I Married A Travel Agent.

The Adventures of a (once) Reluctant Traveller

The Big Beautiful Beach House, Porthpean

Last year marked a special milestone within our family, where both mum and dad turned 70! To celebrate, our parents wanted nothing more than a big old family holiday, with their three kids, spouses and grandchildren. The trouble is where on earth do you go that can accommodate 17 people? The idea of going abroad was batted about… and then quickly quoshed… Too complicated…all those flights! And not to mention, […]

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Illuminations, Disneyland Park

One of the loveliest times to stroll down Mainstreet in Disneyland Park, is at nightfall – Once the heat of the day has subsided and all the shops have that cosy evening glow. The illuminations start pretty late in August – at 11pm! And the crowds start gathering way before that. There is an awful lot of waiting around… But the good news is, (in my humble opinion), they are […]

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Disneyland Park, Paris

I think I’ve caught the ‘Disney Bug!’ I blame my sister, Kerry- it was all her idea, after all…Ever since she and her husband, Joel, visited Walt Disney World, Orlando, with their three kids a few years back, she’s been desparate to get the rest of our family there. And this year, after much planning and deliberation, it finally happened. We didn’t make it to Florida. Instead, we took a […]

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Lovely Lazise – ‘Place on the Lake’

I knew I was going to fall in love with Lazise before I even got there. When googling ‘great places to visit in Lake Garda,’ Lazise immediately went to the top of my list. Pronounced ‘La-zise-ay,’ (‘if you please, eh?) this stunning little town, reminiscent of Venice, has got everything you could want in a slice of Italian charm! Medieval walls Amazing restaurants and shops A picturesque harbour Olive groves […]

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Storm in Gardaland!

Lake Garda boasts a large number of Theme Parks, including Movieland, Jungle Adventure and Gardaland – a whimsical Disney-style theme park with attractions for the whole family. I must admit – now that I’ve reached a certain age in life – I can take it or leave it when it comes to theme parks. But as a kid, I remember begging my poor grandparents to drive us to the theme […]

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Gosh, this place is so pretty!

Yesterday, after our epic cycle to Sirmione, we fancied a moochy kind of morning. We cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast and then took Emily for a swim in the Camp-site pool. By the time we were ready to go somewhere, at around 4 o’clock, the Pacengo skies looked a little ominous, so we were reluctant to venture too far. We opted to stroll down to the lake, a short […]

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Cycling to Sirmione

“Let’s cycle to Sirmione!” they said. “It’ll be fun!” they said, browsing through the Lake Garda travel guide. The Longest Ride What we didn’t really know was that it would prove to be a somewhat arduous 20 mile-round-trip, in 30 degree heat! Plus we’d already walked 8,000 steps from the camp-site into Peschiera, along a meandering lakeside path, to find the ‘Bike ‘n’ Foot’ cycle hire shop. It cost 25 […]

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Eurocamp, Lake Garda

Happy Campers! This week, with two of our kids away camping , the other four of us thought we’d do the same! I must be honest here: there are a few differences to bear in mind… Samuel and Grace, obviously much braver than us, are sleeping under canvass, beneath the fresh, open skies of the Norfolk Showground in the UK. They are sleeping on lilos, zipped up like little caterpillars […]

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Lunch in London!

My Travel Agent husband works a short walk away from London Bridge Railway Station. Today I thought it would be nice to pack a picnic, jump on a train and gate-crash his lunch break. Our eldest daughter, Lydia, having broken up for the summer, was able to come along too. When you live close to a major city, it can be easy to take it for granted. But London is […]

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Sissinghurst – Visit to An English Country Garden

I’ve been really excited about writing this post. Up until now, my posts have featured far-flung and exciting holiday destinations. I suppose, to some of you, England might sound like a far-flung and exciting holiday destination. To me, it’s the beautiful country I call home. So come with me on a journey, through green fields and rolling meadows, to an English Country Garden… Nestled in the heart of the beautiful […]

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Crystal Cove – Then & Now

Crystal Cove is a very special place to me. In 2003, Nathan and I stayed at Crystal Cove along with my parents, when our firstborn twins (now almost 17) were just bonny, bouncing babies. If you had told me back then, that one day we would return to Crystal Cove with two more daughters in tow, I would have been tickled pink! A few years after that initial visit, in […]

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Carlisle Bay & Oistins Fish Fry!

Carlisle Bay Now, I thought I lived on a small island, but it turns out Barbados is approximately 567 times smaller than the UK! For all my British friends, it’s roughly the same size as the Isle of Wight. Part of a group of Caribbean Islands known as the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is an ‘itty bitty country’, with heaps of beauty and charm. When you ask for directions in Barbados, […]

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Breakfast At Turtle Beach

It was our first morning, waking up in Barbados. We stirred early, not long after the sun had come creeping up.   I’m not sure if it was excitement, or our body clocks being out of sync. But, I didn’t mind. To me, there’s something really special about getting up early on holiday, when there’s not another living soul around.  Admitedly, it’s much easier to accomplish, when you jump out […]

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