Friday, February 06, 2004

Planning a trip

I've had the day off work today and spent much of the afternoon on the internet (Thank God for Broadband!) As its our 3rd Wedding Anniversary on the 14th February (Valentines Day - Romantic or what?) we've decided to go away for the weekend in the caravan and have plumped for Bath as its an interesting City and not too far, about 2 hours or so. So I've been doing searches on all sorts of things for our trip and found a cracking Caravan site called Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park which has 5 stars and all sorts of awards so it should be really nice. We want to go out for a nice dinner as its our Anniversary so I've been wading through all the restaurant and pub sites in the area and have come up with what sounds like a very nice place in the Carpenters Arms, Chewton Wick, near Bath. There is a very big lake beside the site called Chewton Valley Lake which is a site of special scientific interest because of all the birds and wildlife so I am looking forward to seeing that too. Just have to hope the weather is kind to us!

Sunday, February 01, 2004

My First Post!

I was clearing out all the clutter on my side of the study on Saturday when I came across a guide book of the Brighton Pavilion which I'd visited a few years ago. Showed it to Ian and he suggested driving to Brighton the next Day. So on Sunday we were in Brighton (only took 2 hours from Poole) by 12 o'clock and went straight to the Royal Pavilion ( What a place! The Banqueting Room with the huge Chandeliers suspended from Dragons, the silver gilt plate displayed on the sideboards. The whole huge room decorated completely in the most lavish and ornate Chinoiserie style has to be seen to be believed. Then more beautiful rooms until you come to the Music Room, even more stunning! Then upstairs to see Queen Victorias apartments. There was even a micro mosaic portrait of the Prince Regent made by the workshops of the Vatican out of tiny pieces of coloured marble. You couldnt tell it was a mosaic unless you looked really closely. I couldnt resist pointing it out to some ladies behind us who were amazed when they realised what it was.
After lunch in the Princess Adelaide Tearooms we wandered around The Lanes, a maze of little alleys full of jewellery and antique shops. Although it was cold it was a beautiful sunny day and we had had a lovely afternoon in Brighton.