October was hectic – fact! In fact, I don’t think our feet have touched the ground this month. Between loads of lovely travel and house renovations, it’s been a busy one and I’ll be honest, I have not had the opportunity to write as much as I would have liked this month. This will be rectified over the coming weeks and months, I promise. The weather has certainly let us know that the Autumn is turning into winter and it’s around this time of year that the thought of hibernation crosses our mind. Now we have every TV package going (Sky, Netflix, Prime etc) the possibility is real – cosy nights in front of the box, with all the candles burning – bliss. But enough about the weather and more about the travel and the month that was. Here’s what we got up to in October.
Kingfisher Lake Lodges, England
The month started with us packing up the car and making the very short journey (20 minutes or so) to the wonderful Kingfisher Lakes Glamping site, near the village of Brandesburton in East Yorkshire, England. We had the pleasure of spending an evening in a beautiful, luxurious yurt. We even had some very late summer sun, which we were thrilled with. Being fans of glamping, this ticked all our boxes. The site is stunning, the amenities are fabulous and the owner could not have been more welcoming. Mr ESLT and I are already planning a return visit next summer, possibly for a long weekend.
Genoa, Portofino & Cinque Terre, Italy
Next up was 5 days in our favourite country – Italy! Mr ESLT has colleagues who are from Genoa and they could not recommend the city highly enough. Therefore, we decided to base ourselves there and visit Portofino and Cinque Terre. Genoa, although not as pretty as the Italian big hitters – Florence, Venice, Rome etc, it was still pleasant and perfect for wandering around and getting lost in its narrow streets. Portofino and Cinque Terre were both mindblowing and places we had wanted to visit for so long. It was great to finally see them for ourselves and get to tick them off our bucket list.
Weimar, Dessau & Berlin, Germany
The last trip of the month was a solo mission for me. I said goodbye to Mr ESLT and headed to Germany with the German National Tourist Board to attend the Incoming and Brand Summit in Weimar. The theme of the conference was Bauhaus and the Bauhaus movement. It was a great conference and one I am pleased I got the opportunity to attend. I learnt loads about Bauhaus and what celebrations will be held next year to celebrate it’s centenary. Not only did I get to explore Weimar, but my post-conference tour took me to other Bauhaus and Bauhaus influenced sites and buildings in both Dessau and one of my favourite cities – Berlin. Anyone with an interest in architecture needs to visit Germany next year and experience the celebrations for themselves.
November is very much a relaxing month for us with no foreign jaunts on the cards. Instead, we are concentrating on getting our house in order (literally, as it’s a building site at the moment) and a few relaxing breaks closer to home:
Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, Lake District
First up, we’re heading to the Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat in the Lake District with Darwin Escapes. We cannot wait to crack open a big bottle of vodka, chat and just generally switch off. At least once a year we try to have a chilled out weekend away from it all. We pack up the car with cosy clothes, loads of food and of course a box set. Even though we love the Lake District, I’ll be honest I don’t think we will venture far from the lodge.
The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, Lake District
At the end of our hot tub weekend, we will be heading to The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere for a bit of luxury, good food and pampering. We both have a massage booked and I for one cannot wait. The hotel looks fantastic and I’ve got a feeling already that we will not want to leave. If we can tear ourselves away from the spa, we will endeavour to get outside and see what Grasmere has to offer, as it is a part of the Lake District we have not explored that much before.
Our last trip of the month is to the Big Smoke. I won the blogger ballot for the Vuelio Blog Awards. Even though we are not finalists (obviously an oversite (jokes!)) it sounds like it’s going to be a great night and a fabulous excuse to get dressed up for the evening. Plus, we love London and don’t get to visit as often as we’d like. Therefore, we’re going to use our limited time wisely and visit some museums, have afternoon tea and hopefully start our Christmas shopping.
Because we have been super busy this month, there hasn’t been much travel planning. However, we have pulled together a draft itinerary for our New York trip in January. It will be a very different Big Apple trip. As we have visited New York on a number of occasions before, this trip will be all about brunches and exploring smaller neighbourhoods. Recommendations are always welcome.
By this point in the year, we normally have at least the first half of the following years trips booked, confirmed or at least planned in our heads. However, because we are in the process of adopting a child we cannot plan anything which is tough, but fingers crossed, this time next year – it will all be worth it! In the meantime, we will be living vicariously through our family, friends and fellow travel bloggers.
Top 3 Posts Published in October
- The 7 Cities That Keep Calling Us Back
- England: Glamping at Kingfisher Lakes, Yorkshire
- How To Sort Out Your Finances Before Travelling
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