Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Friday, 27 October 2017

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

I was recently lucky enough to have an overnight stay at Armathwaite Hall - a luxury hotel in the Lake District. This hotel is owned by the Graves family and has stood on the shores of Bassenthwaite since the 11th century! It's got gorgeous rooms with stunning views, a luxurious spa, brasserie restaurant and formal restaurant as well as many many little nooks and crannies to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book! 

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa
The view over Bassenthwaite from our balcony, just before an October sunset.


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rufford Old Hall Scarecrow Festival

As a National Trust membership, I visit the properties close to my house quite regularly and one of my favourites is Rufford Old Hall.

This year, I visited their Scarecrow Festival with my god-daughter and bestie. It started today and was SO much fun walking around the grounds and spotting the scarecrows made by volunteers and local businesses.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hare Hill - Macclesfield

I'm a member of the National Trust and love nothing more than escaping to a property at the weekend and having a good old nosy around. Big or small, I find something interesting about each location! Hare Hill is a woodland park with a walled garden at its centre. Small yet perfectly formed.


Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ibiza as an over 30...

I recently spent a few days in San Antonio, on a girls holiday which, as an over 30, was quite the experience! We stayed at the Ibiza Rocks hotel (cue being old enough to have parented half the population there) and did our fair share of 5am finishes...so, what would I recommend as an over 30 partying in Ibiza??

Ibiza as an over 30 #travel #lbloggers

Friday, 16 June 2017

A weekend in Edinburgh - photo diary

I recently spent a weekend in Edinburgh, the first time I've visited since I was a child. We went up primarily to visit the zoo (and the pandas!) but spent a lot of time walking around Edinburgh, soaking up the history and the culture. And of course...enjoying delicious food, cakes and cocktails.
A weekend break in Edinburgh - photo diary of the sights, cakes and cocktails at www.torisworld.com


Saturday, 22 April 2017

The KP Lodges - Pocklington

Mr T and I were recently treated by his family to a weekend away in a luxury lodge. It's a bit of a family tradition to spend a weekend in a lodge (with hot tub!) around this time of year but this year's lodge blew us away!



Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My Holiday Essentials

I've been a little AWOL for a while on my blog - time, emotions and a general lack of motivation have all contributed to a lack of presence on my blog and social media.

I think that perhaps I want to take the blog in a more lifestyle direction - I feel bad for writing holiday posts, fashion posts, days out posts when I've always set myself out as a beauty blog. Perhaps I should worry less about sticking to a niche and just write what I want - the blogs been heading down a lifestyle route organically anyway!

Anyway, enough of the blurb...onto this post - my holiday essentials!



Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour Photo Diary London

You might have read my last post - The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter's London for free - if not, I recommend that you do to find out how to be a Potterhead for the day, free of charge!

The reason I was in London in the first place was to visit the WB Studio Tour - something my sister and I have LONGED to do since it first opened.

We had the most incredible day entering the world of Harry Potter and I would highly recommend doing this tour if you're a fan and it's possible for you to do it. It was AMAZING.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter in London - for FREE!

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have recently seen a glut of Harry Potter related posts from my recent trip to London. Since the Studio Tour opened, my sister and I have planned to go and finally, finally we booked our tickets, deciding to make a couple of days out of it all.

However, post Christmas blues started to hit and we realised that while the studio tickets were already paid for (Christmas present) the rest of London could be an expensive trip. All hail the power of the internet. I was reading one of my favourite blogs - Emily Underworld when I noticed a post about a magical place to visit in London, perfect for Potter fans. I quickly started planning my entire trip around this find!

Where is this magical place I hear you ask? Read on...

The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter in London for free

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Pacific Coast Highway, San Francisco and Hawaii Honeymoon

I often find myself talking about my honeymoon in blog chats etc but as I got married before I started blogging, it's not something I've ever written a post on. I decided that I'd write a post about it, mainly so I could remember it all over again! What more fitting post to publish on Valentine's Day than my favourite photos from our honeymoon.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

My top blog posts of 2016

I love these round-up of the year posts and thought I would share with you my top blog posts of 2016.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Lake Garda Holiday Diary Part 2

In August, I was lucky enough to be taken to Lake Garda for ten day holiday in Sirmione. I absolutely loved it, Italy is one of my favourite countries and Lake Garda was simply stunning.

I blogged the first part of my holiday over at Lake Garda Part 1 which includes some highlights of a trip around the lake and a review of Hotel Olivi.


In this post I'm going to go a little more in depth about an excursion to another beautiful lake that we did while away.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Packing for a long weekend with cabin baggage only

I recently spent a long weekend in Spain, flying with EasyJet and literally only having cabin baggage. We were there for four days in total and were doing a mixture of chilling by the pool, a bit of sightseeing and a day at a reservoir swimming. I needed a lot of different things in other words! And that's before I decided on the toiletries I was taking in that little plastic bag!!

Here are my top tips for packing a cabin bag holiday.

The suitcase

First of all - make sure you maximise the bag you take. A cabin bag sized case is actually bigger than you think. My top tip is to buy a specifically cabin bag sized case and then you're not panicking about it being too big and not losing out either. I went for a Tripp cabin luggage suitcase that fit most airlines size requirements. Mine is extremely old now but you can find all sorts out there.  These are my current favourites!

l-r Ted Baker Hanging Gardens £199; River Island Pink Floral £70; Radley Fleet Street £129; Natural Life Hello Sunshine £78: Radley DNA £129

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Walking Morecambe Bay with Cedric

As regular readers to my blog will know, I'm quite the fan of the great outdoors (I refer you to my staycation posts) so when the opportunity came up to walk Morecambe Bay, I couldn't turn it down.

I walked the bay for Reverse Rett - a charity close to Mr T's family's hearts. You can find their webpage by clicking on the Reverse Rett link which includes details on their upcoming events, how to donate and information about the charity itself. Briefly and simply, Rett Syndrome is a neurological condition that affects little girls shortly after their first birthday. For these girls and women, their bodies cannot obey the instructions from their brain, so they can understand more than they are able to show.

Combining walking outdoors with a challenge and raising money for charity...let's read on!

The walk is from Arnside across the bay to Kent's Bank train station. Fortunately for us, one of Mr T's relatives lives a 5 minute walk from the station so we parked there and caught the train into Arnside. This was an experience in itself. The train travels across the bay on a viaduct and offers gorgeous views across the bay for the whole journey. The train was PACKED but only took around ten minutes.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Lake Garda Holiday Diary Part 1

Last year, I wrote extensively about our trip to Italy which included Venice, Rome, Florence and Sorrento - we spent two weeks travelling by car and train and loved the country. This year, my dad kindly offered to take us to Lake Garda for ten days...somewhere we'd wanted to visit last year and couldn't quite fit it in. Therefore, we gladly accepted!!

Italy Lake Garda Verona airport

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

I think Wales comes second only to the Lake District in my most relaxing places to visit. I absolutely adore the place and have visited frequently over the past couple of years. 

Earlier in March, I visited Anglesey for a weekend, staying Friday to Sunday and let me tell you, it was heavenly! 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Cyprus - some October sunshine

I recently spent a week in Cyprus, a favourite place for my family and I to holiday. We always stay in Paphos which is in the southwest of the island. In legend, it's the place where Aphrodite rose from the sea.



Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Staycation in Manchester UK - Media City

I'm lucky enough to live near the Salford Quays where Media City is located. Media City is the Northern hub of the BBC, ITV and is home to many other creative businesses. As well as that, there are bars and restaurants, apartments, hotels and museums all nearby. It's also home to Coronation Street!



Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Staycation in Yorkshire UK - Bolton Abbey

Staycation in Yorkshire UK - Bolton Abbey
I recently went to Bolton Abbey for the day with my other half on a bit of a whim and holy moly...was I glad we went. It is seriously gorgeous! It's the perfect mix of stunning walks (over 80 miles of footpaths), history (a ruined priory), landscape (rivers, meadows, gorges...) and food (restaurants, cafes, ice cream!)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Italy trip: Sorrento - Where to go and what to eat

The final post in my Italy series is here. From Venice to Sorrento in two weeks and four blog posts!

Italy travel blog Rome Florence Venice Sorrento


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