Barcelona – Badelona

Barcelona. One of the many places to visit on my bucket list. When we booked our most recent adventure I couldn’t contain my excitement. I found myself looking at old pieces of artwork from high school where I first found my love for Gaudi’s architecture. The colours, the shapes and the unusual! I was so excited! Continue reading

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Hamburg

I’m a padbrat and born in Germany and lived in a few different German towns & cities as I grew up. At Christmas I always talk about how Germans does things differently with the nativity windmills, Saint Nikolaus filling our shoes full of sweets at the beginning of December and I always get excited when the Christmas market visits town.

Dan told me to book a few days off work and said we were visiting the Market in Leeds, it was a lovely surprise to end up in Hamburg!

It was freezing cold, with the icy winds coming in from the port – we wrapped up warm and braced ourselves for the cold weather. Hamburg at Christmas has many different Weihnachts markts  and it was good to walk around them all. Continue reading

Rome

Rome is a place that I’d dreamt of going to since I was a child – The Eternal City, the City of Love… When my husband booked it I was so excited… Then the Brexit vote hit, our holiday provider went out of business and we were told our holiday was cancelled.

We called the provider who told us our fights were still booked and we’d need to check with the hotel to see if that had been paid for. I contacted the hotel by email and by phone – I did this almost every week (for around 6 weeks!) and I was assured that everything was still valid and that they were looking forward to seeing us soon. I contacted the hotel again two days before our flight (just to be sure) and was reassured, we were even told by our hotel that we could check in early for no extra charge.

I could finally enjoy my holiday! …..or so I thought. Continue reading

Agia Marina, Crete

Just before my 30th birthday there were whispers of parties and surprises… my worst nightmare! Before anything could be planned my lovely husband booked a few days away to Crete and asked my brother in law to pet/house sit. Panic over!

When we first arrived, I’ll admit, I was very worried. In the transfer from the airport to the hotel we drove through a few shady areas and there is lots of graffiti. Luckily as you enter Agia Marina it looks much better. I loved the lemon trees and cats… lots of cats. Continue reading

Dubrovnik

My first overseas adventure as an adult was my honeymoon. I was whisked away to Dubrovnik in Croatia for a long weekend and I couldn’t have wished for better.

After a turbulent start to 2015, a wonderful wedding in May and a promotion just after by the time it got to October I was ready for a good break!

Croatia always seemed a bit scary for me, Dad went to Croatia and stopped off at Dubrovnik when he was in the Army as he served in Bosnia. Landing in the mountains on a desert terrain was pretty terrifying however walking off the plane and being greeting by the warmth and vivid colours quickly made me forget. For the most part it was warm and sunny with a few clouds however we did get rain on our last day (which didn’t spoil our fun!) and a scary thunderstorm on the way back to the airport on our return home.

We went straight into Dubrovnik old town as I couldn’t wait to have a peek at where Game of Thrones was filmed. It’s Breath-taking with it’s drawbridges and I was amazed by how the tall walls, winding streets and cobbled road shine a warm orange and were polished so well that everything looks slippy. Continue reading