17 September 2014

Tiki Bar Plymouth

I've never ventured that far south before. My band Box Of Light had our first proper headline show and the Tiki bar in Plymouth, so we left at 9am, pulled up at 6pm (awful right) and were welcomed into this far city in the toe of England with open arms.
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Our rider- Anything off the Menu
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The venue itself sits under a bar and grill which is the Tiki bar, with a strong tropical theme with hints of 50s tropicana. The bar prides off a delicious cocktail menu, then an impressive selection of burgers and meat dishes. Normally when we play shows, a rider (its anything you want within reason when playing a show, the more successful you are, the more crazy your rider can be) usually consists of a few beers and some sandwiches. At the Tiki bar - they let us pick what ever we wanted off the menu - so happy! The turn out for the show was incredible. We were 10 tickets off selling out the show. Some people travelled up to two hours to see us that night, I was so so flattered. I want to thanks Kate for putting the show together!

What I wore:
Dress - Missguided
Boots - Palladium
Sungalsses - Karmaloop
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13 September 2014

Egypt

Me and Matthew were desperate for a get away. Somewhere where we could relax, eat and drink as much as we wanted, be surrounded by luxury and basically unwind. We contacted Thomas Cook to see if they had anything that would Cater our needs - and hey presto - Sunrise Crystal Bay on the edge of the Red Sea in Egypt. The resort was on the outskirts of Hurghada, about a 10 minute drive, and around us were other resorts and a few shops. In all honestly, we didn't really leave the resort because we didn't feel the need to. It was huge and it had everything we wanted. 

Our Cabana - this included a waiter service and a private beach
The resort was all inclusive. It had 4 restaurants, one of which was the all inclusive buffet - which had EVERYTHING. Then there was a fish restaurant, an Indian and a Mediterranean. Also there were snack bars dotted around the beach and pools. Food and drink was served all day - which I took full advantage of. 
Breakfast!
The Resort had its own private beach which donned turquoise waters, golden sand and tiny little fish. The Red sea is so salty, so if you get it in your eyes, it really hurts, or maybe I'm just a wimp. The water was warm and glorious, you couldn't keep us out of it.
Daily Agenda

Our hotel
Fish Resturant
Thomas Cook helped us arrange some excursions. We opted for two as we were only there for a week and wanted lots of time to relax. So we went on a dolphin safari - All day boat trip, you are picked up from your hotel. We picked our snorkel equipment, then they served us breakfast. The boat trip commenced and we sailed for about an hour or two to where the dolphins live. You then launch yourself into the sea and if your lucky enough, you can swim with the dolphins. I certainly did and it was an incredible moment. After that there's lunch, then your taken to a reef which you can swim with gorgeous tropical fish. After being worked out, we returned to the boat to relax and throughout the journey home, served fruit and cake - bliss.
Lunch!
Indian Resturant
Our second excursion was a quad biking adventure in the desert, followed by a camel ride. We were given scarfs that were tightly wrapped around our heads to protect us from the dirt and wore our sunglasses to protect our eyes. The quad biking was really intense and quite difficult at times. Don't get me wrong- I love quad biking, I've done it before. But the instructors insisted that we went FAST across the planes. I found it quite difficult at times to keep up, however it was such a rush. We drove through the mountains and ended up at an area with small shacks and Bedouin people. Here we were educated on local medicine, way of living then we got to ride the camels. 
Local Medicine
Mediterranean Restaurant

All in all, Egypt not only has its historical benefits for people that like to explore, but it also caters for those that just want to sit back and relax. I would love to visit again one day and do the exploring of the pyramids and tombs, however for this holiday, relaxing was the key and Egypt definitely delivered. I thought the  complex we stayed on was flawless, all the staff were so helpful and friendly, the food was incredible and the cleanliness and appearance of the resort was seen to with every detail. I would personally like to thank Ahmed looked after us during our stay, insuring that we had everything we wanted and that we were happy. I would also like to thank Thomas Cook because they made everything really easy- I've never booked with an agency before. If you are looking for a little spot of paradise, definitely consider Hurghada. Thank you so much for reading, hopefully more travelling posts will be coming soon. 

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