I have been on holiday this week. Not our usual holiday, which would include driving in Carl’s Porsche with the top down to some beautiful place in Europe – Last year we went with friends to Uberlingen in Germany – but this time we stayed at home here in Essex England.
This would rarely be our first choice, but we had left it so long to book that we couldn’t get the dogs booked in for more than 4 days. We did happen to choose a rather lovely week weather wise and filled our days by travelling to London to have lunch at Michel Roux’s restaurant at the Landau.
Highly recommend it! The waiters, atmosphere. surroundings and lest we forget…the food, was superb! We then walked around the city taking in the sights.
The next day we took ourselves off to Port Lympne Animal Park. http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne? They are a conservation charity who are trying to stop the animals on our planet from becoming extinct.
The sun was out and the grounds were stunning to walk around. We even had a trip on a safari truck to see the Giraffes, Buffalo, Elan, and Elephants. It was just like being in Africa or maybe Busch Gardens in America. A great day out for all the family!
Wednesday, we decided to have afternoon tea at The Swan in Lavenham, Suffolk. We often go there to walk around this beautiful historic town with it’s wonky pastel coloured Tudor buildings.
On our last dog-free day, we chilled out around the pool at Pontlands Park, a small hotel set in idyllic countryside. I hadn’t done any writing up until then, but must have been getting withdrawal symptoms as I spent 2 hours typing up the basic plot of my new novel.
All in all, our mini holiday was a success. Fabulous sunshine, stunning scenery, amazing food and a little adventure. Plus, we got to sleep in our own bed at night and didn’t have the awful job of packing to come home.
Might book up for next year! 🙂