And so today we leave the U.K. It has been 3 more days of driving around the countryside since I last posted and things have finally started to slow down. Our first air B&B was spectacular and we visited Stratford-upon-Avon and chipping Camden. Wandering around quiet streets, visiting Shakespeare family home, beautiful gardens, Tudor shopping streets antiques stores that made my heart speed up and traditional pubs before it was time to move on to our next accommodation lined up Bray.
We were in Bray for a very special reason actually, this tiny little town is home to three mitchellin star restaurants and we were lucky enough to be visiting Heston’s very own fat duck. Now that restaurant deserves its very own blog post but the town itself is adorable, right on the river and full of small perfectly maintained streets that we wandered around.
Our favorite town by far though would absolutely have to be Marlow. While a lot of the towns we visited are right on the water most of the time you can’t get close to the river because the houses back up directly onto it. Marlow on the other hand has this brilliant walking path in and out of streets giving you a great view of the river. We passed locks and boats and with the sun shining brightly it was a perfect way to spend a morning.
But all good things must come to an end so we drove back towards the city, getting completely lost on a six entry round about twice before our final stop on the journey, Hampton Court. I know we won’t be back in Europe for a while now, this is our sixth trip and there are still a lot of other places to visit so for me this would be my last chance at visiting this amazing place. Built by Cardinal Wolsey and ‘gifted’ (think stolen) by Henry IIIV this Tudor Goliath has some really interesting features. An amazing grand hall, the Tudor kitchens are fascinating and finally the gardens including maze mean you could spend hours here wandering around. We did spend hours before retiring to a small airport hotel for our last night in London.