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Reception Primary School Year

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The Kiddies started reception last Sept, and they are still loving it. I have previously written about how excited they were to finally start primary school. They grew out of their pre school quite quickly and got bored with the routine there. I guess partly because they are the older kids (they are November babies), and partly because there wasn’t much to do over there.

 

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I thought the love of primary school would have worn off by now since they started in September 2018, but it hasn’t. It is good to know they like school and learning as much as they do. They are both very academic. My daughter is a great reader, and is free reading properly already. My son loves reading as well, but he prefers numbers and is really good at it. It makes me very proud to see how quickly they have settled in and how much they love education.

Dealing with kids not loving school would be hard. I am glad I don’t have to deal with crying kids at the school gate. I was not a big fan of primary school when I was their age. But I knew I had to go so I just got on with it. Good to know they didn’t inherit that side of me, but then again I can see why they love going to school. I would love going to school if my school was as good as theirs.

 

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Right now, the twins are learning about cities all over the world in primary school, and they are loving it. They are forever talking about New York and London in particular. We visited New York last year but they were not aware it was “New York” and want to visit again. They are hoping for a school trip to New York but they now know that is not happening. They have also  been to London many times but can’t remember being there, so we are looking to plan a visit into city so they see for themselves all what they are learning in school.

Travel is important to us as a family, and that is why we always make time and money for holidays. I think travel is an important gift to give our children, and that is why we go for as many trips as possible. So far the kiddies have been to Düsseldorf, Paris, Algarve, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, Oman and Dublin. We are hoping to do more travel this year, especially now that they are learning about the world around them.

 

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Is your child all settled into the new school year? Do you think travel is an important gift to give a child?

 

 

 

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Great Winter Holiday Destinations

The weather in the UK is now wet and sort of chilly. I hear some parts of the country will be having some snow, which tells you how cold it is at the moment. I find the weather miserable. It is the season where I find myself staying indoors the most thanks to the gloomy weather. If you are in the UK, and are in search of somewhere warm and sunny to explore this season, here are 3 holiday destination ideas for you.

 

Dubai

 

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The Middle East is a great holiday destination all year round, especially now that we are experiencing cold weather. It is usually nice and warm in Dubai. I have visited Dubai several times with the family, and the best time to explore Dubai is between November and March. The weather is warm but not boiling warm during these months. And it is a great place to escape to during the chilly winter months.

 

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There are various activities for everyone in Dubai. We have visited Dubai as a couple before the twins were born, and we have travelled to Dubai with the kiddies twice. It was great fun every time.

 

Muscat, Oman

 

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We visited Muscat Oman last summer. It was boiling hot so we didn’t really enjoy the trip. So I won’t recommend you visit during the summer months. But the weather is a lot cooler this time of the year (just like in Dubai), which makes it another great holiday destination.

There are various family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors. I would love to go back with the kids during the winter months in future.

 

Algarve Portugal

 

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Algarve, Portugal is another great place to visit this season. We visited in October half term, and had an amazing time. The weather was warm and sunny all the time we were there. We explored the beach and all the city had to offer. The kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do, and we will definitely be visiting again.

 

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It is definitely a city to explore, and get a break from the chilly winter weather. I just checked the weather forecast at Algarve now, and it is a lovely 15 degrees with some sunshine. That would be amazing to have now compared to the miserable 7 degrees with rain here.

 

What do you think of these places? Have you visited any of them before? If I had to pick a favourite, I would pick Dubai for luxury and fun., Algarve for proximity and Muscat for a more relaxed holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spending Half Term in Portugal

Hey peeps! How are we? We spent some days in the half term week in Portugal and it was a lovely trip. It was our first time in Portugal; we visited the lovely Algarve and it was magical, The weather was amazing, with lots of sunshine, which was just what we needed. Escaping the chilly autumn weather was a great decision. It was an impromptu trip and a surprise for the kids for half term, which was well received.

 

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The flights were smooth with little stress from the kids. I was happy we didn’t have to deal with delays. We kept the kids well entertained throughout both flights with all sorts. I usually sort of dread the flights because I can never really know how the kids would behave but I was pleasantly surprised with this trip. The flight was 3 hours and it went by really quickly. It was a Jet2.com flight going to Portugal and an Easyjet flight flying back to Manchester Airport.

 

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Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa

For accommodation, we had the lovely opportunity to stay at Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa. We were in the Resort section and it was really good. I love the fact that the apartment had enough space for 4 of us, with a living room, bedroom and kitchen. It is a 5 star Resort & Hotel and everything about the accommodation was indeed 5 star quality.

 

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I Love Apartments

When it comes to holidays, I like going for hotels that come in form of mini apartments. Having a little kitchen with a hob, fridge, utensils, coffee machine, microwave and sink is very important. I like to cook little things for the kids while holidaying. It saves money and time, and I am sure they would have good meals, just incase they do not like what is being offered at the hotel.

This Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort and Hotel Spa ticked all the right boxes for me. It is definitely a hotel I would recommend. Checking in was very quick which was nice as we were already knackered from the flight. The house keeping lady was lovely and she did a great job cleaning our apartment and providing us with supplies.

 

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Time off work

We had a great time exploring our new surroundings on our first day. It was such a beautiful place. We had a private pool for our side of the Resort and we had other pools in the hotel itself which we enjoyed too! It was a lovely relaxing holiday. I spent the time doing nothing as planned. All I focused on was the family, relaxing and getting good photos.

Going forward, I would make sure our holidays are like this. We took so many photos, I would need to write another post to show them all off.

 

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Driving around the city

Algarve is truly a beautiful place. We rented a car from Enterprise, so we had the luxury of driving round the city and even to Lagos. The place reminded me of Lagos Nigeria.

Like I previously said, I have so many photos to share so instead of over adding too many photos to this post, I will be sharing a part 2 post with other photos in a few days.

 

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Have you visited Portugal before? Pleaser share your travel experience with us in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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