I really don’t want to tempt fate but wowzers how lovely has the weather been in England during June? Is 2018 the year we finally have a summer? It sure looks like it. We love summer, the sun really rejuvenates us and encourages us to get out and about and explore our local area a lot more too, let’s hope it continues for another couple of months. June was a busy one for us with a couple of trips, a family wedding, our wedding anniversary, a gig and lots of personal stuff added into the mix, together with Love Island (yep -addicted) and the World Cup. June was jam-packed and here’s what we got up to in more detail.
Norway was a new country for me and Oslo, in particular, was a new city for both Mr ESLT and I. We had been told many times that it is a super expensive city, yet it wasn’t until we actually arrived that we realised just how expensive. In some bars, we were paying around £12 a pint. Even though we are not budget travellers it still annoyed us to hand over that much money for a beer. That being said, we had a great time in Oslo, apart from falling over and spraining my ankle (the list of cities where this has happened is becoming far too long).
Armed with our Oslo passes we whizzed across the city on trams and visited numerous museums. We also took three organised trips via Tripadvisor including walking tours through the hipster hangout Grünerløkka and one through the city centre, together with a bus tour of all the major sites together with a Fjord cruise. It was a great place to spend our 7th wedding anniversary and a country that I would love to return to.
The Hague, The Netherlands
Next up was a return to one of my favourite countries – The Netherlands. I was invited to visit The Hague for the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race. It saw the coastal side of the city, Scheveningen become a mecca for sailing enthusiasts from around the world. Having not realised that The Hague had a beach it was a lovely surprise and a great place to take a wander as the sun went down before grabbing a drink at one of the many beach bars along the promenade.
During the finish, I was actually on one of the press boats chasing the ships over the finish line trying to get the killer shot. Unfortunately, I was clinging on for dear life as a wave nearly took our boat out. It was singerly the most exhilarating yet scary thing I have ever done in my life. I also managed to snatch a couple of hours in the city itself and got the opportunity to marvel at the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer in the Mauritshuis. I made the trip on my own and know for a fact it is somewhere that Mr ESLT would love, therefore we hope to return very soon.
Around Hull, England
We love hop on hop off buses and when we were invited to ride the hop on hop off bus route in our own city we jumped at the chance. From the 7th July, the Hull Explorer will be hitting the roads of Hull to show people the best sites and landmarks in our fair old city. For £8 (adult) we found it to be a bargain price. Even though we lived in Hull for a combined 60 years we learnt things about the city we never knew before. We had prime seats on the top floor of the bus and were rewarded with fantastic sights. We think it is a great way for locals and tourists alike to find out more about our fantastic home city.
We love live music and attending gigs and June was a great month as we got to see the Foo Fighters (again) at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. They are just amazing live, the weather was fantastic, and the gin was flowing nicely, making for a fantastic evening.
Finally our big summer holiday (YEAH) – two weeks of fun in the sun!
Budva, Montenegro (and further afield)
The majority of our trip will be spent in Montenegro, specifically Budva where we will be taking both organised day trips and public transport from in order to see as much of the country (country 73). We plan to explore the narrow old city streets and visit churches and monasteries and of course, try the locally produced wines and beers. So many people have asked us where’s Montenegro? or why are you going there? and we hope to show everyone why and have some great content to share.
Even though we landed in Dubrovnik we will not be starting our trip there, instead, we will be returning halfway through. I have been to Split in Croatia before and loved it, therefore Dubrovnik has a lot to live up to. However, reading blog posts and reviews and seeing photographs, it looks stunning! We will also be meeting up with Mr ESLT’s brother as he will be there at the same time. Both of them love Game of Thrones, so we will do our best to find some of the filming locations for them to fanboy over.
The third country on our Balkan adventures is Albania, We will be exploring Skadar, Durres and Tirana and in all honesty, we do not know what to expect. Although we are really looking forward to it and ticking off country 74.
ESLT is (Hopefully) Expanding
So this month we announced that we are in the process of adopting a child and even though it is a tough and repetitive (so many of the same questions being asked over and over again) we are plodding along through it nicely. We have now completed our initial training and the next stage is police checks and medicals. We don’t really know when everything will be completed, as a lot of things are out of our hands. But hopefully, within a year ESLT will be welcoming its newest member.
Travel planning has been very limited this month, purely because we have been so busy. However, I have started pulling together a rough itinerary for Mr ESLT’s birthday break in Bavaria and Austria in September. Also, my cousin Hannah will be joining us on the trip and it will be her birthday whilst we are actually away – double celebration!
Competitions, money-saving and cash back codes
- We are currently working with Adexe to offer you the chance to win a watch of your choice from their extensive collection. All you have to do is hop on over to Twitter and check out our pinned Tweet.
Money Saving Codes
- If you are heading somewhere and only travelling with hand luggage why not check out Travel Toiletries 2 Go and pick up your favourite toiletries in miniature, space-saving size. By using the code ESLT10, you can get 10% off your order.
- I recently road tested a pair of copper socks from Copper Clothing. I found them to be a great pair of compression socks which kept my feet fresh for the duration of wearing them. If you would like to try a pair or anything else from their website (apart from animal beds and blankets) use this code to get 15% off your order – ESLT15 (valid until 31st August 2018).
Cash Back Offers
- We use Booking.com more often than not when booking hotels, do you? If so use this link https://www.booking.com/s/eatsle02 you will then get £15 back on the card you used for the booking when you have stayed at the hotel. We will also get £15 for referring you.
Travel Blogger Interviews
This month we featured interviews with the following fantastic travel bloggers:
From July, we will make this a monthly feature, publishing weekly was becoming a slight stretch.
We are always on the lookout 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 – email@example.com
Until next month……..safe travels 🙂