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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 …