May, 2014

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Hola from Valencia!

Hey guys,

How are you all doing? I’ve been hearing reports that the UK has been experiencing some lovely warm weather. Great news! I’m still in sunny Spain and I am currently filming in Valencia. It’s about 26-28 degrees so very warm to be filming in but I am not complaining. Below is a little photo from my most recent episode when I was wearing one of my favourite dresses from www.theprettydresscompany.com.

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Out of all the places I have filmed A Place in the Sun, I have never visited Valencia before and I love it. The city has a real buzz about it, the architecture is amazing, property is cheap and the beach is beautiful too (it’s only 3 miles out of town). It feels a little like Barcelona but there are fewer British tourists and not many of the locals speak English which is a rarity in Spain.

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Alex has now arrived and Rocco is very pleased to be reunited with his Daddy after two weeks apart. I’m really glad that he is with us for the next two weeks of my filming block so he will get to spend some quality time with his little boy. Given that we are staying so close to the sea, it’s lovely being able to spend time on the beach altogether on my days off.

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It was really interesting taking Rocco to the beach for the first time. He was fascinated with the sand but thankfully he didn’t put any in his mouth, he just enjoyed picking it up and letting it run through his fingers. I always make sure Rocco is covered in a high factor sun cream whenever he is out and I really love the organic children ‘Green People’ products for him.

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If you are planning a trip to Valencia, Patacona beach is definitely worth a visit. ‘La Mas Bonita – Beach and Food’ seems to be a real favourite with the locals and Alex and I are big fans too! We have visited it for breakfast, lunch and dinner all in one day – I think the waiters and waitresses must think we are mad but the food is really good and their selection of cakes is amazing. I noticed they have a website too so you can check it out on www.lamasbonita.es.

Unbelievably Rocco is now 6 months old. He is having three bottles of milk a day to compliment the food I am giving him (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Thankfully I have brought lots of the Ella’s kitchen pouches with me and I am able to buy Aptamil (the brand of milk I am using in Spain). It’s given a different name but the packaging looks the same so it’s handy to know you can purchase it abroad if need be!

I have also discovered some great new toys for him. He is particularly fond of his monkey from the ‘breathablebaby’ company. They sell a good selection of toys, cot liners and sleep suits all of which are lovely. If your little one is teething, I have discovered ‘gumigem’. They sell toys that are safe for your little one to put in their mouths to chew on. They also sell jewellery for the same thing which is a genius idea. Rocco loves his keys and credit card!

I actually have a day off today so we are off for a swim so that is it from me for now.

Have a great week.

Lots of love

Laura x

11 May
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A weekend away in Cyprus with Alex and Rocco

I hope you all had a lovely Easter break? It seems like an age ago now. It’s been three weeks since my last post as I’ve been really busy prepping for my six week trip with A Place in the Sun. I am now in Spain filming and I will be abroad until 13th of June.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I spent the Easter weekend in Cyprus in the sunshine. Although Rocco has travelled with me previously for work, this was in fact his first holiday and it was fantastic.

Alex and I are a couple who enjoy spa treatments, adventure activities and fine dining, however when you have a little one, things certainly change when it comes to holidays. Gone are the days you can relax in the sun for 30 minutes and enjoy a few spa treatments, or are they…?

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Our five night trip to Le Meridien Limmasol was a real treat. The hotel with 329 rooms is located on an estate of over 10,000 square metres and the gardens are stunning and immaculately maintained.  With eight restaurants, five bars (including a sheesha bar with every flavour you can imagine), three swimming pools, a bowling ally, tennis courts, football pitches, an award winning spa and a kids club/crèche facilities, there really was no need to leave the resort – the hotel have really thought about everything.

The children’s crèche was absolutely amazing. Erhan Gota who runs it (and has done for the last 20 years) was incredible. His team of staff do a fantastic job of keeping the children entertained and we felt very confident and comfortable that Rocco would be well looked after whilst we got to enjoy some spa treatments.

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Le Meridien Limmasol prides itself on it’s award winning spa. The spa is voted one of the best in Europe and their Thassalotherapy treatment is very interesting. The 40 minute treatment consists of visiting seven different pools (with different ingredients) that repair and treat your skin. Floating in a pool with a high salt content was an unusual experience. If you have ever been in the Dead Sea you will be no stranger to this. Personally I preferred the massage treatments in the spa, but it was nice to get the experience The Thassalotherapy pools and my skin did feel amazing after.

It came as no surprise to me that most of the guests we chatted to were returning clientele. Most of them had been visiting the hotel with their children (each year), for the last 18 years. They return to the hotel to not only enjoy the facilities, but also to visit the staff, many of whom have been working at the hotel since it first opened. The sommelier Miroslav Kalinic really stood out to us.  Although the wine list was a little pricey, he had an excellent knowledge of the wines and we were particularly impressed to hear he spoke seven languages!

Our favourite restaurant was the Japanese restaurant Kojima. I struggled to choose from the extensive menu but was never disappointed. Considering the size of the hotel, the quality of food in all of the restaurants was outstanding and we were spoilt for choose.

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We stayed in an Imperial Suite and although the decor of the room could have benefited from a little updating, the space was perfect for our growing family! The hotel is actually having a big renovation (it will be closed from Nov ’14 to April ’15) so all of the bedrooms will be getting an overhaul. Once the renovation is complete, the rooms will compliment the hotel’s top class service.

We really enjoyed our stay in Cyprus and would thoroughly recommend Le Meridien Limmasol to anyone, particularly those with children.

As I mentioned, I am now in Spain filming so Rocco can add another country to his passport. I am filming  very close to Marbella and this week my mother-in-law is looking after him so he is getting to enjoy a nice bit of time with his Nana.

That is it from me for this week.

Adios from sunny Spain.

Laura xxx

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