After the stress of results day and university planning (a post will be up eventually, I promise) my mum and I headed to the seaside for a few days to visit some family. It was definitely well needed and really helped me clear my head.
We arrived in Bournemouth late on Monday afternoon and managed to settle in after a bit of a screw up with our hotel (they hadn't got our booking even though mum booked through their site). Once we'd switched off for a little bit, we headed for dinner at my great aunty and uncle's house.
On our second day, we headed to my favourite beach. You have to get there by a little ferry and it's covered in beach huts that people stay in for the summer. I managed to fall asleep for an hour or so and get really sunburnt, but the nap in the sun was definitely worth it.
For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have gone camping for a few days over my summer break. I always love these little trips because I always chill out loads and they're always so much fun, and this time was no different! We headed to Shell Island, a campsite in Wales, this year as it's somewhere we used to go when I was much younger and I thought it would be great to go again.
On our first day we chilled out at the beach and I (finally) started a new book. We arrived early-evening so headed back to the tent for some food and then enjoyed the amazing sunset.
Do you enjoy camping, or do you have other annual trips with your family? Let me know!
If you're new here and you didn't already know, I spent ten days in New York last month and I had the best time. One thing I haven't managed to talk about yet is the amazing food I enjoyed while we were there, so here are a few of my favourite places that we visited.
We went here twice while we were in New York due to it being so conveniently close to where we were staying and to all of the shops. We enjoyed lunch at the Mercer Kitchen on our first day and also headed out for breakfast there one morning, too. While the food was amazing, this restaurant isn't exactly kind to your wallet. The atmosphere definitely made up for this, though.
When we went for lunch, I enjoyed my first taste of America by having a hot dog and fries. It was delicious and I definitely appreciated the new found energy after all the walking we did! For breakfast here I indulged in a salmon bagel which was incredible. I am a huuuge fan of nice breakfast foods and this definitely did not disappoint.
I didn't expect to be putting a fast food chain in my 'favourite meals' post either, but here we are. We had Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast a few times while we were in NYC and to be honest I could have had one every morning. Obviously not for those wanting to eat healthy, but definitely for me! I had their turkey sausage muffin and a pack of hash browns (which were better than McDonalds', may I add).
The Standard Grill
We visited The Standard Grill in the Meatpacking District for a meal one evening and I loved everything about it; from the way it looked to the atmosphere to the lovely waiting staff, and obviously I can't forget the food. I enjoyed a delicious portion of squid to start and then a burger which was so big that I didn't manage to finish it. I would have loved a dessert, but I was way too full.
I can't wait to go back to New York soon and enjoy this delicious food again! Where's your favourite place to eat on holiday?