OK, I know I’ve said it before but 2020 has been a year not to forget. It had highs and lows and us learning how to adjust to a new norm. Just before that “new norm” we went for a family holiday to Avoriaz. It was the first time for girls in the mountains and we enjoyed our little break. We had planned a couple of more holidays but once in lockdown, everything had to be put on hold.
During the lockdown, we have been enjoying our daily exercise and trying our best to entertain two little girls. We have been however missing some propper time off. Once the restrictions were lifted we still felt a little uneasey to travel a long distance. We, therefore, decided to book a short weekend break. I must say that it was quite hard to find a place as lots of families were doing the same thing as us. After long research, we have finally booked family holidays in Hastings.
Hastings was lovely and we were blessed with hot weather. Every morning we were going to the beach around 9am with girls and enjoyed finding crabs, shells and making sandcastles. I would definitely recommend going to the Rock-a-Nore beach. It was much quieter and also when the tide was coming in it wasn’t as strong as we have seen on the beach closer to the centre. On the beach or after the beach ice cream was a win! We have also enjoyed local fish and chips which was just yum!
Hastings old town have so much character and history. We walked through a few streets and enjoyed looking at quirky and colourful houses. Girls particularly liked walking through the Stade, looking at fishing boats. We also enjoyed walking through the net shops which were used by fishermen to store their fishing gear.
Hastings Pier is a must see as well. I’ve read that it suffered major storm damage in 1990 and was 95% destroyed by a fire in 2010. It was restored and finally open to the public in 2016. The huts on the Pier were colourful and the view onto the sea just stunning. Girls also loved going on the carousel and we did buy cotton candy which again was yummy! Below the Pier, you could walk on the sandy beach and it was my first attempt to freelensing! It was fun to do and I am definitely going to explore this technique further 🙂
One evening we drove to Seven Sisters as it was just 40 min away from Hastings. The Seven Sisters were also one of the places on my bucket list! It was just great walking on the white stones and looking at the breathtaking white cliffs. It was definitely one of my best highlights of this holiday. On the way back we stopped at another small car park and I quickly ran towards the cliff to take more pictures from the top. I saw this lovely red and white lighthouse which just added so much to the picture.
During our visit we stayed at the quiet Airbnb which was spacious and had a lovely old feeling about it. It was also a great experience for girls because it was the first time they shared a bed and it was just beautiful to see. They were still waking up really early and running to our bed to wake us up but still lovely to see them sharing.
We had a lovely family holiday in Hastings. It was so needed after working really long hours and juggling childcare. Hopefully, 2021 will allow us to book a few more of those short breaks so that we can explore and have more quality family time 🙂
Till next time