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Sunday in Salisbury

Father’s Day was spent in the picture perfect English town of Salisbury. Full of charm, picturesque houses and sunny skies, this was the perfect place to spend time catching up with family and enjoying the day.

The day was beautiful – blue skies and warm sunshine ensured that we could enjoy a picnic in the park which was bustling with people and overlooked by the famous cathedral. Salisbury is one of those quaint English towns that makes you feel like you’re in another world, like you’re walking through a TV set where everything is perfect and beautiful. The cathedral looms over the city, its vastness making everything else seem miniature, as though you’re walking through a matchstick village with matchstick people.

The cathedral entrance provided a few minutes (read twenty..) of entertainment due to the hanging lights which drop from the ceiling which change colours when sensing movement. Slightly random feature to pop into a cathedral, I must admit, but then again, just makes it all the memorable. Of course, the inside is beautiful – the afternoon sunshine streamed through the elegant stain glass windows and the large, airy interior enforced a sense of peacefulness to the place. After spending some time wandering around the cathedral, we headed to the cafe for a drink – the cafe is located in a lovely position, we were able to sit outside in the cool archways away from the sun but with a wonderful view of the cathedral gardens.

So if you’re after a day trip to a beautiful city with bags of charm, Salisbury is the place to head too. A day spent here is a day well spent and definitely worth the 2 hour drive and queues at the toll bridge. Oh, it’s such a burden living in Wales and having to pay to go over a bridge….

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Yorkin’ It

York is a beautiful city – full of half-timbered charm and cobbled-street character.

And it’s even more beautiful in the sunshine. In which we basked during our weekend May Bank Holiday family get together. Bliss.

With family in York, it is the perfect place to stage a reunion – relatively central for everyone to get there (eventually. Sheesh, it’s a fair long ride that) – the Cardiff clan, the Aberdeen clan, the Southampton clan and the London clan.

The weekend was spent enjoying the sunshine – slurping drinks in the evening sunshine, taking long (long) walks with the dog and ambling around central York, appreciating what it has to offer. And of course, as always, lots of questions. Yes, I’m graduating this year, and no I don’t have a “proper” job yet. And no, I don’t have any idea what to do with my life. Please, just let me drink my wine and wallow in my indecisiveness. However, I am going to Australia, so there’s that. Take that.

The city of York is that perfect mixture of modern and old – timber buildings and cobbled pavements taking over the crowd logged streets. And then of course, there’s York Minster. It’s vastness remarkably different from the narrow cobbled streets – a beautifully intricate building and one of York’s most important and beloved historical aspects. And as my Dad proudly points out every time – the huge doors which he once helped to paint. Every. Single. Time.

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So with another family get together over for another year, it was time to head back to the bright lights of Cardiff. And to planning a trip to Australia. Looks like that’s happening now I’ve told the whole family. Wish me luck!