Back in October we arranged a surprise trip to Dublin for a weekend for our Friends 30th Birthday, his wife organised it all and we had a great time – Kid free too.
Here is what I thought?
I have never been to Dublin but the others had but it was a city I wanted to visit. We had an early flight and surprised our friend at the airport, and he was shocked and a little confused when we walked over to him.
We arrived in the town centre around lunchtime and headed straight to find food, then the pub crawl started. There was a few places I wanted to visit whilst I was there to tick off my list.
This was one bar I really wanted to visit and we did, and I’m so glad we did, it was packed but was so worth it, there was a live band singing Irish songs and lots of people dancing. Me and Laura got shamrocks glitter tattoos on our cheeks. The atmosphere was amazing.
I’m not a cultural person but when we went to Dublin I wanted to visit the castle so on the Saturday Morning, we got up and did exactly that, the sun was shining but was chilly still. The gardens and surrounding grounds were beautiful.
I don’t like whiskey but wanted to go on a tour to the factory as my husband wanted to see it to, as he had already experienced the Guinness factory. You know what the drinks were really nice. We were gutted we couldn’t get on the tours as they were booked up.
Have you been to Dublin? I would recommend a visit if you can.
Last Sunday we visited my Fiance’s Nan with my In Laws and my nephews. This is my mum in law with my nephews picking strawberry’s in the garden ready to eat. They absolutely loved finding them. After washing them, the boys took them round to everyone to see who wanted one. They were so juicy and yummy. I love strawberries, Do you?
My mum in Law and my Nephews, Alex, Harry and Ben
Have you done any fruit harvests this summer yet? Would love to hear yours?
Just over a week ago we returned home from our 10 day holiday in Spain.
Every year me and my fiance go on holiday together abroad but this year was going to be different. For the last 2 years my friend and her husband come and stay with me and my fiancé from Spain. I have worked and known Cheryl for almost 10 years now and she is like a 2nd mum to me.
Nearly 2 years ago Cheryl and her husband decided they were going to move over and emigrate to Spain to enjoy their retirement life. I was very sad to see her move but also happy for her and I had always told her she was welcome anytime to stay with us, so for the last 2 years around March time she has come over back to Birmingham and stayed at ours.
This year it was our turn, they invited us over to stay at their house in Spain, so while they were staying with us in March this year we organised a time to plan and go over for our holidays. We decided on June so was cheaper and out of season. We booked our flights within about an hour of looking for the best deals around etc, we booked the flights through Monarch, I have never flown with Monarch but had heard some good reviews about them.
Eventually after waiting for what seemed like forever the date arrived, we started packing a day before as we had been so busy, Our flight was at 7.05am on Monday 20th June so we had to get up at 3.30am, we pre ordered a taxi to. We arrived at the airport around 10am, but spain are 1 hour ahead so it was 11am.
My friends picked us up from the airport, it took us around 30 minutes to get back to their house, but when we arrived it was beautiful, it’s located in a little community and was so peaceful and quiet.
There was a community swimming pool as well just a few steps up the road which was lovely, we went there a few days to keep cool.
We went out a few days which included, Torrevieja, the beach, A Market, Guardamar and La Senziar.
The first day we arrived we stayed in and just relaxed as we had such an early start we were tired, plus the England game was on. My friends made us lunch and cooked us dinner on the evening which was lovely too and we sat upstairs on the solarium eating and looking over at the sun setting.
We didn’t plan to do much as we wanted to relax but was nice to go out and see the sights and the places round Alicante, as we hadn’t been to this area before. We went out for meals on the evening to lots of different places and experienced lots of different types of food, Italian – All you can eat & drink, Chinese, Grill House, Pub like places (Hogs Head) and more, most of which were a set menu for 3 courses at great prices for around 9-11 euros each with a drink – can’t complain at that.
The temperature most days was between 27 – 30 degrees most days and the sun was always shining from early morning till late at night with a slight breeze blowing through.
The day we went to Torrevieja it was extremely hot with a breeze, we walked along the sea front and around the coast which had lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and little shops, It was lovely watching people play on the beach and in the sea all having a great time. We must have spent at least half a day walking and talking and taking in the spectacular views of the coast lines. On the walk back to the car we all stopped off to get and ice cream – tradition right, wow they had hundreds of different flavours. I chose After eight mint flavour and it was delicious, but melted super fast, and my fiance had Kinder bueno flavour.
As we carried on walking we came across some little rock pools – I loved these as a child as still do now and we had a little look to see what we could find and we came across this little guy, a crab hiding under the rocks for safety.
We then got back in the car and headed home to chill for a while before going out for dinner.
The days seemed to be going past both quickly and slowly dependant on what we did in the day.
Another day we decided to go and spend the day at the beach just the 2 of us for a change, Phil drove us to the beach as it is a bit far to walk.
We found a perfect spot, the sand was golden and soft, with no sign of litter anywhere which was great. we lay our stuff down, I read my kindle and Tom listen to music. There was a lovely sea breeze that kept passing over to keep us nice and cool. We had a spot of lunch in the beach restaurant, then we had a walk down the beach and before we knew it the time had passed and it was nearly 6pm, so I gave my friend a ring to see if she wouldn’t mind picking us back up. I really enjoyed the beach, listening to the waves slowly crash against the shore.
There was so much to see and do in spain, we just didn’t have enough time to go and see everything. Sadly we only had a couple of days left so we went to a market on another day, it was around a 45 minute drive from the house, it was absolutely packed when we arrived. we tried to find out way round in a manely order but that was just impossible. Unfortauntly after on a few hours of being there I didn’t start to feel so great, luckily we met up with my friends so decided to head home.
The last few days went passed so quickly,it’s hard to recall what we actually did other than have a fantastic time.
Then the sad day finally came where we had to pack up our things and leave the wonderful spanish sun behind and head home. Our flight wasn’t till 8pm so we did have some of the day to do something so we decided to go to the pool and just relax. It was then time to pack up properly say goodbye and head to the airport for our flight home.
Every year Cannon Hill Park hold a massive show known as the Foodie Festival, Last year my sister in Law went with her boyfriend and kids and had a great time. Cannon Hill Park is a beautiful place to visit as well.
The festival will take place at the park from 3rd June to 5th June 2016
There will be lots of different companies there on the day, plenty to eat and drink and be happy. I hope the sun is shining to top the day off.
You can read about my sister in Laws visit last year and what she thought about it Here
There will be entertainment stall with live bands and people playing music throughout the day aswell. The fesitval happens at different places all over the UK at different times, check out the website for locations and to book your tickets.
Official blog review to come after my visit.
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Me and my fiance both love most foods so when I was contacted to go and review a newly opened restaurant called Las Iguanas that had recently opened its doors at a new bar and restaurant mall in Birmingham I jumped at the chance of saying yes.
We walked in and it was quite busy but we headed over to the counter and gave our name and the guy led us to a table . All the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
We ordered some drinks while checking out the menu which had a lot of variety to choose from. Food menu, Drinks Menu
I chose to try a cocktail and they were all on 241 offers aswell, I had the Iguanas Cosmo and Tom chose a beer called Estrella.
We choose to go for starters first, I chose Nachos and I wasn’t disappointed, I love nachos and they were the best I had by far. Tom decided to try the Pato Taquito this was shredded duck in a soft tortilla wrap filled with caramilised onions served with a spicy cranberry salsa. We both tried each others starters and enjoyed both.
Next came the mains and again we weren’t disappointed. I chose the Picanha Steak and Tom chose the Enchilada.
My steak, I had this cooked medium/rare, it was juicy and cooked perfectly, sometimes steaks can be very chewy and difficult to get right but this was perfect, succulent and tender and very tasty indeed. It came with Salad, Sweet potato fries and a seasoned butter.
The service was excellent considering how busy they were with being a Saturday night. The staff were fantastic too, very friendly, making sure we were happy with everything. We rate them 10/10 and would definitely recommend it to anyone that hasn’t been.
Sadly it is too late to go now this year but be sure to book in early for Christmas 2016. A few weeks prior to Christmas I thought it would be nice to surprise my nephew who is 7 yrs old to a trip to the snowdome, to go and visit their annual Winter Wonderland that happens around Christmas time between 20th November and 31st December.
On Sunday 20th December me, my mum, my dad, my fiancé Tom and my nephew Jack headed over to the snowdome, We set off around 10am and all the way there my nephew was asking where are we going, are we nearly there yet, until we saw signs for the snowdome and winter Wonderland then he guessed where we were going, his face was a picture filled with excitement. When we finally pulled into the car park it was very busy, and drove round the car park several times before finding a space.
To make the process quicker for us because of how busy it can get we booked it all online a few weeks before we were due to go and so went straight through fast track to check in. We then waited in a room for our time slot where there was a little show for the kids with a snowman and music for the kids to dance around to, it was very busy.
Finally after what seemed like forever it was our turn to go in, we grabbed a sledge, and started wandering round, it was all beautifully lit up with fairy light and christmas trees but was very cold so we made sure we were all wrapped up warm and snug. You could hear all the kids screaming and shouting with how excited they were and plenty of laughter to. We had around 40 minutes in the snow, there was plenty to do. Jack decided to start a snow ball fight with us too. There was slopes to slide down in rings and sledges etc. We all had a go, we went whizzing down and bumped in to several others on the way down and heard lots of laughter’s as we went.
After our time slot they rang a bell and it was our turn to go and see Santa and the show. It was a really good show, it went on for about half hour/30minutes and you could hear the kids laughing throughout the show.
After the show we were escorted out and into the pet’s corner section where we saw lots of different animals there was reindeer, Pigs, Shetland Ponies, Donkeys, Goats and Rabbits.
Here’s Jack my nephew in Santa’s Boots
Prices are reasonable aswell at £12.95 per person on Saver days and £16.95 per person on Standard days. (see timetable for furthur details on website).
It was a fantastic day and a very magical one as well for all the family. It is suitable for all ages and even though I am nearly 30 years old I had a brilliant day and would defiantly recommend going to the snowdome at Christmas.
We all want to go on holiday abroad to make memories and experience the feeling of flying on a plane and visiting different place around the world.
So at the beginning of the year me and my fiancé decided that we were going to look into booking our summer holiday for 2015. After just moving into our first home December 2014 we weren’t sure if we would be in a financial position to be able to afford to go away.
We spoke to friends of ours and the four of us decided to go together, we got together at weekends and sat down and looked at various locations, looked on and visited travel agents, checked out Thomson and Thomas cook websites at several different places we fancied going to and we were really pleased when we found a really good deal on a holiday to Turkey, Antalya.
Me and my fiancé had never been to Turkey before but the friends we were going with had, and said it is a lovely place to visit.
We found a lovely adults only hotel that was 5 star called Flora Gardens, it consisted of little wooden shallots all over the complex.
We decided to go all inclusive for a week. We flew out on Saturday 15th August till Saturday 22nd August.
When we finally arrived after the hour and half transfer from airport to hotel, we couldn’t see much as it was late and dark. We got taken through to a VIP lounge in the hotel to have a quick chat with the hotel staff of the general do’s and dont’s, we were handed a cocktail too while we waited, then after we were taken to our room and our cases were brought shortly after to us.
We had an amazing time starting off with just chilling my the pool for the first couple of days. The weather was fantastic to us all the way through hitting highs of around 38/40 degrees with a slight sea breeze.
We went out on two excursions one to side by night on the Tuesday evening and the other to Manavgat where we saw a beautiful waterfall which ran for miles, a textiles store and a market a bit like Wellsbourne but 10 times bigger. Both excursions included a 3 course meal.
Our hotel also had a little area where it was a peace, quiet and a relaxing area which was known as “Flora Zen Garden” it was filled with lots of beautiful flowers and had a pond with lots of beautiful koi carp fish with lots of different colours and sizes, was also lucky enough to see some lizards.
There is lots to do and visit in Turkey unfortuantly we didnt get to visit it all but would plan to go for longer than a week next time and see more as it is such a beautiful place.
I would recommend anyone who hasn’t visited Turkey to go and visit it 100%.