Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real 5*
Ahh let’s go back to when the skies were sunny, I had that tan (a result of two weeks in Aus and more days in Fuerteventura) and it seemed totally normal to wear a satin dress to amble around a swimming pool. So casj. Back in the real world, I’m scoffing my microwaved lunch at my desk but back at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real in Corralejo in the Canary Islands, it was all sizzling king prawns and squid ink croquettes.
I was lucky enough to visit the beautiful Atlantis Bahía Real 5 star hotel on my Thomas Cook Airlines trip and although I didn’t actually stay there the night, a meal and a whole day in that stunning courtyard was all I needed to top up my luxe quota for month. I’m not normally a 5* kinda gal but I was hardly going to pass up on a place that had just been awarded Condé Nast Johansens award for the Best European Waterside Hotel now was I?!
Birmingham Home: Sophie & Jack
I met 31 year old jewellery designer and lifestyle blogger Sophie last year on a Blogger trip to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. We had seats next to each other on the flight and were neighbours in our accommodation so it wasn’t surprising that my constant presence would force us to bond at some point. My neediness was kindly catered to and Sophie obliged to being my friend, even to the extent of whatsapping after the trip. What a gal!
Yearning to be reunited with my Canarian pal once back in Blighty, I set off on a 1.5 hr train to Birmingham! Sophie kindly invited me to stay in her apartment which she shares with her her two Guiney-pigs and friendly boyfriend Jack, a photographer and vlogger who’s well dressed with ‘a stupid haircut.’ It’s a bowl cut, if you’re interested.
He’s 27 and born and bred in Brum and together they live in the Jewellery Quarter, a slice within Birminghams’ ring road to the North West of the city center. They describe as ‘the best area.’ And, well, it pretty much is!
The Jewellery Quarter
Jack explains of their location; “We chose this area because it’s really nice with lots of old buildings. In the past, there were only jewellery shops but the area is quite up and coming now. In the past 4 years, good things have opened here like artisan bakeries and pubs. Living here is a sweet deal. It’s really close to town, just a 20 minute walk and we get to have a studio and an apartment in the same building!”
This, it’s clear is what makes it for Sophie. “I have a 2 minute commute to work, I only have to walk downstairs! Birmingham is a place where things happen and it’s really creative. I moved here to live with Jack and at the same time I quit my job and went full time so it’s a really exciting place for me.”
Welcome to Fuerteventura!
Sure, I’m shivering in my room right now, so sorry if I give you chills in this outfit but I couldn’t wait any longer to give you a proper delve into my incredible holiday last year to the Canary Islands! Fuerteventura with Thomas Cook Airlines to be precise, and as always, I have lots to share that will have you making up your mind if you’re still undecided on holidays for 2016!