Goodbye November, hello December – that only means one thing – HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! I love Christmas and everything it involves and that is why in December we will be taking our foot of the gas (a bit) and spending time with loved ones, eating a load of food and washing it all down with some adult fizzy stuff. Plus, so much happened in November it will give me the chance to write fully about what we got up to. Here’s the brief low down……
The month started with a trip to Fishmore Hall with one of my best friends R, for a good old girlie catch up and amazing spa break, as we don’t get to see each other all that often. With fantastic treatments, yummy afternoon tea, an amazing dinner and great overnight stay, it was such a perfectly relaxing weekend break.
November saw us take two road trips….
1. The Lake District & Scotland
Our first stop on our road trip was to The Highfield Hotel in Keswick in the Lake District, where we enjoyed a great over night stay including an amazing three course evening meal including the biggest slab of sticky toffee pudding known to man. We also got the opportunity, in between the rain, to take a walk down to Derwent Waters and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
We then jumped in the car and headed over the border into Scotland. We made our first stop at the beautiful remote Trigony House in Dumfries. Here we enjoyed a lovely walk in the Scottish countryside, another top-notch three course meal and relaxed evening followed by full Scottish breakfast (including haggis) the next morning before heading to our next destination.
Our last stop on our road trip was to The Horseshoe Inn near Peebles, which is a restaurant with a limited yet very well thought out menu. It also has rooms and we had the pleasure of staying in one for the evening, We also enjoyed a very intimate dining experience accompanied by a great bottle of wine. Then the next morning we enjoyed a lovely breakfast before heading home.
Our second road trip was to some of the the most beautiful places I have seen, ever! We picked up our hire car, courtesy of Lagoon Rentals, from Keflavik airport and headed out into the wilds of Iceland, spotting the Northern Lights as we went (YES!!!). We visited Vik, Selandsfoss, Skógafoss, Gullfoss and Geyser to name but a few, on our 3 day road trip. We then headed to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik for a three day city break including a day trip to one of Iceland’s top attractions – The Blue Lagoon. We loved Iceland and are already planning a return trip.
We headed to Scotland’s capital Edinburgh to try out Harajuku Kitchen Japanese Bistro which has recently been named Best Japanese Restaurant in the UK. Needless to say, it is easy to understand why, we enjoyed great sushi, chicken, rice, tempura prawns, green tea and the yummiest Japanese lemonade I have ever tasted! A quaint restaurant with great food – what’s not to love.
Tonight I’m heading to Rotterdam in The Netherlands on a P&O minicruise with some friends. Living in a city which has great ferry links to both The Netherlands and Belgium is fantastic. Especially as they offer a 2 for 1 deal for six months of the year, meaning two nights on the ferry and one day in one of the numerous cities on offer for around £40 per person is an absolute bargain. It’s just a shame it’s top early for the Rotterdam Christmas markets.
This month we have also lined up so great trips for 2017. Including a flying visit to the The Angel Inn in Hetton which is in the Yorkshire Dales, England in January. Another minicruise to The Netherlands, this time to Utrecht, which we will be taking in March. And during the month of May we will be taking a road trip in Wales including stays at Roch Castle and Penrhiw Hotel together with afternoon tea at Twr y Felin Hotel followed by a couple of nights in Cardiff at Mr ESLT’s mum’s house!
Christmas Gift Guide
As christmas is coming there are a million and one gift guides out there all tempting you with fantastic ideas of what you could buy your friends and family. We have complied our own, but in keeping with our interests ours is Christmas Gift Guide: For The Adventurer in Your Life! Check it out or if you like the sounds of one of the things on it why not drop the hint and share it with your loved ones?
Fancy a Good Read?
If you are looking for a great read yourself or looking for a present for the bookworm in your life, why not consider the latest offering from Times Best Selling Author AK Turner – Vagabonding with Kids – Australia. Refreshing, honest, and humorous. I couldn’t put it down!
European City Break Collaboration
Last month I put a call out for bloggers who wanted to be part of a collaboration post. The idea was that I would pull together a post highlighting some of the best European cities out there which would hopefully inspire people. We had so many fantastic responses we actually had to pull them into three posts. We hope they help you plan your next European city break – thanks again to all the amazing bloggers who took part.
European City Break Inspiration: From The Bloggers Who have Been (A-H)
European City Break Inspiration: From The Bloggers Who have Been (I-M)
European City Break Inspiration: From The Bloggers Who have Been (N-Z)
Travel Blogger Interviews
This month we featured interviews from the following fantastic travel bloggers:-
- Guest Interview – The Enjoyable Rut
- Guest Interview – The Next Somewhere
- Guest Interview – See She Flies and Writes
- Guest Interview – Travel and Table
Hometown Tour Guides
Until next month……..safe travels 🙂