Maldives 🏝

OMG….. if you want paradise this is totally the place to be!

Wow. Where do I even begin. From the minute we arrived in Male airport we were in heaven. Even the waiting room at the seaplane part of the airport was relaxing, comfortable and luxurious. But the sea plane journey was amazing and a great start to the holiday. Seeing the many beautiful islands dotted within the Indian ocean was a sight worth seeing. Then landing just off the coast of our island was such an experience. The last leg of our journey was a very short boat ride to the reception of Kuramathi island – our home for the next 12 nights.

On arrival the shoes came off and the sunglasses went on. It was paradise. After our check we had a 2 hour wait until our room was ready so we chose to have a wonder so a wonder along the beach was the first port of call.

Once the room was ready we got in and were not disappointed. We had chosen the most basic room, the garden villa. But it was brilliant. Right on the beach with a 4 poster king sized bed and an outside shower πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

The food was incredible. We chose the upgraded A la carte option giving us the ability to dine in all the beautiful restaurant’s on the island, including an amazing this, a seafood restaurant over the water, an island bbq and many others. With a large choice of cocktails, wine and ice cream sundaes we wernt going to be watching our weight.

And yes there is not much to do on an island only a mile long but the swimming was incredible. Along with snorkling with many sharks and beautiful fish we were lucky enough to swim with both a Turtle and 2 manta rays.

We celebrated Brad turning 36 whilst we were there which was certainly the most exotic place he will ever spend a birthday. It was just so lovely spending quality time together after such a difficult start to the year and make beautiful memories together which will last a lifetime.

And through the power of Facebook we also managed to bag ourselves an amazing upgrade for the last 2 nights. To the most incredible water villa ever! Watch my video to see where we got to stay…..!

Well I won’t say any more but watch my video to see our week.

https://youtu.be/fplfWdNn638

Thank you to Kuramathi Island for looking after us so well, to my late mum who we lost over a year ago but her money left to me helped me fulfil this dream holiday and to Brad for making my time away so special. Xxxx

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Italian Adventure πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬

Well where do I start with this…. it certainly was an adventure and an amazing one at that. This post is probably one one my longest so far to bare with me.

It all begun over a glass of wine with my friend Emily. We had discussed Italy a few times (she has never been and always wanted to go) and I had a couple of things on my list which requires a visit there. So this one particular evening we just said sod it and booked flights there and then… into Venice and out of Naples. We chose 10 days and although currently had no plan in place the fact the flights were booked was a brilliant feeling.

Over the coming weeks we spoke about what we both wanted to do and the placed we wished to visit. Emily has always wanted to go to Florence and 2 of my activities were to ride on a Gondela in Venice and visit Rome. I had been to Venice before but regretted not taking a Gondela ride and although working on Italy for many months years ago I never went to Rome (well apart from the airport which I needed up sleeping in but that’s another story lol).

So in the end we decided to do Venice, Florence, Rome and the have a day in Capri to end the holiday before flying back. We booked our accommodation and trains between the cities and left it at that. For us to choose and do as we pleased when we got there.

We had an amazing time from the start. Venice was fun to wonder and get lost in. The beauty was there every corner we turned and out air b&b was situated in a quiet corner of Venice but was very traditional. The Gondela ride was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! So relaxing and a lovely treat. And meant another activity was ticked off.

Next up was Florence. I have been before so I showed Emily the sights. We had a lovely time exploring and wondering around. The buildings are beautiful and I managed to get through lots of Gelato…. And I mean lots! Here is a pic of the famous Relato Bridge.

Next up Rome! Wow what a city. I can’t believe I have never been here. It’s stunning and such amazing architecture everywhere. We were fortunate to have a B&B right in the centre so easy access to all the main slights. The Vatican had some of most beautiful painted ceilings I have ever seen, the fountains were incredible and the colosseum was so interesting. Amazing few days and another thing ticked off my list. We also found the yumiest Gelato shop ever where I found Champagne Gelato.yum!

The last place was Capri (although we stayed in a b&b in Naples. We got an early ferry over to the island and then the cable car up to Capri centre. Then a bus to Ana Capri which meant we could get a chairlift up to the very top of mount solero (the highest part of the island). The view was incredible. Making out way back down meant a stop for a wonder in Ana Capri in the shops and for lunch then another wonder in Capri. Back at the port meant time for more Gelato and a glass of wine before heading back to naples to pack our bags for the very last time.

It was all such fun and you can see the whole adventure on the video I made. It’s pretty long sget comfy, pour yourself some prosecco (obviously) and enjoy exploring Italy with us here https://youtu.be/tOQd6suOZEA

Until next time Italy…. it was great fun!

Punting in Cambridge

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go punting. On be odd occasion it could have happened the weather was awful and even with a sister living in Cambridge for a few years it is something I never got around to doing. So obviously it went straight on my list when I was thinking of what I wanted to do. So last weekend (24th Sept 17) myself and my friend Tash had a day out in Cambridge, stopping on route for breakfast to go punting. It was perfect weather with the sun shining all day. Relaxing, fun and everything I thought it would be.

We ended the day with a lovely afternoon tea before heading home. See our day out here.

Another activity done!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Champagne Tasting -another activity ticked off!

Last weekend myself and my friend Laura (yep she has the best name) took off on a road trip to Reims, North France, to complete one of my life is for living list activity… champagne tasting.

We certainly had a jam packed 4 days involving lots of food, car karoke, biking around vineyards, touring champagne houses, a night out, a trip the beach and of coutse trying lots of yummy champagne. It was awesome from start to finish and such a fun few days.

Watch the video to see our weekend adventures here.

Thanks to Laura for suggesting it and making it amazing!

Busy Busy!

Sooooooo the next few weeks I may be filling up your news feed a lot more which is all rather exciting….!

More blogs mean more activities getting completed which means I am beginning to live life to the full! Now treatment is stable and no more operations are needed yet I am making the most of the next few months and I shall not feel in a way guilty for enjoying myself πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

So what’s up next… well that may be telling you too much but to let you in to a small secret I have a few abroad Trips going ahead over the next few months (yes I did say a few) and each one ticks off at least 1 or more of my list activities so check out my page here again to see what I may be getting up to.

And I have just booked to see one of the shows on the list too next year in London which is very exciting. Oh how I love getting things in the diary and seeing a plan come together. I still have 2 spaces on my list to fill so ideas are most welcome.

So fasten up your seatbelts, get ready to come on my another adventure with me in a few days.

Follow my storys on Instagram @laurahughes1988 for sneaky peaks!

Xxxx

Activity 37 – Spend a few nights on a yacht

One of my list activities was to spend a few nights on a sailing yacht which I have just completed with the help from my Uncle and Aunt who own a sailing yacht and invited us out to stay with them on their trip in Croatia. It was an amazing week seeing some beautiful bays, eating at yummy restaurants and seeing the stars. With my 3 cousins with us (all aged 3 and under) it was not the most relaxing trip ever but it was such fun. Most days we sat in the sunshine, swam in jewel coloured waters and I even managed to sail a small dinghy again and paddle board which I loved.

Here is a small video I have created to show you some of it.

Click here to watch video

Time to get on with it!

Sorry I have been a bit quite in here but I have had another operation and I am now almost fully recovered from the final part of my reconstruction. So I now need to get on with ticking things off my list. Still lots to do. Next week I shall be spending a week on my uncle’s boat which will get another thing ticked off and I have champagne tasting in reim, trip to rome, riding a gondola in Venice and my Maldives holiday to look forward over the next few months. So very excited and I shall be sure to update you all on how I get on. 😁

Royal Ascot Ladies Day🐎

So yesterday myself, my friend Emily and 3 of her friends helped me tick another thing  off my list, attending ladies day at Royal Ascot. 

The fun began when I arrived at Emily’s Wednesday evening where we had dinner and a glass of wine before I was attempting to fake tan Emily and sort out the hampers for the following morning. 

Waking up to sunshine Thursday morning was fab and we got excitedly ready. Finally after a rushed job at putting fake eyelashes on my non existent ones we got the taxi to the train station. 

We met the other girls in route to ascot and finally made it there by midday. It was the most glamerous train I have ever seen with dresses and hats of all colours filling up the carriage. 

Once in we set up camp on the grass with our picnic rugs and plenty of food and prosecco. We had a few bets on the horses winning a few times with the winnings being spent on more bets but still managing to come away Β£15 up. 

Such a fun day and lovely spending the time with this gorgeous girlies.

Watch our day out and see what we got up to by following this link – β˜†β˜†Royal Ascot 2017β˜†β˜†

A little about me!

Hi, I am Laura and at 28 I should be out and about enjoying life, having babies, getting married and buying a home. And yet I am sat at home in my PJ’s with my laptop on my lap and a cup of tea to hand writing this new blog I decided to do.

So who am I…. well as mentioned I am 28 years old and I live in Norfolk with Brad, my 7 year long boyfriend, and for the past 3 years I have been travelling on a roller coaster of a journey after getting an aggressive breast cancer diagnoses at the age of only 25 back in February 2014.Β Since then I have been through the mill… chemotherapy, losing my hair, mastectomy to my left breast, radiotherapy, hormonal treatment, reconstruction operations including choosing to have my good breast taken off too and writing all about it in my original (and ongoing) blog which can be read here. Bald, Boobless and Beautiful.

Unfortunately after only a year off treatment and getting normality back I was re-diagnosed with cancer in October 2016 when I discovered the cancer had spread into my bones on discovering a large tumour in my humerus head or my right shoulder, therefore back to more surgery (shoulder reconstruction) which I had in November and now I am on more chemotherapy with an outlook of constant treatment now ongoing for the rest of my life. I have also realised life is now extremely precious and mine may be shortened quite a lot from my original plan so I have decided ever day counts. I can’t do much whilst I am undergoing chemotherapy (it makes me so ill and tired) but the plan is come April/May time I can begin to enjoy life. So I have come up with the idea to have a Lauras Life is for Living List to occupy my time and give me plenty of things to look forward to and plan.

And hopefully along the way it will encourage and inspire all you you to also life life to the full and do the things you have always wanted to do.

So to follow me on this journey please follow this page, spread with you friends and input where necessary (suggestions of nice things to do) and generally enjoy seeing me live my life any which way I can.

Thanks for reading this

Laura x

 

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