Last week my best friend and I went to the Costa Del Sol to chill and spend some much needed time in the sun! Our flight was super early on the Monday morning so we stayed at the Premier Inn at Gatwick’s North Terminal, of course we had to get a pic of our matching pjs in the bathroom mirror because the lighting was just right. We arrived at Malaga Airport early on Monday morning and went and collected our car which was a horrible colour Fiat Panda, we then drove down to Fuengirola which is around 20 minutes south of Malaga. We found a parking space and our first trip was to the Zoo where there were so many school children on a tour but we managed to spend a couple of hours looking around, we also got a really nice picture so that was a bonus. After the zoo we walked through the lanes down to the beach where we found a lovely café for a spot of lunch, whilst we were there we met a couple who used to live in Hastings but now live out in Fuengirola full time talk about small world! After lunch we went for a wander down onto the beach and it was then time to head back to the car to drive to our resort. We stayed at Club Marbella which is part of the Crown Resorts, a chain of family resorts with something for everybody, around the Costa Del Sol. The apartment was lovely and we couldn’t wait to get down to the pool and chill. Most of our holiday was chilling down by the pool where I watched the first two seasons of Line of Duty on Netflix and I read the whole of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, we also did a bit of swimming in the pool. On Wednesday we ate at the restaurant on the resort as there were Flamenco dancers performing and I wanted to see them. At dinner I found the most delicious snack/starter of deep fried camembert with cranberry sauce OMG it was amazing! The Flamenco dancers were awesome as usual and of course there had to be somebody who kissed them at the end. On the Thursday we went down the road to Little Italy for dinner. We had cheesy garlic bread which was so gooey and delicious, I then had Seafood Pasta cooked to perfection in a tomato sauce and for dessert it had to be the classic Coconut Ice Cream served in half of a coconut, it was an amazing last meal of the holiday and I can’t wait to go back there for food sometime soon! We flew back to Gatwick late on the Friday night and it was safe to say that we had a fabulously relaxing holiday. I would also like to say how immensely proud I am of my best friend for conquering a lot of fears on the holiday from flying on a plane, to driving in a foreign country and speaking to different people without prompting, I knew how difficult the holiday was for her and it is safe to say she was tested a lot that whole week! Thank you for an amazing experience best one!!
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Today I spent the day in Brighton with one of my oldest and closest friends in the world. Although she did turn into my bag lady for a lot of the day out!
We started the day by heading to Primark so that I could buy some clothes, followed by Marks and Spencer.
We then headed to WHSmith and into Churchill Square where I was very well behaved and did not buy anything in the amazing Tiger store (if you are ever looking for homeware go here!).
After hitting up the Square we headed to Jamie’s Italian for a lush lunch of Pesto Pasta for Hannah and a Chicken Club for me. We also had the most amazing brownies I have ever tasted for dessert!!! This was washed down with a non-alcoholic refresher cocktail.
After going to Jamie’s we wandered through the lanes where we found the coolest card shop called scribbler where I may have spent a wee bit too much money. We also went to Lush and ChocyWocyDooDah where I bought some really cool things.
Before leaving Brighton we made a quick stop off at Bagelman where I bought a sesame chicken bacon avocado bagel with mayo. Which was incredible!!
We then went to Eastbourne for Hannah to go to work and we went onto the Pier to take some snaps and eat my bagel which was so big.
We then headed back home so I could run my good unit where they experimented with different foods from around the world by cooking a Spanish Omlette and Vegetable Stir Fry. They also ate some mango, banana, Apple and strawberries. I was so impressed with my 10, 10 year old girls for cooking a meal nearly independently in their patrols and there were thumbs up all round at the end of the evening!!
There will be a Fashion and Beauty Haul up tomorrow from my purchases today if you would like to see what I bought.
I hope you have had a fantabulous Friday!!
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On Thursday I took my little sister up to London to see her favourite band of all time.
We boarded the 9:29 Southeastern train from St Leonards Warrior Square and arrived at London Waterloo East at 11:00. We then had to get the Waterloo and city line from Waterloo to Bank and the Docklands Light Railway from Bank to East India where our hotel was for the evening.
On arriving at the hotel we paid for an early check in so that we could rest up before our dinner booking in the evening. When we got to our room in the hotel we discovered that it hadn’t yet been cleaned and after a conversation with the cleaning manager we were moved rooms and given complementary breakfast for the morning.
Whilst resting up I took the opportunity to book our taxis for the evening journeys. We used a company called Carrot Cabs and I will admit that they were the best taxi firm I have ever used. Upon our taxi arriving I received a text to tell me what car we were looking for, the registration number and the name of the driver. For our journey back from the O2 Arena the driver was stuck in traffic but rung me to tell me he was running late which he didn’t have to do. We couldn’t resist a selfie in the Mercedes!
Our dinner reservation was for a restaurant called Las Iguanas. The food was amazing and I was defeated by how much we ordered! We started with nachos and finished with a chocolate Aztec cake, washed down with a raspberry cooler.
By the time we had finished dinner the doors for the concert were about to open so we made our way to the entrance to take our seats for the evening. 5 Seconds of Summer were such a good band and the support act Jessarae was also excellent. I would highly recommend to people watching 5SOS in concert as they worked so hard and played a two hour straight set!
On the Friday morning we went down to breakfast where we took full advantage of it being free! We then made our way back to the train station to get a train back to Hastings.
Friday afternoon consisted of a lunch out with my lovely cousin. We had a good catch up and ate some lovely food in Italian Way. I went for the chicken and bacon salad which was delicious!
Yesterday my mum, sister, nan and I took the drive up to Didcot just outside of Oxfordshire to visit my cousins, auntie and uncle. My cousin has just had a lickle baby who is now six weeks old and he is the most beautiful bubba I have ever seen!
It was so lovely to spend time with so much of my family over the last three days. I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!!
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Yesterday I travelled up to London again with three lovely ladies (my mum and two close friends) to surprise one of our friends by taking her for afternoon tea at The Savoy.
When we arrived in London we had an hour and a half to kill before our reservation so we went for a stroll along the Strand and then went into a really cute pub called the Coal House where we had our first drink of the day, I of course had a Jack Daniels and Coke.
We then had to go and take up out table at the hotel and like the last time the Staff were so friendly and hospitable. We started the tea off with a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé Champagne and the first round of sandwiches: beef tomato and goats cheese; egg mayonnaise, Wiltshire ham and apple cider sauce, coronation chicken and smoked salmon. We also had plain and sultana scones with lemon curd, clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Then came the pastries which this time were based on the BAFTAs I chose a salted caramel film and a BAFTA macaroon which were both so delicious.
The final course, after six or seven cups of chai tea, were the signature cakes which were a choice of Victoria Sponge or Chocolate Gateuax. I went for the Victoria Sponge as that seemed like the lightest cake to have.
Of course we couldn’t leave the hotel without a few final pictures but I will certainly be going back there again soon not for afternoon tea maybe but a dinner or proper lunch meal.
After tea we went for a walk around Covent Garden to walk off all of the sweet food we had eaten and then we headed home. I still highly recommend the Savoy for an occasion or just a really lovely sophisticated afternoon.
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