Travelling Maddie: Christchurch

Max and I finally got our well deserved week away not too long ago and I documented pretty much the whole thing. We had such a lovely time and I think documenting it to look over for years to come is such a sweet idea!!

Monday 17th July - 

Today is the day and after a great nights sleep we are ready and raring to get on the road! The car is all packed and we are making sure we have all the essentials before we head off, and figuring out the route as we are going via Luton (aka the long way) to drop Max's mom at the airport for her trip to Paris!

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We are finally here! It took longer than expected due to traffic on the motorway, but it wasn't too awful thankfully. All unpacked and about to go do a big food shop for the week. The caravan belongs to my grandparents, I have been visiting this site for the past 19 years with family so it is really lovely for Max and myself to have a week here alone too so he can enjoy it as much as we all have done!

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Food shop done and unloaded, we aren't wasting any time and are about to walk down to the beach, around a 15 minute walk from the caravan site. We have lovely sunshine and the idea of spending another 5 minutes indoors seems crazy!

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Dinner was a nice and simple one tonight – pasta bake! I made enough for tomorrow too, as we have planned a day trip to Brownsea Island as it looks like it will be our nicest day, and have to take a picnic.

 

Tuesday 18th July - 

We woke up relatively early considering how full on yesterday was. Showered, breakfast ate (croissants for me – it's a caravan tradition for me ever since I can remember, and Cheerios and toast for Max) and picnic packed up! Route all in on Google Maps and we are ready to head off on our little adventure.

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We parked up in the Sandbanks area and got on the short boat ride to Brownsea Island. Max felt a little sick but thankfully we were literally on it for about 10 minutes!

The weather is insane, 32 degrees and beautiful sunshine – definitely the perfect day for this trip!

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We walked around for around 2 hours, taking photos and soaking up some culture, before stopping to eat our picnic. The pasta bake was really yummy but Max had also made sandwiches which weren't as good, but I think they'd just gone a bit soggy in the bag haha. We carried on, walking down to the mini beach, which used to have a pottery kiln, and the remains were incredible! You walk down onto the beach and it is just scattered with thousands upon thousands of pieces of smashed pottery – it was such a strange thing to stumble across!

After 2 more hours it was time to go home, Max grabbed some fudge from the gift shop because what seaside trip is complete without fudge?!

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Before we know it we are on the boat, back at Sandbanks and still have an hour or so on our parking, so we headed to the beach and stopped off for some chips and coffee, before going to look at the boating harbour, taking more photos and heading off back to the caravan.

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We just got back – and the timing couldn't have been anymore perfect! 2 minutes after walking into the van, an almighty storm begun!! We're snuggled up in the cosy caravan and watching the storm unfold, it is crazy seeing the lightning illuminate the whole van.

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Once the storm passed, we went for a walk on the beach, we were the only ones there, as far as we could see along the coast, which isn't surprising after that storm. We didn't stay for too long as we could feel it was going to start again. Once again, perfect timing – we got back and the storm started again worse than before! We attempted to watch Love Island but the storm was too bad and the signal kept dropping, much to my dismay haha.

 

Wednesday 19th July - 

Today has been a super lazy day, so not much to report! We had a good lie in because the weather was pants, made fajitas (ultimate comfort food) then went to Castle Point shopping centre for a walk around to kill some time.

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Once the storms cleared, we went to the beach again for our evening walk. There were loads of boats on the sea so Max loved snapping some pics of them!

 

Thursday 20th July - 

Today we are going on another day trip, this time to Durdle Door, and in all of my years holidaying in Bournemouth, I have never visited Durdle, and it was Max's idea as he went as a child and loved it!

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I made us up a picnic again, this time we opted for rice and salad boxes, then packed the car up and we were on our way.

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Durdle Door is simply stunning.

I am so glad however that my crutches were in the car, because upon arrival not only did I step out the car and my knee popped out of place, but it is such a steep walk down to the door! We took our time but we made it in one piece. Stopping at several different points to take photos and soak it all in, we truly made a day out of it.

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When we got down to the beach we had a lay down in the sunshine to the sound of the waves crashing around us.

There were also lots of dogs, so, day automatically made!!!

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Once we were done at Durdle, we had the task of getting back up the hill, but again, we did it and arrived back at the car in one piece. We sat in the car and ate our lunch, then drove for 10 minutes and arrived at Lulworth Cove.

Although Lulworth Cove itself wasn't as impressive as Durdle Door, it was still a lovely place to sit and chill out. We grabbed some ice-cream & sorbet and enjoyed some more of the sunshine before getting back in the car to drive home.

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We missed out on our evening walk to the beach tonight, we got all ready to go then decided we didn't fancy the longer walk, so instead just went on a little wander around the caravan site. Was 100% worth it because we bumped into a dog, so beautiful, a deer hound / whippet mix!

Back to the caravan for dinner and an early night.

 

Friday 21st July - 

It. is. early. We did not want to get up but breakfast at The Noisy Lobster is calling our names!

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Breakfast was incredible and definitely worth getting up for! The weather is a bit pants again so I think we are gonna go for a nap and see what we are thinking afterwards what we plan to do with today!

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So we are up and lunch has been eaten! We have decided to get in the car and go explore Bournemouth for the afternoon.

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It started raining as soon as we arrived – typical! We went into the cathedral, then had a wander around some shops. I may have brought a new monthly planner…oops! Max got a record (John Mayer – Battle Studies, what an album!!) and we are now currently in Starbucks warming up over some hot coffee.

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We are having a bit of a film night, have just finished watching "Garden State" and are starting on "Pulp Fiction" before Love Island starts! A proper lazy evening fuelled by pizza and alcohol. 

 

Saturday 22nd July - 

Another major lie in today, I woke up feeling a little down but I think it's all this crappy weather!

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We finally got out and my mood finally lifted. Another trip to Castle Point was much needed and we had so much fun just going around shops, goofing around and enjoying each other's company. When we got home I made us lasagne for dinner, another ultimate comfort food, had a good long chat and such a laugh, I am so happy to be on holiday with my best friend and sad that it's almost over!

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We are off to the beeeeaaach!

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So, that was a bit of a nightmare haha! We decided to walk a different way home because we wanted to walk a little longer. This wouldn't have been too awful, however it suddenly went pitch black, a storm begun and we realised we were lost with no internet to navigate our way home. Max was a bit annoyed to begin with but we ended up having so much fun, trying to find our way back in the midst of a storm, jumping up and down in massive puddles trying to soak each other!

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When we finally found our way home I jumped straight in the shower – not that I needed to as the rain had done a fine job of doing it all for me! Then snuggled up in bed.

 

Sunday 23rd July –

It is 4:30am. I am not even joking. 

I had the bright idea last night to get up and watch the sunrise this morning over the beach, so that is exactly what we are going to do!

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That was stunning. It felt so liberating and as cliche and it sounds, I just felt so alive!! That is until we got home and crashed straight back out again hahaha. We just woke up and it's 10am, so still plenty of time left with this day.

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We have decided to walk up to Highcliffe Castle, the weather isn't amazing but the walk is lovely and it's the perfect excuse to get out again!

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So, we just arrived at the castle and there is a brass band playing! Max is grabbing himself a coffee and some cake, then we are going to sit outside and enjoy some live music. Max was saying we always seem to stumble across these things, and he's so right! Today was going to be lovely regardless, but it's those little surprises that make them even more special!

I can't believe tomorrow is our last day – this week has gone way too fast!

 

Monday 24th July - 

We are on our way home!

Today has been lovely, we packed up the car, cleaned then jumped straight into the car and off to enjoy the beach one last time.

We took some last photos, enjoyed some ice-cream and then got on the road ready for our long journey home, again via Luton!

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It has been a lovely break from everything and I am so glad I shared it all with Max, although this week wouldn't have been possible without the caravan, it also wouldn't have been possible without him driving us all over the place, and his great ideas for what to fill our days with. I will always treasure times like these, and I really hope we return next summer too. Our next holiday will be Christmas time, we have booked to go to Spain and I am really excited, but before then there are lots of other exciting things that we have planned and I feel so lucky to share all of these moments with Max, and to be able to document them makes them all the more special for me.

 

M x

 

 

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