Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

A week ago, the day after our Wedding, myself, Zack and his Dad (my new Father-in-law!) took a hike up Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh for this and other amazing views over the city. Our apartment rental actually overlooked the mountain and its situation in Holyrood Park – we could not have asked for a better location. image

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Wanderlust Wednesday: Royal Pavilion, Brighton

Once again I apologize for my shameful lack of posts. This time in two weeks I will be spending my last night as a Holder before becoming a Allnutt. Once the wedding is over regular blog posts will resume. For such a small wedding it is amazing how many things still seem to need doing! Anyway, to this weeks location, two pictures this week!

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Brightons Royal Pavilion is now as much associated with the city as its beach however when some people I know saw photos of me in front of it they asked when I had been to India – no they were not joking but they cannot be blamed, if you do not know of its location then one would well assume it is Indian.

The pavilion was deigned by the Prince Regent who wanted to create a residence more opulent than anything ever known. All the interior decorations and furnishings were oriental in origin and shipped over to England at great expense. After his death Queen Victoria whom is rumored to have disliked Brighton and the pavilion sold it to the city. The building was stripped of its lavish interior and used as assembly rooms. After the second world war the pavilion was restored to its original appearance during its ownership by the Prince.

The pavilion and its parkland is now a very popular attraction and draws in excess of a million visitors every year. When I was there last summer we used the gardens as a place to cool down, it made a lovely setting. The Pavilion is one if Britains most unusual buildings and is a must-see for anyone coming to the city.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

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The amazing lunch I had at The Nosebag cafe in Oxford. This is vegetable quiche, waldorf salad, noodles and cucumber. I am a really big salad lover so appreciate anywhere that has numerous salads as side options. Highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans – there are even vegan puddings.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

Wanderlust Wednesday: St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

After the last location being Mont Saint-Michel this time we have the English counterpart.

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Over the centuries the Mount has been a fortress, a priory, a place of worship and finally a family home which it remains today. In 1954 the family went into partnership with the National Trust and the Mount has been open to visitors ever since. It has been used as Dracula’s castle in the 1979 film and has also made appearances in Johnny English and Never Say Never Again. A lot of the fun is getting there, depending on the tides you either can wade over on the causeway or go by boat. When Zack and I visited we were one of the last to leave by walking back, it was a lot of fun even though at one point the water was above our knees.

Adventures in getting married: less than two months to go!

We’re getting married on April 25th! It will be in Edinburgh – pretty much the opposite end of the country to where we live as Southerners. Neither Zack or I have actually ever been to Edinburgh, so why are we going you ask? Because if we go to Edinburgh we:
1. Get to get married in a far nicer registry office
2. can incorporate the wedding with a nice holiday
3. get to have a really small wedding i.e. parents and their significant others only.
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Wanderlust Wednesday: Durdle Door, Dorset

Piloting a new unoriginally named weekly photo post.

Every Wednesday I post a photo I took and a little description of the place. Most of the time these places will be in England due to it being my homeland.

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Durdle Door is part of the famous Jurassic Coast. It is a naturally occurring limestone arch. Most people are unaware that it is privately owned, it is fully accessible to the public however. From this year it will get harder to access the beach as the steps down have been closed. The family are in dispute with Natural England over the recent Coastal Access Law, basically they seem to be miffed that they would now be liable for accidents there and thus have closed off the steps. These steps were quite awkward and slippery when I was last there so maybe its for the best. Durdle Door has been seen in the films Far From The Madding Crowd (1967), Wilde, and Nanny McPhee. Definitly somewhere to see if visiting the south coast.