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.
June has been another busy month with long nights spent applying for jobs. The whole redundancy situation plus not hearing back from job applications has left me feeling pretty deflated and unmotivated; however, I’ve had lots of things to look forward to during June which certainly helped!
Last week I was invited to review Durham’s newest pub, The Kingslodge Inn. I was really looking forward to it and even took a half day at work so we could travel across to Durham. Arriving at The Kingslodge Inn we were impressed by the surrounding woodland and found it hard to believe we were still so close to the city centre!
Occupying the grounds of the former Kingslodge Hotel, the pub is an ideal place to eat, drink and stay whilst in Durham. The Inn itself and grounds are immaculate, with fresh paint work, bright plants and ample seating it certainly looked inviting.
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.
A few weeks ago I was invited to the launch of Ninja Burger at No.28 in Newcastle. No.28 is one of Newcastle’s hidden bars and located just within the doorway of the Grainger market it’s easy to walk past unless you know it’s there! The bar, which has been awarded ‘Best Late Night Venue’ two years in a row has, became the permanent host for Ninja Burger.
I found the decor of No.28 to be unlike any other bar I’d visited in Newcastle, with unique seating, hanging lanterns and greenery, it was the perfect place to unwind and catch up with friends. [Read more…]
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!”
A few months ago I heard lots of good things about Body Worlds Vital at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle. Being squeamish, the exhibition of Real Human Bodies didn’t really appeal to me as I tend not to think about the weird but wonderful things that go on inside us! I later found out that an animal version of the exhibition was going to open on 28th May, Animal Inside Out and this I could handle! Although we’re very similar to animals, I thought I’d find this less disturbing as I couldn’t relate to it as well.
I was invited to review the exhibition along with other North East Bloggers. Arriving at the Life Science Centre we headed for the Body Worlds Inside out exhibition. At the entrance it explained the ethics and process behind conserving the bodies that I found rather reassuring.
May has certainly been eventful! After 6 long months of waiting to hear if my job was secure, I’ve finally found out. I’ve been made redundant and will leave in August along with most of my team. Although, I’ll really miss the team I work with I think this situation will give me the kick I need. I’ve updated my portfolio and have started applying for jobs, looking through my portfolio has reminded me of my own personal design style and has made me feel passionate again and hopeful for a job at a fun and creative design agency.
Although it wasn’t the best news to hear on my return from holiday it feels like I can now begin to plan the rest of my year.