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Maidstone

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  • Day18

    Leeds Castle

    August 18 in the United Kingdom

    Off to Leeds Castle for the day.

    Looks big enough to have its own Council, the carpark is big enough.

    Very cunning, take you money and then have you walk 15mins to the castle. This sorts the crowd out very nicely as old people fall by the wayside, the toddlers all veer off to point at extremely well fed and rather fearless ducks and swans.

    Finally got to the castle, walked an additional kilometre to a cafe that Mark though wouldn’t be as crowded (it was closed) then back again.

    It has now been decided to just forget about getting a coffee in England. There are ads on the TV explaining what a Flat White is all about (seriously) but the message hasn’t gotten far. As well as trying to get a small cup , it’s a hopeless endeavour.
    Their normal cup is a small bucket and people look askance if you try to get something smaller.

    Back to the castle. There’s been one on the site since 1078 and its been rebuilt, renovated and “glamourised” at least six times since then. Story is very interesting but that what’s Google is for. Main thing is it sits in the middle of a lake on two islands. Very neat.

    Then you walk the kilometre to the Maze and back then back to the carpark. There were the usual groups of English people going on expeditions for lunch with enough picnic gear to assault Everest. Sure we saw a Nepali family in the mix.

    They sell it as “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and I’m pretty sure that you could debate it but it’s really very cool.
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  • Day18

    Leeds Castle Maze

    August 18 in the United Kingdom

    One of the attractions at Leeds is the MAZE.

    2,400 yew bushes trimmed within an inch of their life to create a maze that is supposed to take 20 mins to complete. You end up in the middle at a Grotto and follow an underground tunnel to exit.

    We are not saying how long it took us to get out, let’s just say that we did so and we are not that much older.

    The Italian school kids how ran it were using GPS believe.

    It’s very, very clever and has undoubtably been the source of many relationship breakups.

    Because of Bernadette’s demonstrated superior sense of direction she led the group. Nothing more is being said.
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  • Day18

    Stoneacre Cottage

    August 18 in the United Kingdom

    Bit of a difference.

    Second stop if the day was Stoneacre. This is a perfect example of a 14th century yeoman’s house and looks everything you’d expect.

    No rich people here.

    To get to it you drive through several miles of roads anoint the width of our side passage. Let’s plant some hedges on both sides to make sure you can’t see anything and all is good.

    There has been a house on the site since 1470 and as you expect its been extended and changed a little. The current house was renovated by a historical architect who’s special interest was medieval architecture. A match made in heaven. He took the place back to a more original look but sensibly left a modern toilet and plumbing.

    Having finished he handed it to the National Trust on 1928 just a few years after he had completed it.

    Enjoyed it immensely, as good in its own way as Leeds Castle.
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  • Day20

    En de dag eindigt net als gister...

    August 5 in the United Kingdom

    .... luierend in de zon.
    Vanochtend dus naar Sissinghurst Castle gefietst. Een mooi oud landgoed met walled garden. Je kon goed zien dat de tuin moeite had met de warmte. 29 mei had t er voor t laatst serieus geregend...
    Het fietsen op de smalle en heuvelachtige weggetjes was spannend, maar gelukkig was t rustig. Rest van de middag in de schaduw gelezen. Het leek wel vakantie 🙄!

  • Day2

    Doorrrrr en overrrrr

    July 18 in the United Kingdom

    Na wat plaspauzes en een stukkie fritatta in de auto waren we mooi op tijd in Calais. Zo mooi op tijd dat we een uur eerder over konden.

  • Day70

    Day 70 - Calais to Maidstone, 48 miles

    June 24, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    So after an amazing and diverse 10 weeks of beautiful scenery, cultures and people and many new friends made its time to leave Europe and sadly as it turns out in more ways than one today. Many things may change after today's vote but hopefully we will all never loose the freedom to travel to and learn from different cultures all over the world.

    I may be heading home but there's still some miles to cover and after not seeing a hill for about 2 weeks following the Rhine the steep climb to the top of the White Cliffs of Dover were a bit of shock to the system! After taking in the amazing views along the coast from the top it was time to head in land through Kent 'the garden of England' to visit family in Maidstone.

    Felt a little surreal to be back riding in England and adjusting to riding on the left again! After only a few miles you realise that even though cycling is exploding in the UK we still have a long way to match the quality of road surfaces , cycling networks and maybe most importantly the relationship between cyclist and traffic. On the continent the cyclist is soo respected. In the 40 or so miles I rode in England today I probably had as many cars pass me too close and in dangerous spots as I did in the list 10 weeks in Europe.

    Despite the above it was still a good ride today in the sunshine (who'd have thought coming back to England would give me sun!) and was great seeing family and catching up on everything.

    Last ride tomorrow!
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  • Day9

    Leed Castle Gärten

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    Das Wasserschloss Leeds Castle liegt etwa sechs Kilometer südöstlich von Maidstone und damit mitten im Herzen der englischen Grafschaft Kent. Das Schloss und seine Ländereien wurden nach dem kleinen Dorf Leeds benannt, an das sie angrenzen. Dieses Dorf sollte nicht mit der etwa 300 Kilometer nördlicher gelegenen Großstadt Leeds verwechselt werden.

  • Day1

    Maidstone, United Kingdom

    July 30, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    ....And we're off!!
    Day 1, first stop Cambridge. We've calculated we'll be covering around 1500 miles in our 1988 Porsche 924s, which we have bought especially for the journey. Weeks of hard work recommisioning her after the previous owner nearly retired her from active duty, we now get a chance to bring an 80's classic back to life!
    The car is stealth packed with very minimal provisions, in some very retro luggage!
    Time to let the old girl stretch her legs 😁🚗
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