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Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday. Show all posts

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Week That Was... 9th May 2016


Daisies, Blue SkyAfter another busy week, we were treated to some rare, but welcome warm weather at the weekend. I'm hoping that this is just the start of a fabulous summer ahead. It was lovely to see so many people out basking in the sunshine and taking the opportunity to explore the great British countryside. The evenings were heavy with the scent of last-minute barbecues and here, the first Pimms of the season was enjoyed in the garden. Today, the rain has returned with a vengeance. Here's hoping it won't be too long until the clouds disappear and we can get on with making the most of summer.

This was my week...

Sudeley Castle
As the weather was glorious, we chose to ignore the mountain of monotonous tasks requiring our attention last weekend and ventured out to visit Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds instead.

Sudeley Castle, the Cotswolds


The castle was built in the 15th century, possibly on the site of a 12th century castle and is surrounded by ten beautifully laid-out gardens. The chapel, St Mary's, is the burial place of Queen Katherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII.

Queen Katherine Parr, Tomb, St Mary's, Sudeley


It's a fascinating place to visit and comes highly recommended.

Reading
The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright. This was a gift from my daughter and looks promising so far. It's perceptive and features lots of amusing observations about a family in crisis. I can't wait to see how it ends.

Daughters
Both daughters are working hard on dissertations and final pieces of work for university. Parcels filled with treats were dispatched recently - containing sweets from their favourite sweet shop in town, sachets of hot chocolate for windswept beach walks and cold evenings spent camping at a rowing event. Plus cookies and breakfast biscuity things perfect for pulling all-nighters in the library. Final letters from home featuring nonsensical news and motivational words were posted yesterday.

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughters.

How did the last 3 years at university go so quickly I wonder?

Holiday 2016
And finally, the holiday is booked... after much trawling through the internet last weekend in search of the perfect vacation for 3, (yes, you did read that correctly). Sophia's going to work for Camp America again this summer, so we offered to take Olivia along. It's been a while since we've taken a holiday with either daughter, but I'm looking forward to spending time with my eldest. We settled on a week in Sorrento at a hotel that's right in the centre of town.

Today, it's 63 days and counting. Not that I'm keeping tabs.

The Week Ahead...
I'm looking forward to Music Night on Friday and Eurovision on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For Eurovision 2016, I'm hoping for lots of cheesy, eccentric entries and will probably be tweeting live throughout. I hope to see a few of you on Twitter on Saturday night. You know the rule about not tweeting after wine? Well this goes out of the window for Eurovision as I suspect that everyone's having a party on there.

It's amused me that the US will get to see Eurovision broadcast live for the first time this year. I can't wait to see what they make of it.


Well that's about it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead whatever you're up to.


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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Mexico, here we come...

If I'm not around much during the next couple of weeks, that's because I'm on holiday in Mexico with Mr A. We decided to book a last-minute break as a belated birthday gift for my husband's 50th, as life has been rather hectic recently and summer 2015 won't be one that's memorable for its great British weather.

Our plans include...

1. Swimming (up to the pool bar),
2. Drinking lots of water - if you count the ice in cocktails and,
3. Healthy eating (if you don't include desserts).

If I have access to Wi-Fi, I'll continue to comment, read and post. If not, I'm going to miss you guys, and will hopefully have lots of tales to tell and photographs to share when I arrive home again. In the meantime, I've scheduled lots of blog posts from the archives that should (hopefully) appear on Twitter if you feel like reminiscing over old times.

The last time we went to Mexico was back in 2011 when our daughters were 16 years of age. These three pictures kind of sum up our previous visit...

First of all there was this. According to my daughters, this is me on a good day. I haven't dared ask what I look like on a bad one...


Next up, is this adorable raccoon who was always foraging on the beach in search of whatever tasty snack he could lay his paws on...



And finally, my favourite snap of all... the strawberry daiquiri. Several cocktails may have been tested prior to this, purely for research purposes.



Have an awesome couple of weeks if I don't manage to catch up.

Love and best wishes

Izzie x

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Boston - A Beautiful City



Having travelled to Boston last year, I thought I'd blog about this fantastic city following the terrible events earlier this week.

After much deliberation, I hit on the idea of America for last year's holiday. Eventually settling on a multi-centre trip to New England, we decided to use public transport instead of hiring a car.


Would it be possible to have a holiday of contrasts that would keep the entire family happy? After much deliberation we booked a city break in Boston, a few days in Salem and finally, some downtime by the beach in Hyannis.

Boston is a city of great contrasts. Historical buildings coexist effortlessly with a modern infrastructure, giving the city a quirky, but friendly appeal. Originally founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the USA.


Although Boston is a great walking city, this time around we purchased Charlie Cards for $18 each for Boston’s public transportation system, known locally as the ‘T.’ Boston’s subway system might be the oldest in America; however it was just perfect for zipping all over the city, whilst saving time and conserving energy for endless sight-seeing. 

Walking the Freedom Trail was one of the highlights of the holiday. Boston has more sites than any other American city that are linked to the American Revolution. This 4-km walking trail (marked in red on the sidewalk) starts at Boston Common and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument. Where we had just enough energy to climb the 294 steps of this impressive granite obelisk. In between Boston Common and Bunker Hill are an additional fifteen sites of interest, including the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution.

The Skywalk Observatory at Prudential is the tallest building in Boston accessible to the public. We went up at sunset and took in the 360o cityscape and an incredible view of Fenway, home to the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Beneath the Skywalk is the very impressive Prudential Shopping Center, home to over 75 shops and restaurants.










Food lovers won't be disappointed in Boston - everything is on offer here and the portions are huge. I can personally recommend The Cheesecake Factory, despite the name they also serve an impressive selection of appetizers and entrees. Although you might want to share dessert, the cheesecake portions are impossible to eat alone! The Solas Bar, a lively, contemporary Irish pub is also rather special.






One of Boston's most beautiful green spaces is the Public Gardens. The Swan Boats have been a feature since 1877 and gliding around the lake is a very relaxing way to spend twenty minutes.



The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States and home to over 450,000 works of art. It features just about everything from Paul Revere silver to Buddhist temple art. Sadly a full day wasn't long enough to appreciate all of the incredible exhibits.

We also managed to cram in China Town, Harvard University, The Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. After five hectic days in Boston, we boarded a train for Salem, home of the Witch Trials and a whole lot more besides.











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