We went to Bristol the weekend after my Birthday. We had lots of grand plans but they were all laid to rest by me having a very sore knee and horrendous weather. We were meant to go to parkrun at Ashton Court, do the cliff walks at Cheddar Gorge and visit the gym and spa. We actually did none of that but did visit Weston-Super-Mare, Cheddar and Bristol city centre.
Below are some pictures from our trip.
Weston Super Mare
Weston Super Mare was beautiful but absolutely freezing as there was a really strong wind blowing the whole time. I loved the beach huts, they’re such pretty colours. The ones at the beach near me are bottle green! I’d much rather they looked like this.
My purchases from Cheddar! Whisky and Cheese! In case you’re wondering the Tomatin Whisky was my favourite and the Cave Matured Cheese was my favourite.
We stayed at Cadbury House Hotel and Spa in Congresbury. We bought our stay on points which meant 3 nights in a suite cost us £17! The hotel was beautiful and our room was lovely. We had no complaints. The bathroom was in the room though not separate! We didn’t mind but I wonder if others would. They also had Guinea Fowl at the hotel who were very noisy during the day! Thankfully as soon as dusk came they left.
In and Around Bristol
We had breakfast in Costa Coffee one morning and I tried their Coconut Vanilla Latte. It was absolutely beautiful!
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a big tourist must see. It’s a shame the weather was horrendous as I’d have been tempted to get out and take pictures but the views weren’t great as a result of the heavy rain.
These bowler hat lightshades were in the bathrooms of one of the shopping centres we went to. I thought they were pretty quirky so snapped a picture.
I really enjoyed Bristol and the surrounding area. It’s definitely somewhere I’d like to revisit in better weather and without a sore knee!
September seems to have been and gone in a flash and as a result I don’t feel like I’ve done much but never the less. Here is my September roundup!
Firstly in September I won a competition! I’ve never won anything before in my life so I was pretty amazed when I won this gorgeous palette on a giveaway over at Sophie’s Blog
One evening after work we decided to go to JoJo Gelato in Fareham. I had this scrummy Nutella and Cookie supreme crepe. It was so good, especially after a hard day at work.
We also visited the Waitrose Farm Shop. Here is the post about our visit.
In Lee-on-the-Solent there was a super low tide on 18th September. I’m still discovering new things about living by the sea and this was one of them. The photo doesn’t do it justice but the sea really was a lot further out than usual.
At the end of September we went to Wales for 4 nights. I’ve never visited Wales before so it was nice to explore somewhere new. There’s a more detailed post to follow.
In September I did 8 blog posts which I think might be a record for me! If you missed any, they’re linked below:
Florida, the Sunshine State, we’ve all heard of it and the attractions it has to offer. Disney, Universal etc. We all know them but below are some of the places that aren’t always talked about, places where you’re less likely to find tourists and more likely to find locals. As with my Scottish Travel Guide where possible I have include the Wiki sites of the places mentioned and all the links open in a new tab/window.
Titusville – Titusville is a small Florida town that is a gateway to some amazing places. However don’t just drive through it. If you’re a fan of seafood then you have to visit Dixie Crossroads where they do amazing Rock Shrimp and one of the nicest Key Lime Pies I’ve found. Be sure to check out the water they have around the restaurant where you’ll see Turtles and Fish as well as their Shrimp statues (above) that are fun to take a selfie or two with!
Canaveral Seashore – The Playalinda Beach (Spanish for beautiful beach) is only $5 a day to park up and really enjoy the Florida weather and is close to Titusville. When we went the sea was as warm as bath water! As you can see from the picture (above) it wasn’t as full as Brighton Beach on a Summers Day that’s for sure!
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge & Blackpoint Wildlife Drive – Again close to Titusville and well worth spending some time at, especially if you enjoy wildlife. You’re bound to spot Alligators, Turtles, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Water Fowl and Herons all in their natural habitat.
Old Haulover Canal– Come straight out of the Wildlife Drive and head to the Old Haulover Canal to view Manatees swimming right up to the shore so long as it’s the warmer weather months you are pretty much guaranteed to see them. Above are three we spotted one time we went.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park– If you go to Florida at a time when Manatees aren’t at the Old Haulover Canal then why not pay a visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park? It has manatees there the whole year round. There are also other animals there such as Eagles, Alligators and Lu the Hippo who we found to be a bit of a show off!
That’s all for my Florida travel guide. I hope you’ve found it useful if you plan on visiting Florida or if you just wanted to read about Florida and some of the places it has to offer. Now why not look at my Scotland Travel Guide?
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Scotland has so much to offer. There are beautiful landscapes a plenty, great places to shop and plenty of opportunities for adventure. I’ve holidayed in Scotland many times now and I’ve done the common tourist sites and have started looking for more. Where are the places that aren’t always talked about? The following places were all accessed from Inverness where we stayed in a beautiful lodge situated just outside the capital of the Highlands. Where possible I’ve linked each place to it’s Wiki article for you to find out more. All of the links open in a new tab/window.
Smoo Cave– Is located in the village of Durness on the A838 road. Smoo Cave is a large sea and fresh water cave made of multiple chambers. Within is a beautiful water fall that drops in to the cave through a sink hole. There are steps leading you down to the cave so some physical fitness is needed. There are also toilets, something handy to know when exploring the Highlands!
The other side of Loch Ness– Everyone has heard of Loch Ness and the famous Loch Ness Monster but most people explore the West side of the Loch where the gift shops and tourist attractions are located, but seldom travel the East side of the Loch. Driving around the East side of the Loch is beautiful. There are some wonderful views and perfect Kodak moments that seem to change with the seasons. The above picture was taken in September but visit in Spring and its much greener rather than the autumnal orange and browns seen here. As you visit the other side of Loch Ness you’ll pass through a couple of small villages such as Dores and Foyers. When passing through Foyers be sure to stop off at…
The Falls of Foyers – The Falls of Foyers has two waterfalls located just off the B852. It’s a short descend down from the road through a lovely woodland walk. The Falls of Foyers are from the River Foyers which feeds in to Loch Ness.
Mallaig – Mallaig is a port town on the West Coast of the Highlands. There are two options to get there, drive or go on the train. You can catch the regular train but for a treat why not pay to travel on the The Jacobite steam train aka The Hogwarts Express. This can be caught from Fort William and will take you to Malaig where you’re free to explore for an hour or two and then back again. You travel over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct where Ron and Harry fly the Ford Anglia. Mallaig is home to many beautiful seafood restaurants.
Mallaig – If you prefer to drive to Mallaig be sure to stop off at the Glenfinnan visitors centre situated on the A830 road. If you’re feeling fit there’s a climb from the car park up to a viewing point where there are stunning views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Using the viewing point gives you a closer view of going up the Glenfinnan monument. You can also visit Loch Shiel here which is known as Hogwarts Black Lake.
Dunnet Head– Most people believe John O’ Groats to be the most Northerly point of Great Britain but actually it’s Dunnet Head! There’s a lighthouse and some old buildings from World War 2 to look at and if you go at the right time of year there are Puffins nesting. For another place to visit try Duncansby Head which is the furthest place by road from Land’s End in Cornwall and is easy to visit after John O’ Groats and Dunnet Head.
Loch Morlich– Loch Morlich is a freshwater loch near Aviemore. It is so pretty and picturesque. In the day it is a hot bed for water sports but go on a late Autumn evening and you’ll get some beautiful pictures of the sun setting and reflecting on the water. Loch Morlich, unusually for a Loch, has an award winning beach!
Rogie Falls– Rogie Falls are a series of water falls near Contin on the A835 road. There’s a car park that allows you to park up and explore these water falls easily. The views are simply stunning.
That’s all for my Scottish travel guide. I hope you’ve found it useful if you plan on visiting Scotland or if you just wanted to read about Scotland and some of the places it has to offer.