The secret treasures of Rye

Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 28, 2010

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The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Friday, August 6, 2010

We decided at breakfast this morning that we were going to put insurance claims behind us and have a great day exploring Kent. We started with a game of croquet on the lawn in front of the hotel which quickly got us all laughing and fooling around. We then plugged Rye in to the GPS and headed off through the country lanes. The new word today for the girls was "glade",  as we drove through many of them. Within 10 minutes we had seen a sign to Bayham Abbey so stopped off. It is situated in a picturesque wooded valley of the River Teise. The ruins of this C13th abbey, built by the Premonstratensian monks are really impressive. Felicity and Simon had a photo shoot with the new camera (purchased yesterday after the hotel burglary). There is a reason however why their photos are not here. Read on!

We were really taken with the medieval town of Rye as we drove in past the famous cobbled Mermaid Street and the historical black and white tudor houses. We headed straight to the famous Mermaid Inn for lunch which Mum had recommended. This pub was built in 1156 and was famous for the many smugglers who came there for a pint. We settled ourselves in the Giants' Fireplace Bar and ordered  fantastic fish & chips and fish pie, washed down with lemonades and pints of ale, of course. The pub had a wonderful atmosphere which started us all imagining what it would have been like back in the days of smugglers and treachery. The Heritage Centre had a very good sound and light show which brought the 700 years of Rye history to life for us. They also had a collection of working Old Pier amusement machines and pennies to put in the slots so we had lots of fun playing on these.

Simon had to see the coast so we headed to the next village and braved the windy, stony beach. Photos were taken and alas the brand new camera was left on the bench overlooking the sea. We didn't realise this until we arrived at Battle, 30 minutes away to relive the famous 1066 Battle of Hastings. It was straight back to the beach only to find the camera had gone so we headed off to the police station to report another loss. At this point the day couldn't get much worse.

It is our last night at the hotel so we all summoned up the strength to really enjoy our special three course dinner in the renowned Chandelier restaurant at the hotel. Genevieve and Felicity looked beautiful in their dresses. Aside from overcooked tuna which the head chef had a fit about when I returned it because he was so ashamed that one of his staff could produce this - and he cooked another serving for me which was perfect - everything  else was delicious. We are off to repeat some of today, again tomorrow to capture a few shots on the second, new camera which we will purchase in the morning. Thank goodness for the  few I Phone shots.
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Seems a lot has happened after champers at Bollinger.... a hotel burglary AND another camera lost. Your insurance company will have a special comment beside your name should you consider any future adventures! Travel safely crazy Kiwis, the live retelling of this adventure back in NZ is going to be incredible.

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