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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Holiday Memories of South Africa

You’ve probably seen a few people recently blogging about their holiday memories for the Holiday Postcards competition, and I had a think about the best holiday I’d ever taken, so without further ado… In January 2010 I spent three weeks travelling around South Africa. It was the most amazing holiday, and one day I want to go back and take my daughter to explore. You can see the route we took below, all three thousand kilometres of it! I ate the most divine steak, got addicted to biltong and met…

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Tintagel Castle & an outfit

    This is what happens when I ask Sam to take pictures… bump shots. Top H&M (not maternity, just bigger sized) and Skirt H&M Maternity. Shoes Peacocks. Also check out the trout pout on the right picture, it’s the only reason I left it in! This is what I wore when we ventured to the North coast of Cornwall, we visited Newquay (I didn’t really like it, it reminded me of the 70’s… in a bad way! but the beach was pretty as it was empty!) Padstow, and Tintagel Castle.…

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Lakes & Mountains

             Accidently found ourselves at the foot of hardknott pass, a notorious road over the top of a couple of mountains… “Oh, I think we should turn back, this looks tricky” I said, “Nahhh, it cant be that bad!” said Sam. Alright for him, the non driver comfortably in the passenger seat!   half way up, looking back where we had driven from, and looking forward towards the summit!   But we reached it! We climbed that lumpy rock, and this is the view! (1,289 ft) See!…

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In which I fly, kind of

At the beach Last Sunday after a Birthday BBQ for my friend Elisa at her mums house, I took a stroll with Emily down to the beach where I used to spend a lot of time when I was younger, as I was back in my old stomping ground (ha! west sussex…) Whenever I spend time with Emily we tend to find something a little odd to do purely by accident. Last time it was climbing up the decorative bench in Littlehampton (ignoring the no climbing signs) and this time…

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Bath in pictures

              [taken with an olympus e520 or a sony point and shoot thingy] Bath was pretty, and a bit damp. I got back over two weeks ago, and am only just getting round to posting these. I haven’t yet unpacked my suitcase either. Sophie has since been and come back from bath too, and you can see her pictures here. I took way more than this, but wouldn’t want to bore you too much. If you are desperate for more you can see them on my facebook…

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In which I visit Nymans Gardens

Sunday before last was a day of beauty; Sunny weather, a picnic in the lovely gardens of a (partly in ruins) stately home, then an afternoon of watching my fiancé hurtle around an American football pitch attempting to practically kill his opponents whilst they attempt to practically kill him. Whilst the boys got their practise on at the pitch, Karina and I drove (through the windiest but prettiest little lanes, thanks google maps!) to Nymans Gardens, which is a National Trust property not far from Gatwick.    Should that boy…

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Norfolk Broads #2

you can see the first photo diary of my trip here   Potter Heigham          An actual real life Heron!           Irstead

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Norfolk Broads #1

   Horning      Trees in Salhouse    Ranworth & view from the top of the Church Norwich City Centre  

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