Travelling and Poking About

Love and Travel

February 2, 2016


My husband, Mark, always says that love is a four letter word. It is. I would explain more about why, but this isn’t the place. I’ve been thinking about this love blog that the Travel Link Up has dictated that I write โ€“ so many ways the river turns. I thought about writing something gushy, something dramatic, something frilly, but it didn’t sit right. If I’m going to write something emotional, from the heart, I’ll do it on a day that it comes naturally. I don’t fancy forcing things for the sake ofย  link up.

Right now a barrage of life admin is not so much resting on my shoulders as tugging on my ears like that time Phoebe made Monica and Rachel her prison bitches. So I took the day off blogging yesterday to sort a few things. Today I want to get something out, but I want it to be about the lighter side of love. (Surely this love thing is supposed to be a positive, right?)

Sometimes we travel out of love. We take trips we never would undertake otherwise because of love. To see people we love, to see places that shaped the people we love and to keep on the good sides of yet still more people we love. So here are three places I only ever travelled to out of love, but they actually turned out all right in the end.


1. The Isle Of Wight
Why: My grandfather grew up there, and my father visited often as a boy as his grandmother still lived there
Result: The Isle of Wight is probably one of those places I’d never even have heard of if my grandfather hadn’t grown up there. I definitely don’t think I would have spent an entire Easter break there, but I’m glad I did. Sunshine, castles, donkeys, sailing, beaches, thatched roofs, everything I love about England concentrated on one idyllic isle. I took photos and sent them to my father, including a video of a donkey bringing water up from a well. He bitched about how long it took to down load the video on dial up. That’s family for you, huh?



2. Southampton
Why: My father grew up there, and it’s a convenient place to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight.
Result: Not exactly known as a tourist destination, it still has plenty of historical significance with the city walls and various monuments. I visited the house my father grew up in a photographed the neighbourhood, which he didn’t recognise at all. Then I ate at TGI Fridays because I wasn’t a blogger then and didn’t realise you’d all be judging me.



3. Roland Garros
Why: My husband is a freak for that tennis stuff
Result: I’ve visited Paris many times and so has Mark. He’d even been to Roland Garros in a previous year with a friend. But we had a trip booked and saw there were cheap day passes for the grounds during the French Open, so we nabbed a couple. Yes, two. The things I do in order to spend a day with the husband creature. I may have spent some time quietly reading in the sun while he figured out the perfect angle to photograph clay… This really annoyed some French people. I have a talent for annoying people just by sitting around, minding my own business. I don’t know what it is.

If you wanna blog about love and travel, head over to Angie‘s,ย Jessi‘s,ย Kaelene‘s or Emma’s blog and link it, link it good. But do it before the 7 February, mmmkay?


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  • Can we swap husbands for a day? I’ll take tennis over LA Rock bars any day… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Haha. Tennis is easier to stomach than some of these other bizarre sports he likes. *cough* cricket *cough*

  • The places we go for the people we love eh? Let’s just say there was mention of a night ‘at the dogs’ in my household the other day… Yippee, let’s get excited about greyhounds!

    • Haha, well I suppose, if you can bet on it… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • The Isle of Wight actually really reminds me of childhood. I’m glad that you went and enjoyed it even if you hadn’t heard of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I still eat at TGI Fridays because their cocktails are boss! #dontjudgeme x

  • Of all the great places to eat! Still great pics – enjoy seeing my city in others blogs.

    • Thanks. I might have to write more about it. x (the city, not the restaurant ;))

  • This is really sweet! I’ve definitely been able to see a lot more of the north of England since I’ve been with my partner – and I’ve really loved it. I’ve always wanted to go to the Isle of Wight, actually – I need to do a lot more exploring around the UK! xx

    • Do it, it’s a really lovely place, especially if there’s sunshine x

  • God, this just reminded me that I went to the Isle of Wight YEARS ago on a school trip and there was a whole activity involving filling shaped glass containers with different coloured sand? What was that about. Maybe I imagined it. Think mine was in the shape of a cat.

  • Hey, I just found you through the linkup! The Isle of Wright is so beautiful and enchanting, how cool that your grandfather grew up there!

  • I really like the twist you’ve put on the love post. You’re right, we do go to places out of love for other people and sometimes you discover you fall in love with those places too…I actually really liked the Isle of Wight. I thought it was so wonderfully old-fashioned and English. I was once persuaded to bunk off school with a (much naughtier) friend and take the train to Southampton to go shopping…Lovely post, Thank you.

    • Haha, who knew Southampton was a shopping mecca? XD

      • When you’re 17 and bunking off school, anything is a shopping mecca!

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    You look lovely in that blue dress photo Frankie! I’m rather jealous you went to the French open – I’ve been to Wimbledon a few times and love it so would love to see more Grand Slam tournaments! I shall swap husbanda with you as well for a day and the only sport I’ve been dragged to abroad is football!

    • Thank you Shikha! He would never manage to drag me to football, he can do that on his own. Tennis is the only sport I deign to observe with him, mostly because it happens in sunshine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • You ate at TGI’s?!?! Oh the horror!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve still never visited the Isle of Wight even though I’ve lived in London my entire life. Donkeys carrying water up from a well is enough to get me there soon!

    • Hey man, no regrets ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Donkeys do make things better, I’ll give them that x

  • I love this take on the theme – you’re right, travelling for love can take us to some unexpected places! I don’t think I would have ever visited the little Welsh town of Abergavenny if my dad wasn’t from there (and my cousins didn’t still live there), but I’m glad I have, as it is so cute!

  • Such an adorable take on this month’s theme! And you’re completely right. Sometimes the places that love takes you to are some of the best! My grampa always used to take us to a little beach town called Walton on the Naze. Never would have thought to have gone there if it wasn’t for him – but now it’s one of my favourite places on earth, purely for all the memories it brings ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Isle of Wight sounds great!#travel linkup

  • Such a great way to interpret the ยดloveยดtheme. You are so so right that we travel to many places for love. There is no way in the world that I would hav ended up living in Chile if it wasnt for love! Have a nice weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes! Love takes us on so many exciting adventures x

  • Ha, love your take on this month’s theme. However, I am disappointed in you Frankie…TGI Fridays?! Shame on you ๐Ÿ™‚

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • Haha, I loved every minute of it XD (also, it was in the carpark of the hotel… though maybe that makes it worse)

  • haha – I love that you ate in TGI! Southampton isn’t a tourist destination, but so much lovely stuff nearby thankfully!

    • I liked it (Southampton, I mean). It was nice to wander around and be by the sea!

  • A husband who likes tennis, yes please definitely better than football. The Isle of Wight is a lovely place it is a childhood island Lucy x

    • Haha, he likes ALL sports. I’ve walked in on him watching darts before. Tennis is just the only one I can put up with XD

  • Sam

    When we first came to the UK, we worked on a holiday camp during the summer on the Isle of Wight. It was idyllic and a nice gentle introduction to life away from home. It’s a cemetery with lights though – in that there is absolutely bugger all going on there!

    • I kind of gel well with bugger all going on… I’m not a glitzy girl!

  • Louise Freemsn

    I’ve been following your blog for a while and love the Southampton reference as I live there! Southampton is FINALLY upping its game for foodies (its been a slow process) so next time you visit there may be more to discover than just TFI Fridays!! However I won’t judge as until a few years ago there wasn’t much else!

    • Thanks for reading! I would love to go back, so I’ll try to be a better foodie next time x

  • Loved reading about how love motivated you to take the three trips. I’ve heard so much about the Isle of Wight and your descriptions just added to my curiosity. Next time I’m in London, I’ll have to check it out myself.