The Incredible World of Beatrix Potter

Trip Start Mar 28, 2009
Trip End Apr 14, 2009

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The Beech Hill Hotel

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Well my stay in London was over and though I was a bit sad ,mostly because I realised that I wasn't in time capsule and soon I would have to leave, I was excited to explore a part of the world which I have never seen previously. I was also a bit daunted and worried, I have hired a car but hadn't asked for satellite navigation!!! Silly girl. 

 We left London and got the direct train from Euston station and in two hours we were Lime Street station in Liverpool. We picked up the car and managed to rent a sat nav from the agent and we were off. The trip I am pleased to say was uneventful. As we got closer to the Cumbria region of England, we encountered the most strikingly beautiful landscapes. Although this may not be the most beautiful place in the world but it gives everywhere else a run for its money. The luscious green rolling hills provided a spectacular canvas for the quintessential pastoral settings.Many of the buildings were made of stone while every boundary wall was less than 1m high and was constructed from stone.We passed through the winding roads and at the end was a wonderful hotel situated on the edge of Lake Windermere and this is were we are lucky enough to have spent two nights. Supper was delicious and extremely expensive, three course gastronomic wonder. Coffee was served in  front of the roaring fire and as I gazed up toward the lake, I realised fairy lights had been used to decorate the patio. I was sure that I had found a little piece of magic in England.

I was swept into memories of my childhood today and it was wonderful!!! We spent the day at the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and then at the Motor Museum : Cars of the Stars. The Beatrix Potter Attraction has incredibly managed to create the world of Peter Rabbit and his friends exactly as it has been illustrated the Beatrix Potter novels. It was heartbreakingly perfect in every detail. The imaginary world was one in which I was very easily transported into and then sadly I had to leave. While I was there, I smiled the entire time and the joy that I felt in my childhood as I read these books, was encompassing. Beatrix Potter resided in the Cumbria region of the country and it is this area, scenery, animals and people that proved to be the inspiration for her much loved children's books.

From the Beatrix Potter exhibit, we travelled to the Motor Museum in the town of Keswick. The scenery on the way to Keswick proved to be spectacular and Mum had to deal with the fact that I was constantly stopping to take photographs of the scenery at every opportunity. The rolling hills seemed to go on forever and each opportunity to pass through the hills allowed us to view vegetation in golden and green hues. The lake provided a spectacular backdrop for this setting. It was a marvellous drive but unfortunately too short for us to really appreciate the palette that was before us.

Finally we arrived at the Motor Museum: Cars of the Stars exhibit. This little gem of a museum houses the vehicles from famous movies and television series.It is a definite stop for any movie buff or TV fanatic. Unfortunately we are not allowed to take photos in the exhibit as the copyrights to those vehicles all remain with the studios that created the movies :( I will give you an idea of the types of vehicles that I saw: The bat-mobile, KITT, the
A-team van, Mr. Bean's little mini and the Noddy Car.Although the exhibit isn't very big for the price that you pay as an entry fee but in mind it was absolutely worth every cent.

As I get ready for my departure to the next stopover in my womble around Great Britain, I am sure that I will be back to this beautiful part of the world. I will definitely take more time to explore the natural beauty that this part of the world has to offer.
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