Thursday, 11 December 2014

Treats and Traditions: Bath at Christmas

Last week, I spoke briefly of traditions whilst documenting my experience of Portsmouth's Victorian Festival of Christmas and since then I've been noticing just how many traditions I've continued over the years and equally, how many have unknowingly come to an end.  Thankfully, one that seems to be here to stay, is travelling to Bath at the beginning of December each year.  Shopping, visiting the Christmas markets and admiring the architecture has been a constant, but a new addition to the tradition has been staying at the Abbey Hotel overnight.    

The independently owned Abbey Hotel enjoys the perfect city centre location, allowing for easy access to most of the things that you'd travel to Bath for at this time of year.  With a stylish and at times contemporary design, the hotel offers both comfort and luxury, with interesting features and pops of colour at every turn.  The hotel room that I had the pleasure of staying in this year at the hotel featured a particularly unique patchwork armchair positioned just off the stone feature wall, which can be to blame for the removal of my camera from it's case before I'd even opened my suitcase to start unpacking!
















































Although I wasn't entirely aware of it at the time, I was coming down with a nasty cold and so having such a stylish and welcoming space to relax in for a little while before heading out was more than appealing!  I cracked open a bottle of uh, water, and immediately began to appreciate this festive tradition of visiting the City of Bath.

Jacket - Reiss
Skinny Jeans - Topshop
Boots - New Look   







Before we had even reached the Christmas Markets located next to the breathtakingly beautiful Bath Abbey, the smell of pasties and sausage rolls flooded out of a West Cornwall Pasty shop and persuaded us to delay exploring until even later.  I'm a firm believer in things happening just as they should and as I looked up over the busy Christmas Markets to see an illuminated Bath Abbey (thanks to not arriving there until the early hours of the evening), I firmly reminded myself never to doubt a sequence of events ever again.  




Don't quote me on this, but if we're not counting those accidentally stumbled upon, I think these were my first Christmas markets of the year, making for an exciting visit!  Personally, I'm not as much interested in what is for sale as what is on offer visually, as I move towards the high street shops to fill that gap (Anthropologie bracelet blog post coming soon).  A display of lights enveloping crowds of cheerful people who can all be found wrapped in warm clothing, makes for me an experience to both remember and treasure.

I have a feeling I'm not going to be alone when I say that sometimes, you simply don't want an evening to end.  You're having such a lovely time, that even returning to the comfort of your hotel room seems to be a shame. This was one of those times for me, but thankfully the Abbey Hotel's ArtBar exists.  Before heading upstairs, warm hot chocolates were served in thermal double-layered glasses with an array of glistening Christmas decorations to admire as we warmed up.  As far as prolonged evenings go, this was certainly in my top five!











By the time you read this, I will probably be on my way to Germany's Cologne (Koln) in anticipation of visiting the incredible Christmas Markets there for a few days, as another annual Christmas tradition.  In the meantime, I hope you're all enjoying this festive season and if you're looking to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit, be sure to connect with me over on Instagram!


With love,

Gabrielle x


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    1. I agree, it's particularly magical at Christmas! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  2. What a wonderful place, so beautiful :)) xx

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    1. I'm glad you think so too!!

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  3. Wow, the interior is so chic! Love the colourful sofa, dear! You're making me envious with all your travels as well. Hahaha! xoxo
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    1. The armchair also took me by surprise in a very nice way! Haha Shirley, I could say the same back to you! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  4. You know how to travel! Looking forward to your post about the German city Cologne :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. That's sweet of you to say, I will be blogging about my trip to the German Christmas markets next week! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Wow- it just sounds like the most wonderful Christmas traditions ever! Such fun, for a farm gal like myself this would be a dream come true- enjoy dear!

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    1. I am glad the tradition has remained, that's for certain! I hope you have a beautiful Christmas :)

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Its a wonderful place, like form fairytale!! Like the pictures and you look very cute!
    Kisses

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    1. With all of the glistening lights, I get what you mean! Oh thanks Alisa, you're too kind!

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  7. Visiting the markets look like so much fun. Great tradition. It all looks very festive. Glad you enjoyed yourself
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    1. Christmas markets are a fantastic way of greeting the festive season, in my opinion!

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  8. Beautiful photos! You look gorgeous in that coat. I love Christmas markets and traditions.

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    1. Thank you Jasmine, that's lovely of you to say!

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  9. That chair is perfect. I can imagine snuggling up on it, watching some Netflix. You've got me antsy to visit some Christmas markets! :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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    1. I curled up on it and ate Lindt chocolate truffles, doest that count?! ;)

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  10. What a beautiful tradition! You look gorgeous and oh my, those chairs <3

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    1. The colourful armchair is such a striking piece, I agree! Thank you, Patricia!

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  11. Such an amazing place! I fall in love with that colorful sofa, i need one! You look so beautiful, love your fur coat!
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    1. All eyes go on an armchair when it's as colourful as this one, for sure! Thank you Cvetina, the fur coat is by Zara! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. That chair is adorable!

    Renee
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  13. Your tree is beautiful - I love the decorations.

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    1. The Christmas tree shown in this post is that of the ArtBar at the hotel I was staying in!

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  14. Most traditions are really worth keeping and I absolutely love how the entire city looks so festive! That hotel is so nicely decorated.

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    1. That's a very good point and I agree the hotel had a lovely decoration scheme!

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  15. It is such a wonderful feeling to have traditions, and be able to celebrate this season:) Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!
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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, we're reminded of all that is wonderful about life at this time of year! You're very welcome :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Lovely pics! Sounds like a wonderful experience! Hope you are on the mend! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Tina! I am feeling much better now, thank you :)

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  17. these photos are pure Perfection <3
    wish you a great weekend ahead…
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    1. That's really nice of you to say and thank you, I had a wonderful weekend and I hope you did too!

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  18. Bath is so stunning! That hotel looks lush too :) I miss European Christmas markets- there's something really magical about them! I hope you have an amazing time in Berlin :)

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    1. Bath is definitely a beautiful city and I know what you mean, I'm truly thankful to have such easy access to them! Cologne was as incredible as always, thank you! :)

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  19. What a fun chair in that room! Looks like you had a great time! What a fun tradition! :) Great pictures as always!

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    1. It definitely took me by surprise when entering the hotel room! Thanks Jasmine!

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  20. Hey my friend, you have a wonderful life, and i love your smile

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    1. That's nice of you to say and thank you - I seem to be grinning madly in all of my photos haha!

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  21. The chair is love! Can't you send it over to me? Haha ;) Seems like you had an amazing time! I'm loving the pictures :D

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    1. I wish I could Melissa and whilst I'm at it, I'd send one over my way as well haha ;)

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  22. Love your boots <3 beautiful photos and looks like you had a great time at the Christmas markets!! I am going at the weekend to the Edinburgh markets and cant wait :) always makes you feel so festive now that Christmas is just around the corner! xx

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    1. Thanks Jenny, they're by New Look! I had a really wonderful time and I hope you enjoyed yourself at the Edinburgh markets!! :)

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    1. It really was! Thanks for stopping by!

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  24. Love the colorful char. Beautiful pictures. xx

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  25. My god, such a cute sofa!!! Love how unique is looks!!! And the interior is indeed so so chic!!! <3 I, too, love christmas markets!! They really cheer me up!! ^_^

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    1. I agree, unique pieces such as this armchair can be so refreshing! I'm so glad you love Christmas markets as well, Anshul! :)

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  26. What a lovely holiday tradition and it's nice that you've continued it. The Abbey Hotel looks like such a wonderful place to stay and Christmas markets are such an incredible way to get into the holiday spirit!
    Happy weekend Gabrielle!

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    1. The Abbey Hotel is undoubtedly one of my favourite UK hotels now! Have a lovely week, Rowena!!

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  27. Wow, the city of Bath looks like a beautiful place to visit during this time of the year. The festive atmosphere must be electrifying, I can only imagine how amazing is it to be there. I love that patch armchair, it's such a quirky piece but gorgeous!

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    1. I definitely prefer to visit the city at Christmas, as it takes on such a festive vibe! Thanks for your comment, Shireen! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. winter time in the west looks so festive and I feel jealous about it. the Christmas vibe is just so strong.
    hope you have a great holiday!

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    1. That's a very interesting point, I suppose the Christmas atmosphere is certainly very strong over here! I hope your week is going well so far! :)

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  29. A Christmas market trip to Germany sounds like the best tradition! I love hearing about other families's little Christmas traditions. The first Christmas market visit of the year is always the most exciting!

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    1. Visiting the Christmas markets in Germany is my favourite festive tradition and it definitely didn't disappoint! :)

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  30. That colourful chair is too adorable :)

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  31. I can't get over the interiors of that hotel. That patchwork armchair is super cute. I can only imagine how magical Christmas must be in Europe, with all that gothic and old world architecture and then snow on top of that, ahhhh dreamy!

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    1. I agree, the hotel's interior is rather quirky whilst still maintaining an air of luxury! That's all very true.. although we're low on the snow at the moment!!

      Gabrielle x

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  32. Hi gorgeous! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! That place looks magical, definitely it's worth a visit. Plus, the hotel decoration is gorgeous ;)
    Feel free to come back any time! :)
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    1. You're more than welcome, it most definitely is worth visiting!!

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  33. What a fun outing! Oh that sofa is adorable, I love the colors, truly a standout piece! xo~ Lena
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    1. That's a lovely way of putting it, a 'standout' piece!!

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  34. Hello beautiful Gaby! I wish I lived there so I could travel to all those wonderful places during Christmas time. But because I live super far away, make sure to continue documenting and taking wonderful pictures so I can enjoy from here, my sweet home. The hotel is super adorable and that chair is super chic and you sitting on it look like a beautiful butterfly on top of a colorful flowers bouquet. As soon as I saw the picture of the delicious hot chocolate I got up, went to kitchen and I made one for myself:-) Keep having a wonderful time and taking lots of pictures. Thanks for sharing and look forward to your next post! XOXO, Jeannette

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    1. Hey Jeannette.. I am certainly grateful for having such easy access to place such as this, I hope you find yourself surrounded by Christmas markets sometime very soon! You're so sweet, that's a really lovely thing to say :) You're more than welcome and thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Aww Gabrielle you always visit such amazing places! It looks absolutely amazing! :) x
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    1. I think I have grown to appreciate the places I visit more since starting blogging! :)

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  36. I've never been to Bath, but I think it's a wonderful city and your pictures confirm this. I hope one day to visit it. That patchwork armchair is fantastic!!! Have a nice day, kisses,
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    1. I truly hope you visit the city at some point at Christmas, as it takes on an entirely different vibe! Have a lovely week!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. Beautiful photos! Looks like Bath is such an amazing city!
    The chair is so colorful.. I love it. And what a cute smile you have :)

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    1. Thanks very much, I'm so glad you've enjoyed this post! Ah, that's really sweet of you to say :)

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  38. Hi dear!
    Oh great deco, so lovely place
    The colored sofa is amazing!
    xoxo

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    1. The patterned sofa seems to be a hit with everyone haha! Thanks for stopping by!

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  39. This is really wonderful! The pics are amazing and the place looks so dreamful.

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    1. Thanks ever so much, I'm really glad you enjoyed this post!

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  40. Look like you had such a great time! I would love to go to Bath one day! x

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    1. I had a wonderful time, thank you! I hope you find yourself in Bath in the future, Gail!

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  41. You look so adorable in these photos, as always! That hotel looks so awesome and I am loving that chair that you posted. I hope you snuck it home with you! The Christmas markets look like so much fun! I am having such a great time seeing them in Europe. They are amazing. I love that you have been sharing your Christmas traditions with us!

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    1. That's really lovely of you to say Denise, thank you! I wish I could have fitted the chair in my suitcase haha and I'm so glad you're enjoying the Christmas markets in Europe - I have just come back from Germany myself from visiting the markets in Cologne! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. Looks like such an incredible place!!!
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    1. .. and it was an incredible place to visit, as well!

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  43. When I first read this title, I was a little confused cause I thought you were talking about a Christmas bath... which seemed a little odd. Then I remembered Bath was a place lol. Anyways, it looks like Bath is a beautiful place, specially around Christmas, and it's wonderful that you have a tradition of visiting around the holidays :)

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    1. Haha this made me laugh, I had wondered whether anyone would have mistaken the title for that at first! ;)

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  44. Hey sweetest Gabrielle,

    I want to greatly thank you for your kind words on my blog, they mean so much to me! I'm truly thankfull that I am in contact with such a lovely and humble person as you are!
    And for this post, it seems like a cosy and warm couple of days!

    I wish you and your family a wonderfull time in Germany, been several times in Koln and it's also very nice! And stay warm! Don't want you to catch a serious cold! ;)

    ♡ ♡ ♡


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    1. Hey Cheraine! You're absolutely more than welcome, they are always entirely genuine as you really are very talented. I had a wonderful time in Germany thank you and I hope you're having a relaxing, beautiful Christmastime :)

      Gabrielle x

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  45. Lovely post dear! I so love the images. Happy Monday! :)

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  46. I went to Bath recently, did you get to the Thermae Spa? The armchair at the Abbey Hotel looks lovely and colourful

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    1. I didn't visit the Thermae Spa as this was more of a festive visit, however thank you for the suggestion for next time!!

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  47. So festive, I love it! And the chair is so fun and colorful, I want it!

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    1. That makes two of us, I wish it would have fitted in my suitcase haha!

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  48. I loved all of your photos! That colorful chair is so cute <3 I want one!

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  49. Stunning photos! The hotel room looks super cosy and that armchair is so funky, haha! :)

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    1. The hotel room was really inviting and cosy, you're right! :)

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  50. The multicoloured arm chair is really awesome!

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    1. The colourful armchair seems to be a hit with everyone, it's nice to know it's not only me admiring it!

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  51. Absolutely loved this post! The armchair looks so cool - I'd love one! These photographs are super festive too. I'm really pleased tou had a nice time. x x

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    1. I'm so glad, thank you for letting me know! Oh thank you, I had a wonderful time and hope that you are too, in whatever way you're celebrating the season! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  52. That hotel looks so pretty! :) Love the Christmas mood in these pictures. Hope you're having a great time in Cologne!

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    1. It is undoubtedly one of my favourite UK hotels! I had a wonderful time in Cologne thanks Anett, I hope you're having a wonderfully festive December!!

      Gabrielle x

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  53. bath looks so beautiful-definitely somewhere i'd like to visit around christmas. that hotel is so cute as well!

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    1. Christmas would definitely be the time to see Bath in all it's glory!

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  54. Great decor inspirations! Amazing and super festive pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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    1. The hotel was certainly very inspiring with regard to inducing creativity! You're more than welcome, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  56. Lovely hotel, great pics and cool armchair!!!

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  57. Look great!!

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  58. I love the looks of that hotel. The chair is really a statement piece too. I'm getting the travel bug looking at these pictures.

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    1. The chair is a definite favourite of mine as well - go pack your bags and get exploring, Deedee! ;)

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  59. I love a Christmas market! Last year I went to Germany with my husband and sister and her fiancé and it was so lovely and festive. Like you, I like to soak up the atmosphere rather than actually shop, although I did end up with a couple of Christmas decorations and quite a lot of sweets! This one looks really lovely. x

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    1. Your experience of Germany surrounded by loved ones sounds truly wonderful! I'm the very same, Christmas decorations and sweets are a must and pretty much unavoidable! ;)

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  60. I so love the Abbey Hotel and your photos make me miss England

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    1. I'm really glad to have shown England in a positive light! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  62. What an amazing blog! And fantastic photos! I love it :)

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