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Europe, Travel, UK

The Cotswold Way – A Walk to Remember

May 27, 2015

Going for a walk with your family and dog on a bank holiday Monday seems like a lovely idea doesn’t it? My family don’t do things by halves and we decided to walk 16 miles in the Cotswolds with my little Cocker Spaniel in tow.

_MG_0797The Cotswold Way is 103 miles long in total, running from Chipping Camden to Bath. My mum and Gary have been walking it over the weekends for the past few weeks and Stu and I joined them for the last stint, Hailes to Chipping Camden. I don’t mind walking but this was a hard walk with lots of uphill sections. Even my dog was tired and I have never seen him actually want to go to bed before! I’m still aching 2 days after finishing so it’s not for those wanting a gentle stroll in the countryside.

The views made up for the pain though. Last year Stu and I saw so many wonderful sights around the world so it’s really nice to remind ourselves just how pretty our own country is.

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Australia, Travel


September 22, 2014

Staying at Base Central.

Back in April, Stu and I visited Brisbane for a week. I never made it to Brisbane on my last visit to Australia so I was excited to see another Aussie city. It’s a lot smaller to Sydney and Melbourne and I guess that appeals to a lot of people and it also suited our timeframe as we were only there for a week. A week is more than enough time to get a feel for the city and the surrounding areas.

Like all major cities it has a CBD with the standard shopping malls but the best parts of Brisbane are the outskirts. You have the Southbank area which is a man made beach next to the river with bars, restaurants and a cinema situated nearby. This is a perfect place to spend a sunny day. Stu and I were here for ANZAC day so the beach was rammed with families.

A relaxing alternative to Southbank is the Botanic Gardens where there are a number of relaxing walks to do or just sit down and enjoy the scenery. If you’re feeling up to a more challenging walk you can climb the nearby Mount Cootha. The top of the ‘mountain’ gives a brilliant view of the Brisbane skyline.

My favourite trip we did by far whilst in Brisbane was our trip to Australia Zoo, made famous by Steve Irwin. It was the most incredible day and I loved every second. All the zoo keepers are fantastic and have such enthusiasm for their jobs and for continuing Steve’s legacy. You learn so much about the work he did to help wildlife. The best of the day is the midday show at the Crocoseum. You get to see birds of prey racing around the stadium, crocs jumping out the water and much more. Don’t miss it!

We both enjoyed Brisbane but we felt like we couldn’t stay any longer here, unlike Melbourne where I could easily live long term.

Australia, Travel

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

September 21, 2014

Once again, apologies for the lack of writing. I’ve been very busy doing my regional work but that is now all done and dusted and I can get back to travelling! I’ve got trips to write about that happened months ago but I’m going to try my hardest to get this blog up to date as quickly as possible.

Back in April this year, Stu and I were in Sydney for the first time and we spent a week with Stu’s parents. It was a fantastic week and we did so much in so little time. Even now I look back at that week thinking it was one of the best parts of our whole time away. The day after they went home was certainly the most home sick we have been.

One thing that sticks out in my mind about that week was a coastal walk we did from Bondi beach to Coogee bay. It’s a fairly easy walk that can last half a day if you take a picnic as we did.

From Sydney CBD you can catch a bus to Bondi to begin your trip there. Bondi is obviously world famous but I don’t actually know why it’s any more famous than other beaches in Australia. It’s not my favourite by far because it’s full of tourists. If you get the chance definitely visit some of the lesser populated beaches around the area, especially the ones along this route!

Along the coast there are a number of bays and picnic areas to rest at and break up the walk if you want to make a day of it. The views of the sea and surf are incredible. We saw plenty of surfers during our walk and I’m still itch ing to give the sport a go!

The end of the walk is Coogee which is a really pretty beach. You will definitely want to stop off for a well deserved beverage at one of the bars over the road. We went to the Coogee Bay Hotel which has great views of the seafront with big panoramic windows. I recommend the Dirty Granny cider, goes down well after all the sea air!