November is nearly over and winter’s drawing in so the log-burner’s been ramped up to ward off the chilly evenings. There’s been no travel this month except a business trip to Tenerife and I’m there now as this post goes live. It’s not too sunny but it’s not raining either so I’m happy with that. Despite very little travel it’s been all go on the blog with a RIB ride on the Thames, a vintage tour of London and my very first attempt at paragliding! Here’s what’s been happening with the Travelbunny in November…
I’m desperate to finish up my road trip posts but struggling to find the time which I find quite frustrating. Sharon Gourlay sums up her feelings about travel blogging in Simpler and Smarter and I can totally relate to them. I did manage to publish a couple of posts this month about our day wildlife spotting in Monterey Bay and our South West USA Road Trip Itinerary. The Whale Watching post is coming up next so do come back and check for it as it was an epic day out with some wonderful whale sightings.
For all the gadget geeks out there I wrote about my favourite Travel Gadgets for Tech-Savvy Travellers and there were a few more travel gadgets in my Gifts for Travel Lovers list (I’m a total gadget geek myself) as well as some other nice travel-inspired gift ideas. You’ll find a giveaway there too which still has a few days to run so you still have time to enter.
I also ran a giveaway in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises and their #ADifferentView campaign this month and I’m glad to say Richard Field a reader of the blog right from the start won one of the prizes. Drop by his blog ‘A Bit of Culture’ for travel and beer inspiration!
We visited The Ambrette, a different style of Indian Restaurant, in Rye this month. They have two other restaurants in Kent which all deliver delicious Indian food with a very British twist – check out my mouth-watering review of their Autumn Tasting Menu.
I reached a milestone this month – TEN THOUSAND followers on Twitter. Thank you so much for all your support!
I’ve been reading new release The Temporary Bride: A Memoir of Love and Food in Iran by Jennifer Klinec. It’s about a woman in her 30s who quits a corporate job in the city to start up a cookery school from her flat. She craves adventure and tries to satisfy her culinary curiosity by moving to Iran. Once there, she’s introduced to a woman who allows her into her kitchen to learn the secrets of Persian cuisine. The beautifully written tale tells of the developing relationship between her and the woman’s son all intertwined with contemporary life in Iran and the flavours of Iranian food. The book is published by Virago and it’s proving to be a really good read.
Flavours Holidays Christmas Recipe Book
I’ve been reading up on some Christmas recipes and have already made my Christmas cake! Flavours Holidays who offer fabulous foodie themed holidays in Italy have compiled a mouth-watering downloadable recipe book from their chefs in Italy featuring some lovely Christmas recipes. You can get your own copy here. I’m thinking about making the Stuffed Panettone and the Tiramisu but the must-do recipe for me is the Chocolate Salami – yes Chocolate Salami!
Slippers for Shelter
While on the subject of Christmas, I was shocked to learn that Shelter has recently revealed that 100,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas. That’s incredibly sad – and the numbers are increasing. I’m going to be joining Shelter in asking people to put their foot down, in their favourite festive footwear, by taking part in Slippers for Shelter. It’s as simple as signing up, donating £3 to Shelter and swapping shoes for slippers on 4 December (that’s this Friday). Look out for the hashtag #SlippersForShelter and use it to tweet, gram and Facebook your favourite festive slippers selfie. It’s a bit of fun and you’ll be helping homeless children around the UK.
I’ve had an adrenalin filled few days. On Thursday, I had a day in London with 241 Passport who have just launched a fantastic new app. Tourists purchasing the app get a variety of two for one vouchers to redeem at restaurants, tourist attractions and spas. It gives some fantastic savings and I’ll be telling you in more detail about the app shortly and the three London attractions we experienced. In the meantime here’s a shot of our RIB ride on the Thames. As you can imagine bouncing across the water to the James Bond theme tune was epic fun!
You know those evenings when you’ve had a few laughs and a couple of glasses of wine and agree to something that seems like a great idea at the time? That happened to me earlier this year and somehow on Saturday I found myself on the side of a mountain in Tenerife strapped to a guy attached to some flimsy fabric by a few bits of string – well that’s how it seemed. I was about to parascend off the side of said mountain. Was I nervous? Just a bit! Well, I did as told and ran down the mountain at the right time and took off into the sky and it was fabulous. As soon as we were in the air the butterflies disappeared and I had a lovely flight over southern Tenerife landing on the beach, handily right in front of the bar. I so needed a beer by then.
So it was great to end the month on a high – what have you been up to in November and do you have any travel plans for December? Do share in the comments below.