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Tintagel in the West Country

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Tintagel has to be one of my top UK places I’ve visited. It has to be one of the:

1. Strangest places I visited.

2. Most breath-taking places I’ve visited.

3. Most inspiring places.

Basically, if you didn’t know, Tintagel is a small Cornish parish situated on the North coast of Cornwall. The village is also home to Tintagel castle, the ruins of which are found on an island connected by a stairway suspended between the cliffs.

The castle is the mythical birthplace of King Arthur and is associated with many legends of him and his knights of the Round Table. According to Wikipedia (the fountain of all knowledge), it is one of the most visited places in Britain today and you can see why from the pictures:

Aerial View of Tintagel

Aerial View of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Antique Painting of Tintagel

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Stairway

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle Ruins

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel Castle Overview

Tintagel Castle Overview

English Heritage, whose site the above two photos are from, describe Tintagel as,

‘A magical day out in Cornwall, take the family to Tintagel Castle. Its wonderful location, set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, offers dramatic views, and its fascinating ruins and stunning beach cafe make it a perfect day trip, ideal for those on holiday in Dorset, Cornwall or Dartmoor.

Tintagel Castle is steeped in legend and mystery; said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, you can still visit the nearby Merlin’s Cave. The castle also features in the tale of Tristan and Isolde. With a history stretching as far back as the Romans, Tintagel Castle is one of the most iconic visitor attractions in the south west.

  • The introductory video ‘Searching for Arthur
  • The rugged trail to the ‘island’
  • A visit to our stunning Beach Cafe
  • The ‘tunnel’ on the ‘island’ what was it used for?’

I can honestly say it’s a fabulous day out!

p.s. I reserve no rights to the above photos

Petworth House

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Now, I don’t know about you but I get very passionate about things and recently I have been wanting to write ALOT but unfortunately am suffering from writer’s block (ironic as I can outpour it here by writing on my blog – haha). So, anyway, I tend to think of things to do for lovely days out to keep myself busy instead and I just want to tell you all about Petworth House as it is stunning and I need to share it!

Petworth House

I went there earlier in the year, right when all the flowers were out and the gardens were basking in the sun, resplendent in their beauty, (ah, the writings coming back you see :-). It really is a treasure to go and see and if, like me, you are a member of the National Trust, it’s free to go in and spend all day in the house and grounds. If not, it’s well worth it – that I can tell you!

The house contains the largest collection of paintings in the National Trust‘s many houses, including an original of Anne Boleyn. So, if paintings are your thing, you can spend literally hours in the house, gazing at the portaits and landsapes including some by Gainsborough, and reading about the paintings.

Anne Boleyn - Petworth House

However, as much as I like paintings and history I can only look at so many before I find myself not bored but lacking interest. So, that’s when Petworth can offer you either the servants quarters to look through, a beautiful little Cafe, a second hand unmanned bookstore in the middle of the corridor, or, even better, rural grounds landscaped by Capability Brown himself.

Petworth House

They even have a ‘ha-ha‘ which is a ditch around the formal grounds separating them from the rural outlook of Petworth House and the idea of this was to make sure the deer and wildlife couldn’t come into the formal gardens but the ditch was hidden so to the unsuspecting eye it gave a look of unbroken landscape running on one from the other – INGENIUS!

Petworth House

So if your bored, go and get cultured and visit Petworth House in West Sussex!

Until next time,

Lizzy x

p.s. They also have a whole entire herd of deer running around free in the grounds!

Autumn Holiday Pronto Please!

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Hilarious - Blogging

Hilarious!

I found this picture while cruising the web and typing in blog….It made me laugh SO much. I was giggling because sometimes I feel like this about my own blog. Sometimes it feels like I am barking on about nothing in-particular to no one in-particular.

BUT

Then I remember that actually there are lots of lovely people who do read my blog and maybe get a little bit of enjoyment from my rambling. I’m afraid that despite my feeling, akin to the above picture, I will have to carry on relentlessly because this is what I do, write, share and make bloggino friendios!

So, here’s the next blog, it’s going to be about….Holidays……No, not Christmas, I may have mentioned it in previous blogs but that is no reason to go on about Christmas when there are still plenty of days inbetween (how sad…I LOVE Christmas)! I am thinking more of half-term and quick getaways!

Now, I know you are thinking that I already have a travel section, and, have no fears, this blog (or at least the travelly bits) will go into the Travel Section to add onto what’s already there. But I wanted to share this idea with you –

TAKE A BREAK 🙂

There are many ways of taking a break. Whether you want to just have a day out somewhere like a National Trust House which have lots of autumnal activities. Or, you may want to get a little further away, say, Cornwall or Scotland, perhaps the last camping/caravan trip of the year?

Camping in Autumn in Scotland

Camping in Autumn in Scotland

Or, a lovely little cottage in Cornwall? Or, you even want to get away over the Ocean to somewhere near but a little warmer? How about France? There are plenty of Villa Company‘s which have stunning places to stay and half-term offers to boot!

Cornwall in Autumn

Cornwall in Autumn

I myself, seeing as I shall be saving for a rather skimpy Christmas, will be thinking of a National Trust outing as I am a member and simply love being surrounded by the history of such grand houses! But if I could, I don’t think I would mind lolling around a beautiful French Villa, sipping the beautiful Burgundy wines and tasting the French cuisine..Oh, No…I would NOT say no to that!

Dominique's Villas in France

Villas in France in Autumn

Rooibos Tea, Marylebone and Shopping!

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When the whether gets cooler for some reason it is much more attractive to me to spend time in a city, (as attractive as it can be to a country bumpkin). Anyway, when going to new places I sort of need to know where a good cafe is before I go. This is because halfway through shopping one must have a caramel machiato before continuing…just kidding…it is good to know these things though, and the other day I found this great site which gave me just that information!

It’s a site for if you’re going to Marylebone and it sets out the shops, cafes and loads of other things on maps and you can search through it. Basically, it is like an almanac for planning a day out in Marylebone!

Marylebone Village

Marylebone Village

You can find it here: Marylebone Village. Have a little look around and after you do, come back and tell me how much you would love to have one of these site for almost everywhere you go?

I know that there are tourist information sites, and they are helpful to a certain extent but then you really want to know where to get a good mocha or better – Vanilla Rooibos Tea don’t you? (I may have one set before my computer screen, steaming away as I blog – what of it!?)

Vanilla Rooibos Tea - Marylebone

So, as the autumn days turn colder and you decide to don your boots and pop off to shop somewhere like Marylebone, Canterbury, Oxford or Chichester, remember that the former has a fabulous website to help you plan your day and the latter three I have added links to the best information sites I could find. So, go on a little reconnaissance trip to these towns and gather ‘present’ information for Christmas without the hassle of not knowing where any of the good shops are, or worse – the cafes!

Shopping in Marylebone

Shopping!

Lizzy x