Durdle Door, Dorset, England

Durdle Door Dorset England

We had brilliant weather when going to Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. The sun was shining and a light breeze was coming from the sea. Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the south coast of England near West Lulworth, between Swanage and Weymouth. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word ‘thirl’ meaning bore or drill.

Durdle Door Dorset England

At the bottom of the cliffs lies a wide, picturesque beach. Unfortunately it is not lined with smooth, white sand but sharp pebbles.  This might stop one from lying around and sun bathing but not from having fun! For us it meant chasing and lashing each other with seaweed whips.  At some point we even organised cocks fight. Not very elegant but loads of laugh.

Durdle Door Dorset England

Durdle Door is one of the darkest places in England and one of the best places for stargazing, so if you have an opportunity do stay until after dark.

If you like Cliff Richards you will be please to listen to one of his songs titled Saviour’s day while watching beautiful Durdle Door in the background of the clip.

On the east side of Durdle Door you will see Man O’ War Beach. Which is ideal for swimming in shallow water. This is pictured acctually on the photo opening this blog post.

Durdle Door Dorset England

Durdle Door Dorset England

Durdle Door Dorset England

Durdle Door Dorset England

Durdle Door Dorset England

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Beachy Head – day trip to suicide favourite

Beachy head England

Living in London makes it difficult to leave for a day trip. This is due the enormous traffic heading out of the city on Friday/Saturday and returning Sunday. I suppose this must be true for any metropolis. If we decided to go south we had two options Blackwall Tunnel or city centre. Both not great. One might think it would be better to take the train and rent a car. Maybe quicker but way more expensive.

Anyway Beachy Head is one of the most distinctive features of English coast. The cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, rising to 162 metres. The height and availability make it amazing spot to admire the landscape, dramatic cliffs and waves but also one of the most notorious suicide spots in the World. According to BBC there are an estimated 20 deaths a year at Beachy Head.

I loved the lighthouse the most. White and red stood out with colour against the white cliffs. Lighthouses in the sea or on small deserted rock islands always make me wonder how does it feel being inside with the eternity of water underlying alloy.

When we were leaving London it was nice and sunny. This was the first time I was going on a trip in convertible. I can’t say I felt like movie star, but my best friend at the back of the car definitely had wind in her hair.  The day turned out as very windy and at least it made one person happy. Yes, the person that took the kite with him.

Anyway enjoy the gallery and if you are living in London or visiting UK is worth while to take a trip to Beachy Head in my opinion. Just a note. The lamb was so cute…

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

Beachy head England

 

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Bath, Somerset – grils and Jane Austen

It was a day trip. It was girl’s trip. And we had so much fun.

My friend Natalia left London for the first time behind the driving wheel. Awwww! Very stressful but we did it! Or rather SHE did it!

Royal Crescent Bath UKWe are all helpless romantics raised in the spirit of Christian Andersen’s Cinderella.  The Jane Austin novels and movies based on those novels reached us when we were already of age so it’s hard to say they shaped our expectation of romance but we can appreciate a bit of drama sealed with “happy end”.

Bath is absolutely amazing. Having said that I started to remember so many other places I’ve been to and reflect on this sentiment for Bath. It is very pleasant place to go away for a day. Have picnic, visit roman baths called thermaes maybe visit spa. I wouldn’t stay there longer though.

Bath UK Pump RoomI remember as a child I had this books in red hard cover. They were describing different cultures/societies/centuries. I was really interested in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. One of my favourite pictures was the one of roman baths. Most probably no one remembers it but for some that might do I enclose the picture. Pierre MiquelThe author – Pierre Miquel is French and the original title is La vie privée des hommes: Au temps des Romains. I used to imagine living in roman house with inner courtyard (atrium) and bathing is pools of hot water with steam blurring the surroundings. I was amazed with the colour of the water in the baths we visited. You can be really tempted to just get into the water and splash as a nymph or goddess. Do enjoy the pictures before continuing to some more of the city itself.

I liked the architecture of the city centre a lot. Most of the buildings were built in the same fashion and you wouldn’t get those modern steel and glass “fillings” in between.

Royal Crescent Bath

I loved the The Royal Crescent, a street of 30 Georgian terraced houses where they filmed scene from Persuasion and The Duchess.

Number 1 Royal Crescent is a historic house museum and even though we didn’t go in I can imagine if you are into history of households it will be interesting. They always make me imagine what it would be like to live in those times and those homes. Walk the stairs, look through the windows and eat by the tables. But maybe it’s just me. I get it all the time even browsing house designs online.

Worth mention is the fact that you can fly over Bath in a hot air baloon drinking champain on board.

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