Wanderlust Kids #5

It’s that time of the month again for #Wanderlustkids and June has gone faster than I can keep up. Thank you to everyone who linked up their great posts to Wanderlust Kids last month. There have been babymoons, family holidays and hints and tips posts. Here is a synopsis of everyone’s post that linked up, in case you missed them last month.

Charlene of High Heels and Fairy Tales shared her post about their family holiday to Solana Beach in Mauritius. It sounds and looks amazing with very thoughtful kids club workers. It’s definitely on my to-do list.

Kiri from Kizzy, Izzy and Baby shared her post full of hints and tips to make the most of your visit to Legoland, Windsor. She had a great tip about getting wristbands for your kids to write your name and number on in case they get lost. I think I’ll be using that tip in future!

Lisa from Baby Loves Travel shared her post about a toddler’s visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park, which she found was a good place as a destination for a multi-generational family visit. Her only disappointment was the food outlets on site.

Denise of This Irish Family shared with us the 5 products you NEED if you travel with kids, such as ear plugs (we haven’t had to consider these with BattleKid as so far he’s been ok with his ears on airplanes) and Cozyphones with I’m seriously considering for BattleKid for when we travel to the USA in August.

Tooting Mama visited Roland GArros for a charity tennis event where world-class stars play championship-level one set matches. Her kids loved it and weren’t bored since the matches were short. Great way to introduce kids to the world of tennis.

Sinead of Shinners and the Brood shared her 20 things to do in Galway with kids and just in time for the summer holidays too. I never knew there was that much to do in and around Galway. I’ve been to Salthill and Leisureland but none of the others. This post has been added to Pinterest for future reference!

Rupreet of Rupeat shared her post about their recent babymoon to Dubai. They stayed just outside of Dubai and it looks like a lovely place to holiday with great food, apart from one night.

Laura of Musings of a Tired Mummy shared her post about spending time in Dymchurch, Kent, and told us of discovering that the beach was sandy and not pebbles as she had first thought. And I love her choice of nail varnish colour!

Deb of My Boys Club shared part 1 of their family holiday to Loch Ness. Oh my, what stunning scenery. And their accommodation looked perfect, right on the banks of the Loch. I’d love to do the cruise they did combined with the castle visit for some dragon hunting. Scotland is certainly on our family bucket list!

And last but by no meas least, Alana of Baby Holiday showed us how much fun glamping in a yurt can be. They had a great time celebrating their boys’ birthdays and she captured some stunning pictures too. I’d love to do a family glamping holiday.

I really enjoyed reading the different posts everyone linked up and cannot wait to see what will be linked up this month.

This month I am linking up a post I did recently where I got the blogging community involved. As I’ve mentioned before in our Holiday Diaries 2017 post, we are going to be visiting Disneyland Paris for the first time as a family this year and are in planning mode. I found all the hints and tips from my fellow bloggers so helpful.

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open from the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children have discovered or a post with hints and tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will write a synopsis of the posts linked up (or favourite ones depending on the numbers), linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use the #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached to it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase. I cannot believe how well this little community is growing and appreciate everyone who has adopted the #wanderlustkids on Instagram.

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open on the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be about a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children discovered or a post with tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will feature some of my favourites, linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached with it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase.

I look forward to reading your posts, maybe gaining some inspiration.

WanderlustKids

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The Portugal Diaries #3

As we headed into the mountains of Northern Spain to find our accommodation for the night, BattleDad and I commented that they would remind you of the Alps. They were very lush and green, not really what we had been expecting at all. We rather enjoyed the roads heading towards our accommodation, but I was quite worried about arriving in time to feed BattleKid as it was already past 8pm Spanish time when we headed into the mountains.

We were following a river along a road when BattleKid started crying saying he wanted to get out. Around another corner, he started getting sick. We pulled over beside a bridge across the river and I changed him quickly, thankful he had managed to avoid his car seat and tablet which he had been watching. No more Curious George in the car.

Google maps was telling us we had passed the turn off for our hotel, so we turned around and headed 20 minutes back the way we came, only to start going down country and dirt roads, with no sign of a hotel at all. We stopped along one dirt track, let BattleDog out to do his business, and checked the actual address of the hotel, rather than the Google maps which had been sent in our confirmation email. Lo and behold, our hotel, was back the way we had just come from. Typical. This always happens to us!

We followed the new address and you couldn’t make this up. Where was our hotel? At the bridge  where we had stopped at when BattleKid had gotten sick. We had been right beside it and never realised! BattleDad said afterwards he had thought the building beside us had looked rather nice. Only us, it could only happen to us!

At this stage BattleKid had fallen asleep, so we stopped the car beside the hotel and went inside to check in and get our bearings. The manager was most helpful, telling us where our room was, directing BattleDad to the parking ( a very short walk away from the front door) and telling us we had time for dinner as it was well after 9pm.

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BattleKid fast asleep

We got BattleDog and BattleKid upstairs and were wowed even more by our room. The hotel, Casa del Puenta, which I plan to write a review of soon, was simply stunning. An old renovated building, it had exposed brickwork and beams and just screamed character. BattleKid didn’t wake up as we moved him upstairs so I changed him into his pj’s while BattleDad sorted the dog and our bags. We put the Baby Monitor app on my phone and went downstairs to the restaurant.

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BattleDad walking BattleDog before our dinner

We joked that it was our first ever dinner date since before BattleKid was born but it was true! We ordered Sea Bass with Garlic and some water, and my god it was so tasty. It was thoroughly enjoyed after the trip we’d just had. Dinner, which included some homemade breads, and our drinks came to the grand total of just €26. Bargain.

The owner had checked with us as we checked in what time we would be leaving and was a little shocked when we said 6am. Breakfast was between 9 and 11am so we would miss it. He very kindly arranged for the chef (who I assumed was his wife) to make us some sandwiches. She had these ready for us as we paid our bill, as well as some fruit and orange juice. We were totally bowled over by their kindness as they didn’t have to do that at all. You certainly wouldn’t get that level of service in most other places.portugal diaries portugal diaries

After dinner, I sorted out our bags, while BattleDad walked the dog one last time and then I joined BattleKid in bed. I couldn’t sleep much as the street light was beaming in through the window. The next morning, I discovered there was a shutter on the inside which I had missed in the dark. Typical! Had I just turned on the light I’d have gotten some much needed sleep. Oh well, lesson learned.

I had set my alarm for 4.45am (UK/Portugal time) to ensure we were on the road early. It was going to be a long day with just over 600 miles to cover…..

To be continued…..

Cath x

If you missed my previous instalments of The Portugal Diaries you can read Part 1 and Part 2 again.

 

Dragon Hunting at Powis Castle near Welshpool

Powis Castle is one castle that was recommended to us by a work colleague of mine quite a number of years ago. While we longed to go dragon hunting at Powis Castle, it always remained slightly out of reach as it was a bit too far for a day trip from home, being situated in Mid Wales. However, last August bank holiday weekend, we were in Chester and thought it would be perfect to visit on our way back down to Wales. So that’s what we did! Continue reading “Dragon Hunting at Powis Castle near Welshpool”

Saltrock T-shirts Review – For the Summer and Beyond

I will freely admit that until recently I hadn’t come across Saltrock T-shirts and Clothing but when they got in touch to see if we’d like to receive some of their t-shirts for review I jumped at the chance. You see, I had a good rummage through their website when they got in touch and was immediately drawn to the huge range of t-shirts they have for the whole family.

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Living Arrows 26/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

Last week while BattleDad was in Paris for work, BattleKid and I started to venture out and about a bit more. We were up early one morning so I decided to head for the beach before it got too hot for us. We were in the car by 9am and headed for Cacela Vehla which is only 10 minutes from our new place. There actually isn’t much there apart from a church, police station and a few restaurants, but it has a lovely view of the Ria Formosa.

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There was a walkway down towards the shore via steps, but I noticed a warning sign for snakes and thought there’s no way we were going down there alone.

So instead, we got back into the car and headed for Fabrica which our neighbours had mentioned to us. This is a small beach, with water taxis available to take you across to the Ria Formosa. BattleKid and I just had a walk along the sand, dodging the small fishing boats. He also had fun filling his pockets with shells, stopping every few meters to collect more. Unfortunately they were all falling out of his pockets when he sat down to put his shoes back on.

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We were back home by 10.15am, which was just as well, as the temperatures crept up to 37 degrees that day. Hot, hot! But we had a lovely morning at the beach, and fully intend to get a boat across to the Ria when it starts to get a little cooler.

Linking up with Donna of What The Redhead Said. If you’d like to take part or see some other Living Arrows posts, please click the badge below.

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