On the fifth day of Blogmas my true love gave to me...
Two posts in one day, how exciting! Just kidding, my fingers are getting a proper workout here. Nevertheless, I am having a fabulous time with the Blogmas series, and I am not about to stop and let it beat me. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I let it beat me. So now with the boring-ness out of the way, today post is all about the things me and Nathan got up to when we went to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland!
Since I get to talk about myself again, I wanted to share the fun
evening that was our last Friday night. We decided to celebrate the end of this university semester by going to one of our favourite places in London. We ate plenty, we drank plenty, and we won a prize too! That is literally my favourite place in the world, everyone is so happy and merry, we are all in the christmas spirit, all you can smell are distant chargrilled sausages and hot mulled wine, and there are lights EVERYWHERE. Best thing is, it's only 15 minutes from where I live in London now!
1. We Munched on some Bratwurst & Crepes
Having been inspired from Germany's Oktoberfest, the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park naturally has very similar decor. Now everytime I think of Christmas, no doubt German sausages are one of the food items that I can associate it with. Our personal favourites are the ones that are slightly spicy. The extra black pepper spice makes it that much more tasty, we just had such a fun time trying to take the photos without it looking totally wrong!
Oh, and the crepes? Best. Things. Ever.
See? Not wrong at all.
2. We Drank our Absolute Favourite
And no this isn't a pun for absolut Vodka. Sorry to disppoint, but at least it's still alcohol! To be completely honest with you I am not the biggest fan of mulled wine, but! If you give me a gallon of these Toffee Apple Ciders, I will drink the gallon.
I just love how sweet these are and how you can't taste the actual alcohol. That is the essence of a perfect Sophia drink. So after hunting far and wide, we finally found a place in the Bavarian Village that sold this drink. It was perfect. There must have been at least 600 people sitting in this hut, there was a revolving stage in the middle with a live band singing Cotton Eye Joe, plenty of people up and dancing, and it was just the true spirit of Christmas.
3. We Strolled Through the Christmas Market
Every year I can't wait to come back and take a look through this lovely stalls. They sell pretty much the same things every year, but I am still super attracted to them. They are all just so pretty to look at, even if I never buy anything. Because I always love old fashioned things like that, so if the world could just turn back time around 200 years that would be great!
The stalls all sell something different, it ranges from little trinkets, to jewellery, to fake snow (It's amazing) and even old fashion style prints with the likes of David Bowie and The Beatles. They are each just in their own little huts, and they just warm my heart everytime I see rows upon rows of brightly lit up cute shops. I also feel like there is something really romantic about them, I only wished my photography was good enough to show just how romantic it feels to walk down one of these streets hand-in-hand with the love of your life.
Getting super excited about that fake snow, as you can see.
4. We Won a Toy!
Everytime I go to any of these places full of arcade games, the little kid inside of me bursts out and suddenly I want to have a go at every game there is available. Year after year, I see plenty of people walking around with some form of plush toy and I've always been filled with envy. But not this year!
We first decided to have a go at the game where you have to try and knock cans off a shelf with a certain amount of balls. I just want to insert here that we both failed, miserably. So off we trotted to someplace else. Eventually we came upon this place which had giant doughnuts hanging outside, and that was it. This game also required throwing a ball, but the mission was to throw the bouncy ball into a bucket and for the ball not to bounce back out. I figured out that if you make the ball lose momentum (I.e. Hitting the edge first), then it can't bounce back out. And it worked! Then people looked at me and my doughnut with envy for the rest of the evening.
Can you see just how happy I was that I'd won a doughnut?
5. We saw Man's World From the Heavenly Perspective
Did anyone understand that 'A Christmas Carol' reference? If so, drop me a comment below so that I can be best friends with you please! But even as much as I wished that I was visited by the ghost of Christmas Present (seriously, watch the film), we had actually just found a new addition to the Winter wonderland this year: A rotating viewing platform.
We chose this option over the giant wheel because I have heart stories of just how cold it is on the wheel due to the windows not being full length so there a gap where you can look out of, but that ultimately results in you being absolutely freezing up at that height with nothing blocking the wind. I did want to get an aerial view of Hyde Park to see all of it's bright glory, and to capture beautiful pictures for this post. So this wheel did exactly as I described, but the fact that it rotated meant that people didn't have to push past each other to try and get pictures from a certain spot. Best thing of all, the viewing platform was actually higher than the giant wheel, so we got to keep warm and saw potentially more of the landscape!
Hopw you enjoyed this post! I had so much fun putting it together and we also had a wonderful (half) date night with each other at Winter Wonderland! Let me know what you think of my Blogmas series so far!
What do you think? Will you be heading to Winter Wonderland this year?