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    Hotel Du Vin’s new Summer menu

    I’ve lost count of the times James has had to tell me it’s pronounced ‘van’ not ‘vin’. I’ve been saying it wrong for so long now, my brain just can’t accept it. I’ll get there eventually but in the mean time if I start harping on to you about how great the food at Hotel Du Van is, I’m sure you’ll understand what I mean. So last week James and I went along to a blogger’s evening at Hotel Du Vin in Cheltenham to sample their new menu, along with some cocktails and a tour around the hotel. It was also a great chance to catch up with other local…

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    Lockside’s Breakfast; worth getting out of bed for

    Early weekday mornings are a bit of a struggle; the snooze button gets far more action than it should and I sometimes need my backup alarm in the shape of James to get me out of bed. Having said that, when the weekend comes around I’ll be lucky if I can sleep in past 8am. Long gone are the days when I used to enjoy a 10am wake up. Perhaps it has something to do with wanting to make the most of the days off. And what better reason to rise early and seize the day than the promise of a tasty breakfast. Last weekend, James and I rolled out…

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    The Gin Festival

    Last weekend, Blackfriar’s in Gloucester was lucky enough to host UK’s original, biggest and best gin festival. Gin has come a long way since the days it got the name ‘mother’s ruin’. It’s now one of the most popular spirits that works great in cocktails, straight or with a tonic. Gin makers are experimenting with all sorts of concoctions so it’s an exciting time for gin lovers. Better yet, you can adapt it yourself at home. The festival was created by husband and wife team Jym and Marie Harris in 2012 when they realised there was no festival that reflected their own passion for gin, so they started one themselves. Gin…

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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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    Palaces and Kittens in Marrakech

    After a day of quad biking in the desert we made use of the hotel spa and treated ourselves to a relaxing massage first thing. Slightly different to how they’re done here in the fact that their hands go everywhere. Apparently there are no boundaries in Moroccan massaging. Later that day we headed to the Medina for a spot of lunch. James had done some research into recommended places to eat for dinner the night before, however in the maze of the souks we couldn’t find it. Luckily, we came up trumps the following day. A roof top restaurant away from the madness on one of the more sunnier days of our…

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    Come rain or shine in Marrakech, Morocco

    We’ve just returned from a four day trip to Morocco. We went in search of sunshine; we got some of that but also a bit of hail, rain and the madness that comes from the heart of Marrakech – in the souks and the Medina. We arrived at our riad Tuesday evening and were warmly welcomed by the staff with a cup of Moroccan tea. We wandered up to the rooftop terrace for a nose before heading straight to bed. The following morning we enjoyed our first hotel breakfast that consisted of Moroccan tea, fresh orange juice, fruit salad, bread, yogurt and a sweet treat that changed daily from pancakes, to…

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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…