Why I Love Exploring England

Why I Love Exploring England

With so many things to see and do, it’s difficult to chose only one place to visit when exploring England.

I have only been to England a handful of times, no matter how short my stay is there, this fabulous country never ceases to amaze me.

Whether you are a city tourist, a beach tourist, or a country dwelling tourist (like me), there is a flavour for everyone and anyone visiting this amazing country.

And although I am an off the road type of girl when it comes to England, there is still something magical and wonderful about the pebbly beaches, and of course the many amazing cities scattered across the country. From London up to Nottingham and then across to Liverpool, each city has it’s unique story to share with you. Even if, from first glance the buildings look the same in each city – none of them are alike in anyway.

If you are like me and enjoy taking the off road adventure across this magical country, then you will know there are plenty of places to go and see , and never enough time to visit them all.

Each time I arrive home from my English holiday, I find myself already planning when I will be heading back next – with my map in hand and new places marked for exploring.

So, I wanted to share something a little different with you.

Over the course of the next three weeks, I am going to share three blogs which have been dedicated to three very memorable places I visited, all of which have a little story to tell.

I will share some history of the location, why I wanted to go there, and any funny moments experienced whilst visiting these amazing locations.

So, stay tuned for next week – when the first story goes live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Spent the most amazing day celebrating Christmas in July at the stunning old homstead Gledswood in the south west of Sydney.

If you live in Australia, then you will get why us Aussies celebrate Christmas in July.

But if you’re not from around here, then I’ll explain why we like to celebrate Christmas six months early… Basically, December is one of our hottest months (normally), so Christmas for Australians is normally associated with champagne on ice, fresh seafood and swimming to keep cool under the hot Aussie sun. And when the temps are high at Christmas, it’s difficult to enjoy sipping on mulled wine and dining on a delicious hot turkey dinner. So, we decided celebrating Christmas in our winter was a great way to experience an old school Christmas, European style.

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Okay, so it might not be for everyone. Especially if Christmas decorations, carols and the whole idea of the silly season is not your cup of tea. But, for those of us who love it and can’t get enough if it; Christmas in July is a lot of fun.

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The Gledswood Homestead in Camden was once originally called Buckingham, and sits on 400 acres in Sydney’s beautiful south west. Where the hills are green and the sun shines brightly, even on a cold winter’s day.

The house was built by 8 convicts, who were commissioned by the owner Gabriel Louis Marie Huon de Kerillian in 1810. Kerillian was a French nobleman who fled the French Revolution and joined the NSW Corps as Gabriel Lewis. He arrived into Australia on a ship called the Surprise in 1794, and was once even a tutor to John McCarthur’s sons. John McCarthur founded most of Camden and the surrounding areas.

If you are ever in the south west area, exploring the stunning Camden area – you must stop into Gledswood for a visit. I hear they even do ghost tours.

 

 

Time for Tea? Or Lattes as it were

Time for Tea? Or Lattes as it were
(Image from shutterstock. This blog has not been endorsed by any of the following cafes)

Cafes today are brewing up some amazing lattes, all inspired from a good old cup of tea.

And seeing as we are now smack bang in the middle of winter here in Sydney. I thought I would share with you, some of my favourite cafes in Sydney right now, who are serving up some delicious lattes, inspired from herbal teas and flavours. These delicious lattes are sure to warm up your soul on a cold winter’s day. Lucky for us; here in Australia, the sun keeps on shining through winter. So, it’s easy to hit the streets of Sydney to enjoy your favourite brew with friends and family.

Here are my favourite four in Sydney right now:

The Shack:

Masala Latte: This is a divine mixture of spices; similiar to that of Chai, but with a little extra spice. So if you like Chai, then you’re going to love Misala. Order it with Macadamia Milk and some extra cinnamon and honey and you won’t be able to stop at one – trust me.

Address: 415 King Street, Newtown

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Sugar and spice and all things nice – yummy Masala Latte at The Shack, Newtown.

T Totaler:

Matcha Latte: Matcha in general is an acquired taste and not liked by many. In-fact I remember exactly how my first one tasted. Not that good. It had nothing to do with the cafe, I just wasn’t used to the taste sensations going on in my mouth. However, it didn’t take long for me to begin liking it. And I think T Totaler does it best when it comes to Matcha Lattes.

Address: The Galeries, Ground Floor, 26A, 500 George Street, Sydney CBD

Flour Drum:

Chai Latte: If you’re not a fan of all those fancy lattes, available in a world of different colours, then you definitely need to go to Flour Drum, for a simple understated and yummy Chai. They serve up a delicious Chai Latte made with Almond Milk and a dollop of honey. It’s delicious.

Address: 531 King Street, Newtown

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The delicious Chai Latte served up with cute antique teacups, spoons and teapot, at Flour Drum, Newtown.

The Copper Mill:

Tumeric Latte: Alright all you Tumeric fans out there, here you will find one of the best Sydney cafe’s serving up a warming Tumeric Latte. You can order it with Almond Milk, and a lot of cafes are serving up Tumeric Latte with coconut milk, but I prefer having it with soy milk. The Tumeric powder is pretty curry like, so mixing it with either coconut or almond milk tastes too much like drinking curry straight from the pot.

Address: 338-356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria

Now, I heard a rumour that the trendy vegan cafe Mylk from Melbourne will be heading to Sydney sometime this year, and possibly setting up shop in Surry Hills. And their speciality is a crazy blue algae latte, and I can not wait to try it.

Also, if you are heading north out of Sydney, there is a cafe called Rukus in Newport who have mastered the art of a charcoal latte. I’m yet to head up there myself to try it – but I can’t wait.

I took a trip back in time to colonial Australia

I took a trip back in time to colonial Australia

Hidden right in the middle of Campbelltown is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets, a historic colonial Georgian house called Glenalvon House.

Built in 1840 by Mr Michael Byrne, this property has seen and housed many iconic Australian moments and people; like James Ruse.

If you have never heard of James Ruse, he was a Cornish farmer, who at the age of 23, was convicted of breaking and entering in the UK, and was sentenced to 7 years jail and was eventually transported on the First Fleet to Australia, when he had only 18 months left on his sentence.

After completing his sentence here in Australia, he began to carve his name in the history books, by started the first successful Wheat Farm in Australia.

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The property of Glenalvon House is simply stunning, and as you wander through each bedroom of the house; which has been perfectly restored and preserved by the Historial Society, you are transported back in time to a period where life would have been hard, full of challenging moments and struggles, just to establish yourself in the new colonies of Australia.

The entire complex sits on a peaceful heritage garden, which houses 100 year old trees, and is filled with many a tale to tell from Australia’s incredible colonial age.

From supernatural tales where people have seen a ghostly figure standing in the window, to funny tales of the doctor who used to rent out one of the rooms on the ground floor, this house is a whirlwind of tales and history and well worth the visit.

The Historial Society have done an amazing job preserving this property and allowing members of the public to enjoy all it has to offer.

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Who would have thought, such a jewel had been hiding in Campbelltown all these years, and unbeknown to many I’m sure.

The house is located at 8 Lithgow Street in Campbelltown, and is open to the public for exploring on the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm, and First and Third Monday of every month from 10am to 1pm.

This blog has not been sponsored in anyway.

 

 

Enjoyed an icy sunny Winter morning at the Medieval Winerfest of Sydney.

Enjoyed an icy sunny Winter morning at the Medieval Winerfest of Sydney.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what a real sword fight looks like, or perhaps dreamed of what a ancient medieval marketplace is like – you definitely need to go to the Medieval Winterfest.

Had so much fun exploring markets and other great events at this years Medieval Winterfest. Check out some of my favourite pics of the day. I can’t wait to go again next year.

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