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6th May 2019

My London Marathon Story

This is probably the most emotional post I’ve ever written but having said that it’s one of the most emotional things I’ve ever done. Here’s my London Marathon story…

This trip was fully paid for by ourselves, we weren't given any press discounts or freebies for flights, any accommodation, car hire, anything. I have a few gifted items of clothing but, as always, they will be clearly marked below with "(AD - Gifted)".

TRAVEL DETAILS (full itinerary, tips & FAQ's will all be in the final video):
Flights booked with BA from London Heathrow flying into Calgary (Premium Economy)
Car also booked via BA with Budget Car Hire (We upgraded our car to the Jeep when we arrived)

💚We used carbonoffset.com to offset our milage for hiring such a large gas guzzling car, this is the same site we use to offset our flights and other travel too.💚

FULL ITINERARY:
DAY 1:
- Flight from London to Calgary, land in Calgary at 9:30pm
- Collect car from car hire at airport
- Check into Best Western hotel near airport for a good nights rest

DAY 2:
- Drive to Lake Louise (highway 1 - the trans Canada highway)
- Check in to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (pre booked)
- Lunch in the Hotel in the Lakeview Lounge
- Plain of Six Glacias Tea House Hike
- Drinks in the hotel at Fairview Bar
- Dinner in the Hotel at Alpine Social

DAY 3:
- Early St Agnes Tea House Hike at sunrise
- 1 hour Canoe session on Lake Louise
- Grab a quick bite to eat at the local bakery
- Drive to Jasper on the 93 aka Icefield Parkway
- Stopped for lunch along the way
- Check in to Becker's Chalets in Jasper (pre booked)
- Go into Jasper Town for a wander
- Dinner at the restaurant at Becker's Chalets

DAY 4:
- Maligne Canyon walk
- Medicine Lake (no real hike, just took photos)
- Breakfast in the Waffle House at Maligne Lake
- Moose Lake hike at Maligne Lake
- Miette Springs (but we didn't go in)
- Lunch at a restaurant next to Miette Springs
- Pyramid Lake & Pyramid Island
- Check in to Tekkara Lodge (not pre booked, we just walked in as they had vacancies)
- Dinner in Jasper (booked the following nights accommodation in Banff whilst had wifi)
- Evening in the cabin with the open fire

DAY 5:
- Took 93A (road) the more scenic route which joins back on the Icefield Parkway (main road)
- Sunwapta Falls
- Athabasca Falls
- Columbia Glacier 
- Lunch at Columbia Glacier
- Drive to Banff
- Stopped briefly at Lake Peyto but never got out of the car...this is when we saw the bear
- Check in to Moose Hotel & Suites in Banff
- Wandered around Banff Town
- Drinks in an Irish Pub
- Dinner at The Meatball
- Back to the hotel for the hot tub on the roof

DAY 6: 
- Breakfast in Pacini (in the Moose hotel)
- Drove to Peyto Lake, but couldn't get in
- Moraine Lake
- Lake shore hike at Moraine Lake
- Lunch at the cafe at Moraine Lake
- Checked into Storm Mountain Lodge (pre booked)
- Drove into Banff for Dinner at Banff Avenue Brewing Company
- Evening in the Cabin with the open fire

DAY 7:
- Breakfast at Storm Mountain Lodge
- Canmore to find the rope swing which is sadly no longer there
- Drive to Cochrane for the Yamnushka Wolfdog Sanctuary
- Intro tour at the wolfdog sanctuary 
- Back to Canmore (on the 1A) to the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
- Lunch at their pub
- Shopping in Roots in Banff
- Drinks in the lodge at Storm Mountain
- Evening in the cabin

DAY 8:
- Lake Peyto at sunrise
- Banff Gondola
- Lunch at Sky Bistro (on top of Sulphur Mountain)
- Sulphur Mountian boardwalk
- Banff Springs Fairmont (just to look around)
- Beavertails in Banff town
- Walk along the river in Banff
- Drove back to Calgary
- Killed some time in the CF Chinook shopping centre
- Back to the airport

Edited by Simon ❤️
 
This trip was fully paid for by ourselves, we weren't given any press discounts or freebies for flights, any accommodation, car hire, anything. I have a few gifted items of clothing but, as always, they will be clearly marked below with "(AD - Gifted)".

TRAVEL DETAILS (full itinerary, tips & FAQ's will all be in the final video):
Flights booked with BA from London Heathrow flying into Calgary (Premium Economy)
Car also booked via BA with Budget Car Hire (We upgraded our car to the Jeep when we arrived)

💚We used carbonoffset.com to offset our milage for hiring such a large gas guzzling car, this is the same site we use to offset our flights and other travel too.💚

ALL THE LINKS:


Book your National Park passes here in advance: https://bit.ly/2mm6P47 (park passes are per person not per vehicle)

Our Collapsible Coffee Cups http://bit.ly/2lPeA2f & http://bit.ly/2nnvYvw (It's a good idea to take a re-usable water bottle in your suitcase as well for hikes, you don't want to drop any litter where the animals live 😥)

ACOMMODATION:
Moose Hotel & Suites https://bit.ly/31SHDSg
Storm Mountain Lodge (Log Cabins) https://bit.ly/2oW7tWS (NOTE: these cabins do have heating and electric lights but no plug sockets, no tv, no wifi and very poor phone service - we loved this though 🙌🏼)
Banff Fairmont https://bit.ly/2ANBquY

ACTIVITIES
Yamnushka Wolf Dog Sanctuary https://bit.ly/2Ve7RfG (Book in advance)
Banff Gondola (Best to book in advance) https://bit.ly/2mcgXJp

MY OUTFITS:
Beige/Grey Zip Up Knit http://bit.ly/2NsOkX1 also available here http://bit.ly/2MIZqGR 
Round Sunglasses http://bit.ly/34ylAlI
Camel Coat - The Curated (Similar here http://bit.ly/2lY7vfY )
Navy Roll Neck Jumper http://bit.ly/2HP1Nos
Blue Skinny Jeans http://bit.ly/2ozhYPU
Tan Leather Belt http://bit.ly/2URfISH
Beige Suede Boots http://bit.ly/2Z772dL
Hoop Earrings http://bit.ly/2KfDvWx
Rope Hoop Earrings http://bit.ly/2WB3uhM
Camel Hat - Lack of Colour (old style but similar here http://bit.ly/2lhwCKe )
Camel Zip-Up Knit http://bit.ly/2zIuOO4 (affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2lYKOrZ )
Black Scarf http://bit.ly/2NqtqaM (Affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2zPf389 )
Orange Check Jacket http://bit.ly/2zR8mT1
Backpack http://bit.ly/2MJawf2
Tan Suede Hiker Boots http://bit.ly/2NkG1we
Waterproof Snow Boots http://bit.ly/2MOTfBl
Black Chunky Jumper http://bit.ly/2Z6ZJ5G (affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2mZbOZ3 )

CAMERA EQUIPMENT:
Vlogging http://bit.ly/2TLJRmA
Slow Mo filmed on http://bit.ly/2mnrJA1
Photos http://bit.ly/2msHmWY with these lenses http://bit.ly/2n0OCK0 & http://bit.ly/2nV2Ls4

Edited by Simon ❤️
 
This trip was fully paid for by ourselves, we weren't given any press discounts or freebies for flights, any accommodation, car hire, anything. I have a few gifted items of clothing but, as always, they will be clearly marked below with "(AD - Gifted)".

TRAVEL DETAILS (full itinerary, tips & FAQ's will all be in the final video):
Flights booked with BA from London Heathrow flying into Calgary (Premium Economy)
Car also booked via BA with Budget Car Hire (We upgraded our car to the Jeep when we arrived)

💚We used carbonoffset.com to offset our milage for hiring such a large gas guzzling car, this is the same site we use to offset our flights and other travel too.💚

ALL THE LINKS:
Becker's Chalets (get a riverfront cabin, they're the best) https://bit.ly/2oBqspE
Tekkara Lodge https://bit.ly/2psE1s2
Book the Glacia Tour here (advanced booking recommended) https://bit.ly/2prgOGx

Book your National Park passes here in advance: https://bit.ly/2mm6P47 (park passes are per person not per vehicle)

Our Collapsible Coffee Cups http://bit.ly/2lPeA2f & http://bit.ly/2nnvYvw (It's a good idea to take a re-usable water bottle in your suitcase as well for hikes, you don't want to drop any litter where the animals live 😥)

MY OUTFITS:
Black Chunky Jumper http://bit.ly/2Z6ZJ5G (affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2mZbOZ3 )
Red/Black Check Jacket http://bit.ly/2Mi1OEq (Affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2YAJPQN )
Round Sunglasses http://bit.ly/34ylAlI
Hoop Earrings with Bobbles http://bit.ly/2plym6T
Hoop Earrings http://bit.ly/2KfDvWx
Black Hat - Old Lack of Colour style (no longer available) but Similar here http://bit.ly/2mZmia8
Backpack http://bit.ly/2MJawf2
Waterproof Snow Boots http://bit.ly/2MOTfBl
Blue Skinny Jeans http://bit.ly/2ozhYPU
Large Gold Hoop Earrings http://bit.ly/303VSGg
Camel Coat - The Curated (Similar here http://bit.ly/2lY7vfY )
Beige/Grey Zip Up Knit http://bit.ly/2NsOkX1 also available here http://bit.ly/2MIZqGR 
Rope Hoop Earrings http://bit.ly/2WB3uhM
Black Skinny Jeans http://bit.ly/34CNkFK
Tan Suede Hiker Boots http://bit.ly/2NkG1we
Black Scarf http://bit.ly/2NqtqaM (Affordable alternative here http://bit.ly/2zPf389 )
Orange Check Jacket http://bit.ly/2zR8mT1

CAMERA EQUIPMENT:
Vlogging http://bit.ly/2TLJRmA
Slow Mo filmed on http://bit.ly/2mnrJA1
Photos http://bit.ly/2msHmWY with these lenses http://bit.ly/2n0OCK0 & http://bit.ly/2nV2Ls4

Edited by Simon ❤️
 

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