MEXICO – Our 5 Year Anniversary

Mexico has always been on my list of places to go for many years now, not cancun party central but Mexico in general. We’ve had our holiday booked since April so we had a long time to wait before we flew. Flying with Thomson is always the best experience as the cabin crew are always so lovely and attentive. The flight was roughly 11.5 hours to Puerto Vallarta. There are 2 meals on board the flight (average) and lots of films to watch too. We were welcomed at our hotel with a tequila shot and a cocktail to start our holiday the way Mexicans do! We headed out on our first night to have a look around and have our tea. It was very hot around 32 degrees. Our first day we headed out to the pool where the entertainment team were doing activities. We had dips in the pool and chilled by the pool bar most of the day. Jay and I were really shocked to see lizards all over the resort. Mostly large ones and also a baby one. Some were bright green. Jay spent an hour of the day playing water volleyball whilst I sunbathed. Later on in the evening we went out for tea and had a wander on the beach. This was the most perfect sunset we got during our stay. As it is hurricane season we would get some rain in the evening which would block the sunsets. It would be scorching hot the day after.

We received a fruit plate as a gift on one of the days which was lovely of the hotel. Unfortunately, the food didn’t agree with me while we were away so we stayed out of the heat for a day and close to a toilet. There was a bar in the lobby and one of the restaurants wasn’t too far. Due to where we were, in a bay, we had mountains and forests around us which caused a lot of the clouds. However, someone told us that they got burnt one day even from using factor 50 suncream! At breakfast time there was a wide range of options to have. Most days we would both have fried eggs, a toastie, potato chunks and bacon. Sometimes we would choose a sweeter option like fresh pancakes and donuts. The best thing was how the food was all freshly cooked as you were walking around. It’s always ideal to try the cuisine of wherever you are. For me, eating chilli nachos was great! I did try other things which I can’t pronounce, which were okay, just not to my liking. We took some strolls along the beach in the morning most days. Caught a crab scurrying along on the beach to hide under the jet ski. We spent half the day on the beach and half by the pool. Loved my outfit on this night! There was some really bad thunderstorms in the evening so we avoided watching any shows getting drenched. We chilled out in our room with some drinks and played some games of cards. Chocolate fondue!! We walked around our hotel, as I wanted to try and get a good picture of the hotel from higher up. Everywhere was soaking wet due to the thunderstorm so we had to be careful not to fall over. Every night there was a theme for the performances and the food. Themed drinks and the entertainment dressing up. Mexican night! And to top our holiday off we got engaged! We both couldn’t be any more happier and it most certainly made our relaxing holiday an unforgettable one! I hope you enjoyed our holiday highlights! I wonder what our next adventure will be? Thank you for reading guys. With Love, V x

WE’RE ENGAGED!

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to share with you the news that Jay and I are engaged!

I’m so overwhelmed with happiness and joy right now, so I’m in a little bubble of positivity.

So we’ve been in Mexico for the past 2 weeks sunning ourselves whilst it was our 5 year anniversary. Then on October 4th at sunset Jay got on one knee and proposed!

It was the most gorgeous setting on the beach with barely anyone around and he wrote in the sand saying “will you marry me?”

We won’t be getting married for about 5 or so years yet, so for now we are just going to plan an engagement party to celebrate with our families.

I’m obviously going to attend wedding fayres for the free prosecco though!

Thank you for reading guys.

With Love, V x

My Check-list for Mexico

I thought I would create a check-list for me and Jay ready for our 2 week getaway to Mexico.

This may come in use for anyone who is also travelling soon!

Injections 6-10 weeks before we fly

Passport

EHIC Card

Mexican Pesos & English Pounds

Plasters

Mosquito repellent

Dioralyte

Suncream

Aftersun

Shampoo/Conditioner

Shower Gel

Bikinis

Swim shorts

Basic tops

Basic shorts

Sun hat

Sunglasses

Evening wear

Flip flops

Shoes

Jewellery

Make-up

Make-up wipes

Headphones

Book

Wordsearches

Toothbrush/Toothpaste

Deodorant

Underwear

Light Cardigan

Towels

Razor

Adaptors

Camera

Phone chargers

A weekend in Amsterdam..

I’ve being planning to go to Amsterdam for almost 4 years now. So when Jay was 21 I decided to book it for us! 

I’m usually one for luxury week holidays abroad, but Amsterdam has always takes my fancy, especially in spring! I just love the tulips. 

Day One 

We were a little delayed with flying, but managed to check in and unpack before heading out. We arrived early afternoon so we had plenty of time to explore and have something to eat. Not forgetting the drinks. 

Our stay didn’t include breakfast so we went to a shop to get some juice to have when we woke up. 

We wandered around to get our bearings and then got an early night ready for the next day. 

Day Two

Up and our early on our second day to visit the famous Anne Frank House. We were about 15 minutes walk away from practically everything! It’s nice to have attractions apart but also yet so close together. 

We had our early lunch at a small café. Jennifer’s café if I remember correctly. We had toasties and chips to share. 

I booked our tickets for Anne Frank’s online as there can be queues up to 4 hours long. I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity and it’s one of the main reasons you come to Amsterdam. 

The weather on this day was slightly rainy. I was so glad to get inside and the wind picked up a lot while we waited and queued. Photography is also prohibited inside. 

I’d definitely recommend going to those who haven’t as it’s a very moving experience. It’s amazing the facts you learn inside. 

We ended the experience with a drink in the café and talked about what we had seen. Yes, we didn’t talk to each other all the way round it! It ruins the atmosphere. I bought a souvenir from the shop to take back home with me, which was a postcard. 
We walked up the main street, full of coffee shops for a few drinks and a smoke. I cannot resist a cocktail! 

Later on we had some tea, pizza. Strolled back to our hotel and freshened up. We then went on a walk around at night. 

Day Three 

On Day Three we had a lie in and then headed to the Ice Bar. We stopped off at a café around the corner from it. 

Again, I bought the tickets online as it’s much easier. You get 3 drinks included in the package and 20 mins inside the ice bar. 

We then went inside the ice bar. They give you gloves and a jacket to wear, incase people don’t bring them. 

I chose the ‘nutella’ shots and Jay obviously had the beers. 

The ice bar definitely was a good experience. We had so much fun! You have to or you freeze to death haha. 

After the ice bar, we explored more and headed towards the Van Gosh museum. There’s a few museum around here all of which are very busy! 

We got to the ‘ I Amsterdam’ sign. Packed don’t of course so we tried to take the best pictures we could. 

Vondelpark is 15 mins walk from here so we headed there on our way back to our hotel. 

We had tea at the hard rock café. And headed back to our hotel for an early night. 

Day Four 

Home time. Check out was at 11am so we headed out for that time to grab a bite to eat for breakfast. Chocolate crossaints. 

Our flight was at 5 so we got to the train station at 1pm to give us enough time. 

If you plan to buy tickets to get to the airport, the outside machines only take coins! Slightly annoying! 

Here is a few of my snaps from just wandering around dam! 

I certainly loved Amsterdam! 

Have you ever been? What was your favourite part? 

Hope you all enjoyed reading my post! Let me know what you think below… 

Love, V x 

72 Hours in Prague 

Prague 23rd – 26th February
We headed to the airport on Thursday 23rd, unfortunately in storm Doris! We managed to get there but our plane was delayed for 2 and a half hours.

We got to our hotel around 7pm settled in and got changed to head out due to missing out on 2 hours there already. Our hotel room was very spacious, a downer was that we had no WiFi when we were told there was by our travel company.

The stairs were beautiful from the top floor our room was on.

Another downer was that our hotel was on top of a hill and half an hour walk away from the town square. Walking down was okay but after a full days walking anyway, walking back up it was very exhausting.

Day one (night time)

We headed down at night to the town square, through all the little streets looking at what shops they had in Prague.

When you enter the town there is an archway next to a huge theatre which was stunning.

The above picture is where the astronomical clock is. We headed back to our hotel after this and came back the day after.
Day Two

We decided not to have breakfast as my mum wasn’t well so we had a lie in and headed out at 10am to go back to the town square.

The astronomical clock was destroyed in world war 2 by Hitlers army and was later refurbished to work again.

Every hour the clock will chime and the wooden characters inside move around. Its definitely worth seeing but it is very busy so you need to get your space early enough to see it. We actually did this on another day as this day was very cold and we had hailstones.

We headed to the cafe in the corner, which is by the clock to heat up.

We had a hot chocolate and a margarita pizza as we had no breakfast.

We then headed for Charles Bridge but stopped of at a lovely church hidden away. It’s nice to see the comparison between the churches in England to there’s in Praha. In Prague every church is beautiful with the paintings and gold features.

Our next stop was Charles Bridge.

Charles Bridge has beautiful landscapes.

We nipped into an empty cafe to have desserts and a hot drink to keep ourselves warm.

Out next stop after this was John Lennon Wall which wasn’t far from the cafe. This was number 2 on my list of things to do.

The wall gets cleaned and redone by locals every so often. My favourite piece is the peace sign as out of the whole wall this stood out the most.

We then headed back over the bridge and down the river to get a view of Charles Bridge with old town behind.

Just 2 bridges down is the famous Dancing House. This cost a whopping £90 million to build. Its the only modern looking building I saw while in Prague.

Evening was getting closer so we walked back to the town square again and found a restaurant to eat at. We had schnitzel and chips.

As we were near the astronomical clock, we waited until it was at the hour to see the clock chime.

Day Three

On our last full day we headed up to the castle. We decided to take a tour bus up to see if we missed anything worthwhile (also much cheaper than taxi). The bus started by the opera house and we got our tickets from the booth there. It was about a 50 minute journey up to the castle with all the detours.

Below is inside the grounds. The first building outside and in being St. Vitus cathedral.

The above, Prague Castle

St. George’s Basilica is so pretty from the outside.

The view from Prague Castle

Last Day

The last few photos are a mixture of in-between and our last day.

St Nicholas Church. So beautiful.

If you’re a sweet tooth, try one of these! We got them on separate days.

You’ll have no problem finding them walking through Prague town streets.
I hope you all enjoyed the read! I know it’s long overdue. I tried to to make it too boring. But, I loved going to Prague. I’ve only been to one other city, Paris, and I hated that!
Love, V x