If I only spent a short time in Cambridge then Ely was really was a flying visit in comparison! After dinner and drinks in Cambridge I stayed here at my friends house and the only part of the city I saw was this somewhat infamous eel statue, which I made my friend drive me to to prove that yes, it is actually a real thing!
Check out my post on Spending a Day in Margate
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while you might remember that several years ago I headed to Leicester to watch the funeral procession of Richard the III after his remains were discovered in a Leicester car park. Myself and my fellow history nerds had sworn to come back and go to the Battle of Bosworth Visitors Centre in the future but it became one of those things we never got around to doing. Then this year I discovered that the visitor’s centre had an annual festival every year on the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth complete with reenacted battles, medieval living camps and medieval stalls so we quickly made a plan to visit. It was so much fun and we got to see the museum too.
After visiting Bosworth and a slight detour to Lincoln and Yorkshire it was time to head to Dublin! I’d first visited Dublin a few years ago for a 40th birthday celebration so I was looking forward to spending more time exploring the city. I was heading over with a couple of old work friends so the emphasis was on spending time with them rather than trying to fit in as much as possible. We did manage to see the Guinness brewery, Dublin Castle and the Kilmainham Gaol Museum during our short time there.
Check out my posts on my first day in Dublin and my final two days.
I’d been desperate to go to Amsterdam for years so I was glad I finally managed to make it this year thanks to a press trip with Cheap Flights. I fell in love with it just how I thought I would. There’s so much to see in this city and the architecture is phenomenal. I’d love to go back in warmer weather and experience more of the city.
Check out my post on how to do Amsterdam for £500 and Amsterdam canal cruising.
My sister turned 40 this year so she celebrated in style by hitting up the gay capital of Europe, the beautiful Spanish town of Sitges. There was sunbathing, drinking and a lot of laughs to be had!
Taking advantage of a crazy deal I found online that meant I got a return ferry trip to France for 50p our first stop was Dunkirk. Initially we were going to spend the whole trip here but instead had decided to drive a bit further and head to Bruges. We only had a few hours here but we had an amazing French lunch (I tried my first steak tartare) and took a walk towards the seafront to see the WWII memorial before heading onto our next stop.
I did continue to travel throughout November and December but it was all the places I’d already been to in 2017 such as Leeds, the Lake District and Edinburgh, so I won’t annoy you all by repeating myself, see my first round up if you want to hear more on those places.
So what is my tally for the second half of the year?
8 new to me