Breathtaking Durdle Door

If there’s one place in the UK I’d have the chance to visit once a month, that’s definitely going to be Durdle Door, in Dorset. The water so clear, it seems like you're somewhere in Thailand, or on a small island in Greece.

There’s not much I can say to describe it as it actually deserves, but I will let you judge by the pictures I’ve taken in those few hours spent there.

Driving from London is not that far, it will take approximately 3 hours, depending where your start point is and on the traffic as well. Yes, the almighty traffic. But it’s not too bad, and to be honest, I would drive for much longer if it meant I would be able to see such beauty in the end!

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Durdle Door, Dorset

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Top Tips:

·         Parking for up to 6 hours will cost you £5, which is not much to be honest, especially if you share the trip’s expenses with friends/family.

·         Total fuel from London do Durdle Door will cost up to £45 return, depending on the type. Of course, when this is shared with someone else, you won’t feel a thing (financially)

·         Bring your own lunch/dinner as it will be much cheaper and yummier to enjoy on the beach. I’ve seen people having barbecues on the beach, although I’m not 100% sure this is allowed.

·         Be sure to use the toilet facilities in the camping site BEFORE going down to the beach. It will take you up to 10-20 min to go down and more to go up. And yes, there are no toilets on the beach!!

·         There are no lifeguards on the beach and if you plan to swim, please be careful. Waves are quite big and strong. Don’t let your kids go alone! I’ve seen grown-ups being dragged into the waves.

·         I do suggest you spend at least 5 hours in Durdle Door as there’s quite a lot to discover.

·         Bring warm clothes, as the wind is crazy almost every time, especially on the top of the cliffs. On the beach is much calmer and you can even get sun tanned.

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Durdle Door, Dorset

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Durdle Door, Dorset

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The path leading to Durdle Door, Dorset.

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Durdle Dorr, Dorset

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There's lots of space for camping, with public toilets and showers, which are in very good condition, and cleaned properly on a daily basis. Honestly, I would have liked to stay overnight in my own tent, have a barbeque and play board games. It seems the perfect way to enjoy that place. And there's so much more to see along the coast, you just need time. Time that we did not have as we had to drive back to London that same day.

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Durdle Door, Dorset

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I really hope I convinced you to put Durdle Door on top of your "To Visit" list, and if maybe you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact me and I will hapilly help you out!

Durdle Door, Dorset


The Cotswolds

I wanted for a very long time to visit the Cotswolds! I've heard so many nice things about those little villages that it made me fall in  love with them before even seeing them. 

Well, after so many years I've finally visited 4 little and beautiful villages in the Cotswolds area. The Cotswolds actually covers 6 counties! That's a lot of farmland. It includes the city of Bath were Jane Austen lived and Stratford-upon-Avon where William Shakespeare was born and buried. Winston Churchill is also a famous figure to have been born in this area. 

It was simply beautiful! Those small villages represent the harmony of the English heritage, the beauty of which we read in those classy books. 

Burford, The Cotswolds, England.  www. ohmightycoffee.com

Burford, The Cotswolds, England. 

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It is the perfect weekend getaway from London or any other crowded city. You can just relax, eat some traditional food and enjoy the sights. 

 

Burford, The Cotswolds, England

Burford, The Cotswolds, England

Did you know that this rich golden colour of all the houses in that area is coming from the Limestone from which they were all built. The Cotswolds is famous in the whole world thanks to the Limestone and is still very popular nowadays. 

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Burford, The Cotswolds, England. 

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No wonder why The Cotswolds is the largest 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (AONB) in the UK. It is simply breathtaking. The peace on the streets, the few people going to church or walking their dogs, or sipping coffee in the morning at their local cafe's is simply mesmerising. 

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The Cotswolds, England. 

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Well, these are just a few of the pictures that I've taken of the Cotswolds. And to be honest, they do not represent even half of the beauty of that area. Only the human eye can really see and admire at it's best. 

Getting there: 

Of course, the best way is to drive. It saves you time and you will not be that tired at the end of the day as you would be if you were travelling by public transport. 

You could take the National Express coach from London Victoria. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to get there and it may cost you up to £20 one way. But do plan ahead if you are on a tight budget!

Trains from London Paddington are also available almost every hour. Once again, you have to plan in advance if you are on a tight budget. It will take you 1 to 2 hours to get there by train. The trains do not stop in the small villages I was talking about, and neither does the coach, but you can get off at any of these stations and take the local buses:  Bath, Cheltenham, Stratford, Chippenham, Gloucester, Kemble, Moreton-in-Marsh, Kingham and Oxford.

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The Cotswolds, England

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I also found out that many Hollywood celebrities have their own houses in this area especially villages which are closer to Bath, and no wonder why, Bath is a magical little city. 

Canterbury Cathedral

It is one of England's biggest treasures I would say.  A real beauty that has been safely kept to this day and that attracts over 1 million tourists every year. 

Canterbury Cathedral is huge and needs a few hours at least to explore it inside-out. But it is worth your time I can assure you, especially if you are interested in history. The entry ticket for an adult is approximately £10 and for a child under 18 is £7. I wouldn't say it's pricey as it is actually worth it. I am sure you will realise this after seeing my humble pictures below. 

Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral.

The feeling when you step inside the Cathedral is beyond any words. It is simply breathtaking (probably my favourite word when it comes to describe amazing things/places). 

This is what I loved most about the Cathedral. All it's halls made of old stones, the colours, the darkness and the light. The most peaceful places I've ever been to, full of history. You can almost feel the events that happened here hundreds of years ago. (and hey, if you watch TV programmes or historic movies you will even envision these halls and create a history of your own)

Beautiful ruins in Canterbury.

Beautiful ruins in Canterbury.

Canterbury - lovely houses all around. Dream home!

Canterbury - lovely houses all around. Dream home!

Canterbury Cathedral - Love the halls <3

Canterbury Cathedral - Love the halls <3

Around Canterbury Cathedral. Marvellous places!

Around Canterbury Cathedral. Marvellous places!

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I know that these pictures speak for themselves. Although I must say, in reality is all much more beautiful and you've seen here. 

DO visit the Cathedral if you have the chance! It is a must see!

Rainy Canterbury

One of the oldest cities in England. A historic cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cool, right? 

Mesmerising small city. I fell in love with it the very first time I was there (about 4 years ago). So I decided it was time to visit it again (you know, I grew older, I see things differently etc) Indeed I came back to London with new opinions about this city (and new interesting facts). The worst thing about this short visit was the bad weather. And when I say bad, I mean... really bad weather. Rain non-stop, all wet, wind etc.  But I enjoyed it anyway, because, what's not to enjoy in Canterbury? 

Canterbury - Historic Town Centre

Canterbury - Historic Town Centre

The city lies on a river called Stour. They actually do a river boat tour which is very, very interesting! It costs approximately £8 for one adult but it's well worth it as the "guide guy" also tells you different kinds of stories and facts about the city and river.  And hey, if you like well done biceps, do sit in front of the boat! (hahaha) 

You can find them right in the city centre, on the high street. I do recommend you to do the river boat tour, because it's one of the main and best attractions in the city (apart from the Cathedral - which you can read about in my next post as there are maaaaany pictures)

This is approximately what you will see from the boat. 

View of river Stour in Canterbury. 

View of river Stour in Canterbury. 

View of River Stour from the boat.

View of River Stour from the boat.

View of river Stour from the boat. (Canterbury)

View of river Stour from the boat. (Canterbury)

Now, enough pictures about the river, let me tell you about our hotel. (and hey, I am not receiving any kind of remuneration for this)

We stayed one night in the newly build Premier Inn in central Canterbury. (well, 5 minutes walk from Caterbury Bus Station). It's the perfect location I would say and I was actually surprised to see that they build a new Premier Inn in the city. When I last was there I stayed in a B&B. 

Anyway, I always liked this hotel as it was always clean, fair prices and very simple. Here is our room which we booked for £39 for one night. Ohh, and the bathroom is of a very decent size, which is very important to me. I have trouble with small spaces. (one time in Paris I though I was going to blackout because of the tiny shower)

TOP TIPS:

  1. Take a Parka with you. No umbrella, just parka. I was so happy I decided to buy one just before going to Canterbury.
  2. Book your hotel in advance. It's also much cheaper on week days. And so are the bus or train tickets.
  3. If you plan on visiting more than 3 attractions, buy a Canterbury Attractions Passport. So much cheaper than buying separate tickets to each attraction. 

Well, girls and boys, I really hope you enjoyed my post and pictures about this wonderful city. And I do recommend you to visit it. You need 2 full days to experience it. Believe me, it's well worth your time. 

 

 

Short visit to Stonehenge

Over the years, there have been many stories about the history of Stonehenge. There still are. No one knows exactly what these large stones represent. But who needs to? When you get the first look of the stones, you might just drop your jaw! Yes, they are indeed very beautiful, especially on a sunny afternoon, when the sun is getting ready to go away and let the night set in. 

I've lived in London for many years but I never had the opportunity to visit Stonehenge. Why? Well, it is kind of expensive (for some of us) and it is not very easy to get to. Of course, if you have a car, yay for you! You can get just anywhere! Well this time, I boarded a coach from Victoria Station which was part of a tour expedition to Stonehenge and then Bath. I got the tickets half price from Groupon and this is how I got there! 

Stonehenge in all it's glory! 

Stonehenge in all it's glory! 

There are many interesting facts about Stonehenge that you can read here if you are interested. For example, the larger stones weight approximately 50 tons!  Other, smaller ones, that weight 4-5 tons, were brought from 240 miles away!?! How did they manage to bring them here? No wonder some people believe that aliens built them! 

Stonehenge  - a closer look at the most famous stones in the world!

Stonehenge  - a closer look at the most famous stones in the world!

FACT: did you know that Stonehenge was built at least 300 years before the Egyptian Pyramids? 

There's not much around the Stonehenge to see except lots of very cute sheep. It was very funny to see them walk one behind another in a line. When the first sheep stopped, all behind the first one stopped in a very funny way. When the first sheep started walking again, the rest followed. You just have to see it! 

To be honest, Stonehenge is an attraction that does not take much time to visit and enjoy. Two hours are more than enough to walk around, take several pictures and enjoy the view (and the sheep). 

Stonehenge is the perfect first stop before getting to the final destination. 

 

I hope you liked my post about these beautiful stones, please leave comments bellow in case you need something to ask. I will be most delighted to help you out!