29th Aug 2011 - England day trips
Battle - 1066
Up about 0830 and had breakfast and checked out to drive to Battle - about 1.5 hours back towards Sussex. A lovely drive with some beautiful countryside. Drove through Rye where my stepbrother Craig had been living until recently - beautiful area with lots of vineyards.
With me doing directions we arrived in Battle safely - a beautiful quiat village that I would love to spend more time in. The Pilgrims Rest Inn was gorgeous and has been on that site for many of hundreds of years. The Abbey was also lovely as was the whole day. have always been interested in William the Conqueror and the 1066 Battle as my ancestors went over from France to England with William. The site is so interesting - definitely get an audio guide which is free. The history it gave was so interesting it kept me captivated the whole time even insisting MR share it as he didnt get one - he was enthralled as well. it went into the personalities of William and Harald and insights into why they made the decisions they did that day. Also the battle tactics played out whilst you were standing on the actual battle field. William then built the Abbey to commemorate the victory where it has stood ever since. One of my favourite few hours ever in England - could be done in 2 hours if needed.
Then to a cafe across the road - next to the Pilgrims Inn where i really wanted to go but no outside seats. Had a cream tea - best scone ever and even had tea rather than coffee. Then a 1.5 hour drive back to MR's arriving around dinner time - he made me bangers and mash - I did the dishes.
Another lovely weekend with MR - so much more wonderful doing these things with someone.
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