My little Olly’s 1st adventure holiday to London

My little Olly’s 1st adventure holiday to London.  I went to London with my Mum,Dad and my Cavalier King Charles dog called Olly. My brother David  lives in the big city and travelled with us on this trip. I have visited London a lot either on my own or with friends and family. This was a special trip as it was Olly’s 1st time to London so we made a few adaptions as we did not want to overwhelm him with the crowds.

We travelled down by car as we had to take stuff for my brother and we felt it would be easier with Olly. It also saved us a lot of money on train fares for 4 of us. LNER does allow dogs free of charge.

West Hampstead

Our holiday started in West Hampstead and had a excellent meal at the Alliance pub. They were very welcoming and allowed us inside and had a very yummy fish and chips. I would highly recommend this pub if you are in the area.

We were a little concerned how Olly would cope with the busy traffic and cars as he sometimes barks at traffic. He actually was better behaved than at home so I think he prefers life in London.

When you have a dog you want to go to places that welcome them as much as you can. I found quite a few places that were very welcoming for dogs. We only visited 3 places that are mentioned in this review.

Hyde Park

We went to Hyde park via london bus as it nicer and you see more of London and Olly got lots of attention from other passengers. Normally you don’t talk to other people in London but when you have a dog it’s so different.

On our 2nd day I was very keen to take Olly to Hyde Park as it looked a perfect place for walking and seen so many photos on Instagram of other cavaliers . It was ideal and a met a lovely mother and daughter who made a lovely fuss over Olly.

We visited the Lido at Hyde Park for a quick coffee and they only allowed dogs outside. The coffee was excellent and they had bowls of water for dogs aswell.

While enjoying our coffee at Lido. My brother  looked for a pub for our lunch and found the Swan pub opposite Hyde Park on Bayswater Road. We had Roast Dinners and Beefburgers which were excellent. We were able to eat inside which was a bonus.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this blog of our holiday and found it useful. If you would like to read my other blogs here is the link

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Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport Hotel

Radisson Blu at East Midlands Airport Hotel was the hotel my mum and I stayed at during our trip in September this year. Our stay was from 1st -2nd September as we had an early morning flight the following day.

We had booked direct via Radisson Blu for the Park, Dream and Fly package which was perfect for us. We arrived and parked our car and then checked in. The shuttle bus organised by the hotel was booked for 4.45am the next day and the bus left early and we were at the airport in less than 5 minutes. In the morning there was an excellent selection of tea and coffees, cereal bars free of charge which were very much appreciated.

Our room facilities were excellent and very much appreciated they provided free tea and coffee facilities as well as bottled water.  If you had forgotten any items you could request items via their website which came very quickly. The WiFi was very good. The beds were incredibly comfy and we both slept very well. The reception arranged a wake-up call which was on time. Please watch my video below to see our room.

I would highly recommend Radisson Blu if you are travelling from East Midlands Airport. If you travelling back to the hotel by shuttle bus the telephone is just after security.

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Finally here is the link to book the Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport Hotel

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The Amazing Mia Tui Jackie Bag

 Introduction

I was first introduced to Mia Tui about 3 years ago when it popped up on my Facebook page.  Charlotte Jamme the founder of Mia Tui recommended the best bags to meet my needs. The designs of Mia Tui are all very similar but different sizes. I  purchased three bags before my holiday to New York.  I have about 13 bags now.   I was sent by Mia Tui the amazing Jackie Bag.

Jackie Bag

Mia Tui kindly sent me their latest bag to review which is the amazing Jackie bag. I have the tan colour and it’s a gorgeous colour that goes with a variety of different outfits.

The Jackie has a front pocket with a magnetic popper and then 3 compartments 1 with a zip and 2 other compartments as well as 2 secrets pockets which are great for items like sue shoppers. This bag is well designed and a versatile bag. It’s a small bag but you can fit so much in. I have an iPad mini, iPhone, sunglasses, purse, keys and there is still space for more items if needed. My favourite part of this bag is that it’s a cross body bag which is great when you need your hands-free. The turquoise lining in the bag is bright and makes it easy to find your items.

I used this bag while travelling in London and the front pocket was so useful for my Oyster card as I could get it quickly or put it away promptly as I always worry I will lose it.

I found it so useful having the phone pocket and clips for my keys and pen pockets. This makes it so easy to grab these items in a rush.

The Jackie bag would be perfect for a number of different occasions. It would be perfect for travelling through the airport.  You could use the zipped compartment for passport and tickets as there would be no chance it would go missing.

If you would like to purchase one of Mia Tui Jackie bags please click on this link. They have a fantastic offer at the moment where you get a free purse when purchasing the Jackie bag. PS The purses are excellent and I have had mine for a few months now.

https://miatui.com/collections/jackie-purse-bundle

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Handy tips when cruising

This blog will help you on your 1st cruise. My family and I have been on a number of cruises. I always study the brochure very carefully to see where the best cabins are and what cabins you should avoid. I have cruised both P&O and Cunard. If you have any questions please get in touch.

  • Ring a number of different agents as the price can differ enormously.
  • Don’t accept an upgrade if you want to be in a specific area as you could be put anywhere on the ship.
  • If you are on your 1st cruise I would advise going midships and lower as you will feel less movement.
  • Take sickness wrist bands and tablets just in case you need them. They do sell them on the ship but they will be more expensive.
  • When looking at cabin deck plans look what is above and below. I would personally avoid been under the swimming pools or prom deck. This is so you do not get an early wake-up call when the crew are arranging the deck chairs
  • Each day they will give you a newsletter of what will be on the following day. We always look what we want to do the previous day so we don’t miss any important competitions.
  • If you are with a few family members we leave notes of where we will be at what time so we don’t lose each other. We sometimes leave notes in the letter holder outside the cabin.
  • If you do use the internet remember to log out, I forgot one time.
  • Don’t put your phone near your cruise card as it will stop you getting in your cabin. I was doing this constantly on my last cruise.
  • Check what evenings have which dress code as you don’t want to miss the Captain’s dinner. The menu on those evenings is really special and my friends unfortunately booked an alternative restaurant and felt rather cheated.
  • Don’t forget your pegs as they have a line in the bathroom.

Puerto Pollensa holidays

We have decided to go to Puerto Pollensa. We visited when I was younger and we loved the resort as they had lovely restaurants, beaches and my favourite cake which is a speciality in Majorca an ensaimada. While in Majorca we had them for breakfast every morning Every time we visit Spain I always look for ensaimada it could be anytime it does not have to be breakfast.

We have looked at a number of different apart hotels. My Mum and I  would like to be in similar area to last time which was close to  beach and near Ila d’Or Hotel. We have worked out Puerto Pollensa is quite a large bay !!!!!! If anyone has been recently been could you advise on any recommended hotels and in particular bakeries which are within close walking distances ?  I will go every morning to collect my ensaimada and of course other pastries.

 

All about Me

Thanks for joining me!

Hi I am Helen and I love saving money. This website is my 1st attempt so I am still learning how it all works. I will writing about travel in particular great money saving tips on trains, hotels and all things travel. I will also publish dog friendly places to go as I have a dog and like travelling with him.
I am very keen on fitness and regularly go to dance classes and the gym. My favourite class is DDMIX. I love going to DDMIX 3 or 4 times a week. The classes are great fun and a great workout with lots of different styles of dance. I have been incredibly lucky to do DDMIX with the amazing Darcey Bussell 4 times. I also enjoy going to body balance classes on a weekly basis.
I love finding discount codes when I am shopping and always look when I am buying to see if there are any available. I also have asked in some shops if there is any extra discount much to my Mum’s embarrassment. !!!