The May Travel Diary – Sunning it in Spain and Living it Large in London
We might only be in the fifth month of 2017 but I feel like it’s been the most exciting and busiest year of my life, yet. I start every post of these days saying how hectic my life has been recently but really, it has. Finally, it’s time to sit back, chill out at home and get back into a routine. A routine not only within my life, work, food and exercise but also a blog routine (hopefully!). So I was globetrotting in Venice at the end of April (you can read about that trip here), shortly after, at the beginning of May, I headed to Spain. I was only back from Spain for 4 days and then I was back on travels to London. Oh, it’s a hard life… not!
So let’s start with Spain! If you’re an avid reader of Zest of Alice, you probably read all about my trip to Spain in December for my Mams 50th where I told you guys about the villa we visit every year which is owned by my family in the Costa Blanca, Murcia. I explained then, that the villa is a home away from home plus a cheap getaway and that’s exactly what this trip was. Always on the hunt for bargain flights, my Mam spotted the week on Jet2 for a steal price which we absolutely couldn’t say no too. A few of us along with my boyfriend headed there the first week in May. We flew from the North Easts local airport, Newcastle International where we treated ourselves to a few hours in the AspirePlus Longue. I’ve been dying to try a lounge out ever since they came into all major airports. It was really lovely to relax with a few alcoholic beverages and bacon sandwich while we waited to jet off, we paid around £30 each for a few hours which I felt was really worth the money considering all of the refreshments and canopies which were on offer plus taking into consideration airport prices! The flight to Alicante airport is only around 2 and half hours which is ideal for those who aren’t keen on flying, like my boyfriend! We had a late in the day-ish flight meaning we did land in Spain at night but the heat was still blaring.
A week in the sun was complete bliss, it’s been so long since I’ve felt the sun on my skin and the sand in my toes. I’m not going to lie, I was a complete slob all holiday. It was a beach holiday where all you do is eat drink and sleep. My idea of heaven.
The minute I came home, it was go, go, for my London trip. I headed to London at the weekend for a close family friends wedding (no, it wasn’t Pippa Middletons!). Myself and my Mam have been extremely excited for this wedding since we received the invitation through the door last year. Obviously, we were thrilled for our friends, but the fact it was being held at The Houses of Commons was the real biggie.
We arrived in London Friday afternoon and headed to our hotel, the Park Plaza River Bank. The Park Plaza was probably the plushest hotel I’ve ever stayed in. From arrival, we were warmly welcomed in by the staff. Our room was very luxurious, not what I’m usually used to when I visit London to say the least. Views from the hotel were spectacular, we went for an executive package with the hotel meaning we could use the executive lounge for drinks and food. The view over the River Thames was gorgeous, we could see the likes of the London Eye, Southbank and Big Ben. Location wise the hotel is very central, Vauxhall tube station was a five-minute walk away and there were those Boris bikes just over the road from us. Fact of the day, those bikes are only £2 for 24 hours use… bargain.
The wedding itself was amazing, what an experience actually going into the Houses of Parliament firstly and then being a part of the wedding! Once the vows had been said, it was time to party on the Commons terrace which overlooked the Thames, again magnificent views completed with scrumptious canopies washed down with Prosecco. After a few hours there, we were then directed to go to a nearby traditional pub of which was rented for the wedding after party. By 3am, I was all partied out.
Our last day in London was spent exploring London which never ceases to amaze me every time I visit. My favourite place to visit is Buckingham Palace and I even managed to get a snapshot of Prince Phillip on his way back to the palace. It was a flying visit but full of memories made!
When I arrived home yesterday, it was bath on, tea on the table and Netflix in bed! I am shattered. Now the countdown to Mexico begins!