Archives for posts with tag: holiday

Being by the sea, in a cute cabin. With a secret garden. And it’s own yoga platform.

The pub quiz. Best pub quiz I’ve ever done. Oily Muirs.

Seeing a shooting star as we walked home from the pub.

I felt so happy this evening. Really calm and peaceful, by the sea, walking in the dark.

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Booking all of Georgia.

The sneeze website.

Dancing to Whitney at home alone.

Walking around Pisa on my own

The Pisa tower fail photo

Getting home and unpacking and washing

Going for a walk up the hill and seeing the baby goats, the old shepherd and run down buildings.
Yoga with Adriane outside with everyone.
Lucca. Pretty. And with an ominous yellow sky above the church.
Naked bath with the Fems. Including candles, face masks, cheese and crisps.

Wine tasting and the beautiful olive groves

The egg hunt back at the villa

Hot tubbing with the mountains in the background

The name game plus bonus behind the curtain round

That tiramisu

Ciaran: “I only lasted 2 minutes”

Cinque Terra

Climbing the big hill and looking out over the village

Plus messaging two guys at once in the evening. That was a nice boost

A day of sunbathing by the pool, diving, BBQing, playing ping pong with Han and Jonny, eating everything and yoga outside with a view of the Tuscan hills.

The dinner in the little cafe at the bottom of the hill.

Walking down the hill at sunset.

Not being at work when everyone else is at work.

Driving a nice car in Italy on quiet roads. And listening to ‘That’s Amore’ as our first car song.

The beautiful villa. The pool. The hot tub. The views.

Texting Jonny at the table.

Packing for Italy and feeling good about my clothes choices.

The incredible looking apartments in Tbilisi.

Ming sending me this, the Sheela Na Gig.

Making it to Liv’s branding workshop for WEN. I felt useful. And I didn’t feel intimidated by Katee. Quite the opposite in fact.

The smell of cigarette smoke taking me back to holidays in France with my parents, falling in love with gay men and smoking in the toilets.

Reading in bed, by the window with the newly leafy tree outside.

Cooking cooking cooking all day. I made so many new things and today!

Looking up stuff to do in Georgia. Including a stay in a fancy spa with its our aquarium?

A green tea KitKat with a cup of green tea.

Swimming. It’s been too long.

I did all the things on my to do list. Even the things I didn’t want to do. I love a Monday off work.

Watching the steam curl up the tiles in the beautiful shower

Going beyond the garden to the misty views and the chickens

Mossy stones and little rivers and green leaves and reflections on the water. Ducks, woodpeckers and dogs.

Sitting in the sun and feeling the warmth.

Stroking the dog on the tube on the way home

A long sunny walk in the countryside

Sitting on a bench in the sun in the middle of a little village to eat lunch

Fire, olives, Indian takeaway

The adorable cottage we’re staying in

Looking up and seeing the stars

Just getting away. Away away away.

The incredible sunrise as we landed back in the UK. And seeing London from the plane. And working out where my house is.

Autumn leaves and a sunny and surprisingly hot walk in the park

My little flat and my fabulous housemate.

Not really sure what day it is again. But from the last 24 hours…

Lovely shower

Finally made it to a Uniqlo

More new KitKat flavours

Having a seat between us on the flight. It’s so much nicer when you can lie down

Buying our way into the fancy lounge at Ho Chi Minh. ‘Free’ watermelon for daaaaaays

Back to Tokyo. This time I managed to get to a gallery. The wood block one. Absolutely amazing how it’s done.

3D lattes.

Mad Harajuku shops

New KitKat flavours. And lots of cheap socks.

Another Zen dinner

Another Golden Gai drink. This time in Open Book which was so lovely.

Buffet breakfast. Double pancakes.

Pirate ship across the lake.

A lovely walk up and down the 400 year old road, covered in moss.

With a tea stop in an old tea house. Plus rice thing.

The beautiful, peaceful, gorgeous onsen.

The sneaky orgasm.

The tiny cake thing that we watched getting made.

Video calling Jo.

Freddie’s open mouth sleeping. Like Han.

The various travel methods to get from Teshima to Hakone. Walking, ferry, trains, tiny trains, funicular trains and a cable car.

My Michael Bublé joke.

The Story about our Google translate history.

The beautiful onsen. Sitting in the steaming water outside under the stars was lovely.

Buffet. Big huge buffet. With too many desserts.

Wearing the yukata to said buffet. #pantsfreebuffet

The art house on Naoshima that was totally dark but also actually wasn’t. Really cool. Left you smiling and laughing at how your mind and your eyes work.

The ferry across to Teshima.

The adorable tiny cafe for lunch with the vegetarian meal and the creamy vegetables and the fruit because we had no meat.

Hiring electric bikes. It felt so free and fun. And so necessary to have the electric boost!

The red art house with the fish and the mirrored toilet.

But mainly, Teshima Art Museum. I’ve never been to an exhibition or gallery as good in my life. It’s knocked all the rest of them off the top. It was incredible. The size, the shapes, the light, the water and the way it moved. The way it left no trace. It was outstanding.

Discovering our creepy looking hostel is actually an adorable place with a beautiful shower room and a delicious vegetarian dinner. Don’t just a hotel by its run down Soviet looking cover.

Naoshima. The lines, the curves, the light, the galleries, the nature, the cute streets, the heat. It is perfect.

The walk back from the gallery to the hostel.

The crab. Gabby the Crabby.

A carrot and egg sandwich. With raisins.

Koyasan. Beautiful red temples against an unexpected blue sky. Wandering around in the afternoon was pure joy.

Our home for the night – a monestery with a beautiful garden, real paper doors and staffed by monks.

Discovering vegetarian snacks at the 7/11

Our elaborate vegetarian dinner. Numerous bowls of delicious things.

The beautiful onsen. The big wooden bath, the wooden stalls and the bamboo bowls. It’s all lovely.

The sound of frogs and crickets and wildlife in the garden just outside. It feels so lovely and quiet and still up here.

The beautiful fushimi inari. Walking up the mountain under them and taking a hundred photos.

Tame wild deer of Nara. They make funny noises.

The giant golden Buddha

Watching the kids and the teacher scramble through the hole the size of Buddha’s nostril.

Omelette on rice for lunch. Surprisingly delicious.

Delicious rice and soya sauce thing for dinner.

More KitKat flavours!

Kurama and Kibune. Even though Kurama was mostly shut because of the typhoon damage.

The Buddhist lunch. I love soba noodles.

The cute train up to the villages.

Elegant trains.

Spotting an actual geisha.

The beautiful tiny streets with wooden houses and lanterns.

Wandering. Always wandering.

Walking around an art gallery without shoes on. That should be a thing in more places. Plus the little meditation area.

The temple in the dark. Glowing lanterns.

Sushi. I liked it!

A hot gin cocktail.

The tiramisu pancake thing.

Swaying bamboo at the bamboo forest

The golden temple

The buckwheat soba noodles we ate just outside the temple

The beautiful entrance ticket

Wandering in the giant, empty park

Finding green tea KitKat’s

Fig cake

The tiny dog that peed on me

Organic vegetarian meal in a cute restaurant upstairs

Vintage shopping

Just wandering through the streets of Kyoto. It feels a little bit French.

Sunshine! Such blue skies.

The child trolleys in Takayama.

Kyoto. Oh my god. I’m in love. This city is beautiful.

The outrageously beautiful garden outside the restaurant.

The shops filled with gorgeous clothes.

The crunchy chocolate things.

The charcoal incense.

I love this city. I’d like to stay.

Delicious fat toast

Hanging out with Robbie and Matt

The huge old houses in Takayama

Big wild salmon

Floof

The 4th best restaurant in all of Japan. And it was incredible. He made everything infront of us and it was all just perfect.

Ball lols at the café

Waiting for the typhoon to hit from the bar at the top of their hotel.

Bumping into a guy I went to school with 14 years ago on a bus a tiny village in the mountains of Japan.

The beautiful misty clouds over Hida.

Yu. The gorgeous ‘Japanese pub’ with sake cocktails and lots of chats with Han.

Blue skies! So blue.

Our walk through the valley. Along the river, through the ancient forests and via a beautiful beautiful pond that I think might just be one of my favourite places in the whole world. It was so peaceful and perfect.

So grateful for the weather being perfect today.

First onsen. Definitely needed after a 5 hour walk.

Ice creams and boiled egg snacks.

Laughing at Han tripping up.