Planning holidays is like eating Pringles. Once you pop you can’t stop! Literally!
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks planning my upcoming trips to the Cannes Film Festival and Jamaica, both in May, but in the back of my mind I’m already thinking about my next fix! I’m so lucky and feel really grateful that this blog means lots of travel for my little family.
I’m taking my Mum to Portugal in June and we have a holiday in Italy in July.
This summer though, I’m quite keen for a weekend away with just Peter. After the debacle of passport gate earlier this year, where we had to holiday separately I would love to have some quality time just the two of us.
Plus, as we celebrated our 10 years anniversary a few weeks ago, I think we both deserve a little treat!
I’ve been looking into the perfect weekend break destinations here and abroad. Check out my shortlist and I’d love to hear your suggestions too.
Photo by Adrain Snood
London will always hold a special place in mine and Peter’s hearts, as it played such a significant part in our relationship – it was where we first met, where we had our first date and then spent an incredible 6 years together in our pre-kids life. Plus, nowadays when I visit London it tends to be for work, so I would relish the opportunity to reacquaint myself with this awe-inspiring city that I once called home, as a tourist.
Even though I spent 11 years in total living in the Capital as I studied there as well, there’s always so much to do, see and explore there. On the top of my list is trip up The Shard for a spot of afternoon tea!Imagine that view. I love this list of Romantic Restaurants in London by Time Out for inspiration too.
Being the most romantic city in the world, Paris is obviously a strong contender. It’s the perfect destination for lovebirds and as Peter is part French with a Parisian great-grandmother this is a perfect place for us.
I was lucky to have bought my second wedding dress by designer Cymbeline Paris (yes I was lucky enough to have 2 weddings to the same man) so Mum and I used my dress fitting days in Paris as an excuse to soak up the culture with museum and art gallery visits, shopping and gorgeous food.
What to do as a couple?
After a day enjoying The Musee D’Orsay and espresso as we people-watched at pretty cafes, I would spend the evening walking the picturesque streets, hand in hand with Peter, before dining at a charming Parisian restaurant by candlelight. Ooh la la!
Reykjavik has been on my ‘wish list’ for a while now, but I haven’t had chance to visit so I’m thinking this might be the perfect opportunity. The city itself is home to fantastic galleries, restaurants, hotels and spas. And if that’s not enough, right on the city’s doorstep is the most breathtaking natural wonders – from Nauthólsvík thermal beach to the red hills of Heidmörk and of course the majestic Northern Lights. Truly captivating.
The destination for a romantic break, Edinburgh is steeped in history with the most remarkable architecture complemented by many a cosy hideaway. I love the idea of stargazing at the Edinburgh Royal Observatory and of course enjoying a romantic picnic at the famous Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park.
Photo by Alessandro Caproni
The setting of everyone’s favourite love story (after Kimye of course….;) ), Romeo and Juliet, fair Verona naturally oozes romance.
The city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is bustling with culture. My first stop would be to attend an opera at the city’s Roman amphitheatre, which survived a 12th-century earthquake to become the city’s legendary open-air opera house with seating for 30,000 people. Wow!
So have I missed anywhere off my shortlist?
Where would you recommend?