For my 22nd Birthday my lovely boyfriend whisked me away for a weekend of great food, fun and plenty of relaxation. I know, I'm very lucky.
It ended up being a two centre stay as one of his friends from his University days was also celebrating his birthday that weekend. Hence, a day and a bit in Bristol. We used Air BNB and ended up staying in a room in a flat belonging to a lovely lady named Jenny. It looked over the little river and had the most incredible view from this huge balcony. She was an absolute delight to stay with, so much is that we've already booked to go back over summer.
We had a later check in so ended up wandering around Bristol for a bit. I didn't realise, and nor did Sam just how beautiful the city is. There's so many lovely little cafes, quirky shops and stunning bars. I've definitely left a piece of my heart there. Although we had no idea it existed, or that it was so well known in Bristol we found a place called St. Nicholas' Market. An amazing food market inside of a Georgian Arcade. It weaves around so many little alleys with new sights and smells at every turn but by far my favourite was this cake trolley. Oh this cake trolley. (Also note Sam's fabulous photography skills. I liked his photo more than mine.)
We didn't pick up any food there, well aside from a few bags of sweets from an old style sweet store where they measure everything out. I reckon we'll try a bit more next time though.
After a long while wandering we decided to find somewhere to eat. We came across a rustic looking restaurant called Franco Manca's. An Italian that prides itself on this huge hundreds of years old yeast culture they use to create their sourdough pizzas. Which by the way are incredible.
As per usual I got myself some olives, Sam hates them (for fans of HIMYM the Olive Theory stands) and Sam went for the Baked Gloucester Old Spot Sausage and Wild Broccoli with cheese. It is the first time I voluntarily ate broccoli, when it was covered in cheese. The sausage was lovely too.
We both went for pizza, which was fantastic. Sam had a pizza, (tomato, mozzarella and basil) and I went for a 5 ( tomato, garlic, oregano, capers, olives, Cantabrian anchovies and mozzarella) which tasted incredible though according to everyone else looked like a car crash. Why is it no-one seems to like anchovies? They're so good!
All in all it was a lovely meal out, if a little bit of busy place! I would like to go back one day though. If only for broccoli...YES BROCCOLI.
We finished the day with a night out. I know, me on a night out! We went out celebrating Sam's friend Jack's birthday. With about 15 to 20 other people. The sweetest bunch of people actually. They made me feel so welcome and we had a brilliant night. I just hope there's a Revolution de Cuba in Manchester somewhere. I need to go back. Though, I'm not entirely sure Sam wants to considering he got given a half pint glass for his drink....and Adam got given a proper glass. However, it was a really nice tasting drink, I pinched most of the slush off the top.
Questionable lighting aside I think my drink wins though, an inflatable flamingo. Yes.
Oh, and I would also like to point out the fact that my darling boyfriend managed to coerce me into doing tequila shots. Possibly, the only spirit I will not drink. He appeared with sticks of them for the table, and when the eyes and judging faces of 15-20 lads land on you...you drink the tequila. Or at least I did. It wasn't as awful as I used to think it was...but I wouldn't choose it for myself.
I think my smile in that photo speaks for how much fun I had, and how happy I've been (and the number of cocktails I had).
Bristol has a really sweet idea of almost a taxi on water. It takes you from one side of the little river to the other for just a pound. It's a fun experience and a lot better than walking the long way round. Even if it means you have to cope with some unwanted friends. I mean swans are just rather terrifying really.
I had the best time exploring Bristol with the person I get to called a best friend and my boyfriend. I felt well and truly spoilt, and this was only the first destination. I can't wait to go back and find new places together. No doubt that trip will end up on here too.