The Complete Guide to Visiting the Peak District

Whilst traveling and hopping on flights to new countries is exciting and fun we often forget how pretty and exciting exploring our own country the UK can be. Visiting the Peak District recently reminded us of how much we love travelling around the UK and how much we still have to see and enjoy! 

The Peak District, which is located centrally in the UK is home to lots of little towns, great food and adventure walks. If you are a tourist in the UK then you will find the real UK in the Peak District. Think British afternoon tea; fields filled with farm animals and cute little villages with stone buildings. 

We hope our guide inspires you to explore the Peak District for yourself . . . 
The Peak District is filled with lots of little villages and towns to explore . . .

Buxton

Buxton is the central town of the Peak District. 

Here you will find everything you will need for a Peak District adventure; the town has food and clothes shops and a few must see landmarks. The must see sights include: 

  • Devonshire Dome - this is the University of Derby's Buxton campus, where Chloe actually went to University for three years! The Dome is open to the public to go in and view; it is the biggest unsupported dome in the UK. 

  • St Annes Well - this is a natural mineral water well on the outskirts of the town. The little well has flowing Buxton water which you are allowed to fill your bottles with. Just bare-in-mind that the water will be warm at first as it has come from under ground. 

  • Solomon's Temple - Solomon's Temple is a victorian landmark tower on the hill overlooking the town. With a little walk up to the tower you can climb it and have the most amazing views across the town and across the hills. If you visit at sunset you could get some amazing photos! 


Hathersage 

Hathersage is a little village, filled with stone cottages and little British streets. On the edge of the village you will also find surprise view, which is a great walk with the best views. This is where we got our top photo! 

Surprise view is a walk which can be taken from multiple paths, depending on your walking ability, to reach an amazing view across the Peak District, which is such a great surprise at the end. 


Dovedale 

If you want to take one of the nicest walks which involves walking along the side of a river and crossing it using stepping stones, then you need to visit Dovedale. 

Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District which is only approximately 2 to 3 miles long. However it may be one of the prettiest areas you will come across. If you are into walking then this is a spot you must visit! To walk the stepping stones route you can either walk across public paths from Ilam or park at Dovedale car park for just £3. 


Castleton 

This little village is the perfect place to stop for lunch while on a Peak District adventure. Again with lots of stone buildings, the little village is perfect to wander around. Additionally the village has some nice pubs which are perfect for lunch or dinner. 



Bakewell 

You have not had a Bakewell tart until you have had a fresh baked one from Bakewell village!

Bakewell has to be one of our favourite places in the Peak District. Not only does it have the best Bakewell tarts but it is also the cutest village to explore. You will find lots of quirky little shops; a pretty canal with a love lock bridge and great British food. 

Come and have a Bakewell tart in Bakewell . . . 


Have you ever been to the Peak District?

Where would you recommend visiting?

Love Chloe and Megan


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Banana Berry Pancakes

When it comes to pancake day it is always a little difficult to find a good recipe that you can eat as a vegan. These pancakes are the easiest to make, only containing a few simple ingredients that you're bound to already have in and you'd never know that they're vegan and actually healthy for you!

Ingredients
- 3/4 cup Oats (Blended to flour consistency)
- 3/4 cup Almond milk (Other plant milk could work)
- 1 & 1/2 banana (Save the other half to top)
- Handful Blueberries
- Handful Raspberries 
- Handful chopped Mango 

Method
1. Start by blending your oats to make a flour consistency. 
2. Add in half a banana with 1/4 cup of milk at a time and continue until you have a batter mixture.
3. Add in your fruit and gently mix in by hand.
4. In a frying/ pancake pan heat coconut oil on a medium heat. 
5. Pour in your mixture for your desired pancake size.
6. Allow to cook for a few minutes before turning. 

This recipe made 5 smaller pancakes but you can make 2/3 larger ones. 
Hope you have a great pancake day! 
We would love to see you make this recipe! Please share it with us on Instagram or Twitter!

Love Megan x
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The Ultimate Las Vegas Hotel Guide

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is known as being quite an over-the-top, extravagant and exciting city; everyone knows the city for gambling and partying. Especially with the Hangover film showing everyone what Vegas is all about. However what most people don't know (including us before we booked our Vegas trip) is that Vegas is full of astonishing hotels! 

Whatever the occasion for your visit, you will be sure to find a hotel to suit what you are looking for . . . Vegas has a hotel for everyone: whether you are on a party trip; a family holiday; a birthday trip or even a relaxing trip, there is a hotel for you. The main Vegas hotels are located on the main road - the strip - this means you can get a hotel as central or as far away as you wish. The strip has a lot going on and easy transport, so whether you are right in the middle of the strip or right at the end it doesn't matter, as long as you find a hotel you love. 

Come and find the perfect hotel for your Las Vegas trip . . . 

Circus Circus Hotel 

The Circus Circus hotel is as the name suggests a circus. If you are looking for a fun hotel with lots to do then this is the hotel for you. Think circus acts, amusement games and rollercoasters . . . 

Home to the 5-acre indoor adventuredome the Circus Circus hotel is perfect if you are travelling with children or even if you are just a big child yourself. Although Vegas is known for its gambling, if you are not very good (like us) then this is the perfect hotel to stay at and have lots more to do. Instead of losing all your money gambling you can always spend it on something fun like a rollercoaster or play crazy golf. The rides within the adventuredome are perfect for all ages, you will find smaller rides for young children, golf for the whole family and a twisting upside down rollercoaster for the thrill-seekers. 

Being indoors the adventuredome is great all year round. Although it is believed that being in the desert Las Vegas is always hot this is not true. During our trip it was definitely not summer weather, this made the Circus Circus hotel the perfect place to have fun when it got cooler. 

Visiting in the summer 
The Circus Circus hotel is also home to a water park! 

With slides for all ages and parking free of charge, the waterpark is the perfect place to head for some fun, relaxation and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the never sleeping city. 

Staying the night 
Although the hotel can appear a little more dated than other hotels in the city it is still a great hotel to book. From the front it looks like a circus tent with a couple of high rise buildings; however there are also smaller shaley style rooms with parking. These are great if you are not a lover of heights and don't want to have bright lights and lots going on outside your window. At the Circus Circus hotel you can be as much within the hustle and bustle as you wish to be! 


Luxor Hotel 

The Luxor hotel is of course another intriguing hotel to look at. With a 30-story pyramid the hotel is hard to miss. Inspired by Egypt, if you had not already guessed. Located at the end of the strip the hotel is definitely worth the walk to admire its size and beauty. 

Inside the hotel you will find: 

Titanic: The artifact exhibition 
This exhibit shows never-seen-before artefacts from the most famous ocean-liner. Open daily from 10am to 10pm you are able to visit at any time of day. Tickets can be brought online or at the attraction, however it can get booked up so book in advance if you can. 
PRICE: $24

Bodies . . . The exhibition 
This other exhibit inside the Luxor shows real human bodies which have been dissected and preserved. You will see 13 whole body specimens as well as more than 260 organs and partial body specimens. 
PRICE: $32 

You can get tickets to the 'Titanic' exhibition and 'Bodies' exhibition for $42 if brought at the box-office. 

Nurture spa 
If you are looking for somewhere to relax and pamper then why not head to the spa. You will find a wide variety of treatments from massages to facials to nails. 
PRICE: varies depending on treatment, from $20

Weddings 
Like most hotels within Vegas, the Luxor has a chapel where you can get married . . . 

Pools 
During the summer months the Luxor has a pool that you can use and Cabanas that you can hire. 

Casino and Bars 
You will also find a casino and lots of bars to use both day and night!



Excalibur Hotel & Casino 

The Excalibur hotel is the hotel that looks like a princess castle. With rooms and suites available you can also stay in Vegas like a princess too. 

This hotel is great for families travelling with children and adults; whether you are looking to visit for the casinos; the nightlife or the family time Excalibur has it all . . . 

Fun Dungeon 
This is another great hotel if you are travelling to the city with children. The fun dungeon is the arcade located on the lower level of the hotel. Here you will find over 200 games, consisting of arcade games, air hockey and the worlds largest Pacman. While visiting the Fun Dungeon you can also grab a treat at the Dairy Queen & Orange Julius - from smoothies to sundaes. 

Ultimate 4D Experience 
Located within the Fun Dungeon you will also find the Ultimate 4D Experience which is their cinema-like experience which allows you to see some of your favourite films with 3D visuals and special effects. You are able to purchase tickets for the experience for either one viewing or multiple or even an all day pass and see as many as you wish. At any one time you will find multiple movies to choose from; these are updated to new choices frequently. 

Where to eat 
The Excalibur hotel and casino has multiple options for somewhere to eat, whether you are looking for an all-you-can-eat; steakhouse; Italian; fast food or a dessert-like snack you will find it all. The majority of the food places are open long hours or 24 hours; perfect if you need a midnight snack while playing in the casino. 

Nightlife 
The Excalibur nightlife consists of sports bars; lobby bar and a couple of other bars, each open till the early hours or 24 hours. 

Spa and Fitness 
Looking to keep fit while away or relax, you can either head to the spa which offers a wide variety of treatments or to the gym to work off them extra pounds from all the delicious food consumed. 


New York, New York Hotel 

The New York, New York hotel must have been the hotel we were most excited to see when we got to Vegas. After visiting New York a couple of years ago we fell in love! Being one of the most exciting and visually pleasing hotels it catches your eye straightaway. 

Location wise the hotel is great if you want to see and do a lot. From inside the hotel you can get to Hershey's Chocolate World and access the walkway to get to Excalibur. 

Staying the night 
The hotel offers a wide variety of rooms depending on the number of people you are travelling with and the level of luxury you require. With quirky New York names you could stay in the park avenue king room or maybe a madison avenue king or feeling extravagant why not book the penthouse. 

The Big Apple Coaster & Arcade 
One of the things that catches your attention from outside the hotel is the rather large rollercoaster. This is the Big Apple Coaster; offering an adrenaline-racing experience with its 180 degree loop and twist. Feeing adventurous, you can now ride the coaster with a virtual reality mask as well!
Individual rides: $15

Eating  
This may be one of the most exciting and hardest-to-choose hotels to eat at. America is known for it's amazing food and generous offerings; so of course the American city-inspired hotel is no different. You will be able to find: pizza, fries, burgers, milkshakes, breakfasts and many more. Of course this may be one of the unhealthier eating areas, but you are on holiday after all! 

Nightlife 
Like New York, the hotel is also home to lots of bars including a chocolate bar! 

The hotel has a bar for whatever mood you are in, whether you want to witness the piano duelling show at Bar at Times Square, or learn how to line dance at Coyote Ugly. You will also find quieter, less extravagant bars, like the Big Chill which offers frozen cocktails. 



Paris Hotel

The Paris hotel is definitely one you cannot miss! 

Located along the centre of the strip, you will find it opposite the Bellagio and Caesars Palace. Of course with its ginormous Eiffel Tower out the front you will spot it straightaway. Like many of the hotels in Las Vegas the Paris hotel has a few of the well known attractions replicas. 

Fact: the Eiffel Tower replica is only half of the size of the one in Paris. 

Staying the night 
The hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites to choose from for your stay. The rooms are located within the Paris-inspired apartment buildings behind the Eiffel Tower. Perfect if you are looking for a great view and a central location on the strip. 

Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck 
If you are looking to see one of the best views in the city then you need to head up the Eiffel Tower. Like the tower in Paris the Las Vegas one also offers a viewing deck where you can experience amazing views. 46 stories above the strip you will be able to see all that Las Vegas has to offer, where to head next and what is past the hustle and bustle of the city. 
Daytime tickets: $16 
Nighttime tickets: $22

Nightlife 
With various bars and a nightclub the Paris hotel may be the one for you if you are not in Vegas for a long time but a good time! The Chateau nightclub and rooftop gardens is located underneath the Eiffel Tower, offering a great experience overlooking the Bellagio fountains. 

Eating 
If you are a lover of french food then this is the hotel to head to. Whether you are looking for a quick bite, a buffet, a casual dinner or something a little fancy . . . 

Feeling extravagant why not dine at the Eiffel Tower restaurant where a steak will cost you anything from $64 or visit the all-you-can-eat buffet for $22-$31 depending on the time of your visit. 


Flamingo Hotel 

The Flamingo hotel is a must visit in the city even if you are not staying over. The hotel may be one of out favourites due to the flock of flamingos that they have in their gardens.

Staying the night
If you are staying the night the Flamingo has a wide variety of rooms and suits to choose from; you can choose from different views either overlooking the strip or of the high roller wheel behind the hotel; you can choose to stay with pets or you could choose a room for more people. Of course prices vary drastically, however can start as low as $37 a night during quieter months such as January when the weather is a little cooler.

The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat 
As mentioned above the hotel is also home to Flamingos which live in the gardens. Free to the public regardless of if you are staying at the hotel, the habitat is a must visit. It is a space of calm among all the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas city. The gardens are also home to other animals such as parrots, turtles and fish. With two feedings of the pelicans daily you can visit the 15-acres of gardens for a change of scenery and to see something new.

Eating 
Inside the hotel you will find places to have a quick snack such as a pizzeria; a buffet which serves brunch daily and dinner friday and saturday; a steakhouse with steaks from $37 and more casual eateries such as margaritaville which is the rooftop bar/restaurant.

Nightlife 
The Flamingo has a variety of bars to choose from at night. Why not head to the Bird Bar where every drink is named after a different bird and happy hour 5pm - 6pm serves 50 cent beers!



Venetian Hotel

The Venetian hotel; inspired by Venice and all things Italian. 

The hotel is amazing from the outside, you can cross the bridge over the water where you are able to get a gondola and feel like you are in Venice. Due to the size of the outside you can almost forget that you are in America and not Italy. 

Staying the night 
The rooms inside are just as amazing as the outside, whether you are looking for a room or a suit it is guaranteed to be luxurious! Prices can be a little more than some of the other hotels with starting prices from $143 per night; however rooms can be more extravagant as well. The location of the hotel additionally makes it worth the price, you will be staying within the centre of the strip within easy walking distance of everything. 

Gondola rides 
One of the main and popular attractions at the Venetian is the Gondola rides which are offered out the front of the hotel and inside the hotel. Open 10am till 11pm and 12am on a Friday and Saturday. Both inside and outside Gondolas are meant to be amazing, both equally romantic with unique views.
Price: $29 per person

Madame Tussauds 
Although you will find Madame Tussauds attractions all over the world, each have their own different wax works unique to that location. For instance at the Las Vegas one you will find wax works of Kardashians and even the Hangover cast from the Las Vegas film.
Tip: tickets at the Venetian box office are cheaper than the Madame Tussauds box office.
Price: $19-$30

Eating
Whatever you fancy is whatever you want when staying at the Venetian. What about . . . seafood, steak, American, Asian, French, Italian or Latin?

Nightlife 
Within the hotel you will find various bars and lounges for all your drinking needs.


Bellagio Hotel 

The Bellagio hotel is one of the biggest hotels along the strip. Home to the ginormous fountains it is one of the most well-known hotels within the city. 

Staying the night 
If you are looking for a luxury experience while staying in Vegas then this may be the hotel for you. You can either stay in a room or a suit, with suits big enough for up to 6 people you can stay with people you're travelling with too. Such an extravagant hotel can also come with extravagant price tags, rooms can be a little more than other hotels, however the luxury, location and views can make it worth-while. 

The Fountains
Designed to mesmerise and romance your senses, the fountains deliver water, music and lights daily during their shows. Show times: 
Monday to Friday - every 30 minutes 3pm to 8pm, every 15 minutes 8pm to 12am
Saturdays - every 30 minutes 12pm to 8pm, every 15 minutes 8pm to 12am 
Sundays - every 30 minutes 11am to 7pm, every 15 minutes 7pm to 12am

Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 
This may be one of our favourite attractions within Vegas. The inside gardens are designed at different times of year to reflect the season or the holiday. During our visit it was Chinese New Year, this meant Chinese plants, Koi fish and Chinese buildings. You can check on the website what dates the gardens change and what season/holiday they are designed for. However bare-in-mind that the gardens have 'dark dates' where they are closed to be changed over. 

Eating 
Due to its luxury, the Bellagio has various restaurants and eateries, however these can come with a larger price tag than other hotels. You will among the extravagant restaurants find the more affordable  and better for money buffet at $39 for dinner all-you-can-eat. 


Caesars Palace

Does Caesar live here? 

If you have seen the Hangover film then Caesars Palace went straight to the top of your list of where to stay in Las Vegas. 

Staying the night 
Being one of the most popular hotels to stay at in the city makes Caesars Palace more expensive and booked up faster. You can choose from either a room or a suit if you want a Hangover experience. 

Shopping
Extravagant shopping may be one of the best things about Caesars. The Forum Shops is a must visit shopping experience, every designer shop you can imagine is here, along with a few favourites. Even if you are not looking to buy then you must visit for the Cheesecake Factory! 

Eating 
Whatever you fancy, you will find! You can have a buffet, a quick bite, something casual or even something a bit more expensive.


Have you ever been to Vegas? What hotel did you stay in? 

If you haven't been, what hotel are you liking the look of? 

Love Chloe and Megan

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Must See Attractions in Dubai


Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We have just got back from an amazing 10 days in Dubai and for sure there is not a shortage of different things to see and do. With that said there is so much, that it is hard to choose how to spend your time and get the most out of your trip. We have put together this post with some of the different things we were lucky enough to experience and ones that we recommend to you on your visit.

Dubai is a city within the United Arab Emirates which is very popular with the British. After all it does have some amazing architecture, beaches, food and great weather all year round!

The Burj Khalifa

This building is known as the tallest building in the world and definitely the first thing we knew we needed to visit on our trip. We booked our tickets before we arrived due to how busy it can get.

You are able to purchase tickets for two different floor levels within the Burj Khalifa. The lower floor you can visit is floor 124 and the higher floor is 148. Of course being 24 floors higher you may want to go as high as possible. However we did not on our visit due to the heat during July and both floors having open terraces. The view from floor 124 is still unlike anything you can imagine. Having been to the top of Empire state building and the Rockafellor building we had seen amazing views before, however this was higher than we ever imagined!

The price of the two different tickets for the Burj Khalifa varies quite a lot, therefore if you are not great with heights or it is a really hot season consider whether you really want to go right to the top before purchasing. 

You can book your tickets on their website: HERE 

As well as going to the top of the Burj Khalifa you can walk outside from the Dubai mall and get some pretty special photos with it in the background.

At the base of the Burj Khalifa is the fountain which you can stand and watch either next to the Burj Khalifa or if you are lucky enough you might even be able to catch the show from the top. There are two shows per day and then they are every half an hour in the evening. We would definitely recommend having a look what time they are on!


Getting to the top of the tallest building in the world in 60 seconds is pretty impressive! (our ears did pop twice)

Once you are at the top you can stay as long as you like to appreciate the view and take as many photos as you want. Also at the top is a little gift shop to get a souvenir of your visit. The viewing deck is also outside so it can feel quiet hot at times but worth it for the best views of this amazing city!


The Lost Chambers Aquarium

The lost chambers aquarium is at Atlantis the palm hotel. To get to this hotel it is quiet a way from the city centre so you need to allow yourself plenty of time for your visit. (Unless your already staying here)

Home to over 65,000 marine animals of all varieties. This aquarium is like no other as there are different aquariums every way you turn. The layout is a little bit like a maze and there were times when we found ourselves back at the same spot from taking a wrong turn.
As well as the aquarium there are also a variety of other packages where you can even get in the tank yourself and even swim with sharks.

Buy your tickets in advance: HERE

Dubai Malls

For sure there is no shortage of shopping when visit Dubai and it seems like every metro stop is a different mall. We visited a few different ones and every time we were blown away by how amazing they were!

The Dubai mall had to be our favourite because of how pretty it was. The most photogenic part of the mall has to be the human sculpture waterfall which is spread out over 4 floors.
Also in the mall there are 1500 shops! With that many you are able to find anything you want as they sell everything. Below you can see the more upmarket part of the mall which must have been our favourite bit.

Dubai Ice Rink

Inside the Dubai mall you will find an ice rink! Perfect to entertain the kids and get away from the heat outside.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo 

Yes, this is another aquarium . . . but you can never visit enough. Everyone has different species of tropical fish and reptiles. What makes this one even better is the fact its in the middle of a shopping mall.



Have you ever been to Dubai? What attractions did you visit? 

Love Chloe and Megan




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January Favourites

The start of a new year and Ive decided to start a monthly favourites series. Every month we watch, read use and love so many different products and items so its about time that we share them with you! I have separated them into sections and hope we can recommend some great things for you!
 Books

This month makes the start of our new year reading challenge to see how many books we can read. As our bookshelf grows we have made it our mission to get through some of them before adding anymore to our amazon basket! 
We have started by reading the me before you sequel and if you've seen the film you know how good the books are going to be and if you haven't where have you been?! You need to add these to your basket like yesterday!


Makeup/ Skincare/ Accessories
Headbands have been something I've really got into this month! They're just so simple and really complete an outfit without any effort at all. Ive purchased two new ones and they are so lovely I had to share them! As well as headbands these clips have come in supper useful and look great.

When it comes to makeup and skincare I've been trying to be more minimal this month with he amount of products I'm using. The Too faced lip injection lip balm has been great for a simple gloss with a bit of extra plump!
Ive also only just tried The Ordinary skincare and I know I'm late to the party because its soooo good! These are the three products I've been using daily and I love them. They leave my skin feeling so fresh and clean.

Tv shows/ Boxsets/ Films
- The game changers | Conspiracy | Forks over knives

- Minimalism: A documentary about the important things

- Tidying up with Marie Kondo

- Midnight sun | Before I fall | A fall from grace

When its winter and the weather is repeatedly bad everyday all I want to do is find the perfect show to snuggle up in a blanket and binge watch! These are some of the shows that I've watched this month and really enjoyed. I tried to fit in a variety of a few films but as January is the month to work on yourself I ventured out to some 'self help' documentaries and I really enjoyed them!

Love Megan x
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