Tatton Park is an historic estate in Cheshire, north of the town of Knutsford.
It hosts a yearly programme of events organised in the hall, garden and parkland.These include the annual RHS Show Tatton Park, car shows, concerts, courses and craft and antique fairs. Parts of the hall and gardens can be hired for celebrations, weddings, conferences and meetings.
On 2nd and 3rd February Tatton Park held its annual Bride: The Wedding Show inside a grand marquee. Now in its 18th year, the event is perfect for couples in the North West looking for inspiration.
It was my first time there and a chance to connect with the local suppliers. I indulged in a glass of fizz at the stylish champagne bar and gorged on cake and ice cream! There were plenty ideas for bridalwear, menswear, bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding outfits all showcased at the catwalk show. Throughout the day there was live singing from a variety of musicians including AMC Gospel Choir, String Fusion and Soul Revolver.
The luxuriously dressed marquee area was presented by Mahood Marquees, which reflected a perfect wedding set up with a stunning laid table, lavish decorations, and an amazing atmosphere. All the exhibitors were welcoming and had nothing but great things to say about the show! Definitely one to think about exhibiting at next year! For those who's nuptials are a way off, I recommend attending for ideas and inspiration.
It's a new year and I cant believe how quick January has gone! It has helped that I have been super busy, so not had chance to think about how cold it is outside and how rubbish the weather is!
Since my last post in September (I should be ashamed of my self!) I've given my logo a bit of a make over, booked in weddings for June and July, exhibited at a wedding Fair and booked my flights for 2 weddings abroad! Once I get motivated here's no stopping me!
The main purpose of this supposedly short post is to give you the heads up (if you don't already know) of the colour trend of 2019!
Pantone reports on colour forecasts across current and future seasons. Every winter they announce the "colour of the year". Influences include film and design, visual art, nature, fashion, sports and photography. For 2019 'Living coral' is the colour of the year with the leading elements being nature.
Expect to see Living Coral in its varying shades, along side complimentary colours, from invitations, flowers, to cakes, center pieces and back drops.
Kenya, East Africa
Who doesn't want to see wild animals up close and personal in their natural habitat!? Definitely something I want to experience, going to the zoo just doesn't cut it for me!
What to do
Giraffe Centre, Nairobi
This centre, which protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe or hand-feed the giraffes
Today the population numbers more than 300, and the centre has successfully released these giraffes into Lake Nakuru National Park (home to around 45 giraffes), Mwea National Reserve, Ruma National Park and Nasalot National Reserve.
Prices start from $64 (around £50.00) upwards depending on the tour, but if I were you I would make the most of the visit and see as much as possible. That even includes visiting the Nairobi Elephant orphanage.
There’s nothing more famous about Kenya than going on a safari to one of the many national parks or reserves located throughout the country. The most famous wildlife viewing sanctuaries include Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Tsavo East.
Safaris can be on the expensive side, but observing African animals in their natural habitat including the big 5 (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and white/black rhinos) is a once in a lifetime experience and probably well worth it!
Now I'm not one for extreme sports or activities especially ones that involve water! So i will sit this one out! For those dare devils though you can River Raft the Tana River, Whitewater raft and kayak on the Tana River. When you're not screaming for your life, you can take the opportunity to view Kenya’s nature from the river!
Hell's Gate, National Park
Named after a narrow crack in the cliffs, once a tributary of a prehistoric lake, this national park north-west of Nairobi. Visitors can walk among buffalo, zebra, eland and Thomson’s gazelle and see baboons scratching each other. Prepare to be rendered silent by the beauty of the Njorowa gorge’s red sandstone walls.
With a long coastline along the indian ocean, Kenya is home to some of the most incredible beaches (Nyali, Diani, Bamburi Beach, Malindi). Whether you want to swim snorkel or surf, most of the beaches offer some sort of activity. There are also plenty bars and restaurants in the areas.
Where to stay
You can sleep under the stars Loisaba Lodge is set in a 61,000 acre reserve, and guests can experience the wilderness by night in private huts open to the skies a 20-minute drive from the main building.
*Angama Mara, Masai Mara
*Nay Palad Bird Nest
Kenya shilling (136 KSH = 1GBP)
It is advised to also take some U.S. Dollars, as some places will only accept these as currency.
Kenyan authorities introduced an e-visa system in 2015, meaning British travellers no longer need apply for entry documents before travelling, or queue at the airport for all the right stamps. A single entry visa costs $51 per person (£39) and the e-visa site is linked from the Foreign Office’s Kenya travel advice page. Ensure that you use the official e-visa website to avoid being scammed by fake providers.
Las Vegas, USA
The city that never sleeps, or is that New York?! Either way, Vegas is not for the faint hearted. If you are going to relax and chill, then this is not the place for you! For starters it’s HOT, like really hot! We went in September and it got to 45 degrees, I could only sit out in the sun for 30 minutes max, before I was running inside for shade and air con. Even though we were there for 10 days, we packed in as much as possible and still didn't get to do it all.
Vegas isn't just about casino's and the nightlife, it has a lot of history behind it. Downtown Vegas is where it all happened with the main strip with its extravagant hotels being an added extra. A taxi driver actually told us that the main source of income for Vegas isn't the casino's but gold and I think possibly oil, but I might be making that bit up!
Trip was booked through My America Holiday and we got a fantastic deal. I expected to be bored on an 8.5hr flight, but as soon as we took off we were given drinks and snacks and food then more drinks, snacks and food. A great selection of inflight films to choose from. It was great and I normally hate flying.
What to do
You could easily spend 2 days just checking out the hotels, which are beyond massive. The Americans know how to make an impression!
One activity I had to do whilst I was there was the Grand Canyon and it was well worth the bumpy plane ride!
There are 2 parts to the Canyon, West Rim and South Rim. We booked for the South Rim as this gave us more for our money. Pick up and drop off from the hotel (nearly got left behind!), plane ride (seats 12 people so it's tiny), hop on to a bus that took you to the national park, 30 mins taking pics, head to another area where you get lunch spend 20 mins there, head back to the plane (25 min flight ), then back on the bus home. It's an all day activity so don't try and cram anything else in as you won't have tome. You can add an additional experience by going on the helicopter tour as well, but that could set you back by another $200.
Take plenty money, as it is very expensive (bottled water $10, Vodka & Cranberry $20). How you spend it is up to you, but I would make sure you keep money separate for tips and cab rides.
House Of Blues
Located inside the Mandalay Hotel, HoB offers authentic American food with live music every night. Book in advance as this places gets full quickly. Food portions are HUGE. Ordered Calamari as a starter and it was enough to feed another 4 people! It's either go big or go home!
Cirque Du Soleil
I would go back to Vegas just to see all of these shows. It was spectacular! Some shows are more expensive than others and i think this is based on the hotel it's located in. We watched Mystere at Treasure Island hotel. Tickets were purchased whilst we were over there and actually worked out cheaper than buying them in advance. You can't really take pictures, but if you are slick enough like me, you can manage to sneak one or two, just remember to turn off your flash!
Where to stay
We stopped at the Luxor, which is at the start of the strip. This is a 20 min ride from the airport and cost us $35! Side note if you don't wait or collect your change, they will assume it's a tip as I learnt as soon as I got there. Taxi driver took the $5 change and I didn't even hear him drive off in his electric car! Start of the holiday I was already down by $5!
Rooms at the Luxor were slightly dated, but big and comfortable. After looking at the other hotels and their locations, I would opt for staying near the centre, that way you are closer to all the bars, clubs restaurants and shopping centres. This should cut down on your taxi rides too!
Right next door to the Luxor was the Mandalay Hotel. This hotel is fantastic and we spent most of our time there as there was more to do in regards to food and entertainment. After walking up and down the strip nearly every day, I realised our location was a tad poor. Being right at the bottom means either walking for 30-40 mins or getting a taxi to your destination. You can use the mono rail, but you have to walk to the main station in order to get on it and go else where.
It's been a while since I last ventured across to the Greek islands, but my next trip will be August 2019 for my cousin's wedding in Rhodes.
Greece is steeped in history with plenty to see and do, so this destination is definitely more for the budding tourist. If you don't fancy trekking round ancient ruins in the baking heat, then head to the beach! Regardless of what island you choose you will find sand to lay on!
Santorini is the go-to island for couples and a haven for honeymooners, with is clear waters white, washed buildings and sunsets out on the Aegean Sea, it's a popular wedding destination to tie the knot.
Where to stay
Vedema is in the village of Megalochori with the town square and village church only a minute walk away. The 45 rooms at this hotel have views of the village homes or the surrounding rolling vineyards. Vedma's sister property Mystique, is set in Oia. It has a secret wine cellar, and it's 22 cave-style rooms are terraced into the cliff face, providing that classic Santorini experience.
Vedema, Megalochori, 84700, Santorini; +30 22860 81796; prices start from €223 per night for a suite
Mystique, Oia, 84702, Santorini; +30 22860 71114; prices start from €648 per night for a suite
For July and August this place comes alive with revellers ascending in their droves for the night life! If all that hubbub isn't for you then sneak off to Hotel Kivotos, on Ornos Bay. Set on a hill with steps down to a peaceful rocky beach, it's an ideal refuge to refuel and recharge.
Hotel Kivotos, Ornos Bay, 84600, Mykonos; +30 22890 24094; prices start from €506 per night for a suite
What to do
Mount Olympus - I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and Mount Olympus is probably one of the most famous mountains in the world and is not be missed off your itinerary. If you're up for the challenge then you can climb the mountain. You will need to travel to Litochoro where you can trek part way or all the way to the top. Don't forget it will be hot, so be prepared!
Dive with dolphins - Rumors say that they hang out in Halkidiki, in North Sporades, around Kythera and in some areas in Crete.
Scuba dive - You can more or less scuba dive anywhere in the world. This is a must and if I wasn't such a chicken, I would attempt it again!
Volcanoes - Go to Sousaki, Methana, Milos, Nisyros, Santorini.
Festivals - There are different traditional Greek festivals (Panigiri) happening all around Greece, especially during summer time, but also in Spring. Attend an Easter celebration in Greece in Corfu or mainland. Attend the Sardine celebration or the Tomatoe (or tomato) celebration and more.
My last post touched briefly on my trip to Paris and I promised to elaborate further on this one.
On our arrival, we experienced the hustle and bustle of the Latin quarter. It has music, people, food and a great atmosphere. Every narrow street leads off to somewhere new, which is probably why I almost got lost!
What to do
Eiffel Tower - Looks fantastic at night with all its lights flashing. We didn't bother going up it though as the queues are long and you can pretty much see the city from any high building or point.
Musee Du Louvre - I can't tell you how stunning this museum is. Its absolutely huge, but for all the beautiful pieces of art and sculptures it houses it has to be. If you like that sort of thing then you could easily spend all day, so wear comfortable footwear. Entry fee was about €15 and you get to keep your fancy ticket as a souvenir.
Yves Saint Laurent Museum - For a mere entrance fee of €10, you can do the tour in 2hrs, but as we were cramming a lot in one day, we did it all in an hour.
Sacré-Cœur - The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known simply as Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and a popular landmark. It’s located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city and you get a cracking view of the city! To appreciate this view however you do have to climb stairs. I don’t do stairs! I gave up after 6 steps, but persevered to the top........it was well worth the moaning and sweating!
We took a midnight walk on the Champs Elysées and got as close as possible to the Arc du Triomphe without getting run over by the ridiculous amount of traffic! Paris has such a different vibe about it on a night time, less tourists, but still has a buzz that makes you want to stay out until sunrise.
One of the main streets for shopping is Rue du Rivoli where we were able to appreciate the architectural beauty of Parisian apartment buildings. The city has a ton of history which you just can't absorb all in a weekend.
I would say Paris can be a ideal for both a short weekend and also a quick honeymoon break, all depending on what you intend to do whilst you're there. Either way you will have so much fun and won't want to come home. It rained whilst we were there (typical!) but that didn't stop us from enjoying the sights. A rainy day in Paris beats a rainy day in England hands down!
Where to stay - Paris is a massive city and it's not until you arrive that you realise all the famous and well known tourist attractions are not close by! So you have to decide what you want to be closest to or better yet stay in a district that has regular metro links to other areas. We stayed in the 10th district and were only 100m from the metro/tube station (La Chapelle). Top Tip - purchase your tickets for the metro in advance for the length of time you are there, it makes it easier and less hassle when you need to get on the train. Plus you get a free map too!
I've listed other places we looked at through Airbnb and Booking.com, but note that you get what you pay for in terms of location, size of room and amenities.
Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Last visited in 2012, I learnt to appreciate the beauty of this island. It's not all just about the parties, Ibiza has some stunning places to explore and see. Ideal for more of a stag/hen parties if you go to San Antonio, but if you are looking for a more chilled out vibe, then the rest of the island is at your disposable from golden beaches, quite villages to yoga retreats. My aunty had her honeymoon in Ibiza and loved it! I do think another trip is in order for 2019!
Break from the nightlife and super clubs and head to Ibiza's south-coast capital Eivissa (Ibiza Town). There is plenty to do and see in Eivissa from sight seeing, shopping to fine dining. This town is full of history and architecture with museums and galleries hidden away down narrow cobbled streets.
Where to stay - There are numerous options depending on which part of the island you chose to reside in and how much time you think you will spend in the hotel.
*Mirador de Dalt Vila at Placa d'Espanya
*Cas Gasi, Santa Gertrudis
*El Corsario, Carrer Ponent
*Ses Pitreras, San Agustin
*Hotel Xereca, Puig d'en Valls
What to do - You can either make the most of the sunshine by laying on the beaches sipping cocktails or you could add a little culture to your trip. The choice is yours! Ibiza has some stunning views, so I would take full advantage of those whilst you're there.
*Museu d'Art Contemporani d' Eivissa
*Lips Reartes at Carrer Porreres
*Visit Dalt Vila (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
*Boat trips ( head to Es Vedra to watch the sunset )
*Beaches (Playa d'en Bossa and Talamanca)
*Scuba Diving (I've done this and it's a worthwhile experience!)
Thailand has become a popular tourist attraction over the years known for it's golden tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces and temples. With over 2,000 miles of coastline, 8,000 islands to choose from all with great photo opportunities, what's not to love about this place!
Bangkok is the cosmopolitan capital of Thailand bursting at the seams with life, buzzing with tuk-tuks and markets and fascinating sightseeing prospects. If you want to get to grips with Thai culture and history then this is your first pit stop. Head for the old town area, known as Ratanakosin for a dose of culture and temples.
Accessible only by boat, but just a 15-minute ride from Ao Nang, the busiest parts of Railay are sandwiched between Hat Railay East and Hat Railay West and Hat Tham Phra Nang. As it becomes more popular, it still remains much less-developed than Ko Phi-Phi. For all those thrill seekers out there if you love rock-climbing, then this is an ideal place for you as long as you don't mind the company of the wildlife on the way up. A back drop that you would expect to see in a film, Railay provides stunning scenery from the beaches to the jungle.
What to do - Hot-air ballooning, kite surfing, walking with elephants, nearly every imaginable activity can be done out in Thailand.
A Thai massage is not for the faint hearted, but if you don't fancy being contorted into various pretzel shapes then you can learn how to inflict the pain on others! There are training centres that you can register at in Chaing May (Northern Thailand) where you can sign up for 5, 2 or 1 day courses.
Fancy brushing up on your culinary skills to wow your friends back home? Then try your hand at a cooking school. A the most a lesson can cost is a £46pp (about 1950 Thai Baht) which includes a trip to Thanin market and instruction by a top chef. For a more budget option, check out the Chiang Mai Thai Farm Cooking School which offers hands-on, small-group classes. At £24pp ( just over 1,000 Thai Baht) this includes food and transfers.
Alternatively you can do something more therapeutic and head on out to the Elephant Nature Park some 40 miles from Chiang Mai. The park has been rescuing and rehabilitating elephants since the 1990s. Visitors can spend the day feeding, swimming with and walking alongside the herd in their 200-acre habitat. Now this sounds like my ideal trip.
Food - I'm not much of an adventurous eater, so I think I would struggle a little out in Thailand, but I'd be prepared to try at least one exotic food as long as its not bugs!
The main food of Thailand is Khao niao or sticky rice which is traditionally steamed and is eaten as a staple food both in the northeast as in the north of Thailand.
If your staying in the capital then head to China Town ( also known as Yaowarat to the locals) Khao gang (curry rice) is a fixture on Bangkok’s streets. A popular breakfast and lunch option for diners on the go, curry rice is a selection of curries and stir-fries, any combination of which can be piled on to a plate of rice.
Most of the food in Thailand you would be content with eating, its just with an extra spicy kick of flavours!
Be warned, bugs are eaten as snacks and can be found on numerous market stalls, but once deep fried and heavily salted, I'm sure they taste just like Ready Salted crisps! You only live once so bite the bullet and snack on a few grasshoppers, giant water bugs (huge btw!) crickets and silk worms! It will be something to tell the grandkids one day!
Where to stay - A vast amount of places to chose from, all depending on which part of the island you are staying at. Hosts on Air bnb offer some great accommodation, prices and availability vary on the time of year you travel. Again depending on location, you can opt for apartments in the capital, hotels by the beach or tents in the jungle (not your average tent may I add!)
If you really want to go all out and splurge (it's your honeymoon why not!), then treat yourself to a 5* luxury stay at the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The pictures don't do it justice, so it's definitely a place to go on my bucket list.
Some how I was convinced by friends that Croatia was the place to be. Initially I wasn't sold on the idea and for some reason I was adamant it was an 8hr flight, so I certainly wasn't going! Eventually she twisted my arm and we packed our bags and headed to the airport on our way to Zadar. Both times we've gone have been for festivals, but we ensure that we always take in the local culture and sights before coming home.
Flight times - Firstly it's not an 8hr flight it's less than 3hrs. Depending on which part of the UK you fly from, the airline and which part of Croatia you chose, flight times there and back can vary.
* Manchester - Zadar 2hrs 50
* Manchester - Zagreb 4hrs 20 mins with 1 stop.
* London Gatwick - Dubrovnik 2hrs 45 mins
* London Heathrow - Split 6hrs 1 stop
We stayed in the old town of Zcre which is not your typical old town my I add. it is a bustling HUGE town surrounded by the old walls and fortresses. On the other side you have the sea and a view to die for. There is so much to do in and around the town, I even found time to go to the Museum of Illusions. The Sea Organ is a must to see and hear. The Sun Salutation draws a big crowd round about sunset so get there early to get a good spot you won't be disappointed! Amazing food and the locals are so nice and accommodating. There's no pressure in to buying things or eating in restaurants you are just left to enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful town. Friends have recently come back from sailing around the islands in Croatia and say how beautiful and clean the water and beaches are. Even more reason to go!
Currency - Although in Europe, the local currency is Kuna. We got a really good exchange rate when we first went (£1=10 kuna) They will still however accept Euros, but you get more for your money with their currency. Everything is cheap, food, wine, excursions. I think my friends paid £1.50 for a large glass of wine, which is a bargain and it tasted nice! Whatever you do, don't try the Black Wine, apparently it's an acquired taste!
National Parks - Before we left England we planned ahead on what excursions we wanted to do. On the top of our list was visiting one of the 5 National Parks (Croatia also has 3 Nature Parks). To be honest, we typed in google 'National parks in Croatia' and went with the one that had the best picture! They are all stunning, but we opted to see Plitvice Lakes. Its an 1hr 20 mins ride and slightly higher up in the mountains so take a jumper. We went ready for the beach and had to purchase bright green jumpers to stay warm! Wear sensible shoes as this guided tour consists of lots of walking.Our guide was brilliant and ensured we had a fantastic time whilst we were out there. I took 100's of pictures of waterfalls, trees, mountains. It's breathtakingly beautiful so my pictures don't actually do it any justice!
Miami Beach is the best area in Miami for soaking up some rays on a sandy beach and it is something of a legend in the city. The beach itself technically outside of the Miami municipality as it is located on an island. Aside from the beaches, the area is also known for its Art Deco district and the odd but beautiful buildings within.
I've wanted to head out to South beach for years, but each time another holiday takes precedent and I end up not going. I think I have done enough research online to last me a life time! It's on my 'To do' list, I just need to convince a few more of the girls to go and SAVE SAVE SAVE!
Friend who have visited Miami, have gone at different times of the year. Some have gone for Spring break (May) others have gone later on in the year (November) Al have said that 10 days is plenty , but take plenty money as it's not cheap!
Ocean Drive is a popular tourist destination night and day and offers a great opportunity for those with a special interest in the unique skyline and scenes Miami has to offer. What I love about Miami are its art deco buildings which give the feeling of being on a Hollywood film set! The mixture of old and new architecture is what makes it exciting and gives it that glamorous edge!
Where to stay - As I've mentioned, I have been planning this trip for ages, so I had already decided (if funds allow) where I want to stay when I do finally go. I fell in love with the Mondrian - I have champagne taste and rola-cola money btw! It sits just on the water front and has the most stunning view. The décor inside the hotel is out of this world and may not be to every one's taste but I love it. Failing that if I can't stop there, then my 2nd option was renting a villa/ apartment through AirBnB. I've used this site before and find the whole process pretty straight forward. As long as you read the terms & conditions of each host, house rules etc, then you are good to go! Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are wanting to go. If you do opt for a rental and are not really going for your honeymoon, I would suggest going with a few others to cut down on the cost.
Things to do - Apart from soaking up the sun and sipping cocktails , there's plenty to do and see whilst in Miami.
The design District is known for its sleek modern architecture, luxury boutiques and art galleries.
Take full advantage of the epic views at lounges like the Mondrian's Sunset Lounge where you can take in the panoramic views of Biscayne Bay and Miami's downtown skyline.
If you're not interested in paying expensive club entry prices, then head down to Miami Beach’s infamous Jazid, a jazz club hosting an impressive selection of local bands and talent seven nights a week. best of all entry s free!
There are also a lot of free events that take place through out the year, from street festivals, fashion shows and art fairs. Depending on when you decide to go on honeymoon, check out what will be on when you get there.
So your wedding is booked, venue sorted, save the dates have gone out, all there is left to decide is where to go on honeymoon.
Now there are no hard and fast rules as to where newlyweds should go, it’s entirely up to you and your budget. Some chose to spend it relaxing, soaking up the sun and doing nothing. Others prefer to spend it sightseeing, taking in the local culture (depends where you've gone) mixed in with a bit of relaxation. Then you have those adventurous thrill seekers who love nothing more than exploring, being spontaneous, and doing various activities on land, water or sky!
I've picked my favourite top 10 destinations (in no particular order). It’s a mixed bag of places I've been myself vs. my bucket list faves that I'll be posting over the next week or so! I've included images (courtesy of Google and my trusty iphone) as well as links to articles on line that can provide more info and where to stay. Enjoy :)
I've some how managed to make this my regular trip 3 years running! First time was for a hen party and I've not looked back since! Each time I go, I see something totally different that I missed before. It's a beautiful city with lots of culture, history and good food. Guaranteed sunshine if you go in August, but I've been in February and enjoyed 20 degree heat. As it's more of a city break, I would recommend doing a Tuk Tuk tour, that way you get to see more of the stunning city without wearing out your feet! Nightlife is great and no one goes out before midnight! We usually find ourselves by the harbour watching the sunrise just before we head back home to get some shut eye and do it all again!
We visited A LOT of sights in the 4 days we were there. If history, architecture and striking views are your thing, I suggest checking these places out:
* Ajuda Palace (Palácio d'Ajuda)
* Mosteiro de Jerónimos
* Jardins de Belém
* Torre de Belém (Belém tower)
* Mercado de algés
* Cascais waterfront promenade
I'm a bit of a foodie, so when my friend suggest we go to the indoor market for food, I was totally convinced! My experience of indoor markets are fruit and veg stalls, smelly fish and butchers shouting out the latest deals on meat...........total opposite at this market! Well it was evening, so the food stalls had shut, but this food court was impressive! Rows of tables and high benches, a plethora of different types of delicious food to chose from (dirt cheap too!), a bar and live music. It was a great atmosphere ! I highly recommend visiting the indoor market (see link below).
Rooftop bars, for views, food etc ( Recommended by friends that are yet to take me there!)
* Sky bar
* Rio Maravilha
* Rooftop bar
* Memmo Alfama Terrace
Where to stay - As I stop at my friends family apartment when i visit, I've not had to think about accommodation, but I have been told that the below are the best places to lay your head for the duration of your trip.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Known for it's scuba diving and over water bungalows, Bora Bora is a popular luxury resort destination for many. The French Polynesia islands are home to 118 islands and atolls; including Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea and Papeete.
Tahiti and the capital of Bora Bora, Papeete are home to vibrant markets, culture rich museums and fantastic beaches.
When to go - November and April offer fine weather with temperatures ranging between 20- 30 degrees.
How to get there - As there's currently no airlines flying directly to Bora Bora from the UK you have to fly to Tahiti first. From there you can catch a flight using Air Tahiti. These run up to five times a day, and take 50 minutes. Expect to be travelling for some time, so I suggest that if you do plan on visiting this little gem in the Pacific Ocean, go for at least 10 days. That way you will still have 8 days to relax despite losing 2 days to travelling there and back.
Where to stay - With plenty options you can either stay at a resort, hotels or overwater bungalows.
While the best overwater bungalows are at the 4 and 5 star resorts, there are also some budget friendly overwater bungalows. To enjoy the true Bora Bora over water bungalow experience, you will want to stay in one of these. Be expected to spend a little bit more, but no doubt it will be worth every penny.
If being suspended over water isn't your thing then check out The Maitai Bora Bora. This hotel offers simple 'block' style of accommodation.The hotel has it's own small white sand beach, but it doesn't have a pool, gym, spa, or decadent sun-lounges to relax on. A well priced hotel for those on a budget.
The Conrad, the Four Seasons Resort and the St Regis Resort all offer world class luxury with dramatic views. Alternatively you can rent out a house or apartment. Make sure you check out the location thoroughly before booking, as most of them are not in the best locations for getting around Bora Bora.
AirBnB now advertises quite a few options for home-stays in Bora Bora. Before booking, make sure you check its location, and that the host offers help to get you around if it is located on a motu (little island). Otherwise you may find yourself stranded!
Every so often I lend a helping hand to my friends over at Hashtag Printing. Lots of people are intrigued as to what it is we do and how it all works. Its pretty straight forward once you get the hang of it and if you're a millennial then this is right up your street! Turn your smartphone, Instagram and Twitter pictures into Polaroid style pictures in seconds at your event (not just weddings!). The Hashtag Printer is simple and effective allowing all your guests to join in the fun whatever the occasion!
HOW IT WORKS
Take a picture on a smartphone (if you don't have one, don't worry we will be there on hand to take one for you)
Upload to either Instagram or Twitter with a hashtag designated by the event
Your picture will automatically be printed ready for you to collect
For further information & bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Slightly over due blog as I some how picked up a dreaded summer cold and have been out for over a week now!
Despite feeling like death warmed up I've found the energy to rustle up a quick recap of my weekend break away with the girls.
PARIS WAS AMAZE!!!
There we have it! It was my first time in the capital, as I've been promising myself for years go and got distracted with other holidays! I finally went and I loved every minute of it, even the walking (those that know me well know that I detest walking or exercise of any kind!)
Where do I start........?!
As well as ticking this trip off my bucket list, I also went there for some inspiration for my next project. Paris is the perfect place for photo opportunities, so make sure your camera is at the ready!
I highly recommend seeing the Eiffel Tower at night (see pic below) words can not describe how stunning it is when it's lit up! A must see attraction.
Musee Du Louvre is also another amazing place. Such a beautiful museum (it's huge inside!) that takes you through the different centuries with various artifacts and paintings. I took so many pictures, but to be honest they don't do it any justice. I even managed to push my way to the front to see the Mona Lisa - she can attract a big crowd!
Definitely my all time favourite has to be the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Out of all the things we wanted to see/ do I was adamant that I had to visit before I left. This place is fantastic (if you love fashion it's a must see) We didn't get chance to do some stuff as there was always a constant queue for some of the film showings of his work and we had so much to cram in whilst we were there. Just having the opportunity to get up close and look at his work and how much time effort and detail went into every single design and creation was truly breathtaking. I think at this point I had dusted off the cobwebs and started to be really inspired again. I had a tons of ideas whizzing around my head and was itching to get back home and start creating! It's highly unfortunate that this dreaded cold had decided to make an appearance during my stay and dampened my enthusiastic spirit when I got back to the UK, but I will be back on form......eventually!
If its a quick break with the girls that your looking for, then this is the place. Having a friend in the group that speaks fluent French and knows their way around, is always a bonus! Invest in one!
I would say that Paris is for all ages (for the kids and the big kids at heart,Disney Land isn't a million miles away and if I had the time I would of gone!) there is a lot of history, culture, good food and drink.
I can see why so many go there for romantic weekends and honeymoons, it is the perfect setting. I'm already making preparations to go back later this year.
My next post will be all about honeymoon destinations, so I will go into more detail about Paris on there.
In the meantime, I need to get some rest and some how figure out how I'm going to shake this cold! Any home made remedies are more than welcome as I'm running out of options and tissues!!
Every so often I come across a designers work that I love, admire and if my bank balance allowed, had all their gowns in my wardrobe! This time round I have stumbled across a few who's work I think reflects the modern day bride and shows that theres no hard and fast rules when it comes to wedding attire.
For a chic looks with a dose of glamour, One Day is the designer for you. Geared toward the bride who wants something "a little less bridal, a little more modern," One Day steers clear of the standard bridal look, but still remains wedding-day appropriate.
Alon Livne White
DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA!! My new found designer that i stumbled across a few weeks ago! With a range of designs to choose from, these are ideal for the woman looking to make a statement on the big day. Alternatively, the dresses can be worn for other occasions if you want to stand out from the crowd.
Downtown NYC based designer Meredith Stoecklein is all about keeping things simple, easy-to-wear and inspired by the key women in her life. With various styles and silhouettes to pick from, each look speaks to a different woman and celebration.
Sophie et Viola
With most bridal gowns chock-full of lace, embroidery, beading and appliqué, there usually isn't much options for the minimalist bride who wants to keep it simple and low key. Sophie et Viola creates the wow factor that every bride requires, but with a modernist slant, focusing on sleek, clean, standout silhouettes without the fuss. Mix and match or create your own bespoke look, there is something for everyone.
One of my favourite designers. There is nothing simple about this collection! Ashi Studio has a keen eye for innovative, architectural dramatic silhouettes and intricate embroideries. Definitely geared towards those that like to try something different.
Flamenco skirts, off-shoulder tops, bold ruffles and statement silhouettes are being brought to the aisle courtesy of Moda Operandi. If over-the-top glam isn't your thing, then this one is for you.
Designer Kate Halfpenny's line is designed to be styled by and for each individual bride, allowing them to mix and match separates and layer pieces until they've found their ideal look. Focused on real women's bodies with vintage inspiration, there is a wide range of well-priced options to choose from. Ideal for those seeking an effortless look without being restricted to a particular garment.