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.

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…

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Nestled down in a little corner of Cornwall is the small village of St Mawes. Dom and I stopped by on the way back from a speedy weekend trip, for one last afternoon of sea air, boat watching and ice creams. On a sunny day the beaches in Cornwall would easily be mistaken for the Riviera, if not for the unmistakably English seaside-ness.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Hop over on the King Harry car ferry and travel down the coast past the rolling hills.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Wander along to the castle, slowing climbing up hill to take in the beauty of the harbour. From the castle you can look across to Falmouth, and if you have a little extra time, you can hop on a ferry across to the town and do a bit more exploring.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Head back into the town and pick up a picnic lunch from the little deli and enjoy it on the rocks at low tide. It’s much more enjoyable watching the boats coming and going than sitting outside the shop and dodging the hungry seagulls.

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Walk along the harbour wall for a different perspective. Don’t forget to take lots of photos from the lookout point!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

It would be a crime not to grab an ice cream on a sunny day. Roskilly’s, of course. When in Cornwall…!

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

St Mawes, Cornwall - Girlglobalising

Like a lot of places in Cornwall, St Mawes is lovely, but you’ll cover all of it within a few hours. If you don’t fancy doing a bit more exploring then make sure you take a book with you. If you’re up for something a bit more adventurous there are plenty of boating and sailing activities on offer.

Gingham dress - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

The gingham trend has been raging on for a while – it’s now basically inescapable for summer. I was pretty set on this being another trend that I give a miss (in the same way I’ve avoided ruffles and big floaty sleeves like the plague). I’ve been making an effort to change my style to something a bit more grown up in the last few months, although my boss would probably disagree since I still turn up to work in jeans and a t-shirt everyday, and gingham didn’t seem to fit into that.

Then I spotted this dress in UO that couldn’t be more gingham if it tried. The ruched top half only seems to make it look more gingham! But¬†with a weekend in Barcelona, hopefully a few days in Cornwall and a whole blissful week in Majorca coming up, it seemed like the perfect holiday dress. I wore it a lot in said weekend in Barcelona (check out the post here), the elasticated top half is perfect for not bothering with a bra (keeps everything where it should be!), the midi length makes it perfect for cities and the light floaty material makes it great for beaches and heat too.

I’m officially a gingham convert. I’m also clutching a Lime flavoured Calippo in these photos, and I’m starting a petition to bring them to the UK. SO GOOD! Let me know if you’re with me…

xx

Dress – Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses – Rayban | Sandals – Forever 21

Gingham - Girlglobalising

Bag – Mango (old) | Sandals – Forever 21

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Here we are, back again with another very delayed post. My motivation to do anything other than come home from work and wait impatiently for Love Island has gone seriously amiss. It’s really no wonder that time is just flashing by when all I seem to do with my days is turn up for work, wander home, maybe pop to the gym and then sit in front of the now infamous reality program.

It’s made me really think how much time we spend watching other people live their lives. I know I’m guilty of letting one too many hours float by whilst watching stupid videos on youtube.

A few weeks ago, having had work on that really sunny Saturday while everyone else was out basking in it, I decided I had to make the most of Sunday if it was to be my only chance that week.

After attempting to get out of the house at a reasonably early time to beat the rush to the seaside (11am counts as reasonably early, right?) we headed down south to Lyme Regis. This beautiful small town on the Jurassic coast was absolutely heaving with people who all clearly had the same idea. And after the palaver of trying to find a parking space – a drama involving a near miss crash and a race to another town to get cash for the charity car park we eventually managed to find, we began the stroll back down to the beach.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

As you can see, it was a pretty glorious day. We settled down with a Cornish pasty on the sand and Dom went for a quick dip in the sea. Although don’t be fooled by the sunshine like he was, it’s certainly still chilly in there!

Afterwards we wandered along to the breakwater and small harbour, admiring the boats in all their colours, shapes and sizes.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

Of course no trip to the seaside is complete without an ice cream that then melts in the sun so you have to eat it really fast. If you happen to be in Lyme Regis then I highly recommend the gelato stand on Marine Parade – I wish I could remember what it’s called because it was damn good gelato.

Make sure you wander back up through the little town, there’s plenty of little shops, including sweet shops making Devonshire fudge. A delightful little place, perfect for a short day or afternoon trip. Afterwards Dom and I raced back to Bristol to get to the Lido before it closed but unfortunately didn’t make it in time. Sitting in a bath tub of cold water to cool yourself down is just not the same as an open air swimming pool.

Lyme Regis - Girlglobalising

I’m determined to have more days like this and really make the most of summer. Low-key day trips and afternoons enjoying the outside. I know I’m certainly too tied to my phone and computer for most of the week and it’s time to pack it all away. Savouring days like this one in Lyme Regis will only help in making sunny days in the office a bit more bearable anyway.

xx