Surrey in a Day, March 2016

When we finished our Spring Term at the University of Exeter, Alex’s parents picked us up and we spent a few days at his home in the Cotswolds and went to Oxford for the day. Then we drove to my home in Surrey to spend a few days here before our holiday in Rome. I live near Gatwick and Heathrow Airports so it’s very convenient to go from my house.

Seeing it was Alex’s first time in my county I had to show it off. The previous afternoon we had stopped off at Box Hill, Dorking. Alex is mad keen on cycling so it was pretty cool for him to see the Olympic cycle route in the flesh.

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Windy and cold at the top of the hill

Then for our busy day..

We started off in Guildford, the town where I went to school and go to frequently in uni holidays. I meant to take us to a cafe that I loved (called Glutton and Glee) but to my horror it had changed hands and names to The Kalm Kitchen Cafe. Regardless we went in and had a coffee, but it really wasn’t as good as it previously was.

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We went up and down the high street, with me pointing out certain things and sharing memories I had from some of the places we past. Guildford Castle was our next stop and it looked great at this time of year, and the views of Guildford were a treat! We then went to the bottom of the high street to the river which was pretty in the sun.

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On the River Wey

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We drove through Shalford and some of the pretty villages surrounding Guildford before reaching Shere. We stopped there, had a wander around the church and stream and had a lovely lunch at The Dabbling Duck. I had never been there myself but I will be returning. We had a panini each and a yummy easter themed rock road. The places was busy because it was Easter Monday, but the staff were lovely and got us seated and served really quickly. It had such a homey atmosphere with mottos, pictures and bunting all over the place.

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Painswick, March 2016

In this visit to Gloucestershire, Alex took me to several places, one of them being Painswick, a small town in the Cotswolds. It is best know for the Yew Trees in the church which we wandered through. It looked beautiful with the shadows being cast by the trees. The houses were beautiful and we stumbled across a cute cat just waiting to be stroked.

 

It was Easter Sunday and Alex bought me a personalised egg.

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I also had my first experience on a road bike. It was a bit high for me as it was his mum’s bike, but after a little getting used to I was off and loving the countryside air!

Day in Bath, 12th of March 2016

March had not been a great month for me so far. At the beginning of the month I got all four of my wisdom teeth removed and whilst I was recovering I caught an infection and landed myself back in hospital. I hadn’t reacted very well to the general anesthetic and I even had to miss a few lectures at University. Alex had just recovered from Tonsillitis, so not a great time for two usually fit people.

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So we booked a train to Bath, which isn’t far from us at The University of Exeter, for a day to escape reality and responsibilities. We felt very relaxed and recovered after the trip and Bath always has a special place in our hearts because it’s the first place we went together back in November 2015. I forgot my 16-25 railcard, and a very grumpy train guard did not let me off so I was fined (I think £20). I brushed it off as we had saved quite a bit through booking the tickets in advance and I was not going to let that ruin our day!

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First of all we had a wander around all the streets, taking pictures, listening to the water, wandering through the park.

We were getting a little cold so we headed on a hunt for a cafe. Quite a few of the cafes we passed were full and seeing as we didn’t want to go to a chain that we could find anywhere we kept hunting and came across The Bridge Coffee Shopits a pretty small and quaint place but we couldn’t complain and loved the stickies in particular.

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My favourite part of the day was sitting in the square listening to musicians play.

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I went into the Bath Aqua Glass store and bought a birthday present for my Nana quite a few months early. They have some great, unique pieces in there including jewellery, vases and christmas tree decorations. Worth a browse if you are in Bath.

It turned into a really nice day and so we sat outside before our train at a restaurant/cafe called Aio for a juice and lemonade. Our train was just before dinner so we couldn’t stay to eat but I would consider it next time because it looked great.

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Second time to Bath, and it did not disappoint again. Will definitely be back especially with it being so close to my uni home.