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Cornwall, England

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A direct flight from Malta to Exeter was good time saver after thinking we'd have to get from a London airport. We'd been to Cornwall before however planned to go to areas we hadn't been before landing at a friends wedding in St Austell.

We picked up a car from the airport and drove through some of England finest scenery and villages. We drove to Port Isaac which is a small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall before winding our way down to England's surfing mecca - Newquay for the night. A cool place - and we fittingly ate some tasty pizza with a cider at The Stable right by famous Fistral Beach.

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We explored the town the next day and then toured through the picturesque St Ives which we loved right before getting swooped by aggressive sea gulls trying to eat our lunch!

Zennor was our next stop before we went on a walk from Kenidjack and down the Kenidjack Valley to the ocean. With family roots from this old mining area, it was great to experience. From St Just, we made our way to a nice Airbnb in Penzance before enjoying some local Chinese cuisine!

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The following day stared with a visit to the iconic point 'Lands End', which is the most westerly point of mainland England. St Michael's Mount was next which is a tidal island and civil parish that is linked to the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts. The island is only passable between mid-tide and low water. A beautiful area with fish and chips, followed by tea and scones adding even more to the experience!

The wedding at St Austell, right by the water was idyllic - great times into the night.

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England - Cotswolds

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Over Paul’s birthday we hired a car and spent a few days in the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of UK countryside with rolling green fields and streams dotted with historic villages built from Cotswold stone. Our time included exploring lots of picturesque villages, more afternoon teas and pub dinners in front of a roaring fire against the cold, dark evenings.

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We were very lucky to find some great accommodation - a newly converted barn cottage fabulously done up with top notch finishings overlooking open fields. The main house was a large farmhouse and our host took us out to feed the sheep in the morning which was a bit of fun!

On Paul’s birthday the weather was damp and drizzly, so we spent the day at Blenheim Palace, in the village of Woodstock. Blenheim Palace is the home to the Duke of Marlborough, and also happens to be the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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The Palace remains in original condition dating back to 18th Century Baroque architecture and houses traditional furniture, china, tapestry and paintings. At the end of the day we had fun racing each other through the impressive giant maze in the gardens!

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England - Oxford

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Lucy’s Uncle Richard lives in Oxford, being an ex-University of Oxford employee gave us a fantastic guided tour of the Oxford Colleges, grounds and laneways filling us in on the history of the city. This was followed by afternoon tea in a High Street tea room as it started to get dark outside on a crisp October evening. Richard and Anne were fantastic hosts, greeting us with a warm cuppa and a chat each evening.

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Oxford was built on the crossing of two rivers (Thames and Cherwell) it has many waterways running through the city. We enjoyed walking into Oxford along one of the many canals, taking in the scenery and the canal boats lining its banks.

The pedestrian main streets make it easy to walk through the city. We loved the Covered Market, an old-fashioned mall which offers cheeses, tea rooms and shops all under the cover of a roof. We also took the opportunity to have a well-overdue catch up with friends and family, enjoyed evensong in Christchurch College, and a lager or two in some of the cosy old pubs.

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England - London

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We arrived in London and caught the train into Paddington Station. It brought back memories for both of us seeing the UK flags hanging from the rafters. It was great to be back with some time to explore this great city!

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Originally from the UK Lucy spent a bit of time catching up with English friends, and lots of our Aussie friends who are over living in London. We enjoyed a morning at the Borough Market, sampling delicacies along the banks of the River Thames. Crossing the river we visited the Tower of London, adorned with a flowing carpet of ceramic poppies planted to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. It was an inspiring sight, 888,246 poppies, one for each British fatality.

Lucy’s Grandfather celebrated his 90th birthday during our visit, and we enjoyed being a part of the celebrations and catching up with family, overlooking rolling green fields in Harrow on the Hill.

We took in some other main sights, sipped lattes in Clapham Junction and explored the Brixton Village Market at night. And on our last evening, we enjoyed a stroll along the river soaking up the London sights light up by flood lights....Ahhhh London!

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