12 Days of Christmas || Day 11 || A late birthday, early Christmas...

The beautiful tree at the National portrait gallery
On Thursday last week I went away for a few days. I didn't really know what we doing or where we were going which made it all very exciting for me even if slightly frustrating because, well, we all know me and  I like to know things and I'm rather impatient. The good thing was I didn't have to wait long to find out what it was that we were doing because I got to open up presents on the Thursday evening and I got some really, really beautiful gifts that I'm so beyond thankful for but the one that explained why we were at a hotel and what we were doing the next day was in a little envelope and it was tickets to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera house!! Now to some people reading this it may not seem all that exciting to you but honestly I have been wanting to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House for a very long time and I could't get tickets to see it this year so I ended up buying tickets for myself to see it at the Bristol Hippodrome in January, so the fact that I got tickets to go to see it at the Royal Opera house was honestly just something so incredible for me and something I have dreamed of for so long. Imagine a very excited Stacie. 

One little issue with the plan was that to get into London we had to use the tube. Now for those that don't know I haven't used the tube since I was 15 years old back in 2005 when the 7/7 bombings happened. I was in London that day and it just put me off using the Tube for life so we did have to get past anxiety Stacie on Friday and it actually went a lot better than I expected. We got on at Epping and had a 40 minute tube ride which wasn't too bad we were sat the whole way there I didn't have to use my crap sense of balance and we got to Covent Garden in one piece. The lift at Covent Gardens I swear has got way better! I swear it used to be the slowest thing on the planet it seems to have sped up, so that experience was much less traumatic than I remember it being lol. 

The Royal Opera House is SO beautiful, it's one of those buildings that you just know will never be built again or anything like it. I'm not even sure they could build something like it again. Which is a shame I kind of wish they still made buildings like they used to, you know with all the unlimited amount of architectural knowledge I have ;-). The ballet was beautiful though, you just get absorbed into it and all the pretty dresses and music it was a absolute joy to be able to go to it and watch it. 

Yep crap photography skills by mwah LOL. 
After we had seen the Ballet I got another surprise and we went to the National Portrait Gallery where we firstly had a wonder round and not having enough art knowledge probably can't appreciate it to it's you know full potential but I did find it quite interesting, especially the older portraits of a lot of the Royal family, some of the more modern stuff I find harder to really "get" if that makes sense because some of them I said "He looks like Golem!" at least 4 times :-/ but I guess if Golem is what they were going for then they were spot on. That however was not the surprise but we went up to the restaurant they have which was really pretty and it had such a great view of London, I don't have a picture to show you as it was dark and all you could see was my reflection or me taking the photo but I assure you it was pretty you could see the London Eye, The Shard, Parliament, Nelsons Column, all that cool stuff and we had afternoon tea. This Afternoon tea was SO, SO good I can't even begin to explain how much I liked it. There were sandwiches I actually liked and were super yummy, the Scones were so good and little known fact about me scones are the only time that I actually eat cream, I don't know why that's the case because normally I depise most types of cream but put it with a bit of jam and Scone and I'm all good. Maybe it's the British in me and we can't resist a Scone lol. They also had little cakes on top and they were all very yummy too and then all the tea you could ever want, what more could you ask for?! 

The Tube ride back was not fantastic it has to be said but that's just because we had to stand a lot of the way and as I mentioned before I really have no sense of balance at all and especially when I'm not in flat shoes either and therefore I just clung on for dear life, closed my eyes and prayed it wouldn't be that bad, and to be honest it wasn't and we eventually got to sit down, much to my relief. It was such a amazing day and I couldn't have been anymore grateful that I got to experience it :)

As always, thank-you for reading and chat soon. 

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