Souvenirs from our travels

I think one of the most important parts of a holiday is the memories you take back with you. For me I enjoy bringing back certain souvenirs or mementos, just little things to remind me of places we have been and the funny times me and Nick have had.

I am a massive photo addict so I always have a wide range of photos to remind me but certain souvenirs can bring back a memory, whether thats a funny one of something me and Nick had said or a place we have been too.

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96 hours in Nice, France

The word of the holiday was ‘hot, hot, hot!’.

Nick had visited Nice earlier in the year, for one of the Euro 2016 football matches and he came back with only great things to say, meaning another holiday was in the making. A total change of pace from our usual city breaks! I must admit, I was completely unprepared for a lovely sun filled beach holiday and I also severely underestimated just how hot Nice can get.

Most of the holiday was spent walking around while Nick desperately tried not to say ‘when we came we did this..’ too much! Although it didn’t bother me as I knew the comments came from past experience and meant we could cleverly spend our time. The best of his recommendations however was the ice cream stall just down the street from the fountain at Place Massena. A mix of Kinder Buenos and Ferrero Rocher ice cream – yes please! Two trips to this stall were essential.

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How we book our holidays

Most of our planning happens while we’re still on holiday. We’re already looking to the next place, next country and next trip.
We both have now comfortably, and unintentionally, found our ‘jobs’ when it comes to holiday planning. Nick is logistics man, if you need flights, transfers or use of public transport he’s the one to call. Me, I’m more excursions and entertainment. I can be logistically minded, as hotels falls to me, but I can find lists of things to see from one quick search.

As you read, you will most likely find these steps are along the same lines to what you would expect flights, hotel etc. Obviously you need flights and somewhere to stay, they are a given, but what about all the little things?

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96 hours in… Rome, Italy

Another trip back in time to March 2016, when we travelled to Rome for another of our long weekend getaways.

Our holiday may have got off to a slow start, with a long wait for our coach and a walk across Rome to our hotel (awful idea with suitcases and mildly put cobbled streets) but you would be unsurprised to know it is a fast moving city…literally. If its not the mopeds, its the taxis and if its not the taxis its the segways zooming along.

We visited all of the well known tourist sites, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Trevi fountain, the Vatican, the Pantheon and The Spanish steps. We soon got our bearings though and could walk around and work our way back to our ‘checkpoint’ building, putting to rest my fear of getting lost.

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96 hours in… Reykjavik, Iceland

Back in February 2016 I had the choice to spend my 25th birthday at work, secretly panicking I was officially in my mid 20’s OR in Reykjavik, Iceland? Tricky choice, I know.

As quick as we had decided we were on the plane, off the plane and had arrived to snow and lot’s of it! Out of the airport and onto the coach into Reykjavik… wait… why has the bus driver stopped? Why is he telling us to get off? This is NOT our hotel?

And here’s where my tips begin.

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Year in review – 2015

Back to where it all began.

2015 saw the first of our European adventures and the start our 4 day holidays. With only the two holidays abroad this year, first to Norway and then to Sweden, the second part of the year was spent in Edinburgh and Cornwall.

For these two holidays, and many afterwards, you will hear me continually say ‘We enjoyed travelling to x’ and the simple truth is, we did. There has, to date, not been one place we have regretted going to or not found interesting. I apologise now that it will pop up in blogs from time to time but I will try and either use better adjectives or refrain from the phrase.

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96 hours in… Scandinavia Pt 2

Continuing our Scandinavian Adventure it seems only right to go in the order we travelled in soo… our next big trip was Gothenburg, Sweden, a beautiful place with so much to see!

Hot chocolates, cafes, tram travelling, park viewing and good food. We packed in a lot in our 4 days, so much so that I don’t know how best to fit it all into this post.

A special mention has to go to the Universeum, which was initially meant as a time filler but ended up being one of the most interesting museums we have been too. You could not only be an astronaut but also visit a rain forest and go back in time to the ice age. I would, without a doubt, class this as a must do!

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96 hours in… Scandanavia Pt 1

The first stop on our holiday adventures was Oslo, Norway.

Our first holiday…together. Just me and him. Now they say you don’t know a person until you live with them, well a holiday is considered a crash course.

We had arrived at that point in our lives where you have to start thinking of the future, with plans of growing up and moving in together looming, we thought now is the time to do what we want before we have responsibilities.

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About this blog

Where to start…

I had thought about starting a travel blog for a little while, ever since it became more and more apparent that travelling was fast becoming one of our favourite things to do.

We started our mini adventures back in 2015 with our first ever holiday just the two of us, before this we had only been to Ibiza with 7 other friends. This first holiday to Oslo came from the suggestion of Nick, I was just happy to go with the flow after some initial ‘worrier’ concerns. You see my holidays had consisted of ‘sun’ holidays mostly in Spain, Majorca and Tenerife. To me this was my definition of a holiday, the big 3 – sun, sea and a beach. A holiday to Europe had never occurred to me as something I would have been interested in.

I am glad I was so wrong, my whole perception has now been entirely changed. I would now take a four day mini holiday over two weeks in a sun holiday resort.

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