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When was the last time you treated yourself? Can’t remember? Well maybe you should and I’ve got just the thing to help you!
Virgin Experience Days provide a whole host of treats from afternoon teas and spa packages to Silverstone supercar driving days. In their newly launched contest you could win £200 towards an experience of your choice.
You could test your nerves with a skydive or calm them with a massage. Or you could decide to treat someone else and give them an experience to remember instead. If it was me, I’d go for an indulgent champagne afternoon tea and spa treatment for two - we all know how much I love cake and spas and the prize voucher is large enough to share!
I’ve been to Belfast several times to visit a good friend who lives there and every time I visit there is one activity that always makes it onto our ‘to do list’. A bar crawl. Last bank holiday weekend I went back to Belfast for yet another reunion and revisited some of our old drinking haunts as well as checking out some places I had not yet been. Below is a list of my favourite drinking spots in Belfast (after much conscientious research!). If you fancy a bit of a Belfast bar crawl why not visit them all.
Thanks to all of you who joined us for another great twitter chat this Thursday. The theme this month was ‘Oceans and Islands’ as I had been inspired by a book I recently read about a sailing adventure and it seems many of you are also great fans of Torre DeRoche’s Love With A Chance Of Drowning as it came up several times during the chat! Apart from that I’m not a keen sailor in real life so it was interesting to hear about other books you had all read based on an ocean or island.
After our last adventurous travel book chat I felt inspired to read the tales of some of the more intrepid travellers than myself. This resulted in me devouring Torre DeRoche’s awe-inspiring account of sailing across the world with a handsome man she met in a bar. Torre’s book, Love With A Chance Of Drowning (which I reviewed here), is also the inspiration for this month’s travel book chat theme – oceans and islands.
I want to know about the overseas adventures you’ve enjoyed reading about, along with the type of book that makes you want to escape to a desert island (or maybe from one depending on how it ends!)
The date to save is next Thursday 12th September. Log onto twitter at 7.30pm UK time and get ready to share your thoughts about the best books featuring oceans and islands.
I’m a firm believer that cake eating should not be reserved just for special occasions. On the contrary, enjoying a good cake can turn a bad day into something to celebrate! I’ve lived in London for 10 years now and regularly have my cake and eat it around the city. Below you’ll find 6 of my favourite sugary places to eat cake in London.
Ottolenghi – Upper Street, Islington
When I lived within spitting distance of this fine food establishment it was a health hazard. Whilst Ottolenghi’s fresh salads are much desired it was the cakes that I kept coming back for. From the pastel-coloured meringues piled up in the window to the blueberry cupcakes and fruity tarts, they all taste just as good as they look.
“The building is designed in the shape of a giant pint glass of Guinness, that, if full, would hold 14.3 million pints.”
And if we wanted to drink that many, we’ve come to the right place. We’re at the Guinness Storehouse, a DisneyWorld of the black stuff, located on the vast and porridgey-smelling Guinness land of Dublin. The visitor experience based in an old fermentation plant is spread over 7 levels, taking you up the pint glass, through the brand’s history, the production process, onto a tasting room and into an academy that teaches you how to pull the perfect pint. Once we’ve mastered the patient 6 steps we take our perfect pints to level 7 where the Gravity Bar awards us 360-degree views of the city. There’s only one type of beverage sold at this packed bar, and it’s a dark ruby red (not black) pint of Guinness.
“I could live here,” I said over and over during my recent trip to Hong Kong, mainly to myself as I was travelling alone, but I think I really could, you know. As a base for bloggers, particularly travel ones, I think it has some pretty sweet aspects going in its favour.
Hong Kong as seen from Victoria Peak
Around this time of year, when exam results are revealed to nervous students and the media start talking about gap year options, I think back fondly on the 9 life-changing months I spent circling the globe. I may have set off 6 years ago (showing my age now!) but I remember it like it was yesterday. For anyone thinking of taking a gap year or career break, here are some of the lessons I learnt by taking the time out.
Taking a terrifying plunge on my gap year
I remember seeing the rainbow-coloured posts of my fellow bloggers who entered this contest last year. I didn’t quite get my bum in gear to do one of my own but luckily this year, blogger and contest judge, Abigail King has nominated me to take part and thus kicked me into action.
The concept is simple. You just select a photo from each of the colour groups (red, yellow, blue, green and white) and explain what it is and why it is important to you. Not only did I enjoy the exercise of digging through my photo archives for some vibrant memories but there is a £3000 travel prize up for grabs for the overall winner.
So, without further ado, these are the colourful moments I have captured on my travels. For more information on the contest being run by Travel Supermarket, as well as information on how to enter yourself, please visit this very clear post by Abi.
The Olloclip is a funky camera gadget that even techno-cursed people like myself can use. Requiring no installing or fiddling with settings I simply unpacked this micro iPhone gadget and clipped it on.
I couldn’t have done it. Could you have got on a boat with a man you met in a bar and sailed from California to Australia? If you knew nothing about boats and not much about the man who was sailing one, would you take a chance on love even if it came with the risk of drowning? I repeat, I couldn’t do it.
From stinky street food to the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world, here are five fab foodie experiences to try in Hong Kong.
1. Tim Ho Wan
“Go to Tim Ho Wan,” said everyone who had ever eaten well in Hong Kong when I asked for their advice. Tim Ho Wan is famed for being the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world so I was interested to see if it could live up to the hype.