Thursday, 18 December 2014

Port El Kantaoui days 6, 7 & 8

Day 6
Monday was the hottest day of the holiday, mum & I decided to go on the petit train. We went twice in Agadir, Morocco so it was nice to do it in a different country. Unfortunately it didn't show us anything, it was the same route the taxi takes from the hotel to the Sousse Medina. It was nice to have some fresh(ish) air and see everything a little slower and not through a dirty car window. We got off the train and went for a little walk, I picked up a super cute Hello Kitty beach towel and a navy blue hair bow, we then jumped on a different train back towards the hotel before getting a taxi the rest of the way. The rest of the day was pretty quiet and yet again there was no hotel entertainment so we watched movies.



Day 7
Tuesday was our last full day in resort and it was pretty hot. We decided to do one last bit of shopping before heading to the beach to make sandcastles like a child. I even got in the sea. Knowing I'd be going to the hairdressers after I washed my hair in the sea, forgetting I only dyed my hair three weeks ago so got red hair dye all over the hotel towel, as the sea was so cold I thought it would be the perfect time to go in the pool, so I could say I did it. It was still cold but did feel so warm compared to the sea. I went and had a shower, put on a nice dress and headed to the hairdressers in the hotel where I got a wash and blow dry for £8.27. After my visit to the hairdressers it was time for dinner, I was dressed up as it was our last dinner at the hotel. It was the best dinner too, the theme was FISH. There were four types of calamari and of course I had a bit of each. The entertainment wasn't any good so we had an early night with a film as we had to be up early for our flight home.



Day 8 
When the alarm went off at 6:45am I could have easily turned it off and rolled over and slept for a few more hours but I couldn't. I got up, got washed and did the last of my packing before running down to breakfast. Once we got back from breakfast we had no time for anything, we went down to check out and the coach arrived within 5 minutes, we were a full coach as both the Gatwick and Birmingham flight were at the same time. We arrived at the airport and I had 20 dinar left to spend and I found myself a lovely Chanel purse. We went through passport control and it wasn't a long wait until we could get on the plane. It was nice to know I was on my way home even if it was cold a rainy in London. 



So this was my last holiday of 2014, I've had an amazing year of travel. I've been Cardiff, Amsterdam, Birmingham x 2, Kos - Greece, Magaluf - Spain, Agadir - Morocco and Port El Kantaoui - Tunisia. I am looking forward to 2015.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Port El Kantaoui days 4 & 5

Day 4
I woke up in such an awful mood this morning, I was tired, freezing cold and not in the mood for anything, I finally got out of bed around 10:30am, I got washed and ready and went for a walk around the hotel market which consisted of 3 stalls full of junk. Today being the best weather we have had so far I though it was the perfect photo opportunity and took a few pictures of the hotel before heading to the shops with mum. I picked myself up a cute two zip MK purse for only £5.34. I was starving by now as I had missed breakfast and headed straight to lunch. Lunch wasn't amazing but as always there was something to eat... Chips...
unedited, view from the reception balcony
After lunch it was time for the beach, although the weather was better today it wasn't the normal 30°C I normally have when I go on holiday but it did. The sea was beyond freezing, so cold it actually hurt my feet and legs being in there but I braved it out went in up to my neck before running back to the sun lounger to soak up the sun. It started to get chilly about 3pm so we went to the snack bar, got a pancake and headed back to the room. This whole time I was sill in a terrible mood and just wanted to sleep. I ended up going to dinner alone as I didn't want to be around anyone. Dinner was awful, not a single thing I'd eat and I am honestly not a fussy eater at all. I ended up eating just ice-cream. After dinner it was time for the hotel entertainment, it started off with a super long game of Bingo where every number was called out in English, French and German! After Bingo the real entertainment kicked in. I got asked to be part of it and expecting a fire breather I reluctantly said I'd take part. Little did I know that the real entertainment was a guy laying on blade while I'd stand on him and putting nails on his back, belly, head and hand whilst people stood on him. I unfortunately don't like many of the pictures of me that were taken but here are a few. I had an amazing night. 



Day 5
Today being Sunday we went to the Sunday market 2km outside of Sousse. We were expecting a souk but when we arrived it was a locals jumble sale with junk, junk and more junk! There were piles of dirty looking clothes with loads of locals pulling at them, digging for the best items. It was a complete shock to the system and I couldn't believe how people online had said how amazing this market would be. It is safe to say we got in the next taxi out of there, back to Sousse where we went into the shopping center and I picked up some more gifts as well as a cute Hello Kitty carm for my bag and some Michael Kors sunglasses. 
We wasn't out for very long, we even made it back for lunch at the hotel. I love and I mean love calamari and on the menu was... calamari! I can easily say the hotel's lunch is the best meal of the day here. After lunch mum & I went for a walk down the shops to check out what they had for offer. I ended up picking up a cute little D&G purse for £1. We got back to the hotel and it was nearly dinner time, after dinner we had a few drinks, played BlackJack and then went up to the room and watched two movies as there was no hotel entertainment.


 
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Port El Kantaoui days 1, 2 & 3

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So I've been in Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia for four days now and thought it was about time I blogged about it. Port El Kantaoui is 10 km north of Sousse in central Tunisia, so far I've realised it is a lot quieter than Sousse and feels a lot safer. 

Day 1  
Day 1 was pretty much just traveling, I woke up at 10:30am for work on Tuesday then didn't sleep until just after midnight on Thursday! I was lucky to have a 30 min snooze on the plane but other than that I didn't sleep. Our flight was at 7am on Wednesday but was delayed and we left 7:40, the flight was quicker than expected and we arrived around around 11:15 am (10:15 am uk time) we got on our coach transfer and got to the hotel within 40 minutes. We were greeted at the hotel with a complimentary cocktail, given our all-inclusive wristband and told we had to eat lunch before we got our room, being moody with a lack of sleep we asked for our room first and were lucky to get it. 

Lunch wasn't amazing but I would have eaten anything at this point. After lunch we went for a walk around the hotel and down to the beach before going back to the room where we unpacked and showered before watching a movie on the TV via my laptop. After the film it was dinner time, which we thought was 6:45pm but is in fact 6pm - 7:15 for us, after dinner we had a few cocktails and drinks while playing Black Jack. We got back to the room around 10:30pm and watched Purge: Anarchy before going to bed little after midnight.

Day 2 
Woke up about 10:30am and it was the best sleep I had had in a very long time other than the fact I was freezing half the night. I had missed breakfast but really needed the sleep. After getting ready I made it downstairs about 11:45 where the cocktails and drinks flowed once again, we waited around for lunch which started at 12:30, lunch was the best food I've had so far. I can't get enough of their chips and their ham burger was... Grilled ham, made me laugh, I can only assume the chef thinks a ham burger is made of ham, rather than beef. After lunch we got a taxi to the Medina where we did a little shopping, we arranged for the taxi driver to pick us up two hours later but was only there an hour because it was so horrible. 
So many bags to choose from!
I am a girl who has been to Turkey 4 times and Morocco twice. I know how to bargain with the locals and I 100% know first hand how sexual and lets just say pervy the men can be but it was horrible! The worst experience I have ever had. While one shop keeper was stopping mum for leaving the stand his friend was telling me "I love you baby, come here baby, baby come here" that may sound non-harmful to you as you read this but it was the way he said it, the way he looked at me and the fact I already felt uneasy. It felt like I was a piece of meat and he was a hungry dog. I can't remember what else he said to be but I felt a little abused so mum and I rushed off and went to a fixed price shop where I then picked up a few gifts for my friends at uni. 

It was a little chilly, had to put a jumper on
It started to rain as we jumped into a taxi back to the hotel, I ran up to the room put my bags down and went back down to play snooker, drink a few drinks and see our rep as we missed her in the morning. It was about dinner time then and off we went for a Spanish night. I was in my element as I saw the most beautiful seafood paella. I fell in love with paella when I was in Ibiza and couldn't wait to try some. I was a little disapointed but you always are when you have such high expectations of something. But I was happy with my chips and ice-cream (not together of course). We then had a few more drinks at the bar before I headed up to the room to have a shower and watch a movie online before I went to bed. 

Day 3 


Woke up in time for breakfast this morning, only just because I woke up at 9:10 and rushed around to have a quick wash and got dressed, breakfast was pretty good. I had a donut with Nutella and a pancake. After breakfast we went back to the room so I could wash and change into what I’d be wearing for the day. We decided to go shopping near the hotel. I only ended up picking up a 1 dinar fridge magnet as I’ve not found a bag or purse that I really like or if I do they are expensive because I have such good taste. haha
Sign outside a shop, I wonder how accurate it is

After shopping we can back to the hotel for lunch before getting changed and heading to the pool, the outside pool was like ice water so we wanted up going in the headed pool inside before coming out to sunbathe and all the sun had gone! I then ended up going back to the room for a shower, listened to some tunes and went to dinner. After dinner I had a few cocktails and vodka/cokes and now I am waiting for the hotel entertainment for the night. 
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Monday, 1 December 2014

Time to countdown

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I am fortunate enough to be going on my 5th and final holiday abroad this year, I am going to Tunisia in less than two weeks and I'm super excited. As you can see from my blog university and work have kept me very busy the past few months and it will feel good to have a nice week away with some sun (I hope). I'll be staying near Port-El-Kantaoui‎ and I'm sure I'll have loads of pictures to share with you all.
 
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Winter Wonderland 2014

Some pictures from my trip to Winter Wonderland yesterday.




mulled wine with amaretto

My hair got messed up on the ride after nearly loosing my hat









 I love winter, it is by far my favourite time of year. The dark nights, bright lights and the feeling of love and happiness in the air. I had an lovely night and hopefully I'll go back before it closes for the year. 

Do you like Christmas time? Do you have a winter wonderlqnd where you live? 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Morocco day 7

Day Seven

I got home this morning and it was such a long day yesterday. We woke up around 9:30am and had a shower and got ready, I was still ill which took me longer to finish packing we had to leave the room for 11am. After checking out and leaving our luggage in the luggage room I went to get my hair done which cost me 80dh (£7.28) mum & I then had some lunch before walking around town looking for some last minute gifts and handbags. Mum ended up getting herself a bag and I still had 200dh left. I was going to waste it on a Chloé bag I didn't really want but I'm glad I never. We then when back and sunbathed for a little while before our transfer came at 5pm. We got to the airport and was super hunger so with my last 200dh (£14.55) I picked up a kebab, chips and three drinks for mum and I. 

The flight was awful, loads of turbulence as we went over France. It was so bad I even read the safety booklet as I was sat at the emergency exit door. I tried to sleep through it as we had less than an hour to go but it honest did scare me.  
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Morocco days 5 & 6

Day Five

I was so ill this day it was unreal. I woke up around 10am and couldn’t leave the hotel room due to food poisoning, Ive didn’t think I had eaten enough to bring so much up. I’m not sure what it was that I had eaten because the day before I had everything to same as my mum apart from some orange juice which was bottle from the supermarket next to the hotel. It is always me that gets ill on a holiday though. Eventhough I was super ill I had to eat and mum dragged me to McDonalds for a burger. I got a cajun chicken burger. After McDonalds I came back to the room and didn’t want to move but it was so hot I had to go out so I decided to sunbathe at the pool I stayed there for about three hours but paid for it when I got back to the room, I had a fever my whole body was weak and it was like I had sun stroke but I knew I didn’t beach I had made sure I had my face covered and kept well hydrated. I ended up going to bed at 9:15pm and had a lovely 12 hours sleep! 


Day Six


After sleeping for 12 hours I had a shower and felt so fresh like yesterday never happened I had a little tummy ache but put that down to the fact the last thing I ate was about 20 hours before. We decide to go to Inezgane because we had read there was a nice Moroccan market. We wasn’t even there an hour, the market was dirty and turned my stomach again. We decide to eat something as it had now been over 24 hours with me not eating after having a ham burger and chips from a local café we decided to go back on the petit train for a chilled day and the whole ride just made me feel worse like I had travel sickness. After the train we walked around the beach and some of the small souks before I had to go back to the hotel, considering I hadn’t eaten in so long again a lot came up. I didn’t want it to ruin my day again so we went back out and done some more shopping before getting back to the hotel around 6:15pm and having a tagine dinner. 


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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Morocco day 3 & 4

Day three

 
Today has been so busy! We woke up pretty early and headed towards the beach to catch the ‘petit train’. The petit train takes you on a 40 minute ride around Agadir to show you all the sites. The trip is really cute but sort of puts into prospective how little there is in Agadir. There really isn’t much to do here. Agadir is the place to come if you want to sit at the beach all day or take a day trip to Marrakech/Casablanca.




After the petit train we went to the zoo (Vallee des Oiseaux) after reading reviews on Trip Advisor I really wasn’t looking forward to going but it was pretty fun. It is totally free to go so I couldn’t moan there and I knew it wouldn’t be London Zoo but there really wasn’t anything wrong with the place. Other than the smell but what do you expect for a zoo? After the zoo we went to the beach before heading back to the hotel where I had a shower and got ready for my ‘birthday’ meal in a Indian/Pakistani restaurant.



Day Four

 Today I woke up late and went for breakfast and had a chicken panini and chips at a local restaurant, after eating mum and I went to the souk where I picked up a little gift for all my friends at university as well as looking for a new handbag or purse. I wasn’t feeling 100% with all the different smells. I never took any pictures today so here are some of previous days.

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