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Month: February 2016

Aura Print Digital – Business cards

Aura Print Digital – Business cards

It is important for any kind of blogger wanting to look professional to not only have business cards but professional looking cards. I was asked by Aura Print to receive their new cards with the coloured edge and made specifically to my design. I emailed them […]

France: Calais via Eurotunnel – family day out

France: Calais via Eurotunnel – family day out

I usually get the Eurotunnel to France for the day a couple of times per year.  This year it was me, my son and my granddaughter who made the pilgrimage! It is so easy to make the crossing across the English Channel without a wave […]

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum – Pusser’s Navy Rum

Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum – Pusser’s Navy Rum

High above the rooftops in Camden is The Beach, at the Roundhouse.  Pusser’s Rum held a tribute to ‘Black Tot Day’ here and I was invited to attend. Mr R loves a drop of rum too so I took him along.

You don’t expect to find a beach in London especially not a rooftop beach but here it was with lovely white sand, beach huts and people playing volley ball.  Not out of place at all!!

The rum was flowing and all the cocktails being made in the Rum Shak contained Pusser’s Rum

Ian Burrell, International Rum Ambassador held a quick masterclass in the art of cocktail making whilst we all had our own masterclass of rum cocktail drinking. 

Mr R came with me and I have the evidence he was having a good time!

Was Mr R a ‘Drunken Sailor’ or did he have a ‘Sandy Bottom’? Delicious and easy to drink cocktails from the pop-up Rum Shack on the roof top. And all cocktails made with Pusser’s Navy Rum’s finest!

Black Tot Day is an annual remberence day held on British naval ships to remember the last day a daily ration of rum was given to the sailors. Previously each sailor had a daily ration of a ‘tot’ of rum as a perk for being couped up on a ship for months at a time.

Thanks to Pusser’s Navy Rum for the invite to the beach.  All opinions and photos are my own.

 
 
London: Nepalese Restaurant – Khushi

London: Nepalese Restaurant – Khushi

When I think of Nepal I immediately picture Mount Everest, and further thought I see a group of people sitting around a campfire eating roasted Yak!  Well, I have never been there so what do you expect! Along with a couple of fellow bloggers, Nayna […]

Valentine’s Day Heart Round Up

Valentine’s Day Heart Round Up

Here is a list of a few things to surprise your Valentine with this year on 14 February:- Start your romantic morning with something pink and bubbly, this Lanson gift set will start any young (or indeed any age) maiden’s pulse fizzing. Lanson have been […]

The Telegraph Cruise Show and The Reluctant Cruiser

The Telegraph Cruise Show and The Reluctant Cruiser

It may seem strange that I wanted to, and voluntarily
attended the Telegraph Cruise Show a few weeks ago however since my short
voyage on the Norweigan Escape’s inaugural voyage at the end of last year I
have decided that perhaps the story of cruising has changed and that  I, The Reluctant Cruiser, had better get on
board!

These big shows, this one was at The ExCel in London’s
Docklands, are full of cruise companies looking for passengers and potential
passengers looking for a good deal or sizeable discount on their 2016
cruise.  Often if you book at one of
these shows you get a much better deal.
There are so many places in the world to cruise to and an
equal number of cruise companies willing to take you there.  I was particularly interested in the idea of
river cruising, not quite such rough waters!
Of course anywhere in the Caribbean is sure to ‘float my
boat’ as they say but I would also like to try other destinations.  I have my travel bands ready as well as all
the electronics to keep me busy and my mind from ruminating on all the things
that ‘happen at sea’ as well as plenty of food and drink and entertainment on
board to keep busy should I not want to venture outside!
Thinking about this makes me wonder if I will ever get my ‘sea legs’! I’ll let  you know.
Here are some photos from the show to give you an idea of what is waiting for you on board!

What a great way to stay hydrated during the show!

Early opening, everyone ready, let the crowds begin!

Had to have my photo taken at the Bahamas stand – 2016 goal is to swim with the pigs in The Bahamas! (photo not to scale!!)

Virgin Holidays were in attendance to try to temp attendees with their exotic range of holidays,

Cruising is fast growing in popularity with people of all ages (it was always thought to be a retired or older person’s way of travelling) with many lines offering the perfect family holiday.
This year will highlight seven new cruise ship launches:-
1. Holland America Cruise Lines – Koningsdam which will high light a kids club as well as cooking demonstrations.
2. Viking Cruises – new ship the Viking Sea featuring a dive-in infinity pool, sauna and snow grotto!
3. Royal Caribbean – Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship with 7 neighbourhood concepts, pools and sports zones.
4. Royal Caribbean – Ovation of the Seas with it’s superfast internet and skydiving simulator.
5. Carnival Cruise – Carnival Vista featuring an 800′ long cycle track suspended 150′ above the sea.
6. Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Explorer, all suite, all balcony with impressive cooking demos.
7. Seabourn – Seabourn Encore – elegant, intimate luxury featuring all suites and all balcony cruising.
I wonder if 2016 will be the year The Reluctant Cruiser takes a leap on any of the above!!
I was given a complementary ticket to The Telegraph Cruise Show but was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions are my own.
Weekend Brunch at The Gate Pub – Time to Relax

Weekend Brunch at The Gate Pub – Time to Relax

As you know afternoon tea is my utmost favourite meal but in close pursuit is weekend brunch.  That lazy Sunday morning of eating your favourite breakfast halfway through the day and sipping orange juice and coffee with possibly something fizzy!  And don’t forget Saturday as […]