Christmas is coming – whoop! And now it is officially December, we can get can truly get into the festive spirit. We are ready for Christmas jumpers, cosy walks, great food, a lot of booze, exchanging gifts and most importantly – spending time with friends and family. We also have a fair amount of travel planned, but more about that later. So, November – how was yours? Ours was pretty good and we had a great balance of home and travel time. The extension is coming along nicely, although it will not be finished in time for Christmas. However, it’s not going to cause us too much of a problem as we are heading to Chris’ dads for the big day anyway and I’m sure all the disruption we have been put through will be worth it in the end. Having a few little breaks throughout the month really broke it up for us and ensured that it didn’t get on top of us. Here’s what we got up to….
Our first mini outing of the month was to the amazing city of Manchester. Manchester is only 2 hours away and we love visiting whenever we get the opportunity. Well, this time we thought we would head over The Pennines for some Black Friday shopping. The city was bustling with people trying to grab a bargain or two. Our aim was to pick up some early Christmas presents. However, we both just ended up treating ourselves – oh well, we deserve it! Then indulged in a delicious festive afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols overlooking Exchange Square in the heart of the city. The Christmas markets were up and running, unfortunately, we simply ran out of time. However, they looked amazing and we will make them a priority next year.
Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat & Spa, Lake District
We love a weekend away from it all and that is certainly what we got at Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat a Darwin Escapes holiday resort in the Lake District. We had the pleasure of staying in a wonderful lodge, which had everything we needed for a great weekend. The site itself is amazing and the staff are super friendly and welcoming. Even though we had every intention of cooking every meal for the duration of our stay, we found ourselves in the on-site Copper Fells restaurant twice. The food is fantastic, especially the Sunday roast which is served with a big fat Yorkshire pudding – yum. We were also lucky with the weather and the sun shone throughout the weekend, meaning we could get out and explore the local area, including Derwentwater and Keswick, too.
The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, Lake District
The next stop on our trip to the Lake District was the wonderful Wordsworth Hotel and Spa in the delightful village of Grasmere. Again, the staff were extremely welcoming and polite, with nothing proving to much trouble. A member of the Robert Parker collection of hotels, it is a beautiful property with a fantastic on-site spa which we thoroughly enjoyed relaxing in. We even indulged in a massage each (Chris’ first ever!) It is a popular wedding venue and it is easy to see why. The grounds are fantastic and perfect for having a wander around. However, for us, the pièce de résistance is the Signature Restaurant – fine dining at its finest. We were treated to course after course of mouthwatering delights, it’s certainly a dining experience we will remember (and daydream about) for a very long time.
Our last trip of the months was to London. We love visiting the Big Smoke – it really is a great city with so much to do. The main reason for our trip was to attend the Vuelio Blog Awards and what a great night it was. It was held at the Bloomsbury Big Top, which is as the name suggests – an actual big top. With great entertainment, food and goodie bags, it was a fabulous (and glamorous) evening. While we are in London, we also visited our favourite musuem – The British Musuem, where we indulged in a delicious prosecco afternoon tea on the 3rd Floor which we booked via Klook, a great activities booking site. The afternoon tea was great, especially the scones served with lashings of jam and cream and accompanied by a big pot of English breakfast tea. Even though Mr ESLT doesn’t have a big sweet tooth, even he loved the petit fours on offer.
Christmas Gift Guides 2018
As bloggers and with it being Christmas, its sort of tradition to produce a gift guide. Well, this year we’ve produced four. Each one offering different ideas, depending on the travel lovers tastes and interests. We hope they give you some inspiration if you are looking for some gifts for your friends and family (or maybe you fancy treating yourself?)
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Even though I (Vicky) have visited Amsterdam at least 12 times, I’m always excited to revisit. Therefore, the first trip of the month is the Dutch capital. I’m particularly looking forward to visiting the Christmas markets and stocking up on enough Stroopwafels to last us a year.
The second trip will see us head to Belgium. A country we usually visit at least once a year. Having visited Bruges, Ghent and Brussels numerous times before, this time we thought we’d try somewhere different, so we are heading to Leuven. Again for Christmas markets and lots of beer.
Our last trip of the month and in fact year will be Nice in the South of France. We love spending new year in different countries and this year we are hoping for mild temperatures and even a peek at some cheeky winter sunshine. We’re sure it will be a lovely break after a manic Christmas.
New York & Philadelphia, USA
Our trip to New York in January is shaping up very nicely with lots of lovely activities and restaurants planned. We love New York and cannot wait to go back. Also as my (Vicky’s) cousin is coming with us for her first visit, so we’re excited to see what she thinks about it. Every time we visit New York we always say we’re going to make the short journey to Philadelphia but then never do. However, we have actually booked our bus tickets for January so we are definitely going. Mr ESLT cannot wait to see (and pose with) the Rocky statue.
Following on from our recent visit to The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere, we will be visiting another of the Robert Parker Collection Hotels – Doxford Hotel & Spa in Northumberland at the end of January.
The Lake District, England
We also have a return to the Lake District in January on the cards….hopefully that will pan out as we love the area so much.
Top 3 Posts Published in November
- Germany: Celebrating 100 Years of Bauhaus
- England: 10 Reasons To Visit The Lake District In Winter
- Top 10 European Christmas Markets 2018
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Until next month……..safe travels & MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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