all my day running,
all my life running.
My mind races me,
It beats me,
My mind controls me,
I can’t face it.
What do I run from,
I run from me!
all my day running,
all my life running.
My mind races me,
It beats me,
My mind controls me,
I can’t face it.
What do I run from,
I run from me!
Thought I would write this and although it is only going to be a short blog as it was just an hours canal cruise i thought you all might like to see the photos we took while we were people watching.
We had a busy day at the Heineken Museum as you know from my previous blog (if you read my blogs) and we got the canal trip was included in the price. Good deal wasn’t it! Our legs were aching and we needed a rest from all the walking. Luckily we did not have far to go to find the boarding point for the canal boat, it was across the street from the Heineken Museum.
We boarded the boat and waited for the rest of the people to arrive. While we were sat we had a chance to just people watch. We love watching people just in their own lives wandering around, doing their thing. It is very interesting how people behave when they think they are not being watched.
Anyway, the boat pulled off and the canal adventure began. Chris and I don’t get much time to just sit and enjoy the view as we are always busy doing something. You know how life is. You go to work, come home, cook and clean. Not today though we were just sitting enjoying each others company and after all we were celebrating ten happy, happy years of marriage, so why not relax and have a break from normal life to fantasy life.
The boat set off and we sailed off down the canals, we never really noticed how beautiful Amsterdam actually is as we had been flying around and as I said not had a chance to just sit back and look. Some of the architecture in this city is breath-taking and the history has to make you think. We have all heard of the atrocities which swept over the world in the last century and Amsterdam did not get through this without any scars.
The boat took us around several of the streets showing us the true scale of the bike ‘epidemic’ We do think it is a good idea for the world and the carbon foot print of a city but it is quite a fast paced city and we had been close to being run over a few times. We were very careful but we don’t have eyes in the back of our heads. It would have been good if we did as one guy on a bike called Chris ‘a fokker’! That was not a good choice!
Being on a canal boat gave us a rest from this as on a boat you cannot get run over by a bike, a tram, a bus or a car. We just sat back and relaxed for the first time since we had arrived in Amsterdam and it was amazing so thank you Blue Boats for allowing us to relax on your cruise. Anyway that was that we hope you enjoy the pictures.
Thanks for reading, please come back for the scavenger hunt across Amsterdam in my next blog.
As always loving being me……
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We had been at the Van Gogh Museum (my choice so it was Chris’s turn to choose the next trip we did. It was getting later in the first full day we were in Amsterdam, nearly dinner time in fact. We headed across Amsterdam for something to eat followed by a visit to…. you guessed it (by the title)
The Heineken Museum. This was another trip booked through Viator, we even got a canal cruise thrown in with this one. This was a really good deal. How cultural is this trip, LOL! We have been to two museums in the same day, not that we could compare the two. Both hold amazing surprises and we both love one each. We arrived about two hours early for our Heineken Museum Trip booked ticket time. We were both quite tired by this time as it was our first full day in Amsterdam and we had been out since about nine in the morning. I approached the staff on the door and asked if we could maybe go in on an earlier entry time. It is quite quiet now if you wanted to do the tour now!
That was good timing. Yes please. In we went to the Museum. The first thing they do is give you an overview of what to expect within the museum and then hand you a green band which had 2 small removable buttons. These are for later he said. OK, weird gift but ok! We went to the what used to be the old brewing room complete with all the old copper (I think) vats. They used to brew all of the beer in these vats and believe me they were massive. As you made your way around they room they had a few staff explaining all of the processes.
Turns out it was really interesting process you have to go through to make beer. I was fascinated by the amount of work it takes to make a pint. At the other side of the room was a man with a tray of what looked like shots and I thought it must of been free alcohol the way people were gathering around him. We made our way around the vats and finally arrived at the man with the trays of shots! How wrong we were! He was not giving out shots. He was letting people try the juice from the first part of the process of beer making and let me give you a small piece of advice, DO NOT DRINK IT! it tastes awful. The Heineken Museum tricked us LOL!
After this part of the tour we were directed upstairs to the next floor, on the way up to the next floor you can see the old stables and the horses and carriages. There is an amazing sort of Beer Hall of Fame with all sorts of memorabilia from the makers of the original Heineken and his family.
On the next floor is the twenty first century Heineken. You are told to stand in any line of four and wait for the doors to open. You are taken into a room where you are surrounded by a kind of 4D cinema. While you are in this room you are the beer been made. This sounds weird but stay with me, imagine you are part of the ingredients which makes the beer, they add more and more ingredients and start to mix. The outcome is you are in a machine full of beer. Actually you are the beer. I know it sounds weird but its one of those things you have to see to believe. Anyway it was great. Have a look a the video to see for yourself.
We left the room and were shown to a small bar where some of the staff handed out sample size drinks of Heineken.
I don’t usually drink beer but this was really nice. Next we headed to the bottling line where you can actually watch the bottling process and put your names on beer bottles as souvenirs. Obviously Chris made a couple with his name on them, no I did not as I said I don’t really drink beer so why have a bottle of it with my name on it. You will have to forgive me if I get any of the levels of the museum back to front as there was so much to take in I feel I might have some of it backwards but hey-ho! LOL!
Finally we headed to the Heineken Bar and found out what the two small buttons on the green band were for.
They were beer tokens…….. Can you believe this…….. You go for a trip around a beer museum and at the end of it they give you free beer!!!!!! We have to say this WE LOVE THE HEINEKEN MUSEUM!
So for now this is the end of the latest adventure from Thegotogirlsblog.
Thanks for reading and please come back to read the next part of the series in Amsterdam and the evening cruise after we left the Heineken Museum. It was very relaxing after such a busy day.
Always loving being me……
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If you regularly read my blog you will know I was disappointed when we recently visited The Van Gogh Museum. If you did not read my last blog I will quickly recap. I went to see two specific paintings at The Van Gogh Museum and discovered they are not in this museum, they are in two different museums, which was a huge disappointment for me. I did not do my research which I pride myself on always being prepared when travelling especially. I should follow my own advice and DO MY RESEARCH!!!!
We booked the Van Gogh Museum tour through Viator which turned up to be a really good deal. It is located in Museum Square in Amsterdam and believe it or not is really easy to get to. From our hotel to the museum on tram took us about twenty minutes and when we began we had no idea where we were going.
So we are in The Van Gogh Museum and going up the escalator to the beginning of the museum. When I thought of visiting The Van Gogh Museum I never imagined what I would find and when we arrived at first I only realised what I was not going to see. I never imagined I would end up loving Van Gogh and his work even more and would learn so much more about the man himself and his work, not just his painting. We learned the museum opened in 1973 and it holds the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. Don’t let this confuse you with all of the Van Gogh paintings, they are not all there!
The museum is ordered chronologically (by date) and contains paintings, drawings and even letters written by Vincent. It amazed me how many paintings Vincent Van Gogh actually did. So I guess I love him but I do not know much if anything about him. I kind of felt like I was at Vincent Van Gogh School, which is great! Please remember I am not an expert on Van Gogh and his work and this is my personal view of his work as I see it. As I walk around the museum, I look at all of the paintings and his paintings looked different than when I have seen them in magazines or books.
There is a sadness to some of his paintings. They say to me he was lonely, the empty chairs, empty rooms, even the look on his face in his self portraits.
I love the brushstrokes, the way they start and stop very quickly. As if he was rushing the work out of his head. I find when I write I do it very quickly as the words just flow and I feel like he did the same, he had so many paintings inside of him and his head was so full of them he just needed to get them out of his head before it got too full and it exploded.
We saw a microscopic view of some of the pictures he painted on a screen and it showed the depth and characteristics of the paintings in great detail. I am not sure but I think some of the paint had sand in them. I also loved the colours he used in a lot of his paintings. I think this is why I am drawn to him as an artist. The use of blue (my favourite colour) in a lot of his paintings and his portrayal of the sky and the stars is amazing. I love just looking up at the sky any where and anytime and thinking this is what Vincent was looking at when he painted.
There is something mystical about the sky and all it contains. I think Vincent saw the charm in everything he saw. I am not sure about what people say when they hint he was mad. I think he was just so full of something it just came out as madness. A kind of madness when you have something to share but cannot release it quick enough. This is what drives you mad.
As I said this was just my interpretation of the Van Gogh Museum and all the lessons it and Vincent Van Gogh had to teach me. I loved every minute of it and will be carrying on my search to see all of his paintings in my lifetime. I bought The Vincent Van Gogh Atlas so I can continue my research on Vincent when I get home.
Its easy to love being me with such beautiful surroundings.
Thanks for reading , the next blog is the scavenger hunt across Amsterdam. Please come back to see if we cracked the mystery given to us.
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I love Vincent Van Gogh. In our house we have a large hallway wall along the top of the stairs and I decided to make my own private gallery. I have my favourite paintings up there with the main one being the Starry Night although my all time favourite Van Gogh painting is View of Arles , Flowering Orchards. I was over the moon when Chris asked me if I wanted to go to the Van Gogh Museum, he is very thoughtful like that and listens to the things I love.
As we arrived at the museum I felt a wave of emotion flowing over me as I said I love Vincent Van Gogh and to have the chance to be in the same room as some of his paintings was quite overwhelming. We entered the front and gave the man on the door out tickets and made our way down the stairs towards the beginning of our tour. Next to the stairs was a wall of monitors showing various Van Gogh master pieces. Chris took loads of pictures of me in front of all of beautiful images.
Van Gogh’s self-portrait and the bedroom to name a few. We were pointed over to the cloakroom to leave our bags. We were then shown to the escalators and the beginning of the gallery. It is at this point I started thinking about which pictures I was most looking forward to seeing. As we made our way around the various floors and rooms looking for the View of Arles and The Starry Night I realised we were running out of museum and I still had not seen any of the paintings I had set my heart on seeing.
We arrived at the top floor (I think) and I had not seen my favourites so we made our way to ask one of the ladies in the shop if she could help us locate one or two of them. Yes of course, she replied. Which paintings were you looking for madam? I would like to see The View of Arles. Ok, one moment while I will check our database and tell you were this paintings. I am sorry madam but this painting is not in this museum was her answer. I am sorry, can you repeat that? The View of Arles is not here, it is in a gallery in Munich.
As you can imagine I was so disappointed I could hardly contain how upset I was. I know it sounds stupid being upset about a painting but I had been waiting for so long to see these paintings to find out we had come to a museum named The Van Gogh Museum I presumed (stupidly it seems) all of (or most of, even) Van Gogh’s paintings would be here. How wrong I was! I asked about The Starry Night next, oh no madam, that masterpiece is in New York. It was then, that very moment it finally dawned on me. I was not going to see the very paintings I had come to see and if I wanted to see them I would have to travel to the four corners of the world to see all of Van Gogh’s paintings.
This has now gone to the top of my as yet unwritten bucket list. It was after getting over the initial shock of this, I decided to write about this as a sort of two-part Van Gogh Museum experience, firstly my disappointment and my advice on what to do before you visit any museum or gallery (especially if its been a life long passion of yours) my one piece of advise is Do your research! and don’t presume anything. Then on my next blog i will take you on the amazing walk around the Van Gogh Museum to see the painting’s that are in the museum.
After all they are still Vincent Van Gogh’s painting’s and even though I did not see the ones I love I learned to love others and did learn a lot more of the life and talent of Vincent Van Gogh.
Thanks for reading my tales, please come back soon for part two of the trip to The Vincent Van Gogh Museum.
As always loving being me
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We booked this trip really late as we were not going to go abroad this year but then we were celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary so decided to do something special to mark the occasion. We went to our usual travel agent to get some inspiration. One of the things on my unwritten bucket list is to go to the Van Gogh Museum which is in Amsterdam. Lucky coincidence!
So Chris and I decided we would go to Amsterdam, I could see the Van Gogh Museum and Chris could visit the Ajax stadium. All round a good choice for us both. As we live in Hull we had a choice of how to travel, we could get the overnight ferry or we could go to one of the local airports and take a flight which reduced travel time to a couple of hours. This was an easy choice, we would go by plane. This gave us two more days actually in Amsterdam rather than on a ferry.
The day of the flight came and off to Doncaster Airport we went. We did not fly until three so we did not have to stay over in a hotel as we would usually on a long flight. We got to Doncaster Airport in plenty of time for the flight and went for lunch in one of the bars, burger, chips and a drink for £15 each. Wow! We should have gone to McDonald’s it was not even really that nice so we wasted £30 before we even boarded the plane. I hate that airports have a monopoly on price for food and drink when you pass those front doors. The plane was on time woo hoo! I hate it when the plane is delayed, it’s just eating into my holiday time.
The flight was about an hour and a quarter to Schipol Airport from Doncaster, this was the best/ quickest flight ever and I even managed to grab forty winks on the plane. It’s not very often we can sleep on a plane as there is always someone/something waking us up. We landed and for this trip did not have transfers to the hotel. The lady in the travel agents said transport was so easy we would not need them. Well she got this right! We got off the plane went through the airport to the train and three stops later we were across the road from our hotel.
We have never had such an easy transfer, especially since we had to find it ourselves. We arrived at the hotel around six-ish, dropped off the bags, got a quick change and we were off again. It’s like we have ants in our pants, we don’t sit still for long ever! LOL! First on the agenda was food, it had passed tea time and our tummies were beginning to rumble. Just outside our hotel was the tram, like I said this trip was so convenient and everything was just on the hotel doorstep.
We caught the number four tram and decided we would as usual fly by the seat of out pants and jump of the tram when we saw somewhere we liked. We went about fifteen minutes and arrived at a stop called Rembrandplein Square. It looked busy and had lots of bars and restaurants so we jumped off the tram. We had a walk around the square trying to decide where to eat. We found a lovely italian restaurant in the top end of the square called La Madonnina.
We ordered calzone pizza for Chris and Lasagna for me. It was yummy. I was not in the mood for an alcoholic drink but decided to do something I never do i had a beer. They did small, medium or large. I ordered a small, the waiter said you do realise this is a really small glass. Yes, it is all i want. Even after the waiters warning i still had to laugh at the glass of beer he brought me. I think it was a quarter pint, it was perfect for me as i don’t really drink beer but the glass in my hand i looked like a giant. (for the first time ever lol!)
After eating we just wandered around for a couple of hours checking out what was to come and it all looked great. We could not wait to get started out the next day.
Please come back for more of our adventures in Amsterdam. The next blog will be all about our visit to the Van Gogh Museum plus a few tips on what to do before you go, especially if like me you are a massive Van Gogh fan. Maybe I can help you plan your trip so you get to see what you want to see when you visit and don’t leave slightly disappointed.
So again it’s getting late and I am shattered from the trip, work and the wedding of our friends at the weekend, (i will maybe tell you about that one at a later date) so i am going to finish writing for tonight. Thanks for reading and please sign up for my newsletter for more interesting bits from thegotogirlsblog (see the pop up when you go on the site)
Thanks again for reading and please come back for the next installment of Thegotogirlsblog in Amsterdam
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I realise I have not written a blog all week and there is no excuse for this, so firstly I am truly sorry to my regular readers. Why you ask after six months of regular blogging.
I have been on holiday and am actually writing this from the plane on my way home from Amsterdam with my husband Chris. My intention was to at least write one while I was there but we just had so much fun while we were there I thought I would give us both a break, we have been working very hard on building the blog and we don’t want to undo any of our good work but everyone deserves a holiday Right?….. I know you will all agree with me. Thanks for that lol! Anyway, so we left Schiphol Airport about 25 minutes ago and should be back in Doncaster in about half an hour.
Wow I know, I don’t think we have ever been on such a short flight before. We are usually on 10-hour flights across the globe. From Doncaster we have an hours drive, well I say we, Chris does, bless him. Then what?
An early night I think as after four days and nights in Amsterdam we are well and truly cream crackered ( politely tired). Then we are both back at work on Saturday morning, just for a few hours then home for a few than to our friend’s wedding party. No rest for the wicked I know.
On Sunday I will be writing the first blog in the Amsterdam series, it needs to be a series as we have so much to tell you about so I will put off finishing the Dominican Republic and how I ended up on crutches for now and will return to it when I have shared all of our exploits in Amsterdam.
I have a few things you may learn from our trip and a few must do’s. We did a total of nine tours in the four days, we still cannot believe we got so much in. I can’t wait to tell you all about each of them. We were very happy with the travel agent who booked our trip as they got us a great hotel on an easy route in and out of Amsterdam center.
We will be landing soon so I will not write much more as I cannot write and land on a plane as I am actually terrified of flying and heights as you will know you’re a regular reader. I will be holding Chris’s hand so tight to the point of pain for him, he usually asks me to let go after a certain amount of time.
Just an update we have landed safely. We are now in sight of our favorite place in the world Hull!
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This story started as I was sat in FeMale Ego, the hair and beauty salon our daughter works in. We were talking about our upcoming trip to Amsterdam and she was telling me about a Veterans Fair on at a park in the city and she told me she was going to take Theo to it as he was obsessed with the Police. He has two police stations and a multitude of emergency service vehicles in his collection. He has been collecting them since he was old enough to recognize them.
Anyway back to the salon, I was having my hair done by my very talented daughter and told her what we were going to be doing in Amsterdam. We had booked the trip for our ten year wedding anniversary. She asked what the date was and it was then she realized the Veterans Fair was today and not next week as she thought. We had Theo for a couple of days as the week we are in Amsterdam we could not have him. As you may know, there are only two reasons we do not have Theo every week for at least a night if one of us is sick or we are on holiday. The latter was the reason in this case.
As Louise could not take Theo and she did not want him to miss out, she asked if we would take him. Of course, we said yes, we did not want him to miss out and it sounded like fun. It was a collection of emergency services and the Army. They were going to be dressed from various era’s from history and my favorite part there would also be a funfair. One thing you will not know from my blog and I did not know for a long time until I started researching my past was I was originally descended from Irish Showmen.
At least this explains why i love the funfairs so much LOL! Maybe a topic for another blog in the future? So Chris and Theo picked me up from the salon and off we went. East Park was the venue which is on the other side of Hull to where we live but in kilometres not that far. We got parked up and walked over to the park. Theo spotted the Police cars as soon as they came into sight. Can we go there granny? This was totally for him so we just followed him around and did everything and anything he wanted. He wanted to go on the police bikes,
Next was the Police car,
He had to try the Police mans outfit on,
the Humber Rescue boat, The Riot Police outfit complete with riot shield and truncheon,
The proudest moment since he has been on this world came when he had the opportunity to do the confined space training (guided by the police) He made us so proud and he was definitely the smallest child to do this after all his is only three. He climbed up on the top of the tanker all by himself and waited as the policeman instructed him on what he should do.
He was then lifted down into the tanker on a rope and went through the tanker and down a dark tunnel finally coming out the end with his little ticket. He really enjoyed it and told the policeman at the end of the tunnel he wants to be a policeman when he grows big!!
He posed with the Armed Police and then he spotted the funfair and just like me he was obsessed. Can we go for a cookie and go to the funfair please. Obviously we said yes. He loves cars so the first stop was the merry go round and his choice of transport was the double-decker bus called the Disney Express. Next was the Little Wheel, he really is just not scared of anything. Finally the last ride on the funfair was the merry go round he spotted Disney Pixar Cars ‘Lightning McQueen’ Just before we left we spotted the Fire Engine which weirdly Theo is not that excited about, but he went for a picture in with Chris and Blaze Bear.
Just for the older fair goers we saw a blast from the past does anyone remember t’the swing boats’
Also we dont really see these any where but the seaside Donkeys.
All in all a great day and people wonder why
I love being me?!
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When you leave
I am scared
when you leave
I am alone.
I miss you so much
even though you will be home soon
I can still smell you
I can still feel you near
I can feel your arms around me
holding me tight
keeping me safe
Late in the night
I lie awake
thinking of us
the first night we met
these feelings will never go
you are my knight in shining armour
my knight with a kind face and a loving heart
I would give anything to keep you forever
you promised you would stay
we are like two sides of the same coin
two peas in a pod
nothing could ever part us
It was late that night
I have lost this fight
I was not looking for something but I found it
I never dared to dream
thought it could never be what it seemed
You don’t know what it means
to let me have my dreams
you could never know
because I could never show you
just how much it means
it’s always been a fight
Trying hard to stay in the light
it’s hard when the dark is dragging you down
now the light shines bright
Run to the light
stay out of the dark
live your dreams
don’t be afraid
The day of the flight is here and as usual we are up at the crack of dawn and drive to the long stay car park to drop off the car off. We parked up got the cases and record the parking space number, don’t want to get back and think oh no where did we park the car?
We had to be at the airport the usual 2-3 hours before the flight so off we went to get breakfast in the Frankie and Benny’s at Manchester Airport. Eggs Benedict and Mimosa for me and Egg and bacon on toast and Mimosa for Chris yummy! that’s breakfast taken care of. What next WHSmith for our in-flight reading OK magazine for me and the daily newspaper for Chris and as always a bag of Haribo’s. Our flight was at 11.25am and we arrived in The Dominican Republic around 3pm. The transfer is around half and hour and we were in our room by around 430pm. First things first, drop the bags off at the room and head straight to the beach just to check it was still the same beautiful white sand and turquoise sea. Yes it was that was a relief. You know what its like when you have the memory of a great holiday and it is never the same when you go back. Luckily this place was everything we remembered. Next stop, to get something to eat and luckily by now it was time for dinner and we were really hungry.
We love the dining hall here as it has so much food to choose from and the staff are amazing. You literally cannot ask anything more from them. We went and helped ourselves to whatever we liked, usually for me it was one of the Caribbean delights they had on offer like jambalaya or chicken and peas. Mmmmn I can still taste it! For Chris, however he is not as adventurous as i am so he sticks to what he knows, chips, burgers, chicken off the bone. We got seated and within minutes one of the staff came over asking if we would care for drinks. Yes please, a Margarita and a fruit punch if we could. They were very attentive while we were there and you usually get the same staff member each different meal which we liked as we got to know them and they got to know us. By the time we left we felt like friends.
After dinner we went for a wander around the complex, it is so beautiful you really should visit this place if you get a chance to.
By the time we had walked around and had a couple of drinks it was getting late and we had a long day so we went back to the room for a rest. Before we know it we had fell asleep. We were still on UK time and after seven-ish hours sleep we woke up, it was about 4.30 am and we were wide awake. What do you do when you wake up at that time in the Dominican Republic. We went to the beach bar, no not for another cocktail. We went for a cup of tea! LOL! Well back in the UK it would have been around 9.30am so we had actually had a really good lay in. We never lay in when we are at home and we really needed to get ourselves around to the US time as quick as we could.
We did not want to be up at this time everyday so we made a plan to stay up as late as we could each night until we changed our body clocks to US time. We got our cup of tea and went back to the room for a couple of hours until breakfast opened. We were first in the dining room that day, I think it was around 6.30am. Our favourite breakfast dish was the freshly made omelette. Ooh i can smell them too! LOL!! I love reminiscing about the food it makes my mouth water. Can i have mushroom, onion and cheese please and Chris wanted mushroom, ham and onion. A couple of fruit juices and a couple of coffees and we were all set.
Next to the beach……
OMG the beach, it is so beautiful. You can walk for miles here. We spent all day here, reading, swimming, playing beach volleyball, you name it we did it.
It was to become our usual routine to leave the beach around 3 in the afternoon each day and go and have a couple of drinks and something to eat around the pool. There was usually something going on around the pool, games and contests. You would sometimes get one of the reps asking you to join in the games but Chris and I would prefer to watch rather than join in (most of the time LOL!)
Until we found out there was a foam party in the pool, we had to join in. Well who wouldn’t LOL!
Pop back soon for the next installment of this trip, its only the first day and its been a busy one.
As always loving being me…..
Love thegotogirlsblog xxx
The thought of our next holiday is always in our heads as you will probably know if you read my blog regularly and we have the same dilemma every time. Where? The rule we have about only visiting a place once seems to go out the window when you find one of those places that really captures you and the memories are so good you have to go again. This is true of Bavaro, Punta Cana in The Dominican Republic.
The first time we went we had an amazing time and visited some really beautiful places. So much so we had to go again if the opportunity presented itself. Finally, it did! We were in the travel agents looking for somewhere and the same hotel came up The Caribe Club Princess. This hotel had the best of it all. The beach was white and the sea was turquoise. It was one of those places that could actually take your breath away.
The beach was lined with palm trees as far as the eye can see and you can literally walk for miles without a thought to how far you had actually gone as the views were so beautiful. Before you knew it you walked two or three miles down the beach. Oops, time to walk back. Anyway, we have not even left the UK yet lol! The day came to go, we had packed and done our last checks. You know the typical ‘did we pack the shampoo, the suntan cream, enough pants for the trip’ lol! Yes was the answer as we had packed about two weeks ago and double checked the suitcase several times before this day came. We were flying from Manchester and had booked a Premier Inn near the airport (Runger Lane South) for the night prior to our flight, we do this so we don’t have to get up at a ridiculous time in the morning.
Manchester is about two hours from Hull so it makes sense, plus Chris drives for a living so as soon as we leave the car the holiday starts for him too. We arrived at the hotel around lunch which makes a change for us, we are usually flying around like crazy people, driving straight from work on the night but we had booked extra time off for a change. The hotel was the usual short stay hotel, you know the same room you stayed in every chain hotel you have ever been in.
It has a bed, a tv, bathroom and tea/coffee maker and my favourite part of chain hotels it was clean! This is all we ask. Clean bed, clean bathroom and we are happy. Are we too easily pleased? We went across to the sister hotel as we were told our hotel did not have anywhere to get a drink as the restaurant was not open yet but the sister hotel had a Costa. I asked the lady at the counter for an iced mint tea and a cappuccino for Chris. We waited and waited and i finally, after 15 minutes went back to the counter and asked how long our drinks would be.
They will be ready soon. We waited another five or so minutes and the lady called us for our drinks. She gave me a cappuccino for Chris and a hot mint tea? I asked for an iced mint tea! Oh sorry, she said and away she went. Ten more minutes went passed and she came over and gave me a mint chocolate frostino!!!! I was getting a bit annoyed by this time, I asked for an iced mint tea. Oh sorry, she said again we don’t have any of them!???? You know when you get those moments when you watch cartoons and the characters head explodes and steam comes out of the top!!!
If my life were a cartoon, this would be me right now! I will just have the mint chocolate frostino! I had to take the drink and walk away before I told her how i felt. She would not of liked my madness.
Off we went back to the hotel to have a relaxing bath and prepare ourselves for the trip ahead. The flight to the Dominican Republic was at 11:25 am the next morning and would take 8-9 hours so we wanted to get some rest as we don’t usually sleep on the flight and the flight was during the day so it is even harder to sleep. We settled down for a couple of hours before we went for dinner. We booked a table for about 8:00pm. We ate and retired for the night quite early, like I said we wanted to be fresh for the trip and i love to take a long soak in the bath before we go anywhere.
Finally the morning of the flight to the Dominican Republic came……….
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We like to go on trips when we are on holiday so we are not stuck in any one place at a time and we get to see more than one place at a time too. We were looking on Viator at what trips we could do while we were in America this time and we came across a genuine Western Ranch Rodeo experience. I have always wanted to go to a dude ranch and see a real rodeo. We booked it and received the ticket with the details of the day. The ranch was located at Southern Osceola County. We were to get picked up at the hotel were we staying at and be taken to the ranch where we would stay for the day . I heard from my friend that these places do not treat the animals very well which upset me as we love animals but we had already booked the trip and I wanted to go more than ever now just to find out if she was right. (more on my findings later in the blog)
The day came and it was one of the most beautiful days I have ever seen, blue skies dotted with fluffy blue clouds, a warm breeze blowing in our faces. The bus picked us up and off we went, the drive was about one and a half hours and when we arrived the ranch was amazing. Sprawling fields, golden sunshine it was perfect. The bus driver directed us to the man who will guide us throughout the day. The day began with my favourite part of the whole trip, the hayride.
We were helped onto a huge trailer on the back of a tractor and we sat on hay bales and off we went. The tractor drove around the fields of the ranch while a local cowboy played his guitar and sang some old country favourites. I literally have never been so relaxed in my life. If i could bottle that feeling i would be rich. We watched the wildlife as we sat back soaking up the sun. Apart from stopping a couple of time to open and shut gates the ride seemed to go on forever and we will remember this trip for the rest of our lives and this was only the first part of the day.
What next? Ooh a bbq. Yummy we were getting a bit hungry by now. The guide showed us to the bbq area, it was like a wooden marquee with tables and chairs all around and then across the room was a row of tables stocked with food. BBQ chicken, hot dogs, ribs, burgers you name it, they had it. We filled up our plates and headed off to find our spot to sit. We found a table right of the back of the room and got sat down. Oh no we forgot drinks. On a table at the side of us were drinks dispensers full of lemonade.
Two glasses of iced lemonade and i was off back to the table. We loved the bbq, i don’t know how they cooked those ribs but they were delicious. After the bbq we had a bit of free time to explore the ranch. There were a few shops which sold genuine cowboy boots and hats. we had a good look around the shops to pass some time while we waited for the rodeo to start. The work and detail that went into making these hats and boots was amazing, they were so beautiful i wanted to buy them all but living in the UK when would i wear them? Such a shame i did not still have a horse! What next?
A genuine wild west looking bar!!! OMG! i am in heaven! the only thing missing was the swinging doors. I don’t know if they were just in the movies but i really wanted to walk through some.
We went in for a beer and a cool down as it must have been high twenties outside maybe even hotter! Chris spotted the souvenir glass to get his beer in! Can you guess? Yes it was a cowboy boot. He was like a kid in a sweet shop lol! Can we have a boot-ful of beer and I had a cocktail (of course! although i cannot remember for the life of me what it was called) Before we know it the time has come for the rodeo to begin. We made our way to the stalls to get a seat with a good view of the show. The compere of the Westgate Ranch Rodeo came on the microphone and the show began.
First on was the bull riding, i was watching for straps on the bulls privates as my friend had told me they tie them up to make the bull buck and i am not sure but i think she might be right! I don’t agree with this, although i am not educated enough to make an informed comment on the ethics of this so i wont. All i will say is i dont think i will go to anther rodeo unless i have researched it so i am able to make an informed decision. Anyway off my soap box back to the rodeo. Next was the trick riding, now this was impressive. Two of the riders were raised on horses and were 6 and 9 years old. The tricks they did on those horses were so skillful and precise it was truly amazing.
Our daughter would have done this if she was born in America as she was horse crazy when she was small and would literally jump on any horse she could. This was truly a day to remember, it left me with a pang of guilt about the ethics of animal treatment and i am going to research the subject so i am better informed. All in all i loved it from start to finish and it gave us a real glimpse into the life of a real dude ranch and all it entails which i dont think either of us will forget in a long time.
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It was during our first visit to America we decided to visit Seaworld. Why? I am not sure, maybe because it’s what you do when you visit Orlando or was it because we live in a port and we love the sea and all things ‘fishy’. Who knows? Well anyway, off we went. Seaworld is a mixture of animals and rollercoasters so a perfect combination for me and Chris. You know he loves rollercoasters and at this point it was before i became brave and started riding rollercoasters like a crazy person.
When we went to America the first time I would not ride any rollercoasters as i was a total chicken poop. LOL! On with the trip, i have not seen so many aquatic creatures i could not name as i did in this park. I did not even know turtles could grow to this size, it must have been at least 2 or 3 feet long
We went to the usual rays and penguins and sea lions, the list goes on but then we came to this tank and I can tell you i literally did not have a clue what i was looking at. It was well, all i can describe it as was wow! what is that? These are my exact words. It was a big sort of grey flesh balloon, with a small sort of snout and a back flipper. I had to read the information on the side of the tank (embarrassing i know) to discover what on earth i was looking at. Turns out it was a Manatee.
I had never seen an animal up close so serene and so beautiful. It was just bobbing around on the water, a bit like I do when i am on my lilo. Onwards we went, to the polar bear, i had no idea they were so big. It really made me think about how little i knew about animals. I know about dogs, cats, horses, you know the usual pet type animals we have back home. Even though i love animals i realise now how little i actually know about animals in general. It’s like we live in an animal-less bubble. So i promised myself i would learn as much as i could while we were there.
Yes you are right how much could i learn in a day but you would be surprised how well-informed the staff are in some of the animal parks you visit. We tried to ask as many questions as we could and read all of the fact sheets we could find and by the time we left we had learned a lot. We learned about the Narwhal, the unicorn whale, the hooded seal and the killer whale (we were told by another member of the audience this particular whale had recently killed its trainer, this is obviously unconfirmed)
We went to a fresh fish stall to buy fish for the seals, we were allowed to feed the seals. I asked Chris to pose for a picture whilst throwing a fish, within a second of holding up a fish a heron swooped in and nabbed it right out of his hand. I happened quicker than I could snap the photo. We laughed so hard and nearly lost the rest of the fish. If you look carefully at the picture above you can see the bird responsible and the gutted look on the seals face!!! LOL!!
After we had looked around the animals it was time for Chris to unleash his inner child and go and ride some rollercoasters on his own. I did feel bad leaving him to ride them on his own but not as bad as I would have felt if i had ridden them with him. Have a look at Chris’s face before the ride. Would you say he looked a bit nervous? I did but he denied it! Obviously he would he is a man after all.
Check out his face when he finishes riding them. So funny! Just like the big kid he is.
As usual we had a great day and telling our stories brings back some amazing memories.
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You may or may not know much about Hull but back in 2007 we suffered terrible flooding which saw thousands displaced for years. Thankfully, something is being done about making sure we are prepared for it if it happens again. I found out about this event on my dinner from work and thought it is not my usual blog topic but Hull is very important to me. If I can get the word out even a bit for them then it would be worth writing about. It is called ‘Hull and Haltemprice Living with Water’.
This is a partnership between Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, The Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water. They have a vision where water is ‘not seen as a threat from flooding but where communities thrive, This event is to raise awareness and money they are rolling out an event called Hull-timate Challenge? It got me interested with the display of a small part of what we can expect.
Imagine an obstacle course so large it runs around the entire city centre of Hull of around 5km. Yes, that’s 5km of obstacles. It is family friendly course and can be done by any age from 4 upwards. There is the option to do 7.5km or even 10km for the more seasoned athlete, obviously i will be doing the children’s one. LOL!!
I met a very lovely volunteer (sorry, how rude of me i did not take your name for my blog, please comment your name below so i can include you.) who introduced me to this guy, Rob Edmond, who is running the show. He told me anyone wanting to know more of the Hull-timate Challenge can visit livingwithwater.co.uk
Learn all about the fun day here in Hull. The dates for the Hull-timate Challenge are 20th & 21st October 2018 (plenty or time to train) and tickets are available from just £5* (if you live in Hull)
Please have a look and support my home town I love it so much. The Hull-timate Challenge can be walked or ran, we just need your support or even better if you can attend, we would love to see you.
Just a few tips on, What to do if you are under threat of flooding, I learned from Rob and his team. I thought the whole world could use these tips, as i know we are not the only place who are under threat of floods. Weirdly enough i did not know any of these things so in a flood i would have been less that useless.
I did not know about the bags in sinks and toilets so that is my something learned today.
That just about wraps up my blog and all the information provided in this blog has come courtesy of Rob Edmond and his team from Living with Water
So thanks to them for their contribution to this blog and don’t forget show your support and make it a day out with your families. Let me know you are coming and I will pop and meet you, we can do another blog about the event as it happens and get some of you lovely supporters pictures on the blog too.
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Aah, My first helpful Charity blog… It warms my heart to help the city I love. HULL……
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It was one of those days when you start thinking of holidays, to be honest, there are not many days I am not thinking about our next holiday. Again comes the predicament…… Where? We did not have much time to book or pay as we had left it really late this time to book. We decided somewhere cheap and cheerful. The day before we had seen an advert from Teletext about cheap all-inclusive holidays to Tenerife. If you read my blog regularly you will know we had a great time last time we went. Although we always say we never want to go to the same place twice, sometimes you have to break your own rules. We looked into the deal they were offering and before we could say Tenerife here we come, we had booked it!. LOL!
We usually book holidays well in advance so we have longer to pay and this then allows us to spend that little bit more on a better holiday. This time was going to be different in more ways than we thought!?!? We flew from Doncaster on Ryanair. We had not flown with this company before but we got what we paid for a basic budget plane. This made me uneasy as I am scared of flying and heights and I find some comfort in traveling on the nicer airlines. I am not sure if this I based on the fact that you pay more you are flying on a safer plane or not. ( I should research that.)
Anyway, the plane was very basic and quite cramped, this meant Chris was going to be uncomfortable all the way and there was nothing to take your mind off the plane journey. It was lucky we always take some form of gadgets with us, laptop or Nintendo DS. This kept us busy for the four hours it took to get there.
We finally landed and thought how happy we were to be off that plane. We got transferred to the resort arriving around 10 ish and as you get a quick change and then out for something to eat. This is where the reality of this holiday started kicking in. We walked to the reception for directions and were shown where to go by a lovely receptionist and off we went. Happily walking along the streets with the directions we were given and Chris turned and said its a bit quiet for 10. When we go on holiday usually at 10, the nightlife is just starting.
We kept walking thinking we must be in a quiet part of the resort and would soon stumble upon the ‘wild’ life. No, we walked and walked and walked and still nothing. Then we arrived at the water’s edge, this is where the receptionist had told us to go. We thought she .just of made a mistake so stopped a local and asked where we in the right place. Oh yes, he said but everything closes around here at 8. Why? Was all that came out when I tried to reply. They just do. Was his reply we don’t get many tourists this time of year. Great, then we realised the irony of where we were the ‘ Costa Silencio’ or the Silent Coast. Was the clue in the title!?!?!?
We should really pay more attention sometimes when we book things. So there we were on the silent coast with no where open, what do you do? All we could do was go back to the hotel and go to bed! Great start to the holiday? Yes we thought the same!
It surely must get better than this? But did it? Read on to find out!
We woke up bright and early the next morning, so all refreshed and extremely hungry we headed down for breakfast. This was going to be the best breakfast ever as we remembered we had gone all-inclusive. From previous experience of all inclusive we were in for a treat. We almost ran into the dining room and then almost ran back out in shock! The all inclusive we were promised was a basic continental breakfast.
Not that we don’t like a continental breakfast but when all it consists of is tea, coffee, croissants, toast and a small selection of fruit, we don’t call his a continental breakfast!! We ate it anyway as we were starving by this point and then headed out to find something more substantial to eat. We brought back to the room a stock of food and drink and this turned out to be the saviour of our holiday as the standard of food at this hotel was not good and was not getting better as our stay progressed.
Oh well, the foods not great let’s go and explore the hotel. It did not get better. I have never seen such a small beach in my life, our garden at home was wider! I am not kidding it can’t of been more than 9 metres across. If you happen not to believe us comment and I will give you the name of the hotel and you can go and see for yourselves. Go on really I dare you!! I would say we laid on the beach but we never, this was the first time i have not sun bathed at any hotel abroad i have stayed at.
We finally gave in went to lay around the pool. the height of our day was lying around the pool reading a book. We stayed at the hotel for dinner and then drinks on the night, at least we could dull the boredom of the holidays with a few cocktails. Yes you guessed it, no we could not? Why? you ask, the all-inclusive consisted of, a wine tap, a beer tap and vodka! They are still drinks why are we complaining.
We were used to being spoilt on all inclusive holidays and never have had such a dreadful time as this. I know we are spoilt but if you pay for the nice holidays you expect them all the time. Then we remembered this was a cheap and cheerful holiday and that is what we got. But shouldn’t all holidays have a certain standard? No, apparently! Much to our dismay. This was only day one of seven. We vowed to not carry on staying at this hotel but we could not get moved, even when we were going to pay for another hotel. We did find a way out of this dilemma though.
The bus to Los Christianos and Las Americas! and we caught it every day for the rest of the holiday sometimes twice going out day and night just to stay away from the Hells Bells Hotel (this was the comedy hotel of horrors in Carry on Abroad) Our hotel had a similar name weirdly enough. So the rest of the holiday was the usual beach during the day and the bars and clubs of Tenerife all night. Then and only then back to the hotel from hell. We still had a great time (after the first day) The scenery around this area is after all spectacular.
That will be the end of this partly drastic tale of our second trip to Tenerife that did however turned out fine.
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Winter had finally gone, Spring flew past and finally SUMMER IS HERE IN THE UK!!!! It has been so long since the last time I had been out with Chris and our friends. All of a sudden our calendar was booked up and we were even having to ask people to rearrange so we could fit them all in. We had been asked out by our friends to go to Beverley. This is a historic market town about twenty minutes out of Hull.
It’s a quaint little place with little nooks and crannies all over the place. There is a market place and a race course and the loveliest wooded area called Beverley Westwood. Here the cows roam free and the kids play on rope swings and hopefully don’t fall in the cow clap! (Cow poo) LOL! There is an old ruin of a Windmill on the top of the hill. People walk here a lot with families and dogs, kids ride their bikes, it’s a very relaxing place.
Anyway as usual I go off topic, we got to Beverley around 7:45 pm and went to a pub called The Cornerhouse on the corner (i know weird) of one of the main streets through Beverley. It was a nice little pub with a nice beer garden at the back. Ooh and they sold Mojito’s so i loved it and as my friend Jill calls me i am ‘Cocktail Girl’ as you can guess from the name i love cocktails. This was brought about by our travel tales and the fact most of the places we visit have cocktail bars.
I like to try different things were ever we go, drinks or food. We had been to meet Chris’s old friend Tim’s, new partner Jane, who was lovely by the way. We found all of the tables in the garden were taken, however, one of the tables only had two people on it. We asked if they would mind sharing? A very lovely lady and her mother said of course and during a conversation with them we found it was the ladies mother’s birthday. Aaaw how lovely. We had our drinks and as you do move on the next pub!! I wonder what cocktails they will sell in the next pub!
So off to the Cross Keys. I always feel like I am taking part in the Simon Pegg Movie The World’s End (12 drinks in 12 pubs)
I always ask for a cocktail menu when we go out as I don’t drink lager and i can’t drink wine when i go out as i get drunk really quickly on wine, plus as i said i love cocktails. Most staff in public houses have knowledge of cocktail making and what cocktails they bar they work in. Not in The Cross Keys! Sorry Owner of Cross Keys but you need better training for your staff. I went to the bar and asked if they served cocktails. Yes, we sell all sorts of cocktails, said the young barman. Ok Great, i will have a Long Island Iced Tea please.
This is one of my favourite cocktails and I was really looking forward to it. No sorry, he said we don’t sell those. Ok, no problem i thought, i will have a Margarita, everywhere can whip up a Margarita, can’t they? No sorry, we don’t serve Margarita! Ok third time lucky, can i have a Mojito then, er no sorry we don’t serve Mojito. By this time i was getting a bit fed up, i thought you said you served all sorts of cocktails? Why don’t you tell me what you do sell and i will choose from those.
We sell Purple Rain and……. I stopped him there I will take a Purple Rain. I could not stand any more to-ing and fro-ing or this guessing game of cocktails it was boiling, i was boiling and i just wanted to get out into the beer garden, into the cool breeze! We paid for our drinks and made our way to join our friends outside. We were chatting about what we had all been up to over the last few months as it had been a while since i had seen Jill and Keith. I was telling them how well the blog was going and how surprised i was by this.
Two lovely young women were sat on the next table to us and joined in our conversation, thanks Amore and Nina for the interest in my blog. By the way loved the outfits! (don’t forget to follow thegotogirlsblog) I told you I would include you in my blog LOL!
We moved on to The Green Dragon, and a bottle of Blue WKD just to keep my alcohol level down a bit. The beer garden in here was quaint with a wall completely made up of fake greenery (an idea I might use in my own garden it looked so good.
Then to The Grapes
Pizza anyone! (just because it was there) and to a young lady with initiative. She had just started making cocktails but…. had a sheet with all of the various cocktail recipes on it. Although it took a while I got my cocktail and an apology off the young lady who served me for the time it took. Obviously i said it was fine as she at least used her initiative, so thanks to the Staff of The Grapes. I finally got my Long Island Iced Tea and a free Woo Woo. (Buy one get one free) I did not have both, Thanks Jill for helping me out with that!
A bit disappointed they did not have a beer garden as it was still hot outside but what can you do. Onto the Kings Head. This was full to bursting and I had enough cocktails by this point so just a vodka and lemonade was the drink for me, poor Chris he was drinking J2O all night as he was driving. Not a bad pub, very lively and busy so it must be doing something right. Again no beer garden but I needed a sit down by this time as my feet were beginning to hurt as i don’t usually wear heels but thought I should make the effort as i had not been out for ages.
So a dress and high heels for tonight’s attire. It was getting close to closing so last orders of the day were to be at……. drum roll please….. only kidding. LOL!
Back to the Green Dragon and the lovely beer garden. Amazingly it was still warm out, this may be normal where you live but here in Hull it is not normally hot. The final drink of the night and then a walk back to the car, as I said Chris was not drinking as he drove. We did not want to get train and taxi to Beverley and Taxi can be costly.
I woke up this morning luckily without a hang over and I even slept in until 9.30. I never sleep in. EVER! Chris was up late too even though he did not drink. This never happens either.
All in all a great night and my thanks to mine and Chris’s friends Jill, Keith, Tim and Jane. See you all again soon xxxx
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We had already been on holiday to the Dominican Republic earlier in the year but thought we could do with a little ‘city break’, just a few days off to relax and unwind. Again we had no idea where. Why would we, we always ‘fly by the seats of our pants’. We see something, then we do it. We hear about a place from friends, family or well, basically anyone. So where was it going to be this time? Well we live in a port! so why not catch a boat? but where to?
Then it came to us like a bolt of lightning! North Sea Ferries are across the city and will take us to Holland or Belgium. So which country, at the toss of a coin it was decided It would be Belgium! We did not know anything about Belgium so we did a little research. There was a lot of cultural things to do visiting galleries and museums etc on one website and then there was other more relaxing and fun things. We could not choose so we thought we would do the usual and ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ and see where the trip took us.
We booked two nights and a day trip, this was one night on the ferry, all day in Bruges and then catch the ferry back that night. We boarded the ferry around 5 on the Friday and set sail around seven. We were not keen on the ferry journey as apart from a game of bingo and a really bad cabaret act there was not much to do. To make matters worse we were given a room, when I say a room it was like a broom cupboard. I know it was cheap but i expected more from North Sea Ferries. I hear they have updated and upgraded their ships now so we might try them again.
We arrived in the port about eight on the Saturday and got the coach to Bruges.We went straight towards the canals as we had heard some good things to do on the coach trip. We found a canal cruise pretty easy and for a few euros we were off down the canals. I have no idea where they took us on the cruise, we should really pay more attention on these trips and ask more questions about where we are and were we are going. We saw some of the most beautiful architecture of the city while coasting down the back street canals. You can see in some of the photos we took while we were there.
After we finished on the canal boat we went for a walk around the cobbled streets, it reminded me of home as back in Hull, around the old town there are lots of cobbled streets. We followed one of the cobbled streets for what seemed like an age until we came across the most amazing plaza, the buildings around were so beautiful. Then I spotted it, the horse and cart ride. i love horses, when i was small i would ride any horse i could find then i grew up and bought one.
There are lots of horses where i live so it was again reminding me of home. We got aboard the cart and then asked the driver how much usually we would ask first then board but in this case i wanted to go for a ride and we did not care how much it cost. The boat trip was cheap so it was ok if it was a bit more expensive. The driver took us around the city showing off his knowledge of the local area. It was worth the money we had been on a trip of he back streets and the canal, now we were on the main streets on a horse and cart.
The horse was so well-behaved and was really well looked after too. We had a horse break in the middle of the ride so the horse could relax for a while. That was nice of the driver. We like animal lovers and those who take care of them. The day was running away from us and we only had a few hours left so we had to decided on one last stop, well i say we decided, Chris did and yes you guessed it a visit to the Leffe Brewery and it even had a bee tasting at the end of the tour. We went into the brewery and were shown around were they brew the beer followed by a sort of museum of beer tour. There were all sorts of memorabilia,
beer making paraphernalia
and a lot of old beer cans, lots and lots of old beer cans.
Then my worst fear, totally unexpectedly the tour guide took us to see the views of the city, from the roof! Yes, you heard me right a beer tour guide took us on the roof, a very, very, high roof top to see the view.
I was terrified. But!!!!! I had Chris with me and i held his hand very tight, the same tightness as i hold it when the plane takes off or the rollercoasters are too scary for me. He always takes really good care of me and is always there to hold my hand when i am scared. I love him for that. Its a good job we went beer tasting after that hair raising experience.
That was the end of that trip we had to get back to meet the ferry by five and it was around four, so we had to leave and quick to get the coach.
We did not want to miss the ferry back home. Again we got on the ferry and to our shock they actually put us in a smaller room then the one we came in! We were astonished they could find a smaller room but this was the size of a toilet. We were so glad when the ferry docked the following morning, we headed back home to our lovely big bedroom.
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It was that time of year again and we were ready for a holiday. You know when you have been working non stop for months, if you don’t have a holiday soon your going to lose the plot. So where were we going to go this time? We did not want to go on a long flight so somewhere local-ish and Tenerife seemed like a good choice. We chose to go to one of the more popular resorts as we just wanted to relax and have a bit of fun. Sunbathing and drinking were the orders of the day for this holiday. Not our usual type of holiday but that’s what we said we needed, something we don’t usually do.
We booked Oro Blanco in Playa De Las Americas, turns out it was pretty central to almost everything. We booked in around 8pm, dropped off out suitcases got a quick change and went out to explore. We were kind of sandwiched between all of the bars. If you walked out of the hotel and walked left you follow the road and down to all the bars and the black beach, this is because it is a volcanic beach. When you turned right out of the hotel you walk for a while, first right turn and left at the bottom of the street, then you find all of the other bars and if you walk far enough down the road you reach the white beach. The views off the hotel balcony were amazing, you can see the volcanic mountains in the distance, however the best view was walking back up the small hill to the hotel and the view in the distance was breath-taking.
We found a small bar just around the corner from the hotel which served the best frozen mojito’s, they also sold them by the jug. We ordered a jug and settled in for the next couple of hours as we had just arrived we did not want to go far and this seemed like a perfect little spot. After a jug (or two) of mojitos we checked the time and boy had the time flown while we were having fun, it was eleven o’clock. We had been up early that day for the trip to the airport and the flight so decided to make our way back to the hotel and then we could head out fresh for the beach in the morning.
We went out early for breakfast all packed up ready for the laziest day on the beach we could manage. We were in the resort of Las Americas but when we go to the beach here it was black and we just did not like it. It looked beautiful but we were spoilt and were used to white sandy beaches so it was not what we were used to so we moved on further up the beach. We settled on the next beach up which was Los Christianos. Now this was more our kind of beach.
Beautiful golden sands with a promenade which stretched as far as the eye could see. It was surrounded by shops and restaurants and those little holiday trinket shops, overflowing with shell and pebbles formed into little keep-sakes. We paid for the beds for the day and got the towels laid out on them. Then headed to the nearest cafe for breakfast and a mimosa. Well we are on holiday and it does have fresh orange in it. LOL! I like to try the local cuisine when and where we can but sometimes there just is not the option of something I like. I can usually find something but for some reason the only option was the good old English breakfast.
This is for those of you who have never had one, bacon, sausage, egg, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes. The list can go on and on in lots of variations all or some of the above can be included. Anyway after a good breakfast, we headed back to our beds on the beach, via the nearest bar for a frozen mojito to take with us. Surprisingly they were really cheap, about three euro’s I think. Onto the beach for a very lazy day and i actually got to read a book. My book of choice was Ultimate Hard B********d’s by Kate Kray. A fascinating look into the infamous and the famous. I actually got to read all of this book during the week we were in Tenerife. I never get to just sit and read, our lives are so busy. It was so nice. Around three o’clock that day we packed up and headed back to the hotel as we were all sunned out. Plus it was so hot we did not want to get sunstroke. We headed back and this is where we actually first saw the amazing view up the hill towards our hotel and this view served us well during our trip as we did get lost a few time while we were walking around. The way we navigated around was with this view. If we got lost we would walk down the road we knew and when we saw roads heading up if it had this view we knew we were at the right street. LOL! We arrived back at our hotel and I had my usual afternoon siesta! Chris does not have them, it amazes me after all the sun how he keeps his eyes open. A couple of hours and a shower later i was back up ready for the night out. I said to Chris if he wants to stay out late we would have to go out later as i am a lightweight when it comes to drinking, a couple of cocktails and i am quite tipsy. LOL! So we went out around ten and for a change we went left out of the hotel. We found this was the more lively night out going this way there was bar next to bar next to bar.
Lineker’s, China Whites, Veronica’s more I cannot think of the names but all of them offering something for nothing. Come in here, free shots, free fishbowls, two for one, buy one get one half price, free, free, free. This is all we heard all night. You name it they used it to get you into the bars. To be honest if we had not had a drink we would have got fed up of all of them bugging us all night but after a few cocktails we really just went with the flow after all you only live once. So just do it all we thought. We are going to live our lives and this holiday is going to be out of our comfort zone but so what!
We don’t even know what time we rolled in that night, but we knew we had a lot to drink that night when we woke up the next morning. We pretty much repeated this day for the next six days as I said we are only going to live once and if we were going to do this we were going to do it properly! So there is not really anything more i can tell you about this holiday apart from we have not repeated it to such an extent again, maybe the odd day on other holidays but that’s it so i will leave it there until next time.
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One thing you may not know about me is I have an impatient streak. Some people say impatient and some people say go-getter. I say impatience is a virtue not patience. You don’t get anywhere quick being patience. So i will tell you why i am telling you this. I used to be in the brownies when i was little. For those of you who dont know, brownies are girl guides or girls scouts in the USA but just younger.
During my time in the brownies one thing i learned was to ‘be prepared’. I have always loved this phrase. It has served me well throughout life. Now i am older this is now ingrained into my life. Why am i telling you this? In my last blog post i told you about Theo, a holiday and a leak. This is the ‘holiday’ part of the story continued. We booked to go to Amsterdam for a city break for four days and it got me thinking about Amsterdam.
The truth is i have not got a clue about Amsterdam apart from this is where the Van Gogh Museum is. As i said i like to be prepared so i went and opened my laptop and started researching ‘Things to do in Amsterdam’ I came cross all-sorts to do, boat trips on the canals, walks around the Red Light District and the coffee shop tours. Apparently these are all of he traditional things to do when visiting Amsterdam.
The thing is Chris and i don’t like to do the usual, traditional things. We like to do the unusual, go to the places where you dream about going. I started looking for ‘the unusual’ and gosh is there a lot of unusual things to do in Amsterdam. The mere fact there is so much to choose from was a bit daunting to start. Escape rooms, chocolate and ghost tours to name a few.
The thing that surprised me was Amsterdam has a beach. I had no idea, i thought it was landlocked but no, it has a beach. Again, i am rambling back to things to do. We decided we would choose two things each to do each as we are only going for four days. Chris chose first and i had an idea what he would choose, he always chooses the same beer and football. Guess what? i was right.
His choices are a tour of The Heineken Brewery followed by a tour of the football stadium called Johan Cruijff Arena. This where the team Ajax play. So Chris’ contribution to our city break as usual is beer and football. Mine however as always brings a slice of something different. Although Chris and I are a lot alike there are somethings which distinguish us as total individuals. I love art, culture, history and i love a good mystery.
My choices for the trip will add some of all of this to the four-day break. My first choice is as you probably guessed The Van Gogh Museum and i have already prepared Chris for a lengthy visit to this museum. I cannot tell you how excited i am to visit ‘The Van Gogh Museum’. I am going to get to see with m own eyes the paintings i have idolised since i can remember. My all time favourite has to be Orchard in Blossom with a view of Arles, an oil on canvas.
It has the most beautiful colours in it deep blues and greens as green as real life. I am not sure if this painting is as well-known as some of his works but i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it. I really hope this one is in the gallery. In case any of my readers have ever been and know if this painting is at the museum leave a comment. Anyway The Van Gogh Museum is my number one choice. My other choice is a bit out of the box but as i said before i love a mystery.
So my final choice is… The Mystery of the Secret Sender. This is ‘a new way to explore a city’ , you follow clues, explore the city, solve the puzzles and therefore the mystery. WOW, i am beyond excited for this week as i am for most of the things in my life ans yes i will follow-up with all of the photos and another post on the actual trip as soon as we get back so please watch out for that one i promise its going to be another adventure from the travel tales of thegotogirlsblog
PS.. Sorry i have not included my own photos in this blog post, i always use my own but i have not been yet so i don’t have any. I will post extras with the post to make up.
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(especially now the carpet is drying out after the leak, more on that story later)
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What a weekend! I was not going to blog about the weekend but it turned out to be an eventful one. It all started really good Theo came with Chris to pick me up from work on Friday,
which was great as he has been in Spain for the last week so we missed an entire weekend with him.
A quick trip to Asda to replenish Theos cupboard, drinks and treats are always needed in case he gets thirsty or peckish he can just help his self. I found this while i was looking for vouchers
He has has this since he was big enough to open the cupboard as we wanted to feel as much at home here as he does at his actual home.
We got home and the neighbours were all hanging about,
the kids were all out playing. We don’t usually have time to ” playout” lol! But as it was a nice night and we had Theo for the whole weekend we thought we could let him playout with the other kids down the street.
It brought back memories of a time gone by when his mummy and uncle used to be playing out with the last generation of kids on the street and we were the parents watching our children on their bikes and scooters.
It was amazing watching Theo playing, especially as he reminds me so much of his mummy. She was always out playing with her little friends and her brother although she did have more accidents than any other child in the neighbourhood.
I hope Theo does not follow her in this respect. We ended up staying out pretty late but as it was a one off it was fine. We are always careful not to let Theo get out of his bedtime routine but a late night now and again won’t hurt.
A couple of hours later, we sat and watched the most beautiful sunset we had seen for a while but Theo was tired so we went in got ready for bed and off to Bedfordshire (bed). I was at work on Saturday morning so Chris and Theo dropped me off and went home for a couple of hours, they love a bit of Theo and gramps time.
The morning went really quick (luckily) and before I know it they were picking me back up. I wanted to pop into the town (the city centre) to go to the travel agents to book a trip for our wedding anniversary. I can’t actually believe it but Chris and I are celebrating out tenth wedding anniversary and we are so happy about this.
Apparently most marriages only last seven years these days which is shocking to us, I hope this fact is not true and even if it is, it is not going to be part of our story. We decided to book to go away but did not know where all we knew was the dates we had booked off from work. We parked the car in Princes Quay one of the three shopping centres in Hull town centre and headed off to the nearest travel agent.
We were going to book a week in Ibiza as we had so much fun last time we went and it was ten years ago since we went just after our honeymoon.
We looked at various different trips but we were really tight on time and would of ended up flying back him and having to go straight into work on the Saturday so decided to change destination and trip length so we had a bit of time to breathe. We settled on Amsterdam, I love Van Gogh and his work ( I even have my own exhibition in our hallway at home, posters obviously) so where better to go than Amsterdam the home of the Van Gogh Museum.
The lady in the travel agent was really nice even though we were there about 2 hours as her computer kept crashing. We eventually found the hotel a couple of miles out of Amsterdam centre and a flight which takes just over an hour. That’s the shortest flight we will have been on.
At last we got out of the travel agents and went for something to eat, it is hungry work sat in travel agents. We went to a place called Wings, its an “all you can eat” multi cultural buffet. We have not been there yet and did not know what we were missing. What a mistake that was! It was amazing, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japenese…… Chris had the great idea, he would try and eat his way through all the countries in the restaurant.
That turned out to not be a great idea. He had three out of four countries and pancakes and icecream. I really don’t know where he puts it. What he forgot was we had quite a walk back to the car and in his ‘stuffed state’ was sorry he’s ate so much. He couldn’t wait to get home. Lol! We promised Theo a trip to the toy shop as he had been so good in town, he chose a Paw Patrol toy.
This was a good choice as it has kept him quiet for hours. Finally we set off home to have a rest or so we thought!!!! We got in everything was fine until we went to turn the tv on. As I went towards the TV my foot got wet, has Theo spilt his drink when I was at work?, I asked. No! Why? Chris asked. Well the carpets wet! Ok I don’t know why. I pulled the curtain back and that was wet too.
Then it hit me! Literally a small jet of water hit me. The radiator had burst and the water was coming out all over the floor. We are not sure how long it had been leaking as the curtain was covering the hole.
Chris luckily knew what to do and turned the radiator off but the water did not stop. Chris explained to me the radiator was full of water and would carry on leaking until it was emptied so we put bowls under it to catch the water.
I called the insurance to get them to send an emergency plumber. Guess what? Did you guess? We were not covered for emergency water leak! Nooooooooooooo! But we are covered for the damage the water causes!? Great but the water is still leaking out of the radiator and we still need a plumber. Just to top the conversation the insurance man said and don’t forget your excess is £300.
Nooooooooooo! I hung up and then remembered we also have British Gas cover so I called them. Yes madam he said this is covered on your policy! Yesssssssss! I will send a plumber. Yesssssssss! Thank you so much. In the next four hours! Nooooooooo! The water is still leaking out of the radiator. Can you get them here any quicker? No sorry that’s the emergency appointment time!
Ok reluctantly I hung up. We waited and waited and waited. Four hours, five hours, six hours and now the time is midnight. The gas man is not coming now and the water is still leaking but the radiator must be nearly empty by now!? We finally gave up and went to bed leaving this scene. Carpet soaking, pointless insurance policies and a very unhappy and tired me!
We all fell asleep and woke up this morning in a panic running down stairs to check the status of the radiator. Luckily it was just dripping now it was finally empty, more or less. At this point we are still waiting for the plumber but have to drop Theo back to his mummy and daddy so will have to wait to call the plumber back and see when they will be coming. So for now I can’t tell you any more but we will update you soon on this and a few other ongoing blog posts. Again thanks for reading.
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So by now you will all know how much my family means to me and you have all got to know me and my family through my blog so I thought I would share a few personal photos of the first few days of Theo’s life. I thought i could also give you and insight into why the world was brighter with Theo in it. I was at work when I found out my daughter was in labour as I have said in a previous blog “Welcome to the world Theo” but I did not really share many photos of that day and the following few days so here are some. I hope you like them as much as we do.
Here is Theo literally a few minutes old. I knew the first time he held onto my finger he would be the greatest love of my life. People say the greatest love of your life is your husband or your children and don’t get me wrong I love them all but the day Theo was born something magical happened to me.
I can’t describe what it was but I can only say watching him being born made it all make sense. I was actually speechless and this never happens lol! When I had my children I loved them so much but I was young and had actually no idea what I was doing.
I ‘winged it’ for years. I love them dearly but I wish i knew what i was doing as i would have been able to bring them up better. I am not saying i did a bad job as they have both turned out great but i could not direct them like i would have liked to.
Does any one else feel like they could have done better or is it just me? Hopefully not just me! Anyway off I go rambling again. Back to Theo, after i got over the shock of being a granny, a young – ish looking granny lol !
I made a promise to myself, now I knew what I was doing i was going to make sure my daughter, son and grandson would never suffer like i did when i was young or even when i was older. I decided i was going to make sure they had what i never had when i was growing up.
Support, help, love and guidance. These are the things I needed and never got and i will not let my family grow up without any of those things. I do not know what its like to have all those things and only received this from my self-made family when i was older. The moral of my story is no matter what type of parent you think you are you can always improve but as long as there is love for your children you wont go wrong.
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When we were small Chris and I weirdly both liked a lot of the same things, growing up this did not change much. We liked the same music, the same television programs. We loved comedies, the old UK ones like Bless this House and George and Mildred. We knew the same people even though we had never met until 12 years ago.
One of the things we both love to do is going to the places where our favourite tv programmes were filmed or if they were true stories like The Krays (as you may of read in one of my other blogs) go and have a rummage around where all the drama took place. Again we were planning what we could do in our next trip to London, i mean it’s not like you can ever run out of things to do in London.
Although it seems sometimes everything happens in London and i do wish more things would happen closer to home. (Spoiler Alert Victoria the series is being filmed in Hull at the moment) We were watching some of the oldies but goodies (old comedy programmes) over the last few months as it had been really bad and cold winter, remember the Beast from the East or as i like to call it the Breath Of Death.
We had watched all of the of the Carry on films and the entire set of George & Mildred. If you have not heard of the then please go and buy them and watch if you like comedy you will split your sides laughing. Back to the story we started looking for another series to watch and the Man about the House movie came on the tv. We had forgotten about this little gem of English tv. It is a sitcom about man and wife living in London.
The poor man is a down trodden nagged to death by his overbearing wife downstairs from an unlikely trio of flatmates, two girls and an oversexed man but the results are so funny, check it out it is really tv gold, so we went out and bought the series. Several nights later after binge watching the entire set Chris said this is where we can go, what is? i asked Lets go and find where they filmed Man about the House!! Yes that’s a great idea, we both loved them as kids and we are actually going walk in the footsteps of TV giants.
They were very big stars in the UK or maybe even the world i am not sure as we were only kids when they were at the height of their fame. Off we went. We had researched obviously as we would not of known where they were filmed. We started off on Garden Road in North West London towards Alma Square which is where the House is where the filming took place. When we arrived at Alma Square we went to Hamilton Gardens to the row of houses and general area the sitcom was filmed.
We were beyond excited when we arrived as we could not believe this area was even still here let alone we had a chance to come here. When we were researching some of the places we wanted to go they had either been filmed in studios or the locations had long since been demolished. This is really upsetting as some of our childhood film and programmes were gone and we could never visit them. Its like when you love an actor or a singer and you find out the have passed away.
I asked Chris to take me to see Luther Vandross only to be told he had passed away, i was devastated i always wanted to see him he was one of my all time heroes. We walked around the area and spoke to a few people asking for directions and if they could help us with any details of the area. One man did not even know he lived on the same street where Man About the House was filmed, we were surprised by this as if we lived in London we would probably find out the history of the area as so much has been filmed around London over the years.
As we were in London and we had found the area quite easily we still had quite a bit of time left so decided we would go and see Borough Market for something to eat and to kill two birds with one stone pop and see another film location of another famous film we both love, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The main street where the main characters lived next to the taxi rank in the film was set just around the corner.
We have seen this film so many times i cant tell you how many but to go and stand on the street where it was filmed Woooooooooo Hoooooooooo this is one-off our bucket list. I know what type of bucket list has film locations on it? well ours does! It’s not all of it an there are a lot on it but we are getting through the list but that’s another blog lol! So we went to Borough Market and had something to eat from memory i thing i had Chinese food but then i have Chinese food everywhere i go as i love Chinese food. Sorry i have gone off on so many tangents in this blog but writing sets my mind off thinking of a million different things and a million different places. Try living with me LOL! It’s a lot of fun! Back to Borough, so we had something to eat and then walked the short way down Park St to those famous green doors (just in case you ever go this is also a site which appears on another one of our favourite shows Not Going Out, another sitcom.) We took some photos of us posing in front of the taxi rank and the flat, what surprised us most was on the film it was a dead-end street but in real life it was not as it had a train bridge at the end of it so was not a dead-end.
So there we were walking in the footsteps of our hero’s on another adventure in the life, loves, family and travels of thegotogirlsblog
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Chris and I were born in Hull, Yorkshire. UK and have lived here all our lives. Although we travel around a bit to other parts of the UK and around the world our hearts belong to the town we live in. All our families are here and we could never leave ( unless they all came with us lol). Our love of Hull got us thinking about all the places in Hull we have been and some of the treasures our town has and thought we would go and see if we could find some hidden treasures.