Days Out: London Eye & Kensington Palace

Last Sunday we had the most perfect family day out in London doing touristy things! My love for London is well known but there are still more than a few attractions I’ve not visited, but now I can tick another two off my list thanks to 365 Tickets! According to my mum I turned down the chance to go on the London Eye (then called the Millennium Eye) for my 16th Birthday! What was I thinking? Moody teenager apparently… but I love getting a birds-eye view of anywhere and Sam…

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London with the kids

We’re off to London next weekend for a family day out, we’re going to experience the London Eye and then spend the day exploring Kensington Palace (please cross your fingers for nice weather for us!) I’ve said before on my blog that I love London, I can’t pinpoint why exactly though, perhaps because I was born there or perhaps because I can leave the hustle and hubbub behind at the end of the day and return to the South Coast! I’ve always been interested in the history, how it grew and…

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Travel: A day out in Hastings

  Last Sunday we spent the day in Hastings being tourists! We hadn’t had a family day out a while and Hastings is about an hour drive from us, long enough to not go very often but not so far that the journey is unbearable with two children! Hastings is a seaside town in East Sussex and is the heart of 1066 Country, close to the site of the Battle of 1066. Is it just me who gets weirded out with just how long ago that was? I try and imagine…

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Wanderlust: Cornwall

We’ve only been to Cornwall once for a holiday and it was about four weeks before I had Athena. Therefore my energy levels weren’t that high and there were a few things we chose not to do, although climbing all the steps up to the top of Tintagel Castle wasn’t one of them! The lady selling tickets even asked me not to go into labour up there or we’d need a helicopter to get off! We’d like to go back to cornwall with the children at some point, because there…

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I’m going Skiing!

Anyone who was reading my blog at the start of the year may remember me mentioning that Sam went off on a ‘lads holiday’ to Morzine in France for a snowy holiday, where he broke his elbow on the first day snowboarding! Well somehow he has persuaded me to go next year with him! In fact I didn’t need much persuading as this one isn’t a lads holiday and it will be us and two more families who we know really well. Also if I didn’t go it would mean…

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Bluestone – Activities

You could quite happily spend your time at Bluestone exploring the outside areas, the nature walks and the lakes but there is a lot more to do experience on top of that! (Read the first part of our Bluestone experience here if you missed it!) The Adventure Centre: soft play, mini golf, bouncy castle, Lego area, arcade games, separate kids play rooms like the Circus Room, wall climbing, rope swinging and loads more! There is also a lovely cafe that serves a buffet breakfast and snacks and drinks throughout the…

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Travel: Bluestone Wales

Last week we spent five lovely days at Bluestone in Wales. If you’re not familiar with them then think mountains, peacefulness, family friendly and lovely lodges and you’ll be half way there! I’ll freely admit that I was a little sceptical about what to expect from our ‘free range’ holiday at Bluestone. I’d read a few other blog reviews and thought perhaps people were seeing their holidays through rose tinted glasses as it was a review but now I’m home and starting to write this I really do think it’s…

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Bluestone: What I’m looking forward to

In just under two weeks time I will be heading off to Bluestone Resort in Wales, with Sam and the babies (I will stop referring to Athena as a baby when she hits 2… maybe!) and our lovely good friends and their daughter too. I cannot WAIT! A few people have likened maternity leae to holiday, not these last few weeks that’s for sure! A change of scenery will do us good, and Athena will be over the moon to spend a whole week with her daddy, who is clearly…

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My tips for travelling abroad when you’re pregnant

Over my two pregnancies I have flown abroad three times. I went to Egypt on our honeymoon at 13 weeks pregnant, then to the Czech Republic at 22 weeks pregnant, and during this pregnancy went to Morocco at 18 weeks. Prague at 22 weeks, so many layers that the bump’s not visible! Both Egypt and Morocco were warm holidays, with Egypt reaching 31 degrees on a couple of days. Prague was the complete opposite and the temperature reached a chilly -15 degrees on one day with a foot of snow!…

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Marrakesh – exploring the souks

An overwhelming sensory overload is how I would describe shopping in Marrakech.  Firstly there are the smells: spices, donkey dung, moped fumes, fish, incense… then the sounds: people calling out to you ‘shakira’ ‘hannah Montana’ to get your attention, attempting to shown you the way to the Jemaa el Fna (even if that’s not where you want to go), mopeds revving, bike bells dinging and children calling to each other. Some streets are narrow and covered, others are wider and open, but they were all full of locals zipping dangerously…

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A weekend in Milton Keynes with Travelodge

When I asked Sam where in the UK he’d like to spend a weekend, courtesy of Travelodge I was a bit disappointed with his answer of ‘Milton Keynes please’. But seeing as I’d just left him to look after Athena for five days so I could swan off to Marrakesh with friends I couldn’t really complain, so he picked me up from the airport on Friday evening and off we went to Milton Keynes! His reasons for wanting to visit were twofold, firstly he’s off on a snowboarding holiday in…

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Travel: Cycling the Monsal Trail

On the sunniest day of our week in The Peak District we hired bikes and cycled the Monsal Trail, and it was the best day of the week! It’s basically 8 miles of traffic-free route through some of the most gorgeous countryside and scenery. People were walking, jogging and horse riding as well as cycling and as you passed people you generally got a nod or an ‘afternoon’ although there was one old gent in a kilt who said ‘nice to see you again’ when we hadn’t seen him before……

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