Friday, 23 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is National Sponge Cake Day

  • 23rd August - Sponge Cake Day
  • 22nd August - Be An Angel Day
  • 21st August - Senior Citizens Day
  • 20th August - Radio Day
  • 19th August - Aviation Day
  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Thursday, 22 August 2019

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National Days for August - Today is Be An Angel Day

  • 22nd August - Be An Angel Day
  • 21st August - Senior Citizens Day
  • 20th August - Radio Day
  • 19th August - Aviation Day
  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

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National Days for August - Today is National Senior Citizens Day

  • 21st August - Senior Citizens Day
  • 20th August - Radio Day
  • 19th August - Aviation Day
  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is National Radio Day

  • 20th August - Radio Day
  • 19th August - Aviation Day
  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Monday, 19 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Aviation Day

  • 19th August - Aviation Day
  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Sunday, 18 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Fajita Day

  • 18th August - Fajita Day
  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Saturday, 17 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Thrift Shop Day

  • 17th August - Thrift Shop Day
  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Friday, 16 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Tell a Joke Day

  • 16th August - Tell a Joke Day
  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Thursday, 15 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Relaxation Day

  • 15th August - Relaxation Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

National Days for August - Today is Creamsicle Day

  • 14th August - Creamsicle Day
  • 13th August - Prosecco Day
  • 12th August - Vinyl Record Day
  • 11th August - Son and Daughter Day
  • 10th August - Lazy Day
  • 9th August - Book Lover's Day
  • 8th August - Happiness Happens Day
  • 7th August - Lighthouse Day

  • 6th August - Wiggle Your Toes Day
  • 5th August - Underwear Day
  • 4th August - Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • 3rd August - Beer Day

  • 2nd August - Ice Cream Sandwich Day
  • 1st August - Mountain Climbing Day

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

My Bucket List - Done so Far

Braving the rapids - that is me at the front
  • Glass Bottom Boat - Rhodes
  • Family Sofa speedboat ride - Rhodes
  • Swam with dolphins - Mexico
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive - NZ
  • Sang Karaoke - several times
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Swim in the rain - Fiji
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea - Rhodes, Egypt, Fiji, Tunisia, Gran Canaria
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel - Egypt
  • Got engaged to my soul mate
  • Zip line over a deep gorge - NZ
  • Seen salt lakes at dawn - Tunisia
  • Been to a festival (4 times V Festival) 
  • LA - Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Anaheim - Disney and Universal Studios
  • Met someone famous up close - Kodaline band
  • Times Square - NYC
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco
  • Been to Alcatraz - San Francisco
  • Stayed in a travel hostel - NZ
  • Stayed in a luxury hotel - Canada
  • Stood at the top of a mountain - NZ & Canada
  • Been up a volcano - Timanfaya, Lanzarote
  • Crossed a desert - Tunisia
  • Desert Caves - luna - Matmata Tunisia
  • Bought my first (and second) home
  • Passed my driving test
  • Harry Potter studios - London
  • Tower of London and London Bridge experience 
  • Jet boat experience - NZ
  • Seen a Giant Redwood up close
  • Been on a cruise - QM2 to New York
  • Flown solo - UK to NZ, Cyprus to UK
  • Fjords - NZ
  • Luge on a mountain top - Queenstown, NZ
  • Played in an orchestra 
  • Learned how to play an instrument - trombone / recorder
  • Seen a barracuda - Mexico - Cancun
  • Flown on the Dream Liner
  • Stood on Concorde
  • Seen a shark close up in the sea! Egypt
  • Seen underwater statues - Cancun, Mexico
  • Sunbathed on the roof of a building 
  • Got a tattoo
  • Barcelona City Break
  • Gambled in Las Vegas
  • White Water Rafting
Pinterest Board - Bucket List Done

My Favourite Places - Abroad

  • Gran Canaria
  • Barcelona
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Fuerteventura
  • Menorca
  • Crete
  • Marrakesh
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Majorca
  • Fiji
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • LA
  • Lanzarote
  • Belgium
  • Brittany, France
  • Jersey
  • Rhodes
  • Zante
  • Banff and Lake Louise, Canada
  • Arizona
  • Las Vegas

My Travels in Barcelona

I decided to book my other half a romantic break. After perusing the reviews and travel sites, I decided on Barcelona. Now, whilst it is possible to be romantic - its a beautiful city, its so much more than that. We stayed on La Ramblas, next to the Gothic quarter, and it was amazing, in your face and totally authentic.

We were more towards the middle of La Ramblas, so just a couple of minutes walk from the monument and the harbour.



Of course no trip to Barcelona could be complete without the obligatory visit to the Nou Camp stadium or Camp Nou as the Spanish actually call it. When in Spain... 


Then there is the Gaudi masterpiece, that is still being worked on, Sagrada Familiar - started in 1882. Crikey! How breathtaking though. 


Our hotel being on La Ramblas, we tried some of the local Tapas - very nice. The actual area though is mega busy and bustling - exciting and a bit intimidating all at the same time. 



The port is beautiful and catching it at sunset is a must. Some of the yachts further around are out of this world - how the other half live. 



For our final night, as we had watched the sunset, we opted for pink mojitos. 


We loved this city break - but its not for the faint hearted. Its one of those places that you remember forever. One off the bucket list for sure! 

Things we saw in Barcelona

Barcelona is absolutely amazing, so full of culture and history and life. It is so vibrant, so cosmopolitan, so diverse, so offbeat and yet mainstream. It has a City heart and a beach like the top resorts in the world. So here is my attempt to show its true glory:

Sagrada Familia

El Gotic

Maremagnum

La Ramblas

Ciutat Vella

Port Vell

Port Vell

Anella Olimpica

Camp Nou

Passeig De Gracia

Arc de Triomf

El Poblenou

Port Vell harbour

Plaza Real