Friday, October 22, 2010

English Tales, Part 1- The Ocean

Hello everyone! Sharing with you some pictures of our wonderful stay in England, today.
Hubby and I had great quality time together, and have been blessed by wonderful sunshine for ten days (we opened our umbrellas only for a couple of hours at the end of our vacation). We started our trip in Dorset, where we were able to see amazing cliffs and breathtaking landscapes.
Durdle Door, on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset...

Quite a tiring walk, but it was worth it!



We refused to go down the hundreds of steps to the beaches, though... especially to not have to climb them up again!:(

But it was beautiful from the top of the cliff, and maybe even more photogenic!

Lulworth Cove was such a pleasant discovery, with some pretty tearooms, inns and shops. There weren't many people there, but I bet this is a messy place during summertime.

We could really enjoy the smell of the sea and the cry of seagulls. Total quiet.







I absolutely loved this driftwood sculpture. Such a neat idea!

We had to admit that those places are wonderful to spend a peaceful vacation or for older or retired people, but dead and sad for us to live there all year long! We viewed some fabulous thatched cottages with character (300 years old or so), completely updated to high standards, but boy the roads were soooo narrow, no streetlamps, no internet connection and cell phone signal...






We wandered around Somerset and Bath too, then we decided to explore places that are more familiar to us and closer to London... and we headed to the Cotswolds and Oxford. And we immediately felt at home. So maybe we'll rent over there... I still have to investigate and arrange some viewings.
Will be back very soon with the second part of our trip- Cottages and Gardens! 
Monica x.

27 comments:

  1. Hi my darling Monica.....nice to read your post today....how are you???...lovely England pictures!! i really like them.......have a great time their.......love love...and big hugs for Kim.....my sweetie...

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  2. Monica, how exciting for you...I was just wondering how things were going!!!! You take such beautiful photos, I felt like I was right there! It will be sooooo nice once you are safely settled into your dream home with hubby!!!
    Hugs,
    Mags
    xo

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  3. Well as I was admiring the scenery I wasn't thinking about how lonesome you could be there! I see what you mean...the Cotswolds has always sounded wonderful, I hope it will be! I'll be curious to see the pics from there :) Love your photos.

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  4. Oooh this post reminds me of home . . . I used to live just south of Oxford so the Cotswolds were right on our doorstep. Such a beautiful area. Bath is a fantastic place too. Hopefully you'll find your dream home, good luck with the hunt.

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  5. How beautiful all your photos..Peaceful.. ethereal really... I can understand you finding it a bit too quiet for you..I love House Hunters International:)

    I am still wondering why you would want to leave Italy? We found it so beautiful~France too:)

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  6. Well I was standing looking at just those views a few days before you. The weather was amazing, we sat on the beach (yes we crazily walked down the steps at Durdle Door), had a picnic in rolled up trousers and t-shirts :) Sorry you didn't feel Dorset suited you, those lanes are pretty narrow! For me I felt right like I was back home, but I did grow up there. Glad you felt happier up in Oxford. Looking forward to hearing more, Catherine xx

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  7. What a beautiful, peaceful location. Might not be a place to live but it would sure be a place to "de-stress". I enjoyed your pictures. The ocean looks so blue.

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  8. Beautiful photos - looking forward to seeing more! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    Have a great weekend.

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  9. Monica, you must be having fun seeing all these new areas to pick for your home. The pictures are beautiful, I think I could be happy looking at the beautiful cliffs. Maybe they need a yarn store in Dorset? Can't wait to see more of your adventure.
    Meredith

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  10. Oh, Monica! This is breathtaking. How I adore England! Thanks so much for sharing these shots with us. I hope to go back there some day and to Scotland, too...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  11. Sigh. Your photos show a bit of heaven on earth! But I can relate to not wanting to be there 365 days of the year. A bit too isolated for my taste, too. Now if you were a recluse author or celebrity in need of some quiet, it might be perfect! lol

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  12. Hi Monica
    Wow! You had a great trip and such stunning blue sky to make the most of the landscape :-)
    Our response to places is so personal and instinctive isn't it? I'm sure you will find totally the right place, in time. So come on back to old Blighty and have fun visiting more cottages and locations :-)
    Denise x

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  13. So happy you are having a wonderful time exploring your new Home turf ♥ Your photos are just gorgeous Monica (the driftwood sculpture on the fence is beautiful)! Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventure & house hunting. xo Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Just beautiful photos, Monica...each and every one. I wish you the best of luck in finding a place to stay. I just know you will find something soon. I look forward to your sharing more pictures!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. Beautiful photos. It does look rather desolate. Isn't it nice that there's a place for everyone's taste? It's just a matter of finding yours. Best wishes in the search!

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  16. Monica, nice to read a new post, you've taken gorgeous pictures, England can be so beautiful !
    Years ago we had a vacation in Dorset and also in the Cotwolds. We had a lovely time there.
    That sculpture is really beautiful !
    Looking forward to the second part of your trip.
    I hope you'll have the new house keys next time !
    Is Kim doing fine ?
    Hugs,
    Sylvia

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  17. Such beautiful scenery!! The pictures are gorgeous!! What a wonderful adventure you two are on. How exciting!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  18. Incredible place and gorgeous photos. Like you said a wonderful place for a quiet vacation but without cell phones or internet it would make it hard to live there year round.
    I guess the hunt continues!
    xxx
    Carole

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  19. ..Oh my this is a trip I would love to take!

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  20. Wow Monica, what a fabulous adventure, totally thrilled for you! Reading your blog with avid interest even if I don't always comment! Take Care - Rachaelxo

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  21. Hi Monica,

    I enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos and sorry Dorset was not the place for you.
    Hope that you can find your dream home and location next time you go back to visit.
    Love the little bathing sheds and the amazing blue of the ocean. Lovely to hear from you and good luck with the next adventure.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  22. Monica, Some really lovely photos. Don't you love the little villages.

    Kelly

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  23. Lovely photo's, they have such lovely memories for me, I am glad you got to see these places in sunshine. My Son-in-law proposed to my daughter on Durdle Door Beach. I love the cotswold it is so pretty, I was born in Worcestershire so not far away from there. Enjoy the rest of your travels/
    Jillx

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  24. Such a beautiful area, and the colors are amazing!

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  25. Wow! What a beautiful and scenic location. I definitely would not have done those steps either.

    And, no internet! That wouldn't work for me.

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  26. What to say! it's just beautiful! I wish you to find a lovely house in one of these magnificent places very soon! The country of Beatrix Potter! So beautiful!

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  27. Hi Monica

    How lovely to hear from you, and what a shame you weren't able to visit Dairy House. However, you certainly visited some of my favourite places. Lulworth Cove is always quiet once the school holidays are over, but from May to the end of August it's far too busy!! It's the place we always holidayed when my daughter was growing up and we pop back from time to time to just enjoy the scenery and lovely smell of the sea!

    You obviously had a wonderful time and maybe on your next visit we'll get an opportunity to say hello. I still owe you some buttons and lace!

    Sue x

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