How can it be April already, it only seems two minutes since it was Christmas. I’m not complaining though as we have recently seen the sun, something we haven’t seen in a VERY long time. We love Spring, it means longer days and light(er) nights which gives us more hours of daylight to do fun stuff locally. Unfortunately, we just haven’t had the time this month due to working a lot (both at the office and on the blog) and also decorating our house (ah the joy of being adults!). However, once our new kitchen and floor is fitted next week we will hopefully have more time to get outside and at least explore things on our doorstep during the evening and at weekends. We hope you’ve had a great March with lots of wonderful adventures. Here’s what we’ve been up to.
The first weekend of the month saw us visit London for the first time this year. We visited with our friend’s Samm from The Inspiration Highway and her husband. We arrived early Friday evening, quickly changed and headed to Benihana Japanese restaurant in Piccadilly. We had a great meal, having only ever been to one other teppanyaki joint in Surfers Paradise, I’ve realised it could possibly be my favourite food!
The next day we became full on tourists and hit Madam Tussaud’s. Having been to the one in Blackpool when I was a kid and the one in Vegas 5 years ago, I was really looking forward to it. When we visited the one in Vegas, Mr ESLT and I had the entire place to ourselves, why I don’t know but it just wasn’t busy. However, the one in London was ridiculous. There were TOO many people there. My claustrophobia started playing up a little unfortunately which resulted in me not enjoying it as much as I should have. Although from some of the comedy photographs I took, it looks like Mr ESLT was having the time of his life.
I’ve mentioned my love of musicals before and whenever we are down in the Big Smoke we always try to see one. Therefore, we got tickets for School of Rock. I’ll be honest I’m a massive fan of the film but I was worried that the kids would get on my nerves, but I must admit it is one of the best musicals that I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a few. The lead guy who played Jack Black’s character was amazing and so were all the kids who even played their own instruments. It was a great and uplifting evening, the perfect way to end our visit to London.
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Last weekend we headed over to the beautiful little city of Utrecht in The Netherlands. We had a great, yet short time there, wandering around the medieval centre and cruising the canals. We only had 28 hours there but we enjoyed it thoroughly and made the most of every second. Having been to Amsterdam and Rotterdam on a number of occasions, it was great to explore a new city.
I’m so pleased again that our blog stats for March surpassed the numbers for February. So thank you once again to each and every person that takes the time to read what we write, it really means a lot. In fact we have had more readers in the first three months of 2017 then we did during the whole of 2015 and if the trend continues we will have hit the same number of readers as we did in 2016 by the end of June (WHOOHOO!)
Our first trip of the month with be another trek down to London, this time just for one night – we’ll be staying in a beautiful apartment in Chelsea, eating a great Asian meal and visiting a pop up bar. Fingers crossed by the time we get home our new kitchen will have been fitted and some sense of normality can resume at home.
St Petersburg, Russia
We finally got our passports back at the beginning of March, complete with Russian visas which means our trip to St Petersburg is definitely happening at the end of April. So if you have any tips or recommendations regarding what to see or do or where to eat please let us know. We’re really excited to visit our 71st country. Also, if you live in the UK and are planning on a visit to Russia yourself, I wrote a post which should help you get your visa too, as it was a long and complex process.
We’ve finally started putting together our definite itinerary for our month-long road trip through California. We’ve arranged wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma, the hop on hop off bus in San Francisco, glamping in Yosemite and 5 over night stops down the Pacific Highway. We still have loads to do including tickets for Alcatraz and things to do in LA and San Diego. It’ll be our 6th wedding anniversary in San Diego, so if you have a recommendation for a great restaurant please let us know as we are looking for somewhere special to spend the evening.
Travel Blogger Interviews
This month we featured interviews from the following fantastic travel bloggers:-
Hometown Tour Guide
This month’s Hometown Tour Guide was the lovely Wandermust Mummy from Wandermust Family, read all about her adopted home town of Doha the capital of Qatar.
We are always on the look out for Travel Bloggers who would like to take part in our Travel Interview or Hometown Tour Guide Series, if you fit the bill and would like to feature please drop us a line – firstname.lastname@example.org