Braintree Essex, a place that has a special place in my heart. I was born in Braintree…although the hospital has since been flattened and replaced by houses…and lived there for over 26 years. I’ve seen it change over the years, I watched Braintree Freeport being built from the window of my maths lessons. It took me moving away to realise what I had under my nose all along, I appreciate it and see it in a totally different light now. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite places in town, a little about the history of Braintree and some hidden surprises!
I was fortunate growing up. From a very young age, every year we’d go on holiday in the caravan, sometimes multiple times a year. The first time I went overseas I was 11 years old, but this was a one off! Of course being a small child (and then a teenager) I equally loved the excitement of going away but then certainly done my fair share of moaning! Believe me, there was only so much scenery and walking that my small mind could deal with!!
My hometown in England was less than 40 miles from the London 2012 Olympic Park. The years leading up to the Olympics I watched a big ugly piece of waste land on the outskirts of London be transformed into the awesome public space that it is today. I’d go by on the train and see all these artist oddities popping up (ArcelorMittal Orbit and the Aquatics Centre…I’m looking at you!) and I too started questioning if it was all going to be finished in time! So imagine the disappointment when the ticket lottery started and I received a grand total of ZERO tickets for the events that I wanted to see. Just like that I thought I was going to miss out on something that people, some of who lived 1000s of miles away that managed to score tickets for! Never fear, if you miss out on tickets to the main Olympic event, there are other ways to get involved and enjoy the atmosphere!
Essex holds a very special place in my heart, why? Because I was born and lived there for over 26 years of my life, so I guess you could call me an Essex Expert! One thing that drives. me. INSANE, is that wherever I go people are like “oh yeah, The Only Way Is Essex! I’ve watched that!”. That programme is awful, there is so much more to Essex than the area where that is filmed! Essex is the county just to the East of London and has awesome transport links to the capital! So if you are after ideas for days out in Essex or even things to do in Essex with kids (remember I grew up in Essex when I was a kid!), here are some of my favourite places to go!
There’s a reason certain attractions appear on every ‘must see’ lists of a destination. Let’s think about London. Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower of London, Oxford Street, the London Eye, the Museums. They are all cool, iconic things to see! But what if maybe you are looking at a return visit and you’d like to experience London off the beaten track? London is great for unique events but here I share 10 of my favourite (permanent) adventurous and quirky things to do in London!
Looking for somewhere unique to stay in London? Well I think I can give you a push in the right direction! How does a luxury yacht sound?! The Sunborn Yacht Hotel in London is docked permanently in the Royal Docks, right next to the Excel Exhibition Centre and even offers views of the O2 Arena and the London Skyline!
There’s no hiding the fact that us Brits like to have a good moan. But sometimes you don’t always really realise how good you had it until it’s gone. This is definitely the case since emigrating to America, I took things in the UK for granted and now I’d do anything to get them back!
When I emigrated to America, I managed to land myself a job in a school! But there’s a slight problem…there are words we say in England that aren’t used in America which has resulted in several strange looks from students wondering what on earth I’m talking about! I’m trying my hardest to say the ‘correct’ word but there’s some that are just stuck and I say the British word out of habit!