Chapter Six - Rye

Trip Start Sep 28, 2012
Trip End Oct 14, 2012

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Monday, October 1, 2012


"Whenever is this rain going to stop?" Exclaims Margarita. “It's downright depressing”

“Welcome to the British Isles. It’s even worse in Ireland”

It’s a relatively short drive along the wind swept coast through uninspiring Folkstone and across wet and soggy Romney Marsh to Rye.

We perceive Rye from a distance. It is on a promontory rising from the flat plains. Once an important sea port, just like Sandwich today, it’s now isolated some two miles from the English Channel, and was virtually abandoned for hundreds of years. This is the reason the town is so well preserved today. Rye claims more historical buildings than any other town of its size in England.

Arriving quite late, we park at the foot of a steep cobbled street. In spite of the rain, we find the town is indeed really charming, though no one else seems to be braving the drizzle.

“It’s almost as if everyone in the town has perished and that we are the only survivors.”

All the pretty boutique shops are closed and the only life in the town is at the handful of pubs. We peer inside the fabled Mermaid Inn, which is cozy and congenial. Continuing on down Mermaid Street to the riverside, we end up in Bailey’s, where we warm ourselves up over cups of strong hot coffee and delicious fruit cake.

On the way home we stop at a Lidl Supermarket, a discount chain where all the products are stacked still in their original boxes. Very practical and very cheap too. We stock up on half-way decent wine at a pound a bottle.
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Cesar Barroso on

Hi, Martin,
Charming little places is what I see in your good photos.

Jim Hearne on

These have all been great!

Never pictured the U.K. as a place to visit for this jungle, beach,
traveller...but now???

Miss yuh...

Dollieand Stan Jonas on

You are the best !!!! If you took the time, you could produce a stellar travel manual. See you all soon.
Dolllie and Stan

greekcypriot on

It is indeed a charming place Derrick.
It is as if you are playing hide-go-seek.
Thanks for sharing.

derrick241 on

Hah, you thought it was raining then, it hasnt stopped for 3 days now, places are flooded out, so many flood warnings (over 100 at the moment)

Dont know about a Christmas, but some may consider building an Ark this year

Still the UK does make a difference from 5 star, its good to 'rough it' sometimes :-)

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