Travel Blog: Postcards from Paris – a 48 Hour Vlog!

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I knew that the 48 hours Tiffani and I planned to spend in Paris were going to be all sorts of manic. Though I am by no means an expert, it was my chosen responsibility to deliver her an amazing weekend (after all, it was her first-ever visit to a language-diverse country).

After an eventful overnight coach trip from London, we arrived in Bercy and logged in to the Hotel Tonight app just in time to secure a fantastic deal for Hotel O (a gorgeous, central, and Pantone-hued design hotel).

The following two days were an unforgettable blizzard of adventure, carbohydrates, discovery, accidental seduction, Frenglish, and more.

But enough chat, there’s a vlog to watch…

Brighton On The Beach (A Date with Steve Coogan)

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Last weekend, On The Beach invited me down to Brighton to hang out with some fellow British bloggers, have a little pampering sesh, and rub shoulders with Steve Coogan (or Alan Partridge, to the majority of us).

But more on the Alpha Papa later.

Arriving at the hotel a few hours early, I quite literally walked into Kristabel and Laura as I headed through the doors. Having been up and working since 5am, I decided to take a real break and join the ladies for a mini tour of Brighton.

It has been a good ten years since I had last visited and it was an absolutely joy to see the town through Laura’s native eyes. From stopping at coffee shops in phone booths, meandering the hidden backstreets, oogling the sale-priced Sophia Webster kicks at ODE (Our Daily Edit), and learning about Brighton’s nighttime beach hippies (people making art of pebbles in their spare time), it was a glorious afternoon.

A few hours and a lot of work later, I met Kristabel and Olivia in the lobby and we high-tailed it down to Brighton Beach to meet the rest of the bloggers, get our MeatWagon on, and finally say hello the man of the hour.

With Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa scheduled to be screened on the beach that evening, we were very kindly invited along to interview Steve Coogan before he surprised his flood of fans (many wearing masks with his face on them) for a little pre-film Q&A action.

#LETMETAKEASELFIE

After lols galore with a gaggle of new girlfriends, we returned to my new girlcrush’s hotel room for champagne, face masks, cupcakes, and the kind of chat that only happens in hotel rooms after midnight (minus Steve Coogan, to be clear).

Waking up with something of a cupcake hangover, I took a few measly bites of breakfast before downing a gallon of water and walking down to get artistic at Painting Pottery Cafe.

I won’t show you what I’ve made just yet (it’s a present!), but will do so once my handiwork has been gifted.

Thank you to the ladies below and On The Beach for showing me a great 24 hours in the South!

Sleepover shoutouts:
Fizzy Peaches
Belle Du Brighton
Cider With Sophie
Lola and Behold
Lilla Loves
Carrie Brighton
Lemonaid Lies
What Olivia Did
Fifi McGee
Daisy Butter
Georgina Does
A Rosy Day
I Want You To Know


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Travel Blog: Palma, Mallorca

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Having most of the day to kill before boarding our early evening flight from Palma to the UK, we decided to drive over the mountainous roads and death-defying curves from Puerto Pollensa straight into Palma.

If you have a competent driver with you, I would say it’s a must-do. If you don’t, I imagine you’d rather stay as close to sea level as possible. I was in panic sweats every time something bigger than a bicycle drove towards us.

In all its beauty and terror, the drive into Palma was nothing compared to the city itself. Palma is an interesting one; as the capital city of the autonomous Balearic Islands, it is equal parts historical and tourism-crazed. As you enter the city, you are welcomed by the gargantuan gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma (commonly referred to as La Seu), only to turn a corner filled with street musicians and souvenir shops.

Palma is…rampant. And gorgeous. But mostly rampant.

After quelling all short-lived tourism desires, we spent the rest of our day be-bopping around the backstreets, consuming as much sobrassada and espresso as our bodies could handle, and getting harassed by persistent ‘designer’ bag street salesmen.

It’s been a beautiful journey, Mallorca.

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Travel Blog: Alcudia Old Town, Mallorca

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Alcudia was a bit of a running joke between the family over our week in Mallorca. Though I’ve never spent any time on the main strip of Alcudia, driving along it to get to…well…better places clearly relayed its booze and fast food-fuelled lifestyle.

It’s just not the kind of place I want to spend my downtime.

Alcudia Old Town, however, is a different story. The Old Town is as authentic as Alcudia gets – even coming with its own set of 14th century city walls. Though there were not many people around when we arrived, we quickly scouted an unassuming set of stairs which led us to the top of the wall. At that point, I think we were all rather consumed with Game of Thrones feelings and stomped around the entirety of the village below like the Kings and Queens of TouristTown.

When we returned to reality, we were starving and tried our very best to navigate the cobbled streets into some sort of foodie fate. Alas, we ended up letting The Manfriend pick a pizza place (with a waiter from Essex and Disney characters littering the ‘English’ part of the menu). Eek.

Not that Alcudia was a write-off. Definitely not. As we punctuated our mediocre noms with great, cheap wine and even better people-watching games, we noticed a Spanish family close their pharmacy (next to the restaurant), drag a few of the restaurant’s tables over to the pharmacy, and begin to set up something of a street party.

Less than half an hour later, the full family party arrived, started to sing through the streets, and eventually pulled The Manfriend and I over to join their raucous conga line (which he ended up weaving through the backbar’s of neighbouring restaurants and streets).

Alcudia Old Town gets 5/5 from this woman.

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Travel Blog: Paddleboards and Family Portraits, Mallorca

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Paddleboarding day was a day of relatively below par photos. As an apology to everyone who expects more from the blog: here….here is a death-defying gif of The Manfriend jumping off some caves.

Deciding it wasn’t a good idea to take my beloved SLR into the ocean while paddleboarding, the photos you see here are courtesy of a GoPro (and in honour of one of the fellow boarder’s GoPro, which now lives at the bottom of the ocean).

Long story short, paddleboarding – or surface water surfing with a stick – is an amazing workout, lots of fun, and gives you the chance to explore secluded beaches and caves that are impossible to reach by land. There are only a few things I advise:

- Wear a hat and high-factor, waterproof SPF. Hanging out in direct sun for three hours makes you a prime target for sunburn.
- Fuel up. I wasn’t hungry enough to have a full breakfast, so ended up with low blood sugar half way through paddleboarding. While we’re not all diabetic, much of the group got exhausted after an hour or two. A little extra fuel will go a long way.
- Water. It’s an elongated workout in the sun. Hydration is essential. Take a bottle and hide it in your board’s netting.
- Be sensible when exploring. We were fortunate to have very experienced guides, but I still ended up with battered legs from rock climbing around the caves. If you’re cliff diving, rock climbing, or swimming without your board, make sure you’ve checked the area.
- Use your paddles the right way round. I spent a good thirty minutes frustrated that I wasn’t moving as fast as anyone else.

Having realised we hadn’t taken any obligatory ‘family outfit photos’, we decided to snap a few before we headed off for our final meal that evening. Obviously, regardless of great intentions, the photos ended up being completely out of focus (the un-cropped versions show beautiful detail on the pool water).

I think they might be my favourite photos, anyway.

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