Last month, my Mum and I caught the train from Manchester to Edinburgh for a girls break to celebrate her 65th birthday. After a comfortable journey in first class, taking just over three hours, we arrived in Edinburgh at lunchtime and took a short five minute cab ride to The Chester Residence, where we were staying for two nights.
With little windy streets of cafes, bars and shops and open squares of lush greenery and outdoor bars, El Raval definitely has a laid back and local vibe to it. It is one of the lesser known areas of Barcelona for tourists but we were immediately fond of it and liked the fact it was less touristy and busy.
We were really excited about where we were staying for the night on the fourth day of our Barcelona trip as we were booked into the infamous Hotel Arts. Situated on the beach front at Port Olimpic, Hotel Arts is a tall white skyscraper with a big gold fish sculpture at the front of the hotel, which can't be missed.
The New Forest is a gorgeous part of the world less than two hours drive from London with it's fair share of things to do in and around the National Park; loads of wildlife, National Trust properties, Beaulieu Motor Museum, vineyards, picturesque villages and towns or just walking in the fresh air and admiring the wild ponies! It's also well placed for Bournemouth and its beaches too.
I am a huge fan of Cornwall and it's somewhere I try to visit at least once a year to get my fix of their wonderful fresh air and gorgeous sea views. Last summer, my parents and I had the pleasure of visiting Carbis Bay, near St Ives, for the first time and staying in one of the self-catering holiday apartments at Hawke's Point.