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The ingredients for an awesome birthday : Bath, UK

So, if you want a good birthday, have some good friends.  If you want an AWESOME birthday, have some gorgeous, loving, amazing friends (and possibly BF too!)  I can consider myself well and truly spoilt this birthday!



BF took me to Bath for a long midweek break.  It’s been on our list of places to visit since the beginning of forever, however for some reason we’ve only just managed it now.  We stayed at a lovely little pub come restaurant come b&b, and officially ate far too much of their food, and drank far too much of their wine!  But heck, you’re only 31 for 365 days right??

We did our fair share of street wonderings, however somewhat not my ‘normal’ amount of “stop, wait!  I NEED to get  photo of that!”  On the actual day of birth, we visited the Thermae Spa.  A heated rooftop pool in the middle of the city centre with great views, yes please!  Any excuse for a bikini in October!  Bath was pretty much as I’d expected, a quaint, traditionally english town brimming full of warm sand coloured stone buildings, donned with white facades.

On the final day before returning home (Instagram post I’m sure at some point to follow, one can’t whip around a dSLR and drive simultaneously) we visited Longleat Safari Park.  More on that later, however I did find this little poem decorating one of the walls, which I instantly fell in love with…

A great place to visit, great food, great wine, rooftop pools, deer feeding, new shoes and being spoilt by great company, (and still to return home to an awesome meal with friends!) who could ask for more on their birthday??


Worcester & More Hugs : Day Two : Travel

Witley Court.  I love this place.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  No matter which direction you look, there’s a picture perfect view.  So firstly, please go visit.  Secondly, just a bit too far for you to visit?  Nowhere’s to far in this day and age, please go visit.  Thirdly, to prove why you need to visit, let me begin…

History unfortunately wasn’t on this beautiful building’s side, and it did suffer a massive fire during it’s lifetime, leaving it a ruin.  But it’s strange, as twisted as it may be, it’s kinda why I love it too.  It’s derelict and grand charm.  Do you remember the Friends episode where Ross marries Emily? In a ruined church lit with hundreds of candles?  Well this place (English Heritage permitting) would be PERFECT for that.  Although there is a church right next door also if the more conventional method suits more.

After a romantic, even more hug filled day, (hold your stomachs – I know, can you tell I’ve had a lovely weekend??) we stepped next door to the church’s garden cafe for scones with cream and jam.

After returning home, I’m physically back to reality, but my head definitely isn’t and I’ll keep my smiling to self daydream going as long as I can.

Now enough about me, how was your weekend, please tell me it treated you just as well?

Worcester & Hugs : Day One : Travel

The weekend saw myself and BF whip off the winter clothes, and enjoy the little sneak peak of summer July has shown us, in Worcester.  Yes there was LOADS of hugs as well, as it’s been FAR too long since I’ve last seen him, but I won’t inflict that sight upon you.  Nausea is never a good feeling.

Anyway, back to a far less nauseating and more idillic site, and you have the glorious Worcester countryside.  And day one found us exploring Brockhampton Estate.

I know, completely quaint, idillic and romantic right?  Inside the house less so, but hey, a sunny day, who wants to be indoors…??  Which lead us to then explore (some) of the 1,700 acres to the estate.  Oh yes, I worked my calves muscles on this trip.

Brussels : Belgium

Ok, so here’s the biggest understatement you’ll ever hear from me.  The Palais de Justice is the most AWESOME building I’ve ever seen.  Ever.  Fact.  Bar none.  My visit went a little something like this:

Me & BF strolling around Brussels.  In the skyline a grand looking building erupts itself from its neighbouring buildings.
Me: I NEED to go there.  NEED.
A short walk later and standing at the bottom of the ramps leading up to the main building..
Me: Wow.  It’s huge.  It’s friggin’ huge.  Like, I’ve never seen ANYTHING so big.  Ever.  I’ve been to New York and the towers are huge, but this, it’s… it’s… it’s just ENORMOUS.  Have you ever seen anything so big?
BF: Erm…
Me: But really, do you not think it’s THE most impressive building you’ve ever seen?  I really don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so big.  I can’t even see to the friggin’ top!  It’s just, it’s just so…
BF: Big?
Me: Yeah..! 

Yeah, you can take the safe assumption I on the spot fell instantly in love with this building.  I have no idea how long I was there with my jaw on the floor, my iPhone snapping like mad.  I was however, more than a little disappointed in an absolute desperate sulk as you weren’t able to go inside on the day I visited, and I saw it just a few hours before leaving to return to the UK.  Gutted is not the word.  Especially after seeing the on-line photo’s once I returned to the UK (take 2 of über sulk promptly commenced).  Overall, Brussels I’m not overly in a rush to return to, I preferred my visit to Bruges, however I WILL be returning purely for this building alone and to openly drool over some more.  I’m going to say one thing to you – VISIT.  That is all.

Anyway, apparently there’s other places to visit in Brussels.  You’ll be forgiven for forgetting about them once you’ve visited the law courts, however I did find these on my camera when I got back, so they obviously must exist…

An obsessive with standards, we stayed in the Mr & Mrs Smith recommended hotel Be Manos.  If you want somewhere clean, sleek, modern with a nice little masculine twist, check it out.  I’d hit you with a better review, but the Mr & Mrs site has done a far better job than the justice I’ll give it.  Certainly received a thumbs up from us though.