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The UK is amazing. I feel like we have started more than a few posts with that line over the year. Being based in the Midlands we have been able to take full advance of exploring this wonderful island.

We thought we’d take a moment to round up our UK highlights, it ended up being too much for one post so we have split it into three – starting with the Midlands, followed by the South and then the North! So if you want a day trip or mini break or long weekend then there might be somewhere for you to check out.

We are our best selves when travelling. Some of my all time favourite memories are of travels we have had as a couple and as a family. Zakynthos, Greece added to those memories by the bucket. It was a perfect destination to escape to for a long weekend as a family. The weather was hot but not too hot, the location was central and easy to get to, the food was delicious, the activities plentiful and the cost reasonable – here’s what we got up to…..

In the UK this past few weeks there have been a few news reports about how last year more people moved from London to our home city – Birmingham than to any other city. It makes sense as it has the highest concentration of any city other than London and you know – there’s us ūüôā

There is a whole list of stories here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37585337 but I thought I would jot down our reasons for the move after a 2 day stay in London reminded me of all the reasons our move was totally the right decision!

1) We could afford our own house and as a massive benefit the mortgage on our house is £500 less that the rent we were paying for our 1 bed London flat.

In the 5 years that we have lived in Birmingham we have driven past signs for Warwick Castle frequently and added it to our to do list. Sadly time has never allowed a visit and then when Annabelle arrived we pushed it down the list thinking it wasn’t going to be baby friendly.

We were wrong!
On Saturday we were invited to check out everything Warwick Castle had to offer, as a family,  including The Falconers Quest Рthe new birds of prey show for Summer 2019.

Our first family trip abroad was to New York in February. We flew from Birmingham, UK to meet Laura’s parents in the city that never sleeps and it was AMAZING! Annabelle was just over 7 months old.

We shared this post earlier in the year on our family Must See List but we thought we would share a video we recorded while there.

The video is here.

We also shared a post on Essentials of travelling with a baby here.

Our highlights in New York included:

  • Top of the Rock
  • Brooklyn Bridge / Dumbo
  • The High Line
  • Stardust Diner / Times Square
  • And tons more!

And here’s a few of our picture highlights, there are some in the video too ūüôā

Crazy golf / mini golf / putting whatever you call the bizarre game of hitting a ball around a course it’s not new. In fact I remember playing it on holiday as kid whether we were in Brighton, Tenerife or some other not so exotic destination. Laura and I have also played at various locations around the world since we have been together. It’s simple fun that we both enjoy.

What is a newer trend is the development of courses that are ‘next level’. In Birmingham this is taken literally – with the two storey¬†Adventure Mini Golf¬†at Star City that includes two 18 holed themed courses. But also design wise – with the pop-up¬†Ghetto Golf¬†an 18-hole twisted course based on Birmingham landmarks and retro themes that allows you to drink as you golf.

When we visited Oslo in 2017 we had an amazing trip. You can read all about it here. From the scenery to the people, from the food to the history Norway has plenty to offer. Having explored the biggest city last time we wanted to try something different this time and headed to the gateway of the fjords РBergen!

WE LOVED BERGEN!

Honestly our trip had so many highlights that we highly recommend visiting Bergen. We arrived on Friday evening having flown Birmingham to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Bergen on KLM (highly recommend this airline unlike Brussels Air). Each flight was just over an hour. We had 3 days exploring the city and flew back Tuesday afternoon. It was a perfect amount of time and even though the weather was changeable we had plenty of time to see everything we wanted.