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Santorini has been on my bucket list for quite some time, I’m so glad I finally managed to tick it off the list…It was everything I expected & more!

The one thing I didn’t expect is how small the island is! You can pretty much get from one end to the other within an hour (unless you get stuck behind a quad, which is highly likely ha!) This was such a last minute holiday; I hadn’t had chance to do as much research as I usually would.

I’d looked at all of the different places to stay in Santorini & after having a little look at other reviews/blogs, I’d decided Oia &  Imerovigli would be best! I like to be within walking distance of everything whilst I’m away, it just makes it so much easier not having to worry about getting around. I’d also heard how busy Oia is, so being within walking distance of Oia centre is ideal to be able to avoid the crowds at peak times! Fira is another one I looked at, but as Fira is the capital I just imagined it to be super busy, that wasn’t something I wanted for this trip.

OIA 

For the best views of Oia, head to the castle where you’ll find the most beautiful panoramic shot, you can see so much, I could have sat there all day watching the world go by!

The blue dome churches are a must, in fact, this shot is one of the most iconic photo spots in the whole of Santorini! Now, of course with that, come the crowds of people. What you can’t see in pictures, are the other 20 tourists queuing for the same spot, tourists climbing on parts of the churches which clearly say “no entry” “no climbing” or “private property” or tourists with endless selfie sticks poking you in the eye. (…Which is why I prefer Imerovigli, but more about that later!)

This picture was taken at 12pm, but I decided to go back the next day at 5:15am to watch the sunrise & experience the view without as many people, don’t get me wrong it was quiet but I was surprised at how many people were there so early, we certainly weren’t the only ones! I tried going at sunset too, but that was a mistake, It’s the busiest time by far as everyone gathers at Oia Castle just around the corner to watch the beautiful sunset…and boy is it beautiful!

The sunsets in Oia are stunning, most people gather at the castle, but we enjoyed it from the luxury of our balcony. It gets soooo busy around the castle. If you can, try and get yourself a hotel with a nice balcony, or views of the Caldera if you prefer to watch the sunset in peace & quiet together, you’ll pay a little more for the luxury but it makes such a difference!

 

There is something magical about the churches in Santorini, the one above is by far my favourite, it’s towards the bottom end of Oia, leading back towards the main road heading towards Imerovigli. Most people don’t walk that far along, it was lovely & quiet there, with lots of nice spots for a vanilla milkshake!

One of my favourite things about Oia, is no matter which corner you turn, you’ll see something beautiful. It really reminded me of Venice. You can just wander around with no idea where you’re going, then all of a sudden 4 hours have passed! It’s really hard to get lost, so just have a nice relaxing stroll & see where you end up. There are so many beautiful shops too, I’m a sucker for cute, quirky unique shops & they’re everywhere!

IMEROVIGLI

…W O W! What can I say, its so much quieter than Oia with equally (if not better!) views. We stayed directly in-front of Skaros rock, so we had views of the Volcano, Oia, Fira, Thirissa & Ios, it was amazing waking up to views like that every day. Plus of course, it made the sunsets 10 times better!

The churches are much quieter too. Anastasis Church is the main Church in Imerovigli, it has a really pretty bell tower.

It has such amazing views of the island, especially the cruise ships heading in & out of Fira.  

  Imerovigli is much smaller than Oia, but it’s just as fun to wander around getting lost. I walked to Fira too, it only took about 40 minutes, the views are of course amazing the entire way. Definitely worth it. 

I drove out to Perissa Beach on one of the days, I was going to hire a quad for 50 Euros a day, but decided to hire a wrangler jeep instead, that was 90 Euros for the day. Most people hire quads to get around, but I’m an accident waiting to happen most of the time, so thought the jeep might be a better, safer option!

 

 

If you’re thinking of heading to Santorini, do it! I went in July, which I wouldn’t do again just because of how busy it is. I imagine May, June, October would be much quieter! You can make a trip of it by heading to Athens, Mykonos or Ios too, it’s so easy to get around on the ferry, I’d love to head back to Greece soon to explore more. Santorini is just the start!

Enjoy, Hannah xo

 Hotels: Maregio Suites Oia, Fileria Suites Oia & Casa Florina Imerovigli

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It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we’re writing this blog post, there will never be a right time to post this…

Last week, on June 8th we welcomed to the world our beautiful baby lion cub, but her little roar wasn’t loud enough to see her through.

We’re empty, numb and overwhelmed with grief & sadness.

We met her, cuddled her, kissed her, slept next to her & said our long, hard goodbyes. The hardest thing we will ever have to do.

The love & happiness she has brought us in her short life is indescribable, that’s something we will never forget & will hold on too forever.

We will never forget you, our first born, our beautiful baby girl, loved so much from the very first moment.

Wherever I am, there’s you. ♡

We love you to the moon & back.

….Little Luna Swancott xxx

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Luna’s Story:  Luna gave us so many happy memories that we never want to forget, from the moment we found out we were pregnant we were over the moon and started planning for her arrival straight away!

I can’t even begin to tell you the love she has given us in such a short space of time. She made our wedding day the most special day to remember. We were secretly 3 months pregnant, then we announced the pregnancy in our speeches. That was one of the best moments of our lives, the love and happiness filled the room, we will cherish that moment forever!

(watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-6l-gX2mBc)

 

 

Luna was born just 3 months after our wedding at 6 months old on Friday June 8th. We’ve never felt so many different emotions. Heartbroken, scared, devastated, broken, sick, anxious but excited to meet our little girl and give her a big cuddle all at the same time.

We were booked into Russells Hall Hospital, delivery room 20 on Tuesday 7th June knowing we would be delivering our little girl sleeping & walking out of the hospital with empty arms.

Knowing the heartbreak we were facing, we presumed we would be in a specialist room, away from other mothers-to-be, however this sadly wasn’t the case.

Delivery room 20 has the same facilities as every other room on the ward. We could hear other babies being born next door, other babies crying, we just didn’t expect to have to experience that, it’s something we didn’t prepare for.

We blocked it out, focussed on Luna and tried to cherish the limited time that we had together. We knew in that moment, that we needed to make the most of the short time we had together as a family, we needed to try and cram a lifetime full of memories into just a few hours. We have never felt love like it, our hearts could have literally exploded!

Luna was so beautiful, she had the longest legs & feet (like mine!) and the tiniest little nose & ears, just like Quinn’s. We spent a couple of hours sleeping (Quinn in a chair)  before our family arrived to meet her.

Our families arrived, then a lady came into our room to offer us a cup of tea, on her way out she shouted behind her ‘oh, congratulations too by the way!’
We were stunned, we didn’t know what to say, we just looked at her speechless.  We didn’t have the heart to tell her what had happened, but why should we? She should know that. We shouldn’t have to explain.

This is why the baby bereavement campaign is so important & why we are so determined to improve the facilities to help other families going through the same heartbreak. This is such a sensitive situation, it’s a time of our lives which we will never forget, it will stay with us forever. Which is why it’s so important for hospitals to get this right.  It is important that parents can come away with as many happy memories together as a family, in a calm, safe & supportive environment.

This is where your help comes in, to help us achieve the appeal to be able to help families in the future…

THE APPEAL:
– Raise £30,000 to develop room 20 into a specialist bereavement delivery suite.
– Install soundproofing.
– Improve the environment in which families spend time adjusting to the death of their baby.
– Adding home comforts, such as a double bed to allow the family to sleep together.
– To invest time into specialist staff training to ensure families receive the right support.
– To help families with resources to have photos, handprints & keepsakes to be able to leave the hospital with as many precious memories as possible.

You can see it really is something that is desperately needed, we’d like to do all we can to help Russell’s Hall develop this much needed facility.

Wherever I am, there’s you ♡

We want to celebrate & remember Luna’s life forever, she’s our daughter & has left such a big space in our hearts.

We want her to be remembered, talked about and loved, the same as any other baby would.

We want her to make a difference.

With your help, we can do it. Supporting baby loss together.

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11th AUGUST ‘FUN-RAISING’ EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/154493832089708/

Please share this post to let other parents know they’re not alone. ♡

 

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I’ve been so excited to head down to Dorset ever since reading all about the Jurassic Coast in a magazine a couple of years ago, it’s been on my wish list from that moment. I am so glad I found the perfect weekend for it, the English weather has been on my side for once!

Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove have been voted two of the most beautiful spots in the UK, I am sure you can see why! The beaches of Dorset really are beautiful.

“the ultimate playground for the lovers of the outdoors”

I am sure you all know that I love nothing more than researching the best place to stay. Well, after doing lots of research, I luckily found availability in my No1 choice, Durdle Door Holiday Park! The location is totally amazing, I mean, could I get any closer? (I was in the third row back, in Holiday Home F6!)

From the second I arrived, I immediately felt at home. It probably helped that I had my dressing gown, hot chocolate & slippers in tow of course! (…I’m all about the home comforts!)

I had the best little spot, although all the homes are in a good location, I liked being so close to the walking paths leading to Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove.  It was super peaceful & quiet yet just a 10 minute walk to Durdle Door & a 25 minute walk to Lulworth Cove.

Holiday Home Gallery

Holiday Home Gallery

The holiday homes really make it special! It is so nice to have your own space to relax in after a busy day walking along the coast. It makes such a difference having your home comforts, I even bought my own pillow with me, although I didn’t need it because the bed is comfier than a 5* hotel!

…It’s so lovely to be able to sit outside in the fresh air & have the BBQ going too.

I had a 2 bedroom (1 double, 1 twin) Holiday home, which looked brand new. They are so modern and chic, totally not what you expect for a typical ‘caravan’ holiday.  The place is spotless too, I have never seen a shower so clean!

There is a fully fitted kitchen with gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, en-suite in the main bedroom, living/dining area, central heating, electric fire, TV, DVD player, patio area & parking for 1 car.  You can even bring your dog with you, check it out online or call 01929 400200

Talking of dogs, I can’t believe how dog friendly everywhere is! You can take your dogs on the beach with you, plus you can stop at The Dolls House for a dog friendly ice-cream…How cute!

Cove Cottage (Sleeps 6)

You could also choose to stay in one of the many cottages, they’re lovely little cottages sleeping 2-14 people. You could also stay in a Camping Pod if you are feeling more adventurous!

What’s in the area?

Durdle Door: Is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It’s around a 10 minute walk from Durdle Door Holiday Park, with great views along the way! There are plenty of spots for a picnic & of course for a swim in the crystal clear waters.

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the pebble’s aren’t ideal on bare feet. (I wore sandals, after 2 minutes of walking on the pebbles in bare feet I was begging for a piggy back from Quinn!)

2. Make sure you have everything you need before you head down to the beach, as it is a steep walk back to the top if you have forgotten something!

3. Arrive early. We arrived at around 9am & the beach was really peaceful. From around 11am it was getting quite busy at the bottom of the beach stairs, if you keep walking you’ll be sure to find a quieter spot though, just make sure you have your shoes!

4. Stop for photos overlooking Man O’ War Beach, it is a great spot!

The path to Durdle Door

Overlooking Durdle Door

 

The lookout over Man O’ War Beach

Lulworth Cove: It has such a cute little village on the beachfront with gift shops, cafe’s, restaurants & of course, plenty of places for an ice-cream! You can reach Lulworth cove really easily from Durdle Door Holiday Park, it is a stunning 20 minute walk along a stunning Coastal path! We spent the morning at Durdle Door, then walked over to Lulworth Cove for the afternoon. You can drive if you don’t fancy the walk, its only 5 minutes away & the car park is right by the cove, so if you struggle to walk it is a great option. (That was me on day 2, pregnancy got me!)

TOP TIP’S & MUST DO’S

 1. Wear shoes as the ground is un-even in parts, it is much comfier in sturdy shoes.

 2. Make a stop for handmade fudge, afternoon tea or an Ice-cream at The Dolls House (They have so many amazing Ice-cream flavours! I had candy floss flavour…YUM!)

3. Try The Boat Shed, we had fresh fish & chips on the beach for dinner as the sun set, watching the boats go by…It doesn’t get better than that!

Overlooking Lulworth Cove

The path from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Castle: This really is a fairytale Castle! It was originally built in the 17th Century as a hunting lodge to entertain royalty, however it has recently been restored by the Weld Family to continue being a beautiful part of History! They hold weddings & special events here too, with the next big event being Camp Bestival, which is an amazing family festival 26-29th July.

We spent 3 nights at Durdle Door Holiday Park, 5 nights would of been ideal. There is so much more to see & do in the area!

Any Questions, let me know. Happy to help as always.

Hannah xo

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Casa La Concha is a beautiful boutique 10 room residence located minutes between Marbella & Puerto Banus.

The views are insane, behind Casa La Concha you’ll see the backdrop of the La Concha mountains, take a 15 minute stroll and you’ll find the beach. It’s in the ideal spot!

You can find a tour of the villa HERE

 

I often find whenever I stay in Villas, they’re totally tucked away in the middle of nowhere. The great thing about Casa La Concha is that when you’re inside you feel like you’re in the beautiful Spanish countryside, yet you’re minutes away from Marbella Old Town, Marbella & Puerto Banus. That’s perfect for me as I love to explore & experience the culture, but have the option to be able to relax in the afternoons & evenings. (Although I found myself relaxing there all day, it’s just the best. I seriously didn’t want to leave!)

There are so many cute, quiet areas to relax in too. Whether you want to lay by the pool, under the gazebo, or take part in the yoga classes…You’ll find the perfect spot!

The thing I love so much about Casa La Concha, is how chilled out and friendly it is. My flight was 2 hours delayed which meant I was due to arrive at 1am, it was absolutely no trouble for Alex, she stayed in contact the entire time & welcomed me with some snacks & a drink.

The villa is a beautifully restored Andalucian Finca, It blew me away as soon as I walked in! Straight away I felt the sense of being at home, I had everything I needed in the room. I didn’t even need to unpack as the toiletry selection had everything anyone would ever need! (Cleansing wipes, moisturiser, perfume, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cotton pads & soap)

The rooms are truly beautiful, they’ve all been decorated with a french-chic rustic theme, which feels really fresh & modern. I stayed in Michelle which had a double bed, his & her sinks & a huge private terrace with a dining table & sofa area! It was so quiet & private.

Continental breakfast is served in the main house, or out on the terrace. There’s a great selection of fruit, yoghurts, cereals, pastries, bread, cheese & cold meats. It’s generally served between 9:15am – 12:00pm too, which is a great excuse for a nice lie in!

They offer really lovely lunches too, with a healthy, homemade twist!

Alex, Aidan, Helene & the team have a real passion for leading a healthy, relaxed lifestyle.

There was a yoga class the morning we arrived and they often host special pilates & yoga retreats. They have a beautiful massage pavilion hidden away at the bottom of the garden too!

 

Theres a self service bar outside by the pool, which has fresh water infused with fruit, plus there is tea & coffee. It’s a nice way to stay refreshed throughout the day.

 

The location is just perfect, we found some lovely little restaurants in Puerto Banus and of course lots of spots for an ice cream along the beach! There are plenty of things to keep you busy, if hiking is your thing, you can take a hike up La Concha Mountains. If you love golf, there are golf courses in walking distance. If you love shopping, you’re sorted! There’s so much to do in Marbella. You can do as much, or equally as little as possible.

 

I honestly wouldn’t change a single thing about Casa La Concha, it’s perfect! The best setting for a little weekend away. My only regret is not booking for longer! It’s in such a good location to explore the Costa Del Sol.

Ronda is a place I’d really love to visit when I come back, It’s only about an hour away from Marbella. It looks so charming! I would of taken the day if I had more time to explore, but this little break was definitely all about relaxing!

Casa La Concha has certainly left me wanting more, look at me already planning my next trip!

….With such cheap flights from the UK, I’m sure I’ll be back in no time at all!

You can contact Casa La Concha HERE

Hannah xo

 

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This year has been crazy so far, It’s been non-stop! From Birthdays, to Hen Do’s, to Weddings, to Babies….Life never seems to slow down! In fact, the older I get, the busier I seem to be!

We all need a little weekend to relax, I am not usually one to get excited about relaxing, but this weekend I can’t tell you how excited I am!

The Malvern– I am ready for you!

The Malvern is a 4-star boutique hotel in Worcestershire, set amongst the beautiful Malvern Hills. It’s such a pretty part of the world!

 I’m booked for 1 night based on a ‘Deluxe 1 Night Spa Break’  Including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & 1 Hour treatment.

…Who wouldn’t be excited for a little weekend away in the countryside, full of pampering, relaxation & great food?!

I arrived at The Malvern for a 3pm check-in, the staff were fantastic! Super friendly and gave me a quick tour…. I couldn’t get into my robe & slippers quick enough! I headed straight down to the Spa to start enjoying the pools & the treatment rooms.

They have so many different treatment rooms to choose from, from thermal rituals, to ice treatments, they have a great range of facilities to suit everyone! They feature a Crystal Steam Room, Salt Grotto, Herb Sauna, Kelo Sauna, Foot Spa, Ice Fountain & The Bucket Shower.

My absolute favourite thing was the indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, I spent most of my time swimming in and out, relaxing in the different bubble massage areas! It’s such a lovely atmosphere and the perfect place to chill out. The pool is heated to 35 degrees, the dream way to spend a weekend rejuvenating!

I chose to have a Facial too, which was incredible! It was the most relaxing Facial I have ever had, my skin felt totally amazing afterwards, so good I went for dinner with my face and hair still covered in oil…LOL! A lovely lady called Alexandra did my facial using Elemis products, she explained everything she used in detail & gave me some great advice on how to look after my skin in future too, as she noticed my skin was quite dry.

The great thing about the Malvern is you have everything you need in one place, which means roaming around in your robe and slippers is totally acceptable! (My favourite thing to wear!!)

After spending the afternoon relaxing, it’s time for dinner! The menus are incredible & really great value for money, I was so surprised by the standard of food! It really is a la carte dining.

I had Ham Hock to start, Cod for main & of course…. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert!

They have a lovely bar area too, where you can grab a drink and take it into the pool areas during the day, or relax with a G&T over dinner!

I had the best time at The Malvern and would return in a heartbeat! The outdoor pool really is amazing & they have so many unique features. I love that everything is in one place & the staff are just brilliant, nothing is too much trouble!

Can I come back this weekend please?!

Hannah xo

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One of the best decisions we ever made was hiring the amazing Wes, from ‘Wedding Memory’ for our wedding videography.

He has been totally brilliant from start to finish. We barely knew he was there throughout most of the day, yet he has captured all of our favourite memories!

Being able to re-live special moments over & over again is something we really love to look back on.

…In fact, since Wes has sent over our preview video….We literally can’t stop watching!

You can watch our special day HERE

Love, Hannah & Quinn <3

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It has been a super busy year so far, some of you may of noticed we have abandoned travelling for a while.

It has all been for a good reason!

We got married on 30th March 2018 and also made a very exciting announcement…

WE’RE PREGNANT! Baby Swancott is due 13th October 2018.

It’s been so crazy organising the wedding and soaking up our amazing news, that blogging has taken a back seat, although we do have lots of exciting trips coming up! Especially our Honeymoon in June….WE’RE BACK IN THE GAME!

Here is our announcement video, I can’t stop watching everyone’s faces. Their reactions are brilliant! https://youtu.be/9-6l-gX2mBc 

We will share our wedding photos with you all when we receive them too.

Here is to our next adventure together <3

…Love the new Mr & Mrs Swancott & bump

<3

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The perfect weekend in Hereford!

I was lucky enough to recently visit the Chase Distillery in Hereford. I’ve been looking at doing a Distillery tour for such a long time so the timing was absolutely perfect!

Chase farm is surrounded by stunning rolling countryside, so I decided to make a weekend of it. They have a beautiful hotel called Verzon House which is just around the corner from the Distillery. They include transport in some of their packages too.

It’s such an impressive farm from the minute you arrive. I was greeted by Chloe, who was our tour guide. She’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! She made the tour super special & provided us all with so much information about the Chase Family & the all-important process of creating their Vodka and Gin.

The thing I loved the most & noticed from the very beginning, is how the family is at the heart of everything they do. It’s so special to have William, Harry & James be so involved…So you know when you’re enjoying Chase, you’re supporting a Great British family farm!

They have around 57 team members. Meet some of the team here, including the ‘Head of Decisions’ (I’m intrigued….Adrian, can I have your job please!)

For such a big global brand it is a tight little team working hard creating your drinks from start to finish. Which I think is the most unique, special part of Chase.

“We hand finish all of our spirits. That way we know that a little bit of our passion is transported in that bottle. We hope you love it as much as we do!”

– Chase Distillery

The tour & tasting lasted just over 2 hours. It was engaging, fun & immersive all the way through! The journey starts as you get comfy on the Chase sofa’s and begin to learn about Will’s history & how Chase was born.

You then start the hands-on tour, where you learn about the different steps from Field to Bottle

Step 1:  Potato Farm – It’s here that they grow King Edward and Lady Claire potatoes for the distillery, as well as cider apples for their Naked Chase Apple Vodka and Williams Gin.  It’s this single-estate approach that makes them so different – something you can taste in their award-winning vodka.

Step 2: Fermentation –  They start by mashing up the potatoes and apples, which are all harvested from the fields and orchards surrounding the farm. The apples are sweet enough to ferment naturally, but they add a brewer’s yeast to the potato mash to help it along the way.

Step 3: Distillation – They put the low alcohol wine from the fermentation stage into their bespoke copper batch pot and wait patiently as it’s distilled four times here and twice more in the rectification column. The column is the tallest of its kind in the world, at 70ft it rises through the roof of the barn!

Step 4: Bottling – After distillation, the raw spirit is tempered with water drawn from a source at the heart of the farm. Once it’s reached a much more drinkable 40% abv, they hand bottle their vodka and seal it with a handmade cork. The whole process, from farm to bottle, takes up to two weeks.

Step 5: Making Gin –  Unlike most distilleries, they opt out of buying in a readymade neutral grain spirit. They use either Chase Original or Naked Chase Vodka as the base to Williams Gins. Gin made from Vodka, who knew?

Step 6: Sustainability – As farmers at heart they value our countryside, every inch of it, from field to bottle.

“It’s great fun seeing the raw materials we grow on our farm being turned into products that sit on the shelves of some of the world’s top bars.” Harry Chase, Chase Farmer

There are little tasters along the way, but the real tasting comes at the end where you try four favourite Chase combinations & you have the chance to purchase your favourites.

I adore the Chase Elegant 48 Gin, Chase Rhubarb Vodka, Chase Elderflower Liqueur, William’s Seville Orange Gin, William’s Pink Grapefruit Gin, Chase Orange Marmalade Vodka….Basically all of them, I LOVE THEM ALL!

“Our passion? To bring you the best tasting Vodka and Gin our family can possibly make!

That’s our promise.” – Chase Distillery

I really did have the best weekend! Huge thanks to Chloe & the team at the Chase Distillery. I will be back!

Enjoy…Hannah xx

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  Let Valentines Weekend Be-GIN ♡

Give a little love this Valentines day with Chase Distillery, the gift that keeps on giving!

”Valentines Day is the worst day of the year to suprise your girlfriend with over priced flowers” side note: do not be that person, gin is always the answer

Rose Tea Collins

50ml Chase Vodka

15ml rose tea syrup

15ml fresh lemon juice

Soda to top

Method: Make a rose tea syrup by steeping 3 rose tea bags in 200ml hot water and 100g of sugar for 10 minutes. Then remove tea bags and leave to cool. In a Collins glass filled with ice mix all ingredients and top with soda

Garnish: Rose petals and a wedge of lemon

Grapefruit & Cucumber Bliss

50ml Williams Pink Grapefruit Gin

20ml Fresh Pink Grapefruit juice

 2 slices of cucumber diced and muddled

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

12.5ml Fresh lemon Juice

Soda top

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake with cubed ice. Double strain into tall glass over crushed ice.Garnish with fresh cucumber and pink grapefruit slice.

Negroni Gin Flip

 50ml GB Gin

10ml Campari

1 whole egg

20ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

Method: Add all ingredients except ice and shake. Add ice and shake hard. Strain into a Coupe Glass.

Tropical Twist

40ml Chase Vodka

20ml Chambord

10ml Lavender Syrup

10ml Lime Juice

3ml Cranberry Bitters

30ml Lychee Juice

Method: Mix all ingredients together over ice and garnish with fresh Chinese Dragon Fruit, Watermelon, Lemon Grass and Raspberry.

Happy Valentines Day xo

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner, are you still looking for the perfect ‘Gin to your Tonic?’

….I have the perfect recipes for you, with a super sweet twist!

Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin is floral, zesty and infused with honey & elderflower for a well-balanced and moreish finish.

The range comprises five delicious flavours in addition to the classic Dry Gin: Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin, Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin, Warner Edwards Melissa Lemon Balm Gin and the newest edition, Warner Edwards Honeybee Gin!

Treat your loved one to HoneyBee Gin this Valentines & have some fun mixing up these amazing cocktail recipes together:

Bees Knees

50ml Gin

2 teaspoons honey

10ml fresh lemon juice

20ml fresh orange juice

Garnish: Rosemary and rose (optional)

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Add gin and honey to a shaker and stir until the honey dissolves. Add the lemon and orange juice and top up with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

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Buzzecco

50ml Gin

10ml Honey

Prosecco

Garnish: Hibiscus

Glassware: Flute Glass

Method: Shake all ingredients together and top up with Prosecco.

Buzzini (Sweet Martini)

60ml Gin

15ml Martini Rosso Vermouth

Dash of orange bitters or a squeeze of fresh orange (Optional)

Garnish: Orange Twist

Glassware: Coupette

Method: Stir all the ingredients over ice (for at least 15 seconds) in a mixing glass and pour into the martini glass, straining out the ice.

Bumble (A twist on a bramble)

50ml Gin

25ml Lemon Juice

15ml Honey

15ml Crème de Mure or Chambord

Garnish: Blackberry and Rosemary sprig

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin, Lemon Juice and honey into your shaker, half-fill with ice, and shake until ice cold, Strain into an old fashioned rock glass filled with crushed ice. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top so it trickles through the ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

 

Perfect Serve

50ml Gin

Mediterranean tonic

Garnish: Lemon with sage (optional), or a slice of apple

Glassware: Ball glass

Method: Pour the Gin over plenty of ice, and top up with Mediterranean tonic. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a few sage leaves or a slice of apple.

Stockists:

Warner Edwards: https://www.warneredwards.com/gins/honeybee-gin 

RRP £40

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! Enjoy, Hannah x

 

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The winter season has arrived! Let’s celebrate with this seasons hottest new drink trend

….Mulled Sloe Gin!

Here is my favourite recipe:

MULLED SLOE GIN: Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 litre apple juice
Juice of 4 lemons
2 cinnamon sticks
2 sliced oranges
300ml sloe gin

Method:
Add the apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks to the pan.
Allow to simmer & add the orange slices.
Add the sloe gin and stir.

Then, just add friends! It makes for the perfect festive gathering!

Enjoy.

Hannah x

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Oh. My. Word. How is it December already?!

It’s been 1 year since I started my blog

…and what a fun year 2017 has been!

For anyone thinking of starting a blog, I would say DO IT! I have met so many amazing people this year and experienced some unforgettable destinations along the way, it’s been so much fun!

I speak to so many people who are thinking of starting a blog but perhaps don’t take the leap to do it, maybe they think they can’t make it work, or they don’t have the confidence. Lots of people have the view that ‘there are so many people blogging, why should I start?’ Don’t get me wrong, there are A LOT of bloggers out there at the moment, but there are also a lot of restaurants out there, but if you do something different and offer something unique, your restaurant will stand out and succeed. It is exactly the same with blogging, if you offer something different, something unique to your readers, you will succeed!

Starting my blog was the best decision I ever made and It has opened so many new doors.

If you would of asked me 2 years ago if I would hike Preikestolen, I wouldn’t of even known where it is….1 year on, I’ve hiked it, sat on it, jumped on it & nearly got blown off it….but I did it! Such an amazing feeling & achievement.

The main aim of my blog is to help other travelers, to inspire people to try new places and to make the most out of life…If I only inspire one person to travel, I will be happy!

‘Let’s start living, plan adventures and explore this wonderful world!’

January 2017  O M A N

February 2017  C A M B R I D G E

March 2017  S R I  L A N K A

April 2017  N O R W A Y

May 2017  B E N I S S A

June 2017  B A R C E L O N A

 

July 2017   I B I Z A

July 2017  D U B L I N

July 2017 D I S N E Y  M A G I C

August 2017  S W I S S  A L P S

September 2017  C R O A T I A

 

October 2017  I T A L I A N  L A K E S

November 2017   D I S N E Y L A N D  P A R I S

December 2017 – U P C O M I N G

”Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain

Where have you travelled to in 2017? What has been your favourite destination?

Let me know below!

Roll on 2018…..

 Happy Travels

Hannah x

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If you know someone who loves to travel, this is the ultimate gift guide!

From unique travel journals to personalised luggage tags, you’ll find beautifully unique gifts which any travel lover will enjoy receiving!

Happy Shopping!

  My Bucket List Journal from Axel&Ash

  https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/axelandash/product/my-bucketlist-journal

Beautifully bound in stylish black cloth, My Bucketlist is a funky new journal that invites you to decide what you want to do with your one wild and crazy life by collecting all your dreams, desires and ideas in one place!

Price £23

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Personalised Wooden Luggage Tag from Maria Allen Boutique

 https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/collections/travel

Their collection of travel gifts are perfect for anyone embarking on a new adventure or travelling the world! The collection includes wooden luggage tags, compass keepsakes & beautiful personalised glass keepsake boxes.

How beautiful is my luggage tag, they even added my quote on the back! ♥ L O V E ♥

Price £21

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  Paper Map Print from Delightful Living

http://www.delightfulliving.co.uk/product/personalised_gifts/personalised-couples-gifts/paper-anniversary-map-print/

Made with your choice of bespoke map, colour and wording! Delightful Living’s map prints are truly unique. They also offer Cotton, Metal, Wooden and Linen Map prints. They have an amazing range of personalised products which make for perfect gifts! (The even offer a gift wrapping service…yes please!)

Price £27

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Personalised Leather Travel Wallet from Be Golden

https://www.begolden.co.uk/collections/christmas-gifts

Beautiful, luxurious recycled leather travel wallets in a wide range of bold, pastel and metallic colours. Can be personalised making it a super present.

Price £38

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Wanderlust Script Sign from Woodums Decor

  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Woodums

Custom Laser Cut ‘Wanderlust’ sign. Perfect for adding a touch of character to any room in the home or office!

Price £18

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Life’s a Roadtrip from Axel&Ash

 http://axelandash.com/shop/roadtrip-new/

Beautifully bound in white vegan leather with a rose gold touch, this luxury edition is the latest addition of the popular ‘Insert Your Story’ series. Designed to help you plan, experience and record the road trip of your dreams, this jam-packed journal will inspire you to escape on wheels and explore the road less travelled!

Price $44.99

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Peshtemal from Lüks Linenhttps://lukslinen.com/collections/peshtemals

Lüks is an ethical lifestyle brand, they work with 7 family ateliers and master weavers to produce lifetime lasting products for home and away. Their hero product is the peshtemal, which is a flat woven, cotton towel originally made for use in hammams.

Lightweight, compact, absorbent and quick drying they are ideal for those who love to travel as they take up minimal space & can also be used as a scarf, wrap, sarong & a throw for those air conditioned flights!

Prices from £20

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 Swept away by wanderlust from Axel&Ash 

https://www.notonthehighstreet.com/axelandash/product/swept-away-by-wanderlust-travel-journal

Beautifully bound in an earthy latte-colored cloth, this charming travel journal creates a chic vintage feel suitable for every traveller – from the stylish jetsetter to the novice explorer. With quirky questions, fun writing prompts, witty ‘To-Do’ notes, list pages to remember the favourites and a bucket list to fill out along the way, it’s the ultimate way to capture your travel memories in style!

Price £23

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Personalised Mini Love Letter Necklace from Maria Allen Boutique

https://www.mariaallenboutique.com/products/personalised-mini-love-letter-necklace-in-rose-gold?variant=40354652820

This love letter necklace would make a great christmas gift for a loved one or friend!  It could be for a celebration, special day or just a little note from you to them. The necklace would also make a perfect anniversary gift, particularly fitting if you are celebrating your fifth anniversary, which is traditionally wood.

The necklace comes in Gold, Rose Gold & Also an option to add a photograph too – So cute!

Price £52

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 Packing Cubes from Eagle Creek

https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/travel-c4/luggage-packing-c94/packing-solutions-c301/pack-it-specter-tech-cube-p7605

Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Specter Tech Cube’s allow you to keep your gear in good condition and helps keep everything organised, this makes packing and unpacking quick and easy. The new ‘Tech’ fabric is ultra-lightweight, durable and stronger than ever before!

Price £14.99

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Personalised ‘Candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kitfrom the little picture company

https://thelittlepicturecompany.co.uk/products/personalised-candlelit-bath-in-a-bag-spa-kit

This fabulous ‘candlelit bath in a bag’ spa kit contains all of the ingredients required to induce pure relaxation…Something every traveler needs!

Inside the kit are four spa treats to enjoy with a long (and uninterrupted!) hot soak in the bath, including a heart shaped bath fizzer, a rose petal aromatic bath bar, a mini jar of real rose petals, plus a fresh apple scented candle, all complete in a personalised canvas pouch. P E R F E C T!

Price £32

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Do you have anything else you’d love? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah x

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⇻ Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort ⇺

This chic resort is perfectly nestled in-between Lake Como & Lake Lugano. It is just 12km from Menaggio in Italy & 14km from Lugano in Switzerland making it the perfect spot to explore two insanely beautiful Lakes!

I flew from London Luton to Milan MXP for £35.  You all know how much I love a bargain flight! You can find out how I find cheap flights quickly here: https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

The train links in Italy are so easy, we spent a couple of days in Como & Tremezzo before heading to Parco San Marco for two nights, It is really easy to reach via train or bus, the bus stop (Cima) Is directly outside the entrance to the resort.

Firstly, what an amazing greeting I had from the hotel staff! They are really friendly and nothing is too much trouble. I swiftly checked in, dropped my bags and prepared to explore…

From the minute I arrived I had a great sense of excitement, especially after seeing the incredible mountain views.  Each corner you turn, you will experience picturesque scenes which will truly take your breath away!

Without a doubt, the most amazing views can be found from the highest point in the resort, the Buddha Pavillion. It’s the perfect place to soak up the panoramic mountain views in the most peaceful and relaxing surroundings.

You can also arrange to have your dinner up here, sipping champagne by candlelight…Yes please!

 B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! The suites are so spacious with a luxury contemporary feel.  I was so lucky, my suite featured a huge balcony with the most perfect Lake Lugano views….Imagine waking up to this view every day!

SUITES: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/suites/

There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained too, there are hiking trails, adventure climbing, Nordic walking, cycle paths, watersports, paragliding, horse riding & so much more

…They even have their own zoo!

ACTIVITIES: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/sport-and-fun/reiten-2-en-gb/

Parco San Marco has 5 different elegant restaurants to choose from, which leaves you spoilt for choice!

They even offer Cookery Classes, which includes preparing a four-course Italian meal in a beautiful setting on the outdoor terrace of La Masseria.

I ate in ‘La Terrezza’ Restaurant, which is the adult’s only option. The food is absolutely incredible. They have so many different options and they are great at catering for dietry needs. I noticed on the menu they have great offerings for Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free.

FOOD: See more http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/restaurants-and-bars/

 One of the things that attracted me to Parco San Marco is the location.  It’s the perfect place to explore both Italy & Switzerland. There are so many places to explore with such easy transport links.

If you love to go on adventures as much as me, I would definitely recommend visiting Monte Brè in Switzerland, it’s easy to get to from Parco San Marco & it’s really close to Lugano town too.

It was a little misty when I climbed, but still the views are insane!

Cadenabbia in Italy is also a short bus ride away, I hiked to San Martino church which took around 1 hour to reach the top, It was pretty steep but totally worth it to see these views overlooking Bellagio! Lake Como has lots of hidden gems, it’s very easy to reach from Parco San Marco via bus and it’s cheap too, only around 4 Euros!

Any Questions? Let me know, I am happy to help!

See you soon

Hannah x

http://www.parco-san-marco.com/en/resort/

 

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Known for its beautiful alpine mountains, stunning lakes and (literally) the best chocolate I’ve ever tasted, Switzerland is one of the world’s most picturesque destinations!

You all know how much I love a spontaneous trip and this trip was no different!

Tuesday night I was sat in the lounge scrolling through my feed as usual, when I scrolled past Catherine’s unbeliavable photo, that was the point my research started and I knew it was time to head to Switzerland!

I mean, just look at that view…

@swissblisstravel https://www.swissblisstravel.com/

By Friday our bags were packed, Swiss map in hand and off to Folkestone we go to the Eurotunnel! It’s so quick, within 30 minutes we were in Calais. Let the fun begin!

Calais to Switzerland is then around a 8.5 hour drive (The not-so-fun part, although a ridiculously beautiful drive!)

After hours of research (and lots of helpful tips from Catherine) we decided the best place to head to was Kandersteg & Interlaken. We only had Saturday – Monday so we really needed to make sure we were in a good, central location.

We didn’t have any accomodation booked by the time we got into the car, so the search began whilst Quinn took the wheel!

Because it was so last minute, I was really struggling to find anywhere central & good value as most places were fully booked. I didn’t want to waste unnecessary money on  average accomodation knowing we would hardly be there, thats for the adventure funds!

So….This was our home for the weekend!

We camped, I’m so glad we did! It was totally glamorous as everything was clean and ready for our arrival.

The Manor Park Farm campsite in Interlaken is perfect, firstly it has the most scenic surroundings. It’s right between Lake Thun & Lake Brienz meaning the views are breathtaking. Each night we would watch the sunset over the lake whilst enjoying a BBQ in the great outdoors! (What more could you want?!)

Secondly, It’s only a 30 minute drive away from Kandersteg, which was absolutely perfect for what we wanted to do. Interlaken is a pretty central point to explore which was great for us and our limited time frame.

Thirdly, the facilities are better than a hotel! We had so much space, the tent was huge and really well equipped.

There is plenty to do there, you could easily stay at the campsite for the week and be totally entertained. They hire out kayaks, pedalos & canoes plus offer parasailing & paragliding which is an absolutely amazing way to soak up the views.

We booked Manor Park Farm, Interlaken via hoseasons holidays. It was £130 for a 3 night stay.  They do have caravan options too. http://www.hoseasons.co.uk/holiday-parks-in-europe/manor-farm-park-manf

Kandersteg

Picnic in hand, we drove to Kandersteg ready to hit the mountains!

There are so many amazing hikes in the area, ranging from 30 minutes to 6 hours 30 minutes. The entire UNESCO site is beautiful. You could spend days exploring everything, but due to time, we decided to cheat and get the cable car half way up (18 CHF) and walk back down!

Directly at the top of the cable car route is the Summer Sleigh Run, which of course we did. We can officially say we have slid down a slide in the Swiss Alps. Such fun!

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/G8PEKc0qKxU

The walk to Oeschinensee is like a scene from the Sound of Music! The endless views of mountains & waterfalls make you never want to leave.

Keep a look out for these little cuties along the way. Listening to their bells ringing whilst walking through the mountains is something I’ll never forget!

Oeschinensee Lake is literally one of the most pristine mountain lakes I’ve ever seen! The water is so perfect for swimming.

It’s so tranquil and peaceful in the morning, there were only about 10 other people there when we arrived, although that quickly changed by the time we left!

Come well prepared with a picnic and you could happily sit and watch the world go by all day. There are plenty of spots for a BBQ too!

Walking back down is pretty steep, make sure you have good walking shoes on with good grips to reach the bottom comfortably.

Switzerland is definitely one of those places that leaves you wanting more…

Hannah xo

…Any questions, please feel free to ask! I’ll help with your upcoming trip as much as I can! The travel community is an amazing place, I wouldn’t of packed my bags as quickly if it wasn’t for Catherine’s help!

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“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

Memories are so important to look back on, which is why I absolutely love CHEERZ!

You can print your favourite photos from Facebook, Instagram or your phone and bring them to life in an instant – EASY!

Plus, you can get creative and design your very own personalised photo album or memory box too. They make great gifts and something the recipient is sure to cherish for years to come!

 Cheerz Box: The perfect way to keep all of your amazing memories in one, cute, snazzy little box!

See More: https://www.cheerz.com/en/categories/box

The Personalised Photo Album:  YAY! My Favourite! https://www.cheerz.com/en/categories/book 

Now is the perfect time to create your book of summer memories.  #cheerztosummer

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GET CREATIVE: Use code MLLAPC for 10% Discount (£20 minimum spend www.cheerz.com)

Enjoy

Hannah xo

 

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Are you planning a trip to Dublin? Make sure you don’t miss out on a beautiful little corner of Ireland called Howth! 

Who knew this little hideaway is only 30 minutes away from the city?

Not only does Larry Mullen have a house in Howth overlooking the beach (He’s the drummer from U2, pretty cool huh!?) It is also home to some of the best Fish and Chips in Dublin, Leo Burdocks is pretty famous for its crispy bits! What more could you want?!

I found it really easy to get to Howth from Dublin City centre, I caught the DART train from Connolly Station, O’Connell Street to Howth for €20. It is super easy to find the right train & it only takes 30 minutes!

Whilst on the train I passed through Sutton, which is so pretty I nearly jumped off the train early! It’s only one stop before Howth along the coast and the journey between the two stations is absolutely beautiful.

When I arrived in Howth I went straight to the pier where I sat and watched the fishermen along the bay, eating an Ice cream watching the world go by, it’s totally different to the city centre, yet so close!

Howth is so quiet and peaceful, it has the best views of Ireland’s Eye (a beautiful island that’s just a 15-minute boat ride away) and lovely views of the harbour and the lighthouse. There are lots of lovely restaurants with amazing fresh seafood.

It wouldn’t truly be a trip to Ireland without a traditional pub to visit. ‘The Dog House’ pub and tea rooms are conveniently located right next to the train station!

Howth Markets are also on every weekend. I was there on a Thursday so there were only a few stalls open. If you’re travelling over a weekend I’d definitely go and have a look! www.howthmarket.ie

I spotted a Seal bobbing its head in and out of the water too, but I was far too slow to get a picture. Although my lovely friend Veruska managed to snap this little beauty sunbathing the following day! How cute is he!

 Instagram: @Verucuochina

Enjoy

Hannah…xo

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No.4 Benissa is the perfect little boutique residence located in the heart of the Costa Blanca.

The hotel has been built and created by Charles & Aleks, Fashion Designers & Architects from London & Poland. Their passion for interiors and design is reflected throughout this totally unique hidden beauty – It really is one of a kind. I have never seen anything like it!

I flew here in just under 2.5 hours from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. You can read all about how easy my airport experience was here: https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2017/05/30/doncaster-sheffield-airport/

Charles kindly arranged to pick me up from Alicante Airport and we arrived at No.4 Benissa within the hour, as soon as I arrived I was completely blown away by the design and the decor in the reception area. How many hotels can you say you have been too, where you are greeted by two bronzed tigers!?

They really have created this boutique residence perfectly. From the luxurious marble staircase to the beautiful laid-back patio area to enjoy a coffee in the morning, they have it all just right.

There are 4 rooms here; The Blue Room, The Patio Room, The Arabesque Room & The Moroccan Suite. I stayed in the Moroccan Suite for 2 nights.  It is so beautiful, it has such a romantic and cosy feel, I didn’t want to leave the room! I was travelling alone on this trip so having the entire Moroccan Suite (with the comfiest king size bed!) to myself has certainly spoilt me.

The Moroccan Suite is super spacious, with an impressive bathroom featuring authentic Spanish tiles, walk in wet room, his and hers sinks and an incredible view overlooking Benissa’s quirky streets.

Charles is also an aspiring chef, meaning the breakfast offerings here are perfect! They have choices for everyone.

If you would like something cooked a certain way, Charles & Aleks will do everything they can for you! They source everything fresh and locally and they also make as much as they can by hand.

They offer a traditional Benissa breakfast; including tomato, salsa, manchego cheese, serrano ham, olive oil and roasted garlic paste. Alternatively, if you are feeling sweet you can opt for freshly baked mini pastries with homemade jam and local honey. I opted for the granola & yoghurt on my first morning and fresh avocado, feta cheese with onion chutney on my second morning. Both were so full of flavour and absolutely delicious! Who knew avocado and onion chutney would taste so good!

No.4 Benissa is in a really good location. Benissa is a traditional Spanish town oozing charm, it will keep you entertained for a few hours for sure, especially if there is a fiesta in town!  I spent a couple of hours walking around exploring the narrow streets and turning corners to find beautifully decorated balconies and chalk drawings along the pavements. They have a real sense of community here, I totally fell in love with the place!

I would certainly recommend hiring a car as it means you can explore quickly and is much better value than local taxis. There are so many beaches to explore but also the mountains if you are more adventurous, all within an hour’s drive away!

I had 24 hours to explore as much of the surrounding area as I could and I think I did pretty well! Firstly, I took a taxi to Calpe (17 Euros, 20 minutes) which is a pretty little beach area with a nice walk way to explore. There are some lovely spots for some tapas and of course a rioja!

Close to Calpe you can also explore Cala Fuestera Beach which is a little quieter and less touristy, I also went to Moraira Beach and to Denia Town to have a look around – I managed to squeeze quite a bit in!

I would love to go back and take a trip to Valencia, which is only around an hour away too!

Have you ever been to Calpe, Moraira, Denia, Alicante or Benissa? Do you live close to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, would you love to travel here? Say Hello if so! Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you!

Viajes Felices (Happy Travels!)

….Hannah xo

 

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Relaxing? An Airport? Surely not?….Flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is exactly that!

They really do take the hassle out of travelling, the entire airport experience is an absolute travellers dream!

They have everything just right, from start to finish.

Why choose Doncaster Sheffield Airport

1. Great Location

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is easy to reach from the UK’s major motorways including the M1, A1 & M62. The new motorway link road from junction 3 of the M18 means it is now super easy & quick to get to.

Sheffield 35 minutes / Barnsley 45 minutes / Wakefield 50 minutes / Leeds 52 minutes / Hull 58 minutes / York 1hr 5 minutes

2. Easy Car Parking Options

This isn’t the most glamorous subject, but they really do have it just right! The car parks are SO close to the terminal, it is literally a 60 second walk to the terminal building. How perfect is that?! You can choose from Short Stay, Long Stay, Premium Parking or Meet & Greet. I opted for Meet & Greet and I am so pleased I did, it is worth every penny! I was greeted by a really friendly staff member who directed me to the terminal. My favourite thing was upon return, I was greeted by the same staff member who welcomed me with a big smile on his face and a chirpy ‘Hello Miss Denton, how was your flight?’….Now that is personalised service! I was blown away! Not only that, my car was ready and waiting for me to jump in and drive home straight away, which is exactly what you want after a flight. Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/car-parking/car-park-options/

3. Quick & Easy Check in

Doncaster Sheffield Airport certainly win the award for the smoothest and quickest check-in experience! I used the self-check in machines in the terminal and then went straight to departures and through security. All within 5 minutes – I used the fast track service too, which is included in the price of the premium lounge.

4. Premium Lounge

Oh wow, now this is airport perfection! I was so chilled in here. I instantly felt at home and set myself up near the plug sockets (always a winner!) They offer complimentary drinks and snacks, along with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. I had a beautiful tuna salad, although I have heard the Fish Finger sandwich is a huge hit…Some even say it is the best in Yorkshire 😉 They have so many different drink options too, you can order Spirits, wines, beers and also a large range of ciders. It is totally worth it, especially to be able to benefit from the fast track service too! Read more here: http://flydsa.co.uk/at-the-airport/premium-lounge/

5. Friendly Staff

I have mentioned this a few times, but it is something I feel really strongly about! The staff are amazing in the airport, whether you speak to the team on check in, or the staff in the departure terminal, everyone has a smile on their face and are always happy to help. As Walt Disney would say…‘You can design, create and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it takes people to make the dream a reality’

6. Destinations

The world is your oyster flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  You can choose from various destinations in Spain, Ireland, France, Poland, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Portugal, Turkey & Long Haul destinations too!

I flew into Alicante in less than 2.5 hours, there are so many places you can explore! I decided to explore Alicante, I stayed in such a beautiful boutique hotel called No.4 Benissa. It was perfect, you can read more here:  https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2017/05/30/no-4-benissa-alicante/

Reason’s why I love Doncaster Sheffield Airport VLOG over on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYx5xBs4JNM

Find great value Doncaster Sheffield Airport flights on Skyscanner: http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8394176-10641620

Hannah

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Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) has been named one of the most famous hikes in Norway & after completing the hike in April, I can completely see why…

It towers a whopping 604 metres above the beautiful Lysefjord, making the views absolutely INCREDIBLE!

I vlogged the entire hike & edited it down to a 3 minute video! See Preikestolen for yourself here: https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg (it is my first vlog, be nice to me ha ha!)

Preikestolen, Lysefjord Norway:

In some ways we picked a great time to visit however in other ways we would have been much better visiting in the Summer. The positives were how quiet everything was, meaning we booked our ferry to Preikestolen on the same day, at the port without experiencing any difficulty with availabilty. It also meant the hike was extremely quiet, which made it so enjoyable!  When we reached the top of Pulpit Rock there were only around 40 people already there.  We were lucky enough to capture some great shots without other tourists in view.

On the other hand, traveling to Stavanger in the ‘winter’ months meant we were unable to reach Fløri 4444, Kjerag or Trolls Tongue easily. We were relying on public transport on a Saturday & Sunday which was impossible to get there in a short duration (we travelled Friday – Monday). The ferries don’t run as often in the winter months, therefore I would be sure to check the schedules before you book anything if these are the hikes you would like to do. (we were gutted we couldn’t make it to Fløri 4444, the view from the steps look incredible http://bit.ly/2p4LNHH!)

Whilst we were there, we looked at loads of different timetables/websites and it seemed June – September is the best time to go for ease of public transport around the hikes, although I am sure that will also mean it will be super busy!  If you are thinking of just hiking Preikestolen, I would definitely recommend late April.

We used a company called ‘Tide’ to book our Ferry & Bus tickets together, they were 350 NOK each when booking at the terminal on the same day.  I have since looked online and it is displaying at 320 NOK each, therefore it is cheaper to pre-book! Another bonus, is their website is really clear unlike alot of the other Norwegian websites > http://bit.ly/2qISkF2 <

We would definitely use Tide again, they offer some great tours in the summer, including trips to Troll’s Tongue & Kjerag.

The Hike

We caught the 11:15am ferry from Stavanger which meant we arrived at the bottom of Preikestolen around 12:30pm. It took 1.5 hours to reach the top of Preikestolen and boy, was the hike worth it! It was a moderate hike, the start was pretty steep however after the first 10 minutes it flattened off slightly and became much easier. I would recommend having good quality walking boots and lots of layers. We were cold at the bottom, hot in the middle and freezing at the top! It was also extremely windy at the top therefore bring a woolly hat and gloves to keep warm – I forgot my gloves and couldn’t feel my fingers! Saying that, we saw lots of people walking their dogs along the way and we even saw someone wearing a suit and brogues, they were sliding everywhere on the ice, but it shows it can be done in casual gear!

We were so suprised how quiet it was at the top, We spent around 40 minutes taking photos and then started to hike back down to escape the wind. There are some lovely little spots along the route too, which are perfect for a picnic.

In total, we were 3 hours 40 minutes. We started to hike at 12:30pm, reached the top in 1 hour 30 minutes and then we got back down to the bottom at 4:10pm, our bus left at 5pm – We made it in good timing!

The Lysefjord is absolutely beautiful and I would happily book a flight to Stavanger, to simply complete the Preikestolen hike. Our flights were so cheap too, find out how on this link > https://travelthroughlife.co.uk/2016/09/10/weekend-escape/

We also did a cruise along the Lysefjord the next day, can you believe this is Pulpit Rock from down below? You can hardly believe that tiny little ledge is so famous!

Stavanger itself is really pretty too. We spent lots of our time in Ovre Holmegate, which is the most colourful street in the city centre. There are loads of cute little bars and restaurants, our personal favourite was Boker og Borst, it was so cosy! They had an entire bookshelf full of games and books….We were entertained for hours whilst we waited for our flight!

We stayed for 3 nights in the Thon Hotel Stavanger, which was great as it is so central. They included breakfast and also an evening meal, which was really helpful as Norway isn’t the cheapest country I have ever been too!

Take a look at the hike over on YouTube  https://youtu.be/K8bgNgluwIg

Any questions, let me know!

Happy Hiking – Hannah xo

 

 

 

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