Jade Priscilla

Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood. An observational lifetstyle and parenting blog

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Try a British Beach Holiday this Summer






What comes to mind when someone asks you to picture your ideal beach holiday? You might just be thinking of Ibiza or the French Riviera. In truth, you don’t need to go that far to enjoy the sunny weather, the sea, and the sandy beaches. You could even stay at home, in Britain and still get a lot of your favourite summer things. Too many British holidaymakers forget about the beautiful South West of England along the English Channel. Think about John le Carré, Douglas Adams, and Thomas Hardy. While nothing unites their different writing styles, they all have one thing in common: They were all born in Dorset. And this is the place to be this summer!

Where To Stay

If you are heading down to Dorset for the summer holiday, you will need to find somewhere exciting and sunny to stay. Most holidaymakers choose an accommodation along the coastline, from Bridport to Christchurch, such as self catering Bournemouth homes or an exciting beach spa hotel in Weymouth. If you want to tour the region and see more of its historical monuments and its cultural marvels, you might want to look for B&B or self catering cottages in small villages inside the land, which will give you the possibility to enjoy your holiday away from the crowd of tourists. Do make sure to pick a large town, such as Bournemouth, Poole or Dorchester if you want to rely on public transport.


Water Fun


If you are wondering what you could do in Dorset during the summer, the most obvious answer is: Enjoy the water! Indeed, with plenty of stunning sandy beaches. There’s even a prized location which won the Blue Flag award, and it’s Durley Chine Beach in Bournemouth. It has a vast Kidzone, which helps parents to enjoy a relatively stress-free holiday, and despite its small size, it’s one of the safest beaches around. For a more scenic experience, you simply need to find Middle Chine Beach which is only a few meter further west. If you’re not a beach enthusiast, check the Splashdown in Poole. It’s a water park with some of the best water fumes, spins and tumbles in the UK. They also have a play zone for young children and toddlers, so there’s something for everyone.


Indulge In Vintage Nostalgia


If you want to relax during your holiday and disconnect from the stress of the modern world, take a ride through nostalgia with the Swanage Railway, a steam train - but they do diesel too - that runs through Dorset and offers even evening dining experience if you are up for a ride. You will find the station in Swanage, which is not too far from Poole for a day out. You can then sit back on a vintage train and enjoy a perfect cream team as you visit Dorset. If you are up for a drive, try to stop in Dorchester to visit the Teddy Bear Museum, with toys that are over 100-year-old. This is a blast from the past and a peaceful way to reconnect with your inner child.



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Take your plate on a journey to spain






Are you a food enthusiast? Do you know your knife from your fork and your Ribeiro from your Albariño wine? If you have no idea what this is about, Ribeiro and Albariño are two of the best Spanish white wines. If you know exactly what this was about, and you are salivating in advance at the thought of delicious tapas, then it’s probably time to think about bringing a bit of Spain directly into your kitchen. Thankfully, you have plenty of option to call the Spanish sun under your roof. After all, this paradise of foodies is accessible to everyone, even in the comfort of your own kitchen. Yet, it’s best to see the real thing in the streets of Madrid or Barcelona!



                                The Paradise For Foodies


Spain is an uncomplicated food heaven for those who love the simple and authentic taste of the south. Indeed, Spain is a country for the foodies who cherish the real taste of simple things, and the pleasure of a meal to share in good company. It’s hard not to think about the tortilla española as typical Spanish food: Everyone in the world knows this potato omelet! But there is more to Spain. The cold soup, gazpacho, is a famous mix of tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion and vinegar. But have you heard of the salmorejo? This is another cold soup, but this one counts bread as a base ingredient. The cocido madrileño is another hidden marvel typical from Madrid with chickpeas. But before you start your tour of the Spanish cuisine, it’s a good idea to check the Spanish vineyards too. Spain in one of the top producer of wine in the world, and while it is famous for the Rioja red wine, there are a lot more to discover on a wine tourist tour.


Plan Your Holiday

 

If you are planning to go to Spain and tour through the delicious world of sunny cuisine, you should start your planning early! While you will find plenty of travel agencies that offer specialist gourmet tours of Spain, you can access the same facilities if you choose to tour on your own. Check the best seasons to visit your favorite vineyards, and more importantly, plan to hire a car as some areas are remote and difficult to reach with public transport. As a last piece of advice, you might be interested in the latest project of the EU commission, the ETIAS - you can find out more on the website. The EU is planning to roll out a form of online VISA registration for visitors who come from countries outside of the EU in 2020. This is designed to work in a similar way to a US tourist visa for visits of 90 days or less.


Bring Back Recipes

 

Don’t just visit Spain. The love of good food goes beyond this sunny country! Why not research your favorite recipes to bring back home the pleasure of tapas with friends? Or maybe you could buy a paella pan and invite friends over for a paella and vino meal with plenty of good music and laugh. Spanish cuisine is about conviviality and simplicity: There’s nothing stopping you from recreating it in your own kitchen!



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