Hello May! It’s my favourite month of the year – firstly because the weather is always that bit nicer (summer is on its way folks!) and secondly because it’s my birthday in the middle of the month. Yep even though I’ll be 34, I still get excited about my birthday, maybe because of the cake? But back to April, we hope you all had a good one and totally over indulged in ALL the Easter Eggs, I know we did, maybe a little bit too much. In fact we overindulged all month really as we had the opportunity to eat some amazing food on our travels. Therefore, May is a detox(ish) month apart from the cake of course, although we’ll see how long that lasts. So where did we go and what did we do throughout April? Read on to find out…..
Flight Centre Blog Awards
I am so pleased to share with you that we have been nominated in the Flight Centre Blog Awards in the Established Travel Blog Award category (EEEKKKK). The public vote closes on Friday 5th May, so if you get the opportunity before then to throw a vote our way, it would be much appreciated.
Our first trip of the month was to London and our second visit of the year. This time it was a quick dash down to the capital and back again all within 24 hours. What a great little trip it was. We’d been invited to stay at 9 Hertford Street a luxury apartment in the heart of Mayfair. It was perfect. I’ll be honest, accommodation in London is often very expensive, especially if booked last-minute, therefore we normally choose a budget to mid range hotel, so it was an absolute treat and pleasure to stay here for the evening. It was also nice to be based in Mayfair, as we had never really explored that neighbourhood before.
Whilst down in the Big Smoke we headed to an awesome pop up bar located in…well actually that’s a secret. Based on the goings on during World War II at Bletchley Park where the German’s Enigma code was cracked, The Bletchley really does get into the swing of things. Basically, you have to crack codes given to you in order to get your own unique cocktails. A great and entertaining way to spend a couple of hours and the cocktails were pretty strong, which is always a bonus!
Our second trip of the month was my early birthday trip to Strasbourg in France. We were originally supposed to be heading to St Petersburg in Russia and had everything in place. However recent events made us, me in particular, change our destination. I’ve wanted to visit Strasbourg for a long time, so I’m very pleased that Mr ESLT chose it as a back up holiday. We spent 5 days exploring the charming town. We even took a trip out into the Alsace wine region and enjoyed a couple of wine tasting sessions, which were fabulous – theres nothing better than drinking locally produced wine on a sunny afternoon. We did have the intention of taking a day trip to either Colmar or Baden-Baden over the border in Germany, but we loved the fairytale setting of Strasbourg so much, we couldn’t tear ourselves away.
Macdonald Burlington, Birmingham
The first weekend of the month saw me jumping in the car and taking the two and a bit hour drive to Birmingham in The Midlands where I enjoyed a scrummy afternoon tea with my friend R at the 4 star city centre Macdonald Burlington hotel. It was a great afternoon full of fresh sandwiches, sweet treats and lashings of tea. It was the perfect place for a girlie catch up.
Mango Tree, London
Whilst in London, we got to experience amazing Asian food at Mango Tree, located in the Food Hall at Harrods. We lost our dim sum virginity and now there’s no going back – it was amazing and I am craving it all the time! Asian food always gets the big thumbs up from us but this was something else, all fresh, delicious and tasty and some amazing veggie options too!
We will not be jetting of during May, instead we will be packing the car up and taking a road trip down to The Cotswolds and then through into Wales.
Having never been to The Cotswolds before, we are excited to see what it has to offer. We aim to take things at a slow pace and enjoy some time together. If you have any recommendations of places to visit please let us know.
Mr ESLT’s mum and step dad live in Cardiff, so we try to visit at least twice a year. We’re looking forward to spending them, wandering around the local area and enjoying some home cooked food.
Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales
Our last stop will be the Pembrokeshire Coast, again we have never been before. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather so we can have ice cream and walks along the beach. Again, any recommendations of cool things to see or do – let us know.
California Road Trip
The 1st June cannot come quick enough, we are so excited for our road trip through California. I’ll be honest we still have a couple of things left to plan, which is very unlike me but I’ve had a lot going on recently. But I now have a to-do checklist and I am working through it like a crazy person. The second we get back from Wales, we’ll get the backpacks out and start packing which is going to be a task in itself as we will need to pack for 25 days for temperatures ranging from 10 to 40 degrees!
Mr ESLT’s Birthday
The next trip for me to plan is Mr ESLT’s birthday holiday. His birthday is in August, however we always wait until September to celebrate. This saves me money as it is towards the end of the summer season and also the kids have gone back to school. I am currently weighing up Greece or Poland. I guess I’ll make the final decision of beach or city when we get back from the USA but one thing is for sure, we will be going somewhere.
Travel Blogger Interviews
This month we featured interviews from the following fantastic travel bloggers:-
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