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Monday Escapes 23/04/18

Hello travel fans and welcome to a much sunnier Monday Escapes than we’ve had in a while. I do hope Spring has arrived where you are too. Here in Devon we’ve got a little giddy about the warmer weather and have broken out the summer wardrobe. I’ve got to admit that one of the main reasons is to check that it still fits ahead of my cruise in a few weeks time! I’ve also had confirmation of a trip to Costa Barcelona the following week so it’s flip-flops and shorts for me from now on *crosses fingers*.

This week Karen from Mini Travellers and I are your hosts and you will find the linky tool to add your posts at the bottom of this page.

In the meantime, here’s a few of our highlights from the past fortnight including a round up of our Easter holiday in Cornwall:

In the second week of the holidays we were invited to review the new Being Brunel Exhibition at SS Great Britain in Bristol. If you’re in the city I can highly recommend a visit to the ship having been there a few times before. The new exhibition is a great addition with plenty of interactive features for kids to enjoy.

While in Bristol we stayed at the fabulously central SACO Apartments on Broad Quay. We could see a glut of the city’s family attractions from our 8th floor balcony and loved the stylish decor – I wanted to move in!

We rounded up our Easter holidays with a day out at Greenway House and Gardens. It was the holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie and is an extraordinary place to visit. The house is packed full of curiosities and the gardens have wonderful views of the River Dart. I’ve written a bit about it before. However this was our first real time looking around the gardens and we’ll definitely be returning to see them during the different seasons.

I’ve been desperately trying to catch up with posts about our Easter travels and my trip to Italy in March but have not quite covered it all yet. If you do want an overview take a look at where we stayed at Easter and our days out at The Minack Theatre, Bodmin & Wenford Steam Railway and Pirates Quest in Newquay.

Over on Cruising with Kids we’ve got some tips for you to avoid jet lag – essential if you’re not cruising out of Southampton.

Now, on to Monday Escapes

Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.

The linky is run by myself (Tin Box Traveller), Sarah (Extraordinary Chaos) Karen (MiniTravellers) and Lisa (Travel Loving Family).

We are all absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes!

What’s in it for you?

The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people.

Our favourite posts from last time

Here’s the posts that caught Lisa and Sarah’s eyes last time:

Sarah chose Temples of Angkor: Angkor Wat by Dotted Line Travels. She said: “Brynas post from the Temples of Angkor show not only the sheer beauty of the temples but also the rawness. I would just love to sit as the sunsets and enjoy the view.”

Dotted Line Travels

Sarah also loved Mama Travels Earth‘s Top 10 things to do in and around Stamford with kids. She said: “Angharad’s post about exploring Stamford made me realise that there is so much more to see if our beautiful country. We just need to get out there and find it.”

Mama Travels Earth

Lisa loved this road trip guide to La Mancha by Memories of the Pacific. She said: “Cristina is 50% Manchego and visits the region every year. She shares her top tips for the best places to visit and eat. Her photos are superb and will make you want to join her on a road trip!”.

Memories of the Pacific

Lisa also enjoyed this post about what two do in 48 hours in Edinburgh by Side Street Style. Lisa said: “Laura has published a brilliant guide to Edinburgh with kids, including a vlog on travelling for the first time on a sleeper train. She has completely convinced me to visit the city again soon, this time with my kids in tow!”

Side Street Style

This week’s winner

Congratulations to Christina from Memories of the Pacific – you are our winner this time. Get in touch and I will organise your Lonely Planet guide prize.

So how do you join in this time?

  • Link up one post/photo – old or new using the InLinkz tool on Tin Box Traveller.
  • Please make sure to include the Monday Escapes badge at the bottom of the post, on your site, or a link back to the hosts.
  • Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad
  • Comment on posts by the co-hosts and at least two others. Blog hops only work if you share the comment love. That’s why they’re so great!
  • If you tweet any of us your links @minitravellers @sarahjchristie @tinboxtraveller or @travellovinfam, please use #MondayEscapes and we will be sure to retweet.

Monday Escapes will go live every two weeks, alternating between the hosts and will be open Monday to Wednesday. Every fortnight we will be giving a shout out to some of our favourite posts and photos.

There is also a MondayEscapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.

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