Our holiday in Valencia!

We’re just back from a week in sunny Spain and I’ve done a littleΒ breakdown of what we did, what we ate and drank, the products I packed and where we partied (only joking, we were tucked up in bed by 11 every night so the clubs probably weren’t even open!)

Where: Valencia, Spain

Packed:

We used our check in luggage for E’s clothes and bits and pieces and we each managed with hand luggage. How things have changed! I remember a few years ago I struggled to fit all my things in a case weighing 20kg!

My star products:

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While I’m away my philosophy is definitely less is more, partly because I like to keep my make up natural and partly because I can’t fit much in my bag! I love multitasking products as they save so much time (great for mums).

Vichy Ideal Soleil BB Cream SPF 50+: I used this product as a moisturiser, foundation and SPF! I bought the version for combination to oily skin and I can verify that it didn’t leave my skin greasy at all. It gave a great natural colour that was suitable for the day and evening.

L’Oreal Paris False Lash Superstar mascara: In the evenings I used this 2 step mascara to give me long, thick lashes and because you can create quite an intense look I didn’t need to bother with eyeshadow or eyeliner.

Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water: This is great for removing all your makeup and is also lovely and refreshing for when you get back from the beach. My skin is sensitive so I love the fact that there’s no perfume.

Ate:

Burgers, pizza, pasta, ice cream and delicious desserts. Thank goodness we didn’t bother to hire a car so we could walk off all the calories during the day! Anyone else think this cheesecake’s giving me a lopsided grin??

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Drank:

Estrella Damm (the local beer) for hubby and a cocktail or Sangria for me.

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Activities:

We didn’t have a swimming pool so went to the beach virtually every day. The water was so warm; bit of a contrast to the Irish coast. E had a great time splashing in the sea and also digging sandy puddles to jump in!

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Our main day trip was to the Oceanografic Aquarium which is the biggest in Europe. We were delighted to spot Nemo – look closely!

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But also came across a less friendly face…

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The architecture in the city centre is stunning and although we didn’t get round to looking up what all the buildings were, they made for some great pics!

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We took a little train ride (great mode of transport for a Thomas fan) through the park to check out the futuristic buildings at the ‘City of Arts and Sciences’ complex.

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However E was more interested in the Monsters Inc characters that we came across outside the Pixar exhibition!

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Funniest/scariest moment:

On the return flight we had some bad turbulence soon after taking off. I then said to my husband ‘I don’t like this!’ Unfortunately E overheard and said the exact same thing. He then declared ‘I don’t want to fly home, I want to drive!’ In an effort to reassure him and make light of the situation I then had to draw on my best acting skills to pretend (whilst secretly terrified)that I now loved all the bumping around and that it was great fun being bounced up and down…

In conclusion: Valencia was a hit with us all so in the words of Arnie I’ll (or rather we’ll ) be back!

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