CAMBRIDGE

Michael turned 26 and to celebrate we booked a city break in Cambridge. We had never been to Cambridge before (except for Michael’s interview back in the day before university) and we were excited!

We packed up the car and headed for Cambridge early on Saturday morning, checked into our hotel and the heavens opened! It poured and poured and poured. Determined to squeeze in as much as we could, we wandered the maze of back streets and pretty courtyards getting quite lost and quite wet. We headed for Aromi, an Italian cafe we had read about online and fell in love with its delicious food and cosiness, it was the perfect retreat from the rain and we felt like we had been transported to Sicily!

Once our tummies were full and we had dried off a little we continued to sniff out creative and independent shops and perused the arts section at Heffers book store.

By mid afternoon the rain had eased and we headed back to our hotel to freshen up ready for an evening catching up with Michael’s old housemate and his girlfriend.

We met Laurence and Lucy at the pint shop and headed swiftly onto the riverbar steakhouse for a delicious candlelit dinner.

Sunday, we woke early and finally Michael opened some of his gifts which I had long awaited for! It was his birthday!

Heading out as soon as we were up and ready, the sun was shining and we made our way to Fitzbillies for a full English birthday breakfast (and a croissant for me) we watched the city wake up from the cafe window and the tourist start to form queues at every cafe door. We were lucky to get in when we did!

The rest of the afternoon was spent on the River Cam, we plucked up the courage to go for our first punting experience which was more difficult than it looked (and a little stressful – ha ha)! We manage to zig zag our way perfectly towards granchester and broke all punting etiquette rules along the way!But fun nonetheless!

Back safely on dry land, with soggy trousers and tops, we decided to relax in the sun, watching others navigate their punts and had a little birthday cake with candles and fresh tomatoes from the market.

We decided to wander along the river cam towards the centre of town, passing the mathematical bridge, kings college and finishing at the ‘orgasm’ bridge. Enjoying the beautiful architecture, long vistas and picturesque punters.  Relaxing on the rivers edge with a cold drink, watching the last boats of the day go out. Perfect.

As the sun began to set, we wandered towards Jesus green. It was so nice to see families, young and old, teenagers, students and couples all enjoying the evening, outside on the grass, eating, drinking and playing.

We grabbed some dinner at Thaikhun and slowly walked home through the city, through its swathes of green, passing cows, barges and cyclists along the way.

A great birth day spent in beautiful Cambridge!

On Monday morning, we got up early to head into town to grab a croissant and hot chocolate for breakfast, eating it in one of the many green residential squares of Cambridge, watching people head off to work and get ready for their day. We spent some time wandering the clothes shops and happened upon a cute home ware store where we treated ourselves, bringing home a memory of a lovely weekend.

We checked out of our hotel, jumped in the car and did a whilst stop tour of the much talked about in architecture school, Accordia. Pleased to report that I actually loved it and of course Michael did too!

A lovely weekend, catching up with an old, meeting a new friend and exploring an enchanting city.

Happy Birthday Michael! XX

Next it was on to St Albans to pick up another birthday buddy – my niece, Coco!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL!

Last weekend Michael turned 25. I had been planning his birthday since early April as I always find him so difficult to buy for but had seen some bits that I thought he would like so bought them early! This caused his actual birthday to feel so fleeting and seemed to rush by!

We decided to spend his birthday weekend in London, doing a few architecture-related things as this is one of his most favourite things to do and also went to the theatre to see ‘The Book of Mormon’ which was hilarious! We had some delicious food, the best being a pizza from a street food van at Shoreditch market. For a moment, it transported us back to Florence!

We stayed in a cute hotel that we had visited before but I rang ahead and got our room upgraded with free prosecco and a great view – what a treat!

It was a fun, whirl wind of a weekend. Looking forward to what 25 has in store for us!

Happy Birthday Michael!

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CRANE DANCE BRISTOL

We went to see the Bristol crane dance and light show as part of the Heritage Festival with my mum. We arrived a little before it started and found a spot at the harbour side with a great view. It was a beautiful clear evening and the crowds began to fill up and there was a lovely, friendly atmosphere. As the sky turned dark, the live sea shanty style music began on a boat on the river and the cranes were flooded with bright colours as they moved elegantly to the beat of the music. There was something so graceful and romantic about the way these big 65-year-old cargo crane structures danced under the star lit sky. I was so happy to have my mum and Michael there to witness it with me. The crowd oohed and ahhed as if it were a firework display.

What was extra special about the evening, is that the event organisers had purchased a special edition of Michael’s illustration of the Bristol cranes which was used as the event advertisement. To think that the 10,000+ people who attended the event had seen and had their attention attracted by Michael’s work was so amazing. We are so proud and are desperate to get a copy of those leaflets.

A lovely evening and some precious memories!

To see Michael’s sketch on the events Facebook page click here.Cranes_By_Michael_Lewis_0

BARCELONA PART I

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Over the past few years, it has become a tradition of ours to celebrate our birthdays whilst travelling together and exploring a new place. For Michaels 23rd birthday last week, we decided to take a trip to Barcelona!

We had a wonderful time, filled with good food, great weather, interesting architecture and lots of wandering through bustling streets and markets. We arrived on Tuesday afternoon at our Air BnB and headed straight out to grab a picnic and chill out at the Olympic Parc and Magic Fountain in Montjuic, which just so happened to be at the end of our road! It was a perfect but HOT afternoon settling into our new surroundings. We checked out the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catulunya too and loved the roof top view of the whole city.

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The next day was Michaels birthday and so of course we had to spend the day doing what he loves most; admiring lots of different types of architecture! We spent the day having our own little Gaudi tour of the city, first stop was the La Sagrada Familia where we grabbed some breakfast and sat in the near by park admiring and learning about the history of the building from our guide book. We decided that we preferred viewing it from a distance due to the sheer amount of people and construction work in progress. We were so silly and did not buy entrance tickets in advance and did not want to spend 2-3 hours of the day queuing in the heat, definitely something we will do in the future!!

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Next we headed to Gaudi’s La Pedrera and Casa Batllo and came across the street lamps and seats that Gaudi designed on our way! We loved those beauties.

We made the trek to Parc Guell for the afternoon, walking around the park and came across a spiralling sculpture with great views on the city, we loved the cool breeze blowing here and I could have stayed in that spot for hours! We wandered down the beautiful streets surrounding the park and had some delicious tapas at La Panxa del Bisbe. Oh my gosh, the tuna steak and shredded lamb was to die for, we are STILL talking about it, it was the melt-in-your-mouth sort of goodness!

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We took a stroll in Barcelonetta and along the beach in the evening and had some more delicious, traditional food at a little restaurant, loved by locals, called Cherrif. Known for its fresh sea food, with lobsters swimming in large tanks by the entrance, we knew we had to go for the Cherrif sea food paella!

Michaels birthday was finished off with two huge scoops of chocolate and Ferrero Rocher ice cream, over looking the port and people watching! Despite the four toe blisters I acquired on this day, it was a great day exploring with so much good food.

After such a busy day on Wednesday, we spent the majority of Thursday relaxing, reading and swimming at Bogatell, a quieter beach, a bus ride away from the city centre. We took an evening stroll watching the street entertainment around Moll d’Espanya and Placa de l’Ictineo. On Friday we hit up Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter, Catedral de Barcelona and the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona. We really enjoyed wandering the the narrow streets in the Gothic Quarter and managed to enter the Cathedral after a swift change of clothes for me (shoulders and thighs must be covered to enter!).

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That evening, we took a very relaxing boat ride from the port down to Forum and back, admiring the city from a new prospective and enjoying being on the sparkling, clear Mediterranean water, spotting jellyfish and sail boats.

Part 2 coming soon!

PAOLO NUTINI!

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What better place to start than meeting my all-time favourite music artist – Paolo Nutini!

Yesterday evening we headed over to Bristol to see Nutini perform at the Harbourside Ampitheatre. As always, Paolo did not disappoint! The stage was alive with new funky tunes and some crazy dance moves. There was a really friendly vibe going on, with such a range of ages from about 10 to 65! We danced as the sun went down and loved every minute.

When the show was over, we went for a walk around the harbour and the next half hour was so surreal! We saw a silhouette behind a fence and then realised it was Paolo himself! We could not believe our eyes! Paolo jumped over the fence to chat with us and seemed so down to earth and grateful, it really made our night!!

DREAM.COME.TRUE

wow!

Anna, Michael and Paolo