Birthday weekends are the best kind of weekends! Having a birthday in June means I’m usually guaranteed sunshine and the ability to take time off work before all the summer holiday madness starts. My husband actually got my birthday present earlier in the year and I had excitedly been counting down to it. We got tickets for Taylor Swift on Friday night in London and I managed to get out of work early to get the train down to Wembley.
For the amount of time we were going to be there we booked into a really cheap Travelodge on the high street which was a great location but jeez, I had forgotten how basic the hotels are. The UK is experiencing what feels like a never-ending heatwave at the moment and unfortunately, Travelodge hotels do not have air-conditioning. Thankfully we didn’t have to spend long in there, just somewhere to rest our heads after the concert as we were up early the next morning for birthday surprises.
I am a MASSIVE fan of Taylor Swift and this was the first time I was going to see her and I’m pleased to announce that she didn’t disappoint. Even her support acts were amazing, Charli XCX was on first and then Camilla Cabello. The concert was a total celebration of girl power, it was such good fun and most of the people in the crowd were up singing and dancing from the very start. Our tickets were at the back of the stadium but we had a straight-on view for the stage and Wembley honestly has a fantastic atmosphere to it wherever you are sat, unlike some other large sports stadiums I had been to. We were also sat in the Club Level which we hadn’t realised when booking tickets so this was a pleasant surprise. We got to enter the stadium through a red carpet area and the facilities on the Club Level were brilliant. There are so many places to eat and drink and they cater for all tastes. If I was to go see another show here then I would for sure purchase seats in this area again. Even the seats are better, they have little cup holders and are padded. So nice.
Taylor Swift was amazing, she had a great set which included some of her more popular older songs alongside songs from her newer album, Reputation. The show had it all; she had fireworks, flames, lasers, giant inflatable snakes and glowy wristbands which I loved. We previously had these at a Coldplay concert I went to a few years ago and they are honestly so effective, especially once the sun has set and the stadium becomes a giant light show.
We had an early start the next day for a birthday surprise which I soon realised was a visit to the Sky Garden. This is something I have been heavily hinting at for a long time to visit and it didn’t disappoint. For those who might not know this is a landscaped garden at the top of a skyscraper, it has some seriously impressive views of London. We got there pretty early even though we prebooked (always prebook this btw, people were turned away while we were waiting). We had a cheeky little birthday drink and some cake before we headed out for a walk around London. We had a few hours spare before we had to get our flight to France so we decided to check out Tate Modern. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any exhibition in the turbine hall but we did have a look around some of the other exhibitions on offer including some swings outside. We grabbed a quick bite to eat in Wagamamas, because, well is it even a birthday if you don’t have a Wagas?
Before we knew it we were touching down in Bordeaux and on our way to my parent’s place. My brother and his wife were also here so I got to toast my birthday with all my family which was lovely. We only had a few days at my parents and it went by so fast despite doing not a lot other than sunbathing and relaxing. The only time we left the side of the pool was to go for lunch in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne which is one of the prettiest villages I have ever visited. We have been there a few times and love it, so pretty. We had some burgers at a cute little, converted garage which had lovely views of the village. If you are ever in this part of France I would recommend checking it out, there’s a really unusual monolithic underground church which has to be seen to be believed.
I had a really lovely birthday weekend, my husband always ensures that I have the best time and this year was no exception.