With love from the Blue Mountains

throwing you all lots of love

throwing you all lots of love

Not quite too sure what it is, maybe it’s the fresh mountain air or the long drive to the Blue Mountains or just a whole lot of colour your eyes take in, it’s always so refreshing spending a day somewhere you’ll never get sick of.

I hope everybody has enjoyed their long weekend so far and as for myself I spent it up in the mountains where I was supposed to go for a hike but then turned into location spotting for the best lookout points and a competition to see how many photos we could take on the edge of cliffs, which I lost because my legs were shaking looking at how high we were.

Sublime Point lookout

Sublime Point lookout

I love how the air is so fresh and crisp and that the views are always so breathtaking. Despite trekking up a tonne of stairs, it’s always worth it when you make it to your destination. That and your body will thank you later for how toned it will be.

"Wait, I need this pic for snapchat"

“Wait, I need this pic for snapchat”

Hope you enjoy some of these photos, something I definitely needed to do before I mentally prepare myself for how busy this week is. Why are there so many birthdays in May?

Have a great week everybody and until next time..

Byeee!!

P.S Check out more of my photos from today on my Instagram here or find me @lalalinee_

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Dear Diary: Road trip to the Hunter Valley

Fine wine, chocolates and a group of friends.. sounds like a lot of fun, if only you weren’t allergic to alcohol!

A couple of friends and I decided to head up to Hunter Valley over the weekend and of course I’m still feeling a little delirious from all that sun I soaked up.  We booked in for a wine and chocolate session and although so informative and a lot of fun, I had no clue what our tour guide was talking about. By the second sip of wine, I was already sweating and according to my friend, my scalp went all red. Some wines just don’t do well with my body. Regardless I had a tonne of fun and loved exploring the gardens.

sitting in the amphitheater

sitting in the amphitheater

In true Alice in Wonderland style

In true Alice in Wonderland style

In the oriental garden

In the oriental garden

Exploring the Rose garden

Exploring the Rose garden

I’ve also recently jumped on the food reviewing wagon because everybody is a little inner foodie at heart, so I jumped on the Zomato app and ended up at this cute cafe called Enzo for lunch. If you follow me on Instagram, the way they serve the iced coffee and juices are pretty nostalgic.

Super filling

Super filling

I definitely recommend heading up there if you haven;t already. We ended up coming home with 6 bottles of wine and 2 blocks of chocolate, I mean how often are we going to be there.

Anyways I hope you all had an amazing weekend. Here’s hoping the working week will be good to all of us and until next time..

Byeee!! xx.

P.S Check out that iced coffee on Instagram here or find me at lalalinee_

P.P.S Find me on Zomato for all my food reviews by typing in thecarolinediaries 

 

Still on holiday mode..

A few weeks ago I was exploring the beautiful country of Japan. I say a few weeks but my mind still thinks that I’m there holidaying it up but then the weather hits me here in Sydney and I realise that I’m definitely not in Tokyo anymore.

My Tokyo trip was pretty spontaneous and with a whole lot of annual leave saved up and a friend to go with, we literally booked our flights 2 weeks before departure and spent 6 of the shortest days there. FYI, a week is definitely not enough.

As much as I wish that I could have all 700 photos that I took up on this blog, I think one picture a day can recap everything we did.

Asakusa sensoji temple

                                                                                     Asakusa sensoji temple

Most of our trip wasn’t planned and that’s definitely unlike me to go into something without a plan. I went with the flow of things and I was surprisingly really lucky to stumble upon a few amazing places like this temple. We spent the first day exploring the city of Asakusa and later visited the Tokyo Skytree.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

I was really hoping that this was some amazing outdoor tower where I could freeze my face off considering it was 0 degrees that day, but have no fear, it was all inside and pretty difficult to get a picture with there being so many people. Nonetheless, the view from it was amazing!

On our second day we of course had to do a tour at Mt. Fuji. It was such great weather and I’m so thankful I was able to see it. Surprisingly not that cold there. It was around 6 degrees at the time and super sunny.

Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Our tour lasted the whole day. It was a 2 hour coach ride from Tokyo, but it was such an interactive tour that time flew by. We took Sunrise tours if anybody was curious. Although, I was still pretty hungry after the lunch that was provided.

The third day was my absolute favourite. Disneyland and DisneySea completely made my trip to Tokyo! We walked through the gates into DisneySea at 8 in the morning and stayed there until 6. From 6 we headed to DisneyLand, but if I could do it again, I would definitely do a 2 day pass. Disney Sea I heard was a lot more for adults and I think that’s what tempted us to go there first. They have a huge obsession with Minnie Mouse that I went a little bit crazy when I bought my Minnie bow.

Tokyo Disney land

Tokyo Disney land

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea

Day four we visited Shibuya and of course had to take a picture of Hachiko statue and walk the Shibuya crossing.

Shibuya crossing

Shibuya crossing

hachiko statue

hachiko statue

We also stumbled upon Alice in a Dancing Land cafe. I was way too excited when I saw it. Such a cute little spot for a catch up with the girls, but the ambience really makes you feel like you’re in Alice’s Wonderland.

 

 

Alice in a Dancing Land

Alice in a Dancing Land

dessert after an amazing carbonara pasta

dessert after an amazing carbonara pasta

Later that day we headed to Robot restaurant in Shinjuku. There is only one word that can describe it and that is WOW! It is definitely nothing like you’ve seen before

Robot restaurant

Robot restaurant

Day five, we explored the Meiji Shrine and then spent most of the day in Harajuku where I bought the prettiest kimono jacket.

Entrance to Meiji Shrine

Entrance to Meiji Shrine

Harajuku station

Harajuku station

We later explored Ueno. There’s a really beautiful park and we kind of just walked for hours.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park

On our last day we had to go crazy with shopping. My friend Rio who lives in Japan took us to Odaiba. It was so good to see her but I’m so thankful I got to spend my last day in Tokyo with her.

I have no idea what this robot represents

I have no idea what this robot represents

We're in New York, but still in Tokyo

We’re in New York, but still in Tokyo

Probably also had the best last meal in Japan as well

chicken katsu

chicken katsu

I absolutely loved my Japan trip and I definitely recommend that people go there. I loved how cold it was there and if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen how crazy I went in terms of makeup shopping. The food is on another level and I’m so happy and thankful I got to experience it. Here’s hoping I get to go again.

Let me know if you enjoyed my pictures and even if you’ve been to Japan. I’d love to hear stories and until next time..

Byeeee!! xx.

P.S Check out my Instagram here.