The Learner Observer

Yep… it’s true.

Oh… you already knew?

Right… you follow me on Instagram.

Or Twitter.


Or Facebook.

And I am an over sharer, so you know like, all the details of my upcoming trip… such as: I have not yet started packing (and I am leaving Monday). Or how crazy excited I am. 

Yep, you already know all of that.



If this is all new to you, here are the deets: my husband and I are going to London and Paris for 11 days.


I am so freaking excited!  I luuuuuuurve London and I have never ever been to Paris, so I’m like over the moon.  We booked this vacation on our first anniversary, so it’s been booked since September and yet I feel like I have nothing ready. Typical.

In order to further procrastinate on packing and trip-planning, I wanted to share with you some of the best bits or Euro-inspiration I have found on the web lately…

This is London and Paris as seen from an obviously great distance!  How cool is that?


Some (potentially) interesting facts about London and Paris:


Neal’s Yard in London. So much colour! I’ve never been to this little corner of London and would love to make it there this time around.

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Though I never bothered to go see the actual bookshop made famous by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, I did love strolling the streets in this London neighbourhood for its sweet charm. Now I might get to make it a romantic stroll with my husband, which is even sweeter! Last time I went to London I travelled alone (which I also highly recommend), so this will be a real treat!


What am I most looking forward to in Paris? FOOD!  The bread… oh gosh, the bread.  I’ve never even had real French bread, but I know I want it. I just really love bread. It’s my mission to have it with every meal.


Cheesy? Totally! I am pretty excited to take in this view with my favourite guy, though! There is a LOT I am excited to see and do in Paris, so narrowing this down was tough, but don’t worry… you’ll be bombarded with pictures when I’m back!


The blog will be very quiet while I’m gone since I did no such thing as plan for guest posts or anything… that would require organization on my part. HA! 

You can follow our journey along on Instagram with the hashtag #MurraysInEurope. It’s sure to bring you tons of pictures of food, pretty things, my silly face, and whatever else we encounter on this trip!

Last thing: any essential tips on traveling to these two magical cities? Please? Help me!


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    Casey @waffling

    April 3, 2014

    I have only been to London briefly- but Ive been to Paris 3 times! The Louvre is awesome, but it takes a loooong time so decide what you want to see when you get there! Also, you should probably not try to walk from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower. just saying…

    Have lots of fun!!!!!

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      April 6, 2014

      Ha Casey that is great advice, thank you! I’ll make sure to use the metro ;)

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    April 3, 2014

    i am very excited for you both. Bring lots of pics.

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    Amy ~ Love On Sunday

    April 3, 2014

    GIrllllll…you are so lucky! I took a little blogging break so I’ve been completely out of the loop the last couple of weeks. What an amazing adventure for you and the hubby. I can’t wait to see all the photos on Instagram. Have a great trip! xo

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      April 6, 2014

      Thanks Amy!!! I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned break, too. Sometimes you just need to take a step back :)

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project

    April 3, 2014

    Sooooo excited for you guys! Have a fantastic trip! I’ve never been to either place so I’ll be living vicariously through you via Instagram! :)

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      April 6, 2014

      Thanks, Tash!! xo

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    Raven Corwin, aka Meggie

    April 3, 2014

    OK. We need a LOVE button here on these blogs!

    Neal’s Yard looks so cool. I have to make sure to see that when we go back to England to see my hubs’ family this year. Paris is amazing, but it smells bad. Not to burst your bubble… it’s so worth the bad smells to see it, though, even my friends from Paris say so. London is… WOW!!! I am partial to London because The Hubs is from there. He recommends the following:

    A lot of things are in walking distance (10-20 minute walks).

    For a taste of London from a Londoner, shopping at Camden Lock. BUT, don’t carry a purse, and keep your wallets in internal pockets. It’s not a dodgy place, but you get the tourists as well as the real London folk. It’s like a marketplace. Kew Gardens is the botanical gardens “with lots of neat stuff” (to quote Hubs). St. James Gardens, the royal park near Buckingham Palace where the Queen’s swans live, is a nice place for a picnic and people watching. It’s near Trafalgar square. Oxford Street for higher end shopping.

    For a more touristy activity: Changing of the guard at Buckingham. Westminster Abbey. Science and Natural History Museums. Hyde Park. If you’re into it, 221B Baker Street where there is a Sherlock Holmes museum.

    Food: Belgo’s. They have something like 100 different craft beers, and great mussels if you like them. It’s in an abandoned tube station, so you take an elevator down into it. It is decorated like a Belgian abbey and the waiters actually wear monk habits. You want Belgo’s Central at Covent Gardens (also a neat place with street performers and a market). Soho for food of all kinds.

    I’m excited for you guys. Can you tell? hehe Have a WONDERFUL and safe trip. Cannot wait to see and read all about it!

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      April 6, 2014

      OH. MY. GOSH!!! Your comments made my day!! Thank you so much!!!!! I am so excited to try your suggestions and my mouth is already watering for some fish & chips!!! You two are so wonderful for making all of these suggestions and taking the time to share them with me!!!!

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    Raven Corwin, aka Meggie

    April 3, 2014

    Oh! He thought of 1 more thing: “…also to try the Two Brothers fish restaurant in Finchley for good, authentic, fish’n’chips. Have paddock if available, otherwise cod. It’s out of the way, but it’s one of the best. They take reservations. They should also check out yelp for a good balti (Indian) restaurant near their hotel.” :)

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 4, 2014

    Yay! You have a hashtag! I know y’all are going to have a blast; and don’t worry about feeling unprepared. I have a feeling those two cities are going to sweep you off your feet when you arrive, whether you remember to pack toothpaste or not (although it is a good idea to pack toothpaste in general; try not to forget it if you can help it…lol). I’ve been to Europe multiple times now, but I have yet to hit up London or Paris…so I’m going to have to pick up the pointers from you my dear after your return. Live it up you two! And I’ll be soaking up your photos and musings via social media fo’ sho’! Traveling mercies.

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      April 6, 2014

      HAHA Yep… Our own hashtag! Oh and don’t worry – toothpaste is packed. Oddly enough it was one of the few things I had already thrown into my suitcase haha
      Get ready for picture overload… And thank you for the well wishes!! xo

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