Travel Diary, Sept 24

Posted on 24th Sep 2012 by ian under Travel Tales | No Comments »

Well, we head off late today and most of the OS trip is now booked with a few things in concrete but enough flexibility for serendipity to play its tune.

We have two nights in Dubai en route, staying at the Novotel World Trade Centre in the city. We want to check out the shopping malls, skyscrapers etc and plan the next day at Jumeirah Beach – and hope to catch up with fellow MSer, Sheila, on Wednesday night for a drink and a chat… hopefully that will break the jetlag as well as give us a look at somewhere totally different!  Laura wants to ride a camel.  We want to watch her snow ski in the desert.

From Heathrow on Thursday we pick up the hire car and head to Box. It’s a pretty little place about 10km from Bath.

We are staying in a two bedroom apartment at Benson Manor (right). Box was where the Rev Wilbert Awdry lived – he was the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine.

On Friday we have booked lunch at the Pump Room, overlooking the Roman Baths in Bath. Box is on the edge of the Cotswolds, a little closer to Heathrow than Bath and easy to head up through the Cotswolds on Saturday.

We will take our time wending through the Cotswolds to Stratford Upon Avon via the eccentric Snowshill Manor.

Check out Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford and on to Hebden Bridge where we have booked four nights at Croft Mill (right). We have a two-bedroom self-contained apartment on the first floor – there is a lift and the Albert Pub is a flat wheel away down the road to the right. Love Google maps!

From here we plan to explore York and Haworth and let some surprises come to us.

On Wednesday (Oct 3) we head to the wee village of Heydon in Norfolk. We will be staying in The Stable Cottage, next to Heydon Hall (right).

Heydon is one of 12 privately owned villages in England, owned by the Bulwer-Long family. Sarah Bulwer-Long is our host at the stables and Cindy, owner of the Heydon Tea Rooms, has booked us a table at the Earle Arms pub. Erasmus Earle was Lord of the Manor in the early 1600’s.

Then down to Kent to stay a night with friends in their renovated 16th Century barn. Looking forward to catching up after 11 years!

From here to London – drop the car off and stay at Rydges in Kensington.

Here for four nights and want to see the main sights – Buckingham palace, Westminster Abbey, the Modern Tate, Soho, London Eye etc… explore Kensington, dine out – I think Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen has our name on it… you can always find heaps to do in London.

Hoping to catch up with a few MSer mates for a Sunday pub lunch in the East End. And then the train to Paris for the last few nights to take in the main sights.

Stay tuned for the online diary once we get settled…