Aqaba: Tala Bay

On quite an overcast day we made the 4 hour drive down the the south coast of Jordan for the first time in over 24 years. Tala Bay near Aqaba was our destination.

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We stayed at the Movenpick hotel and it was amazing.
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I stepped foot in the sea for the first time in about 5 years (cold!).

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And relaxed by the pool while reading my maahoosive book (which I finished that week).
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Isn’t that a sight for sore eyes?
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Wandering around the other resorts, I fell in love with this view. The combination of the colourful trees and the tiled staircases. So pretty.
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We only ventured into Aqaba city for dinner both nights so the days were spent in complete relaxation by the pool. I don’t think I could do two weeks of that as I’m more of an active holidayer, but two nights was perfect. Next stop, Wadi Rum. The adventure begins.
 
Do you prefer active holidays or relaxing ones?
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Welcome to Jordan

When my alarm woke me at 5am on Saturday I covered my head with my duvet. Why oh why did I stay out late last night? It was one of the girls at work’s leaving party and I had promised myself I would leave at 10pm. Latest. You have a flight to catch in the morning Diane, you’re being picked up at 6am and still need to wrestle your evening dresses into your overflowing suitcase. I blame the person who bought another bottle of champagne. 

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So was it worth it? Totally. I had a great time and still successfully caught my flight that morning.Win.

I have been coming to Jordan every summer to visit my family since before I can remember and apparently it’s been over 20 years since we last came in the month of April. I couldn’t believe my eyes as we drove out of the airport. So green!

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That evening, loads of the family came round and we had mezze. Damn I missed this food!

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The next day, we headed out and I spotted these beauties along our travels!

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Welcome to Amman, Jordan.
 
Have you ever been?
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Southbank Christmas market & Winter Wonderland

This has been a rather christmassy week for me as I have now been to both a Christmas market and Winter Wonderland. 
 
First, the Christmas market was the Southbank one which I visited with the girls from work one night this week. Mulled wine, food and a carousel ride was on the agenda and I had a great time. I definitely recommend visiting during the week in the evening if you can as it is so much quieter. 

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As for Winter Wonferland, if you like to queue for things, then this is the place to be! I had a good time when I visited with the bf, my cousin and brother yesterday but my oh my was it busy. 

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Me and my cousin went on one of the roller coasters. We’re the two on the right (haha).

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Then the four of us went on the haunted house ride. Halloween Horror Nights at universal studios has definitely made me a lot more tolerant towards scary things so this was a breeze!
 
Afterwards, it was mulled wine time and then we escaped the crowds and went to an arabic restaurant with my parents. Yum! 
 
In other news, I’ve almost done my xmas shopping I think yay!
 
Have you visited any Christmas markets yet?
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Florida photos: The details

Instead of posting the same old photos from Disney World and co, I decided to show off the bits that you don’t always see:

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Well, there had to be at least one shot of the castle!
 What’s your favourite holiday destination?
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Neal’s Yard and Covent Garden – London PART 3

Sorry for the delay with the last instalment in my London day trip. Feels a bit silly posting it when I live here now, but I love the photos so I have to show them off. Here’s PART 1 and PART 2 if you missed them.
 
After seeing a photo of Neal’s Yard on Pinterest, I kept it on my travel board waiting for the next time I went to London. It was worth the wait. Such pretty colours!

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Then it was off to Covent Garden.

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And that’s it, all 3 instalments of my London day trip. And now that I live here, I guess there will be plenty more photos to come in the future!
 
Where’s your number 1 place that you want to or have been to in London?
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