Beaches Around the World Trivia

Fellow travelers; can you tell which beach is in Australia and which beach is in England?

Score extra points by naming the exact beach and location!  Both pictures taken by me of course.

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Day 6 – the last day and cottage review

I’m a little late getting this post up, but I’m still feeling urgh, our last day in Yorkshire..

We both didn’t want to leave Yorkshire and really, really didn’t want to leave the cottage. So on our last day we were in agreement to take it easy and just relax (be lazy) around the cottage – after all it was one of favourite parts of the trip!

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I think we found the cottage, named Blue Buttons, through cottages4you.co.uk and paid roughly £360 for a week (not each, between us.)  When we arrived we knew we had made the right choice, especially as it was much bigger than what we thought it was going to be!

It’s a two storey building, which some might think is not technically a cottage, but with its luxury cosy feel, log fire and hot tub jacuzzi bath to boot I don’t really care!

The log fire is located in the living room, pictured above and whilst I couldn’t manage to get a decent picture of the heavenly bathroom I’ve nicked one of theirs below (which does do it more justice than my failed attempts.)  The bathroom really impressed David where there is a rainfall shower and as previously mentioned and praised: the jacuzzi bath, which is MASSIVE!  (Room for two, even though David is 6 ft 4!)

On our arrival the kind and delightfully northern couple (I’m from the south if you haven’t guessed) had already bought us some logs for the fire, little snacks like crackers and Wensleydale cheese, milk, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine.

They, Sharon and Boyd, live a few doors down and hold a wealth of knowledge of the surrounding area they both grew up in and are very proud of.

Other amenities are free parking (off the street/on the driveway), WARM central heating (if you can’t be bothered with the log fire), a fantastic kitchen with an American style fridge with every piece of crockery or cutlery you’ll ever need, a downstairs toilet, towels, 3 TV’s (with 1 DVD player in the living room and a small collection of films), the board game Scrabble, a washing machine, iron, ironing board, wifi and OH YES A HAIR DRYER!  (Love it when that’s included.)

Listing all of the above and I haven’t yet mentioned the bedroom!

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If the bathroom was the room David was most impressed by then for me it has got to be the bedroom.  As David is the size he is, sometimes traveling we did struggle a bit with various double beds we stayed in!  Thankfully this bed was just so, so comfortable, but also big enough so David could stretch out and not collide with me in the process.  (I lie, it’s usually me who stretches out and disturbs him!)

Another part of the cottage I loved is the amount of light the windows brought in.  I hate dark rooms and hotels/hostels we stayed in throughout our gap year which did not have windows was a personal hell.  Waking up in a dark room is just not natural!

Anyway, even through a week in January, each morning when I opened the curtains the room would be flooded with light.

A Tesco and a Morrisons is very close by with those or the town an easy 10 minute walk.  York, Harrogate and Leeds are all very near too, either for driving or catching the train (the station being in town too.)  Leeds is a big transport hub so many links will be made here.

Both David and I really enjoyed our stay and was gutted when we had to leave, it was by far the best accommodation we have ever stayed in.  If you are interested you can click here to look into booking details.

All views are my own and I have not been paid or asked to review this cottage by the owners or the website.  It truly is a fantastic place to stay in the beautiful ‘gateway to the Dales’!

 


Bell ringing from St Mary’s Church in Whitby, England

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Day 5: Harrogate and Whitby

Another day goes past and we’re nearing the end of our little getaway in ‘God’s Own Country’ (nooo!)

Based on the laziness of yesterday I needed to go out and do something – and so, we visited Harrogate and Whitby.

Harrogate, famous for being one of the most expensive places to live in England, is a lovely town filled with plenty of shops to burn a hole in your wallet.  We actually didn’t spend too long here, as we just looking around and had quite enough tea in the past few days (the also famous Betty’s Tea Rooms have a branch here, but there is also one in York.)

Betty's in Harrogate

Betty’s in Harrogate

Harrogate is 20 miles away from Skipton, taking roughly a half an hour drive.  I couldn’t see us staying here longer than we did and I must admit, in my humble opinion I found Whitby far more lovely.

It was not just a simple 20 miles down the road to get there however, it was at least a 2 hour drive away, but I was keen to see the town Dracula made famous and a part of Yorkshire that’s actually on the coast!

You also go through the North York Moors (another National Park) on the way and some of the country roads are spectacular.  Particularly this one below I tried my best to capture in image form!

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Whitby has great history, with settlement history going as far back as 656, the famous Captain Cook learning his seamanship here and its association with the classic horror novel Dracula (which I may have already mentioned!)

Bram Stoker used Whitby as the setting to his novel, which introduced the unforgettable character of Count Dracula, when the notorious vampire leaves Transylvania and comes ashore to the English isles.  This kind of background adds such atmosphere when looking up to the creepy Whitby Abbey ruins.

There is also a church on top of the same hill, with plenty of spooky old grave stones, that is easily reachable from the town by the 199 steps upto it.

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St Mary's Church Grave Yard overlooking the town of Whitby

St Mary’s Church Grave Yard overlooking the town of Whitby

The spooky ruins of Whitby Abbey

The spooky ruins of Whitby Abbey

The site is, no surprise, an English heritage site which was sadly closed except for weekends at this time of year.  However walking around the area you can still get a good look at how magnificent it once was (and how it probably influenced young Bram when it was dismantled.)

On the walk back down to the town I couldn’t resist buying the Dracula novel when I spotted it in a local book shop for £2!  After recently reading The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into it – ha see what I did there!

Anyway, in the summer I can imagine all these scary connotations with the town are washed away and filled with sunshine, smiles and ice creams – making a good spot to visit all year round.

There are fishing trip tours too, which again I expect more attractive in the summer months!

There are many picturesque narrow streets filled to brim with independent (some chain) stores.  For dinner, we couldn’t resist another fish and chips and ate here at a place called Robertsons.

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I had the medium haddock and chips whereas David had the large – I can’t believe the SIZE of David’s!  That must have been one big haddock.

Anyway, it tasted absolutely delicious and was the stake in the coffin in my confirmation fish and chips are definitely far better up North (sorry I’ll stop with the vampire puns now…)

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Mine vs David’s Haddock

I think Whitby has been one of my favourite places we’ve seen in Yorkshire, it definitely tops York and Harrogate.

It’s our last full day here tomorrow and currently we have no plans but we’re both definitely feeling sad this holiday is coming to an end.

I’ll bid good night to you all with frightening cover of my newly purchased book – sweet dreams!

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Day 4: Relaxing around Skipton

As the post title suggests, we had a sneaky little rest day today.  We seemed to fit in quite a bit our first few days in Yorkshire and tiredness crept up on us, that and the few glasses of champagne we had in bed whilst watching Breaking Bad – we’ve nearly finished the final series!

We heard from the owner of the cottage that Wednesday is market day in Skipton, providing it doesn’t snow, so we decided to take it easy and keep it local.

Unfortunately, it did snow – although it didn’t really lay.  The market in town along the High Street was sparse, but the cheese stall was still alive and kicking (and we’d ran out of cheese and crackers!)

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We bought some authentic Wensleydale cheese (scrumptious), extra mature cheddar cheese and biscuits, all for around £10 and munched on them we got home a few hours later.

Before we did, we wanted to check out Skipton Castle which is just at the top of the High Street and we’re really glad we did!

I think we were both thinking it would be an alright castle, being from England you see plenty of them, especially growing up and going on trips for your history GCSE – but this one is in especially good condition and is over 900 years old!

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The castle also claims to be one of the best preserved medieval castle in all of England – quite a claim – which also survived a three-year siege during the civil war.

It contains a banquet hall, watch towers and a dungeon and has all furniture and decor stripped from it.  I enjoy castles adding decor and furniture to show how it used to be lived in, however David brought up a good point that having it bare can leave more to the imagination.

What’s particularly helpful is the Tour Sheet given to every visitor free with the entrance fee (oh which was £7.30 for adults by the way, child tickets are cheaper, or free if they’re under 5 and there are concession tickets available for over 60s and students.)  The sheet explains how old certain parts of the castle are, what they were used for and who’s visited it – including Mary Queen of Scots.

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If staying in Skipton I’d definitely recommend a visit here, it was fairly quiet with me and David having almost the whole castle to ourselves!

We had already hatched a plan before we left that our next stop was going to be a Pork Pie shop we had walked past a number of times.

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THIS is what is great about the north – cheap hearty food.  David and I bought two roast pork butties (sandwiches/rolls, to anyone unfamiliar with the slang), a large pork pie and a small pork and haggis pie – all for under £10.

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If I lived in Skipton I’d be a festively plump, but very happy, lady.

The camera had also arose from the dead – with it seemingly to be working as normal, I kept in the bag and it managed to take the above pics with no problem.  Huzzah!  I think it’s alive!

For dinner we went to Mustab’s, the town’s Indian restaurant. The place itself is a bit shabby but the food, which regrettably I didn’t get pictures of, was so, so tasty and if you’re craving for tastes from the East, whilst in the cold, cold North, this place gets a thumbs up from me.  Despite the fact I’ll probably be going home 1 stone heavier from all the yummy food from this holiday, it can all be forgiven for pleasing my taste-buds!