Away Days – Day One

8 08 2011


Got a few days away with my family before my sisters wedding. Getting away is difficult sometimes when running your own business but the days you can get are precious.

We started our break back in my home town of Kenilworth, I spent all of my school days here, met my first girlfriend, had my first kiss etc… it is also the place where my parents still live.

My wife and I like to give our son some ownership of his holiday so it was his choice to go to Kenilworth Castle.

It’s an amazing place even though the majority of the castle was knocked down during the civil war. It was a royalist stronghold so we targeted by the round heads.

We are members of English Heritage so get in to all their sites for free. During summer holidays they also put on some great activities for free, for kids. Today our son really enjoyed a free Fencing lesson.

Anyway, will give you another update tomorrow.


Holiday Time

5 08 2011

Other than a work event this weekend I am now off for the next 10 days.

Music will be an important part of those days as we travel and spend time together as a family. It is though a tough task to decide what music to take or what playlist to create.

My main problem is that of mood, I can’t tell you what I am going to feel like listening to next Thursday or even tomorrow. This often means selecting ‘safe’ music for my trips. One benefit of the playlist though is that you can throw in a few randoms.

Anyway here’s to hoping for some good weather.

Note to self

15 08 2010

Pisa is a fantastic city with many restaurants, cafes and bars. However it is not large enough or varied enough for 6 days of a holiday, as we found out.

My note to self is to use Pisa as a base to explore Tuscany. Still spend time visiting the sites and aforementioned eateries but have flexibility to get out and explore.

We did this on the final day (stupidly) with a visit to nearby city Livorno. Livorno is a port on the Mediterannean and is much larger than Pisa but doesn’t have the same old-world charm.

We went by train and it takes about 20 minutes from Pisa Centrale to Livorno Centrale. The biggest shock was the price of the tickets, amazingly cheap, it cost us only about £6.25 for the both of us return.

OK, so perhaps we should have explored a bit earlier in the week as we happened to pick a national holiday and not a lot was open, however we did find some great restaurants down by the sea which are worth a visit. Some of the older parts of the city and the walk along the canal are also stunning.

Most of our holiday was spent walking and exploring, with visits to museums and historical sights thrown in. We plan on returning next year with the whole family and exploring further cities like Florence, Siena and Lucca.

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