Our top places to visit in Rome

Trevi Fountain

Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Vista first took is to Messina, Sicily, then Naples where we made a visit to Pompeii and the next stop was Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. There were plenty of planned tours to purchase onboard the ship, however, we made the decision to explore Rome on our own which involved a coach taking us on the 90 minute journey to the city and leaving us to our own devices for several hours. The coach dropped us a mere five-minute walk from the Colosseum and armed with just a basic map of the city and a… Continue Reading “Our top places to visit in Rome”

Top Tips for exploring Pompeii

Pompeii

When we first found out we were docking in Naples on our cruise aboard the Carnival Vista, a visit to Pompeii was a must. Pompeii is a Roman town frozen in time, thanks to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and is the only place in the world where you can begin to understand how the Roman’s lived as much of it was frozen in time after it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning fragments of pumice stone). We decided to take an organised tour arranged by the ship which included a guided tour of… Continue Reading “Top Tips for exploring Pompeii”

The Big Camp Bestival Linky 2016

Camp Bestival

It is back to earth with a bump after a fabulous weekend at Camp Bestival which more than delivered everything it promised from fun activities to try, great music, scrummy food and rounding it all up with an impressive firework finale. My Camp Bestival linky for 2015 was very popular with lots of people visiting to research the event, so I have decided to put another one together this year as there is so much to see and do that there just isn’t time to fit it all in and everyone has a completely different experience of what Camp Bestival has to… Continue Reading “The Big Camp Bestival Linky 2016”

Holiday Inn Camden Lock Review

Holiday Inn Camden

Last weekend I had a child-free evening at the Holiday Inn at Camden Lock where I was attending the Britmums Fringe Party before staying the night and heading to Britmums Live the following day. The Fringe Party was held in the stunning Glasshouse at the hotel, which is a gorgeous space with tall windows overlooking the lock. We arrived slightly later than planned thanks to London traffic and a confused satnav and found the room full of some of my favourite blogging friends. It was lovely to catch up friends old and new as we helped ourselves to complimentary drinks… Continue Reading “Holiday Inn Camden Lock Review”

A Birthday Meal at NEO Restaurant Bournemouth

When Hubby asked me where I wanted to go for a birthday meal, I reeled off all the previous restaurants we had been to but we both agreed we wanted to be a little more adventurous and try somewhere new. But where? Hubby asked around at work and one restaurant stood out above the rest – NEO! Set in a huge glass building opposite Bournemouth Pier, NEO Restaurant has been open just two months and looks spectacular with 180° of floor to ceiling windows which offer views over Bournemouth Garden, the Pier and the beach. On the downstairs of the building… Continue Reading “A Birthday Meal at NEO Restaurant Bournemouth”

Harry Paye Day June 2016

Poole Harbour

Avast me harties!  Tis time for land lubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye. Harry Paye Day is an annual event where the townsfolk of Poole and many from across the lands don their Pirate outfits and celebrate the day Harry Paye took revenge for the attack on Poole back in 1405. Organised by the Pirates of Poole and supported by Poole Tourism, this is one of the local highlights of our year and starts with a blast of cannons, followed by a parade of Pirates along Poole… Continue Reading “Harry Paye Day June 2016”

Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches

Point Du Hoc

It has been a poignant few weeks with the anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6th June 1944. Back in February we visited Normandy, staying at a gorgeous family friendly gite, which was the perfect base for exploring all the sites that were hugely significant during World War II. Top of Hubby’s wishlist to visit were all the beaches where the landings took place and I have to admit that even though the kids didn’t really understand the significance of where we were, they were happy to play whilst we looked at memorials etc. The first beach we visited was Utah Beach,… Continue Reading “Our Visit to the D-Day Beaches”

My Top Tips for Surviving Bournemouth Air Festival with Kids

Bournemouth Air Fest

It is no secret that we love Bournemouth Air Festival which is a free annual event put on by the town for four days in the summer holidays. This year the event falls between 20th – 23rd August and we plan on heading down to enjoy the fun for all four days. The event takes part on the beach between Bournemouth and Boscombe Pier, although the busiest part of the beach is always closest to Bournemouth Pier. I recommend you avoid this area as it does snarl into a bottle neck at the busiest times and for the best vantage… Continue Reading “My Top Tips for Surviving Bournemouth Air Festival with Kids”

My Top 10 Beaches to Visit in Dorset this Summer

Lyme Regis

Dorset is my home county and we love to explore our local beaches, many of which are situated on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site which stretches from Old Harry Rocks in Swanage 95 miles west to Orcombe Point in East Devon, but this does not include the 7 miles of sandy beach which stretches from Sandbanks, Poole, past Bournemouth and all the way to Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Spit in Christchurch. Whenever people think of the best beaches in Dorset, they always plump for Bournemouth and Weymouth and whilst I do enjoy visiting both, they are packed to bursting… Continue Reading “My Top 10 Beaches to Visit in Dorset this Summer”