It’s a quote!

Why do you travel?

Travel makes you realise that no matter how much you know, there is always more to learn

For us it’s a combination of the time spent catching up with each other about what’s been happening in our lives individually and seeing and exploring new places. We love the roadtrips in itself – taking us from place A to B. As Nicola knows very well, I could drive for hours and never tire of it – sitting in a device with 4 wheels, managing it’s direction to place after place, no restraints (pre-COVID ofcourse).

Some places have that special connection that take you back to visit it – such as Snowdonia for us. It is a magical place full of character and interesting places to explore. Each visit gives us more reason to go back.

I’m a strong believer of new experiences – in every aspect of life. Travel is a great way to refresh yourself, your mind, your soul and more which you will individually experience once you begin this journey (if you haven’t already) / once you continue this journey (to even more adventures).

We love this quote and are excited about our future travels and sharing them with you all!

Stay safe.

Chandni and Nicola

Today, we met after a year

Yes. Our last trip together was Sept 2019 hiking up mount Snowdon to the Summit (we’ll blog about this soon). Fast forward the last few months of 2019 and most of 2020.

After all these months, it was literally a breath of fresh air to walk through Sutton Park today with Nicola and catch up on oh so many things. (socially distanced ofcourse).

For now, here’s a teaser photo 🙂

Take care all and stay safe.

Chandni

Flashback – Penrith

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Travel Cost: £52.15

 

July 2015. It’s the height of British Summer, or rather less of it! With windy yet dry weather forecasted, we decided on a visit to the Lake District. After some research (yes this was our only bit of planning), Penrith, Cumbria came to mind, as a free guided walk was to take place. After a very long and early train journey, we arrived at Pooley Bridge to meet up with our fellow walkers. After visiting the local tourist shop and waiting for some time, it soon seemed apparent that this walk was not taking place. So what do we do? Grab a tourist map and explore on our own!

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Confession – We love getting lost in new places. “There is actually nothing like it. To go somewhere new with no knowledge of the place and explore it. We’d advise people to try it. ”

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Crufts NEC – Dog Show

Hustle, bustle, umpteen stalls and even more four legged furry friends, everywhere.

Hi this is Chandni. Sharing with you our first visit to Crufts Dog Show held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. For this, we didn’t have far to travel :-).

Being a dog lover myself, I was in my element. Everyone has a fav breed – mine was, is and will be the incredible Siberian Husky. Throughout our day at Crufts, I was thinking at some point, I’ll see my first Husky, now? When? There! We’ve all been there right. 🙂

Drawn to huskies – they represent a world away from a world – a rich history and needless to say but will do anyway – they’re stunning.

Understandably a lot of effort goes into building a show like this and into preparing the bubbly participants to take part.

It was beautiful seeing all these dogs happy and excited and their owners proud to show their precious pet family.

Nicola’s update coming soon.

For now, enjoy the photos and stay safe everyone.

Chandni 🙂

Flashback 2 – Penrith

Where it all started! Our first country walk / hike in 2015. It still feels like this happened yesterday and years later, you think back to our first journey.

Why it happened – We wanted something different to do.

Why Penrith – Can’t remember but most likely fully random choice!

What we learnt – This was to be one of many more trips.

More photos from this trip below.

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Flashback – Penrith

Travel Cost: £52.15

 

July 2015. It’s the height of British Summer, or rather less of it! With windy yet dry weather forecasted, we decided on a visit to the Lake District. After some research (yes this was our only bit of planning), Penrith, Cumbria came to mind, as a free guided walk was to take place. After a very long and early train journey, we arrived at Pooley Bridge to meet up with our fellow walkers. After visiting the local tourist shop and waiting for some time, it soon seemed apparent that this walk was not taking place. So what do we do? Grab a tourist map and explore on our own!

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Pooley Bridge

Confession – We love getting lost in new places. “There is actually nothing like it. To go somewhere new with no knowledge of the place and explore it. We’d advise people to try it. ”

Map in hand, ready for the trek we start walking. After descending Dunmallard Hill and taking stock of the road, the budding explorers in us decided to see what places of interest are out there in the opposite direction to our map. A couple of hundred yards later, we were only disappointed to see cars and foliage on a steep incline.

So back on our ‘yellow brick road’ it is! We took a quick pit stop up Dunmallard Hill. The green hues from the fields and trees are beautiful, alongside the lake and sky in a matching blended shade of white and pale blue.

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Map
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Dunmallard Hil

 

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Smile!

 

Next, we begin our journey alongside the Lake. Passing Eusemore, we made a pit stop near the mile mark in Gale Bay.  As this view was so grand, naturally more photographs soon followed in and around the immediate area. With the old trees forming as benches, rocks poking out of the surface and the hills in the distance (some without any peaks to be seen) the lake is perfectly in the middle, trapped within. #photomoment

 

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Gale Bay

Next we come across Waterside House Campsite. How lovely that one can pitch up a tent next to the lakes edge, fish, canoe or simply sit and watch the world go by. A short stop at a swing set added a bit of silliness to the photo album! 🙂

After passing Cross Dermont, it is decided that this visit needs to go upwards! Daunting as it is seeing the peak so high, it certainly makes good motivation to gain some sense of accomplishment…physically strenuous accomplishment might we add! Passing a farm, the ground underfoot began to get rather muddy as we lose the gravelled footpath towards Glennridding. Yet every stop to look outwards is stunning, to a point where photographs do not do justice! Sitting upon rocks, it is quite easy to get lost in thought and to admire what Mother Nature has given us.  The perfect backdrop to finish our journey.

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Our view

Penrith we will visit you again.

Birmingham Town Centre

Our first day.

Location: Birmingham                     Travel Cost: £4

It’s an eerie Saturday morning. It’s January and it’s Birmingham. Cold and crisp? Yep. Today’s the day of our first ‘UK on a budget’ trip and what better than to begin at our hometown! So we decided to meet at the Bull Ring for 8am to get a good start. Camera in hand, we begin at ‘Moor Street’ station. Who’d have thought such a traditional building, with the new age Bullring to the right, still exists. Built in 1909, the exterior shows so much back story – old looking shops with high beamed ceilings showing off a rustic yet inviting feel.

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Birmingham Moor Street Station

Enter the walkway. St Martins church in view, framed by a selection of cafes and restaurants to dine at. And what a sight it was- ghostly, stunning. The City Centre – if we just stop and take a look around.

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The walkway

Of course while we are here, it makes sense to visit the renovated ‘New Street Station’. Certainly seems just as big as expected although we could not explore the whole building as we did not have any train journeys (Oh well! Another time). So rather, we took a pit stop in a coffee shop and naturally, as you do, browsed our photos?! 🙂 (Heck we even took macro shots of our coffee mugs, but we can’t show you those! #deleted #apologies)

Next we moved towards the Birmingham Council House which sits proud like a palace. The iconic water feature is no longer a water feature! Rather, it is home to many plants and flowers, which seems to fit right in with the council house and its surrounding buildings (RIP Central Library 🙂 ).

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Birmingham Council House

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Hi!

Famous for its university graduation ceremonies and concerts, Birmingham Town Hall clearly has inherited it’s looks from our fellow Greek friends. It’s almost like being transported to Greece itself.

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Birmingham Town Hall

The penultimate stop was the New Library of Birmingham. With it’s many floors and repeated symmetrical layouts, it’s a definitely a unique place. Nature friendly visitors should glide swiftly past the books and land at one of the two beautiful roof top gardens. There are places to sit and enjoy the panoramic views of Birmingham’s industrial skyline.

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Library of Birmingham

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Skyline

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Rooftop garden

Birmingham is proudly resident to a larger canal network than Venice itself! Brindley Place being one of the popular hubs, surrounded by a variety of bars and restaurants, it’s the kind of place that’s bustling with energy day and night. Beautifully picturesque, it was a perfect end to our day.

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Brindley Place

As you know Birmingham is our home town and we have travelled through these places many times before. However, looking at it from another perspective made all the difference. 🙂 #photography