Sweet tooth? Then you’ve surely heard of – and tried – the classic English Bakewell Tarts. Ever wanted to go to the home of this iconic treat? Look no further than the small market town of Bakewell in the Peak District.

I visited during our trip to the Peaks. Most of my favourite small towns and villages have a cute river or stream winding through, but Bakewell is enchanting enough without any water. It’s an easy maze of stone buildings with hidden-away tea rooms and souvenir shops, plus beautifully maintained gardens.

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On day two in Disneyland, we did almost all of my favourite things. From my favourite stage shows, like Mickey and the Magician, to my number one ride in Disneyland Paris – Crush’s Coaster. It didn’t set out to be a day of the best bits of both the Disneyland Park and the Disney Studios, but it ended up featuring all of my highlights. We even went for our one sit-down meal of the holiday at Annette’s Diner in the Disney Village. I’ll give my full review of the restaurant in this post, but sit back and enjoy the first part of day one first.

What would you most like to see at Disneyland Paris?

 

When I went to DLP back in April, the crowds around parade time were intense. We always got a spot for the parade around an hour before it set off, and there was always pushing and shoving to ensure no-one took away your hard-earned space. In July, it was a different story. I think this is because ‘Disney Stars on Parade’ has been showing for a few more months, but it was brand-new in April. Therefore, waiting for the parade was a much more leisurely experience on this trip.

We followed the endless crowds out of the park after the parade finished. In the Disneyland Park, the parade doesn’t start until 5.30pm, so it makes sense to have an early dinner after the floats have gone past.

After consulting Twitter, we decided to go to Annette’s Diner in the Studios for our only sit-down meal of the trip. Food in the Paris parks is not particularly renowned, unlike the American counterparts. We mostly had a diet of quick service meals, trying to find the best offerings both within the theme parks and in the Disney Village, which is just outside the theme park gates.

We decided to splurge on only one table service meal as the exchange rate is so awful at the moment. An average quick service meal costs around 15 Euros per meal, while table service is around 30 Euros, which is quite a difference. So was Annette’s worth it?

Overall, I would say that it wasn’t. We did it to have a sit down meal and a different experience. However, the food quality was only slightly above a quick service restaurant. The service was also poor, so it didn’t have an exclusive feel. If you are looking for more of an ‘experience’ restaurant, expect to pay over 50 Euros per head for restaurants like Walt’s on Main Street or Captain Jack’s, which overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

We were happy with the price of food and glad that we chose to have one restaurant meal rather than all counter service, but I wouldn’t rush back. Instead, I would prioritise meals at the gorgeous Via Piano, which is just around the corner, and the trustworthy Five Guys.

Take a look at part two and see what you think.

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Is there anything better than a week off work in the summer? Maybe when I get to leave behind the hustle and bustle of London and exchange it for the peace and quiet of home in Shropshire with my family.

This year, we decided to go on a mini break to the Peak District. We stayed in the spa town of Buxton and used it as a base to visit some beautiful towns and villages throughout the National Park. It was a great two days and we discovered some lovely places that I can’t wait to share with you.

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Recently, this has question has been sticking in my brain. How many people wear make-up to work? Do most people do their normal routine every morning? The more that I realised that a lot of people wore no make-up at all, the more that sounded appealing for me. So this week I’ve been doing a little experiment.

I already don’t wear any eye make-up to work, and there’s a good reason for this. My eyelashes are quite long, and it’s impossible to wear mascara without it rubbing off a bit under my eyes, giving an unappealing zombie look. At the weekends and when I’m doing something fun, this is very manageable, but I can never be bothered when it’s 7am on a Monday morning. So I have my unframed eyes, but all my foundation and powder usually finished off as usual before work every day.

But this week, the foundation has gone.

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I’ve got some exciting news to share about my next holiday – and it’s a big one! In 2017, I’ve already been to Disneyland Paris twice, making the most of my annual pass, and now it’s time to venture slightly further afield. Still keeping with the Disney theme, I’m going on a Disney Cruise around the Mediterranean, departing from Barcelona, Spain, and with cruise stops in Italy and France. I could not be more excited, and this is why.

Back in 2008, I went on my first Disney Cruise with my family. It was a three-night trip around the Bahamas to try it out and see if we liked it. Looking back, it was just as much about finding out about cruising as it was making sure none of us were seasick! Needless to say, we loved it, and we booked a longer seven-night cruise around the Caribbean for two years later in 2010.

We properly got into the swing of cruising with Disney on this trip, but I haven’t been back on a ship since. That’s seven whole years without Disney Cruise Line. But that is about to change.

Of course I will be bringing you daily vlogs from the trip, from our arrival and exploring Barcelona to the best bits of the Disney Magic, the ship we will be travelling on.

So why do I love Disney Cruise Line so much?

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