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Norfolk

My first holiday of 2018 was to beautiful Norfolk. I went with Mr W and a few friends. We had a fabulous time and the weather was great to!

We stayed in a converted barn nestled amongst the Norfolk Countryside. It was beautifully decorated with ample living space, log fire, 3 bedrooms one with en-suite, family bathroom, a huge kitchen diner and a jacuzzi. The barn was in the perfect location for everything we wanted to do.

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Horsey Beach

One the first day went went to explore Horsey Gap. The colony of seals were there as they are all year round. Luckily pup season had finished and we were able to stroll along the beach getting up close (not to close!) and personal. This is a must for anyone venturing to Norfolk.

If your thinking of visiting Horsey Gap, pup season is during the winter months of October to February. If you do go during these months there will be sections of the beach roped off to protect the seals and their pups, but there are viewing platforms amongst the dunes where you will be able to catch a glimpse.

If you want more information about the seals head over to Explore Norfolk online

Horning

The following day we hired a boat and took to the River Bure then the River Ant until we reached the Wayfarers Cafe. This is where we moored the boat and sat in the sun on the deck and ate our picnic.

Boast hire varies in price and time. The owners of the barn have their own boat which we hired for 4 hours and gave us plenty of time on the river to enjoy the scenary and the sunshine.

Wroxham Barns

Our final day the sun was out again shining bright and we decided to go to Wroxham Barns. There is a junior farm with time tabled activities where you can become one with various farm animals (there is a fee to access the junior farm). After this you can go browse the various farm shops which stock locally made items. There is also a funfair and a pantry coffee shop and restaurant. If you want to eat at the restaurant be sure to book as we couldn’t get in.

If you want anymore information please click here: https://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk

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Top tips when planning a trip to New York

New York has always been a dream of mine, I have always wanted to go at Christmas time. So when I received the best birthday present from Mr W last year, I was very excited and instantly got planning.

Here are my top tips:

Invest in a Pass 

This is merely dependant on how many tourist attractions or activities you want to do and how long you plan to be in New York. We decided to go for the New York Pass, there are other options to consider (Explorer and City Passes) but this work best for us. We brought a 3 day pass which worked out much cheaper than paying for the attractions individually. There is a comparison website which I used to compare the 3 passes.

We ordered the New York Pass online and collected from Madame Tussauds when we arrived in New York. The pass comes with an guide book too – added bonus. I have put the link below incase this is something you want to consider.

Ensure you have your ESTA (Visa)

You need to ensure you have your ESTA before you can gain entry into America, without this you may be denied entry.

Dinner Reservations

I soon discovered that I could only make dinner reservations between 4-6 weeks in advance. Most reservations can be made through open table. If you have a particular restaurant in mind please book.

Download a New York map from Google maps

I downloaded the Google maps app on my iPhone, I searched for New York,  then tapped the menu and selected ‘Offline maps’  then select ‘Custom map’. You can then zoom in/out to choose the area of New York you want to be available, then select download. Once you have this map you can search for areas of interest and save the location, which is then available offline so you don’t have to rely upon free Wifi locations or expensive Cellular Data to navigate.

This map proved very useful when we were exploring New York as we could see our location and what was around us that we wanted to visit.

Last things to mention…..

Ensure you wear comfy shoes if your exploring, New York is amazing and you can explore for hours. Always remember your travel adaptor and of course US Dollars!

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My 2017 Adventures

2017 was a pretty amazing year, packed full of adventures. I thought I would share a few of my favourite ones.

Pwllheli, Wales:

In July we spent a long weekend in North Wales exploring the various local towns and villages. We stayed at Hafan y More campsite in a 2 bedded apartment. This was the perfect location as there was so much around us. Our first stop was to Abersoch where we explored the village, had lunch at the local pub and walked along the beach.

We then spent time in Beddgelert another small village with a lot of history. The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining and the sky was blue just showing how beautiful Wales is.

On our last day in Wales before driving home that evening we decided to walk up Mount Snowdon. We chose to walk the Pyg track, a track I have never done before and throughly enjoyed it. The weather was not the best going up, but on our way down the sun came out to reveal beautiful views.

Delamere Forest:

In October we went for an autumnal walk around Delamere forest. The forest was alight with golden colour, the beach trees just looked amazing. Definitely needed to blow the cobwebs away.

New York:

The week before Christmas we went to New York! It was just so magical and Christmassy. We did everything touristy we could think of; Times Square, Empire State Building, Rockefeller, Yankee Stadium, Grand Central Station, Central Park and 9/11 Memorial. I won’t go on anymore as I am planning on doing a post just about New York and how best to plan your trip.

All in all 2017 was packed full of adventures with laughs and giggles as always along the way. I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for me.

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