A Non-Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day Post!

I’m just going to be up front about this, I’ve stressed over this post for a while as I really wasn’t sure how to do it. Obviously it’s for Valentine’s Day and OBVIOUSLY that means that automatically brings a certain level of cringe, cheesy, mushiness to it, especially if you hate Valentine’s Day. I was very reluctant to call it anything like ‘romantic things to do…’, ‘Valentine’s ideas’, because firstly I’m no bloody Cupid or expert, and secondly it’s not meant to be just for Valentine’s Day.

I did consider doing a big Valentine’s Day post for Kieran and slapping it straight up on his Facebook wall for maximum LOLs, as he informed me we absolutely weren’t doing cards or ‘owt daft like that’. But he would actually kill and I’m also not a #luckygirl #valentineswiththisone #myworld type of girl.

That being said we have done some pretty amazing stuff together the past two years, and especially the last year. Travel can give you some of the best memories, whether it’s with a partner, family or friends, but so can just staying at home. If I can just get all sentimental for five…people are what matter at the end of the day aren’t they.

 

 

Feel free to move swiftly on if you can’t deal, but here’s all the things in all sorts of places that are pretty cool to do with your favourite person, whoever that is! Most of them I’ve done, but there’s a few special guests in here too.

 

Amsterdam

  • Stay in a traditional canal house. They’re so pretty and it really makes all the difference to a trip to Amsterdam. We stayed in the beautiful Ambassade Hotel.

 

Ambassade Amsterdam

 

  • Go on a canal cruise. Try the Friendship Canal cruise for extra luxury and a bottle of wine as you float around the canals and sights.

 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise

 

  • Enjoy dinner in a posh restaurant overlooking the canal! We ate on this terrace, literally on the canal overlooking the lit up bridges and boats sailing past.

 

Bicycle and tulips next to Hoofdstaad Brasserie

 

  • If the weather is bad and you can’t do anything outside or on the water, find a cute little cafe like Pluk Amsterdam or Ree7 and sit in the window seat with a coffee.

 

Ree7 Amsterdam

 

Greece

  • Enjoy a Cypriot sunset!

 

Cyprus Sunset

 

  • Have dinner outside under lanterns and fairylights

 

 

  • Join in some Greek dancing and plate smashing (I mean its not for me but people like it!)

 

 

  • Upgrade to a suite – Greece and the Greek islands have some of the most beautiful hotels in the world. In fact, whenever you can take an upgrade!

 

 

London

  • Experience afternoon tea at the Ritz! How proper!

 

The Ritz

The Ritz

 

  • I’d strongly recommend Swingers Bar for date night, a cool bar, a fast food corner and a round of Crazy Golf all in one place is a winner.

 

Swingers Crazy Golf bar

Swingers Crazy Golf bar

 

  • Enjoy the views of London with some bubbly at the top of the Shard. Champagne and The Shard has a nice ring to it I think!

 

Sightseeing in London

 

Cologne

  • Take a cable car at sunset over the River Rhine in Cologne.

 

Great St Martin Romanesque church

 

 

Padlocks on the Hohenzollern Bridge

 

Paris

  • Swerve the tourist spots and enjoy a peaceful lunch at Ralph’s restaurant in the quaint little French courtyard

 

Ralph's restaurant Paris

 

  • Sit in the sun at Chateau de Luxembourg

 

Chateaux de Luxembourg

Chateaux de Luxembourg

 

  • Share a seafood platter at Cafe de la Pays or Flottes restaurant

 

Seafood platter

 

Tulum, Mexico

  • Enjoy the immaculate beaches in Tulum, either for a walk along or for a doze in a hammock.

 

Tulum

Xel ha hammocks

 

  • Find a secluded spot at Xel Ha just for yourselves.

 

Xel Ha

Xel Ha

 

  • Get a double dingy and float down the natural lazy river.

 

Lazy river, Xel ha

 

Portugal

  • Go on a hot air balloon ride! One of Kieran’s best mates Dale proposed to his lovely fiance Hannah in a hot air balloon ride over Coruche near Lisbon. They get married in Portugal next year – how amazing! Thank you Hannah for letting me use your beautiful photos!

 

 

Yorkshire

  • Explore the boutiques along the Shambles in York

 

The Shambles, York

The Shambles, York

 

  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Betty’s

 

Betty's Cafe Tea Rooms, York

Betty’s Cafe Tea Rooms, York

 

  • Stay at The Calls in Leeds, a very pretty boutique hotel by the canal and perfect to go back to after a night on the cocktails

 

The Calls

The Calls

 

Budapest

  • Take a walk along the Danube Embankment for the perfect view of the Chain Bridge. Cris from Look n Walk shares her memory of this with her husband:

I’ve fallen for Budapest almost 10 years ago but there’s a certain moment that made me fall even harder for my (now) husband. We love to walk hand in hand exploring cities. Back in 2011, on our first trip together as a couple, we decided to talk a walk on Danube Embankment. Was it the weather? The company? Or maybe just Budapest’s lovely sights passing by us as we walked, but I cannot help not to cherish that moment. Every time we go back, I want to retake this walk. And every single time I fall more in love: with both Budapest and my husband.

Chain Bridge, Budapest

Chain Bridge, Budapest

USA

  • Watch the fountain displays outside the Bellagio, Vegas. Get up close so you can hear the music too.

 

Bellagio fountains, Vegas

Bellagio fountains, Vegas

 

  • Have a drink at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan

 

The Cosmopolitan

 

  • For old school Hollywood glamour stay at the Beverley Hills Hotel in one of the bungalows based on Marilyn Monroe or Frank Sinatra to name a few!

 

Beverly Hills Hotel

 

  • Go for a walk through Central Park

 

Central Park

 

Other things to do in general:

  • Go on a ferris wheel, whether that’s in Paris, Lille, London, Santa Monica…or even the Hoppings in Newcastle (the latter being definitely more scary than romantic)!

 

The Hoppings, Newcastle

The Hoppings, Newcastle

Santa Monica beach and pier

 

 

We’ve never been keen on celebrating Valentines Day, but last year, we had what I would call a struck of genius. We were chilling on the sofa, watching a very boring French movie, when I say “I wish we could eat lots of cheese and enjoy a promenade by the beach”. My husband, as silly as it is, goes out of the room, just to come back 5 minutes later with a flight to Nice booked for the following day. He found a bargain last minute flight, a great escapade for a couple of days. Upon arrival, we purchased 7 varieties of French cheese, some 5 euro white wine. We enjoyed a rather fun and cheesy dinner in our cheap hotel room.

 

Nice rooftops

Nice rooftop

 

  • Watch fireworks – at New Year, bonfire night, any occasion really!

 

 

  • Take a spa break somewhere fancy! This was Rockliffe Hall.

 

Rockliffe Hall Spa garden with infinity pool

Infinity Pool in the Spa Garden

 

  • Enjoy a staycation! Stay in a hotel where you live and it will feel like a mini break. I’ve lost count of the times we have stayed in Newcastle Malmaison so we can have breakfast by the Tyne and a walk along the Quayside market and lunch in the Broad Chare.

 

Newcastle Quayside

Newcastle Quayside

 

  • Plan surprises, my lovely friend Amanda kicked off at her boyfriend Jack when she thought he didn’t have her a Valentine’s Day card, then she came home and he had planned all this!

 

 

  • Newcastle is a great city for this – go out for Sport events! You can’t beat match day in the toon and the atmosphere of the Great North Run!

 

Great North Run

Great North Run

 

  • Get dolled up for occasions – weddings, engagement parties, or my personal favourite – the races!

 

York Races

York Races

 

I think I’m done. Hopefully that wasn’t too OTT?!

Happy Valentine’s Day! x

 

Valentine's Day

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