Here is a recap of our January journeys during our time abroad. Amazingly, I think we managed to keep up our breakneck sightseeing pace of December!
We started the New Year with a day trip to county Winchester where we took in Stonehenge. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if we were more in awe of the importance of the stones and their place in history or of the frigid temperatures! We did our best to learn as much as we could, but we moved efficiently in order to keep our toes from freezing.
From Stonehenge we had a pub lunch and then visited the town of Winchester. I wrote about that visit in an earlier post.
The next weekend, we visited the nearby city of Guildford. We were pleasantly surprised to happen upon a produce market that was taking place that day, and we managed to purchase several bags of fruits and vegetables that we had no idea we needed. We also explored the town a bit and checked out Guildford Castle. Unfortunately the castle itself was closed for the season, but we enjoyed walking about the grounds.
That same weekend, we decided to take a ramble through the woods to a local pub for a traditional Sunday roast. We donned our wellies and walked on the network of public footpaths to the Prince of Wales pub.
London was next on our agenda. We got a very early start and took the train from Dorking into the big city. It was another beautiful and cold January day, but it was perfect for taking in the Tower of London. The boys enjoyed seeing another “castle” and hearing the gruesome stories of some of the prisoners who were held at the Tower.
One feature of the Tower of London that we all enjoyed was the costumed interpreters interspersed throughout the site. We encountered one fellow who engaged Joey in a game of “Nine Men’s Morris” which is an old English strategy game, kind of like advanced Tic Tac Toe.
Feeling bold after our fabulous London day trip, on the next weekend we decided to have a go at an English B&B and try an overnight stay with our merry band of boys. We found a lovely spot in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Victoria Spa Lodge, which was able to accommodate our family of five.
We explored the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and saw some of the important Shakespeare sights.
One of the things we like to do is find a local candy shop in the towns we visit. The vast majority our our family enjoys pure sugar, so this is a highlight for many of us! Paul and Joey had seen a candy called “Mega Sour Black Death” at a shop a while back, but hadn’t tried it. On this trip they were up for the sour challenge.
To fully round out January, on the last weekend of the month we journeyed to…France! I’ll write about that adventure on a separate entry, so stay tuned.