May 20, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - New York

New York, New York

I'm pretty sure I have posted about New York before in my wanderlust series, but who can blame me this city is fantastic. The city that never sleeps, truly.

Who has been to New York before? what would you recommend for the must see sites?

May 19, 2015

Highcliff castle, England

While we were exploring the New Forest we discovered cute little towns like Lymington and Highcliffe. Our original goal for coming down to this area was to enjoy the sunshine and pebble beach. During our search for a place to stop for lunch we discovered Highcliffe castle, which also had an adorable little cafe where you could sit out in the gardens with your lunch.

As we parked the car and wandered down the trail towards the castle, I peaked through the trees to see the perfect picture opportunity. There was absolutely no one around, no sound but the little tweety birds in the trees. The sun shining high and bright overhead. It was stunning.

We spent a couple of hours here after enjoying a light lunch. There was lots to explore. I really enjoying walking around the outside of the castle, plenty of secret spots to discover. Sadly the inside is not nearly has amazing as the outside was. Most of it was closed for repairs although there was a few parts you could get to.

 As you can see we also made it to the beach. Although it was not the sandy beaches of Australia that we had come to know and love, we layer out our blanket and enjoyed the sunshine. Again there was no one around, it felt like our own little piece of paradise.

May 8, 2015

Lets spend the day in Farnham

If there is one place in England that has totally stolen my heart, it would be Farnham. I have amazing memories of my childhood, most of them taking place in Farnham. So I thought I would take the time to share with you a few things to do around the area if you find yourself here for a day or two.

Farnham, Surrey

I spent a few years growing up in this quaint little town. It has many things to offer. Boutique clothing stores, farmers markets, coffee shops and the huge park which includes Farnham castle. This beautiful town is well worth the visit. Spend the day wandering around the shops, check out cathedral, walk along the river and the park where you can spend a few hours relaxing in the grass, having a picnic, reading or just enjoying the peace and quiet.

The Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park is located about 30 mins outside of Farnham, Surrey. Its the largest all year round sculpture exhibition in the world, with over 600 sculptures from many different artists. Tucked away in acres of maintained ponds and flowers gardens its a magical experience. Most of the sculptures are also available for purchase, if only I had more room in my suitcase.

Promising hours of fun, allow yourself to get lost and wander through the trails. Each sculpture is set up in a unique area setting the scene for amazing pictures. I would recommend breaking up your day by wandering over to the pub across the street which offers all kinds of refreshments.

Jane Austen's House Museum

I have been a long time Jane Austen fan as I am sure many other people are. Whenever I have taken trips to England I always make it a habit of stopping by one of the places that feature something regarding Jane Austen. Located in Chawton, Hampshire its about 16 mins away from Farnham. This is a really small town and there really isn't much else to it other then the museum, although there is a lovely cafe right across the street.

This beautiful 18th century house is where she spent the last 8 years of her life. The house itself features artifacts that belonged to Jane Austen. Walk through the rooms and experience how she lived back then. Outside wander through the cottage garden where you are free to sit and enjoy a picnic.

Waverley Abbey

Located about 2 miles outside of Farnham, this abbey is well worth the trip. One of the first abbeys to be built in England it was unfortunately mostly destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. Hidden away in the countryside with nothing around it for miles it is a very peaceful place. Walk around and enjoy the serenity that is offered by this mystical place. The abbey is well maintained and even has drawings of what it use to look like when it was first built.

May 7, 2015

A drive through New Forest National Park

Whenever we are driving somewhere new to explore and discover places, I am always one for driving the back roads instead of the highway. I feel that you see so much more of what the countryside has to offer and England is no different.

On our way to Highcliffe castle and the pebble beaches that surrounds it we happily took a slight detour to drive through New Forest National Park. New Forest is located in southern England and also includes one of the largest remaining unencloused pasture lands. This means that there are horses everywhere and I mean everywhere. Make sure to drive slow when you are in the area especially in the little villages.

The horses were super friendly and I was excited to get out to fed and hug them all. They walk around freely and don't seem to be bothered by our presence at all. We even drove by two horses on the sidewalk of the little village that were dozing in the sun, completely oblivious to the traffic going by.

The forest offers a little something for everyone, escape into the quiet forest, hike the trails or wander around the little villages and explore the gardens. You will not be disappointed.

We decided to stop to walk some of the trails, its just too beautiful to pass up really. Getting lost in the wilderness, the smell and sounds of nature surrounding you. Its sure to calm even the most restless soul. The day was cloudless and bright which was the perfect excuse to take our time and discover our surroundings instead of rushing to our originally planned destination.

If your heading down to the many seaside towns I would recommend taking the detour through the New Forest, especially if you are a horse lover like myself.

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