My favourite houses – spotted on our Monday morning walk
Bruges was on the travel wish list for quite a while. Belgium is one of the closest European countries to us and I’d heard tales of this perfectly preserved medieval city that was small enough to visit in a weekend. As a Christmas present to Paul I booked flights and a hotel for the first weekend in December, the aim of the visit was to relax before silly season got underway and to start to get ourselves in the festive spirit.
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Having a few days off over Christmas and New Year has led to the inevitable chats about where we’d like to go in 2015 and my head is now in such a spin! This year will be the first for a while where we are completely restricted to a holiday allowance. In Europe we get the most generous holiday allowance I know of and yet we’re still struggling to cram everything in that we want to do! It’s a good problem to have but as a travel buddy of ours mentioned, it’s still a problem.
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Well, I was a crappy blogger in 2014 but I’m glad to say that I wasn’t a crappy traveller! In early January I stumbled across Need Another Holiday in my quest to find other folks out there who had the burning passion for travel but who also maintained a fixed address and standard working hours. Clare did all of those things and she had also set down a challenge for readers of her blog to ‘Take 12 Trips’. The idea was to make sure you take one trip per month, anything from a day out at a museum to a full blown holiday, but you had to have that one date for exploration set every month.
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Our regular trips to the Lake District in Cumbria normally involve a little cottage, walking boots and the odd pub to curl up in after a hard day on the Fells. When Travelzoo approached us about trialling one of their Local Deals, we decided to do things a little differently in one of our favourite spots in the UK and go for a posh overnight stay for Paul’s birthday.
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The Humber Bridge
February’s ‘Take 12 Trips’ was somewhat more glamorous than what we had initially planned so we were a bit more budget conscious when planning what to do in March. We decided to stay close to home and just have a day trip out one weekend to save some pennies. As Paul sat mocking a friend of ours about her home town one night over dinner, the lightbulb moment happened. We would head off to the city of Hull for the day!
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Brooklyn Bridge Park on a gorgeous Saturday morning
New York City was our first visit to the United States just 4 years ago when Paul took me as a lovely birthday gift one freezing cold February. What is staggering to me is that in the 4 years since we’ve spent 5 months travelling around this great country and no matter how much of it we’ve seen there is nowhere in this vast land quite like the Big Apple. In our first visit we tried to cram in as much as possible, rushing around with wide eyes marveling at all the places we’d seen on countless movies and TV shows. The second time around couldn’t be more different.
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