Yes, I know that traditionally bucket list posts appear in January but we were still busy thinking about our travel plans for the next couple of years so we are a little late to the party.
The sunshine state wasn’t even on our travel agenda for 2018 until a couple of weeks ago. We realised that we want to take J to Disney World before he turns 5 and that we already have ideas for next year which wouldn’t give us time to fit a trip to the Magic Kingdom in so we bumped it up to the top of 2018’s travel bucket list!
I have been to Florida twice previously. Once as a teenager to the theme parks with my family and then hubby and I visited Miami, Orlando and Cape Canaveral in our mid twenties. I have always wanted to visit the gulf coast so that will definitely feature on our itinerary this year.
Hubby took me away to Bath for our 10th Wedding Anniversary last month and rather than staying in our usual Premier Inn he splashed out on the beautiful 5 star boutique Tasburgh Hotel. Because he wanted the surprise trip to be extra special he took a lot of time to find the perfect place to stay and booked it months before giving him a full choice of rooms.
Greeted like Old Friends
When we pulled off the A36 just past Bathampton we found the beautiful redbrick building that was originally owned by Royal photographer, John Berryman. As we parked outside The Tasburgh Hotel we both knew that he had picked a winner. We headed inside to let them know our car registration (parking is included which in Bath is a definite bonus) and we were greeted like old friends by Grant, the General Manager. Little luxuries dotted the reception such as bottled water, comfy chairs to sit on and even home made honey available to purchase. My eye was drawn down the corridor to the restaurant where a delicate chandelier hung.
Bath is one of my favourite cities in England. I love the architecture, the boutique shopping, the history and the friendliness of the locals. I remember the first time that I visited Bath on a school trip. As our coach drove around the corner from Bathampton to the south we got our first glimpse of the city built of stone in the valley below us. I instantly fell in love with the beauty of the city and have loved it ever since. I was thrilled when my husband decided to treat to to a surprise weekend away there for our 10th wedding anniversary.
We went for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands earlier this month. This was a location that was a little different for us as we love hot holidays, but with a toddler we thought we would try something a little different. We based ourselves in a self-catering lodge near the village of Ballater, close to Balmoral Castle and had ourselves a little Scottish adventure.