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Flash Back Friday : Venice with Diadora

I went on a trip to Venice with Italian sportswear brand Diadora. Diadora have
a rich history of providing footwear for true sporting icons, Marradonna, Bjorn Borg,
Messi, so it was really just a matter of time before they found their way to me.
After landing and arriving at the city I was very excited to get to the Diadora museum
and factory.

Diadora Factory Venice

I don’t normally get in a tiz about museums, but I’m in jeans, it’s 35
degrees and I was told that baby had AC. Once inside I got to learn about the true
craftsmanship that goes into making their footwear- only ten machines are used at a
time. Disappointingly none of the machines can actually tie shoelaces let alone a
double knot. You’re not allowed to enter wearing a competitor’s footwear or even
take pictures! So naturally I….

Diadora factory

Once we'd learnt all things Diadora, we went for a little sippy-sippy at Sandi Villa.
We had a walking tour of the vineyard before tasting the goods ourselves. Which
couldn’t have come soon enough. When it comes to wine, window shopping is just a
few steps from torture. Nice house...

Sandi Villa, Venice

...nice wine

aeperol spritz

and nice peach!

Italian peach

 
A wine tour will and a bottle of the good stuff ranges from 8-
40Euros. Stock up! 


We finished the evening by heading to dinner on the terrace of Sagredo hotel.
Beautiful views overlooking Venice, a lovely glass or three of prosecco and some
gorgeous Italian cuisine- mamma mia! The 15th century hotel oozed with opulence
and grandeur and was decorated with Modern art outside. The northener in me felt
well out of place, the only old buildings in Blackburn are the old Woolworths and
C&A. The hands are there to show a supporting hand to Venice. Sad but true, it’s
‘sinking’.

Sagredo Hotel, Venice

Next day I woke up late. I put the blame at the door of the hotel black-out curtains
and my dead phone, though not sure my fellow travellers did. Still, we had
enough time to go on a walking tour around Venice. We were given little walkie-
talkies so we could hear our tour guide and just in case we got lost, which was a
touch since my phone was back down to 5%.

Diadora OOTD


I learnt that Venice is actually made up of loads of different islands. Each time you
cross a bridge, you're on a new island, though no passport control thankfully. We also
found the most beautiful bookshop in the world. Filled to the brim with paper and
words. There was even a staircase made out of books that took you to a fab view at
the top. That’s if you survive the climb, I don’t seem to recall paper being a popular
building material. I also saw the building that Amal and George Clooney were married in! Well, it mattered to me.

venice by boat

 St Mark's Square is not for the faint hearted. If you hate crowds this is hell on earth
but I'm into it. St Marks Bacilka is stunning and although there's a ban on feeding
pigeons I came across another fellow sign-defier.

pigeon feeding

Museums in Venice are ALL closed on a Tuesday and guess what day I went to see
the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi? Plan B ensued, a lovely art fair that’s on
every two years.
I'm not usually into galleries as they often require etiquette such as speaking quietly, a
talent I was not blessed with at birth. Fortunately loud blabbing and guffawing was
permitted at this art fair. There's even art that you can touch- check it out! 

Venice Art Show 2017

Finally we got a boat taxi. If you really want to be fancy get one of these hunks to
paddle you around for an hour on their gondola. I now know exactly why they call it
the city of love. 

venice marriage proposal

Learning all about the beauty and craftsmanship of Diadora products - tick
Views of Venice from the top of shopping centre -tick
Eating my entire body weight in pasta and cheese -tick
Sipping on Prosecco & Aperol spritz like its water -tick
Having a long ride on this man’s big gondola?! - Dammit, maybe next time.

venice gondala

 

XOXO

This blog post was brought to you in collaboration with Diadora

BOOKSHOP VENICE

Chewton Glen Luxury Treehouse Escape

When Next invited me on a wellness stay at Chewton Glen luxury treehouses I bit their arms off. My dad never made me a treehouse as a kid, something about not having a tree.  Also I think the only time I get to relax and keep still in London is when I’m on an escalator. This trip away sounded an absolute dream.

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

So I hopped on a train to escape the intensity of the big smoke and after a 15 minute drive from New Milton train station I arrived at Chewton Glen Luxury Hotel & Spa. A man took my bag and placed it in a ‘luxury golf buggy’, which looked nice but was hard to discern why it was deemed so luxury. I then jumped on and it was indeed a smooth drive to my quarters, all 30 seconds of it.

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa Treehouses
Chewton Treehouse

When I got to the treehouse it was absolute perfection. I had a roaring fireplace, two floors to myself, a collection of sweet locally sourced treats and a hot tub that was ready to jump in. So I jumped in. Naturally all previous plans to leave my room were now vetoed so I ordered room service instead. The room service guy told me that loads of celebs had stayed there before, including George Clooney!  Sadly the pillow just smelt of lavender.

Chewton Glen Bedroom
Chewton Tree House
Open Fireplace Chewton Luxury Hotel

After the best night sleep I woke to find that my breakfast had been delivered in a hamper through a secret hatch. How cool?! I ate it on my stunning terrace overlooking the New Forest.

Breakfast Hamper
Breakfast
The New Forest

Once I’d finally torn myself away from my Treehouse, I walked through Chewton Woods to Highcliffe beach. It was only a short walk which was just as well as it was -2 degrees!  Thankfully due to my bright orange sleeping-bag-esque coat I was snug as a bug. Plus visible at a distance of 50 miles.

Chewton Glen Forest
The New Forest

The weather was so bright and beautiful that I couldn't resist a little coastal run. 

Coastal Run

I didn’t forget to stretch- I felt like a Ninja Warrior. I looked like one too.

Warrior Pose Highcliffe Beach

And as I was with all of my blogger friends, we posed along the beach.

Highcliffe Beach

During my active stay I did yoga and took a full body workout class in Chewton’s Gym Studio. Small, but had everything you need. I was lucky enough to use the spa too. Well, the tin did say luxury.

Chewton Spa

One relaxing facial and pedicure later I was back in my treehouse to change for dinner in the main hotel. Their smoked salmon was particularly delicious.

Smoked salmon

On my final morning I packed, had breakfast and took one last dip in my hot tub.  It's not everyday a girl gets her own hot tub, it's just a shame George Clooney didn’t extend his stay: it had plenty of room for two.

New Forest
Next Multi-Coloured Long sleeve swimsuit

If you fell in love with Chewton Glen Treehouse & Spa through the photos as much as I did in real life, then add it to your bucket list and get yourself booked into this paradise. After all, how many hotels have a secret hatch?

Chewton Glen have a few Treehouses to choose from (I had a treehouse loft) and you can see all the options and get in contact here.

Happy adventuring!

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Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

You can see me in action at Chewton Glen over on my YouTube channel too. 

What I'm Wearing: Coat, swimwear, trainers and all activewear from Next

What I Eat In A Day On Holiday

Oh summer. You're so far away and aside from the glorious weather and everyone being in a way better mood, I miss my blatant overindulgences: ice cream, BBQ's and cocktails at noon. So here's a trip down a sunny memory lane, when I was in Majorca and stuffing my face.

                                     Pineapple, spinach, avocado and ginger smoothie

                                    Pineapple, spinach, avocado and ginger smoothie

To my credit I was good as well. I was active and always started the day with a healthy breakfast. In fact, Dharma Cafe in Alcudia Pueblo was my favourite hot spot for healthy breakfasts and brunches.

                                 Avocado, olives & pea shoots on toast at Dharma Cafe

                                 Avocado, olives & pea shoots on toast at Dharma Cafe

After breakfast it was pure holiday vibes with chocolate and more paella than you could shake a stick at.

Paella in Majorca

Press play for a full example of what I eat and drink in a day when I'm on holiday, highlighting how I personally like to strike a balance between the good and the bad when having a munch. 

XOXO

Active Escape In Majorca

This is a throwback to an active escape in Alcudia Pueblo, Majorca in June. Alcudia is Majorca's old town, about one hour from Palma airport by coach which has loads of nice bars and restaurants and is pretty quiet at night.

Alcudia Pueblo AJ Odudu

From the old town we cycled and then trekked to an abandoned beach called, Coll Baix, spent a full day at Port D'Alcudia Beach playing beach ball games and went cave diving, snorkling and kayaking in Mal Pas beach.

Majorca

All activities, food and accommodation was fairly low cost so all in all, a very happy holiday. Press play to see some of the action for yourself.

XOXO