Manchester is a great city that has lots to see and do and is constantly evolving and changing, with lots of new up and coming housing developments, hotels and restaurants such as the Ancoats area which is undergoing a huge transformation and then Salford Quays which has recently been redevelopment with continuing works happening.
I’ve always loved going to the seaside – the sand, the sea, picking up shells from the beach, eating ice creams, building sandcastles and enjoy the sea air. I used to go a lot when I was younger to Bournemouth which is the nearest sandy beaches to Southampton. I still go nowadays but I don’t get to go as much as I’d like to.
I’m one of those travelers who likes their home comforts – I’ve never been camping and it’s not high on my list of things to do! I would probably do it one day to say I had experienced it but I think I would only last one night (or probably only a few hours!).
The Loch Fyne brand has a unique history and story behind the start up of their restaurants. The founders Johnny Noble and Andy Lane picked their first oysters from Loch Fyne -a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland back in the 1970s. Johnny, the flamboyant laird of Ardkinglas House, and marine biologist Andy, then set up their first oyster farm on the shores of the loch in 1978; selling fish and shellfish from a roadside stall to pay the bills on the Ardkinglas estate.
Like any country, Madeira has many food and drink traditions. and food and drink plays an important role in Madeiran culture. Most of the foods are fresh and readily available – being an island they are very much self sufficient. From fish to meat, tropical fruits, sweets and bread there is something for everyone to try.
Madeira has mainly been known as a getaway destination for the older generation and has become a popular place for retired holidaymakers. However this is slowly changing with the availability of low cost flights to the island bringing in younger tourists.
Tourism in Amsterdam is at a high with tourist numbers up by 9% – the biggest increase in 12 years. And now the tourist numbers are likely to increase even more with the recent introduction this week of the direct Eurostar service from London, St Pancreas to the Dutch city, with a travel time of 3 hours, 41 minutes.
To deal with the increase of tourists there has been many new hotels and bed & breakfast’s opened up in recent years. Many of them are contemporary and boutique styled with unique interiors or design to set them apart from the competition.
Canary Wharf – part of London Docklands, on the eastern edge of the city is best known for being the financial capital of London. Since 1987 it has been redeveloped into the thriving, high-class and opulent area it is today. It also contains many of Europe’s tallest buildings including the second-tallest in the UK, One Canada Square. Formerly a once thriving port, Canary Wharf has now become home to many top hotels and restaurants. Being just a one stop tube ride away from The O2 Arena makes it the perfect area to stay when going to an concert or event.
Bristol has been on my bucket list of places to visit for a while. During my time at Solent University I lived in a house for two of the three years with two girls from Bristol so had already heard lots about the place.
As my birthday was upcoming (the big 30!) I wanted to go away for a few days to celebrate. Now February isn’t the greatest time for a birthday and unless I was going to spend a lot of money going to the Caribbean or Australia there was not much chance of some sunshine.