Bathtime

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Mike and I took a week off work back in November, we were going to go abroad for some winter sunshine but left it very late to book anything so decided in the end to stay locally and spend the pennies we were going to spend on a holiday having treeeeeeeats around where we live. It was such a good week and so relaxing, definitely want to repeat it and have a staycation again next year (as well as a holiday though!)

On one of the days we decided to head to Bath, Mike hadn’t been before so thought it would be a good staycation destination.

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Oh sooo happy to not be at work on a Tuesday afternoon!

Most of the buildings in Bath have all been built with Bath Stone, a warm honey coloured stone  which gives the city a lovely appearance. We arrived in Bath just as the sun was setting, so quickly checked into our hotel Henrietta House and then headed out for a wander.

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First tourist stop was Pultney Bridge and the weir below. The bridge is quite unique as it has shops across it on both sides.

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Then we walked past the impressive abbey. I really like the angels climbing up the side of church to heaven in the stone work!

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After completing the toursisty bits we headed over to Bath Spa. Ever since it opened in 2006 I have wanted to try it, so I was excited to finally go. Apparently the natural thermal springs were discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, so pretty old! We went at a good time – at dusk – so experienced the rooftop pool in daylight and at night. You weren’t allowed to take photos in the spa, but I have borrowed a shot from the Spa’s website.

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After the Spa we headed back to our hotel, rather quickly with wet hair in the cold, stopping to take a quick snap of the abbey lit up at night.

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To celebrate being ‘on holiday’ we had brought a bottle of prosecco with us and the hotel lent us an ice bucket and two glasses.

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We then headed out to dinner at Clayton’s Kitchen at The Porter House – which was recommended by our hotel and it did not disappoint. The food, drinks and service were all really good.

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We each had a predinner tipple of Porter Royal – Chase elderflower liqueur, home-made cranberry and juniper reduction, rhubarb bitters and champagne.

We shared scallops for starter and then Mike went for roast rack of Wiltshire lamb with potato puree, greens and a port wine sauce.

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I went for the market fish of the day – sea bass – fish veloute (aka sauce!), side salad and chunky chips.

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Their cocktail menu was extensive so we tried our best to work our way through – an Old Fashioned for Mike and a Bakewell Tart for me – sooo good, it disappeared very quickly.

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We shared an ‘STP’ aka sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Looking at these pictures is making me want to go back right now! It was so tasty my tongue was trying to come out of my mouth to eat it…!

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After dinner we headed over to the Gin Bar on a recommendation from my sister. They had a huge array of different gins, stocked from floor to ceiling. They serve each gin in a vintage champnge glass with Fever-Tree tonic and accompaniments to match the botanical in the gin.

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Our first choices recommended to us by the owner were served with rosemary in Mike’s and a kaffir lime leaf in mine – it really brought out the gin flavours.

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The next day we did some shopping and then headed back to Bournemouth. I found a new angle to take pictures from – through the window of Milo the mini.

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I spotted a viewpoint on the way home, so we stopped to take some final snaps of pretty Bath town.

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Lovely midweek treat – we will definitely be back again soon!

Zurich, Switzerland

Back in September I travelled to Zurich in Switzerland with work, it was quite last minute getting asked on Thursday and flying on Monday! I arrived late on Monday night after a delayed flight. It was already dark by the time the plane landed so I didn’t get to see much of Switzerland in the journey from the airport to the hotel. I went straight to bed as soon as I arrived at the hotel… Why does travelling make you feel so tired even though for most of it you’re sat around not doing anything!

The next day, after finishing work I went for a wander around Zurich Lake and then through the city centre (although it’s a pretty small city and felt more like a village). In the summer there are areas of Zurich Lake that you can swim in, but it’s too cold for that in September!

Zurich Lake.

Zurich Lake.

Zurich Lake.

Zurich Lake.

Ganymed Sculpture.

Ganymed Sculpture.

After wandering around the lake I walked along the river, past Fraumünster Church and St Peters Church.

Fraumünster church (with the green spire) and St Peters in the back ground.

Fraumünster Church (with the green spire) and St Peters in the background.

St Peters Church across the lake.

St Peters Church across the lake.

Grossmünster is part of ‘old town’ Zurich…

Grossmünster ("great minster") Church

Grossmünster (“great minster”) Church

There are trams all around the city centre. I definitely felt like the tourists you see taking pictures of the tubes in London snapping this.

Trams in Zurich.

Swiss Houses.

Swiss houses and apartments.

Tram Lines, Zurich city centre.

Tram lines, Zurich city centre.

I didn’t really fancy eating in a restaurant (not quite used to solo travelling just yet) so went to a local supermarket to get a few things to take back to the hotel. The pick and mix was very tempting!

Lindt Pick & Mix

I made the mistake of food shopping when hungry and ended up buying way too much. But it made for a good hotel bed picnic!

Hotel bed picnic, St Gothards.

Hotel bed picnic, St Gothards.

If my family are reading this… act surprised when you get your Swiss gifts!

Lindt chocolate presents!

Lindt chocolate presents!

 

Weekend away at IOW

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To celebrate mine and Iain’s birthday with the Beach Boys and B’s we decided to head over to the Isle of Wight for a weekend away. Everyone met up at Lymington where Iain’s parents kindly dropped us over in their boat.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW.

We took a suitable amount of luggage for a night’s stay….

Weekend away at IOW.

After setting up camp we decided to walk the coastal path heading back towards Yarmouth stopping at every watering hole en route. The first place we came across was The Hut which was lovely, right on the waters edge with great views across the sea. We ordered a bucket of beers and a bottle of Prosecco and got into h-o-l-i-d-a-y mode!

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

The Hut.

The Hut.

Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

We walked along the beach, the boys skimmed a few pebbles and then headed inland to continue walking along the coastal path.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Some of the guys found a empty boat to hide in and jumped out at the girls, cue screams!!

Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

On to the next stop where more beers and bubbles were being consumed when Woodley pulled out a birthday competition. Girls vs. boys in a puzzle. The girls obviously won…. by a mile! But there was a slight issue with Lydia and I putting our boyfriends faces on the wrong body… Oops!

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Thumbs up for the winners.

Thumbs up for the winners.

Mixed up Mike & Iain.

Mixed up Mike & Iain.

We had dinner booked at On the Rocks, one of Iain’s “top ten restaurants” and it did not disappoint! You pick your meat (everyone went with steak, except prawns for brace-face me) then they bring out a HOT volcanic slab for everyone. You cook your meat yourself at your table whilst they bring unlimited chips and salad, yum!

We finished dinner with some edible birthday writing and birthday shots for us and the waitress. Iain had an extra special drink for being the oldest out of the birthday brats! Not so yum.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

Weekend away at IOW. Weekend away at IOW.

We headed out for some more drinks and I decided to put my camera away in a safe place for the night!

The next day, en route home, Woodley pulled out a crabbing kit and the guys had a go beside Lymington Station. No sooner had the spam hit the water that we got asked to vacate. Maybe we can try again when we return to celebrate New Year’s Eve!

 

Illegal crabbing.

Illegal crabbing.

Weekend away at IOW.