Oh the places we’ve been!

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We are so excited about our upcoming adventures as a new family. We already have some trips planned to the North of Scotland this year. I thought it would be very fitting to reflect on a few of our favourite destinations as a couple before travelling becomes a lot more interesting.

NEW YORK

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View of the Statue of Liberty from Evening Cruise

New York was definitely an experience of a lifetime, having just finished University we did not have a lot of money however that did not stop us enjoying New York to the full. We done lots of research before we left and I created a very detailed itinerary, we invested in New York Passes and here are the sights we enjoyed the most.

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Literary Walk, Central Park

Cycling through Central Park taking in so many wonderful sites along the way with highlights including walking along Literary walk, the views of the lake and seeing the imagine mosaic.

Going to the Top of the Rock and taking in the views of New York.

Visiting the Empire State Building at night, seeing New York in lights and having a few drinks on top of the world.

A romantic Night Cruise around the island of Manhattan sharing a few drinks along the way.

Visiting the New York City Fire Museum, speaking to a real life hero from 9/11 who shared some wonderful and comic stories from the world of firefighting and of course getting to try on a firefighters uniform.

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Climbing aboard the Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, a very interactive and fun experience for large children.

Going on an Underground Railroad Tour which included visiting a series of safe houses on foot which showed how the slaves escaped slavery in New York. The tour was provided by a very knowledgeable local which enhanced the experience even further.

Visiting Radio City and taking a behind the scenes tour, which included meeting a Rockette.

And finally my favourite part was getting to see the real Winnie the Pooh in the New York Public Library.

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Edward Bear and Friends

MEXICO

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Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza
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Wild Turtle

Our Honeymoon destination, the Riviera Maya in Mexico. This was a completely different experience to all of our other holidays to date! We spent most of our time relaxing, eating and drinking. The people were fantastic, truly some of the most hospitable people we have ever met. There were so many highlights but here are a few of our favourites.

Spending time in the Nay Spa in the resort relaxing and being pampered.

Visiting the Chichen Izta and getting a glimpse into Mayan Civilisation and swimming in a giant sink hole. Naturally when the Mexicans put on a day trip it is filled with tequilla, a lot of tequilla.

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Xcaret

Going to Xcaret an eco adventure park where we swam in a very long underground river, viewed local wildlife and flowers and sampled traditional Mayan dancers all in the same day.

Going to Playa Del Carmen and chartering a boat to go sea fishing and swim with wild turtles.

Enjoying the local nightlife at Coco Bongos in Playa Del Carmen, a nightclub like no other. Never in my life have I experienced, theatre, acrobatics and comedy in one nightclub.

 

FRANCE

We have been fortunate to visit France on a number of occasions. Our favourite parts are Nice and Paris.

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Nice, France

NICE

The Old Town in Nice is a favourite spot we visited in our teens and fell in love with. We have since visited and the love has grown on each visit. The local markets boast lots of fresh produce and flowers, we enjoy staying locally and like to sample the many mediterranean and nicoise style restaurants, cafes and street food. There are lots of local museums and attractions to explore as well as a very interesting pebble beach to relax on and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re feeling energetic you can also stroll into the new town where you will find lots of shopping to suit all budgets and styles.

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

PARIS

Paris is the most romantic city in the world, we have visited a number of times and have always loved spending time exploring. In particular we love strolling through the streets and eating in many of the wonderful restaurants and cafes. In the summer the Paris Plages- where the banks of the Seine are transformed into beaches – is something not to be missed. There are so many Museums and Art Galleries in Paris it is hard to choose a favourite however in my opinion Claude Monet’s Water Lily paintings in the Musee de l’Orangerie are wonderful. The Louvre is always a great place to explore and we find something new every time we visit. Paris has something to offer everyone and is definitely a place worth visiting, as Audrey Hepburn says:

“Paris is always a good idea.”

ROME, ITALY

A beautiful country and a beautiful city. As my husband’s Gran is from Italy we wanted to start exploring some of his heritage. We started with a beautiful city. The food is delicious, the culture is rich and the history is phenomenal. We spent two wonderful weeks exploring and I still don’t think we managed to uncover all that Rome had to offer.

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The Roman Forum

There are so many historic sites and attractions to visit it’s difficult to know where to start. Lucky for us we stayed along the street from the Colosseum so started there, seeped in history it was fantastic, there was a lot of interactive displays and places to explore and of course you could pretend you were a real Roman Soldier. Which leads nicely to the Roman Forum, you cannot begin to imagine how surreal it feels walking around the ancient forum imagining how life once was.

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Bioparco di Roma

There is also in my opinion the best Zoo in the world to explore in Roma as it is the first Zoo I have been to which has Giraffes, my favourite animal. Bioparco di Roma is located in the beautiful Villa Borghese estate. The Park is large and there is lots to explore, it is fun for the whole family. The park is a welcome break from what feels like a Scooby Doo scene of ruins, monuments and museums.

Of course no visit to Rome is complete without visiting the gorgeous Trevi Fountain, designed by Nicola Salvi it has appeared in many films. We made our wishes, threw in our coins over our right shoulders and do you know my wish actually came true!

Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi

 

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