Hello and welcome back to Monday Escapes! I escaped for a few days of much needed winter sunshine last week with the Spanish tourist board, as part of a blogger press trip. It’s been ten years since I last visited Lanzarote and I was expecting the island to have changed drastically. I was really surprised if I’m honest, it was exactly as I fondly remembered it and the islands volcanic landscape has completely avoided being spoilt by souvenir shops and fast food restaurants. This week I’m linking up this new post – Reacquainting myself with Lanzarote – Ten years on.
As you can see, fellow Monday Escapes host Sarah, and I were very excited to check out everything that Lanzarote has to offer for families…
We’ve arrived in Lanzarote! ✈️☀️after a lush lunch at Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife the islands capital we visited the cactus garden @cact_lanzarote to check out the 700 different species of 🌵 @extraordinary_chaos and I may have got a little too excited! 😂 #FamilyLanzarote #BritMumsLanzarote #presstrip @visit.lanzarote @lanzarote @lanzarote_visit @lanzaroteworld
It’s been an absolutely fantastic day in Lanzarote and it’s not over yet! This morning we rode camels at the Timanfaya National Park, got up close to some of the islands 300 volcanoes and enjoyed lunch cooked using the natural heat from the volcanic ground whilst overlooking the dramatic lava landscape. We’ve just explored a 8km lava tunnel which was incredible and now we are off for dinner and a few drinks! We have packed so much into our time here and have a full day tomorrow planned too🌵🐪🌋☀️#familylanzarote #presstrip
Even the journey home was memorable with these stunning views –
On the train, heading home to see my boys ❤️ The volcanic views over Lanzarote during our flight home were absolutely stunning! Scroll through my pics above and you’ll see the different views, the last one was taken as we arrived at sunset into London Stansted airport. My last visit to Lanzarote was ten years ago, I definitely won’t be leaving it so long for my next visit, such a unique and beautiful island ❤️ #familylanzarote #lanzaroteisland
If you take a quick look on my Facebook page you’ll see a few short videos I’ve shared of our time in Lanzarote, including a room tour of the hotel we stayed at and footage of the camels we (not very elegantly!) rode.
Over on Cruising with Kids your four Monday Escapes hosts have been sharing our thoughts on cruising with babies (yes it most certainly can be done!), our latest fab giveaway, and our thoughts on whether shore excursions are worth the money.
Without further ado, Monday Escapes…
Monday Escapes is all about looking back at wonderful, happy travel memories and sharing them with others. It doesn’t have to be about a trip abroad or even be a written post. If you want to share your favourite snapshots – whether it’s a famous sight, scene, dramatic view or even a favourite family photo, then please feel free to link those up, too. Likewise, posts don’t have to be about holidays or weekends away, they can also include day trips, walks, attractions – any travel experience that you want to share.
We are also absolutely delighted to link up with Lonely Planet to offer our number one favourite blog post of the fortnight either a destination guide, or a title from the Lonely Planet Kids range. (See T&C’s below). Just another great reason to link up with Monday Escapes! (*T&C’s – The chosen Lonely Planet book must be in English and can only be sent to bloggers living within Europe).
What’s in it for you?
The number one thing is you’ll be sharing your fantastic posts with a like-minded community and grabbing some travel inspiration for yourself. As a bonus you have a chance to have your blog post featured on all four, yes FOUR of the hosts’ blogs each fortnight, introducing your blog to even more people. (Karen at Mini Travellers, Sarah at Extraordinary Chaos, Claire at Tin Box Traveller and my blog here at Travel Loving Family).
Our favourite posts from last time
This post by Larger Family Life is about something extraordinary. Claire commented that she had no idea that papier-mâché could be used to make such intricate art – The Papier-Mâché Artists Of Puglia.
Exploring Our World talks about an incredibly moving place with so many questions left unanswered – much like the events of the war. Claire chose this post because after reading it she immediately added to her list of places she wants to see when she visits Berlin – Visiting the Berlin Holocaust memorial.
I couldn’t resist choosing this post by Helen at Actually Mummy – 10 weird but wonderful things you will see in Cambodia. Helen’s descriptions and photos of a local guy showering in the street during a heavy rain shower, a car full of fish on the way to market and a whole family riding on a moped had me grinning from ear to ear!
I also loved this post by KellyAnn Schiavo which capture her family city break to Paris perfectly, including the family shot of them all wearing rain ponchos during a particularly heavy rain shower. Our holiday to Paris – A city tour.
The winner of the Lonely Planet guide is Sharon from Exploring Our World! Congratulations Sharon please do get in touch to claim your prize.
So how do you join in this time?
* Link up one post/photo – old or new using the InLinkz tool. **Karen is our host this week over at Mini Travellers**
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* Posts are anything travel-related, and can include photos, reviews, days out, attractions and walks – at home or abroad.
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