Exploring & Escapades

bits & pieces of my travels

Month: June, 2017

St Ives

St Ives, a Cambridge day out. We were eager (or as the British say, “keen”) to explore somewhere new and spend time outside, but didn’t feel like driving more than an hour or so. St Ives is only a 40 minute drive from us, so it was perfect.

The day began with a walk through the Houghton Meadows, continued along the River Great Ouse on to Holt Island, and concluded sitting in the sun at the cutest riverside tearoom, the River Terrace Cafe. Such a great discovery for us. I hope we can make it back  at least once this summer for Sunday jazz afternoons in the park. 

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Peacocks Tearoom

Another week, another excursion to Peacocks Tearoom. The absolute best of it’s kind. To be honest, every post I’ve ever written about Ely is linked to a Peacocks trip… I just finally made some time to capture it in photos. It was wisteria season, after all. 

Grantchester, Star & Mouse

A movie night out, under the stars in charming Grantchester, marred only by the fact that I completely smashed my phone screen (oops). It was the first day of May, a bank holiday weekend in England. We snuggled up under blankets with popcorn and wine.

Aren’t the striped chairs adorable?? I want them for my house. 

Bagni della Regina Giovanna

Bagni della Regina Giovanna, if I could only pick one place to ever go back to in Sorrento, it would be here.

I had never heard of it until I saw a post on Instagram days before my trip, and even then, I didn’t know much about it, so I ran here in the morning just to see it. It was more beautiful than I ever imagined. I fell in love; I came back that night. I had to, if only to watch the sunset. I wish I could go back to swim, to see what lies around that corner at the end of the bridge!

We could see the city further down the coast, and it was loud and full. But we were here alone, just us, our wine, our cheese, and the sea.

Sorrento

Sorrento, an explosion of sensation. Vibrant color, vibrant smell, so intense and all-encompassing.

I started my day in the lemon orchards on the east side of town, pushed my way through the tourists in the market, wandered downward to Marina Grande, stumbled on an enchanting seaside garden, stopped for the view. I ate alone there, rosé and pizza under a canopy of wisteria against a backdrop of Mount Vesuvius towering over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Blue, blue, blue, everywhere. It was so bright and serene.

Amalfi

Amalfi, a quick trip. Too quick, just enough for a snack before boarding the last return ferry to Sorrento after a long and slow bus ride from Positano along the windy, narrow, mountain roads.

I loved the ferry. I loved seeing it all from the sea, growing smaller and smaller as we propelled away from the coast. The wind was so violent whipping in my face. We passed Capri and arrived in Marina Piccola less than hour after departure.

Away from the crowds, isolated by the roar of the engines and the winds, it was beautiful to sit and breath it in – the sea, the floras, and the lemon.

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