My favourite A Brummie Home and Abroad posts of 2017 are not necessarily those that have been the most popular so here are some other 2017 posts (in no particular order!) which I think deserve a little bit of love!
48 hours in Birmingham: Yes I finally did a guide to my own city! It was a chance to highlight some of my favourite bars, restaurants and hidden gems in Brum. And with new spots opening up all the time – and not getting around half of the new openings in 2017 – 2018 looks set to be just as busy as I up my Birmingham-blogging game
Cycling Stanley Park: Or more aptly, how NOT to cycle in Stanley Park. That is, try not to mow down oblivious pedestrians. In my defence, my choices were a) mow down the pedestrians on the cycle path; b) throw myself through the undergrowth towards the pedestrian path (and the sea); or c) haul myself into the road in front of an oncoming vehicle. What would you do?
Shaking my booty at the Big Birmingham Soul Night: Mr Fletche and I enjoyed this 2017 Northern Soul event so much that we’ve already booked for 2018! We still haven’t learnt any more swanky moves but I look forward to wobbling around the dancefloor with more confidence this time round!
How to Organise a Girl’s Trip to Alicante: In 2017 my lovely friends Ann and Clare helped me kick off my 40th birthday celebrations in style with a quick trip to Alicante. Except in typical fashion I took over all the organisation – here’s a humorous look at how to deal with a control freak travel organiser (spoiler: just let her (me) get on with it!)
A Brummie Home and Abroad Guide to Luxembourg City: Out of the places we visited in 2017, Luxembourg was possibly the quirkiest. For a capital city, it’s tiny and three days was possibly a little long to spend here! However we did make the most of Luxembourg’s efficient and cheap public transport system to get out and about and see some castles!
A Carry-On Convert…: One thing that was great about our trip to Luxembourg was that it was our first opportunity to test out going carry-on only! I got so good at packing light that for our November trip to London all my clothes were packed in one small handbag…
Conquering Mount Snowdon (the sequel): This was one of my “things-to-do-before-40” things, and after an aborted attempt in March I finally successfully climbed Snowdon! And I moaned and cried. A lot.
15 ways to recreate that holiday experience in your own living room: Because we’re able to be flexible when we travel, we don’t tend to go away in the main summer holiday months of July and August. So this post was written whilst my social media timelines were full of friends and family enjoying sandy beaches and endless cocktails…
Alternative Weekend in London: We spent a great – if tiring – weekend in London in May trying to tick off an alternative checklist. It was also a weekend of firsts, with our first AirBnB experience, our first time getting a National Express Coach and our first time trying to experience London like a local by brunching in Victoria Park! However rooftop cocktails and the Sky Garden are probably still pretty touristy…
Why I’ll never be Insta-Famous…: I know I said these weren’t in any particular order but I think this may be my favourite and judging by some of the comments, this resonates with a lot of people! However since writing this blog you will notice an increased number of “back-of-head” and “wistfully-looking-into-the-distance” shots on my Instagram feed, and I did purchase a bright red coat almost exclusively because “it’ll look great on Instagram…”. And because it was cheap (thanks Primark).
Are my favourites your favourites? Have you discovered something new? What have you enjoyed reading on A Brummie Home and Abroad this year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…