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  • Day3

    Norwich Day 2

    September 20 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Today we treated ourselves to a fry up alla Jon and then drove to Eaton Park, a lovely recreational area with playgrounds, crazy golf, sports of all kinds etc. We opted for a spot of crazy golf, Matt taking the glory with a hole in one come back in the closing holes.
    Then had a drink in front of a large pagoda listening to a talented classical guitarist busking. He kindly played 'Cavatina' for me. Then it was off to a country pub for an outstanding roast dinner snd relax by the river.
    We're just about to head home now, Madeleine is already asleep so fingers crossed for a smooth journey.
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  • Day2

    Norwich day 1

    September 19 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Another good journey, with a better sleep by Madeleine saw us arrive in Norwich to Coby and Jon's house. After a quick tour, cup of coffee and spot of lunch, we walked into town to absorb the sun and sites.
    The impressive cathedral, churches and flint buildings interspersed with antique and boutique shops and a good smattering of pubs make this city a picturesque and quirky place to live.
    After an amble through town, we visited the oldest pub in Norwich, the Adam & Eve, which is built in the walls of the cathedral grounds. Then on to a whisky shop to select something delicious for the evening ahead - Matt opting for an interesting looking Arran cask strength, sherry cask, and Jon going for the Loch Lomond Inchmoan, a smokey and spicey 12 year old single malt.
    We're home now ready for dinner, board games and a wee dram of the new whiskies.
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  • Day1

    Cambridge

    September 18 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The 1 hour 50 minute journey to Cambridge was good with no traffic. Perfectly timed during Madeleine's first nap, which she unfortunately decided she didn't actually need after all.

    We spent the day wining and dining at various local establishments while taking in the sights. This was topped off by a fantastic guided punting tour of the river Cam, where we learned about the various University colleges, architecture, history and old stories. All blessed with amazing sunshine throughout.

    After filling up on prime fillet steak at a French restaurant with Emily's Uni friends Pete and Charlotte, we had an early night ready for the day of adventures ahead.
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  • Day15

    Thorpe Park

    September 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Thorpe Park was chockablock today, probably owing to the last (?) hurrah of summertime.

    Via online booking (standing outside the park) we cunningly avoided queuing for the entry tickets but thats where our fortune ended.

    With fast track tickets we cut the queues considerably, from 60 to 20 minutes in some cases.. but there were still queues for the fast track, queues for food, queues to pick up a map...

    We hit several of the big rollercoasters before motion sickness and mild whiplash set in. Top rides indeed!

    If only there was a way to book the park out for a private session..
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  • Day14

    Chedworth Roman Villa

    September 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We drove from Cheltenham to Chedworth Roman Villa, a national trust excavation site complete with mosaic flooring, saunas, underfloor heating and all sorts of interesting archeological finds. The surprising thing I learned today was that the Roman introduced the Helix Pomatia snail to the area, which was a culinary delicacy - of all the things the Romans introduced I like this one!Read more

  • Day13

    Shafted in Wales

    September 12, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We made the 1hr 10min journey into Wales to visit Mad's ancestral homeland near Pontypool. Mad's grandfather worked in the coal mines in the area so after visiting the house where he lived, we drove to the Big Pit National Coal Museum to learn about the mining industry. The pits were closed underground for maintenance but we had an excellent tour of the overground areas with some hilarious banter between the local staff.
    We have now settled in Chelternham for the evening and will explore options for dinner shortly.
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  • Day12

    Bathing in Bath

    September 11, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    We headed west to Bath on phase four of the grand tour. Our accommodation here is superb, a luxury 2 bedroom apartment close to the city centre, complete with mood lighting! We had a relaxing afternoon in the Thermae spa, a nice wander through town, a trip to the gin bar - a tradition for us when visiting this city - and dinner at a nice chinese restaurant. We finish our evening watching movies in the apartment!Read more

  • Day11

    Windmills!

    September 10, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    In researching options for our final day, we decided to ditch a formal tour and do it ourselves, so we got an uber to Zaanse Schans, a country village not far from Amsterdam where they have a collection of fully restored working windmills.
    The village itself is on the Zaans river and is full of traditional buildings, crafts and shops. The main venue is a bit of a tourist trap but we had a good time exploring a working oil mill, sampling free cheese from the cheese shop and watching a clog shoe maker in action. There was also a chocolate factory and museum on site but we started to get hungry and didnt want to pay an additional €12 each so we headed back to the city for some Italian food. Overall it worked out cheaper than the tours, plus we got picked up from our apartment door and could do what we wanted.
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  • Day10

    Lost in Amsterdam

    September 9, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Well not lost as such, but we spent the afternoon wandering the streets taking in more of the sights. The red light district was 'interesting' to say the least, we also mooched around a large flea market and saw the palace and the old church. After another siesta (the walking was a bit much for Emily), we ended our evening at an Indian restaurant in Jordaan.Read more

  • Day10

    Cruising around

    September 9, 2019 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We set off through the Jordaan region of Amsterdam, full of quaint and boutique shops and cafes. After a quick refreshment we headed to a boat cruise of the canals of Amsterdam. Our captain Robert told us interesting stories and more about the history whilst we relaxed with a wine / coke zero and took in the sights.Read more

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