Stuff from Dubrovnik

Doing a bit of a sort out I found a bunch of stuff from some old trips, this is leaflets, receipts, and old tickets.  I have already scrap booked my trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia so I don’t really have much use for them anymore.  So I thought I would do a little blog post and reminisce.

Dubrovnik was an amazing trip, it was relaxing but we did lots of activities.  The most exciting was probably the scuba diving we did with Blue Planet Diving Centre.  It was a little terrifying initially, the thought of putting your head underwater and just ‘breathing normally’ so I had a little moment but after that I really enjoyed it.  Since it was our first go we barely went 5m deep!


We also walked along the Old Town walls (in the baking mid day sun with a million other tourists) which gave a great view of the Old Town.  And also a view of a few of the bombed out remains of little houses from the Croatian War of Independence.  We also took a gondola to the top of the hill to see the lovely view from up there, we felt that it was a waste of money really as we just walked down the hill to get back. There was also a little museum at the top which gave some more insights to the War, although not much was in English unfortunately.

It was also a trip of Island hopping.  We heading out to Mljet where most of the island is a National Park, we hired bikes and toured the park, we also swam in a picturesque lake which was lovely.  That ended up being a more expensive trip than anticipated though (cost of boat there, the cost of the bikes, and lunch).  We also took a little trip to a smaller island called, Lokrum where there were loads of peacocks.  This was the day after we had been out kayaking and I got very sunburnt on my legs and feet.  So every step in Lokrum was agony.  Good memories!

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Planning Our Trip To Paris

We have just booked our sprint trip to Paris, which is for my birthday.  Easter falls the weekend before my birthday this year which is a mixed blessing.  On the on hand, I have the long weekend off work already which is nice.  On the other hand it’s a busier and more expensive time to travel.  Also the Easter weekend is the most logical weekend to visit some family as we have the long weekend off work.  So the plan is to get the train down to The South on Thursday night, and come back on Monday.  Then fly out to France on the Tuesday, which is my birthday.

Really, I’d prefer not to travel on my birthday but getting the train back to West Yorkshire on the Monday, and flying out on the Monday would be too much.  For some annoying reason we can not get direct flights on the Tuesday from our local airport so we have to trek to Manchester Airport which is a couple of trains away from us.  We mulled over getting the plane from an airport near boyfriend mum’s house but then we’d want our return flight to land at a different airport to be nearer home, which increases the cost. Or we could have got the train from London but that would have meant getting home from London after our trip which is a pain.

And a simple holiday to Paris was becoming too complicated, so we just booked the flights from Manchester.

Now I get the fun of planning the trip.  At the moment it’s a little tricky because we can’t really rely on great weather in early April so I don’t know how much wandering around we’ll want to do.  And Paris is pretty big!  We’ll only have 3 full days so I want to make the most of them, but not plan too much and make it a stressful visit.

I’m thinking we take a look at Sacre Coeur, walk along the Seine, visit the Lomography store, eat croissants, pop into the Louvre, stroll past the Arc de Triomphe, check out Oscar Wilde’s grave, and maybe head up the Science Museum.

The croissants excite me the most.

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Running In The Country


In the past year, since I moved house to live out in the sticks, I have been taken my runs surrounded by the beautiful countryside.  So yes, obvs, I stopped my runs every time to take photographs of the country…and myself.  20170221_095257

This exciting photo of sheep was taken on the top of a but hill which I can no longer be bothered to run up.  In the midst of winter as we are, it’s pretty dark when I do my evening runs so you can’t see anything anyway.  And my day time runs on the weekend are usually lashing with rain so it puts me off making the trek up the never ending hill.  The lovely fields and farmland around you means it feels quite isolated, although there are super fast cars zooming past you constantly.Unknown Person

Below is my more common running route, which still involves a hill but less of a hill.  I have, madly, signed up for a 10km run which means I need to get training.  Right now thought I’d quite like another biscuit…20170810_074335

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A Trip To The Peak District

We went on a little trip to The Peak District, we went on a short walk in the very cold windy weather, and then went to a pub for lunch.  I had brie!  Here, are a few snaps of the day.

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2017 Travel Review

My biggest trip this year was not that far in physical distance but represented a major change in my life.  In February I moved in with my boyfriend which was exciting and, as it turned out, not too dramatic!  But I have been on a few more interesting journies this year too.



Victoria and Albert Museum Cafe

In March, I received an early birthday present from my mum in the form of a trip to London.  We took an early(ish) train down there and headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which I always seem to end up at when I visit our fair capital.  We left early so that we could see a bit of London, mainly just the walk from the V and A to the train station but still…



Manhattan from The High Line

April 3rd this year was my 30th birthday so we took a special trip to America. We hit New York checking and Washington DC.  Highlights include checking out The High Line (an old railroad turned park), taking a trip out to Brooklyn, $4 a slice pizza, The Capitol Building which I fell in love with, and The Postal Museum (no, really, I love stamps).  The major lowlight were a three day migraine :(, the torrential rain, and being harassed by a waitress for not tipping her enough.



Arthur’s Seat

After a big (expensive) trip to the US we spent our summer holiday in a very rainy Edinburgh.  I guess it was classic British summer weather but it was still quite miserable, we were soaked as soon as we arrived.  We managed to climb up to Aurthur’s Seat, eat sushi, and enjoy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens so not all bad.  Also got to see my sister and niece!



National Art Museum

For my mum’s birthday, which is in December, mum, sister and I took a trip to Riga, Latvia in October.  Anyway, it was very cold but enjoyable.  We visited the National Art Museum and the, slightly less cheerful, Museum of Occupation.  The Eastern Bloc countries had such horrible experiences in the second half of the 20th century!  Riga has a lovely old town to explore, and I recommend crossing the river to visit the National Library.



Sunset over Greenwich Observatory

I finished my 2017 travels the same way I started with a trip to London.  We celebrated boyfriend’s birthday there in November.  Another holiday, another illness befalls me. Not really an illness but I had period pains throughout this getaway that seriously undermined my enjoyment, and put me in a slightly grumpy mood.  But we got to visit the Greenwich Observatory and see a Planetarium show, checked out a bunch of museums, bought expensive chocolate at Fortnum and Mason, and experience my first crushed avocado with poached egg on toast.


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OKA Sushi, London

Boyfriend demanded (ok, politely suggested) sushi for our first night in London.   As it was his birthday, and I like Japanese food, I allowed this and found us OKA which was highly rated and nearby.  london1

I didn’t realise it was located inside a little shopping centre and food court.  But it was all decked out for Christmas (this was in November), and it was a fancy yuppie food court.  This was a hipster holiday.  It’s quite small so I think we were lucky to get a table.  I got vegetable tempura, avocado maki, and Jasmine green tea- so pretty much my usual.  It was pretty good, although honestly not the best I’ve ever had.  I finished up with the matcha and white chocolate cake which I found a bit too sweet, especially with the accompanying ice cream.  Boyfriend was going to share one with me but they had nuts, he has an allergy, it’s not a good mix.


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London- The Natural History Museum

Collages1We headed into The Natural History Museum, which is always popular. It’s free entry, apart from the temporary exhibitions and I like it better than the museum in New York, although that may be because they charged me $26!

We visited the earthquake area where they still have the mock up of a Kobe supermarket, and you can experience the 1995 Kobe earthquake in the simulator.  We headed onwards to find the animals (ok let’s face it, I was looking for the dinosaurs), and saw some extinct specimens like dodos, and the skeleton of an extinct giant sloth.

It was pretty busy for a Friday afternoon and we had to push through the throngs in the popular exhibits.  Like the main hall where the skeleton of a blue whale has recently replaced Dippy the Diplodocus.  This was the controversial move, but Dippy was a plaster cast while the blue whale is a genuine skeleton.

Finally we found the most exciting part, A REAL LIVE (animatronic) T-REX!!!  It’s tucked around a corner but there’s always a little group of people getting their shots of the rampaging T-Rex (not really rampaging!).


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Fortnum and Mason and Harrods

Whilst in London I wanted to do a small amount of Christmas shopping, mainly just fancy chocolate!

Fortnum and Mason

So after dinner we headed to Fortnum and Mason for a wander around.  I had been in there once before and got very distracted by fancy tea, there Green Jasmine is fairly delicious.  I didn’t realise that it was spread over several floors.   Fortnum and Mason was, and still is, famous for it’s hampers which are very expensive wicker boxes full of luxury booze, chocolates, and meat type products.  I’ve never bought one myself, I wouldn’t want to eat most of the stuff in it and they cost in the hundreds of pounds.  london4

You really question whether the stuff is worth the price, I have found the tea nice and boyfriend enjoyed his £6 chocolate bar, although he valued it at about £4.50.  The fact that it’s so expensive becomes part of the appeal for people I’m sure.  But the £40 shower caps were my breaking point…(they were crappy plastic ones with flowers stuck on wtf?!?!)


On Friday morning we stopped off at Harrods before we headed to the museums.  It was Black Friday and boyfriend was having some kind of breakdown in advance of what he thought would be hoards of sale shoppers.  However, Harrods did not appear to have any Black Friday offers because why would it?  Anyway, we wandered in circles around the food hall getting frustrated.  It’s been a long time since I actually went for a look around in Harrods, it’s always horribly busy.  When I was a teenager I went upstairs to the kids section and bought a pen which was thrilling.  Anyway, they had some fun window displays with animatronic shop assistant.


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Cosmoba, Italian Restaurant London

I really hate the Cosmoba website, it’s corporate black and barbie pink.  It doesn’t reflect the restaurant at all.  Cosmoba is a family run Italian restaurant, or ristorante! It’s not huge, but we managed to sneak a table on Friday night.  It was quite Christmassy when we were there, there was a pyramid of panatone in the window, as well as twinkling lights.


I had one of the specials, which was gnocchi, walnuts, and pear (pear was a bit weird but it was still yummy). Boyfriend had lasagna, and we both had a lovely time.



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Greenwich Observatory- London


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