Castles and car tires

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
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Thursday, May 11, 2006

On Monday we rented a car and headed out of London. The only trick is that my dad has never driven on the opposite side of the road before! I had almost a month in England studying the driving conditions before I first rented a car, so I was a lot more confident. He had to learn on the fly! The fact that I am writing this means I am still alive, and I will tell you that he is as well. Though my heart and white knuckles may never be the same. After working out the kinks in the car by driving in to a curb and popping a tire, we were on our way!

First stop was Luton, where my dad lived as a kid. We visited his old school, and the house they used to live in. Then we had to find a tire shop to get a new tire, which worked out very smooth. After Luton, we drove down to Lulworth Cove which is in Dorset on the south coast of England. Here we are staying in the cutest B&B!! It is an 18th century stone farmhouse, with beautiful gardens and a climbing wisteria over the kitchen. The owners are very friendly, and have really made us feel welcome. My room has a huge 4 poster bed and ensuite bathroom, my dad has an attic room with exposed beams and a view of the garden.

In the morning we have our choice of all sorts of cooked breakfast, more food than you can imagine! The area surrounding the estate is a military tank training zone, so on certain days you can hear and feel the tanks firing, as well as machine guns. Quite an experience! On Tuesday we headed out on foot, and took a nice walk through the farmer fields over the hill and down to Durdle Door (http://www.soton.ac.uk/~imw/durdle.htm). This is an arch cut in to the stone over the water, and makes for some beautiful photos! From there we walked back to Lulworth Cove (http://www.lulworthonline.co.uk/) where there is the cove and a small town. It was full of tourists and bus groups, obviously one of the main attractions in the area!

Wednesday we drove down to Swanage, then took the steam train to Corfe Castle. The steam train was fun, it reminded me of the Kettle Valley Railway in Summerland. Corfe is a very quaint town with thatched roof houses, and at one end is Corfe Castle, an 11th century ruin. It was a hot sunny day, and it was nice to sit and have a drink in the garden overlooking the castle and watch all the school groups playing. Sadly the top of the castle was closed, so we couldn't see the whole thing. Still very impressive though!
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