SUYL: Favorite Vacation spots

This week for Show Us Your Life, Kelly is having us write about our favourite vacation spots.  I love going on holiday, whether with Matthew, friends or family, so I’ve been looking forward to writing this post!

There are three places I really love to visit on holiday – Bruges, Belgium; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Puerto de Mogán, Spain (Canary Islands).

Bruges is a new addition to our travel loves. Matthew and I went there for a long weekend last autumn – we wanted to get out of town for a little break and the Eurostar makes Bruges very simple to visit! We fell in love with the place – it’s so beautiful, full of gorgeous buildings, and the pace is relaxed and welcoming. We had a wonderful time visiting museums, sampling beers and enjoying the autumnal sun.


All the beers!

Our first view of Bruges. Just beautiful!

The Markt is stunning!

Views for miles.

Edinburgh has long had a special place in my heart, and I tend to go there once a year for the Fringe Festival. The biggest alternative festival in the world, it’s a real hub for art, theatre, music, and comedy. It’s a real treat to be able to go and see such a range of things! In addition to this, you have the loveliness of the city itself to enjoy. Matthew and I actually met at the festival five years ago, and will be up there again this year!

Just some of the tickets from last year’s shows!

I love the drama of Edinburgh’s architecture.

Scottish breakfast = guilty pleasure par excellence!

This shot captures just how busy Edinburgh gets!

Lou and I had great fun last year spotting Golden Postboxes (they were painted in every town, village or city that a 2012 Olympic gold medallist hailed from. This is Chris Hoy’s).

Last but not least has to be Puerto de Mogán, the little town in the Canary Islands that Matthew and I visit for a week each year. It’s idyllic – warm temperatures, sunshine, a little manana culture….the perfect break from the rush of London town (as much as we adore that!). We’re heading out there again in the not too distant…..delicious!

Frosty cold beers in the sunshine.

The view from a boat of Puerto de Mogán.

Perfect blue skies 🙂

Truly Matthew’s happy place – relaxing in the sun!

Can’t wait for our holiday to roll around!


  1. Riot Kitty
    15th March 2013 / 12:51 am

    I totally want to go to Belgium.

    • Claire
      15th March 2013 / 12:18 pm

      It's so lovely!

  2. Relyn Lawson
    15th March 2013 / 1:10 am

    Ok. I want to travel with you. You know how to have fun.

    • Claire
      15th March 2013 / 12:19 pm

      Hee, thanks sweetie! Love relaxing, fun breaks.

  3. Miss Ash
    15th March 2013 / 3:00 am

    I love the 2nd photo, it looks so pretty there!

    • Claire
      15th March 2013 / 12:20 pm

      It's gorgeous – definitely worth a seek out!

  4. Mary De Bastos
    15th March 2013 / 5:00 pm

    I love Edinburgh! It's as if everywhere you turn there is some amazing historic building. You don't know what to take a picture of first!

    • Claire
      17th March 2013 / 2:45 pm

      It's probably my favourite city (with London, Paris, Toronto and DC rounding out the top five :)).

  5. Natasha
    15th March 2013 / 6:03 pm

    We spent a few days in Edinburgh on our honeymoon and loved it! We also went to the Canary Islands (Tenerife) before we got married and loved it too! Thanks for sharing.

    • Claire
      17th March 2013 / 2:46 pm

      Edinburgh would be such a great honeymoon – so glad you enjoyed it. One day I'd love to live there. The Canaries are fabulous, just the perfect getaway for a little sunshine!

  6. BerryMorins Bits & Tips
    16th March 2013 / 2:30 am

    I'm stopping by from Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life. I'm having such a great time looking at everyone's vacation photos. It's also giving my husband and I some new ideas for places we might want to visit.

    • Claire
      17th March 2013 / 2:48 pm

      Lovely to 'meet' you! I'm loving picking up tips for future holidays!

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