My #take12trips challenge has started off with a bang as I visited several places during January and February. Let’s just hope I can keep this momentum up for the rest of the year!
2016 began with trips to Ireland. It was lovely to see my family twice within a short space of time, as this is usually a rarity. We spent an afternoon in the coastal town of Malahide, with a blustery walk along the beach before the heavens opened, and then sheltered inside from the rain with copious amounts of tea. We also went for a big family meal that ended in drinks and dancing in the local pub – there’s nothing like great music and fantastic company to lift your spirits.
I also discovered a new part of London in January. A friend and I went to Escocesa, a Spanish restaurant in Stoke Newington that I had been wanting to try for ages. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu, I just wanted to have them all! In the end, we settled for a mixture of seafood and meat platters as well as patatas bravas and padrón peppers and we weren’t disappointed – if I closed my eyes I could have been back in my favourite tapas bar in Gijón. After our Spanish feast we wandered down Church Street, lined with cafés and independent shops, just in time to catch the bus to Screen on the Green in Islington.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first proper visit Stoke Newington as it has a real village-like atmosphere with plenty of independent cafés and galleries. It feels a world away from central London, yet, a few stops south on the overground, and you’re surrounded by the sky high towers and buzzing atmosphere of the City. I’d love to explore more of Stoke Newington, as I feel this bohemian slice of London has a lot more to offer.
The second month of the year was all about pre birthday celebrations in London and a visit to the South West of England.
A close friend and I celebrated our birthdays by going to see War Horse at the theatre as well as going for a pre show bite to eat at a tapas bar in Seven Dials. (Spanish cuisine is definitely a recurring theme, can you tell it’s my favourite?) We were enthralled by the performance of War Horse as we were transported to World War I, and felt so moved by the end.
At the end of February I spent a long weekend in Bristol, discovering genteel Clifton, bohemian Stokes Croft and the street art that is synonymous with the city. More on my visit in a later post.
discovering street art in Bristol
What’s coming up in March? I’ve just come back from a long weekend in Belgium, and I’ve got upcoming trips to different parts of the UK, as well as a big change near the end of the month. I’m pretty confident that March will be just as successful on the #take12trips front as the first two.