I can’t quite believe that we are nearing the end of June, and I have been doing these posts for the past six months. It’s crazy!
This week had lots of ups and downs, but even in the darkest times, we still need to remember to find the light (slightly paraphrasing Albus Dumbledore there…)
1. Starting The Week In Paris
If you read last week’s Weekly Love post, you would know that I spent that weekend in Paris, just after my birthday. We came back on Monday afternoon, so we had a bit of time there in the morning and just after lunch. We went up to the Sacre-Couer and had lunch in the sunshine, and even paid a quick trip to the Moulin Rouge before getting back to the hotel and picking up our bags. The Monday was definitely the hottest day we were there and Paris just looked so beautiful in the sunshine!
2. Everything Everything
On Tuesday night I went with my friend Phil to see Everything Everything at the Albert Hall in Manchester. It was the third time I’d seen them, and they didn’t disappoint. They did a mixture of their older tracks and tried out some new ones with the crowd, which went down really well. I always love going to the Albert Hall as it is a really cool gig venue, although it can get quite stuffy so stand more towards the back where they have fans if you find yourself there in summer!
On Thursday morning, Jordan and I drove down to Reading to have a few days down south. I chose Reading over staying in London because a) I didn’t fancy driving to the capital and b) Accor Hotels very kindly put us up in the Ibis, which had just been done up. We arrived mid afternoon and went out for a wander and found a beach bar with real sand, swings and amazing cocktails so we spent the next couple of hours there. I was really impressed with Reading overall, and would definitely recommend it if you’re going down South, but would rather not pay London prices. Plus it is only 25 minutes on the train to London Paddington.
4. The Real Greek
Whilst in Reading, we made our first visit to The Real Greek where they had a training night on, and gave us 25% off, bonus! I absolutely love Greek food, and have always wanted to try this place when I’m in London but have always gone elsewhere. At the moment, they do not have any restaurants up north which is a real shame because the food was lovely. We shared about 7 different dishes, washed down with some house red, and it was absolutely delicious.
One of the reasons that we went down south in the first place was because we were going to Ascot on the Friday. If you know Jordan at all, you will know that he is obsessed with horse racing, and I love any occasion where it is acceptable to day drink and dress up! We got the train from Reading about 12:15 pm and it was already heaving with rowdy (but lovely) southerners. We were in the new Village enclosure which has just opened for this year and is done out with a festival vibe – think bunting, a grandstand and loads of food vendors.
6. Bills Brunch
On the Saturday morning, feeling slightly worse for wear, we headed over to Bills for brunch. This was only my second time to Bills, but it is one of those restaurants that people always seem to go back to, and seen as though it was packed out, I knew we had made a good choice. I got smoked salmon, avocado and scrambled eggs (which easily could have fed 2) and Jordan got their famous buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup which were divine!
7. Getting Back to Simba
I know this point is completely cringe, but if you are a pet owner, you will know how nice it is to get back to them after a few days away. Simba had been staying with my parents whilst we were in Reading, and I missed him so much! It was so nice to have him back home with us and having a chilled Saturday evening.
8. Family Sunday
On Sunday, we headed over to my auntie and uncle’s house in Tarporley to have lunch with them. It had been a while since I had seen them or my cousins and it was really lovely to catch up. My auntie always knows how to put on a spread, and the food was lovely – and of course, I had two desserts! How can I say no?!