Best Places To Eat In Queenstown, New Zealand

Having eaten my way through the town I wanted to share my favourite places to eat while your in Queenstown!

Check out my favourites below and let me know what you think!

Fergburger

Okay okay I know this isn’t a new one but trust me you can’t come and not have one. The first thing I was asked when I mentioned I’d been to Queenstown was to check I’d been to Fergs.

Yes you may have to queue but yes they are delish.

I went about 3pm and was lucky to find a very little queue which only took about 10 minutes to pass and then had a 10 minute wait for my order. They are however open from 8am until 5am everyday so avoid the usual lunch/dinner peaks and you’ll be good!

Prices range from $10-$20 and they are big burgers!

Check out the menu online here beforehand and save yourself panic ordering at the till!

World Bar

Treating yourself (by this I mean spending more than $20 on a meal each) the World Bar should be your go too. Located on the mall this quirky eatery has outdoor seating to rival anywhere, with shade from the sun and heat lamps for the winter it’s the place to be come all seasons and enjoy people watching and the casual set up of the restaurant.

Prices are higher than you may be budgeting for but I can assure you it is money well spent. Mains average $20+ dollars however they do have lunch time deals which are all under $20.

Erik’s Fish & Chips

Located just off the lake front this popular fish and chips bar serves from 12pm until 9pm meaning you’re able to enjoy a sunset dinner on the lake if you head down late enough.

With meal deals starting from $10 the Hoki is a cheap meal to be had and still damn tasty.

You can even order online to beat the queue, order here and collect in time for the best sunset views.

Winnie’s

Hidden down the laneways of the mall Winnie’s is a pizzeria with a difference, an opening roof. That’s right, an opening roof. With summer temps reaching up to 30oc in Queenstown the roof is opened to let in those gorgeous warm sun rays. With decent pizza and with the option of a small for one you’ve no excuse not to head down and see for yourself.

Prices for a full pizza start from $18, check them out online here for full menus.

Balls And Bangles

I’ve a sweet tooth and can have a pudding with every meal (have done and will continue to do so) so when I passed by and saw the donuts I couldn’t help myself.

With the chocolate syringe to fill the middle these went down a treat, mostly down my chin but that’s how a donuts meant to be eaten right?

With prices from $8 and deals on large purchases it’s a great filler between lunch and dinner. They’ve also a bagel bar if you fancied staying for lunch!

Check out the drool worthy menu online here and get yourself there pronto!

Cup And Cake

Following on and keeping the sweet vibes going, just across the way is the lovely Cup & Cake store.

Selling home made cup cakes I spent an age trying to decide on which to take back to the hostel with me for a movie snack later.

In the end I played it safe with Vanilla but the was cake fluffy and light with lashings of buttercream, Perfect for an evening snack.

Be sure to pop in, if my post isn’t enough check them out online here for some mouth watering pictures!

Devils Burger

So being the burger fiend I am, I needed to check out the local competition to Fergs and came across Devils while hunting for Cup & Cake (which is conveniently located next door)

So I’m gunna put it out there and say I think Devils may be my favourite out of the two. The devils relish was great and the burger was just as big (and came with cheese and bacon for the same price) personally I thought the fries were a little sad and much better at Fergs but this isn’t the main event.

Honestly though the best part was no queueing and there was lots of seating.

Check out there menu online here.

Have you been to both? Do you agree with my comparison?!

Fergbaker

The sister to Fergburger the bakery next door has less a queue and all food is prepared in advance giving you the option of warm or cold snacks/lunches.

I personally prefer the bacon and egg roll with aioli and relish to the burger next door and for only $8 I think this is a great breakfast treat/hangover cure without the wait.

Cookie Time

Located on Camp Street you’ll see the lines before you hear the music, be in lust the second you smell the freshly baked cookies on sale here.

With freak shakes, raw cookie dough and ice cream you’ve got a choice to make. (For my UK readers if you like Millie’s cookies you’ll love these)

Be sure to head down for happy hour; 241 between 6-7pm

Have I missed anywhere off? Is there anywhere else you’d recommend, let me know in the comments below!

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Favourite Canberra Eats

I’m forever in Canberra it’s like a second home now, I wanted to round up a couple of my favourite places to visit to accompany my brunching guide and to get you outside of the civic centre

Patissez

I can’t pass up a sweet treat so when I heard about the ‘freak shakes’ of Canberra I couldn’t not go! With fair prices, $9 for a ‘baby size’ or the regular size is $12, personally I can eat either with no problem but you are staying for lunch then a baby shake will do!

With changing choices I went straight for the ‘Micheal Jackson’ with brownie, roast Marshmallow with vanilla & chocolate ice cream!

Be sure to check them out online here.

Broad Burger

I love a good burger and am always on the hunt for a new place to try, now Broadburger have opened in a permanent home at the old bus depot markets (Kingston) it’s so easy to plan a day trip to both!

My poison is the double cheese which is coated in American mustard and tomato relish and easily eaten with a side of fries. With prices starting from $14 for a single burger chips are purchased in addition.

Be sure to check them out online here.

Grease Monkey

Located in Braddon this burger joint has people flocking from all over to try their delicious creations!Housed in an old mechanics garage just outside of the city centre centre these guys serve up burgers and fried chicken with a range of shakes or beers with prices staring from $15 Including a massive portion of fries! I went for the double deluxe which was amazing, cooked through and juicy with the greasy sauce oozing out!

Be sure to check them out online here.

Bombolini Doughnuts

Hands up who likes a doughnut? Well these guys are not to be missed while your in Canberra. Being a little exclusive makes things even more so exciting. These beautiful crispy on the outside squishy in the middle stuffed doughnuts are delish and enough to sway me to an unhealthy breakfast and an early Sunday start to catch them before they sell out at the Sunday regional farmers markets (Best be there before 10am to get your hands on one) They also are now stocking in Ainslies IGA and Deakin IGA store along with vegan choices at the cruelty free shop, delivered 3 times a week!

As they don’t have a website follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

Cafe Injoy

Located in one of my favourite suburbs ‘Gold Creek’ I just love coming out for a walk and some lunch over a sunny afternoon. Cafe enjoy is located next to the Dinosaur museum with ample parking and park and fish pond for the children.

They serve their full menu all day meaning if you fancied a burger for breakie then order away!

I’ve eaten breakfast and lunch here on different occasions and am always pleased with the portion size and haven’t been disappointed yet! Chicken parmigiana is my perfect lunch but a bacon and egg roll with coffee for under $10 is a bloody bargain breakfast!

As they do not have a website sure to check them out on Facebook for opening hours.

Thumper & Miss Bunny

Another located in Gold Creek this gorgeous hideaway is located inside the old red brick schoolhouse. With fresh coffee, Toasties and cakes this is the perfect place for a catch up or a drink in the sunshine.

Another restaurant without a website, check them out on Facebook for opening hours.

So there you have it, comment below and let me know if you’ve been to any already or where else you might suggest?!

British Airways, Travel Review

I’ve seen a lot of bad press out there recently from passengers travelling on British Airways and wanted to throw my own opinion out there having recently travelled with them on my way to Hong Kong from London.

If I’m honest I’ve never been loyal to any particular airline, I do favour Malaysian airways as you may know from my review here. But I hands up will use whoever is the cheapest and has the times best suited to my needs of the trip.

My favourite thing about long haul travel is sticking my headphones in as soon as able and continually watching movies until my plane lands the other side….

Unfortunately for me I found the choices lacking anything new on the aircraft which wasn’t a huge problem as they had a favourites list of choices with Dirty Dancing and Disney so I could, I suppose I should also thank them as it meant I did actually try for a little shut eye!

Think the food choice was good, and on my 21:00 arrival 15:00 we were feed twice with one snack between. The most unusual part was one meal was a breakfast dish just before we landed, but local time was 15:00 meaning it should have been a ‘lunch’ dish personally.

Found the crew to be attentive and were happy to help, being stuck in the window seat they’d continually bring over water and juice for me to stop having to try and get out each time. They also were very patient when I got my foot hammock stuck (which I’ll review later!) and helped me get it out intact, even advising the worst case of getting the engineer out to take the seat apart… luckily for everyone it didn’t come to this!

Take off was a little late, but the pilots made up the time in the air meaning we still arrived as expected.

All in all although I did enjoy my flight unless they were the best priced or connection I wouldn’t choose BA over any other airline but I wouldn’t hesitate if they were!

My Favourite Sunsets And Where To Find Them

Not being a morning person my favourite time of the day is dusk and I love to plan how I’ll view the last light of the day.

My most memorable moments from my year in Sydney were watching the colours change from my favourite spot in the Sydney Harbour, since I’ve learned to appreciate the moment a little more and enjoy with a sundowner, great company or a good book!

Here are some of my favourite pictures over the last couple of years!
Pictured above is the rolling green hills in Cairns while I was on a sunset water tour. Australia, Cairns. Queensland.

 

Just look at this beauty I caught the last moments of last month (November) on my walk home from work. UK

 

wp-1481582528130.jpgThis is from one of my most recent trips, After arriving on the ferry we climbed the short walk to the look out point to arrive in the nick of time! Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.

 

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This was a picture perfect moment I captured while I was spending time in Fiji, You must expect a view like this nightly! Naviti Island, Fiji.

 

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I caught this while we were bumping around in our safari jeep headed out to see what animals we could come across as the day turned to night. Addo National Park, South Africa.

 

IMG_1044My final sunset memory is the unforgettable experience of watching the sunset from Uluru, Australia. This is a once in a lifetime kind of thing and to experience the colours of the rock and sky change together is incredible!

 

 

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The Best Islands In Fiji For Families

When you think of Fiji tropical islands, crystal clear waters and white beaches come to mind… The next thought? How expensive it must be. As Fiji becomes more available to every budget I wanted to share my top tips for families looking to head over.

As the Yasawa’s are the heart of Fiji and is the most recommended place to visit, I wanted to help those avoid the party islands for the backpackers and find something suitable to families of all ages.

 

Paradise Cove

Winning the 2016 Trip advisor traveller’s choice award Paradise cove is located 3 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island. This  little beauty of an island is the perfect location for those with young children who may become bored quickly on the ‘big yellow boat’. With rooms right on the beach they have room sizes that can suit even a large family as a 2 bedroom villa can accommodate up to 6 people.

Meal plans are compulsory and are an additional cost of £65 per adult and £35 per child, Which will include full board meals, Lunch when you arrive to the island, your evening meal and full cooked breakfast. With a changing menu you need not worry about getting bored and as they are able to cater for even the most difficult children or allergy you can be rest assured you will desperate for the next meal!

Paradise cove offer full kids club facilities from ages 3 and upwards. With programmes including indoor and outdoor activities, including things like face painting and crab hunting and for the older children and those which can swim will include things like cooking lessons and snorkelling tours.

Baby sitting services can also be arranged while staying in Paradise cove for an additional fee for those looking to be able to enjoy a dinner alone.

Book online here or through Awesome Adventures here.

 

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort

Suituated within it’s name sake (1980’s movie) the Blue Lagoon Beahc Resort is located 4.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island. The resort is reasonably new to the game and is suitiable to all guests as they do offer rooms from dorm style to luxury suites. The rooms are still as large, with types to fit up to 2 adults and 4 children or 5 adults sharing.

Meal plans are again an additional compulsory payment on arrival at the resort, at a costing of £45 per adult and £30 per child (5-12yrs) which will include lunch, dinner and breakfast daily while staying at the resort. Mixing things up slightly if staying during the summer season you are treated to a Fijian BBQ or keeping things traditional every Friday evening you are treated to a Lovo meal…. I’ll leave what that is until you arrive. Catering almost all dietary and dietary requirements please just ensure you mention at the time of booking.

The activities and entertainment on offer at the Blue Lagoon Resort made the island as special as it is to me. With choices of movies under the stars, Fijian culture shows, crab racing and band boys made the evenings something special every night (minus Sunday) With plenty happening during the day I felt I never stopped…. Although when I wasn’t running around on various activities you tend to find me in the hammock!

Blue Lagoon offer full kids club for children aged 3 upwards, although those younger are invited to join in on activities when accompanied by a guardian. With similar programmes to that of Paradise Cove (well the are owned by the same company) you are assure the children are well looked after while you top up your tan or enjoy some of the free activities on offer on the island.

With the added offer of children under 5 stay and dine free of charge this little gem works out very well for a budget conscious family.

Book online here or though Awesome Adventures here.

 

Octopus Resort

On the lush green island of Waya the Octopus resort is located only 2.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island, making this a firm favourite for families with younger children. With some of the largest room types in the Yasawa’s you can sleep up to 8 in one two bedroom family villa.

With lots of activities on offer, Including the popular movies under the stars Octopus Resort have something for everyone. Trying to keep to it’s traditional roots the island has locals living alongside the resort and often host village and school visits , and the woman of the villages coming to the resort to teach basket weaving and jewellery making. The resort hosts it’s own children’s club and runs daily all year round free of charge for children over the age of 3yrs.

Daily activities are in place and run the same days of the week, with the Octopus Olympics, Kava nights, and discos under the stars parents are able to hire the services of the onsite babysitters and enjoy a childless evening.

Meal plans are payable locally in addition to the room costing, £40 per adult and £25 per child (5-12yrs)

Book online here, Or with Awesome Adventures here.

Nabaua Lodge

Located 4.5 hours from Port Denarau back on Fiji’s main island the Nabua Lodge is located within the Blue Lagoon close the to the Blue Lagoon Resort.

This no frills, Family run accommodation is a favourite for those looking for something a little more remote and traditional Fijian. Without the full facilities like the other resorts on this list, the Nabua lodge is more suited to those with older children unsuitable for the children’s clubs who are happier with adult company. With activities on offer like Kayaking, snorkelling and trekking this suits families who are more active and are happy to provide their own entertainment in the evening.

Although basic the staff are anything but, You can still expect the Fiji sparkle and the can do attitude. As meals are included within the room rate you can ensure a strict budget can be stuck to and still be able to enjoy the tropical Fijian islands.

 

You are more than welcome to take your own snacks to the islands and are not obilgied to purchase addtional snacks or drinks outside of your full board plan. I purchased snacks and bottled water from the supermarket at the port before I boarded the flyer boat.

Garden Route Game Lodge. A Review, South Africa

Located only 3 1/2 hours from Cape Town and 1 hour from George this little slice of wonder is nestled amongst the Langeberg Mountain range and is accessible from the most southern major entry ports of South Africa and as the name gives away it is located on the entry onto the famous garden route!

I was lucky enough to have a two night stay while on my travels last month and thought I would share my thoughts on the hotel and game.

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The appeal of a family owned and operated lodge enticed me to try  them out. I think having the owners around can make a massive difference in the experience and service you receive!

As it is a private game lodge the experience will be different to that if you were staying within the national parks, As the lodge owns 3000 hectares of land it can be easier to spot the wildlife although they have less animals as they haven’t the space the national parks have. They do have Rhinos, Lions, Elephants, Hippo, Buffalo, Cheetahs and Leopards (although these are wild and pass through the park as they like) you have a high chance of spotting the big 5.

These sights work towards rehabilitation and conservation, As animal poaching in South Africa is the worst in the continent the owners have come together to get some security in place for these animals and now each Rhino has it’s own personal security guard… Drastic times call for drastic measures. Until poachers are no longer a threat to these timid creatures this is what has to be done. Learn more about the projects in place here.

 

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The open Land Rover game drives (which are included within the room rate, twice a day) depart on sunrise and sunset rides everyday and can last between 2-3 hours… Although if like us you have a lion blocking the road this can quickly become 4-5 hours! The rangers are employed for their expertise on the local wildlife and fauna, Some of the random facts we learnt will stay with me for quite some time.

On top of the game reserve the hotel is home to a reptile centre and skull garden for encounters with the animals. The hotel is geared towards families with young children (6-12 years) as the hotel can offer babysitting/child minding programmes and activities for the younger ones and families will receive their own game drive to ensure plenty of time can be spent as they chose while in the game reserve.

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The hotel is separated by room types with standard rooms located closest to the main facilities and the private chalets located overlooking the valley and watering hole.I stayed in the standard rooms and there was nothing standard about it. With a huge floor space and beds we had our own en-suite which came with bath and shower. Each room comes with its own mini bar/fridge and deck area for valley views while drinking sun downers.

 

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The hotel serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to guests in the Serengeti’s restaurant in the main building and as the hotel comes as half board as standard it does mean you are subject for your own lunch but luckily the menu is very reasonably prices with prices from 80 RND (£4) for a burger or open sandwich,

As for the meals that are included they do come as buffet style and are sublime with interactive experiences. In the evenings the chefs cook the meat to your taste on a BBQ while you fill your plate with the side dishes, With options of chicken, Impala and Ostrich there is always something different to try. As I mentioned all is cooked to your taste and if it’s all new to you, you can ask for the chefs recommendations!

Now a safari in South Africa would not be complete without a boma or in other words an African BBQ. As I as travelling during the winter season they couldn’t host an evening Boma but we were treated to an indoor breakfast buffet in the Boma located next to the pool area. The breakfast was amazing with eggs cooked to choice and pancakes. Cheese boards and cold cuts with a choice of juices, teas and coffee we really were spoilt for choice.

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In case you are only passing by and haven’t the time to stay at the lodges you are in luck as they do offer game drive safaris for day guests! Have a check on-line for availability and prices.

http://grgamelodge.co.za/

This is a 3* lodge hotel where prices start from £90 (per room) per night based on two people sharing on a half board basis including 2 game drives per night paid.

South Africa Rand was 20 to £1 at the time of writing (June 2016)

Kuzuko Lodge, A Review. South Africa

If you are looking for a little luxury on your trip in South Africa then look no further than Kuzuko Lodge. Located less than 2 hours away from Port Elizabeth’s airport Kuzuko makes a great beginning or end to your trip along the ever popular Garden Route, Somewhere to rest up before or after the long flight.

A private game lodge with over 15,000 hectares of ground located within the Greater Addo Elephant National Park there is lots of chance to spot the big 5 and lots of other firm favourites. As the lodges has its own private grounds please remember this is going to be a different style of safari than those only travelling within the National Parks, There will be a limited number of animals which they own and breed themselves and will have less of the authentic experience. For those who like to tick boxes then I do recommend a hotel which has it’s own grounds as you are very likely to find at least 4 of the big 5 (That elusive Leopard can not be kept by by fencing they can build.) But for me still not having spotted the Leopard means I have yet another reason to return!

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With 24 luxury chalets the hotel does not feel over crowed and allows guests to feel spoilt when they arrive as the staff to guest ratio is very high and without strict timings on meals it means people can dine when they chose.

The chalets themselves were beautiful with a small sitting area and large bathroom with separate shower to bath, However I do believe the main feature of the room is the oversized patio area overlooking the grounds and the mountainous backdrop. Even with the winter chill it was beautiful to sit out and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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The game drives and rangers are second to none, They are full of knowledge and certainly go the extra mile to ensure you have the best experience. With sundowners provided mid safari, you are taken to some of the highest points of the range to enjoy a beverage out of vehicle.

My best memory from my time in South Africa will be from our Cosmic safari in the Boma at Kuzuko Lodge.With hot drinks and desert we were taken down into the Boma (Picture a hidden garden behind the bamboo) where a fire pit had been lit and chairs set out for us all. Our ranger joined us and turned out the surrounding lights and it was like someone has turned a TV on above us, The sky came to life with hundreds of stars visible without the light pollution of any near by towns. We spent the 90 minutes being show our star signs, and learning facts about the nights sky from South Africa. Being a bit of an astrology freak I could listen to stories about the stars for days, but this truly was special and such a lovely experience to be included at the lodge. A warn crumble, a hot tea and the milky way… what more do you need? After the safari finished we continued to spend the evening on our private balcony with a bottle of wine to continue star gazing.

With other activities on offer at an additional fee including Big 5 Nature walks, Nature hikes to the bush man paintings, Cheetah experiences and children clubs there is plenty to fill your days.

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Kuzuko Lodge is a full board accommodation with standard breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. With every 1 night stay booked you are entitled to 2 game drives, One sunset after check in and sunrise before checkout. If staying more than 1 night you are free to spend the day at your choosing and can use the facilities at the Lodge including the swimming pool and spa or you can book onto additional activities provided by Kuzuko at an additional cost. 

Kuzoko has 3 wheelchair accessible rooms available to book online through their website below! The game vehicles have access with ramp to door access. 

http://www.kuzuko.com/

My Favourite Sights In Prague

Having just returned from a wonderful four days in the city of Prague I thought I might share my top sights not to miss… Other than Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock.

Located in the capital of Czech Republic in the kingdom of Bohemia lies the beautiful historic town of Prague. Unfortunately famous for its stag weekend reputation it pleasantly surprised me on my arrival to have only seen the one group on what might of been the busiest weekend of the year, Easter Weekend.

Any illusions you might have of a weekend in Prague I’d like to help change, as this has quickly become one of my favourite cities!

Prague Castle

This world recording holding residence to past King’s of Bohemia is recognised as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is easily the biggest tourism draw to the city. Personally I am not one for a castle tour but we happily followed the masses on a tour. The views from Starbucks roof terrace is easily one of the best you will find and provides panoramic views out over Prague below.

If you time your visit right you will be able to see the changing of the guard, that’s right just like at Buckingham Palace this is quite a big deal. Crowds will gather to watch the guards leave their post, and if you are there for 12pm (lunchtime) you will be provided with entertainment from the fanfare ceremony that happens daily.

Once you have had your fill take a slow walk back to Lesser Town down the hill. A long road lined with shops, restaurants and cafes there is plenty to see and places to stop.

Nerudova Street

One of my favourite history facts is before street numbers and road names existed there was another way people recognised addresses, With house signs which happened to be pictures displayed on a plaque above the door. If you were looking for the bakers house, all you’d have to do is look the loaf of bread picture! I love this and think it would be amazing if this of been continued even to this day… I think my house would have an aeroplane plaque! 😉 The signs have been restored on some of the houses on this street located just below Prague Castle. Take a walk back to Lesser Town passing through and see if you can spot the house of two suns.

John Lennon Wall

Located just below the castle in Lesser Town, this monument to peace, love, art and John Lennon was created back in the 1980’s after his murder. Used as a way for young Czechs to show expression through the means of Art in anger to the communism. Western music was banned in the country and repenting against this they would write lyrics from the Beatles onto the wall.

What started as a portrait of John himself has now been lost underneath the layers of paint that have been covering the walls for many years. After trying to cover the wall with whitewash and rid the graffiti it has become impossible to cover it quicker than the artists arrive. Now left to be decorated as seen fit this massive tourist attraction will be ever changing with messages that still reflect the hopes from those in the 80’s, messages of peace and love.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery

Located within close distance of the old town this old Jewish Ghetto is home to one of the most beautiful, sobering graveyards I have visited. It is believed to be the largest recognised Jewish cemetery in Europe, where thousands of gravestones are lain in the small courtyard at the Pinkas Synagogue. The synagogue after communist regime was closed and the 77,927 inscribed names of the holocaust victims were erased, but these later were restored and now they cover the entire interior of the building.

Rooftop Drinking

With such a beautiful square it would seem a shame not to see it from above in all its glory! We decided to skip the queues to climb the clock tower, after all it’s what we came to see but we still wanted the vantage point it offered. I’d heard there were some rooftop bars in the Old Town and decided to check out the terrace at Terasa U Prince Hotel. With reasonably priced cocktails we treated ourselves to a sundowner and watched the sunset from the warmth of the heat lamps wrapped in blankets.

My tip is to give the food a miss and make this a pre dinner drink.

Petrin Hill

Located close to Prague castle this proud hill sits atop the terracotta roofs and golden spires of the city below and is popular for those looking for a walk away from the crowds or a perfect picnic spot. Easily accessible from the city using the the funicular railway (also known as a cliff railway or a cable attached tram for almost vertical climbs) for those not looking for something as energetic or a short but steep walk up the 327 meters. Passing through some manicured gardens, and through the memorial to the vitims of communism there is plently of opportunities to stop along the way and once you arrive at the top there are cafe’s and coffee shops. Trust me the view will be worth it!

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Petrin Look Out Tower

Don’t think the that’s the end of the fun once you’ve made the climb! You are able to get even higher! This mini replica of the Eiffel Tower sits atop of Petrin Hill adds another 60m onto your height for some clearer views of the city below. For less than £10 per person you are able to purchase a ticket for the climb up the 299 stairs to the observation deck at the top. There is an elevator which operates at an extra cost (free to pensioners and disabled guests) for those unable to make the climb after a trek up Petrin Hill.

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 Powder Tower

Dating back to the 11th century this Gothic tower is one of the remaining castle gate entries. Used as a decorative entry to the castle grounds rather than defensive means, it was used to store shotgun powder in the 17th century hence the name “Powder Tower.” A great example of the classic Gothic architecture of Eastern Europe this tower stands proud at the entry to Old Town Square and separates the new from the old. It is possible to climb to the lookout 44 meters above Old Town Square for a small fee.

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Cadburys World, Birmingham, England

I have fond childhood memories of visiting Cadbury World on school trips and family day trips alike… My clearest memory was just how much free chocolate you received! I have to admit I was a little disappointed to see this is no longer the case!

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After spotting a tweet from @Cadburysworld for an afternoon tea and entry deal I had to take them up on the offer. For £19.95 per person you were given entry to the factory tour and an afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes with tea and scones.

Read more about the offer here on their website

Rallying up a couple of friends to join me wasn’t difficult, especially after I showed them the sample menu online.

Part of the conditions on the offer is your tour must start after 12:30 and you must complete both the tour and start your afternoon tea before 3pm. It wasnt a problem for us as it meant we could have a slow start to the day and have time to pop into the Bullring for a spot of shopping.

Raring to go I had my carrier bag at the ready once we got into the queue for entry on the tour and was super excited when I counted three bars being added to the goodie bag and started drooling at those still to come.

If I’m completely honest, nothing has changed in the factory since my visits 20 odd years ago. Wandering about brought back great memories of visiting all those years ago and wanting to play on all of the interactive games set up to entertain you along your walk through.

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Telling the story of how the Cadbury family set up their business and built the town of Bournville really is interesting, however knowing know that cadburys has been taken over by Kraft Foods I found this to be a little sad knowing this no longer is the case and the Cadburys family no longer have any ties to the business. What was once a great British product has now been replaced by something that could never compare to the original standards.

Alas we completed the tour within an hour of entering and was disappointed to discover one of my favourite parts of the tour; watching the chocolatiers go about their day and watching the big robot arms moving the finally wrapped produce has now been removed. Rather than being able to watch the magic happen you now are separated by a non appealing metal wall where they have a few facts about Cadburys dotted about for you to read.

I was however glad to discover they hadn’t got rid of my favourite treat of the tour, a pot of melted chocolate! 😉

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Being able to rush through the tour due to the lack of it meant we were out in plenty of time to have our afternoon tea, which if I’m honest we’d been drooling over since reading the menu!

We were pleased to see they could cater for vegetarians with no fish (Only when pre booking and advising online) sitting down in an area dedicated to those booked with afternoon tea we were eagerly awaiting our lunch. Two large stands were delivered to the table and we were overwhelmed with how much there was. With 4 different sandwich fillings, scones jam and cream, and a choice of cakes and sweet treats they certainly offer you your monies worth!

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The Best Dining Spots In Prague

I have to admit I ate some of the best meals and snacks I’ve ever had while I was in Prague so I thought I’d share my recommendations from my dinning experiences! There certainly was a lot!

*Indian Jewel 

http://www.indianjewel.cz/

After spotting an advertisement for a lunch time special we decided to give it a try. For 109 CZK you could try their 2 course menu. With a different curry on offer each day with the deal it does mean you cant be fussy, but for £3 each you can’t complain! They mix up the days with a vegetarian then meat option the next. We dinned and had the Sag Chicken which was very tasty and within the deal you receive a portion of rice and a desert of Kheer; Saffron flavoured Indian Rice Pudding.

Both were very tasty, and for only £3 it is a bargain! This worked out as our cheapest meal/snack while we were travelling in Prague and considering it’s Old Town Square location it is a great lunch stop off!

(They also offer a 3 course dinner menu for only 399 CZK, £11 each. However this is an all meat dinner, And when I asked about vegetarian alternatives there didnt seem to be another option)

 

* Joy Burger

http://joyburgerbar.cz/

Oh my good God! This place is amazing! We had walked pasted twice before I gave in and we tried to get a table, with the choice of an hour and a half wait or perch on the end of someones larger my rumbling stomach got the better of me and we crashed crashed a group of young girls meal out.

The restaurant is casual dinning and perfect for a quick meal, lunch or dinner. But be warned there isn’t many seats and does fill up quickly so book ahead where you can.

Burgers were good value between 205 – 285 ck although they don’t come with Fries on the side and are purchased separately, we ordered a portion between the two of us and it was plenty with the massive burger each. Admittedly we spent more on the selection of dips to go with them than the actual Fries with Chipotle and refried beans….

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Located a moments walk from the old town square.

* Giovanis

http://www.giovanni-praha.cz/

We stubbled across this cutesy little place while wandering down all the little cobbled streets around the Old Town Square and was so glad we chose to dine here.

The menu is a selection of Italian dishes, although personally I don’t think I could of been tempted away from the pizzas after seeing them delivered to others tables and went straight to that section of the menu!

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Located right next to the astronomical clock in the old town square.

 

* Las Adelitas 

http://www.lasadelitas.cz/

After a day wandering we happened upon Las Adelitas after noticing a sign leading into a building, Hidden within an alley way in the basement this place can be easily missed. Having only just eaten we chose to eat here the following night and booked a table, Which we were lucky to have done as this seems to be the in place and was heaving, Which just added to the atmosphere! We devoured the menu and settled on Burritos and Flautas which were served as something similar to an enchilada. After a small issue with the arrival of mine (which the staff fixed flawlessly and professionally) we enjoyed what might of been my favourite Mexican, and thanks to the staff we were offered the chance to have a pudding free of charge.

I have to add a special mention as I thought the décor and atmosphere here really makes the restaurant something special, Having travelled through Mexico I really think they have grasped the Mexican vibes and was thoroughly impressed! Even if you are only after a tasty cocktail after dinner elsewhere this place is sure to please!

 

*Trdelnik – “tr-del-nik”

Okay so I had so many of these sweet treats I lost my mind a little, I think I tried one very time we walked past a stall! They are very moreish!

So you are probably wondering what I am on about right now… These sweet treats, Sometimes referred to as a chimney cake are hollow sweet pastry/bread rolls. They are made by rolling out thin strips of dough and are rolled around a wooden stick and then are cooked on coal fires then are lathered in butter, sugar, chocolate and often Almonds or Walnuts and served piping hot… Don’t trick yourself into thinking they are anything less than 600 kcals for something as little as these!

They are the perfect street snack as they rip apart in the spiral it is cooked and be torn into  bite-sized pieces. We found them in various different ways from Nutella in the middle to ice cream! All forms are mega tasty so don’t miss out on these!