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36 Hours in York

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6 weeks ago I had the unexpected pleasure of some time off, with my other half. We decided to make sure it was quality time together and to get away from the humdrum of home for a bit.

We stayed at the rather lovely Principal York Hotel which, despite it's elegant appearance, was not quite as smoothly run as I'd have hoped, but it all got sorted in the end!



After checking in, we headed out to explore.

I think I must have a Christmas-sensor embedded in me because I can sniff it out anywhere and was quickly drawn into this store.




Our next stop was to The York Museum.

By the time I'd been dragged out of Christmas-land, time was ticking on a bit... The very kind attendants at the museum reassured us that we would have time to do one wing and helpfully, gave us a pass so that we could return the next day for the other half of the museum.



The museum was formerly a Prison and we spent our first day in the Women's Wing - which housed a number of historical exhibits and (most …

Scotland. Lochgoilhead & Dunoon

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I look forward to going to Scotland every winter. Sadly this year I spent the entire holiday feeling very poorly indeed. Back home, whenever someone asked me how the holiday was I replied with "Well the medical centre was excellent, and the three pharmacies I visited were lovely."
That being said, staying indoors wasn't too bad, with these views to admire...

We rented the most charming and secluded cottage.  If I won the lottery I would buy it (I liked it that much!)






When I was feeling up to it, I didn't have to venture too far to see more of the scenery. The cottage is surrounded on all sides by secret pathways and spectacular views.

The most spectacular part was perhaps the three waterfalls, which you surrounded the house and could be heard everywhere you went.


The village of Lochgoilhead doesn't offer much more than a medical centre and a post office, but the one benefit of having to make multiple trips to the pharmacy, is that you get to see more of surround…

Chatsworth Christmas Markets

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Christmas is possibly my favourite time of year. For me it all kicks off around mid-November with a visit to the Chatsworth Christmas Markets.
We all pile into a car (including the dogs) and take the scenic route into the Peak District. 

If you love period dramas as much as I do you'll probably recognise the house... 
It's perhaps most famous for playing 'Pemberley' in the film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley)

We always start our day out either touring the house or exploring the estate. The house is themed differently each Christmas and this year's theme is Great Expectations
However, on the day we visited the weather was too glorious to spend the morning indoors so we ventured out onto the estate...

Where we attempted to tire this little rascal out...


We climbed up the hill through the ever changing Autumn colours until we reached the folly...

Where we stopped for a while to enjoy the view.


Jacket: New Look Jeans: Marks and Spencer B…