Uk and Italy 2012 travel blog


Its night two at Peter and Annie's in Todmorden, Yorkshire. First night was a late-ish arrival and caught up with Pete's parents, out here from NZ also. We had come from Portmadog by way of Port Merion (a fabulous small scale italianate village with beautiful gardens, just around the corner from Portmadog). Another beautiful day and luckily we were there fairly early so not too much of a crowd. We travelled through Snowdonia, which was gorgeous and quite lush, and through Ffestiniog which was essentially mountains of slate with a small town below it. Quite a tough landscape. We stopped at Chester in the afternoon. A great city to explore and would have been good to see some more if it (next time). A lot of Mock and original Tudor buildings, a cathedral, intact city walls, a river and great shops in a pedestriased zone. What more could you want (oh and we had a great lunch with very good service to boot). Then competed with the traffic heaing out of Manchester as we headed to Yorkshire.

Today Mum ventured into Hebden Bridge for a coffee and a wander (canals and a cute town) while I went further afield to Leeds to catch up with some old workmates from my time with Centre for Bioscience (sadly all the 24 subject centres are now closed due to cuts in education funding). Had a great lunch on a very hot day in Leeds. Very lovely of course to catch up with friends? Having spent more than 3 years there, I had failed to take many photos so got a couple more for my scrapbook. Caught up with all the Todmorden crew earlyevening and out for a bite to eat at a great pub not far down the road.

Peter and Annie live in a fabulous former Mill with a small river running alongside and some great relics from the original Mill still to be seen. Amazing! Very peaceful also, which is just what we need.

Tomorrow we get slightly more into action with a foray into the Peak District and Chatsworth House (home of the Duke and Duchess of Devinshire). I have been there before, but look forward to a return and also a chance to look around the Peak District a bit more.

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