August 30, 2016

I have been to England countless times, but this was my very first time to Dorset. My Mum is English and my Grandparents, Aunt, and cousin still live there, so whenever we visit we end up going to the same places. Not that I am complaining because my Grandparents live in a gorgeous farmhouse just outside of Ludlow. I always love to stay there, but it's nice to discover somewhere new.

Admittedly I am a massive Broadchurch fan! If you haven't watched it, you must. Do it now! Without giving away any major plot lines, it is set in a small seaside town on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Just picture rugged cliffs, wild beaches, and a charming, quaint village. It's the stuff English summer dreams are made of. Ever since watching Broadchurch I knew I needed to visit this gorgeous landscape and see it for myself.

We narrowed our search on where to stay down to Isle of Portland and rented a stunning seaside house. My Dad, older sister Alex, cousin, her boyfriend, Oslo, and I all came together for an incredible week. The weather was gorgeous and sunny, so not the traditional moody English Summer. This made our days by the beach so enjoyable. My family is super easy going when we travel, so most days we took our time, went for walks on the beach, and little country drives to charming towns for pub lunches.

Is it just me or is a vacation an excuse to be gluttonous? We all love food so much and our meals were planned out much more than anything else. For me the food was one of the best parts of the whole trip. I indulged myself in fish pies, fish and chips, mussels, crab, you name it I probably ate it.

If you are ever in the Isle of Portland area you have to try the Cove Inn restaurant. We went there a couple times at the recommendation of the house rental's host, and it lived up to the reviews. The Crab House is another fabulous spot we went to on our last night there. We shared oysters and I ate an entire crab, it was all so delicious!

I've learned that when travelling with a baby, days are best spent taking it easy and not packing
too much in. Oslo was so amazing the whole time. He makes travelling really fun and he is
very adaptable, so we ended up seeing a lot more than I anticipated. One of the highlights was
seeing over 600 swans at a swannery in Abbotsbury. I loved watching Oslo's reaction when
he first caught a glimpse of them. I don't think he could believe his eyes!

It is such an incredible feeling to be able to show him different parts of the world.  I have said
before that I know he won't be able to remember these trips, but I do know he takes a little
something with him from wherever he goes.

One week with my family is never enough, but regardless we had such an amazing time. We always manage to have fun especially once a few gin & tonics are downed. Whenever I return to England it feels like my third home, after Canada and France of course. I am already dreaming of my next trip back. Next time I want to stay in another new spot I have never been to, so please send your must have spots to stay at my way!

I'm not one to take videos when I travel, but since Oslo was born I have been trying to film little scenes to be able to cherish later. I have put together all of the clips and made a little movie
memory, so if you are interested you can watch that below.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of my week in Dorset. Thank you for taking a peek!

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