Top 5 podcasts - Girlglobalising

I’ve become a huge fan of podcasts recently. They’ve exploded all of a sudden and more than ever there is something for everyone. I love listening to them whilst ploughing through the more *ahem* boring tasks at work, or whilst walking to and from the office. They are also great for car journeys and save me and Dom from bickering over who’s choice of music we play. Here are my current five favourites.

The High Low/ Pandolly Podcast

My favourite of podcasts. Formerly the Pandolly podcast, but now The High Low show, this weekly offering covers the high and low of current events and affairs, all served up with a dose of humour from journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. These are two incredibly well read ladies and always offer really great opinions that I find myself nodding along to in agreement. I love the section at the end that’s become somewhat of an agony aunt section, where they read out letters and emails from listeners and offer their thought and advice.

The Guilty Feminist

This podcast is a piece of comedy genius. Comedienne Deborah Francis-White takes the lead on this funny feminist show. There’s hilarious anecdotes, sections of stand up comedy and always, always food for thought on the great issue of feminism. This is the only podcast I listen to that is recorded with a live audience and they really use that to their advantage. I’m dying the go to a recording.

The Modern Mann

This one was recommended to me by Dom and I was hesitant at first, as it’s quite different from the first two but it’s certainly worth a go. They have different guest every week and they are the most varied of people that you would not typically here from. They also have a cheeky section with Alix Fox, called the Foxhole, in which they answer all your cheeky questions *wink wink*.

At Home With…

Anna Gardener is one of my favourite Youtubers’ so a podcast was obviously going to go down a treat. Along with Lily Pebbles they visit the homes of interesting people and have a chat in various different rooms of their homes. My favourites are the episodes with Jo Elvin and Madeleine Shaw.

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And finally the podcast that got me interested in podcasts. If you ever need a bit of career inspiration have a listen to this. Emma Gannon interviews a huge range of people from bloggers and youtubers, to the Hemsley sisters, to Lena Dunham herself. Well worth your time.

*Honourable mentions go to: 

Desert Island Discs – there is such a big back catalogue to get through, you will never run out.

Hey, It’s Okay – the offering from Glamour Magazine

The Heart of It – newest in from Estee Lalonde. I’ve not listened to the first episode yet but I am itching to.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

When we chose to visit Majorca for our summer adventure, the only thing we really knew about it was that, despite the reputation of Magaluf, the rest of the island is unbelievably beautiful.

I’m happy to report that is 100% the case.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

We based ourselves just outside of Port de Pollenca in the north of the island, with the idea that we would use our hire car to explore as much as we could. We probably didn’t do quite as much as we set out to but the beaches and clear blue sea were just too tempting.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Most nights we headed into Pollenca town to have a look around and find somewhere to get some dinner. It’s quite different to the port, with lots of cobbled alleyways and old crumbly buildings, but each more beautiful than the last.

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

 

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

If you’re feeling fit you could hike up the 365 Calvari steps to the small chapel at the top for a spectacular view. We did this at night, after dinner, which probably wasn’t the wisest decision but at least it meant we were in need of a gelato after! I also sadly don’t have any photos from the top, as it was dark by this point (I must work out all the settings on my camera…).

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

Pollenca - Girlglobalising

There’s plenty more to see in Pollenca, with lots of little shops to find some gems in. I was on the hunt for a basket bag that are all the rage this year. I wanted one that was under 20 euros and unfortunately came away with nothing. That’ll teach me for being a cheapskate.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.

 

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

If there’s one thing I love to do when travelling, it’s head to a local market. It’s just not something that I frequent when at home. Sure we have a local farmers market on a Saturday morning, but it’s just not the same as wandering around a beautiful old town and seeing what wonderful things are on offer.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia is a great example of this. On Sunday mornings from about 9am, local farmers and producers set up shop inside the beautiful old walls of Alcudia old town. Anything from local fruit and veg (not to mention the chilli’s available!) to leather goods and trinkets are on offer.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Wander around, explore and try something new. We came away with the biggest bag of dried mango for about 3 Euros, which no doubt would have cost us a lot more at home.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Once you’ve had your fill of the market, take a stroll around the rest of the old town. Pop into the little local shops and when you’re ready, stop for a coffee. I sometimes find it tricky to judge mealtimes in Europe. By mid -morning we were ready for a little break in the shade and an ice coffee to revive us, but all around there are people having a bite to eat, most with beer or wine, and others having full blown meals. That’s one of the great things about little independent restaurants abroad, they cater for everyone, no matter what you’re after at all times of day and night.

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

Alcudia - Majorca - Girlglobalising

After a morning of exploring and snapping photos in the Spanish sun we were ready to head to the beach for a dip in the sea, but there’s more to explore in the Port de Alcudia, if you wanted to make a day of it. As I mentioned before this trip was quite a change of pace for myself and Dom, but we definitely got used to being about to read on the beach and have a leisurely swim in the sea mid-afternoon!

More Majorcan adventures coming soon.

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

Majorca - Girlglobalising

All photos taken on iPhone

I’m fresh from a week on the sunny island of Majorca. It was a long, long awaited week in the sunshine. A few weeks earlier while I was busy counting down the days until the weekend I realised the last time I had a week off was Christmas. So I was very much looking forward to putting the out-of-office on and signing off for a whole seven days straight.

After a rather bumpy start to the week, including delayed flights, a 40-man stag do joining us on Ryanair, more delays and then our hire car that had gone walk about (thanks for that rentalcar.com…) we finally got to the hotel in Port de Pollenca at roughly 2.30am. The next morning we stumbled down to breakfast and floundered over what to do with all our time.

That was the beauty of Majorca. It’s not the type of destination that I normally head for – it’s normally more of a rush around a busy city in a flat-out three days. So to head to a place where one of the biggest attractions is lying on the beach was a massive change of pace for us. But Majorca is more than just a beach destination, although we also took advantage of those, but there’s gorgeous little villages and mountain towns, plus being surround by beautiful clear water provides a whole lot of opportunities.

More late summer sunshine coming soon…