Asia, Wanderlust

Summer memories – my Instagram moments

Long lazy golden days, whiled away in a garden or park; even better with an ice cream at the beach. Baking gently in the sun, relaxing entirely, the summer holidays seem to stretch on forever.

I wonder if all kids love the beach – I've lost track of how many we've visited in my daughter's lifetime, most recently this stretch of seaside in Kep, on the Cambodian coast near Vietnam. Known for its Modernist buildings (mostly abandoned), crab market – and cheerful waving crab statue – as well as butterflies in the national park and French influenced in the bakeries, it's a chilled out spot. Especially sitting on the sand watching kids splash in the waves. 🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊 #familycambodia #kepcambodia #igerscambodia #travelasia #beautifulcambodia #explorecambodia #stubbornmule #cambodiatrip #cambodge #besidethesea #beachlife #lookingouttosea #besidetheseaside #coastline #beachlover #tinytravels #ourfacelessadventure #travelwithkids #travelwithchildren #welovetotravel #familytrip #mytinymoments #familyjaunts #awanderfulchildhood #explorerkids #postcardsfromtheworld #thehappynow #forahappymoment #brilliantmoments #traveljunkie

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At least that’s the image I always have in my mind: as a child, six weeks was an eternity between terms. As a parent, six weeks can seem an eternity of another sort – but we’ve done our best to pack them full of wonderful memories, from our fabulous Cambodia trip to days out around the UK.

The start of term is almost on us again though: so as I plan a few final days out for us to fill next week’s inset days, I’m looking back at some of my favourite moments, shared on Instagram – my new (school) year resolution is to try to do some more Instagram Stories as well, so do follow me if you’re not already.

It must have been quite a sight, running the gauntlet of the statues lining the Angkor Thom bridge during the city's heyday. More than a few are worn down by the passage of time today but enough have been restored in all their staring glaring challenging glory to remain instantly impressive. The steady stream of tuktuks flooding through the narrow gate, wide enough only for one way traffic, is rather more prosaic! Processions of elephants would seem more appropriate… 🐘 🐘 🐘 🐘 🐘 #familycambodia #igerscambodia #travelasia #angkor #angkorthom #siemreap #beautifulcambodia
#siemreapcambodia #cambodiatrip #cambodge #explorecambodia #stubbornmule #postcardsfromtheworld #goexplore #traveljunkie #bitsofbuildings #beautifulbuildings #exploringtheglobe #neverstopexploring #exploreyourworld #letsgoeverywhere #letsgosomewhere #welivetoexplore #petitejoys #flashesofdelight #brilliantmoments #inspiringtravelpics #sculptures #wonderfulplaces #searchwandercollect

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The highlight of the summer? Finally seeing the wonderful temples of Angkor in Cambodia, something I’ve dreamed of for years – and as amazing in reality as I’d hoped.

Even better, an adventure which I felt was really shared with my daughter.

How quickly the holiday feeling fades. The sun is shining today but chilling out by the pool in Cambodia, at our hotel on Otres Beach 2 near Sihanoukhville, feels a very long way away. I am flicking through photos to capture that relaxed feeling once again. Nothing like turquoise water to whisk me away from reality. At least for a little while. . . . . . #familycambodia #igerscambodia #travelasia #beautifulcambodia #Sihanoukhville #otresbeach #cambodiatrip #cambodge #explorecambodia #stubbornmule #postcardsfromtheworld #inspiringtravelpics #momentsofmine #brilliantmoments #thingsyousee #littlestoriesofmylife #neverstopexploring #colourinmysquare #letsgoeverywhere #letsgosomewhere #thehappynow #forahappymoment #petitejoys #flashesofdelight #sharedjoy #lovelysquares #wonderfulplaces #beautifulhotels #oureverydaymoments #ourtraveltimes

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Family travel always has its ups and downs – but this summer I got a glimpse of what travelling with my daughter might become in the next few years. The contrast between Cambodia and Burma last year was noticeable: not only has that extra year given her more stamina, there are (slightly) fewer battles of wills and a greater curiosity about the world.

The final bonus? Now she’s started learning to read and write, I even managed a few more moments chilling out by the pool as she entertained herself.

Anne Boleyn must be one of history's most fascinating women – whichever tales you prefer to believe of her, she certainly wasn't dull. So getting to see items she once owned at the castle where she was born was a chance I didn't want to miss. What I hadn't realised was quite how much more there was to Hever Castle, from jousting to people in costume talking about everyday Tudor life, as well as a maze, water maze, lake and wonderful gardens. The roses were in bloom and there were grapes on the vines. Anne must have regretted leaving this idyllic spot… . . . . . #igerskent #instakent #visitkent #lovekent #gardenofengland #hevercastle #visitengland #lovegreatbritain #photosofbritain#lookingupatbuildings #bitsofbuildings #beautifulbuildings #mybritain #ig_britishisles #capturingbritain #visitbritain #castlesofinstagram #historygeek #postcardsfromtheworld #letsgoeverywhere #letsgosomewhere #thehappynow #forahappymoment #petitejoys #flashesofdelight #sharedjoy #lovelysquares #wonderfulplaces #castles #castles_oftheworld

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A reminder that I needn’t take a long-haul flight to uncover a travel treasure – having cruised past signs for Hever Castle on the motorway countless times, announcing each time that ‘one day we must visit’, we fitted in a day trip to Kent to do just that.

Discovering jousting, mazes, beautiful gardens, Tudor characters and the chance to ponder the fascinating Anne Boleyn, it kept us all very happy.

Who can spot the meerkat? I wish I could have got more shots of the stonkingly cute babies – about the size of a fist but already practising their digging and alert meerkat stance. My daughter was enthralled. If it wasn't for the lemurs and penguins here at Peak Wildlife Park, I'm not sure we'd have moved. Who'd think this was in England – Staffordshire, on the edge of the Peak District and the area's beautiful moorlands rather than African desert. 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 🐹 #staffordshireiswonderful #enjoystaffs #visitengland #lovegreatbritain #igersstaffordshire #photosofbritain #mybritain #ig_britishisles #capturingbritain #visitbritain #familyjaunts #ourfacelessadventure #mytinymoments #ourplayfulstyle #postcardsfromtheworld #momentsofmine #brilliantmoments #letsgoeverywhere #letsgosomewhere #thehappynow #forahappymoment #littlestoriesofmylife #petitejoys #flashesofdelight #sharedjoy #lovelysquares #ukexplore #wonderfulplaces #ourweekendadventure #peakdistrict

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For once, the sun shone on the August bank holiday weekend – after two very chilly visits to my parents in Staffordshire in previous years, we made the most of the warmth, including a day out at Peak Wildlife Park in the beautiful moorlands, with its baby meerkats, greedy penguins and cheeky lemurs.

Who else loves reliving a bit of their childhood with their own kids? Every summer, we'd make the most of sunny days wandering along the canal near home, watching for boats in the lock and in my case sneezing lots from hayfever. The pollen seems to affect me less now but the lock is still the same and my daughter sat on the gates swinging her legs just as I used to. The heron on the bank was a rare spot, the alpacas in a field were new and the cows enjoying the cool of the water in the canal were usually in one of the fields – but the ducks and moorhens are a countryside constant. And now I'm a few years older, I get chilled rose at the canalfront pub rather than juice like my daughter! Happy bank holiday weekend 🥂 🥂 🥂 🥂 🥂 #staffordshireiswonderful #enjoystaffs #visitengland #lovegreatbritain #photosofbritain #mybritain #ig_britishisles #capturingbritain #visitbritain #familyjaunts #postcardsfromtheworld #momentsofmine #brilliantmoments #letsgoeverywhere #letsgosomewhere #thehappynow #forahappymoment #petitejoys #flashesofdelight #sharedjoy #lovelysquares #wonderfulplaces #greatoutdoors #freshairandfreedom #natureisbeautiful #alovefornaturesbest #thewildnesstonic #ourweekendadventure #reflectionshot #canals

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And to finish, one of those lazy golden days that make the perfect memories: a walk along the canal near my parents’ house, spotting herons, ducks optimistically hoping to be fed and the simple joy of watching my daughter sit on the lock gate just as I used to.

Perhaps that’s the perfect mix: reliving my own childhood and an adventure that’s new to us both. And photos to transport me straight back again once the nights start to draw in.

 

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