So classes start back on Monday and the Easter break is behind us, but I want to take this chance to reflect a little on my adventures.
I met mum in London… a city that has become quite familiar to me in the past 12 months. I led her around to all the sites, we did the tours and wined and dined. I’d like to say these were the highlights of our time in London but for me, it was showing her around a city I love. I could sit in Hyde Park for 3 days straight or ride the underground for hours and be happy, just because I was in London, and now I got to share this amazing city with someone I love! Top Tip: London Cocktail Club is a must, the music is great and they set fire to your drinks… what more can I say!
After that we headed south to Brighton with a pit stop at Windsor Castle. My advice, be at the palace at 11am to see the changing of the guards… sure it’s smaller than the one at Buckingham Palace but you can actually see what’s happening! In Brighton, all I have to say is we ate fish and chips on the pier whilst I listened to songs from Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging being blasted on the speakers… teenage dreams were made that night.
Then it was Westwood to Weymouth via the Jurassic Coast. The sun was shining, and if I closed my eyes really hard and pretended it was 10 degrees warmer I may have been home.
Next was Bath but first, you guessed it… another pit stop! The first was a ‘drive-by’ of Stonehenge. TIP: just drive by, you get super close, can take your photos and don’t waste your money. We then headed to Bristol. Underwhelming is really all I have to say. If I am fair we didn’t have much time to explore, but it wasn’t the happening city I expected. And then we made it to Bath. Our AirBnB was beautiful and the city was rich with history. My top tips would be: do the free Mayor’s walking tour, go to the Roman Baths and have a Cornish pastry from the Cornwall bakery for lunch!
At this point I was adamant that Bath would be my favourite place we visited on our road trip, but I was about to be proven wrong. Next was Oxford… and OH MY GOD! The buildings were so grand and there were cafes and bars in every direction you looked. The city was teeming with people, and yet when we went rowing on the river (my fondest memory of the trip) it was so peaceful. Conclusion drawn- if I don’t move to London to work, I’m living in Oxford!
We then headed to the most anticipated destination of our adventure. A pub called the Boughey Arms in Stoke-on-Trent. The people were lovely (as you would expect) and the food was good, but unless your name is Boughey I probably wouldn’t recommend going all the way to Stoke to have a look.
Our last stop was York. Also somewhere I have been wanting to visit since arriving in Leeds, and it did not disappoint. Recommendations: there is a church called York Minster (I know I didn’t know that either) and you MUST go and see it, and if you like Mexican check out Fiesta Latina York for a mean feed.
As we drove back to Leeds, that marked the end of our road trip but not the end of our holiday. We spent two days in my second home before going to my third… Durham! The 5 days spent with my family were filled with wine, laughs, food, wine, lots of of photos, wine, food, stories, food and wine!
And that was it! Not only were my holidays nearly over, mum was leaving and I had to face going back to assignments but, all good things have to come to end.
Thanks mum for the adventures, lets do it again some time. Xx
by Claire Boughey – Queensland University of Technology – Australia