Despite the fact that our recent trip to Chester left a lot to be desired, we still managed to have a lovely romantic date day out on our final day, starting at ‘Friends’ style cafe, Central Perk, and followed by a hand-in-hand perusal around Chester Zoo.
So far, I’ve only told you about the mini breaks that we’ve been on that we’ve enjoyed. Ok, that makes sense, surely when you go with your spouse for a romantic weekend away, you expect you’re going to enjoy it. Nobody ever seems to share holiday snaps of themselves not having a good time, so really there’s a lot of expectation (maybe even pressure) to ensure that when you do go away, you enjoy it! Well – from what Andrew and I have experienced, that’s not always the case.
Something which I confess often gets overlooked when Andrew and I are planning our romantic adventures is taking stock of what’s around us, and appreciating the beauty of our own home town. Too often we seek out new and exciting places to visit without properly experiencing the best of what our own surroundings have to offer. After all, this is the place we choose to call home, so why don’t we take more advantage of it?
Well this year one of our missions is to try to attend more local events, enjoy simple dates out in our own town, making memories that we can be reminded of every time we step outside. This weekend offered up the perfect opportunity to do just that, with the annual Catch the Wind Kite Festival in our neighbouring seaside town, Morecambe.
This morning my husband and I are back at it again (no not that!) We’re sat debating our next trip away. Well, not our very next trip, that’s already planned and ready to go (Aberystwyth in August). No, I mean our next one after that.
Those of you who are familiar with the blog will know that most of our UK trips usually sprout from one very small idea or attraction. One simple thing that we plan a larger trip around. And this weekend’s very vintage day out in the village of Haworth was no exception.
There are few places that I will visit more than once. With so many different places out there, ready to be explored, I almost can’t justify ‘playing it safe’ and revisiting a town or city I’ve already been. But for the city of Bath, I would make an exception.
Here’s what we made of it…
“16 waterfalls and 1000 steps, have a great day”. These were the words that greeted us by the security guards at the entrance to the ancient woodlands at Ingleton Waterfalls in Yorkshire. And I’d say they sum up the waterfalls’ trail pretty nicely!
I’ve lived within a half hour drive of Ingleton Waterfalls for the last 7 years, and my husband’s lived here even longer. And yet we’d never visited until last weekend. Attractions like this always seem to be things you visit when you’re on holiday or visiting somewhere new but you never seem to visit the ones that are right in front of you.
Part of my mission this year is to take stock and appreciate my own home town and surrounding local area. So on Sunday morning with the sun shining, we decided there was no good reason not to visit, and off we went – picnic and cameras in hand.
Way back in August I booked tickets to see Irish comedian Dara O’Briain on his Crowd Tickler Tour as my husband’s Christmas present. We both love him and so when I saw he was on tour I jumped at the chance of getting tickets. For whatever reason, I chose tickets for his one night in Glasgow this April (despite later finding out that he was playing at a venue just down the road from us later in the year! Whoops!)
Nevertheless it was another great excuse to explore a new city so off I went visiting tourism websites and scouring Pinterest for some sightseeing inspiration.
Having famously been the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, I was intrigued to discover what lay in store in the east coast seaside town of Whitby. Unlike most of our trips, this one was relatively unplanned – a spur of the moment decision with all the details left up to my other half (a rare occurrence in our household I can assure you!)
I had always wanted to visit Whitby and with it only being a couple of hours away it seemed like a good place to go on short notice. Plus, it’s a traditional British seaside town – and what’s not to love about that?! Andy and I have a certain soft spot for a touch of retro charm, and we were sure Whitby would have plenty of it.
In many ways, Brighton marked the start of a whole new life for me.
When you think about places you want to visit for a weekend break, you might think about places your friends have recommended, places you’ve always wanted to go or places that mean something special to you.
For this particular trip I just fancied having a chocolate cake from Brighton chocolatiers, Choccywoccydodah, who I had been following on the TV. It’s that simple. I knew nothing of the city, I didn’t even know where it was. When I found out it was a good 5 -6 hour drive from where I live, I still wasn’t deterred. That chocolate was just too alluring!