April has passed in a blur and we’re into May already. It’s one of my favourite times of the year because it’s getting warmer and it’s lovely to get outside more. One of our annual traditions at the time of year is to visit the bluebell woods in Sussex; we have plenty to choose from nearby, but my favourite is a ten-minute drive away at Brede High Woods. I wrote about this Sussex Bluebell Wood a couple of years ago and there’s directions if you live in Sussex but if not take a look at the photos – it’s a gorgeous spot.
So what did this Travelbunny get up to in April…
I continued my Dubai articles with a post about our Frying Pan Adventure, followed by a guide to discovering the city in five different ways; Nature, Gastronomy, Shopping, History and Culture – who knew Dubai had so many sides to it? And finally a hotel review of the Ritz-Carlton Dubai Marina – a word of warning don’t read this one if you’re hungry.
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While in Vegas we took a visit to the Neon Museum and Boneyard where all the old neon signs from the hotels, motels and casinos are laid to rest. It was a fun tour which was wonderful to photograph and we learnt lots of fascinating snippets about the early days of Vegas, its hotels and the activities of the Mob and the Rat Pack which was all interwoven into the tour.
After a work trip to Tenerife mid-April, I headed off to Las Vegas, another work trip, an incentive trip we’d organised for 110 people. We were staying in the MGM Grand Hotel which happens to be hosting ‘the fight of the century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. I’m not especially into boxing but the atmosphere was absolutely electric and you couldn’t fail to be caught up in all the hype. The hotel was filling up with fight fans, American sports stars and TV crews and, unless he’s got a double, I saw Pacquiao come out of the hotel and get in a car and speed off! Exciting stuff and I’m looking forward to seeing who won – but not enough to stay up until 4 am… As you can see from the post above we got some free time and visited the Neon Boneyard. We’d organised a group trip to the The Valley of Fire so we got to experience a bit of the desert around Vegas and some of the spectacular scenery. You can check out my Vegas Instagrams here.
I was really
terrified excited to be interviewed for a podcast by ‘Louise’ for the Thelma and Louise website last month. Thelma and Louise is an on-line travel community website for women. Their purpose is “to be the best on-line community and travel resource designed to help women share experiences, be inspired and connect with friends and travel buddies both on-line and in the real world.” I’ve met some lovely ladies from Thelma and Louise – it’s a friendly and informative site so do take a look and if you’d like to listen to the podcast you can find it here.
Plans for May
I’m really excited about my plans for May. Next week I’m setting sail with Celebrity Cruises, as one of their Destination Bloggers, on a mini-cruise from Southampton to Le Havre for two nights to check out the refurbished ship Celebrity Eclipse. There’ll be wine tastings with Oz Clarke and adventure travel seminars from Ben Fogle. There will also be masterclasses and cooking demonstrations by Great British Chefs’ Adam Simmonds, winner of Great British Menu 2014, and Robert Thompson, one of the youngest chefs in the UK to receive a Michelin Star. They’ll be putting together a bespoke tasting menu for guests in the new restaurant Luminae. I’m also looking forward to catching up with ‘On the Luce’ Lucy Dodsworth and Elle Croft from ‘Bird in the Hand’ on the trip.
Portugal beckons this month with two nights in Lisbon – we didn’t feel two night justified the flights so after that we’ll take the train to Porto, a new destination for me, and spend two nights there before heading home. It’s a long time since I’ve been to Lisbon and the main square was being renovated last time I was there so I’m looking forward to seeing it without scaffolding and hoardings. If there’s time I’d like to visit nearby Sintra and of course I’ll be sampling the delicious Pastel de Nata (custard tarts). I can’t wait to see and photograph the colourful city of Porto, explore the medieval quarter and visit the beautifully tiled train station. Stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram for live updates. So it looks as though May will be just as busy as April…
Where are your travels taking you this month?