Our Top Five Holidays

Friday, 16 August 2013
Next up in my Big Five series is round up of the top 5 holidays that B and I have taken together.  We've only actually been on two abroad trips but have been on quite a few city breaks in the UK (oh I do love a city break) and after consulting with B we've chosen our 5 favourites.  

London 2009

We've actually been on two London holidays (technically the second trip in 2011 was to Southend of Sea where our hotel was, but we spent most of the time in London), but this first trip was for our first anniversary.  We stayed at a nice hotel next to Tower Bridge and did all the usual tourist stuff like a river cruise, a bus tour, the London Eye, the London Dungeons, as well as a BBC Television Centre tour (which no longer exists....RIP BBC HQ).  As this was our first proper trip away together (we'd only been to Newcastle and Glasgow for 1/2 nighters before) it was really exciting and we had a great time!

York 2010

For New Year 2010/11 we decided to go away for a few quiet nights together at a hotel rather than spend it partying in Edinburgh.  We chose York after A LOT of searching as I found a good deal at a nice hotel next to the train station and it looked like there was plenty for us to do around York to keep us occupied.  It's a really lovely little city (I adore all the preserved history like the city wall) and we had a nice relaxing New Years break going on walks, going out for meals, and reliving my youth by visiting the Yorvik Centre (not as exciting as I remember!).

St Andrews 2011

Over the years we've had quite a few surprise hotel stays / trips away for our respective birthdays (B has taken me to Glasgow in 2009 and 2013, and Bridge of Allan in 2010, and I've taken him to the Missoni in Edinburgh in 2009 and Glasgow in 2010 and 2012), and in 2012 he surprised me with a trip to St Andrews.  We stayed in an amazing country estate called Cambo House, where our room was in a clocktower and we had a massive bathroom with one of those cool standalone baths.  The weather was pants unfortunately but that didn't stop us going for walks around the estate grounds (visiting the piggies!) and venturing into St Andrews for walks along the beachfront and eating ice cream.  Now that we have a car we're planning another visit soon when we have a free sunny day.

Budapest 2011

Budapest was our first holiday abroad together and was a bit of a random choice from my perspective (I had never considered it as a holiday destination but B suggested it and after some Googling I thought it looked nice and romantic so went ahead and booked it).  I recently wrote a full post about our trip which you can read here, but in brief we had a really lovely time in this beautiful city with some highlights including the Memento Statue Park,  the Museum of Terror, and a river cruise along the Danube.

Paris 2012

This was our last proper holiday and one of the most exciting trips so far - partly because Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world, and partly because WE WENT TO F*ING DISNEYLAND!!  This was B's first trip to Paris so we visited all the main attractions like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Sacre Couer, and of course, a mandatory river cruise along the Seine.  Finally we had a day (a whole day!) at Disneyland where it's safe to say I was in my absolute element all day - like a happy wee child!  The hotel we stayed at was a really cute family run boutique hotel in Montparnasse which was in a nice quiet non-touristy area (close to the Metro so not far from the centre) with a couple of nice and affordable restaurants nearby.

Our next holiday is coming up next month when we're off on a 3 city tour of Berlin, Frankfurt and Amsterdam - cannot wait!  Also, keeping with the holiday theme I've got another extracts post coming up in a few days featuring my old holiday diaries so keep an eye out for that! :)


  1. These all look like such lovely places. I'd love to go to Budapest, it looks so pretty.

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  2. I just love a holiday even if its in the uk, if I am sleeping in a bed other than my own, I'm on holiday!!
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  3. I grew up just outside of York so I totally agree with what you say about the city - I love it and now i'm in the USA, I actually miss having all that history on the doorstep. I've been on family holiday to St. Andrews too and I love that place - especially the huge beach - it's such a quaint place to with all the little stores and such.