Archive | November, 2013

Lille: The Best City for Christmas Shopping

16 Nov

When it comes to shopping for Christmas, finding gifts for all your loved ones that are unique, thoughtful and/or lavish, you can always count on good old London Town. From Oxford Street famous names to quirky stalls in Camden Town you’ll be sure to find everything you could need. You can’t beat that satisfying feeling of coming home with your arms full of shopping bags that each contains special and exciting gifts for everyone, bargains and luxuries alike. Putting the kettle on and a Christmas CD or DVD whilst you wrap your purchases is one of the little joys of the season for many of us. But did you know that away from London, which can become rather too busy over the Christmas period (especially at weekends) you could take the iDBUS from London to Lille for an excellent Christmas shopping experience that combines a mini break with shopping heaven? Yes, with iDBUS’s mini-prices you could be on your way with iDBUS from London to Lille, which features one of France’s largest Christmas markets and plenty of year-round stores to explore. As with all iDBUS coach trips, you will be delivered from and to centrally-located coach stations and Vieux Lille is a compact town that is easy to navigate and explore on foot, so you don’t need to worry about finding connecting buses or Metro trains to get to where all the shops are. You will never be short of places to eat in Lille, which is known for its gastronomic delights and, being close to the border with Belgium, has moules et frites, waffles and fine chocolate dishes on almost every menu. If you want to take in the sights of the city you can take a ride on the Ferris wheel in the Grand Place and try to decide which of the eighty-plus Christmas stalls you will want to visit. Stay within the old town for charming hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation with character, or head into the newer part of town for more spacious, modern accommodation. Either way you will be within easy walking distance of the shops and the coach station to take you back to London when you are ready. By the way, if you book with iDBUS you can book single tickets for the same price as returns, so if you are not sure of how long you want to stay you can just book a single ticket to get you there and then book a return journey once you are ready to leave after a few days – the price of the tickets remains the same regardless of when you book them. It takes less than 6 hours to get from London to Lille with iDBUS but iDBUS coach trips always feature spacious, comfortable seating, free on board Wi-Fi,plug sockets (but don’t forget your euro plug adapter!) and frequent departure and arrival times for your convenience. So take in the sights and smells of Christmas in Lille – cinnamon, ginger, mulled wine, fake snow and an ice rink, colourful crafts and gifts, decorations and local produce. And with the iDBUS Mini Prices you can afford to spend a lot more when you’re there!

I am counting the days till Miami and I am really looking forward to that! Roll on Monday, we can’t wait to leave the Kingdom behind

6 Nov

Dear readers

I’m sorry it has been a while since last time I posted on the blog, as I said before we are working here at home to renovate the interiors and we are constantly busy on that, I am constantly busy on the dog that now has decided to rip apart everything, rugs, mats and even the curtains, when is she going to get over that???And at the moment I am constantly busy thinking about going away on Monday…how many sleep till??? I hate thinking how autumn like the weather is here and I love to think how nice and warm it is in Miami… Plus doesn’t help the fact that my tan has completely faded and that my local sun bed shop has closed for renovations…not good timing!

Halloween has gone by, we “celebrated” it enjoying a night out in Brighton but still, it wasn’t the same of Lincoln road…am I slightly obsessed? Yes I am!! I look forward to lounge by the pool, enjoying the sunshine, enjoy the time with our friends and I can’t wait to eat some Cuban food…I made the Anglo-Italian version of Vaca Frita last week, tasty, but not as tasty as Versailles!

Enjoy the rest of your week guys and speak with you from the Sunshine State next week!


Celebrating Halloween

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Still very obsessed with food, Sunday lunches at the pub, love it!

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Anna’s version of la vaca frita

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Aperitif at home enjoying a glass of red wine

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The first fire of the year, coco loves it as well

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and some bright colors to bright up my days!!

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