Monday Escapes 19/06/17
Hello travel fans and welcome to another Monday Escapes. Since last time we’ve had a few weeks to acclimatise to our new home in Devon after our trip to France, and we’ve snuck in a long weekend on the edge of the stunning Peak District National Park. The weather has been with us for most of it, particularly this weekend just gone when we celebrated Fathers’ Day close to come. To be honest, it felt like somewhere a whole lot more tropical. Here’s a few of our Instagram posts to bring you bang up to date with our adventures:
#ad Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire is one of the most extraordinary National Trust properties we have visited. It was built by Bess of Hardwick who was a peer of Queen Elizabeth I and four times married. She built this hill top stately home to demonstrate her wealth and status, and it is magnificent. It’s no wonder that the researchers on the Harry Potter films chose it shoot some of the scenes in The Deathly Hallows in which it represented Malfoy Manor. Recognise it? #NationalTrust #HardwickHall #Hardwick
#ad We’re on our way home after a very relaxing weekend with @darwin_forest on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. We chilled out in our hot tub, spotted rabbits hopping in and out of the Rhododendron bushes in front of our lodge, and wandered the woodland paths. The girls filled their pockets with pine cones before we persuaded them to leave them for the squirrels. Our only regret was that we didn’t have more time to explore the epic countryside and rustic towns. How did you spend your weekend? #Lodgeholiday #outdoorfun #outdoorfamilyphotos
Today Karen and Sarah hosting the Monday Escapes linky and you’ll find the tool to share your wonderful posts on Mini Travellers.
I’ve linked up our Al Fresco Holidays mobile home break in France, Karen is sharing a review of a holiday in Normandy, Sarah is linking up part two of her holiday at Ikos Olivia in Greece, and Lisa is linking reasons to visit Wychwood Festival next year.
What is 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.
We are also 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!
Our favourite posts from last time
Our favourite posts from the last Monday Escapes are:
Lisa loved Piccolo Explorer’s wonderful post about their Family Holiday in Orlando where they visited Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Elizabeth’s post and pictures (oh, the pictures!) made me dribble. She was treated to a tour of Paris’ best bistros and experienced some amazing food. This is why the French are renowned world-wide for their gastronomy. Yum!
Hop over to Mini Travellers to see who our overall winner is and link up this week!
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, yes four of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. How great is that?! Our number one favourite post of the fortnight will also win a Lonely Planet destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. How great is that?! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).
So how do you join in?
- Link up one post/photo – old or new on Mini Travellers.
- 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 Monday Escapes Pinterest Board – so if you’d like to start pinning some of your favourite photos, do get in touch.
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