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A trip to the Victoria Baths Manchester

The Victoria Baths opened in Manchester in 1906 as a fully functioning place for people to meet, swim and work-out. It was the original leisure centre. It closed after 87 years and now is under-going restoration and a revitalised events calendar to bring it back to its former glory.

It’s a truly stunning building and it didn’t surprise me one bit when I found out they now host weddings, parties and other events there as it’s packed full of period features and history oozes out of every tile. Can you believe you can have your wedding reception in one of the swimming baths!? Ultra cool. They’ve accented the history of the building with vintage touches like the ‘Well Loved’ sign hanging from the viewing balcony and has that feel that lots of brides and grooms out there are loving…perfect for a vintage or DIY wedding.

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Italian food equals yum. Part 2

So I’ve already begun to tell you about my food experiences whilst on honeymoon in Italy in a previous post here. But there was oh so much more Italian food to talk about!

Aside from the beautiful trattorias, osterias and bars that we frequented, we also cooked our own food and even indulged in an authentic Tuscan cookery course. This was a definite high-light of our trip and something I’d highly recommend to those of you that are looking for something a bit different to do and something that involves a real piece of Italy. A Tuscan cook comes to your house or apartment, laden with the freshest of local ingredients and helps you cook your own 4-course Tuscan meal, before serving you whilst you devour every last bit!

Our cookery course was booked through Arianna and friends, a local Tuscan tour operator that specialises in food and wine tours and experiences. They pride themselves on taking things slow, so you can really indulge and take-in the real Italy. Arianna and her friends (one of whom was our cook, Veronica) are a wonderfully friendly bunch of people, who will guide you through some Italian experiences personally, giving you that special experience that you’d want on a holiday or honeymoon. We really are glad we met them and will definitely be calling on them when we’re back in Tuscany.

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Italian food equals yum. Part 1

So I can guarantee that a recurring subject on this blog will undoubtedly be food! I love food. A lot. It’s always going to be a bit of a battle for me to not over-indulge, as I can resist anything but temptation (thank you Oscar Wilde). But I’m never going to deny myself the pleasure of eating good food and enjoying it. It’s part of who I am. It’s my thing. I plan the next meal whilst I’m still eating the meal in front of me and continually hunt for the new restaurant or cafe to try out. I’ve been brought up in a family who like to eat and it becomes a pass-time and social event in my calendar.

Luckily my best friends and hubby enjoy eating nearly as much as I do, so I get to enjoy foody experiences with them too. I just don’t think we’d have a successful marriage if hubby was a picky eater. In fact, after 10 years of vegetarianism, he played a large part in introducing me to food I hadn’t eaten in a long time, including steak! Rare steak! From one end of the spectrum to the other. I do try to eat and buy food responsibly where I can, so I definitely don’t lack in morals when it comes to food. No fois-gras for me!

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