Kensington London England UK

London is a fantastic place to visit but I particularly like Kensington. If you get the chance visit Kensington Palace go! The palace is really interesting and you get to see how the other half live! We saved money too as Kensington Palace accepted Tesco vouchers, so happy days!

Within the palace are items from Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. I am an architecture and history lover so a trip like this is wonderful. The great thing about Kensington Palace grounds is the green area. London can feel claustrophobic at times and the grounds surrounding the palace I find calming. It is a definite must do when in London.

Lincoln England Lincolnshire UK

We love to have regular mini trips in random places, some little villages and then some city breaks. One place I love is Lincoln in England. A beautiful city in the English East Midlands.  There are some lovely hotels and also good budget hotels around. Plenty of good old fashioned ‘pub grub’ (pub food) and beautiful buildings. If you have a few days and you are in the area go and visit, you will not be disappointed!

Gorges Du Verdon Alpes-De-Haute-Provence

So many times I have visited this region of the South of France, too many return visits and I never tire of the beautiful views. The canyons are considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. The surrounding roads and forever winding with beautiful vistas of the canyons and its waters. There are small peddle boats and Canadian canoes available for hire on the lake.

The area is very popular with locals and tourists and it is a must see. If you are in nearby Nice then make the effort and take the drive up to the Gorges, you will not be disappointed.

Croatia – Hrvatska

We started our road trip from Wales in the U.K to Croatia (Hrvatska). It turned out to be one of those holidays where you think it is all going to go wrong! Luckily though it was fantastic and Croatia is certainly a Country I will visit again.

 


The journey was long in the car, then ferry then car again. We planned to camp in the camping resort Lanterna the entire holiday but unfortunately the lovely campsite was spoilt by large groups of various nationalities who were very very noisy at night. Partying into the next day is not my thing, especially when I like to sleep at night and take in the sights by day. Well after a few nights of no sleep ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH! My husband was marvelous, after a particularly rough night trying to settle a 2 year old with all the noise around us, he decided to find us alternative accommodation….I was completely oblivious of course and basically slept the day away! When I woke he told me we were packing up and going to a rented apartment (Yey!)
Bonus the apartment in Mareda (near Novigrad) had a washing machine, so I was happy! The apartment was amongst residents and a very short walk to a rocky beach.

 

The rest of our trip was amazing, once we had the right base to stay the rest just fell into place.
We travelled the coast from Mareda, Novigrad, Porec and my favourite Rovinj which has Italian architecture (due to its history) and then travelled all the way to Pula with its amphitheatre, reminiscent of Rome!

 


We found Croatia to be very reasonably priced but later we visited the very expensive Koper in Slovenia and Venice Italy within the same trip. I am yet to blog those. If you ever get the chance to visit Croatia, it is a must, the people are friendly and helpful and the country is so beautiful.

08/2009

 

 

 

Fnideq (Castillejos) Tétouan Morocco

Two years ago we embarked on our annual family holiday but with a difference. We had always wanted to visit Morocco but not the more conventional places to visit, more off track and not where regular tourists go. Result was a fabulous life experience and one our family will always cherish.

We visited Fnideq which is town in northern Morocco, on the Mediterranean coast of M’diq-Fnideq Prefecture, situated 31 kilometres north of the city of Tétouan. The town of Fnideq is also known under the Spanish name of Castillejos.

We entered the Country via Gibraltar a British Overseas Territory and headland then onto Ceuta, Spain’s autonomous city located on the north coast of Africa. After a short taxi ride to the nearby border crossing. We chose to enter Morocco by foot, a daunting prospect but we did it none the less. Car journeys are fraught with very long delays and many problems. After filling out the necessary entry / exit forms for the country we were processed without too much delay or problem. We seemed to be hurried through on the basis of our nationality.

 

The market place was full of hustle and bustle with all the locals going about their business, the sights and smells were amazing. There were many cafe’s available where you could stop for a break from the heat and have a little shade. The traditional drink is Moroccan mint tea (good for digestion) but there were many other not so traditional drinks available. Some people spoke French, which was handy for us but not all – so language was a barrier but not too much of a problem.  We found the people very friendly. I blended in nicely due to my complexion and dark hair! My husband and two children stood out with their blonde locks! My son kept having his head rubbed (for luck I think?) but he didn’t seem to mind, however he got a little dizzy from it after a while!!! We seemed to be the highlight of conversation for some. Even though the trip was daunting with two children I am so very glad we experienced the real Morocco and not a tourist hot spot. 08/2015

 

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Cabo Roig & Surrounding area in the Costa Blanca Spain

A holiday that me and my family have thoroughly enjoyed for at least three years in a row in the past, as we had such a fabulous time! The area hosts some fabulous beaches: Cabo Roig Playa Flamenca and the very beautiful and unspoilt Playa Cala Capitan.

There are varied eateries with entertainment and a fantastic Stone Grill restaurant which was our particular favourite. There are many other fabulous restaurants and one we kept returning to with resident Spanish Flamenco dancers if you are looking for some traditional flavour!

We like to wander around not just remain in a particular area, so we took many trips to Torrevieja, they host a night time funfair which is great for children and there are many stalls with traditional gifts (and tat!). My favourite places to visit are most definitely Tarbarca Island which is an isle close to the town of Santa Pola, there are regular boat rides to the Island from Santa Pola, but be aware unless you want to spend an awful lot of money on food then take a picnic! Another favourite is Guadalest! It is just so beautiful, after walking up the winding hill top where there are quaint shops and houses, the view you have from the top is perfect. I would never tire of this view it has to be one of my favourites.

If you prefer little hidden gems, go to Alcalali located in the Vall de Pop in the Jalon Valley. It is a small village with some lovely accommodation. We stayed in Casa Almar a beautiful bed and breakfast. The village has some very reasonably priced eateries prices aimed at residents and not the tourists.

08/2012/2013/2014

 

 

 

Niagara Falls Ontario Canada / USA

I have been reminiscing back to July 2005 where me and my husband honeymooned in Ontario Canada and Buffalo NY state USA. We spent most of our time in Canada. What an amazing time we had!

Niagara Falls Canada is amazing – a natural beauty. I loved the Skylon Tower where you can take in perfect vistas of the falls. We also took a boat ride on the falls. A truly amazing experience and one that I would repeat in 2016. Definitely a big tick off my bucket list!

If like me you do not like commercialisation then you won’t be too bothered about Clifton Hill and all the commercialised nonsense: wax works, Guinness book of records, ghost rides etc.  I think it spoils the beauty of Niagara, still worthy to visit but a complete contradiction of what it should be. I much prefer the Niagara Falls USA side in walkable distance just over rainbow bridge. The USA side is a nature reserve so no commercialisation. Perfect!

Further away (3850 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario) you can take a ride on the Whirlpool Aero cable car which transports passengers over a section of the Niagara River referred to as the Niagara Whirlpool.  It is quite popular but I would definitely visit if you are in the area.

We Spent a few days in Toronto Canada staying in nearby Mississauga Ontario Canada. A busy City with lots to do and see. The CN tower is a must and there are many places to take a boat trip on the lake or to Toronto Island Park, where you can have a wander around and take in the scenery and if you are into history then you must visit Fort York (located 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto ON). Fort York is a historic site of military fortifications and related buildings on the west side of downtown Toronto. It was really interesting and educational. 07/2005

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