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Monday Escapes 24/04/17

Hello and welcome to Monday Escapes everyone! The Easter holidays are now officially over in all parts of the UK so today feels like a proper ‘back to work’ day. Thank goodness for all your travel and days out posts to lighten the mood!

Last week we had Tin Box back out on the road for the first time this year visiting family and friends in Hampshire. There’s been a bit of a pause in our caravan adventures as Mr Tin Box has been working away for a while and I don’t have a towing licence to go out on my own. It was so nice to set up and let the kids roam free on our campsite. We also discovered and rediscovered a few great places to take our kids in our old home county.

I’ll be sharing these on the blog in the coming weeks but in the meantime, here’s some snaps from my Instagram:

We’re spending the Easter weekend in Tin Box on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire. It’s a great location for exploring the forest and for hopping on the Hythe Ferry to #Southampton, which is what we did today. You reach the Ferry at the end of a 640m pier that is also home to the world’s longest pier train. We’re no strangers to Southampton having been to uni, lived and worked there, so today it was nice to walk around as tourists. I did a bit of retail therapy in West Quay (I totally forgot to pack undies for our trip!) and marvelled at the new West Quay 2 leisure complex. Meanwhile the girls and their cousins explored the Medieval city walls and Tudor House. On our way back to Hythe we had fabulous views of P&Os Britannia which set sail tonight for the Mediterranean. I have to admit to a touch of holiday envy! Scroll through to see a few pictures from our day #visitSouthampton #SeaCity #destinationsouthampton

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It feels like you could reach out and touch the Isle of Wight from Lepe Country Park. It’s on the edge of the New Forest and was once only separated from the island by a river. This river turned into the Solent channel during the last ice age. The name Lepe or Leape, Lupe, Loupe or Leap as it has been known over the centuries, has several possible origins. I like the legend that there was once a causeway that connected this headland with the Isle of Wight and you could leap the short gap to get across. We visited Lepe this morning for a walk on the beach and a spot of lunch in the cafe. The girls also discovered the newly fitted and refurbished playground. It opened this week for The Easter holidays and still has fencing around it. When that’s gone the view will be amazing #lepecountrypark #thesolent #Hampshire

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Today you’ll find the link to add your Monday Escapes posts on Mini Travellers.

What is Monday Escapes?

Monday Escapes is a place to link up your travel memories and is hosted by myself, Karen at Mini Travellers, Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos and Lisa at Travel Loving Family.

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

Lisa and I were hosting last time. Here are our favourite posts:

Lisa loved Call Me Liz’s Amsterdam travel diary, featuring her recommendations on places to visit and best places to eat in the canal side city.
Lisa also loved the vivid photos in this post by Kit at The Kittchen. Lisa has visited Cascais many times and yet thinks her photos do not capture the beauty of the place like Kit’s do!
Esther’s recommendations on places to eat and things to do in Porto has added to my desire to take a trip to Portugal. And with Taylor’s Port offering tours I didn’t think I’ll have too much trouble persuading Mr Tin Box!
Adeline’s post with her Reflections on a month in Asia, had me nodding along to the lessons she had learned from her travels. Her ups and downs share the true nature of what it’s like to travel for longer and give great insight for anyone planning their own long-term trip.
Hop over to Karen’s post to see which one of these great blogs was our top link up from last time.

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 to one post/photo – old or new.
  • 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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