Home away from home for a week. This street, which is about 3 blocks from Waterloo rail station, looks completely different than the surrounding streets and is somewhat of a surprise when it comes into view. As we rounded a corner and I looked for the first time down this street of brown-brick row houses
IMAX On our last day in London it rained all day. Far from being disappointed, I thought, “This is more like London.” We were all grateful that we had nowhere specific to be that morning, so over a late breakfast we brainstormed options for the day. Despite being used to rain, and having packed the
I wanted to spend my time exploring Corfe Castle, strolling along the path atop the white chalk cliffs, and finding out if Swanage was still just as Bryson had described.
My favorite childhood book series is Enid Blyton’s Famous Five mysteries. Ever since I learned that Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Kirrin Castle is actually Corfe Castle in Dorset, England, and in homage to the books, you can visit the real life Ginger Pop Shop in Corfe, I determined that one day I would go there.
Enid Blyton spent a lot of time in Dorset. Elements of the Dorset coast can be recognized in her books, but Blyton’s imagination romanticized the landscape.
Rain in England is not just a myth. We’d been fortunate so far with only one day of rain, and now we were treated to our second; just so we didn’t get the wrong impression of this green isle. We awoke to rain spattered windows and trees leaning sideways, already having given up the fight
One of my favorite things about England is the double-deck buses. I love sitting in the front row of the top deck above the traffic and watching tree branches hit the front of the bus on narrow countryside roads. On the Isle of Purbeck, the best way to get around is either by taxi, or
Lulworth Castle Hike What better way to meet locals than to hitch a ride out to the countryside where the bus doesn’t run and then spend a few hours hiking with them through cow pastures on a castle estate? There might be better ways, but this was ours. Having discovered the Swanage Walking Group through
Do yourself a favor, stay in an Airbnb, and make friends with your hosts. Our Swanage Airbnb host Angela, informed us the night before that she was concerned that we were not having as good a time as we should be having. Her other guests, she informed us, gushed about their days spent in Dorset
Goodbye Swanage! I was sad to leave the beautiful British seaside and the delicious Dorset food, but at the same time, excited to return to the hustle and bustle of London for a couple more days. As the day had engulfed Swanage in rain, it seemed it was time to be shoving off anyway. Before