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Right, it’s time to get our dreaming, wunderlust heads on. Today I’m in the mood for a spot of travel inspiration, so thought I’d chat about the next destination on my bucket list, Mauritius. Sadly, I haven’t managed to get there yet, although secretly I have been saving it for a special holiday, like a honeymoon or to celebrate a big birthday. So, as 2017 is going to be a big year for us, maybe it might be the right time to go….  We shall see!

That doesn’t stop me planning though. One of my favourite things to do is to loose myself on Pinterest on the travel boards. Pinning my top travel destinations, so when it comes to the day I book my dream holiday,  I know exactly what the best things are to see and do.

So after an avid pinning session over the weekend,  here are my top reasons you need to visit Mauritius…. NOW! (and take me in your suitcase, obviously.)

Beautiful Beaches

Whenever I think of Mauritius, my first thoughts are always the beautiful beaches. The soft, white sand with the tranquil turquoise lagoon waters makes Mauritius the perfect postcard destination. With over 160km of stunning coastline including a calm lagoon mainly encircled in colourful coral reef, Mauritius’ beaches  are often found on the ‘best beaches in the world’ lists across various publications.  However, there is so much more to this beautiful island… if just chilling on the beach for a week isn’t you thing, don’t worry, you’ll have so much more to see and do.

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Sugar, Rum and Tea

I love finding out about the history of a destination, so I would love to explore Mauritius’ rich cultural history.  In the 1700’s, the sugar cane industry began and became one of the main exports. Nowadays, although it’s not the main industry you can still see how sugar cane is grown and try some of the many by-products created, the most popular being Rum. Watch the sugar being crushed and distilled and of course, try the speciality Rum.

The tea route is also a popular route to take, I can’t wait to try Mauritian Vanilla Tea, it sounds delicious and is supposed to be one of the world’s best.

Hiking and Exploring

Mauritius being a volcanic island has some of the most breathtaking scenery, from mountains to rivers to forests and more. The best way to properly explore is on foot, or if it’s your thing zip wire is an option too. With several National Parks the island is a true wildlife sanctuary, with the parks and reserves filled with beautiful, colourful birds plus over 700 species of indigenous plants.

I would absolutely love to visit Tamarind Falls, the highest waterfall in Mauritius with a drop of over 300m, it looks just stunning!

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Scouring the food markets

Whenever I go on holiday, I always have to scour the local food market, trying as many different foods along the way as I can. It’s a sensory overload, with a blast of colours, tastes, smells and sounds which in every place are totally unique. Port-Louis has a large vegetable market. I also want to try the locals favourite street food choice, Dholl Puri.

Go Dolphin Spotting

One of my lifelong dreams is to go dolphin and whale spotting. I’m not keen on the dolphin ‘experiences’ where you can swim with dolphins in captivity, so I’d rather get out on a boat and see the dolphins in their natural habitat. Mauritius is one of the best place to do just this, the crystal clear waters are just the perfect place to do it, remind me to pack the seasickness tablets though, I heard it can get a bit choppy!

Aaah, Mauritius. Doesn’t it just sound perfect! I’ll visit one day, I’m sure. 

Post written in collaboration with Mauritius 365

The Creperie Brighton

Just recently, I found one of Brighton’s hidden gems – The Creperie. Tucked in just off the seafront on Ship Street this is your one-stop-shop for everything savoury to sweet – there is something to satisfy every craving. After driving past it numerous times, finally I popped in to see what all the fuss is about and decided to go the whole hog, with a full pancake-fuelled sit down meal.

The Creperie Brighton

The Creperie Brighton

The Creperie Brighton

Inside The Creperie, the decor is modern and chic, with a simple, minimalist vibe. The restaurant looks tiny from the outside, but it’s actually bigger than you’d think. With a few tables within the main restaurant and an extra seating area downstairs – there are plenty of tables. It was immaculately clean with funky music playing. A crossover of French cuisine, meets Brighton style for sure.

The Creperie Brighton

The menu is varied with so many delicious sounding choices. The Creperie are Brighton’s only 100% Gluten Free restaurant, plus they have collaborated with a couple of my very favourite Brighton brands – Small Batch Coffee and Gelato Gusto.

It took us a while to decide on our savoury fillings, but I decided to go for the Fajita (vegetarian version) and Vee went for the Posh Cheese and Onion. The smell of our fresh crepes cooking was just incredible! The kitchen is right behind the main counter, so you can literally watch your food being prepared.

The Creperie Brighton

 

The Creperie Brighton

The Creperie Brighton

As you can see, the savoury crepes are just HUMONGOUS, and stuffed to the brim with fillings. Each are served with a side salad garnish and coleslaw and are your complete meal all in one. My fajita crepe was absolutely delicious.

The Creperie Brighton

My happy crepe face

Moving on to my FAVOURITE part – the sweet course. Yes, I know we look like complete piglets to carry on eating after a huge first course, but we chilled out for a while, had a beer or two (they serve gluten free beers, just FYI!) and let our food go down. I couldn’t leave without a sweet crepe, it had to be done.

The Creperie have a huge selection of sweet crepes, also offering a ‘Make Your Own Crepe’ if here is something specific you fancy. Plus they’ll make you a random concoction if you ask for it, like Lemon and Sugar – with grated cheese…. apparently, that is a popular request.

The Creperie Brighton

The Creperie Brighton

I went for the ultimate in crepe wizardry – ‘Going Bananas’ with added Nutella and Marshmallows, they even topped it with a swirl of whipped cream, it was quite a masterpiece!

The Creperie Brighton

Vee tried to be healthy(ish) with the Strawberries and Cream, with an extra topping of caramelised apple. To be fair, thats two of her five a day, right?

The Creperie Brighton

At the end of the meal, we were absolutely, truly stuffed but it was SO, SO, GOOD!

I’d highly recommend The Creperie, they really cater for everyone and suit all dietary requirements. You can eat in or take away – plus they are right on the seafront, so next time we are going to grab a crepe and take a walk on the seafront, the location is just perfect. I can’t wait to work my way down that sweet crepe menu!

The Creperie is located between the West Pier and Brighton pier, you can just turn up or to book a table, you can use their website here.

We were kindly invited to The Creperie for a complimentary meal in return for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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I can’t quite believe I am writing this, but amazingly, I have been shortlisted for the ‘Blogger of the Year’ category for the 30 Plus Blog Awards. I’ve never been even close to winning an award for my blog before, so to be nominated for Blogger of the Year is just the most wonderful news, I’m absolutely over the moon! It doesn’t feel real!

Firstly, I wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to anyone who nominated me – I appreciate every single person who takes the time to read my blog, comment or message me on social media. To have been nominated means the world to me.

Now for the exciting bit – the voting! I would absolutely love it if you could spare just a few moments to vote for me in the awards. I’ve come this far, so I just need one last favour. You can vote for me HERE!

While you are there, please do consider voting for a couple of my friends who are in the final too – Erica of Being Erica and Holly of Closing Winter.

THANK YOU! 🙂

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The beach is my ultimate happy place – cool, calming and tranquil. After a long day, all I need is a short stroll along the beach and my mood has lifted. As I now live right by the sea, I am lucky enough to say I am in my happy place as soon as I get home. With the gorgeous waves on the horizon from our front door, it seemed right to try an incorporate a coastal theme throughout our home, adding touches of that cool, calming feeling that only the beach can bring.

 

So, a couple of weeks ago, Harvey’s Furniture got in touch to challenge me to put together a ‘Cool Coastal Flatlay‘ using some of my favourite pieces from around my house.

 

To style my flatlay I have mainly used whites and cool blue and lilac tones with a background of our distressed, whitewashed floorboards as the backdrop, which gives the overall look a real ‘beachut’ feel. Within the flatlay, I’ve used a mix of handmade and natural items from around my home, the first being my latest macrame plant hanger (which you may have seen me creating in my recent post about the Posh Totty Craft Workshops!) I think this is both stylish as macrame is so on trend at the moment, but it also reminds me of knotted rope giving it a nautical feel, fitting in nicely to our cool coastal theme.
Our beautiful painting of the ocean takes pride of place in our home – the colours are just stunning, it’s a real eye catching piece. This is special piece as it was painted by a family member. The cool coastal look is not complete without some natural touches – we use pebbles in our garden to extend the beachy look to our small courtyard outside space, this works really well as borders around flower beds or garden paths.  They are also great inside and make fabulous additions to candle holders!

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Do head over to the Harvey’s blog to see my designs, plus there is plenty of inspiration on how to transform your home, with themes from Cosy Cottage to City Chic, there is something for every home!

– Post written in collaboration with Harvey’s Furniture

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

A few weeks ago, I joined one of my besties Rachael for her hen do in a surprise location. She eagerly boarded the flight with no idea of where we were going, with a gaggle of giggling girls behind her. I’m not sure how far she got before she realised where we were going, but we soon found out our destination was going to be Krakow, Poland. As we landed we excitedly jumped into our awaiting stretch hummer to take us to our accommodation –  eager to discover what the weekend ahead would bring and to see the sights of Krakow.

I had never visited Poland either so I was completely intrigued by Krakow as a city break destination. I have to say it completely lived up to my expectations and more, it’s such a beautiful city with so much to see and do. It was absolutely perfect for a hen party, only two hours flight from the UK, cheap accommodation and cost of living, plenty of nightlife and lots of historical sights too. It really had everything we needed.

So, after an amazing weekend in Krakow, I’ve written my top 5 things to do when visiting Krakow – enjoy!

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

1. MOOCH AROUND THE MAIN MARKET SQUARE

The main area you’ll come across will be the huge Main Market Square, lined with bars, restaurants and coffee shops this is the perfect location to start your trip. Dating back to the 13th century, the Main Square in Krakow is one of the largest medieval squares in Europe. Surrounded by the most beautiful historic townhouses and churches, the main building dominating the skyline is the Cloth Hall and the gothic towers of St Mary’s Basilica. It was a photographers paradise! I spent a good 2 hours just mooching about, with a sorbet in one hand, my camera in the other, capturing the main square and watching the world go by.

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

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5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

2. Take a Walking Tour around the Old Town and visit the Castle

As Krakow is a relatively small city, a walking tour is the perfect way to see everything. Also, having a guide in tow means you’ll find out all of the hidden gems and won’t miss anything along the way. We had a lovely guide from Free Walking Tours who knew just about every detail of Krakow’s history and explained everything in perfect English, as well as being in a fun and informal style too. The Old Town and Castle are just stunning and not to be missed! 5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

3. EXPERIENCE KRAKOW’S NIGHTLIFE

It was such a shame, but on the hen do I was too poorly to visit any of the bars or nightclubs (I know, on a hen party too – what a loser!) but the girls had the night of their lives and stumbled in at 5am with many a tale to tell. We were only there a couple of nights, so the girls wanted to experience as many of the coolest bars and clubs in the city, so they hired the services of a Krakow Nightlife Private Guide, who took them to all of the swankiest bars in the city, some quite off the beaten track – they’d have never have found them without a guide. Great idea, sounds like the guides were great fun too. I’m still sulking I didn’t get to go!

4. Try Traditional Polish Food

I might have missed out on the night out, but I certainly didn’t miss out on the food! Eating out in Krakow is just amazing, I was SO surprised by the food, it was utterly delicious. The first thing I wanted to try was dumplings – I managed to find a great place that did a vegetarian option filled with potatoes and cottage cheese, served with golden fried onions. They were better than I imagined and I could have eaten about 5 plates of them – SO GOOD. I also had an amazing meal which was fresh mountain river trout served with a baked apple and cranberries – an unusual combination but it went together perfectly.

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

OUR TOP 3 RESTAURANTS IN KRAKOW

  1. Pod Aniolami – Fine dining in the most beautiful indoor garden, this has got to be my favourite restaurant in Krakow.
  2. Morskie Oko – Traditional Polish food, served whilst live musicians play and dancers dance, by the end of the night the whole restaurant was up, you just couldn’t help but join in.
  3. Cafe Oranzeria – Hardly a cafe, this beautiful rooftop bar and restaurant is had the best views in town. With views over the castle and river this a truly special space.

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

Lastly, on the food front  (can you tell this is my favourite part of any city break!) there are so many amazing ice cream parlours and chocolate shops around the city. Just head to the Main Market Square, you can’t miss them. For the true chocoholics, you have got to visit the Wedel Chocolate Lounge – where you can indulge in all the chocolate you can eat, pretty much in every form. A-MAZING.

5. Visit Auschwitz and Schindler’s Factory

Unfortunately we didn’t get the time to visit either, but Auschwitz and Shindler’s Factory are two very important sights when it comes to history in Krakow. It wasn’t quite right to visit on a hen party, but one day I know I’ll come back and visit. You can take a tour from the centre of Krakow, you’ll see lots of golf buggies buzzing around, just ask one of those and they’ll be able to advise you on the next available tour.

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

5 Top Things to do in Krakow Poland

We had an absolutely amazing time in Krakow, it’s the perfect city for a break away, whether it be a hen/stag party or a romantic break away, Krakow has something for everybody and I can’t wait to go back one day and explore the city further.

Have you been to Poland? What are your top travel tips?

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