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Thought of the day

Thought of the day

We had a lovely time in Geneva, Switzerland and Morzine, France with my sister-in-law last weekend. It already feels like it was yonks ago  but we have a couple of exciting trips coming up in the next 2 months! eek!!!

How to make the most of your money …

How to make the most of your money at the West Dean Chilli Fiesta

We last went to the West Dean Chilli Fiesta in 2015 so we thought it was time to head back this year. What shocked me a little was how much the tickets had increased in price and how almost unaffordable it has become. Given that I wanted to look for ways to make the most out of your ticket price. The main jist of the festival is around chillis (obviously) so there are a hundred odd stalls selling everything from… View Post

How to maximise your time off!

How to maximise your time off!

Part of what I am proud of is that we manage to hold down 2 full time jobs, run a household, look after 2 house rabbits and travel as much as we do. Yes, we don’t currently have any children so it is a little bit easier but it does take some pre-planning. Come January my first job is to sort out what time off we want in the following 12 months to get the most out of our days.… View Post

The peninsula named Tihany

The peninsula named Tihany

While spending some down time in the Lake Balaton area of Hungary we made a small side trip to a small peninsula called Tihany. It was about an hour’s drive around the lake from Siofok and was pretty easy, Hungarian roads make lots of sense and are easy to navigate! You do have the option to take a ferry across the lake instead but it didn’t fit in with our timings. There are several things to do on Tihany, most famously… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

On the 5 year anniversary of me being at my current job I think this is very apt! It’s a balance to get the most out of life whilst holding down a job, sometimes we get this balance just right and other times we don’t. But I guess that’s part of life!!!

Siofok & Lake Balaton

Siofok & Lake Balaton

After spending a few days in Budapest the second part of our Hungarian adventure was about to start. We picked up a car and headed down the M1 to the Lake Balaton area. Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (not the largest in Europe as Stuart had spent a large portion of his life thinking) and is beautiful. Its one of Hungary’s hot spots for holiday makers, we were early in the season so it hadn’t… View Post

Memento Park – home to communist leftovers

Memento Park – home to communist leftovers

Memento Park (sometimes called Memorial Park) is based just outside of central Budapest on the side of a hill in a very unassuming place. Created in 1991 by Ákos Eleőd as a result of a competition the site contains many many statues, or parts of statues from Hungary’s communist period. “This park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described, built, this park is about democracy. After all, only democracy is able to… View Post

9 Things to do in Budapest

9 Things to do in Budapest

A change in my normal roundup’s of trips. I will come back to our time in Budapest but after 2 trips here is my list of 9 things to do in this wonderful city!!! (in no particular order!!) 1. St Stephens Basilica St Stephen’s catholic church is in the middle of Budapest that you kind of stumble across when walking around the city. The church is named in honour of the first king of Budapest, Stephen, who Hungarians do have… View Post

Hungary 2017

Hungary 2017

So it’s been a while since my last post. We’ve been to Hungary and we’ve been to Plymouth, UK which means I’m a bit behind in my posts. I guess I’ve had a bit of writers block and a bit of being busy with being an adult! Stupid life getting in the way. While I do intend to catch up with a different post to normal for my Hungary coverage here is some pictures of said trip for the meantime.… View Post

Thought of the day

Thought of the day

The sun’s out, I’ve only got one more day at work before a week off! It’s been a pretty taxing week in the UK. Reminds me that we should all be a bit kinder to each other. We are all citizens of the same world. Trump has been in Rome so here is a picture from the Vatican City a few years ago. Was pretty hot then too!!!

A weekend in Amsterdam

A weekend in Amsterdam

Back in 2013 we took a trip to Amsterdam to celebrate my birthday and I’ve been a bit obsessed with it ever since. It was the first city abroad that I could see myself living, full of canals, cheese, beer and history. What more could you want!? You can also see from the quality of the pictures that we have made some serious improvements to the camera kit over the last couple of years!!! We only had a couple of… View Post

Honister Via Ferrata, Galleny Force and the Stone …

Honister Via Ferrata, Galleny Force and the Stone Circle

Catch up on days 1, 2 & 3! Our last day in the lakes was to be spent doing something neither of us had done before. We had previously tried and failed whilst in Canada so knew it was time. I am of course talking about the Honister Mine Via Ferrata. A via ferrata translates as iron road and originate from the alps. Simply put it is a steel cable which runs along a mountain route to allow climbers to clip… View Post

The land of Beatrix Potter

The land of Beatrix Potter

After a lovely first day our second real day in the lakes also happened to be Easter Sunday. As expected it was raining which did scupper our plans slightly as we would have loved to have attempted to climb Scafell Pike (highest mountain in England.) It just wasn’t meant to be this time round, still, it’s a great reason to head northwards again in the future. After a leisurely breakfast we hopped in the car for the short drive to… View Post

The Lake District – Coniston Water

The Lake District – Coniston Water

Our first day in the lakes began with a 7.5 hour drive from the south of England to the north. Top tip, it’s true what they say about traffic in the UK on a bank holiday, horrendous. Avoid at all costs. Still, we made it to our destination of Coniston late afternoon so had time to grab some supplies from the local shop and check into the cottage. The cottage was lovely – decorated in a country style. One bedroom… View Post