I haven’t done many reviews recently and I think it is fair to say this has given me a kick in the butt to start back doing what I love best, giving my opinion on things I love. So before I get started, I want to say thank you to the team at Revolucian De Cuba for having me and feeding my love of blogging again.
We were invited down to Pizza Express at The Oracle, Reading, on Friday to celebrate Rocky's birthday and the release of the new collaboration with their Piccolo menu and the Ice Age: Collision Course film. On arrival we were greeted with a smile and a personal welcome from Claudio, the manager...
When you hit the bright lights of Bangkok you're bound to have researched the main tourist attractions like the floating market and the amazing temples. However, you may not know all the cool things that Bangkok has to offer off the beaten tourist tracks.
I would never have thought about taking the kids toBangkok, in my head it was just a place backpackers went. I don’t know why I have overlooked this amazing historical city but since going I have to admit I think some parts would be perfect for children. Pick and choose your timing of the holiday though as the heat can be a deal breaker for their moods and boy is Thailand hot.
It's not a secret that we as a family have a bit of a fascination with theme parks or that I am obsessed with shopping and the beach. Sometimes I have to sacrifice the shopping or beach for their adventures but overall we can even it out if we just research before what we are doing.
I'm a blogger. I need to be online. I need to be on social media. I need to instantly share pictures. I need to be tweeting what I'm doing and checking in at every cool place I go. I NEED WIFI!
What is the point of going on a cool press trip to show you all what is to offer in a beautiful country when I can't show you until I'm home because I have no signal or wifi connection. That is so 2002.
Don't fret I have the solution as to how to blow your minds with my holiday spam whilst being in the jungle, Tep Wireless.
In July last year Hoff whisked me off to Paris for a long weekend without the kids. It was a complete surprise. He just said 'pack a bag' and 'where's you passport?'. This isn't helpful for a girl who likes to know what's going on and what weather she's packing for. We don't often get away without the kids and so this was a huge deal for us and what a perfect place to go.
Jamaica is currently high up on our 'Places to go as a family' list, not just because it's hot, you know how much I love heat, but because of the beautiful beaches and history behind the island. I believe that travel is an important part of educating our children about life in other countries, culture and music. I didn't travel until I was 21 and I want to make up for all those years lost and teach my children early about travelling and the beauty of other countries.
The Trooper Potts, a new Hungry Horse pub on Basingstoke Road in Reading, will open its doors to all for the first time on March 21; which just so happens to be World Down Syndrome day, a day in which we reflect on how awesome Kyd's extra Chromosome is. Perfect timing for our annual celebration meal out.
Sometimes in life you hit a wall... I hit that wall, full force, in the midst of storm Alice; it's not really called storm Alice, it's Imogen or something, but they missed a trick there, Storm Alice has a ring to it.
This time last week I was in the sunnier climates of Sri Lanka. We were there to celebrate the marriage of two friends of ours, a happy occasion shared by family and friends alike. In the midst of the fun we wanted to experience the culture of the country and meet some of the people; so we did just that.
Following on from my Rhine River Cruise post, I have been thinking about cruises for all the family, not just myself and my sister.
Cruises are something I have avoided for family holidays because I have a fear of the sea and open water, so just the thought gives me shivers. However, after discussing cruises with other bloggers and companies this year I have become very curious as to what it would be like.
This year my sister decided that she would visit at least one cathedral or castle a month. We both share a love of beautiful architecture which stems from my Dad’s love of ‘looking up’ at the beautiful things that lay above our shop filled eye line. She has so far fulfilled her 2015 dreams andvisited many cathedrals around the UK and abroad; and all without me. I have had cathedral envy and so I have been looking at ways in which we can do this together next year but including many more castles; as sisterly bonding time. We both, like many other sisters, have to schedule time together due to the crazy lives we lead, booking ahead is a must.
OK, so we aren't taking the kids with us to Sri Lanka but many do. Sri Lankans of all religions and classes LOVE children and - in marked contrast to India - it seems this applies to both boys and girls alike.
Here at Life As Alice, I like to bring you stories and articles of places in which you wouldn't necessarily hear about unless you knew someone in the know. Think of me as your person who doesn't know much but is actually in the know. So when I read this press release that popped into my inbox I thought I'd let you in on the secret that is, Es Saadi Gardens & Resort.
Did you know that according to research released this week, it appears that women of Britain are becoming happier in their own skin, shunning the heavily made up looks we see in celebrity selfies and being papped on red carpets.
I am not overly sporty myself but I know many of you are. Hoff loves Cricket and so when I said that we were going to Sri Lanka for a wedding he automatically checked the cricket dates for their national team, sadly it was a bit too in advance and so he has been checking it on and off since.
I have been doing a lot of research into our trip to Sri Lanka in a few months time and as Elephants are one of my loves in life, I thought I'd do my research into where to go and what to expect when we get there.
Most of my travel passion is derived from jealousy of other people's travel photos on social media, especially family members who are as adventurous as we are, oh, and my love of nice weather and adventure of course. Having made seperate 'grown up adventures' and 'family adventures' bucket lists both the size of the Thames and growing, this is becoming quite an expensive thing to complete, as soon as we tick one off, we add another but at least we are never bored.
I have been doing some research on Sri Lanka since we booked to go there in December this year. I have found out a few facts I thought might be helpful to anyone else planning to visit there. They are a bit random but then they are always the most interesting I find.
This December the Hoff and I are jetting off to Sri Lanka for the wedding of a very good friend of mine. It has been on the cards for ages but now it's booked and sorted it has become very real and VERY exciting!
After meeting with the Namibian Tourist Board recently in Soho, London, I have had my head in the clouds dreaming of a place I had never heard much about before. I have done nothing but talk about random facts I learnt about this amazing country and about the fact that is naturally growing in popularity with tourists from around the world because of it's rural beauty and wildlife.
It is no secret that I love London. So when Marco Polo sent me one of their new Spiral Guides about Perfect Days in London, I got a bit excited. I am a lover of strange but true facts and finding new places and this guide has it all. Marco Polo pride themselves on their 'Insider Knowledge' and so it is the perfect guide for a London geek like me.
London Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use. Visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace, ride the London Eye or go shopping at Portabello market. The city awaits!
Whilst walking from Leicester Square to Buckingham Palace I took the 'just walk in that direction and see where it takes you' approach. By doing so I came to some awesome places between Pall Mall, a regularly discussed area when playing Monopoly but one in which may be missed if you follow the typical tourist route and Queens Walk in Green Park. It is however in the Marco Polo Guide and so I could look up some of the places I was coming across and work out where I was. Turning down a few side streets and admiring the beauty of the architecture, I'm a bit of a building geek, I came across some beautiful little restaurants and shops in which I never knew existed but will be visiting and revisiting soon enough.