Archive | 2011

Emma Learns Aerobatic Flying in a Stunt Plane

This one has featured very high on my bucket list for most of the time that I have been with my partner (coming up for 8 years).  I always thought it looked cool watching people fly in stunt planes, but somehow, before I was in a relationship with a pilot; I perceived it to le […]

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Emma Learns to Fly a Helicopter!

Some years ago, we bought one of my Dads a helicopter flying lesson for his 60th birthday gift. He had a PPL for a fixed wing plane, and had always wanted to try it. He enjoyed it a great deal, though admitted afterwards that he preferred flying fixed wing to rotor. At the time, I’m […]

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Zorbing at Devil’s Dyke, near Brighton

Zorbing… It’s a great word isn’t it? It certainly captured my imagination when I first heard of it about 3 or 4 years ago. A friend of mine had booked for her husband to do it, and I had also seen it on a number of experience sites. It just looked like so much fun! […]

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Travel Bucket List: New York! New York!

This is a catch up post (we visited New York 3 years ago, in the Spring) I have always wanted to go to New York, let’s face it who hasn’t? I think though, that at the time when I first met my partner, most women my age were massive fans of Sex and the City, […]

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Go Snow Boarding for the first time (in Andorra)

(This is actually a catch up post as we did this back in February 2005) My partner is a keen skier, and although I have always wanted to try skiing, my family never went skiing when I was growing up.  When my partner suggested it shortly after we met, I had mixed feelings; the thought […]

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Enjoy a Relaxing Spa Weekend Away with My Mum

So after the hassle of being scammed by a spa con (see my post below).  I researched spa hotels in Brighton a little more thoroughly, and settled on Lansdown Place, which is a boutique hotel in Brighton… Well, the website says it is-in fact it is in Hove, about 20 minutes walk from the centre […]

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1st (and LAST) visit to ‘V Festival’

Okay, so not all experiences on my bucket list live up to my expectations or are worth repeating, as this experience proved.  I had heard such great things about this festival, so I was looking forward to it in a major way.  V Festival run the festival simultaneously at two sites, Weston in Staffordshire (in […]

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Wing-Walking on a Boeing Stearman

I have always wanted to fly whilst standing on the wing of a plane, ever since I first saw Crunchie ‘wing-walking’ display team at air show years ago… Seeing the girls standing up there on the planes looking like they were loving every mad-minute of it, I was green with envy! it’s been high on […]

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Visit to The Valley of Fire, Nevada

We ended up missing our flight home from Las Vegas, but Virgin Atlantic were very good and allowed us to transfer our flights home for the next available flight. There was some sort of holiday weekend going on, so the next day’s flight was already fully booked, as were many of the hotels. In the […]

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Visit Hoover Dam

I first saw the iconic Dam in person when we flew over it on our way to the Grand Canyon a few days earlier.  It is a pretty spectacular feat of human engineering.  We were told that there was enough cement in the Dam to put a sidewalk around the equator! It’s actually as wide […]

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Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, and a night in a tipi at Grand Canyon Working Ranch

One of the things we wanted to do during our stay in Las Vegas was take a few days out to visit the Grand Canyon. We um-ed and ah-ed about whether to hire a car and drive down, or whether to take a helicopter tour, but I thought it would be awesome to fly through […]

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Visit The Maldives for the 1st Time

The Maldives is one place I have wanted to visit ever since I first saw pictures like the one above of some of the islands.  There are literally hundreds of them in a series of Atoll formations in the clearest, bluest water you have ever seen in the Indian ocean.  In the UK, it is […]

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1st Camping Music Festival (with family)

Many of you may find it hard to conceive of the fact that I waited until I was in my 30s to go to my first camping music festival. It has always held some appeal for me, but I had my first child whilst I was still at university, so it somehow always escaped me […]

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Zip-Lining from the top of Red Mountain, Nevada

Bootleg Canyon Flightlines – Zip Lining Experience from The Top of Red Mountain Before we left, for our trip to Las Vegas, I did a ton of research on the Internet about cool things we could do whilst we were out there, since we didn’t want to spend an entire week on the Strip.  You […]

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Las Vegas!

Well, I think everyone should visit Las Vegas once in their life… It’s never been a place that tops my personal list, but we had the opportunity of a holiday away from the kids in May of this year (3 months ago now), and decided to go somewhere that we couldn’t go with them normally. […]

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