Don’t Annoy the Bride! (in Windermere)

The Lake District, is one of the most beautiful areas of natural beauty in the UK. We visited for a mini-break to explore the vast lakes, mountains, and eat lots of ice cream!

Lake Windermere is probably the most famous lake the Lake District, and the nearby villages of Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere form a must-do part of any trip to the Lake District. Continue reading

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Gateway to the Lake District

After a slow motion drive up the M6 in traffic we were glad to stop at Morecambe. Famous for its endless sands stretching to the horizon, we made a beeline for the waterfront to stretch our legs.

After a short stroll along the blustery front, we hopped back into our warm car to continue the journey north. All the while we could see the mountains in the distance, calling us forward! Continue reading

Devouring the Jurassic Coast in Lyme Regis, Dorset

The Jurassic Coast is a stretch of coast from Sidmouth in South Devon reaching east into Dorset, and including the town of Lyme Regis.sidmouth

Sidmouth is a cute little town with good cliff walks nearby. We walked up the nearby High Peak cliff-top footpath for lovely views over the bay. Continue reading

Christmas in the Cotswolds

During cold frosty December, we took a trip to the cosy Cotswolds. The Cotswolds is well known for being a pretty area of rolling hills and golden-coloured stone houses, but everything looked extra cosy and welcoming at Christmas time!

cosy-windowWe visited the small towns of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and Chipping Norton, which is a small piece of the Cotswolds, so plenty more places to explore! Continue reading

Birmingham’s Christmas Markets

It’s that time of year… the Christmas German Market is in town… seemingly every town across the UK has one, and a visit to at least one or two is a must, to sample the obligatory Bratwurst and Mulled Wine!

I paid a visit to Birmingham’s offering which is especially atmospheric after dark, and the snow added a certain authenticity, making me feel like I was in a ski resort! Continue reading

I’ve only just Bergen

Actually this was the last stop on our cruise, but the title works, no? Gotta love a pun! 🙂 Bergen is Norway’s second-biggest city, and we were keen to explore!

In Bergen it rains 260 days out of 365, so we were very grateful to have a clear sunny day. Not wanting to take anything for granted, we made a beeline for the Funicular which takes you to the top of the mountain. This is 90 Krone return (about £8.30) which is a lot for a 5 minute journey, but quite reasonable by Norwegian standards! The view was absolutely wonderful with great visibility across the surrounding bays and islands. Continue reading

Four Seasons in One Day on the Flam Railway

When we arrived in Flam the next morning, it was raining and a low cloud hung over the village.  It was a spitting image for the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand.

After breakfast we headed straight for the railway station. The Flam Railway is the steepest train in Europe, taking you from sea level to Mountain Peak (almost 900 metres above sea level) in about 40 minutes. It is lauded as being one of the most scenic train rides in the world. Continue reading

Scavengers in Stavenger, Norway

We arrived in Stavenger (which I like to pronounce rhyming with Scavenger) to pouring rain. But that’s fine – we were expecting it; the South West coast of Norway is known to get lots of rainfall. So after a good breakfast we piled on our waterproof coats, trousers, and walking boots (all my other shoes have holes in them – a source of constant amusement and mockery for my BF!) and set off into town!

We actually explored Stavenger in two halves; the old town and the new town. The Old town, or Gamle Stavenger, was the first stop. This is a quaint area of town full of cute white clapboard houses with red rooves. Continue reading