we walked by the Raspberry and Almond Bakewell Tart, that was the solution for our sugar rush! These tarts are priced at £3.50 which isn't cheap, but they sure were taste!
Once we cut into this tart, it was a Crisp pastry, raspberry jam and a dense almond topping! The overall taste was really good with the raspberry jam, with a hint of sweetness, and the nice crispy tart was a great balance. The contrast between textures and tastes was magnificent!
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New Armouries Café

The Tower Of London London, UK (020) 7488 3668