travel

Flashback Friday – Sliema, Malta

 

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Two years ago my friend and I went to Malta for five nights. We wanted somewhere warm, chilled and no club scenes.

We did a bit of research around Europe, my only condition was that it was to a country I hadn’t visited before.

We booked a few months before we went, we sat one evening and looked through lots of hotels. I have been using booking.com for a while now, and I love it.

We chose well with the hotel! It was called The Victoria Hotel.

We arrived, and liked it straightaway. Room was a decent size, (had lots of pug touches – which I loved!) clean and had a balcony.

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The hotel had three pools including an infinity one – my first infinity pool! It was amazing! I walked up to the roof and there it was!

There was also another rooftop pool and an inside pool. We did regret doing five nights, and wish we had done six once we was there.

Most days, we chilled out by the pool, there was a bar up there, so you could order food and drinks (cocktail o clock!) to your sun lounger. We had a massage in the spa one afternoon.

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One day we went to the island of Gozo, we didn’t know how far away the bus journey was (it was long!)We got the boat over, had a wonder and some lunch. I know quite a few people was going for the diving etc.

Most evenings we strolled down to the front and had dinner out. We could turn either left or right out of the hotel, and go to different groups of restaurants. All was along the beach and had outside seating.

Another evening we went to Valetta, which is the capital of Malta. It looked and felt so historic. I wish we had gone in the day so we could fully appreciate the sights.

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I really did enjoy Malta, it was a lovely holiday, hotel was great and was a great girls getaway.

travel

Flashback Friday – Funchal, Madeira

 

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Last September we went to Funchal in Madeira for five nights. A little chilled out holiday instead of a busy busy city break.

I prefer small individual hotels, so chose the Castanheiro Boutique Hotel, it was so nice! It had recently had been updated, and had improvements. (they told us at reception!). Our hotel rate included breakfast. we also got a free upgrade to a suite and a free day pass to the spa each!

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The hotel had a rooftop pool, bar/café and hot tub. It was lovely with great views! (see the first photo).

We went down the front where the port was, and went on the cable cars. It was mad, as at the bottom it was all sunny, then as you climbed up the mountain it was all cloudy! Unfortunately there had been fires a few weeks before, and you could see a lot of the damage on the mountain. We paid for a round trip, there was also single rides available.

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Whilst we was there, we discovered the annual Wine Festival was on! this was such an added bonus. They had all wooden shacks from different companies where you could taste the madeira wines, some for as little as $2. One evening there was live music, there was displays everywhere about the history and making of the wine.

I even tried a cocktail – in a bag!

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We also went on a tour to Blandys – a Maderian wine lodge in the centre of town. This was $5.90 each, lasted 45 minutes and you got two samples!! Definitely recommended and how cheap?! Just make sure you book the tour in the correct language for you. We just walked up and booked a tour for later that day.

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Also because I thought we would get bored chilling a lot (which we didn’t end up doing that much anyway), I had pre-booked a tour with Viator. It was the Madeira’s cliffs and valleys open top jeep tour.

“Discover the natural beauty of Madeira in this tour. You’ll visit the viewpoint to Nun’s Valley at Boca dos Namorados, the landscapes of Jardim da Serra, the second highest cliff in Europe, Cabo Girão, and the traditional fishing village of Câmara de Lobos.”
This was really cool, I’ve never seen such steep hills – literally felt like we was in the clouds at one point. No wonder you need a jeep! Also really wish I had bought my hoodie! Was just a different way to see the island, and saw some great views.
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Madeira was a really nice island, we had some great food, the weather was lovely, and it just felt like nice pace of life, its nice to get away from the rush of a city.

Disney World

Behind the Seeds Tour, Walt Disney World

 

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On a previous visit a few years we booked the Behind the Seeds tour.

This is very reasonably priced at $20, and lasts one hour. I’m not a huge fan of gardening but I do like to see behind the scenes at Walt Disney World, and would like to slowly work my way through all of the tours.

It’s based in The Land at Epcot, and you start by the entrance to Soarin’

You learn about insects, the high light was being able to free the ladybirds! You are given a vial and then allowed to set them on the plants. The reason for this is they are considered useful insects as they are a natural pesticide.

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Later you are given a hand-out so you can learn how to implement a different way of growing at home.

You are also given some cucumber that was grown in the greenhouses, it tasted very fresh.

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You are taken through the green houses with your group and cast member. You stop and gather round which item or food they are talking about and you can ask questions.

In another area, you are given glass jars to pass round and smell, the group then try to identify the food/spices that they are.

I did learn a lot about food and different ways on growing it, and future research. I did like the tour, but its not one of my favourites. But to learn more about Disney World and for such a good price, it’s worth it.