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Cambridge Adventure Part 2

See Part 1 Here

On Wednesday we decided to go to the Centre of Computing History. After breakfast at Frankie and Benny’s we walked over the railway bridge to the centre which was located really close to the apartment we were staying at. However, we decided to take the scenic route through a park which ended up sending up completely the wrong direction and we ended up back where we had started!

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After eventually finding the centre we paid our fee and went in. This was a funny little museum run by volunteers but it was fascinating.

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Jezz obviously enjoyed it but I really enjoyed it too! It was interesting looking at all the different types of computer from years gone by. It is an interactive museum too so you could use the machines and play some games. I even tried my hand at a bit of computer programming!

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We spent quite a long time here playing with everything and it was mid-afternoon by the time we left.

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We headed back via Currys PC World (Jezz takes me to the best places) where we spent FAAAR too long looking at 4K TV’s. We then headed back to the apartment for a cup of tea and a rest.

For our last evening meal we walked back into the historic part of Cambridge and went to a really cool Thai street-food restaurant called Thaikhun. The food here was AMAZING, we were starving when we arrived and ordered far too much. To start we had the “Sukumvit 38 Platter” which had salt & pepper squid, fish cakes, chicken spring rolls and honey pork. The pork was amazing, my personal favourite. Jezz’s was the tiny fish cakes. For our mains we shared the “Pinto Siam” which comprised of Chicken Massaman curry, stir fried pork belly in red curry sauce, beef in oyster sauce and egg fried rice. Oh and prawn crackers. Oh AND pork scratchings. Two extremely full bellies later we waddled back to the apartment and packed up our things for our departure in the morning. I felt a bit sad to leave this lovely little apartment. I had enjoyed playing house somewhere new.

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On Thursday we rose early to check out of the apartment by 10.30 am, handed back the keys and made our way over to Milton Keynes.  Our destination was the Xscape Centre to SnoZone for another ski lesson. I can’t lie, I was terrified. I had built it up quite a lot in my head by this point and had a bit of a panic. I was very quiet in the morning and through lunch. I didn’t really want to do it. However, once I got going it wasn’t half as bad as I remembered. I think the teacher (I believe his name was Harry), this time was much better than the previous, and the class was also a little smaller with only 6 students. Harry spent quite a lot of time making sure we were confident and even when you didn’t think he was looking he would pick up on things that would help and make suggestions. I finally started to feel a bit like I was getting the hang of some of it and this was a definite confidence booster. I don’t think I am ski ready by any means, but I am a step closer. This isn’t going to be a quick process I think, it is something I am really going to have to push myself with and stick with if I am ever going to conquer it.

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I was also presented with a problem during my ski lesson. Whenever I involve myself in any kind of physical exertion I get a very hot head and red face. A somewhat embarrassing trait and even more problematic when skiing apparently! Hot face + cold air = glasses steaming up. We moved higher up the hill, and the faster I went, the less I could see, the more I would panic… you get the picture. I was just getting the hang of changing direction, and the instructor put out some cones. I failed at going around every one apart from the first! Now I don’t know if this was because of the lack of ability or the fact I couldn’t see a bloody thing. I will blame not seeing for now 😉 anyway… this has resulted in me getting contact lenses. But that is a story for another day.

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After skiing and feeling a bit better about myself we headed back to Brighton via Cobham Service Station (Jezz’s favourite service station… it’s a thing) where we had curry for dinner. We got home about 8.30 pm. Jezz had to return to work on Friday but I had booked another day off work so I spent the day doing really exciting things like washing my clothes and cleaning the bathroom.

All in all a really very lovely week off. I am definitely feeling more like me again now. What a relief.

Cambridge Adventure Part 1

After a busy busy summer and lots of stress, Jezz and I decided to take a few days off and go on a mini adventure somewhere. After throwing around a couple of options, we finally settled on Cambridge after it had come up in conversation that neither of us had actually ever been there.  Well, I had once been about 4 years ago for a conference with work, but the most I saw was the sights whizzing past as a taxi took me placesOn so many occasions at work I am asked about Cambridge and what it is like, so finally I would be able to find out for myself!
On Monday we woke around 9 am and headed to the car rental place to pick up our trusty steed for the next few days. A rather comfy silver BMW (free upgrade thank you sir) and off we went. It took us around 3 hours to reach Cambridge after a bit of dithering at a service station and some slow traffic a la M25 slowed us down but we reached Cambridge just after 2 pm. 
We stayed at CB1 apartments, which we booked through booking.com. Rather than it being a hotel it was  a self-catering apartment which was perfect for us.
It was a one-bedroom flat, on a quite modern and fancy square which was around 30 minutes walk from the historical part of Cambridge.
It was also literally about 5-minutes to a shopping area which had a huge Asda, HomeSense, Hobbycraft, TK Maxx, Toys’R’Us and lots of other shops. The apartment also had secure underground parking included which as a definite plus. As we were within walking distance of everything the car was parked up when we arrived and stayed there until we left.
On the first day we got ourselves settled into the apartment and then went and had a wonder around the shops close by. Spent some money in HomeSense on silly things for the house (another large wooden cat to join Gerald the existing wooden cat Jezz bought me a few years ago) and Jezz bought a bag for work. (Terribly exciting eh?) We then headed out for dinner to the recommended CB2 restaurant close by.
We were really happy that we chose to eat here, it is a somewhat unsuspecting place from outside and if honest we probably would have walked straight past it if we didn’t have it recommended. It was a little bit cafe like in appearance and we were not sure if we should sit/wait/stand etc. However, after some awkward British dithering we sat and were served.
The food was certainly pretty good. We had mini fish cakes and asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon to start. The fish cakes were really delicious I enjoyed those, the asparagus and salmon was interesting. I love both of these flavours but I am just not sure they go together. Jezz enjoyed it though.
For our mains I chose the Tuna Steak with bruschetta tomato, rocket, orange dressing and spicy chips and it was divine! Jezz had Milanese Chicken breast, salad and spicy chips which was also very good (but not as exciting – essentially a giant good quality chicken nugget!) A bottle of Prosecco washed it all down. A lovely meal all in all and quite reasonably priced. The service was also very good.
 
After our meal we decided that we would catch a late viewing of the new Mission Impossible movie, with a couple of hours to kill we went to a nice little bar/cafe called The Snug where we had a coffee and an Aperol Spritz. 
The movie was okay, a typical Mission Impossible film – very bangy crashy and fun. 
We headed back to the apartment afterwards and crashed out. I slept really well in a very comfy bed. 
Lovely.
On Tuesday we headed into the historical part of Cambridge and walked around the beautiful streets. The sun shone for the morning and we sat outside a nice Italian restaurant at lunchtime. 
After lunch we went for a punting tour, when then heavens opened. We got soaked! It pretty much rained solidly from that point until we left on Thursday. 
The tour was great fun, and the guide seemed pretty knowledgeable. He shared a great little bit of information that when Prince Charles attended Cambridge University his bodyguard also did the same degree and come results day the bodyguard actually got a better grade than Prince Charles. While Prince Charles got a 2:2 his bodyguard came away with a 2:1!
 
 After the punting tour we went to The Anchor Pub (the first pub that Pink Floyd played their first gig we were informed) for an Irish Coffee to warm up and we went for a little wonder around the shops. 
 
Quite soggy at this point and starting to get hungry we headed back towards the apartment via another recommended place, this time a pub that did food cooked on hot rocks called The Geldart. It was delicious! We shared pork loin, and fillet steak, salad, vegetables, chips and wedges and washed it down with another bottle of Prosecco. 
We headed back to the apartment and watched some Netflix and relaxed. 
Part two coming soon…. 

Holiday to France May 2015

In the wee hours of the morning on Saturday 23rd May 2015, 3.20 am to be exact my alarm went off. EAK, I went to bed gone 11 pm which probably wasn’t the wisest decision but it was okay because I was going on holiday!!
Every year for the past 3 years myself, Jezz, my flatmate aka “my wife” Jo, our friends James and Beth and their little boy Joshua have jetted off on our holiday. This year we had 2 new recruits! Ed, Jo’s boyfriend and Annabel the newest member of the holiday clan, born in September 2014.
This year we flew to Bordeaux in France, we were staying 2 hours south of there at a camp site called La Vieux Port. We booked the holiday through Eurocamp and were staying in 2 separate holiday homes. Beth, James and the kiddies in this one;
and myself, Jezz, Jo and Ed in this one;
Unfortunately due to a slight oversight on our part and the fact we had booked separately we were not actually right next door to each other, but it was fine. It was about a 2 minute walk between two holiday homes.
The weather wasn’t all that great to start, the first couple of days it was a bit overcast and rained a bit but as the week went on the weather improved and most of us came back with adequate sunburn.
It was quite an action packed holiday this year! We spent the first full day chilling out at the camp site and on the next day (Monday) we went to the next closest town Biarritz. It was wet and windy to start with, but the sun soon came out and shone on us for lunch.
I had moules et frites.. had to be done!

 

After we ate all the fish we went to the aquarium, Musee de la Mer and looked at the all the fish! Fish fish fish!!!
I bloody love an aquarium and my friends all know how to keep me sweet (or stop me going on and on and on about aquariums…)
After the aquarium we were all a little peckish and needed a sweet pick me up, so decided to have a wander into the town centre to look for a patisserie. On route we found this little window selling churros…
Jezz bought 30.
It was silly, we drew a crowd and all felt remarkably sick afterwards! #churrosgate
On the Tuesday we rented bikes! After a bit of a shaky start (I am pretty sure the last time I rode a bike was in France about 5 years ago!) we were flying along!
We rode all around very bumpy trails and flew along concreted roads it was so much fun! I think Annabel enjoyed her bike ride.
On Wednesday Jezz, Beth, Jo, Ed and myself went paddle-boarding! Jezz was the only one that had done it before so we were all a little nervous.
As predicted I was the first to fall in the water, and I fell  in it A LOT. Aside from getting very wet it was really fun. We paddled around a big lake and then through a little tree covered stream.
The guide/leader took my camera (with the confirmation that he never falls in lol) and so we got some shots. Unflattering shots, but shots non the less!

 

 

 

We spent the afternoon with the bikes again as we had them for a few more hours. I think everyone was quite glad to give them back after 24 hours – sore bottoms for all! Hahaha!
On Thursday we decided to have a relaxed day at the camp site again, we had a trip to the beach and played in the sand
We flew a kite
And we buried the boys in the sand
As Thursday was our last full day we packed up that evening and played poker after the kids had gone to bed.
On Friday we woke up and checked out about 10.45 am then drove back to Bordeaux.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the day walking around and around and around until it was time to head to the airport around 7.30 pm.
We landed at Gatwick very late on Saturday morning and got a taxi home. Tired, sunburnt and very very happy.
Had a super brilliant holiday with some of my absolute favourite people in the world.
Thank you Jezz, Jo, Ed, Beth, James, Josh and Annabel for a brilliant holiday!