Gosport Ferry

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The Gosport Ferry is the quickest and cheapest way to get to and from Gosport and Portsmouth, it takes a few minutes to get across the water and it’s only £3.60 return.
I used the ferry to get from Gosport to Portsmouth to go to the Historic Dockyard and back.
There is a little car park near the ferry terminal which is opposite the bus station but it is only a little car park so keep an eye out for the other car parks near by if you are turning up by car.
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It’s really easy to get a ticket, there are machines with touch screens and it is very easy to follow the instructions. A lot of people use the ferry to get to work so they lots of offers on tickets like 2, 10, 14 and 56 trips tickets for people who may be staying in the area and know that they will want to get back and forth. Here’s the link to check out the prices.
Once you have your ticket, you walk down to the terminal and wait for the next ferry. They are very 
regular, running every 15 minutes and they usually have 2 ferries running at the same time so you won’t be waiting around for long.
On the ferry, there is loads of seating everywhere if you want to sit down but the crossing really is only about 5 minutes.
They sometimes have deals on with the Historic Dockyard so make sure you check out their website before your visit as it could save you some money.
It is also right next to the Portsmouth Harbour train station and the bus information center if you want to explore more of Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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I had no idea how big this place was when we were looking into visiting, it felt like we just kept walking haha.

You don’t need a ticket to get into the site but you do if you want to get into any of the attractions. If you get the full navy pass, you not only get into every attraction except the Mary Rose Museum but you get to go back when ever you like for a whole year. We only had tickets for the Mary Rose Museum so we couldn’t get into any of the ships or attractions but we were ok with that, we said that we could do those another time.

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There is plenty to do there like the HMS Warrior, HMS Victory, Horrible Histories Pirates, Action Stations, National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth, HMS M.33, Harbour Tours, Waterbus,

Boathouse 4, Dockyard Apprentice, Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum.

The passes are for 1, 2, 3 or all the attractions but there is so much to choose from that works out a lot cheaper to get the full navy pass.

There are a few cafes dotted around but they are a bit pricey so I would suggest taking your own food and drink if you have children with you as it could work out quite expensive.

There are live actors walking around that make it really fun for the kids as they are dressed up as pirates and soldiers.

I loved seeing the ship figureheads dotted around the dockyard, they are all from big important historical ships. I liked to wonder the places their ships had been to and what battles they had seen. Plus, they are huge! I never realised how big they were until I got up close to one.

We had fun walking around the little museum in-between the big cafe and gift shop, it was free so we thought we would give it a look. It showed some of the 

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machines and methods used to build ships as well as how they progressed from wood to iron.

The only issue that we had was that we went on what felt like the hottest day of the year, and because we didn’t have tickets to any of the attractions except the Mary Rose Museum, it was hard to find anywhere that was shaded. The Dockyard seems to be one big suntrap. 

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With all the attractions and things you can do, this is a brilliant place for a day out for the whole family. I’d love to go back.

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Kingfisher Caravan Park

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This is the only place on The Unplanned Road Trip that I had booked because we wanted to see the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth. We found that it was going to be cheaper to stay in Gosport at the Kingfisher Caravan Park and then get the ferry to Portsmouth instead of staying in Portsmouth.

We stayed here for 2 nights, from the Friday to Sunday, and absolutely loved it. We booked a pitch that was £20 a night, a total bargain! The site is quite big offering pitches for tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, etc but it also hires out static caravans.

All the staff were very welcoming and helpful from the lady on the front desk, to the bar and restaurant staff.

When you first arrive you have to go to reception, you will be given the codes for the gates and bathrooms and told where you need to go.

We managed to get a pitch next to the shower/toilet block by the trees so didn’t have far to go when we felt the need, although people going in the middle of the night and letting the door slam shut wasn’t great.

 

The shower/toilet blocks were kept really clean the whole time we were there, it was warm in the night as well. The showers were those push button showers so they turn themselves off after a few minutes and the temperature went up cold and hot if there was more than one shower going but it was ok if you are the only one in there.

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There is 2 sinks with hot and cold water on one wall out the back of to the shower/toilet block so you can do your washing up.

They have a club house with a bar, restaurant, an arcade and a few nice outdoor seating areas. They put on quiz nights, BBQs, discos and do raffles, they did a music quiz on our first night and the second night was an Easter raffle and a disco. Both nights there was a BBQ in the outdoor seating area out the back by the restaurant.

They aren’t massively strict but they want to make sure that everyone is having fun and a great time so they don’t like people being really noisy at night, dogs barking, inappropriate behaviour, that sort of thing. While we were there, there was a big group of people with 2 dogs, which was fine until 1 of them wouldn’t stop barking and it’s owners were taking on the “ignore the dog and it will stop barking” technic which didn’t work a lot. Other campers were starting to shout and scream at them to get the dog to stop barking but they did nothing until a man, not sure if he was a manager or not, came along and told them that if they didn’t stop the dog from barking, they would be made to leave. The dog soon stopped barking thank goodness.

There is free wifi but it is only in the club house and you need to get the code from a sign at the bar.

The site is close to the beach, 5 minutes to an Asda and just under 10 minutes to the ferry port to get to Portsmouth.

 

It’s perfect if you just want somewhere to park up, camp and chill out for a few days, a week or a few weeks. We are planning on going back, that’s how much we love it there.

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Mary Rose Museum

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This place is out of this world!

I’m a big history fan so the Mary Rose Museum was right up my street and after seeing a documentary about it on TV all about it the exhibition and the progress they have made, I knew we had to go.

You need to pay to get in, you can either pay at the desk when you walk in or you can buy tickets online, I got our tickets on a website called Picniq as they were cheaper than paying at the desk. I didn’t have a printer to print off the confirmation but we were ok because we were asked to email the confirmation to the till.

There are 3 floors with the remains of the Mary Rose in the middle so that you can see it from all angles. There is a long walkway on each floor that goes along the ship and they have videos projected onto screens and the ship so that you can seen scenes that may have happened on the ship. At each end of the ship where you will get to see parts of the exhibit, there are little benches that have folders in the side slots. These folders show drawings and descriptions of what is in that area so that you know you haven’t missed anything.

There are stairs and lifts you can use between the floors so it is all easily assess able for anyone.

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I loved the new exhibit pieces on the facial reconstruction and the work they have done to find out more about the skeletons that were found. It’s amazing that you can see drawings of what they looked like, where they were from, what they did on the ship and then a bit of their background. There is a little display for each crew member that they found remains for so that you  can find out about them and some of the items that were found around them. They even have a full body reconstruction of one of the full skeletons that they found, I thought that was just outstanding. They found out what illnesses people had, where they came from.

There are lots of interactive screens as you go around to that you can play little games and learn more about the ship, they are loads of fun.

They have live actors walking around in a few places that are dressed up in costumes that can tell you about the section you are in plus there is some staff walking around as well if you have any questions.

I would say that it could easily take about an hour and a half to two hours to get round the museum if you are taking everything in, reading all of the boards and using the interactive screens. At the end, you will come out in the gift shop and coffee shop so you can get a souvenir and then a chill out before going out to explore more of the Dockyard.

 

I highly recommend The Mary Rose Museum as a top attraction to go to if you are ever in Portsmouth.

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Maidstone Hidden Gems

I’ve lived in and around Maidstone for 13 years now and it still has surprises for me sometimes.

For a small town that is nearly in the middle of Kent making it super easy to get to most places by train (we have 3 train stations), there is plenty to do if you look in the right places, especially with the amount of history that we have in the town.

Here are my hidden gems in Maidstone.

Muggleton Inn

This place is a Wetherspoons pub so if you are looking for cheap eats that don’t mind you having kids with you, this is the place. There is outdoor seating out the back but that is mainly used by smoker. It’s right in the middle of the town on Jubilee Square, you can’t miss it, it used to be a bank years and years ago so it is a big grand building.

Brenchley Pub

Located directly opposite Muggleton Inn but this place has recently been voted one of the best pub gardens in Kent and if you visit it, you will see why. It has an amazingly huge outdoor seating area that people flock to on sunny days. The food isn’t bad either, I would recommend the nachos as they come out on a huge plate and can easily feed 3 people.

Munch House

This is a little café just along King Street that does lovely food at a good price, the portions are huge as well. I usually go in there with my husband on a Saturday morning before we attempt to go shopping and have a full English breakfast but they do all sorts of dishes, there is something for everyone.

Brenchley Gardens

This is a lovely park at the top of town near Maidstone East train station. Lots of open space, a war memorial and a stage where little music festivals are felt throughout the summer. It’s a great place just to chill out in the sun.

Maidstone Museum

This place doesn’t get nearly as much recognition for how awesome it is. It’s free to get in and there is so many exhibits to explore like Egypt, dinosaurs, the history of Maidstone, art, archaeology, costumes and textiles, natural history and biology, geology and Japanese art. You could spend all day here and then go to the café for a hot drink and cake.

Earl Street

This street is known to many are Restaurant Street because, as the name suggests, anywhere really worth eating is in this street. Nando’s, Zizzi, Prezzo, 5 Guys, Wildwood, Ask, Wagamama and so many more, you have such a wide range of options.

Pizza Hot 4 You

This place is my naughty treat place. When we have been for a night out, this is our first stop before going home as they have a 2-4-1 offer on all pizzas if you go into the shop. They don’t just do pizzas, they do friend chicken and kebabs as well. I love the food, it’s nothing special but it’s really good for the price. You will find the shop at the bottom of the High Street.

River Bank

If you are looking for somewhere to chill out, the river bank is great. It’s best to be on the town side of the river as there are benches as you walk along. If you are facing the river with the town behind you, going right and walking along will bring you to Watman Park, going left will bring you to the Kentish Lady which is a boat ride up the river and back, the Archbishops Palace which was built in the 14th century with lovely gardens to sit in and pieces or art from local artists.

 

Well, that’s it for now, I hope this has given you a little insight into Maidstone and that one day you come and check out our lovely little town.

If you would like to hear about hidden gems from cities all over the world, check out Earth To Connie by clicking the picture link below

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Crawley Hidden Gems

As well as being super close to Gatwick airport that it only takes 20 minutes on the bus to get there or 10 minutes by train, Crawley is great for so much more.

I used to live in Crawley (a long time ago) and my parents still live there so I get to go back and visit quite a lot.

Staying in the town centre is your best bet because you can stay in the Travel Lodge and be a short walk from all the supermarkets, shops, pubs, bars and restaurants to kill time before heading off to Gatwick.

Jubilee Oak

If you are looking for cheap and good food then I would suggest going to the Jubilee Oak, it’s a Wetherspoons pub so go in knowing that you will get what you pay for but the food is great and they have a family area to take the kids. It is very close to where the market is held which is very close to the town centre. Part of the menu is called Small Dishes with is 3 for £10, we love the spicy chicken wings and the loaded chips so what my husband and I usually do is get 2 plates of the chicken wings and 1 loaded chips so that we have a plate of chicken wings each and share the chips. They have a great app so that you can order food from your table.

All Days Cafe

If you are looking for big portions at a reasonable price, All Days Cafe should be one of your stops. They do brilliant food and because it’s a family run place, everyone is welcoming. They have indoor and outdoor seating, its lovely sitting outside in the summer. It is located in a parade of shops between the market and the town centre.

Memorial Gardens

Looking for somewhere to just sit and chill but not feel like you are in a town centre? Go check out the memorial gardens which are incredibly close to the town centre. It’s great sunny day of chilling with a picnic. I used to love sitting there in the sun during my lunch breaks with a book. You can hear some of the traffic but you end up super chilled out so you don’t really notice.

Turtle Bay

This is one of my favourite places in Crawley, it is Turtle Bay. Not only is the food amazing but they do 2-4-1 cocktails and play reggae music all day. I spent many an afternoon drinking cocktails and chilling out with a few cocktails. The staff are always great and chatty, we always have a good chat with them. They also have an app so you collect points which you can put towards food. It is a 30 second from the Travel Lodge so nice and close if you have one too many Haha.

The White Hart

Fancy just sitting in a nice little pub and watching life fly by, check out The White Hart. Lovely pub that is like a tardis as it doesn’t look big from the outstanding but feels like it just keeps going once you are inside haha. It is opposite The Jubilee Oak so close to the town centre.

Tilgate Park

This is a little bit of a drive from the town centre or you can get a bus but it is so worth it because they have a zoo! They have pigs, chickens, meerkats, cows, otters, ponies, reindeer, donkeys, owls and so much more. It’s only £4 for an adult and £3 for 2-16 year olds and free for up to 2 years old. If you don’t want to go in the zoo, you  an always walk around the park which is absolutely beautiful in the summer, it has a cafe, a lake, Go Ape and loads of stuff to keep kids entertained.

 

I hope that helps you on your little adventure to Crawley and gives you a little insight into this lovely town.

If you would like to find more hidden gems from cities and towns all over the world, check out Connie Ferris’ website!

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Thomas Cook

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I love flying with Thomas Cook, they are brilliant.
My mum needs assistance to the plane as she is disabled so the lady on the check-in desk made sure it was all arranged for her at Gatwick and at the airport in Menorca.
We checked in our hold luggage the night before as it was a morning flight, so that the next day, we just had to walk into the airport and go through security. This is such a great option to have so that you have that little bit longer in bed if you are staying nearby.
The cabin crew were great, we were the first on the plane and they made sure that we were comfortable before the other passengers were due to start boarding.
The flight was 2 hours but there was a meal included. I was very silly and dropped mine as she handed it to me and it went under the seat in front so I couldn’t reach it. The lady very kindly gave me a spare one as some people further behind hadn’t taken one. The meals were by the chef James Martin and they were very nice. As it was a morning flight, we were given breakfast which was a sausage, little potato hash browns, bacon, mash and some baked beans. I thought it was all really nice, I’ve had breakfast on planes before and the food didn’t look appetizing, let alone taste nice but this meal was really good. It came with a little bread roll and fruit pot as well, perfect little meal to start the day. I was quite glad that we hadn’t eating in Gatwick as I would have missed out.
I also flew with Thomas Cook when I went on my last trip to Kos. Going out was fine as we had the 2 seats at the very back of the plane giving us our own little area and a bit of extra room.
On the way home though, we had a problem. We hadn’t been able to book the same seats going home and the lady in the Thomas Cook shop had said that the 2 seats next to the emergency exits half way down the plane have more room so we should be comfortable. My husband and I are on the big side so when we sat in the seats, I just about got into my seat but my husband couldn’t get into his. The armrest in the middle didn’t lift up and the sides of the chairs where solid metal that didn’t move.  We spoke to the stewardess who managed to find him another seat but it was 5 rows behind me. I had to sit on my own for take off and landing but he came and perched himself on the seat to be with me during the flight.
We got a meal on both flights that was quite nice. Going out was BBQ chicken with vegetables and some cheese and crackers. Going home was roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing. Very tasty and although they looked like small meals, they were quite filling. I loved the dark chocolate mint mouse, I didn’t think I would like it but it was so yummy.
I would gladly fly with Thomas Cook again.

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Cocktail Master Class

Just before Christmas, I was having a good look through Groupon (as I seem to have become a GroupOn addict haha) for things I could do with my mates and found that Bar Chocolate in Maidstone were doing cocktail master classes.
 
Sounded like a total hoot so I got the voucher, roped in my friend Tammy to come with me and we had a brilliant time!
 
Like a lot of people, I love a good cocktail! Especially Pina Colada, that is my absolute favourite cocktail so that was the first cocktail I asked for us to make.
 
Our cocktail teacher was Charlie who was very funny, confident in what he does and made the whole time really fun.
 

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We made Long Island Ice Teas, Blue Coral and Tazy.
 
The Tazy was meant to a Pina Coladas but we ended up making our own cocktail and combining our names to call is a Tazy. I’m glad that I took a video of Charlie making it as I will need it in order to make them another time haha.
 
We made each cocktail one at a time, watching how Charlie made them. Unfortunately, because he was working he couldn’t enjoy his cocktails with us so we shared the one he made. Can’t have it going to waste haha.
 
We did all the mixing and pouring ourselves.
 
Everything we needed was there, there was no extra charges for anything, we were there for about an hour and left a little bit tipsy haha.
I would highly recommend one of these cocktail classes, they would be great for hen nights, birthdays and any excuse to go out with your mates for a good night.

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Lead Up to The Road Trip

Hello there,

Welcome to my diary in the lead up to The Unplanned Road Trip.

Here you will hear about how we prepare for the trip.

22/1/19
New Car – we were planning on doing the trip in our Renault Scenic, Betsy, but alas, she has given up on life and will be heading to the scrap yard this weekend. #ripbetsy. The good news though is that we have a new car, it is a Woltsvagan Passat that I have named Dougie, #longlivedougie! He’s an automatic so the driving part of the trip just became a whole lot easier haha.
 
Nottingham – Was messaging my sister last night about the trip as it will be ending with a visit her and she has given me loads of lists of things that we can do while we are up there. Might need to try and get there a day earlier to fit more things in haha.
 
23/1/19
 
Trying not to plan – I’m not going to lie, not booking things is driving me crazy. I know some places that I would really like to go to but I am doing my best not to look into them too much as I will have to use all of my will power to NOT book anything. I’m very much a book in advance sort of person so you can imagine just how crazy this is making me haha.
 
29/1/19
Keeping the memories – I’m big on keeping mementos from trips and days out like tickets, menus, visitor maps, etc. So I’ve been thinking of something I can keep that will show everywhere we have been and I’ve come up with the idea of getting a map of the UK and drawing our route on it each day. Might even frame it afterwards with tickets and things stuck on it after we get home. I think that would be very cool.
 
7/2/19
Prepping the car – Seeing as I can’t plan anything for the road trip, I’m making sure that our car, Dougie, has everything that it needs for road trip. We have an electric pump to put air in the tyre, a tyre tread gauge and a new battery seeing as the old one died on us the other day. We use Euro Car Parts for all our car needs so I downloaded the app and been looking for things we might need. Looking at break down kits at the moment.
 
8/2/19
English Heritage – I’ve been thinking about signing up to English Heritage for ages as my parents are members but since my lovely Monsters over at Monster Voyage joined, it’s inspired me to sign up too. For a joint membership, the direct debit isn’t even £9 a month and you get free entry to so many amazing places around the UK. I’ll definitely be checking it during this road trip to see what historic sights we can have a good look around.
 
23/2/19
Moving – We are getting ready to move house in the next few weeks so no time for researching anything for the trip. It’s a little bit sad but I will have plenty of time to catch up once we have moved and settled in.
 
17/3/19
Portsmouth – We were watching a documentary on the Mary Rose tonight and I didn’t realise that it was in Portsmouth. It looks so interesting that we have put it on our list of places to go. I’ve already looked up the tickets and it’s £6 cheaper by booking online so I have saved the website on my phone ready to book the tickets when the time comes.
 
19/3/19
Getting organised – Sean and I were having a chat over the weekend and decided that in order to keep the trip as super cheap as possible, we are going to buy a tent and stay at campsites. I’ve had a look and some of the campsites along the way are only £14 a night for a pitch so this trip could get super super cheap haha.
 
22/3/19
Camping gear – I have left it in the hands of my husband to research and find our camping gear while I stick to looking for attractions and cheap camp sites. We are such a good team.
 
24/3/19
Tent is ordered – After my lovely husband spent hours comparing different deals on lots of website as well as looking round camping shops, he has picked the tent we are going to have for the trip and ordered it. We are having a Swift 200 – 2 man pop up tent coming to us. Can’t wait for it to get here so we can try it out in the garden.
 
31/3/19 
Ordering camping gear – we only have a few weeks left until the trip so we sat down and got some bits ordered. We have an air bed and some camping chairs on their way to us. Everything is starting to come together now.
 
2/4/19
Power bank arrived – I was a little worried about how to charge my phone on the trip as the cigarette socket in the car doesn’t always work so I ordered myself a solar charged power bank. It came today so I will be testing it out to see how it holds up over the next week. Don’t want to go on the trip and find out that it doesn’t work as well as I want it to.
 
3/4/19
Airbed has arrived – I’m no good with sleeping on the ground so I am so glad that the airbed has turned up. We don’t have a air pump for it but we are going to be using the electric air pump we have for the car tyres. Saved on getting all puffed out haha.
 
9/4/19
Cooking stuff – The toast holder and mess kit turned up today, very excited to think that I will still get to have toast in the mornings without burning the bread.
 
10/4/19
8 days to go! – Very excited that we are only 8 days away from starting the trip. I’ve been looking at apps that can track the trip so that I can see how many miles we’ve been. I want one that comes up in a map so that I can see all the places we drive through as well. I am testing out one called Trip Logbook at the moment.
 
Solar panel charger – the weather hasn’t been great here the last few days, lots of clouds and rain. I’ve had the charger on the windowsill at work since Monday at 9am and it’s still hasn’t charged up to the first bar yet. Little bit worrying but like I said, it’s been cloudy so hopefully it will charge up quicker when it is sunnier.
 
More deliveries – Today the postman brought me one of the blow up camping chairs we ordered and a light that we can hang from the ceiling in the tent. The chair apparently holds up to 270kgs and seeing as myself and my husband are on the larger side, it will be very interesting to see if this is true. 
 
11/4/19
New phone case – When I was in Kos last October, I had a waterproof case to put my phone in when I went swimming and snorkelling but because of the move, I have no idea where it has gone. So, I got myself a new one as I’ve heard of some great places to go snorkelling on the trip.
 
12/4/19
Stove has arrived – My lovely gas stove and the canisters have arrived today. So excited as this will save us so much money because we will be able to cook for ourselves. It won’t be anything special but it will be cheap and quick to cook. So lots of dishes based around baked beans, pasta and noodles. We will be eating out sometimes as well but that will be as treats.
 
14/4/19
My chair – We phoned the people that we ordered our chairs through because mine still hasn’t turned up even though it is exactly the same as my husband’s only to be told that it isn’t in stock and they don’t know when it will be. I had a moan saying that no one has told us it’s out of stock, if we had known I could have ordered a chair from somewhere else. Not happy with the lady’s response so we cancelled the chair and called my mum who has a spare camping chair I can borrow. Good old mum, always comes to my rescue haha.
 
17/4/19
One day to go – Can’t believe we leave for a trip tomorrow night. It’s come around so quickly. I know we are only going to my mum and dad’s for the first night to pick up some camping gear and be that little bit closer to Portsmouth but it’s still the start of the trip and I’m very excited.
 
Last few bits – Spent the evening double checking our stuff and going over my list of things to take. Also making sure that the power banks, phones and my tablet are charged up. Tomorrow is going to be a very long day at work but I’m hoping that I have loads of work to do to make it go quicker haha.

If you have any suggestions of places I can explorer on the trip, please fill in the contact form at the very bottom of the page or leave it in the comments below. Thanks – Suzy xx

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Day 12 To Day 19

Day 12 – Monday 29th April

Miles – 38

Total Miles – 784

Cardiff

Such a good nights sleep, I only woke up once in the night as that was because the guy in the room next to us was snoring like a bear and did a really loud snort haha. I thought my husband was a bad snorer but our neighbour is makes him look like a little bear haha.

The bathroom is a little weird to have a shower in because the shower part is a small part of the room but the shower is brilliant once you set the temperature right.

We set off early to Cardiff, I found a great car park down by the harbour which was quite cheap. We headed towards the harbour front and found a Wetherspoons called The Mount Stuart and had one of their classic full English breakfasts.

We walked along the front to the Pierhead Building which was a great history lesson on Cardiff as I honestly didn’t know much. There is a little exhibit and then a presentation on the creation and growth of Cardiff which I found really interesting.

I took a little time taking in the Roald Dahl Pass, I was a fan of his books as a kid but the Doctor Who and Torchwood fan came out in me as it is the location for a few episodes haha.

We had a look around the Wales Millennium Center, there was unfortunately so shows or anything for us to do but it was very impressive and I loved the little exhibits they had on, one of which was a big board that people had written the best gig they had ever been to.

There was a bus stop outside and it was perfect timing because one of the Big Bus open top buses came along. It’s was only £13.50 each for a ticket so we got on to make sure that we got to see everything in Cardiff and thanks to the Big Bus, we did!

We had to stop and get off at the Cardiff Castle but that gave me a chance to nip into a shop for a magnet and a look around. We found a micro pub called The Hop Bunker to have a chill out an a few drinks before getting back on the open top bus and seeing some more of Cardiff. Although to be honest, I think we went round the National Museum Cardiff about 4 times to get down different routes that lead off of it.

We went round Cardiff and then back towards the harbour but we got to go all the way round it to the BBC studios where Doctor Who, Torchwood, Casualty and Upstairs Downstairs so it was exciting to think that something might have been getting filmed as we drove by.

We were very lucky that one of the stops was just round the corner from the car park where we parked the car so got off and headed back to Neszport.

We’d been talking about staying an extra day in Neszport as it is so fantastically cheap so spoke to the lady on reception when we got back and she let us have our room for an extra night for £30, happy days.

 

Day 13 – Tuesday 30th April

Miles – 31

Total Miles – 815

A slow start to the day, I didn’t wake up until mid morning so we chilled out and then set off for Castle Coch, pronounced Cork regardless of how my husband insists on pronouncing it.

It’s not a huge castle but the architecture is amazing, to me it looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. It was brilliant driving up to it and seeing the turrets poking out over the top of the trees and then to see it up close, just wow. It’s also the first place we have managed to use our English Heritage cards haha, we got 50% off our tickets so bit of a bargain.

We spent a good couple of hours walking round with our little hand held guides, there wasn’t many people around so we could just walk around at our own pace and enjoy it all.

I didn’t know until a few hours later that the courtyard was used in a TV program I used to watch as a kid called Knightmare where basically 3 kids had to direct a 4th around a medieval England looking for an item. There was a lot of green screens being used and some of it looked terrible but this was the early 90s so to us back then is was amazing haha.

We had something to eat in the little cafe in the castle and then set off back to Neszport.

Decided to get as much of our stuff packed as possible to save us doing it in the morning, gives us a bit longer in bed.

 

Day 14 – Wednesday 1st May

Miles – 159

Total Miles – 974

Neszport to Long Eaton

Big big driving day today. We said goodbye to Wales and hello to England again as we drove to Long Eaton to go and stay with my sister. Not going to lie, it was a seriously long drive, we only stopped the once as we just wanted to push through and get to Long Eaton.

We had set off from Neszport at 9am after having breakfast and got to Long Eaton just about 12. We saw a car wash place next to the supermarket and thought that our poor Dougie deserved a good wash after all the miles we had driven in him. He did an half sparkle after that wash, can’t believe how dirty he had gotten.

Met up with my sister once she had finished work and went back to her house for a bit. It was nice being in a house, I know that sounds strange but after just being in tents and hotels, it’s nice being in a home again.

We took her 2 dogs for a walk at a huge park next to the West Park Leisure Center and then home for chicken and roast vegetables.

Good day indeed.

 

Day 15 – Thursday 2nd May

Miles – 4

Total Miles – 978

Today we did absolutely nothing and it was amazing. The most strenuous thing that we did was drive to the supermarket as we forgot a few things yesterday and then drive back to my sister’s house. Dinner was even a take-away so there was no cooking today either. I know we had chill out time on this trip but sitting on a sofa and just watching TV is just perfect after all that travelling around.

 

Day 16 – Friday 3rd May

Miles – 15

Total Miles – 993

Nottingham

Ever since I was little, I have loved Robin Hood, I used to go round to my sister’s house on a Sunday when we lived in Gravesend and watched videos of Robin Hood starring Ray Winston. I loved everything Robin Hood so when my sister moved up to Nottingham, the land of Robin Hood, I couldn’t believe it. I can’t visit my sister and not have a trip into Nottingham so we drove in and had a brilliant day. We found a car park in the center so not much walking but as we got to the main big square, it started to rain and being the Wetherspoons detector that he is, my husband found one nearby for us to run into. This one is called the Joseph Else, it was quite busy but we found a table to enjoy some hot drinks and some food until it stopped raining. I love the big water feature in the square, had to get some pictures of it.

I remember when I was a kid that my sister took me to a place called The Tales of Robin Hood, it shut down years ago but I remember it was awesome with live actors telling all the old Robin Hood stories, it was so exciting, and you did archery at the end in the cafe. I was hoping there was something else like that and when I looked on Google, I found The Robin Hood Legacy. It didn’t look fantastic but I thought it might be fun and it was cheap. I wasn’t impressed at all, it was a house that was decorated cheaply so it looked terrible and there was no live actors, just rooms full of mannequins and you pressed a button in each room to hear a recording. We soon left once it was all done, won’t be heading back there on my next trip to Nottingham.

Nottingham Castle was closed as it’s being done up but I still got to see the Robin Hood statue and as we walked around to Ye Old Trip To Jerusalem, we could see some of the old caves that I like to think Robin Hood used when he was sneaking in and out of the castle.

Ye Old Trip To Jerusalem is a wicked pub where part of it has actually been cut into the rock under the castle. The front looks like a normal building until you go inside, it’s like sitting in a cave with a pint haha. It also boasts as being the oldest inn in England.

We walked around the little streets of shops taking in the beautiful architecture of the old buildings. Some of them are so old and the detail that went into those buildings is nothing short of incredible.

We did some shopping, drooled over the boots in the Dr Martens shop before heading off in the general direction of the car. We saw a big restaurant called Reds so we went in just to have a drink and chill out. This place is brilliant, it’s a meat lovers dream. The toilets are a bit strange though, you wash your hands in a huge feed trough and the walls of the cubicles are dark curtains in glass. I loved it! It’s a shame that we wasn’t hungry and I think the food would have be interesting too.

 

Day 17 – Saturday 4th May

Miles – 2

Total Miles – 995

We’d been having a chat about our experiencing camping and we’ve both decided that it is most definitely not for us so we have been brainstorming what to do with the tent. We thought about selling it but felt like we wanted to do some good with it. After some research online, we decided to give the tent to the Salvation Army, they do a lot of work with the homeless and our 4 man tent could be a nice little temporary home to a few people to keep them out of the bad weather. There is a Salvation Army shop in Long Eaton so we took the tent into them and they said that they would make sure it was passed onto one of the street crews.

The rest of the day was spent checking our the charity shops and  pubs in Long Eaton. There are so many pubs haha, we went into The Corner Pin, The Blue Bell, The Twitchel, The Oxford and York Chambers and surprisingly enough, didn’t end up drunk haha.

We had a little chat once we got back to my sister’s and we’ve decided to head home a day early so we are going to set up tomorrow evening. Bank holidays are usually crazy traffic wise with people going home after weekends away and we didn’t fancy getting caught in a 6 hour traffic jam. Slightly different plan but it makes sense to head home.

 

Day 18 – Sunday 5th May

Miles – 185

Total Miles – 1178

Spent the morning going through our stuff and packing everything in the car, it’s amazing how much stuff we have crammed into our car over the last 2 and a half weeks.

We had a lovely dinner with my sister and then set off home at about 6pm. 10 minutes after we left I got a call from my sister asking if I knew where her TV remote was, I had a quick look in my bag and found it in the bottom, no idea how it got in there but it was easier to turn around and go back then post it to her. Lucky enough, we were just coming up to an exit and we wasn’t far away so it was easy to go back and then hit the road again.

We only stopped once to have a rest and walk around before getting back in the car. We were lucky that there wasn’t much traffic, we got home just after 10pm. It was so weird starting to recognize things as we got closer to home.

 

Day 19 – Monday 6th May

Well, if recognizing places felt weird last night, waking up in my own bed was super weird. I had to remind myself that the whole trip wasn’t a dream and that I had in fact had the most awesome adventure with my husband, regardless of the weather. That’s when the post-holiday-blues started to creep in. We are already talking about a trip next year, maybe head north next time :-).

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Day 6 To Day 11

Full reviews of hotels, attractions, etc will be coming soon
 
Day 6 – Tuesday 23rd April
Miles – 134
Total miles – 374
We were both awake early this morning so we got all our stuff packed back and said goodbye to Bovey’s Down Farm.
Seeing as my solar power bank has failed me, my other power banks are empty and we didn’t drive long enough to charge up our phones yesterday, we decided to go in search for a camping power hook up converter. After going to several different shops and some research online, we reserved one at the Halfords in Exeter.
We then headed out to Wildwood Escot which is a wildlife park on the Escot Estate. They have wolves, otters, wild cats, birds of prey, peacocks, wild boars and so much more. We got there when it opened and it took a little while for the animals to wake up and come out of their houses to say hello to us but when they did it was fantastic. I can see why it’s so popular.
After an early lunch we decided to go get the hook up converter and get on with the long drive down to Marazion where we were staying at the Wheal Rodney Holiday Park.
We got checked in and the tent set up as quickly as we could as there was rain forecast but also because the site had an indoor heated swimming pool….. it was like swimming in a huge bath, if was lush!!
We managed to get back to the tent and have dinner before it really started to rain hard.
 
Day 7 – Wednesday 24th April
Miles – 45
Total miles – 419
Lands End – St Ives – Marazion
I think I got a grand total of 3 hours sleep last night. To help keep us drier and possibly warmer, we put our big sheet of tarpaulin over our tent but it was so windy that no matter how much we pinned it down, it kept coming loose and rustling in the wind. I don’t know what time it was but Sean and I both had enough of it so we got out the tent in the pouring rain to take the tarpaulin off, folder it up and put it in our little toilet tent.
We then both then woke up just before 6am and couldn’t get back to sleep so thought we would just get on with the day. I had a look online at the things we wanted to do and it said that Lands End was open from 7am, happy days! We got dressed and headed off only to find that the site for Lands End doesn’t have a gate or anything on it so you can go up any time you please but the shops don’t open until 10am. We had a good like round and had our pictures taken with the Lands End sign before heading off towards St Ives.
If you have a big car, do not drive to St Ives harbour, the streets are small and tight to get through, I don’t know how we didn’t scratch up our car.
Anyway, it was still early so we went along the harbour and found a lovely pub called The Lifeboat Inn that do a full English breakfast that was delicious.
We had a walk along the harbour but there wasn’t much open and it kept raining so we didn’t get to see much unfortunately.
We found a little ice cream place called Just Desserts and thought “what the hell” so we had some ice creams. I had mint choc chip and Oreo (much to my husband’s disgust as he doesn’t like either lol).
Now, if you have been to St Ives you know the danger that lurks on roof tops, the takers of food who swoop in from above your head when you least expect it, the noisy sods that wake you up at 5am and don’t care how much it annoys you. Yes, I am talking about the seagulls. Oh it is no laughing matter (if you are laughing), my own mum was a victim of the seagulls. She came out of a shop with an ice cream, a seagull swooped down and took her ice cream right out of her hand! She didn’t even get to have a lick of her ice cream! Haha sorry, I have to laugh at the image of that. The seagulls are a pain in the bum though, there are loads of signs along the seafront warning people so keep an eye out if you visit.
We took in the beautiful harbour views and then worked up the courage to go back to the car park and try to drive through the little streets to get out of town.
It still wasn’t even lunch time so we drove to Marazion for St Michael’s Mount.
We parked in the beach car park and then walked along the sea wall to get one of the little boats out to St Michael’s Mount as the tide was still in. we had to walk out to a big rock on the beach in order to get onto the boats which was £2 for each of us each way so I made sure that I had £8 in charge.
Once we go to St Michael’s Mount, we got off at the harbour wall and walked round to the buildings. We had every intention of going up to the castle until we were at the bottom of the hill and saw how steep it was. There is no way that I would of made it up there, we did speak to a member of staff that said that if we pay to go in and don’t get all the way to the top, we can go back and get a refund but I knew there was no way I was getting up there. I think I would of been ok if the trail went around the hill but it basically went straight up.
We went to the cafe to have lunch and have a good think about getting up the hill but we both agreed that it wasn’t going to happen haha.
We still had a good look around the museum and seeing as the tide was still in, we got the last boat back to the shore.
It was starting to rain so we headed back to the car and did the very short drive back to the camp site. I was thinking about all the wind and rain last night and it got me thinking about the bell tents that they had at the campsite so when we got back, I went into reception and had a chat with the lovely lady at the desk about us having a bell tent for the night. We worked out a deal so that we only had to pay a little bit more on top of our tent pitch and have the bell tent instead. I rushed out reception, after paying of course, to check out the bell tent which was super awesome! Not only did we have a double bed, a bedside table, fridge, plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, kettle, a power lead and candle, we also had a little lawn with a bench, a patio area with a table and chairs, our own little garden and a gas BBQ! It was all in our own private area with a fence around it so that even though we were opposite reception, we could have been in a field.
We went for another dip in the pool, couldn’t get enough of that heated pool, and did our laundry in the laundry room.
 
Day 8 – Thursday 25th April
Miles – 96
Total Miles – 515
Marazion – Stoke
I had nearly forgotten how good it was to sleep in a proper bed. Last night I slept the best I have done on this trip. It was a bit of a weird experience as I’ve never been in a tent that was kitted out like a hotel room so it was a little strange when it started raining and I could hear it on the canopy but it was quite soothing. I woke up feeling quite refreshed.
We laid in bed for a little while, taking advantage of being in a bed as long as possible, found a great campsite in Stoke in Somerset for the night on Google Maps.
We set off mid morning after breakfast as we didn’t want to rush with the driving and as we were going driving along the motorway, we saw a sign for Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm. We turned off at the next exit and quickly found it on Google so that we could get directions.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is brilliant! We got the top package which was £17 each but this included a full tour of the farm seeing the cider making process from start to finish, a tractor ride, a look round the museum, a tasting and a free pint so totally worth the money.
We went on the tractor ride first getting to go round the orchards and then we went on the tour which is a walking tour but it was loads of fun, my husband especially liked the tasting haha.
We had a late lunch in the big restaurant and then headed off to get back to the motorway and on our way to Stoke.
We arrived at Stoke Barton Farm late afternoon and was surprised to see that other than a few motor-homes and a caravan, we were the only ones in a huge field so we had pick of the pitches. We picked a pitch quite close to the toilet block and near the entrance to the field.
We got all set up and had dinner but felt it was still early so we went off in the car to find the pub that the lady in the farm house told me about that is half way down a cliff overlooking the sea. It’s called The Wrecker’s Retreat because of all the ships that have crashed onto the huge rocks below. You have to drive down steep curvy roads to get to it and it is super windy but the view is just out of this world. We had a good look around the outside seeing the rocks and the cliffs from all the angles we could before retreating inside the pub.
We got a table near the door and took in all the amazing things in the pub. There is a map that showed all the ships that had crashed including where and when it was.
After a few drinks we drove back up the curvy steep hill to get back to the farm before it got dark as I didn’t fancy trying to drive those roads in the dark.
It was freezing cold when we got back to the tent so I got out the spare blanket, our hoodies and the picnic blanket to put over our duvet. I checked the weather and it was going to be stormy and cold for the next few days so I went to trusty old Groupon to sort us out for the next night. Managed to find a hotel near Bristol that was only £35 so got that and booked it straight away.
 
Day 9 – Friday 26th April
Miles – 129
Total Miles – 644
Stoke – Hallatrow
Worst night of my life!! I didn’t get any sleep at all, the while night felt like it lasted 40 hours, it was so windy that it felt like the tent had become a lung as all the sides kept coming right in to the point that they nearly touched us and then back out again. It was freezing all night, we had loads of layers of clothes on as well as the duvet, blankets and hoodies but nothing kept the cold out. To top it off, the airbed decided to give up on life and I felt more and more of the floor before it was all I could feel under me. Turned out that we had part of Storm Hannah go over us, believe me when I say that I was not surprised when I found out.
We had planned to head to Bristol for the day as we couldn’t check into this hotel until 5pm so we packed up and headed off early.
We were looking at the prices for parking in Bristol, which were crazy, and the fact that it was raining a lot put us off the closer we got there so we decided to head off to the hotel early instead seeing as they have a pub attached to it.
Then we found a book shop called Book Barn International, the sign said that they had over a million books in stock so obviously, I had to see it and I am pretty sure there was a lot more than a million books haha. We had a good look round and found a few books before chilling out for a little while in the Full Stop Cafe which has lovely big sofas where you can curl up with a book and enjoy a lovely cup of tea.
We found a Tesco so stopped off for snacks and something to put together for dinner.
I was having a look for somewhere to stay in South Wales and after checking on Google Maps, Trivago, Late Rooms, Groupon, Wowcher, Expedia and Trip Advisor, I finally got to Booking.com and found the most fantastic deal. 3 nights in student accommodation in Neszport for £83!! We wasn’t going to say no to that so we booked it straight away. I really wasn’t looking forward to getting in a tent again.
We still managed to get to the hotel an hour early so we went into the pub which is one of the most quirky pubs I have ever been into. They have all sorts of signs hanging from the ceiling, every beer mat known to exist, pillows of every shape and size, salt and pepper pots of every theme possible, beer posters, odd things hanging from the ceiling, half a car in the fire place and a full on train car coming out the back of it that has been converted into a restaurant. Loved it so much!
By the time we got to check into our room, we were both shattered so we had some of our snacks and went to bed.
 
Day 10 – Saturday 27th April
Miles – 102
Total Miles – 746
Hallatrow – Bristol – Barry Island – Neszport
So glad that we was in a hotel for that night! I woke up a few times to go to the loo and didn’t realise how windy it was until I heard it through the skylight in the bathroom. I looked out the bedroom window and it was horrible outside, so I quickly got back into bed.
We left at about 9:30am and headed towards Wales. It was so exciting going over the bridge into Wales and then seeing the sign saying “Welcome to Wales”.
We are both fans of the TV show Gavin and Stacey so seeing as it was early, we headed to Barry Island. Now, compared to the wind in Barry Island, Storm Hannah was a cool summer breeze! I opened my car door and it flew open, Sean had trouble getting out his side of the car and the wind was blowing it shut. I didn’t have a hairband so I had to hold my hair down because the alternative was to look like a troll caught in a hurricane haha. Even the shops couldn’t put their stands outside because they merchandise was getting blown away.
We had a walk along the seafront and found the cafe that Stacey works in and Tessa’s Slots from the show. The beach looked lovely, it was so clean and looked like it went on for miles.
We headed back along the motorway to Neszport and found our hotel/student accommodation which was the Neszport Student Village. We couldn’t check in for an hour and saw there was an Asda opposite so went over to get some supplies.
Went back to the hotel and got checked in, all very nice and quick. How it works here is that you have a room in a flat so you have your own room and en-suite bathroom but you share the open plan kitchen and living room. The room is big with a good sized bed, a huge corner desk, a sofa and the en-suite was a small wet room with the shower, toilet and sink all in a little room in the corner. The kitchen had everything we needed along with 2 fridge/freezers. The living room had 2 nice sofas and a TV so we plugged our Amazon Fire Stick into the back of it and signed up to the WiFi so that we could watch Netflix. We absolutely loved it, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were and how cheap it was. It was so nice having an oven to cook with so that I could make a dinner that didn’t consist of pasta or noodles.
 
Day 11 – Sunday 28th April
Miles – 0
Total Miles – 746
Neszport
We thought we would have a day of neither of us driving so we walked along the river to the shopping centre in Neszport. The shops seem like a little rabbit warren of little streets all coming off each other. We had a good look around , did a little bit of shopping and managed to find a Wetherspoons pub called The Queen’s Hotel to have a chill out with a few drinks.
We’d seen an all-you-can-eat Indian restaurant called Tawa Indian Buffet on our way round so we went back there for a late lunch and the food was amazing! There was so many dishes to choose from, we tried to try a bit of everything and what we did have tasted delicious, I can see why it got so busy.
We slowly made our way back to the hotel and had another chilled out evening watching Netflix.
 

Day 1 To Day 5

Here is my little diary of the first 5 days of the Unplanned Road Trip, I will of course being writing more in-depth reviews of the places we visited which will be published at a later time.
 
Day 1 – Thursday 18th April – home to Crawley
Miles – 41
Although this part of the trip is very short and is just us going to my mum and dad’s, I still count it as part of the trip.
I feel like I had the longest day at work today and as soon as it got to 5:30pm I was gone lol. Got home and lucky enough Sean had just arrived so we finished packing the car and headed off.
I thought that there would be more traffic than there was seeing as its bank holiday tomorrow. I thought more people would have wanted to get an extra day in like us but there was hardly any traffic.
Sorted out a few bits to borrow from my parents and then it was an early night.
 
Day 2 – Friday 18th April – Crawley to Gosport
Miles – 65
Total miles – 106
We had a look on Google Maps and it wasn’t going to take us long to get to Gosport so we didn’t leave my mum and dad’s until mid morning. We plotted our route to take us to the nearest supermarket to the campsite to save us a bit of time.
Shocked again by the lack of traffic seeing as we were heading to the coast but it just made the drive smoother.
We got to the Asda and brought enough food to keep us going for the next few days. Mainly tinned good like baked beans, jars of sauce, bottles of water, packets of ready meals that you add water to and a few little snack bits.
We got to our first camp site which is called Kingfisher Caravan Park. It’s a lovely big caravan park with static caravans as well as the tent/ camper van/ caravan areas. It’s also has a shop and club house with a restaurant which was good.
We got our tent and everything set up but the sun was beating down on us, it was melting sort of hot so we got the tarpaulin out of the boot and made a sort of gazebo but shutting one end in the car doors and then covering the tent with the rest. It made the tent so nice and cool and there was a bit between the tent and the car for us to chill out in.
In the evening we went to the club house and found out they were having a bbq and a music quiz so we were happy. Got to have some munch other back on the patio and then went inside for the music quiz. We were team 7 and we came 6th Haha, we weren’t last which made me happy.
Kingfisher
Day 3 – Saturday 20th April
Campsite to Gosport
Miles – 6
Total miles – 112
Didn’t sleep too badly but could of done without some of our neighbours deciding to get up at 2am and have a good old chin wag for a few hours. Thinking we shouldn’t have pitched up so close to the loos as well seeing as the door slamming kept waking us up.
To my dismay, the tent with us, the airbed and the quilt just isn’t big enough, I couldn’t zip the door shut and it felt really claustrophobic.
I went to get out to go to the loo and ended up with water all down my face and in my hair from the condensation build up. This is not how I wanted to start my day and annoyed me a lot.
We got up, had showers and then set off towards the Gosport ferry. We found a park and display car park right next to the Gosport bus station which is right next to the ferry port. The ferry was only £3.60 each for a return ticket which you can get from one of the ticket machines, the ferries run regularly throughout the day and it only takes a few minutes to get across the water.
Portsmouth Historical Dockyard is huge and typical enough, the Mary Rose Museum was right over in the far corner haha. We walked round and got to see HMS Warrior and HMS Victory as well as some of the other attractions. We didn’t go in them as we didn’t have a pass but it was good just to see what was available as we could buy passes at any of the shops if we changed our minds.
The Mary Rose Museum was amazing! I couldn’t believe how much they had brought up from the bottom of the sea. The main focal point was of course the remains of the Mary Rose which was in the middle of the building so that you could see it where ever you were. There are 3 floors of information and artefact’s around the ship and on each floor there is a walkway so that you can get a good look at the ship from different levels.
When we came out of the museum, we walked around the dockyard some more, went in the shops and an exhibit on boat making before heading out to find something to eat. As if luck would have it, right outside the dockyard gates is a pub called the Ship and Castle which does a carvery so we went in there and had a lovely late lunch.
Once we had finished stuffing ourselves with food, we walked the short distance back to ferry to get back to Gosport.
We didn’t go straight back to the campsite when we got to Gosport, we had a good look around the shops in the high street, got a bigger tent from Argos and then went into a Wetherspoons pub called The Star.
We got back to the campsite mid-afternoon and just chilled out until it was time to make dinner and go back over to the clubhouse for the Easter raffle and a disco by Ant and Deck, yes that is right, the DJ was called Ant and Deck haha.
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Day 4 – Sunday 21st April
Gosport to Colyton
Miles – 112
Total miles – 224
We arrived in Devon!
This day was purely driving to our new campsite which was called Bovey’s Down Farm. Lovely campsite, some absolutely amazing views because it is in the middle of nowhere, all you can see for miles and miles is fields and trees.
They have a restaurant onsite that does the most delicious tea and scones, we saw loads of people ordering them that we couldn’t help but have some too. They also have locally made cider call Wiscombe Suicider which my Sean took a liking too, especially as he could buy a 2.5 litre carton of it for £10.
 

Day 5 – Monday 22nd April

Beer and Seaton

Miles – 16

Total miles – 240

I was woken up by what sounded like every bird in Devon, I couldn’t believe how loud they were and knew I wasn’t going back to sleep when the geese started joining in haha.

We set off for the seaside town of Beer, we had to stop once we saw the sign for the town so that my husband could get a picture with the sign.

Beer is a very small town with not a lot going on but if you just want to chill out on the beach in the sun and eat ice cream, it’s perfect! You can hire deckchairs for the day so that you can be comfortable as it’s a pebble beach, not sand. There is a seafood stall and an ice cream café on the beach so you don’t have to back up to shops. Although the ice cream café doesn’t accept card so make sure you take some cash with you.

We went up to look at the shops once we’d been round the beach, we found The Dolphin Hotel was still serving full English breakfasts so we went in.

It was only lunch time when we came out so decided to pop down to Seaton as it was another seaside town that was only a few miles down the road.

Seaton has a much bigger seafront with a huge beach but still only a few shops so we had a walk around and had a little chill out on the beach before going to Tesco to pick up a few more supplies.

When we got back to Bovey’s, we went down to the restuarant for another afternoon chilling out having a few drinks before we went back up to the tent for dinner.

Lovely day :-) 

My Fear Of Flying

In 2006, it had been 12 years since I had flown on a plane and I was petrified. I couldn’t remember anything about my previous flights and the thought of going up in a plane horrified me but I wanted to go on holiday abroad so I either stayed in the UK or faced my fear.
I didn’t understand why but every time someone asked me if I was excited about my holiday, I would do my best to forget the fact I had to get on a plane. I only concentrated on what I was going to do while I was there, swimming, sunbathing, going to local markets, checking out the town and going on little road trips. The actual getting there part was pushed to the back of my mind.
Anyway, I was quite teary as we went through security but I did well not to full on blubber in front of everyone haha. I was taking slow deep breaths and reminding myself that thousands of people fly every day and they are all fine. The crew all knew what they were doing and would make sure we were safe.
It wasn’t until we were in the queue to board the plane that I really started to panic. I started crying, I was sweating buckets, shaking all over so much that I must have looked like a blur. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, it felt like my heart was beating so fast that it would burst right out of my chest like a scene out of an Alien film. The problem was, I didn’t even know what was making me so scared, I just couldn’t calm myself down. I held my husband’s (Sean) hand tightly and kept looking at the ground, concentrating on following the people in front of me.
We took our seats on the plane and I was still panicked, I thought that I would feel better once I was on the plane but I felt like I was having a heart attack while we were taking off. I even held my breathe when I felt the acceleration of the plane in order to get us into the air.
Once we levelled out, I did start to feel better, I even let go of Sean’s hand and tried to distract myself by reading a book (Harry Potter of course). It was only an hour flight so we were soon starting to land and the panic came rushing back. I just held onto Sean and closed my eyes tight waiting for a sign that the wheels of the plane were actually touching the ground. When we landed, I was one of those people who clapped purely because I was so happy to still be alive.
We were flying out to see my parents so as soon as I saw them in arrivals, I just ran to them, thankful it was over. For 2 weeks any way as I went through it all again on the way home.
It’s strange because my mum told me that the flights I took when I was younger, between the ages of 6 and 10, I was perfectly fine. I was looking out the window, I was being shown the cockpit (this was the late 80s/early 90s when it was allowed), I was quite happy but I have no memory of those flights. I remember parts of the holidays, I even have a picture of me meeting the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit but no memories of the airports or the flights.
I’m not sure what happened between the ages of 10 and 22 to scare me that much but it had left a mark in some way.
2 years later I flew to France again but this time on my own. I was trying to put a brave face for the whole thing but inside I was crying like a baby. Sean was meant to come with me but hadn’t got his passport renewed, I either had to go on my own or miss out on a holiday so I opted for the holiday.
I knew my mum was waiting for me at the other end which was a small comfort, I kept trying to focus on that and picturing the swimming pool. I must admit I did feel like a plonker sitting on my own at the gate facing away from people because I was crying. Didn’t help that when I looked round, I saw a little girl who couldn’t have been more than 6 years old point and laugh at me. I know she didn’t mean any harm, I just felt so stupid being scared of flying when I didn’t even know what I was scared of.
Lucky enough, the cabin crew on the flight were amazing. I said to one of the stewardess’ that I was scared of flying and on my own so she and the rest of the crew kept an eye on me during the flight.
When we landed, I nearly forgot to pick up my bag from baggage collection as I just wanted to get to my mum and give her a big hug. The flight home was the same, lots of crying and feeling stupid for being scared.
It wasn’t until my trip to visit family in Tasmania in 2012 with my mum and Sean where I took off and landed 4 times in less than 28 hours that I finally got over my fear of flying. It was one of those once in a lifetime trips that I couldn’t say no to and the thought of meeting family members that I had never met before was far too tempting.
We took off at Gatwick with me holding onto my Sean’s arm for dear life and bending my other arm around my seat (I was next to the window) to also hold my mum’s hand during take off, to landing in Hobart without a care in the world.
I truly believe that going through it that many times in a short space of time forced me to get over my fears. The flights home were fine, other than a sand storm at Dubai that delayed us by 5 hours but I only cried once and that was when we left Hobart because I didn’t want to leave my family behind.
Now when I fly, the only thing that bothers me is my ears popping on take-off and landing so I’ve had to learn a few tricks to help with that.
I understand people who are scared of flying because of turbulence as it can be very scary. That flight from Dubai in a sand storm was scary enough when we were told that we would be boarding and taking off while the storm was still happening. Everyone just looked at each other petrified but we got on the plane anyway. Taking off was the worst part, the plane was shaking with a big dip every now. I held onto Sean’s hand and did my best to concentrate on the film I had selected to watch but once we got above the clouds, it was amazing. Everything levelled out and I looked out of the window to a thunder storm lighting up the clouds, it was beautiful.
 
For anyone with a fear of flying, I would suggest working out why you are so scared. Is it fear of the unknown or turbulence? Have you watched too many films or tv shows about plane crashes? Or is it the idea of a plane made of metal somehow staying up in the air? Working out what makes you so scared will help. I really wish I had done a few of those tester flights that some airlines run to help people who have a fear of flying, it definitely would have helped me with my fear and maybe I wouldn’t have had so many flights in tears and panic.

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Mediterranean Sun

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If you want lots of amazing food for cheap price, this is the place to go.

We kept getting told to try it when we got talking to other tourists and asked for recommendations so we finally went round 2 nights before we were going home and wished that we had gone sooner.

We loved it so much that we went back the next night as well and both times the food was amazing! My husband had the mixed grill both times which comes out on 2 plates because they give you so much food and it’s only €12.50! He couldn’t finish it all.

I had the spicy chicken wings which could have done with being spicier but that’s just my preference because I like really spicy food. The next night I had a sort of pulled pork curry which was just perfect. 

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On our first visit, there was a couple on a table nearby and they said they had eaten there every night of their holiday because it was so cheap for the amount of food that you got. The gentleman said that he loved the tuna as it was fresh and you got 4 big tuna steaks. I saw it when it came out and wow, they were huge.

All the meals come with chips, rice and vegetables but they ask what you would like so you don’t have to have all 3 if you don’t want to, you can just have chips if you don’t want rice and vegetables. The vegetables are just peas and carrots.

The staff are all great, always smiling and ready to help whenever we asked them about the menu.

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The restaurant is huge with inside and outside seating so plenty of room for everyone. It was quiet when we were there because it was October towards the end of the season so there aren’t as many tourists around.

We didn’t pay more than €24 on either night, a total bargain in my eyes.

Next time I am in Kardamena, I will most definitely be heading here for dinner.

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Scuba Diving For The First Time

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Scuba diving is always something that I really wanted to try and when I was doing my activities research for my trip to Kos, I found that there was a diving centre a 10 minute walk from my hotel. Taking the bull by the horns, I emailed the company and booked myself in for a 2 dive day trip.

The days leading up to the diving trip, my husband and I went snorkelling in the sea near our hotel. My logic was that if I could go snorkelling with no problems, scuba diving would be a breeze. How wrong was I!

On the day of the trip, I was so excited, we got to the diving centre early to get paid up and sort out my wet suit, I was very happy to find that they had one to fit me due to my size but they did say that if they couldn’t find one to fit me, I could just do the dive in my swimming costume. We had to wait for a few other people to turn up so we sat on a bench just chilling out.

When it was time to leave, we got on the boat and we were off. The journey to the diving site was about 20 minutes so everyone enjoyed the views along the way.

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I was sorted into my group and we had our safety briefing. All still great, I was still very excited and trying to remember all the sand signals.

**Note for the future, thumbs up means you want to go back to the surface so you have to do the “ok” sign to let everyone know you are ok.

Then my team got called to the back of the boat to have the equipment put on us and it felt like my heart was beating so fast that it would be a blur if you could see it. I had everything strapped on my back and I’m not going to lie, it was seriously heavy. 

I had a special jacket they the instructors could fill with air when we needed to go back to the surface or release the air so that we could float down to the bottom. We also had some little  weights put in pockets to make sure we would float down. Then I got told how to get in the water from the boat, this was the first time I panicked a little bit. I had to sit on the side of the boat with my back facing the sea, hold my mask with one hand, the respirator with the other and just fall backwards. I knew that there was 2 instructors in the water so I was going to be fine but my heart was now beating so fast that I thought it would burst out my chest and I was getting quite anxious. I felt really hot but I kept telling myself that it was because it was a hot day and I was in a wet suit.

“Stop being a prat and enjoy this!” A voice screamed at me as I fell backwards off the boat and hit the water. The instructor got hold of me straight away and pulled me up to the surface, everything was fine.

“Prat!” The voice said and I felt a bit silly for being worried. I swam over to the rest of my group as best as I could because I wasn’t used to wearing flippers and I hadn’t idea what I was doing.

 

Everyone was told that we would all hold hands, go face down in the water and swim for a minute or 2 before they started taking the air out of our jackets so that we would start drifting down to the bottom. Heart started racing again, anxiety creepy in as I put my mask back on and put the respirator in my mouth before taking 2 people by the hand and going face down in the water.

It sounds like the simplest thing to do but telling my body to breath normally was impossible. I told myself to breath in which I did but then I didn’t breath out, I was holding my breath. I told myself to breath out and I did but then panicked because I was under water and had just blown all the air out of lung.

“Breath in!” The voice screamed in my head but I couldn’t do it, I thought I was just going to suck in water if I took a breath in. I let go of the 2 people I was holding hands with and got my head out the water. One of the instructors, Will, had noticed something was wrong and was right there next to me. He got hold of me as I pulled the respirator out of my mouth and tried to take a big lungful of air. I was hyperventilating, couldn’t breathe properly, I was completely panicked and scared that the equipment was so heavy that it would pull me under the water. 

Then Will very calmly reminded me how to breath, sounds mega stupid but I really needed to be told. He held my hands and we took big deep breaths together until my breathing was back to normal. When I felt better, we swam over to a little beach so that I could stand upright in the water. This make me feel so much better and when I was ready, Will held my hand and we walked into the sea. He had me put the respirator in my mouth so that I could get used to breathing with it before my head went under the water again. He carried on holding my hand and stayed with me until I was back with the group and he was sure I was OK. I do not know what I would of done without Will, he was so professional and an absolutely amazing bloke.

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I then went on to have an amazing dive from the bottom of the Arian sea. I was down there for about an hour and loved every minute of it.

We went in a circle round one side of the boat for the first dive and then round in a circle on the other side of the boat for the second dive.

It was just out of this world, being so close to the fish, seeing the little caves where they lived, feeling the movement of the sea, gliding over rocks and trying not to bang your knees on said rocks haha.

One thing that was suggested to me before the dive and I would highly suggest to anyone who does one is to look up at the sky when you are at the bottom of the sea. It is a weirdly distorted but beautiful view to see and when I did it I thought, “that’s how fish see the world”. 

 

I loved it so much that I am saving up to do my PADI open water course.

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Crawley

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I love Crawley, I lived there for 4 years with my parents, worked and played there, still visit there now, so I know that it is a town that largely relies on Gatwick Airport for work and bringing people to town but it is also a brilliant location for going to London and Brighton as well. 

There are great transport links to Gatwick by bus from all over the town that runs 24 hours as it is used by people who work at the airport as well as people going on holiday. 

If you have an early flight and want to stay at a hotel to save a long drive, there are a lot of hotels at Gatwick or you could stay in one of the nearby hotels. The best that I would suggest if you don’t want to stay too close to the airport is the Travel Lodge that is in Crawley town centre. You are surrounded by lots of different places to eat like Subway, Pizza Express, Turtle Bay, Harvester, Bella Italia, TGI Fridays, KFC, The Punch Bowl, Jubilee Oak which is a Wetherspoons and so much more.  

You are also right next to a Morrison’s if you don’t want to go out and just want to get some snacks. 

The bus stop is just a few minutes walk away from the hotel and you will be at the airport before you know it. The bus is only £1.20 each so if you don’t mind getting the bus, it’s a lot easier as you get dropped off outside the terminal and it’s cheaper. 

A taxi from the town to Gatwick won’t be more than £10 unless there is lots of traffic. I have mainly got taxis very early in the morning and they have been between £6 and £9.  

There is a fast train that goes from Crawley to Gatwick as well so how ever you wish to get to the airport, there is a way. 

Brighton is only a 40 minute train ride or 20 minutes in a car. Although I would suggest booking tickets online for the train, it can be a very busy station and easier to just book online and pick your tickets up when you get to the station. You will have to change once at Three Bridges but the whole journey is still about 40 minutes. 

London is about 50 minutes away as well unless you get on the fast train to Gatwick, although this will be quicker, it is more expensive. The last train to Crawley from London Victoria is 23:36 but if you do somehow miss that train, there are trains hourly to Gatwick throughout the night so you could get the train to Gatwick and then a taxi to Crawley. So you could see a show or go out for dinner and still not have to worry about getting back. 

If you wonder into the town centre you will find Jubilee Square, a beautifully recently rebuilt area which just used to be a band stand and some fake grass has now been turned into a huge fountain that child run around in on hot days.  

There are loads of shops if you want to do a bit of shopping, Crawley has a huge shopping mall as well as all of the shops around the square and streets leading off of it. 

If you want some chill out time, there is a beautiful big memorial gardens. I used to have a job near the gardens one summer and loved having my lunches there in the sun. 

If you don’t mind going a bit further away from the town centre, there is Tilgate Park. It’s a little zoo with loads of different animals like cows, goats, meerkats, chickens, guinea pigs, owls, horses, reindeer, pigs, otters, kangaroos, emus, lemurs and so much more. It’s a great day out for the whole family. If you don’t want to go in the zoo, you can walk around the park which has a beautiful big lake and plenty of woodland. 

So there you have it, Crawley is an amazing place for anyone.

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My Adventure To Wales

Day 1 – Thursday 22nd March

As planned, we were in the car, topped up with petrol and on the motorway by 7am with no problems.

Going through the Dartford Crossing didn’t take too long on, it was slow but moving. If you ever go through the tunnel or over the bridge, the charge is to be paid online by midnight the day after your journey as they have cameras that scan your car license plate number. If you don’t pay the charge on time, you get charged a fee so make sure you get it done on time.

We got into 2 big traffic jams, one of which we were at a stand still for about 20 minutes. Otherwise we had a pretty good run seeing as most of the journey was on motorways.

We stopped for about an hour at the Northampton services after 3 hours of driving. It was nice just to have a walk around, use the toilet, get a McDonald’s breakfast wrap and a bit of a chill before heading out again.

After that, one of our stops was when we were going through a town called Knockin, as we were going through the lovely little streets, we saw a shop sign that said “The Knockin Shop”. The children inside all of us wouldn’t let us go past without having a picture taken outside it hahaha.

The views we saw as we were driving through North Wales were absolutely amazing, I could not believe how beautiful it all was. I took loads of pictures and some videos but they don’t do the view any justice. There were a few hills that our poor little car struggled to get up but managed it after we shouted a lot of encouragement haha.

When we got to Pwllheli, which is the nearest town to our cottage, we found the Asda super store to get our supplies for the weekend. It’s not a huge shop but plenty of what we needed with a nice big car park so no problem parking.

The roads that lead to the cottage are proper little country roads so we had to be really careful but we were ok.

When we got to cottage, we got inside and had a good wonder through the house to check it out. There will be a full blog post about it but for now it is a 3 bedroom cottage with a big kitchen, living room, bathroom and a garden. There is a fire in the living room that my friend Jason sorted so we could all get warm but there is a big arger in the kitchen and storage heaters in the bedrooms that keeps the cottage warm as well.

 

After the long day we had, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we had dinner of spaghetti Bolognese, had a bit of a read and then went to bed.

Day 2 – Friday 23rd March

After an awesome nights sleep, I ended up waking up early, just after 5am to be exact, feeling totally refreshed. I couldn’t believe the amazing views out the window, it was so surreal.

My hubby, Sean, and Jason were already up as well so we started getting ready for the day and having breakfast. Simone got up at 7 and then we all spent the next few hours chilling out before we left to go to the Sci-Fi weekender.

I won tickets to the convention through a competition and thought it would be the perfect excuse for a long weekend adventure. Lucky enough, so did Sean, Jason and Simone.

We were only at the convention for a couple of hours, had a good look around, took pictures of people in their awesome cosplay outfits, brought some bits, saw Emily Booth do a talk, got to meet her and then we left.

We popped into Pwllheli and we found a big car park near the sea front that was only £1 per hour. We had a good walk around the streets, did a bit of shopping and went for something to eat in a Wetherspoons pub called the Pen Cob.

I’ll be doing blog posts about Pwllheli and the Pen Cob where we went for food to give you more details.

None of us fancied driving along the country lanes in the dark so we made sure that we were back at the cottage before it started dark.

We were all really tired out, I think a mixture of getting up early and the lovely fresh air was taking it’s toll on us city folk haha.

After we had dinner which was leftovers from the night before, Simone had made enough for an army instead of just 4 people.

 

We’d picked up loads of attraction leaflets in the Asda in Pellheli so we all went through them seeing what there is to do. We did research online before the trip but we always find it good to pick up leaflets in case there is something we missed. We now have a good 4 things that we can do depending on the weather.

Day 3 – Saturday 24th March

Another beautiful view from the cottage windows this morning, I can’t get over having that sort of view, I think I will really miss when we go home.

We checked the weather forecast and made a make-shift plan for the day of what we could do out of the places we found last night and in our research.

We drove down to a National Trust site called Plas Ny Rhiw which is just down the road from our cottage. The site goes up into the hills but we wanted to go down to the beach so we had a look around and found a little footpath that took us most of the way down. There was one bit of the path that gave us the most amazing view of the beach which is called Devil’s Beach. We carried on down a path that looked like cars had been going up and down it but then we saw houses and wasn’t sure if we were actually on someone’s driveway so we walked back up to be on the safe side.

I got a text message from the Sci-Fi Weekender to say that they were having a sale on their t-shirts so we decided to pop down there to have a look at the sale and have another look around. We didn’t buy anything at the convention but we saw some more brilliant cosplay people and got some pictures in a huge deck chair.

Once we were done, we headed up to Glasfryn Parc which is only about 5 miles from Pwllheli. It’s an activities park that has go-karting, archery, bowling, clay pigeon shooting, segway safari, crazy golf, wakeboarding, kayaking, coarse fishing and camping. We tried archery, 3 of us had never tried it before, Jason was the only one who had but we all had a brilliant time. We were given a quick intro by a member of staff and then we were on our way. There was a man and a little boy when we first got there but they were only there for about 5 minutes and then we had the range to ourselves. There will be a separate post going into more detail about our visit.

We were going to go bowling as well but a few big groups of people turned up just before we went back into reception and had packed the place out. So we had a little chat and decided to go back down into Pwllheli to have a look around the harbour.

We parked up in the big car park that we were in yesterday and saw that the sweet shop was open so had a wonder over. It’s called Sugarcane and it has loads of really cool sweets and home made fudge in some seriously awesome flavours. I picked up Nutella, mint chocolate and Dr Pepper.

 

We did walk over the road to the harbour but there wasn’t anything there so we just had a look and then walked back to the car.

Day 4 – Saturday 25th March

Not a very good morning other than the amazing sunrise that I got to see.

We all got up early to make sure everything was packed and in the car for us to leave at 8am. No one was very talkative, we were all quite sad that the adventure had come to an end. We tidied up the house as much as we could, we’d had such a great stay that we wanted to make sure the lovely owner didn’t have to do much before the next lot of people stay there.

None of the shops were open except petrol stations so we topped up the car, grabbed some drinks and a few snacks before heading out.

We got to see the beautiful landscape again which was the best part. Although we did see a lot more sheep just wondering along the road which was a little worrying as we obviously didn’t want to run one over. I took a lot of pictures, a few videos and even did some live posts on Twitter and Facebook.

We only stopped the once on the way home, we all just wanted to get home. It was just for an hour to get something to eat and walk around a little.

 

Got home mid afternoon, seems really weird not being in our little Welsh cottage. We were only there for 4 nights but we totally fell in love with it and Wales. I really want to go back but I want to explore a different part.

Day 5 – Monday 25th March

Not a very good morning other than the amazing sunrise that I got to see.

We all got up early to make sure everything was packed and in the car for us to leave at 8am. No one was very talkative, we were all quite sad that the adventure had come to an end. We tidied up the house as much as we could, we’d had such a great stay that we wanted to make sure the lovely owner didn’t have to do much before the next lot of people stay there.

None of the shops were open except petrol stations so we topped up the car, grabbed some drinks and a few snacks before heading out.

We got to see the beautiful landscape again which was the best part. Although we did see a lot more sheep just wondering along the road which was a little worrying as we obviously didn’t want to run one over. I took a lot of pictures, a few videos and even did some live posts on Twitter and Facebook.

We only stopped the once on the way home, we all just wanted to get home. It was just for an hour to get something to eat and walk around a little.

 

Got home mid afternoon, seems really weird not being in our little Welsh cottage. We were only there for 4 nights but we totally fell in love with it and Wales. I really want to go back but I want to explore a different part.

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Our Amazing Holiday At The Sunbeam

The Sunbem is one of the best hotels that I have stayed in, it is perfect in so many ways.

It is in a fantastic location, it is in Kardamena but not too close to the bars that is it noisy yet it only takes 5 minutes to walk into the centre of Kardamena. It is on the end of Silver Beach as well as having it has its own beach and steps into the sea.

There is free wifi which has a strong connection when you are in the restaurant and on the beach. We had trouble with it when we were in our room but I think that was because we were 2 floors up from where the router was kept. We could get a good signal on the balcony off of the bedroom and on that side of the bedroom but it would keep dropping out anywhere else in the apartment.

The restaurant is quite cheap and you get amazing tasting meals. I loved the moussaka and my husband really liked the mixed grill. We eat there a few times for lunch and dinner and was never disappointed. The food can sometimes take a while to come out but that is because they cook a lot of it fresh and it is always worth the wait, we never had a disappointing meal.

We had quite a lot of the menu from the pizzas, BBQ chicken, moussaka, mixed grill, the full English breakfast and omelettes. All were delicious.

The menu is huge so there is a lot to choose from, most of the food comes with rice, chips and vegetables (broccoli and carrots) but if there is something you don’t like, you just have to say and they will make sure it is how you like it.

As you can see from my pictures, the portions aren’t small either so don’t expect a light meal from here haha. It will fill you up for the rest of the day if you go lunch.

The rooms are basic but they have everything that you need. Comfy beds, TV, fridge, hot plate, microwave, kettle, bathroom and plenty of space. When we booked our holiday, we had booked a studio as it was extra for an apartment but when we arrived, we were told that we were given the best and most beautiful room and it was. We had room 203 on the second floor and oh my it was the best. We walked straight into the kitchen with a table, fridge, microwave, hot plate, big cupboard and sink. Leading off in front of us was the bathroom which was a wet room and a good size even with the sink and toilet in there as well.

Back through the kitchen and we come to the living room/second bedroom that had a double bed, a seat and the doors that went out to a huge sun terrace that I think was the same size as the apartment. If there had been sun loungers on it, I don’t think we would of left the apartment very much haha. There was 2 washing lines already set up, some patio furniture and the most amazing view of the sea, Silver Beach and the start of the Kardamena sea front.

Back in the living room, there is a door that goes through to the main bedroom. It was 2 single beds pushed together, a TV on the wall, a huge wardrobe with more than enough hangers, bedside tables, a desk, a big mirror, the hairdryer and the doors that go out onto a small balcony. Yes, we also had a balcony! We had the best view of the sunrises from this balcony and we saw straight down onto the hotel beach.

The cleaning lady came in most days, she is a lovely lady. She saw that we rolled a blanket up and put it between the mattresses so that there wasn’t a gap and she found a thicker blanket for us to use in the gap instead. I thought that was lovely of her.

The only thing that was a bit of a pain was that there isn’t a lift so if you aren’t very good with stairs, make sure you ask for a room on the 1st floor.

Andrious, the owner, is a brilliant man. Always welcoming, asking how we are, what are we up to that day and then how was our day. He knew how much I liked the moussaka so when the chefs had decided to do one last patch for the year, Andrious made sure to tell me so that I could have it one last time. He never takes a day off, he is always on the go looking after everyone and he always had a lovely big smile for us. I think that all of the staff are family so it’s a really nice atmosphere and they are always so nice.

I don’t know how he does it but when you go up to him to pay, he remembers everything that you have had and doesn’t have anything written down to remind him. The restaurant could be packed and he will be able to tell you what each table has ordered. He’s amazing!

The beach is fantastic with lots of sunbeds and steps that go into the sea because it is surrounded by rocks. The water is crystal clear and warm no matter what time of day it was, I enjoyed snorkelling and swimming in it nearly everyday. Although on hot days, the sand can get really hot so be careful.

I was really surprised one morning to see that there was a man on the beach putting his family’s towels onto sun loungers before the sun had even come up. I woke up early and realised I could get a great picture of the sun coming up, walked out onto my balcony and heard voices. I looked down and there was a man putting the towels out and speaking to a lady. Now that is dedication to spending a day in the sun haha.

There is a little shop opposite the hotel but I would highly suggest going to Louis’ at the top of the main High Street for the big food shop as there is a lot more choice and it is cheaper. We mainly used the little shop if we needed drinks or snacks.

 

 

 

 

We have talked about going back to Kos and we both agree that we would love to stay at the Sunbeam again, I can see why there are so many people that return year after year. We had a look at dates for next year (2019) while we were still there and the hotel is already fully booked.

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Chilling By The Pool At The Kris Mari

We came here a few times to use the pool. The deal is that you buy something and you can stay. So we used to get a big bottle of water or some cans of drink so that we could stay there for a while.

The pool is fresh water and it is not heated so if you get into it first thing in the morning, it will be very cold. It warms up a little throughout the day but not by much. It’s fine once you get in and get used to it.

We found the staff really nice and chatty but we only saw the outside barman and maintenance man so I can’t speak for the other. Hopefully they are just as nice.

We spoke to a few people staying there who said it is nice to stay there but they had had different experiences with the staff.

 

We only eat here once and that was when I had the chicken giro. It is basically a kebab but the meat and chips are wrapped in a soft round pita bread. It’s so funny, a little strange at first as I’m not used to having a kebab that way but it works!

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Lovely Food At The Old West

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 This place is brilliant!

 Loads of different beers from all over the world, a good cocktail list and amazing food.

 One thing I will say is don’t expect small portions, everything we saw come out for other people as well as our own food was huge portions. And all delicious!

 We didn’t have to wait long for food either, the service time between ordering the food and it coming to the table was great and it was a bit busy as well.

I had the BBQ ribs with chips, there wasn’t any room for anything else on the plate haha. The ribs meat was just falling off the bone, absolutely perfect. My husband had a burger that looked like it was as big as his head and even though he said it was an amazing burger, he just couldn’t eat it all. We got mozzarella sticks as a side dish but didn’t get through them all as there was just so much food. 

I loved all the wild west and drinks memorabilia on the walls, its like a mini museum of the world.

The staff were great too, really friendly and chatty when it wasn’t busy.

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NAPLES POMPEI  ITALY TOUR

We had been in Pompeii for 6 days and only found Old West on the last day as it is a little bit hidden from the main street, if we had come across it earlier, I think we would have gone in there every day haha.

 

So if you want really good food that isn’t badly priced, get yourself to Old West!!

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