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Travel // The Most Scenic Places to Visit in England #AD

England is so much more than its busy capital. It’s more than bustling cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle- as fantastic as these places are, they don’t show the entire picture of the UK. England is full of truly sensational scenery and landscape, and if you want to be wowed by the views or take some pretty pictures, here are a few places you could consider visiting. The Peak District The Peak District is most famous for its interesting terrains such as its stepping stones and limestone valleys. Located in Derbyshire in central England, there are plenty of Derby hotels where you can enjoy a relaxed stay in the country for easy access. When visiting the Peak District you get the chance to hike trails, explore caverns, visit a reservoir or view the opera house and other historic buildings. Nearby you have stunning Pavillion Gardens where you can see stunning landscaped scenery, beautiful greenery, plants and wildlife. Nearby you have a local village where you can soak up the quaint English way of life, …

Travel // 4 Great Spa Destinations to Visit This Year

Winter takes a lot out of us. The days are dark, our immune system is stretched to its limits, and we want to make changes to our lifestyle to stay more active and healthier. There’s no better way of embarking on a journey of transformation than visiting a spa resort or a remote retreat for a few nights. If you feel like your mind and body need a bit of TLC, check out the below destinations for a great relaxing spa break. Bath, UK The traditional spa town is full of culture and great quality boutique hotels. Whether you are looking for quiet nights and long walks, or want to take on yoga, try some of the best treatments for rejuvenating, this is the place to be. You will love the narrow streets of Bath and the small shops, as well as the designer boutiques in the city center. You can book a tour, visit the gardens and parks, and learn more about the city’s history retracing the steps of Jane Austen. Queretaro, Mexico If …

Travel // Easy Holidays For A Stressed-Out Family

When you are keen to take your family away on holiday, you want to make sure that it all goes as smoothly as possible. The truth is that getting this right can take some time and effort, and some decent research, but as long as you do that you should find that you are able to find some pretty decent holidays which are easy for your entire family. This is great news if you are starting to feel that everyone is a little stressed out and it’s time for something truly relaxing to do together. So which destinations are best for this kind of easy all-family holiday? Let’s take a look at just a few ideas to get you started. Spain There is a good reason that Spain is always such a favourite holiday destination for families: it is tourist-friendly and easy to visit and travel around. It is also one of Europe’s great destinations for soaking in the sun and sea, so it’s no surprise that it remains an eternal favourite year after year …

Travel // Top 4 Favourite Exotic Foods

*Collaborative post It’s around this time of year my thoughts begin to turn to holidays and if we can afford a trip abroad and somewhere new to tick off the bucket list. When we go away, I love to experience the culture and try new foods. It’s all part and parcel of the holiday. Whether you enjoy travelling close to home or on far-flung getaways, exploring exotic or ethnic foods is a great way to step out of your comfort zone. We all grow up with comfort foods that we know and eat from childhood, so trying new foods is a great way to explore culture’s different to our own. Marrakech, Morroco We ticked Marrakech off the bucket list two years ago. The vibrant culture, juxtaposition of old and new towns and myriad of souks to explore made it a fantastic holiday. Kebabs, tagine, fresh orange juice and mint tea are just three foods/drinks synonymous with the country and we certainly experienced our fair share. The street food in the Medina was amazing, combining the …

Food // Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Chester, Photo Diary

A couple of weeks ago I shared my first post from our stay at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chester. You can catch up on that post here. Today , however, I’m sharing a photo diary of the wonderful three course meal we were treated to in the on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurant. All I can say, is wow. Wow. Camembert, squid, the most decadent mac and cheese and melt in the mouth steak and chips. On paper, the dishes above would definitely feature in both mine and Darren’s ‘death row’ meal line up and if our time was up, I would certainly put a request in for the mac and cheese. Amazing. *We received a complementary three course meal each, as part of our stay at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chester. It was just as delicious as I’ve described in the post. Thank you.

Travel // Doubletree by Hilton, Chester Review

I’m a strong believer that a change is as good as a rest and sometimes, all you need is a slight change in surroundings and a break from the norm to recharge your batteries and relax. Chester is a city that isn’t too far away, but one we certainly don’t visit enough. So, when the opportunity for a night away arose, Darren & I packed our bags, dropped the dog off at the mother’s and away we went! The hotel in question was the Doubletree by Hilton in Chester. The hotel Located just outside the city, we were pleasantly surprised to discover it was a lot bigger than expected and had country hotel vibes about it. Popular with weddings and formal events; the Doubletree Chester is also popular with spa days and weekends. Set within impressive grounds, we arrived a little early for check-in, so we took a seat in the appropriately named Garden Room for lunch. Over-looking the hotel gardens, it was the perfect suntrap to sit and enjoy the glorious spring-like weather we …

Travel // A Weekend in Liverpool

Whilst it may be spring at last, sadly the weather hasn’t got the memo and with ‘Beast the East’ part two threatening to return for the Easter weekend, I’m defo longing of an all-expenses-paid trip to sunnier climes. We all dream of seeing more of the world. Whether its island hopping around East Africa or taking a train through the foothills of the Himalayas, travel is a goal for so many of us because it opens the window to new experiences. But, in the quest to explore all four corners, it’s so easy to overlook what’s on our own doorstep. The UK is home to some of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities in the world. If you’re looking for a city break somewhere that offers rich heritage and bags of character, add Liverpool to your travel list. s I work in the city, it’s so easy to overlook the historical landmarks and fantastic architecture right on the doorstep. Especially, when I’m dashing across town on my lunch hour, without even taking the time …

Food // Liverpool City Guide

I think you could ask any Liverpool blogger to write a post about the many different things they love about the city and you’re sure to end up with an essay. Cos, sometimes, there’s just so much to be said and not enough words to express how you truly feel. When the lovely team at Northern trains got in touch, setting me the challenge of doing just that, I had to really think about where to start. I’ve already talked about my favourite brunch spots in Liverpool and how I would spend 24 hours discovering Liverpool ONE, but talking up the city as a whole and what you absolutely can’t miss/gotta see is hard! So, let’s get into a whistle-stop run down of my absolute fave things to do at the weekend in Liverpool – if money was no object! I’ve always wanted to stay over at the Titanic hotel but my boyfriend won’t let us, cos we live too close. I was lucky enough to attend their Christmas event last month in their large …

Travel // 4 days in Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those cities that everyone seems to have visited as one point or another and when I received a Ryanair flight sale email back in March I decided to snap up flights for Darren and I in August. We weren’t too sure what to expect. I mean we’d read up on the must see sights and how the city is split into neighbours and then by block, but we decided not to plan too much and go with the flow. We’re not exactly sightseeing kinda people but did want to tick a couple of points of interest whilst enjoying the sun and their city. So what did we do with 4 days in Barcelona? Well, whilst we chose a city break as our summer holiday we also wanted to relax and take it easy so we combined the two. Mornings were spent seeing some of the sights whilst during the hot afternoons we lazed by the pool. Wanting to tick a couple of the must-see sights of the list and experience some …

Travel // An Ode To The Lake District 

The Lakes is a part of the UK that I’ve been visiting ever since I was little. Just over an hour up the M6 lies beautiful countryside, vast lakes and small towns filled with cafes and pubs to explore.   Truly a natural beauty in the North, Newby Bridge was the perfect escape for a recent few nights away. Since the Frenchie joined our family 12 months ago, we were yet to take the plunge and enjoy a short staycation in the UK….so we soon fixed that with a long weekend in Newby Bridge. Located on the outskirts of the Lake District, it was the perfect base for a couple of nights of rest, relaxation and long dog walks! During our weekend away we headed north to the top of the Lake District to visit Ambleside. A sleepy town located inland from the lake, filled with walking shops, pubs and cafes. The ideal pit stop on our first day for a full English! Making our way along the winding roads, we ticked Bowness and Windermere …

Review // Ragdale Hall, Hydro Spa & Hotel 

Before I even begin I will start with a warning – this post is photo heavy. Ragdale Hall was so beautifully decorated, I couldn’t resist getting snap happy to show you just how amazing it was! Ragdale Hall is situated at the very heart of the country, making it a 2 and a half hour trip from Lancashire. It may seem like quite a way to travel for a spa trip, but this place is so much more than a spa. Housed in an old building, dating back over 250 years, Ragdale Hall has seen may makeovers as the decades roll over, and it proved its worth and the long drive! Billed as a Health, Hydro and Thermal Spa, Ragdale is the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation. I was very kindly invited to come along for an overnight stay, bringing my Mum too as she loves a spa trip as much as me. I have a feeling this post could be very long so I’ll bring it up into easy, bitesize chunks! Food  We arrived …

Travel // 24 Hours in Edinburgh

Last weekend my Mumma and I headed up to Edinburgh as part of her belated 60th birthday present. We spent 24 hours in the city and managed to pack lots into our time. Things to see / do  Edinburgh Castle. Located just at the top of the Royal Mile, you get an excellent view of the city and it’s just amazing to look at. Afternoon Tea. We booked a reservation at The Dome and it was by far the best afternoon tea I’ve ever had. We were so looked after by the staff, the building was beyond impressive and the food, oh the food! Delicious sandwiches, dainty yet full of flavour cakes and two scones each. Finished with a pot of tea and glass of champagne, you couldn’t go wrong. The Shops – Harvey Nicks, high street & designer stops neatly tucked into the walls of the large streets and department store, Jenners on the high street. We were spoilt for choice! Drinks – It was recommended to me to try The Whiski Rooms. However …

Travel // A weekend in Windermere

The last weekend was spent enjoying the sunshine, great food, drink and company in the Lake District. After a stressful couple of weeks, a break away from home was very much needed. And it seems the Rum Doodle b&b slap bang in between Bowness and Windermere was the perfect location.    A cute bed and breakfast complete with a winning breakfast menu, super comfy bed and lovely staff, we were ideally located to explore! The weather was on our side and we took full advantage of our beautiful surroundings by enjoying a walk around Grasmere and up Loughrigg Fell. Followed by a refreshing pint of local cider once we were back at the bottom.    And back to the food. Oh the food. We ate out both Friday and Saturday in a pub and restaurant respectively. Again, if just can’t be faulted. Delicious, cooked to order. When you get great weather, enjoy amazing food and your loved ones company, you can’t help but thoroughly enjoy your weekend. Relaxing in the surroundings and taking a break …

Travel // A whistlestop tour of York

Last weekend, the boy and I hopped a train from Liverpool Lime Steet to York to spend 2 nights in the quite frankly beautiful city. We arrived late on Friday so complete with m&s gin and tonics we made our way to York Central Travelodge. A quick outfit change later we walked into the centre to find a nice bar for a few cocktails. Saturday morning we were woke by streaming sunshine through the curtains and blue skies. The York Central travelodge was the perfect base. Waking distance from the river and the city centre, it was everything we needed. And a comfy bed and beautiful view from the room will make anybody smile! After a quick pit stop at Bills for brunch, we started our day. We wanted to make the most of our trip so we pre-booked tickets to the York dungeon. It was so much fun and a great way to spend an hour. I would really reccomend a visit. We spent the afternoon getting lost down the winding streets, ohh and …