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Christmas at the Historic Royal Palaces in London

Having recently become a member of the Historic Royal Palaces, I decided to visit three in London for their special Christmas events from 27 December 2015 – 3 January 2016: Kensington Palace, Tower of London, and Hampton Court (it’s in zone 6). Kensington Palace A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:52am …


Christmas in London

With one more week to go until Christmas, I’m sharing photos of the Christmas decorations and activities around London! #SevenDials’ #wreaths with #whiteroses. 🙂 #christmasdecorations #London #instalondon #igerslondon A photo posted by V (@ladyandtherose) on Dec 6, 2015 at 4:52am PST The Royal Arcade – Est. 1879 #London #OldBondStreet #RoyalArcade #arcade #architecture #Victorian #christmasdecor #christmasdecorations …


Winter Food & Beverage Specials in Vancouver

Last year, I visited the top four coffee chain stores (Blenz, Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Waves) to try their Christmas/winter specials. Here’s a list of my favourites from each store!   Blenz (Vancouver only) In 2014, there were 3 different colour schemes for each size. Chai Eggnog Latte – Chai tea + Eggnog = creamy chai tea latte! Starbucks …

Queen’s Christmas Message 2012 & My Christmas Day Plans;

Queen’s Christmas Message 2012 & My Christmas Day Plans

HAPPY CHRISTMAS! FROHE WEIHNACHTEN! JOYEUX NOEL! FELIZ NAVIDAD! 🙂   I hope all of you are having or had a wonderful day today. It’s not yet noon so my day has just started! I woke up this morning an hour after the Queen’s Christmas message had already broadcast. If you haven’t already, you can watch …

120th Anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet;

120th Anniversary of The Nutcracker Ballet

Ballet dancers and enthusiasts, My 300th post is dedicated to today’s 120th anniversary of The Nutcracker ballet, an annual Christmas favourite for people around the world. This is one of my favourite Tchaikovsky ballets, along with Swan Lake. My favourite part is the No 14 Pas de Deux. Something about the music just makes me …

Charity Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child;

Charity Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, I’m not buying any presents for my friends or family. I’m not being selfish. Christmas isn’t about shopping or going broke or the absolute necessity of having to get something for someone. My friends and family will still get their Christmas cards, however. That is a part of me, through my writing, that …