Monday, 30 April 2012

Head up to lovely LEEDS

All too often we go to cities to shop and basically walk around with our heads down focused on store fronts.  It can be a completely different experience to go to the same city and walk around with your head up admiring the building facades.

Today I had an appointment in Leeds but opted to extend the visit with a bit of sightseeing and was pleasantly surprised.  Using the Rough Guide to Yorkshire I began by following their walking suggestion and discovered wonderful hidden gems including a petanque/boules court with free boules to borrow from a nearby cafe.

So why not re visit the cities near where you live and "play tourist", you may well be pleasantly surprised.

Nymphs in City Square

The boules court

Instructions for playing petanque

Wonderful Moorish style building

Modern sculpture in Millennium Square

Quirky architecture in Millen
nium Square

Inside the market

So why dragons in the market decoration ?

The market entrance, inside the building has been extended many times with different designs

Wall mural by the Corn Exchange

Inside the Corn Exchange

The amazing Corn Exchange building, well worth a look inside

A hidden gem down a side street

Friday, 20 April 2012

Save even more money shopping on line

Previously I promoted Quidco for giving you an extra discount when shopping on line.

I have now found that TOP CASH BACK has even higher discounts.

Same principal in that you sign up and then each time you want to buy on line you begin by going through the top cash back site. If they have a discount with the company you are buying from it will be put onto your account and paid into your bank each month.

Simple as that, one extra click and you could be saving loads, why wouldn't you ?

Making the best of whatever situation you find yourselves in

Whenever you find yourselves in a difficult situation there are many things you can do about it.  Most recently instead of being able to travel all over the world we have been limited to places within 1-hour of Bradford Royal Infirmary where Steve is being treated for ALL.

So what are we going to do about that?  Firstly I sent off for a Rough Guide to Yorkshire and another for England.  I've already learnt a lot about nearby local cities and found many attractions with free admission so you don't even have to spend much money to have a good time.

Steve can't go to things like football matches with large crowds but we can and do go to the cinema and will be visiting the theatre soon.

I've signed up to Priceline where you can put in a bid on a hotel room in a particular location after stating what star rating you want.  The company will then put your price to various hotels and if you are lucky one of them will accept and you will get a real bargain break.  This way we can stay overnight whilst exploring the attractions of the city.

There are many sites that offer vouchers or coupon codes,  through Groupon you can save up to 70% on restaurants, beauty treatments and other local attractions.

Deal checker leads us to hotel deals, often packages including meals, bottle of wine and spa treatments.   In this instance instead of us deciding where we want to go we just go where the deals are.

So we may not be able to go abroad and travel the way we prefer but by the time Steve is better we will be experts on the area around Bradford!

Whatever life throws at your make the seize the moment and make the best of it, every day counts.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Eat and drink at a reasonable price all over the UK

Many people abroad are under the impression that eating and drinking in the UK is an expensive business, either that or you get poor quality food.

One of our best tips is to seek out a Wetherspoon Pub.  You will find them in small and big towns and the main cities including London and prices are the same across the country.

Each day there are meal and drink special deals.  Many meals are on sale at 2 for £6.49 offering even greater savings.  Real ale enthusiasts are well catered for with many varieties on offer and kids have their own special menu.

If you are going to the Olympic games pop into any Wetherspoons and pick up a free copy of their magazine listing the pubs near to Olympic venues and also the nearest tube station.

For cheap wi-fi you could just visit and buy a 99p coffee or tea (higher prices for drinks in London) and make use of the free Internet connection?