Saturday, 15 October 2016

Junkyard Golf - Shoreditch

 “To find a man's true character, play golf with him. ”
― P.G. Wodehouse

My new obsession is crazy golf. I'm so bad at any kind of sport, but nevertheless am loving the mini golf craze sweeping trendy Londoners. Now, I profess, I do not count myself as trendy. Certainly not when I walk through Shoreditch in my high street fashion and sensible boots.
However, after trying Swingers a few weeks ago, this time we headed to Junkyard Golf which is in an altogether less glam and much more urban golf oasis.

Hole 1 was so hard that I almost gave up!  Although Hole 2 involved a slide so that cheered me up. We had to go up stairs, across treadmills and over pool tables! I loved the interactive vibe, although it was so dark I couldn't see my ball half the time. The vibe is much more relaxed and casual than Swingers, but also not as organised.

Despite all the fun, I lost... ah well maybe next time!


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Returning to Venice

 “What about damp? What about flooding? Wouldn't it make sense to have a little lawn or garden as a sort of buffer zone between the house and the water? But then it wouldn't be Venice, said Connie's voice in my head. Then it would be Staines.”
― David Nicholls,
Amidst our trip to Verona we realised we could squeeze in a day trip to Venice, so being the super fan of Venice that I am, I insisted that we make it happen.
We got up early and were eating nutella slathered cake at 8.30am so that we could catch a 10am train to the city on water.  
It's pretty cool entering a town on a bridge over a lagoon and we set about finding our way, without a map, to the Rialto bridge. I have to admit Venice is fairly easy to figure out as there's a canal down the middle to keep you on the right track!

Every corner is a photo opportunity so after a million bridge pics and some lunch, we hopped on a water bus to the island of Burano, which is where all the houses are painted in bright colours.
The sun was glistening, the houses looked glorious, I was in photo heaven, holding a gelato and soaking up the atmosphere.

We were knackered by the time we finally got back to the mainland and dashed for our train back to Verona, but it was so worth the trip.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

A trip to Verona

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”
― Giuseppe Verdi

Italy is definitely my favourite country to visit..the weather, the scenery, the pizza... so when a friend suggested a last minute trip to Verona I was all over it and we promptly escaped to Italia to meet Romeo and Juliet!
We stayed in a really central hotel which meant we could walk everywhere (and according to MyFitnessPal we absolutely did) and we opted for breakfast included which means no having to get ready before you get to eat your croissants. 

With daily ice cream being a necessity we planned a little itinerary which involved a lot of casual cardio - walking, climbing bridges, climbing amphitheatre steps, crossing rivers and doing cartwheels (for boomerang purposes!) Our average seemed to be about 9 miles a day, which meant I totally earned my daily carbs and sugar.

First up was the Arena, right by our hotel and luckily with it being a Sunday only 1EUR. We were super disappointed, it's actually a working open air Opera space so the history of it was more or less eroded and the metal seats didn't provide much glamour.  Outside it's beautiful and all lit up at night, but not really worth the walk around.

So, then we travelled over to the tower that my boss had made me promise to climb (there's a lift for you lazy ones) and walked up about a million stairs. It was definitely worth it (1EUR entry on a Sunday as well) as the view over the city was amazing, Juliet eat your heart out. 

The other highlight of our trip, aside from daily pizza, was a trip to the 
Its 7EUR to get in, but so worth it. The gardens, views and maze (!!) are a delight and the photo opportunities are endless. We climbed a 'secret' tower and found ourselves in a hidden garden - and we also got bitten by a million mosquitos, but let's not dwell on that.

Food wise gelato and pasta made up the majority of my eating habits - there's a gelatoria on every corner and finding anything green was tricky, so we stuck to pizza, pasta, arancini and prosecco. Ironically prosecco is cheaper in most places than bottled water, so it was economical to get a bit tipsy.  We found most of our dinner recommendations from Trip Advisor but lunch times just ate as we wandered. 

I think 2 nights would have been enough, we had three so we did a day trip to Venice - check out my next post for details on that.
Have you been to Verona? 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Something to look forward to

“Always, Always have a plan”
― Rick Riordan 

With Autumn fast approaching I realised that all my fun Summer plans were over and other than the Xmas hols I didnt really have much to look forward to. I have spent every night this week at home, sober, eating clean, sleeping well and making plans.  I love having things coming up to focus on and look towards, so I'm feeling much more positive now I have some adventures up my sleeve.

If you're in need of a pick me up perhaps some of my plans will inspire you, let me know!

Arranged a Sunday roast with three old college friends I haven't seen in a year. Chicken and gossip? Winning!

Booked tickets for Somerset House ice skating, my annual jaunt. My bestie and I go every year and we've got in quick so it doesn't get booked up.

Decided to surprise a friend by visiting them.  I can't go into details in case they read this!! Yes, it costs £50 on the train and I'm going to be rushing around to make it work, but hopefully the smile on their face will be worth it.

Facetimed my bestie for a catch up and planned our next night out. We try to catch up every Sunday as we both live alone and it stops us getting those Sun eve lonely blues.

Went crazy and spent all my money on a flight to Vegas for NYE to visit my best friend. Now this one obviously isn't a casual, or cheap option but as my office is closed and I'm off work anyway, I decided to throw caution to the wind and just go for it. 4 mad days to bring in the New Year sounds like an excellent plan to me.

Saw Bridget Jones, by myself, spontaneously. I never do anything without planning ahead so this was new for me and I"m glad I did it. Film is good, worth seeing and with a nice happy ending.
 What plans are you making for the season ahead?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

A weekend in Sitges

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” 
– Ibn Battuta

I spent last week in Sitges, near Barcelona. An easy 40 mins from the airport on a double decker train.  It was a friends birthday so we rented a gorgeous villa (I felt like I was a celeb) and set about some celebrating.

The weather was glorious, we had a cracking thunderstorm one evening too which was epic to watch, if not a bit scary!

The beaches are pretty and clean, the sun was shining and the alcohol plentiful.  We were a mixed group of 14 so there were plenty of people to chat to and lots of fun to be had.  It was International Bear Week which is many a gay man's's probably not the idea week for a single girl to head to Sitges... but I went along with the flow as much as I could.  Miming along to show tunes at El Piano was my favourite, when I finally won a space in front of the wind machine.

The town is quite pretty, although I confess we didn't do much exploring as it was too hot for me.  I had a good look around in the evenings though.

We found an amazing roof top bar, Vivero, with a lovely restaurant underneath where we had a pre-dinner cocktail most nights. 

Felica the flamingo is my new favourite thing and it was nice not to feel too self concious in my cossie too.

Fairly sure you've never been to Bear Week, but if I'm wrong let me know how you survived it!