Bordeaux is only a one hour and twenty minute flight from Dublin, who knew? Oh, all of you, ok. Well, I hadn’t been to France since I was a child so I was pretty excited to head over to what’s basically the centre of the wine universe last week. The lovely people at Lidl played host to our gang of about 25 and I was lucky enough to stay in the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux, a gorgeous five star hotel in a seriously fancy 18th-century building right in the city centre
New long-haul routes from Dublin always get me excited, especially when they’re direct to the Caribbean. This morning Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner landed in Dublin for the first time and I took a seat on board its inaugural Irish flight. I’m no aviation geek, so other than saying it’s “really big” I’m not that well equipped to fill you in on the technical features, but I can report a few nifty features that help make a long flight a lot more enjoyable. But first, let me take a cockpit selfie (the captain assured me he wouldn’t be performing a vertical take-off, watch here if you dare).
I took that picture by accident, a happy one. I took the GoPro Hero4 with me on my recent sailing trip to Turkey (6 reasons why you should spend your next holiday on a boat here) and while I got to grips with how to use it, via some lessons from fellow blogger on the trip Tine of Fractions of the World I managed to snap a few cool shots without really even trying. I picked the camera up from Argos before I head off and had a quick flick through the manual on the flight, but let’s face it, instructions are boring so I thought I’d just go with the flow instead and hope for the best.
I’ve just come back from spending a week sailing on a gorgeous traditional Turkish wooden gullet yacht on the Aegean Sea and I honestly felt weird being back on land! It doesn’t take much getting used to, even for scaredy cats like me and I’ve already booked my next sailing trip to Croatia next month…I can’t get enough. So what are the reasons why you should have your next holiday on a boat?
I try to wear less make up (and clothes, admittedly) on holidays plus I’m always conscious of baggage allowance, but I’m a sucker for limited edition summer packaging so this lot made it into my holiday make up bag on my recent trip to Turkey. What are your summer sun make up must haves? The edit, clockwise from top: MAC Turquatic EDT // Benefit They’re Real Mascara Beyond Blue // Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Cream Eye Shadow Stylo // Clarins Aquatic Treasures Waterproof Eye Pencil Aquatic Green // The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome // Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector Coral
Packing for a week on a boat, do I travel light and go with the bare minimum or max the baggage allowance? Some clear packing cubes, wet bag, swim shoes (big up Lidl!) and shades, my Penneys haul, new GoPro Hero 4, plus a shit load of SPF (my guide to high factor products here) and yoga clothes and I’m nearly done. Next stop: Yogacruising Ahoi, twice a day yoga on a gorgeous wooden gulet yacht, hiking and swimming, healthy eating, reading and soaking up the sun in Turkey…I can’t bloody wait.
Ever feel a bit intimidated walking into a camera shop? Everyone seems to be a photography expert these days, except me that is. I’ve got a pretty nifty Samsung Galaxy digital camera, but 95% of my photos are taken on my iPhone…and they’re grand like. I’m going on a couple of sailing trips this year though and that’s just not going to cut it. GoPros have been around about a decade, but have become much more mainstream in the last few years. If you’re not familiar, they’re highly durable, lightweight cameras that record HD video and stills and can be mounted to a gazillion different accessories for almost any activity, including underwater ones. Really popular for skiing and surfing, they can be used for pretty much every extreme sport…or the less active ones, like poolside selfies. So, getting back to the photography shops, all the decent ones stock GoPros, but there’s something unwelcoming when you’re out of your underwater-camera-depth and don’t want to be sold the wrong (and most expensive) thing because they saw you coming. I prefer to do my research online and ask around on Twitter for advice, which is what I did before picking up this waterproof GoPro Hero 4 from Argos. They sell some of the nifty gadgets to go with it too, so here’s my next question…what accessories do I need for this guy? I’m off yoga sailing for a week and intend on doing some snorkelling, diving and hiking with GoPro in tow. Hit me up on twitter if you’re a, er, pro!
Last week I popped along to the launch of the Vintage Tea Party in the Beacon Hotel. Bubbles, make up, afternoon tea, cocktails and dinner …so yeah, basically a few variations of food and drink with some girly fun thrown in for good measure – the makings of a bloody good night away.
All hail the high factor tanning oils! In the last few years I’ve been converted from using the lowest SPF I could get away with without burning to the highest I can wear while still getting a tan. Turns out those high factor tans look better and last longer, no dirty looking patches or reptile-like peeling a week later, just a somewhat safer tan that lasts.
Although, in the last few years, I’ve got much better at packing…it’s still always a massive pain in the arse isn’t it? Does anyone actually enjoy it? If you do, we’ve got a spare bedroom…feel free to take up full time residency! About a month before a trip I get excited and think, “Do you know what? This time I’m going to be really organised. I’ll do it now while I have the time and then it’s done and out of the way.” Not sure who I’m trying to fool, it obviously never happens that way.