Our Yorkshire Dales Escape!

Hello!

You might have noticed that I have been a bit quiet around here for the last few weeks and in all truth…I was ready for a holiday! Luckily, last week was my chance for a break as me and James made our way to the Yorkshire Dales for three nights to celebrate 4 years of being together.

My Grandparents used to own a static caravan in the Yorshire Dales, so every school holiday while I was growing up involved a trip there. James, however, had never been before, so I planned out a little break for us to revisit some of my favourite places.

Tuesday 23rd June:

The first day of our trip was the day of our anniversary so the ideal day to begin our trip…and the morning that I woke up with a migraine! I wasn’t happy about it but I wasn’t going to let it spoil our trip! Because of the migraine, I didn’t manage to get any photographs of our first two stops but I’ve linked up the websites instead so you can take a look if you like.

Our first stop was the furthest away, to the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We didn’t spend very long here as we had a busy day ahead, but we had enough time to sample the Wensleydale cheeses that they make in the factory and pick out one each to supply our picnics for the week ahead!

From Hawes we travelled on to The Forbidden Corner, which is a completely bizarre place unlike anywhere else! James quite aptly described it as a combination of the world in Labyrinth (the 80s film with David Bowie), Wonderland and Oz. When I was younger I loved spending hours looking for all of the weird things in the guidebook! Unfortunately our visit was cut pretty short due to my migraine, but we did manage to see most of it in the hour that we were there and we will definitely make up for the short visit by going back as soon as we can!

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Our next stop was where we were staying; Mason’s Campsite. I hadn’t told James where we were staying as I wanted it to be a surprise, and what a surprise it was when we turned up and he found out we were staying in this cute little VW campervan! I’m a big fan of VW campers and when I discovered that you could hire one to stay in, I knew that it was perfect for our getaway. Continue reading

And We’re Back! (Florida Haul)

Wow, how long has it been since my last post! Apologies for the delay, I was ill before I went on holiday, the I spend two weeks in Florida, then I came back with a cold! Since then I have been doing a lot of overtime at work and I haven’t had chance to write up this post! To add to the complications, my laptop has been shipped off for repair so I can’t even share any of my holiday snaps with you! So for now I will just share my shopping with you instead!

I will split the shopping into sections; souvenirs; clothes; beauty and crafts, so hopefully that will cover something for everyone!

Souvenirs:

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Since my last trip to Florida in 2006, I have been collecting pins. My primary collection is of Hard Rock Cafe pins, but I collected plenty on this trip to boost my holiday ones too. I picked up one for each of my two favourite rides (the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean), the Pirates of the Caribbean one opens up to reveal a skeleton. I got a penguin from Seaworld because James’ love of penguins has rubbed off on me and how can you resist those eyes??? I also got some cute mini Marvel characters and a Perry the Platypus pin…who was my character obsession this visit!

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In keeping with every holiday (or every holiday destination that has a Hard Rock Cafe anyway…) I bought myself a Hard Rock Cafe pin and this time I also got a patch to sew onto my blanket. Continue reading

London Calling!

Sorry about the mini gap in my blogging again, but it was for a valid reason…last week was my trip to London! Me and James both had an amazing time and I thought I would share a mini round-up of my trip with you all!

We have both been to London before so we decided to do less of the regular touristy things this time and have a look at some other attractions that we haven’t visited before.

Monday 24th June:

Luckily we didn’t have too much of an early morning on our first day as it was cheaper to get an off-peak train ticket, but since we couldn’t check-in to the hotel until 3 anyway, it didn’t matter very much. Our train rolled into Kings Cross Station at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, which still gave us plenty of time to make the most out of our first day. We kicked off out trip by heading to Tower Hill tube station (bags and all!) to jump on our boat tour – the present that I bought for James for his 21st birthday.

As we got off the tube, we had a wonderful view of the Tower of London:

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And we saw some of London’s most famous landmarks on a leisurely ride along the Thames, including this spectacular view of Tower Bridge:

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And as we were docking at Westminster,  Big Ben chimed three o’clock…good timing! Continue reading

Looking Forward to London

So, one of the items of my 22 before 22 list is to go to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. This one crept onto the list after I noticed that my favourite play, Macbeth, is being performed this season. Well, when the tickets went on sale in February James was straight on to ordering us a pair for our two year anniversary in June!

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10 Reasons Why I Can’t Wait Until the Summer Holidays

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It is coming to that point in my degree when I’m am seriously ready for the summer holiday! While the Easter break is only two weeks away, I have a huge list of essays to write and books to read so it’s not going to be much of a break unfortunately! After longing for the summer I decided to share my list of top ten things I am looking forward to about the summer holidays! Continue reading

Rome Photos!

After having yesterday to recover from my hectic holiday, I am now organised enough to share some of my photos with you!

After frantically racing around Rome for four days, it is safe to say that I have seen a lot of it! However, I will share with you some pictures of the main sites so as not to overload my blog with hundreds of pictures!

My first sight was one that I saw before we even arrived in Italy! On the plane journey we flew over the Alps, which was a wonderful treat as I got to experience this breath-taking view!

Stunning view of the Alps from the plane!

When we arrived at the Hotel Albani, I was surprised to discover that our room had two floors! Exciting stuff!

The ‘first floor’ of our fancy hotel room!

On our first afternoon in Rome, we explored some of the nearby sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

The Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain – we threw our pennies in!

My mum, brother and me getting a wet bottom after throwing our pennies into the fountain!

Inside the Pantheon

On our first full day In Rome we had a tour around the Colosseum, as well as paying visits to the Roman Forum and seeing some famous Brits in the local cemetery!

Inside the Colosseum

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s grave – ‘Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, Into something rich and strange.’

John Keats’ grave – ‘This grave contains all that was mortal of a young English poet who, on his death bed, in the bitterness of his heart, at the malicious power of his enemie, desired these words to be engraven on his tomb stone, here lies one whose name was writ in water’

And perhaps a more fitting tribute:
Keats! If thy cherished name be “writ in water”
Each drop has fallen from some mourner’s cheek;
A sacred tribute; such as heroes seek,
Though oft in vain – for dazzling deeds of slaughter
Sleep on! Not honoured less for Epitaph so meek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday we visited Vatican city and spent hours getting lost in the enormous Vatican Museums! We also went to St. Peter’s Basilica and saw the Sistine Chapel.

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And finally, after four manic days of racing around Rome, we spend our last day having a steady ramble round the shops! In tomorrow’s post I’ll share my shopping with you!

I had a fantastic holiday but I’m certainly feeling a cold British summer after thirty-five degrees every day in Rome!