Lego Bride Diaries: Part 3 – The Galapagos

Hello. I’m back in the UK now but I wanted to complete my lego bride adventure blog posts so this is part 3, the Galapagos.

 

From Peru our travels took us through mainland Ecuador and over to the Galapagos Islands which was an absolutely breathtaking place. I’d only heard about the Galapagos from the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough and the iconic documentary series that brought this place to my attention. It really was as fascinating as the TV series, they hadn’t exaggerated one little bit.

The first encounter of the magic of Galapagos was when we were on a walk to the beach and we spotted a marine iguana surfing in the waves and then casually strolling into shore. As Rodrigo and I were sunbathing, we would look to the side to see one approaching, not scared of us and us not of him. A peaceful dinosaur on the beach, that seems to be pretty much standard encounter on the Galapagos.

We boarded a catamaran cruise which was to be our home for 7 nights. Lovely to finally unpack, take off my tiara and veil to feel the sea breeze against my plastic moulded hair. The catamaran was incredible and the crew so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The cruise took us round the islands stopping each day to snorkel with sharks and turtles. We walked on lava rock and spotted sea lions, penguins, birds, more iguanas and met the giant tortoises. The animals, no fear of humans, allowed us to get so close they were amazing to see their character and expressions. Our guide, not quite Sir David, was knowledgable and had such a passion for the animals which was clear to see and understand why this is such a sacred place to explore. This reiterated just how lucky we were to be there. Am I possibly the first lego bride to step foot on the Galapagos I wonder?

We were sad to leave the Galapagos and the boat lifestyle that felt like home, but, without sounding like a coffee snob and a mad woman needing to feel connected to the world, we were ready for a good cup of coffee from Colombia and internet! So that was our next country to explore. Stay tuned for the Colombian blog post, but for now here are some more (unedited) Galapagos animal photos. Yes, there are lots…

 

Take a look at my other travel blogs from Bolivia and Peru to see how my Lego Bride, Ariane explored the Salt Flats and Inca Trail.

I loved our travel adventures, but it’s good to be back! If you’re getting married in 2018 and starting to feel the stress, don’t worry, get in touch for a FREE consultation. Find out how I can help you make your dream wedding run smoothly, styled to perfection and reflect your personality, love story and own creative touch.

Emily

 

 

Lego Bride Diaries: Part 2 – Peru

A little update from Ariane, my lego Bride who has moved on from Bolivia and is now adventuring through Peru. Click here for her Bolivia adventures.

I don’t know where to start with Peru. In such a small space of time I’ve managed to fit a lot in and seen some amazing sites as well as challenging myself  with hikes and heights I’ve never experienced before. I do have some sad news though. Our floral arch used in the salt flats didn’t quite make the journey across the border from Bolivia and it collapsed. However, the scenery in Peru has made the perfect replacement backdrop. I guess these things happen on a wedding day but as long as there is a back up plan, there’s nothing to worry about.

So Rodrigo and I continued our journey as bride and groom into Peru with the first venture been a place called Colca Canyon. Like many moments of wedding planning, it had its ups and downs which happened to be very steep ups and very steep downs. We began the hike down which was surprisingly ok in my dress and carrying my plastic bouquet of spindly flowers. (I wish I had a better one but this lego standard style will have to do). The path was so dusty but I kept telling myself it’ll brush off my dress and it will be perfect again. We stayed one night in the bottom of the canyon, relaxing by the pool and having a well deserved beer. The hike up the next day was the real challenge, the 5am start, managing my veil with my walking poles and trying to keep my tiara upright was a struggle. The sweat was deterimined to ruin my manufactured lego make-up but this was followed by tears of relief as I reached the top. The views and back-drop were incredible. Rodrigo was there encouraging me every step of the way, supplying me with gummy bears on demand. Like every couple planning a wedding, it’s about teamwork and supporting each other, and Colca Canyon symbolised just that.

After a couple of days composing myself, it was time again for another venture to find the perfect backdrop. This time it was Rainbow Mountain, a beautiful landscape at 5000m (yes that’s pretty high). However this was topped dramatically by the ever enchanting site of Machu Picchu. After 4 days of muscle aching hiking and sleeping on cold mountain tops in tents it really was worth it. The Inca trail hike to get there took us over high mountains passes reminiscent of Lord of The Ring and were truly magical and inspiring. The trail and ruins had everything – history, enchantment and an amazing unique character. What every bride aspires for in her dream venue (although maybe with fewer tourists!). I fell in love with the location straight away. My dress, veil, tiara and Rodrigo and I survived the Inca Trail. Everything was perfect!

After all the hiking and excitement of Peru I was ready, as every bride is after finding the perfect wedding back drop and location, to celebrate and rest. We did just that in the desert oasis of Huachacina. A pool, the sunshine, an extensive cocktail list, sand boarding and a Pisco tour. Perfect!

Pisco is a Peruvian spirit made from grapes. They use it to make a fab popular cocktail called a Pisco Sour which by the way is delicious. Here’s a recipe for one below. Maybe one to add to your wedding cocktail list.

Pisco Sour Recipe

50ml Pisco

50ml Lime Juice

1 egg white

Ice and a slice

2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Syrup to sweeten

Method

Blend or shake the Pisco, lime juice syrup and egg white until the egg white is nice and frothy. Serve over ice and add the bitters to taste. (Well that’s what the Peruvian bar tender did anyway).

Our next adventure is in the Galápagos Islands. A last minute 8 day catamaran cruise round the protected islands to see the wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature the world is lucky to have. David Attenborough, we hope to see you there!

Follow more of my adventure updates on Instagram.

Love, Ariane the Lego Bride x

 

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Lego Bride Diaries: Part 1 – The Salt Flats

Have we really only been gone just over a week?! It feels like we’ve been travelling for ages as we’ve done so much already! We started our two month travel adventure in Bogota, Colombia for a day while we changed flight. Bogota was edgy, vibrant and bustling. We did a cycle tour of the city, visited flower and fruit markets and soaked in the atmosphere. We even played a traditional Bogota game that involved throwing a rock at a target loaded with dynamite. Good fun but I don’t think it’ll catch on in the UK.

Next stop was La Paz in Bolivia. Blimey is this place high! Highest lego bride ever possibly. We were only there for a couple of nights before our trip to the Bolivian Salt Flats, and man this did not disappoint!


I must admit that before I came to Bolivia I didn’t know much about the country, I can honestly say this country is naturally stunning. The tour to and around the salt flats was 3 days. Zooming over the salt flats into the middle of nowhere in a Toyota Land Cruiser was pretty sweet! My sparkly veil blowing in the wind from the car window. The vastness of the flats was breathtaking and of course we got some fab fun photos on the flats especially some of Rodrigo and I under our floral arch. What a place to say our vows.

 



We then stopped off at a place called Cactus Island. As the name suggests, it’s an island in the middle of the salt flats with loads of cactus plants. The views across the flats were stunning and as dusk approached we watched the sun come down. So romantic! The colours in the sky and across the landscape were so pretty! What a day. That night we stayed in a salt hotel – again, as the name suggests, an entire hotel made of salt! It was very basic but you can’t help wonder that if this was in East London it would be more than £200 a night. I think the Bolivians are on to something.

 

We were up and off early the next day, with my tiara and hair adjusted to the altitude I was ready for the day ahead. The desert’s rocky roads, clouded with dust lead us to the most beautiful lagoons. The most breathtaking one was crowded with flamingos. Rodrigo had promised me flamingos, and his promise was kept! This view was just like the one from a Mac screensaver. I didn’t think they were real. I wish I’d had flamingos somehow in our wedding. Even if it was the hen party. I just love them! Do lego make flamingos? Something I need to look in to.


After numerous vista stops, we came to the geysers. Bubbling away under the volcanic earth, they were enchanting. Smoke from the geysers filled the air. We got to the hotel to find a natural hot spring pool overlooking one of the lagoons. After dinner, we grabbed a few beers and watched the shooting stars within the Milky Way in the dark Bolivian sky. The only light pollution coming from our torches while we topped up our beers. I’ve never seen so many stars and as I sat in the hot water I felt like the luckiest lego bride ever to experience something as special as this.

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It was our last day of the tour and we started the journey back to civilisation and wifi. The salt flats are an absolute must if you’re visiting South America, not just for the flats but for everything else across the landscape. We did a tour with a company called Salty Desert and the bunch of people, drivers and tour guide were fab! Doing the YMCA with a Dutch couple and a Bolivian driver who spoke no English whilst driving through the desert was a surreal but amazing moment to treasure.

Onto the next part of our travelling adventure. Stay tuned for more.

 

Lego Bride, Ariane x

A bit of news…

Happy Monday Evening – A BIT OF NEWS.

I’m now counting down the days until my next adventure! The time has come to leave London after been here for 6 years and move back up to good old Yorkshire, Mirfield to be exact. However, before we do, my husband and I are going on a backpacking adventure around South America.

We’re taking the opportunity of doing it while we can, not questioning if we should but instead taking the leap and going for it. Life is too short not to grasp opportunities with both hands and to live your life as one big adventure.

I’ll still be taking bridal consultations whilst I’m away and answering emails as and when I get internet but bear with me. 

Come with me on my adventure, check out my blog posts and Instagram while I’m away for updates on all things weddings and travel style! Prepare yourselves for plenty of Alpaca pictures! 

Emily x