All posts tagged: holiday

Top tips for experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans

It hasn’t escaped me that I haven’t posted on my blog since June last year. There have been many reasons for this, largely health related that I might eventually come to write about on here when I’m feeling a bit braver. And then earlier this year I was over the moon to find out I was pregnant! Along with this and being super busy at work, the blog had to take a back seat. But now, between feeds and nappy changes, while the little man is napping, I’m determined to get back up to speed. Will we get to go out for as many nice meals and holidays as we did pre-baby? Will we cook/bake as much at home? Only time will tell… But in the meantime, I thought I’d kick things off with a blog post I’ve been so excited to write about since February this year. MARDI GRAS IN NEW ORLEANS! It was without a doubt, the best place we’ve been to, and one of our favourite holidays of all time. It has …

Horseback riding in the sea at Hooves, Jamaica

While we were staying in Jamaica earlier this year, we were really quite content relaxing in our beautiful resort, Goldeneye. But there was one activity we had our eye on – horseback riding through the jungle and across the golden sands of the beach! I think there are a couple of companies that offer this in Jamaica, but our resort recommended Hooves. They arranged a private transfer (with the most amazing driver called Laurel, one of the nicest, funniest people we met in Jamaica and we still speak fondly of her – we’re still in touch on Whatsapp!) and in around half an hour we were pulling up at the stables in St Ann’s Bay. Hooves is a family business which has been running for over 20 years, with a very experienced team who you can see have a fantastic relationship with the horses. Many of the beautiful horses were rescued and brought back to good health, and are now living a very happy life at Hooves. I was given my horse (named Lover Boy!!) …

A Wonderful Weekend in Edinburgh

It was our first wedding anniversary in February this year, and my present from Tim was a weekend away in Edinburgh (1st anniversary = paper, i.e. paper ticket!). I was so excited – I hadn’t been to Scotland since I was a child and I’d been longing to go back ever since I returned to the UK from Cyprus in 2006. Ten years later, I finally did it! We flew with BA from City airport which was such a great idea on Tim’s part – we were up in Edinburgh in a flash! We hopped in a taxi and 15 minutes later we arrived at our beautiful hotel, The Waldorf Astoria (formerly The Caledonian). The view from our room was incredible – you couldn’t ask for a more amazing view when staying in Edinburgh (and as you can see, the weather was pretty great too!) We dropped off our things and headed into the city to explore. The Waldorf is centrally located right next to Princes Street, in walking distance of everything you’d want to …

An incredible holiday in St Lucia!

We just got back from a truly amazing holiday in St Lucia. You may have read my previous post about how I’d secretly booked the trip as a surprise for Tim’s 30th birthday. I booked it nearly a year ago and after all of that build up, I can’t believe it has now been and gone. But we have brilliant memories! The photo above was taken from our hotel room balcony which gives you an idea of how wonderful it was! We did so much and ate at so many  lovely places that I decided to break it down into a few different posts. I’ll be writing about our stay at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in Soufriere, the ‘tree to bar’ chocolate experience, dinner at Orlando’s, dinner at Dasheen, hiking the Gros Piton and our stay at The BodyHoliday in Castries. So keep your eyes peeled – I’ve got a lot of piccies to get through 🙂 A big thank you to Turquoise Holidays who I booked the holiday with (we used them for our …

Send Me Down The Slopes With Crystal Ski!

One of the things I’d most like to be good at in this life is skiing. Tim is an amazing skier. So is his sister, especially after working some ski seasons. Most of my friends are, too. I’m very much the odd one out. As regular readers of the blog will know, I do love some of the finer things in life (who wouldn’t, right?!) and skiing is one of those luxury experiences that I haven’t yet embraced. We actually had ski slopes in Cyprus, believe it or not – the theory was that you could spend your morning skiing in the mountains and afternoon swimming in the sea, which technically was possible (although you might emerge from the water a little shrivelled. Less Aphrodite, more prune-like!) My school friends and I went on a few trips to the mountains to ski, just on the practice slope, which usually ended in much hilarity. They’ll probably kill me for posting this, but here’s a little glimpse into our skiing inability (circa 2008, so please excuse the …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Restaurant, The Maldives

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about another of the fabulous dinners we had on our honeymoon in the Maldives. You may have seen my previous post about the Teppanyaki restaurant, today’s post is about Sand Restaurant on our island resort of Velassaru. Sand restaurant, as you might have guessed, is situated out on the sand, right by the sea. Some diners were seated under cover on the pavilion, but we were ‘out in the open’ under the stars, which was lovely! The food in all of the restaurants was superb, but Sand especially so. It focuses on two things: Meat and Fish, cooked on the hot stone grill. Can’t get much better than that! To start with, we ordered the Fisherman’s Chilled Platter for Two. The Fish Platter is one of our favourite things to order in a restaurant as we’re both shellfish lovers, but this was by far the biggest platter we’d ever had the pleasure of eating. It included a dozen pacific rock oysters, six medium prawns and a steamed lobster! Served …