Relaxing at Royal Tunbridge Wells - Cluedo time!

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

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Simon and I picked up a new rental car on Mouesday in London to head off down to SE England for two weeks. The girls had a fun time with William and his wonderful nanny, "V" playing over at the park. William and Felicity had competitions swinging on the monkey bars. I won't mention who won! It was then off to Royal Tunbridge Wells for a few days to catch our breath and regroup as a family. We have had a fantastic time with family and friends over the last three weeks however were in need of some quiet time before we headed south to visit the English side of the family.

We arrived at The Spa Hotel late afternoon as the elderly guests were sipping on their tea or champagne, sandwiches and cakes. Unfortunately they were dressed smart casual with some of the gentlemen wearing a suit and tie. We were in shorts and teeshirts so were quickly greeted at the door and ushered to our rooms, with our many bags.  The Spa Hotel was originally built in 1766 as a country mansion and is situated in 14 acres of gardens. We settled into our smart 4 star accommodation and dressed appropriately for dinner at Zagatos Champagne Bar,

On Wednesday we explored the charming town of Royal Tunbridge Wells which retains much of its Georgian heyday elegance. We wandered down The Pantiles, the famous colonnaded walkway popping into the art galleries and antique shops. We very easily sorted out new English sim cards at Vodafone. This was a welcome change to our 6 hour ordeal in France. The girls experienced their first British pub lunch at The Barns and then back to the hotel for a swim. The waterproof  leggings that Fiona has sent over for Genevieve have been fantastic for swimming. It was 7.30pm before we headed downstairs for dinner. Alas when we returned I discovered that our room had been burgled. Watch, handbag, glasses and camera gone. Luckily Simon had put his wallet and passports in the small safe. At least three other rooms were burgled that night. No forced entry as the master keys had been stolen as well. A nightmare situation for hotel security - and  a pain for us. From this point onwards Simon and I split up and each slept with one of the girls.

The next day I found my handbag thrown onto the hotel roof in front of our window. They had left my Drivers Licence but nearly everything else was gone. The worst thing is losing the camera with our recent photos which we hadn't downloaded. Everything else is replaceable. We spent the day being interviewed by the police, filling out yet another insurance claim and getting the locks changed on our hotel doors. What an annoying waste of time. It was not a good day. We did have some light relief at dinner that night playing our own game of Cluedo, checking out the hotel guests to see if any looked likely suspects.
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