On my 40th birthday, following lots and lots of parties, I celebrated my actual birthday with my family.  I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off all the celebrations than a beautiful meal with my favourite people in the world!  Family are so precious to me and I am so lucky to have an amazing group of people that I am related too!

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St Lucia, Durban & Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Day 6… We left Ghost Moutain, really didn’t want to leave, our favourite so far!  We headed to St Lucia via the elephant coast of KwaZulu-Natal located about 240 kilometers from Durban at the southern extremity of the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. A world heritage site, its estuary has one of the highest concentrations of hippos and crocodiles in southern Africa.

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Royal Ascot, London

Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot, London!!

All thanks to Pete, my fabulous friend who is a Royal Enclosure Member.  Guests are unsponsored and only able to attend with the existing Royal Enclosure member who has invited them.  This is the only way you can gain access, I felt extremely lucky and very privileged.

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Nashville, Tennessee USA

All I knew of Nashville was country music, cowboy boots and honky tonk bars!  I couldn’t wait to join in the fun!  Feeling a little underprepared, we arrived in Nashville not really knowing where to go first or what sites to see and we had 2 days to fill!

Our hotel seemed to be a little out of town, however, maybe the party had come to us?  The hotel reception was full of crazy country folk, with neckerchiefs, hats and enough polished leather to furnish a small country.  Those boots were certainly made for more than walking!  I could’ve listened to the deep southern accent for hours, although I couldn’t understand a word they were saying!

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Lynchburg & Shelbyville, Tennessee USA

Day 2 of our Deep South road trip and we were heading to Lynchburg!

Awake nice and early thanks to the joys of jet lag!!  Despite feeling a little drowsy, yet unable to sleep, we hit the road.  Heading north, slightly west to Lynchburg, a small town in the south-central region, Moore County, the smallest county in Tennessee. Home to the very famous Jack Daniels.  Even though it’s home to the most famous distillery in the world, Lynchburg is a dry county! good job we were only passing through.

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Atlanta to Monteagle – Tennessee

Finally arrived in Atlanta!  A 9.5-hour flight, a little tired, but still raring to start our Deep South road trip!

We flew with Virgin Atlantic, who from experience are fantastic and, they did disappoint again on our direct route from Manchester to Atlanta! Granted, the surprise upgrade certainly helped along with the shiny new engagement ring!! Dave was full of surprises, a perfect way to start our trip!

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