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I always try and sneak in an off-season break and this year we did Alton Towers. We were long overdue taking my brother-in-law on holiday and, as we all enjoy theme parks, we decided it was a safe option and would be easy.
Easy it wasn't. Manchester based Aunt and Uncle pulled out of dog sitting last minute. Dog boarding was fully booked. Couldn't find a kennels at short notice that wasn't just a row of cages. In laws were working so couldn't come to us, so to Aberdeen we had to go.
It was a fleeting up, then down, then down some more before a long haul up again which made what was meant to be a pretty chilled out week utterly manic.
But we all had fun. With it being off season we literally walked straight onto every ride - the longest wait we had was for the monorail to the car park at the end of the day!
Back to work for a week and then off again taking my mum on a girls holiday to Copenhagen. I wont go into too many details, but the mermaid was larger than I had been left to believe (everyone had said she was very small, but she's life sized, which is pretty much what I had originally expected!) and the people are super helpful and friendly.
I had a really nice time, but I've come to realise that my mother and I have different ideas on what constitutes a city-break holiday. For me that's eating in all the local bakeries as I walk aimlessly enjoying the sights and wondering through all the museums attempting to soak up every drop of history available and, if there's time, squeezing in the toy shops. For my mother, its standing in front of the buildings and having her photo taken. Next time, I think we'll do a proper guided tour someplace so we get to see lots, but aren't really hanging around.
Despite that, there were plenty of highlights - the canal boat tour, the mermaid and the Churchill Park and fort were all excellent. We even saw a wedding at the Fort which was just beautiful. With autumn well and truly in, the colours of the city were utterly splendid.
And then I've had my dad visit for a few days! And I've been busy with Halloween preparations, but that's all for another post!
Apologies for the brevity of the post, got things to make and do!