My seriously seriously late blog – Carlisle away trip

WOW. I have been super duper lazy with my away travels – I say lazy I mean work has been super duper busy and I also went away to New York and I was going to do a blog on NYCFC – to follow maybe – to follow.

So much has changed since my last blog about Leyton Orient. They sacked Andy Hessenthaler, brought in Alberto Cavasin and have now gone seven games without a win.

But I feel their fortunes will turn around. And there I was in Carlisle on September 10 but this time it was not a jaunt to the local fish and chip shop – which I did miss.

My brother had traveled down from Aberdeen and came along to the 2-2 draw with me and afterwards we had dinner at Hipping Hall.

Hipping Hall was one of the restaurants Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon visited in the first series of the trip.

It was a lovely dinner but not something I would do every week after a football match mostly because I cannot afford it – awks.

We had a six course tasting menu consisting of Trout, beef , cookies and cream and tomato curd.

What is a curd do you ask? Beats me! But I would recommend it for a once in a lifetime sort of meal as the grounds are quite pretty.

This weekend it is on to Hartlepool so no more beef and Trout for me it is back to some fish and chips or maybe some northern delicacy!

Until then!

Shona x

 

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I experienced a little bit of history and of course ate some fish – Morecambe

As I was set to travel twice in one week up to the north of England, I decided to get the train from London Euston to Morecambe.

The train took just over 3 hours and I felt calm and relaxed ahead of watching Leyton Orient win 2-1.

I met a lovely O’s fan called Jeff who kindly offered me a lift to the Globe Arena and it was there I heard something truly fascinating.

Morecambe’s tide goes out for miles from the coastline that it stretches to almost one mile and a half out, it goes out so quickly that sometimes you cannot even see it!

But it also comes in at a rate of knots too that it seems to be one of the fastest tides in the UK.

I had enough time after the match interviews to walk through the town and back to the train station and you guessed it! Grabbed myself another portion of a sea side’s town first and chips.

What was quite sad is, I bet Morecambe was a great seaside town to visit in its hayday.

A lot of it seemed to be run down but that is surely no fault of their own. Many families prefer to go abroad and it seems out of them all Blackpool has been the only one to miss the cut to visits to the seaside for a holiday.

But now to the fish and chips! WOW! For £5.80 for fish and chips and a can of Vimto I was delivered a HUGE portion.

Now, while I cannot quite compare it to Grimsby as I sat in a restaurant there rather than got a takeaway, the fish was so fresh and it was from Atkinson’s just off the main seafront around a 15 minute walk from the station.

The weather was not great, but as I waited for the train back to Lancaster the food kept me warm and was absolutely delicious – it is highly recommended.

So it is Au Revoir to Morecambe and onto the next seaside visit in October – Southend on a Tuesday night!

This weekend is a jaunt to Carlisle but I am stretching the barriers out ever so slightly and heading to the Lake District for a lovely dinner – I’ll keep you updated!

Shona

 

 

I recommend visiting the chip shop! Grimsby – Match day.

So while Grimsby is not the most exhilarating or exciting places to visit, a part of my job is to follow my club around the Country and this weekend it was Grimsby.

The O’s won 2-1 but my major highlight of the day was getting fish and chips from Steeles Restaurant in Cleethorpes, a 25-minute walk from the stadium or a six minute drive.

The restaurant itself allows you to step back into a time where fish restaurants were the range and they were on every street corner in every small town in the UK.

Not to mention, there is a queue outside if you have not already booked! Luckily I had, but it just shows how much people love their fish and chips from where Young’s is based.

The Pier itself is actually quite therapeutic once you pass the arcades that you see on any beach front.

It has a lovely restaurant where you can get smoked mackerel and mussels for £16 along with a pint! Not bad for lovely fresh sea food.

While at Steele’s, you also get bread and butter, and a pot of tea included with your fish and chips meal and the marvelous stack of mushy peas you get with them!

It was all for £9.95, not to mention the delightful banana split for £3!, and certainly left me waddling back to the car for my Journey back to London.

I would highly recommend for a day trip with the family, as it has something for all.

Until next time Grimsby!

 

Ankara

Landing in the Turkish capital I was filled with instant dread and excitement all at once.

One of my dearest friends was getting married and I did not want to miss her big day, but the fact we flew over a mere three weeks after a political coup did not put my mind at rest.

As soon as you stepped out of the Airport you could see everyone was eager to pledge their allegiance to Erdogan but most of all their allegiance to being a democratic country.

Turkish flags draped down the side of every building and hung from every balcony to show their utmost support.

But what people fail to remember and do not wish to see is how truly beautiful the city is.

It is one of the most ancient cities on our planet and was ranked in the top 25 places to visit around the world.

Not everyone is walking the streets at demonstrations or rallies they are continuing with their day to day lives, opening their businesses, drinking there Turkish teas and celebrating marriages.

Do not get me wrong, I was one of those people who instantly thought the city would be crazy, but I was instantly proved wrong.

It’s culture and history swept my eyes before I knew it and the five calls a day to attend the mosque sounded in my ears.

I find it a true shame that a remarkable beautiful city and country is attracting less visitors due to the nature of the coup but at the same time understand why so many fear travelling there.

While controversy still surrounds as to who launched the coup, no one can take away how friendly the Turks are.

They will greet you, cook food for you, embrace you as one of their own while you learn their own dance and all about their homemade delights.

I would recommend visiting the city as you can truly embrace within their culture and also visit a water park while you are at it too!

 

 

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Hi everyone,

So I am a sports reporter and I absolutely love my job but I also have a healthy obsession with travel and the excitement it brings.

While this mostly will be a travel blog I will upload some lifestyle pieces as well as my favourite sport articles.

I am venturing off to New York next month, one of my favourite places in the world. Not only is it breathtaking, it is steeped in history which makes it a remarkable place and I will be blogging about my trip whilst I live it up like a New Yorker – cheap pizza all round.

But what is most important is if you have ever thought of taking that extra step and doing that something a little bit scary DO IT. Nothing worth doing isn’t a little scary. It is also exciting,

I’ll leave you with Muhammad Ali’s wit and wisdom: Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Until next time!

Shona x