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    Thaikhun Cookery Courses

    For us, learning new skills and cooking are two of our favourite things, so a Thai cooking course ticks all the boxes. Add to that getting to eat our delicious creation, a highly entertaining tutor, a fantastic support team and a couple of delicious cocktails, and for us we had all the ingredients for a perfect evening! That is what’s on the menu at Thaikhun, and we were lucky enough to go along to the first of one of their new regular cookery classes. Having eaten very well at Thaikhun before (you can read about that here), we had high hopes for learning how to cook like they do. We…

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    First ever Cotswold Bucket List celebrates the quirkier side of the Cotswolds

    Britain’s best service station, a forerunner to the Olympic Games where men kick each other in the shins and a festival that celebrates the humble onion are just some of the entries in the first ever Cotswold Bucket List. The collection of the 100 must-see, must-do and must-experience things that visitors should do when visiting the region was compiled through nominations made by Cotswold residents. The ultimate insider’s guide, The Cotswold Bucket List highlights some of the region’s more unusual hidden gems – including secret woodland walks, microbreweries, the best photographic viewpoints and even a rally school – rather than recommending the traditional tourist offerings that many associate with the…

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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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    Expectations exceeded in Krakow, Poland

    Our trip to Krakow was a big surprise – I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but perhaps naively I had low expectations, when in fact every part of our trip exceeded expectations. We had visited back in March (very delayed post) and arrived mid afternoon. After a couple of hours on the flight, then a bus journey to the city centre, we were keen to do a bit of walking. We dropped our bags off at our hotel and did some exploring to get our bearings. We stopped for a hot drink at a quirky cafe down a hidden pathway. It was incredibly cold when we arrived, warming beverages…

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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: 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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    'My house in Budapest'…

    …is the first line of the song titled ‘Budapest’ by George Ezra. It is also the same line my brother, Rob used as a clue on Christmas Day for the family to guess where he had decided to take us all. Buying Birthday and Christmas presents can often slip Rob’s mind but last Christmas he came up trumps. Rob regards Budapest as one of his favourite cities to visit. He has been twice before so you’d think this would make him pretty familiar with how the city works but more on that later! We arrived in Budapest late Tuesday afternoon, picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel.…

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    Roadtripping for a Wedding

    Last Friday Alan and I packed up our bags, I got behind the wheel (Alan tried to hide his white knuckles throughout the journey) and began our drive across to Norfolk. My lovely Uni friends Kay and Jamie were tying the knot after 8 years together and I was super excited to be invited along to join in the celebrations. Having lived with these guys for 2 years I can honestly say they are the cutest couple I know. Whilst flying the singleton flag through Uni I knew when it was time to settle down that I wanted a relationship just like what they had. It was about time they put pen…

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    My top 5 places to eat in Cheltenham

    Only my opinion, but here is a list of my top 5 non-chain, mid-ranged priced, places to eat in Cheltenham. 1. The Daffodil 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 2AE What used to be an old cinema in the 1920s, The Daffodil has become one of Cheltenhams most well-known restaurants. Not just from appearing in BBC’s Sherlock series but for holding some beautiful examples of original Art Deco, including a pair of ‘kissing seats’ and the projectionist machinery. I celebrated my 21st Birthday here and Alan and I had an anniversary meal here, having met at the local cinema. The food is fresh, beautifully presented and most importantly, tastes amazing. I…