I’m a huge foodie, and I love nothing more than Italian food, especially when it’s gorgeous, authentic and actually cooked in Italy, where it obviously originates from. I’ve developed a taste for Michelin Star restaurants in the past year, too, so whenever it’s a special occasion, my boyfriend Dougie and I are trying to make this our ‘thing’. I didn’t really know that we were making this tradition though, and so the surprise of walking into a restaurant of this caliber with such astounding views of the local area on my 25th birthday was absolutely amazing! Roof Garden added that little extra special something to an already incredible surprise trip to Northern Italy.
The Grand Hotel Presolana, funnily enough, in Presolana, Italy, is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, the world over. I’ve been to three different continents, probably hundreds of different cities, and yet this four star mountainside hotel in Italy’s beautiful Lombardia region really stood out. As an integral part of my surprise holiday for my 25th birthday, I can honestly say that this place really doesn’t disappoint. It has everything you need – great staff, great scenery, a great spa and even a great setting – it doesn’t get much better than that. I’d go back in a heartbeat, and I reckon everyone else should try it out, too!
I turned 25 a few weeks ago and to celebrate, my amazing boyfriend Dougie whisked me away. We started this tradition last year – he took me to the wonderful, unique Church Spa as a surprise, and I took him for a weekend of activities down in London. This year, he seriously upped his game and took me away to Italy, and I mean it when I say that I had NO IDEA where we were going until we got to the airport. Nice work, but even nicer when we actually got there and I was stunned. Wow, just wow!
Paris is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, and I can’t believe I didn’t until 2014. Considering I’ve been to some of the major cities of the world, it’s a bit ridiculous to think I still hadn’t ventured to this one, on my very doorstep! I don’t really have a clue what I expected, but I really enjoyed it either way, and didn’t want to spend New Year doing something rubbish in Peterborough, of all places. So, off we popped on a coach journey from hell and made our way through the Eurotunnel!
So, this may be ridiculously late, but I guess in talking about Halloween now, it’s a true Nightmare Before Christmas (oh god….I’ll stop, ha). Dougie and I went for our first proper trip together, to Orlando, and although I’ve posted about the Disney Party and the Universal Party, I kinda skipped on the food and other experiences. So here’s a cute video and some pics to sum it up!
I did Literature at University, but that sadly doesn’t mean I’m knowledgeable about all things literary! I love reading, however, and some of the things I’ve studied have inevitably become my faves. A while ago, my friends from home back in the North West invited me to go see my absolute most treasured play of all time, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, in Manchester, and I really, really could not resist.
Technically, we attended Halloween Horror Nights on ‘El Día De Los Muertos’ (‘The Day Of The Dead’, a Mexican festival commemorating lost loved ones) and not Halloween, but that was okay because it’s still a super spooky day. Our visit to Disney on Halloween itself was pretty vanilla – as implied in the name of the party, it was ‘Not-So-Scary’. Our venture to Universal for the holiday was a whole other story, and I at least was terrified!
What’s the coolest country in the world? America. Which holiday do they most go all-out for? Halloween. Where’s the land that dreams are made of? Disney, obviously. So why WOULDN’T you want to experience the best it has to offer at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party?!