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Childhood Memories

Oct 12012

I remember my Summer Holidays when I was young! Every year my Mum and Dad took my brother Charles and me by car to the seaside. We always went to Cliftonville (near Margate) and stayed at The Cliff Hotel which was a small private hotel owned and run by Mr. and Mrs. Walters.

Sometimes, our Cousin David came with us. I also remember my Grandma (my Mother’s Mum) coming with. Every day they were moving her to a different room, for one reason or another!!

We loved those holidays! Cliftonville had vast sandy beaches and I can still smell the sea! The weather was always good (!) and in the evening sometimes as a treat we were taken to “Dreamland” (a mini theme park in Margate). Afterwards, if we were really good , we visited the Ice Cream Parlour!!

These holidays unfortunately ended when War started in September 1939, but I always remember them with warmth!!

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Happy Memories

Sep 142012

I recently returned from a visit to France where my son and daughter-in-law have moved to from Berlin.
They moved some months ago to a very small town not far from Carcassonne. Such a beautiful and peaceful part of the world, matched only by the lovely people they have met there!

It is certainly a far cry from the London suburb where I live!

I send my warmest wishes to everyone I met during my stay and hope to see you again very soon.

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To “Banbury Cross”

Jul 312010

“Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross
to see a fair lady on a white horse.
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes.”
(Children’s Nursery Rhyme)

An interesting ride in the countryside with my son this week-end took me to the pretty villages and small towns in the lovely surroundings of Oxfordshire.

BANBURY was our first stop, though I must say that the legendary “Fair Lady on a White Horse” at Banbury Cross was a little disappointing!   The horse was anything but white, being in need of a good clean.

Nearby CHIPPING NORTON  was certainly worth a visit with its charming wide streets and happy atmosphere.

Sulgrave Manor

We had a delightful light lunch at SULGRAVE MANOR, former home of a distant ancestor of George Washington – pretty gardens and house!

BICESTER OUTLET VILLAGE  – We stopped  here on our way home and found it quite fun.  Lots of interesting Designer Boutiques where one could browse even if you’re not tempted to buy!

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(No) Tea in Knightsbridge

Aug 72009
Gold BarsNOT such a good idea was a visit I recently made with a friend to a well-known Knightsbridge Hotel.
After spending an hour or two at the Harrods’ Sale we decided that before we drove home we would stop for a cup of tea at this nearby hotel.  After waiting a short while we were shown to a table in the lounge.  When we requested a pot of tea for two we were informed that this would be £40, the minimum charge per person being £20!!   Needless to say we left without the tea!!
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Cambridge and Grantchester

Jul 152009
CAMBRIDGE – You can combine a visit to this famous University with afternoon tea in nearby Grantchester which is only a very short distance from the town centre
Tea at the Orchard
“The Orchard” is exactly what the name states.  An afternoon tea (and Lunch too) is available to enjoy  in this unique setting with indoor facilities should the weather not be favourable.  A visit here leave you with happy memories – not forgetting the wonderful University town, which has so very many wonderful memories for this particular VOG!!

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London St Pancras Station

Jul 142009
The magnificent soaring roof

The magnificent soaring roof

Here are a few more VOG’s recommendations for a lovely day out. Firstly, in the heart of London St. Pancras Station. A visit to this recently redesigned and very famous Station is a must. This is where one can take the Euro Tunnel to Paris or a train to many other destinations.

The arcades of shops and an assortment of lovely restaurants is a delight, and, incidentally, all under cover.

Shopping Mall and restaurants

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Chalfont St. Giles

Jul 122009

The Deli in Chalfont St. GilesToday I visited the beautiful village of Chalfont St. Giles in southwest Buckinghamshire.   I was with my son  and we stopped for a delightful tea at “The Deli” and they had lots of exciting things on the menu.  It was a typical English  village with a duck-pond and village green.  Next time we will visit “Merlin’s Cave” for a drink!    Finally, a visit to see Milton’s House is a must.

The Deli, 4a High Street, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks, HP8 4QF. Tel. 01494-871099. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

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The Beauty in Britain

Aug 182007

It is unnecessary to go abroad to see lovely places. Here in England alone we have such lovely places to visit.
These past few days I was joined by my son and daughter-in-law who were on a visit here from Germany. Firstly, we drove to Rye, which is in West Sussex. This is a charming medieval town with cobblestones and endless antique shops. Lovely!

Saffron Walden, near Cambridge, is also worth a visit with lots to see.

Bourton-on-the-water in the Cotswolds is a charming place. This lovely town had recently suffered with the floods, but there was very little sign of it when we were there.

Believe it or not, I, the VOG, had never been to any of these places before!

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