St Ives Road Trip

We decided on a small road trip to Cornwall – specifically St Ives, with a stopover in St Austell for a visit to the Eden Project which was awesome by the way! Inside the artificial biodomes are a diversity of plants that are collected from all around the world. The project took 2½ years to construct and opened to the public on 17 March 2001.

From there it was just over an hours drive onto St Ives.

Having arrived there, we realised that if you are in need of caffeine & some carbs then you are in luck. St Ives is peppered with many great coffee shops, delis selling Cornish Pasties fresh from the oven plus great bars and pubs to suit all tastes.

After sunbathing in a glorious cove (we were lucky with the weather) and a couple too many glasses of wine we walked the long way back to our hotel, admiring the beaches on the way…












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The Jurassic Coast

Dorset, the county made famous by the works of Thomas Hardy holds many pleasant childhood memories from Uploders village and the surrounding area of Bridport for my girlfriend.

Our time was spent sampling local cuisine after the warmest of welcomes at the Askerswell family run pub, The Spyway Inn, a supposedly haunted smugglers Inn, dating from 1745. This was followed by a trip to West Bay (situated on the Jurassic coast world heritage site) which was perfect for long walks above the golden sandstone cliffs.

The rest of our time was spent exploring the quirky coastal town of Lyme Regis, nick-named ‘the pearl of Dorset’, well known for the fossils found along the cliffs of the Jurassic coastline.

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Norfolk and Suffolk

If it is peace and tranquility you are looking for and some beautiful countryside you will not be disappointed with the counties of Norfolk, which hosts some of Britain’s finest beaches and areas of outstanding natural beauty and Suffolk, noted for having been the home to two of England’s best regarded painters, John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.

On our trip we were fortunate with the summer sun which made the experience of visiting Snape Maltings (famously created in 1948 by the resident and acclaimed composer Benjamin Britten) and the fashionable seaside town of Aldeburgh, a popular weekend destination, now much loved by visiting Londoners (with second homes making up roughly a third of its residential property).

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Snape Maltings, Suffolk

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Road Cycling Championships 2013

By pure coincidence as it goes, I happened to be in the right place at the right time to be part of one of the toughest sports in the world – road cycling! The Slovakia and Czech National Road Cycling Championships 2013 is an annual four day event consisting of time trials and finishes with a 198km road race round beautifully picturesque towns and villages in Slovakia. The race was won by the one and only Peter Sagan a pro-cyclist, a member of the Liquigas Cannondale Team and a true champion in the making.

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Kemp Town Carnival 2013, Brighton

The 2013 Kemp Town Carnival once again did not disappoint and came with the much awaited signs that a summer of sorts could be arriving in the UK. So on the 1st June hoards of people turned out to the Kemp Town Village to celebrate what is undoubtedly one of Brighton’s largest community events.

Much of our time was spent at the Bristol Bar Jazz Stage listening to the amazing music from bands such as Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Bristol Bar Quintet, E.M.E and Bristol Bar Jam. It must be said, there really was something to please all of the family whether it was the custard pie fight, live music, children’s entertainment, street theatre, dance displays, musicians or just enjoying a plain old fashioned Pimm’s or beer in the sun…

The quirky, good natured atmosphere of Kemp Town and the celebrations of children, dogs and adults alike the Brighton way…

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