Trying to find my Zen in Dorset…

It might come as a surprise to you but I love the countryside and am especially a huge fan of the seaside. I might be a big city girl most of the time, but I really do love being in nature, especially where it is quiet and undisturbed, I love large open spaces and even better if we can involve some horse riding and the sound of waves. These places help me slow my brain down from its usual state of complete overdrive and try find my rare moments of zen (…rare, very very rare). So before heading off to my new adventure next week I decided to come down to the English seaside and spend a few days in Lulworth in Dorset enjoying the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

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After Dorset comes Osea Island

For a friend’s 30th birthday we’ve booked 2 cottages on Isea Island next month – looks gorgeous, can’t wait!

We are going to be a group of 10 people, we have 1x 6 persons cottage and 1x 4 persons cottage booked through http://www.oseaisland.co.uk

Useless Facts: the Munich-born artist Walter Sickert  of the ‘Camden Town Group’ was in rehab on the island for alcoholism when it belonged to Charrington. Since then it has also been a rehab clinic called “The Causeway Retreat” and had celebrity patients including Amy Winehouse (another Camden-ite!) but was shut down for negligence in 2010…apparently some of the island still functions as a free retreat for soldiers suffering from PTSD, not sure who manages or runs this though?

I will be staying in a cottage called “The Chase” myself…not too shabby:

The Chase
The chase is a spacious two storey cottage, that comfortably sleeps 6. There are two double bedrooms with four poster beds, one with a wood burning stove, three bathrooms, two with roll top baths and showers. The cosy living room also has a wood burning stove and an adjoining kitchen/dining room leading out to a garden. (The Chase does not accept pets)

Specification
Ground and first floors
Living room with wood burning stove
Kitchen/dining room
1 double bedroom with four poster bed and wood burning stove
1 double bedroom with four poster bed
1 twin bedroom
2 bathrooms with roll top baths and shower
1 bathroom with shower
3x TV/DVDs
Garden

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Osea-Island

I Want To Go To: Istanbul

Istanbul has been in my Top 3 places I want to visit for SOOOO long but I just don’t seem to get around to it…my main blocks seem to be:

1. I can’t figure out what time of year is best to visit Istanbul?

2. I don’t think it will be safe for me to travel alone, and I usually travel alone.

3. It seems really expensive??

BUT I really really REALLY want to go!!

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