• Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Exploring Devon on the way to Dartmouth

    James and I haven’t really taken any holidays this year, with Mum going through Chemotherapy and our self build project, we’ve not really wanted to be anywhere else but home or plan too far in advance incase we needed to be elsewhere. We’ve taken to booking more spontaneous trips over long weekends instead with one of our most recent being a lovely few days down in Devon. I had booked us into a spa hotel for one night in Dartmouth but James decided we should extend our trip so booked up a Bed and Breakfast in Torquay for the night before. We headed off on the Saturday morning from Bristol,…

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    Roadtripping in Denmark

    For those of you that don’t know, James and I are getting married at the end of May and the planning/preparing/stressing is in full force. Time is always running away from us but when you have an impending wedding that you’re planning and doing almost every detail yourselves, you wish you could put the brakes on and turn the speedometer down a notch. As I don’t have a scar on my forehead or wear a pair of round framed glasses, I won’t be performing any spells to rewind time. Anyway, I digress. So with little time to plan our wedding, James and I decided to take a trip to Denmark.…

  • Bristol,  Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Fashion,  Photography

    These boots were made for walking

    You don’t get much for free these days do you? A smile or a piece of advice if you’re lucky; both wonderful things, but unlikely to keep you entertained for the day. Thankfully there is still one great way to spend a day which is completely free, and as Winter retreats and Spring starts to ease towards us, it becomes even more enjoyable. A good walk is a sure-fire way of dusting off the cobwebs and getting some good fresh air deep into your lungs. We’re spoilt for choice around Bristol: Within an easy walk of the city centre there’s the wonderful Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, both great places…

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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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    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 curtains 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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    Two planes, two trains, all to see a bit of Spain – Part 3

    My final blog post on Spain, I promise. After a full on first day in Barcelona, we took a slightly more relaxed approach for the rest of the trip. I got myself in the map and directed us to Barcelona Cathedral. I’m always in charge of the map. The plan was to then go on to the Barcelona History Museum but I got us lost.. my map skills were sometimes debatable. Luckily we ended up close enough to Ciutadella Park, which is unlike most city parks and more of an oasis. Don’t you just want to dive in? We resisted jumping in and headed back to the seafront for a…