Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Wow, what a holiday!

If you have never been to Vegas I strongly recommend that you do.

Here is what I did in Vegas:

  • Friday – Arrive and sleep
  • Saturday – Explore The Strip
  • Sunday – Explore The Strip again and Penn and Teller
  • Monday – Chill by the pool, shoot some guns and go for a girls night out at Coyote Ugly
  • Tuesday – Helicopter trip to the Grand Canyon and dinner and Hard Rock Cafe
  • Wednesday – Fremont Street bar crawl
  • Thursday – Bellagio buffet, Blink 182 and beer pong
  • Friday – Hooters, the mob museum and the neon boneyard
  • Saturday – Shopping, the Vegas sign, Hash House a go go and Tournament of Kings
  • Sunday – Home time 😦

So it was a busy holiday!

There were seven of us going, however me and my boyfriend flew out on the Friday and our other friends arrived on Saturday. Out of the seven of us three of us had never been to Vegas before, I was one of them and I was in for a treat!

We were staying at the Wild Wild West Days Inn hotel. It wasn’t glamorous, but we weren’t planning on spending a lot of time in our room so there was no real point in spending a lot of money. It is behind New York-New York so it isn’t that far from The Strip anyway.

It isn’t a particularly nice part of Vegas (although we did go to worse parts) and taxi drivers kept reminding us and one night I did get woken up because a prostitute was arguing with her client because he had hit her head…it was an interesting conversation!

Still the gambling was cheap and there was a Denny’s which were were given free breakfast tokens for, so it made the breakfasts a little less foul knowing that we weren’t paying for them!

I’ll leave you with some pictures of our beautiful hotel and you can read about my other adventures soon!

Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

Free Breakfast!

Free Breakfast!

View from our room

View from our room

 

A Day Trip to Lille!

I’m really lucky that my boyfriend works for a ferry company, so he gets a few free trips across for two people a year, we have been to Bruges and Brussels on day trips and this time we  headed to Lille!

Lots of beer!

Lots of beer!

I’ve been to Lille before for a weekend trip, so it was nice to go back again. However, on our way to Lille we stopped of in Ploegsteert, Belgium (as you do!) and went to an amazing beer shop! The shop was called Vanueem and there are so many different types of beer it is insane, we spent a lot of money!

After we had popped into Ploegsteert we headed to Lille. We parked in EuraLille and wandered around the shops, stopping in a kind of fast food pasta shop for some lunch. Being the one out of the two of us that can speak a little bit of French (and I really mean in a little bit) it was my job to order the lunch, at which point I probably insulted the whole of France with my awful attempt at their language!

After our lunch we went into the city centre to see the beautiful sites of Lille.

There are so many beautiful building in Lille, and we were really lucky with the weather, so we could sit outside and soak up the sun and look at all the wonderful buildings.

Fountains!

Fountains!

As we were only on a day trip we weren’t able to see a lot of the sights and it was very much a quick tour.

After our walk around and chilling out next a lovely fountain we decided that it would be a good idea to relax even more and have a beer 🙂

We stopped off at a bar and each had a Kawk beer in the awesome glass. There are so many different bars and restaurant in Lille, as there are in a lot of French towns and cities, the food all looked wonderful but as many non-French speaking visitors to France we found that we were given as little interaction as possible!

As we always do when we go to France we stopped off in a hypermarket and do some food and wine shopping.

In EuraLille the is a Carrefour where we stocked up on all of our generic French food and drink.

Horse

Horse

This time, however, we got something a bit different.

The horse meat scandal in the UK sparked a lot of discussion about how good horse is for you, so my boyfriend though he would find out.

He bought a horse steak in France and a beef steak from Sainsburys back home and did a ‘scientific experiment’

His findings? They are both tasty!

I would recommend that you visit Lille, and if you get the chance, go for a weekend, there is a lot to see and do. I barely touched the surface on this trip.

A Surfing Trip to Remember

It’s been a while, I know, and I had promised myself that I would keep my  blog up  to date!

I was planning to write a post two weeks ago as it was going to be just after my awesome surfing trip with my friends, however, I hit a bit of a snag!

It was a long old drive to Newquay (luckily I wasn’t the one driving!), of all the places to go in England it must be one of the ones that takes to longest to get to from Kent. After a pretty non-eventful trip we arrived at Reef Surf Lodge where we were staying. I really would recommend this for any budding surfers out there, it really is brilliant value for money and it is close enough to the main goings on, but not so close that you will be kept up all night listening to drunkards!

Anyway! Where was I? We went out on the first night, had plenty of drinks and giggles, but otherwise a relativity uneventful time. Our surfing lesson the next day wasn’t until about 3 o’clock so we had plenty of time in the morning to shop and explore what Newquay has to offer.

Newquay is a lovely town, it’s what I imagine the seaside town I live in would have been like in its heyday, just without the surfing. After writing a postcard to my Gran we headed off to meet our instructor, don our wetsuits, pick up a board and look awesome on the waves!

So after I struggled to get my wetsuit on and complained the my board was too heavy we arrived at the beach. Our showed us the moves and into the water we went!

It was quite a windy day, not brilliant for beginners, our instructor said.

5 minutes later!

In my case , it was so windy my board had blown off the water as I had tried to get on it and while trying to protect my face it caught my thumb and dislocated it.

F%$k*n& h£ll!

I won’t bore you with all the details so here is a summary!

  • Three shots of morphine
  • A bit of gas and air
  • A trip in an ambulance
  • A few hours in The Royal Cornwall Hospital A&E
  • Two x-rays
  • Another half a canister of gas and air
  • A massive syringe of local anaesthetic
  • Loads of pain
  • Three doctors
  • A trainee nurse
  • A lot of pulling
  • Two more x-rays
  • A plaster cast

Needless to say I didn’t surf again that weekend.

I had the cast on for a week, then my thumb strapped up for another 5 days and my first physio session on Monday and I am happy to say that although I still can’t move my thumb properly it is healing very well.

I’ll leave you with some pictures!

My messed up thumb

My messed up thumb – Me still in my wetsuit!

My messed up thumb

My messed up thumb

Gas and air

Gas and air – AKA My new best friend

The Lovely Newquay Beach

The Lovely Newquay Beach