Just after the New Year I went to Edinburgh with my chum Julia to celebrate her birthday, for a change of scenery and to stretch our legs (burning off those Christmas mince pies) in a city she used to study in. I’ve been to the city a handful of times before but this time I was looking forward to experiencing some of the culture Edinburgh has to offer; namely the museums, art galleries and historical monuments. It’s the only thing I miss about living in a city; the open space of galleries, museums and venues that offer a little respite from the hub of the city.
We’ve been in Australia now for 7 days and I can’t remember a holiday I’ve enjoyed so much. We’ve filled our days with lots of goodness but have had plenty of time to relax too, especially in the evenings while our bodies are still getting used to being on Australian time. It’s obvious now how much I needed a proper holiday, so I’m hoping when we return I’ll feel revitalised and ready for summer in the UK.
It’s the simplest things, like being surrounded by an entirely different landscape, peeking at the ocean through the cracks on a jetty, and drinking my morning brew out on the day bed in front of the pool. I’m appreciating every single moment of it.
We’ve seen pelicans, stingrays, kangaroos, dolphins and all types of birds on our travels so far. We’ve been sea fishing, visited wineries, spent days on beaches, walked on a 2km Jetty and had picnic after picnic in the sunshine. I’ve also been bitten to an inch of my life by pesky midges but they will not break me! Must. Stop. Itching.
I’ve been loving wearing summer outfits too (I’m usually a winter outfit type of gal) and have been practically living out of my jean shorts during the day. Even when the temperature drops I’ve just been covering up with my trusty denim jacket and stepping out in my white canvas pumps c/o New Look for a more casual look. Denim paired with bright colour makes a great summery outfit, and I love the colour of my new skirt (skirt and top from Primark) – green is definitely a new hue I’d like to see in my wardrobe more.
More Australia fun coming soon once I sort through the photographs!
It happened folks, summer ended. The winter boots are out in force for muddy walks with Polly and any day now I’ll be digging into my wardrobe for woolly hats, mittens and warming up my fingertips over the open fire.
It’s around this time of year I take a quick glance towards next year and think about the places we might visit and holidays we will enjoy. We decided to pass on Glastonbury Festival next year so we could afford a late summer break instead, as we’re off to Western Australia at the end of the March for Easter with family.
Researching, booking and planning holidays is all part of the experience and before I book anything (we have to save in advance as we don’t have credit cards) I love making up lists and browsing the internet for places new and old to venture to. Here’s four destinations on my must/need/desperate to visit list…
Dubrovnik | We went on holiday to Croatia when we first met and I’ll never forget the blue Adriatic sea, amazing food and the friendliest people. We stayed on Lopud island just one of the islands off the coast of Dubrovnik, and enjoyed 7 delicious days of walking, swimming, eating and playing numerous games of UNO.
I’d love to go back and explore more of the old town, perhaps because Kings Landing in Game of Thrones is set there, but also because it’s my idea of complete paradise. We’re only planning a short break away next year, so maybe somewhere we’ve already been is a good choice? Top 3 things I’d like to do in Dubrovnik:
1. Go on the cable car to take in views of Dubrovnik and the coast from Mt Srd.
2. Go on a Game of Thrones walking tour. Do not judge me.
3. Try kayaking followed by a seafood lunch.
Iceland | I’ve wanted to go to Iceland for many, many years now. Reykjavik is on the priority list so I can enjoy all the culture the city has to offer as well as venturing further north to discover the Northern Lights. Top 3 things I’d like to do in Iceland:
1. Visit Reykjavik old harbour. I love fishing towns and villages (definitely a fisherman’s daughter).
2. Go to the Geothermal Baths in Laugardalur.
3. Experience the Northern Lights. Ever since watching Local Hero as a kid, I’ve wanted to see the Northern Lights. Perhaps, next year?
Cinque Terre | This was meant to happen last year but then we bought a house, then Glastonbury happened so instead we put it off for a more financially viable year! But oh my, doesn’t she look pretty? Cinque Terre, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1996, is made up of five fishing villages on the west coast of Italy. Top 3 things I’d like to do in Cinque Terre:
1. Visit all 5 villages (Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola) and try walking most of the coastal route between them.
2. Photograph the colourful homes and businesses that cascade down the cliffsides.
3. Read A Room with a View by E.M Forster while sipping Limoncello.
Portugal | It’s ridiculous I’ve never been to Portugal. I’ve always favoured going there rather than Spain, but have been to Spain three times. On the top of my list is Porto, I do love a medieval town! Top 3 things I’d like to do in there:
1. Wander the quaint cobbled streets and covet tiles (whilst eating a tasty pastry from many of their bakeries).
2. Visit the old part of the city, Riberia.
3. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.
What’s on your wanderlust list?
P.S Been to any of the above travel destinations?
Disclosure: Collaborative Post. All images via Thomson.
I probably should write-up my time spent in Paris in chronological order but I couldn’t wait to share one of my favourite moments. A day by day account is too methodical for my liking anyhoo so we’ll begin with day two in Paris, and our main reason for visiting the capital, a day at Maison & Objet.
While Katy met with stockists for her online shop, Haykin, (look out for mighty fine goods of simplicity and colour!), I browsed brands for interior inspiration. Before this, I did have to take a 45 minute detour back to the hotel for my SD card (tell me I’m not the only blogger who forgets to remove their memory card from their laptop?).
The detour was worth it so I could capture the magical TeamLab Floating Flower Garden; the one thing I didn’t want to miss at Maison & Objet. Groups of four were invited into the interactive white, mirrored space alongside 2000 suspended flowers slowly raising up and down as we passed through. I would have happily set up picnic in there if I were allowed, alas we were only allocated 2 minutes each in the space.
Funny how 2 minutes of your day can be so memorable?