Sunday, 23 August 2015

101 Things to Do in the UK {part i}

A while ago I made it one of my goals to explore the UK more and made a list of some of the British destinations on my bucket list. That list keeps on growing and there's so much I want to see, but for now I thought I'd start a counter-series of the 101 best things I've already done in the UK, inspired by Elizabeth and Raj's list. I hope some of these places will make it on to your list!

Dunham Massey

101 Things To Do in the UK {part i}

001. Walk the ancient Roman Walls in Chester and enjoy a pint by the canal at Telford's Warehouse
002. Unleash your inner child at Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Edinburgh
003. Go on a bar crawl of some of the UK's best indie venues in the Northern Quarter, Manchester
004. Spend an afternoon taking photos at the V&A Museum, London
005. Admire the Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy
006. Visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool
007. Experience life the nineteenth century way at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford
008. Go for afternoon tea at Blakes, Newcastle
009. Roam around Dunham Massey, Altrincham in the autumn
010. Pick up some antiques and stop for a cream tea at Arundel, West Sussex

Monday, 17 August 2015

Krka National Park, Croatia

Krka National Park, Croatia

One of my (very few) regrets about our recent holiday in Zadar is that we didn't really do a great deal with our time. I left Manchester armed with a list of excursions and very excited at the prospect of seeing the beautiful waterfalls at Plitvice, climbing mountains in Paklenica and jaunting around all of the nearby islands. In reality we mostly sat on the beach drinking beer and eating cheese.

In our defence there's not really a lot you *can* do in 37 degree heat with a very ginger boyfriend and mostly we were very content to just sit back and relax. But I'm not very good at just doing nothing and by the latter half of the week I was getting restless. Plitvice was number one on my list of things to do in Zadar but after leaving the organisation until 5pm the night before and finding that the tour we wanted wasn't actually running on the day we wanted to go, we booked the last two places on an excursion to Krka National Park through Romeo & Juliet Tours.

Krka is about an hour outside Zadar and the major draw is its beautiful waterfalls but there are also some lovely walking trails and a few exhibitions dedicated to the traditional Croatian peasant lifestyle. I was horrified to find out that some of the workers there were dressed in woollen costumes, but apparently they do a remarkable job of cooling you down in the summer months. There isn't a great deal to say about it otherwise so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but swimming in the river underneath the falls was easily the highlight of our trip. If I went again though it definitely wouldn't be in August...the crowds were overwhelming at times there were more wasps there than I've ever seen in one place. Cue minor meltdown.

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We did our tour through Romeo & Juliet and paid 65€ each for our transport, lunch, entry to the park (this is normally around 10€ I think) and a guide for the day. I'd book a tour through them again in a heartbeat, they were brilliant! 
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