Llanbedrog Beach: Tips for visiting my favourite beach on the Llyn Peninsula

Llanbedrog Beach: Tips for visiting my favourite beach on the Llyn Peninsula

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Llanbedrog Beach: Everything you need to know about visiting my favourite beach on the Llyn Peninsula! Llanbedrog Beach has quickly become one of my favourite beaches on the Llyn Peninsula. …

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Expedia Travel Week serves up massive travel discounts starting 8th June 2021

Expedia Travel Week serves up massive travel discounts starting 8th June 2021

Mark your calendars, because Expedia’s first-ever Expedia Travel Week sale is right around the corner. Running from 8th to 12th June, our biggest savings event to date will be available on the Expedia Mobile App and Expedia.co.uk, offering travellers up to 40% savings on select hotels and activities.

The Expedia Travel Week Sale will feature savings on more than 30,000 hotels and 800+ activities around the world, to help holiday-deprived travellers plan their next well-deserved trip.

Not ready to travel just yet? Fear not. Offers will be open to bookings as far out as January 2022, and most include flexible cancellation policies, making it the perfect time to lock in travel plans to look forward to for the rest of the year.

Here are all the different ways to save:


Beginning Tuesday, 8th June, Expedia will launch five days of deals to some of the most dream-worthy destinations. Whether it’s a relaxing summer trip to explore the surf-ready shores of Cornwall, or an international bucket list holiday to roam the vineyards of Tuscany, there’s something for every kind of traveller.

The Expedia Travel Week deals are for travel dates 8th June 2021 – 31st Jan 2022, and most include flexible cancellation policies, making it the perfect time to lock in travel plans to look forward to for the rest of the year.

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In addition to the extensive deals, Expedia has partnered with a diverse group of travel and lifestyle trendsetters to personally curate itineraries based on their favourite travel destinations. Itineraries will be released each day with a limited-time 20% off coupons to be used on the selected hotels.

Preview them now and set a reminder when your favourite Daily Getaway goes live:

TUESDAY, JUNE 8: @Itspsd reveals the best places to stay and see in Grenada and Nigeria for when the time is right.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE: Discover the hidden gems of Portugal and Cotswolds with @Rosielondoner

THURSDAY, JUNE 10: Learn @Jake_graf5‘s tricks to enjoying the city life in London and the secrets of Mallorca.

FRIDAY, JUNE 11: The perfect staycation getaway in London and Manchester with @Sheikhbeauty.

SATURDAY, JUNE 12: From beachside to cityscapes in Brighton and London with @Livpurvis.



DOWNLOAD THE APP: Expedia’s award-winning mobile app also makes it easier to plan and keep track of travel plans, with handy push notifications alerting travellers to itinerary changes, easy messaging with your hotel, and a map feature to find nearby things to do.
KEEP TABS ON THE LATEST TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: With restrictions changing by the day, it can be tricky to stay up to date on the latest COVID-related guidelines. Use the Expedia Travel Advisor which lets travellers search by their origin and destination to see what travel advisories or COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
BOOKMARK IT: Do a little pre-shopping and save hotels to your ‘favourites’ list, then set a reminder for when the sale kicks off and your favourite Daily Getaway goes live.
BOOK FLEXIBLE RATES: Many of the deals featured will have flexible cancellation policies. While many destinations are open, choosing refundable rates allows travellers to bag a great deal without worrying about plans needing to change. Filter search results for ‘free cancellation’ or ‘reserve now, pay later’ and select a refundable room type.

Happy shopping and safe travels!

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A Bridgerton-style getaway in Bletchley at Horwood House

A Bridgerton-style getaway in Bletchley at Horwood House

I was not paid for content but my night at Horwood House was complimentary.

Every mum needs a night off once in a while… to sleep in her own bed uninterrupted by little voices at 6am wanting food, milk, a bath or Peppa Pig… which was why my invitation for a bloggers trip to Horwood House came at the exact right time. I hadn’t been on a group bloggers trip since my night on the Virgin Voyages cruise ship, pre-Pandemic so I was super excited to get back into the swing of things.

The invitation was to newly refurbished Horwood House, a grade II Manor House in Buckinghamshire near Bletchley and Milton Keynes. £6 million has been spend on the upgrading the hotel to the luxurious standard that it is now! I took the train from London Euston to Milton Keynes Central, relishing the half an hour journey of uninterrupted me time (lol) and from there it was a quick taxi ride to Horwood House. Entering the hotel I was immediately taken by the decor… lots of antique mirror, bronze and light wood like we’ve used in our own refurbishment!
After check in, I was directed to my room through the large maze-like hotel. My executive suite was super spacious and perfect for a tired mum looking for some me time!

I was greeted with a mini G & T and a welcome platter which was a lovely little touch and a great start to my staycation!

The lounge area is a really good size and the sofa can be changed into a bed for the kids plus there’s a large TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The window looks out on to the hotel’s perfectly manicured grounds making the perfect place to work or relax.
While the bed area is more compact, it has everything that you need including lots of storage in the wardrobe and a pastoral colour palette.

The bathroom is complete with snazzy tiles and a powerful shower which I enjoyed uninterrupted by little requests from a cheeky toddler!

Once I’d freshened up it was time to meet the rest of the gang which included my good friend Sima!

Horwood House is actually the birthplace of famous gardener, Percy Thrower, a fact reflected in the beauty of the gardens and the lily pond. We were lucky enough to have our afternoon tea set up right by the latter…

I mean how idyllic is this? And the weather was perfect! The afternoon tea was delicious and made even better by the fact that we were surrounded by beautiful pink blossoms!!
And here’s the Manor House itself giving all the Bridgerton vibes… but we only had a short time to admire it as we spa treatments to get to! I was particularly excited about getting a massage as I hadn’t had one since I was pregnant with Oscar!

Like the rest of the hotel, the H Spa is freshly refurbed and includes a gym, a pool, sauna and steam room as well as some beautiful spaces for relaxation.
I had a super relaxing massage using Caudalie products but there are plenty of other options such as nourishing facials, manicures and pedicures.

Floating on a relaxation cloud, I went to my room to get ready and back down to the Manor for a cocktail making class with the brilliantly named Justin Imbiber.
Sima and I paired up to shake, baby, shake our cocktails, we made three in total and though Justin doesn’t need to fear for his job (lol) we were pretty happy with our efforts.

Harry’s Bar and Kitchen is the main restaurant at the hotel, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, following the gardening theme that’s present through out the house with hanging plants.
We were lucky enough to be in a private dining room sampling a tasting menu from Harry’s Bar and Kitchen.

Whipped cod roe with exmoor caviar.

Coal roasted beetroot with maple walnut, rosary ash and black truffle.

Fennel and honey glazed duck with white turnip, puffed barley and duck sauce.

Amaretto and white chocolate ganache coffee and walnut cake.

After a really delicious dinner and lots of chat – particularly about the how the ‘metaverse’ is the new big thing – I headed up to my room for a really good, uninterrupted night’s sleep. 
Breakfast is served in the hotel’s 1911 and after a delicious breakfast – prepared by someone else for once! – I hopped on the train back to my baby!

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18 insider tips about the world’s favourite cities

18 insider tips about the world’s favourite cities

We know the world can’t wait to see you again, and we can’t wait to get back out there either. So, we rounded up 18 locals-only secrets in some of the world’s most beloved cities to help you feel like an insider, no matter where your travels take you.

Looking up at palm trees across the sky in Los Angeles

### Los Angeles

– Explore a different Malibu by hitting one of its breathtaking hiking trails. Topanga Lookout Trail is perfect for all ages and is a top spot to watch a magically golden sunset. And while you’re in the hiking mood, Clouds Rest at Runyon Canyon offers one of the best views of the city.
– The legendary Sunset Strip is more than its rock ‘n’ roll legacy. It’s home to Book Soup, one of LA’s largest independent bookshops. Stop by to uncover rare finds and autographed releases, or check the shop’s upcoming events for high-profile readings or celebrity happenings.

### Paris

– Head to the Japanese garden of the Guimet Museum for a moment of serenity. A well-kept secret, the garden is hidden behind the heavy doors of the Hôtel d’Heidelbach. It’s home to gorgeous Japanese cherry trees, azaleas, horsetails, dwarf bamboos and even a tea pavilion.
– Get a little taste of England at the Villa Léandre. While plenty of tourists visit Montmartre, it’s only those in the know who venture towards Avenue Junot-the hiding place for this Art Deco gem. The colourful, oh-so British facades will have you longing for Notting Hill in no time.

### Mexico City

– While foodies will be hard-pressed to find a disappointing meal in Mexico City, an absolute must is to eat on Paseo de la Reforma or in one of the exclusive restaurants in Polanco. The tree-lined Reforma is particularly glorious on Sundays when the boulevard is closed to motorised traffic.
La Condesa is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city with its hip boutiques, five-star restaurants and beautiful parks. Don’t over-plan your visit-instead, take your time meandering through the colourful streets and green spaces to enjoy making a discovery or two.

View across the water of a pier and a bridge in Berlin

### Berlin

– One of the many favourite outdoor pastimes of locals is to picnic on the banks of the River Spree. There is hardly a better place than the Insel der Jugend, and there might even be free live music if you’re lucky.
– Keeping with the watery theme, you can also get a little of that Venice feeling without having to leave the city. Grab a kayak or canoe and paddle from Stößensee via Little Venice to the Havel Canal. Just don’t forget the sun cream.

### Toronto

– Yonge Street may be the longest street in the world, but if you’re feeling really ambitious, strap on your best walking shoes and conquer the nine miles of Scarborough Bluffs. The waterfront is home to nine remarkable parks and endless views of Lake Ontario.
Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, and its diversity opens up many delicious opportunities to appreciate all its different cultures. Take your tastebuds on a global tour through Little Italy, Chinatown, Little Portugal, Greektown, Little India, Koreatown and many more.

### Marseille

– Street art fans will adore Le Cours Julien. The neighbourhood is a collection of impressive public art pieces, super trendy bars and cafés, charity shops and boutiques of all kinds. Bonus: Since it’s a pedestrian zone, you can have a pastis or a beer right in the middle of an alley.
– The Antiquaires District in Vauban is central, but tourists often bypass this pretty area in the shade of the Bonne Mère. Still, its picturesque alleys and staircases make for the perfect place to discover the city from another angle as it offers the most beautiful views of the city from the Jardin du Bois Sacré.

Street view of buildings in Old Montreal, Canada

### Montreal

– Join the locals either relaxing or exercising alongside the historic Lachine Canal. The site is a paradise for walkers, joggers and cyclists, with more than eight miles of pathways and parks to enjoy, plus plenty of options to stop for a bite to eat or a drink along the way.
– Spend an afternoon on an art and curiosities’ scavenger hunt in Old Montreal. From vintage posters to contemporary sculptures, don’t be surprised if you walk away with a unique souvenir of your trip. Start with Rue Saint-Paul Ouest.

### Hamburg

– Get your steps in at Treppenviertel (literally the ‘stair quarter’) in Blankenese. There are approximately 5,000 steps in and around the district’s beautiful winding alleyways, but conquering them rewards you with a wonderful view over the Elbe River.

– Spending the day in Winterhude is like taking a little trip away to a charming lake district. Just north of the city centre, the area shines with villas and picturesque canals. Hop a relaxing boat tour and let your mind wander.

### New York City

– It’s estimated that nearly 800 different languages are spoken in NYC, so chances are you’ll hear a new accent around every corner. One of the best ways to celebrate the city’s diversity is by heading to Chinatown-one of the largest and oldest in the world.

– For a flower-filled hideaway and colourful photos, visit the vibrant NYC Flower District in Chelsea. This hidden gem does require a reasonably early start to your day, but getting to spend a morning surrounded by plants and petals is sure to boost your mood for hours to come.

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