shireThis summer we stayed at the Rectory Farm in Cambridge for two nights. Rectory Farm is a marketed as a B&B, but it feels like a small hotel. The main building is Georgian style house with the hotel reception, rooms for guests a breakfast hall and a lounge area. On the left of the main building is the chalet, with few more rooms for the guests. Surrounding areas of both buildings has green fields, nd it’s refreshing to look out of the doors and windows. Breakfast was good with fresh fruits, juice, cereal, yoghurt, bread, coffee and tea and it cost ten pounds, which isn’t bad. When we booked the Rectory Farm we had the impression that it’s an actual farm and would be a quiet area. But unfortunately it’s a hotel surrounded by green fields and when outdoors you can hear the traffic. During our stay in Rectory Farm we walked to the small village called Coton, stopped at the Plough for a meal and walk back to the hotel. We also visited the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.
We stopped at Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on our way back to London from Bath. It is a famous tourist spot. Stonehenge is surrounded by vast fields of grass, in the midst of greenery stood the structure of stones; the Stonehenge. The Stonehenge is “an ancient temple aligned with the movements of the sun.” The stones in the area are of different shapes and sizes, raised by prehistoric people. The visitors to Stonehenge would first see the indoor exhibition centre upon their arrival. The indoor exhibition centre showcases the history of Stonehenge by visual media and other mediums. Some Excavated items, including human remains of prehistoric people who lived in the area, is on display. The outdoor gallery opposite the indoor exhibition centre has reconstructed Neolithic houses. Our walk in the greenery was made short when it started to drizzle.
This weekend we’re visiting the historic city of Bath. We spent the night in Groves Lodge, stylish bed and breakfast owned and managed by Mary and Giovanni. We’re quite impressed with their choices in redecorating this 1788 building and the quality service they offer to their visitors. The breakfast is superb with homemade jams, yoghurt, granola, etc. We would love to come back and stay in Groves Lodge once again.
“Come knowing what you want to see. And See what you do not know. Lose track of days. Discover endless tranquillity. Take it all in. Through your eyes, your ears, your hands, your soul. And leave with a new sense of discovery.” – National Geographic Magazine.
If I’m to describe myself in one word, I would say I’m a planner. My daily life runs the way as I plan it. My exercise regime, the food I/we eat at home, the chores, how I would spend my time and our holidays, etc. Sometimes my family thinks that I over do it; I worry too much and unnecessarily. When we plan a vacation, I make it a point, that it’s my job to read and find out about where we’re going, what we’ll do and have an itinerary that the three of us can agree. That doesn’t mean that we don’t do things spontaneously. We do so as well, but mostly, the first priority is always figuring out who wants to see what and include everyone’s needs and enjoy the vacation together and make the most of it. In that regard, our trip to England in 2010 summer was pre-planned. We agreed to do the London city tour, visited two museums, went to Hyde Park and Regents Park and enjoyed our walks. We also went to a musical, made a day trip to Oxford and back. We visited friends living in London, made a trip to Wales and had a little tour of Cardiff. Our next destination in England was Somerset, to be exact, at Winscombe. My husband’s friend, Mathew is from Somerset, his sister Ruth owns farmland in the area. We had an excellent opportunity to discover the farm by walking miles after miles. During the walk, I was reminded of Thomas Hardy’s novel, ‘Far from the Maddening Crowd’ in which, the novelist describes the English countryside. It certainly was my kind of holiday, discovering naturally beautiful, scenic places like English countryside. My husband and daughter are animal lover’s while I’m the type who gets fascinated and crazy about flora and fauna. The visit to Winscombe was a delightful experience for us all. My husband and daughter enjoyed having a chance to see the many animals in the farm and interacting with their domesticated animals. My daughter was over the moon to be on one of Ruth’s pony’s. It was very enjoyable and a memorable holiday for us all.