Todays post is a simple and sweet one about mine and Jakes mini-break to Paignton this week. We’re trying to make sure we’ve always got things to look forward to together as I’ll admit that life is a little tough at the moment. He currently works full time and then some in hospitality on the complete other side of Bristol whilst I’m stuck at home battling an aggressive auto-immune disease. Finding slots where we can have some quality time together where we’re both not exhausted is a struggle. Booking things like this really gives us something to look forward to.
A few more things we’ve got coming up are his birthday at the end of July, attending our first wedding together and Friendsfest in August and our 5 year anniversary in November. We’re really hoping to do something exciting for that but it’ll have to be planned last minute due to my health. We’ve been to Paignton before just over 3 years back but only on a day trip to Paignton Zoo. This time we decided to stay for 3 nights in a Travelodge right near the seafront. We had a lovely little sea view room on the top floor
We arrived in Paignton on the train just after 1pm. I made Jake and I a packed lunch so we had something to nibble on and wouldn’t be hangry or famished when we arrived. It was extremely hot and our available check-in time wasn’t until 3pm so we decided to head down to the seafront anyway and find a bar to relax in. After checking in, I was so unbelievably warm that I insisted we went straight to the beach to get in the sea. Jake being someone that is really sensitive to cold was reluctant to get in but when I say the water was warm, I’m talking almost bath temperature and I’m not one to exaggerate.
It was so beautiful that we stayed in the water for a really long time with no intention to get out. That was until something that I can only assume was a crab decided to pinch my toe. It actually REALLY hurt and I hobbled out of the sea clutching on to Jake to see if there was any lasting damage (yes, you can laugh, it was pretty funny). Luckily it was only a small cut but still, the pesky little critter drew blood! After drying off and heading back for a quick shower, we ventured out for the classic fish and chips. The heat had exhausted us both so we decided to have a nice chill night. I did a bit of blog post writing and Jake watched TV.
The forecast for this day was cloudy but we definitely weren’t expecting it to rain. It was still moderately warm despite this and we’d planned the zoo for this particular day so we went anyway. It was around a 40 minute walk from the Travelodge so to be quite honest with you, we were already knackered when we got there. We had an incredible time, really paced ourselves exploring the entire place. We’d grabbed a trusty meal deal from Tesco on the way too so we were fueled and ready. Half way through the day we did get pretty soaked by a downpour but it didn’t ruin our fun at all! It was actually quite a relief after how hot it has been recently.
From cute little marmosets to large, growling mammals and pretty pink flamingos to wrinkly, grey elephants, this zoo has something for everyone to enjoy. We also managed to catch a peacock trying to court with a peahen. He fully opened all his feathers and was doing some sort of mating ritual by vibrating them which was pretty amazing to watch. After a long trek back from the zoo, we were beyond exhausted but we needed feeding. After a little rest, we dragged ourselves to the nearest pub for some food and to watch the first half of the England game. I had a chicken burger and Jake devoured a pizza before heading back to the hotel to watch the second half and collapse into bed for the evening.
Our plan for this day was to spend it on the beach and get in the sea again as the weather was forecasted to be beautiful. Alas we live in England and guess what? It wasn’t. Silly old me also didn’t bring any sort of jumper or coat so we spent the morning searching for one. I ended up having to go with a baggy mens jumper from a charity shop as New Look, Select and none of the cheapy seaside shops cater for cold this time of year. On our way back to the seafront we wandered into the amusements. Of course we ended up wasting our money playing on 10p machines and some weird piano game that I thrashed Jake at.
The pier was the next stop, although we didn’t manage to find any more interesting games so just decided to have a wander and take a few photos whilst there. The rest of our afternoon was spent just exploring around where we were staying. We paddled in the sea, saw lots of dogs and had a nap before getting dressed up for our last night and finding the yummiest tapas bar. This now seems to be a recurring theme when we go away, we bloody love tapas.
Typically when we woke up on the morning we were leaving, the sun was shining and it was absolutely boiling. If Jake didn’t have to head to work that evening then nothing would’ve stopped me from booking an extra night. I’m so glad we went though as it came at the perfect time when we both really needed the break.
Where is your favourite place in the UK to go for a mini break? Do you prefer being in the city or by the sea?