Growing in the south west, Blanche and I spent many a weekend exploring the coastal line of Devon and the wide beaches of Cornwall. Now living in London we love to make the most of any sunshine filled weekends and take the opportunity to head straight to the sea. We wanted to share with you some our favourite coastal daycation spots that are within easy reach of the big city.
Bath is one of our all time favourite cities: filled with honey stone town houses, lots of lovely independent cafes and restaurants and of course the amazing natural thermal hot springs. Strolling through the Georgian cobbled streets you feel like you have stepped straight into a period drama with the famous Royal Crescent being a must see as well as the beautiful Pulteney Bridge lined with cute shops and cafes. From our recent trip to this rather pretty city, Olive and I have put together a guide of some our favourite eating and drinking spots, stores to visit as well as lots of lovely things to see and do.
Blanch and I have just come back from a festive weekend away in the beautiful city of Stockholm, Sweden. Winter is the perfect time to visit this scandi city, full of Christmas markets, bars serving warming mulled wine and streets lined with festival decorations, just be sure to wrap up warm and bring extra thick socks!
Don’t you just love being by the ocean in summer time? There’s something about feeling the cool sea breeze on your skin and sand between your toes. Brighton is one of my favourite seaside spots and being only an hour away from busy London it is the perfect weekend retreat, filled with beach strolls, fish n chips on the pier and vintage hunting in the wonderful lanes.
A couple of weekends back Olive and I headed to the rolling country side and thatched cottages of Stratford-Upon-Avon. We wanted to make the most of the amazing summer sun we are currently experiencing while escaping the mugginess of super hot London! If like us you fancy switching concrete for grass, then picturesque Stratford-Upon-Avon is the perfect country escape. Only an hour and a bit away by train from Marylebone station, this medieval market town is home to the River Avon, quaint streets full of super cute cottages and of course the birthplace of the great Shakespeare.
Start the day on the most famous tram route of Lisbon, the number 28 as it passes through the pretty ramblering streets and up to the castle of st George. Perched high over Lisbon, the castle has amazing views stretching out over the terracotta roof tops and to the sea and beyond. Once an old fort, the castle ruins are a great place to explore either by day or at dusk with a cappuccino in one hand and a pastel de nata in the other
Its official Capri in Italy has become one of our favourite islands in the world! This picturesque island is located just of the Sorrento coast and is the perfect destination for a weekend escape. Italians have been holidaying here for years to enjoy the crystal blue ocean views, delicious Italian food and strolling through the historic towns.
Bruges, a fairy tale like medieval city that makes the perfect long weekend away in the winter months. During December and January the whole city comes alive with Christmas markets filled with the best Belgium chocolate and beer. We spent the majority of our days walking around in a sugar and beer induced haze!