Weâ€™ve found it really interesting to look back over the year at all the places weâ€™ve visited. As all the contributors at Ladies what…travel work full-time weâ€™re unable to jet off at the drop of a hat, but we do manage to squeeze in as many trips as we can â€“ both close to home or a long-haul flight away.
Sometimes we forget how much we get to do and how lucky we are! Thankful for all the experiences weâ€™ve had through our blog, here are a few of our favourite travel moments from 2014â€¦
Falling in love with Wales
March 2014 saw a weekend away at Ynyshir Hall, mid-Wales. Spring had truly sprung, and three days of fresh country air and sun on my face left us feeling really invigorated!
Weâ€™d not really ventured into the welsh countryside before, having stuck to the M4 and Cardiff, but really fell in love with its rolling hills and untouched beauty. Driving up the tight country roads to the Artistâ€™s Valley was amazing, as was our visit to RSPB Yyns-hir Nature Reserve, with hares bounding across our path and discovering carpets of bluebells.
It didnâ€™t hurt that we were staying in luxury in a suite at Ynyshir Hall and were treated to a full-on 11 course tasting dinner in its renowned restaurant â€“ people actually fly by helicopter to come there for dinner!
Yes, we did watched the movie before zipping over the Channel to visit Bruges! This was our first real trip to Belgium, our only other experience having been a service station stop-off on our way to Germany for the school foreign exchange trip. And we werenâ€™t disappointed.
Bruges really is like a â€œfucking fairytaleâ€ as Ken from the film might say. And coming over to see it in all its Christmas glory really adds to the experience. We rented a little apartment in the centre of the city for a couple of days and from there used it as a base to explore its cobbled streets and beautiful building as well as eat way too many waffles.
Although the Christmas markets themselves were pretty disappointing, the city itself was a joy, and weâ€™re eager to return to see more of Bruges as a few days was just not enough to fit all the sights in. We also need to get our hot chocolate fix!
Read about our trip to Bruges…
Experiencing green Spain in Cantabria
Belgium wasn’t our only trip over to mainland Europe this year. We also visited the Cantabria region of Spain as part of #CantabriaBlogTrip, organised by Spain in the UK and Cantabria Infinita.
It was one of those trips where everything seemed to align – the weather was glorious, the food was amazing and the other attendees were all great travelling companions for our quick trip around the region.
We were treated to a fantastic range of activities – from a sailing lesson on the Bay of Santander to a visit to the beautiful village of Santillana del Mar.
The highlights were a trip to the amazing UNESCO caves at Altamira and getting to spend a morning with the keepers of CabÃ¡rceno Nature Park, where we fed the elephants and giraffes and got to fly the park’s amazing birds of prey.
Glamping at Somerset Yurts
Closer to home, we spent a fantastically relaxing few days at Somerset Yurts in Devon. Again, blessed with great weather for the time of year, we explored the local area before heading back to our cosy Mongolian Yurt.
You can read more about our stay here!