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Bristol

Quick weekend in Bristol: street art and Banksy, the cathedral, Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Avon Gorge and a delicious brunch at Bakers & Co.

Bakers & Co. is a perfect place for all classic-brunch-lovers. Try beetroot cured Devonshire river trout, served with zucchini fritters, pouched eggs, lime and chili - I loved it. If you're more of a traditionar orderer, there's a gourmet version of good old English breakfast: with dry cure back bacon, fennel and black pepper sausage, fried duck egg, slow roasted tomatoes and a sourdough toast.

Aldeburgh

I'm not going to try to convince you that Aldeburgh in Suffolk is the most exciting place on the planet. But the lovely sand and shingle beach, old charm of seaside resort and one of the best fish and chips in Britain should be enough for a say trip or even a relaxed weekend.

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop is a family business, run successfully since 1967. The owners now have three locations and you will have to queue to every single one. There are many enthusiasts of battered fresh fish and crispy chips made of local potatoes. The prices are really good, too.

The meal is perfect to be enjoyed on the beach. Just watch out for other enthusiasts of Alderburgh delicacies - greedy seagulls. I'm generally afraid of birds (bird apocalypse is coming, mark my words), but these seagulls really are even more daring than any other birds I've encountered.

Punting in Cambirdge

Why is a post about punting illustrated with a picture of people who are taking a break from punting? Because it's a tough job, that requires good sense of balance as well as some strenght and determination.

Punts in Cambridge are similar to gondolas in Venice - they are narrow, flat-bottomed boats, propelled with a long pole. I have always seen them as boring attraction for tourist, so neither when in Venice, nor when I'd moved to Cambridge, was I eager to try. I have finally given it a go and while this migt be a tourist attraction, it is not boring.

In case you're not determined enough to punt by yourselves, you can hire a punt with a guide. Make sure to take some snacks and a bottle of prosecco on board, as everyone else will and you'll get jelous if you have nothing to toast with. It's a great way to see Cambridge, as you can see college grounds from the river and they are not always accesible otherwise. The punters have tons of stories about the town and the university. You will find out that Cambridge has its very own Bridge of Signs, looking nothing like the one in Venice. The legend has it that it was Queen Victoria who noticed the resemblance and nobody dared to question her, in fear of decaptiation.

Samodzielne puntowanie też jest fajne! Na początku trochę trudno utrzymac równowagę, ale skoro mi się udało, to może udać się każdemu. Na takę wycieczkę polecam kosz piknikowy i przenośnego grilla (oraz, tradycyjnie, butelkę prosecco). Możecie popłynąć w przeciwnym kierunku, do pobliskiej wsi, Grantchester. Po drodze czekają na Was łąki, przy których można zatrzymać się i rozpalić grilla, a na miejscu tradycyjna angielska herbata serwowana w sadzie.

Self-punting is fun as well! It does require a good sense of balance, especially in the beginning, but I managed, so anyone will manage. Take a picnic basket and a portable grill. You can punt to Grantchester, a nearby village. There are lovely meadows on the way, perfect for a BBQ break and a cream tea in orchard when you reach the destination.

Christmas doors

Don't know about you, but personally, I absolutely adore Christmas wreaths. Thanks to them, the lack of snow and winter weather doesn't stop me for feeling the Christmas spirit. This year I've decided to take some pictures and decorate the blog as well. And now I'm going to use the opportunity and wish you all delectable Christmas dishes, the best gifts you can imagine, at least some snow and a jolly festive time with your close ones. Merry Christmas!

the orchard tea garden

A corner of England where time stands still - we read about The Orchard Tea Garden, located in Grantchester, near Cambridge. The statement seems very true. The orchard was first planted in 1868 and very little has changed since. Just like many other splendid things, the custom of having afternoon tea under the blossoming fruit trees was created purely by chance. A group of Cambridge students asked the owner of the Orchard House to serve them tea in the shade of old apple trees, rather than, as usual, on the front lawn of the House. Little did they know that on that spring morning in 1897, they had started a great Cambridge tradition. The word about rural tea in the orchard quickly spread around the colleges. One of the biggest enthusiasts of the new ritual was a poet, Robert Brooke. He soon initiated orchard meetings of the Grantchester Group, whose members were Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The list of personalities who had tea in the orchard include Sylvia Plath, Alan Alexander Milne, Christopher Isherwood, King George VI, Prince Charles. And me, of course. A simple recipe for a pleasant afternoon? A deckchair, a pot of hot tea (with milk, obviously), scones, jams and clotted cream - traditional Cornish thick cream. Orchard Tea Garden also serves morning coffee and light luncheons.

The Orchard Tea Garden, 45-47 Mill Will, Grantchester

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