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One Day in London

October 23, 2015

Last Saturday I spent the day in London with my mum for a bit of mother daughter time. We booked a return coach (so cheap with Megabus!) and had a loose plan of going round the shops and having a meal somewhere.

  
I was in London only a couple of weeks ago for work but I didn’t get a chance to see much more than the tube station and the office so it was nice to be a bit more of a tourist for once. First stop was Harrods as we knew they would have all the Christmas stuff out in the food hall. This made me seriously excited for the Christmas season to be upon us! Keeping in the tradition of shopping in expensive stores, we went to Harvey Nichols next. They also had their Christmas gear out so we really couldn’t get away it all.

Now lunch was something to get excited about. One of mine and Stu’s favourite restaurants in Australia was Vapiano. We went to one in Sydney, Mebourne and Surfers Paradise. In fact the only one we missed out was Brisbane! Anyway, Vapiano is now in the UK! They have 3 branches in London and one opening in Manchester next month (Vapiano if you’re reading this – please come to Bristol next!). Mum and I went to the Soho branch and I was filled with happiness as soon as we walked in. The restaurant was so similar to the ones in Australia and brought back so many memories. The menu was the same as Australia and Mum and I both had bruschetta followed by a pasta dish. If you haven’t been to a Vapiano before, your meal is cooked in front of you as you order and you can really taste how fresh it is. We loved it! I can’t really recommend it enough – just go!

   
    
 After lunch we headed to Regent St and Oxford St for a bit of retail therapy. It’s so busy shopping in London on Saturday and I can imagine its only going to get worst in the build up to Christmas.

  
Come 5pm, Mum had a treat booked for the two of us, a trip to Ice Bar London! This was so much fun and I’ll write a whole blog post about it soon.

  
Before long, it was time to head back home. It’s only a couple of hours to London from home and I sometimes forget just how easy it is to get there. I might see if I can squeeze another trip in soon…

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A Trip to Frome.

September 27, 2015
Frome

This weekend Stu and I stayed in Frome as one of my good friends from university was getting married. It was so lovely to see her again and amazing to see her married. I know her and her husband will have many happy years together.

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Anyway this was mine and Stu’s first time in Frome and it is such a pretty place! It’s got the beauty of Bath but much more quaint. The main high street has a real community feel as everyone seemed to know each other or they were just overly friendly!

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Frome is full of small independent shops selling gorgeous items and country pubs selling good food and drink. After a little wander around the cobbled streets, Stu and I decided to try out The Artisan. It was a really nice sunny day so we sat out on the garden terrace with a drink each, making the most of the last of summer sun. All the food on the menu sounded amazing but we decided on a sharing board from the specials menu. It came out on a wooden slate and looked incredible. To our joy, it tasted even better than it looked. I actually want to go back now and eat it all again.

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Frome is definitely worth a day trip if you’re ever in the area. It’s even a nice drive if you’re heading to Frome from Bristol way. Lots of villages that I would love to live in!

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Have you been to Frome? What did you think?

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

August 11, 2015

It’s official. Bristol loves balloons. The whole city went balloon mad last week. Facebook and Instagram were full of arty shots of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and some balloons in the sky.

To be fair, when the weathers good, the Balloon Fiesta is a good day out. We went to Ashton Court on Saturday afternoon with some friends so we managed to watch the balloons go up, have a few drinks in the sun and then watch the night glow and fireworks afterwards. There’s also lots of fairground rides and stalls to keep you entertained if you spend the whole day there.

You don’t have to go in to Ashton Court, lots of people sit in the Clifton area and just watch the balloons take flight which can be a much nicer experience than battling the crowds to get a good spot to watch the night glow.


If you haven’t been before the night glow is basically the balloons being lit up in time to music – it looks much better than it sounds, trust me! The balloons are all different shapes and sizes, from Minions to Penguins and everything in between. What was your favourite this year?

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is yet another reason why this city is so great! Did you enjoy the balloon fiesta this year?

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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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A Cornish Adventure!

May 19, 2015

Last weekend, Stu and I travelled down to Cornwall to visit some friends we travelled around Australia and Bali with. We stayed at their house near Penzance but explored quite a bit of the surrounding area.

On the Friday night we ate at The Godolphin Arms in Marazion which overlooks the famous St Michael’s Mount. The food was amazing but I ate way too much and drank too much cider so left with the biggest food baby Cornwall has ever seen. Yay!


Saturday was spent riding quad bikes on our friend’s farm, walking to St Michael’s Mount, relaxing on the beach and visiting Lands End. I went to Lands End when I was younger and remember the sign being quite big so I had to laugh when I realised just how small it is.


          Stu’s family have a ‘Cornish Pasty club’ which to join you have to eat a large pasty in one sitting every time you visit Cornwall. It was a struggle and a half but I’m now a official member! This brought on another food baby unfortunately so I was glad of the amount of walking we did this weekend.


 On Saturday night we had dinner in St Ives at The Firehouse restaurant. I had the seabass risotto which was delicious, especially when washed down with lots of wine and cocktails!


We were treated to a night out in Penzance afterwards which despite us being warned not to expect much, was actually quite good! We went to a few different bars and finished up in The Sound nightclub.


We woke up on Sunday expecting to feel horrific but we were all okay and felt better again after breakfast and then a coastal walk by Prussia Cove. Thank you James for driving us all over Cornwall, we had a great time! It was fantastic seeing friends from travelling again, reminiscing about Australia and Bali and talking about where we want to go next.

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From Western Australia to Weston Super Mare! 

April 23, 2015

The last time I went to a beach, it looked a little like this…

  
Last Sunday I went to the nearest beach to my hometown, Weston Super Mare. Usually calling it a beach can be a bit of a stretch because it can look like miles of mud before you hit the sea. However, it didn’t look too bad this time and it was good to see the traditional donkeys were still walking along the beach. 

  
We may not have had the heat that Australia has but the sun was shining so we got to have a walk along the sea front and experience Weston’s biggest attraction – The Grand Pier! 

  
The Grand Pier burnt down in 2008 and had to be completely rebuilt, opening again in 2010. I haven’t been on the Pier since it reopened so I was excited to see how it had changed. 

From memory, the exterior hadn’t changed too much. Most piers look very similar don’t they? The train that runs up and down the pier is still there, as well as all the benches to eat your fish and chips on! The inside of the building, where the arcade is, was a lot more modern than I remembered. It was a relief to see the penny slot machines amongst all the fancy games and rides (that makes me sound so old haha!). You have got to love the penny slots though. There’s nothing better than spending all your 2ps on trying to win a silly little prize that you don’t really want. We also went on the ghost train which was more funny than scary but I still jumped a couple of times! 

  
We also went out for lunch in Weston, eating at The Old Thatched Cottage – Weston’s oldest building. It was really busy in there, which is usually a good sign. As it was a Sunday, some of us had the Sunday Roast and others chose from the normal lunch menu. I had the oregano chicken on ciabatta bread which was delicious! The roast looked really impressive too, especially the cauliflower and broccoli baked in cheese. What really sets The Old Thatched Cottage above the rest though, is the service. The manager goes above and beyond to make me feel special and to make your visit an entertaining one. He kept the whole restaurant happy and laughing at his jokes. Definitely a reason to visit again!

You can view their website here. 

 All in all, I had a really good time at Weston. It’s always nice to spend quality time with family and to visit a childhood haunt!