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Dunwich

The North Sea Coast

Greetings! Our next adventure was requested by none other than Penny herself. She wanted to go to the beach as she had never been to one before. After a little research, we came upon the Suffolk coast which includes the Dunwich area and is less than a two hour drive away.

And now time for a little history on the Dunwich area. In the 11th century, Dunwich was apparently the 10th largest city in England. Storms in the 13th and 14th centuries swept the city into the sea. An few articles on the research in finding the city and its history:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-35549952
http://www.dunwich.org.uk/history/

Someone impatiently waiting to leave.
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We stayed in the charming little town on Westleton, just a mile or so away from the coast. It was a very dog friendly town. The White Horse, a cute little pub, was right across the street from our AirBnb and came highly recommended. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn't make it there, but it was on our list.

Our first day we went to the National Trust Dunwich Heath site. Dunwich Heath is an example of coastal lowland heath. Heath is a shrubland habitat found mainly on free-draining infertile, acidic soils and is characterised by open, low-growing woody vegetation.The heath is mostly covered with heather, both Common Heather and Bell Heather, and European and Western Gorse but there is also some woodland and grassland included in the reserve. Dunwich Heath has been owned by the National Trust since 1968 when it purchased the area with the help of a donation from the Heinz company as part of the Trust's goal of acquiring various coastlines to prevent them from being developed. We just missed the most colorful period of the heath a few weeks prior.

National Trust Dunwich Heath: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

Pictures from Dunwich Heath:
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We ate at the highly recommended, The Ship, which is also a quaint inn near Dunwich Beach. We had excellent food there.
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After dinner, we checked out Dunwich Beach.
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The next day, we took Penny for her first beach experience at Dunwich Beach. She wasn't sure about the water and preferred to walk parallel to it, so she could keep an eye on it. She also enjoyed leaving her footprints in what little bit of sand she came across. Most of the beach was rocks, but she didn't seem to mind.
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Just a bit west of the beach we came across, Greyfriars, the ruins of a Franciscan friary.
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1006039

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We had a great time in the Dunwich area and would absolutely return to explore some of the surrounding villages and towns.

On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 23:14 Archived in England Tagged coast beach national suffolk trust heath dunwich westleton Comments (2)

Avebury Manor

National Trust Property in the Avebury World Heritage Site

While staying in Newbury, we took the short drive over to Avebury to check out Avebury Manor and some of the ancient burial grounds nearby. Avebury Manor is a sixteenth century manor house in Avebury near Marlborough, next to the Avebury neolithic henge monument. It is a National Trust property and in 2011 was the subject of the BBC One television series The Manor Reborn, in which the house was refurbished by a group of experts in collaboration with the Trust. The house reminded me in some ways of Woolsthorpe Manor, also a national trust property. It was definitely a more cozy house than some of the other stately homes we have visited.

Avebury Manor: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/features/transforming-avebury-manor

Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites: https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/

The village of Avebury:
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Burial grounds:
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St. James Church:
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This is a picture of the dovecote which is used to house pigeons or doves. I didn't know such a thing existed nor had I seen one until we arrived in England.
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The front of the manor:
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Pictures from inside the house:
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I am sure the gardens are beautiful in the Spring, so we might just to have to come back. It was December when we visited, not the best time for that sort of thing.
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The docents in Avebury were very helpful and knowledgeable. The National Trust has some of the most friendly guides in any of the many places we have visited.

Onto Blenheim Palace...

Here is a link to a new internet radio station with a focus on travel bloggers, COLLAGE TRAVEL RADIO: https://live365.com/station/collage-Travel-radio-a95388

Posted by LCP 22:48 Archived in England Tagged manor national ancient burial avebury trust mounds Comments (0)

The Vyne

National Trust Property in Hampshire

While in Newbury, we opted to take the short drive to visit The Vyne, a National Trust property in Basingstoke, Hampshire after spending the morning at Highclere Castle. The Vyne is a 16th-century estate and country house that retains a lot of its Tudor charm. It was built for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain. Apparently the King was entertained three times at the house. The house belonged to the Sandys family before being passed to the Chutes family. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956.

The Vyne: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-vyne

The Vyne was originally a much larger house, but was reduced in size. The red area in the picture below shows the original size of the house. It
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The South Front is the way in which we entered.
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Staircase Hall:
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These are some of the rooms in the house.
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Back in the day women were not educated, so they would take up drawing. These are a few of the Chute daughters' drawings of the various rooms in the house and how they were arranged hundreds of years ago.
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There was a beautiful chapel in the house with wonderful stained glass.
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Gardens:
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The Vyne was a beautiful house and we really enjoyed our visit. The docents in the various rooms were extremely knowledgable and very nice.

On to Stonehenge...

Posted by LCP 00:54 Archived in England Tagged the national hampshire trust vyne Comments (1)

Romania Part 1

Bucharest

Greetings! Our next adventure took us to Bucharest, Romania! Like Vilnius, Bucharest was not originally on our must visit list, but again, we had heard from several colleagues who really enjoyed Romania. Bucharest is in southeastern Romania and is the capital city. The city is probably most famous for the Palace of Parliament, which is the second largest building in the world; second only to the Pentagon. Bucharest was a very cheap city to visit, most of our meals were under 80 RON (Romanian leu), which was about was $20. Romania is part of the European Union, but retains its own currency the Romanian leu.

We stayed in a lovely AirBnb situated behind the National Theater Bucharest. We also walked everywhere in the city and used Uber to and from the airport.

AirBnb: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/plus/15984949?source_impression_id=p3_1572181231_j9Azw27So9aO0IVY

National Theater Bucharest
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Some fun facts about Romania:
-The Romanian language is 1,700 years old.
-The first ever perfect 10 awarded in the Olympic Games went to Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, for her performance on the uneven bars in Montreal, Canada in 1976. She was also the only person allowed to marry in the Palace of Parliament.
-According to legend, Bucharest was named after a shepherd called Bucur who was in love with a young lady named Dâmboviţa, like the name of the river that flows through the city.
-The name “Romania” comes from the Latin word “Romanus” which means “citizen of the Roman Empire.”

Views of Old Town Bucharest:
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Famous Bookstore in Old Town Bucharest, Cărturești Carusel:
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Food from Bucharest restaurants:
Caru' cu Bere, one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest.
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Traditional Romania dish of Sarmale (Cabbage Rolls):
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Trofic:
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Boutique du Pain:
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Sushi Room:
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Palace of Parliament. Palace of Parliament took over 13 years to build (1984–97). The palace was commissioned by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the last communist dictator of Romania, for his family to live at, but communism in Romania was overthrown in 1989 and he never used the building. Most if not all, of the materials used to construct the building came from Romania, including all of the marble. The palace has over 2800 chandeliers and cost $3 billion to build. Michael Jackson infamously said, "Hello, Budapest!" from the balcony in 1990. Today, the building is used by parliament and I think spaces in the building can be rented out for events. For instance, a wedding expo was underway while we were on our tour.

Back of Palace of Parliament
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View from Palance of Parliament balcony looking onto the promenade (modeled after the promenade at the Palace of Versailles).
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A few of the many churches around Bucharest:
Kretzulescu Church
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Saint John Chrysostom Church
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Stavropoleos Monastery Church
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Cișmigiu Gardens:
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Izvor Park:
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Memorial of Rebirth (commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism):
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Onto Siniai, Brasov, and Bran...

Posted by LCP 23:43 Archived in Romania Tagged church palace of national romania parliament cu care theater bucharest bere grandees Comments (0)

Plas Newydd

National Trust Property in Llanddaniel Fab, near Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales

In addition to visiting the Short Stack Lighthouse and Cliffs, we also went to Plas Newydd, another National Trust Property in Wales. Plas Newydd is considered a "country house" and parts of the house date back to the 1470s. The house sits on the Menai Strait and looks across at the Snowdonia Mountains. The house belonged to the Marquess of Anglesey who was awarded his title for bravery during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where he served under the Duke of Wellington and lost a leg. One of the main claims to fame of the house is the painting by Rex Whistler in the Dining Room.

Plas Newydd: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-country-house-and-gardens

Plas Newydd:
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Bedrooms:
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Study:
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Artwork:
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Rex Whistler Painting in the Dining Room:
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Spectacular Gardens:
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That concludes our trip to Wales. I cannot wait to go back and explore other parts of Wales, particularly southern Wales. This was such a great trip!
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On to the next adventure!

Posted by LCP 01:28 Archived in Wales Tagged national wales trust anglesey plas newydd Comments (1)

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