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    Holidaying on a boat

    Last month James and I went away to Falmouth for a long weekend with some friends. We had been talking about going away together for months and finally got something pretty special booked up. We scoured the internet before stumbling upon a spot just on the outskirts of Falmouth town centre. What made it so special you ask? Well, it was in fact a boat. A boat with all the necessities: the top floor was all open plan with a big kitchen, dining area, and a large lounging space with lots of glass to enjoy the views. It gave the impression that you could almost walk out onto the outdoor…

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    Things to do in Barcelona

    With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help. Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a…

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    Italian restaurant with a view

    Last year our neighbour told usĀ about a lovely Italian restaurant down in Clevedon. You may be wondering why we would travel all the way to Clevedon to enjoy Italian food when we have an abundance of such restaurants on our doorstep. Well, what Bristol City Centre is missing, is a cracking seaview. The restaurant in question was Il Giardino. A family run business that’s been going for over 25 years, so they must be doing something right. We visited back in the Summer, you know, about three weeks ago when we had our very short-lived British Summer. It was almost too hot to sit outside however there was a light…

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    St Lucia, The Caribbean

    After a rubbish start to the year, James and I wanted to get away to somewhere we could recharge the batteries, soak up some sunshine and completely switch off. We wanted something last minute and in April it meant we needed to go long haul. After listing our requirements to the travel agent, they suggested St Lucia and we happily agreed. Within four weeks of booking we were on our way, saying goodbye to the dreary English weather (that had forecast snow whilst we were away) and preparing our bodies for some serious relaxation. The island of St Lucia is pretty small, approximately 43km long by 22km wide, you’d think…

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    Staycation adventures

    Holidaying in the UK used to be a regular occurrence for the family and I. We enjoyed holidays abroad as well but I remember weeks away spent in Cornwall, Devon and the like with glorious sunshine – it was almost as if you didn’t need to step on an aeroplane at all over the summer. Recently however, British summers seem to be dwindling; every morning since May involves a peak through the curtainsĀ to see if the sun has decided to show it’s face. You can no longer trust those weather apps that promise a beautiful day that then surprise you with a 5 hour downpour – and vice versa. It’s…

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    Watergate Bay Hotel

    Last weekend was James’ birthday; he’s a tricky one to buy for so I decided to take him away for a couple of days. When I first started my current job nearly three years ago, an old work friend told me about this great hotel right on the beach, with amazing food and an indulgent spa all within walking distance of your hotel room. Ever since I have wanted to visit but haven’t found a good enough reason. So, if I can’t spoil James with pressies, I’ll spoil him with a two night stay at Watergate Bay Hotel. Just over two and a half hours away from Bristol, on the…

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    Roadtripping in Croatia: Dubrovnik

    Our final stop and the last few days of our holiday were spent in Dubrovnik. When I was researching where to go in Croatia, most websites said that you couldn’t miss off a trip to Dubrovnik and they were so right! It took a long 6 hour coach journey from Zadar to get there but we were both glad we made the effort. The coach journey wasn’t all that bad – we passed through a small part of Bosnia so had to have our passports checked and drove all along the coast. The views were amazing. We were staying right in the centre of the old city walls, surrounded by…

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    Roadtripping in Croatia: Split and Hvar

    I have wanted to go to Croatia for some time now. My brother raved about it when he returned from his European travels and I’d heard of the stunning landscapes from many others who had holidayed there. I put the idea to James as a potential summer holiday. He had already been to parts of it but was more than happy to make the trip again – that’s got to be a good sign! We decided to visit Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik with three days in each. Bristol Airport has flights direct to Split so we began our trip there. We arrived at our Apartment around 6pm, enough time to…

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    SWIG: A hip hip-flask

    A hip flask holds more connotations of being a mens accessory. Something a suave gentleman pops in the inside of their blazer or jacket and dips into every now and then. I’d like to change this stereotype, make it more acceptable for women to carry one and I think SWIG could be the answer. SWIG was setup in 2013 by David Galbraith, who sold everything he owned and moved across the country to pursue his vision of making the world’s most reliable hip flask brand. I was very kindly sent the Executive Moulded Union Jack edition that I took on my summer holiday to Croatia. I’m a sucker for good…