Alton Bridge Hotel
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Today sees us leaving Witton Gilbert with Passports! Vicky took us to Durham Station and then we caught the train and bus to Manchester Airport! The whole journey went very smoothly, with the exception of lugging large cases up and down stairs at York but hey ho! Very early in Airport - 1hr before gate opened. Looking forward to being frisked by Si but he's in Teneriffe! Both well and now waiting for Gate to open and signing off for next ...
... all day. We finally found the path and had just about reached the car when the snow stopped and the sky cleared to a perfect blue. We turned around to be faced with a perfect snow covered winter wonderland with the sun gleaming on the rocks and freshly fallen snow, beautiful. We walked around again and then returned to the car, bloody little rock monsters hadn't even cleaned off the snow never mind washed our car, maybe they didn't work Thursday's, or maybe it was because we ...
... house and they have replicas of some of his best inventions on display.
We spent the rest of the day walking through the beautiful streets of the town, eating some delicious pastries which we bought at the local market and drinking a warm mulled cider at a local pub before heading back home.
Instead of coming straight home when we changed trains in Birmingham we headed off in search of ...
... and friends. Lots of wonderful hospitality chucked our way, and loads of lovely food, drink and laughs. There's no better feeling than feeling loved and we've had a lot of that. We've bought heaps of stuff for our trip including a car with a convertible roof, handy for Spain, maybe not Norway, but you never know. We should have also bought a book that told us how to condense big things into small spaces because we seem to have too much to fit into the ...
... house. After the Great House it was time to head to Jane Austen's cottage!
Jane Austen's cottage was quaint and beautiful. I saw the her writing desk, and played her piano! Her bedroom had pink floral wallpaper and she had a pretty canopy bed. The gardens had wonderfully beautiful flowers and I bought a beautiful copy of "Pride and Prejudice" and read it for a little while in the garden. It was a picturesque moment to end a picturesque day.