Quarr Abbey

Forgot to post this one! The first sight on our hit list when we landed on the Isle of Wight was a return to a previous favourite – the beautiful Quarr Abbey. Here you can enjoy a tasty treat (or two) check out the abbey pigs and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this gorgeousContinue reading “Quarr Abbey”

Shakespearian Stratford

The final stop off on our Southern explorer is the stunning town of Stratford Upon Avon, best known for being the birthplace of our premier playwright Mr William Shakespeare. Stratford is a market town that is full to bursting with stunning Tudor details, some of which would be recognisable to Will himself. Naturally the town,Continue reading “Shakespearian Stratford”

Surf & chocolate box sweet

From the endless sweep of beach at Sandown, which has a Ozzie vibe in the hot sunshine to the chocolate box cottages at Shanklin, the Isle of Wight has something for everyone. Shanklin has a sandy beach, a tooth achingly sweet old village and a wooded ravine, Shanklin Chine as some of its attractions. ForContinue reading “Surf & chocolate box sweet”

Castles and colours

Caernarfon is a royal town and port in Gwynedd, Wales on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait, opposite the Isle of Anglesey. There’s a stately castle that sits above the town which was constructed between 1283 and 1330 by King Edward I. The Edwardian town and castle was the administrative centre of north Wales,Continue reading “Castles and colours”

Colour continues

Yeap, this is indeed the third post about Portmeirion! I’m afraid if whimsical, colourful architecture offends you then look away now! Like a little hobbit town, or child’s plaything, this compact little village sprawls across several levels, never quite displaying all its wares at once. You have to climb stairs, peer around corners, crane yourContinue reading “Colour continues”

Perfect Portmeirion

I’ve been keen to head back to our next colourful port of call for years after visiting as a school girl years ago. We’re visiting the whimsical village of Portmeirion which is crammed full of random architecture collected from across Europe. Portmeirion was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976. His aimContinue reading “Perfect Portmeirion”