2015; A TRAVEL YEAR IN REVIEW
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This is my travel year in review of 2015. I am so over whelmed that I go to travel and see all this. I am truly thankful for the time that I have experienced at all these different things. Happy New Year everyone !
This was mainly spent in London. At the beginning of the year, I finally got to visit St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. I met my best friend for lunch at the Booking Office and then did the tour which was amazing. At the end of the month, I met up with some travel bloggers – Col and Sara . We visited Clink Prison and The Tower Bridge Exhibition.
This again was mainly spent in London. For our wedding anniversary, we decided to stay in the city and stay at an Apex Hotel. Unfortunately the weather did not play ball with us. We had torrential rain and our hotel room was freezing. We also visited the Shard at night, this was ok but was not anything that I would recommend or repeat. I also spent time in Colchester with family visiting the improved Colchester Castle. And I also started to visit items on my bucket list for London – visiting London Zoo to see the tiger cubs.
This month was mostly spent at home. My husband went to Spain for five days on a motorbike trip and left me at home with the flu. This took over ten days to work itself out of my system. And then just as I think I am over that, I get another virus, which leads to an ear infection, which ultimately brings on vertigo. Not a nice sensation ! The only thing that I managed to do and I was even surprised I managed that was to get to the Cinderella Exhibition at Leicester Square Gardens. The end of the month I spent one day in Kingston Upon Thames attending Traverse 15 and meet up with old and new blogger friends.
I was still ill for most of this month and had pre booked things to do in London that I was too ill for. I didn’t get back into travelling until we went to Morocco for first time. We spent a long weekend visiting Marrakech – which surprised us both as we really enjoyed our time there. Then, I was back in London, staying at my final Apex hotel and testing our new camera out at night along the South Bank.
I spent the May bank holiday visiting Amsterdam for the first time and seeing the annual tulip display in Keukenhof. I also managed to visit my idea of a perfect garden at the Walled Garden at Cressing Temple Barns. And had a lovely day in London visiting Camden, the view at Primrose Hill was a very relaxing place to be. Before we had a lovely lunch at Cote Brasserie in Camden, somewhere I would recommend !
This was a busy month for travels. I spent the first weekend on the Isle Of Wight – this was my first ever visit and I went to Osborne House. Such a lovely place and somewhere that I have earmarked for a return visit. Then I was back in London attending the Marie Claire Work event in Piccadilly at Bafta with Rachel . Then off to the North East to stay with my oldest friends, who always makes me laugh so much ! And then back in Essex, to celebrate a family birthday. Lots of weekends away !
Again, this was mostly spent enjoying the hot weather in the UK. Various trips to London including find a new brand to try out – Grange Hotels, My first one is in Fitzrovia and was a lovely experience. I had my first Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson and I loved the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ theme. And we ended up staying in this years Unique Stay – this was a castle, then a prison now a luxury hotel – the Malmaison in Oxford – an experience I was disappointed with. This was a nice relaxing month of UK trips for a change.
This is my birthday month, so our first trip was to Belfast, somewhere I have wanted to visit for so long. I loved it and my family come from here and I hope to return. We also went to Dubrovnik, and visited Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. These countries were amazing and I hope to explore more of them ! – I have been so lucky and both trips were lovely.
This was my annual two weeks away from work. This was a Eastern Europe trip taking in Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Bucharest. I fell in love with Budapest, one of my favourite cities in the world. And I loved Open City London and staying in another ‘Grange’ hotel, this was one was in Queens Gate.
I spent a night at another Malmasion in London and this was lovely experience. I also spent more time exploring hidden areas in London. I then experienced a cruise with Open City London from Greenwich down to Dartford.
The beginning of this month was at the annual World Travel Market, where my friend and I met Simon Calder. We also visited Trinity Buoy Wharf for the first time. This was lovely as it is such a unique area. And then we went to Iceland for the first time. Visiting the Blue Lagoon was a bucket list for me and I loved it. We also had a Northern Lights trip booked. But as the weather was so bad, it was cancelled each night that we were there. But no one has control over the weather.
I spent a few days in London, shopping, sightseeing. We stayed at the Grange St Paul’s which was lovely. And I finally got to see in the flesh the Coke Cola Christmas Truck at the O2. I have been waiting to see this for a long time. Then I got ill which took over ten days to through my body. I also got to see The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House, this was beautiful.