Category Archives: United Kingdom

Sussex towns #AtoZChallenge

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Sussex has a number of charming towns and villages to visit. I spent a day in two neighboring towns — Rye and Winchelsea. It was also nice that it was a bright, Spring day and a great day for photography.

One of the things I enjoyed in Rye were all the names on the doors.

Across from the “Door Opposite” is the Mermaid Inn. This is considered one of the oldest pubs in England. I loved the signed that said it was “re-built in 1420”. Inside the pub were a number of small public rooms, low ceilings and slanting floors. In an area that was probably used as a stable yard now has and outside patio — a great place for a pint or two.

From here, we continued wandering the streets up to the highest part of the town – giving us both a view of nearby Winchelsea and a beautiful church.

Winchelsea is very different from Rye. The streets are not as twisted and the church is very different. It is in the centre of the town with a large area around it, including a graveyard.

 

 

 

 

 

Queen’s Palace Gardens #AtoZChallenge

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In summer months, Buckingham Palace is open for tours. While I heard there were long lines to get in, I must of gotten there at the right time and walked right in. The first part of the tour is through public rooms in the palace, including seeing the banquet room set to perfection. Then, it was on to the gardens in the back — and an outdoor cafe for tea and sweets.

As a kid this is the place I would love to play, finding lovely places to hide. It made me feel like a child.

Green Man #AtoZChallenge

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The Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings is a yearly event that celebrates May Day. Drumming groups and Morris sides are up early, gathering to greet Jack in the Green. They begin the parade Maritime Museum when the Jack of the Green is brought out to take his place. The parade winds its way through the streets of Hastings, finally ending up at Hastings Castle for more Morris dancing and, finally, the banishment of winter, with Jack’s death.

Here is more information on the Jack in the Green Festival.

Experiencing Camden #AtoZChallenge

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I love interesting markets, and Camden Town in London definitely met my expectations! There was just so much to see and do — I was overwhelmed by everything!

First, there are all the different storefronts!

The locks and canal give the area a great respite from the crowds — and there are lots of people!  But I loved the canal…

And of course there were some interesting people & all sorts of wonderful sights and experiences!

 

Dover #AtoZChallenge

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Dover is, of course, known for its white cliffs — and the only way to really see them is from the sea. Dover was the port for me to start my Mystery Cruise — and it gave me a great way to view something I’d always wanted to see.

Time to set sail into a mystery … we have no idea where we will be tomorrow.

Brighton Area #AtoZChallenge

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B is for Brighton and the surrounding area is this year’s #AtoZChallenge. We drove to Brighton to see a special exhibit (see latter this month) and passed a number of interesting things along the way.

Chalk-cut figures are found in various places in England and this was the first time I got to see the Long Man of Wilmington.

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Here are some other sights in and around Brighton.

We headed to Devil’s Dyke next for some great views.

 

And finally, back to our campsite, which was just outside of Battle — site of the Battle of Hastings. The campsite was beautiful and filled with signs of Spring.

Avebury #AtoZChallenge

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Here is more information Avebury.