3 Reasons why we love holidays..

Summer is practically upon us which only means one thing….HOLIDAYS!!! The sweet smell of sea air, the warm sun on our backs, the endless supply of mojitos by the pool served to us by Antonio the friendly bartender….OK now were dreaming, but one thing is for sure holidays are a time to relax and get away from our busy working lives and take that well deserved break!! We love holidays here at The Spires especially when all year round were booking our wonderful customers in to one of our many apartments in Aberdeen, Glasgow or Birmingham. But it comes to this time of year when we want to book our own holiday because well we deserve it! Whether you intend to go home to your family for a few days, grab a last-minute city break deal or you’ve planned a week away where your guaranteed sun, sea, sand and sangria, you’re sure to be relaxed, stress free and refreshed to get back to work, well almost.

1. De-stress

Getting away for that well deserved break will relax you and allow you to de-stress from your hectic year of work. Holidays will help you to relax and your body and mind will be a lot more refreshed and ready to go back to work come the end of your holidays. Well that’s if you don’t decide to have a mental booze filled holiday and return even more puffy eyed than before. We’re all guilty of that! Laze by the pool, on the beach and get everything handed to you, and of course soak up that glorious sun. We’re all lacking in vitamin D here in the UK because lets face it 5 days of sun a year isn’t going to provide us with those all important vitamins to give us glowing and healthy skin.

2. Food and Drink

Depending on where you decide to go, holidays are generally the best time to sample the tastes and flavours of your chosen destination. Maybe you have spent the past year shedding the pounds to get into that fabulous polka dot bikini, but your on your holidays, it’s the unwritten rule, so eat, drink and be merry! Be sure to taste the local produce and sample food that you wouldn’t normally try, this will broaden your taste buds and you never know it could become a favourite dish, one to bring home and continue cooking yourself even!

3. FUN

Obviously we want to get away from our serious work life and indulge in some fun whilst on holidays! Water sports, cocktails, clubbing, shopping, and eating glorious meals each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (don’t judge we’re on holidays) are all my idea of fun while away on my holidays. Whether your idea of fun is lying by the pool getting yourself a natural glow or you’d prefer to be diving into the depths of the ocean you can do what you want because it’s your holiday, the joys!!

So you’ve packed your summer clothes, the sun cream, and your new sun hat. All that’s left to do is getting to the airport on time and begin your relaxing break, be sure not to spend too much time in the airport bar, beginning your holiday by sprinting through the airport won’t exactly have a calming effect on you. Don’t forget to switch off your work e-mails, the only reading you should be doing is John Irving’s latest novel by the pool.

Olympic Torch comes to Scotland!

It’s hard to believe that the first Olympic Games took place in the year 776 BC and with the opening ceremony taking place in London on the 27th of July a lot has changed since the very first Games. What hasn’t changed is the importance of the Olympic torch and the flame that burns to represent the historical Games. The ancient Greeks believed fire was given to mankind by Prometheus, in greek mythology Prometheus is a titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humans.  In ancient Greece, mythologies and rituals are an important part of life thus a Greek ritual also included torch relays, however this was not a part of the Olympic Games.

The flame emphasizes the connection between the ancient games and the modern games. The modern use of the Olympic flame began in 1936 and continues today. This year, the Olympic torch began its journey by the lighting of the flame on the 10th of May in Olympia, Greece. The torch was then flown to the Royal Naval Air Station in Cornwall from Athens on a BA aircraft known as The Firefly BA2012 Aircraft where it was carried by 3-time Gold medallist Ben Ainslie to begin the Olympic Flame relay.

From there the torch has since made the journey through England before crossing over the Irish Sea where it was carried through Dublin and continued on into Northern Ireland. Today will see the flame crossing back over the Irish sea, but this time it will continue through Scotland towards Glasgow tomorrow, Friday the 8th of June. Not only is this an amazing experience for the people of Scotland to see and to be a part of the famous torch’s journey, but it is putting the towns and cities of Scotland on a global stage, showing the world why Scotland is such a fantastic tourist destination. The torch will then make its way up to the most northern parts of Scotland, Inverness and the Shetland Islands before hitting Aberdeen on Monday the 11th of June. The torch will be carried up Aberdeen main street, Union Street, before continuing onto Great Western Road in which it will pass by the office and apartment blocks of The Spires. Everyone here in the office are über excited to see the amazing sights of the Olympic torch being carried right on the doorstep. So anyone staying with The Spires are sure to have a fantastic view of Chris Pinnell, a Youth worker and Engineer from Westhill who will be carrying the torch through the streets of Aberdeen. Pinnell who was nominated by his co-workers has been inspiring more than 4,500 scouts and leaders over the last 35 years.

This is an amazing once in a lifetime experience for the torchbearers and for the people of the UK to celebrate the importance of the Games been hosted in London. Make sure you don’t miss it, get out and live through this, it’s right on your doorstep, you have no excuses…