Last weekend, we dropped Pepper off at Nath’s mum’s and headed to Plymouth for our ‘7 years together’ celebration.
At first I had no idea where we were going. Nath has simply said that we would be ‘Pepper-free’ for the day and that I should pack an overnight bag, and while I do love a good surprise, it felt weird not being in control for once!
Ten minutes into the journey I couldn’t take it any more; I needed to know the plan! Nath explained that we were heading up to Plymouth for some shopping and a hotel stay on the Hoe, and that we’d be stopping off on the way at Route 38, a road-side American style diner near Liskeard for breakfast.
Needless to say, far too many pancakes were eaten.
With bellies full of syrupy goodness, we continued our journey, and arrived at the Holiday Inn Plymouth at around 1pm. The room was lovely, and the view of the city was great!
I’m still amazed at how nice the weather was for us, and we were so lucky to have a hotel within 2 minutes walk to the sea-front (and a fantastic view of it from the restaurant, as we found out in the morning!).
We went for a walk around the Plymouth Lido (closed for the Winter), before heading into town for some much-needed Primark shopping (yes, you get excited about Primark when you live in Cornwall!).
Along the way, Nath introduced me to this rather amazing cafe, Barista Bros.
With good food fast becoming the main theme of the weekend, we booked a table at The View (an all-you-can-eat Asian restaurant in the centre) for dinner, and booked breakfast in the hotel for the following morning.
Don’t be fooled by this picture; the hotel breakfast was also all-you-can-eat, so trust me when I say that this was just my ‘first course’.
The restaurant was on the 11th floor, with huge windows facing all directions, and stunning views to look out on. Incredibly, we were seated right next to a huge window facing the sea; it was the perfect place to enjoy a delicious breakfast.
We checked out at 11am and went for a walk to burn off a small percentage of the calories we’d just consumed. Another beautiful day, we decided to explore the sea front some more.
Yes, that’s right. There were people paddle boarding and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean in February!
To be fair, it was the perfect day for it, with the water being so still. We watched that swimmer for half an hour, doing his lengths up and down the bay. It was incredible!
On the way home we decided to stop off at Trago Mills in Liskeard and pick up some necessary home bits and bobs.
Purchases of the day include a mini bamboo plant for the living room, and a gorgeous oriental teapot (totally necessary of course):
We had a lovely, peaceful weekend, and I’m extremely grateful to Nath for organising it all. I’m very lucky to have spent 7 years with this awesome man, and here’s to many more!