At the end of last year the boyfriend and I took a trip up to Blackpool to see some of his family. We only had a few days but made the most of it by seeing as many things as possible. I’ll be breaking up this trip report into two parts, starting with Lytham StAnne’s which is just outside Blackpool.
We headed out early for breakfast in Lytham then wandered around the small boutiques, finishing off in a branch of the famous Booths where everything was gearing up for Christmas.
Later we drove back towards Blackpool to St Anne’s wandering around the charity shops bagging a few records and stumbling upon an antiques warehouse full of wonders. A late lunch at the Olive Tree Brasserie and then a final stop at the Lytham Windmill and there ended our day. It was wonderfully relaxing to wander around and explore, eat good food and be suitably blown around by the Northern air!
This past weekend Matthew and I took a trip to London for my belated birthday celebration. The destination? Claridges for afternoon tea!
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect; clear blue skies and 25 degrees, the sunshine bouncing off the intricate red brick walls and art deco doors glinting. We passed through the revolving doors, across the black and white tiled floors and into the intimate tea rooms.
We were left with a small menu of over 50 teas to choose from to accompany our sandwiches and cakes. I chose a white tea with peony which was lovely and fresh, Matthew a green and black tea blend. After being poured our first cup, our sandwiches promptly arrived, cut into ridiculously precise rectangles, sans crusts of course. We took another small plate of our favourite sandwiches (chicken with lemongrass) and then found ourselves leaning further into the back of the chairs encouraging our stomachs to release some room!
Next came a tray of mini scones and a tray of cakes and patisseries, so delicious. I started on the mini scones with clotted cream and the best jam I’ve ever tasted, ever! Seriously I could eat it every day and die a happy woman – that good. By the end of these we were really struggling; declining extra cups of tea from waiters and finding we couldn’t recline anymore and that our bellies were really were fit to bursting.
However as if the staff couldn’t have been more attentive, we got speaking to a waiter and ended up talking about how we couldn’t get a table close to my birthday, but we still made it down. So he disappeared and reappeared with a darling lemon cheesecake complete with candle. So of course I managed to find some space for that.
So we left with our cakes in little boxes ready to devour at home. *drool*. Everything about this experience was perfect, if you have the chance and don’t mind spending that sort of money then definitely give it a go. I honestly thought it was worth every penny and I’m already planning my trip back, next time for lunch.
ps. Please excuse the blurry photos, I didn’t want to spend too much of my time getting photos but rather soak up every second of the experience.
This year, the boy and I decided to mark our anniversary with some time off work and a trip up to Liverpool. Recently falling hard under the Beatles spell we mainly went for the uber touristy spots for our first trip, but another is definitely on the cards.
Day 1 : Driving from Surrey took around 4 hours on a late Sunday morning and after checking into our hotel we headed straight out. This day we used to get our bearings, scope out some restaurants and get to know the city. First thing we did was head for Sunday lunch at The Restaurant Bar & Grill. I have to say this is one of the best restaurant roasts I’ve ever eaten; we ordered lamb for 2 which came on a board so we could carve it ourselves alongside all the trimmings and an extra gravy boat. All for £25!
Day 2: Pret a Manger for breakfast (almond croissant always) and then onto the docks. We’d pre-booked our Beatles Story tickets beforehand and went straight in, head-phones on and into the Beatles world. I thought the museum was well done lots of “sets” to put you in the mood and plenty of audio information telling the Beatles Story. After lunch we headed back across the docks to the bus stop for the Magical Mystery Tour which again we’d pre-booked. I felt some of the locations they were really clutching at straws and with a full coach of people there wasn’t as much information passed on as I’d hoped. I’m glad I saw some of the sites but I think opting for the Fab Four Taxi Tours would give a better experience. A quick traipse around the shops and then out for a mega dinner at Byron; burgers, onion rings, chips, dip, beer, the lot. After that, The Cavern Club. We enjoyed a live music set from a Paul McCartney tribute act with a pint. It was a great atmosphere with everyone singing along, dancing and cramming in against the graffiti walls. A great round off to the day.
Day 3: Moose Coffee for breakfast which was delicious and had great decor. We then walked away from the docks towards the galleries and into the Walker Art Museum mainly to look at the Stuart Sutcliffe painting on show. The building was beautiful weather was perfect for mid November. Next we headed towards Ye Crake for a drink, Gambier Terrace to see Jon and Stuart’s old apartment opposite the Anglican Cathedral and finally a walk into the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with multicoloured modern glass. It reminded me a lot of St Mary’s church in San Francisco.
We were both so impressed with Liverpool, there’s a fantastic mix of things to do even if you’re not a Beatles fan and we can’t wait to go back. Below I’ve listed all the key places we went to and rated them, in case you were interested.
Beatles Experience 4.5*
Magical Mystery Tour 3*
Cavern Club 5*
Ye Cracke 2*
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 3*
Walker Art Museum 3.5*
Premier Inn (Moorfields) 5*
The Restaurant Bar & Grill 5*
Moose Coffee 4*
Here are some beauties, gliding over the fact these are mostly american, I love the typography of these posters and seeing as I shall be travelling to many of these cities I thought I’d collate them, remember them and eat them when I get there! Let’s see how many I can cross off my list. And YES, when it’s cold and raining I start planning the inane details of my trip as some sort of mental getaway.
For the full series, check out Roni Lagin’s website where you can buy prints, postcards and tees etc. Thoroughly hungry now, I’m going on a cupboard 5 o’clock munchies raid!
“Procrastination has a bad name but historically, it was seen as a good thing. In fact, delayed decision-making was seen as an indication of wisdom in ancient Greece and Rome,” says Frank Partnoy from his book “Wait: the useful art of procrastinating”. Well now if he says so….!! Of course I’m joking, I’m now back being unemployed (for now) and I can tell you that 3 days off is all I need, all possible forms of procrastination I’ve done to death and now they’re boring. Get me back to work please or America is never going to happen!
So my boy and I have finally decided our travel plans and I’m so excited. Everything seems much more real, tangible and my dream adventure is finally going to actually happen! I’m sure a lot of my posts will now be america-travels related, so apologies in advance for that, but I’m too excited and with little else to occupy myself that will almost certainly be the inspiration behind a majority my little likes! My grandma has lent me a book on American history from the 1950’s and told me lots of stories from when she was living out there which has gotten me even further inspired. June 2013 here i come!
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I absolutely love Penelope Jolicoeur’s illustrated blog “My life is quite Fascinating” and you don’t have to be able to read French to enjoy her super cute illustrations of her travelling adventures, in fact the French is fairly simple especially with the pictures to help. Make sure you check it out, but only if you have some free time because I just lost half an hour! Below is one of my favourite pictures, because it’s such a familiar story to me!