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2020 certainly started in an unexpected way.

So when the opportunity to head to Gran Canaria as a family presented itself, courtesy of my parents, we jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity to get some sun and most importantly get some time as a family away from life demands. To get there it meant taking a 4 hour flight from Birmingham Airport to Las Palmas then a 40 minute drive to Taurito – our destination.

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 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 – the 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 🙂

Gran Canaria is one of the Canary Islands located off the coast of northwestern Africa and was the destination for our winter sun break.

My parents have visited the island for 2 weeks each January for the past 15 years and this year we decided to join them. Cheap flights from Birmingham to Las Palmas made for a cost effective break and as my parents had hired a car the island was super accessible when we wanted to explore.

As the Canary Islands are owned by Spain you can expect similar benefits – the locals speak good English and are always happy to help, Paella and Sangria deals are available at most restaurants and Euro is the currency. Oh and it’s warmer than the UK at any given point.

Happy Tuesday!

Well hopefully it’s happy Tuesday in your world. I am feeling the pain after returning to yoga last night, while it felt good to be back my legs are currently feeling the burn. Ah well what’s a little pain in the pursuit of health and well being.

My legs may also be suffering from the weekend, over a two day period Laura and I managed to cover almost 10 miles thanks to:

  • Good company
  • 2 energetic dogs
  • Plenty to see

The plenty to see fell into three main areas – Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Glastonbury Tor.

The energetic dogs were these two cuties:

We love Stratford-Upon-Avon, known as Shakespeare’s birth place it is quintessentially British, packed with history and a great place to spend the day.

With our friend Lisa in tow we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and head there on Saturday. It’s a half an hour drive from home and as a tourist place it has plenty of parking – even if it is pricey!