A Travellerspoint blog

A trip down memory lane

We travelled up to London by train to meet up with some old friends Barry and Sue to visit the British Museum in order to see the Hokusai exhibition. IMG_5674.jpgIMG_1145.jpg90_IMG_1146.jpg As they are members we got to have a reviving drink in the members own cafe. We took the train with them home up to Huntingdon,one of the benefits of being able to break your journey with train travel,particularly useful if the break happens in London. The next day we visited St Ives where we first lived when we got married nearly 40 years ago. It was interesting to see how it had changed. More housing eating up the countryside,less pubs,more charity shops and the medieval bridge now closed to traffic making the town more pedestrian friendly.IMG_5675.jpgIMG_5676.jpg90_IMG_5677.jpg
The next day it was time to revisit Cambridge. A bit of punting along the Backs before a beer by the river. A treat was seeing the weed collecting boat go through a lock as we had never seen a boat go through. A walk past the colleges to the Fitzwilliam museum for some culture and lunch and then to the art deco cinema for a film and a cup of tea before the trip home.IMG_5680.jpg90_IMG_1148.jpgIMG_1154.jpgIMG_1160.jpg90_IMG_1170.jpgIMG_5681.jpgIMG_5682.jpgIMG_5690.jpg270_IMG_5691.jpg
For our last day of our trip down memory lane we visited Ely where Kate taught when we lived here. There is now a lovely tea room by the river and an antique centre. Thankfully we managed not to buy anything this time.IMG_5692.jpgIMG_5696.jpgIMG_5693.jpg270_IMG_5695.jpgIMG_5694.jpg

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Mr Bennett follows in Ms Austen's footsteps

a trip in southern england and west wales

Day 1.
Our friend Bennett,an american who lives in sri lanka, who we met on our trip to Iran last year and with whom we travelled in Burma recently came to visit . An anglophile historian with an interest in the 19th century and in particular the novels of Jane Austen we have plenty arranged for his visit which must also combine with us having to go and vote in west wales where our official home residence is.
We met him off the train and drove home in the evening rush hour through the usual rat runs so there was time for a beer in the bar across the river from our flat before dinner. 90_IMG_0993.jpg
Day 2.
Today we went into the city of Southampton to show him the sights. The city still has much of its medieval walls still extant as well as a myriad of interesting buildings to look at. Sadly the house where Jane Austen lived is no more but her local church still stands.
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Day 3
Winchester,ancient capital of England ,is a tourist magnet and being saturday has a good market in the high street so was very busy. In addition there was a multi fath event in the cathedral grounds. However Sebastian having worked here for a few years we found a quiet pub for a lunchtime drink after the pilgrimage to Jane Austen's grave in the cathedral,King Arthur's "real" Round Table,a couple of little museums and an enchanting little church above a medieval gate. In the afternoon we visited Chawton , Jane Austen's house and museum full of her artefacts. Mr Bennett was thrilled.270_IMG_5518.jpgIMG_5519.jpg270_IMG_5521.jpgIMG_5524.jpg270_IMG_5525.jpg90_IMG_1023.jpg90_IMG_1028.jpg90_IMG_1029.jpg90_IMG_1037.jpg90_IMG_1038.jpg90_IMG_1041.jpg90_IMG_1049.jpgIMG_5539.jpgIMG_5537.jpg270_IMG_5535.jpgIMG_5534.jpgIMG_5533.jpg270_IMG_5532.jpgIMG_1063.jpgIMG_5530.jpgIMG_5529.jpgIMG_1062.jpg270_IMG_5528.jpg90_IMG_1061.jpg
Day 4
This morning we drove into the New Forest which is only a 1000 years old to Bucklers Hard, a ship building village in the days of the Napoleonic wars which has been preserved. It lies on the banks of the Beaulieu river which is privately owned by the local lord. very feudal! It played an important part in the second world war so was doubly fascinating to Mr Bennett. IMG_5559.jpgIMG_5546.jpgIMG_5545.jpg
In the afternoon we went to Exbury gardens,the home of one of the Rothschilds,who planted many rhododendrons and azaleas. They were past their best but it was still a lovely garden to wander about in.IMG_5579.jpgIMG_1090.jpgIMG_5574.jpgIMG_5573.jpg90_IMG_5571.jpgIMG_5570.jpgIMG_5568.jpgIMG_5567.jpgIMG_5566.jpg90_IMG_1081.jpgIMG_5564.jpgIMG_5563.jpgIMG_5562.jpgIMG_5561.jpgIMG_5559.jpgIMG_5546.jpgIMG_5545.jpg
Day 5
No self respecting visitor to this part of the world can not go and visit Stonehenge,one of the true wonders of the world. It was a very wet and windy day but for a brief moment when we were there the Gods were favourable and we enjoyed a reasonable comfortable walk around the stones. However a big mug of hot chocolate was required afterwards!90_IMG_1101.jpgIMG_5601.jpgIMG_5588.jpgIMG_5584.jpg
Day 6
We had arranged to travel to Brighton by train to meet up with Alice who we had all met in Iran last year. We visited the Pavillion,one of the most bonkers of buildings in the UK. Then there was time for a stroll down to the pier and an amble through the Lanes,a rabbit warren of little antique and jewellery shops before it was time for tearful farewells and home.IMG_5629.jpg90_IMG_5628.jpg90_IMG_5627.jpgIMG_5626.jpg90_IMG_3966.jpgIMG_5625.jpgIMG_5624.jpgIMG_5622.jpgIMG_5621.jpg270_IMG_5620.jpgIMG_5618.jpg90_IMG_5617.jpg90_IMG_1111.jpgIMG_5616.jpg90_IMG_1110.jpg90_IMG_1108.jpgIMG_5615.jpgIMG_5613.jpg
Day 7
The general election is tomorrow and we are eligible to vote in west wales so we drove there via Bath where Mr Bennett could once again walk in Ms Austen's footsteps. Nowadays every where here is expensive real estate so it is hard to understand the downsides of any address in the Georgian part of the city. The Roman baths are a major tourist attraction and a world heritage site. They do not disappoint although the waters were not available due to routine maintenance.not a hardship to forego their alleged recuperative powersIMG_5648.jpgIMG_5647.jpgIMG_5646.jpgIMG_5644.jpgIMG_5642.jpg270_IMG_5640.jpgIMG_5638.jpgIMG_5637.jpg90_IMG_5636.jpg90_IMG_5635.jpg270_IMG_5634.jpg90_IMG_1116.jpg90_IMG_1115.jpgIMG_5633.jpgIMG_5632.jpg
Day 8
First thing we did today was go and vote in the local memorial hall and then it was off to the national wool museum of wales. Nestled in one of the many little valleys it is housed in one of the many mills that abounded until about 40 years ago. The machinery on display is all original and in working order so they can stilll produce wonderful woollen cloth in the traditional welsh designs. we still have some in our house bought when they were still in full time production. Some looms are still in operation on site and fascinating to watch.90_IMG_5654.jpgIMG_5653.jpgIMG_5652.jpgIMG_5651.jpgIMG_5648.jpg
We drove down the valley to Cenarth Falls,the centre for coracles but the river was in full spate so no chance to see them. We visited the church which was being used as a local polling station bout they were ok for us to have a look. Afterwards we took Mr Bennett to one of our favourite spots around here,Mwnt church, a 1000 years old it sits alone in a field sheltered by a hill from the Irish sea.270_IMG_5662.jpgIMG_5661.jpg90_IMG_1126.jpgIMG_5660.jpg90_IMG_5659.jpg90_IMG_5658.jpgIMG_5657.jpgIMG_5655.jpg90_IMG_5654.jpgIMG_5653.jpgIMG_5652.jpgIMG_5651.jpg
Day 9
Due to the exit poll on TV we stayed up later than we thought so this morning it was a visit to Aberaeron,a georgian town designed by Nash which was in keeping with Mr Bennett's trip. A quiet beer by the harbour in one of the best places for a drink in Britain before our drive back to Heathrow for our guest to return home. It was a real pleasure to entertain him and for us to see things on our own doorstep through a different lens.IMG_5672.jpgIMG_5671.jpgIMG_5669.jpg

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london trip

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we had to go up to london for an appointment and took the opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery to make a day of it. a morning coffee on the south bank before a bus trip through the city. london sparkles in the sunshine as we pass by famous landmarks. it was great to see the howard hodgkin exhibition and the gillian wearing/cahun show. a walk back to waterloo station,too early for a waterloo sunset but time enough for a curry from the stalls by the festival hall before the train home.

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Last day in oz

Our last day in Oz started with a breakfast in the farmers market in angaston. plenty of little samples to try too. Then it was just over an hours drive to Adelaide. We parked up and went for a stroll round the old city streets. Plenty of old buildings to admire and street performers swallowing swords and playing music. We went to the belgian bar for moules frites which we walked off with a visit to the botanical gardens. There were at least three weddings going on in different parts of the gardens. We had our final final beer in oz in the exeter hotel,an adelaide drinking institution. It reminded us of home with its dart board and open fire. It was then time for us to head for the airport for a tearful farewell to sacha and our flight home.

adelaide street view

adelaide street view


adelaide street view

adelaide street view


adelaide street view

adelaide street view


wine heaven in adelaide

wine heaven in adelaide


last beer of the day in oz

last beer of the day in oz


palm house

palm house


the palm

the palm


a wedding in the gardens

a wedding in the gardens


hibiscus

hibiscus


hibiscus

hibiscus


hibiscus

hibiscus


autumnal view

autumnal view


adelaide street view

adelaide street view


old market rules

old market rules


last beers in oz

last beers in oz


a winter's pub scene

a winter's pub scene


the exeter hotel

the exeter hotel

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Angaston

Our last full day in Angaston and as Sacha had to go to work we decided to have a stroll to the Yalumba winery for a tasting and lunch. As we approached the winery buildings we had doubts as to whether they did tastings as no cellar door signs were apparent. We found the tasting room which was empty and asked the only person there if we could have a tasting. Of course that's what we are here for. We had all the wines on their tasting list and some others accompanied by a platter. To our joy they had decent wifi and a log fire so we bought a bottle to drink now and one for an aperitif later. Whilst we wiled away the time people came in for a tasting,some to buy a bottle as if it were an off-licence and some people were hassling the staff for a VAT receipt for the wine they had drunk at lunch so they could try and claim back the tax at the airport. How they intended to produce the wine for inspection is a mystery. When we walked back we stopped off at the supermarket for a pint of milk and some cake for tea we bumped into Sacha who was buying dinner,local lamb and roast veg. A fine final meal en famille.

sheep in the vineyard

sheep in the vineyard


angaston across the vineyards

angaston across the vineyards


yalumba's vineyards in angaston

yalumba's vineyards in angaston


wine of the day

wine of the day


yalumba's log fire

yalumba's log fire

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