Carly Bond

Whitby Fun – Day 3

As the weather dictated we decided to have a day in Scarborough, so we headed towards North Bay. It was a bit windy but we still managed a little while on the beach which the little man LOVED!



We then went for a little walk around the shops in the high street before spending a little quality time in the amusements on the front of South Beach. There is nothing better that a chilled out day at the seaside, no matter what time of year it is.

Whitby Fun – Day 2

Today was a very wet & windy day. We decided to wander into Whitby centre to see what was on offer.

We wandered around the shops until the heavens opened when we ducked into a cosy little coffee shop called Marie Antoinettes and I have to highly recommend the cream teas…Mmmmmm.

We thought we just have a little look at the train station & to our surprise, there was a steam train just pulling into the station. One that my little man was very lucky to have a chance to step onto the footplate off.

We then just had a lazy afternoon in our holiday home. Watching the wind & the rain build up to what looked like a very uninviting outside ? Hopefully tomorrow will be better. But to be honest…what can beat a lazy Sunday afternoon snuggling watching Frozen and eating Sunday Lunch.
 

Whitby Fun – Day 1

So I’m hear again, lucky enough to be going away for another week with the family. This time to Whitby on the East Coast.

We had a lovely drive over from home with the sun shining over the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors with the temperature at 17 degrees which is just crazy for early November. Here’s hoping to that kind of weather all week.

We got to our apartment, which is lovely. A new development of town houses, just by the river side, about a 10 minutes walk to the centre of Whitby. We have a little park just outside the door, which will be great for the little man.

Just before tea we decided to walk into town. It was still warm but started to rain, which was a shame. Whitby still looks lovely in the dark though with all the lights twinkling & reflecting in the water.

 

Stockeld Park

I have heard so many good things about Stockeld Park over the last few months that we thought we’d give it a try. We were half thinking about cancelling after an extremely wet day yesterday but as the sun was shining we risked it.

It was a good choice as there was hardly any sign of the bad weather when we got there. We headed straight for the Woodland Cafe for some lunch which was a nice but part of me wishes we’d taken a picnic as there was trolleys you could hire to wheel your freezer box around the grounds and the prices were a little on the high side.

After lunch we headed for the playground next to the inflatable zone which was great for a 2 year old. Really chunky wooden climbing frames and slides. Alongside that was a bouncing pillow which Stanley thought was hilarious if not a little scary for his mummy ?


Once we’d prised Stanley off the climbing frame tractors, we headed for Enchanted Forest. This is about a mile walk around the forest with loads of interactive houses, trees and play areas. Some of which were a little too old for a 2 year old so we had to bypass them but there was still plenty to do. Stanley very much enjoyed the Noah’s Arc play area which was surrounded by sand (his favourite thing).






After that we ventured into the maze which was much bigger than you first think, again with interactive things around the place. You had to find the globe in the middle of the maze and, to be honest, it was pretty difficult to find 🙂

There was also a great indoor inflatable play area with an inflatable pillow, a bouncy castle, a little play house & large Lego bricks which Stanley loves bombing around.

Overall, we really liked the park, although at £12 per adult, we all found it a little expensive for what it was, especially with only one 2 year old taking advantage of everything. We would have loved to have gone on the Scooter Trail too, but thought another £5 each was also a bit too much.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Today we decided to take the little man for a trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster. The weather was glorious and just perfect conditions for a day looking at the animals.



We have been before, about a year ago, but Stanley was just a little too small then and, to be honest, at 2 years old, he was still a little young for some of the things this year…still very interested in running and kicking stones instead of the larger animals.

Smaller animals, such as squirrel monkeys, mara and wallabies that he could get close up to, he loved it immensely. I was so happy when he lost his inhibitions and was shouting that he wanted to stroke a wallaby (he is petrified of dogs so this is a breakthrough)
 
We stopped for lunch at the Tsavo Lodge which was reasonably priced and tasty too and throughout the day we had drinks and ice creams which again were decently priced but there are plenty of seated sheltered areas if you want to take your own picnics.

After lunch we wandered around the giraffe and lion enclosures which were fantastic. Just beautiful creatures that you can get really close up to (if they want you to).
All in all, I cannot recommend this place enough! It is so big that it never feels busy…so much space, such beautiful animals and so much to do! Please give it a try.

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 15

Today is our last day in Brittany so we wanted to spend a bit of time on the beach with the little man as it’s going to be a long day travelling tomorrow. We headed to Sillon de Talbert which is 3km spit created between 2 estuaries. My parents were going walking along the spit themselves but we decided to stay on the sand & play. The weather wasn’t that great, a little windy, but we still had lots of fun.

At nap time we went for a little drive from there to Tréguier via a few different places. One of them being a lighthouse at Bodic, which was in a very strange place, seemingly a long way from the rivers edge.

Once we got to Tréguier, we went for a wander round and bought a few more souvenirs.

We went inside the Saint-Tugdual Cathedral which had the most amazing stained glass windows. It was a very quiet but quaint town! Very enjoyable for a little afternoon stroll!


For our last meal we went to the ‘Creperie de la Presqu’ile’ which is just across the road from our gite & it was amazing. Authentic and delicious with the owner cooking the crepes right in front of you! Great experience ?

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 14

We woke up this morning to heavy rain ? Sad times! So we had a lazy morning before deciding to head to a town called Lannion. Again it was market day, we must be following them around, but it was a pretty little town with a much bigger market. Vegetables, Fruit, Clothes, Food to eat, you name it…they had it…even live chickens!!


For lunch we headed to a little place behind the market halls called ‘Cafe des Halles’, which if you get a chance to go to, do! It was beautiful! The best meat out we’ve had. Lovely relaxed, busy atmosphere & very accommodating to my little family (P.S. With a chocolate fondant to die for!!!)

After that we went for a drive along the coast and headed for a place called ‘Le Gouffre’ which is just outside Plougrescant. Here, there is a little house built in between two massive pieces of rocks which was pretty beautiful…right on the edge of the coast.

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 13

When we woke up this morning it was raining…I know, can you believe it! I didn’t sign up for this! So as it was a bit dull we headed for a town called St Brieuc which is about 40 mins away from where we are staying. The town itself didn’t have a lot to offer to be honest, but there was a market, an old town and a large, very damp, cathedral…plus the weather decided to take a turn for the better ? 

      After St Brieuc, we headed up the coast, making our way up to Paimpol and stopped in Binic for a lunch on the beach. This was a really large beach where the sea went out a good quarter of a mile, but it was lovely and safe for Stanley to run around. 

 After lunch we followed the coast for a drive through Saint-Quay-Portieux then onto part of the ‘Circuit des Falaises’ which took us along a cliff top drive with some great views which were unfortunately spoilt slightly by the misty, murky weather. 

 We stopped at the ‘Abbaye de Beauport’, just outside Paimpol, which is an 18th century abbey. I wish we’d had more time here as it looked like a nice place to look around, but we just wandered in the gardens for a while to give the little man a leg stretch. 

    

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 12

This morning we were all up randomly early so headed into Paimpol to have a look round the market before heading to Pointe de L’Arcouest to catch a boat to the Ile de Bréhat for the day, which is a small island just of the coast. We decided to take a boat that did a 45 min tour of the island first then went into the main port of Le Port-Clos. It was a very hot day but on the boat it was a bit breezy.We headed straight for something to eat slightly off the beaten track at a beach called Le Guerzido, which was consisted of a little snack bar overlooking the most amazing view. Nothing fancy, just paninis & salads but with that plus a very cold glass of white wine, we needed nothing more.From there we walked to the join of the 2 islands, which was quite a long dusty walk, but beautiful nonetheless. There are so many routes on this island that if you had your boots on, you’d be laughing. But with a 2 years old & a pram there was only so far we could go.After a few hours on the island, we headed back to the mainland, and hoping to eat in Paimpol, decided a DIG was needed for the little man, so headed to a little beach called Launay just outside Loguivy, which was lovely if not a little stony for paddling.For tea we headed into Paimpol, but as they eat a little later than us we went to our favourite bar for a drink & to feed Stanley. A lovely little bar called ‘L’Epoque’ which is just on the harbour front that we have accidentally been in 3 times already! ? We then wandered around for a bit until we found a restaurant called ‘Le Terre-Neuvas’, again on the harbour front. Stanley fell asleep in the pram so we had a very relaxing, delicious meal, in the most beautiful surroundings.

Des vacances en famille en Bretagne – Day 11

We went to find a much better, more picturesque beach today, not too far from where we are staying, at town called Perros-Guirec. There are 2 fabulous beaches here, the first one (the one we actually stayed at for most of the day but the smaller of the two) is called Trestrignel. It was very much like the beaches that we had been frequenting in Southern Brittany, in that it was very flat. The sea went out a long way but it was such a gradual descent that it was so safe for Stanley. For the most part we had the place to ourselves so we could just let him run around as much as he wanted. 

      The sea was much colder here than at the beach last week, but it didn’t stop me going for a dip. I love swimming in the sea, but I didn’t stay out there long as it was so cold it was making my body ache.

After lunch and a nap for most people (apart from me I might add), we went for a drive round to the next beach called Trestraou. This is much bigger, more popular and more touristy of the two and there were many more places to eat and drink. We stopped off for a coffee…which turned in to a crepe stop for some & Margarita stop for others…yep the latter was me (well I am on my holidays after all & 4pm *is* Margarita time isn’t it?) 🙂 

P.S. Apologies for the mainly beach photos today.