The disused New York central railroad has gradually been transformed into an aerial greenway that runs through the Lower West Side of Manhattan and has became a popular walkway for both New Yorkers and tourists.
Before visiting York in June, I looked online to see which attractions the walled city had to offer. When visiting other cities I like to have a few sights and attractions in mind to make sure we see everything we want to.
As York is rich in ancient history I discovered that a lot of the attractions focused on this. Haven’t ever really been interested in history, these didn’t appeal to me so instead we found other places and things of interest to see whilst we were there.
A few weeks ago Ronnie and I headed to the Lake District to try out our new Sandero tent. We stayed at Waterside House campsite which was located just on the shore of Ullswater and offered spectacular views across the lake.
Unlike other campsites, Waterside house didn’t have pitch numbers but asked that you didn’t pitch too close to other tents. We liked this as it meant we could choose where to pitch our tent, and of course we chose a stunning spot overlooking Ullswater.
The Piccadilly hotel began welcoming guests in 2015 and has since became popular with both tourists and businessmen. A stones throw away from Piccadilly station, a short walk to the city centre and a 20 minute drive to the airport makes Motel One the perfect base for exploring Manchester.
We prefer staying at unique hotels now as I like the excitement of arriving and unveiling our room rather than going to a chain hotel where everything is predictable and standardised!
The city centre hotel is just around the corner from Clifford’s Tower and is only a 5 minute walk from the narrow shop lined streets.
After a busy week I was really looking forward to spending the weekend with Ronnie at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a luxury Scarborough Hotel in Yorkshire. Driving along the winding country roads we spotted the entrance and drove up the narrow track to the hotel.
Walking towards the reception I was already impressed, with pergolas, water features and roses in full bloom it was beautiful and I instantly felt excited for the rest of our stay. After checking in and making a dinner reservation, we were escorted to our 1st floor suite by Jay who offered to carry our bags and made us feel very welcome.
Last Saturday I attended my first ever Travel Massive event and it was fantastic! Myself and some other bloggers met up bright and early before heading North to explore the beautiful Northumberland National Park.
I regularly stay in Northumberland whilst visiting family and love exploring the stunning landscapes so naturally I jumped at the chance to discover and learn more about the National Park.
The 843 acre of city owned land first opened to the public in 1858 and has been a popular historic landmark ever since, with around 40 million visitors each year. Although this sounds like a lot of people, Central Park never felt overcrowded, in fact it was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City.
It was my Birthday whilst in Toronto and where else better to celebrate it than the 360 Restaurant in the CN Tower! The iconic landmark stands 553 meters tall and offers fantastic views across the city.
We had reserved a table months before our holiday and were really looking forward to dining in style! Whilst reading the menu online we noticed that access to the LookOut and Glass Floor levels were complimentary with the purchase of any two course meal, these two floors alone would have cost $33 (CAD) so it was definitely worth having a meal to fully experience the CN Tower.
Arriving at 7.30pm, we went through security and waited for the glass elevator. Travelling at 15mph, we reached the restaurant 351 meters above in only 61 seconds.
Whilst staying in Toronto, we took a day trip to the stunning Niagara. We planned to go by boat through the mist of the Horseshoe falls but hadn’t intended on flying across the falls by helicopter. On our way to the falls we were told about the Helicopter tour, initially we weren’t going to do this as we had already been in a helicopter last year when we enjoyed a Champagne picnic in the Grand Canyon. As we continued to drive alongside the stunning green river, we turned to each other and said “let’s just do it!”
We last visited Kielder in Autumn when it was quite a bleak day. Although the weather wasn’t brilliant, we knew we only had a timeframe of a few weeks to see the forest as a mass of different colours!
The drive to Kielder is always interesting, the steep country roads are full of blind summits; you literally can’t see the road ahead until the car is over the hill. It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve drove along those roads, my stomach still drops on the decent and my immediate reaction is to grab on to the door handle, as if it will help!
Like most people, I welcome the weekend with open arms, it’s a chance to relax and not have to rush around as much. Although I could do with the extra sleep, I hate sleeping in too late as I feel like I’ve wasted the day! Throughout the week after reading everyone’s blogs I’m full of ideas of places I’d like to visit but ask me on the spot on the weekend and my mind goes blank. Thankfully, Ronnie came up with the idea of spending the day in Durham. The last time I visited I was just little so I had no memories whatsoever.
Heading to Central Station to catch the train to Durham I imagined having to wait nearly an hour but was really surprised when I realised just how frequent the Virgin East Coast trains were. They came every 15-20 minutes and only cost £7.30 for an off-peak (all weekend) return. Usually Ronnie and I only use Newcastle Central Station when we’re catching more long distance trains so when it arrived and we took our seats, it was quite exciting!