Wroclaw Tourist Guide

We really wished we had a tourist guide when we were visiting Wroclaw so we thought we would write one for you all instead!

Wroclaw is a city in Poland that’s think is over shadowed and when we told people we were visiting Wroclaw, the usual response was ‘where’!?! Most people when visiting Poland go to Krakow or Warsaw but we cannot recommend Wroclaw enough!

Flights to Wroclaw are pretty cheap which is why we decided to visit (we only paid £36 return, such a bargain!) and accommodation is equally reasonable. We can recommend the Tower Apartments enough and you can read our post all about it soon!

So if you have already booked your trip to Wroclaw or are thinking of visit Poland heres our tourist guide to ensure you have a fabulous time!

Things you must do during your visit:

Market Square & Old Town- Of course you have to visit the market square and old town when you are in Wroclaw! You can walk the entire way round the marker square and there are tons of restaurants to choose from! All of the houses are so colourful we just had to stop and take a couple of photos!

Tumski Bridge (Love lock)- we knew there was a love lock bridge in Wroclaw but we didn’t set out to find it, we just stumbled across it as we were walking across the mini islands! We loved the sparkly pink, purple and blue hearts they had placed on the bridge! We had to take a selfie of course! There is also a place to purchase the locks on the bridge.

Gnome hunting– There are 300 or so gnomes of drawf statues in Wroclaw to be found. You will wander around and stumble across them or you can make it your mission to try and find them all! We spotted about 15 in the end over our two days exploring the city!

Park Szczytnicki- we didn’t actually get w chance to visit this park! The weather was pretty wet during our visit and it was quite far out we were really gutted though and we can imagine this park on a beautiful sunny day would be stunning! So make sure you definitely check it out!

Indoor market dh Hala Targowa- it started it rain one afternoon so we headed back to our apartment to drop some bits off and have an action plan! We were on our phones googling what to do when we came across Dh Hala Targowa which was home to an indoor market! We decided to visit as it was only open on Saturdays! It was a giant food market selling every kind of vegetable, fruit, dried fruit, nuts & snacks you can imagine! There were also fake flower stalls, meat stalls and mini cafes dotted around. It was really interesting and if you are stuck for things to do we would recommend a visit.

P.s cabbages in Poland are MASSIVE! Have a look at our picture below LOL!

Walking down the back streets- this is something we always recommend when we visit new places and even when people visit London! There are so many hidden gems that you would never usually stumble upon! We found so many cool cafes and restaurants as we wondered around! We also stumbled across a music festival for a charity (read more about that below)!

Seasonal

Christmas markets– Wroclaw has one of Polands largest Christmas markets that takes over 2 sides of the beautiful famous square. The market is one of the earlier ones to open in Poland and usually opens in the third week of November and closes on 31st December. The market is open from 10am – 9pm.

2nd weekend in January – An annal event Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy, to raise money for charity happens every year on the second weekend in January (the weekend we happened to be there). Familys, friends and groups all stand around the city (some dressed up!) with stickers which you can get when you donate to the charity box. They raise money for different charities and in 2019 it was for hospitals for poorly babies. There is also a big concert at Plac Nowy Targ where there are food stalls and games.

Summer- Summer in Wroclaw would be pretty stunning, the colourful buildings and clear blue skies and hot weather what more could you want?! Also in summer they have pop up beach bars dotted around the city and also a floating bar on the river too. Think we may have to return in summer!

We honestly could not recommend visiting Wroclaw enough! We cannot wait to go back and visit in the summer!

Health Trends for 2019

Health and fitness has of course continued to be a trend throughout 2018! We love it it’s part of our job so it’s great that we get to promote this to others!

There has of course been a huge increase in people wanting to live healthy lifestyles and 2019 is set to be no different; in fact we have been chatting to Qlu Health and they are predicting that wellness trends will continue to rise in 2019 and we completely agree with them!

First of all before we get into the 2019 health trends we thought we would tell you a little bit more about Qlu Health. They are new DNA fitness and health testing company based in London. They have such a great missions statement which you can read below:

Qlu Health is on a mission to improve the health of people around the world through the power of genetics.

We have been reading some of the stats on the Qlu Health website and they really are quite eye opening! Did you know that 30% of the global population are overweight or obese, 42% of all cancer cases are preventable and 5% of people

on genetically appropriate diets lose 5.3% more weight than those who are not!

Qlu Health 2019 Health Predictions

See below just a few of the trends that Qlu Health have predicted! To read all of their predictions you can read their full blog post here.

Meal prep

This isn’t just a pretty Instagram trend! Prepping healthy and sustainable meals in advance will ensure that you’re eating a balanced diet day in, day out, and will save time thanks to your productivity and money in the long run thanks to less waste. Keep in even more on trend by incorporating new and unusual ingredients – see below for some examples of these.

Sleep Optimisation

In 2019, the quality of your sleep rather than quantity should be priority. Research into sleep habits has shown the importance of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, how they work in rhythm and balance to optimise your sleep. People will learn more about how balancing these hormones plays a big role in sleep and understanding your own personal Circadian Rhythm,meaning sleep quality and thus overall health will increase. Here are the top ways to improve your sleep:

Reduce screen time before bed.

Block blue light from your bedroom.

Use a sleep tracker to learn how your individual body works.

Reset your internal body clock by going to bed earlier – 9.30pm is recommended – and keeping a routine, even on weekends.

Going dry

There has been a huge decrease in alcohol consumption in the UK over the past 10 or so years. In fact, Generation Z has been said to have the lowest rates of alcohol consumption, and around 10.6million people in the UK said that they do not drink alcohol at all in 2016.

As people realise the short and long term impact alcohol has on their bodies, particularly on their fitness levels, mental health and diet, going “dry” will be taken up by even more of the population.

Intuitive health

Eating intuitively to get back to basics is set to spike in 2019. Intuitive eating explores understanding what your individual body needs –this might be through trial and error, feeling out what your body reacts best to, or through nutrition DNA or food sensitivity testing.

This post is a collaborative partnership with information provided in a press release

Our love for hiking/walking

You probably already know this by now but we just LOVE walking/hiking! There is something about being outside in the fresh air using your legs to get from A to B, taking in the views, chatting and just enjoying the world we live in! Sometimes we like to go on adventurous hikes, rucksack, supplies for the day, compass, map you name it, other times we like to go for a gentle walk around where we live, we also love walking around London and using our legs to get from A to B rather than using the tube.

In the winter we love wrapping up warm with a coat, scarf, gloves and going for a nice long walk, sometimes a stop in a pub is also involved. In the summer we like to take advantage of the beautiful weather and heading out for a long walk, just don’t forget that bottle of water.

The one thing we cannot recommend enough is a good pair of hiking boots and of course a comfy pair of socks. It is important to invest in a super comfy pair of walking boots, we use this website to find the perfect pair of boots, there are lots to choose from, and they may not be the sexiest but let us tell you, walking boots are so comfy and make that long hike a lot easier! Now you have your boots it’s important to get some good socks to wear with them, we really like the Bridgedale brand and love the variety of colours and how soft they are – check them out here.

If you are an adventurous person and like camping and hiking, then you can purchase a camping mat to ensure you get a good nights sleep! When I was in campervan in Canada I could’ve really done with a good sleeping mat as the ‘bed’ in the campervan was not super comfy, so we cannot recommend investing in a good camping mat enough.

Iggy Pizza In Wroclaw

Okay so it might sound a little strange that we went for pizza when in Poland BUT how could we not visit Iggy Pizza!

We read so many good reviews online about Iggy Pizza that we just had to make a visit! Whilst doing our research we actually realised that Wroclaw is also known as ‘little Venice’ because they have an entire area full of pizzerias!

We arrived at Iggy Pizza at around 7:15pm and the restaurant was already buzzing. We were shown to our table and the waitress provided us with en English menu. We had read online that they didn’t have an English menu available so this was a nice surprise!

We loved the interiors especially the giant pink quotation signs! One of our favourites being ‘Real Queens Eat Pizza’! The tables were marble which is of course a bloggers dream so we were delighted with that as well.

To drink we both ordered a glass of red wine for 12 Polish Zloty which is is less than £3! The wine tasted delicious (but like we have mentioned previously we are no wine connoisseurs lol)!

We both ordered a Margherita pizza was which was priced at 22 Zloty, which is about £5! We both added on an extra, Annie had mushrooms and Rach had Prosciutto ham which were an additional 5 Zloty which is £1.

We loved how thin the pizza bases were at Iggy Pizza, they did have a airy but thick crust that again wasn’t too doughy and sooo delicious.

Lol gotta get that shot! 😂

They also gave you the option to swap your cheese to vegan cheese free of charge so Iggy Pizza would also be a good option for any vegan or plant based eaters.

We would definitely recommend Iggy Pizza to anyone visit Wroclaw! We enjoyed great pizza with a delightful atmosphere that certainly didn’t break the bank!

Di Dinette Wroclaw Brunch

Now if you want a brunch place to visit when in Wroclaw, you must visit Di Dinette. It is simply delicious. Brunch seems to be such a big thing in Wroclaw, similar to any other city these days! Brunch really is taking off and Wroclaw did not disappoint. You can check out about Wroclaw Brunch post here.

We soon realised when arriving in Wroclaw how cheap it was and its crazy that an entire brunch for 2 of us cost the same amount as 1 dish back in London!

We both opted for a coffee (of course) Annie went for an americano and Rach had a cappucino. We both also decided to order a ‘cocktail’ as they called them, which was basically a smoothie. For the smoothies they all sound great, but we chose the Mangolinas and the Pink Rosemary which were sooo delicious! We reckon you would be very happy with any of the smoothies off the menu.

For the food we had to go for the waffles and the pancakes as the pictures of them on Instagram looked great!

The waffles were served with a generous portion of bacon and 2 bright orange fried eggs (the sign of a good egg!), it was all drizzled in maple syrup, it was utterly delicious and so so filling!

The pancakes came with seasonal fruit, although we didn’t think that nectarines and mangos are in season in winter. There were 4 pancakes in the stack and the super fluffy pancakes were drizzled in maple syrup. The pancakes came with these amazing cinnamon apples and we wished they just came with these, and lots of them!

The atmosphere is great, with people coming and going and there are plenty of tables. However by the time we had left there was a queue for people wanting their brunch fix!

We actually loved Dinette so much that we visited twice! On the Sunday we ordered two new dishes! Annie opted for the Moroccan eggs and Rach had the bacon and avocado toast!

The Moroccan eggs were delicious it was avocado, 2 poached eggs and hummus but I also added extra bacon! Would definitely recommend this dish it was so delicious.

The avocado and bacon on toast was more like a toastie, we thought it would be placed on top of a slice of toast but instead it was grilled into a toasted sandwich. It was delicious but Rach would more recommend as a lunch dish instead of brunch!

Rach also tried a new smoothie which was the pomarango, it was banana, mango, orange juice and mint and it was really refreshing.

Brunch price Breakdown: Pancakes 21 Waffles 21 Americano Cappuccino Smoothie – Total = 95 zloty including service which is roughly £19

Our bill on the Sunday was cheaper as we didn’t order any coffee! It came to roughly £16 so again another bargain.

If you are in are in Wroclaw you have got to visit, the dinner menu also sounds incredible! So if we return we will be trying it out for sure.

Escape Lounge at Stansted Airport

Every time we travel we have to go to the airport lounge, it just starts the holiday off the right way! It’s very relaxing and the complimentary food and drink is just fab!

As we were travelling from Stansted airport it only seemed right to try the Escape Lounge which is pretty new to the Stansted Airport.

The Escape Lounge is located next to Pret A Manger, which is towards the back of the terminal. You can have access to the lounge for up to three hours and it doesn’t have to be exactly three hours before your flight leaves. We thought this was great as often you don’t get the full three hours due to boarding time! We arrived at the lounge at 3:30pm we we knew we would be boarding at roughly 6:30pm!

When we arrived at the Escape lounge, we were shown to our table by the host and later she returned to let us know our gate number, which we thought was very helpful and a nice gesture.

There is a number of tables in the Escape lounge and a couple of sofas that had all been reserved for larger parties. At the back of the lounge there was also a section for emirates that is cornered off!

Most airport lounges have much better WiFi than the generic WiFi you get in the main terminal and the Escape Lounge did not disappoint. We had a bit of work to get on with so this was really handy!

We helped ourself to a bowl of popcorn and asked the waitress for two glasses of red wine. The red wine was a Shiraz and it tasted pretty good to us (but then we are not wine connoisseurs)!

We like the popcorn option as usually it’s nuts but this made a nice change and Rach doesn’t like nuts so she was over the moon!

There was a wide selection of soft drinks and also juices and cold water that you can help yourself to. They also have fridges that are fully stocked with bottled water. If you are looking for a hot drink then there is also a coffee machine and a wide selection of tea bags.

The food is all self serve which we really like as you can help yourself as and when you want. We noticed there were a selection of sandwiches on offer and cold salads as well. We tried the new potatoes with pesto and kale which were so delicious!

We opted for the chilli con carne with nachos, salsa and sour cream. It was absolutely delicious and we even went back for seconds!

We always find that at the lounges dessert aren’t really a main priority and often it’s just a cake or biscuits etc! At the Escape Lounge they had chocolate muffins, blueberry muffin, raising flapjack and shortbread.

There was also bananas, oranges and apples if you are looking for a healthier option!

There was a good selection of magazines at the Escape Lounge, but as we were on a nighttime flight we didn’t grab any, but would definitely recommend checking out the selection.

Thank you so much for having us Escape Lounge we had such a lovely time and it was the most perfect start to our weekend away to Wroclaw.

Chelsea Creperie

We have FINALLY visited the Chelsea Creperie! It might have taken us two attempts because we were being ditzy and went to the wrong place last time lol! That’s the last time I (Annie) does the directions, think Rach can take on that role from now on she does a far better job.

We visited the Creperie on a Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, making sure we missed the lunch time rush. The creperie is located just a 15 minute walk from both Fulham Broadway and South Kennsington Station.

Upon arrival the waiter asked us if we would like to try one of their rainbow lattes and of course we said we would. When they arrived they were green and orange on top!

We sat in a little booth that was full of Nutella cushions, very cute! And it was the perfect spot for us to get some work done and also have a good old catch up!

We both looked at the menu and there were so many options to choose from! In the end I went for a Nutella crepe (of course) with raspberries and salted caramel ice cream! It was so delicious and the crepe was perfectly cooked.

Rach went for the Amazing Apple it was served on a cute heart plate and was your typical crepe! It was a parcel that was stuffed with delicious cooked apples, salted caramel sauce and a serving of salted caramel icing (Rach swapped this as the menu said it was vanilla) it was sooo delicious and the apples were just incredible!

There were also lots of savoury crepres in the menu which also sounded delicious and had we not already had lunch we probably would have opted for one of them (you know we love the share).

They also had a number of waffles to try and had it not of been a creperie we definitely would have tried a waffle as we LOVE them!

All in all Chelsea Creperie was super cute and the food was delicious! If you are in the area and fancy a crepe then we would definitely recommend!

6 Unique Ways to Improve Your Home with Old Heirlooms and Upcycling

Rach has recently moved into a house, so there has been a lot more space to fill! My Boyfriend is currently going through the process of buying his first flat which is of course expensive and the little money he has left he has to spend on furniture etc!

We have bother been loving the process though and instead of purchasing new things we have been looking elsewhere! We have been on Gumtree, Freecycle, EBay and the odd second hand sale (shame the car boot sale season hasn’t started yet!)

Often when people think about making improvements to their home they always seems to gravitate towards getting the newest and latest of anything. However, there are plenty of ways to improve your home by doing the opposite, with items you might already have stored away in the attic or at the back of a cupboard!

Did you know that there are ways to upcycle old items for home décor? My mum loves doing this! She painted our old coffee table with chalk paint and it looks amazing! Old items you thought were outdated and useless can quickly become featured decorative items in your home.

Display Old Items

Everyone seems to have old china serving were in their house that never get used! They are tucked away and forgotten about unless your great aunt is coming over for posh afternoon tea lol! We love the old China sets and our parents have a lot of it, we will definitely be displaying it when we eventually get our own homes!

We have glass fronted cabinets, and that is where ours are kept so everyone can see them when they walk into the room. We quite often visit charity shops and always notice the amount of vases there are for sale! The older the better and the more patterned the better as well in our eyes!

Another way to use these items is if you have display shelving or cabinets with room on top to place them. What you’ll get is an excuse to break out these typically unused items and add a little flair to your kitchen or lounge.

Repurpose Old Items in New Ways

Creativity is the name of the game here. Find old items or different combinations of items that you can pair to create an interesting new space in your home. Maybe you have an old coffee table like we had you’ve been meaning to upcycle for years.

My boyfriends parents had an old trunk in there attic that they have given him! He is going to turn it into a coffee table and it’s a great storage space as well!

Brown and White Mix Better Than You Think

Most people enjoy having similar colours when decorating a room. However, recently we feel that people are more willing to experiment with their colours and decor. there is something about that vintage wooden table that goes so lovely next to white walls.

There’s nothing like the craftsmanship of old wooden furniture (it must have taken ages to build). Especially those hand-built items that have accents that are hard to find in today’s more modern furniture choices.

Upgrade to gold handles (our favourite) that will help make the natural wood grain pop out against a white background. If you don’t like it, there’s always the option to paint it white to get some use out of it.

Old Porcelain Vases

Those old porcelain vases which have been passed down from generation to generation are the perfect display for some fresh flowers. You can upcycle these items into candle holders, planters, clocks, or even make lamps out of them for those of you who are a little more creative.

Some of the old porcelain has some pretty unique designs on them, which can add a little charm to a backyard sitting area or even in the garden as some unique planters for spices and herbs.

Whatever you do with it just make sure you use it! It seems a shame to have it tucked away in the attic. If it looks a bit worse for wear, then you could always hire a porcelain restoration professional to bring it back to life!

Create Collections of Smaller Items

We have lots of lovely photo frames, vases and ornaments on display on the shelves in our living room! We decided to group them together to create an interesting display.

You could always take these items and place them on tables, bookshelves, or other furniture.

Make a Hanging Display

A great way to make use of these items is to create a display wall. You can add hangers to the back or find some classic shelves to place the items on display. You can take up a large section of an unused wall to create a display that will add character and style to whatever room you choose.

The key here is to not limit yourself to traditional design ideas. With a little experimentation and creativity, you will find that those old heirlooms can be taken from storage and upcycled into interesting pieces that will give your home something unique.

2018 Reflection

So I decided to scroll right back on our Instagram to the 1st of January, to help me remember exactly what we had got up to this past year. It was super cute reminiscing on our year and remembering exactly what we have been getting up to over the past year. What we did notice was a hell of a lot of brunch spots and restaurants were visited this past year, so much so that we now have an entire section on our blog dedicated to this.

Lots and lots of active wear has been photographed and we even decided it was time to purchase our fourth tripod, this time we went for the biggest henchest tripod we could find, thank you John Lewis! So far so good we have not had any mishaps with this tripod and we have even got our self a cool new ‘clicker’ so we don’t have to keep pressing the self-timer button!

January and February seem like they were very quiet months in the world of the Two Brits, Rach did have a flat warming party in February for her old flat which turned out to be an incredibly MESSY night to say the least. We do remember it being ridiculously cold and the beast from the east hit the UK! Needless to say we still thought it would be a great idea to strip down to our sports bras to take countless amounts of photos.

March it was Annie’s birthday and she turned the grand age of 26 (wow how are we already 26 years old). We visited Dalloway Terrace for Annie’s slightly more sophisticated brunch (more on that in a bit). We had wanted to visit Dalloway Terrace for such a long time and it was just the most perfect morning and the food was so delicious! A boozy brunch also took place at Six Storeys where about 20 of us downed copious amounts espresso martinis that none of us can ever drink again, it’s safe to say we didn’t sleep much that evening!

April was Rachel’s Birthday was in April, we had a delicious picnic on Clapham Common and then continued the party at Rachel’s Flat (so many memories were made at that flat it will be missed).  For her birthday day out we visited Darwin Brasserie at the top of the Sky Gardens, it’s safe to say that EVERYTHING went wrong and it was actually very laughable (hear more about that in our vlog).

Annie also ran her first ever marathon on the 6th April, it was the Manchester Marathon and I absolutely loved it.  I will 100% be running another marathon, not sure if it will be 2019 or 2020 but it will be done! If anyone is thinking about running a marathon then DO IT!

May we hopped on a plane and landed in Edinburgh, it was honestly one of the best weekends we have had. We visited lots of brunch places and hiked Arthurs Seat. The sun was shining and we spent our final day/evening at Dundas Castle Estate. We were staying at their Glampotel and it was just so much fun and the perfect way to end our trip.

June was another trip to Scotland, neither of us had ever visited Scotland before this year and it just so happened we ended up visiting twice in 2018. We stayed in 2 beautiful hotels in Glasgow and we were treated like absolute princesses. We had 2 spa treatments each over the weekend and it’s safe to safe we returned feeling very Zen!

July was the month of the world cup! We were actually at a blog event when England were playing Columbia, we assumed the restaurant would have a screen up but they didn’t, so when we heard it was a penalty shootout we were all manically on our phones trying to get a connection! We ended up watching it from facetime lol!

August was when Rach Travelled Canada with her boyfriend in August and had the most AMAZING time! If anyone is thinking about visiting Canada then you must go the views are insane and it is just an all-round amazing place!

September was when Annie ran the Thames Path Challenge which was a 50KM run, it was hard to say the least and I have never felt so exhausted in all my life. I would 100% do this run again though as it was so much fun and a completely different experience to any road run I have done.

October was a big month for us, Rach got a new job that she is absolutely loving, our blog turned 3 years old and on the same day we hit 10K on Instagram which is a milestone we have been wanting to get to for SO SO long! Rach also moved from Clapham to Wimbledon and moved into a beautiful four bedroom house with three amazing girls.

November included a trip to Milan, we kick started our weekend away in style as we were lucky enough to be invited to review the No1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport. We ate lots of great food and drank lots of wine and it was such a lovely weekend.

December was a great month as per usual Annie got offered a new job in December which is very exciting and I cannot wait to start in January! Rach visited Paris with her boyfriend and went to Disneyland Paris which was super cute.

WOW what a year we have had, one of the reasons we love social media, our blog and vlogging is because we can look back and reminisce on all the amazing things we have been able to do this year. Thank you so much to all the lovely brands and PR Agencies we have worked with this year it has been great!

Bring on 2019, we are so excited to see what you have in store!

Beer Gift Guide

Our boyfriends LOVE beer! So much so that we have decided to put a beer gift guide together There are so many to choose from so we thought we would give you a helping hand.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller beer was founded by a maths and physics teacher in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel exports his micro brewed beers to 40 different countries and is acclaimed as one of the most innovative brewers in the world! We especially love the quirky packaging!

This beer would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd and wants a unique beer that you cannot get anywhere else! Even better if you buy a full case you save 51%! We have actually gifted these to our boyfriends and they absolutely loved them! They have already said they are definitely going to re purchase them!

You can also sign up for a monthly subscription where you will receive up to 8-12 beer depending on the flow of new arrivals! You will also receive limited stuff from time to time. The monthly subscription in 500,000 DKK which is about £60.

This beer is also available to purchase from M&S Food, at present it is on offer for 4 for 3, they are for sale at £2.50 a can!

OTHER OPTIONS

Beer52 – You can subscribe to the Beer52 club and get yourself different beers & ales each month. Think of the excitement in receiving new beers/ales to try! When subscribing you can opt for a mixture of light and hoppy or dark beers only.

Annie has actually got this for her dad this Christmas but also knows the boys would love it as well- wouldn’t any beer lover!

Flavourly – Another smaller brand which we love, you can get a craft beer box with 10 beers for £25. Rach’s boyfriend got this last Christmas and he loved it so much he ordered a Flavourly pint glass to drink from at home! Flavourly also do gin too, so you can get your gift for that beer love and for a gin lover too!!

Craft Metropolis – You can have beers delivered every 1,2 or 3 months, all the beers come from London! You pick 12 beers from their extensive list which includes; crate, gipsy hill, mondo, tiny rebel & weird beard.

Craft Beer Experience – There are many companies where you can buy a craft beer experience from, this can include a brewery tour, beer & food matching class or design your own beer. redletterdays and buyagift both have lots of choice for that beer lover!

This post is in collaboration with Mikkeller