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Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Nutcracker Ballet

Today marks just one week until Christmas Day and I can't express just how much I'm enjoying this festive season!  Although we're all busy counting down the days until the 'big day', the build up proves to be just as exciting with all of the treats and traditions that take place this month!  In my case, along with many longstanding traditions, an old one was revisited this year by viewing The Nutcracker Ballet with my parents.  We selected the Birmingham Hippodrome as our venue of choice  and it certainly didn't disappoint!  With an appealing contemporary glass exterior and modern lobby, walking into the contrasting auditorium made for an overwhelmingly pleasant surprise, because after all, if you've booked tickets to experience arguably the most festive ballet around, you're hoping to enjoy it in flamboyant elegance.



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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!
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